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The 8 BIG Updates from Walt Disney World (And Beyond) This Week (December 3-9)

This week at Walt Disney World, a new video game-based experience heads to Disney Springs, Disney's Animal Kingdom offers discounts, plus a Magic Kingdom favorite closes for the holidays. 

Outside Walt Disney World, SeaWorld offers a new discount on dining, Universal Orlando Resort quietly adds a new upcharge, plus Busch Gardens extends a seasonal event. 

1. Walt Disney World Railroad Train now pulled in to Main Street Station

December 3rd was the last day of operation for the Walt Disney World Railroad until January while work is done in Tomorrowland for the upcoming Tron roller coaster. However, in the meantime, guests are now able to get an up-close look at the train and take advantage of one-of-a-kind photo opportunities while the train is not in active service.

In addition to the suspension of service of the Walt Disney World Railroad, the walkway between Tomorrowland and Storybook Circus is now also closed.

2. Kingdom Hearts III experience coming to Disney Springs

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Beginning December 14th, Disney Springs will play host to a new Kingdom Hearts III experience that will give guests the chance to play some of the game, see a Keyblade exhibit and check out game artwork. Visitors can also pre-order the game using kiosks set up in this space. The Disney Springs Kingdom of Hearts experience will be open through January 31 2019.

3. Garden Rocks concert lineup for 2019 announced

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The lineup for the 2019 Garden Rocks concert series has been announced. As confirmed previously, this year's concert series will expand to seven days a week, which means more than 270 concerts across the 90 day festival:

  • March 9-10: Glass Tiger “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)”
  • March 17-20: Simple Plan “Welcome to My Life”
  • March 28-29: Berlin featuring Terri Nunn “Take My Breath Away”
  • March 30-31: The Smithereens (NEW to Garden Rocks) “Top of the Pops”
  • April 3-4: Christopher Cross (NEW to Garden Rocks) “Sailing”
  • April 5-7: The Spinners “Working My Way Back to You”
  • April 12-13: Sister Sledge (NEW to Garden Rocks) “We Are Family”
  • April 20-21: Steven Curtis Chapman (NEW) “Cinderella”
  • April 22-23: TobyMac (NEW) “The Elements”
  • April 24-26: Lonestar “Amazed”
  • April 27-30: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”
  • May 1-4: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry VIII I Am”
  • May 5-7: Don Felder, Formerly of the Eagles “Hotel California”
  • May 20-21: Colin Hay of Men at Work (NEW) “Who Can It Be Now?”

Garden Rocks concert performances take place at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:00 p.m. each night of the festival and are included in regular park admission. Guaranteed concert seating can is available by reserving a Garden Rocks Dining Package at select Epcot restaurants. Reservations for concert dining packages open December 13 2018.

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