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The 8 BIG Updates from Walt Disney World (and Beyond) This Week (March 18-24, 2019)

This week at Walt Disney World, another dance party is announced for Disney's Hollywood Studios, a new show is confirmed for Epcot, plus a big refurbishment is set for the Grand Floridian! 

Outside Walt Disney World, SeaWorld prepares to open a brand new land this week and Universal Orlando Resort extends one of its newest annual passholder benefits! 

1. New dance party announced for Disney's Hollywood Studios

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Though Disney's Hollywood Studios already has an Incredibles-themed dance party happening every day in the former Pixar Studios area of the park, it looks like they are going to be adding another Pixar-themed dance party to the roster when Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy opens. Beginning next week DJ’s Ready! Set! Party Time! dance party will be held several times a day and will feature Lightning McQueen’s Pit Crew getting everyone around DJ engaged in entertaining “Cars”-inspired dances and games.

2.  Mizner's Lounge to be expanded at Grand Floridian Resort

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Mizner's Lounge at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort is going to be expanded during an upcoming refurbishment that will kick off next month. To make room, Commander Porter's will close on April 4, and merchandise from this location will be moved to Summer Lace on the ground floor. During the closure of Mizner's, a temporary lounge will be set up by the Garden View Tea Room, with the The Grand Floridian Orchestra performing here during this time. This project is expected to be completed later this fall. 

3.  Magic Kingdom Guest Experience Team now permanent

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Last year, a special Guest Experience Team was deployed at the Magic Kingdom Park during the holiday season to help Guests make the most of their day by proactively assisting guests with booking, modifying and recovering FastPass+ selections, navigating the My Disney Experience app, and using MagicBands. And now it has been confirmed that these special Cast Members, who can be found wearing blue shirts, and in Main Street USA, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland and Adventureland, will be sticking around for the foreseeable future. 

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