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The 9 BIG Updates from Walt Disney World (And Beyond) This Week (April 15-21, 2019)

This week at Walt Disney World, Epcot splits its guest tram route in two to make way for entrance improvements, Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway gets delayed until next year plus Disney's Hollywood Studios sets plans for its 30th anniversary celebration! 

Outside Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens Tampa opens its latest record-breaking roller coaster, Universal raises prices, plus a new sneak peek at Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is revealed! 

1. Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway at Disney's Hollywood Studios delayed until 2020

Image: Disney

Though the plan was originally to open Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway alongside Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge to help give this park some extra capacity, it looks like there has been a bit of a delay, with Disney confirming that this attraction will now open in spring 2020. And though this definitely won't help the opening day crowds for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, it may be a good thing to open this attraction closer to the much-anticipated debut of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, which currently does not have an opening target. 

2.  Epcot begins entrance transformation, splits tram route into two

Image: Disney

The project to completely overhaul the entrance of Epcot began in earnest this week, with much of the front of the park's entryway now walled off, including the former tram stop. Guests who use courtesy trams are now dropped off much farther away from the park entrance, and must now use either East or West trams to get back to their vehicle. In addition, there is now separate security for guests who arrive by car and those who arrive by bus/monorail. 

3. New details released about Disney Skyliner project

Though we don't have an official opening date yet, Disney has been quietly testing its new Skyliner transportation option for several months now, suggesting that guests won't have to wait too much longer to check the Skyliner out for themselves. In the meantime though, Disney has released a new video (above) as well as new facts about this new system. 

When it opens, the Disney Skyliner gondola system will feature 300 cabins, with 22 different character themes and eight vibrant colors. Each gondola is designed to accommodate up to 10 Guests, including those traveling with wheelchairs or assistive devices. With the system constantly in motion, most rides will take just a few minutes, and the cabins are specifically tailored to provide a relaxing ride in Florida’s climate.
 
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