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The 9 BIG Updates from Walt Disney World (And Beyond) This Week (April 29 - May 4, 2019)

4. Mask-making experience now available at Epcot

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A new mask painting experience is now available for guests visiting Epcot's Italy pavilion.Located in the mask shop La Gemma Elegante, a resident artist will be on hand to assist Guests with painting their very own Italian mask for display during a special upcharge experience that will last 30 minutes and cost $30 per guest. Those wanting the experience this fun little extra can ask about it and make reservations from inside the show. 

5. Signature Celebration Package at Cinderella's Royal Table now available for booking

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Disney has announced a brand new upcharge experience for guests who want to visit Cinderella's Royal Table Priced at $199 plus tax and gratuity for adults and $169 for children, this special upcharge package includes a character dining experience in the castle, reserved fireworks viewing in the West Plaza Garden, and an after fireworks dessert party. Guests will also be able to take pictures at a special a meet and greet with Cinderella and Prince Charming upon arrival at Cinderella's Royal Table, and will recieve a special box of chocolates as a parting gift. No discounts for annual passholders or DVC members are offered. 

For those wondering about the value of this new package, dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table typically costs between $60-$80, not including tax and gratuity and the Happily Ever After Fireworks Dessert Party costs $69 for adults and $41 for children, making this package more expensive than the sum of its parts, which is something to consider before booking.

6. Permits show plans to expand the Magic Kingdom parking lot

Permits uncovered by WDWMagic show that the Magic Kingdom is considering a plan to expand its massive parking lot again in the near future. According to the permit, which is for a new retention pond, "This facility will also provide treatment for a proposed parking expansion within the Magic Kingdom Guest Parking Lot. That expansion is a part of this permit and will remove an 11.4 acre wetland and replace that same area with a paved parking surface." Though not officially confirmed yet, with Walt Disney World attendance growing every year, an expanded parking lot at Magic Kingdom seems like a near-certainty, though we don't know when this project might commence.

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