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The 8 BIG Updates from Walt Disney World (And Beyond) This Week (June 3-9, 2019)

This week at Walt Disney World, new discounts and perks for Florida residents, annual passholders and DVC Members are announced, a new nighttime spectacular is confirmed, plus several construction projects get underway at Epcot. 

Outside Walt Disney World, Universal announces plans for the opening of Hagrid's Magical Motorbike Adventure, plus single day tickets and packages are now on sale for Halloween Horror Nights. 

1. Work begins on new Epcot Experience Center 

There are a LOT of changes coming to Epcot over the next five years, and to help guests keep track of everything happening there will be a new semi-permanent "Experience Center" opening in the former Odyssey restaurant later this year that will showcase the upcoming changes to Epcot.

This reimagined preview space will feature engaging and interactive exhibits that showcase the relentless innovation, energy and excitement driving the future of Epcot, and will be open for the next few years while all of the following ambitious projects are in development

And now that the 2019 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, work is now underway on this new Experience Center has begun in the Odyssey Events Pavilion. 

2. Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks show announced for this holiday season

Disney has confirmed that Holiday Wishes is not coming back this year, and has been replaced with a new show called Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks show. Here's the official description:

Hosted by Minnie Mouse, Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks show will celebrate the magic of Christmas with medleys of beloved holiday songs, from “Joy to the World” and “Deck the Halls” to “Up on the House Top” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.”

Guests will be able to see this new fireworks show during the 23 nights of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which will take place on select nights November 8 – December 22, 2019. This show will also presumably be performed during regular park hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Though it is a little sad to be losing the last seasonal version of the Wishes show, we've known for some time that Holiday Wishes was on borrowed time, and hopefully this new show can live up to the legacy of its predecessor. 

3. Another Discount Ticket announced for Florida Residents 

Tree of Life

Image: Disney

Just weeks after announcing a discounted 6-park ticket deal Disney has announced another summer discount, this time just for Florida residents. The new Get Your Ears On Ticket is available now through August 25, 2019, and can be used any three or four days, depending on ticket purchased, through Aug. 28, 2019 … with no block out dates.However, the one catch here is this ticket does not have the park hopper option. Here's the cost breakdown:

3-Day Get Your Ears On Ticket $199 (plus tax) – Less than $67 per day 

4-Day Get Your Ears On Ticket $219 (plus tax) – Less than $55 per day

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