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

This week at Walt Disney World, Disney announces a new nighttime show for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, a new dance party is announced for Disney Springs, plus a Tomorrowland favorite unexpectedly closes for refurbishment. 

Outside Walt Disney World, Universal confirms a brand new house for Halloween Horror Nights, SeaWorld announces yet another discount, plus a new concert series kicks off

1. Astro Orbiter closes for unplanned refurbishment

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Though it was unannounced, the Astro Orbiter at the Magic Kingdom closed down last week, and will remain closed as part of an unplanned refurbishment until at least the middle of next month, with a tentative reopening date of August 15 2019.

2. Descendants 3 Dance Party coming to Disney Springs and then the Magic Kingdom

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Disney Springs will host the all new DescenDANCE Party in celebration of the release of the Descendants 3 movie. The dance party will take place July 26 - August 11 2019, from 7:30pm to 10:30pm on the Marketplace Stage at Disney Springs before moving to Tomorrowland for Mickey's Not-so-Scary Halloween Party beginning on August 16.

3. Disney's Not-So-Spooky Spectacular announced for Mickey's Not-so-Scary Halloween Party 

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Disney has finally announced that the long-running Happy HalloWishes will not be returning, and its its place will be a new show that will feature state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, lighting and dazzling fireworks that come together to tell a not-so-scary story about how anything can happen on Halloween night.

According to Disney the show will be hosted by Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” serving as the host. Jack’s ghost dog, Zero, will carry everyone along on a trick-or-treating adventure, where four friends – Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy – find themselves drawn into a mysterious haunted house. Their journey takes them from one room of the house to another, encountering dancing skeletons, waltzing ghosts and a whole series of troublemaking Disney villains.

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