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The 7 BIG Updates from Walt Disney World (and Beyond) This Week (July 22-28, 2019)

This week at Walt Disney World, Disney announces some new holiday-themed overlays for attractions like the Tomorrowland Speedway and Space Mountain, Annual Passholders get some late summer perks, plus a brand new "ultimate" vacation package is announced

Outside Walt Disney World, Universal prepares to make a BIG announcement this week and a new house is announced for Halloween Horror Nights! 

1. New summer perks for Annual Passholders at Epcot announced

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In an effort to get more traffic for Epcot this summer, Walt Disney World has announced the following new passholder perks, which will now be available from July 29th through August 18, 2019:

  • Guaranteed seating for Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live! Annual Passholders can enter on the on the left side of the theatre and show their annual pass and photo ID for access to a special Annual Passholder section.
  • At the Fife & Drum and Block & Hans, Passholders will receive a 10% discount on non-discounted food and beverage items, including alcohol.
  • Annual Passholders who dine at Coral Reef and purchase an adult entree will receive an exclusive, complimentary dessert: prosecco ice-cream with berries, whipped cream, raspberry powder, and fresh mint. 
  • Annual Passholders will be able to purchase a secret mystery dessert at Sunshine Seasons in The Land pavilion.

2. New attraction overlays coming to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

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Just a few days after announcing new overlays for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Disney has announced that for the first time ever attraction enhancements are coming to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Here's the lineup:

  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor will have a new show
  • Space Mountain will be filled with lighting and high-energy holiday tunes
  • Tomorrowland Speedway will be filled with thousands of lights and stylized décor
  • Mad Tea Party will feature four new holiday combos of lights and music

3. Mickey's Boo to You Halloween parade gets new characters, costumes and float

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One of the biggest attractions that keeps guests coming back to this seasonal event year after year is Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, which has new elements just for this year, including the following:

  • A new Tomorrowland float featuring The Incredibles and designer extraordinaire Edna Mode followed by Buzz Lightyear and Alien explorers discovering crystalline treasures on the surface of a planetary playset float (concept art above).
  • The Haunted Mansion float will feature a new addition, the spectral Bride, who glides among the waltzing spirits.
  • Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will be wearing brand-new Halloween costumes.
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