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8 BIG Updates from Walt Disney World This Week (October 14-20, 2019)

This week at Walt Disney World, a free (with admission) trick or treating opportunity is announced for Halloween, several characters get new homes, plus the Disney Skyliner reopens and Star Wars: Galalxy's Edge removes some of its theming

Outside Walt Disney World, Universal officially announces a new show set to hit Universal Studios Florida in 2020, plus new annual passholder perks are announced! 

1. Trick or treating and special character appearances come to Typhoon Lagoon for Halloween

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Cooler, fall temperatures may have finally arrived in Central Florida, but Disney's Typhoon Lagoon water park is still open and if you are looking for a fun way to spend Halloween at Walt Disney World (and you didn't get a ticket to the now sold-out Mickey's Not-so-scary Halloween Party on October 31st), there are some fun special activities happening at the water park on Halloween only:

  • Trick or Treating: guests can visit three different treat stops at Typhoon Lagoon on October 31st only to grab some Halloween goodies! Treat stops will be at the park's front entrance, Singapore Sal’s, and Safe Harbor.
  • I-Scream Cone: Available on Halloween only, this special ice cream treat features Orange Dole Whip Soft Serve, a sandwich cookie waffle cone, colorful Halloween sprinkles and a white chocolate surfboard.
  • Halloween character greetings: Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck are ready to celebrate Halloween near the Clock Tower and will be posing for pictures in Pirate Halloween costumes! 
  • Halloween craft: guests who visit Typhoon Lagoon on Halloween can decorate their very own mini-pumpkin in a special holiday crafting area.

2. Timon and Rafiki now meeting guests at Disney's Animal Kingdom


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Though the limited time "Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party" ended several weeks ago at Disney's Animal Kingdom, guests can still meet two characters from The Lion King, as Timon and Rafiki are now meeting guests daily in the Character Landing area of the park (which formerly housed a Pocahontas meet and greet). 

3. Docking Bay 7 menu removes Star Wars-inspired food names at Disney's Hollywood Studios

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Though we've previously lauded how Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge separates itself from the rest of Disney's Hollywood Studios, it looks like some of the ways this land made itself feel like part of a galaxy far, far away may have been a bit too confusing for guests.

Quick service eatery Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo recently updated its menu to feature more straightforward food names, removing all of the Star Wars theming from the menu. So, instead of wondering what Braised Shaak Roast, Smoked Kaadu Ribs or Roasted Endorian Tip-Yip Salad are, guests will now simply order Beef Pot Roast, Smoked Pork Ribs or a Roasted Chicken Salad. 

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