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The 8 BIG Updates from Walt Disney World This Week (October 21-27, 2019)

This week at Walt Disney World, Star Tours gets a new destination, an unexpected price hike is announced, plus a new weekly event is announced for Disney's Animal Kingdom! 

Outside Walt Disney World, Universal confirms an ambitious opening target for Universal's Epic Universe, plus SeaWorld parks announce an amazing new dining deal! 

1. Star Tours gets another new destination for the opening of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Image: Disney

Just as they did for the premieres of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Star Tours will be adding a new destination from the new Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker film: Kef Bir. This ocean moon was featured in the recently-released trailer for this upcoming film, and though details are scarce at the moment about what exactly Star Tours'  visit to this new location will entail, Disney has released the above concept art showcasing this new location. 

Though Star Tours isn't technically in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, the final sequence in this attraction "connects" it to this land (both at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disneyland), and hopefully this new addition will bring Star Wars fans to the parks during the busy holiday season

2. 2019 Disney holiday TV special filming to take place early next mont

As they have done in years past, Disney will be taping several holiday TV specials at Walt Disney World for ABC and Freeform. This year's filming will kick off at Disney's Hollywood Studios on November 7, and will then travel to the Magic Kingdom on November 9 and 10. No parade will be filmed at Walt Disney World this year, but stage show performances including musical guests and celebrity appearances will be shot over these three days. 

3. Pin Thursdays announced for Disney's Animal Kingdom

Chip and Dale pins

Image: Martin Lewison, Flickr (license)

Beginning this week, every Thursday, guests visiting Disney's Animal Kingdom will be able to visit select merchandise locations to trade Cast Members for limited edition or limited release pins. Guests can visit the Discovery Trading Company and the Africa hub cart to get these special pins. 
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