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Kermit Spaceship Earth

This week at Walt Disney World, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind gets an opening date (and an upcharge), Spaceship Earth goes green with Kermit the Frog, plus a massive restaurant refurbishment is announced! 

Outside Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort gets up-close character meet and greets again, a new character backdrop is available at Universal Studios Florida, plus Peppa Pig Theme Park extends hours to try and control crowds. 

1. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind gets opening date and paid-for preview

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Walt Disney World has announced a May 27 opening for EPCOT's Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind roller coaster. Disney has updated the attraction's webpage to include a countdown clock and important information about the attraction including height restrictions and more 

Disney has confirmed that advance previews for this attraction will be held for Cast Members Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members in the coming weeks.  Emails will be going out in the coming weeks that will contain more information for these groups wanting to sign up for their chance to experience this attraction before its opening date. 

Interestingly, D23 Gold Members will be able to buy tickets for a special upcharge preview of this attraction that will allow these guests to experience this attraction during a special one day event on May 15. Tickets for this advanced preview of this attraction will cost $40 per person, and tickets go on sale for D23 Gold Members on Tuesday April 12.  

2. Spaceship Earth turns green for Earth Month with the help of Kermit the Frog

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EPCOT is celebrating Earth Month by going green with everyone's favorite frog, Kermit! You can check out a video of this icon turning green as part of Disney's Planet Possible Earth Month celebration here. As you can see in the video, Spaceship Earth is powered efficiently with 100% LED lighting, making it a great beacon for conservation. 

3. Narcoossee's at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort closing for refurbishment this summer

Table service restaurant Narcoossee's at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort will be closing June 18, for refurbishment. No information has been released about how long this restaurant will be closed for and what changes we might see come to this restaurant, but we do know that a reopening is expected before the end of the year. In the meantime, neighboring restaurant Citricos will be available for an extended 7 days a week while Narcoossee's is unavailable. 

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