This week at Walt Disney World, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is set to return this fall, a new Star Wars experience replaces the NBA Experience at Disney Springs (for now) plus a new perk for Genie+ purchasers is announced!  

Outside Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort announces new perks for annual passholders plus the Hogwarts Express gets a quick refurbishment. 

1. Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party set to return this fall

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After the success of the expensive Halloween-themed After Hours Boo Bash events, some believed that Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party was officially a thing of the past. However, Disney has announced that this fan-favorite event will be returning in 2022 with all the entertainment guests have come to expect from Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party including the Boo to You parade, Hocus Pocus Spelltacular show and themed character greetings. This year's event will kick off on August 12 and run for 37 select nights through October 31. Tickets run from $109 to $199 and go on sale later this month on May 18. Walt Disney World resort guests can get a head start on purchasing tickets starting May 12.

2. Star Wars VR demonstration coming to former NBA Experience building for now

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Though we still don't know the long-term future of the giant building that formerly housed the NBA Experience at Disney Springs, in the short term this space will be home to a new Star Wars-themed VR demonstration. The Meta Quest Virtual Reality Experience featuring ILMxLAB's Star Wars: Tales from Galaxy's Edge will be available for guests to check out for a limited time from May 2 through July 27. The experience is free of charge and will allow guests to try out Quest 2 headsets and experience Batuu in 360-degree VR.

3. New on-ride video preview released for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind 

The countdown is on for the official grand opening of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind later this month and while we're waiting for this ride to officially debut Disney has released a teaser video this week showing off some on-ride footage of this attraction. You can check out the video above and experience this attraction for yourself when it officially opens on May 27 at EPCOT.

4. Disney offers new look at upcoming Star Wars-themed MagicBand+

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Ever since it was announced last year, details have been scarce about Disney's MagicBand+ project. However, this week Disney showcased a new Star Wars MagicBand+ design on social media, teasing that the new device is coming "later this year." When Disney first confirmed the MagicBand+ wristband last year it was announced that this advanced wearable will unlock new interactive experiences that react in real-time in the parks by lighting up, vibrating, and more. Here is Disney's official list of some of the interactive moments guests can experience with MagicBand+:

  • Play like a bounty hunter in a galaxy far, far away and find virtual bounties throughout Black Spire Outpost in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. 
  • Interact with the “Disney Fab 50 Character Collection,” the golden sculptures spread throughout the Walt Disney World theme parks.
  • Experience nighttime spectaculars in a new way as you see your band light up and complement the magic in the skies, including “Harmonious” at EPCOT and “Disney Enchantment” at Magic Kingdom.

No further details about when these new wristbands will be available (or how much they will cost) have been announced. 



I’m curious how this band interacts with alexa. Guess we’ll see as the first people try out MB+ in the parks this week.

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