Disney confirmed today that expansions are on the horizon for both Soarin’ in Epcot and Toy Story Midway Mania in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
A third theater will be added to Soarin’ and track will be added to Toy Story Midway Mania. The projection system and screens on Soarin’ will also be upgraded.
Adding the additional space to these two popular attractions will mean shorter wait times and fewer missed rides once the updates are completed.
Pirates of the Caribbean will be closed for refurbishment from May 11 to September 25, 2015.
Disney Studios announced today that Emma Watson will play Belle in the upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beat film. The film, directed by Bill Condon and produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, is anticipated to begin production later this year!
Watson is best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series of films.
Thanks to the Disney Blogs for breaking the news!
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Kali River Rapids will be closed for refurbishment until February 2.
Check out these photos from Tumblr user Zach of his friend’s service dog posing with characters throughout Walt Disney World. The cute little Corgi met Snow White, Cinderella, Donald Duck, Peter Pan and many others during his visit.
Disney Parks Blog released the first image of the new 2015 runDisney New Balance shoes. This year’s special edition 990v3 shoes will be available for the first time at this weekend’s runDisney Health and Fitness Expo at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
The grey and black shoes are a retro style and not the flashy, brightly colored shoes from 2014. However, if you were a fan of last year’s look, a limited number of the 860v4 Sorcerer Mickey and Pink Minnie as well as the 890v4 Goofy and Cinderella shoes will be available during Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend and during the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend presented by Sierra Nevada Corporation at Disneyland Resort, January 15-18.
Also new this year is the virtual queue New Balance has created to let you know when it’s your turn to be fitted and purchase your new kicks. Beginning tomorrow, January 7, starting at 6 a.m., runners can sign up at NBvirtualqueue.com using their bib number. All other guests can sign up beginning Thursday, January 8 at 6 a.m.
For more information about runDisney events, visit runDisney.com.
Push up challenge with Gaston
Just in case you’ve managed to miss this one…Never challenge Gaston to a push up contest!
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Walt Disney World has confirmed that removal of the Sorcerer’s Hat from Disney’s Hollywood Studios will begin on January 7. Installed as part of the 100th anniversary of Walt Disney’s birth in 2001, the hat will have actually been part of the park’s skyline longer than not.
No official announcements have been made yet as to what the park has in store considering all of the recent closures, but rumors of Star Wars and Pixar themed areas abound.
A new steakhouse will open at Disney Springs in 2015.
STK Orlando, owned by The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc., will be located in the new Landing area of Disney Springs. At 14,000 square feet and two-stories tall, STK Orlando will be one of the largest STK locations in the world.
“We are thrilled to join the Disney Springs family with the launch of STK Orlando,” Jonathan Segal, CEO of The ONE Group said. “The combination of an innovative menu and high-energy atmosphere has driven the success of STK, and we believe it will be an ideal addition to Disney Springs, and will help further cement its status as a place for friends and family to gather for fine dining and entertainment.”
For more information about STK Orlando, check out the Downtown Disney (soon to be Disney Springs) website as well as the STK website.
Check out this article from the New York Times. Stay tuned for the full story tomorrow!
A fire started last night on an area of fake grass on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train following the Magic Kingdom fireworks.
No one was injured and the fire did not damage the train itself. The fire started some time before 11pm and the attraction reopened around midnight.
The Reedy Creek Fire Department responded to the fire.
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