What’s New Around the Mouse {Disney Parks, Universal Orlando, and Refurbishments}

What’s New for Week of Jan 14, 2014 – Walt Disney World, Disneyland & Universal Orlando News

There are new things popping up every day at the Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and Universal Orlando Resort.   Join us every week as I share all the inside information to help you get the most out of your Orlando travel!

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New! Monorail Operational Adjustments Coming Jan 21: Beginning January 21, 2014, monorail service on the Magic Kingdom Resort and Express beams will be temporarily unavailable on weekdays during non peak times, between 11:30am and 7:00pm, to accommodate planned maintenance. During the temporary schedule adjustment beginning January 21, 2014 through the end of March, 2014, watercraft and additional buses will be available to transport Guests to their destinations. The Epcot beam will continue normal operations.

New! Magic Kingdom Crane Returns: Warning! Your photos of Cinderella’s Castle will probably include a crane from now until late March. There will be a construction crane behind Cinderella’s Castle at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World starting after park closing Jan. 13 through March 27. The crane will be used to remove the Dream Lights and perform other routine maintenance, like painting.

New! First Look: Maleficent Joins the ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade,’ Coming to Magic Kingdom Park:  Disney Parks Blog teased the new Festival of Fantasy Parade with some mystery photos last week. This week, they revealed a first look at this impressive addition representing Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty” shown in an enormous, Steampunkinspired dragon.

New! Construction Begins For AVATARInspired Land At Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Last week, leaders from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and Lightstorm Entertainment kicked off the largest expansion in Disney’s Animal Kingdom history with a ceremonial groundbreaking for the park’s new AVATARinspired land with blue, Na’viinspired
shovels. They were joined by a Na’vi, showing the scale of characters from the “AVATAR” film.

New! Spice Road Table Soft Opening at Epcot: Although it’s just in a soft opening phase right now, Spice Road Table is open for business! The official opening with lively fanfare will be announced soon, and we’ll have details on the blog for the all new food offerings located along World Showcase Lagoon, featuring Mediterranean small plates, specialty wines, beers and aperitifs from the region.

New! Fastpass+ Update: A new test of Disney FastPass+ service began at Magic Kingdom Park on Jan. 14. This test allows all Guests visiting Magic Kingdom Park (including those not staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel) the ability to make three FastPass+ selections for the current day at that theme park using FastPass+ kiosks. Disney’s FASTPASS Service (using paper FASTPASS tickets) will not be available throughout the duration of this test at Magic Kingdom Park.

New! Meet a Real Firefighter at ‘Where’s the Fire‘: Come meet a real firefighter up close and personal! Liberty Mutual Insurance is proud to present Reedy Creek firefighters at the “Where’s the Fire?” exhibit in
Innoventions West. Kids of all ages will enjoy learning how to keep themselves and their homes safe from fire. These firefighters will share helpful hints on fire safety and prevention. This interactive presentation allows Guests to gain knowledge and confidence on what to do in case of an emergency at 10 & 11
a.m.; 1, 2, 3 & 4 p.m.

New! All Four Food Trucks Now Open at Downtown Disney West Side: New Disney food trucks
showcase favorite dishes from Disney Parks around the world. From decor to savory culinary creations, each of the four trucks is themed to be distinctly Disney. Home to the Downtown Disney Area, the four can be found on the Downtown Disney West Side Wednesday-Sunday from 5 to 11 p.m. Here’s a closer look at each of the trucks and their full menus:
Fantasy Fare — serving favorites from Disneyland Park, Magic Kingdom Theme Park and Hong Kong Disneyland
▪ Croque Monsieur with housemade chips from Magic Kingdom Theme Park
▪ Glass Noodle Salad with chicken and pickled vegetables from Hong Kong Disneyland
▪ HandDipped Corn Dog with housemade chips from Disneyland Park

World Showcase of Flavors — featuring top picks from Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

▪ Pierogies with kielbasa and caramelized onions
▪ Lobster Roll with housemade chips
▪ Grass Fed Beef Sliders with Monterey jack, sweethot
pickles and housemade chips

Namaste Café — inspired by Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
▪ Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice, naan and pickled vegetables
▪ Slow Cooked Beef Short Ribs with Basmati Rice, naan and pickled vegetables
▪ Tandori Spiced Shrimp with Basmati Rice, naan and pickled vegetables
Superstar Catering — meatball dishes fit for the stars of Disney’s Hollywood Studios
▪ Spinach and Feta Beef Meatball Sandwich with arugulafennel
▪ Turkey Sausage and Golden Raisin Meatballs on soft polenta
▪ Lamb Meatball Flatbread Sandwich with tzatziki, vegetable relish and arugulafennel
▪ Kid’s Meatball Sliders (for Guests ages 9 and under)

New! “Glow With the Show” Ear Hats Unavailable for Purchase Until Early March: Due to an
overwhelming Guest interest, Merchandise locations at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom
Park have sold through their inventory of “Glow With the Show” ear hats. “Glow With the Show” ear hat
inventory will return to normal in early March. At that time, it will be available for Guests to purchase.

New! Downtown Disney AMC Theatres Showing ‘Classic’ Movies: While you won’t be shocked to find all the newest films here, you might be surprised that AMC often brings ‘classic’ films back to the big
screen. Over the next month, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Groundhog Day,” and “Sleepless in Seattle” will be

New 2014 Promotion Begins Disney Family Time Resolutions: Disney launched
Disney Resolutions where Disney celebrities are sharing how they plan to resolve to spend more time
with family in 2014. A new video will be uploaded everyday in January. On disney.com/resolutions, they are
also awarding a vacation a day from December 31, 2013 through January 31, 2014! So enter every day for
your chance to win because this is the year to spend more quality time with the people you love most. Good

How awesome!  And, that’s not all!  For a FULL LIST of  more Disney Parks and Universal Studios Happenings, as well as park refurbishments, and closures, visit Around the Mouse for the Week of January 14, 2014!


Carrie (887 Posts)

Carrie is the author and founder of A Princess and Her Pirates. She likes to share her Disney travel tips, crafts, recipes, and ways that she finds JOY everyday in her life! She believes that everyday brings new joy, and that everyone needs to have a little happiness in their life! She is the wife to a sweet pastor, and mom to three kiddos-twin boys and a princess girl. Carrie is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, where she enjoys making MAGICAL vacation memories for everyone! Contact her today at carrie@destinationsinflorida.com to start YOUR vacation planning!

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