It’s the weekly round-up of all the Disney Parks news to come out within the past 7 days! No rumours or hearsay…just good old-fashioned official Disney announcements broken down into bite-sized pieces so you can get all of the important info right at your fingertips. So, without further ado, please enjoy the August 12th, 2019 edition of New Week, New Dis!
Walt Disney World
Oga’s Cantina, Savi’s Workshop and the Droid Depot now take reservations!
It was a big surprise to everyone when Walt Disney World announced that they would start accepting reservations for some of the most highly anticipated experiences in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. From day 1, My Disney Experience was at capacity, with guests travelling to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the next 180-days all vying for the coveted reservations.
Time slots are limited, given the size of each location. Oga’s Cantina is relatively small, since it’s only a Lounge, not a Quick-Service restaurant. Instead of a room full of seating, most of Oga’s Cantina is standing room. Also, in anticipation of its popularity, guests with reservations will be limited to 45 minutes and a 2-drink maximum per person (they don’t want to over-serve you in that time).
Similarly, Savi’s Workshop is a unique experience with limited space available. Guests construct their very own lightsabers, from a variety of parts and pieces. Choose a theme for your selection of parts, including: Peace and Justice, Power and Control, Elemental Nature or Protection and Defense. Also pick your kyber crystal, giving your lightsaber its signature colour. This highly immersive experience is $199 USD and only allows one additional guest to accompany you on your build. There are all sorts of policies around this experience to prevent people from transferring their reservations (including the possibility of being required to present your reservation confirmation, photo ID and the credit card provided at the time of booking). Make sure you read the policies carefully.
Lastly, the Droid Depot is also expected to be a popular destination. Guests can build a customized BB-series droid or an R-series droid from a variety of parts. Once the droid is assembled, it will be paired with a remote control and you’re on your way. The $99.99 USD price tag is a little easier to handle, but it’s still on the more expensive side for an add-on experience.
Beatrix is Opening at Disney Springs
Disney Springs continues to expand its dining offerings, with the announcement of a new restaurant announced this week. Beatrix is a “neighbourhood restaurant, coffeehouse and grab-and-go market”, which features many healthy options on its menu.
Owned by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, this will be their first restaurant in Florida. The menu features many vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes as well as freshly-squeezed juice cocktails. In addition to the restaurant, Beatrix will also offer a bakery and a full-service bar.
You can find Beatrix, when it opens (tentatively this winter) at Disney Springs West Side.
Walt Disney World to host the Special Olympic USA Games in 2022
This week, Disney announced that they will be the official host of the Special Olympic USA Games in 2022. The ESPN Wide World of Sports complex will be the epicentre as the games will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics Florida. Thousands of volunteers are required to run the games and Disney is proud to continue its long-standing partnership with the Special Olympics
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Opens at Disney’s Grand Floridian
This week, the third Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique officially opened at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. As one of the most coveted reservations for young princesses (and knights), this gives guests even more options in addition to the Magic Kingdom and Disney Springs locations.
The Fairy Godmothers-in-training primp and pamper the guests who attend as they complete a royal transformation with hair-styling, makeup, nails, accessories and even Disney Princess costumes. Princess Packages start at $99.95 USD and book up early, so make your reservations ahead of time if you can.
Mobile Ordering Expands in Disneyland
The success of mobile ordering at Disneyland continues as Disney announced 6 new locations will now offer mobile ordering.
At Disney’s California Adventure park, the following locations have been added to the mobile ordering participating restaurants:
- Pacific Wharf Distribution Co.
- Rita’s Baja Blenders
- Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats
Across the way at Disneyland park, Troubadour Tavern and the Mint Julep Bar now offer ordering through the Disneyland app.
The consistent roll-out of mobile ordering will likely keep going until all quick-service restaurants have this option available. Expect more additions to the list in the coming months!
Hong Kong Disneyland
New Sleeping Beauty Castle Towers
The iconic centrepiece of Hong Kong Disneyland is getting a major renovation. 13 new themed castle towers and spires will be added to the castle between now and a yet to be announced debut date next year. Each themed tower will represent a different Disney Princess or heroine.
The list includes:
- Snow White
- Elsa & Anna
As a celebration of “diversity, inclusion and unity”, the new towers are meant to inspire guests who dare to dream big. Once the transformation is complete, the castle will stand as the home to a new daytime show as well as a new nighttime spectacular.
We can’t wait to see the new towers come together and give a new and unique look to Hong Kong Disneyland!