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 September 9th, 2019 edition of New Week, New Dis!
Walt Disney World
Of course, the big news this week was Hurricane Dorian making its way across the Atlantic, through the Bahamas and up the US Coast. Thankfully, Dorian did not travel far enough inland to cause any significant damage to Walt Disney World, but others in the path of the storm were not so lucky.
In response to the destruction and loss left by Hurricane Dorian, The Walt Disney Company, led by Disney Cruise Line, has committed more than $1 million in cash and in-kind support to help relief and recovery efforts for those in The Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian. Disney’s commitment includes a $1 million donation to non-profit relief agencies who will be undertaking recovery and rebuilding efforts, as well as the provision of supplies – including food staples and basic construction materials – to those in impacted areas.
For Canadians wishing to help support Hurricane Dorian Relief Funds, you can donate directly to the Canadian Red Cross here:
Festival of the Arts Dates Announced
Several years old now, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts returns again in 2020, much to the delight of fans of all art mediums.
Live concerts, art performances, workshops, art signings, and of course, the culinary arts are all on display as this popular festival is returning January 17 through February 24, 2020.
January is also host to some new experiences in Epcot. Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along, Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360 and “Awesome Planet” are all making their debuts alongside the Festival of the Arts.
Once again, the Disney on Broadway Concert Series will also accompany the festival in the America Gardens Theater. Disney on Broadway stars pair up to perform their favourite songs from a range of award-winning productions.
Mobile Ordering in Galaxy’s Edge
As Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge gets into full swing, Disney announced that a number of the dining locations will now be available through Mobile Ordering.
Mobile Ordering allows guests to purchase food and drink items through the My Disney Experience app and then notify the dining location when they have arrived. Shortly thereafter, the guest will receive a notification that their food is ready to be picked up at the designated Mobile Ordering pick-up counter.
The latest locations to be added from Batuu are the Milk Stand, Ronto Roasters and Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo.
This is an excellent way to save time in any Disney Park, but especially in Galaxy’s Edge. Not having to wait to order food can really cut down on the time lost in the land. We always highly recommend Mobile Ordering, though you do need to make sure you have a strong internet connection to do so.
Unfortunately, using the mobile order service does not guarantee entry to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, so we recommend only using it once you have actually landed on Batuu and not on your way to the Black Spire Outpost.
Big Thunder Celebrates 40 years
One of our favourite classic Disney attractions celebrated its 40th anniversary this week. On Sept 2nd, 1979, the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad debuted after evolving from a few older iterations of tamer train rides. Definitely one of the more thrilling rides in Disneyland, this “wildest ride in the wilderness” is full of hidden nods to different Disney-related folks.
The Disney Parks Blog shared a detailed history as the ride has some truly magnificent details that you don’t always spot at first glance as you’re railing past. The attraction, located in Disneyland (set in the town of Rainbow Ridge) is definitely the original in the series. Since 1979, 3 other iterations have found their way to Walt Disney World in Florida, Tokyo Disney Resort and Disneyland Paris.
Be sure to check out the Disney Parks Blog post for all of the details!
New Eats in Downtown Disney
One new location and a revamp of an existing location, Downtown Disney is expected to see some new looks in the holiday season and into 2020.
First up, the Jamba Juice location is getting a refresh as the company rebrands to simply, “Jamba”, expected to reopen in early 2020. The décor, alongside classic smoothies, juices and bowls, will get a modernization to reflect the company’s California roots.
Also announced this week was a new dining location “Asian Street Eats” by Chef Hung Huynh. Chef Huynh came to fame after winning season 3 of Top Chef. Now, he’s partnering with the same company that owns the Earl of Sandwich to bring this trendy take-out window to Downtown Disney. The menu features pot stickers, scallion pancake wraps and mixed rice bowls, not to mention strawberry or mango mochi to finish off your meal.
50th Anniversary Gingerbread House in Haunted Mansion
Standing 10 feet tall, this year’s Gingerbread House inside the Haunted Mansion pays homage to the place it has called home for the last 50 years.
A gingerbread replica of the Haunted Mansion has now been installed inside the attraction. This tradition has happened every year since 2001 and can now be seen alongside the Nightmare Before Christmas overlays in the attraction as well.
6 Disney bakers toiled for 13 days to bring designer Tim Wollweber’s vision to life.
To give some perspective, this baked abode is a product of over 30 lbs of gingerbread, 75 lbs of powdered sugar, 120 lbs of frosting and icing and 140 lbs of fondant. That’s one incredible baking project!
Guests can experience this unique addition to the Haunted Mansion from now until the end of the holiday season.
Thanks for taking the time to catch up on all the Disney news from the past 7 days. Check in again next week for our latest edition of New Week, New Dis! or catch up on the information from last week.