BIG Disney + updates, the opening of a brand NEW ride, and more – this week has been FULL of Disney news!
If you’re looking for one central location where you can find all of the latest updates, you’re in the right place. Let’s go through our weekly Disney news roundup!
In HUGE Disney news, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind has finally officially opened in EPCOT!
We’ve shared all kinds of opening day coverage (including a look at opening day CROWDS) and other news that could be helpful if you’ll be trying to get on this ride in the upcoming days / weeks / months.
To see how QUICKLY the virtual queue sold out on the ride’s opening day, click here (spoiler alert: it was VERY QUICK). To learn more about the ride’s pay-per-ride option and how much it costs, click here. And you can click here to see how FAST that pay-per-ride option sold out.
We got to ride the attraction some time ago during a media preview, and we’ve got a FULL review of the ride that you can read here. Or you can opt for the spoiler-free version by clicking here. And you can just see the queue if you want by reading our queue-specific post.
What about motion sickness? We’ve got a full post just about whether Guardians could make you sick!
The ride is COVERED in easter eggs (including some retro EPCOT references you won’t want to miss!). Click here to learn about those! Get a FULL guide to the Cosmic Rewind merchandise here, and check out a sneak peek at the on-ride photo that will be featured in the ride!
Want to learn the NEW Disney language that can help you as you ride Guardians of the Galaxy? Click here! And check out our FAQ about the ride here.
We’ll continue to look for more updates about this ride and we’ll share ALL of the tips, tricks, and news with you!
Click here to learn the TRUTH about Cosmic Rewind
Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue News!
This week has been an exciting one when it comes to Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revuewhich will be returning to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds soon.
First we got a look at the pricing and showtimes for the dinner show. You can see some of that information in the image below, showing the 3 seating categories and the prices for each. This is important information for you to keep in mind as you make upcoming reservations for this spot.
Speaking of reservations, reservations for Hoop-Dee-Doo are now available, so you can get booking!
And if you’re wondering what CHANGES are being made to the show, we’ve got a post full of details about what to expect when you visit this year. Some of the changes will include updates to scripts, scenery, lighting, and audio.
Click here to learn more about Hoop-Dee-Doo!
Festival of the Lion King CHANGES
We had previously shared that the tumble monkeys and acrobatic bird sections of Festival of the Lion King would be returning, but this week we got even MORE updates.
Disney has shared that the current The Celebration of the Festival of the Lion King will be unavailable from July 5th-15th as Disney prepares for the return of those elements of the Festival of the Lion King show.
It is scheduled to reopen on July 16th with the tumble monkeys and acrobatic birds! So be sure to keep this information in mind when timing your trips!
Click here to see our full post on the changes coming!
A NEW Interactive Disney Store
You may love shopping within Disney World, but soon you’ll be able to shop for Disney items in a new store unlike anything you’ve seen before. A brand NEW interactive Disney store is coming soon to Orlando.
It’ll be on the bottom floor of a parking garage that will also feature a giant animated art display of Disney characters! The store will have merchandise and offer ticket sales, and it will also have the first-ever interactive Disney Vacation Club Virtual Discovery Station that’ll offer first-person virtual tours, photo galleries, and videos!
Click here to see more about this store and art display!
Missing Snacks, a CHANGE in Free Water from Starbucks, and More
This week was quite the week for food news. In terms of HUGE updates, there’s been a CHANGE with how you get free water from Starbucks, specifically over at Magic Kingdom. From what we’ve seen, Magic Kingdom’s Starbucks location is no longer offering free water in venti cups, but instead is using small red cups. Click here to read our full post on the situation.
But that’s not the only change that was made in Magic Kingdom this week. Disney also changed when guests can buy the Fresh Fruit Nutella Waffle. It’s now available all day!
Also at Magic Kingdom we’ve found the iconic Citrus Swirl treat to be quite the UNRELIABLE snack, in terms of whether or not it’s even available. See our full post with all the details here.
At EPCOT, a guest favorite snack has gone missing! If the gingerbread caramel cookie sandwich was a must-get for you, you might have to opt for making at home instead!
Also at EPCOT, Eat to the Beat dining packages (for EPCOT’s 2022 Food and Wine Festival) are now available to book for select datesso make sure you get in those reservations!
At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can find the iconic Fuzzy Tauntaun drink at Oga’s Cantina. While it’s still on the menu in Disney World, we’ve gotten an update about some potential CHANGES to the drink that might be on the way.Plus it’s experiencing some trouble over in Disneyland. Is Disney trying to get rid of this drink? See all about our investigation here!
And there’s more snack news from Disney World this week. Recent peanut butter recalls have led to a MISSING menu items in Disney World. If you’re a peanut butter fan, be aware that some treats in the parks that utilize peanut butter may be temporarily unavailable due to the recall issue.
And finally, an Encanto-themed DOLE Whip treat and more are coming soon to an EXCLUSIVE Disney World event – H2O Glow After Hours at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park!
That’s right – you’ll have to head to a water park to grab a “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” -inspired DOLE Whip! Maybe we do talk about Bruno after all!
Speaking of changes, Disney World has CHANGED how Annual Passholders get discounts – see more details here!
Mandalorian Season 3 UPDATE!
This weekend is Star Wars Celebration and there have already been some HUGE reveals. We’ve seen a trailer for the Andor series, a first look at the new Indiana Jones movie, and other Lucasfilm updates.
But, perhaps one of the most exciting things is that Lucasfilm officially announced that season 3 of The Mandalorian will premiere on Disney + in February of 2023!
We can not wait to see the Mandalorian and Baby Yoda back at it again on all kinds of exciting adventures!
Get a FIRST LOOK at some NEW Star Wars merchandise here!
Of course, other news stories were also shared this week. Check those out below:
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What Disney news from this week surprised you the most? Tell us in the comments!