Around the Mouse: Walt Disney World News, September 19, 2016

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Around the Mouse: Walt Disney World News, September 19, 2016

What’s New This Week?


Walt Disney World Theme Parks

Magic Kingdom Park

New! Reservations Open for New Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package: Beginning October 10, 2016, Guests will be able to experience the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package at Magic Kingdom. This is a new offering that will include a prix fixe lunch at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant and a voucher valid for reserved VIP viewing of the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade. This dining package costs $45 for adults and $17 for children, plus tax and gratuity, or one table service entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan. It’s available for booking now by calling 407-WDW-DINE or visiting


New! Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Now Open: The 21st Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival has begun! Let Epcot be your global tasting table – enjoy the longest festival yet with 62 days to taste, sip and shop culinary creations from around the world. Don’t forget to stop by the nightly Eat to the Beat Concert Series performances at America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. Here are some of the upcoming acts:

  • Sept. 19-20 – Air Supply “All Out of Love”
  • Sept. 21-23 – BoDeans NEW! “Closer to Free”
  • Sept. 24-25 – Fuel ” Hemorrhage (In My Hands)”
  • Sept 26-26 – Sugar Ray “Fly”
  • Sept 29-30 — Los Lobos “La Bamba”
  • Oct 1-2 — David Cook “Light On”

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

New! Minnie’s Halloween Dine Now at Hollywood & Vine: Minnie Mouse is inviting all of her friends to join her at Hollywood & Vine beginning Sept. 12. This character dining experience features Minnie Mouse and friends dressed for a festive Halloween celebration. Reservations are now open, and can be made by visiting or by calling 407- WDW-DINE.

New! Goofy Birthday Speciality Cupcake Now Available: Taste a scrumptious Goofy birthday sprinkles specialty cupcake now at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This cupcake will be available at the following locations: Catalina Eddie’s, Fairfax Fare, Rosie’s All-American Café, Starring Rolls Café and Trolley Car Café. This item is included in the Disney Dining Plan and will be available through Sept. 29.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

New! Holiday Brunch Returning to 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian: Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will offer its seasonal brunch hosted by 1900 Park Fare. This holiday, character dining experience will be available to Guests on select dates during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Guests can indulge in a tasty all-you-care-to-enjoy brunch buffet with custom-made omelets, carved meat stations, Mickey waffles and more for a practically perfect brunch. This prix fixe meal will cost $37 for adults and $22 for children (ages 3-9). Reservations are now available for the following dates and times: Nov. 20-26 – 12:45-2:10 p.m. and Dec. 18, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017 – 12:45-2:10 p.m. Call 407- WDW-DINE or visit for reservations and more information.

Walt Disney World Resort – General


New! Seasonal Sweets and Treats at Disney Springs: Amorette’s Patisserie in the Town Center neighborhood of Disney Springs will feature a Pumpkin Mickey cake with decadent layers of chocolate chiffon cake, milk chocolate mousse and orange blossom pate de fruit, which will be available from October 1 to 31.


The Fall Time Petit Cake will also be available at Amorette’s from September 11 to November 10. Designed to look like a birch tree with a carved “A” for Amorette’s, this cake features delicious layers of baked apple, salted caramel, milk jam and spiced chiffon cake.


At D-Luxe Burger, a Caramel Apple Shake will be available from October 1 – November 10. The creamy vanilla gelato base is perfectly complemented with tart green apple and sweet caramel flavors and topped with whipped cream and a caramel drizzle. Over in The Landing neighborhood of Disney Springs, new seasonal ganache flavors are now available at The Ganachery, Pumpkin Spice Latte and Cinnamon Apple. Additional new flavors such as Classic Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Coconut, and Creamy Peanut Butter ganache are also available.


New! Coca-Cola Polar Bear Coming to Disney Springs: A new interactive meet and greet experience will soon debut at the Coca-Cola Store, located in Town Center, the newest Disney Springs neighborhood. Guests will be able to visit the 7-foot-tall Coca-Cola Polar Bear in his home on the second level of the Coca-Cola Store where he will be sharing plenty of bear hugs, high fives and fun photo moments! There’s lots of Polar Bear themed-merchandise to take home with you, too.



Merchandise Events

Disney Springs

September 22-25 – Guests can meet artist William Silvers in The Art of Disney from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. each day.


September 21-25 – Learn more about fragrances and cosmetics by Givenchy in the Plume et Palette shop at France Pavilion in World Showcase.

New! Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Merchandise: Artwork for this year’s event merchandise was created by Disney Design Group. The team created new designs for popular merchandise programs such as “Brews Around the World,” and “Taste Your Way Around the World. ” Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak will also return for another year.



Closures and Refurbishments

Click here to view the latest renovations and closures at Walt Disney World Resort.

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