Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 7/9/14

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Hello all! Today, I bring just a few smaller things you may need to know that are currently taking place at Walt Disney World. In addition, I’ve got some details that you may need to know if you have a trip scheduled for later this fall. These are just a few minor notes that could be beneficial for you to know as you progress with your planning process. So, here we go:

  • First, we have a couple of refurbishments I wanted to note. Currently, It’s Tough To Be a Bug at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is closed until August 10, reopening on August 11. Moving over to the Magic Kingdom, the Walt Disney World Railroad will see maintenance work from September 28 through November 8, reopening on November 9. Finally, Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park will see its annual refurbishment from January 4 through March 14, reopening on March 15.
  • We all know that Kouzzina will be closing at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn on September 30. The location will be re-open later this year as an all new restaurant. In the interim, Flying Fish Cafe will be offering breakfast beginning on October 1 and lasting until December 7. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and will include dishes like a waffle with tiramisu mascarpone, frittata with roasted red pepper and prosciutto, and soft polenta with fennel sausage.
  • Guests who are still cheering on their favorite World Cup teams will now have two more locations to watch the final games from. At Epcot, guests can choose to watch from the Festival Center (the former Wonders of Life Pavilion, which is located between Mission: SPACE and Ellen’s Energy Adventure). The Festival Center will open one hour before game timem and food and beverages will be sold at this location. Guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom can visit Restaurantosaurus to view the remaining games. There are three games remaining, with the World Cup Final taking place at 3:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, July 13.
  • The minimum age to travel alone on Disney’s Magical Express has been lowered. The age for unaccompanied minors is now 12. It had previously been 16.
  • Beginning on July 27, PhotoPass print packages will no longer be offered for sale table-side at select restaurants, including ‘Ohana, 1900 Park Fare, Chef Mickey’s, Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and Tusker House Restaurant. At Cindrella’s Royal Table and Akershus, PhotoPass print packages will be available until January 4, 2015. Beginning January 5, the inclusive photo package option will be discontinued. Once the PhotoPass print packages are discontinued, guests will need to view and purchase photos via the My Disney Experience app and website.

That’s it for this edition of Newsworthy Notes…what are your thoughts?

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Posted on July 9, 2014

12 Responses to “Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 7/9/14”

  • Does this mean that photos taken at these restaurants will be included with all other photos at no extra charge if you purchase memory maker?

    • I believe if you have Memory Maker, they will be included with your photos in your My Disney Experience account. If you did not purchase Memory Maker, then you will have the option to purchase those photos via the My Disney Experience site.

  • This makes 2 years in a row the railroad will be closed during our trip. Not the end of the world but still a disappointment.

    • For me as well Jennifer :( I wonder if they do it during the time of the MNSSHP for a reason? They do use areas nearby the stations as trick or treat trails… congestion??

  • The pressing question on my mind: Will the waffles at Flying Fish be Mickey shaped? Because I can’t resist a Mickey shaped waffle..

  • At CRT, the price has long been advertised as “including a photo package”. Now that this is ending, any word on if the price of the meal will be lowered?

    (OK, don’t everyone laugh at once.)

    • I’m so sad about the loss of the photo package! Downloading photo files just isn’t as fun as those cute photo folders. It takes me forever after a trip to get my digital photos in a book or frame. It was nice to have printed photos ready to display right when we arrived home as a reminder of the trip and as a way to cope with Disney withdrawal.

    • It would be nice…but unfortunately the meal will be remaining at the same price.

  • I am making our first family trip and was looking forward to pictures from Akershus, Tusker House and Chef Mickey’s to display when we first get home. Our trip is in November. Will they still be offering them on site or just as a digital form?

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