Disney News September 2015

Here is your September 2015 Disney news round up!

The biggest news this week is that this will be the final year for The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. While it will be very sad to see them go the best part is that Disney is giving notice. So if you had wanted to see them one last time or for the first time this will be your last chance. The Osborne Lights start in early November and will conclude on January 3, 2016. This change is due to the upcoming Toy Story Land and Star Wars themed land coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

nnnoojjj382012Photo via Disney Parks Blog.

If you are coming to see the lights there are two new seasonal offerings. The first is the Merry & Bright Dessert Party from November 6 to December 30. This will include holiday themed desserts. Next is the Merry & Bright Dinner Reception which is January 1-3, 2016. It will feature a selection of small bites like beef, shrimp, and turkey as well as beer, wine, and specialty beverages.  Reservations can be made starting September 16.

Let’s hop over to the west coast with news of a new Frozen inspired stage musical for Disney’s California Adventure Park. This show it due out in summer 2016 at the Hyperion Theater. Which means this show will be replacing the current Disney’s Aladdin- A Musical Spectacular” much to the sadness of many Disney fans. Aladdin will be finished on January 10, 2016.

dad930344Photo via Disney Parks Blog.

If you have ever been to Walt Disney World for Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival and enjoy cooking, I have the thing for you!  A cookbook for the last 20 years of Food and Wine Festival.  Disney has even posted some of the recipes on their blog if you would like to try out a few of them before buying!  http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2015/09/new-cookbook-celebrates-20-years-of-epcot-international-food-wine-festival/

Lastly, there is a new special event at Walt Disney World, Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise.  This cruise will take in the Wishes fireworks from a ferry on the Seven Seas Lagoon and feature plenty of sweat treats taken from resorts and the parks with the music piped into the ferry.  It finishes with a toast of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in a souvenir glow glass.  Prices are $99 for adults and $69 for children 3-9 and reservations are available.

FTWDC79731Photo via Disney Parks Blog.

 

More FastPass+ Changes for Epcot and Hollywood Studios

If you have plans to visit Walt Disney World after June 16th, you may want to take a look at your FastPass+ reservations as there have been some changes for Epcot and Hollywood Studios.  Both parks still have tiered FastPass+ choices, but they are changing.

In Epcot, Living with the Land is now in Group 1.  Character Spot and Maelstrom have been moved to Group 2.  Now your choices will look like the following:

Group A (Choose 1)
• IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
• Test Track
• Soarin’
• Living with the Land

Group B (Choose 2)
• Captain EO
• Epcot Character Spot
• Journey Into Imagination With Figment
• Maelstrom at Norway
• Mission: SPACE Green
• Mission: SPACE Orange
• Spaceship Earth
• The Seas with Nemo & Friends
• Turtle Talk with Crush

Hollywood Studios now has The Great Movie Ride as Group 1.  Here are what the tiers look like now:

Group A (choose 1)
• Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
• Fantasmic!
• The Great Movie Ride
• Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
• Toy Story Midway Mania!
 
Group B (choose 2)
• Disney Junior – Live on Stage!
• Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
• Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
• Muppet Vision 3D
• Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
• The American Idol Experience
• The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
• Voyage of the Little Mermaid