Walt Disney World Adds Three Quick Service Eating Options at Magic Kingdom, Adjusts Operating Hours of Three Eating Options at DHS

Walt Disney World has opened two more quick service options at the Magic Kingdom as the park continues it’s phased re-opening from the COVID-19 shutdown.

In Fantasyland the Friar’s Nook has re-opened along with the Advetnureland Spring Roll Cart.  Both re-opened yesterday.

In Tomorrowland, The Lunching Pad will also re-open on October 9th.

Meanwhile at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney announced new operating hours at three restaurants.  These new hours will go into effect on October 4th.

Disney will be changing the closing time for Backlot Express from 4 PM to 5 PM.

PizzeRizzo will reduce hours to 11 AM – 5 PM from the previous 11:30 AM – 6:30 PM.

Ronto Roasters will get it hours reduced to 9:30 AM – 3 PM (currently 9:30 AM – 8 PM). Ronto Wraps will still be available at Docking Bay 7 after Ronto Roasters closes each day.

Fantasyland-Themed Disney Tsum Tsum Coming to Disney Parks on July 22nd

Disney has announced that Fantasyland-themed Disney Tsum Tsum are coming to select merchandise locations at Disney Parks on July 22nd.

These three-inch stackable plush were inspired by characters and attractions found in Fantasyland. You may recall getting a sneak preview of these new plush a few months ago when I shared details about the Haunted Mansion-inspired Tsum Tsum. I recently visited New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort to take a photo of these seven new plush.

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Guests will find two Tsum Tsum inspired by the “it’s a small world” attraction. Additional Tsum Tsum include Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse; Mr. Toad from Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at Disneyland park; a tea cup from the Mad Tea Party attraction; and a carousel horse.

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These 3-inch plush feature the Orange Bird from Magic Kingdom Park and a skipper from the world famous Jungle Cruise. They will be part of an Adventureland collection arriving in fall 2016.

Meanwhile, look for the Fantasyland-themed Tsum Tsum at the following merchandise locations starting July 22:

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawai‘i – Kalepa’s Store

Disneyland Resort

  • Downtown Disney District – World of Disney
  • Paradise Pier in Disney California Adventure park – Tee, Hats & Tattoos
  • Mickey’s Toontown in Disneyland park – Gag Factory

Walt Disney World Resort

  • Disney Springs Marketplace – Once Upon a Toy and World of Disney
  • Disney’s EarPort at Orlando International Airport
  • Magic Kingdom Park – Curtain Call Collectibles
  • Epcot – ImageWorks
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Beverly Sunset
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Chester & Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures

The Disney Parks online store will also carry these Tsum Tsum starting July 26.

Finally, this Fantasyland collection is currently available via the Shop Disney Parks mobile app.

Happy Stacking!

Disney Announces ‘Disney Early Morning Magic’ Package that Gives Early Access to Fantasyland

Walt Disney World has unveiled another premium package that offers early access to the Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland.

Beginning on April 26th, Disney Early Morning Magic will give guests access to Fantasyland at 7:45 AM, and will include breakfast at Pinocchio Village Haus.

The breakfast menu will include seasonal fruits, fresh-baked pastries, scrambled eggs, veggie frittatas, smoked bacon, pork and turkey sausages, and waffles.

A limited number of attractions will be available, including Peter Pan’s Flight, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

Disney Early Morning Magic costs $69 for adults and $59 for children ages 3-9 (plus tax), in addition to your regular theme park admission. You can order now online.

Extra Magic Hours will continue as normal, and Disney Early Morning Magic days will not be held on morning EMH days.

If You Have a MagicBand ‘it’s a small world’ Now Says Good-Bye

Walt Disney World guests are now incorporated into the finale of the “it’s a small world” ride at Magic Kingdom, thanks to their MagicBands.

The final scene of the Fantasyland attraction has signs with the words for “good-bye” in multiple languages. There are also three big screens built in to display the names of the people in the ride boats.

The effect is triggered by activated MagicBands in those boats, a Disney World spokeswoman confirms. A FastPass reservation is not required to get a name up on the board.

This “surprise and delight” moment at “small world” could be part of a series about which that Disney creative types have hinted. For instance, princesses and other characters might be able to address guests by their names without asking through the magic of MagicBands.

The “small world” system may still need tweaking. On a Friday morning trip through the attraction, the screens were showing “good-bye” words — not names — as vessels backed up for an unrelated reason back into the watery attraction.

Eventually, boats traveled by lower-cased names — that’s the “small world” way, after all — such as “tina & lloyd” or “becky, molly, & sarah.”  We also spotted a screen saying goodbye to “jackson, jackson, daniel, daniel, & erin,” which appeared to have a redundancy issue.

Riders should look quickly as the three screens are on each side of the waterway and could, in theory, need to run through 24 names per boat as they float toward the exit.

The screens with names also sport a figure that resembles the hundreds of audio-animatronic children singing and dancing in the attraction, which opened with Magic Kingdom in 1971.

The “small world” addition is the latest power given to MagicBands, which were introduced at Disney World in 2013. So far the bracelets (with chip technology) mostly have been used as theme-park tickets and FastPass+ attractions reservations. Visitors staying at a Disney World hotel can use MagicBands as room keys and make charges to their room accounts while shopping in Disney theme parks.  The MagicBands also can now be linked to Disney’s PhotoPass system.

Initially, the bands were available only in select, solid colors. Since then, Disney has developed hundreds of designs that feature characters, theme-park locations, movies and special events.

From the Orlando Sentinel

‘Tangled’ Returns to Disneyland’s Royal Theater

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On the stage of the Royal Theatre in Fantasy Faire, the hair-raising tale of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider will once again come to life through the inimitable storytelling talents of resident Renaissance men, Messieurs Smythe and Jones. With the assistance of some fellow villagers and a little help from the audience, these lovers of legend and lore weave their version of “Tangled” with equal doses of music, whimsy, humor and heart.

Winner of an IAAPA Brass Ring Award in 2013, “The Royal Theatre Presents ‘Tangled’” will play in repertory with Smythe and Jones’s adaptation of “Frozen,” each performed several times daily starting January 15.

Guest to be able to Pre-Order Breakfast Menu Selections at Be Our Guest

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If you have an ADR at Be Our Guest Restaurant for breakfast you will be able to pre-order your menu selections starting tomorrow, April 10th.

Guests will be able to pre-order menu items from 30 days out, until up to 5 minutes before the reservation time. The ordering is done through the My Disney Experience website or app under My Reservations. An email will be also sent out at the time of placing the reservation with more information on the pre-order process.

As with lunch, guests are not required to use the pre-order system, as selections can be made at kiosks inside the restaurant upon arrival. If you do make selections, they can also be modified once inside the restaurant.

Be Our Guest FastPass Testing for Lunch Ending

Be Our Guest

From The Disney Food Blog

Scoring a Lunch FastPass from the crazy popular Be Our Guest Restaurant has turned into an epic feat of sorts.

We (and countless others of you) have spent the better part of the last year trying to figure out how to get an elusive FastPass for lunch at Be Our Guest. It’s turned into a a full time endeavor for some guests.

And while those staying at Disney Resorts had a glimmer of hope for getting one, Annual Passholders and guests staying off property were shut out of the system altogether.

But change is clearly on the horizon. Today, we’re getting official word that Lunch FastPasses will no longer be available as of February 25, 2015.

According to this banner message that we’ve just discovered on the Be Our Guest Lunch Website given to resort guests, Lunch FastPasses have always and ever been tests. Lunch FastPasses will officially come to an end on February 24. The messages goes on to state that, beginning February 25, “Guests should log on to MyDisneyExperience.com for more information about dining at Be Our Guest Restaurant for lunch”.

And so it seems that lucky guests who’ve managed to book their FastPasses by February 24 are golden, but if you’re looking to have lunch at Be Our Guest on February 25 or after, it’s a stand by game at this point. Or maybe they’ll open reservations for lunch? We really have no idea!

So…what does this mean? Well, your guess is as good as ours. We can tell you that Be Our Guest Breakfast Rumors continue to abound, and that when we spied some online indication that BOG Breakfast may soon become a reality, the first date to book was February 25.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train catches Fire from Firework Embers


Last night a small portion of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction caught fire on when embers from fireworks at Magic Kingdom landed on the exterior of the attraction.

The nightly fireworks had just ended when embers landed on the building outside the attraction about 10:30 p.m., igniting the fire, a Disney spokeswoman said.

The fire was first reported on social media around 10:20 p.m.

Reedy Creek Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire within minutes, according to eyewitnesses. An aerial ladder was used to put out the fire.

The fire was quickly put out, and no one was hurt, a Disney spokeswoman said. As of 11 p.m., multiple eyewitnesses said the fire was out.

Reedy Creek fire officials said fire likely started when fallout fireworks landed on top of the attraction and ignited decorative materials on the outside of the structure.

“We believe fireworks fell from the Magic Kingdom fireworks show and the ash landed at the top of the attraction, catching the fake grass on fire,” Bo Jones, spokesman for the Reedy Creek Fire Department, said in a statement. “The fire was contained to just the grass and did not get into the building or structure.”

The fire occurred during regular park hours and was difficult to access due to its location.

Video of Fire

Passengers on the ride were able to get off safely. No injuries or major structure damage was reported.

The family-friendly roller coaster was closed for two hours before reopening around midnight. The ride is expected to be open to guests on Sunday.

Be Our Guest Restaurant Begins New standby Policy for Lunch


Demand for the Be Our Guest Restaurant shows no sign of wavering, and Disney has implemented a new standby line policy during lunch.

Guests without a FastPass+ reservation for lunch will now be given a timed ticket, similar to the old FASTPASS system, and asked to return to the restaurant at that time. Once all the return times have been given out, a sign is posted that no more standby guests will be admitted.

The FastPass+ reservations for lunch at Be Our Guest are only available to Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests, so this new policy means that non-resort guests must arrive early to obtain a ticket, or dine elsewhere.

Dinner will continue to be table service with reservations, and is not affected by the new policy. No word on if the change will be permanent – Be Our Guest has implemented a number of systems since opening, so is subject to change at any time.

Anna and Elsa Meet & Greet Queue Change

According for multiple sources there is a queue change for the Anna and Elsa meet and greet.  According to the reports –

  • Once the queue has a 30 minute wait, the line will be closed to new guests
  • At that point, guests will be directed to other side of the Carousel to obtain what best can be described as a legacy fastpass –


  • Only a limited number (reports are 80 individual passes) are being handed out for each hour
  • A pass will be needed for each member of your group (four people = four passes)
  • Guests who have made Fastpass+ reservations will still have their reservations honored
  • Testing is taking place today, tomorrow, and Friday

There are rumors that this system, if it works here, will be expanded to other attractions throughout Disney World, which would make sense if this is indeed a test.  To what extent it would be expanded is not known at this time.  Again….these are only rumors.

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