• Also, Disney announced plans to eliminate plastic straws and stirrers across all parks and transition to refillable in-room amenities in hotels and cruise ships, reducing plastics in guest rooms and throughout the parks by 80 percent. However, all our phones will be safe from the waters of Splash Mountain thanks to Ziploc.
  • The Magic of Disney store at Orlando International Airport is now closed for remodel. The plan, currently, is to open the new redesigned store in spring of 2019.

  • Chicken Guy! a new fast-casual concept restaurant from Chef Guy Fieri and Robert Earl will open at Disney Springs later this year.
  • Disney’s plan to acquire 21st Century Fox was approved by its shareholders and the process to be completed by mid-2019.
  • Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom will begin new Prix Fixe dinner on 07/27/2018. Check out the new menu here.

  • Lucasfilms releases new cast information regarding upcoming episode 9 film. The following info was released from starwars.com:

“Star Wars: Episode IX will begin filming at London’s Pinewood Studios on August 1, 2018. J.J. Abrams returns to direct the final installment of the Skywalker saga. Abrams co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Terrio.

Returning cast members include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd. Joining the cast of Episode IX are Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell, who will be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.

The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. “We desperately loved Carrie Fisher,” says Abrams. “Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”

Composer John Williams, who has scored every chapter in the Star Wars saga since 1977’s A New Hope, will return to a galaxy far, far away with Episode IX.

Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Michelle Rejwan, and executive produced by Callum Greene and Jason McGatlin. The crew includes Dan Mindel (Director of Photography), Rick Carter and Kevin Jenkins (Co-Production Designers), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Neal Scanlan (Creature and Droid FX), Maryann Brandon and Stefan Grube (Editors), Roger Guyett (VFX Supervisor), Tommy Gormley (1st AD), and Victoria Mahoney (2nd Unit Director).

Release is scheduled for December 2019.”

  • Jason Scott Lee is cast to play villainous Khan in the upcoming live action film Mulan.
  • Disney is Developing a Flexible Speaker That Can Be Hidden in Themed Objects in Parks per wdwnt.com.

  • Again per WDWNT.COM Permits Filed for New Epcot Nighttime Spectacular Infrastructure
  • DVC guests will now get to enter the park at 2pm on the day of their Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party ticket. Normal guests will get to enter at 4 P.M.
  • Ability to unlock your resort room with the MyDisneyExperience app rolls our to more resorts.
    • Per Disney: Currently, this feature is only available at these Disney Resort hotels:
      • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
      • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
      • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
      • The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
      • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
      • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
      • Disney’s Yacht Club
      • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
      • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
  • Full menu release for EPCOT’s Food and Wine festival begining August 30th. Find the full menu here.
  • New Spaceship lands and Star Wars Galaxy Edge.

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