Sunday, July 31, 2016

Grandpax's Daily Disney Updates - Updated Throughout The Day

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Disney Springs
8-29 Morimoto Asia Omakase: Fine Dining At Its Best

8-26 Review - Creamsicle Float and Nutella Brownie Sundae at Vivoli il Gelato

8-26 Photos - Planet Hollywood Observatory Construction Update

8-25 New Direct Bus Service From WDW Theme Parks to Disney Springs

        Disney Traditions Signing With Jim Shore Oct 1st

        Limited Time Offer at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Aug 7 - Sep 5

        Special World of Disney Discount Offers Through Sep 5th

        Raglan Road's Great Irish Hooley Sep 2 - Sep 5th

        Disney Springs Grand Summer Opening Celebration Going On Through Labor Day

        Dining Options that are Open at DS plus Menus

        Shops That are Now Open at DS
        Reviews - New Restaurants, Food Kiosks, and Bakeries

        New Disney Springs Guide Map

ESPN Wide World of Sports
        Medals Revealed For Food and Wine Half Marathon Weekend

        Night of Joy Sep 9-10

        New Cheer and Dance Venue Being Built

Animal Kingdom

8-25 Animal Kingdom Photo Update Parts 1 & 2

8-25 Review - New Kobe Beef Entrees at Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes

8-25 Avatar Construction Photos, Pizzafari Review

         "The Jungle Book Alive With Magic" To End In Early September

        Guide Map pdf 

     Dinosaur - Closed July 25, 2016 -  Opens October 17, 2016

Hollywood Studios
8-30 HS Photo Update

8-30 Rock 'N' Roller Coaster Refurbishment Scheduled For This Fall

8-29 Aerial Look at Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land Construction

8-28 Photo - Parking Lot Expansion Underway

8-26 Photos - Reviews - Construction

8-25 Aerial Photos and Video Of Hollywood Studios Demolition

8-25 Photos: Streets of America Demolition

8-25 Photos - Signage Added to PizzaRizzo

        Club Villain Offering Special Discount Nights For Tables In Wonderland Members Sep. 2,3,9,10, 2016

        Club Villain Returning For Select Dates This Fall

     Rock 'N' Roller Coaster Closed October 27 - November 9,  Opening November 10

     Pizza Planet Closed - Jan 19th - Late 2016  Reopening as PizzeRizzo

8-31 China Pavilion - Inside Shanghai Disneyland Resort Exhibit

8-31 Photo Report - 8-31

8-30 Frozen Ever After Summer 2016 Wait Times and How to Wait Less

8-30  Review - Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe in Norway

8-30 Epcot Mexico Margarita Stand Review and Bonus La Cantina de San Angel Nachos and Churros

8-29 Review - La Cantina de San Angel Breakfast at Mexican Pavilion

8-29 Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2016 Taking Shape Around World Showcase

8-29 Review - La Hacienda de San Angel in Epcot's Mexico Pavilion

8-27 Photos - Future World Update, Reviews, Wait Times

8-27 Dapper Day Saturday November 12, 2016

8-25 Alberta Bound Will Begin on Aug 31st at The Canadian Pavilion

        Sum of All Thrills to Close Sep 14th

        Chew's Magical Culinary Adventure Sweepstakes - Enter Until Sep 2nd

Magic Kingdom

8-31 Video - Halloween Merchandise Preview 2016

8-31 Main St. Electrical Parade has Some Performances Cut

8-31 Photos - Haunted Mansion Exterior Refurbishment

8-30 All of The Details and Schedules For Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Nights 2016

8-30 New Fall Finale For "Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire" Debuts This Week

8-29 Photos, Video: New Prop Added To Pirates of The Caribbean, More Changes Coming

8-29 Costume Guidelines For Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

8-28 Photos - Cinderella's Castle Undergoing Roof Repainting

8-26 " The Muppets...Present Great Moments in American History" Will Debut on Oct 2, 2016

8-26 "Clawhauser" Sorcerers of The Magic Kingdom Card to be Released at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

8-26 Princess Elena Royal Welcome Show Extended Through September 24th

        Quick-Service Coupons Returning and Can Be Used at Disney Springs 7-26 - 9-04

        Early Morning Magic Extended On Select Dates Through September 27th

        Table Service Extended Through September 10th at Diamond Horseshoe Saloon

        Disney Files Plans to Overhaul MK Parking Entrance

     Main St. Electrical Parade Ends Run On Oct 9th

     It's A Small World - Closed August 22, 2016 - September 15, 2016

     Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - Closed August 8, 2016 - November 18, 2016

     Swiss Family Treehouse - Closed July 6, 2016 - September 24, 2016

Blizzard Beach Water Park

        Wheelchairs No Longer Complimentary

     Closed 23 Oct, 2016 - 24 Dec, 2016 

Typhoon Lagoon

        Wheelchairs No Longer Complimentary

         New Ride "Miss Fortune Falls" Will Open Next Year

         Grad Night H2O Coming in 2017

     Closed 25 Dec, 2016 - 11 March 2017

Resort News

8-30 Wilderness Lodge Resort - Review: Whispering Canyon Introduces MASSIVE "Ten Gallon Hat" Dessert

8-26 Saratoga Springs to Get Internal Bus Service and Other Transport Changes

8-25 Planet HOllywood Resort Planned Near WDW

        Rumor: Contemporary Convention Center To Be Razed For DVC

        Disney's Yacht Club Resort To Expand It's Convention Center

        Pop Century Refurbishment in October

     Pop Century - Computer Pool Closed Oct 31- Dec 23

     All Star Sports - Grand Slam Pool Closing Oct 10th Through Early Dec

     Port Orleans French Quarter's Sassagoula Float Works and Food Factory Closed -  July 11 - Nov 25?

     Wilderness Lodge  - Hidden Springs Leisure Pool Closed Through early 2017

     Wilderness Lodge - Teton Boat and Bike Rentals Closed Through Aug 1st 2017


Walt Disney World

8-31 Holiday Discounts Coming To Florida Residents at WDW

8-30 New One Way Bus Service from Theme Parks to Disney Springs after 4pm

8-30 Tropical Depression NINE To Impact Theme Park Areas Later This Week

8-30 WDW Times Guide Aug 28 - Sep 3, 2016

8-30 WDW September Preview

8-30 WDW Update For August 30 - September 6. 2016

8-29 Children Now Require Biometric Finger Scan To Enter WDW Parks

8-28 Disney Passholder Changes Make Some Locals Feel Left Behind

8-27 Disney World to Distribute Free Insect Repellent to Fight Zika Virus

8-26 Speculation--"Moana" Themed Show Coming to WDW in The Fall

8-26 Additional Roadway Changes to Impact World Drive

8-25 Disney World Draining, Filling in Long-Abandoned River Country Pool

8-25 Next Week Aug 27 through Sep 4, 2016

8-25 Inside Disney Parks

8-24 September Merchandise Events

        Western Way To Be Extended Through Flamingo Crossings to Route 545

        Road Work Continuing on World Drive

        Disney Offering 1 Day Park Hopper Discounts to Passholders - Aug 12 - Sep 30

        3 WDW Discounts Announced For Fall and Holiday Season - Must be booked by 10-08-16

        Tropical Weather Outlook

        Four Disney Road Projects Scheduled for Completion in 2018
        2017 NFL Pro Bowl to Be Played in Orlando

        Changes Coming To WDW's North Entrance

Disney Vacation Club

8-30 Update - Poly Air Conditioning Issues

8-29 Disney's Bay Lake Tower Studio Villa Tour

8-27 Fence Around Main Pool at Boardwalk Resort Almost Complete

8-27 Reminder: 2017 Member Cruise Bookings Begin Sunday 8/28

8-26 Saratoga Springs Modifies Internal Bus, Loses Disney Springs Route

8-26 Disney Applies For Copper Creek Timeshare License

8-25 Limited Time Discounts at Boutique, Restaurant Marrakesh

        Old Key West Refurbishment to Last More Than 2 Years

        Rumor: Contemporary Convention Center To Be Razed For DVC

        Special Halloween Event Coming For DVC Members

        DVC Doubles RCI Exchange Fee

        DVC Announces 2017 Members Cruise Aboard The Disney Fantasy

        DVC Safari Spectacular Event at AK Can Be Booked as of July 6th

Disney In The News

8-29 Walt Disney Co. Hedges Its Bets For The Death of Cable

8-28 Disney, Universal, SeaWorld to Provide Free Insect Repellent Amid Zika Concerns

8-28 Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

8-28 Elena Of Avalor - Scepter Of Light Award

8-26 Disney Legend Marty Sklar to Be Honored at Disney Family Museum Gala

8-25 Helen Mirren Joins Disney's "The Nutcracker"

8-25 Queen of Katwe - It's About More Than Chess

8-25 Disney Set To Break Market-Share Record

        Disney Parks Moms Panel Search For New Panelists Begins Sept. 7

Disney Cruise Line

8-30 New European River Cruises

8-29 NEW Special Offers on Disney Cruise Line Sailings as of 8-29-16

        DVC Announces 2017 Members Cruise Aboard The Disney Fantasy

        US Embassy Issues A Personal Security Awareness Message Due To Crime in Nassau

        Special Guests Announced for The 2017 TCM Classic Cruise on The Disney Fantasy

        2016 Very MerryTime Cruise Dates Announced

Disneyland - California

8-30 Check Out Twilight Zone Tower of Terror before it checks Out of DCA on Jan 2, 2017

8-30 Disneyland Rumor Update

8-29 All New "Frightfully Fun Parade" Debuts During Mickey's Halloween Party

8-29 Photo Update - Diamonds and Tombstones

8-29 Disneyland Resort Update for August 29 - September 5, 2016

8-26 Gaston Finally Arrives in Disneyland

8-26 Star Wars News and Photos

8-25 Ousted By "Star Wars" Disney Horses May Hoof it to Norco

        Trick or Tea at Disneyland Hotel This Fall

        Disneyland Railroad and Rivers of America to Reopen Summer of 2017

        Halloween Time September 9th - October 31st

Shanghai Disney Resort Videos

        Videos - All of Shanghai's Best Rides and Shows

        The Making of Shanghai Disneyland   

        Drone Video

Universal Studios 

8-31 Universal Orlando Raises Annual Pass Prices By Up To 49% In One Year, Adds Perks

8-31 Construction Update

8-31 Pass Prices Jump as New Options Offered

8-29 Updates Coming to Annual Passholder Program

8-29 Ticket in App Comes to The Official Universal Orlando Resort App

8-28 Construction Update

8-27 Six Reasons We LOVE Universal's Toothsome Chocolate Emporium

8-26 Nintendo on it's Theme Park Plans---"It's a Huge Opportunity"

8-26 New Vacation Package

        A Celebration of Harry Potter Jan 27-29, 2017


        Complete Insider's Guide to Halloween Horror Nights 2016

        Updated Universal Information

Seaworld Orlando

        SeaWorld Orlando To Continue Offering Discounted Advance Ticket Through 9-05-16 Ticket

        Free Day At Seaworld for For Florida's First Responders - Ends Sep 30, 2016

        Summer Soak Party - Weekends Through Labor Day

        Limited Time Offer - Eat Free All Day - Ends Sep 5

        Sharks Up Close Tour

 Busch Gardens Tampa

8-25 Jack Hanna Weekend - Sep 10th and 11th

8-25 Baby Hyena Born at Busch Gardens Tampa

        Pro Tips For Pokemon Go at Busch Gardens

        Rising Tide Conservation Exhibit Now Open

        Red Carpet Entertainment Series

        Howl-O-Scream Starts In September

I-Drive 360

        Orlando Eye Renamed Coca Cola Orlando Eye

        Lighting Calendar For The Orlando Eye

Orlando Area News   

        Magical Dining Month Aug 29 - Oct 2

        One Year Free Admission with Florida Teachers Pass

        Sneak Peek: Beach Retreat To Open in Mid-2017

        Legoland Florida Announces Lego Star Wars Days Sep. 10th & 11th

        Tour of Reimagined Imagination Pavilion

Star Wars Celebration In Orlando April 13-16 2017

        Ticket Prices

        Star Wars Celebration April 13-16 2017