Friday, April 19, 2013

Lots of Disney News!

More MyMagic+
Epcot's International Gateway is now being equipped with RFID MyMagic+ 'Touch to Enter' turnstiles. 
The second entrance at Epcot is the only park entry that does not support the new RFID 'Touch to Enter' tickets that are now in wide circulation. 

Construction walls are up, and it looks as though at least half of the current turnstiles will be converted in this first phase.

Disney will be conducting a test of FASTPASS at Fantasmic! next week, April 22 to April 27, 2013.

FASTPASS tickets will be available at the tip board area from midday. Holding a FASTPASS for Fantasmic! will not prevent a guest from obtaining another FASTPASS for another attraction. It is widely expected that Fantasmic! will be included in the MyMagic+ FASTPASS+ program, so this test would seem to be part of that roll-out.

Joffrey's Coffee is now appearing at some quick service restaurants as the roll-out of the new coffee begins this week at Walt Disney World.

Under the new agreement, Joffrey's will be the official coffee of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and will offer fresh-brewed coffee throughout Disney owned and operated locations.

OPERATIONAL UPDATES - Disney's Animal Kingdom
Please, be aware that DinoLand U.S.A. will close at 6 p.m. (one hour before the rest of the park) on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. The entire area will close early due to convention activity. The regular park closing time is 7 p.m.

Take note that on two consecutive days (Sunday, April 21 and Monday, April 22, 2013), the Celebrate a Dream Come True parade will step-off from Frontierland and will end on Main Street, U.S.A. (the reasons behind this change are unavailable at this time). Regularly, the parade route starts from Main Street U.S.A. and ends in Frontierland. All should be reverted back to normal on Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

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