WDW News Roundup: April 22, 2017

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This week in Walt Disney World News: a Frozen fun returns to Blizzard Beach, gondola rumors, and more!

Guarantee a great seat at Rivers of Light with a dining package at Tiffins. Photo by Rich Ramos.

What’s New?

Frozen Summer Games returns!  Hellloooooo! Big Summer Blow-Out! Actually, it’s just the return of Frozen Summer Games to Blizzard Beach starting May 26th. You will be able to enjoy games, music, and crafts along with the regular water fun at the coolest water park at Disney World. Decide whether you are “Team Kristoff” or “Team Olaf” and kick off summer with some extra fun from the end of May until August 13th.

Get your Rivers of Light Dining Package.  Rivers of Light plus Tiffins equals one incredible evening at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The Rivers of Light Dining Package at Tiffins allows you to enjoy a great meal and get a reserved seating for the new water show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The current cost of the dining package is $67 for adults and $26 for kids ages 3-9. Tiffins is a two-credit restaurant on the Disney Dining Plan.

Star Tours’ set to have a new adventure.  Star Tours will add a new adventure this year in honor of the next film in the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi. The Disney’s Hollywood Studios attraction will add a new destination that features locations and actions from the film making each time you experience the attraction potentially different from the last.

Are gondolas coming to Disney World? Although Disney has yet to publicly confirm (or deny) the reports, the internet is on fire with the “confirmed” rumors that a gondola system is coming to the Walt Disney World Resort. The gondolas would theoretically carry up to 10 passengers at a time from Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Pop Century and the Art of Animation to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot. What do you think about this possible new development?

Closings and Renovations – April

  • The Hall of Presidents will be closed until June 29th to make room for the new president.
  • Prince Charming Regal Carousel will be closed from April 24th until May 18th.
  • BoardWalk will be receiving exterior maintenance and painting until April 2017.
  • The Roaring Fork and Trout Pass Pool Bar at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge will be closed until summer 2017.
  • Disney Quest is closing (again…really…this time) on July 3rd.

Don’t forget, closures are subject to change without notice. If you have your heart set on an attraction, be sure to check before you go. Also, check the parks for changes the day of your arrival.

Weather at WDW

Highs of 94°F / Lows of 61°F

Rainy then sunny with partial cloud

About the Author

Stephanie Shuster

I’m a life-long Disney devotee, living in Hamilton, Canada and dreaming of WDW every day. For me, Disney is more than a vacation destination – it’s my home away from home, a place to create treasured memories, and a lifestyle. As the Director of Operations for WDW Magazine, Dad’s Guide to WDW, WDW Discount Club, and The Best of WDW, I have the best job in the world – sharing Disney love, all day every day! I’m also a co-founder at It’s A FanGirl World!