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Know Before You Go: Park Updates for October 2017

Know Before You Go: Park Updates for October 2017

It’s officially fall and the festivities are in full swing around Orlando. From Halloween celebrations to new shops and attractions, there’s no shortage of action going on at the parks. Take a look at what to expect from your favorite theme parks this month.

What’s New

  • Baseline Tap House at Hollywood Studios‘ brand new Grand Avenue is now open! The new pub inspired by Downtown Los Angeles offers Califorina craft ales, lagers and ciders and California wines accompanied by small plates.
  • Starting October 1, guests can meet The Lion King’s Timon at Animal Kingdom‘s Discovery Island.
  • Mobile Ordering has been rolled out at three more Hollywood Studios restaurants: Catalina Eddie’s, Rosie’s All Americna Cafe, and Fairfax Fare.
  • The Savannah Bee Company has opened in The Landing at Disney Springs. The shop offers honeybee inspired body and beauty products and artisanal honey. At the former kiosk location of The Savannah Bee Company (across from Paddlefish), there is now a hammock and porch swing vendor called Swings N Things. The kiosk is open Sun – Thurs from 10 AM to 11 PM. On Fridays and Saturdays, it’s open from 10 AM til 11:30 PM.
  • The Ganachery at Disney Springs is offereing special fall treats for a limited time. Stop by and try the PB&J S’more, Madagascan vanilla bean marshmallow, Sipping Chocolate, dark chocolate skulls, or two seasonal ganache flavors (pumpkin spice and maple pecan).
  • The “Taste of the Magic Kingdom” Culinary Tour begins October 1.
  • Access to the Minnie Vans service is now available at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort & Villas and The Contemporary. The Lyft-powered vans can now take guests from Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club, Wilderness Lodge, Animal Kingdom Lodge, the Grand Floridian, The Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower, and The Polynesian resorts to any destination on the Disney World property. To request this service, guests can get the activation code from a Cast Member at the resort’s front desk.
  • Epcot‘s Restaurant Marrakesh is now offering free henna tattoos to guests 12 years old and under.
  • There is a new Photopass Magic Shot featuring the Dole Whip in Magic Kingdom‘s Aventureland.
  • There’s a new Photopass kiosk at Tomorrowland Speedway in Magic Kingdom where guests can have a hard plastic driver’s license printed for just $5. You’ll also get a digital certificate stored along with your other Photopass photos on the My Disney Experience app.
  • Stitch’s Great Escape is scheduled to reopen as Stitch’s Alien Encounter Character Greeting starting October 8 at Magic Kingdom.

Closed Attractions

  • The Hall of Presidents at Magic Kingdom is still closed for refurbishments through the end of the year.
  • Vince Camuto and APEX by Sunglass Hut have both closed at Disney Springs. The former APEX store will reopen as an Oakley store later this year. Vince Camuto will be replaced by Coach later this fall.
  • Satu’li Canteen at Animal Kingdom no longer offers breakfast, and will begin serving lunch daily at 10:00 AM.
  • The Terminator 2D live show at Universal Orlando will run for the last time on October 8. The attraction is closing to make was for an all new live action show based on a high-action Universal movie franchise.
  • D Living at Disney Springs will be closed temporarily starting October 8. The store will reopen sometime in November.
  • Universal Citywalk’s Cinnabon location is closed temporarily for refurbishments until October 20. Don’t worry, Cinnabons are being sold at a nearby cart until the shop reopens.
  • Magic Kingdom‘s Splash Mountain is closed for refurbishments until November 16.
  • Blizzard Beach will close for refurbishments October 30. The water park will reopen to the public on January 6, 2018.

Special Events

  • There is a new Dia De Los Muertos exhibit now open at Epcot‘s Mexico pavilion. Open daily, the gallery showcases artwork inspired by the Mexican festival including papel picado, sugar skulls, paper sculptures and more.
  • Busch Gardens‘ Sesame Street of Fun Weekends begin October 7. The 4-week long event includes different themes each weekend, parades starring favorite Sesame Street Friends, trick-or-treating, and more!
  • Harbor Nights is back at Universal’s Loews Portofino Bay Hotel on October 13. The popular food and wine event takes place on the outdoor Harbor Piazza from 6:30 – 9:00 PM. Guests can enjoy sparkling wines, gourmet food and live music provided by The I-4 Band.
  • LEGOLAND Florida Resort‘s Brick-or-Treat Halloween event starts October 14 and takes place every weekend in October.
  • You can still enjoy SeaWorld‘s Halloween Spooktacular Celebration every weekend through October 29.
  • Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party continues through October until November 1 at Magic Kingdom.
  • Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights runs on select nights until November 4.

For more information on special Halloween events in the area, click!

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