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NEWS

Epcot 35

Epcot, at Walt Disney World, turns 35 on October 1st and Disney is preparing to celebrate the park’s birthday.

The Anniversary Celebration will be held at Fountain View stage at 10:01AM on October 1st. Mariachi Cobre and Voices of Liberty will perform.

In the evening look for a special edition of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth beginning at 9:00PM. There will be a special anniversary tag attached to the show.

Disney has already begun rolling out Epcot 35 merchandise, and more is on the way exclusively for October 1st.

Coach @ Disney Springs

Another high-end retailer is set to move in to Disney Springs as Coach will open a new store. So far, no details on the specific location or opening date.

Disney/Marvel/Star Wars Movie Release Dates

Thor: Ragnarok: November 3, 2017

Coco: November 23, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: December 15, 2017

Black Panther: February 16, 2018

Avengers: Infinity WarMay 4, 2018

Untitled Han Solo Project: May 25, 2018

The Incredibles 2: June 15, 2018

Mary Poppins Returns: December 25, 2018

Live-Action Aladdin: May 24, 2019

Toy Story 4: June 21, 2019

Live Action Lion King: July 19, 2019

Frozen 2: November 27, 2019

Star Wars: Episode IX: December 20, 2019

Sunset Season’s Greetings at DHS

Beginning November 9 and going through December 31, 2017, guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World will have the opportunity to experience several new holiday offerings including:

Sunset Seasons Greetings – This new nighttime holiday experience will feature magnificent projections of Mickey, Minnie and other beloved Disney characters sharing their favorite Christmas stories as a snowy Sunset Boulevard twinkles with remarkable holiday decorations. The show will run continuously throughout the evening. Here are some additional details:

Enhanced holiday décor around Echo Lake – Extra-large ornaments, colorful garlands and a giant Christmas tree centered on the water will make Echo Lake the merriest of places this holiday season. Even Dinosaur Gertie will be dressed for the occasion with a dino-Santa hat!

A new friend joins the cast of ‘For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration’ – The holiday fun continues as Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff welcome Olaf to the sing-along celebration, featuring for a limited time all-new songs from Disney’s new animated short “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” at Hyperion Theater.

These holiday offerings run November 9th through New Years Eve.

Work Begins on Ratatouille and Guardians at Epcot

Reports out this week confirm that land clearing has been completed behind the old Universe of Energy building for the forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy attraction. Across the park, construction has begun behind the scenes at the France Pavilion for the new Ratatouille attraction as well.

Exclusive photo inside Great Movie Ride show building

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Photo is the exclusive property of the No Midnight Podcast and may not be re-posted without credit.

This was sent to me this week anonymously…this photo was taken inside the Great Movie Ride show building. As you can see, demolition is almost completed as construction on Mickey & Minnies Runaway Railway is set to begin.

RUMORS

Major Layoffs Coming at Disney Parks & Resorts?

Len Testa, from TouringPlans.com, dropped the rumor this week that layoffs are coming to the Disney Parks and Resorts. And not just a few layoffs …. but potentially THOUSANDS! As for the timing of these layoffs, it could be within the next couple of weeks! A scary rumor for our friends that work for Disney.

These layoffs have apparently been in the works for several weeks now. One source sites the reasons for the layoffs as a disappointing guest turn out for Pandora, guests skipping their vacations to wait for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge/Toy Story Land to open, and higher ticket/lodging prices turning off guests.

This is one rumor we hope is simply not true.

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