The Disney theme parks are ever ever changing, and with all of the new additions and reimagined experiences coming soon to both Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida, every week seems to bring another bit of exciting news! Here’s a roundup of the major park additions, experiences, and news from the past week:
Oogie Boogie Bash Begins at Disneyland
Oogie Boogie Bash at Disneyland California Adventure kicked off its first night on September 17th and will continue to run on select nights up until October 31st. With special entertainment, food, merchandise, character meet & greets, and treat trails, this is basically Disneyland’s version of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party that takes place every year in Florida from August to October. Like MNSSHP at Walt Disney World, the hard ticket event Oogie Boogie Bash is the only time guests of all ages can wear costumes in the park!
Disneyland’s Frontierland Will See the Addition of One Magician and Two Musicians
A roaming magician will be added to the streetmosphere of Disneyland sometime next week. This magician will entertain park guests in the Frontierland area both on the Mark Twain riverboat and at The Golden Horseshoe restaurant according to Disney Parks Blog.
Also making their debut at the Golden Horseshoe are two new pianists. We aren’t quite sure what their show will entail, but we do know that they will take turns playing classic songs and audience requests, so perhaps their show will be interactive in a style similar to Yeehaw Bob, who plays weekly at Disney’s Boardwalk in Florida. Not many details have been given on this new addition, but we do know that they are set to join the entertainment lineup at Frontierland sometime later this fall season.
Behind-the-Scenes of Epcot Forever Revealed
Over on Disney Parks YouTube Channel, the sneak peak of Epcot Forever from the previous D23 announcement has now been released for everyone to see this behind-the-scenes look at some of the things we can expect to see during this limited-run nightly spectacular. With nods to classic rides and Epcot themes throughout the songs and show elements, which will include fireworks, lasers, and something called “special effects kites”, this show seems like it will be interesting and enjoyable replacement for IllumiNations while we wait for the permanent nighttime spectacular to debut.
Epcot Forever is set to begin in just a couple of weeks on October 1st, 2019, while HarmonioUS, Epcot’s future permanent replacement for IllumiNations will take over sometime in 2020.
Walt Disney World’s Tomorrowland Has a New Sign
The iconic Tomorrowland sign at Magic Kingdom disappeared a couple of months ago, but it has now been replaced by a much simpler, solid white structure. The colorful orbs have been removed, as have the metal rings, and this completely reimagined sign now only features the name “Tomorrowland” atop an open circle design. While some subtle changes to Florida’s version of Tomorrowland have appeared over the past year, this could probably be considered the first major change to the land as Disney prepares for the new addition of the Tron coaster coming soon.
Two Hollywood Studios’ Stores Reopen After Remodel
Several stores at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World have been undergoing extensive renovations and have been closed to guests for the past several months. Two of these stores, Keystones Clothiers and Legends of Hollywood, are finally finished and open once again to guests hoping to find the perfect souvenir to take home with them. Once the former Planet Hollywood store on Sunset Boulevard, Legends of Hollywood now offers jewelry, apparel, and accessories in a “glamorous” vintage Hollywood style setting.
Meanwhile, on Hollywood Boulevard, guests can find all sorts of new Star Wars merchandise at the newly renovated Keystones Clothiers. Interestingly, it appears that some Galaxy’s Edge specific items will be offered here, which we previously thought would perhaps only be available within the land of Batuu itself.
New Changes for Upcoming 2020 RunDisney Races
RunDisney’s official website has announced that Walt Disney World’s Marathon course for 2020 will have a slightly different path, which will now include Blizzard Beach and more time spent in Epcot. This race will also begin earlier this time around at 5:00am in the morning. Now that’s one early rope drop!
There will also be a new “outdoor exclusive area” for runners, as well as new “ChEAR Squad” package options for spectators of the race.
That’s all of the major park news from this past week! Don’t forget to sign up for our email newsletter to receive our weekly Disney news updates right in your inbox, along with our other fun articles about the parks, movies, shopping, and more!