What's New at Disney?
Updated: Oct 26, 2022
Disney News and Updates to Prepare you for Your Upcoming Trip
The Return of Character Dining
Character dining continues to make it’s return to Walt Disney World. You can once again enjoy meals with some of your favorite characters at Cape May Café, The Crystal Palace and Ohana.
These 3 recent openings join to the list of character meals that have previously returned including, Chef Mickey’s, Hollywood & Vine, Topolino’s Terrace, Tusker House, Garden Grill, Storybook Dining at Artist Point, Cinderella’s Royal Table and Be Our Guest.
Two character meals that have yet to return are Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and 1900 Park Fare.
Tip: If your planning a character dining for your upcoming trip make sure to book reservations in advance because they do fill up.
Return of Specialty Services
Another touch of magic that has recently returned to the parks is the reopening of Bibidi Bobbidi Boutique and the Harmony Barbershop . These specialty services require advanced reservations and do fill up so make sure to book ahead of time.
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
Epcot is running their annual Food and Wine festival now until November 19th. This flavorful festival takes place daily from 11am to park close in Epcot's World Showcase. Guests can taste their way around World Showcase trying out a variety of food and beverage options from around the world. The festival features signature global marketplace food booths, live music, and more.
Tip: The Epcot Food and Wine Festival can make world showcase more busy in the evenings and on weekends so keep that in mind if you have an upcoming trip this fall.
Updated Theme Park Hours
If you have an upcoming trip make sure to check Disney’s theme park calendar for hours of operation. Disney often adds extended park hours. Always check the calendar for updates as your trip gets closer. Another important thing to check the calendar for is days the parks close early for events, like the Halloween and Christmas parties at the Magic Kingdom.
Tip: Don't forget if staying at a Disney Resort hotel you get Early Entry everyday at the parks. The hours for Early Entry can be found on the calendar for each of the 4 parks. The daily parade and fireworks schedules and nighttime entertainment can also be found here.