Episode 196 – Disney News – March 18, 2019

Today’s News topics:

  • Opening Dates for Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge
  • Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run will be the only attraction on opening day
  • Disney+ Streaming Service will include entire Disney film library
  • Walt Disney World Ticket Prices have increased for this coming holiday season
  • Demolition work has started on the old River Country site
  • The former Wonders of Life pavilion has started the transformation into the new Play pavilion
  • Highlights from the Walt Disney World maintenance report
  • Inside look at Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy
  • Water Parks will now have dedicated Bus Transportation from resorts
  • My Disney Experience App Issues with Fast Pass Plus
  • Magic Kingdom Guest Experience Team is now permanent
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Episode 191 – It’s time to discuss the latest Disney news!

Here are today’s topics

  • Height requirements revealed for Rise of the Resistance attraction
  • Guests visiting Oga’s Cantina at Disneyland will not be allowed to leave with alcoholic beverages
  • Construction updates for Epcot and the Skyliner
  • What is the future of the X-Men movie franchise?
  • Disney files permits for Future Construction projects
  • Hei Hei Dole Whip cone is finally available at Magic Kingdom
  • The DVC point requirements have been released for Rivera resort
  • Flower and Garden Festival topiaries are already springing up at Epcot
  • Some notable repairs have been made to Disney attractions
  • Epcot will get a redesigned entrance area
  • The former Wonders of Life Pavilion is being transformed into a new “play” Pavilion

Before blazing into 2019 with our mickey ears flapping in the wind, we decided that on this last day of 2018 to take a look back over the news stories from the past 364 days that stood out the most to us. We begin the episode with one of the latest news stories that we just had to mention, the apparent theft of the Buzzy animatronic from the wonders of life pavilion at Epcot. After that we discuss the major news events of the year and take a look at the top stories from each month in 2018. The common themes from this year were monorail issues, price increases and a lot of construction. We can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store in the world of Disney. We will preview the coming year next week. Happy new year everyone!

Today’s episode centers around a largely abandoned pavilion at Epcot known as the Wonders of Life Pavilion. This Pavilion was part of the original plans for Epcot center but didn’t find a sponsor until the mid-1980’s. The Wonders of Life housed Epcot’s first thrill attraction with Body Wars. We detail this and other attractions that were part of this pavilion over the years. We also discuss the current state of the building and speculate as to what the future holds for the Wonders of Life.

In this week’s news episode we discuss the following:

  • Millennium falcon attraction pieces being set into place in Disneyland
  • Club 33 doorbell placed at American Adventure in EPCOT
  • Wonders of Life pavilion no longer a festival center?
  • Rumored changes coming to Disneyland annual passes for next year
  • Pinocchio Village Haus to start serving a buffet dinner
  • New 350-Room Hotel to be located near the Swan & Dolphin
  • Pirates of the Caribbean closes for refurbishment of the auction scene