A Week of Walt, day five: news, plans and gossip for Disney Parks and Resorts

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So that’s it, then… my Week of Walt is nearly finished.  I couldn’t end, though, without giving you a little whisper of some of the biggest Disney secrets going, snaffled during my week in Florida at the launch of New Fantasyland especially for you!

There are TONS of things in the pipeline at the moment for Disney Parks… with New Fantasyland now open, they’re concentrating on getting the last couple of bits ready (the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train that I mentioned as well as the Princess Fairytale Hall where you can meet all your favourite princesses).  There’s also new Limited Time Magic – a new concept which will see exclusive themed surprises for every week of 2013 – whether they be special character meet and greets, exclusive Disney merchandise, or experiences (for example, Valentine’s week will see special romantic dinner menus and photoshoots with famous Disney couples).

Cars Land is now open at Disney California Adventure.  The colossal  12 acre site brings good ol’ Radiator Springs to life, and includes the incredible Radiator Springs Racers – a high speed driving attraction where you can race each other through Radiator Springs!  There’s also been a lot of refurbishment in Buena Vista Street (California’s answer to Main Street).  My cousin Deb visited recently so I’ll be leaning on her hard to give us a review!

Disney’s beautiful Aulani Resort in Hawaii (very high on my bucket list) is also being improved and expanded.  Next summer there’ll be a new grotto pool and a brand new splash zone.

Disney’s Cruise Line (do have a look in my travel section for reviews and information from my trip on the Disney Dream) have introduced new routes for 2013 – cruises now depart from Galveston, Texas and there are also a huge choice of Mediterranean cruises with destinations including Croatia’s Dalmation Coast, Venice and the Greek islands.

Adventures by Disney might not be as well known as either the parks or the cruises, but these incredible holidays take guests on amazing adventures, from China to America and from South Africa to Scotland, where you can relive Disney’s Brave by having your own Scottish adventure!

Lastly, but by no means leastly, the most exciting news of all is that Walt Disney Parks and Resorts are hard at work with none other than James Cameron in the designing and planning of a whole new land to go into Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  There are no fixed dates as yet, but the rumour is that we could see the gates to the new Avatar Land open at about the same time as Avatar 2 hits the box office (2016?).  I absolutely can’t wait to hear more news about this Avatar-themed adventure, and rest assured you’ll be the first to know if I hear any news!


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