This Week in Disney News – Halloween, Christmas, and the Seven Dwarfs

MNSSHPIt’s been another busy week in the World of Disney news, with free dining opening up to the general public and a couple of big holiday events announcing ticket sales were open.

News from around Walt Disney World

Big news on the special event front this week as tickets went on sale for both Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! These hard-ticket special events are very popular with guests in the fall and early winter, so if you’re headed to Disney this fall and want to attend the parties, you might want to think about buying your tickets.

Perhaps the biggest news at the Magic Kingdom these days is the upcoming opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. This family-friendly coaster is the “crown jewel” of the Fantasyland expansion and fans can’t wait for it to open!

The coaster officially opens on May 28, and our friends at Walt Disney World for Grownups have a great story featuring fun facts about the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Star Wars Weekends are starting soon at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and this year fans have a chance to experience several special dining events. Our friends at the Disney Food Blog had a chance to review the Star Wars Jedi Mickey dining event at Hollywood & Vine.

More Food News from Around the World

If you’re hungry for more food news from the parks, you’ll want to check out the Disney Food Blog’s recap of what’s new around Disney when it comes to all things food. We can wait to try the Truffle and Macaroni & Cheese Hot Dog at the Friar’s Nook!

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival starts in a few months and Disney has just announced the lineup for the Eat to the Beat Concerts. Scheduled performers include Air Supply (be still my 1980s heart!), Rick Sprinfield, and Boyz II Men.

Putting Your Best Fashion Foot Forward

One of the new stores opening this summer in Downtown Disney is the Marketplace Co-Op and it’s going to be home to several boutiques including Cherry Tree Lane. The store’s name was inspired by the street the Banks family lived on in Mary Poppins, and the store will feature Dooney & Bourke and the Disney Collection by Vera Bradley along with other merchandise.

Our friends at Walt Disney World for Grownups will probably want to check out Cherry Tree Lane when it opens if only to find inspiration for their weekly Saturday Style post. This week’s post featured a lovely ensemble inspired by everyone’s favorite bookworm princess, Belle.

News from the Resorts

While we’re still very excited about the changes coming to Disney’s Polynesian Resort Village (we’re just going to call it by its new/old name), we’re also happy to report that there’s been some refurbishments over at Old Key West. But speaking of the Poly, Walt Disney World for Grownups wrote about the five things they love about the Poly.

And that’s the recap for this week. What was your favorite news story this week? Leave us a comment and let us know. And be sure to follow DisZine on Twitter and like us over on Facebook.

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