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The Top 12 Walt Disney World News Stories of 2018

3.) Disney’s New Riviera Resort will give Guests an excellent view – November 18, 2018 At D23’s Destination D event that celebrated Mickey’s 90th birthday, Chairman of Disney Parks Bob Chapek gave attendees a sneak peek at Disney’s new Riviera Resort. The resort will be the 15th Disney Vacation Club Resort on Disney property. It will open in fall of ...

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The Top 12 Walt Disney World News Stories of 2018

5.) The Skyliner is almost finished, but… We’ve been looking forward to the completion of Disney’s Skyliner transportation system. The new system will offer transportation between Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and EPCOT. And we are very excited about the new gondola experience, but in November of this year, we discovered that ...

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The Top 12 Walt Disney World News Stories of 2018

6.) The new Ratatouille-inspired ride got its name – November 17, 2018 We are so excited about the new attraction at the France pavilion on the World Showcase at EPCOT. But until November of this year, we weren’t sure what Imagineers would name the new ride. On November 17, however, during the D23: Destination D—Celebrating Mickey Mouse event, Chairman of ...

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The Top 12 Walt Disney World News Stories of 2018

7.) The Caravan Theater gets some new faces – April 22, 2018 The Caravan Theater at Disney’s Animal Kingdom has long been home to the Flights of Wonder bird show. But there is now a new show called UP! A Great Bird Adventure Show. The presentation still showcases birds—some that are exotic. Dug the Dog and Russell from Disney/PIXAR’s Up ...

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The Top 12 Walt Disney World News Stories of 2018

8.) The Runaway Railway is racing along full speed ahead. Construction is coming along on the first ever Disney Park attraction inspired by the main mouse himself. Hollywood Studios closed the Great Movie Ride in August of 2017 to begin construction on Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. The attraction will be a 2 ½ -D experience, meaning that no 3D ...

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The Top 12 Walt Disney World News Stories of 2018

9.) Disney’s erasing its carbon footprint—by 50% anyway – October 9, 2018 Disney announced that its goal is to decrease its environmental footprint by 50% by 2020, as compared with its footprint in 2012. Part of their efforts includes a not-yet-open Disney World solar facility that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 57,000 tons per year, which is ...

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The Top 12 Walt Disney World News Stories of 2018

10.) Disney employees will get a raise by 2021 – August 25, 2018 After nine months of tension between six union groups and Disney, an agreement was finally reached that will increase the minimum wage for jobs at Disney World to $15 by 2021. The unions represent almost 40,000 Cast Members, and once the agreement was reached, union leaders were ...

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The Top 12 Walt Disney World News Stories of 2018

12.) Maleficent is dead – May 11, 2018 On May 11 of this year, the fire-breathing dragon version of Maleficent caught fire during that day’s presentation of the Festival of Fantasy parade at Magic Kingdom. No Cast Members or Guests were hurt when the dragon caught fire, and the fire was quickly extinguished. Maleficent, however, was absent from the daily ...

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