WDWNT Weekly Recap: Epcot Closures, Transportation Upgrades, and Fourth of July Fireworks

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Every week is a busy week when it comes to Disney news. To help you keep up with all of the updates coming out of Walt Disney World and other Disney resorts, here’s WDWNT’s weekly recap of the Disney news from July 1-7!

Walt Disney World

The new buses will have bold designs featuring the “sensational six”

Magic Kingdom

The Fourth of July Spectacular
The Redd’s Revenge Float

Animal Kingdom

Hollywood Studios


Takumi-Tei is now open in the Japan pavilion at Epcot

Disney Springs

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

  • Special “Summer Fun” rates are now being offered at the seven Disney Springs resort area hotels, available for stays through August 28

Animal Kingdom Lodge

Polynesian Resort

Disneyland Resort

  • A 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit Southern California this weekend, leaving several attractions at the Disneyland Resort temporarily closed
  • Read this roundup of all the specialty food and beverage offerings which were available during the Fourth of July festivities at Disneyland and Walt Disney World
  • You can also read the full lineup of entertainment and activities which took place for the Fourth of July at the Disneyland Resort
  • The new Pixar Pals parking structure has now opened at the Disneyland Resort – check out our full photo tour of the garage here
  • Also, check out our construction update on the latest progress over at the pedestrian bridge connecting the newly-opened parking structure, which is due to open in mid-September

Disneyland Park

Disney California Adventure

Downtown Disney District

Disneyland Resort Hotels

Craftsman Bar Menu and Drink Review Disney's Grand Californian Hotel And Spa
Impressive dessert offerings at Craftsman Bar

New Merchandise

Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox have finally joined Br’er Rabbit in the Br’er plush collection
The Rafiki and Simba MagicBand
A new Alex and Ani Minnie Mouse metal ear headband has arrived on shopDisney, as part of the DIsney Parks designer collection
The beautiful new Alex and Ani Minnie Mouse metal ear headband

Entertainment & Media

That’s all of the Disney news for this past week! Make sure you check back at the end of each week for our weekly recaps!

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Madeleine is a languages student from England who spends more time watching Disney movies in foreign languages and calling it "revision" than actually doing the set work. She has a tendency to plan Disney holidays for other people, whether they asked or not, and loves talking about the parks to absolutely anyone who will listen. Get in touch - [email protected]