Rikki’s Mouse Bites – Walt Disney World News 4/20/15

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 Walt Disney World News

  • The Magic Kingdom’s Pirates of the Caribbean’s refurbishment will now last from June 8 until September 25.
  • A new entertainment group will be joining the lineup of Epcot’s World Showcase artists, called the Mexican Marimba Trio. The group performs unique musical pieces centered around the marimba that celebrates the musical heritage of Mexico and the diverse influences on their music and culture. Mexican Marimba Trio will play on Mondays and Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. Mariachi Cobre will still perform the remaining days of the week.
  • The 2015 Sounds Like Summer artists have been announced for the fun Epcot concert series.  Artists are tribute bands who sound similar to the original artists. The concerts take place at the America Gardens Theater at the American Adventure Pavilion at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The lineup for this year is:  
    • June 7-13: DSB – A Tribute to Journey 
    • June 14-20: 2U – A Tribute to U2 
    • June 21-26: Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot – A Tribute Billy Joel Show 
    • June 27 – July 4: Don’t Look Back – A Tribute to Boston 
    • July 5-11: Fire & Ice – A Tribute to Pat Benatar 
    • July 12-18: Stayin’ Alive – A Tribute to the Bee Gees 
    • July 19-25: Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles
  • At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Flame Tree Barbeque’s refurbishment has been extended through May 22. It was originally supposed to end on April 22.


  • For Earth Day (April 22) celebrate at Animal Kingdom with the Party for the Planet. The day will include the option to meet Rafiki or Jiminy Cricket at Rafiki’s Planet Watch; see conservation displays and presentations; have caricatures done or get your face painted; visit research stations showcasing behind-the-scenes footage of Monkey Kingdom; purchase unique pieces of art from vendors; and purchase a specialty cupcake.
  • Beginning on April 20 and continuing through June, work will be conducted during the day on the Tree of Life. Although the workers will be visible, this work will not impact park activities.


  • The Frozen Summer Fun Premium Package is returning for the Frozen Summer Fun LIVE event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The package will cost $69 for adults and $39 for ages 3-9 and will run from June 17 through September 7. The package includes:
    • Reserved viewing for the Frozen Royal Welcome processional, complete with refreshments—water, a selection of soft drinks, and ice cream.
    • Reserved seating for your choice of one show time of For the First Time In Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration.
    • Frozen Fireworks viewing with dessert party – private viewing of the fireworks paired with Frozen-themed desserts, as well as specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Dockside Margaritas will open on April 23 in Downtown Disney.
  • Disney will begin to introduce new allergy-friendly menus at approximately 120 quick-service and table-service locations. The menus will provide readily available options for guests with special dietary requests. Menu selection focuses on the most common allergens – gluten/wheat, milk, peanut, tree nut and fish. Guests shouldn’t worry that the chef will not speak with them;  a restaurant chef or special diets trained cast member will still be able to consult directly with the guest, if they choose.

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