Rikki’s Mouse Bites – Walt Disney World News 6/16/14

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  • A few changes are taking place at the Magic Kingdom surrounding some of the Disney Princess meet and greets. First, Snow White will now meet guests at Center Street on Main Street USA.  Next, Aurora will meet guests in the Town Square Courtyard on Main Street USA.  With this particular change, Anna and Elsa will be meeting at Princess Fairytale Hall all by themselves on their side.  Cinderella and Rapunzel will continue to meet on the other side.
  • For those who are fans of the World Cup who will be at Disney and are worried about missing a game, head to The Odyssey at Epcot.  The location found near the World Showcase Plaza area will have seating available, as well as snacks, beverages and merchandise for sale.  This will be available until the World Cup ends (July 13).
  • Disney has reconfigured the tiering at both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios for FastPass+. (Both of these parks offer guests a tiered system where guests can choose one attraction out of Tier 1 and two attractions from Tier 2.)  The new tiers are as follows:
  • Epcot
    Tier 1 (Choose One)

    • IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
    • Living with the Land
    • Soarin’
    • Test Track

    Tier 2 (Choose Two)

    • Captain EO
    • Epcot Character Spot
    • Journey Into Imagination
    • Maelstrom
    • Mission Space Green/Orange
    • Spaceship Earth
    • The Seas with Nemo and Friends
    • Turtle Talk With Crush

     Disney’s Hollywood Studios
    Tier 1 (Choose One)

    • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
    • Fantasmic!
    • The Great Movie ride
    • Rock n’ Roller Coaster
    • Toy Story Midway Mania

    Tier 2 (Choose Two)

    • The American Idol Experience
    • Disney Junior-Live on Stage
    • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
    • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
    • Muppet-Vision 3D
    • Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
    • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
    • Voyage of the Little Mermaid
  • The monorail is receiving upgrades and will see reduced summer hours beginning June 22.  The new schedule is:
    • Magic Kingdom Resort beam – 8:30am to midnight
    • Magic Kingdom Express beam – 9:30am to 11:30pm
    • Epcot beam – 9am to 11p
  • Winged Encounters – The Kingdom Takes Flight is now being performed.  While it’s still currently testing, the showtimes are daily at 9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.  but it is subject to change.  The show will feature six types of macaws in the experience: hyacinth, green-winged, blue and gold, scarlet, blue-throated and military. The macaws, will fly over Discovery Island and land on a perch near the DinoLand U.S.A. bridge. There will also be up-close encounters where avian experts will share conservation stories about the macaws.

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