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Walt Disney World News
- The Disney After Hours event is returning to the Magic Kingdom. This event gives Guests quicker access to attractions and character greetings after the park is closed to day Guests. In addition, ice cream, popcorn, and bottled beverages are included and are available during the event. Event Guests may enter the park as early as 7:0o p.m. and remain in the park for three hours past the scheduled closing time. Advance pricing is $119 plus tax for both adults and children (ages 3-9). This event is scheduled to take place on the following nights this summer:
- June 28 and 30
- July 7, 9, 14, 21 and 28
- August 4, 11 and 30
- September 20
- Festival of the Lion King will not be performed on May 9 due to maintenance work in the Harambe Theater.
- Beginning May 13, Roadster Racers Goofy will join the Disney Junior Play ‘n’ Dine dining experience at Hollywood & Vine. To make way for Goofy, Handy Manny will no longer be appearing.
- DisneyStyle, the newest shopping destination at Disney Springs, will open to Guests on May 12. Located on the West Side across from Starbucks, this modern shop will debut a collection of apparel and accessories inspired by timeless characters and beloved experiences at Disney Parks.
- Disney has cancelled the Night of Joy event.
- The Star Wars race weekend at Walt Disney World Resort will see a new theme and name – Star Wars Rival Run Weekend. Beginning 2019, runners will be able to choose which side of the Force they will run for during the race weekend April 4-7. Races will include a 5K, 10K, half marathon and the runDisney Kids Races, and in addition there will again be two challenges for runners to tackle. There’s the Star Wars Rival Run Challenge, which involves running the 10K and the half marathon during the race weekend, and the runDisney Kessel Run Challenge – completing the Star Wars Rival Run Half Marathon at Walt Disney World Resort and running the Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon at home.