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The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney's Hollywood Studios is featuring signature lunch specialties through to July 27 2013. They are served daily between 11:30 AM and 3:00 PM.

Here is the menu:
Nicoise Salad
Seared crusted Ahi Tuna, Lolla Rosa, Arugula, Frisee, Haricot Verts, Potatoes, Sweet Tomatoes, Poached Egg, and Mediterranean Olives with a Citrus Vinaigrette 29.00

“Our Famous Cobb Salad” with Finely Chopped Greens, Turkey Breast, Bacon, Egg, Tomatoes, Crumbled Blue Cheese, Avocado, Chives, and Cobb Dressing 15.00

Noodle Bowl with Wok-fried Coconut Tofu, Soy Beans, Sugar Snap Peas, Bok Choy, and Shiitake Mushrooms in a Red Curry Broth 28.00

Grilled Wagyu Beef Burger with Gruyere Cheese, Pastrami, Heirloom Tomato, Avocado and a fried Egg on a Toasted Brioche with Cognac Mustard Aioli and House-made Fries 22.00

Spice-dusted Maryland Soft Shell Crabs with an Herb Tartar Sauce over a Grilled Ciabatta Bread with Mixed Greens, Crispy Caper, and a Tomato Confit 28.00

Walt Disney Resort hotels will soon be introducing a new refillable mug program called 'Rapid Fill.'
Using RFID technology embedded into mugs, Rapid Fill will allow guests to select a time-frame for their mugs to be active to receive beverage refills. At the end of the purchased period, the mug will deactivate itself. The new mugs will be able to be used at any resort hotel quick service fountain, regardless of where it was original purchased.

Unlike the existing refillable mug program where pricing is fixed for a length of stay, the new Rapid Fill will use a tiered pricing structure. Pricing is listed below (days are counted as a calendar day, and not a 24 hour period).

$8.99 for 1 day
$11.99 for 2 days
$14.99 for 3 days
$17.99 for length of stay

As with the current refillable mug program, it will be included in some Disney Dining Plan benefits. Past mugs will not be able to be reused, and a new mug will need to be purchased for each resort stay. Fountains will include an LCD display to indicate the number of remaining refill days.

The rollout will begin in July 2013 at Disney's All Star Resort, and will expand to all other locations.

Construction walls are now up next to Characters in Flight and Paradiso 37 at Downtown Disney to begin work on a new temporary bridge.

The walkway bridge along the lake shoreline will be used to bypass Pleasure Island for foot traffic to allow Disney Springs construction work on the Island.

Parking Lot H is now closed at Downtown Disney as part of the construction process for Disney Springs.
Lot H is the large parking lot in front of Planet Hollywood and work will soon begin on the changes that will bring a new transportation hub area to the future Disney Springs. 

Cap'n Jack's Restaurant at Downtown Disney Marketplace looks set to permanently close on or around 8/12/2013.

Disney has today released the provisional line-up for the 2013 Candlelight Processional at Epcot.
New narrators for this year include Ashley Judd and Dennis Haysbert. The list typically changes throughout the year, and there remain a number of slots that are 'to-be-determined'.

TBD - November 29 to December 1, 2013
TBD - December 2 to December 3, 2013
Ashley Judd - NEW! December 4 to December 5
Whoopi Goldberg - December 6 to December 7, 2013
TBD - December 8 to December 10, 2013
Dennis Haysbert - NEW! December 11 to December 13, 2013
James Denton - December 14 to December 16, 2013
Edward James Olmos -  December 17 to December 19, 2013
Trace Adkins -  December 20 to December 22, 2013
TBD - December 23 to December 25, 2013
Blair Underwood - December 26 to December 28, 2013
Amy Grant - December 29 to December 30, 2013

The Honey, I Shrunk the Kids playground at Disney's Hollywood Studios will be closing for a lengthy refurbishment beginning in September. The closure begins on 9/3/2013, and runs through until November 19, with a reopening on 11/20/2013.

Disney has today been alerting travel agents that some in-room refrigerators at both the Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort have been disabled due to a possible issue. That “issue” has not been disclosed. Impacted rooms will have the refrigerator unplugged with a letter to the guest also attached. Disney expects to replace all the affected refrigerators, but warn that the process could take several months to complete as there are over 20,000 of these refrigerators in WDW alone. Guests with priority refrigerator needs (eg. Medical) will be accommodated wherever possible.  Reports are that the suites at Art of Animation, the Cabins at Ft Wilderness and the 1,2 and 3 bedroom villas at the DVC resorts are NOT affected by this recall.

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