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Villains took center stage at the Magic Kingdom as part of Rock Your Disney Side, by kicking off the night's entertainment with a special Main Street Electrical pre-parade - "It's Good to Be Bad!"



Construction walls are now in place around 3 sides of the water feature in the Great Ceremonial House lobby at Disney's Polynesian Resort. Only the side facing the main entrance remains open as demolition work is set to begin soon. Construction walls are also in place on the upper level surrounding the water feature.

The water feature is being removed to make addition space in the lobby to accommodate more guests as part of the expansion of Disney Vacation Club into the Polynesian Resort. There is no specific timetable yet available, but work should be complete in 2015.

United World Soccer shop is now open at Downtown Disney West Side, offering a range of soccer shirts. Opening just in time for the World Cup in Brazil, the store opened on May 22 2014 and will operate throughout the World Cup tournament. Although the store is a temporary pop-up store, a closing date is not yet available.
The store has opened in the space vacated by BLINK by Wet Seal, which closed last month.


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Festival of the Lion King looks set to be nearing a reopening in its new home in the Harambe Theater. Cast Member previews will be taking place later this week, which is typically a good indicator that an opening to guests will occur in the near future.
Festival of the Lion King closed in its original Camp Minnie-Mickey home back in early January 2014, and will be reopening in a brand new theater in the Africa section of Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Disney has not yet given any reopening date other than ambiguous "summer 2014".

Avery Brooks who played Sisko in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, has been added to the list of celebrity narrators, completing the line-up for this summer's Harambe Nights at Disney's Animal Kingdom. He will appear at the June 14 Harambe Nights event.

Three Grevy's zebra can now be seen on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Grevy's are the largest of all zebra, and are currently on the endangered list with only 2000 remaining in the wild. The group at Pangani includes 2 females and 1 male.
You can find them on the savannah behind the meerkat's area.

The character musical chairs continues at Disney's Animal Kingdom this weekend with Donald Duck on the move again. Starting June 1 2014, Donald will be leaving Daisy at the Character Landing on Discovery Island and will be heading back to the Cretaceous Trail in DinoLand U.S.A.

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