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Epcot’s new live entertainment act, the Canadian Lumberjack Show made its debut performance earlier this week at the Canada pavilion. The show at the Mill Stage features two teams of lumberjacks competing against each other in a variety of lumberjack skills. Axe throwing, chainsaw work, and log sawing are all part of the act. The Canadian Lumberjack Show marks a significant departure from the previous Off Kilter Show, trading a musical act for a thrill-action show. The 15 minute show is currently in soft opening, and has not yet appeared on the Epcot times guide or in park signage.

WDWMagic has a video of this first performance which has met with less than favorable reviews. If you can't see the video below, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCi-cOWCamw to view the full video.



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The Disney Store has just launched a new online shop offering a selection of the new Haunted Mansion merchandise, including some of the items at the new Memento Mori.

The overhead nets that were covering large sections of the queue around the Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom have finally been removed. They were installed following an incident back in 2012 where a section of branch fell into the queue area after the park had closed. The recent near 2 month-long refurbishment of the Tree of Life has now rectified the situation, and the nets and canopies have been removed from the queue over the past week.

The Hess Gas Station near the BoardWalk will be closing for refurbishment from October 13 2014. The work is expected to take a couple of weeks, although no confirmed reopening date has been made available. The other two Hess stations on property will remain open during the work, and can be found at the exit of the Magic Kingdom, and near Downtown Disney Marketplace.

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The outside gift shop at Planet Hollywood Downtown Disney has been demolished as part of the Disney Springs redevelopment. The restaurant itself will also see a major exterior makeover in the near future. Gifts can still be purchased inside the main Planet Hollywood Restaurant, and at the merchandise location on Sunset Blvd in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Two new kiosks are coming to Downtown Disney near Fulton's on the new Disney Springs style promenade. Set the Bar - offering cocktails, and Sublime - offering gifts and finds. Both are set to open soon. Expect to see kiosks of a similar style open in areas throughout Disney Springs as a way of bringing in smaller third party tenants offering unique items.

A new bus route will be tested next week between the Magic Kingdom monorail resort hotels and Typhoon Lagoon. Starting October 12 through to October 25 2014, the new bus route will travel between Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort and Typhoon Lagoon. The new route will alleviate the problem of no direct service from Typhoon Lagoon after 2:00 PM, and all guests being routed via Epcot. The current routing leaves the monorail resort guests having to transfer back to their hotels via the monorail from Epcot.

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