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Planet Hollywood will be closing in early January 2016 to begin a major redevelopment of the restaurant.
The restaurant will be closed for approximately 6 months to complete the work, which will see significant changes to both the inside and outside.
Taking design cues from a turn-of-the-century observatory, the four story building will also feature a new outdoor terrace and bar called Stargazers. The outdoor terrace will give guests views out onto Disney Springs and will also bring live entertainment to Planet Hollywood.
On the inside, there will be a completely reworked menu, and a new interior design - but still retaining the movie props and celebrity memorabilia that the restaurant is known for.
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Star Wars Launch Bay takes guests inside the upcoming movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens with behind the scenes exhibits, merchandise and character meet and greets, including Darth Vader and Chewbacca.
The exhibit is currently under construction in the former Magic of Disney Animation building in the Animation Courtyard.
The new Star Tours sequence inspired by the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens will open on December 1 2015 at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Disney has said that during the first few months, every ride will feature the new sequence, but later it will join the list of possible sequences selected randomly during each ride.
Disney has announced that Star Wars Weekends are no more.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is in the midst of a major redevelopment, with Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land already announced, with more expected later.
In a posting on the official Disney Parks blog, Disney says, "And work begins next year on the 14-acre Star Wars-themed land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. With construction underway, unfortunately, we won’t be able to offer Star Wars Weekends. While Star Wars Weekends has been a great way to enjoy the saga for a few days every year, now the Force will be with Disney’s Hollywood Studios every day.
With Star Wars Launch Bay, the new Jedi Training experience, “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi” and a new destination in the Star Tours attraction opening in December, you’ll be able to step into the Star Wars saga every time you visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios."
The new Jedi Training Academy called Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple will open in early December 2015 according to Disney.
With an all new set being built on the existing Jedi Training Academy stage near to Star Tours, the new show will be set in a secret site of an ancient Jedi temple.
Along with Darth Vader, younglings will also face the new villain from the Star Wars Rebels TV show - Seventh Sister.
The original Jedi Training Academy closed on October 4 2015 to make way for the new experience.
The 2015 ABC Christmas Day special, the "Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration," is being filmed this week at the Magic Kingdom and will impact some of the park's entertainment offerings.
Here is a run-down of what to expect - as always, check in the park Times Guide on the day of your visit for any changes.
November 10 – 13
Festival of Fantasy parade moves to 5:00 PM.
No performances of the Main Street Trolley Show
November 11 - 13
No performances of Dream Along with Mickey
No performances of Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street party
No Welcome Show
Disney Legend and Walt Disney Imagineering Ambassador Marty Sklar will be appearing at Disney Springs next week for a book signing.
You can meet Marty at the Art of Disney store in the Marketplace on November 18 2015 between 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM for a signing of "One Little Spark!"
Featuring an introduction by Richard M. Sherman and Glen Keane, the book details Mickey's Ten Commandments - as developed by Marty throughout his time at WDI.
Disney's Hollywood Studios has expanded the areas available during the park's morning opening rope drop.
The morning rope drop was restored back in September, but has now been expanded to allow guests further into the park.
The Sunset Blvd rope is between Reel Vogue and the Planet Hollywood store. The Animation Courtyard and Mickey Avenue rope is between the Brown Derby and Center Stage. Finally, the Echo Lake side rope is between Center Stage and Min and Bill's Dockside Diner, and between Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular and Dinosaur Gertie.
On non-Extra Magic Hours mornings, guests without breakfast reservations are allowed through the touch points at 8:30 AM.
The rope drop will then take place at each of those three locations at 8:45 AM, including welcome announcement, with cast on-hand to lead guests to the attractions.
Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, and if you are visiting the Walt Disney World Resort during this time, we've put together a list of all your options for a special holiday menu.
Most restaurants that are serving Thanksgiving dining are offering either a buffet, a prix fixe three course offering, or a holiday entree in addition to the usual a la carte menu. In the list below, we've listed pricing by buffets and prix fixe restaurants where available.
Thanksgiving this year is on November 26 2015, and reservations can be made at 407-WDW-DINE or online at DisneyWorld.com/dine.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Tusker House Restaurant $46.85, $27.68
Carved Turkey Breast, Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin Pie.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
50’s Prime Time Cafe
Herb-roasted Turkey, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Cornbread Stuffing, Giblet Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Fresh-baked Pumpkin Tart.
Hollywood & Vine $50.05, $29.81
Carved Turkey Breast, Cornbread Stuffing, Roasted Seasonal Vegetables, Giblet Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, and Spiced Pumpkin Mousse
The Hollywood Brown Derby
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall $58.57, $35.14
Roasted Turkey Breast with Mashed Potatoes, Homemade Stuffing, Sautéed Green Beans, Gravy, and Cranberry Sauce
Biergarten Restaurant $42.59, $23.42
Turkey and Cornbread Stuffing, Green Beans with Almonds and Butter, Cranberry Sauce and Gravy
Coral Reef Restaurant
Le Cellier Steakhouse
Restaurant Marrakesh $32
Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
Herb-Crusted Roasted Turkey with Savory Dressing with Gravy, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Cranberry Relish Sauce and Pumpkin Cheesecake.
Planet Hollywood $21.99
Oven roasted all white meat Turkey, topped with warm gravy & served with homemade, whipped mashed potatoes, southern-style cornbread stuffing, sauteed vegetable medley and cranberry sauce.
Portobello Country Italian Trattoria $40
Roasted Turkey Breast, Rosemary Gravy, Pancetta and Apple Dressing, Haricot Verts, Whipped Potato and Crandberry Relish.
The Dining Room at Wolfgang Puck Grand Café $75
Apple Salad with Medjool Dates, Marcona Almonds, Endive, Parmesan, Balsamic Dressing. Traditional Roasted Tom Turkey with Sourdough Stuffing, Mashed Potato, Green Beans, Traditional Gravy. Pumpkin Tartlette - Cinnamon Creme. With wine parings.
Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe $29, $9
Traditional Turkey Dinner with Cornbread Stuffing, green beans, mashed potato, traditional gravy, cranberry compote.
Crossroads at House of Blues
Bongos Cuban Café
Fulton’s Crab House $34, $17
Herb Roasted Turkey with Oyster & Andouille stuffing, Brown Buttered Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, Southern Style Green Beans, Pumpkin Creme Brule with Caramel Whipped Cream
Raglan Road $27.95
Bunratty Mead Glazed Turkey, Apple Sage & Sweet Onion Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Braised Brussels Sprouts, Cranberry Plum Chutney with Traditional Gravy.
Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
End Zone Food Court $10.99, $5.99
Roast Turkey served with Turkey Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Candied Yams, Seasonal Vegetables, Cranberry Sauce, Dinner Roll and your choice of Pumpkin or Apple Pie.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Jiko – The Cooking Place $76.68, $27.69
Traditional Slow-roasted Turkey Breast and Braised Leg "Doro Wat”, Brussels Sprouts, Baby Carrots and Baby Turnip Medley, Mashed Potatoes, Dabo-Ciabatta Stuffing with Boerewors Sausage, Cranberry-Apple Relish, and Turkey Gravy.
Slow-cooked Turkey Leg Masala, Mashed Potatoes, Braised Collard Greens, Corn Bread Stuffing, Apple-Cranberry Achar, and Turkey Gravy. Pumpkin Cheesecake.
Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Cape May Café $47.92, $26.62
Disney’s BoardWalk Resort
Flying Fish Café
Trattoria al Forno
Herb Roasted Turkey, wild Mushroom Stuffing, Mascarpone whipped Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, and Pumpkin Cheesecake with Amaretti Cookie Crust.
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Shutters at Old Port Royale
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Roasted Bell & Evans Turkey -Cornbread and Mushroom Dumpling, Garlic Whipped Potatoes, French Green Beans, Giblet Gravy, and Cranberry Relish
Chef Mickey’s $53.24, $31.94
Carved Roasted Turkey Breast, Cornbread Stuffing, Seasonal Vegetables, Sweet Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes, Giblet Gravy, Fresh Cranberry Sauce and Pumpkin Cheese Cake.
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
Mickey’s Backyard Thanksgiving Feast
Trail’s End Restaurant $31.94, $18.10
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Grand Floridian Café
Slow-roasted Turkey with Cornbread Dressing, Red Bliss Mashed Potatoes, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, Giblet Gravy, and Cranberry-Orange Relish. Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pecan Tart, Mincemeat Pie, Apple Tart.
Oven-roasted Bell & Evans Farms Organic Turkey served with Buttery-whipped Potatoes, Green Bean and Porcini Mushroom Casserole, Brioche Cornbread, Sweet Sausage Stuffing with Dried Cherries and Cranberries, Traditional Giblet Gravy, and Cranberry Relish.
Victoria & Albert’s $197.03
Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Oven Roasted Turkey, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Giblet Gravy, Green Beans, Yams, Cranberry Sauce, Fresh Bread and Butter, Pumpkin, Apple or Pecan Pie.
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Carved Roasted Turkey with Sausage Stuffing, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Oven-roasted Baby Carrots, Green Beans, traditional Mashed Potatoes, Giblet Gravy, and House-made Cranberry Sauce.
Port Orleans Resort Riverside
Boatwright’s Dining Hall
Carved Turkey Breast, Cornbread Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Candied Yams, Giblet Gravy, Cranberry Relish, Choice of Apple Pie, Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie.
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
The Turf Club Bar and Grill $33.99, $12.99
Oven Roasted Turkey served with Stuffing, Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Yams, Giblet Gravy, and Cranberry Sauce, with a slice of Pumpkin, Pecan or Apple Pie.
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Smoked Turkey Breast
Based with Sage Butter, Dried Cherry and Fig Dressing, Red Kuri Squash, Chive Yukon Mashed Potatoes, Haricot Vert, and Natural Jus
Whispering Canyon Café $42.59, $23.42
Smoked-house Breast of Turkey, Maple-glazed Ham, Hand-carved Oak-roasted Beef Strip Loin, Traditional Stuffing, Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Mashed Potatoes with Brown Sugar and Marshmallows, Giblet Gravy, Seasonal Vegetables, Cranberry Relish, and Cornbread.
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Captain’s Grille $42.59, $23.42
Carved Turkey with Gravy, Country Herb Stuffing
Walt Disney World Swan
Garden Grove $43.66, $21.29