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Alongside the recent price increases to Annual Passes and resort hotel parking, Walt Disney World's park specific reusable shopping bags have also increased in price this month.
First introduced at the end of 2018 at World of Disney, the reusable bags are made of 80% recycled materials and come in three sizes. The new pricing is $2 for small (up from $1), $2.50 for medium (up from $1.50), and $3 for large (up from $2).
Beaches and Cream Soda Shop at Disney's Beach Club Resort will now be closing for a refurbishment slightly later than originally planned.
The closure is now planned to begin August 26 2019, with a reopening set for December 2019. During that time, there will be a temporary location at the Yacht and Beach Club Resort offering ice cream, but not the Kitchen Sink. The to-go window at Beaches and Cream will also be closed during the refurbishment. The closure was originally planned for August 6.
And fans of the Kitchen Sink, don't worry. When Beach and Cream reopens at the end of 2019, it will continue to offer the super-sized dessert along with other fan favorites.
To make additional space for Beaches and Cream, the adjacent arcade will be closing.
Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs is hosting a new ticketed event on July 21 - "Sea. Salt. Sake. Sharpen."
The seafood-driven educational seminar and tasting event will feature demonstrations and food stations for guests to learn the ins and outs of preparing fish from onsite experts while also sampling the products.
Guests can learn to master the elements of maximizing the bounty of the whole fish, gain insight into the proper technique for sharpening kitchen knives, and sample a variety of flavors from Mackerel and Hamachi to Madai Snapper. Thoughtfully-paired with a selection of beers, sakes, and shochus, the beverages will complement the style and texture of each dish.
The event takes place July 21 2019 from 1pm to 3pm. Pricing is $50 per adult / $20 per child 10 and under (excludes tax & gratuity). Reservations can be made online now.
Voyage of the Little Mermaid at Disney's Hollywood Studios will be closing briefly this summer for refurbishment. The show is currently scheduled to be dark July 15, 16, 17, 30, 31 and August 1 2019.
Walt Disney World has announced a new fast-casual barbecue restaurant coming to Epcot's World Showcase.
Replacing the Liberty Inn quick service restaurant in the American Adventure, Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue will open later this year with the Liberty Inn closing July 8 2019.
According to Disney, "The new location will be a modern barbecue smokehouse, with all the accompanying sights, sounds, smells and flavors you love – including a large smoker preparing fine food every day right on the pavilion’s promenade. There will also be a redesigned patio."
The Liberty Inn currently serves standard quick service food, such as burgers, hot dogs and chicken nuggets.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort will open August 6 2019, with reservations now available.
The new boutique at Disney's Grand Floridian resort will be located inside what was the Ivy Trellis Salon, which will relocate into Senses – A Disney Spa.
According to Disney, also on Aug. 6, all of the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique locations will introduce the new Carriage package, which includes a specially-themed T-shirt. They will also begin offering four new stylish hairstyles with customizable options and an expanded assortment of Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique-inspired products, including a spirit jersey available in adult and youth sizes, Minnie Ear headband, MagicBand and other accessories to enjoy, all of which can be purchased separately from any of the packages.
At the Magic Kingdom, work is also underway to expand the location, adding more chairs, a very special magic mirror, and a transformation experience that will help guests choose the perfect outfits and accessories.
Aunt Polly's at the Magic Kingdom will be opening for a limited time during the upcoming July 4 week.
The quick service restaurant on Tom Sawyer Island will be open June 29 through to July 7 2019 from 11am to 3pm.
Menu items include Biscuit BBQ Sliders, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Pretzel sticks, Mud Brownie, Root Beer Float and Lemonade Slush.