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Disney News Round-up: Stitch’s Great Escape Goes Seasonal and the Muppets Arrive on October 2 at the Magic Kingdom

Happy Saturday and welcome to a short attraction-focused round-up! The Magic Kingdom is the source of some interesting and exciting attraction and entertainment news this week. Let's check it out.

Disney News Round-up: Celebrate the Jungle Cruise’s 45th Anniversary, runDisney Race Enhancements, and More

We're back with another roundup of Disney news for the week. Summer might be winding down in a few weeks, but that doesn't mean things are slowing down at Disney World! This fall the Magic Kingdom is celebrating its 45th anniversary, and that means many of the park's attractions are also celebrating that milestone!

Sneak Peek of ‘Tomorrowland’ Starts April 18 at Epcot’s Imagination Pavilion

A special sneak preview of Tomorrowland is coming to the Imagination Pavilion at Epcot starting April 18. This Disney Parks-exclusive preview will also give guests a chance to check out the jet packs used in the film and see a display of concept art and photos from the set of the film.

PUSH the Talking Trash Can is No Longer in the Magic Kingdom

PUSH the talking trash can has been removed from the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort.

There were rumors of his departure for nearly a week before it was made official, and fans even took to social media to save the beloved trash can, creating a Facebook page in an effort to "Save PUSH."

The animatronic trash can was created by and is owned by an Orlando-based product development company, Real Simple Ideas LLC.

Filming Begins in Vancouver for Disney’s Mysterious ‘Tomorrowland’

While we don't know much about Disney's Tomorrowland - other than it likely has nothing to do with the actual Tomorrowland - we can tell you that filming has started in Vancouver on the mystery/adventure film.

The film stars two-time Academy Award winner George Clooney (Syriana), along with Hugh Laurie (House), Britt Robertson (Under The Dome), Raffey Cassidy (Snow White and the Huntsman), and Thomas Roberston (The Switch).

Jack Skellington Coming to This Year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party returns to the Magic Kingdom on September 10 and this year marks the debut of Jack Skellington and Sally from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Guests will have a chance to meet The Pumpkin King and his true love in Town Square on Main Street U.S.A.

Also new to this year's party is the Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball dance in Tomorrowland hosted by Monsters, Inc. scarers Mike and Sulley at the Rockettower Plaza Stage.

New Locations for Star Wars Droid Factories

Star Wars fans now have two more places to build their very own droid. During last year's Star Wars Weekends, guests were introduced to the "build your own droid" experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Tatooine Traders (where droids are still being built today). And now that experience is also available at the Downtown Disney Marketplace and in Disneyland.

Astro Orbiter Closed After Small Fire Over Weekend

The Astro Orbiter, a ride at the Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland, was closed on Sunday due to a small fire. One of the ride's lights shorted out and melted sometime that morning, causing officials to shut down the ride for the rest of the day.

Bo Jones, an assistant chief with Reedy Creek Emergency Services, called the incident "very minor" and stated "we had it out in no time."

The decorative ring at the top center of the ride was the location of the malfunction and the affected light.

A Bit of Magic Kingdom Food News

For all of you WDW foodies out there, here is some news for you! It looks like there are a few new menu items to be had in the Magic Kingdom, including a Mickey pretzel.

Turns out, the pretzel is already popular at Disneyland and is being tested out at the Magic Kingdom. If you'd like to give the snack a try, head over to the Frontierland Pretzel Wagon (look for it between the Pecos Bill Cafe and the Diamond Horseshoe); at present, this is the only location within WDW to sell this iconic treat.

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