Walt Disney World News Round-up For Friday December 13, 2019

It's a busy time of year at Walt Disney World with a tin of stuff going on! Let's dive in to the the holiday happenings and more going on across property. The biggest news out this December is that Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance has opened at Disney's Hollywood Studios and it is getting great reviews. You can also find plenty of new Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance merchandise to commemorate your first escape from the First Order. While you're browsing the internet to get your Star Wars fix, don't forget to stop by our friends over at AllEars.Net and read A Fan's Eye View of Walt Disney World's Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays Celebrating the Season through December 30, 2019 . Guests attending the annual celebration of winter holidays around the world will be about to explore cultural legends and cuisine in a whole new way. Wondering what the best bites are this year? Check out what Disney Food Blog deems the BEST of the Fest!

Epcot isn't the only place that you can eat your fill of holiday goodies though. Check out this Foodie Guide to Holidays 2019 at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Though if you are down for doing all of these you'd better bring your sweet tooth.

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Disney chefs tend to go a little head over heels for gingerbread this time of year, and the folks onboard the Disney Cruise Line are no different. Check out the winner of the Disney Cruise Line's Sixth Annual Gingerbread House Competition! Speaking of gingerbread... the American Adventure in Epcot also got into the act with a Stunning Display of American Monuments.

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PhotoPass is celebrating its 15th Anniversary of bringing photo magic to guests across the Walt Disney World Resort property. For the next year special limited edition photo opportunities will pop up to create a little extra magic for your family to remember.

Guests are encouraged to share their favorite Disney PhotoPass memories from years gone by using the social media hashtag#DisneyPhotoPass!

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Are you excited about the opening of Disney's Riviera Resort this month? December 16th is the big date, but for now we've found a few preview posts. Take a look inside at a few of the guest areas bringing European elegance to Walt Disney World.

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Speaking of Disney Resorts, the Disney Springs neighborhood will be getting kid on the block in the form of Drury Plaza Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista. This new resort is expected to become Drury Hotel's biggest project to date including a resort-style pool, splash pad, poolside cantina bar and grill, grab-and-go marketplace, a kitchen and bar concept, and a wide range of complimentary amenities Drury Hotels are know for including the fabulous hot breakfast buffet. Look for this great new resort coming in 2021!

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Over at Disney Springs you can sprinkle your holiday table with a mini sampler trio of Christmas cupcakes! Red Velvet, Gingerbread, and Chocolate Peppermint cupcakes from Sprinkles Bakery are a tasty way to spread some cheer.

A little bird told us that permits have been filed to expand interior seating and add restrooms to Chicken Guy in Disney Springs. We're certainly glad they've gotten the message that this is needed and look forward to this expansion of services.

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That fan favorite soda shop, Beaches and Cream at Disney's Beach Club Resort will re-open after a refurbishment on December 26th. The a fresh new look embraces a timeless charm with beachy details and subtle shades of teal, rose, almond, and blue. In addition to the new decor, guests will find new menu items including plant based options, cookie fries, and the return of the Kitchen Sink sundae.

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For those of you looking forward to 2020, it's just around the corner! Walt Disney World logo merchandise sporting the 2020 design has begun popping up throughout retail locations. Take a look at the New Year's design HERE and HERE TOO!

That's it for this week, see you real soon!

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