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Disney News Round-Up: Planet Hollywood Observatory Opening Soon, MagicBand 2 News, and More

Happy Tuesday! We have a bit of news to share today including an update on the opening day for Planet Hollywood Observatory in Disney Springs and some news about the new MagicBand 2. Let's check out today's news.

Ring in the New Year at the Walt Disney World Resort

If you're planning on celebrating New Year's Eve at the Walt Disney World Resort several of the theme parks have special events planned for Saturday night. Guests at the Magic Kingdom can celebrate on Friday and Saturday night.

Disney News Round-up: New Theme Park Ticket Option, Celebrate Mickey’s Birthday, and More

Happy Thursday and welcome to another Disney news round-up! Mickey Mouse is celebrating his birthday tomorrow and everyone can celebrate at the Walt Disney World Resort. Let's check out the rest of today's news.

Disney News Round-Up: New Disney Vera Bradley Designs, New Popcorn Flavors, and More

Happy Wednesday and welcome to another edition of our Disney news round-up! The Magic Kingdom was recently named the #3 amusement park in the country in Trip Advisor's Travelers' Choice Awards. Disney's Hollywood Studios was #6 on the list, and Disney's Animal Kingdom was #10.

Jedi Training Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Closing for a Refurbishment

The Jedi Training Academy at Disney's Hollywood Studios is reportedly closing on October 4 for a brief refurbishment. The popular attraction is scheduled to reopen later this year with a new name: Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple.

Possible Changes Coming to the Disney Dining Plan

It's been a busy weekend full of possible news and even some rumors when it comes to changes that might be happening with the Disney Dining Plan. We've been hearing quite a few different reports and wanted to make our readers aware of changes that are possible.

Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop No Longer Selling Products with Peanut Butter

The next time you're craving a peanut butter and chocolate sundae at the Walt Disney World Resort you'll find one less place to indulge. The Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop at Downtown Disney has stopped using peanut butter as an ingredient in sundaes, chocolates, or as a topping.

It’s Time for the Second Annual March Magic Tournament with Disney Parks

It's mid-March which means it's time for that big college basketball tournament but it's also time for the second annual March Magic Tournament from the Disney Parks. The tournament features 32 teams inspired by favorite Disney Parks attractions that will battle it out for the title of ultimate Disney attraction, with the winner announced on April 6.

Bob Iger Says Plans for ‘Star Wars’ Presence at Disney Theme Parks to be Announced Later this Year

While there's no concrete news about how Disney is going to grow the Star Wars presence in its theme parks around the world, there is a lot of speculation. Disney CEO Bob Iger fueled that speculation last week during a call with Wall Street analysts when he said there is a "fair amount of design and development taking place" to increase Star Wars presence in "multiple locations."

Removal of Sorcerer’s Hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Starts this Week

The Sorcerer's Hat at Disney's Hollywood Studios is coming down this week. According to reports, the dismantling of the iconic hat is set to begin on January 7. There is no word on how long the dismantling will take.

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Where in the World? WDW Photo Hunt

Over on our WDW for Grownups forums, the Where in the World thread is becoming more and more popular as we members try to stump one another with obscure photos taken in Walt Disney World!

We figured it might be fun to post a few here as well! You'll see below six photos taken in Walt Disney World. Can you guess where each of these pictures is from? We'll post the answers in tomorrow's article!

By the way -- here's a hint: Only one of the photos was taken at a resort hotel. The rest are in the parks!

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More 40th Anniversary Disney Parks Merchandise

We reported on some of the great Walt Disney World 40th Anniversary Merchandise not too long ago, and we've recently found some more that we think you'll love (we sure do!).

Messenger Bag
First up -- a messenger bag. Decorated with the original Magic Kingdom logo, this extremely soft and durable-looking bag will make happy anyone who has to tote around several thing each day.

Cast Member Working on Animal Kingdom Ride Dies

A 52-year-old Disney cast member working on the Animal Kingdom's Primeval Whirl ride died on Monday. Russell Sherry Roscoe of Webster, Florida, sustained head injuries when he was struck by one of the ride's moving vehichles and later died at an area hospital.

Walt Disney World President Meg Crofton said in a statement released Monday:

"Our Walt Disney World community has experienced a tragic loss. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Russ Roscoe's family and we are working to assist them during this difficult time; our thoughts and our prayers are with them.

Best Disney World Guidebooks

Here's our list of some of the best and most well-reviewed Disney World guide books on the market. Which guide books have you read and enjoyed?

Cast Member Character Paintings

Walt Disney World sets the theme park standard for rides, shows, attractions, dining, and phenomenal employees, but something that doesn't get mentioned nearly enough is the fact that Disney parks don't stop there. They take guest engagement further than any other theme park operation by "plussing" the experience guests have just walking down the street.

Original Magic Kingdom attractions

Have you ever wondered about what it was like on opening day of the Magic Kingdom? How magical it would have been! What was there back then?

The Magic Kingdom today is a very different place from what it was 40 years ago when Walt Disney World first opened (can you believe it's been 40 years?!).

Best Friends Pet Resort opens to rave woofs and meows

Would you cart along Fido or Tiger on your next Disney World trip and let them stay close by at the Best Friends Pet Resort?

Avoiding Crowds at Walt Disney World

While crowds are becoming more and more unpredictable, there are still some good rules to help you avoid crowds. We also bring you some tips on how to handle them once you encounter them.