news briefs 7/18

Delicious New Delights at Disney’s Animal Kingdom—Plus More in News Briefs

By Courtney Potter

New Animal Kingdom eats to tickle your taste buds, and a sneak peek at this year’s holiday fun aboard Disney Cruise Line… See more, along with other news from around Disney, in this week’s news briefs!

Check Out All the New Eats Available at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

If you’re adventuring over to Walt Disney World Resort this summer, there’s a host of delicious new eats and treats to try at Disney’s Animal Kingdom—including some fresh options at fan-favorites Tiffins Restaurant and Flame Tree Barbecue and a brand-new dessert party during the park’s gorgeous nighttime spectacular Rivers of Light. We’ve got all the mouthwatering scoop right here at

Save the Date!
Be sure to mark these upcoming Disney events on your calendar:

D23 and Walt Disney Archives
July 21, 2018
D23 Member Mixer—San Diego
July 30, 2018
Attend the Red Carpet Premiere of Christopher Robin
July 31, 2018
Be Among the First to See Disney’s Christopher Robin!
August 6, 2018
D23’s Behind-the-Scenes Experience: Pixar Animation Studios
August 10, 2018
Lunch with a Disney Legend – Jim Cora
August 11, 2018
D23’s Saturday Morning on the Lot
August 12, 2018
Mickey’s of Glendale Summer Shopping Event
November 16-18, 2018
Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse
August 23-25, 2019
D23 Expo 2019
August 17, 24, 28, 31
September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park
August 30-November 12, 2018
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
September 7-October 31, 2018
Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort
Summer 2019
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening at Disneyland Resort
Fall 2019
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening at and Walt Disney World Resort

August 3, 2018
Disney’s Christopher Robin opens in U.S. theaters
November 2, 2018
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms opens in U.S. theaters
December 19, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns opens in U.S. theaters
July 13, 2018
Fancy Nancy premieres on Disney Junior (11–11:55 a.m. EDT)
August 10, 2018
Disney Channel Original Movie Freaky Friday premieres on Disney Channel (8–9:45 p.m. EDT/PDT)

news briefs 7/18

Making Merry with Disney Cruise Line This Winter

Don’t get us wrong—we love summer. Cookouts with s’mores, trips to the beach, listening to our favorite Disney summer jams on Spotify… But we’d be lying if we didn’t admit that we’re already looking forward to the coming holidays. And with the fun in store later this year on Disney Cruise Line (DCL), we don’t think you’ll be able to blame us!

Starting in early November, all DCL ships will be transforming into a veritable winter wonderland for their “Very Merrytime Cruises”—sailings with more jolly than you can shake a holly sprig at. All manner of parties and themed entertainment will delight guests young and young at heart, including “Mickey’s Tree-Lighting Magic” (where you’ll find Mickey Mouse and friends singing carols and lighting the ship’s three-deck-tall Christmas tree!); “sea-sun’s” greetings at Disney’s private island Castaway Cay (featuring beachside “snow flurries”); “Santa’s Winter Wonderland Ball” (a magical welcome-party production that includes an appearance by Kris Kringle himself); special activities just for kids; and so much more.

So if you’re looking for a truly memorable way for your family to spend the holidays this year, check out for more information.

news briefs 7/18

Disney’s Media Networks Honored with 39 Emmy® Nominations

TV fans, rejoice—for awards season is upon us, and some of our favorite shows are getting the accolades they so richly deserve from the Television Academy… including a slew of awesome programming from ABC, Disney Channel, Disney XD, and Marvel Television. has a complete rundown of Disney’s whopping 39 Emmy Award nominations here.

Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland Celebrates 35 Years with Fabulous New Entertainment

Regular readers of (including Gold Members, who also receive our nifty Disney twenty-three magazine each quarter) know that Tokyo Disneyland has been commemorating its mega-awesome 35th Anniversary in 2018—and they premiered several new entertainment options earlier this spring to launch the celebration. But the party is really kicking into high gear this summer with the addition of a brand-new nighttime spectacular and two new stage shows.

As first announced by our friends at the Disney Parks Blog, Tokyo Disneyland guests can now enjoy some New Orleans-style fun at the new “Let’s Party Gras!” show at Theatre Orleans inside Adventureland, where Mickey Mouse and his friends will “let the good times roll.” Over at Tokyo DisneySea, at the American Waterfront Dockside Stage, “Hello, New York!” finds Mickey and pals discovering—via song and dance—just what makes New York City so memorable. And back at Tokyo Disneyland once the sun sets, Cinderella Castle is transformed with Celebrate! Tokyo Disneyland—a nighttime spectacular featuring fountains, projections, and dazzling pyrotechnics. (Bonus tip: Purchase a super-cool, exclusive light-up pendant before the show starts and you can be a part of the magic.)

Congrats to Tokyo Disneyland on their amazing three-plus decades of bringing Disney fun to guests from around the globe!