5 Updates You Need to Know About Before Your Next Disney Vacation

Buckle up folks, we’ve got some Disney news to share!


Between Amazon Prime Day deals and Target Deal Days (both of which have since ended), the start of EPCOT’s Food & Wine Festival, and other Disney news — it’s been quite the week! If you’re planning a trip to Disney or just need to get caught up on all the latest, we’ve got you covered.

1 — The EPCOT Food & Wine Festival is Here!

First, we’ve got to talk about the most exciting EPCOT news of the week — the Food & Wine Festival has officially kicked off! We were there on the Festival’s opening day to check out all of the food (of course), the entertainment, the merchandise, and MORE.

It’s Here!

We checked out the Remy scavenger hunt


ate our way through TONS of booths (remember that some don’t open until August)…

Swanky Saucy Swine food and drink selections

…and shared ALL the photos and details with you about everything the Festival has to offer.

Food and Wine Time is Here!

Click here to see our page with all of the food booth menus, click here for our page with reviews for ALL the booths, and click here for our picks of the very BEST items to eat and drink while you’re there!

Want more? Click here to shop the Festival’s online collection, and click here to see what to pack in your park bag for the Food & Wine Festival!

Full spread from The Alps!

We’ve got a DFB-exclusive printable for the booths, shirts that will give you Food & Wine vibes, and details about a realistic budget for the Festival!

Want more Food & Wine information? Click here for our full page with everything you need to know!

2 — Don’t Lose Your Car Ever Again!

Ever park your car in a Disney parking lot and then, at the end of a LOOOONG day in the parks, get stuck walking the parking lot aimlessly searching for your car that you totally lost? Well, consider that a thing of the past! Disney has announced that a car locator feature is being added to its Disney World (My Disney Experience) and Disneyland mobile apps.

Don’t Lose Your Car Again!

With this feature, you’ll be able to use location technology to find and save your parking details.


The app feature is set to become available in Disney World this summer and in Disneyland later this year.

Click here for ALL the details!

3 — News if You’re Flying to Disney World

Thinking of flying to Disney World for your next trip? Well, there are a few things you should know. For starters, one airline no longer fly to Orlando. Hawaiian Airlines has announced that they’re suspending their service between Honolulu and Orlando later this year.


In other airline news, Orlando International Airport has confirmed the list of 11 airlines that will utilize the airport’s brand NEW terminal. The airlines include Icelandair, JetBlue, and Norse.

©Click Orlando 6

And finally, NEW non-stop flights to Orlando by Spirit Airlines are coming soon. 

Spirit Airlines Safety Documents

These non-stop flights will run from the San Antonio Airport to Orlando International Airport.

Click here to see why Disney backed out of the airport train deal!

4 — Multiple Character Meet-and-Greets are BACK

If you’re all about meeting those Disney characters, you’ll be thrilled to know that a ton of meet-and-greets are back in the parks! Over the past few days alone, we spotted Goofy in a secret spot in Magic KingdomSnow White saying “hello” to guests in Magic Kingdom, changes made to the meet-and-greet for the Evil Stepsisters

Snow White Meeting with Guests

Aladdin and Jasmine meeting guests in Adventureland…

Stop By and Say Hi!

…and Peter Pan running around the park too!

Peter Pan in Adventureland

And over in Hollywood Studios, Darth Vader and Chewbacca returned to Star Wars Launch Bay EARLY!


So, if you’re a big fan of Disney characters and have missed those meet-and-greets over the past few years, you have a lot to look forward to during your next trip!

Click here to see what 3 character dining options are coming back to Disney World soon!

5 — Halloween Scavenger Hunt!

And finally, if you’re a fan of Halloween and scavenger hunts, the ultimate activity for you is coming to EPCOT this fall! Disney has announced that a Halloween scavenger hunt — Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit — will be coming to EPCOT from September 29th-October 31st!

Baymax Pumpkin from Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit in Disneyland Resort

We’ve seen a scavenger hunt by the same name in Disneyland and we’re excited to see what Disney World’s version will look like!

Click here to learn more about this activity!

Of course, other news was also shared this week. Check out those stories by clicking the links below:


And that’s it for this week’s Disney news! Stay tuned for more updates.

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What news from this week surprised you the most? Tell us in the comments!

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