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New Photo Opp Debuts at The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios can now enjoy an all-new photo opportunity that allows them to walk the red carpet and “cement” their handprints outside the Chinese Theater, home to The Great Movie Ride. The photo opportunity is just one of many recent interior and exterior enhancements to the attraction thanks to a new relationship with Turner Classic Movies.

Now Serving! Starbucks Opens at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Guests of Disney’s Animal Kingdom can now enjoy Starbucks beverages at the reopened Creature Comforts in the Discovery Island section of the park. Menu items include regular Starbucks coffee and espresso beverages, Frappuccino blended beverages, breakfast sandwiches and pastries, as well as Disney created treats. Specialty items include Cotton Top Tamarin Cupcakes and Zebra Cupcakes. A portion of the sale of each Starbucks Flat White Latte will benefit conservation programs already under way to help preserve the cotton-top tamarin in Colombia. In keeping with the park’s theme, décor in the new Starbucks includes carvings, warm African colors, Maasai shield designs and hand-painted coffee beans.

Doc McStuffins Now Meeting Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Dottie “Doc” McStuffins is now meeting guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in a setting inspired by her playhouse clinic on the Emmy-nominated TV show, “Doc McStuffins,” airing on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. Doc is a nurturing, six-year-old girl who can talk with the stuffed animal she cares for. Guests also can see Doc McStuffins in “Disney Junior – Live on Stage!” and spend time with her during breakfast and lunch at Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine at Hollywood & Vine, both at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Pocahontas Now Meeting Guests at Discovery Island Character Landing at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests can meet Pocahontas in a setting inspired by her adventures. She will meet guests throughout the day, sign autographs and pose for photos at the Discovery Island Character Landing location. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the only place to meet Pocahontas at Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney Junior Fans can Celebrate Poolside at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels this Summer

Kids can splash into summer with the new Disney Junior Pool Party at Walt Disney World Resort hotel pools. Youngsters can compete in poolside games like Sofia Says, Doc McStuffins trivia, and sing and dance to favorite hit songs from the popular Disney Channel and Disney Junior shows including Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Miles from Tomorrowland  and Jake and the Never Land Pirates. Disney Junior Pool parties take place daily at all Disney resort hotels at various times throughout the day.

Be Our Guest Restaurant Breakfast Service Begins in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom

Now through July 18, Be Our Guest Restaurant is testing a prix fixe breakfast from 8-10 a.m. The fast casual breakfast menu has a decidedly French taste, with entrée options including assorted cured meat and cheese, eggs Florentine served in a puff pastry shell and an open-face bacon-and-poached-egg sandwich with brie. Guests can make reservations for dates now through July 18, 2015 via DisneyWorld.com/dine, the My Disney Experience app, or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

More opportunities to soar and enjoy the midway coming to Walt Disney World Resort

Here at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, we’re always making investments to exceed guest expectations – whether it’s creating new attractions and entertainment or making existing experiences even better. One of the things we’ve heard from our guests is that a visit to Walt Disney World Resort just isn’t complete without enjoying the spectacular views at Soarin’ in Epcot or a spin through Toy Story Mania! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Both attractions will expand by adding another theater at Soarin’ and more midway track at Toy Story Mania! We’ll also be updating the screens and projection system at Soarin,’ bringing a visually enhanced experience. The expansions are expected to be complete by late 2016, offering even more opportunities for guests to enjoy these beloved attractions during their Walt Disney World Resort vacation.