WDWNT Weekly Recap: Disney+ Launches with Original Series, Glitches, and “Outdated Cultural Depictions”; Gingerbread Displays Arrive at Disney Resorts; and Potential New Monorail Purchase

Every week is a busy week when it comes to Disney news. To help you keep up with all of the updates coming out of Walt Disney World and other Disney resorts, here’s WDWNT’s weekly recap of the Disney news from November 11-17!

Walt Disney World

Magic Kingdom

Hollywood Studios

Have you seen this year’s Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! performance yet?


Animal Kingdom

Disney Springs

Amorette’s Patisserie Holiday Yule Log

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Beach Club Resort

Boardwalk Inn

Coronado Springs Resort

Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

  • This year’s stunning gingerbread house is finally finished and on display in the lobby of the Grand Floridian, looking as magical and delicious as ever, with princesses and pastry chefs showing up for the grand opening
How beautiful is the Grand Floridian’s Gingerbread House?

Reflections: A Lakeside Disney Lodge

Riviera Resort

  • In a video released this week, Disney revealed a behind-the-scenes look at the beautiful hand-painted murals which will be on display across the Riviera

Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

  • Take a tour of this year’s amazing gingerbread house village display over at Saratoga Springs, including a look at the new limited-edition gingerbread collection pin which is now available

Wilderness Lodge

The Gingerbread Cabin over at Wilderness Lodge

Yacht Club Resort

Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Park

An adorable Gingerbread Mickey

Disney California Adventure

Hong Kong Disneyland

New Merchandise

The first series of MagicBand slap bracelets has arrived
The cozy new Disneyland Resort Knitted Spirit Jersey Sweater

Entertainment & Media

  • Take a look at Emma Stone’s brand-new look for the upcoming live-action movie Cruella


This Tuesday brought the release of the long-awaited Disney+ streaming service. Sadly, the Disney+ launch suffered multiple problems from system outages, user login errors and long wait times for customer support. It wasn’t all bad news, of course, with a reported 1.3 million hours of collective streaming tracked in the first 24 hours of the service being launched. It was also discovered that content warnings have been added to movies and shows which portray outdated cultural depictions across the Disney catalogue. Mid-week, a new update was installed which added “resume” and “restart” options to the interface, following mixed user feedback on the original version. You know us, we had to watch all of the exclusive offerings we’ve been counting down the days for, so read our reviews below…

Watching through the library, we found an altered version of the Greedo scene in Star Wars: A New Hope, and that the mysterious symbol atop Grunkle Stan’s fez has been removed in Gravity Falls. It was also reported that Disney+ has promised to offer The Simpsons episodes in its original aspect ratio, following viewer feedback

Other Disney News

That’s all of the Disney news for this past week! Make sure you check back at the end of each week for our weekly recaps!