WDWNT Weekly Recap: Disney’s Riviera Resort Grand Opening (and Defective Murphy Beds), “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” Divides Fans, New Rise of the Resistance Boarding Group Procedures, and Return of “The Muppets Present…”

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 December 16–22!

Walt Disney World

Magic Kingdom

Guests can try out the TRON Lightcycle Run ride vehicles in this fun new photo-op


We spotted new signage for the upcoming Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360 show

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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The Avatar anniversary cupcake

Disney Springs

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

  • There’s some very impressive gingerbread creations over at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort as part of a cast member competition, including an incredible Lilo & Stitch shack and a resort replica

Disney’s Riviera Resort: Now Open!

  • Watch the Grand Opening Ceremony for Disney’s Riviera Resort, which features some very special guests!
  • Of course, we had to try all the restaurants across the newest Walt Disney World Resort hotel, including the highly-anticipated Topolino’s Terrace. We tried tiny Madeleines, Bouchon Brownies, Gold-Topped Tarts and more afternoon pastries from Le Petit Cafe. Cinnamon Crumble “French Toast” Bread Pudding, Lemon-Blueberry Pancakes, Breakfast Pizza and more were enjoyed at Primo Piatto. Best of all, we must say that the new Topolino’s Terrace character breakfast is one of the best there is!
We tried a beautiful selection of pastries at Le Petit Cafe
We loved visiting Minnie Mouse at Topolino’s Terrace!

Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Park

Disneyland Paris

  • The Cars Route 66 Road Trip attraction coming to the Walt Disney Studios Park will open in Summer 2020, and a new logo has been revealed
  • Take a look at the recently reopened Autopia attraction in Discoveryland

Tokyo Disney Resort

New Merchandise

Euro Disney April 1992 Merchandise
A nostalgic collection is due to go on sale at Disneyland Paris
An adorable Mickey plush from the new Park Life collection

Entertainment and Media

Other Disney News

The stunning Frozen 2 windows at Saks Fifth Avenue

WDW News Today

Make sure you catch up on the News Today episodes from this week!

News Today 12/17/19 – TRON Lightcycles Arrive, Riviera Resort Opens, Flight of Passage Restrooms

News Today 12/19/2019 – New Train Station at Disney World, No Droids Coming to Star Wars, Murphy Bed

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!