WDWNT Weekly Recap: New Year’s Eve Celebrations, 2020 Free Dining and Resort Offers, Sam Eagle’s Smokehouse, and Smoke on the PeopleMover

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 30–January 5!

Walt Disney World

Magic Kingdom

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The stunning Fantasy in the Sky New Year’s Eve spectacular


Sam Eagle will be the face of Regal Eagle in The American Adventure

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Harambe House is now open at Animal Kingdom

Disney Springs

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Disney’s All-Star Resorts

This adorable little cupcake swam into All-Star Movies this week!

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Hotel

Disney’s Riviera Resort

Happy New Year from Topolino’s Terrace at the Riviera!

Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Park

  • Heavy crowds lead to the implementing of a Single Rider line at Star Tours: The Adventure Continues this week

Disney California Adventure

  • It was announced that Alfresco Tasting Terrace will become an Annual Passholder-exclusive location beginning January 5
  • Mickey and Minnie are getting ready to celebrate the Lunar New Year 2020, and it’s the Year of the Mouse! To commemorate, there will be specialty foods, merchandise and Minnie Ears released at Disney California Adventure

Downtown Disney District

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Have you tried the new Asian Street Eats take-out window yet?

Disneyland Paris

Tokyo Disney Resort

New Merchandise

The fun new Loungefly backpack design, inspired by Mickey and Minnie Animated Shorts
One of the Cute New Tropical Hideaway Tiki Bowls

Entertainment and Media

  • 2019 was a stellar year for Disney at the box office, as the studios made $11.1 billion worldwide
  • Disney+ revealed their first look at the new and original content coming to the service in 2020, including “Lizzie McGuire,” “Muppets Now,” “The Mandalorian” and more. “The Proud Family” is also now available on Disney+, and new episodes are in production

Other Disney News

WDW News Today

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

News Today 1/3/20 – PeopleMover Smoke, Magic Kingdom Turnstile Problems and New Figment MagicBand

News Today 1/1/20 – Suicide Attempt on Ferry, New Year’s Eve Fireworks and EPCOT Construction Bypass

News Today 12/30/19 – Queue Urination Incident, Marvel Land Open Summer 2020 and New Monorails at Tokyo

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!