The 9 BIG Updates From Walt Disney World (and Beyond) This Week (March 28)

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This week at Walt Disney World, Disney announces the return of the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, Hugs return to Character Meet and Greet, and dates are announced for the 2022 International Music Festival. gastronomy and wine EPCOT!

Outside of Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort is getting a behind-the-scenes look at one of its most iconic attractions, and casting begins for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights.

1. Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue back this summer with small changes

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It was announced this week that Walt Disney World’s Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue dining experience will return to Pioneer Hall at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground this summer on June 23. The show will be slightly modified with some updates to its script and setting, while remaining true to the spirit of the show.

The menu will once again feature a feast filled with favorites including fried chicken, smoked BBQ ribs, a variety of savory sides and strawberry shortcake.

Reservations for this return entertainment option will be available on the Walt Disney World website beginning May 26.

2. Traditional character interactions with autographs and hugs return to Disney parks starting this month

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Character interactions at Disney parks have been moved away since the theme parks reopened in 2020, but Disney has announced that more traditional character interactions with hugs, autographs and high fives will return to theme parks at starting this month on April 18. Disney said these more traditional character meet-and-greets will return in phases throughout the spring and early summer.

3. Dates announced for EPCOT 2022 International Food and Wine Festival

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Disney has announced that the 2022 edition of the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival will kick off later this summer on July 14 and run until November 19, the same length as last year’s extended festival.

More than 25 global markets will be part of this year’s festival lineup, including favorites like The Swanky Saucy Swine, Appleseed Orchard, Hops & Barley, Earth Eats and more. Additional information about this year’s festival will be released in the coming weeks.

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