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WDW Radio Newswire: The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow Officially On Tap For an Autumn Debut at The Studios

Plus…Tutto Italia e Tutto Gusto Now Open in Italy, Halloween and Christmas Party Dates Officially Announced, and more!

by Don Myers

There’s a lot of exciting things going on at The Florida Project right now, so let’s waste no time and dive right into the latest edition of the WDW Radio Newswire…..

Fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean films are going to rejoice over this first bit of news, as Disney has just announced that a brand-new attraction entitled The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow will be debuting at Disney’s Hollywood Studios this Fall! The attraction will make its home in the location formerly occupied by Journey Into Narnia: Prince Caspian. The space has been dark since the Narnia attraction closed up shop on September 10th 2011, which means that about one year will have passed between the last chronicle in Narnia and the first spoils for ol’ Captain Jack. Details are still a bit sketchy right now, but this should be quite a different experience compared to the old Narnia attraction, which was actually more like an exhibit than an attraction. This new attraction won’t be a simple walk-through featuring some movie props, as all indications point to this experience being a completely immersive/interactive journey into Captain Jack’s world from a “first-person” point of view. No official opening date has been confirmed, as Disney has simply said that the attraction will be opening up in the “Fall of 2012.” So as soon as a solid opening date is in place, I’ll be sure to post it here in the Newswire.

For more news out of Hollywood Studios, let’s venture over to the set of Lights, Motors, Action, where a brief closure put the excitement on hold for a few days last week. Minor refurb work took place at the site from Sunday April 29th to Wednesday May 2nd. But the popular stunt show is burning up the pavement once again, as normal operations resumed as of Thursday May 3rd.

Now it’s time to Park-Hop over to Epcot, where the Italy pavilion just saw the Grand Opening of the Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar, as well as the re-opening of the Tutto Italia Ristorante. The wine cellar adds a completely new element to the pavilion’s dining experience, which now offers up three delicious choices (Via Napoli rounds out the trio). Work had been ongoing at the site since the first week of January, so the total refurb/construction time was just about four months.

Unfortunately for World Showcase diners, the openings in Italy are accompanied by news of an upcoming closure in France. A three month refurb has been scheduled for Bistro de Paris, with construction slated to begin on Sunday July 1st. This means that if plans stay on track, the restaurant will be back in business on WDW’s 41st Birthday: Monday October 1st.

The weather is just starting to heat up around most of the Country, but it’s never too early to start thinking about the Holidays! Relax, I’m not talking about shopping, I’m talking about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! The “Hard-Ticket” Events have been a staple at Magic Kingdom for quite some time now, and the 2012 dates have just been officially announced. Let’s first take a look at the Halloween Party, which kicks off on September 11th and wraps up on November 2nd. Here’s a complete look at the dates:

September: 11th (Tues), 14th (Fri), 18th (Tues), 21st (Fri), 25th (Tues), 28th (Fri), and 30th (Sun).

October: 4th (Thurs), 5th (Fri), 8th (Mon), 11th (Thurs), 12th (Fri), 14th (Sun) 16th (Tues), 18th (Thurs), 21st (Sun) 23th (Tues), 25th (Thurs) 26th (Fri) 28th (Sun), 30th (Tues), 31st (Wed) and November 2nd (Fri).

Tickets are on sale now, and as in year’s past, advance purchase discounts are available. Select discounts are also available for Annual Passholders, as well as for members of the Disney Vacation Club. Certain dates are blacked out as far as advance purchase and Passholder/DVC discounts go, as has been the case in years past as well. For more info (including complete pricing details and a full list of blackout dates for discounts), or to purchase tickets, visit:


Now let’s shift our attention over to the Christmas Party dates, which begin on Friday November 9th and conclude on Friday December 21st. Here is a list of the complete dates:

November: 9th (Fri), 12th (Mon), 15th (Thurs), 16th (Fri),  25th (Sun), 27th (Tues), 29th (Thurs), 30th (Fri).

December: 2nd (Sun), 4th (Tues), 6th (Thurs), 7th (Fri), 9th (Sun), 11th (Tues), 13th (Thurs), 14th (Fri), 16th (Sun), 18th (Tues), 20th (Thurs) and 21st (Fri).

Tickets are on sale now, and just like the Halloween Party, advance purchase discounts are available for select dates. Discounts are also available for Annual Passholders and/or DVC members, although certain dates are blacked out here as well. For more info on the Christmas Party festivities (including complete pricing details and a full list of blackout dates for discounts), or to purchase tickets, visit:


Well, that’s gonna do it for today’s update, but I’ll be back again soon with another edition of the WDW Radio Newswire…..


Don Myers covers news and recent events in Walt Disney World.  He has been enamored with the World of Disney since his first trip to WDW in 1986. As they say, the rest is history!  Don also has been a contributing writer for Celebrations magazine since 2009.