February 27: Weekly Disney News Roundup

*  Ticket prices increase at Disney resorts.  A 1 day, single adult ticket to Magic Kingdom is now $105 plus tax.  Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom tickets are now $97.  Disneyland and California Adventure cost $99.  Adding the park-hopper option is now $56. *  Pirates of the Caribbean at Magic Kingdom will close through the summer due to safety concerns. *  The Main St. Plaza Gardens West has opened in the Magic Kingdom.  The new area has a fountain, landscaping, and an astroturf lawn.  It will be used as an area to view fireworks using Fast Pass Plus reservations. *  Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival begins next week. *  Dapper Days, where you dress your best and enjoy a day at the parks with other spiffy people are here:  Disneyland on Sunday March 1st and Magic Kingdom on Saturday March 14th. *  New Village Causeway has opened at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World. *  ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” will be recording their 15th anniversary show at Downtown Disney at WDW on March 6th from 6 – 10 a.m. *  The Atlanta Braves begin Spring training at ESPNs Wide World of Sports complex. *  DVC Polynesian Villas and Bungalows 7-month reservations opened 2/25/15. *  Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC opens at Downtown Disney at WDW. *  The new “Kitchen Magic with Mickey” Disney Cookbook has gone on sale at Disney Parks featuring 100 favorite recipes from the parks, resorts, and Disney Cruise Line. *  The Disney Fantasy was named Best Large Cruise Ship for the second straight year by Cruise Critics 2014 Cruise Choice Awards.  It also took best in Large Ship Cabins, Best Dining and Best Family Ship. *  The Disney Wonder won Best Midsize Ship. *  The Disney Dream was named Best Overall Cruise Ship in Large Category. *  Disney’s “Big Hero 6” won Best Animated Feature Film at the Oscars. *  Disney’s “Feast” won Best Animated Short Film at the Oscars. *  Ducktails will return to TV with a new series in 2017 on Disney XD.

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