March 6, 2015: Weekly Disney News Roundup

* The 2015 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival has opened.
* Soarin’ at Epcot and Toy Story Mania! at Hollywood Studios are both set to undergo expansion aimed at decreasing wait times. Both should be completed by late 2016.
* Soarin’ at Epcot will soon have its screens and projection systems upgraded to improve the visual experience.
* Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid ride in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom has re-opened after renovation with several updates.
* Fireworks caused a fire near the “It’s a Small World” attraction at Disneyland this week. No one was injured and there was no damage to the ride.
* Disney Egg-stravaganza, a scavenger hunt for Disney character themed Easter eggs, will run from March 27th through April 5th at Disneyland in California and at Epcot in Florida.
* Neil Patrick Harris and Mickey Mouse will co-host the new “World of Color – Celebration” show for Disneyland’s Diamond 60th anniversary celebration, opening on May 22nd.
* Planet Hollywood restaurant at WDW Downtown Disney is set to undergo renovations to fit into the Disney Springs turn-of-the-century theme.
* Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows open on April 1st.
* Renovations to the Polynesian resort’s main pool, the Lava Pool, is expected to be completed and opened by the April 1st opening of the DVC Villas and Bungalows.
* DVC members are invited to a complementary, advanced screening of Disney’s “Cinderella” on Saturday, March 7th at 3p.m. at the AMC Downtown Disney 24 theaters. RSVP is required. “Cinderella” officially opens in the US on March 13th.
* DVC members can save on tickets to “La Nouba” by Cirque du Soleil at WDW Downtown Disney from now through March 28th. Discounts vary from 18 – 36%, depending on category and adult/child ticket purchases. Members can purchase for themselves and up to 5 guests.
* Registration for the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon on 11/7/15, opens on March 17th.
* The new Disney Side App, “Show Your Disney Side” is now available for free on the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPod touch at http://Disneysideapp.com. It allows you to transform your image into your favorite characters from park attractions and experiences.

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