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 It allows you to transform your image into your favorite characters from park attractions and experiences.

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