Disney last night also debuted the U.S. version of its Once Upon a Time castle projection show, at the Magic Kingdom. The show's been running at Tokyo Disneyland, but the WDW version omits the lasers and turret projections. Still, early reports put it an upgrade over the Celebrate the Magic show that it is replacing. Once Upon a Time plays nightly, 15 minutes before park close on evenings when the park closes late.
The Federal Aviation Administration this week granted the Walt Disney Company's request for an exemption to fly drones over its U.S. theme parks for commercial purposes. Non-recreational use of drones requires FAA approval, and the FAA imposed a no-fly zone over the Disney Parks following the Sept 11, 2001 attacks, too. The exemption allows Disney to employ drones in its entertainment programs, flying them over parades and other shows, possibly for carrying scrims and other visual effects pieces.
Here's an interesting fan theory on how Disney might soon be using the drones:
There were no reports that Rivers of Light was scheduled to use the devices, but, hey, at this point they're as much a part of that still-delayed show as anything else. ;^) We're ready to believe just about any story about what's happening with Rivers of Light since we've heard so many already.
A couple of dining notes: Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe in the Magic Kingdom apparently has ditched its frustrating practice of offering separate menus at its three ordering bays and now is offering the same line-up of meals at all three stations. The new, standard menu includes bacon cheeseburgers with or without barbecued pork, a barbecued pork sandwich, a grilled chicken club, a falafel burger, a Greek salad with chicken, chicken nuggets, rotisserie chicken, and a half chicken and barbecued pork combo, from $11-16.
Finally, we're hearing that Le Cellier in Epcot will be offering a prix fixe option at lunch next week.
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