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Opening Date for Tiana's Palace at Disneyland Revealed

Shannon and Peter discuss two new additions to Disneyland Park – Tiana's Palace opening on September 7th and a new Ahsoka character experience beginning August 23rd. In other news, Disney exercised their right of first refusal for the first time in over six months, and Vanellope is no longer meeting at EPCOT. N120

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Tiana’s Palace opens in Disneyland on September 7th

Disney has announced that Tiana’s Palace will be opening on September 7th in New Orleans Square in Disneyland Park. Formerly the French Market, this new quick-service restaurant was inspired by “The Princess and the Frog”. The Mint Julep Bar will also be re-opening at the same time. 

As of this recording, the menu has not been announced, but we expect it will come out ahead of the opening. 

Source: Disney Parks Blog

Ahsoka Character Experience coming to Disneyland

At Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park, a new Ahsoka character experience will be coming on August 23rd! It’s not known if a similar experience will be coming to the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World.

Source: Disney Parks Facebook post, DVC E-mail

Disney uses Right of First Refusal for first time in over six months

For the first time since January, Disney Vacation Club has invoked the right of first refusal on resale contracts. As many DVC owners familiar with the resale market know, when a buyer places a bid on a contract, Disney has the right to pay the seller the same amount and buy back the contract. This is called Right of First Refusal or ROFR for short. Throughout the last 10 years, Disney typically buys back around 10-20% of contracts on average, but in 2023 Disney had only bought back a few Copper Creek contracts in January, and none since.  Resale prices have dropped over the last seven months in part due to the lack of ROFR contracts. 

The three contracts recently bought back were fairly low price bids, with two being at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas and one at The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. If Disney starts buying back more contracts, this could result in a near-term increase in resale pricing. 

Source: DVC Resale Market

Vanellope Meet and Greet closes at EPCOT

August 19th was the last day to meet Vanellope from Wreck-It-Ralph at the Imagination! Pavilion in EPCOT. Disney has announced that Mickey and Minnie will be greeting here in their platinum 100th anniversary outfits, but there is also the expectation of a Figment Meet and Greet coming soon as well. Joy from Inside Out is still meeting in this space, but it is possible that will close in the near future as well. 

Source: WDWNT

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