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Disney characters entrance visitors to the Magic Kingdom at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. (Gregg Matthews/NYT)
Disney characters entrance visitors to the Magic Kingdom at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. (Gregg Matthews/NYT)

What’s new at Walt Disney World this summer Add to ...

The biggest news is the launch of MyMagic+, a combination of website, mobile app, FastPass+ and MagicBands that let you organize your Disney adventure months in advance. The best part is FastPass+, which allows you to reserve up to three ride times at one park a day. For more information, visit disneyworld.disney.go.com. Here are a few other highlights:

Magic Kingdom: The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opened May 28 and signals the completion of New Fantasyland. The roller coaster packs mid-level thrills: The cars are designed to pivot back and forth with the hills and dips. Wait times run two hours or longer, so if this is a must, book a FastPass for it well in advance.

Downtown Disney: Hipsters, you better sit down: Food trucks are now at Disney. Offerings include Namaste Café, serving up Indian favourites such as naan and butter chicken. In a land of fries and burgers, I found these fresh tastes are a welcome addition. But as I enjoyed a refreshing glass noodle salad from the Fantasy Fare truck, most people walked up, read the menus and left with nothing more than puzzled expressions.

Epcot: A tequila tasting at Disney? Cheers to that. The After Hours Wind Down program ($35 U.S.) lets you linger in the park after the Illuminations fireworks show, enjoying a flight of spirits and mini food pairings at four different eateries. If La Cava del Tequila sounds too intense, try wine and Italian antipasti at Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar or a beer flight and pub grub at the Rose & Crown.

Hollywood Studios: This is where you’ll find the most Frozen-related fun. For starters, each morning at 11, princesses Anna and Elsa ride down Hollywood Boulevard in a horse-drawn sleigh and events continue all day. If you want to meet the sisters, though, head to Fairytale Hall in the Magic Kingdom.

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