Weekly Disney Roundup For August 16 – 21, 2020: Halloween Arrives, Riverboat Departs

In this edition of the Weekly Disney Round Up: more refurbs coming to the Disney Parks, rumors float about the closure of Sebastian’s Bistro, and Halloween decor hits the Disney shops. This is your Disney news for the week of August 16, 2020.

Magic Kingdom

Liberty Square Riverboat to Close for Refurbs: Reports circulated online stating that the Liberty Square Riverboat will be closed starting August 24th and is estimated to return to normal operations on August 31st.

The Liberty Square Riverboat near the docks.
The Liberty Square Riverboat near the docks.

Disney Springs

After Months Worth of Delays, Cirque du Soliel “Drawn to Life” Set To Open: The new Cirque du Soliel show coming to Disney Springs titled. “Drawn to Life”, has finally been given an official opening date: February 10, 2021. The original opening date was April 2020, but due to COVID-19 the opening date was pushed back until 2021.

Resort Hotels

Rumor, Rumor: DVC Point Minimum to Increase: Rumors now suggest that Disney will raise the minimum of directly-purchased points to 125.

Sebastian’s Bistro Closing at Caribbean Beach Resort? After the Caribbean Beach Resort re-opened in late July 2020, the resort was absent of their main sit-down dining location, Sebastian’s Bistro. Now, it appears that the Bistro may remain closed permanently (or at least a very long time).

Beach Club Marketplace To Undergo Refurbishments: The Beach Club Marketplace considered to be one part shop and one part quick service dinning location, serves as a huge draw for Disney’s Beach Club Resort. The Marketplace will temporarily close for refurbishments starting August 23. A reopening date has not yet been named, but it’s believed to be sometime in Fall 2020.

A look at the official landing page for Sebastian's Bistro.
A look at the official landing page for Sebastian’s Bistro.


  • Tons of new Halloween merchandise added to Shop Disney and at the Parks.
  • Disney Annual Passholder 30% off discount can now be applied on Flower and Garden merchandise.
  • More reservation slots made available for Annual Passholders for all 4 Parks.
  • A Tropical Depression is headed towards Florida. The storm will mark the 13th this season. The severity and exact path are unknown.
Some of the Mickey Mouse themed Halloween gifts for 2020.
Some of the Mickey Mouse themed Halloween gifts for 2020.

What Disney news surprised you most this week?