Nov 122014

Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Island Supply in Adventureland closed permanently on October 23 to make way for a new retail store.
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin is closed for refurbishment through to November 21
  • The Haunted Mansion will be closed for refurbishment from December 1 through December 19.
  • Splash Mountain will be closed for refurbishment from January 4 through January 30, 2015
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table will be closed for refurbishment from January 5 – March 6, 2015.
  • Liberty Square Riverboat will close for refurbishment from January 23 through January 27, 2015.
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid will close for refurbishment from February 2 through March 6, 2015.
  • Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street U.S.A. will be closed for a refurbishment February 2 through March 30, 2015.
  • Cinderella Castle moat has been drained. This work is being done as part of a larger project that will create a second ring around the current hub that adds more walkways and dedicated viewing areas for Magic Kingdom fireworks and parades, as well as sculpted gardens. This multi-phase enhancement project will be completed in 2015.


  • Maelstrom and the Spirit of Norway movie have closed. In their place, a new “Frozen” themed attraction will be built that is expect to open in early 2016. The new attraction will take guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film. The pavilion will also include a royal greeting location with Anna and Elsa.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Studio Backlot Tour closed permanently on September 27.   A portion of the Studio Backlot Tour is being used to for the Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post. Disney is also working other developments for that area and will share details soon.
  • Updated – The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow has closed, joining several other closures this year including American Idol Experience in August and the Studio Backlot Tour in September.
  • The Sorcerer’s Hat, at the center of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, is slated for removal in early 2015
  • Fantasmic! will be closed for refurbishment from November 19 through November 21


Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Kali River Rapids will close for refurbishment from January 20 through February 4, 2015.
  • Disney Parks has announced a long-term relationship with James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox Filmed Entertainment to bring the fantasy world of AVATAR to life at Animal Kingdom Park. The new Avatar-inspired Land will feature multiple attractions, entertainment, merchandise locations, restaurants and other immersive elements. In preparation for the new land, Camp Minnie-Mickey has closed permanently.  Construction on Avatarland is expected to wrap up around 2017.

Water Parks

  • Typhoon Lagoon will be closed for refurbishment through December 20.
  • Blizzard Beach will be closed for annual refurbishment from January 4 through March 14.


Downtown Disney (WDW)

  • New – Parking Lots – Entrance 2 – Lots A-G will be closed from December 1 through August 1, 2016 in preparation for the construction of Town Center and the East Garage. In addition, the new West Side Parking Garage will open to the public in stages throughout November and December 2014, bringing an additional 3,000 parking spaces to the area.
  • Roadwork on Buena Vista Drive will take place through March 2016. Due to heavy roadwork, expect delays on Buena Vista Drive. It is recommended that Guests use complimentary Walt Disney World Resort transportation from Parks and Resorts to Downtown Disney and plan to arrive early for reserved dining and entertainment experiences.
  • Downtown Disney will undergo a multi-year transformation into Disney Springs. New and completed areas will open in phases, and the project is expected to be complete in 2016. 


Disneyland Resort Closures and Rehabs


  • Mark Twain Riverboat will be closed through November 28
  • Casey Jr. Circus Train will be closed from December 1 through December 19, 2014.
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats will be closed from December 1 through December 19, 2014.


Disney’s California Adventure Closures and Refurbishments

  • Boudin Bakery will be closed through January 16.
  • blue sky Cellar will be closed through October 2, 2015

Outside the Theme Parks

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The Holiday season is upon us!  Both Disneyland and Walt Disney World offer lots of great festivities. If you have a tip about touring the parks in the Winter/Holidays, make sure to share them with us at!


If you are flying to get to your port destination, it is always recommended that you add a pre-cruise stay to your cruise itinerary. The reason behind this is because you may have possible flight delays. If you fly out the day of your cruise and have a flight delay, caused by any number of reasons, the cruise ship will not wait for you, and you will be out of luck. In addition, if you have missing luggage, you’ll potentially be without your clothes and toiletries. The best reason though to include a pre-cruise stay (even if it’s just one night) is that it allows you to start your vacation on the right note, giving you a chance to relax before boarding the ship. Plus, you’ll arrive at the port refreshed and ready for a great cruise experience.


Best of Be Our Guest Podcast


Each issue we will feature a snippet of what you could learn by listening to the Be Our Guest Podcast. Be sure to check back each issue for more fun.

Episode 777 – Flying to Walt Disney World

If you’re flying down to Orlando for a Walt Disney World vacation (or even a Disney Cruise Line vacation) we offer up some great informative tips on how to best handle getting cheaper flights, packing, how to make your way through TSA, using Magical Express, and more!

Listen to the podcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Be Our Guest Podcast!


Nov 122014



Last time, Ms. Lost could be found waiting in line at The Jungle Cruise (well, currently, it’s known as The Jingle Cruise, which is so awesome!) Congratulations to Julie D.!

This week, Ms. Lost found Mickey, Goofy, Donald, and Pluto, but in a unique form. Where is she?

If you think that you can help, please email your answer to:

Send in your guess by November 22. Please be as specific as possible, noting not only the park but the specific ride, attraction, or section where the picture was taken. For instance, instead of saying, “Epcot,” say, “At Epcot at Maelstrom” (which isn’t this week’s answer). One random entry from all correct entries will receive a Disney trading pin. See Lost photos from past issues.