Oct 292014
 

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My daughters met up with their cousins at Magic Kingdom and got to have a few laughs at Monsters Inc Laugh Floor.  It looks like they’ve become a new set of “Monsters of Comedy”. (l-r, Alexandra, Vicki, Briana and Samantha) (Submitted by Matthew D.)

In each issue we feature a magical memory submitted by one of our readers. We look forward to sharing your memories in upcoming issues! To submit your memory, email a photo with a short description to info@magically-speaking.com.

Oct 292014
 

Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • The Yankee Trader in Liberty Square has reopened into a Haunted Mansion gift shop called Memento Mori.
  • New - Island Supply in Adventureland closed permanently on October 23 to make way for a new retail store.
  • Walt Disney World Railroad is closed through November 8.
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin will be closed for refurbishment from November 10 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.
  • New – Liberty Square Riverboat will close for refurbishment from January 23 through January 27, 2015.
  • New – 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.

Epcot

  • 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.
  • New – The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow will close permanently at day’s end on November 6, joining several other closures this year including American Idol Experience in August and the Studio Backlot Tour in September.
  • New - 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

  • Affection Section at Rafiki’s Planet Watch will be closed through to November 10. The other areas of Conservation Station will continue to operate as normal.
  • Pangani Research Center will have the Aviary and Hippo viewing areas closed through November 14.
  • 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)

  • 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

Disneyland

  • Mark Twain Riverboat will be closed through November 28
  • Space Mountain will be closed on November 3
  • it’s a small world will be closed through November 6.
  • Plaza Inn will be closed through November 6.
  • Pinocchio’s Daring Journey will be closed from November 12 through November 13.
  • Snow White’s Scary Adventure will be closed from November 12 through November 13
  • New – Casey Jr. Circus Train will be closed from December 1 through December 19, 2014.
  • New – 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.
  • Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm will be closed from November 1 through November 6.

Outside the Theme Parks

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Oct 292014
 

In each issue we share tips from our readers. If you have a tip to share send it to us at info@magically-speaking.com.

Fall is here! Both Disneyland and Walt Disney World offer lots of great festivities. If you have a tip about touring the parks in the Fall, make sure to share them with us at info@magically-speaking.com!

 

During the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, you can find merchandise that celebrates the event. While you’re in the park, visit the Festival Welcome Center, which offers commemorative gifts, specialty kitchen items, a book shop and a wine bar. You’ll also find the official Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Poster.

 

Best of Be Our Guest Podcast

BOGPLogoEach 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 771 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

On this episode, we take a detailed look at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. We discuss the theme, room types, the restaurants, recreation and of course, the animals. The hotel offers some incredible aspects that guests should make sure to take advantage of when staying here. (Or even if you’re just visiting.)

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

Oct 292014
 

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Ms. Lost could be found last time at Kilimanjaro Safaris at the termite mounds at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Congratulations to Natalie F.!

This time, Ms. Lost got in line for this classic attraction. Where was she?

If you think that you can help, please email your answer to: lost@themouseforless.com

Send in your guess by November 8. 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.

 

Oct 152014
 

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My daughter Mikayla during our trip this past May. She loves Frozen and we were so excited when the Disney photographer offered to add something fun for her in the picture!  She was standing on the bridge heading into France in Epcot! (Submitted by Amanda B.)

In each issue we feature a magical memory submitted by one of our readers. We look forward to sharing your memories in upcoming issues! To submit your memory, email a photo with a short description to info@magically-speaking.com.