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Finally! A photo op with Daisy! We always seem to miss her, but not this time. (Submitted by Kathleen)

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

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Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Pirates of the Caribbean will close for refurbishment through September 25
  • Liberty Tree Tavern is closed for refurbishment from through November 20
  • Walt Disney World Railroad will close for refurbishment from October 12 through November 20.
  • Peter Pan’s Flight will be closed for refurbishment from November 2 through November 7.
  • 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.


  • Glidden Paint has announced that it will open a new ‘Colortopia’ Exhibit in Innoventions East sometime in the Fall of 2015
  • Epcot will undergo expansion in the coming months. When work is complete in 2016, the attraction will include an additional theater. Soarin’ will also get updates to its screens and projection system, bringing a visually enhanced experience. The attraction is expect to remain open during most of this work.
  • 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

  • Toy Story Midway Mania will undergo expansion in the coming months. When work is complete in 2016, the attraction will include more track allowing even more guest to enjoy this attraction. The attraction is expect to remain open during most of this work.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Pizzafari will close for refurbishment through October 19 in order for the electrical infrastructure to be installed for a  new table-service restaurant opening next to Pizzafari in the Fall.
  • Primeval Whirl will close for refurbishment through November 12
  • 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. Construction on Avatarland is expected to wrap up around 2017.

Downtown Disney (WDW)

  • Fulton’s Crab House will be closed for refurbishment from January 1, 2016 through April 1, 2016.
  • Planet Hollywood will be closed for refurbishment from January 1, 2016 through June 1, 2016.
  • Parking Lots – Entrance 2 – Lots A-G will be closed through August 1, 2016 in preparation for the construction of Town Center and the East Garage.
  • 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.

Water Parks

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach will close for refurbishment from October 4 through January 2, 2016.
  • Typhoon Lagoon will close for refurbishment from January 3, 2016 through March 12, 2016.


Disneyland Resort Closures and Rehabs


  • Tomorrowland Theater will be closed for refurbishment through December 1
  • Innoventions will be closed through September 30, 2016. New plans are currently in development for this location. More details will be shared as they become available.

Disney’s California Adventure Closures and Refurbishments

  • Luigi’s Flying Tires will be closed through December 1. A new attraction will debut in its place.
  • Muppet*Vision 3D is closed indefinitely while theater is used for Frozen-themed show.

Outside the Theme Parks

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In each issue we share tips from our readers. If you have a tip to share send it to us at

We’re looking for your best tips to share with us all about touring during the summer and tips for experiencing the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. In addition we are looking for your best tips for experiencing Halloween events at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

New for this year is Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak . This scavenger hunt has guests searching for Remy statuettes hidden around World Showcase. The goal is to help Remy as he ventures around World Showcase collecting ingredients for his signature dish, ratatouille. Use the World Showcase map to locate the statues, mark your location with a sticker, and even receive a prize.  You can purchase your map and stickers from The Festival Center, Pin Central, Port of Entry or World Traveler at International Gateway. You will then use the map to record your discoveries while helping Remy, by placing the corresponding ingredient sticker on the map. Guests return their map (does not have to be completed) to the redemption location at Port of Entry (Plaza Towers) by Nov. 16 to pick up their surprise – a limited release pin!

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 910 – Panama Canal Cruise on the Disney Wonder

We are heading up north today to speak with Barb from Canada to discuss her amazing Panama Canal Cruise aboard the Disney Wonder.  We discuss how a 15-night cruise is different than the typical DCL offerings and also get into how dining, recreation, and more change when you are on the ship this long!
Listen to the podcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Be Our Guest Podcast!

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Ms. Lost previously found the Buddha statue found at the China Pavilion in Epcot. Congratulations Connie S.

This week, Ms. Lost saw this lion. Where did she find it?

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

Send in your guess by October 3. 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.