Feb 252015
 

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One of my most magical memories!  It was our very first trip (we’ve gone every year since).  My daughter was seeing herself for the first time after her Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique makeover.  Upon seeing herself, a small gasp escaped her lips as her had flew to her heart.  It is the most magical memory I can recall– the pure joy she experienced. (Submitted by Rachel J.)

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.

Feb 252015
 

Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Cinderella’s Royal Table will be closed for refurbishment through March 6. During this period, a similar princess meal will be offered at Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.
  • New – Tomorrowland Arcade, located at the exit of Space Mountain, closed permanently on February 9.
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid is closed for refurbishment through March 6.
  • Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street U.S.A. will be closed for a refurbishment through March 30.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is closed for refurbishment from March 4 through March 7.
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin is closed for refurbishment on March 4 and 5.
  • Peter Pan’s Flight is closed for refurbishment on March 5 and 6.
  • “it’s a small world” is closed for refurbishment from March 10 through March 15.
  • Jungle Cruise will close for refurbishment from April 13 through May 8.
  • Dream Along with Mickey will close for refurbishment from April 13 through May 20.
  • New – Pirates of the Caribbean will close for refurbishment from May 11 through September 25.
  • Liberty Tree Tavern will close for refurbishment from July 6 through November 20
  • Liberty Square Riverboat will close for refurbishment from August 4 through August 10
  • 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

  • Multiple attractions have closed recently at Disney’s Hollywood Studios including The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow, the American Idol Experience which closed in August and the Studio Backlot Tour which closed in September. Disney is also working other developments for that area and will share details soon.
  • The Sorcerer’s Hat, at the center of Disney’s Hollywood Studios has begun being removed.  No word on how long the process will take.
  • New - Lights, Motors, Action will close for refurbishment from April 20 through April 24
  • New - Voyage of the Little Mermaid will close for refurbishment from September 7 through September 10.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Creature Comforts is closed for refurbishment through June 14. The merchandise location is being converted to a new Starbucks location.
  • Updated – Flame Tree Barbecue is closed through April 22. Work will include the addition of more covered seating areas and the installation of covered walkways. Some Flame Tree Barbecue items may be available at other Quick Service eateries throughout the park.
  • Kali River Rapids will be closed for refurbishment from March 10 through March 13
  • 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.

Water Parks

  • Blizzard Beach has be closed for annual refurbishment through March 14.

Downtown Disney (WDW)

  • 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.

 

Disneyland Resort Closures and Rehabs

Disneyland

  • Sleeping Beauty Castle will be closed for the installation of the 60th Anniversary overlay. The Castle overlay will debut by May 2015.
  • Fortuosity Shop will be closed through March 12.
  • Enchanted Chamber will be closed through March 2.
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh will be closed through April 2.
  • Briar Patch will be closed through April 2.
  • Critter Country Fruit Cart will be closed through April 2.
  • Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes will be closed through April 2.
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant will be closed through April 2.
  • Splash Mountain will be closed through April 2.
  • Pooh Corner will be closed through April 2.
  • Professor Barnaby Owl’s Photographic Art Studio will be closed through April 2.
  • Captain EO will be closed through April 9.
  • Peter Pan’s Flight will be closed from through May 7.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds will be closed through May 15.

Disney’s California Adventure Closures and Refurbishments

  • Taste Pilot’s Grill will be closed through March 12.
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail will be closed through March 12.
  • Grizzly River Run will be closed through March 19.
  • Ariel’s Grotto will be closed through February 27.
  • Luigi’s Flying Tires will be closed from February 16 through December 1. A new attraction will debut in its place.
  • World of Color will not be performed through March 12.
  • Soarin’ Over California will be closed through May 14.
  • Muppet*Vision 3D is closed indefinitely while theater is used for Frozen-themed show.

Outside the Theme Parks

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Feb 252015
 

We’re looking for your best tips to share with us all about touring the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival! In addition, if you’ve been to Disney California Adventure and visited Hollywood Land for Frozen Fun, we’d love to have your best tips too!

Did you know that for there is a special tour that’s only held during the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival? The Gardens of the World Tour is a 3-hour tour held only on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. A Disney Horticulturist will host the tour of special displays and award-winning international gardens. The tour cost $64.00 + tax per person and guests must be age 16 and up. To book, call 407-WDW-TOUR (939-8687).

 

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.

From Episode 823 – Couples-Only Trip For a Family Man

Listener Heath shares his thoughts of Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort. He absolutely ended up loving it; it’s a beautiful resort, but it’s also a huge resort. Keep in mind that if you’re only utilizing Disney transportation, there are 5 different bus stops at this resort that you may have to stop at before you can head to the parks. This means that you’ll need to remember to add extra transportation time to your schedule to compensate for the additional stops.

To hear more of Heath’s trip, make sure to listen to this episode!
Listen to the podcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Be Our Guest Podcast!

Feb 252015
 

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Ms. Lost was searching for silver last issue…in Liberty Square! Congratulations to Monica P.!

This week, Ms. Lost found this unique shed…but where?

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

Send in your guess by March 7. 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.

Feb 112015
 

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After dozens of trips since she was 10 months old, my now 20 year old daughter still LOVES Disney. Just look at that Disney glow! (Submitted by spiderjigman)

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.