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Ten years ago I met my Prince Charming. We also soon found out that we are both Disney fanatics. He is a longtime owner of 2 Disney Vacation Club resorts so over the years we have enjoyed many blended family adventures in Walt Disney World.

In March we took my 2 grandchildren for a 5 day vacation to our favorite vacation spot. On March 31st, Steve had made dinner reservations in Cinderella Castle. We had the perfect table in the window and enjoyed the amazing fireworks display from our seats. I turned to thank Steve for an amazing magical experience and realized he was on his knee next to me proposing by saying “in the happiest place on earth will you make me the happiest man”. Of course I said yes and my 2 grandchildren ages 12 & 8 were as thrilled as we were.

The staff made the occasion more amazing by presenting us with a glass slipper surrounded by rose petals and desserts of a solid chocolate slipper and strawberries and beautiful champagne glasses to toast with. We are beginning to make our wedding plans and are sure to incorporate a Disney theme! (Submitted by Nancy R.)

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.

Jun 152016
 

Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • City Hall restrooms will be closed for refurbishment through late June 2016.
  • Cinderella Castle Stage is currently under construction to create a new stage for Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire, opening June 17, 2016. The new stage show will feature Mickey and his troupe of Merry Makers as they host a joyous festival of friends from other lands.
  • Swiss Family Treehouse will be closed for refurbishment from July 6 through September 24.
  • Liberty Square Riverboat will be closed for refurbishment from August 1 through August 7
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, will be closed for refurbishment from August 8 through November 18.
  • “it’s a small world” will be closed for refurbishment from August 22 through September 15

Epcot

  • Soarin’ is closed for refurbishment and will reopen on May 27 2016 with a third theater, new IMAX Laser projectors, and a last chance to see the original Soarin’ movie through June 16. On June 17 the enhanced attraction will open with a new film, Soarin’ Around the World. The new film will feature an aerial tour of the globe above some of the world’s most iconic landmarks on every continent. Soarin’ will also get updates to its screens and projection system, bringing a visually enhanced experience.
  • 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 June 21. 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

  • Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream will be closed for refurbishment from July 16 through July 19.
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid will be closed for refurbishment from July 24 through July 27
  • Jim Henson’s MuppetVision 3D will be closed for refurbishment from August 15 through to August 22.
  • To kick off summer, the park is launching a new nightly fireworks and projection show called Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular that will eclipse anything of its kind in the park’s history. The show will debut June 17.
  • Pizza Planet will be closed for refurbishment through November 7. When it reopens in late 2016, the restaurant, still serving the popular pizza and salads, will have additional seating and registers.
  • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show, Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure Playground, Monsters Inc. Character Meet & Greet, Watto’s Grotto, Studio Catering Co. and Prop has closed due to redevelopment plans for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. All of these closures are permanent to make way for new expansion projects at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • A new Toy Story Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The 11-acre land will include a family-friendly roller coaster and an alien saucers attraction.
  • A new Star Wars-themed Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing Star Wars fans to step into the stories from a galaxy far, far away. Plans to bring Star Wars to life include creating Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres. This authentic land will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • DINOSAUR will be closed for refurbishment from July 25 through September 29
  • Pandora – The World of AVATAR will bring the fantasy world of James Cameron’s AVATAR to life at Animal Kingdom Park. The new land will feature a new E-ticket attraction, AVATAR Flight of Passage, that will allow Guests to soar on a winged creature known as a Banshee over a vast alien world. Construction on Avatarland is expected to wrap up around 2017.
  • “Rivers of Light,“ the new nighttime show, which is expected to open soon, will combine live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery on the natural stage of Discovery River.

Disney Springs

  • Planet Hollywood will be closed for refurbishment through summer 2016.
  • Fulton’s Crab House has closed to begin a major remodel. Currently, the re-opening date is undetermined. When it reopens, it will be known as Paddlefish.
  • 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

  • Rivers of America and the Disneyland Railroad has closed temporarily to make room for a new Star Wars-themed land at Disneyland Park. Attractions along the Rivers of America that will close include:
    “Fantasmic!”
    Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia
    Rafts to Tom Sawyer Island
    Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
    Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes
    These attractions are expect to reopen in the future.
  • Big Thunder Ranch, including Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue, Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm and Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree, has closed permanently.
  • A new Star Wars-themed Land will be coming to Disneyland park, allowing Star Wars fans to step into the stories from a galaxy far, far away. This authentic land will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle.

Outside the Theme Parks

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Jun 152016
 

A trip to Disney can be overwhelming for small children. Each day that we are in Disney, I prepare a small gift for  my grandchildren from a Disney character. Along with the gift is a personalized letter telling them just what they will be doing THAT day in the parks. (Submitted by Annette F.)

Best of Be Our Guest Podcast

BOGP Logo 300x300x72Each 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 1026 – Rikki’s Summer 2016 Kick-off Trip, Part 1

Mike and Rikki sit down today to talk about Rikki’s recent Memorial Day Weekend trip to Walt Disney World!   We talk about the return of the “old” Soarin. Also, we discuss many new experiences over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Finally we have an in-depth review of Tiffins, the new signature restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park.

The Be Our Guest Podcast is hosted by Disney lover Mike and co-hosted by fellow Disney aficionados Pam and Rikki. The show covers everything from listener experiences to questions about how to make the most of your dream trip to the world! We hope you will join us each week as we share our love of all things Disney and we hope you will share yours as well.

The BOGP family has members from all over the world and we hope you will join us!

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

Jun 152016
 

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Ms. Lost was previously found dining at Rainforest Cafe! Congratulations to Bryant O’Meara!

This week, Ms. Lost encountered this unique tropical plant. Where was she?

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

Send in your guess by June 25. 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.

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This is from 2005 when my kids were much smaller. Everyone loved the shirts. I found them after my great grandmother passed away. She bought them in 1980. They were still in the package with the receipt. Everyone wanted to know where we got them! (Submitted by browns.525)

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.