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This was taken at Disney’s Grand Floridian on May 18, 2015 on my husband and my 19th wedding anniversary. My grandson, Keagan fell in love…..just not with Cinderella. (submitted by Janine)

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 172015
 

Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Pirates of the Caribbean will be closed for refurbishment through September 25
  • Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party will offer an enhanced version beginning July 5. In addition to a variety of desserts and beverages, guest will now enjoy a sparkling cider toast as the fireworks begin. Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party is $49 for adults, $29 for children, tax included.
  • Liberty Tree Tavern will close for refurbishment from July 6 through November 20
  • Dream Along with Mickey will be closed from July 19 through August 22.
  • Liberty Square Riverboat will close for refurbishment from August 4 through August 10
  • Walt Disney World Railroad will close for refurbishment from September 28 through November 5
  • 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

  • New – Living with the Land will close for refurbishment from September 8 through September 17
  • 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 called Frozen Ever After, that 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

  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid will close for refurbishment from September 7 through September 10.
  • 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

  • Harambe Market  has opened. Food and beverage will include street-inspired dishes served from four walk-up windows throughout the Marketplace.
  • Creature Comforts is closed for refurbishment through June 14. The merchandise location is being converted to a new Starbucks location.
  • New – Maharajah Jungle Trek Bat Exhibit will be offstage for 4-6 weeks beginning June 15. During the refurbishment, the area will be inaccessible as netting is replaced and comfort fans for our animals and Cast are installed. The Wilderness Explorers bat badge will continue to be distributed in the breezeway outside the exhibit.
  • Updated – Flame Tree Barbecue is closed through June 29. 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.
  • 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.

 

Disneyland Resort Closures and Rehabs

Disneyland

  • 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.
  • Peter Pan’s Flight will be closed from through June 30.

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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Jun 172015
 

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.

We’re looking for your best tips to share with us all about touring during the summer and tips for experiencing the Frozen Summer Fun event. In addition we are looking for your best tips for experiencing the Disneyland Diamond Celebration.

 

Did you know that the entire Disneyland Park stars in the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular”? Special effects turn the storefronts of Main Street, USA, the Matterhorn, and “it’s a small world” into giant projection screens filled with characters and special surprises. Scenes from the show include trips to Neverland with Peter Pan, floating lanterns courtesy of Flynn and Rapunzel from Tangled, and dancing with King Louie from The Jungle Book.

 

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 871 – One Magical Day at Disneyland

Listener David from Virginia joins us to discuss his trip to California and how his family spent one magical day at Disneyland during the busy holiday season!  Hear about getting around the crowds, using Legacy Fastpass to their advantage, great snacks and dining that you should try and more! (PS: one of their tips is to try the jalapeno cheese pretzel and the Disneyland corn dog!)

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

Jun 172015
 

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Last time, Ms. Lost came across that beautiful mosaic as she was walking up to The Land Pavilion. She was excited because she had a FastPass+ reservation for Soarin’! Congratulations to Jackie D.

Ms. Lost went resort exploring! Which resort can you find her in?

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

Send in your guess by June 27. 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.

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Our normally shy 2 year old grandson Ryder’s face lit up upon seeing Minnie Mouse when we took him for his first visit to Walt Disney World this past Spring 2015.  He surprised us all by running up to her and giving her a kiss on the nose.  (Submitted by Lisa T.)

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.