Aug 262015
 

Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Dream Along with Mickey will be closed through August 22.
  • Mad Tea Party will close for refurbishment on August 26.
  • Briar Patch will close for refurbishment from September 21 through September 24.
  • 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 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

  • Living with the Land will close for refurbishment from September 8 through September 17
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 from August 17 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

  • Updated – 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

Disneyland

  • Haunted Mansion will be closed for refurbishment through September 10.
  • Space Mountain will be close for refurbishment September 7 through September 10.
  • 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

  • Tower of Terror will be closed for refurbishment from August 31 through September 3.
  • California Screamin’ will be closed for refurbishment from September 7 through September 17.
  • 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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Aug 262015
 

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 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. In addition we are looking for your best tips for experiencing Halloween events at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

Trick-or-treat bags are provided at any of the candy stops or at the gate as you enter the party. The bags are on the small side and fill up very quickly. You may want to bring your own bag to avoid carrying several of Disney’s bags. If you’ll be using the Disney bag(s), be sure to get them as early as possible as, unlike candy, Disney tends to run out of bags early. As an alternative, you can purchase larger trick-or-treat bags or plastic pumpkin buckets with Mickey ears at the Emporium to gather treats or buy popcorn in one of the Hitchhiking Ghost or Hatbox Ghost Mickey popcorn bucket (available at popcorn carts) to enjoy during the parade and then use the empty bucket to trick-or-treat afterwards.

 

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 901 – 30 Years Between Disney Trips

We are excited to have Bev from New Jersey with us today to talk about a couple of fun Walt Disney World vacations!  She had 30 years between her first trip as a kid and then taking her own family in August 2014.  Hear about this multi-family adventure!  We discuss nice stays at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort, fun meals at Biergarten and Cinderella’s Royal Table, kid’s club experiences and much more!

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

Aug 262015
 

Lost

 

Ms. Lost was previously listening to the oompah band at Biergarten. Congratulations to Sara K.

Ms. Lost found this “Top Secret” area. Where is she?

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

Send in your guess by September 5. 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.

Aug 122015
 

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This photo was the Character Breakfast at Cape May Cafe at Disney’s Beach Club. This is our 2 year old granddaughter Katarina. She loved Minnie. (Submitted by Tom & Judy G.)

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.