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Thanks for putting out such an informative, well written newsletter. I always enjoy reading it. I was touched by your story a previous story about treasuring every moment, because you don’t know what could happen next. In 2014, I took my daughter on a spur of the moment Disney World trip for her spring break. We enjoyed the Flower & Garden Festival at EPCOT, something we had never seen before during our previous vacations.  We have been to Disney many times, but this would prove to be most special, because just a few  months later, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. While fighting for my life, thru all the bad times, I have had my memories of our most recent trip to help me through.  My goal is to get better and visit again in 2016 with my family.  So, yes, everyone should enjoy every day of magic that they have, because you never know when your world can get turned upside down.  (Submitted by Michelle P.)

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.

Apr 202016
 

Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • New – City Hall restrooms will be closed for refurbishment through late June 2016.
  • New – Cinderella Castle Stage is currently under construction to create a new stage for Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire, opening June 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.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, will be closed for refurbishment from August 8 through November 18.

Epcot

  • Epcot Character Spot has expanded to include two new characters from the film, Inside Out. Guests will now be able to meet Joy and Sadness who will join Baymax, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy.
  • Stave Church at the Norway Pavilion, will be closed for refurbishment through May 27.
  • Tomb Warriors Exhibit, at China Pavilion’s House of the Whispering Willows, will be closed for refurbishment from May 2 through June 16.
  • Updated – Soarin’ will reopen on June 17 with a new film called Soarin’ Around the World and with an additional theater. Soarin’ will also get updates to its screens and projection system, bringing a visually enhanced experience.
  • Updated – 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 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 called the Royal Sommerhus.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Updated – Star Wars Entertainment has arrived to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the form of a new live, stage show celebrating iconic moments from the Star Wars saga, Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away, as well as a menacing First Order stormtrooper procession at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Plus, to kick off summer, beginning in June, 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.
  • 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, in addition to a third track for Toy Story Mania to accommodate even more guests. The Toy Story Mania track addition is expected to be completed by spring 2016.
  • 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

  • Work on The Tree of Life will cause some operational changes through the first few months of 2016. Changes include the relocation of Tarzan to an area by the Disney Vacation Club kiosk on Discovery Island, removal of the macaw perch, and a new access for the Wilderness Explorers Insect badge by Adventurers Outpost. Additional changes may occur based on the work.
  • Updated – 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. Additionally, “Rivers of Light,“ expected to open soon, will combine live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery on the natural stage of Discovery River; and two new animal species, African wild dogs and hyenas, were announced for the upcoming nighttime version of Kilimanjaro Safaris, which is also expected to open May 31. Construction on Avatarland is expected to wrap up around 2017.

Disney Springs

  • Wetzel’s Pretzels and Haagen Dazs kiosks, located at Disney Springs West Side, will be closed through May 14 for a change in location. Both locations are expected to reopen in Town Center on May 15, 2016.
  • The Watermelon Parking Lot will be closed for construction for approximately eight weeks.
  • 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.
  • Parking Lots – Entrance 2 – Lots A-G will be closed through August 1 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

  • Updated – Disneyland Monorail will be closed through May 19.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds will be closed April 25 – 29.
  • Autopia will be closed through April 28, 2016.
  • Jungle Cruise will be closed through May 5.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean will be closed from May 9 until further announcement.
  • Updated – Blue Bayou Restaurant will be closed from May 9 through May 13.
  • New – Tarzan’s Treehouse will be closed from May 16 until further announcement
  • 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.

Disney’s California Adventure Closures and Refurbishments

  • Silly Symphony Swings closed from April 11 until further announcement.
  • Updated – Grizzly River Run closed from April 18 through May 17.
  • Carthay Circle and Carthay Circle 1901 Lounges will closed from May 9 until further announcement.
  • Disney’s Aladdin – A Music Spectacular has closed. The Hyperion Theater will be transformed for the “Frozen” theatrical production. The show will immerse guests into the world of “Frozen” with elaborate costumes and sets, stunning special effects and surprising scenic transformations.

Outside the Theme Parks

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Apr 202016
 

I always purchase magic towels for all the children in my party before our Disney trip and pack them in zipper closed plastic bags.  Once we arrive, we place the magic towel in water to see which character is on the towel.  Once damp we place back in zipper bag and we have a refreshing way to wash our face and hands. (Submitted by LouAnn)

 

Best of Be Our Guest Podcast

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Episode 1002 – Quantifiable Walt Disney World

Let’s talk numbers when it comes to your next Walt Disney World vacation.  Would you pay $11/night more to stay at Pop Century over All-Star Sports?  Would you pay $35 for unlimited soft drink refills anywhere on property for the length of your stay?  Would you pay extra for a guaranteed window-seat for Illuminations?  Hear our discussion on the podcast.

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!

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Apr 202016
 

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Last week, Ms. Lost catching some knowledge at Living with the Land in Epcot! Congratulations to Mary P.! (Also, as a note, the last edition’s winner was Phil and Hope!)

This week, Ms. Lost was in a great tranquil area.

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

Send in your guess by April 30. 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.

Apr 062016
 

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Throwback Thursday – I have many older memories from the Disney Universe.  Here is a favorite. (Submitted by Annette H.)

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.