Jul 292015
 

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Boys love the princesses too! My youngest son Lucas with Belle. (Submitted by Christy M.)

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.

Jul 292015
 

Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Dream Along with Mickey will be closed through August 22.
  • Liberty Square Riverboat will close for refurbishment from August 4 through August 10
  • 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
  • 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

  • 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

  • New – Haunted Mansion will be closed for refurbishment from August 24 through September 10.
  • New – 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

  • New – Tower of Terror will be closed for refurbishment from August 31 through September 3.
  • NewCalifornia Screamin’ will be closed for refurbishment from September 7 through September 17.
  • Bug’s Life Theater is temporarily showing a sneak peek of the new film “Ant-Man” starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas. The 15-minute 3-D preview will show select scenes from the film. The Ant-Man suit will also be on display at the Bug’s Life Theater. Ant-Man opens in theaters on July 17. The sneak peek ends August 2 and “It’s Tough to be a Bug” is expected to return after the previews.
  • 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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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.

Looking for a great place to watch the “Frozen” fireworks display and don’t care if you miss the stage show portion that goes with the show? Consider standing across from Hollywood and Vine. It’s not nearly as crowded as standing on Hollywood Boulevard and you get a unique view.

 

Best of Be Our Guest Podcast

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Each 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 889 – Disneymoon on the Platinum Plan at Christmas

 

Today we are joined by Jason from Alabama to discuss his amazing Disneymoon at Disney’s Contemporary Resort on the concierge-level over Christmas 2014!  Hear about all of their experiences on the Platinum Plan including amazing meals at Victoria & Alberts, Cinderella’s Royal Table, California Grill and more!  Also hear about fun tours, fireworks cruises, and more!

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

Jul 292015
 

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Ms. Lost was previously hungry and she was looking for a snack, so she stopped at the Boulangerie de Pâtisserie. Congratulations to Jodie S.!

This week, Ms. Lost was taking in a classic attraction. Where is she?

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

Send in your guess by August 8. 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.

Jul 152015
 

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A family hug for around Grandma with her two daughters, two granddaughters, and one son-in-law at the Tree of Life. (Submitted by Kelle 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.