Apr 022014

Disney 2013-434


Lila meeting Snow White. This was the best character interaction we’ve ever had. She was smitten! (Submitted by Chrissy D. and Ryan 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.

Apr 022014

Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Big Thunder Mountain will close for a short refurbishment from April 7 through to April 9.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean will close for a short refurbishment from April 28 through to April 30.
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover will be closed from May 3 – July 1.
  • Astro Orbiter will be closed for refurbishment from May 3 through August 20.
  • 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.
  • The Fantasyland Expansion is currently underway and is scheduled to open in phases through 2014.  A new roller coaster called the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will open in Fantasyland sometime Spring 2014.


  • No refurbishments at this time

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • No refurbishments at this time

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade is slated to end permanently sometime in June.
  • 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 to bring the world of Pandora to life. In preparation for the new land, Camp Minnie-Mickey has closed permanently. “Festival of the Lion King” at Camp Minnie-Mickey will eventually reopen in an all-new theater in the Africa section of the park at a later date in 2014. Construction on Avatarland is expected to wrap up around 2017.


Disneyland Resort Closures and Rehabs


  • Updated – Alice in Wonderland has closed for an extended refurbishment. In addition to routine maintenance, minor changes will be made to the exterior of the attraction. Alice in Wonderland is scheduled to reopen July 3.
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage will be closed for refurbishment through late 2014.
  • it’s a small world will be closed through April 9 to remove the holiday overlay and other work.
  • it’s a small world will be closed for additional refurbishment from April 20 through May 29.
  • New – Plaza Inn will be closed for refurbishment from April 21 through May 15.
  • New – Westward Ho will be closed for refurbishment from April 28 through May 15.
  • King Arthur Carrousel will be closed for refurbishment from April 28 through May 8.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean will be closed for refurbishment from April 28 through May 22.
  • Indiana Jones Adventure is closed for refurbishment through May 8.
  • Space Mountain is closed for refurbishment through May 22.
  • New – Matterhorn Bobsleds will be closed for refurbishment from May 27 through August 14.
  • Club 33, Disney’s membership-for-a-fee restaurant located in New Orleans Square has closed for an extensive expansion. Both the past and the future will be embraced in the design elements of this expansion, which is expected to be completed some time during the summer of 2014 with a new entrance and foyer located Disneyland’s Court of Angels (which is currently closed).


Disney’s California Adventure Closures and Refurbishments

  • The Little Mermaid is closed for refurbishment from through May 8.
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug will be closed for refurbishment possibly through early May.
  • Grizzly River Run will be closed for refurbishment from April 21 through June 19.


Downtown Disney (WDW)

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Apr 022014
When you get in trouble and you don’t know right from wrong
Give a little whistle! Give a little whistle! – Jiminy Cricket
Q.  I’m a Disney Vacation Club Member and will be purchasing an Annual Pass.  I’m wanting to pre-schedule my FastPass+ reservations for my September trip, but won’t have my AP hooked to my room reservations.  What are my options?  (Submitted by Erica B.)

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Apr 022014

We’re beginning to see signs of Spring.  With that brings Spring time touring and the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival!  We’re looking for your best tips on experiencing this fun-filled Festival. Send them to info@magically-speaking.com.


Make sure to pick up a complimentary Flower and Garden Festival Garden Passport.  These can be stamped at each Outdoor Kiosk you visit. Each marketplace will have its own unique stamp design, making the Garden Passport the perfect scrapbook souvenir. You can pick up your Garden Passport at the Festival Center or they are available at most of the Outdoor Kiosks.


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.

Be Our Guest Podcast Featured Tip:

From Episode 681: Walt Disney World for the Sports Fan

The gang discusses where you can experience sports related activities on your vacation.  This includes hotels to stay at (consider All-Star Sports), attractions that include sports elements (Soarin’), where to eat (Casey’s Corner), and much more, including many options that are a little off the beaten path.  Listen to this episode to find out more!

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

Apr 022014

Lost 7


Last week, Ms. Lost journeyed under the sea…as you would have been able to find her at Under The Sea-Journey of The Little Mermaid.  Congratulations to Jeff C.!

This week, Ms. Lost found this gorgeous chandelier.  Where did she go?

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

Send in your guess by April 12. 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.