Dec 172014


I spy with my little eye…During her very first trip to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Princess Emma was chosen to be the Princess in the window at Downtown Disney. (Submitted by Tina F.)

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

Dec 172014

Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Splash Mountain will be closed for refurbishment from January 4 through January 30, 2015
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table will be closed for refurbishment from January 5 – March 6, 2015. During this period, a similar princess meal will be offered at Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.
  • Liberty Square Riverboat will close for refurbishment from January 23 through January 27, 2015.
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid will close for refurbishment from February 2 through March 6, 2015.
  • Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street U.S.A. will be closed for a refurbishment February 2 through March 30, 2015.
  • “it’s a small world” is closed for refurbishment from March 10 through March 13
  • 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.


  • 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

  • Multiple attractions have closed recently at Disney’s Hollywood Studios including The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow, the American Idol Experience which closed in August and the Studio Backlot Tour which closed in September. Disney is also working other developments for that area and will share details soon.
  • The Sorcerer’s Hat, at the center of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, is slated for removal in early 2015


Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • New – Creature Comforts will close for refurbishment from January 5 through June 14. The merchandise location is expected to be converted to a new Starbuck’s location.
  • Flame Tree Barbecue will close for refurbishment from January 5 through early April 2015. 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.
  • Kali River Rapids will close for refurbishment from January 20 through February 4, 2015.
  • 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. In preparation for the new land, Camp Minnie-Mickey has closed permanently.  Construction on Avatarland is expected to wrap up around 2017.

Water Parks

  • Typhoon Lagoon will be closed for refurbishment through January 3.
  • Blizzard Beach will be closed for annual refurbishment from January 4 through March 14.

Downtown Disney (WDW)

  • Parking Lots – Entrance 2 – Lots A-G will be closed from December 1 through August 1, 2016 in preparation for the construction of Town Center and the East Garage. In addition, the new West Side Parking Garage will open to the public in stages throughout November and December 2014, bringing an additional 3,000 parking spaces to the area.
  • 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



Disney’s California Adventure Closures and Refurbishments

  • Boudin Bakery will be closed through January 16.
  • New – World of Color will not be performed from January 7 through March 12
  • blue sky Cellar will be closed through October 2, 2015

Outside the Theme Parks

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Dec 172014

When you get in trouble and you don’t know right from wrong
Give a little whistle! Give a little whistle! – Jiminy Cricket

Q.  We want to have professional photos done for Christmas Cards. Is there anywhere to do this at Walt Disney World?

A. So, there are a couple of options that I think would work best for you. The first is to purchase Memory Maker and get fun photos taken in the park. Then when you get home, you can use the photos to make your own cards using those photos.

The other option is to utilize Disney’s photography service called Disney’s Fine Arts Photography. Here you can get a professional photography session taken at select resorts. There are a few different options of sessions you can choose from, but it’s a great way to get some more unique and off the beaten path photographs.

Whatever you decide, you’re going to have some fun and gorgeous Christmas cards!

Have a great trip!

Dec 172014

The Holiday Season is upon us! If you have any tips for best navigating Walt Disney World or Disneyland during the festive season send it to us at

Epcot’s holiday tree is located at the entrance of World Showcase Plaza. Its ornaments represent the various countries around World Showcase. You can find another large holiday tree at the American Adventure Pavilion in the center of Santa’s Village.

Santa Goofy greets guests both during the day beginning at 1:00 p.m. and during the Osborne Lights beginning 6 p.m. Be aware that lines can get long quickly. For a shorter wait, try queuing up about fifteen minutes before he is scheduled to appear.


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.

From Episode 790 – Rikki Takes Grandma To Walt Disney World

This is one that you’ll need tissues for. Rikki shares her story of taking her 94-year old grandmother to Walt Disney World for the first time back in September 2014.  This podcast shares once-in-a-lifetime memories that were made on this amazing trip before Rikki lost her grandmother.

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

Dec 172014



For those of you keeping score, last time Ms. Lost could be found at Biergarten in Epcot! Congratulations to this week’s winner, Mary W.!

This week, Ms. Lost enjoyed this Christmas themed attraction, but where?

If you think that you can help, please email your answer to:

Send in your guess by December 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.