May 182016
 

Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • City Hall restrooms will be closed for refurbishment through late June 2016.
  • 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.
  • New – Swiss Family Treehouse will be closed for refurbishment from July 6 through September 24.
  • New – Liberty Square Riverboat will be closed for refurbishment from August 1 through August 7
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, will be closed for refurbishment from August 8 through November 18.

Epcot

  • 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 through June 16.
  • Soarin’ will undergo expansion in the coming months. When work is complete on June 17, 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 will be closed through mid-summer 2016.
  • 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.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • New – Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream will be closed for refurbishment from July 16 through July 19.
  • New Voyage of the Little Mermaid will be closed for refurbishment from July 24 through July 27
  • To kick off summer, 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 Memorial Day Weekend 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.
  • 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 Memorial Day Weekend 2016. Construction on Avatarland is expected to wrap up around 2017.

Disney Springs

  • 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. When it reopens, it will be known as Paddlefish.
  • 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.
  • 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 – Galactic Grill will be closed from May 23 through May 26
  • New – Star Wars: Path of the Jedi will be closed from May 24 through May 25
  • New – Tomorrowland Theater will be closed from May 24 through May 25
  • 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

  • Updated – Silly Symphony Swings closed until June 9.
  • New – Soarin’ Over California will be closed on June 16
  • 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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May 182016
 

Buy ponchos from your local Dollar Store before heading to Walt Disney World.  They are very inexpensive, compact and light weight.  You might even want to buy a few extras and hand them out to a family during a rain shower to spread a little «Magic» of your own! (Submitted by Nathalie J.)

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Episode 1014 – Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Resort

Today we spend some time exploring Disney’s Boardwalk Inn Resort.  We discuss why this resort hotel isn’t on the radar of many Walt Disney World visitors and then talk about the room-types, dining, transportation, entertainment, and more!  Maybe you might want to consider the Boardwalk for your next WDW getaway!

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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May 182016
 

Lost

Ms. Lost could formerly be found at Garden Grill, enjoying a great meal and catching glimpses of Living with the Land. Congratulations to Becki B.!

This week, you can catch Ms. Lost smelling the roses. Where is she?

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

Send in your guess by May 28. 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.

May 042016
 

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On April 1st we celebrated our son’s 10th birthday (on his actual birthday) by doing the 4 park Grand Slam.  We were able to hop to all the parks and accomplish most everything on his to do list for the day.  No better memory of turning double digits than celebrating at all 4 parks on his special day! (Submitted by Jennifer N.)

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.