May 202015

Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Dream Along with Mickey will be closed from July 19 through August 22.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean will close for refurbishment from June 8 through September 25
  • Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party will offer an enhanced version beginning July 5. In addition to a variety of desserts and beverages, guest will now enjoy a sparkling cider toast as the fireworks begin. Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party is $49 for adults, $29 for children, tax included.
  • Liberty Tree Tavern will close for refurbishment from July 6 through November 20
  • Liberty Square Riverboat will close for refurbishment from August 4 through August 10
  • 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.


  • New – American Music Machine has debuted at the American Adventure pavilion in World Showcase. The five-member, contemporary a cappella group will be playing a diverse range of contemporary and classic American pop hits at the America Gardens Theatre. Look for American Music Machine at the America Gardens Theatre, Wednesday through Sunday at 12:30, 1:40, 2:20, 3 and 3:45 p.m. each week.
  • 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

  • New – Harambe Market  will open in the Africa section of the park on May 22. Food and beverage will include street-inspired dishes served from four walk-up windows throughout the Marketplace.
  • Creature Comforts is closed for refurbishment through June 14. The merchandise location is being converted to a new Starbucks location.
  • Flame Tree Barbecue is closed through May 22. 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.
  • 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


  • 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.
  • Peter Pan’s Flight will be closed from through July 5.

Disney’s California Adventure Closures and Refurbishments

  • 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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May 202015

In each issue we share tips from our readers. If you have a tip to share send it to us at

We’re looking for your best tips to share with us all about touring Star Wars Weekends.

This is a very crowded event and you simply will not be able to do it all in a single day. As such, you’ll need to decide what is most important to you ahead of time and do those things first. If you have children eager to take part in the Star Wars activities such as the Jedi Training Academy and Padawan Mind Challenge, plan to arrive early and sign up for these events as soon as the park opens. Want to ride the popular rides, make sure to get a FastPass+ in advance for Toy Story Mania and ride Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster as soon as you can. Then relax and take in some of the Star Wars fun. If you would like photos with some of the Star Wars-themed characters such as Jedi Mickey line up early; consistently, Darth Vader seems the most popular with the longest lines. If you’re looking for “limited edition” Star Wars merchandise, buy it early before it sells out!

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.

Episode 856 – Thanksgiving on the Disney Fantasy

Join us and listener Jeff who discusses his family’s Thanksgiving 2014 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise on the Disney Fantasy.  Hear about the ports of St. Maarten, San Juan, Castaway Cay and more!  Also hear about the stateroom for a family of 5 and great dining and entertainment onboard!
Listen to the podcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Be Our Guest Podcast!

May 202015


Previously Ms. Lost was shopping at the Briar Patch shop in Frontierland! Congratulations Susan B.!

This week, Ms. Lost thought about getting a makeover. Where can you find her?

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

Send in your guess by June 6. 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.

May 062015



We’re taking a trip in the Way Back machine for this one – the year was 1991, my parents splurged and took my sister and me to Walt Disney World on what was then called the Grand Plan.  (I’m pretty sure this is the same as today’s Platinum Plan.)  This was our first trip to the Disney-MGM Studios.  I am a huge Star Wars nut, so I couldn’t resist having my photo taken with my sister and my favorite Wookiee. (Submitted by Kristina V.)

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