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My daughter Mikayla during our trip this past May. She loves Frozen and we were so excited when the Disney photographer offered to add something fun for her in the picture!  She was standing on the bridge heading into France in Epcot! (Submitted by Amanda B.)

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.

Oct 152014

Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Updated – The Yankee Trader in Liberty Square has reopened into a Haunted Mansion gift shop called Memento Mori.
  • Walt Disney World Railroad is closed through November 8. Email notification is being sent to guests who had booked the ‘Disney’s Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour.
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin will be closed for refurbishment from November 10 through to November 21
  • The Haunted Mansion will be closed for refurbishment from December 1 through December 19.
  • 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.
  • Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street U.S.A. will be closed for a refurbishment February 2 through March 30, 2015.
  • 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.


  • Updated – 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

  • Studio Backlot Tour closed permanently on September 27.   A portion of the Studio Backlot Tour is being used to for the Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post. Disney is also working other developments for that area and will share details soon.
  • Fantasmic! will be closed for refurbishment from November 19 through November 21


Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • New – Affection Section at Rafiki’s Planet Watch will be closed through to November 10. The other areas of Conservation Station will continue to operate as normal.
  • Pangani Research Center will have the Aviary and Hippo viewing areas closed through November 14.
  • 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 from October 26 through December 20.
  • Blizzard Beach will be closed for annual refurbishment from January 4 through March 14.


Downtown Disney (WDW)

  • 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


  • Mark Twain Riverboat will be closed through November 28
  • New – it’s a small world will be closed from October 20 through November 6.
  • New – Plaza Inn will be closed from October 27 through November 6.
  • New - Pinocchio’s Daring Journey will be closed from November 12 through November 13.
  • New - Snow White’s Scary Adventure will be closed from November 12 through November 13


Disney’s California Adventure Closures and Refurbishments

  • New – Boudin Bakery will be closed from October 21 through January 16.
  • New – Turtle Talk with Crush will be closed from October 28 through October 29.
  • New – Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm will be closed from November 1 through November 6.
  • New – Space Mountain will be closed on November 3,

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.

Fall is here! Both Disneyland and Walt Disney World offer lots of great festivities. If you have a tip about touring the parks in the Fall, make sure to share them with us at info@magically-speaking.com!

Snack your way around the World with Disney Dining Plan Snack Credits! Snack credits can be used to purchase select food items at the international Marketplace Booths around World Showcase during the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. When looking at the menus, search out the Disney Dining Plan Snack Symbol which identifies snack items available with Disney’s Dining Plan snack credit.


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 765 – Losing One’s Identity


Is Disney’s Hollywood Studios losing its identity? Mike, Rikki, and Debbie take the show’s topic from an email suggestion from a listener where they take a look at the future of Disney’s Hollywood Studios given all the changes that are currently taking place in the park.

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


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Last time, Ms. Lost wished her final farewell to Maelstrom. Congratulations to Jody W.!  (PS: we loved seeing everyone’s stories about the attraction too!)

Ms. Lost found these unique mounds while riding on this attraction. Where can you find her?

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

Send in your guess by October 25. 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.

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When the New Fantasyland opened in 2012, my son was immediately drawn to Ariel’s Grotto. He went so much that the cast members started to know him by name which made it even more magical for him. There are so many nice people who are friends of Ariel but there immediately became one or two special friends.

As my son is disabled and been in a power chair since first grade, he has come to love the Magic Kingdom as it has created a “safe” environment for him. During 2012, he decided to experiment with independence as much as a wheelchair bound person can who has limited functionality of his hands. Ariel’s Grotto immediately became his second home.  Ariel would greet him by name and make him to feel welcome without Mom and Dad tagging along. We would meet up after two house of “independence” and he would tell us all about his conversations with Ariel.

On one outing at the park a cast member named Lizzie saw him going around the park on his own and asked him if he would like to spend a day with her. She contacted us by email and we made arrangements.  Little known to him even to this day, Lizzie is close friends with Ariel.  Arrangements were made and they spent a day touring Ariel’s Grotto, riding her ride and then the rains came and they didn’t get to do anything else together that day.

 But, the magic remains due to one cast member’s kindness; Lizzie and Matthew are friends outside of the Grotto, and he always gets a special welcome whenever he is able to find her in Ariel’s Grotto.

As he had to have surgery in September of 2013, the cast member’s got together with another nice friend of Ariel (aka, Libby) and made a special video for him and posted it on his Facebook page. This made recovery from a surgery so much nicer for one young man.  The post came through the day after his surgery and it was a happy moment to have Ariel give you a personal get well message.

Thanks so much to those who are friends with Ariel that made the life of one young man a happier existence.  You never know what your kindness means to someone and we hope that you continue to share your love with all the special needs people who come to your Grotto. (Submitted by Mark and Dora D.)

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.