Mar 112015
 

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We wanted to share our Holiday experience from Christmas Eve 2014.  We are a party of 3 family from Panama and it has always been our dream to dress our daughter with one of our National Dresses while attending the Magic Kingdom.  Finally we were able to make that dream possible in the place where dreams come true.  The experience was indeed a perfect one; even some guests wanted to take a picture of with our daughter.  Here’s one picture that will be in our memories forever.  Needless to say as soon as we returned home we started planning for our next Disney adventure. (Submitted by José R.)

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.

Mar 112015
 

Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Tomorrowland Arcade, located at the exit of Space Mountain, closed permanently on February 9.
  • Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street U.S.A. will be closed for a refurbishment through March 30.
  • New - Aloha Isle and Sunshine Tree Terrace will be swapping locations and menus beginning at park open on Thursday, March 12. Dole Whip and other pineapple favorites will be available at Aloha Isle’s new location behind The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, and Sunshine Tree Terrace will offer citrus treats near the front of Adventureland.
  • Updated - “it’s a small world” will close for refurbishment from April 14 through April 17.
  • Jungle Cruise will close for refurbishment from April 13 through May 8.
  • Updated – Dream Along with Mickey will close for refurbishment from April 13 through May 20 and from July 19 through August 22.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean will close for refurbishment from May 11 through September 25
  • 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
  • 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.

Epcot

  • New – Voices of Liberty will expands their repetoire with additional songs and an added location. Beginning March 3, the 8-part a cappella group is bringing their talents to the outdoor stage at America Gardens Theatre, performing fresh arrangements of popular American songs two on Mondays and Tuesdays. Voices of Liberty will continue their traditional performances in the rotunda of The American Adventure pavilion Wednesday through Sunday each week
  • New - Soarin’ 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

  • Lights, Motors, Action will close for refurbishment from April 20 through April 24
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid will close for refurbishment from September 7 through September 10.
  • New - 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

  • 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 April 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.
  • Kali River Rapids will be closed for refurbishment from March 10 through March 13
  • 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.

Water Parks

  • Blizzard Beach has be closed for annual refurbishment through March 14.

Downtown Disney (WDW)

  • 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

Disneyland

  • New – Innoventions will be closed on March 31. New plans are currently in development for this location. More details will be shared as they become available.
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh will be closed through April 2.
  • Briar Patch will be closed through April 2.
  • Critter Country Fruit Cart will be closed through April 2.
  • Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes will be closed through April 2.
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant will be closed through April 2.
  • Splash Mountain will be closed through April 2.
  • Pooh Corner will be closed through April 2.
  • Professor Barnaby Owl’s Photographic Art Studio will be closed through April 2.
  • Captain EO will be closed through April 9.
  • Snow White Grotto will be closed through April 30.
  • Peter Pan’s Flight will be closed from through May 7.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds will be closed through May 15.

 

Disney’s California Adventure Closures and Refurbishments

  • Grizzly River Run will be closed through March 19.
  • Luigi’s Flying Tires will be closed through December 1. A new attraction will debut in its place.
  • Soarin’ Over California will be closed through May 14.
  • Muppet*Vision 3D is closed indefinitely while theater is used for Frozen-themed show.

Outside the Theme Parks

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Mar 112015
 

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Ms. Lost was previously with Tom and Huck (on Tom Sawyer Island) in Frontierland! Congratulations to Dave G.!

This time, Ms. Lost was thirsty and decided to stop at this gorgeous water fountain. Where did she stop?

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

Send in your guess by March 21. 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.

Feb 252015
 

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One of my most magical memories!  It was our very first trip (we’ve gone every year since).  My daughter was seeing herself for the first time after her Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique makeover.  Upon seeing herself, a small gasp escaped her lips as her had flew to her heart.  It is the most magical memory I can recall– the pure joy she experienced. (Submitted by Rachel J.)

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.

Feb 252015
 

Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Cinderella’s Royal Table will be closed for refurbishment through March 6. During this period, a similar princess meal will be offered at Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.
  • New – Tomorrowland Arcade, located at the exit of Space Mountain, closed permanently on February 9.
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid is closed for refurbishment through March 6.
  • Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street U.S.A. will be closed for a refurbishment through March 30.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is closed for refurbishment from March 4 through March 7.
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin is closed for refurbishment on March 4 and 5.
  • Peter Pan’s Flight is closed for refurbishment on March 5 and 6.
  • “it’s a small world” is closed for refurbishment from March 10 through March 15.
  • Jungle Cruise will close for refurbishment from April 13 through May 8.
  • Dream Along with Mickey will close for refurbishment from April 13 through May 20.
  • New – Pirates of the Caribbean will close for refurbishment from May 11 through September 25.
  • 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
  • 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.

Epcot

  • 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 has begun being removed.  No word on how long the process will take.
  • New - Lights, Motors, Action will close for refurbishment from April 20 through April 24
  • New - Voyage of the Little Mermaid will close for refurbishment from September 7 through September 10.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Creature Comforts is closed for refurbishment through June 14. The merchandise location is being converted to a new Starbucks location.
  • Updated – Flame Tree Barbecue is closed through April 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.
  • Kali River Rapids will be closed for refurbishment from March 10 through March 13
  • 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.

Water Parks

  • Blizzard Beach has be closed for annual refurbishment through March 14.

Downtown Disney (WDW)

  • 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

Disneyland

  • Sleeping Beauty Castle will be closed for the installation of the 60th Anniversary overlay. The Castle overlay will debut by May 2015.
  • Fortuosity Shop will be closed through March 12.
  • Enchanted Chamber will be closed through March 2.
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh will be closed through April 2.
  • Briar Patch will be closed through April 2.
  • Critter Country Fruit Cart will be closed through April 2.
  • Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes will be closed through April 2.
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant will be closed through April 2.
  • Splash Mountain will be closed through April 2.
  • Pooh Corner will be closed through April 2.
  • Professor Barnaby Owl’s Photographic Art Studio will be closed through April 2.
  • Captain EO will be closed through April 9.
  • Peter Pan’s Flight will be closed from through May 7.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds will be closed through May 15.

Disney’s California Adventure Closures and Refurbishments

  • Taste Pilot’s Grill will be closed through March 12.
  • Redwood Creek Challenge Trail will be closed through March 12.
  • Grizzly River Run will be closed through March 19.
  • Ariel’s Grotto will be closed through February 27.
  • Luigi’s Flying Tires will be closed from February 16 through December 1. A new attraction will debut in its place.
  • World of Color will not be performed through March 12.
  • Soarin’ Over California will be closed through May 14.
  • Muppet*Vision 3D is closed indefinitely while theater is used for Frozen-themed show.

Outside the Theme Parks

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Feb 252015
 

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Ms. Lost was searching for silver last issue…in Liberty Square! Congratulations to Monica P.!

This week, Ms. Lost found this unique shed…but where?

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

Send in your guess by March 7. 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.