Aug 202014
 

Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Astro Orbiter is closed through September 27.
  • Updated – The Yankee Trader in Liberty Square will be closed from July 30 through December 31. The store is being changed into a Haunted Mansion gift shop.
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic will be closed for refurbishment from September 8 – 19.
  • Walt Disney World Railroad will be closed for refurbishment from September 28 through November 8. Email notification is being sent to guests who had booked the ‘Disney’s Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour.
  • Carousel of Progress will close for a refurbishment from September 22 -27.
  • Walt Disney World Railroad will be closed for refurbishment from September 28 through November 8.
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin will be closed for refurbishment from November 10 through to November 21
  • New – The Haunted Mansion will be closed for refurbishment from December 1 through December 19.
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table will be closed for refurbishment from January 5 – March 6, 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.

Epcot

  • No refurbishments at this time.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Fantasmic! will be closed for refurbishment from November 19 through November 21
  • Updated – The American Idol Experience will now close August 30. There is no word yet as to what may fill the vacant space in the future.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Updated – It’s Tough To Be A Bug is closed through September 27.
  • Wild by Design Tour will be discontinuation permanently beginning September 26
  • 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

Disneyland

  • Haunted Mansion will be closed from August 25 through September 11.
  • Sailing Ship Columbia will be closed from August 26 through August 28.
  • Big Thunder Ranch will be closed from September 1 through September 11.
  • Main Street Photo Supply will be closed from September 2 through September 23.
  • Jungle Cruise will be closed from September 2 through September 4.
  • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island will be closed from September 3 through September 4.
  • Horse-drawn Streetcars will be closed from September 3 through late October.
  • New – Space Mountain will be closed from September 8 through September 11 for installation of the Ghost Galaxy Halloween overlay.
  • New – Haunted Mansion will be closed August 25 through September 11 for installation of holiday overlay.
  • New – Captain EO Magic Eye Theater will be closed from September 12 through September 25.
  • New – Indiana Jones Adventure will be closed from September 16 through September 18.
  • New – Matterhorn Bobsleds will be closed from September 22 through September 24.
  • New – Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin will be closed from September 22 through September 25.
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage will be closed for refurbishment through September 26.

 

Disney’s California Adventure Closures and Refurbishments

  • New – California Screamin’ will close for refurbishment from September 10 through September 11.
  • New – Golden Zephyr will close for refurbishment from September 17 through September 18.
  • Blue Sky Cellar is closed through September 27.

Outside the Theme Parks

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Aug 202014
 

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 rapidly approaching and both Disneyland and Walt Disney World will be gearing up with lots of 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!

Do a little advance planning before purchasing Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets. As a general rule, the “Premium Ticket” parties are not only more expensive, but will also typically be the more crowded parties. Other dates offer a savings, so check your trip’s schedule and plan accordingly. If you’ll be in Walt Disney World at a time when there will be more than one party occurring during your trip dates, look to see if one party is cheaper than the other and consider attending the less expensive party, if possible. Also, generally parties in September are less crowded than parties in October, and parties that take place on Tuesdays tend to be less crowded than parties that occur on other days of the week. In addition, if you’re on the fence about attending the event, consider that the Magic Kingdom closes earlier during party dates, (7:00 p.m. for day guests) and this may be one of your few opportunities to be in the Magic Kingdom after 9:00 p.m. during your trip.

 

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Episode 739 – Walt Disney World Veterans Head to Disneyland

 

 

Listener Jimmie is a veteran of Walt Disney World, so hear about his experience traveling across to the other coast and visits Disneyland with his wife and granddaughter.  On this episode, we discuss his stay at a Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotels, touring and dining fun at both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, plus their experience visiting the Southern California beaches and the San Diego Zoo, and much more!

If you’re a Walt Disney World fanatic who’s ever thought of visiting Disneyland, make sure to listen to this episode for some great tips!

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

Aug 062014
 

Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Updated – Astro Orbiter is closed through September 27.
  • Updated – The Yankee Trader in Liberty Square will be closed from July 30 through September 30. The store is being changed into a Haunted Mansion gift shop.
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic will be closed for refurbishment from September 8 – 19.
  • Walt Disney World Railroad will be closed for refurbishment from September 28 through November 8. Email notification is being sent to guests who had booked the ‘Disney’s Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour.
  • Carousel of Progress will close for a refurbishment from September 22 -27.
  • Walt Disney World Railroad will be closed for refurbishment from September 28 through November 8.
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin will be closed for refurbishment from November 10 through to November 21
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table will be closed for refurbishment from January 5 – March 6, 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.

Epcot

  • No refurbishments at this time.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • New – Fantasmic! will be closed for refurbishment from November 19 through November 21
  • The American Idol Experience will close in January 2015 according to a joint announcement by Disney and FreemantleMedia. There is no word yet as to what may fill the vacant space in the future.

 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • It’s Tough To Be A Bug is closed through August 11.
  • New – Wild by Design Tour will be discontinuation permanently beginning September 26
  • 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)

  • Forty Thirst Street will be closed through August 11.
  • Updated – 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

  • Captain EO has closed and in its place at the Magic Eye Theater is a sneak preview of Marvel’s upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie. Captain EO is expected to return at a later date.
  • New – Haunted Mansion will be closed from August 25 through September 11.
  • New – Sailing Ship Columbia will be closed from August 26 through August 28.
  • New – Big Thunder Ranch will be closed from September 1 through September 11.
  • New – Main Street Photo Supply will be closed from September 2 through September 23.
  • New – Jungle Cruise will be closed from September 2 through September 4.
  • New – Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island will be closed from September 3 through September 4.
  • New – Horse-drawn Streetcars will be closed from September 3 through late October.
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage will be closed for refurbishment through September 26.

 

Disney’s California Adventure Closures and Refurbishments

  • Blue Sky Cellar is closed through September 27.

 

Outside the Theme Parks

Continue reading »

Aug 062014
 

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.

The Fall is rapidly approaching and both Disneyland and Walt Disney World will be gearing up with lots of 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!

 

During the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, and you either don’t have a MagicBand or you haven’t added charging privileges to it, do make sure to pick up a Food & Wine themed mini Disney Gift Card . It is a fast, easy and secure way to carry your money on your wrist, and having one is simply the best way to experience the Festival. The Disney Gift Card is offered as a convenient mini-sized wristlet, or as a full-sized card. You can load or reload the card with any amount you desire (starting with as little as $5) and all you do is simply swipe at the Marketplace Booths – you’re spared the trouble of getting out your credit card or cash when you want to pay for food, merchandise and more. You can reload your card as many times as you wish using cash, credit cards, or debit cards at most of festival kiosks. Plus, when purchasing the wristband mini gift card option, you can choose from one of six different colors.

 

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Episode 735 – Mike’s June 2014 Port Orleans – Riverside Trip

 

Mike is back from his summer Walt Disney World vacation and shares details about staying at Port Orleans Riverside and why he not only loves this resort, but specifically the Princess-themed rooms, his experiences with the rolling FastPass+ option, and reviews of Garden Grill and Maya Grill.

Hear more about Mike’s fantastic vacation on this episode!

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