Apr 082015
 

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Last time, Ms. Lost was getting her Hustle on at Disney’s Pop Century Resort. Congratulations to Mary P.!

This week, Ms. Lost is being really tricky! Where is she dining?

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

Send in your guess by April 18. 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.

Mar 252015
 

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It was a Spring Break – not too long ago –  when my youngest daughter first met Duffy Bear.  He has been her bedtime buddy ever since.  Can’t wait to see him, in person, in just a few short weeks! #duffyloveforever (Submitted by Jennifer F.)

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 252015
 

Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street U.S.A. will be closed for a refurbishment through March 30.
  • Aloha Isle and Sunshine Tree Terrace have swapped locations and menus. 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.
  • “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.
  • Dream Along with Mickey will close for refurbishment from April 13 through May 20 and from July 19 through August 22.
  • New – Space Mountain will close for refurbishment from April 20 through April 23.
  • New – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will close for refurbishment from April 27 through April 30.
  • 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 – Vision House in Innoventions East will no longer be available starting April 22. Guests will still be able to enjoy a variety of exhibits throughout Innoventions East, including Take a Nanooze Break, The Sum of all Thrills and Habit Heroes.
  • New – Innoventions West is scheduled to close temporarily starting on April 30 to prepare for a new experience. This means that THINK presented by IBM, The Great Piggy Bank Adventure presented by T. Rowe Price, and Where’s the Fire? presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance will no longer be available for guests. Disney will share more about its plans for Innoventions West at a future date.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

  • Innoventions will be closed on March 31 through September 30, 2016. 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.
  • New – Indiana Jones Adventure will be closed through April 20 through May 1
  • 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

  • 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 252015
 

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Last time, Ms. Lost could be found grabbing a drink at the beautiful fountains in the Italy Pavilion. Congratulations to Celtin C.!

This week, Ms. Lost is looking up at this gigantic O! Where is she?

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

Send in your guess by April 4. 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.

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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