Sep 172014
 

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My wife, Judy has been a Snow White fan since she was a little girl and because of her dark hair, was called Snow White by many. One late night at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party we ran into Snow White and the Dwarfs while Judy was wearing her Snow White outfit which she had made. That is one of our favorite memories of our many visits to the Magic Kingdom. (Submitted by Tom G.)

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.

Sep 172014
 

Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Astro Orbiter is closed through September 27.
  • The Yankee Trader in Liberty Square will be closed through December 31. The store is being changed into a Haunted Mansion gift shop.
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic will be closed for refurbishment through September 28.
  • 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 through September27.
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room will be closed for refurbishment from September 27 through October 3.
  • 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.
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table will be closed for refurbishment from January 5 – March 6, 2015.
  • New – 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.

Epcot

  • World Showcase Players World Showcase entertainment has been discontinued
  • MO’ROCKIN World Showcase entertainment offering will be discontinued on September 27.
  • Off Kilter World Showcase entertainment offering will be discontinued on September 27.
  • Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps World Showcase entertainment offering will be discontinued on September 27.
  • New – Maelstrom will be closing October 5. In its place, a new “Frozen” themed attraction will be built that is expect to open in early 2016.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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

 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Pangani Research Center will have the Aviary and Hippo viewing areas closed through November 14.
  • It’s Tough To Be A Bug is closed through September 27.
  • Wild by Design Tour will be discontinued 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

  • Horse-drawn Streetcars will be closed through October 15.
  • Mark Twain Riverboat will be closed through November 28
  • 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

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Sep 172014
 

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!

 

If you’re planning to dress up for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, remember that while things may be cooling down at home, the weather can still be quite hot and humid in Florida during both September & October. Try to choose a light-weight costume that doesn’t require a stuffy overcoat, wig, etc. Trust us, you’ll be glad that you did. Also be sure to check the Orlando weather a few days before your visit. Since the party goes on rain or shine, you’ll want to be prepared if rain is in the forecast.

 

Best of Be Our Guest Podcast

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Each 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 751 – WDW Moms On The Loose

 

We are joined by listener Robin who shares her story about a mom’s getaway trip. One of the fun experiences they had was having shirts made with “Mom’s On The Loose” emblazoned on them! They got so much attention where ever they went!

Listen to this episode to hear more about this fun, moms-only trip and hear about staying at Caribbean Beach, some of the different dining experiences, and enjoying a vacation without kids and husbands!

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

Sep 032014
 

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We got engaged is Disney on June 25,2014! It was the most magical trip! (Submitted by Dena 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.

Sep 032014
 

Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Astro Orbiter is closed through September 27.
  • The Yankee Trader in Liberty Square will be closed 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.
  • New – Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room will be closed for refurbishment from September 27 through October 3.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • New – World Showcase Players World Showcase entertainment offering will be discontinued on September 25.
  • New – MO’ROCKIN World Showcase entertainment offering will be discontinued on September 27.
  • New – Off Kilter World Showcase entertainment offering will be discontinued on September 27.
  • New – Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps World Showcase entertainment offering will be discontinued on September 27.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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

 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • New - Pangani Research Center will have the Aviary and Hippo viewing areas closed from September 2 through November 14.
  • 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 through September 11.
  • Big Thunder Ranch will be closed through September 11.
  • Main Street Photo Supply will be closed through September 23.
  • Horse-drawn Streetcars will be closed through October 15.
  • Mark Twain Riverboat will be closed through November 28
  • Space Mountain will be closed from September 8 through September 11 for installation of the Ghost Galaxy Halloween overlay
  • Haunted Mansion will be closed August 25 through September 11 for installation of holiday overlay.
  • Captain EO Magic Eye Theater will be closed from September 12 through September 25.
  • New – Mickey’s House in Toontown will be closed September 15 for refurbishment. The Mickey meet-and-greet will be closed as well.
  • Indiana Jones Adventure will be closed from September 16 through September 18.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds will be closed from September 22 through September 24.
  • 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

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

Outside the Theme Parks

  Continue reading »

Sep 032014
 

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!

Trick-or-treat bags are provided at the Magic Kingdom’s gates as you enter the party or at any of the candy stops, but the bags are on the small side and given the amount of candy you can trick-or-treat for, the bags often fill up very quickly. Consider bringing your own bag to avoid carrying several of Disney’s bags. If you’ll be using the Disney bag(s), be sure to grab extra ones as early as possible as, unlike candy, they tends to run out early. As an alternative, you can purchase larger trick-or-treat bags or plastic pumpkin buckets with Mickey ears at the Emporium to gather treats. One other tip is to buy popcorn in one of the Hitchhiking Ghost or Hatbox Ghost Mickey popcorn bucket (available at popcorn carts) to enjoy during the parade and then use the empty bucket to trick-or-treat afterwards. You could always bring your own trick-or-treat bags from home too, if you would prefer.

 

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 747 – Taking Kids to WDW During the School Year

 

It’s the age old question. Should you take your kids out of school for a Walt Disney World vacation. We talk about whether we think it’s a good idea, some great tips to utilize, and get a teacher’s perspective on the topic.

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