Jan 282015
 

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Belle nearly falling asleep at Old Key West after a long day in the parks. These trips to the world with her just keep getting better and better! (Submitted by Andrew 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.

Jan 282015
 

Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • Adventureland Island Supply has reopened as Island Supply by Sunglass Hut and sells a range of high-end sunglasses such as Ray Ban and Oakley.
  • Splash Mountain will be closed for refurbishment through January 30.
  • 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.
  • Liberty Square Riverboat will close for refurbishment from August 4 through August 10
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid will close for refurbishment from February 2 through March 6.
  • Updated – Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street U.S.A. will be closed for a refurbishment February 16 through March 30.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is closed for refurbishment from March 4 through March 7.
  • “it’s a small world” is closed for refurbishment from March 10 through March 13.
  • 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.
  • Liberty Tree Tavern will close for refurbishment from July 6 through November 20
  • 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.

 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Creature Comforts is closed for refurbishment through June 14. The merchandise location is expected to be converted to a new Starbucks location.
  • Flame Tree Barbecue is closed through early April 2015. 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 through February 9 and 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. In preparation for the new land, Camp Minnie-Mickey has closed permanently.  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 from December 1 through August 1, 2016 in preparation for the construction of Town Center and the East Garage. In addition, the new West Side Parking Garage will open to the public in stages throughout November and December 2014, bringing an additional 3,000 parking spaces to the area.
  • 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 – Sleeping Beauty Castle will be closed for the installation of the 60th Anniversary overlay. The Enchanted Chamber gift shop and walk-through are scheduled to reopen March 3. The Castle overlay will debut by May 2015.
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds will be closed through May 15.
  • 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 from January 12 through April 2.
  • Splash Mountain will be closed through April 2.
  • Pooh Corner will be closed through April 2, 2015.
  • Professor Barnaby Owl’s Photographic Art Studio will be closed from January 12 through April 2.
  • “it’s a small world” will be closed through February 5.
  • Steam Trains will be closed through February 12.
  • Le Bat en Rouge will be closed from February 2 through February 12.
  • Peter Pan’s Flight will be closed from February 2 through May 7.

 

Disney’s California Adventure Closures and Refurbishments

  • New - It’s Tough to be a Bug is closed through January 29 for refurbishment. It will re-open temporarily showing a preview of the movie Cinderella from January 30 – March 26.
  • Pacific Wharf Cafe will be closed through February 5.
  • Soarin’ Over California will be closed through May 14.
  • 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.
  • Boardwalk Stores will be closed through February 12.
  • Ariel’s Grotto will be closed from February 2 through February 27.
  • Luigi’s Flying Tires will be closed from February 3 through December 1
  • World of Color will not be performed through March 12.
  • New – Muppet*Vision 3D: Closed indefinitely while theater is used for Frozen-themed show.
  • blue sky Cellar will be closed through October 2.

Outside the Theme Parks

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Jan 282015
 

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Last issue, Ms. Lost could be found looking for some gangsters on The Great Movie Ride! Congratulations to Dave S.!

This week, you’ll find Ms. Lost headed towards her “Battle Station.” Where is she?

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

Send in your guess by February 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.

Jan 072015
 

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My daughter wanted to get her hair cut so bad, but I wouldn’t let her because little did she know, but we had a surprise two week trip to Disney coming up. During that trip I had scheduled an appointment for her to go to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for the first and last time since she would be turning 13. But since she did want a haircut, I also decided that we would take her to the Barber Shop during the trip as well. This was only her second haircut ever and this hair was to go to Locks of Love, same as her first haircut did.

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.

Jan 072015
 

Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom

  • New – Adventureland Island Supply has reopen as Island Supply by Sunglass Hut on January 8. The location will sell a range of high-end sunglasses such as Ray Ban and Oakley.
  • Splash Mountain will be closed for refurbishment through January 30, 2015
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table will be closed for refurbishment through March 6, 2015. During this period, a similar princess meal will be offered at Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.
  • Updated – Liberty Square Riverboat will close for refurbishment from January 23 through January 27 and from August 4 through August 10
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid will close for refurbishment from February 2 through March 6.
  • Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street U.S.A. will be closed for a refurbishment February 2 through March 30.
  • New – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is closed for refurbishment from March 4 through March 7.
  • “it’s a small world” is closed for refurbishment from March 10 through March 13.
  • New - Jungle Cruise will close for refurbishment from April 13 through May 8.
  • New - Dream Along with Mickey will close for refurbishment from April 13 through May 20.
  • New – Liberty Tree Tavern will close for refurbishment from July 6 through November 20
  • 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 – Test the Limits Lab at Inventions East has closed. There is no word on what a replacement might be.
  • 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.
  • Updated - The Sorcerer’s Hat, at the center of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, is slated for removal beginning January 7.

 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Creature Comforts is closed for refurbishment through June 14. The merchandise location is expected to be converted to a new Starbucks location.
  • Flame Tree Barbecue is closed through early April 2015. 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.
  • Updated – Kali River Rapids will close for refurbishment from January 20 through February 4 and 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. In preparation for the new land, Camp Minnie-Mickey has closed permanently.  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 from December 1 through August 1, 2016 in preparation for the construction of Town Center and the East Garage. In addition, the new West Side Parking Garage will open to the public in stages throughout November and December 2014, bringing an additional 3,000 parking spaces to the area.
  • 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 – Captain EO will be closed through January 15.
  • New – Matterhorn Bobsleds will be closed through May 15.
  • New – The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh will be closed from January 12 through April 2.
  • New – Briar Patch will be closed from January 12 through April 2.
  • New – Haunted Mansion will be closed from January 12 through January 22.
  • New – Critter Country Fruit Cart will be closed from January 12 through April 2.
  • New – Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes will be closed from January 12 through April 2.
  • New – Splash Mountain will be closed from January 12 through April 2.
  • New – Pooh Corner will be closed from January 12 through April 2, 2015.
  • New – Professor Barnaby Owl’s Photographic Art Studio will be closed from January 12 through April 2.
  • New – “it’s a small world” will be closed from January 26 through February 5.
  • New – Steam Trains will be closed from January 26 through February 12.
  • New - Le Bat en Rouge will be closed from February 2 through February 12.
  • New - Peter Pan’s Flight will be closed from February 2 through May 7.

 

 

Disney’s California Adventure Closures and Refurbishments

  • New – Pacific Wharf Cafe will be closed through February 5.
  • New – Soarin’ Over California will be closed through May 14.
  • New – Taste Pilot’s Grill will be closed through March 12.
  • New – Redwood Creek Challenge Trail will be closed from January 20 through March 12.
  • New – Grizzly River Run will be closed from January 20 through March 19.
  • New – Boardwalk Stores will be closed from January 26 through February 12.
  • Boudin Bakery will be closed through January 16.
  • New - Ariel’s Grotto will be closed from February 2 through February 27.
  • New - Luigi’s Flying Tires will be closed from February 3 through December 1
  • World of Color will not be performed through March 12
  • blue sky Cellar will be closed through October 2.

Outside the Theme Parks

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Jan 072015
 

Share your best tips for dealing with Disney when it’s cold out to info@magically-speaking.com

 

On occasion, when I have $5 I don’t need (like a five dollar bill in my wallet or an un-even $365 in my checking account) I will run to Starbucks and buy a $5 gift card. We then take those gift cards to Disney and use them for our snacks/meals at Starbucks, which are then already paid for. These cards can obviously also be used at airport Starbucks too. (Editor’s Note: If you don’t want to have a ton of Starbucks cards milling around your wallet, you can simply just re-load one single Starbucks card with more money whenever you have the extra $5.) (Submitted by Maegan D.)

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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.

From Episode 799 – Summer Magic at Disneyland Resort
Be aware that there are two different early morning options that occur at Disneyland Resort. One is “Extra Magic Hours” and the other is “Magic Morning.” The Extra Magic Hours are for those staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel and allows guests admission at Disneyland Park on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and Disney California Adventure Park on Sunday, Monday Wednesday and Friday before the park opens to the general public. The Magic Mornings are for all guests. They can enter the park before it officially opens to the general public on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday. Make sure to double check what’s being offered to guests when planning your trip.

Want to find out more from Listener Julie about her trip to Disneyland? Make sure to listen to those episode!

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