Saturday, January 18, 2014

Current Walt Disney World Closures and Refurbishments


Magic Kingdom

photo: disneyworld.com
 

▪ Casey's Corner 01/06/14 - 02/15/14

▪ Splash Mountain 01/06/14 - 03/21/14

▪ Splashdown Photos 1/6/14 - 3/21/14

▪ The Magic Carpets of Aladdin 01/13/14 - 01/16/14

▪ Agrabah Bazaar 1/13/14 - 1/16/14 - Aladdin and Jasmine will be greeting Guests from the Adventureland Veranda porch while the Bazaar is closed.

source: disneyworld.com
▪ Liberty Square Riverboat 01/21/14 - 01/30/14 


▪ Barnstormer 2/3/14 - 2/5/14

▪ Tomorrowland Transit Authority 2/10/14 - 3/27/14

▪ Pinocchio's Village Haus 2/17/14 - 3/30/14

▪ The Plaza Restaurant 2/17/14 - 3/07/14



Disney's Hollywood Studios

source: disneyworld.com



▪ Monsters Inc. Meet & Greet 1/5/14 - 1/19/14

▪ Backlot Tour 1/5/14 - 3/1/14 

Epcot

source: disneyworld.com


▪ American Adventure Restrooms Mid January - End of January




Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

source: disneyworld.com


▪ Festival of the Lion King 1/6/14 - opening tbd

▪ Camp MinnieMickey 1/6/14 permanent closure


Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park

source: disneyworld.com


▪ Closed for annual refurbishment 01/06/14 - 03/17/14









Disney's All Star Sports Resort
source: disneyworld.com


▪ Grand Slam Quiet Pool Deck 2/11/14 - 2/13/14

Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas

▪ Kiddie Pool Wet Deck; Only wet deck is closed, pool will remain open 1/21/14 - 2/14/14

Disney's Boardwalk Villas

▪ Villas Quiet Pool & Spa 2/3/14 - 3/7/14

 
source: disneyworld.com

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

▪ Pool slides pools remain open 01/27/14 - 02/07/14
 
Disney's Contemporary Resort

▪ Bay Lake Tower Kiddie Pool Wet Deck; Only wet deck is closed, pool will remain open 1/13/14 - 2/7/14

▪ Monorail; Magic Kingdom Resort Restricted Service Monorail service will be temporarily suspended on weekdays between 11:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Buses and watercraft transportation will be available. 1/21/14 - 3/21/14

source: disneyworld.com

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

▪ Victoria & Albert's 1/19/14 - 1/29/14

▪ Guest rooms and buildings throughout Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will be refurbished starting in early January and scheduled to complete in August. Guest buildings will be taken out of inventory and will not be occupied by Guests while work is being performed.

▪ Monorail; Magic Kingdom Resort Restricted Service Monorail service will be temporarily suspended on weekdays between 11:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Buses and watercraft transportation will be available. 1/21/14 - 3/21/14

source: disneyworld.com


Disney's Old Key West

▪ Goods to Go 1/20/14 - 1/30/14

▪ Gurgling Suitcase 2/5/14 - 2/28/14






Disney’s Polynesian Resort

source: disneyworld.com
 ▪ Volcano Pool Slide 1/13/14 - 1/31/14

▪ The Never Land Club 1/24/14 - 4/11/14

▪ Beach & Sunset Point; Access to the east portion of the beach, near the Transportation and Ticket Center, and Sunset Point will be unavailable due to a scheduled refurbishment. However, all other amenities will not be affected. Some rooms in certain room categories in impacted buildings have been taken off the market during the renovation period.

▪ Monorail; Magic Kingdom Resort Restricted Service Monorail service will be temporarily suspended on weekdays between 11:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Buses and watercraft transportation will be available. 1/21/14 - 3/21/14


Disney's Port Orleans Resort French Quarter

▪ Doubloon Lagoon Pool; transportation will be provided for Guests to swim at Ol' Man Island Pool at Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside 01/13/14 - 02/28/14

Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside

▪ Magnolia Bend Bldgs. 80, 85 Pool Deck 1/20/14 - 1/21/14

source: disneyworld.com


Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort

▪ Congress Park Pool 01/22/14 - 01/23/14

Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

▪ Yacht Club Quiet Pool 1/21/14 - 2/7/14

▪ Beach Club Quiet Pool 2/3/14 - 2/4/14



source: disneyworld.com


Downtown Disney® Area 

▪ Cap'n Jack's Marina Closed

▪ Parking Lots H,I,J,K Closed

▪ Fuego closed

▪ Wetzels Pretzels closed 10/20/13

▪ Team Mickey Athletic Club 1/27/14 - 6/13/14

▪ House of Blues; Starting on November 14, The House of Blues at Downtown Disney West Side is expanding its patio, building a new stage and adding a barbecue smokehouse. The House of Blues ticket sales window has moved inside the House of Blues retail shop. The expansion is expected to be complete in mid-January 2014.  During this time, there will be no live entertainment on the Front Porch stage.
▪ No performances of "La Nouba" by Cirque du Soleil Jan. 12-20, 2014



***closures and refurbishments are subject to change at anytime***

***the owner/author of this blog, nor the agency they work for is not responsible for any changes to current closures/refurbishments; always check with your Authorized Disney Vacation Planner or with Walt Disney World directly for the latest closures/refurbishments ***

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

What's Happening at the Walt Disney World Resort


What's New at the Walt Disney World Resort

New! Monorail Operational Adjustments Coming Jan 21:

source: Google Image Search
 
Beginning January 21, 2014, monorail service on the Magic Kingdom Resort and Express beams will be temporarily unavailable on weekdays during non-peak times, between 11:30am and 7:00pm, to accommodate planned maintenance. During the temporary schedule adjustment beginning January 21, 2014 through the end of March, 2014, watercraft and additional buses will be available to transport Guests to their destinations. The Epcot beam will continue normal operations.


New! Magic Kingdom Crane Returns:

source: disney.com
 

Warning! Your photos of Cinderella's Castle will probably include a crane from now until late March. There will be a construction crane behind Cinderella's Castle at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World starting after park closing Jan. 13 through March 27. The crane will be used to remove the Dream Lights and perform other routine maintenance, like painting.




New! First Look: Maleficent Joins the ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade,’ Coming to Magic Kingdom Park:

source: Disney Parks Blog

source: Disney Parks Blog
 

Disney Parks Blog teased the new Festival of Fantasy Parade with some mystery photos last week. This week, they revealed a first look at this impressive addition representing Maleficent from "Sleeping Beauty" shown in an enormous, Steampunk-inspired dragon.





New! Construction Begins For AVATAR Inspired Land At Disney's Animal Kingdom:

Last week, leaders from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and Lightstorm Entertainment kicked off the largest expansion in Disney's Animal Kingdom history with a ceremonial groundbreaking for the park's new AVATAR-inspired land with blue, Na’vi inspired shovels. In the photo illustration above, they were joined by a Na’vi, showing the scale of characters from the “AVATAR” film.


New! Spice Road Table Soft Opening at Epcot:

source: Disney Parks Blog
 

Although it's just in a soft opening phase right now, Spice Road Table is open for business! The official opening with lively fanfare will be announced soon; be on the lookout for all new food offerings located along World Showcase Lagoon, featuring Mediterranean small plates, specialty wines, beers and aperitifs from the region.







New! Fastpass+ Update:

A new test of Disney FastPass+ service began at Magic Kingdom Park on Jan. 14. This test allows all Guests visiting Magic Kingdom Park (including those not staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel) the ability to make three FastPass+ selections for the current day at that theme park using FastPass+ kiosks. Disney’s FASTPASS Service (using paper FASTPASS tickets) will not be available throughout the duration of this test at Magic Kingdom Park.


New! Meet a Real Firefighter at 'Where's the Fire':

source: Google Image Search

Come meet a real firefighter up close and personal! Liberty Mutual Insurance is proud to present Reedy Creek firefighters at the “Where’s the Fire?” exhibit in Innoventions West. Kids of all ages will enjoy learning how to keep themselves and their homes safe from fire. These firefighters will share helpful hints on fire safety and prevention. This interactive presentation allows Guests to gain knowledge and confidence on what to do in case of an emergency at 10 & 11 a.m.; 1, 2, 3 & 4 p.m.


New! Four Food Trucks Now Open at Downtown Disney West Side:

 
Source: Disney Parks Blog

New Disney food trucks showcase favorite dishes from Disney Parks around the world. From decor to savory culinary creations, each of the four trucks is themed to be distinctly Disney. The four trucks can be found on the Downtown Disney West Side Wednesday - Sunday from 5 - 11 p.m.


Here's a closer look at each of the trucks and their full menus:



Fantasy Fare — serving favorites from Disneyland Park, Magic Kingdom Theme Park and Hong Kong Disneyland

▪ Croque Monsieur with housemade chips from Magic Kingdom Theme Park
▪ Glass Noodle Salad with chicken and pickled vegetables from Hong Kong Disneyland
▪ HandDipped Corn Dog with housemade chips from Disneyland Park


World Showcase of Flavors — featuring top picks from Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

▪ Pierogies with kielbasa and caramelized onions
▪ Lobster Roll with housemade chips
▪ Grass Fed Beef Sliders with Monterey jack, sweethot pickles and housemade chips


Namaste CafĂ© — inspired by Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

▪ Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice, naan and pickled vegetables
▪ Slow Cooked Beef Short Ribs with Basmati Rice, naan and pickled vegetables
▪ Tandori Spiced Shrimp with Basmati Rice, naan and pickled vegetables


Superstar Catering — meatball dishes fit for the stars of Disney's Hollywood Studios

▪ Spinach and Feta Beef Meatball Sandwich with arugula fennel salad
▪ Turkey Sausage and Golden Raisin Meatballs on soft polenta
▪ Lamb Meatball Flatbread Sandwich with tzatziki, vegetable relish and arugula fennel salad
▪ Kid's Meatball Sliders (for Guests ages 9 and under)


New! "Glow With the Show" Ear Hats Unavailable for Purchase Until Early March: 

 
source: Disney Parks Blog

Due to an overwhelming Guest interest, Merchandise locations at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom Park have sold through their inventory of "Glow With the Show" ear hats. "Glow With the Show" ear hat inventory will return to normal in early March. At that time, the hats will be available for Guests to purchase.


New! Downtown Disney AMC Theatres Showing 'Classic' Movies:

While you won’t be shocked to find all the newest films here, you might be surprised that AMC often brings ‘classic’ films back to the big screen. Over the next month, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Groundhog Day,” and “Sleepless in Seattle” will be featured.



New 2014 Promotion Begins Disney Family Time Resolutions:

Disney launched disney.com/resolutions where Disney celebrities are sharing how they plan to resolve to spend more time with family in 2014. A new video will be uploaded everyday in January. On disney.com/resolutions, they are also awarding a vacation-a-day from December 31, 2013 through January 31, 2014! So enter every day for your chance to win because this is the year to spend more quality time with the people you love most. Good luck!


New! Merchandise Events:

▪ January 17: Be among the first to pick up Cutesters Series 6 "Cutesters in the Snow" at D Street in Downtown Disney West Side. Artists Maria Clapsis and Caley Hicks will be on hand for a special appearance and signing from 5 – 6 p.m., so don’t miss out!

▪ January 17: The Indiana Jones Vinylmation Series arrives at all park locations.

▪ Keep an eye out for special Disney Pin and Vinylmation releases this month in the Downtown Disney Marketplace.

Have a Most Magical Day!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Current Walt Disney World Closings and Refurbishments


Current Closures and Refurbishments
{subject to change without notice}


Magic Kingdom

photo: disneyworld.com


▪ Casey's Corner 01/06/14 - 02/15/14

▪ Tomorrowland Speedway 01/06/14 - 01/12/14

▪ Splash Mountain 01/06/14 - 03/21/14

▪ Splashdown Photos 1/6/14 - 3/21/14

▪ The Magic Carpets of Aladdin 01/13/14 - 01/16/14

▪ Agrabah Bazaar 1/13/14 - 1/16/14

▪ Aladdin and Jasmine will be greeting Guests from the Adventureland Veranda porch while the Bazaar is closed.

▪ Liberty Square Riverboat 01/21/14 - 01/30/14

▪ Barnstormer 2/3/14 - 2/5/14

▪ Tomorrowland Transit Authority 2/10/14  3/27/14

▪ Pinocchio's Village Haus 2/17/14 - 3/30/14

▪ The Plaza Restaurant 2/17/14 - 3/15/14


Disney's Hollywood Studios

photo: disneyworld.com


▪ Monsters Inc. Meet & Greet 1/5/14 - 1/19/14

▪ Backlot Tour 1/5/14 - 3/1/14


Epcot

photo: disneyworld.com


▪ American Adventure Restrooms Mid January - End of January


Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

 
photo: disneyworld.com

▪ Festival of the Lion King 1/6/14 opening tbd

▪ Camp MinnieMickey 1/6/14 permanent closure


Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park

 
photo: disneyworld.com

▪ Closed for annual refurbishment 01/06/14 - 03/17/14


Disney's All Star Sports Resort

▪ Surf's Up Pool 01/06/14 - 01/24/14

▪ Grand Slam Quiet Pool Deck 2/11/14 - 2/13/14


Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas

▪ Kiddie Pool Wet Deck Only wet deck is closed, pool will remain open
 1/21/14 - 2/14/14


photo: disneyworld.com


Disney's Boardwalk Villas

▪ Villas Quiet Pool & Spa 2/3/14 - 3/7/14


Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

▪ Pool slides pools remain open 01/27/14 - 02/07/14


Disney's Contemporary Resort

▪ Bay Lake Tower Kiddie Pool Wet Deck Only
wet deck is closed, pool will remain open. 1/13/14 - 2/7/14


Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

▪ Victoria & Albert's 1/19/14 - 1/29/14
▪ Guest rooms and buildings throughout Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will be refurbished starting in early January and scheduled to complete in August. Guest buildings will be taken out of inventory and will not occupied by Guests while work is being performed.

photo: disneyworld.com


Disney's Old Key West

▪ Goods to Go 1/20/14 - 1/30/14

▪ Gurgling Suitcase 2/5/14 - 2/28/14

Disney’s Polynesian Resort

▪ Volcano Pool Slide 1/13/14 - 1/31/14

▪ The Never Land Club 1/24/14 - 4/11/14

▪ Beach & Sunset Point Access to the east portion of the beach, near the Transportation and Ticket Center, and Sunset Point will be unavailable due to a scheduled refurbishment. However, all other amenities will not be affected. Some rooms in certain room categories in impacted buildings have been taken off the market during the renovation period.


photo: disneyworld.com


Disney's Port Orleans Resort French Quarter

▪ Doubloon Lagoon Pool transportation will be provided for Guests to swim at Ol' Man Island Pool at Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside
01/13/14 - 02/28/14


Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside

▪ Magnolia Bend Bldg 80 85 Pool Deck 1/20/14 - 1/21/14


Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort

▪ Congress Park Pool 01/22/14 - 01/23/14

photo: disneyworld.com


Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

▪ Yacht Club Quiet Pool 1/21/14 - 2/7/14

▪ Beach Club Quiet Pool 2/3/14 - 2/4/14



 
photo: disneyworld.com

Downtown Disney® Area

▪ Cap'n Jack's Marina Closed

▪ Parking Lots H,I,J,K Closed

▪ Fuego closed

▪ Wetzels Pretzels closed 10/20/13

▪ Team Mickey Athletic Club 1/27/14 - 6/13/14
▪ House of Blues Starting on November 14, The House of Blues at Downtown Disney West Side is expanding its patio, building a new stage and adding a barbecue smokehouse. The House of Blues ticket sales window has moved inside the House of Blues retail shop. The expansion is expected to be complete in mid January 2014. During this time, there will be no live entertainment on the Front Porch stage.