Podcast Episode 147: Summer 2017 News

It’s that time again!  Time to update you with all the new information we have for Summer 2017 at Walt Disney World!  Listen in to find out about Pandora, what’s to do and to eat there, as well as resort refurbs, ride refurbs, and more!

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Walt Disney World Refurbishments Fall 2016

Disney regularly releases the ongoing refurbishments and closures for Walt Disney World.  Here is the most up to date information for September 2016.  Please note that this is subject to change without notice.

 

Magic Kingdom:

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Aug 8-Nov 18

 

Hollywood Studios:

Rock N Roller Coaster Oct 27- Nov 9

Pizza Planet Jan 19-Late 2016

 

Animal Kingdom:

Dinosaur July 25-Oct 16

Dino Institute Shop July 25- Oct 16

 

Water Parks:

Blizzard Beach- Oct 23- Dec 24

Typhoon Lagoon Dec 25-March 11

 

Monorail through Summer 2016

 

Resorts:

All Star Sports Grand Slam Pool Oct 10-Dec 2

Boardwalk Villas May 16- Oct 31

Pop Century Computer Pool Oct 31-Jan 3, 2017

Port Orleans French Quarter Sassagoula Floatworks July 11- Late Fall

Wilderness Lodge general resort refurbishment and Cub’s Den closed through 2017

Yacht Club room refurbishments Oct 29- June 23, 2017

Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center Aug 4- Feb 1, 2018

Dolphin Hotel room renovations June- Sept 2016

 

Disney Springs:

Planet Hollywood through Fall 2016

Fulton’s Crab House- reopening as Paddlefish Fall 2016

 

Check back for updates to this information on closures and refurbishments.

Walt Disney World Refurbishments – Resorts!

Yes, we are prolonging the pain by separating the theme park refurbishments from the resort refurbishments but it is easier to read that way! And the list is not too bad so stay with me!

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Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Soft Goods Refurbishment                                                             Apr. 2 – Sep. 24, 2016

Disney’s All Star Sport Resort

Grand Slam Pool
During this time Guests may use the Surfboard Bay Pool, located near the main lobby.

                    Oct. 10 – Dec. 2, 2016

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Village – Kidani

Soft Goods Refurbishment                                                    Jul. 15, 2016 – January 2017

Disney’s Beach Club Villas

Soft Goods and Bath Refurbishment                                            Jan. 22 – Aug. 17, 2016

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Flying Fish Restaurant                                                               Reopening Aug. 14, 2016

Disney’s BoardWalk Villas

Room Refurbishments                                                                   May 16 – Oct. 31, 2016

Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort

Beach Renourishment Project                                                                May 1 – Fall 2016

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Hard Goods Refurbishment                                                              Oct. 16 – Dec.4, 2016

Computer Pool
During this time Guests may use the Hippy Dippy Pool or Bowling Pool.

    Oct. 31 – Dec. 23, 2016

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory Refurbishment                Jul. 11 – Late Fall 2016

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

Routine Roof Maintenance
During this time Guests may see work in progress.                      Through Summer 2016

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge & Villas

General Resort Refurbishments
Due to extensive refurbishment projects, Guests will very likely see and hear construction work in various areas throughout their stay. To minimize disruptions, we will attempt to limit work until after 9:00 a.m.
At this time, many popular areas will remained closed – including the Hidden Springs Pool (the leisure pool at The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge), beach, marina, playground and more. In addition, certain pathways, like our nature trail, will be unavailable, and surrounding views may be altered. However, the recently renovated Silver Creek Springs Pool will remain open and boat transportation to Magic Kingdom park will continue to be offered.

Through 2017

Cub’s Den (Children’s Activity Center) – unavailable   Through 2017

Buena Vista Palace

General Resort Refurbishments
The pool is unavailable. The spa pool, located in the main tower will remain open for all guests. Additionally, neighboring hotels on Hotel Plaza Blvd. will allow Buena Vista Palace guests to use their pools during this time.

Through August 2016

Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel

Guest Room Renovations
Renovation work is scheduled to take place between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. No guests will be accommodated in the renovation area as to minimize impact on the guest experience.

June – September 2016

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Current and Upcoming Walt Disney World Refurbishments

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No reason for this picture other than it is CUTE! Actually no reason for any of these pics, other than they are all of our loved ones and Disney!

 

Refurbishments are always a good and bad thing – good to spruce and fix up but sad when a favorite ride or attraction is not open when you are there.

Below are some upcoming refurbishments to be aware of while you are planning your next Walt Disney World vacation! Stay tuned for more refurbishments on the resort side coming soon!

Magic Kingdom Park

Monorail
The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option available on their day of travel, as alternative transportation options will be available.          Through Summer 2016

Swiss Family Treehouse                                                            Jul. 6 – Sep. 24, 2016
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress                                               Jul. 25 – 28, 2016
Liberty Square Riverboat                                                                   Aug. 1 – 7, 2016
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad                                             Aug. 8 – Nov. 18, 2016
“it’s a small world”                                                                 Aug. 22 – Sep. 15, 2016

EPCOT

NONE!

Hollywood Studios

 

Pizza Planet                                                                                    Jan. 19 – Late 2016
Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream                                                       Jul. 16 – 19, 2016
Voyage of the Little Mermaid                                                           Jul. 24 – 27, 2016
MuppetVision 3D                                                                             Aug. 15 – 22, 2016

 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park

DINOSAUR                                                                                 Jul. 25 – Oct. 16, 2016
Dino Institute Shop                                                                    Jul. 25 – Oct. 16, 2016             

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

NONE!

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

NONE!

 Disney Springs

Planet Hollywood                                                                       Jan. 6 – Summer 2016
Fulton’s Crab House – reopening as Paddlefish                            Apr. 4 – Fall 2016

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Spring and Summer Walt Disney World Refurbishments and Closures

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So that you can keep up to date on the Walt Disney World Refurbishments always check Dolewhipped.com and we will monthly keep you posted! Just know all of these are subject to change and Disney makes updates all the time. I hope all your favorite rides and attractions are up and running for your next trip!

Magic Kingdom

Monorail – The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System will undergo refurbishment that will impact the Express monorail beam, which runs between the Ticket & Transportation Center and the Magic Kingdom. Express beam shutdowns will occur between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Resort beam will continue to run during downtimes. Guests arriving at the Ticket & Transportation Center during downtimes will be directed to the ferry boats.

March 10, 2015 – Summer 2015

Harmony Barber Shop – February 16 – March 29, 2015

Pirates of the Caribbean – May 11 – September 25, 2015

Jungle Cruise – April 13 – May 8, 2015

“it’s a small world” – April 14-17, 2015

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – April 20-23, 2015

Space Mountain – April 27-30, 2015

Liberty Tree Tavern – July 6 – November 19, 2015

Dream Along with Mickey – July 19 – August 22, 2015

Liberty Square Riverboat – August 4-10, 2015

Epcot

None

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Lights, Motor, Action – April 20-23, 2015

Voyage of the Little Mermaid – September 7-10, 2015

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Flame Tree BBQ – January 5 – April 22, 2015

Creature Comforts – January 5 – June 14, 2015

Blizzard Beach

None

Typhoon Lagoon

None

Resorts

Animal Kingdom Villas –Kidani Village Lobby Floor Resurfacing. During this time Guests may observe construction taking place in the or near the lobby. Noise will be isolated to the lobby area. Work will take place between the hours of 10am and 4pm  March 23-27, 2015

Art of Animation –Finding Nemo Schoolyard Wet Play Area- May 26 – June 29, 2015

Beach Club Resort- Guest Room Renovations-Guests will be refurbished with new hard and soft goods. Guests will not be accommodated in the affected areas but it is possible that some noise could travel while work is in progress (between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily). Oct 13, 2014 – Aug 22, 2015

Polynesian Village Resort- General Construction through March 2015

Feature Pool and Slide – The main pool and slide will be closed for enhancements. Guests who stay at Disney’s Polynesian Resort while the main pool is closed will receive one complimentary ticket for each member of their party to visit Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park during their stay.Through Early April 2015

Polynesian East Pool – Closed for enhancements. During this time, Guests will observe construction taking place and certain pathways and buildings may be unavailable. Noise may be overheard while this work is being completed; however construction will not begin until after 9:00am. The recently renovated Feature Pool will be available (weather permitting) Mid April 2015 – Early 2016

Disney’s Swan Hotel- Guest Room Renovations- Work is scheduled to take place between 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily. No guests will be accommodated in the renovation area as to minimize impact on the guest experience. Aug. 20, 2014 – TBD

Downtown Disney Area

Roadwork on Buena Vista Drive – 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. Through March 2016.

Parking Lots  – Entrance 2 – Lots A-G – Loss of parking lot Entrance 2 to Guest/Cast traffic and associated lots A-G in preparation for the construction of Town Center and the East Garage. Through August 1, 2016.

Golf Course/Miniature Golf – 

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