Podcast Episode 132: March Madness of Disney Rides

It’s that time of year again!  Time to pit our Disney favorites up against each other to see which one reigns supreme! This time, we’re comparing our favorite Walt Disney World rides.  Find out which of these 16 attractions we voted as our number one favorite.  We think you’ll be surprised by which one comes out on top!

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Podcast Episode 121: Interview with Disney Insiders – RJ and Suzanne Ogren

Our listeners must have been really good this year because we’ve got an amazing gift for you!  This week, we talked to RJ and Suzanne Ogren, a wonderful couple who used to work as Cast Members at Walt Disney World!  RJ was an artist that worked on such classic attractions as Peter Pan’s Flight and The Haunted Mansion, while Suzanne was friends with many characters but mostly Sleepy the Dwarf!  They have some incredible stories to tell about their time working at Magic Kingdom and you don’t want to miss it!

After you’ve heard their stories here, there are lots of places for you to find these amazing people and learn more about their lives at Disney  – I highly recommend their book, “Together In The Dream”, available at Amazon.com.

You can find more of RJ’s artwork at his website, RJOgren.com

Check out his awesome Facebook site:

RJ Ogren and Disney – 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/654133961404374/

 

The Haunted Mansion and Beyond with RJ Ogren –

https://www.facebook.com/groups/681479622001556/

 

Twitter – Randy Jack Ogren @DisneyRJogren

 

 

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Walt Disney World Winter/Early Spring Refurbishments and Closures

Here is a newly updated list of refurbishments for Walt Disney World Resort as of December 2014.

Magic Kingdom:

Haunted Mansion December 1-19, 2014

Splash Mountain January 5-31, 2015

Cinderella’s Royal Table January 5 – March 6, 2015

Liberty Square Riverboat January 23-27, 2015

Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid February 2 – March 6, 2015

Harmony Barber Shop February 2 – March 30, 2015

“it’s a small world” March 10-13, 2015

Epcot:

None!

Hollywood Studios:

None!

Animal Kingdom:

Kali River Rapids January 20 – February 2, 2015

Typhoon Lagoon:
Closed for Annual Refurbishment October 26, 2014 – January 3, 2015

Blizzard Beach:
Closed for Annual Refurbishment January 4 – March 14, 2015

Downtown Disney:
There is a lot of construction work going on at Downtown Disney and roadwork done. Expect delays when driving.

Resorts

Art of Animation:
Big Blue Pool January 12-14, 2015

Little Mermaid Flippin Fins Pool January 15-16, 2015

Finding Nemo Schoolyard Wet Play Area May 26 – June 29, 2015

Beach Club Resort:
Guest Room Renovations- Guest rooms 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). October 13, 2014 – August 22, 2015

Stormalong Bay Pool – Waterslide- During this time, the waterslide and the waterway from the slide to the first bridge of Stormalong Bay will be unavailable. The remaining portions of the pool will remain available to Guests. January 5 – February 2, 2015

Stormalong Bay Pool – Lazy River– During this time, bridges three and four will be under refurbishment and the lazy river/snorkel area will be closed. The remaining portions of the pool will remain available to Guests. February 2 – March 3, 2015

Coronado Springs:
La Vida Health Club and Beauty Salon May 18 – June 19, 2015

Grand Floridian:
Beach Water Activity Pool March 6 – April 9, 2015

Polynesian Village Resort:
General Construction-The east portion of the beach (near the Transportation and Ticket Center) and Sunset Point are being refurbished and are unavailable. Guests may see or hear work in progress. December 2013 – March 2015

Great Ceremonial House – Lobby The atrium is being reimagined to highlight the cultural elements of Polynesia and provide more expansive views. At certain times of day, there may be some noise and alternative paths of travel may be needed throughout the Great Ceremonial House. March – December 2014

Nanea Volcano 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 Blizzard Beach Water Park during their stay. July 28, 2014 – Spring 2015

Wilderness Lodge:
Whispering Canyon Cafe May 15 – June 26, 2015

Walt Disney World Swan:
Guest Room Renovations-Renovation 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.–August 20, 2014 – TBD

As always these are subject to change at any moment without notice. All refurbishment and closure information provided by Walt Disney Travel Company.

Walt Disney World Fall/Winter Refurbishments and Closures

Here is a newly updated list of refurbishments for Walt Disney World Resort as of October 2014.

Magic Kingdom:
Island Supply – Location Closing October 23, 2014

Walt Disney World Railroad September 29 – November 7, 2014

The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour- September 29 – November 7, 2014

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin- November 10 – 21, 2014

Haunted Mansion- December 1 – 19, 2014

Splash Mountain- January 4 – 30, 2015

Cinderella’s Royal Table- January 5 – March 6, 2015

Liberty Square Riverboat- January 23 – 27, 2015

Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid- February 2 – March 6, 2015

Harmony Barber Shop- February 2 – March 30, 2015

Hollywood Studios:
Fantasmic! –November 19 – 21, 2014

Animal Kingdom:
Pangani Research Center – Aviary and Hippo viewing closed- September 2 – November 14, 2014

Affection Section October 7 – November 10, 2014

Kali River Rapids January 20 – February 2, 2015

Typhoon Lagoon:
Closed for Annual Refurbishment October 26, 2014 – January 3, 2015

Blizzard Beach:
Closed for Annual Refurbishment January 4 – March 14, 2015

Downtown Disney:
There is a lot of construction work going on at Downtown Disney and roadwork done. Expect delays when driving.

Resorts
Polynesian Village Resort:
General Construction-The east portion of the beach (near the Transportation and Ticket Center) and Sunset Point are being refurbished and are unavailable. Guests may see or hear work in progress. December 2013 – March 2015

Great Ceremonial House – Lobby The atrium is being reimagined to highlight the cultural elements of Polynesia and provide more expansive views. At certain times of day, there may be some noise and alternative paths of travel may be needed throughout the Great Ceremonial House. March – December 2014

Trader Jacks Merchandise Location Closure June 16, 2014 – TBD

Nanea Volcano 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 Blizzard Beach Water Park during their stay. July 28, 2014 – early 2015

Wilderness Lodge:
Silver Creek Springs Pool-The main pool and slide will be closed for enhancements. During this time, the leisure pool at The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge will remain open. Guests will also have the opportunity to visit either the Main Pool at Disney’s Contemporary Resort or the Meadow Swimmin’ Pool at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Complimentary transportation will be provided to both of these neighboring resorts. September 3- November 27, 2014

Trout Pass Pool Bar- September 3 – November 27, 2014

Beach Club Resort:
Guest Room Renovations- Guest rooms 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). October 13, 2014 – August 22, 2015

All Star Music Resort:
Intermission Food Court -Note’able Games Arcade will serve as a temporary location for grab-and-go meals such as sandwiches, salads, and bakery items. Transportation will be provided for Guests who wish to dine at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort or Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort. Pizza and other items available for in-room delivery daily from 3pm to 1am. –August 1 – December 20, 2014

Note’able Games Arcade- July 26 – December 20, 2014

Walt Disney World Swan:
Guest Room Renovations-Renovation 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.–August 20, 2014 – TBD

As always these are subject to change at any moment without notice.