Refurbishments November & December 2015

 

Magic Kingdom

Liberty Tree Tavern: July 6-November 25

Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover: December 7-10

Splash Mountain: January 10-14, 2016

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin: January 18-Feb 11, 2016

Liberty Square Riverboat: January 18-Feb 22, 2016

Epcot

Sum of All Thrills: November 30-December 10

Soarin’: January 4-Summer 2016

Re-imagination of Maelstrom: Opens April 30, 2016

Hollywood Studios

Jedi Training Academy: October 4-November 30

Pizza Planet: January 4-Late 2016

Water Parks
Blizzard Beach: October 4-January 2, 2016

Typhoon Lagoon: January 3-March 12, 2016

Resorts

Bay Lake Tower: Bay Cove Pool February 1-March 18

All Star Sports: Surfboard Bay Pool: January 25-28

Animal Kingdom Villas-Jambo House: Uzima Pool: December 14-16

BoardWalk Inn: Luma Park Pool: January 11-February 2

Flying Fish Restaurant: February 1-September 30

Exterior Painting: August 17, 2015-May 5, 2016

Caribbean Beach Resort: Old Port Royale paths of travel November 30-December 20   and January 3-February 28
Jamaica Pool: January 6-8
Martinique Quiet Pool: January 11-13
Fuentes del Morro Pool: January 13-16
Trinidad North Quiet Pool: January 27-29
Trinidad South Quiet Pool: February 3-5

Grand Floridian: Courtyard Pool: January 16-19

Old Key West: Sandcastle Pool: January 4-6

Polynesian Village Resort: East Pool now-early 2016

General construction now-Early 2016

Pop Century Resort: Computer Pool November 30-December 3

Bowling Pin Pool: December 7-10

Port Orleans French Quarter: Kiddie Pool September 29-December 24

Port Orleans Riverside: Ol’ Man Island Pool: January 11-February 29

Saratoga Springs: Grandstand Pool January 20-22

Yacht Club: Concierge Lounge now- early December

Wilderness Lodge: Resort refurbishment October 2-2017

Hidden Springs Pool: November 1-2017

 

Please note these are subject to change without notice.  Check back to keep up to date on the latest closures.

Walt Disney World Refurbishment May 2015

Here is your monthly updated list of refurbishments for Walt Disney World.  As always it is subject to change.

Magic Kingdom
Pirates of the Caribbean June 8 – Sep 25, 2015

Jungle Cruise- Apr 13 – May 8, 2015

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad- Apr 27 – 30, 2015

Liberty Square Riverboat- Aug- 4-10, 2015

Dream Along with Mickey- July 19 – Aug 22, 2015

Liberty Tree Tavern- Jul 6 – Nov 19, 2015

Hollywood Studios
Lights, Motors, Action- Apr 20 – Apr 24, 2015

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

Animal Kingdom
Flame Tree BBQ- Jan 5 – Apr 22, 2015

Creature Comforts- Jan 5 – June 14, 2015

Transportation
Monorail March 10- Summer 2015 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:30am-6pm

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. 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.

Resorts
Contemporary Feature Pool Sep 8-10, 2015

Beach Club Resort- Guest Room Renovations-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 early 2016

East Pool construction-late spring through 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

Grand Floridian Resort Tour

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The Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is Disney’s flagship resort, and it certainly lives up to its name. Starting with the majestic lobby in the main building with a bird cage elevator. In the evenings an orchestra entertains the crowds of people visiting and walking through to their room. There are 5 sit-down restaurants, a counter-service restaurant and a pool bar.

1002511_493545130733323_1027855527_nThe grounds are pristine, perfectly manicured and dotted with greenery and flowers. The pool and water features all fit so nicely. As with any Disney resort there are activities for children at the pool. For adults there is the Senses Spa, an indulgent treat and a great place for a non-park day. There is a marina where all kinds of motor craft can be rented.  There are several shops inside of the main building and a beauty salon. One of my favorite resort stores is right where you get off the monorail, it’s inside one of the Victorian turrets and offers a view down at the resort.

There are 2 pools, a beach and then a courtyard pool. Both pools are zero entry. The beach pool has a water slide and a child’s play area. This play feature is themed after Alice in Wonderland and is a lot of fun for the kids. 999180_493555457398957_937907191_n

The courtyard pool is has these beautiful spray jets and is extremely large. It is one of my favorite pools on Disney property.

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Even though this resort is luxurious in its offerings, it is not stuffy. We stayed here when my son was 16 months old and never felt like it wasn’t good for kids. We found quite the contrary. Our son had a blast playing in the pools and the water feature. The most child-friendly feature of this resort: it is just one monorail stop away from the Magic Kingdom. If you are a parent with stroller-aged children, the value of not having to fold up your stroller to get on a bus to get to a park has no limit.

IMG_3547The rooms are large, most at 440 square feet. Most rooms have a deck or a balcony. Some rooms are dormer rooms and do not have the balcony. Every room in this resort receives turn-down service each evening. Turn-down is a second maid service. They ready your room for the evening, empty the trash, turn-down your bed, leave chocolates on your pillow and ice in your ice bucket. They leave the room with the curtains drawn and a light on the dim setting. There is nothing like coming back to your room and having chocolates on your pillow.

1006029_493544167400086_1470217899_nThe bathrooms are generously large. There are two vanities and a separate room with the tub and toilet. There is also a hamper for towels to go after they’ve been used. They offer the Spa H2O toiletries, which is an upgrade over other Disney resorts.

This is my favorite resort on Disney property. I love how it is elegant, yet comfortable. Its location just can’t be beat, one stop away from the Magic Kingdom, but when you are swimming in that courtyard pool, you feel like you are miles away from the hustle and bustle of the Magic Kingdom.

To see more of my pictures of this resort, click here to check out the Grand Floridian Room Tour album on our Facebook page.