Podcast Episode 130: Early 2017 News

We’re back with more updates all about what’s happening at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Disney Cruise Lines!  We’ve got dates for the new shows (Rivers of Light), new attraction openings (Pandora, anyone?), 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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Podcast Episode 93: 2016 Summer Disney News

Listen in for news on what’s happening around WDW this summer!  We cover the new shows, new attractions, attraction reopenings and the refurbishments you can expect for the 2016 summer season.

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Walt Disney World Refurbishments-Spring 2016

Walt Disney World is constantly changing, updating rooms, attractions and parks. In order to do this they have to close down these attractions periodically. Here are the known refurbishments taking place at Walt Disney World this spring. These are subject to change without notice, so always check before going.

Parks

Monorail: May be under modified service or routes: Now- April 2016

Magic Kingdom
Jungle Cruise- March 1-3

Epcot
Soarin’- January 4-Summer 2016

Circle of Life-February 7-April 2

 

Hollywood Studios
Toy Story Midway Mania – March 15

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure- April 3 Closing Permanently

Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show- April 3 Closing Permanently

Pizza Planet- January 19-Late 2016

 

Animal Kingdom
Kali River Rapids- January 4- March 17

Flights of Wonder—January 25-March 17

Boneyard – February 22-March 17

Isle of Java—February 22- March 17

Warung Outpost- January 22-March 17

 

Typhoon Lagoon January 4- March 19

 

Resorts

Bay Lake Tower at The Contemporary Resort

Bay Cove Pool February 1-March 18

Soft goods refurbishment April 2-October 14

 

Animal Kingdom Lodge

Concierge Lounge May 7-22

AKL- Jambo House- Soft goods rehab January 1- May 20

 

Art of Animation

Schoolyard Sprayground- January 4-March 11

 

Beach Club Villas

Soft goods and bath rehab- January 1-May 20

 

Boardwalk Inn

Exterior Painting and Repair- May 5

Flying Fish Restaurant- February 1-September 30

Seashore Sweets- Closed Permanently

 

Caribbean Beach Resort

Aruba Pool– February 22-April 15

 

Polynesian Village Resort

General Construction through Spring 2016

East Pool- Through 2016

 

Pop Century

Bowling Pool- February 15-March 1

 

Port Orleans Riverside

Ol’ Man Island Pool- January 11-March 4

 

Saratoga Springs

Soft goods rehab- February 7-June 22

 

Wilderness Lodge

General Resort refurbishment through 2017

Cub’s Den- closed through 2017

Sturdy Branches Health Club- July- October 2016

 

Hilton Head Island

Beach Renourishment- May 1-June 4

Dolphin Hotel

Guest room Renovations- June 2016-September 2016

 

Disney Springs

Planet Hollywood- January 6-Summer 2016

Mickey’s Pantry/The Spice and Tea Exchange- February 29-March 14

 

Podcast Episode 76: Spring At Disney

Disney in the spring time is magical and we thought we’d share our tips on how to tour the parks during the spring season.  With the current promotion active, it seems like a lot of families will be visiting then so you don’t want to miss these fun ideas!

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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 Fall 2015 Refurbishments

Here is the latest list of refurbishments and closures at Walt Disney World for Fall 2015. This is subject to change at any time so check back.

Magic Kingdom

Monorail: the Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and alternative transportation will be available – until December 2015

Pirates of the Caribbean: June 8- September 25

Peter Pan’s Flight: November 2-7

Walt Disney World Railroad: October 12-November 20

Disney’s the Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour: October 12-November 20

Liberty Tree Tavern: July 6-November 19

The Diamond Horseshoe: August 2-November 19

Animal Kingdom

Primeval Whirl: August 17-November 12

Flights of Wonder: October 5-November 5

Pizzafari: August 23- November 14

Epcot

Living with the Land: September 8-17

Re-Imagination of Maelstrom (Frozen Ever After): April 20, 2016

Blizzard Beach Water Park

Annual Refurbishment: October 4-January 2, 2016

Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

Annual Refubishment: January 3-March 12

All Star Sports Resort

Grand Slam Pool: October 26-December 18

Boardwalk Inn

Exterior Repair and Painting: August 17-May 5, 2016

Caribbean Beach Resort

Bridge Closure from Aruba and Jamaica to Old Port Royale: August 3-November 26

Coronado Springs Resort

Fitness Center, Salon, and Casitas Leisure Pool: July 5-October 30

Port Orleans French Quarter

French Quarter Kiddie Pool: September 8-December 23

Polynesian Village Resort

General Construction: Through early 2016

Wilderness Lodge Resort

General Room Refurbishments, certain pathways: October 2-2017

Hidden Springs Pool: October 26-2017

Dolphin Resort

Guest Room Renovations: October-Mid December and June 2016-September 2016

Swan Resort

Guest Room Renovations: Until September 2015

Downtown Disney

Fulton’s Crab House: January 1-April 1, 2016

Planet Hollywood: January 1- June 1, 2016

Podcast Episode 60: Changes To WDW Vacation Packages For 2016

If you’re planning a Disney vacation for 2016 or even have one planned already, you’re going to want to tune in this week as we talk about all the new additions and changes you’re going to see for next year.  We also talk about 2015 Food & Wine Festival enhancements as well as park refurbishments for the latter half of 2015.

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