Thursday, November 6, 2014

Walt Disney World Refurbishments

Current and ongoing 

Planned Walt Disney World 


fall 2014-Spring 2015

Magic Kingdom® Park
Walt Disney World Railroad
The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Haunted Mansion
Splash Mountain
Cinderella's Royal Table
Liberty Square Riverboat
Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
Harmony Barber Shop
Sep. 29 - Nov. 7, 2014
Sep. 29 - Nov. 7, 2014
Nov. 10 - 21, 2014
Dec. 1 - 19, 2014
Jan. 4 - 30, 2015
Jan. 5 - Mar. 6, 2015
Jan. 23 - 27, 2015
Feb. 2 - Mar. 6, 2015
Feb. 2 - Mar. 30, 2015

Disney's Hollywood Studios®
The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow - Closing
Nov. 19 - 21, 2014
The final day for this attraction will be November 6, 2014.
Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park
Pangani Research Center - Aviary and Hippo viewing closed
Affection Section
Kali River Rapids
Sep. 2 - Nov. 14, 2014
Oct. 7 - Nov. 15, 2014
Jan. 20 - Feb. 2, 2015

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
Closed for Annual Refurbishment
Oct. 26, 2014 - Jan. 3, 2015
Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park
Closed for Annual Refurbishment
Jan. 4 - Mar. 14, 2015

Disney's 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 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Aug. 4 - Dec. 19, 2014
Note'able Games Arcade
Guests may visit the arcades available at Disney's All-Star Sports Resort and Disney's All-Star Movies Resort.
Jul. 26 - Dec. 19, 2014
Disney's Art of Animation Resort
Big Blue Pool
Nov. 17 - 19, 2014
Little Mermaid Flippin Fins Pool
Nov. 20 - 21, 2014
Cozy Cone Pool
Nov. 24 - 26, 2014
Disney's Beach Club Resort
Guest Room RenovationsGuest 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).
Oct. 13, 2014 - Aug. 22, 2015
Stormalong Bay Pool - WaterslideDuring 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.
Jan. 5 - Feb. 2, 2015
Stormalong Bay Pool - Lazy RiverDuring 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.
Feb. 2 - Mar. 3, 2015
Disney's 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.
Dec. 2013 - Mar. 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. To enhance the check-in experience, Guests are encouraged to participate in Online Check-In.
Mar. - Dec. 2014
Nanea Volcano Pool and Slide
The main pool and slide will be closed for enhancements. Guests who stay at Disney's Polynesian Village 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.
Jul. 28, 2014 - early 2015
Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Silver Creek Springs PoolThe 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.
Sep. 3 - Nov. 27, 2014
Trout Pass Pool Bar
Sep. 3 - Nov. 27, 2014
Disney's Yacht Club Resort
Stormalong Bay Pool - WaterslideDuring 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.
Jan. 5 - Feb. 2, 2015
Stormalong Bay Pool - Lazy RiverDuring 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.
Feb. 2 - Mar. 3, 2015
Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
Guest Room RenovationsRenovation 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 Mar. 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.?
Dec. 1, 2014 - Aug. 1, 2016

Golf Courses/Miniature Golf

Information and dates subject to change without notice.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pets on Parade

We have a new Disney Pal and we're celebrating "just because" ... and you get the prize! Our friends at Lagniappe Gifts are giving away a pet collar of your choosing from her many standard designs! (If you would like it customized, or want to add anything else to it you may do so, but that would be at the winners' cost.) This would also be a great Christmas gift for the pet lover in your life.

This is an example of what the winner may choose.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Quick food and wine review: Desserts and champagne kiosk

This is one of those kiosks where every year you get the best dessert trios, and this year was the best year for it. The dessert trio as it's called is a small sampling of 3 different desserts. This years is Passion fruit coconut creamsicle, blueberry lime cheesecake, and chocolate espresso opera cake.

 This trio costs 4.00, but is the perfect way to end the night. Perfect portion of sweet, tart, and just yum!!!

 I can't decided on a favorite here, they were all so good in their own way.

As you can see they were a nice size and easily share-able, as I did with my hubby.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Quick food and wine kiosk review: China

Last week while at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival we got to try a few of the goodies before the super heavy rain we had that day. My favorite out of what we had was China. We purchased 2 different food items and a drink there.

First was Mongolian beef in a steamed bun with chili mayo. This was really good and hubby loved it. It tasted really fresh, though the bun it came on was a little strange, but this was hot and fresh. It was a nice portion for the $5.00 it costs.

 Next we had the Chicken pot stickers.These are my favorite by far. Everything you would expect from a pot sticker. These cost $4.00.

This is mango green tea with popping bubbles.This was my favorite drink the whole day. Not only did it have the regular "bubbles", but also there were mango flavored bubbles too! This was a nice size cup, super yummy! It costs $6.50.

 We loved what we got here in China,and can not wait to go back and get some more in a few weeks.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Arendelle Punch

If you are visiting Disney's Hollywood Studios and love Frozen you will love Arendelle Punch. We went last week, and had fast passes to see the Frozensing a long. We arrived about 15 minutes early and it was kind of warm out. We saw this cute little booth called Frozen Fun snack kiosk on the way by. I saw they,already had the food items like the cookies and rice crispy treats, but I'd never had this punch. It comes in a regular plastic cup of about 12oz, or in a Olaf plastic cup which is about the same in ounces. I opted for the regular cup because I had already bought an Olaf cup. It was so refreshing and good, and on that day, my husband and I shared, and it was gone before we got in line for the sing along.

 After having some fun with the cast members, I told them I would make them famous and we joked around. I asked about the ingredients and tried to get them at home to exactly what was used.

Now, you don't have to worry about the kids taking a sip because this is a non-alcoholic drink. For a neat tip: wait until later on in the evening, this becomes "Let it Glow",with a glowing ice cube.

 After the sing along was over we had to go over and get another cup, and my daughter got hers in an Olaf cup.

The regular plastic cup here was $3.75 The Olaf cup was $8.50.Later on the Let it glow cup with ice cube is more.

 Now, to make this drink at home is super easy, I was surprised by how easy it was!

 You will need:

 a cup

Ginger Ale (They use Shweppes)

Pineapple juice (I used Dole)


You take the cup and add some ice. For a 12 oz cup, I added 1 cup of ginger ale, about half cup of pineapple juice, and about 1/4 of a cup of the grenadine. Now you can always add more or less to adjust the taste, and for me the taste was dead on! My kids now are hooked. It's super easy, and would make a great punch to go along with any Frozen party.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Habst and the Disney Sabatours- A Book Review

   I want to give an honest review of the book without giving away anything about the storyline. I loved it! The book kept me hanging on the edge of my pool lounge chair all day. So much happened that I wasn't expecting. The smells, the hidden rooms and what happens underground! The story line is not for the faint of heart or die hard "everything's rosy at Disney" fan. You'll get a glimpse of the dark side, the cons, the secrets and what goes on behind closed doors.
    Habst reminds me of a Christian Grey type character, smooth talking and kinda sexy in a dark sort of way. He uses who he needs to in order to get what he wants to get him his next fix but all in the name of Disney. Habst remembers walking Main Street as a kid and doesn't want anything or anyone to ruin Walt's dream. He soon finds out that someone is trying to and he will do whatever it takes to make sure that doesn't happen, even risk his own life.
Link to the blog and some behind the scenes photos:
Backstage of the Carousel of Progress

*I was given this book free to review and publish on the blog. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

A Halloween Surprise!

It's Halloween time! We love our fans and we've brought together some wonderful businesses to give you an opportunity to get some awesome, wonderful, Halloween themed products! NO tricks, ALL Treats!There will be four winners. Good luck everyone, and please share with your friends!

One sheet of holiday Jamberry Nail Wraps from Jamberry Nails with Caroline.
 (Designed by Designer Misty Adams)

Peasant dress made with Mickey Halloween fabric pictured from Prickly Pear!

Haunted Mansion Key Fob from Lizzie's Right Brain

Your CHOICE of ONE set of a Fantasy Band Design for your Magic Band!
(These are several examples, winner will pick one design from here:

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