Disney Updates ~ Including Refurbishment Schedule

Disney Updates Refurbishments
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At Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, Minnie Mouse invites guests to meet all of her friends at delightful dinner parties throughout the year to celebrate each season. And, from September 12 through November 6, 2016 you can enjoy a frightfully fun character experience during Minnie’s Halloween Dine at Hollywood & Vine. The cost is $46.99 per adult and $27.99 per child, plus tax and gratuity. 

Disney Updates Refurbishments
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Plus, as we’ve previously shared, two new locations recently opened at Disney’s BoardWalk. You can indulge in a curious cocktail at AbracadaBar, a former magicians’ hangout, or check out the elegantly sophisticated new interior and entirely sustainable seafood menu at Flying Fish.

And, coming soon, Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri will be firing up an exclusive portion of the Planet Hollywood Observatory menu when it reopens this fall at Disney Springs.

Disney Updates Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom® Park

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

Swiss Family Treehouse – July 6 to September 29, 2016

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – August 8 to November 18, 2016

“it’s a small world” – August 22 to September 15, 2016

Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

Pizza Planet – January 19 through late 2016 when it will reopen as PizzeRizzo

Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

DINOSAUR AND Dino Institute Shop – July 25 to October 16, 2016

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

Annual Refurbishment – December 25, 2016 to March 11, 2017

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

Annual Refurbishment – October 23 to December 24, 2016

Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort 

Soft Goods Refurbishment April 2 to September 24, 2016

Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort

Grand Slam Pool – During this time Guests may use the Surfboard Bay Pool, located near the main lobby. October 10 to December 2, 2016

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

Soft Goods Refurbishment – This work will be conducted between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. During this time, Guests may see or hear work in progress and certain pathways may be unavailable. July 15, 2016 – January 2017

Disney’s BoardWalk Villas

Room Refurbishments – Guests may see or hear work in progress. Additionally, Guests may have an interruption to water service during the overnight hours. May 16 – October 31, 2016

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Hard Goods Refurbishment – It is possible Guests may see or hear construction. To minimize any disruptions, Disney will attempt to limit work to 10:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m. November 2, 2016 – March 26, 2018

Computer Pool – During this time Guests may use the Hippy Dippy Pool or Bowling Pool. October 31 – December 23, 2016

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory Refurbishment – July 11 – Late Fall 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, Disney 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 the 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

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Room Refurbishments – During this time, Guests may see or hear work in progress and certain pathways may be unavailable. To minimize any disruptions, Disney will attempt to limit work to 9:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m. October 29, 2016 – June 23, 2017

Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center

Expansion Work – During this time, Guests may see or hear work in progress and certain pathways may be unavailable. To minimize any disruptions, Disney will attempt to limit work to 9:00 a.m – 9:00 p.m. August 4, 2016 – February 1, 2018

 Disney Springs™

Planet Hollywood January 6 – Fall 2016 when it will reopen as Planet Hollywood Observatory – Opening Fall 2016: Look for a re-imagined Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs as the flagship venue is transformed into a star-themed Planet Hollywood Observatory to match the look and feel of Disney Springs. As part of the makeover, the venue will add a new outdoor terrace and bar space called Stargazers and feature live entertainment.

Fulton’s Crab House reopening as Paddlefish  – Fall 2016

Over in the Marketplace, Fulton’s Crab House, the steamboat currently under refurbishment at Disney Springs, will reopen this fall as Paddlefish after a bow-to-stern transformation. Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, Paddlefish will serve fresh seafood, steaks and chops, a catch of the day and composed seafood entrees such as lobster risotto with poached Maine lobster, saffron and Meyer lemon oil and redfish with coconut milk, crab broth, tomato, peppers, and ginger. Fan favorites, including Florida stone crab, Alaskan King and Queen crab, and lobster corn dogs will return. Plus, a fun new addition is lobster guacamole made table side with Maine Lobster, chilies, cilantro, lime and tortilla chips. And, there’s a “build-your-own-boil” allowing Guests to pick their own ingredients and seasonings. The sleek modern design of Paddlefish includes a new rooftop lounge, open until 2:00 a.m., with spectacular views of Disney Springs and the water. The lounge will have a separate menu of eclectic dishes perfect for sharing.

Edison – Coming Spring 2017: Inspired by The Edison venue in Los Angeles, this lavish “Industrial Gothic” -style restaurant, bar and nighttime destination is themed to a 1920s-period power plant, recalling an exuberant era of invention and imagination. It will feature exceptionally good classic American food, craft cocktails and live entertainment including cabaret and music.

The Polite Pig – Coming Spring 2017: Featuring a variety of wood-fired smoked and grilled items as well as an innovative beverage program that serves all drinks on tap, including locally-brewed Cask & Larder beer, wine and cocktails, The Polite Pig will bring a new twist on favorite local flavors when it opens in the Town Center neighborhood of Disney Springs. Owners and James Beard award nominees James and Julie Petrakis are partnering with James’ brother on the 5,000-square-foot venue that will be open daily for lunch and dinner, with seating for about 200 guests.

Now Open! The Town Center bus loop has officially opened and is now the new location for Walt Disney World® Resort bus transportation at Disney Springs. Also, Walt Disney World Resort buses will now use the dedicated bus lanes on Buena Vista Drive.

Select charter and non-Disney buses as well as Mears taxis will use the Marketplace and West Side bus loops:

  • Marketplace: Good Neighbor Hotels, Hotel Plaza Boulevard Hotels, Shades of Green Resort, Bonnet Creek Resorts, Disney Performing Arts, Mears Taxis
  • West Side: Lynx, Hotel Plaza Boulevard Hotels, Charters

In addition, Sundries is now open in Town Center near the bus loop, and is the primary location for stroller and wheelchair rentals at Disney Springs. Other offerings available for purchase at Sundries include basic first aid and baby products.

Over on the other coast! DISNEYLAND

Disney Updates Refurbishments
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Beginning this year, your Clients are invited to gather for chills and thrills when the all-new “Frightfully Fun Parade” takes to the streets at Disneyland® Park, featuring a spectacle of spooky spirits from the deepest bayous of New Orleans to Halloweentown and beyond.

The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow sets the mood as he arrives on his ghostly black steed just ahead of the parade itself, carrying a flickering jack-o-lantern as a warning to everyone along the parade route.

From “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas,” Jack Skellington the Pumpkin King brings greetings from Halloweentown, as residents arrive to celebrate their favorite time of year. Grim, grinning ghosts come out to socialize when Disney’s iconic Haunted Mansion attraction comes to “afterlife,” with swirling ballroom dancers, ominous gravediggers and a trio of hitchhiking ghosts. Inspired by Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog,” Dr. Facilier calls on mystical powers, summoning his Shadow Men from the bayou to loom large over his strange and twisted Voodoo parlor, and the mischievous Disney Villains appear out of the darkness, ready to stir up some trouble. A dark and dungeon-like lair takes over the parade route, bringing with it a wicked gathering of villainy from Hades and the Evil Queen to Jafar, Cruella and more!

The “Frightfully Fun Parade” will be presented exclusively during Mickey’s Halloween Party, a separately ticketed event atDisneyland Park hosted over 17 nights from Sept. 23-Oct. 31, 2016. Reserve tickets for your Clients today!

Be sure to share this news with your Clients via the Disney Travel Professionals Facebook page!

Parking is not included in the ticket price and parking fees will apply. Mickey’s Halloween Party is a nonsmoking event. Smoking will be permitted in designated areas outside Disneyland park in the Main Entrance Plaza.

Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets are subject to availability and are valid only for specific event dates and hours. Space is limited and event dates may sell out. Limit eight (8) tickets per person, per event date. Tickets are nonrefundable and may not be resold. Tickets are not required for Guests ages 2 and under. Costumes subject to Disney guidelines and should not be obstructive or offensive. Parking is not included. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Entertainment may be cancelled due to inclement weather or otherwise.