Refurbishments: #2 WDW Resort Hotels

As of today January 22, 2016 these are the current up to date scheduled Refurbishments at the Walt Disney World Resort’s Resort Hotels. Check back for more posts as more news becomes available! The Following Resorts are in Alphabetical Order.

Bay Lake Tower

Bay Cove Pool FEBRUARY 1 – MARCH 18, 2016

All-Star Sports Resort

Surfboard Bay Pool JANUARY 25 – JANUARY 28, 2016

 Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House

Jambo House Soft Goods Rehab JANUARY 1 – MAY 20, 2016

Art of Animation Resort

Schoolyard Sprayground JANUARY 4 – MARCH 11, 2016

Beach Club Villas

Soft Goods Rehab JANUARY 22 – AUGUST 17, 2016

BoardWalk Inn

Exterior Repair and Painting AUGUST 17, 2016 – MAY 5, 2016

ESPN Club: Yard Arcade & Retail JANUARY 6, 2016: Closed to make way for a new experience, this does not affect the ESPN Club dining area.

Flying Fish Restaurant FEBRUARY 1 – SEPTEMBER 30,2016

Seashore Sweets’ FEBRUARY 1, 2016: Closed to make way for a new experience.

BoardWalk Villas

Guest Villa Renovations NOW THROUGH SPRING 2016

Luna Park Pool FEBRUARY 1 – FEBRUARY 4, 2016

Caribbean Beach Resort

Old Port Royale – Path of Travel Impacts JANUARY 3 – FEBRUARY 28, 2016: Guests in some parts of Martinique and Trinidad North may experience some construction noise.

Trinidad North Quiet Pool JANUARY 27 – 29, 2016

Trinidad South Pool FEBRUARY 3 – 5, 2016

Barbados Quiet Pool FEBRUARY 17 – 19, 2016

Aruba Pool FEBRUARY 22 – APRIL 15, 2016

Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Courtyard Pool JANUARY 18 – 22, 2016

Hilton Head Island Resort

Pool Slide FEBRUARY 1 – 17, 2016

Polynesian Village Resort

General Construction NOW THROUGH SPRING 2016: During this time, Guests staying onsite will observe construction taking place and certain pathways and buildings may be unavailable.

East Pool NOW THROUGH SPRING 2016

Pop Century Resort

Bowling Pool FEBRUARY 16 – MARCH 1, 2016

Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

Ol’ Man Island Pool JANUARY 11 – MARCH 1, 2016

Alligator Bayou Pool B FEBRUARY 10 – 11, 2016

Alligator Bayou Pool C FEBRUARY 15 – 16, 2016

Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

Grandstand Pool JANUARY 20 – 22, 2016

Treehouse Villas Soft Goods Rehab FEBRUARY 7 – JUNE 22, 2016

Wilderness Lodge & Villas

General Resort Refurbishments NOW THROUGH 2017: Due to multiple resort refurbishment projects, Guests will notice construction work in various areas. Noise may be overheard while this work is being completed, but construction will not begin until after 9 a.m. Certain pathways, including the nature trail, will be unavailable. The Hidden Springs leisure pool area (the leisure pool at The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge), resort beach, playground, Marina and Recreation fire pit will be unavailable.

Cub’s Den (Children’s Activity Center)  will be unavailable JANUARY 3, 2016 THROUGH 2017

Buena Vista Palace

Front Desk Renovations NOW THROUGH FEBRUARY 2016: A temporary Front Desk will be functional. Video arcade will close to make room for a new Grab and Go outlet.

Pool will be unavailable NOW THROUGH JUNE 2016: 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. Watercress Café will be closed during this time, however, the one80 Sports Bar and Restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel

Guest Room Renovations JUNE 2016 – SEPTEMBER 2016: 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.

Refurbishments: #1 WDW Theme Parks

As of today January 22, 2016 these are the current up to date scheduled Refurbishments at the Walt Disney World Resort’s Theme Parks. Check back for more posts as more news becomes available!

Magic Kingdom

Monorail NOW UNTIL JANUARY 2016: The Walt Disney World Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If you and your family plan to use this form of transportation during your visit you should check to be sure of the best option available on your day of travel, as alternative transportation options will be available.
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin JANUARY 18 – FEBRUARY 11, 2016
Liberty Square Riverboat JANUARY 18-JANUARY 22, 2016
Magic Carpets of Aladdin JANUARY 25 – FEBRUARY 3, 2016
Mad Tea Party FEBRUARY 22 – FEBRUARY 26, 2016
Jungle Cruise MARCH 1 – MARCH 3, 2016
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad APRIL 4 – JULY 2016

EPCOT

Re-Imagination of Maelstrom OCTOBER 15, 2014 – APRIL 30, 2016: This is the new Frozen ride that is replacing the Maelstrom ride in the Norway Pavilion.
Soarin’ JANUARY 4 – SUMMER 2016: Disney is adding a third theater to account for the high ride attendance of guests.
Habit Heroes CLOSING PERMANENTLY JANUARY 18, 2016

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Pizza Planet JANUARY 19 – LATE 2016
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure CLOSING PERMANENTLY APRIL 3, 2016
Lights, Motors, Action! CLOSING PERMANENTLY APRIL 3, 2016
Mike and Sulley Meet & Great at Streets of America CLOSING PERMANENTLY APRIL 3, 2016
Prop Shop CLOSING PERMANENTLY APRIL 3, 2016
Studio Catering Co. CLOSING PERMANENTLY APRIL 3, 2016
The Writer’s Shop CLOSING PERMANENTLY APRIL 3, 2016
Watto’s Grotto CLOSING PERMANENTLY APRIL 3, 2016

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Maharajah Jungle Trek JANUARY 4 – JANUARY 25, 2016
Kali River Rapids JANUARY 4 – FEBRUARY 11, 2016
Flights of Wonder JANUARY 25 – MARCH 17, 2016
Boneyard FEBRUARY 22 – MARCH 17, 2016

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

Annual Refurbishment JANUARY 4 – MARCH 12, 2016

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

None

Disney Springs

Roadwork on Buena Vista Drive: Due to heavy roadwork, expect delays on Buena Vista Drive. It is recommended that all guests use complimentary Walt Disney World Resort transportation from Parks and Resorts to Disney Springs and plan to arrive early for reserved dining and entertainment experiences.
Planet Hollywood JANUARY 6 – SUMMER 2016

Planning your June 2016 Walt Disney World Vacation!

Here is some helpful tips and information for vacationers that are looking into visiting the Walt Disney World Resort during the month of June 2016!

The top three questions that everyone always asks is; how’s the weather, is it crowded and how much will it cost me? Well keep reading because I’m about to tell you!

During the month of June you can expect to experience heavy crowd levels and very hot temperatures! I would suggest staying at a resort with a nice pool to take advantage of during the middle of the day when it is the hottest!

Events Happening in June!

THE official start to Summer is in June. Kids are getting out of school and families are going on vacation! For the past couple of years Hollywood Studios (MGM) has hosted Frozen Summer Fun! It usually begins in mid-June and lasts through until Labor Day. The official announcement for Frozen Summer Fun has not yet been released, but when more information becomes available you can find it here! EPCOT also gets in on the Summer festivities. They host the Sounds of Summer concert series which takes place on the weekends during the Summer season.

How’s the Weather?

The weather for all of June will be, yup you guessed it, HOT! According to the National Weather Channel, the average low for Central Florida is 72 and the high is 91. But I would expect it to get into the high 90’s at some points. Also, be aware that during this time of year afternoon showers and thunderstorms are more than likely to make an appearance anytime from 2:00 pm until the evening hours. So bring your rain gear! Pack the sunscreen as well!

Ride & Attraction Refurbishments and Closings

The only ride that looks to be closed during June will be Soarin’. But, all of the Disney sources say that it will be opened back up by Summer 2016! So who knows you could be part of a soft opening or grand re-opening for Soarin’! Also, the Frozen Ever After ride is rumored to be opening in the Summer of 2016. When more information on these rides becomes available you can find it here!

Dining and FastPass+ Reservations

If you are planing on getting advanced dining reservations you will need to book your reservations by December, which will be your 180 day mark. Also, if you are staying on property you can reserve your FastPass+ 60 days before your arrival date. Your 60-Days out date will be in April.

Promotions and Offers!

Disney has released a promotional offer for June! The Summer Meal Offer includes a FREE Quick Service Dining Plan! Yes, I said FREE! The catch is you have to book your vacation during these dates, January 19 through February 29, 2o16. Your vacation days must fall in these dates, May 29 through June 30, 2016 and July 5 through August 13, 2016. You also have to stay at one of Disney’s Value Resorts (All-Star Sports, Music, Movies, Pop Century and Art of Animation) and you must have a minimum 3-night stay. This offer can save you and your family A LOT of money! So if you are interested get in touch with your Disney Travel Agent as soon as possible! You must book by February 29, 2016! There are only a certain amount of rooms at each resort that will qualify for this offer! The sooner you book the better chances for your family to receive the Summer Meal Offer!

Disney has released a promotional offer that is only valid for the months of June 2016 – August 2016! The Awaken Summer Offer allow’s guests to save up to 30% on their room rate at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels! PLUS, you can receive an exclusive “Awaken Summer” graphic MagicBand, when you upgrade to a room and theme park package with a minimum 2-day Magic Your Way Ticket. Did I mention that the exclusive MagicBand has BB8 on it? If you are interested, get in touch with your Disney Travel Agent as soon as possible! You must book by June 10, 2016 to receive this offer! Also, there are only a certain amount of rooms at the select resorts that will qualify for this offer! The sooner you book the better chances for your family to receive the Awaken Summer offer!

Let’s Do the Math!

Want to get an idea of how much your vacation would cost for you to visit the Walt Disney World Resort during the month of June? Take a look at the following scenarios! 

The Jones Family is taking their graduating High School Senior and a friend to the Walt Disney World Resort as a graduation present. They will be staying at the All-Star Sports Resort for 6 nights and 5 days (Travel Dates are June 26-July 2). Their package includes a 5-Day Magic Your Way Park Hopper Ticket with the Dining Plan. Their vacation total is $4,043.30. The Jones Family had booked their vacation before the Summer Meal Offer was released. Their package is eligible for the offer so their new vacation total is $2,559.14. That’s a total savings of $1,484.16!

The Henson Family is taking their Summer vacation to Disney’s version of Mexico! They will be staying at the Coronado Springs Resort for 6 nights and 5 days (Travel Dates are June 12 – June 18). Their package includes a 5-Day Magic Your Way Park Hopper Ticket with the Dining Plan. Their total vacation cost is $3,425.10

The Hood Family is taking their two boys on a Wilderness Vacation! They will be staying at the Wilderness Lodge for 6 nights and 5 days. Their package includes a 5-Day Magic Your Way Park Hopper Ticket along with the Dining Plan. Their total vacation cost is $5,868.46.

I hope the information that I have provided will help those out that are looking to visit the Walt Disney World Resort in June 2016. If you have any additional questions that were not answered in this post, please ask away!

Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you!

Disney has Released a FREE Quick Service Meal Plan for Spring/Summer 2016!

Catch this Tasty Offer at the Walt Disney World Resort!

You and your family can enjoy a FREE Meal per person, per night at quick-service locations when you buy a non-discounted 4-night/5-day Walt Disney Travel Company room and ticket package at a Disney Value Resort hotel for arrivals most nights May 29-Jun. 30, 2016 and Jul. 5-Aug. 13, 2016 when they book Jan. 19-Feb. 29, 2016.

So what does that mean? If you book your Walt Disney World Vacation during the dates of January 19 through February 29, 2016 you will be eligible to receive the Summer Meal Offer! There is a catch though! You have to stay at a Value Resort (All-Star Sports, All-Star Movies, All-Star Music, Pop Century and Art of Animation) for a minimum length of 3 nights and a minimum 2-Day Magic Your Way Base Ticket. The dates that are eligible for the Summer Meal Offer are May 29 through June 30, 2016 and July 5 through August 13, 2016.

So if you are thinking about visiting the Walt Disney World Resort during the months of May, June, July or August NOW is the time to book! There are only a certain amount of rooms per resort that qualify for this offer and once they are gone you are out of luck! So talk it over and weigh your options and then contact me to Get the Magic Started!

Just to give you an idea of what this offer will save you. A family of four will be visiting the Walt Disney World Resort from June 12 to June 18. They will be staying at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort for 6 nights and 5 days. Their package includes a 5-Day Magic Your Way Park Hopper Ticket with a Quick Service Dining Plan. Their package total is $3,767.68. If they were to select the Summer Meal Offer their package would be $2,528.80. The Summer Meal Offer saved this family $1,238.88! Just think that could be you and your family!

Just to clear this up a little bit more. The Summer Meal Offer is only offering ONE FREE QUICK SERVICE MEAL PER PERSON PER DAY. So in technicality the Summer Meal Offer really means that you are getting the Quick Service Dining Plan HALF OFF. Which really is a good deal, it’s not the whole Meal Plan FREE but it does save a heck of a lot of money. I mean just look at the scenario that I mentioned above!

If you have any additional questions please ask away! This really is a great offer!

Lights, Motor Action! To Close April 2, 2016

Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show and nearby locations around Streets of America will be closing on April 2, 2016. The Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show attraction will continue its daily shows until the closing date.

While the new areas of the park come to life, new things will continue to come to life at Disney’s Hollywood Studios such as the recent opening of Star Wars Launch Bay, the nighttime spectacular “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular” and Sunset Showcase.

Reserve Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Featuring special viewing of the “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks, this new dessert party allows you and your family to enjoy a selection of sweets as the night sky erupts with an arsenal of impressive fireworks, set to the most dramatic and memorable Star Wars themes of all time.

On the menu, look for lots of Star Wars-themed dessert treats, including the popular Droid and Darth Vader cupcakes, a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and a souvenir Chewbacca stein to take home.

The dessert party costs $69 for adults and $39 for children. Tax and gratuity are included. Advance reservations are recommended. 

Click the link below to take a look at the firework show! This video was taken by Inside the Magic!

Symphony in the Stars at Hollywood Studios

NEW “Lion Guard” Adventure to Debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom February 7th!

Beginning Feb. 7, 2016, a new interactive experience, based on the hit Disney Channel movie “The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar,” will debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park at the Walt Disney World Resort.

The Lion Guard Adventure allows young Guests to become honorary members of the Lion Guard as they explore the park in search of five main characters from the popular TV movie – Kion, Bunga, Fuli, Beshte, and Ono. These characters are represented as colorful statues that are perfect for a kid-sized photo-ops.

Like the movie, the experience encourages interest in protecting animals and caring for nature. Once they complete the adventure, each child can take a special pledge to become an honorary member of “The Lion Guard” and receive a special button.

The experience will be offered in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park through late March, as one of many activities celebrating the debut of “The Lion Guard” series on Disney Channel and Disney Junior.