Refurbishments #4 WDW Theme Parks

AS OF TODAY AUGUST 1, 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!

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Monorail: Now – Summer 2016: 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.

Swiss Family Treehouse: July 6 – September 24, 2016

Liberty Square Riverboat: August 1 – 7, 2016

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

“It’s a Small World”: August 22 – September 15, 2016

EPCOT

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Pizza Planet: January 19 – Late 2016

Muppet Vision 3D: August 15 – 22, 2016

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

DINOSAUR: July 25 – October 16, 2016

Dino Institute Shop: July 25 – October 16, 2016

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

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Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

Annual Referbishment October 23 – December 24, 2016

Disney Springs

Planet Hollywood: January 5 – Fall 2016

Fulton’s Crab House – reopening as Paddlefish: April 4 – Fall 2016

Cookes of Dublin: August 1 – 8, 2016

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.

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Night Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge!

Witness the wild as it comes to life in complete darkness during this thrilling, hour-long expedition. Set out for after-dark adventure on an exclusive safari experience for Animal Kingdom Lodge Guests Only, reminiscent of an African game drive through the savanna. Guests will have use of night vision goggles to make the most of their viewing experience.

The Night Safari is offered daily, with check-in for the safari at the podium to Sanaa restaurant in Kidani Village at 9:45pm. The safari departs around 10:00pm. The safari is limited to 10 Guests and can be reserved up to 180 days in advance (subject to availability). Price is US $70 per person (plus tax). A portion of the tour price is donated to the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund. Guests must be at least 8 years of age to participate. The safari can only be booked by the itinerary planning office or Concierge at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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After Dark at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Pandora – The World of AVATAR

As part of the largest expansion in the park’s history, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will immerse guests into the world of Pandora, and the entire park will transform after dark with new nighttime entertainment experiences, offering guests longer days than ever before to experience this one-of-a-kind theme park.

  • “Rivers of Light” – Expected to open next spring, “Rivers of Light” will be an innovative experience unlike anything ever seen in a Disney park, combining live performers, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery.

New Details on ÒRivers of LightÓ Nighttime Spectacular Coming to DisneyÕs Animal Kingdom

  • Kilimanjaro Safaris® – This popular attraction will be extended for a new nighttime adventure next spring, where guests will travel through the African savanna amid the magically extended orange glow of the setting sun and discover two species new to the attraction: African wild dogs and hyenas.

  • Pandora – The World of AVATAR – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Guests will journey into the magnificent world of Pandora at this new AVATAR-themed land – a world that includes floating mountains, a bioluminescent forest and the winged creatures known as Banshees, giving guests a transformational experience they will never forget.

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  • AVATAR Flight of Passage – This E-ticket attraction, the centerpiece of Pandora, allows guests to soar on a Banshee over a vast alien world. The spectacular flying experience will give guests a birds-eye view of the beauty and grandeur of the world of Pandora on an aerial rite of passage.

See this post, AVATAR LAND, for more information about what is to come in 2017!

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village!

Escape on your own African safari adventure at this magnificent Resort hotel. Inspired by the traditional African kraal, the horseshoe-curved design offers exquisite views of lush savannas—where over 30 species of African wildlife freely roam. Delight in dazzling pool areas, exciting animal programs and all the comforts of home in our spacious Studios and multi-bedroom Villas.

– Signature Dining –

At this Signature Dining experience, Guests are asked to adhere to the dress code. Men may wear khakis, slacks, jeans or dress shorts and collared shirts. Sport coats are optional. Women may wear capri pants, skirts, dresses, jeans or dress shorts. Not permitted in the dining room are tank tops, swimsuits, swimsuit cover-ups, hats for gentlemen, cut-offs, torn clothing and shirts with offensive language or graphics.

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Jiko – The Cooking Place – Vibrant spices, crackling wood-burning ovens and boutique South African wines transport you to the heart of Africa. Discover a delicious blend of traditional African, Indian and Mediterranean cuisine. Twin wood-burning ovens roar as subtly changing light mimics the warm red, orange and gold tones of an African sunset. Watch chefs prepare appetizers in the open show kitchen.

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Boma Flavors of Africa – Resembling a lively African marketplace, this restaurant features all-you-care-to-enjoy buffets at breakfast and dinner. Under thatched roofs, savor vibrant flavors from over 50 African countries—along with favorite American classics. Greet your day with a cup of full-bodied Kenyan AA coffee, tropical juice and a bountiful breakfast buffet. Selections may include made-to-order omelets, French toast, African pastries, carved ham, fresh fruit and corn beef bobotie—a type of South African quiche. At dinner, watch chefs prepare grilled seafood, roasted meats, vegetarian specialties, fresh salads and house-baked pastries in the onstage kitchen. Kids can enjoy options like chicken nuggets, while Guests 21 years of age and up delight in unique South African wines—many of which are available by the glass. Reservations are recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit.

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Sanaa – Experience the art of African cooking with Indian flavors, as exotic animals roam the Sunset Savanna before you. Spot wild Animals roaming the savanna as you feast on savory home-style cooking infused with flavors of Africa and India at Sanaa. Among the creatures you may catch a glimpse of: gazelles, giraffes, zebra, marabou storks and more! Even if you don’t score a window coveted table, there’s still plenty to look at: amazing artwork and colors textures inspired by nature surround you, from tribal-patterned chairs to hanging pod lanterns. 

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The Mara – Discover delicious eats on a trek through The Mara, a quick service eatery inside Jamba House at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas. Wildlife murals, animal footprints and a spacious dining floor with a jungle canopy make mealtimes adventure time! Named for a river flowing through Kenya and Tanzania, this savanna-like space serves African stew, pitas, half-chicken dinners and more. American favorites like burgers and flatbreads are also available, as is breakfast until 11:00 AM.

– Exotic Animals –

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Discover over 30 species of African wildlife, including zebras, giraffes, gazelles, kudu and flamingos. Identify each species with a Wildlife Field Guide (found in your Guest Room, with extras available from the Lobby Concierge), and learn more about African animals and ecosystems during fun programs led by Animal Specialists. Guests of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge & Villas can also enjoy the Wanyama Safari and Dinner for up-close animal encounters followed by a delectable, multi-course feast.

– Themed Pools –

Cool off amid African-inspired architecture and a wildlife preserve at the Uzima Pool and the Samawati Springs Pool. Hours and lifeguard availability vary by pool and are subject to change.

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Go for a dip in the enchanting Uzima Pool, an 11,000-square-foot tropical oasis facing Uzima Savanna. Surrounded by large canopy trees and Floridian palms, the pool features a gently sloping, zero-depth entry point similar to that of a natural beach, along with a 67-foot-long waterslide. Nearby, a lounge and bar offer refreshments and snacks.

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Make a splash at the Samawati Springs Pool—located just a short walk away at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani! Featuring an exciting 128-foot waterslide and zero-depth-entry, this 4,700-square-foot pool is the perfect place to cool off and have fun. Nearby, a lounge and bar offer refreshments and snacks.

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The pool area also includes Uwanja Camp, a water playground with 3 distinct zones to please kids of all ages. At Observation Station, children 4 years of age and younger can climb through cargo crates, unscramble animal images and frolic through a gently bubbling geyser and shallow cistern pool—while their parents watch from nearby. At Departure Zone, a leaky water tower and sneaky African irises squirt children 5 to 7 years of age, while at Base Camp, kids 8 years of age and up can douse each other with water cannons.

– Additional Recreation –

Simba’s Clubhouse – A Supervised Children’s Activity Center. Kids 3 to 12 years of age will be kept busy and entertained. In a fun, secure environment staffed by caring Disney Cast Members, your little ones can get into Sony PlayStation™ video games, play with toys, make arts and crafts—and even make new friends! With dinner, Disney movies, snacks, nightly themed activities and cool keepsakes, it’s an evening they’re sure to rave about for days to come. Children must be potty-trained. No pull-ups are allowed. Reservations are recommended but not required. An hourly rate is charged per child, and a 2-hour minimum applies. Same-day walk-ins are also welcome based on availability. To make a reservation, please call (407) WDW-DINE, or (407) 939-3463. Simba’s Clubhouse is located on the first floor of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge; follow the Zebra Trail just off the Uzima Pool deck area. Simba’s Clubhouse is open daily from 4:30 PM to midnight.

Jambo House Campfire Activities – Gather ‘round as the sun goes down for old-fashioned family fun as you roast marshmallows by a crackling fire. Cozy up for complimentary outdoor screenings of popular Disney films immediately following your campfire.

Hakuna Matata Playground – Kids can monkey around at this 24-hour playground overlooking the flamingo area and savanna.

Jogging Trails – Jog around Uzima Pool or on the walking path that connects Jambo House to Kidani Village.

Pumbaa’s Fun and Games Arcade – Conquer classic arcade games and popular video games at this arcade near The Mara café.

If Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kindani Village is the place that you would like to call “home base” during your Disney vacation, please feel free to CONTACT ME! If you are still unsure about where you like stay during your vacation you can check out these posts, “How to Choose a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel” or “Walt Disney World Resort Hotels”, here you will find out additional information about each resort. If you are ready to Get The Magic Started please feel free to fill out my FREE QUOTE SHEET!

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AVATAR LAND COMING 2017 TO WALT DISNEY WORLD!

Disney Imagineer’s are bringing a whole new land to Animal Kingdom in 2017! Hopefully, many of you may know or at least you should if you are a Disney fanatic like myself! Pandora: The World of Avatar will be based on the film series Avatar.

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Construction began on this project in January 2014 and the land is expected to be open to the public in early 2017! 

Guests will experience the wonders of Pandora when they fly with banshees and explore a rich natural environment with mountains that float and interactive plants that glow at night.

Banshee Ride Concept Art provided by wdwmagic.com

Banshee Ride Concept Art provided by wdwmagic.com

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Avatar Land Concept Art provided by wdwmagic.com

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Avatar Land Concept Art provided by wdwmagic.com

Avatar Land is spans several acres and will feature multiple rides and attractions, entertainment, audio-animatronics, 3-D holograms, as well as retail, food and beverage outlets! Avatar Land is being built in the former locations of Camp Minnie-Mickey. Camp Minnie-Mickey was originally supposed to be the location of Beastly Kingdom, which was supposed to be a themed land based on mythological creatures. So I guess the theme of Avatar Land will be hitting the mythological theme right on the nail!! Take a look at some construction photos that have taken place over the past year or so.

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Avatar Land Model at D23 Expo picture provided by wdwmagic.com

Avatar Land Model at D23 Expo picture provided by wdwmagic.com

Check out these videos from Disney Parks‘ youtube channel.

Preview AVATAR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Construction Begins for AVATAR-Inspired Land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Bringing the World of Avatar to Life!

** Stay Tuned!! Disney’s D23 Expo is happening right now in Aneheim, California! New and exciting things for everything Disney are expected to be announced!! Also, once more news about AVATAR is released I will be sharing that on this post as it comes available!! **

I also encourage you to hang out and stay a while!! Check out some more of my posts about Walt Disney World! Need some questions answered? Check out my Frequently Asked Questions Page, where you can find answers to things like “How far in Advance can I book my Walt Disney World Vacation?”“When is the Best/Worst Time to Visit Walt Disney World?” or Where to Meet Characters! Need help or advice planning a Disney Vacation? Take a look at these posts, “Advice for Planning a Walt Disney World Vacation” and “Planning Your First Walt Disney World Vacation”. AND! If you are ready to Get The Magic Started for your Disney Vacation CONTACT ME TODAY! If you would like a free quote so that you can decide whether or not you are ready to Get The Magic Started or not, then simply fill out my FREE QUOTE SHEET! Yup! That’s right all of my services are FREE! So why not use a Disney Travel Agent?

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House!

Experience your own African safari adventure. Inspired by the traditional African kraal, this hotel’s horseshoe-curved design provides spectacular views of 4 lush savannas—where over 200 hoofed animals and birds freely roam. Enjoy the comforts of home in our spacious Studios and multi-bedroom Villas, and indulge in Club Level service for added luxury.

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Deluxe Studio Villa with a Savannah View
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One BedRoom Villa

One BedRoom Villa

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One BedRoom Villa’s View

– Dining Options –

sanaa-gallery00Sanaa – Experience the art of African cooking with Indian flavors, as exotic animals roam the Sunset Savanna before you. Spot wild Animals roaming the savanna as you feast on savory home-style cooking infused with flavors of Africa and India at Sanaa. Among the creatures you may catch a glimpse of: gazelles, giraffes, zebra, marabou storks and more! Even if you don’t score a window coveted table, there’s still plenty to look at: amazing artwork and colors textures inspired by nature surround you, from tribal-patterned chairs to hanging pod lanterns. 

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The Mara – Discover delicious eats on a trek through The Mara, a quick service eatery inside Jamba House at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas. Wildlife murals, animal footprints and a spacious dining floor with a jungle canopy make mealtimes adventure time! Named for a river flowing through Kenya and Tanzania, this savanna-like space serves African stew, pitas, half-chicken dinners and more. American favorites like burgers and flatbreads are also available, as is breakfast until 11:00 AM.

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Jiko – Wine Tasting – Every Wednesday, you’re invited to sample the unique flavors from a trio of wines, specially chosen by sommeliers at Jiko – The Cooking Place. Come bask in the aromatic notes of each featured tasting, as paired with a savory selection of cheeses designed to complement the African terroir. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to enjoy alcoholic beverages.

– Exotic Animals –

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Discover over 30 species of African wildlife, including zebras, giraffes, gazelles, kudu and flamingos. Identify each species with a Wildlife Field Guide (found in your Guest Room, with extras available from the Lobby Concierge), and learn more about African animals and ecosystems during fun programs led by Animal Specialists. Guests of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge & Villas can also enjoy the Wanyama Safari and Dinner for up-close animal encounters followed by a delectable, multi-course feast.

– Themed Pools –

Cool off amid African-inspired architecture and a wildlife preserve at the Uzima Pool and the Samawati Springs Pool. Hours and lifeguard availability vary by pool and are subject to change.

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Go for a dip in the enchanting Uzima Pool, an 11,000-square-foot tropical oasis facing Uzima Savanna. Surrounded by large canopy trees and Floridian palms, the pool features a gently sloping, zero-depth entry point similar to that of a natural beach, along with a 67-foot-long waterslide. Nearby, a lounge and bar offer refreshments and snacks.

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Make a splash at the Samawati Springs Pool—located just a short walk away at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani! Featuring an exciting 128-foot waterslide and zero-depth-entry, this 4,700-square-foot pool is the perfect place to cool off and have fun. Nearby, a lounge and bar offer refreshments and snacks.

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The pool area also includes Uwanja Camp, a water playground with 3 distinct zones to please kids of all ages. At Observation Station, children 4 years of age and younger can climb through cargo crates, unscramble animal images and frolic through a gently bubbling geyser and shallow cistern pool—while their parents watch from nearby. At Departure Zone, a leaky water tower and sneaky African irises squirt children 5 to 7 years of age, while at Base Camp, kids 8 years of age and up can douse each other with water cannons.

– Additional Recreation –

Simba’s Clubhouse – Supervised Children’s Activity Center. Kids 3 to 12 years of age will be kept busy and entertained. In a fun, secure environment staffed by caring Disney Cast Members, your little ones can get into Sony PlayStation™ video games, play with toys, make arts and crafts—and even make new friends! With dinner, Disney movies, snacks, nightly themed activities and cool keepsakes, it’s an evening they’re sure to rave about for days to come. Children must be potty-trained. No pull-ups are allowed. Reservations are recommended but not required. An hourly rate is charged per child, and a 2-hour minimum applies. Same-day walk-ins are also welcome based on availability. To make a reservation, please call (407) WDW-DINE, or (407) 939-3463. Simba’s Clubhouse is located on the first floor of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge; follow the Zebra Trail just off the Uzima Pool deck area. Simba’s Clubhouse is open daily from 4:30 PM to midnight.

Jambo House Campfire Activities – Gather ‘round as the sun goes down for old-fashioned family fun as you roast marshmallows by a crackling fire. Cozy up for complimentary outdoor screenings of popular Disney films immediately following your campfire.

Hakuna Matata Playground – Kids can monkey around at this 24-hour playground overlooking the flamingo area and savanna.

Jogging Trails – Jog around Uzima Pool or on the walking path that connects Jambo House to Kidani Village.

Pumbaa’s Fun and Games Arcade – Conquer classic arcade games and popular video games at this arcade near The Mara café.

If Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House is the place that you would like to call “home base” during your Disney vacation, please feel free to CONTACT ME! If you are still unsure about where you like stay during your vacation you can check out these posts, “How to Choose a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel” or “Walt Disney World Resort Hotels”, here you will find out additional information about each resort. If you are ready to Get The Magic Started please feel free to fill out my FREE QUOTE SHEET!