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

MORIMOTO ASIA NOW OPEN AT DISNEY SPRINGS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

Along with the name change from Downtown Disney to Disney Springslast week, we also celebrated the opening of Morimoto Asia – the newest venture for Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.

From pristine sushi to noodle bowls, the Japanese master chef’s first pan-Asian restaurant provides flavors from across Asia with unique exhibition kitchens showcasing the continent’s traditions. 

Located in The Landing section of Disney Springs, Morimoto Asia’s dining room features open terraces, a private, glass-walled dining space, a cocktail lounge and a sushi bar sculpted from hand-selected ash wood and hammered copper.

Morimoto Asia is now open daily for dinner and weekend brunch. Reservations are now available by calling 407-560-6686. Reservations will be available through 407-WDW-DINE beginning Nov. 1, 2015.

Disney Springs is now live online at DisneySprings.com. This new website provides robust information highlighting merchandise, dining, entertainment locations and offerings. 


A Disney Christmas: Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar & Star Wars Launch Bay!

So yesterday I posted about how the Osborne Lights will be on display at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the last time this year! Well today I found out some more amazing things that will be new when I go to Disney during December!!

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar will be opening September 22, 2015 at Disney Springs! (Downtown Disney) I am a HUGE Indiana Jones fan and was so excited when this bar was announced and now I get the chance to experience it! But I do have to ask the question Disney Imagineers! If you were wanting to create a bar with an Indiana Jones theme, why didn’t you make one that resembled Marion’s bar that she owned in Raiders of the Lost Arc? I mean don’t get me wrong the Hangar looks amazing and the theming is looking to be great too, but Marion plays a bigger role than Jock? Right??

Also, it has been announced that the new Star Wars Launch Bay will be opening in December 2015! No official date has been announced, BUT it would be awesome if it opened sometime during the days of December 11-14th? Just a suggestion! I’m not a huge Star Wars fan like many people are, but I am very excited about the new Star Wars Land that is coming!

So many exciting things! So little time!!!

87 Days until A Disney Christmas!!!

MORIMOTO ASIA OPENS SEPT. 30 AT DISNEY SPRINGS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

Morimoto Asia, a creative collaboration between world-famous Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Patina Restaurant Group, is set to open Sept. 30, 2015 at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort.

Morimoto Asia is the first “pan-Asian” dining experience for Chef Morimoto, and includes his eclectic take on his favorite Asian flavors including moo shu pork, Peking duck, lobster chow fun, sweet and sour crispy whole fish, and spicy kung pao chicken. Weekends, dim sum will be served during brunch, with dumplings, shumai, bao, spare ribs and more. Kids can enjoy chicken ramen, kakuni pork bao, and karaage fried chicken.

The sushi bar has just 14 coveted seats and has global inspiration from toro, kanpachi, Japanese red snapper, uni, sea eel, hamachi, fluke, salmon and more. A selection of specialty rolls and sushi platters will be available for Guests in the lounge or dining rooms.

The restaurant will serve sake, including the Morimoto signature line, wines from around the globe, signature cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks. Beers, bottled and draft, will be mostly Asian, including the Morimoto signature beer by Rogue Ales.

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The expansive restaurant includes beautiful lounges, dining spaces, open kitchen and a two-story outdoor terrace overlooking the water. The main entrance features a three-story glass corner, and the sculptural bar is one of the largest in the world, more than 270 feet long, connecting the grand dining room on the ground floor with the upper level Forbidden Lounge as it wraps around the staircase. You can look for custom glass beaded chandeliers and glass mosaics based on ancient Japanese prints.

Morimoto Asia will begin accepting reservations as early as Sept. 16, 2015 and through 407-WDW-DINE beginning Nov. 1, 2015. Hours are daily from 11:00 a.m. to 2 a.m. serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

DOWNTOWN DISNEY EXCITEMENT AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort is currently undergoing the largest expansion in its history as it transforms into Disney Springs! Doubling the number of shopping, dining and entertainment experiences to more than 150, this area is bustling with excitement. Get a glimpse at the current look of Downtown Disney in this video!

Downtown Disney Area (Future Disney Springs) Dining Plan Locations

Quick Service Locations & Table Service Locations

– Marketplace –

Earl of Sandwich – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner –

Wolfgang Puck Express at Downtown Disney Marketplace – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner –

Rainforest Cafe’ – Lunch & Dinner –

– The Landing –

Cookes of Dublin – Lunch & Dinner –

T-Rex – Lunch & Dinner –

Portobello Country Italian Trattoria – Lunch & Dinner –

Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant – Lunch & Dinner –

Paradiso 37, Taste of Americas – Lunch & Dinner –

– West Side –

STARBUCKS at Downtown Disney West Side – Breakfast –

Food Trucks at Exposition Park – Lunch & Dinner –

Bongos Cuban Cafe’ Express – Lunch & Dinner –

The Express at Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe’ – Lunch & Dinner –

The Smokehouse – Lunch & Dinner –

Food Quest – Lunch & Dinner –

Planet Hollywood – Lunch & Dinner –

Bongos Cuban Cafe’ – Lunch & Dinner –

Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe’ – Lunch & Dinner –

Splitsville Luxury Lanes – Lunch & Dinner –

Crossroads at the House of Blues – Lunch & Dinner –