Disney Refurbishments

Posted in EVERYTHING DISNEY on July 13, 2015 by disneychronicles

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Just posted on Disney’s Website….Updated 2015 Refurbishments!

Monorail
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.

Now – December 2015

Magic Kingdom
Pirates of the Caribbean®  Jun. 8 – Sep. 25, 2015

Liberty Tree Tavern Jul. 6 – Nov. 19, 2015

Dream Along with Mickey Jul. 21 – Aug. 19, 2015

Liberty Square Riverboat Aug. 4 – 10, 2015

Walt Disney World® RailroadSep. 28 – Nov. 5, 2015

Epcot®

Re-Imagination of Maelstrom Oct. 15, 2014 – Apr. 30, 2016

Living with the Land Sep. 8 – 17, 2015

Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Sep. 7 – Sep. 10, 2015

Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

None

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

None

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

None

Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Guest Room Renovations
Guest 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

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Contemporary Feature Pool

Sep. 8 – 10, 2015

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Fitness Center, Salon and Casitas Leisure Pool
Closed for maintenance. During this time, Guests can continue to visit the feature pool and the other two leisure pools at the resort. Additionally, a temporary fitness center will be set up for Guests in the Casitas area.

Jul. 5 – Oct. 12, 2015

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Gasparilla Island Grill
During the refurbishment, Beaches pool bar will offer breakfast and Mizners will offer grab and go options.

Aug. 23 – Sep. 4, 2015

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

General Construction
During this time, Guests will observe construction taking place and certain pathways and buildings may be unavailable.

Through Early 2016

East Pool
Closed for enhancement. Guests may see or hear work in progress.

Now – Early 2016

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

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

Oct. 2, 2015 through 2017

Walt Disney World Swan Hotel

Guest Room Renovations
Renovation 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
Fulton’s Crab House

Jan. 1 – Apr. 1, 2016
Planet Hollywood

Jan. 1 – Jun. 1, 2016
Golf Courses/Miniature Golf

None

Information and dates subject to change without notice.
Last Updated July 13, 2015

Rivers of Light at Animal Kingdom

Posted in DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOM with tags , , on June 8, 2015 by disneychronicles

Stopped in at Animal Kingdom this past weekend and checked out the soon to be Rivers of Light night show. We are excited to see all the new attractions coming to this park. Hopefully with this and Avatar (forecasted 2017) they will also have extended hours.

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“Rivers of Light” promises to be an innovative show unlike anything ever seen in Disney Parks, combining live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery. The show will magically come to life on the broad, natural stage of the Discovery River, between Discovery Island and Expedition Everest, delighting our guests and truly capping off a full day of adventures at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

(Quoted from the Disney Blog)

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party & Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2015

Posted in EVERYTHING DISNEY on February 25, 2015 by disneychronicles

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and…they are out! Here you go!

Need help planning your visit to the happiest place on Earth! Give me a call!

This year, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will be held 25 nights throughout the months of September, October and November. And, will be held 20 nights in November and December.

Dates for 2015 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party are:

Sept. 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27
Oct. 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
Nov. 1

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Dates for 2015 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are:

Nov. 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 29
Dec.1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18

Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue….why did I wait so long…

Posted in DISNEY DINING with tags , on February 9, 2015 by disneychronicles

 

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Ok, so I have never done this before but I have to say we had a rootin’ tootin good time!
This fun western themed dinner show is located in Fort Wilderness, so give yourself extra time to get there.

Dinner is served family style and includes a dinner salad, buckets of BBQ spare ribs and fried chicken, corn, baked beans with a finale of some amazing strawberry shortcake. This all comes out during a pretty funny musical show.
You also receive unlimited soft drinks, tea, coffee, milk, beer, wine and sangria.

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The setting is in a barn and it really feels like an all you can eat down home BBQ.
I recommend it! Do it!

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Posted in DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS on November 10, 2014 by disneychronicles

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Have you been before? We have for the past 3 years and it has become a tradition.

What is it?

This stunning spectacle started modestly in Arkansas as a single home’s annual display. Every year, Jennings Osborne and his family set up an elaborate collection of holiday lights. Over time, the collection of lights grew and grew… and grew! In 1995, the Osborne family decided to share their magic with the world. Walt Disney World Resort happily offered to become the new permanent home for this exceptional exhibition of holiday cheer.

If you haven’t been it is worth to go!

Epcot Food & Wine Festival! See what’s NEW!

Posted in EVERYTHING DISNEY on August 18, 2014 by disneychronicles

The Epcot Food & Wine Festival will be held September 19-November 10, 2014.

If you have been before have you thought of possibly enhancing the experience?

 

Here are NEW special events that will debut for 2014!

-Dining Through the Decades-A Tribute to Walt Disney

-Epcot Food & Wine Premium Package

-Epcot Food & Wine Late Nights Live

-Food For Thought

-Experience Puerto Rico!

-Epcot Food & Wine Boot Camp

Are you wanting to Indulge but stay on a budget? The Food & Wine Gift Card wrist band is a great option!

Just load it with any amount over $5 and swipe wherever you choose!

 

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A Visit to Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort!

Posted in UNIVERSAL STUDIOS with tags , , on June 26, 2014 by disneychronicles

Cabana Bay

Splash back to the 1950’s and 60’s for endless family fun at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. From the moment you arrive, you will be taken back to the iconic beach resorts of the era. With a hip, vintage look, the resort offers 1,800 on-site rooms – including 900 family suites and 900 standard guest rooms.

Located across the street from Universal Orlando Resort, this resort features free Wi-Fi and exclusive early admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter for guests who buy park tickets. A free shuttle service is available throughout the property. Guests can relax at 2 zero-entry pools at this beach-themed resort or can float down a lazy river, relax on the sandy beach or go down the water slide. A 10-lane bowling alley, fitness center, and game room are also available on site.

All rooms at Universal’s Cabana Bay Resort feature a 40-inch flat-screen cable TV. Coffee-making facilities are also provided. The rooms are basic but colorful. Guests can stay in traditional or poolside rooms as well as spacious family suites, which include kitchenettes.

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Here’s how it breaks down..

315 Courtyard family suites (North Courtyard)

285 Courtyard family suites poolside (North Courtyard)

176 Tower family suites (South Courtyard)

124 Tower family suites poolside (South Courtyard)

528 standard rooms (South Courtyard)

372 standard rooms poolside (South Courtyard)

50% of rooms are connecting

I also want to add that poolside is not necessarily pool view!

 

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Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort makes it easy for guests to dine in or take out. The food court serves burgers, milk shakes, pizza, and sandwiches.

A Starbucks is on-site, in addition to lobby and pool bars to which I must add there were 8 baristas working in the morning! Splendid!! Especially when you really need your coffee fix!

Staying at Cabana Bay will help save your family money versus Universal’s deluxe on-site hotels– especially if you have six people in your party and can now occupy one family suite instead of two standard rooms – but there are trade-offs. First, and perhaps most importantly, guests staying on-site at Cabana Bay will not receive unlimited Express Pass access. This is the best benefit of staying at Portofino Bay, Hard Rock, or Royal Pacific (not to mention that complimentary Express Passes hold a value of up to $80.00 per person per day compared to buying them separately).

Guests at Cabana Bay will not have the option of using Universal’s water taxis to get to and from the parks. Instead, guests will have the option of (1) using shuttle buses or (2) walking. I think it will take 20 minutes to walk from Cabana Bay to the theme parks and I would not recommend it.

Guests staying at Cabana Bay Beach Resort will also not receive the benefit of priority seating at the full-service restaurants inside Universal’s theme parks or at CityWalk.

The advantages to staying at Cabana Bay Beach Resort include all the other standard on-site benefits for Universal Orlando guests:

Early Park Admission

Complimentary package delivery.

Resort-wide charging privileges with your room key.

Complimentary scheduled transportation to Wet ‘n Wild, SeaWorld, and Aquatica.

Access to the other amenities at Universal’s deluxe on-site hotels, including the pool areas (this may change, so please verify at check in).

Oh, are you wondering about parking? Yes, Cabana Bay guests will have to deal with the biggest complaint about all of Universal’s on-site hotels: the per night self-parking fee. At Cabana Bay, it costs overnight guests $10.00 per night to park a car. For daytime guests, parking is $8.00 for up to 30 minutes, $20.00 up to 24 hours. Ouch!

Overall, it’s a brand new resort! Who doesn’t LOVE that?

The theme is great and the pools are not to be missed! For a Value property…in my book this one is Fantastic!

 

See all my photos here….

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152302883458853.1073741856.142061353852&type=3

 

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