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Monday, March 30, 2015

My Disney Pin Collection Monday

This week we continue on our journey around World Showcase at EPCOT, and arrive in Italy!  

The Italy pavilion is one of my favorites, and I just love this pin with Chip and Dale as gondoliers.  They are adorable, right??  


Friday, March 27, 2015

UPDATED closings and refurbs!


'UPDATED closings and refurbs!

Magic Kingdom® Park

Monorail
The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System will undergo refurbishment that will impact the Express monorail beam, which runs between the Ticket & Transportation Center and the Magic Kingdom. Express beam shutdowns will occur between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Resort beam will continue to run during downtimes. Guests arriving at the Ticket & Transportation Center during downtimes will be directed to the ferry boats:  Mar. 10, 2015 - Summer 2015 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m

Harmony Barber Shop:  Feb. 16 - Mar. 29, 2015
Pirates of the Caribbean®:  May 11 - Sept. 25, 2015
Jungle Cruise®:  Apr. 13 - May 8, 2015
"it's a small world":  Apr. 14 - 17, 2015
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad®:  Apr. 27 - 30, 2015
Space Mountain®:  Apr. 20 - 23, 2015
Liberty Tree Tavern:  Jul. 6 - Nov. 19, 2015
Dream Along with Mickey:  Jul. 19 - Aug. 22, 2015
Liberty Square Riverboat:  Aug. 4 - 10, 2015

Disney's Hollywood Studios®
Lights, Motors, Action:  Apr. 20 - Apr. 24, 2015
Voyage of the Little Mermaid:  Sept. 7 - Sept. 10, 2015

Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park
Flame Tree BBQ:  Jan. 5 - Apr. 22, 2015
Creature Comforts:  Jan. 5 - Jun. 14, 2015

Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village
Floor Resurfacing
During this time Guests may observe construction taking place in or near the lobby. Noise will be isolated to the lobby area. Work will take place between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m:  Mar. 23 - 27, 2015

Disney's Art of Animation Resort
Finding Nemo Schoolyard Wet Play Area:  May 26 - Jun. 29, 2015

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 Polynesian Village Resort
General Construction
The east portion of the beach (near the Transportation and Ticket Center) and Sunset Point are being refurbished and are unavailable. Guests may see or hear work in progress:  Dec. 2013 - Mar. 2015

Feature Pool and Slide
The main pool and slide will be closed for enhancements. Guests who stay at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort while the main pool is closed will receive one complimentary ticket for each member of their party to visit Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park during their stay:  Through Early Apr. 2015

Polynesian East Pool
Closed for enhancement. During this time, Guests will observe construction taking place and certain pathways and buildings may be unavailable. Noise may be overheard while this work is being completed; however construction will not begin until after 9:00 a.m. The recently renovated Feature Pool will be available (weather permitting):  Mid-Apr. 2015 - Early 2016

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'

Great information from our friends at It's All About the Mouse Travel!

Magic Kingdom® Park
Monorail
The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System will undergo refurbishment that will impact the Express monorail beam, which runs between the Ticket & Transportation Center and the Magic Kingdom. Express beam shutdowns will occur between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Resort beam will continue to run during downtimes. Guests arriving at the Ticket & Transportation Center during downtimes will be directed to the ferry boats: Mar. 10, 2015 - Summer 2015 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m
Harmony Barber Shop: Feb. 16 - Mar. 29, 2015
Pirates of the Caribbean®: May 11 - Sept. 25, 2015
Jungle Cruise®: Apr. 13 - May 8, 2015
"it's a small world": Apr. 14 - 17, 2015
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad®: Apr. 27 - 30, 2015
Space Mountain®: Apr. 20 - 23, 2015
Liberty Tree Tavern: Jul. 6 - Nov. 19, 2015
Dream Along with Mickey: Jul. 19 - Aug. 22, 2015
Liberty Square Riverboat: Aug. 4 - 10, 2015
Disney's Hollywood Studios®
Lights, Motors, Action: Apr. 20 - Apr. 24, 2015
Voyage of the Little Mermaid: Sept. 7 - Sept. 10, 2015
Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park
Flame Tree BBQ: Jan. 5 - Apr. 22, 2015
Creature Comforts: Jan. 5 - Jun. 14, 2015
Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village
Floor Resurfacing
During this time Guests may observe construction taking place in or near the lobby. Noise will be isolated to the lobby area. Work will take place between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m: Mar. 23 - 27, 2015
Disney's Art of Animation Resort
Finding Nemo Schoolyard Wet Play Area: May 26 - Jun. 29, 2015
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 Polynesian Village Resort
General Construction
The east portion of the beach (near the Transportation and Ticket Center) and Sunset Point are being refurbished and are unavailable. Guests may see or hear work in progress: Dec. 2013 - Mar. 2015
Feature Pool and Slide
The main pool and slide will be closed for enhancements. Guests who stay at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort while the main pool is closed will receive one complimentary ticket for each member of their party to visit Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park during their stay: Through Early Apr. 2015
Polynesian East Pool
Closed for enhancement. During this time, Guests will observe construction taking place and certain pathways and buildings may be unavailable. Noise may be overheard while this work is being completed; however construction will not begin until after 9:00 a.m. The recently renovated Feature Pool will be available (weather permitting): Mid-Apr. 2015 - Early 2016
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

FOODIE FRIDAY!

Artist Point at Disney's Wilderness Lodge


Have you ever dined at this location?  Rustic elegance abounds.  This is the location where you can dine on a Pacific Northwest fare.  Artist Point has an award-winning wine list with over 130 wines to choose from.  

Menu options change seasonally, the kitchen’s signature dish is a cedar plank-roasted salmon. For dessert, they feature Artist Point Cobbler, made from seasonal berries and topped with house-made black raspberry ice cream.






This is just yummy!




                                                Photo credits: Walt Disney World website

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.

Join us again next week for another FOODIE FRIDAY!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday!

This week on TBT, we take a look at the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs topiary display from the EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival in 2013.  This was the last year of the "faceless" Snow White, as the next year she had a visible face with details.