WDW UPdate 12 - Disney Elite

WDW UPdate 12

Here is Disney Elite's weekly UPdate to ensure your trip to Walt Disney World is that Magical vacation you've been dreaming of! We have provided the most up-to-date information for events at all the Parks, as well as any closures or refurbishments to be aware of during your visit.  

Photo: La Nouba

​Time is drawing to a close to see the Cirque du Soleil La Nouba show in Disney Springs--less than two weeks. Enter the attic of make-believe to see a fascinating display of artistic talent filled with laughter, romance, beauty, and color. The show takes place in an amazing theater inside of an ivory circus tent with a mechanical stage that moves almost as fast as the performers do. You'll see acrobats, aerialists, break dancers, singers, trapeze artists, jugglers and clowns. La Nouba performers represent 15 countries and they will delight you with colorful costumes, brilliant makeup and imaginative sets. Unfortunately, will be closing their doors permanently on December 31, 2017.

Backstage View - La Nouba

I had the opportunity to tour the facility and witness the backstage magic of putting on the show. Aside from the fabulous family of performers, dozens of technical and mechanical crews keep things moving flawlessly. Behind the scenes is fast paced from the music and lighting to the stage crew and designers. Cirque du Soleil performs various shows throughout the world on tour, and has permanent stages in Las Vegas and Orlando. The final show on New Year's Eve in Orlando will prove to be the most spectacular! Tickets start at $49 and the there are two shows daily Tuesday through Saturday in Disney Springs. I recommend the Golden Circle seating to witness the performers almost within arms reach and the absolute best view of the stage. Don't miss out on this spectacular performance! Be sure to stop by the boutique shop to get some incredible memorabilia from the show, as well as fashionable clothing and accessories. La Nouba is the perfect way to add special memories to your Disney World vacation and perfect for all ages. 

Backstage Lighting Area

If you want additional help planning your vacation, visit the My Disney Experience website to create your dream vacation with a day-to-day planning guide. Don't forget to download the free mobile app to use on the go while at the parks. Use this Magical app to check the wait-times for all the attractions, make dining reservations, get your Fast Passes, and more! There is an interactive map to help guide you through the Parks. Please remember to visit Walt Disney World's website for the latest updates as your vacation approaches. Share your vacation plans with us or ask questions you may have on our discussion boards here at Disney Elite!

Featured Events

Magic Kingdom
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party: Dec 19, 21, and 22
Disney After Hours: Jan 19, 26, 30; Feb 8, 15; Mar 1, 8, 2018

Candlelight Processional: Nov. 24 - Dec. 30, Show starts at 5:00 pm and 6:45 pm

Laurie Hernandez: Nov 24-26
Matt Bomer: Nov 27-28
Ana Gastayer: Nov 29-30
Whoopi Goldberg: Dec 1-3
Pat Sajak: Dec 4-5
Jodi Benson: Dec 6-8
Kurt Russell: Dec 9-11
Warwick Davis: Dec 12-14
Trace Adkins: Dec 15-17
Neil Patrick Harris: Dec 18-21
CCH Pounder: Dec 22-24
Jaci Velasquez: Dec 25-27
Chandra Wilson: Dec 28-30

Disney Princess Half-Marathon Weekend: Feb 23-25, 2018
International Flower & Garden Festival: Feb 28 - May 28, 2018
International Festival of the Holidays: Nov 19 - Dec 30, 2017
International Festival of the Arts-The Visual Arts: Jan 19 - Feb 19, 2018
Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package: Jan 12 - Feb 19, 2018 (Reservations available now.)

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall - Norway
Biergarten Restaurant - Germany
Coral Reef Restaurant - The Living Seas Pavilion
The Garden Grill Restaurant - The Land Pavilion
Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room - United Kingdom

Star Wars Half Marathon - The Dark Side: April 19 - 22, 2018 (Star Wars Dark Side 10k Sold Out)

Hollywood Studios
Flurry of Fun - Nov 9 - Dec 31, 2017
Sunset Seasons Greetings: Nov 9 - Dec 31, 2017

Animal Kingdom
Party for the Planet - April 2018

Disney Springs
Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba - Final show on December 31, 2017
Holidays at Disney Springs - Nov-Dec 2017
Mother's Day Weekend - Late-April 2018 to Mid-May 2018
Father's Day Weekend - June 2018

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex 

Spring Training 2018 for the Atlanta Braves! The dates to watch the Braves will be announced soon, so check back for more information regarding their schedule.

Closures and Refurbishments

Animal Kingdom
Kali River Rapids - Jan 7 - Feb 4, 2018
Finding Nemo: The Musical - Feb 8 - 18, 2018
Flights of Wonder - Closing Dec 31, 2017

Disney's Blizzard Beach
Entire park - Oct 22, 2017 - Jan 7, 2018

Disney Springs
DisneyQuest – Now Permanently Closed

Magic Kingdom
Liberty Square Riverboat - Jan 8 - Jun 28, 2018
Splash Mountain - January - February, 2018
Stitch's Great Escape - Closed until Dec 22, 2017
Cinderella's Royal Table - Feb 28 - Mar 3, 2018

Typhoon Lagoon
Entire park - Jan 7 - Mar 18, 2018

Resort Hotels
Art of Animation – Ongoing day-time construction of Disney Skyliner
Caribbean Beach – Old Port Royale Redesign through Fall 2018; Disney Skyliner day-time construction
Coronado Springs – Room Refurbishments through early 2018
Grand Floridian - Beach Pool and Beaches Pool Bar closed for refurbishment Nov 20, 2017 to February 2, 2018
Old Key West – Resort-wide Refreshment through 2019; Room refurbishments through Summer 2018
Pop Century – Room Refurbishments through Summer 2018; Disney Skyliner day-time construction.
Swan & Dolphin – Multi-Phase Overhaul through late 2017
Wilderness Lodge - Cub's Den Children's Activity Center permanently closed.

Yacht Club – Room Refurbishments & Captain's Grille Overhaul through late 2017 

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