WDW UPdate 14 - Disney Elite

WDW UPdate 14

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.  

An essential part of your visit to Walt Disney World Resort is fitting Disney Springs into your schedule. Although there are no rides, there is no shortage of restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and activities for the entire family. Formally known as Downtown Disney, Disney Springs has completely renovated and added ample parking with two large garages, making your visit far more accessible and enjoyable. There are 107 shopping options, 56 restaurants, 12 ways to enjoy entertainment, and 7 activities to participate in while visiting. Here are some of the fabulous options:


  • Alex and Ani
  • Coach
  • Coca-Cola Store
  • Harley Davidson
  • Kate Spade New York
  • Sephora
  • World of Disney


  • The Boathouse
  • Earl of Sandwich
  • Frontera Cocina
  • Morimoto Asia
  • The Polite Pig
  • Raglan Road


  • AMC 24
  • House of Blues
  • Splitsville


  • Aerophile Balloon Rides
  • Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire
  • Vintage Amphicar & Italian Water Taxi Tours

Be sure to check out the Disney Springs website for a list of all the magical things you can include in your Walt Disney World vacation. 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
Disney After Hours: Jan 19, 26, 30; Feb 8, 15; Mar 1, 8, 2018

Disney Princess Half-Marathon Weekend: Feb 23-25, 2018 
International Flower & Garden Festival: Feb 28 - May 28, 2018 
International Festival of the 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)

Animal Kingdom
Party for the Planet - April 2018

Disney Springs
Mother's Day Weekend - Late-April 2018 to Mid-May 2018
The Edison - Now Open!

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 2 - Feb 4, 2018
Finding Nemo: The Musical - Feb 8 - 18, 2018
Flights of Wonder - Closed permanently

Magic Kingdom
Cinderella's Royal Table - Feb 28 - Mar 3, 2018
Liberty Square Riverboat - Jan 8 - Jun 28, 2018
Pirates of the Caribbean - Feb 26 - Mar 18, 2018
Splash Mountain - Jan 9 - Feb 1, 2018 
Stitch's Great Escape - Jan 7 (seasonal)

Disney Springs
Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba - Permanently closed

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

Resort Hotels
All Star Movies Resort - The Duck Pond Leisure Pool undergoing refurbishment Jan 2 to Spring 2018
All Star Music Resort - The Calypso Pool undergoing refurbishment late Feb to March 2018.
Animal Kingdom Lodge: Kidani Village - The Samawati Springs Pool will be undergoing refurbishment mid-to-late Jan 2018.
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 summer 2019
Grand Floridian - Beach Pool and Beaches Pool Bar closed for refurbishment Nov 20, 2017 to Feb 2, 2018
Old Key West – Resort-wide Refreshment through 2019; Room refurbishments through Summer 2018
Pop Century – Room Refurbishments through Summer 2018; Disney Skylinerday-time construction.
Port Orleans: French Quarter - Room refurbishments Jan through late Spring 2018.
Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa - High Rock Springs Pool and Paddock Pool undergoing refurbishments until mid-Feb 2018.
Wilderness Lodge - Copper Creek Springs Pool undergoing refurbishments in Feb 2018
Yacht Club – The Convention Center will be undergoing expansion work until Winter 2018

Catch a Sneak Peek of Disney's A Wrinkle in Time!
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