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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.  

For those Minnie Mouse fans, Disney is offering fashionable new ways to Rock the Dots! Starting January 22nd, National Polka-Dot Day, Walt Disney World and Disneyland will introduce new merchandise for the Minnie Mouse fashionista in you. The new merchandise includes fan favorites such as sequin-filled headbands, or the classic Minnie Mouse dress from the Dress Shop collection. Some items are offered for a limited time and can be purchase at Shop Disney, however most can be purchased while visiting the parks. 

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 26, 30; Feb 8, 15; Mar 1, 8, 2018

 

Epcot

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 (10k and 5k Run Sold Out)

Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend - Nov 1-4, 2018 (Registration begins March 13, 2018)

 

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Party for the Planet - April 2018

 

Disney Springs

Mother's Day Weekend - Late-April 2018 to Mid-May 2018

Father's Day Weekend - June 2018

The Edison - Now Open!

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire - Hyper-Reality Experience is now open! See video below!

 

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Spring Training 2018 for the Atlanta Braves! Click here for the Braves training schedule throughout February and March. 

 

CLOSURES/REFURBISHMENTS

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Kali River Rapids - Jan 2 - Feb 4, 2018

Finding Nemo: The Musical - Feb 8 - 25, 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)

 

Epcot

The American Adventure - Jan 15 - Feb 15, 2018

The Circle of Life - Final show Feb 3, 2018

 

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 until Spring 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.

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.

 

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