It’s 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.
We are approaching the end of the Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts and getting gEARed up for the 25th Annual International Flower & Garden Festival. Beginning on February 25 through March 28th, Spring will be in full bloom throughout the park. Outdoor kitchens will offer flavorful food with complimenting beverages. Walk through colorful gardens and see all the exquisitely sculpted Disney-themed topiaries. Special exhibits that will inspire your green thumb, along with seminars and how-to demonstrations. And what would a festival be without music? The Garden Rocks Concert Serious will get you in the groove at the America Garden Theater. See below for a list of bands playing your favorites from March 2nd to May 28th.
Special tours are available during the Festival. Guest of the Park can tour through the Gardens of the World—a three hour walking tour through each of the Pavilions. This tour offers a behind the scenes look of Epcot’s gardens with a knowledgeable Disney Horticulturist who will share gardening techniques to use at home. The cost of this tour is $85 and reservations should be made in advance. The English Tea Garden Tour is complimentary to guests visiting the Park. This 20-minute tour will teach you about the artistry behind growing and blending herbs, essential for the creation of uniquely flavored brews. Same-day registration is available in The Tea Caddy gift shop.
To top of the touring circuit, the Royal Tea Garden Tour starts in the United Kingdom Pavilion through an elegant tea garden. This 45-minute tour explores the garden in-depth, while learning the artistry and history behind growing and blending tea. Your final destination is the Rose & Crown Dining Room, where you’ll be served scones and tea. The cost for this tour is $18 and advance reservations are recommended. We saved the best for last, the Behind the Seeds Tour! Get up-close and personal with the critters of The Land Pavilion in this one-hour tour where you'll visit the fish farm and four greenhouses. You'll learn the latest plant-growing techniques, including hydroponics, as well as see gigantic fruits, vegetables, and unusual crops from around the world. This amazing tour is $25 for adults and $20 for children. Advance reservations are recommended.
If you want additional help planning your vacation or romantic getaway, 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!
Disney After Hours: Feb 15; Mar 1, 8, 2018
Disney Princess Half-Marathon Weekend: Feb 23-25, 2018
International Flower & Garden Festival: Feb 28 - May 28, 2018
Night Ranger, Mar 2-5
Starship with Mickey Thomas, Mar 9-12
Simple Plan, Mar 16-19
Little River Band, Mar 23-26
The Orchestra (ELO), Mar 30-Apr 2
Foghat, Apr 6-7
Survivor, Apr 8-9
Smashmouth, Apr 13-14
Rick Springfield, Apr 15-16
Jo Dee Messina, Apr 20-21
Lonestar, Apr 22-23
Blood, Sweat & Tears with Bo Brice, Apr 27-30
Herman’s Hermits with Peter Noone, May 4-7
Village People with Victor Willis, May 11-12
Dan Felder (Eagles), May 13-14
The Guess Who, May 18-21
The Spinners, May 25-28
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
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!
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Spring Training 2018 for the Atlanta Braves! Click here for the Braves training schedule throughout February and March.
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Kali River Rapids - Jan 2 - Feb 10, 2018
Finding Nemo: The Musical - Feb 4 - 25, 2018
Flights of Wonder - Closed permanently
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)
The American Adventure - Jan 15 - Feb 15, 2018
The Circle of Life - Final show Feb 3, 2018
Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba - Permanently closed
Entire park - Jan 7 - Mar 18, 2018
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.