WDW UPdate 20

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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.  

It’s almost time to celebrate Disney’s Animal Kingdom's 20th anniversary on Earth Day, April 22! The celebration continues with an expanded “Party for the Planet” from April 22 through May 5. There will be exclusive photo opportunities and kids will receive a limited-edition badge from the Wilderness Explorer program. Go backstage at Rafiki’s Planet Watch to learn about how Disney cares for the animals. You may visit the veterinary hospital, as well as learn how Disney is passionate about wildlife conservation. Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde will be available on April 22 from 1:00-4:00 pm to sign special edition prints at the Discovery Trading Company.  This, combined with limited edition merchandise will be available for purchase. And, don’t miss out on the Tiffin Talks where animal experts will be hosting themed dinners at Tiffins full-service restaurant. 

Be sure to stop by and say hello to Augustus, Animal Kingdom’s new baby hippo. Augustus and his mom, Tuma, can be found frolicking in the hippo area of Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction. 

 

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!

 

FEATURED EVENTS

Magic Kingdom

Disney After Hours: Mar 1, 8, 2018

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend: Nov 1-4, 2018

 

Epcot 

International Flower & Garden Festival: Feb 28 - May 28, 2018 

Garden Rocks Concert Series

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

 

Star Wars Half Marathon - The Dark Side: April 19 - 22, 2018 (10k and 5k Sold Out)

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

 

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Party for the Planet - Apr 22 - May 5, 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! 

 

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

Flights of Wonder - Closed permanently

 

Magic Kingdom

Cinderella's Royal Table - Feb 28 - Mar 3

Liberty Square Riverboat - Jan 8 - Jun 28

Pirates of the Caribbean - Feb 26 - Mar 18

Stitch's Great Escape - Jan 7 (seasonal)

 

Epcot

The Circle of Life - Closed permanently

 

Disney Springs

Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba - Closed permanently

 

Typhoon Lagoon 

Entire park - Jan 7 - Mar 18

 

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 - Children's Activity Centers will be closing permanently on Aug 1, 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.

Yacht Club – The Convention Center will be undergoing expansion work until Winter 2018.

Enchanted Eatery Evolution
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