WDW UPdate 23 - Disney Elite

WDW UPdate 23



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. 

Star Wars fans everywhere can’t wait for the release of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” due to hit theaters on May 25th. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is powered up and inviting you to join them for another Star Wars: Galactic Nights on May 27th. Put on your Star Wars costumes and get ready for an out-of-this-world event! Guests for this event arrive after hours beginning at 7:00 pm to midnight. There will be exclusive merchandise, special photo opportunities, and you’ll get to meet special characters reserved only for this exciting experience. Joonas Suotamo, who plays Chewbacca in the film, will be making a special appearance on this Galactic Night. Also featured will be video moments from the movie in the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far away presentation. The nighttime projection show, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, offers a new action sequence from the film. And, what better way to top off your visit than with a Star Wars-themed cupcake featuring a glowing Millennium Falcon? 

And, not to worry, some of your favorite Star Wars attractions will be available to experience. Star Wars - The Adventure Continues, Launch Bay, and Path of the Jedi will be open to all guests. Other adventures such as Tower of Terror, Toy Story Mania and Muppet Vision 3D, will also be ready and waiting! No need to use The Force to get into this event, buy your tickets now for $124.00 per child and $129.00 per adult, plus tax. There are special discounts for Annual Passholders and DVC Members. 

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!



Magic Kingdom

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

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Aug 17, 24, 28, 31 

Sep 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30

Oct 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Dates: 

Nov 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29, 30

December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21



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

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


Disney's Animal Kingdom

Party for the Planet - Apr 22 - May 5, 2018


Hollywood Studios

Star Wars Galactic Nights - May 27, 2018

Toy Story Land - Opens June 30, 2018


Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Return to Sleepy Hollow: 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm on Sep 28-30; Oct 3-7, 10-14, 17-21, 24-31


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! 

Christopher Robin Film Release at AMC Theaters - Aug 3, 2018


ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

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


Typhoon Lagoon

H2O Glow Nights - June 21 - August 11, 2018, every Thursday and Saturday from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm.



Disney's Animal Kingdom

Flights of Wonder - Closed permanently


Magic Kingdom

Liberty Square Riverboat - Jan 8 - Jun 28

Stitch's Great Escape - Jan 7 (seasonal)



American Heritage Gallery - Closed for refurbishment

American Music Machine - Closed permanently 

The Circle of Life - Closed permanently

Stave Church Gallery/Norway - March 12 - Spring 2018


Disney Springs

Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba - Closed permanently

World of Disney - Partially closed for refurbishment


Resort Hotels

All Star Movies Resort - The Duck Pond Leisure Pool undergoing refurbishment Jan 2 to Spring 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

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