WDW UPdate 7

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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.

We are three months from the Disney Princess Half-Marathon Weekend! That gives you runners who have already signed up just enough time to lace up those sneakers and start training. The race will take place on February 22-25, 2018, and it will be 10th anniversary of the Princess Half-Marathon Weekend. All of the Disney Princesses will be there cheering you along the way! This race is already sold out, but if you missed out on registering for this run, not to worry. There is still time to sign up for the Star Wars Half-Marathon - The Dark Side. Captain Phasma, Kylo Ren, and Stormtroopers will be ready to give their commands the weekend of April 19-22, 2018. Registration is still available for the half-marathon and 5k run (the 10k is already sold out). Don't wait too long as these races fill up fast!

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
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party: Nov 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26, and 28; Dec 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, and 22
Disney After Hours: Jan 19, 26, 30; Feb 8, 15; Mar 1, 8, 2018

Candlelight Processional: Nov. 24 - Dec. 30

Laurie Hernandez: Nov 24-26
Matt Bomer: Nov 27-28
Ana Gastayer: Nov 29-30
Whoopi Goldberg: Dec 1-3
Pat Sajak: Dec 4-5
Jodi Benson: Dec 6-8
Kurt Russell: Dec 9-11
Warwick Davis: Dec 12-14
Trace Adkins: Dec 15-17
Neil Patrick Harris: Dec 18-21
CCH Pounder: Dec 22-24
Jaci Velasquez: Dec 25-27
Chandra Wilson: Dec 28-30

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

International Festival of the Holidays: Nov 19 - Dec 30, 2017
International Festival of the Arts: Jan 12 - Feb 19, 2018
Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package: Jan 12 - Feb 19, 2018

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

Hollywood Studios
Sunset Seasons Greetings: Nov 9 - Dec 31, 2017
Star Wars: Galactic Nights: Dec 16, 2017

Disney Springs
Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba - Final show on December 31, 2017
Disney-Pixar's Coco Family Celebration - Oct 27 - Nov 26
Holidays at Disney Springs - Nov 2017
Mother's Day Weekend - Late-April 2018 to Mid-May 2018
Father's Day Weekend - June 2018

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
AdvoCare Invitational will be held Thanksgiving week where you can watch the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. This week long event will feature some of the top teams from all over the country.

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.

Here are some of the great shows to enjoy while in Walt Disney World Parks. Check the Disney website for more great entertainment options:

Beauty and the Beast - Live on stage in Hollywood Studios: 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm, and 5:00 pm
British Revolution, the best of British Rock - Epcot: 3:00 pm, 4:30 pm, 5:45 pm, 7:00 pm, and 8:00 pm
Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade in the Magic Kingdom: 2:00 pm
Disney Movie Magic in Hollywood Studios: 7:40 pm
Festival of the Lion King in Animal Kingdom: At the top of every hour from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Finding Nemo - The Musical in Animal Kingdom: 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm, and 5:00 pm 

Closures and Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom
Hall of Presidents - through late 2017
Splash Mountain - Refurbishment through Nov 17, 2017
Stitch's Great Escape - Closed/Seasonal 
Cinderella's Royal Table - Feb 28 - Mar 3, 2018

Disney Springs
DisneyQuest – Now Permanently Closed

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

Disney's Blizzard Beach
Entire park - Oct 22, 2017 - Jan 7, 2018

Epcot Seas Adventures-Dolphins in Depth - Closed for refurbishment 

Resort Hotels
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 early 2018
Grand Floridian - Beach Pool and Beaches Pool Bar closed for refurbishment Nov 20, 2017 to February 2, 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.
Swan & Dolphin – Multi-Phase Overhaul through late 2017
Wilderness Lodge - Cub's Den Children's Activity Center permanently closed.
Yacht Club – Room Refurbishments & Captain's Grille Overhaul through late 2017; Ale & Compass Lounge - closed for refurbishment. 

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