WDW UPdate 19

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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.  

Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival is about to begin! We’ve provided below details of the event, along with links for more information. The park will be filled with vibrant gardens, outdoor kitchens, and some of your favorite musical performers. And for those with the adventurous spirit, Epcot has introduced a new scavenger hunt—Spike’s Pollen Nation Exploration. The scavenger hunt available throughout the Flower & Garden Festival from February 28 to May 28. The new Spike the Honey Bee’s Pollen Nation Exploration map and stickers are available at Port of Entry for $5.99, plus tax. Follow Spike’s trail through each garden and find the plant Spike has pollinated—identifiable by Spike and his Pollen Nation Exploration plant stake. After you’ve located Spike, add the corresponding sticker to your map and return it for a springtime surprise to take home.

 

Guests visiting the park from March 16 to April 1 can place an extra treat in their basket, Epcot’s Egg-stravanza Scavenger Hunt Map. Special eggs decorated with your favorite Disney characters will be strategically placed in the World Showcase to find.  Special maps and stickers can be purchased for $5.99, plus tax at the Disney Trader, Pin Central, and World Traveler locations. Once you find all of the eggs and complete your scavenger hunt map, return it to Disney Traders for a take-home surprise.

 

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

 

Epcot

Disney Princess Half-Marathon Weekend: Feb 23-25, 2018 

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

 

International Festival of the Arts: Jan 19 - Feb 19, 2018

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 - 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! 

 

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

Finding Nemo: The Musical - Feb 4 - 25

Flights of Wonder - Closed permanently

Drinkwallah (Asia)- Jan 3 - Feb 27

 

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

Splash Mountain - Jan 9 - Feb 1

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.

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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