Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 6/24/14

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It’s been almost a month since we’ve had some Newsworthy Notes, but today, I’ve compiled quite a list that I wanted to share with you all since some of these updates may potentially impact your vacations to Walt Disney World. Let’s dive right in!

  • There are a couple of refurbishments coming down the pipeline. The first is that Disney’s Wilderness Lodge feature pool, known as the Silver Creek Springs Pool, will be closed for a couple of months; the refurbishment will last from September 3 through November 27, reopening on November 28. During the refurbishment, guests will be able to use Disney’s Contemporary Resort pool or Disney’s Ft. Wilderness pool, as well as the Wilderness Lodge Villas pool. If guests would prefer, however, Disney will be offering complimentary water park tickets, much like they are doing over at Disney’s Polynesian Resort during the pool refurbishment. Guests, can receive one free admission to Blizzard Beach Water Park, per member of their party. It does appear that you will have to ask for this perk. It does not seem as though it is being suggested freely, but it is available.
  • I also have of good authority that Cinderella’s Royal Table will see a two month refurbishment. The restaurant at the Magic Kingdom should be slated to be closed from January 5 through March 6, reopening on March 7.
  • The Garden View Tea Room at Disney’s Grand Floridan Resort will be closed for refurbishment from June 30 until August 29. During the refurb work, the My Disney Girl’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party and the Afternoon Tea will be held inside Cítricos.
  • Also of note, a couple of shops will see work being done. First, the LA Prop shop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is currently under refurbishment and a very lengthy refurbishment it is. The shop, found on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard, will be closed until February 28. Rumors are indicating that this will be the location of the all new Starbucks location at the Studios. (In my opinion, this is the best spot to put the Starbucks in anyway…it means Starring Rolls gets to stay!)
  • In addition, the Yankee Trader store found in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom will soon be under refurbishment. The shop will be closed from July 7 – September 30, reopening on October 1. It is rumored that it will changed over into a Haunted Mansion gift shop, which will supposedly feature an on-ride photo pickup location, as well as Haunted Mansion merchandise.
  • Moving along to other news, the Child Activity Centers have increased in price. The new cost is $15, per hour, with a two hour minimum. Locations include: Club Disney at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Cub’s Den at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Sandcastle Club at Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Simba’s Cubhouse at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.
  • MagicBands are now available for purchase (cost is $12.95, plus tax) at the Vacation Planning windows found around the Walt Disney World Resort. These windows are where guests can purchase tickets for the four theme parks. When a guest buys a MagicBand (do keep in mind that valid ticket entitlement required), the Vacation Planning Cast Member will then immediately associate the guest’s ticket entitlements to the MagicBand in place of an RF-enabled ticket.
  • Snow White has apparently moved again. I recently reported that she moved to Center Street on Main Street U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom, but it appears that she will now be greeting guests on the front porch of the Town Square Theater; meeting near the entrance of the Tinker Bell meet and greet and the Mickey Mouse meet and greet.

Rikki Niblett

I am a co-host of the Be Our Guest Podcast and do lots of other fun Disney stuff all around the interwebs! You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram at @RikkiNibs or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/rikkinibs

15 thoughts on “Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 6/24/14

  • June 24, 2014 at 4:22 pm
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    We are visiting Disney World on 6/25, (8 of us) are flying out in the morning, very excited your blog has been very helpful, the apps are cool as heck got my daughters hooked that’s for sure, one question why don’t you post the weather? Just a thought…

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  • June 24, 2014 at 4:23 pm
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    Meant to add we will be there for 8 days

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  • June 24, 2014 at 4:53 pm
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    We received the official letter from wilderness lodge and there is no mention of water park passes. It only mentions Contemporary, fort wilderness and the lodge pools.

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    • June 24, 2014 at 5:01 pm
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      Just wanted to let you know that I tripled checked and yes, Disney is offering free Blizzard Beach water park tickets, however, they are not mentioning it in the letters that they are sending out to guests.

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      • June 25, 2014 at 9:24 am
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        So, inquire upon check-in…?

  • June 24, 2014 at 7:46 pm
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    I’ll be missing the new Haunted Mansion store by just a week! curses!

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    • June 25, 2014 at 12:29 pm
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      Please keep in mind that the Haunted Mansion gift shop is a RUMOR as of now, but it is a strong rumor. We’ll know for sure soon if the rumor turns out to be true.

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  • June 24, 2014 at 9:39 pm
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    Rikki, such great news about the water park tickets! I’ll be there Thanksgiving week with my family & grandson, and we were pretty bummed when we heard about the pool being closed during part of our week. Hopefully either the pool will re-open early, or we’ll be able to take advantage of the water park passes!

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  • June 24, 2014 at 11:45 pm
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    Haunted Mansion doing ride photos now? Has it always? LOVING that! We go in December and love the Nightmare before Xmas dress- up the “house” get’s at the LAND, can’t WAIT to see it at the WORLD!!

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    • June 25, 2014 at 12:27 pm
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      It is not doing on-ride photos currently, however, it is RUMORED that this is going to take place with the refurb of the store. We’ll know for sure soon.

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  • June 25, 2014 at 10:03 am
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    Buuu, it seems we are going to miss the new Hauter Mansion pics for a few days, if I understood ok. It will be nice for another trip to have one more option of ride pics for the kids who don’t reach the minimum height. So far it’s only Buzz for our little princess.

    I’ve seen that there have been some “strange” changes in EMH, are you planning to make a post on that? I’m pretty sure some crowd levels will change… There is one entire week without EMH for MK.

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  • June 25, 2014 at 9:53 pm
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    Great tip on Wilderness Lodge! We have been planning our trip since April and were bummed to hear about pool recently. At least part of our party will hit that up!

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    • June 26, 2014 at 8:19 pm
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      My travel agent called and asked about this today and the person in the other end did not know anything about it. Any tips or directions to share for it to work?

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