Disneyland Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures:
* Pinocchio’s Daring Journey â€“ closed thru August 14 for refurbishment.
* The Enchanted Cottage â€“ closed July 29 â€“ Nov 17 for refurbishment.
* Casey Jr. Circus Trains â€“ closed August 31 â€“ Nov 20 for refurbishment.
* Storybook Land Canal Boats â€“ closed August 31 â€“ Nov 20 for refurbishment.
* Mark Twain Riverboat â€“ closed September 8 â€“ 10 for refurbishment.
* Space Mountain â€“ closed September 8 â€“ 24 for refurbishment.
* Minnie’s House â€“ closed September 9 for refurbishment.
* Haunted Mansion closed â€“ September 10 â€“ 24 for refurbishment.
* Gadget’s Go Coaster â€“ September 19 â€“ October 26 for refurbishment.
* Pirates of the Caribbean â€“ September 28 â€“ October 2 for refurbishment.
Note: Refurbishment schedules are estimates only. All information is subject to change without notice. To get the most recent updates, call Disneyland at 714-781-7290.
The Magic Kingdom. The Happiest Pace on Earth. A family vacation in the Florida sun. Nothing could disturb this paradiseâ€¦ until your three-year-old has to respond to natureâ€™s call right now.
But waitâ€”you donâ€™t have to begin a mad dash from one end of the Magic Kingdom to the other. Just whip out your iPhone, launch any one of UPinPoint.comâ€™s mobile guides to Disney World, and discover, via the appâ€™s helpful maps that thereâ€™s a restroom behind the Cinderella store just a few steps away. And with that, your Disney vacation is saved.
UPinPoint.com sells several different pocket guides for Disneyâ€™s Florida theme parks. Theyâ€™re essentially maps that help you navigate your way around the park, helping you find attractions, dining options, andâ€”yes, fellow parents of small childrenâ€”restrooms. As of this writing, UPinPoint sells three mini guides, covering the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot Center. It also offers the WDW Maps Box Set, which combines those three apps plus ones for Hollywood Studios and Downtown Disney. (The developer says a map for Disneyâ€™s Blizzard Beach will be added to the Box Set soon.)
Are you ready to wine and dine your away around the world in a single day and sample delectable cuisines from over 25 nations? How about tasting lamb chops from Australia and Sushi from Japan? How about the perfect pairing of wine with that Italian pasta dish? If talk like this whets your appetite, then it’s off to the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival starting on Sept 25 and continuing for six weeks through Nov. 8. In addition to sampling the tastes and wines/beers from around the world, there are elegant dinner parties, wine pairings, cooking demonstrations, seminars and live entertainment. So grab your fork, knife and wine glass and follow me to the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.
The Festival Welcome Center features a Champagne and wine bar, wine seminars, celebrity chef book signings and more.
More than 250 chefs from all over the nation including Disney chefs will host special dinners and tasting events. The final list is still being worked on so I don’t have details for this year however, I can tell you that last year’s event featured Rock Harper of “Hell’s Kitchen,” Jeff Henderson, Warren Brown, Iron Chef Cat Cora and other folks who know their way around the kitchen! Learn more about what’s going on at the Welcome Center.
In addition, there are a variety of other stops to make along your wine and dine journey around the world. Learn more!
My favorite special engagements are back as well however, keep in mind that each requires reservations and separate admission. For those who really want to indulge in the all the tastes of the world, attend the “Party for the Senses” grand tasting events featuring a variety to sumptuous food samples paired with more than 50 wines and beers plus live entertainment.
Exciting new culinary programs debut this year including “Celebration Dinners”, “Culinary Adventure Signature Dining” and “Celebrating with Family and Friends in the Kitchen.” Your favorite programs that are returning include the Epcot Wine Schools, the French Regional Lunches at Bistro de Paris (restaurant on second floor), food and wine pairings at selected Epcot restaurants, “Signature Dining,” “Sweet Sundays,” and others. Don’t worry; I will have all the details on each of these soon. For the time being, MARK YOUR CALENDARS because starting on August 11, you can call 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378) to book your reservations. Remember, these programs sellout quickly so don’t wait, especially for the “Party for the Senses”! See complete schedule.
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