Friday, October 31, 2014

Walt Disney World refurbishments and closings for the end of 2014 and January to March 2015

As we approach the end of the year and the start of 2015, there are a number of attractions which will close at Walt Disney World, including the water parks, the Haunted Mansion and Splash Mountain.

Closings do change,  so make sure you check the Disney World site before you head out on your trip.

(Updated Oct. 31, 2014)
© Steven Liebman
Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World.

Now - Nov. 7, 2014: Walt Disney Railroad is closed for refurbishment.

Nov. 6, 2014: Legend of Jack Sparrow permanently closes.

Now - Nov. 10, 2014: Affection Section at Animal Kingdom closed for refurbishment.

Now - Jan. 3, 2015: Typhoon Lagoon closed for refurbishment.

Nov. 10 - Nov. 21, 2014: Magic Carpets of Aladdin closed for refurbishment.

Nov. 19 - Nov. 21, 2014: Fantasmic closed for refurbishment.

Dec. 1 - Dec. 19, 2014: Haunted Mansion closed for refurbishment.

Dec. 20 - Dec. 31, 2014: Wishes Nighttime Spectacular closed.

Dec. 28, 2014: Sunrise Safari Tour permanently closes.

Jan. 4- Jan. 30, 2015:  Splash Mountain closed for refurbishment.

Jan. 4 -March 14, 2015: Blizzard Beach closed for refurbishment.

Jan. 5 - March 6, 2015: Cinderella's Royal Table closed for refurbishment.

Jan. 20 - Feb. 4, 2015: Kali River Rapids closed for refurbishment.

Jan. 23 - Jan. 27, 2015: Liberty Square Riverboat closed for refurbishment.

Feb. 2 - March 30, 2015: Harmony Barber Shop closed for refurbishment.

Feb. 2 - March 6, 2015: Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid closed for refurbishment.

Pandora's Disney Collection is available now

The holiday season for Disney may not begin for another week, but the shopping can get into high gear now, with the arrival of Pandora's new collection of Disney charms.

Twenty-five sterling silver and 14K gold charms are a available now at Pandora stores and online at They are not yet available at the Disney store online.

There also will be a number of exclusive designs for Disney parks available only at the parks beginning this month.

Prices for the charms range from $40 for simplest designs like the dangling Mickey icon to $85 for more intricate patterns such as the openwork "Believe" charm.

As you can see, some of the designs are overtly Disney, but others are quite subtle, in case you don't want to wear your Mickey Mouse on your sleeve.

Here's a first look at the charms, as well as some ideas for how to put them together from Pandora:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Photos: Follow Eeyore on his trip around Disney World

Do you have a favorite stuffed animal, item, photo or talisman you always take on vacation? We do, it's our little friend - Eeyore.

So we decided to document Eeyore's visit to Disney World. Please, don't hesitate to share your own photos of who you take with on vacation on our Facebook page, or use the hashtag #eeyoretravels.

In the meantime follow Eeyore's recent Disney vacation:

Eeyore visits with Sven at Wandering Oaken's Trading Post.

Eeyore's version of spinning tea cups.

Hanging out at Expedition Everest.

Heading into Animal Kingdom.

At the Magic Kingdom.

Hanging out at the Magic Kingdom with Pumpkin figures.

In line at the Haunted Mansion.

Waiting to get in to see Ariel and her friends.

It's A Small World After All...

What a great day!

A selfie in front of Cinderella Castle.

Look, Princess Minnie.

Tokyo Disneyland announces major expansion

Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea are planning major expansions during the next 10 years.

Disney concept plan
The redevelopment at Tokyo Disneyland centers on doubling the size of its Fantasyland with new attractions, restaurants and shops, the Oriental Land Co. announced in a news release.

Tokyo DisneySea Park development is likely an eighth themed port which would include major new attractions, restaurants and shops.

Tokyo Disneyland is 155-acre park made of seven themed areas: the World Bazaar, Adventureland, Westernland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Critter Country and Mickey's Toontown. Tokyo DisneySea, is a 176-acre park with seven ports of call, including the American Waterfront, Lost River Delta, Port Discovery, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, and Mysterious Island.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

New 'Big Hero 6' toys are released

The "Big Hero 6" toys are out.

The movie "Big Hero 6" debuts in the theaters Nov. 7, 2014, but Disney has rolled out a number of toys, including action figures, plush, role-play toys, apparel and home d├ęcor.

 "Our Big Hero 6 product line features sharp color schemes and bold, stylized design trends to capture the essence of San Fransokyo and its dynamic heroes, Josh Silverman, executive vice president of global licensing, Disney Consumer Products, said in a news release.

Here are some of the toys:

Big Hero 6 Graphic Tee for $12.95 to $14.95

10-inch Projection/SFX Baymax for $29.99

Baymax Baseball Cap - $9.99

Big Hero 6 iPhone 5/5S cases for $39.95

Big Hero 6 Graphic Tee for $12.95 to $14.95

GoGo Tamago and Honey Lemon 11-inch dolls for $16.95 each

Big Hero 6 Sleeves for MacBooks at a cot of $69.95

Deluxe Flying Baymax for $39.95

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Orlando Classic Returns to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in November

Eight of the top men’s college basketball teams in the country will compete in the Orlando Classic over Thanksgiving weekend at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World.

The tournament from Nov. 27-30, 2014, features 12 games over the three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in the championship game Sunday, Nov. 30.

The teams are Santa Clara, Michigan State, Rider, Kansas, Rhode Island, Marquette, Georgia Tech and Tennessee.