Sunday, January 17, 2016

Heading to Disney World in March or April 2016? What You Need to Know

Going to Disney World in March or April?  Some great special events will be waiting for you. 

The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival kicks off March 2nd  and runs through May 30th. The Festival features seminars, special displays around the Park, and a concert series. 

While it's not as robust as the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, the Flower and Garden Festival also features special booths through the World Showcase with food, beer or wine to try. 

The Garden Rock Concert Series offers free concerts at the American Garden Theater inside Epcot. Here's the lineup: 
•  March 6-8: Gin Blossoms “Hey Jealousy”
•  March 13-15: Pablo Cruise “Love Will Find a Way”
•  March 20-22: En Vogue “Free Your Mind”
•  March 27-29: STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas “We Built This City”
•  April 3-5: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”
•  April 10-12: Village People “Y.M.C.A.”
•  April 17-19: Jon Secada “Just Another Day”
•  April 24-26: The Guess Who “These Eyes”
•  May 1-3: Taylor Dayne “Tell It to My Heart”
•  May 8-10: Little River Band “Reminiscing”
•  May 15-17: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am”

Love Baseball? The Atlanta Braves Spring Training games start March 1st at ESPN Wide World of Sports 

April 14th - 17th is the Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon.  If you need a bib, email me. I may be able to help. 

New Dining: 

  • Jungle Skipper Canteen is a new table service restaurant at  Magic Kingdom® Park. 
  • Tiffins is a new signature table service restaurant rumored to open this spring at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. 
  • The wonderful California Grill is now serving brunch

New Attractions: 
Rumor has it that the new  Frozen attraction in Epcot may open in the end of April. The new Rivers of Light show at Animal Kingdom is also scheduled to debut in Spring of 2016. Animal Kingdom will also extend hours so you can experience the Kilimanjaro Safaris at sunset. 

Kylo Ren will begin appearing at Star Wars Launch Bay in Hollywood Studios. In addition to Kylo Ren, you may also come across a garrison of First Order Stormtroopers or the heroic Wookiee, Chewbacca, holed up in a secret Resistance base. Stay for the   “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks show in the evening. 

Beginning Feb. 7, 2016, a new interactive experience, based on the hit Disney Channel movie “The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar,” will debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park at Walt Disney World® Resort. This experience will be available  through end of March.   The Lion Guard Adventure allows young Guests to become honorary members of the Lion Guard as they explore the park in search of five main characters from the popular TV movie – Kion, Bunga, Fuli, Beshte, and Ono. 

Theme Park Closures: 
Magic Kingdom: Jungle Cruise closed March 1st - 3rd 

Epcot: Soarin’ is closed through the summer 

Hollywood Studios: Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show and nearby locations around Streets of America will be closing on April 2, 2016.  Pizza Planet is closed through the end of 2016 

Animal Kingdom: Flights of Wonder and the Boneyard are closed through March 17th 

Typhoon Lagoon: Closed through March 12th 2016. 

Hotel Refurbishments 

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort Bay Cove Pool is closed February 1st - March 18, 2016. 
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Schoolyard Sprayground is closed until March 11, 2016. 
  • Flying Fish Restaurant is closed through September 30, 2016. 
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas are undergoing renovations through Spring 2016. 
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is undergoing general construction and the East Pool is closed through Spring 2016. 
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Villas is undergoing multiple projects. Certain pathways, including the nature trail, will be unavailable. The Hidden Springs leisure pool area (the leisure pool at The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge), resort beach, playground, Marina and Recreation fire pit will be unavailable.

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