Jessica C. (NDI#21) (81 Posts)

Living in Delaware her whole life, Jessica did not know much about Walt Disney World until she went at 13 years old. That initial trip, though, got her hooked on the magic. As the years went on, she did everything she could to learn more about Disney (including watching documentaries and reading books). She did not know many people that shared her passion until she discovered the wonders of the internet and the Disney community found on it. She has gotten involved with as many Disney projects as she can, including writing the weekly news articles for The Disney Driven Life and writing for her own blog, The True Disney Fan. Jessica has also taken on a position with Celebrations Magazine, working the social media aspects of the publication. Through all these platforms, Jessica strives to bring as much Disney magic as possible into her everyday life, and she works to share it with everyone she meets!

I thought I would update everyone this week on some closures that are happening in Walt Disney World. For anyone who may be heading down to the parks in the next few months, this is what you can expect to be happening.

The first closures, and the ones that many are curious about, are centered around the Fantasyland Overhaul currently taking place.  We saw the first closures related to this construction yesterday, when we said goodbye to Ariel’s Grotto and Pooh’s Playful Spot for good. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh façade is currently being changed for the new “Hundred Acre Wood” theming. Other closures taking place in the next few months, though no specific date has been set yet, include the Walt Disney World Railroad closing for three or four months and the permanent closure of Mickey’s Toontown Fair some point in the fall.  The Barnstormer closure for retheming has not been announced yet and the only other closure currently planned for Magic Kingdom is the Baby Care Center from May 14 to May 20.

Animal Kingdom and Epcot are clear from closures currently, though in Epcot there is some construction going on with the expansion to Cantina de San Angel and the construction of the new Pizzeria in Italy.  In Hollywood Studios, MuppetVision 3D will be closed from April 24 to May 14 for a refurbishment and upgrade to Digital 3D movie quality and in the same area, the What-Not Workshop is reported to be opening sometime this summer. Star Tours will be closing in October and will be undergoing the transformation to Star Tours II, reported to open Summer or Fall of 2011.

This is what we can expect to see in the next few months in Walt Disney World. Keep your eyes here to The Disney Driven Life for any major updates that may occur.

Contributed by: Jessica C. (NDI#21). Jessica is our resident “Gossip Girl” and creator of The True Disney Fan Blog.

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