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Magic Kingdom's Monstrous Summer All-Nighter begins on Friday 5/24/2013. If you are planning on attending here is the schedule for the day. 

5/24/2013 – 5/25/2013, 6:00 AM to 6: 00 AM

Entertainment

Dance Party at the hub (2am to 5:45am)
Monsters Movie Night in Tomorrowland (11pm to 5am)
Monsters Dance Party in Tomorrowland (4pm to 9pm)
Monsters pre-parade (12:15pm, 2:45pm)
Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade (12:30pm, 3pm)
Main Street Electrical Parade (9pm and 1am)
Celebrate the Magic (9:45pm, 12:00am)
Wishes 10pm
Meet and Greets

Mike and Sulley: Intermittent from 11pm to 5am
Captain Jack Sparrow
Tinker Bell's Magical Nook
Ariel's Grotto
Town Square Theater
Mickey and Minnie in PJs 11pm to 6am
Attractions
Open 24 hours
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Town Square Theater
Jungle Cruise
Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Swiss Family Treehouse
Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
Tinker Bell's Magical Nook
The Hall of Presidents
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Country Bear Jamboree
Ariel's Grotto
Casey Jr. Splash n Soak Station
Enchanted Tales with Belle
Mickey's PhilharMagic
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Stitch's Great Escape!
Monsters Inc Laugh Floor
Tomorrowland Transit Authority
Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress
Open 24 hours but with intermittent closures

Pirates of the Caribbean (closed 5am to 6am)
The Haunted Mansion (closed 5am to 6am)
Splash Mountain (closed 4am to 6am)
"it's a small world" (closed 4am to 6am)
Dumbo (closed 2:30am to 4am)
Mad Tea Party (closed to midnight to 3am)
Peter Pan's Flight (closed 2am to 4am)
The Barnstormer (closed 11pm to 2:30am)
Under the Sea-Journey of The Little Mermaid (closed 5am to 6am)
Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin (closed 1:30am to 4am)
Space Mountain (closed 4am to 6am)
Dining
Open 24 hours
Plaza Ice Cream
Sleepy Hollow
Westward Ho
Gaston's Tavern
Tomorrowland Terrace
Special Items
"Eye Scream" sundae
Monster Cupcakes and Cookies
Monster Energy Drinks

The latest Magic Kingdom interactive game - 'A Pirate's Adventure - Treasures of the Seven Seas' is now in daily guest testing. As always with tests, they can be cancelled at anytime, but if you are wanting to give the game a try, head to the sign-up location just past Pirates of the Caribbean in Adventureland. Testing will be in operation from park opening until close from 5/19/2013 onward.

Disney Vacation Club will soon begin selling its latest Disney Vacation Club property - The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort. Sales began on 5/23/2013 for existing DVC members, and on 6/19/2013 for everyone else. The Grand Opening is expected to be in October 2013.

Hear from Ken Potrock, Senior Vice President and General Manager Disney Vacation Club about the property, and take a tour inside one of the model rooms.

Video from the Disney Parks Blog

The Passholder RFID conversion center at Epcot's Odyssey that has been upgrading guest's old paper tickets to the new RFID enabled cards is now closed. If you are looking to convert an old pass, you can now do so at any park Guest Relations window.

The West Side dock at Downtown Disney has reopened after being refurbished, and a new water transportation route is now in effect. Here is a summary of the latest routes and where you should go for each boat, along with current schedules.
West Side dock
Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa and Treehouse Villas (Blue Flag)
Disney's Old Key West Resort (Green Flag)
Downtown Disney Water Taxi (Red Flag)

Pleasure Island dock
Downtown Disney Water Taxi (Red Flag)

Marketplace dock
Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter and Riverside Resorts (Yellow Flag)
Port Orleans Resort Riverside to Port Orleans Resort French Quarter to Downtown Disney Marketplace to Port Orleans Resort French Quarter to Port Orleans Resort Riverside

Downtown Disney Boat Water Taxi (Red Flag)
Schedule
Water Taxi between Marketplace, Pleasure Island and West Side runs from 10:30am every 20 minutes during the day and every 10 minutes from 4:30pm until 11:30pm.
Boat service is every 20 minutes all day from Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Treehouse Villas, and Disney's Old Key West Resort.
Boat leaves every 20 minutes traveling from Port Orleans Resorts to Downtown Disney Marketplace from 10am - 4pm, and every 10 minutes from 4pm - 11pm. The final departure time from the resorts is 11:00pm. The final departure time from Downtown Disney is 11:30pm.

The Sounds Like Summer concert series kicks off at Epcot's World Showcase in a few weeks time featuring a whole host of tribute bands. Included with your regular Epcot park admission, the concerts take place from June 9 through to July 27 2013 at the America Gardens Theatre. The current list of performers and schedule is listed below.

Showtimes at 5:30pm, 6:45pm, 8:00pm
July 4 - showtimes 5:15pm, 6:30pm, 7:45pm and 9:00pm
Stayin' Alive - A Tribute to the Bee Gees 6/9 - 6/15
Hotel California - A Salute to the Eagles 6/16 - 6/22
Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot - The Ultimate Billy Joel Show 6/23 - 6/29
Slippery When Wet - The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute 6/30 - 7/6
SouthBound and Company - A Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd 7/7 - 7/13
The Police Experience - A Tribute to The Police 7/14 - 7/20
2U - A Tribute to U2 7/21 - 7/27

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is scheduled to be closing for short refurbishment in June. The two day closure begins on June 22 through to June 23, reopening on June 24, 2013.

The Magic Kingdom's Jungle Cruise is scheduled to be closing for a lengthy refurbishment late this summer. The refurb is scheduled to begin on August 19 through to September 30, with a reopening on October 1, 2013.

The planned refurbishment of Prince Charming Regal Carrousel that was set for June has now been rescheduled for August. The closure begins on August 1 and runs through to August 21, reopening on August 22, 2013.

The Magic Kingdom's Liberty Square Riverboat to scheduled to be closing for a refurbishment from August 5 to August 9, 2013. Reopening is set for August 10, 2013.

MuppetVision 3D at Disney's Hollywood Studios is scheduled to be closing for a month-long refurbishment this summer. The closing date is set for August 6 through to September 2, with a reopening on September 3, 2013.

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