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The Walt Disney World Monorail Express beam will be operating on a reduced schedule through to the summer of 2015. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM, the Express beam will be closed for maintenance. During that time, the Resort and Epcot beams will continue to operate as normal. Watercraft and busses will also be operating throughout the closures. The revised schedule begins on March 10 2015.

The quiet pool at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort will be closing for a major refurbishment in April. The exact dates are not available, but it is expected that the pool will close in mid April 2015 through to early January 2016. The resort's main feature pool will open prior to the closure of the quiet pool, and will bring a new pool deck, hot tub, and kids play area when it opens in April 2015.

Winged Encounter has relocated to the center of the park. The perch that was previously just across from Flame Tree Barbecue is now relocated to the area in front of the Tree of Life.

Walt Disney World Resort will kick off the “Coolest Summer Ever” with a 24 hour special event May 22-23 at the Magic Kingdom, hosted by Olaf from Disney’s blockbuster animated hit “Frozen.”


Image courtesy Disney Parks Blog
The Magic Kingdom will be open 24 hours to guests from 6am to 6am, Friday, May 22 to Saturday, May 23, 2015. Guests are invited to come in costume to show their Disney Side while a selection of favorite attractions, entertainment, special event merchandise, plus food and beverage are on tap all night long to celebrate the start of the “Coolest Summer Ever” at Walt Disney World Resort.

Highlights of "Coolest Summer Ever":

Frozen Fun – “Frozen” Summer Fun LIVE will bring together Princess Anna, Queen Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf with citizens of Arendelle, all appearing daily in shows and experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, June 17-Sept. 7. Guests will find cool thrills this summer including a royal processional, a sing-along show, Frozen-themed treats and merchandise, plus a Frozen fireworks display above Hollywood Blvd.

Cool Thrill Rides – Guests will find thrills from mild to wild to out of this world in all four Walt Disney World theme parks. Don’t-miss attractions include Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom; Test Track presented by Chevrolet and Soarin’ at Epcot; Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom; Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith and Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Star Wars Weekends – Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will find stars from another galaxy during Star Wars Weekends May 15-June 14.

New Restaurants and Shopping – Throughout the summer, new waterfront dining and boutique shops flow into the Downtown Disney shopping/dining/entertainment district as its transformation into Disney Springs continues.

Epcot Entertainment – New entertainment acts will appear throughout Epcot World Showcase, which also brings a fresh summery twist on a fan favorite, Voices of Liberty.

A Splash at Water Parks – A cool new deal doubles the fun at Disney’s two iconic water parks – Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach. Purchase a one-day water park ticket and park-hop between the two water parks in the same day that both are open.


Disney confirms the return of Frozen Summer Fun LIVE at Disney's Hollywood Studios for 2015. The dates are June 17 through to September 7 2015, with the royal processional and hugely popular fireworks joining the now permanent Frozen sing-along show.

The current offerings are as follows:
Frozen Fireworks - nightly firework spectacular also featuring Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf on stage.
Royal Frozen Processional - daily cavalcade featuring the characters from Frozen.
For the First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration.
Olaf’s Summer Cool Down - on stage appearances by Olaf on the event stage throughout the day.
Hot “Frozen” Nights DJ Dance Party at the event stage nightly.

Aloha Isle, home of that little slice of heaven known as the Dole Whip, and Sunshine Tree Terrace have effectively switched locations. Aloha Isle is now where Sunshine Tree Terrace use to be and vice versa.

The relocation should help with the congestion problem commonly occurring around Aloha Isle’s old location across from The Swiss Family Robinson Tree House.

Image courtesy our friends at WDWMagic.com. For more pictures, check out the galleries for Aloha Isle and Sunshine Tree Terrace. 

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