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Walt Disney World Resort Refurbishments for September 2017

Here is a list of current and upcoming refurbishments/closings scheduled at Walt Disney World Resort for the month of September 2017.


  • Hall of Presidents 1/17/2017 – Late 2017
  • Splash Mountain 8/28/2017 – 11/16/2017


  • Cruz Ramirez Meet and Greet in Pixar Place 9/5/2017 – 9/11/2017
  • One Man’s Dream being reimagined as Walt Disney Presents mid-September
  • Star Wars- A Galaxy Far- Far Away closed 9/13/2017- 9/26/2017


  • Portobello Country Italian Trattoria  transitioning to Terralina Crafted Italian 4/24/2017 – Fall 2017


  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort – Expansion of convention center 8/4/2016 – 2/1/2018
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort – Old Port Royale Food Court, Shutters, Cabana Pool Bar, Calypso Trading Post – 5/1/2017 – 6/30/2018
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort  hard goods refurbishment 11/2016 – 2017
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort Hard Good Refurbishment 2/4/2017 – 5/7/2018
  • Disney’s Yacht Club – Captain’s Grille (becoming Ale & Compass Restaurant) moving to Ariel’s 5/15/2017 –  October 2017;  expansion of convention center 8/4/2016 – 2/1/2018

For a complete list of current and upcoming refurbishments at Walt Disney World, please visit our refurbishment page.

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort Celebrates its 12th Anniversary

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is turning 12 on September 12 this year! To mark this special occasion, Disney friends are planning a spectacular “Surprise Birthday Party.” From September 1 to 14, there will be all kinds of enchanting surprises, themed F&B offerings and over 60 12th anniversary-themed merchandise items, as well as unexpected encounters in the park. Also, be sure to visit the park and collect a limited-edition 12th Anniversary Birthday Button on September 12 while supplies last! This is a celebratory event Hong Kong Disneyland fans will not want to miss.

Character-inspired snacks and dining choices to mark the 12th anniversary

Celebrate the resort’s 12th birthday with delectable sweets inspired by Disney friends. A collection of 12th Anniversary Cupcakes will be presented at Royal Banquet Hall in Fantasyland. These cupcakes are inspired by 12 Disney friends including Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale. Duffy, ShellieMay, Gelatoni and their newest friend StellaLou are also baking their own scrumptious cupcakes to spread the joy of the 12th anniversary! Guests can enjoy their favorite character cupcake at HK$45 each or purchase the 12th Anniversary Cupcakes in six or 12-piece box sets to share the joy of the park’s anniversary with friends and family, while stock lasts.

During the 14-day birthday celebration, guests can enjoy a vast array of dining options too! Choose from 12 elegant dishes and grab a 12th Anniversary Cheese Cake at either Main Street Corner Cafe hosted by Coca-Cola®, Royal Banquet Hall or Explorer’s Club Restaurant. Be sure to buy a 12th Anniversary Chocolate Cookie at an Outdoor Vending Cart to join in the birthday cheer. The resort’s magical array of delightful snacks will add lots of memorable surprises to this one-of-a-kind birthday party!

Disney character chefs making surprise appearances

During the “Surprise Birthday Party,” Disney friends will be hard at work preparing all kinds of birthday surprises in the park’s restaurants. Dressed in their chef outfits with 12th anniversary commemorative gold medals, Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Pluto will make surprise appearances at selected restaurants, delighting guests while they are dining. Duffy the Disney Bear will also appear at Main Street Corner Cafe Hosted by Coca-Cola® to snap photos with dining guests!

Photo-taking opportunities will be everywhere in the park! At Royal Banquet Hall in Fantasyland, a 12-layer, six-foot-tall birthday cake display will feature different Disney friends on every layer of the cake wishing the park a happy birthday. Guests can also take photos of the amazing 12th anniversary decorations at Royal Banquet Hall and Explorer’s Club Restaurant. Fun themed props are also on hand for extra-special photos while celebrating with friends and family.

In yet another celebratory surprise, guests visiting the park on September 12 will receive a collectable Hong Kong Disneyland Resort “12th Anniversary Birthday Button” while supplies last.

Special 12th anniversary merchandise items

Over 60 special 12th anniversary-themed merchandise items have also been launched to mark this special occasion, including a great variety of apparel, accessories, home and décor items, stationery, gift sets, plush toys, key chains, pins and more. Some of these items feature the “Disney in the Stars” fireworks along display with Sleeping Beauty Castle. Others depict various park attractions, such as “it’s a small world,” Cinderella Carousel, Mad Hatter Tea Cups, Orbitron and the Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad. Be sure to pick up something unique from this specially-designed anniversary collection.

This year’s “Surprise Birthday Party” will fill Hong Kong Disneyland Resort with a new level of fun! Come celebrate with the resort and mark the beginning of another year of magic!

Have You Seen the New Disney Interchangeable Bow Collection?

Mouse Ears Fans! Take a look at what Disney has unveiled!  The new Disney Interchangeable Bow Collection will give you more choices than ever before.

The Mouse Ear headband comes with a black-and-silver polka dot Minnie bow and can be removed and swapped out for other bow styles. You can also center the bow, or wear it to the right or left side, whatever fits your style.

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There are 10 interchangeable bow styles available and each one is inspired by a different character from a Disney film, including Alice, Cheshire Cat & The Queen of Hearts (“Alice In Wonderland”), Ariel (“The Little Mermaid”), Aurora & Maleficent (“Sleeping Beauty”), Cinderella (“Cinderella”), Cruella De Vil (“101 Dalmatians”), Jasmine (“Aladdin”), and Yzma (“The Emperor’s New Groove”).

The collection was first revealed at the D23 Expo in July and is now available at  D-Living at Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort. (The collection is expected to expand to other locations at both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts in October).

Check out the video below.

Shanghai Disney Resort Named 2017 China Best Employer

The phenomenal success of Shanghai Disney Resort’s first year would not be possible without its team of more than 10,000 talented, passionate and committed cast members. In just 14 months of operation, the resort has delivered on its commitment to be an employer of choice in China, and has now been named 2017 China Best Employer, a prestigious recognition from the leading international human resources firm AON Hewitt through its Aon Best Employers Program.

In this year’s survey, which marks AON Hewitt’s 10th study of the Chinese market, Shanghai Disney Resort was singled out for its continuous investment in people, its strong commitment to human resources, as well as for the overall innovation the resort has achieved in the area of human resources.

“We have said from day one here at Shanghai Disney Resort that our goal is not only to provide an unforgettable experience for our guests but to be an employer of choice, recruiting and training diverse talent from across mainland China to deliver Disney’s legendary guest service,” said Philippe Gas, general manager of Shanghai Disney Resort. “Our cast members are passionate about our guests and we are passionate about our cast members. Their commitment inspires all of our leaders at Shanghai Disney Resort to ensure the skills and creativity of our cast members are nurtured, creating an exciting and fulfilling career journey they will always cherish.”

Cast members at Shanghai Disney Resort enjoy highly creative and innovative working environments, where they create unforgettable experiences and happy memories for guests. But the resort also prioritizes the health and well-being of its employees, at work and at home. An Employee Assistance Program provides a variety of online and offline channels for cast members to resolve professional and personal challenges, while the popular Be-Well program offers tangible resources that help employees build healthier lifestyles. And cast members are themselves surprised and delighted through “Backstage Magic” appreciation events, initiated by the resort’s leadership in recognition of the cast’s great contributions.

The 2017 China Best Employers award adds to the many recognitions the resort has already received for its industry-leading best practices, including the 2014 Most Popular Award for College Students by, the 2015 Most Attractive Employer in Tourism Industry by Universum, the 2015 Top 100 Employer in Hotels and the Mercer Award for 2016–17 China’s Healthiest Company.

David Hasselhoff Visits Disney California Adventure Park at Disneyland Resort

David Hasselhoff recently visited Disney California Adventure park at Disneyland Resort to celebrate the home release of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”.  You might remember the actor’s appearance in the music video “Guardians Inferno” released by Marvel Studios earlier this month.

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During his visit, Hasselhoff checked out the new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction and even met up with Groot.