All posts by Michelle Beck

‘It’s Tough to be a Bug’ Closing for Refurbishment Later this Month


‘It’s Tough to be a Bug’ at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will close for refurbishment later this month.  The attraction is scheduled to be closed April 23-April 29, reopening to guests on April 30, 2017.

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

Actress Debra Messing Visits Walt Disney World



Emmy-award winning actress Debra Messing recently visited Walt Disney World Resort with her family and friends.  During her visit, Debra stopped for a pic with Minnie Mouse outside Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park.

You can catch Debra on a new adaptation of “Dirty Dancing” as Marjorie Houseman (Baby’s mom) scheduled to air May 24 at 8pm ET on ABC Television Network.

Walt Disney World Refurbishments Scheduled for April 2017

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


  • Hall of Presidents 1/17/2017 – 6/29/2017
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel 4/24/2017 – 5/18/2017


  • Animal Hospital and Veterinary Treatment Room in Rafiki’s Planet Watch now-mid-June 2017


  • Portobello Country Italian Trattoria 4/24/2017 – 9/30/2017


  • Runoff Rapids Slide at Blizzard Beach 1/23/2017 – 4/1/2017


  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort – Expansion of convention center 8/4/2016 – 2/1/2018
  • Disney’s Boardwalk – Exterior maintenance and painting 2016 – 4/2017
  • Disney’s Old Key West – Exterior maintenance and painting – 1/3/2017 – 7/27/2017
  • Disney’s Pop Century – Hard goods room refurbishment 2/4/2017 – 5/7/2018
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside – Alligator Bayou North 2/13/2017 – 4/7/2017
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Cub’s Den (children’s activity center) 1/3/2016 – 2017
  • Disney’s Yacht Club – room refurbishment 1/2017 – 6/23/2017; expansion of convention center 8/4/2016 – 2/1/2018

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

Test Track at Epcot Closing Early on March 30


Guests visiting Epcot this Thursday should note that Test Track will be closing at 6pm for a private event.  The two other Future World East attractions, Ellen’s Universe of Energy and the Colortopia exhibit will not be affected and operate as normal.

New Radio Disney Photo Opp at Disney Springs


Guests visiting Disney Springs next month will be able to partake in a special photo opportunity.  The iconic Radio Disney arch will be on display through April 30, 2017.

“The ARDY Arch” receives its nickname from the “ARDY” award presented to artists by winning an annual fan vote.  The arch has been a staple on the Radio Disney Music Awards red carpet with   artists like Fifth Harmony and Gwen Stefani walking underneath it since 2014.

All Radio Disney fans can participate now by voting for your favorite artists until April 9, 2017 at The live RDMA show and award presentation will take place on April 29 in Los Angeles and results will be shared in live time via social media.  Then, tune in on April 30 to watch “Disney Channel Presents the 2017 Radio Disney Awards” on the Disney Channel at 7pm to watch the entire event.

And don’t forget to share you ARDY pics on social media by using hashtags #RDMA and #DisneySprings.