This is the weekly news, rumors and refurbishments update for Walt Disney World for the week of November 16, 2014.

Here are the four biggest updates from around the resort for the past seven days…

1. Flame Tree Barbecue is closing for refurbishment next year

My favorite quick service dining location in all of Walt Disney World will be getting a three month refurbishment in 2015. Flame Tree Barbecue at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be closing on January 5, 2015 reopening sometime in April.

Flame Tree BBQ

The refurbishment will bring major improvements to the outdoor seating area. Disney will be expanding the covered seating area and also covering the walkways. The roof of the restaurant will also be expanded to cover the rest of the queue.

This is a welcome change, especially during the 10 months out of the year when there are afternoon thunderstorms on a daily basis. The food offered at Flame Tree will be served at various kiosks around the park during its closure.

2. Disney’s Contemporary Resort gets ready for the holidays

The annual gingerbread display at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is now showcased and themed around, drum roll please… Frozen. Although no Frozen hate here. It’s just too cute.

Frozen Gingerbread

Frozen Gingerbread

Frozen Gingerbread

Here are some fun facts about this year’s 17-foot tall display.

Made with:

  • 311 pounds of honey
  • 514 pounds of flour
  • 212 eggs
  • 67 pounds of spices
  • 222 pounds of icing
  • 423 pounds of chocolate
  • 1,500 gingerbread shingles
  • 14 hidden Olaf’s

If you are on the monorail make sure to look out the window as you pass through the Contemporary to get a glimpse of the display.


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