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4 Refurbishments Coming Soon to Walt Disney World (April 2019)

3. Unnamed Beauty and the Beast (Disney's Grand Floridian Resort)

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Status: Confirmed

Dates: Now - TBA 2019

Earlier this year it was announced that Mizner's Lounge at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort was going to be closed during a refurbishment that would see the location not only updated, but also expanded into what was previously the Commander Porter's gift shop. And though Disney didn't say anything specific about this refurbishment at the time, rumors swirled about the location being transformed into a character-based bar inspired by the 2017 live action Beauty and the Beast film. And while it took a few weeks, Disney has finally confirmed this rumor, and shared some of the first details about what this re-imagined lounge area will look like when it opens later this year. 

When this re-imagined location opens this fall, it will feature four unique spaces inspired by the live action Beauty and the Beast film. The lounge's signature bar will glow from the light of a gold chandelier that takes its inspiration from Belle’s flowing ball gown, with subtle nods to the Beast’s magical rose. In another room, guests will find a space that recalls the iconic library from the film, with classical baroque designs and French furnishings inspired by Belle, with hints of the Beast’s friends. Another character-inspired space inside this expanded lounge will be the garden room, which will be a whimsical space that draws its inspiration from the enchanted forest surrounding Beast’s castle. Finally an outdoor patio will evoke the romance of Beast’s garden terrace.

4. Grand Avenue (Disney's Hollywood Studios)

Status: Confirmed

Dates: Now - TBA 2019

Grand Avenue, the pop up land that replaced Muppets Courtyard and surrounds the singular MuppetVision 3D attraction will become one of the main entry points for guests wanting to venture into Star Wars Galaxy's Edge, and work is now underway on a number of preparations that will make Grand Avenue suitable for giant throngs of people to wait to get into Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge 

As we noticed a few weeks ago, the area across from Star Tours where the former speeder bike photo op was has been walled off, and much of the queue for the character meet and greet in this area has also been removed. Behind the walls, Disney is widening the paved areas of this land, and making it suitable as a holding pen for guests who are waiting to get into Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

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