Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Dec 31, 2015
    Miranda from AR Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is Downtown Disney now called something else? Is there a difference between Downtown and the Boardwalk? Also how soon will park hours be updated for 2016? We are traveling Sept 2016. Need to decide park days to book dining soon.

    Hi Miranda!

    Thanks for sending your questions to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Downtown Disney recently had a name change and is now called Disney Springs. With the name change came some very exciting new restaurants and shops! I would definitely recommend that you check out a restaurant called Morimoto Asia or The BOATHOUSE restaurant. The BOATHOUSE restaurant offers little boat tours in vintage cars. This is something you must see!

    Disney Springs is different from Disney's Boardwalk, which is located close to Epcot and Disney's Boardwalk Inn. Like Disney Springs, Disney's Boardwalk area has restaurants and a has a few nightlife spots that provide live entertainment. I highly recommend that you check out the links provided and browse through the pictures. If you haven't selected lodging, I would definitely check out Disney's Boardwalk Inn. This resort is one of my favorites!

    As for park hours, these seem to be released about 180 days in advance. Here is the link to view the Park Hours & Calendars. Right now, the calendar is available up to mid July, therefore I recommend you check back at the end of February or early March for September's park hours.

    It has been a pleasure assisting you! If I can help you with any other questions, please feel free to send them my way!

    Happy Planning!

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Meet the Panelist: Yael, Florida

As a native Floridian, I have experienced the Disney Parks as a child, teenager, newlywed and now a mom of three. Whether it is planning your first trip to the Walt Disney World Resort or your 100th trip, I would love to share my wonderful memories and planning tips with you! Learn More About Yael

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