Due to increased fireworks activity on Tuesday, December 30, and Wednesday, December 31, the Magic Kingdom watercraft service will pause from 11 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. on both days. This service is used daily to transport Guests from the park to one of the Disney hotels located along the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. There will be alternate bus transportation during these time periods from the resorts to Magic Kingdom Park.

A few days ago, our photographer Alex went back to Islands of Adventure to check out the current status of the work being done in the future King Kong themed area of the park. While it may seem that not too much progress has been done since our last visit, it was brought to our attention the fact that even more material was delivered on the site. We expect to see Universal pick up the pace once again after the beginning of next year. Take a look:

The aviary, research center and underwater hippo viewing area of Pangani Forest Exploration Trail (located in the Africa themed area of Disney's Animal Kingdom) reopened to Guest Sunday, December 21. This area was closed for bridge repairs. Since the project has been completed, the Wilderness Explorers birding and hiking badge returned to its original distribution location. In addition to that, the bird and fish collection returned to the exhibit.

My Disney Experience for iOS is currently unavailable for downloads or updates via the iTunes Store for Guests with oaccounts based in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Disney's technical teams are aware of this issue and are working towards a resolution. In the meantime, all impacted Guests can still visit MyDisneyExperience.com using their device’s web browser to plan and view their itinerary. This issue does not impact the Android version of the app.

Orlando, Florida - SEA LIFE Orlando, the brand new immersive aquarium experience opening at I-Drive 360 in spring 2015, has announced a contest to select five children to serve on its Young Environmentalists Panel (click on this link to learn more about this exclusive panel). Each of the panelists, between the ages of 7-12, will serve as ambassadors to help educate the community about SEA LIFE, and its local and global conservation efforts.