Archive for May, 2006

Refurbishment of Japan shows Progress!

by on May 21, 2006

After months of hiding behind tarps, the work on the Japan pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase is showing signs of progress.

The highest point of the pavilion is now uncovered and showing excellent attention to detail in the ornate gold work and a deeper jewel-like blue tone (possibly the original color without years of fading) of the building’s roof.

The Yakitori House counter service dining location has now become surrounded by the refurbishment walls, but continues to operate normally. There is no known completion date for the pavilion’s refurbishment.

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Contemporary’s Tower begins Refurbishment

by on May 21, 2006

As the final stages of the refurbishment at Disney’s Contemporary Resort wrap up for the South Garden Wing and Tower rooms, the main building is begining to show work and refurbishment walls.

The image above shows the repainting of the main atrium’s massive windows in progress as of May 21, 2006. The extent of the rennovations on the main tower is currently unknown, but the paint is the first visible work on the building rather than the rooms.

Similiarly, the finished areas of the South Garden Wing (seen below) have been repainted into a beige-tone, which may be applied to the main Tower building.

The North Garden Wing has yet to begin any refurbishment.

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Latest Released 2007 Room Rates (WL Bunks, Polynesian)

by on May 19, 2006

Here are the latest 2007 Room Rack Rates for Disney World Resorts. Old updates are below.

New on May 20th:

Wilderness Lodge Bunk Beds:

Standard rooms will not have bunk beds.
Concierge room with bunk beds will be on a request basis only.

Wood view guarantee bunk bed:
Value $260; Regular $310; Peak $370; Holiday $405

Courtyard view guarantee bunk bed:
Value $295; Regular $345; Peak $410; Holiday $445

Polynesian:

Garden view

Value $329; Regular $385; Peak $449; Holiday $519

Lagoon view

Value $425; Regular $480; Peak $560; Holiday $625

Magic Kingdom view

Value $455; Regular $515; Peak $600; Holiday $670

GV concierge

Value $465; Regular $530; Peak $620; Holiday $690

LV concierge

Value $575; Regular $650; Peak $745; Holiday $815

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Not-So-Scary and Very-Merry events on sale May 1st.

by on May 17, 2006

Tickets for the Magic Kingdom’s Halloween and Christmas hard-ticket private events will go on sale May 1st.

Both parties occur after normal park hours, beginning at 7pm and running until midnight. Both have special event parades and fireworks. To attend either event, you must purchase a ticket for the date specified, as admission is not included with regular theme park admission. You do not, however, need to visit the theme park during the regular part of the day to attend the event at night.

These events can sell out, as they have limitted capacity. If you’re considering attending, purchase your tickets as soon as your plans are finalized.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will be offered September 15, 22, 29; October 2, 5, 6, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 20, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30 and 31, 2006.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will be offered November 13, 17, 27, 28, and 30; and December 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, and 21.

Be advised that the Magic Kingdom park will have a “hard close” to set up for the events at 6pm on the nights they are offered. This means any guests without a ticket for the party will be ushered out of the park promptly at 6pm.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 407-W-Disney or from Disney’s website after/on May 1st.

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Epcot’s Sounds Like Summer Concert Series June 12 – Aug 13

by on May 17, 2006

The American Gardens Theater at the American Adventure in Epcot will host a new summer series dedicated to rock music called “Sounds like Summer.” There will be 3 performances a day at 5:15pm, 6:45pm, and 8:00pm, June 12th through August 13th.

The following bands are currently scheduled to appear:

June 12 – 18: Transit Authority – A Tribute to Chicago

June 19 – July 1: Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles

July 2 – 14: 52nd Street – A Tribute to Billy Joel

July 15 – 21: Draw the Line – A Tribute to Aerosmith

July 22 – August 6: Björn Again – A Tribute to ABBA

August 7 – 13: Transit Authority – A Tribute to Chicago

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2007 Room Rates (Rolling Update)

by on May 16, 2006

Walt Disney World Resort 2007 Room Rates will be announced on a rolling basis for the next few weeks through June/July. Check here periodicly for updates. Here are the rates we know, by season.

Newest Prices First – All Others Known After Break (—-)

New 5/17/06:

Boardwalk Inn (Std/Water/Conc/DlxConc/GardenSuite):

Value: $315/390/445/540/595
Regular: $359/450/505/600/655
Peak: $429/510/580/675/735
Holiday: $475/585/655/750/855

Animal Kingdom Lodge (Std/Pool/Savannah/DlxPool/DlxSavn/DlxBunkSavn/Conc):

Value: $215/230/285/300/350/375/435
Regular: $265/280/335/350/395/420/490
Peak: $325/340/400/415/465/485/555
Holiday: $359/375/435/450/525/550/635

Contemporary (GStd/GWater/GKing/GDlx/TowerLake/TowerMK/AtriumClb/KingTwrClb/TowerClb):

Value: $259/305/320/330/365/395/485/515/535
Regular: $299/345/360/375/410/445/550/575/600
Peak: $339/395/410/425/470/515/630/645/680
Holiday: $389/450/465/480/525/570/705/725/755

Grand Floridian (Garden/Lagoon/MK/LodgeTwr/Sugar/Main/DlxMain):

Value: $375/435/465/455/490/640/650
Regular: $425/500/535/520/565/720/740
Peak: $495/590/630/615/665/830/845
Holiday: $579/675/720/690/740/910/930

Yacht and Beach Club (Std/Water/GardConc/WaterConc):

Value: $315/385/435/515
Regular: $359/440/490/575
Peak: $429/500/565/650
Holiday: $475/545/625/710

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All Star Music Family Suites:

Value: $179
Regular: $215
Summer: $240
Peak: $265
Holiday: $285

Boardwalk and Beach Club Villas (Studio/1bd/2bd/Grand):

Value: $315/425/595/1440
Regular: $359/480/770/1645
Peak: $429/560/975/1850
Holiday: $475/625/1105/2090

Moderate Resorts (Std/King or Pref):

Value: $145/160
Regular: $165/185
Summer: $175/195
Peak: $185/210
Holiday: $199/225

Coronado Springs Suites (Jr/1bed/2bed):

Value: $330/615/910
Regular: $380/675/999
Summer: $415/715/1035
Peak: $450/750/1070
Holiday: $515/820/1210

Old Key West and Saratoga Springs (Studio/1Bed/2bed/Grand Villa):

Value: $279/370/515/1135
Regular: $309/420/610/1265
Peak: $359/485/745/1430
Holiday: $399/560/850/1595

Wilderness Lodge (Stnd/Wood/Court/Conc/Delx):

Value: $215/240/270/375/485
Regular: $265/290/320/425/550
Peak: $325/350/385/490/625
Holiday: $359/385/420/525/675

Ft Wilderness Cabins:

Value: $249
Regular: $289
Peak: $329
Holiday: $365

Ft Wilderness Campsites (Pref/Full):

Value: $55/46
Regular: $75/69
Peak: $85/79
Pre-Holiday: $58/50
Holiday: $96/91

Villas at Wilderness Lodge (Studio/1bd/2bd):

Value: $305/415/590
Regular: $349/470/765
Peak: $415/570/920
Holiday: $465/615/1075

Dates for each season at each resort can be found below.

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2006-7 Crowd Calendar Updated

by on May 15, 2006

The Crowd Calendar has been updated with Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party dates, plus November ’06 hours and Extra Magic Hour days.

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Disney All Star Resorts offered through Priceline.com for $36

by on May 14, 2006

Recently, Disney has begun offering their All Star Music and All Star Sports Resort through bids via Priceline for a mere $36 (plus tax and fees) when the rack rate for this period is $99 at these resorts.

Bidding on Priceline is always risky as you cannot see which hotel you will get in advance and could end up with something completely unexpected. Also, the bid itself is nonrefundable.

A new website called Magic Values (at www.magicvalues.com) strives to make the odds bidding for these great rates a little safer. There is still no guarantee, but this website did help many people bid successfully for these resorts.

Magic Values explains the exact booking process to win the resort and a calendar of bids from people around the web showing which days were won, and which days were not.

Again, it cannot be stressed enough that a bid through Priceline is not refundable, and you might end up at a non-Disney resort. However, if you’re interested, it might be worth the gamble.

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Pirates Invade Carribbean Beach Resort!

by on May 11, 2006

Recently, the shopping area of Old Port Royale at Disney’s Carribbean Beach Resort has become overrun with pirates. The overlay is to promote the the upcoming film Pirates of the Carribbean – Dead Mans Chest.

The overlay includes many skeleton/corpse pirates throughout the shopping area, even on the second floor over the dining area, and lots of pirate related merchandise.

Also being offered is a new children’s Pirate Adventure Cruise at Carribbean Beach Resort. A sign in the plaza provides basic details:

“Land lubbers from the ages of 4-10 can interact and hear the legend of treasures that have been hidden on one of the islands here in the Carribbean Waters.

The adventure departs the Barefoot Bay Marina on Tuesdays at 9:30 AM and returns at 11:30 AM with a light lunch provided.

The price of the adventure is $30.00 (tax included). Call Barefoot Bay Marina at Extension 2850 for a reservation. ”

Wether this offering is temporary or a permanent expansion to accomodate the need for such adventures like the very popular Pirate Cruise around Seven Seas Lagoon and the Albatross Cruise through Crescent lake is currently unknown.

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Animal Kingdom Cheat Sheets Updated

by on May 10, 2006

The cheat sheets for the Animal Kingdom have been updated. If you’ve not seen these before, they’re one-page guides showing the best time of day to visit every attraction in the park. Different cheat sheets are available, depending on the crowd levels we expect during your trip.
Click here to view the Animal Kingdom Cheat Sheets.

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