Archive for November, 2006

Columnist Julie Saunders reviews The Seas with Nemo and Friends

by on November 30, 2006

You know her…you love her. Julie Saunders is back with a review of the new Nemo ride at The Seas in Epcot. Read Julie’s review here. For more of a good thing, Julie’s other columns can be found here.

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Epcot plans updated to include holiday offerings, Nemo review

by on November 26, 2006

We’ve updated the short and detailed versions of the Epcot plans to include a review of the new Nemo ride at The Seas with Nemo and Friends. Holiday plans for adults and parents now include Wonders of Life attractions, too. Here’s a link to the Epcot touring plans page.

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Contemporary Demolition Permit Filed

by on November 24, 2006

Since the walls have gone up around the North Garden Wing at the Contemporary Resort there has been some debate as to wether or not the work was for refurbishment akin to the South Garden Wing or demolition to allow for the building of a DVC resort.

Disney filed papers for demolition.

They can be found at THIS LINK.

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Captain Cooks reopens at the Polynesian Resort

by on November 22, 2006

Captain Cooks has finally reopened at the Polynesian Resort. The quick service restaurant now offers a plethora of space and some nice additions.

New features includes self serve dole whips, touch screen ordering, tonga toast, and an extended fountain drink selection which includes coke zero.

Guests who have had the chance to already experience Captain Cooks have said its a very nice addition to the resort with a modern slightly upscale feel.

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Too Small to See opens in Innoventions

by on November 22, 2006

“Too Small to See” is a new interactive area focusing on nanotechnology and the microscopic world in Innoventions at Epcot. The 5,000 square foot space is filled with kiosks that let guests move atoms or build molecules. It replaces the “Ultimate Home Theater Experience” which occupied the space previously. The exhibit is run in cooporation with Cornell University and the National Science Foundation and is expected to remain until May 2007.

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Rock n Roller Coaster Refurbishment

by on November 22, 2006

The Rock n Roller Coaster at Disney MGM Studios will be closed for refurbishment January 2nd – 21st, 2007.

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Updates to Animal Kingdom touring plans have begun

by on November 19, 2006

We’ve started updating our Animal Kingdom plans to include the new Finding Nemo: The Musical show in Dinoland. Adult plan updates are done, and the remaining parents, seniors, and miscellaneous plans should be finished by evening on Monday, November 20.

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Touring Plans Are Available

by on November 14, 2006

A quick note to let folks know that new touring plans for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party posted on the site. As with the Not So Scary Halloween Party, we have plans for both parents and adults. Visit this page for the details.

Our research team attended the first Christmas Party of the year last night, and should have a full report available shortly.

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TouringPlans to Go – a cellphone version of Touringplans.com – is now available at www.Handango.com

by on November 12, 2006

TouringPlans.com now is available for BlackBerry and Palm mobile devices. This new software allows you to download new plans, view attraction details, and check restaurant ratings all while touring the parks. Each touring plan comes with a detailed color park map that highlights each attraction you’ll be visiting. You’ll also be able to schedule reminders for events such as FASTPASS return times and parade and show times.

We think this product will be great for folks whose plans change while in the parks.

Email us your copy of the sales receipt from Handango.com purchase between November 1 and December 8 to receive a free one-year subscription to Touringplans.com.

Links
Product overview & tour

Link to buy the product at Handango.com

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Contemporary Construction (DVC?) Update

by on November 12, 2006

Construction has begun on the North Garden Wing of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Though Disney has not stated that the project is for a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) offering, the STOLport staging site mentioned in a permit filed (see previous updates) which specificly refered to a DVC at Contemporary looks to be under construction as well. At that site, they have cleared land exactly as the permit detailed for trailers and parking lot to (presumably) stage the larger construction at the Contemporary itself. Aside from this hush-hush work, we have the work at the Contamporary itself:

Unlike the previous rennovation of the South Garden Wing, the parking lot of the North Garden Wing has been cleared of divisions and planters, suggesting the building may expand into the parking lot as the original large tower plans for the DVC suggested.

Those familiar with the work being done currently on the building say they are removing all abestos and furnishing still.

Around the rest of the Contemporary other changes are occuring. The 4th floor Concourse remains incomplete, but a small set of shelves has been set up as a temporary shop to fill the large expanse where the Pin Shop once resided. Any clutter near the Mary Blair mural has been removed and the area feels very open on the north end now. They are also repainting the frames of the south atrium windows.

And finally, new CM costumes are starting to roll out for the resort. Housekeeping (pictured below) wear beige/tan shirts with brown pants which match the buildings new painted and wood panel color scheme. Front desk and concierge are expected to soon get a pin stripe suit in a similiar dark brown with baby blue and salmon colored shirts differentiating between concierge and front desk. Currently only housekeeping is wearing the new costumes.

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