Archive for April, 2007

Japan temporary dining options

by on April 29, 2007

To compensate for the closure of the Mitsukoshi restauarants (there are technically 3 up on the second floor) at the Japan pavilion in Epcot, new kiosks have been installed on the World showcase promenade.

These kiosks offer samplings of food typically offered at the restaurants and even mixed drinks. The area is worth checking out if you’re unable to get your fix of Japanese food during the closure.

The Mitsukoshi store on the lower level continues to operate, as does the Tin Toy galley in the rear. The rest of the pavilion is extensively under tarps for the duration as the roofing is repaired and new backstage/cast member areas are created and refurbished.

Refurbishments should end around August 20th.

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Special Event Ticket Reminder

by on April 29, 2007

A friendly reminder: Tickets for special events in the Magic Kingdom this fall go on sale today, May 1st.

Get your dialing fingers ready to call 407-W-Disney for tickets to all dates of Disney’s Pirate and Princess Party, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Tickets for the Halloween parties nearest Oct 31st tend to sell out first.

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New! Readers’ Disney Resort Report Card

by on April 28, 2007

Each year, several thousand readers send us their responses to the survey at the end of the Unofficial Guide. This “Report Card” documents their opinions of the respective Disney resorts, as well as of Swan, Dolphin, and Shades of Green. We’ve posted the latest scores as of April 30 online.

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Updated Crowd Calendar with Not So Scary and Very Merry Dates

by on April 28, 2007

We’ve updated the crowd calendar to reflect the best days to visit each theme park in September, October, November and December, based on the recently announced schedules for Mickey’s Not So Scary and Very Merry Christmas Parties.

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Dates Announced for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Very Merry Christmas Party

by on April 26, 2007

MNSSHP Dates:

Sept 14, 21, 28, and 30
Oct 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 20, 31
Nov 2

Advance purchase $41.49 age 10 & up / $35.10 age 3-9
These prices are only available on these dates – Sept 14, 30, Oct 4, 8, 11, 14

All other dates $48.94 age 10 & up / $42.55 age 3-9

Annual Passholder prices – valid annual pass must be shown to pick up tickets. Tickets can be ordered ahead of time but must be picked up at guest relations of any theme park: Sep 14 and Oct 4 – $38.29 age 10 & up / $31.94 age 3-9

Disney Vacation Club members can purchase them through member services for the same price and dates as the Annual Passholders.All prices include tax.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party:


Nov 12, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29, 30
Dec 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21

Advance Purchsae $43.82 age 10 & up / $36.16 age 3-9
These prices are only available on these dates:
Nov 12, 15, 25, 27, 29
Dec 2, 4, 9, 11,

All other dates $51.07 age 10 & up / $43.62 age 3-9

Annual Passholder prices – valid annual pass must be shown to pick up tickets. Tickets can be ordered ahead of time but must be picked up at guest relations of any theme park:
Nov 15, 27 – Dec 11, 18 – $40.42 / $32.96

Disney Vacation Club members can purchase them through member services for the same price and dates as the Annual Passholders

All prices include tax

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Spaceship earth refurbishment (minor) Dates

by on April 26, 2007

In addition to dates already listed, Spaceship Earth will be closed for refrbishment June 22nd – 23rd, 2007.

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Spaceship Earth refurb (minor) Dates

by on April 26, 2007

Please note that leading up to the major rennovation project, Spaceship Earth will also be closed May 7th – 10th, 2007.

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Spaceship Refurbishment Dates

by on April 26, 2007

UPDATE: Spaceship Earth will be closed for refurbishment July 9th – October 31st, 2007.

The end date is still fuzzy and unconfirmed. The park’s calendar for November has not been released yet. The ride may be closed for a substantial portion of November as well.

The new postshow portion of the attraction will be open to explore during the refurbishment.

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Contemporary’s Arcade on the move!

by on April 24, 2007

In a bit of news we’ve been waiting to hear about for weeks, the Food and Fun Center Arcade at the Contamporary will begin moving it’s games upstairs to the rennovated location on the 4th Floor Concourse as of today. The current arcade will continue to operate through Friday (4/27/07) as various games are removed and transported. Saturday and Sunday the new location on the 4th floor will be operating in a “soft opening” format during the day, and then finally on Monday (4/30/07) the new arcade is scheduled to Grand Open on the 4th floor concourse at 9am.

The rumored name of the new location will be Contemporary Games. How the “Food” part of the Food and Fun Center will operate going forward is unknown – though the lobby level arcade is ceasing operation.

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Minor corrections to detailed versions of touring plans posted.

by on April 21, 2007

We’ve updated the detailed version of our online touring plans, including descriptions of the new Gran Fiesta Tour at Mexico in World Showcase.

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