Archive for April, 2007

Cash-Only Line test at Counter Service

by on April 7, 2007

Disney has recently begun testing “Cash Only” lines at it’s quick service restaurants at some locations in the Magic Kingdom. If successful, these lines could be added to venues across WDW. Currently the lines only offer a specific entree (pizza at Pinnochios Village Haus, cheese or pepperoni) and beverages.

This appears to be a reactionary move to counter the longer lines from people ordering full meals – often including items they normally wouldn’t want – because of the inclusive Disney Dining Plan.

Little Ones Travel Time returns

by on April 7, 2007

Little Ones Travel Time will again return to WDW this fall August 26th through October 28th. Details are not yet known, though it is very likely the Disney Channel concert series will return as well as special packages for families with young children.

Electric Umbrella Self-Service Beverages

by on April 7, 2007

The Electric Umbrella restaurant has begun self-service beverage kiosk operation. Purchased cup sizes are now smaller then their counterparts at other locations, but refills are not discouraged. Hot tea, coffee, cocoa, apple juice, lemonade, and a large variety of coke products are offered.

Character Spot Details

by on April 7, 2007

Character Spot, a new venue for meeting Disney characters at Epcot (replacing the temporary Character Connection), will open in late Spring. Details have been released about the venue which will be housed in the Innoventions West building behind Club Cool and Fountainview Cafe.

The newly remodeled area will be themed to the original Future World pavilions. The themes include transportation, energy, space, communication, and the land. Disney has mentioned that the area will involve some interactive elements in addition to the character meeting for each theme, though has not specified what exactly that will entail.

Bush Camp opens at Animal Kingdom Lodge

by on April 7, 2007

A new children’s program has opened at Animal Kingdom Lodge on Saturday from 1-4pm. “Bush Camp” will bring kids on a tour of the Lodge’s Savannah and culminate in a meet and greet with a Lion King character. Cost $70 plus tax.

Spaceship Earth post-show progress

by on April 7, 2007

We’ve recently heard rumors that Spaceship Earth’s postshow area may reopen as early as April 27th. While we stress this only a rumor at this point, Disney has begun routing guests exiting the attraction out through a newly themed hallway revealing some of the coming area’s new look.

Gran Fiesta Tour wait times

by on April 7, 2007

A quick evaluation of Gran Fiesta Tour’s wait times is as follows. Immediately after it’s 11am opening on most days of operation, the attraction has been pulling in a signifigant crowd. However, it processes guests very quickly. Even though the queue may extend out of the “hard queue” pictured below, the wait will not be more then 15-20 minutes, until it reaches the front and the exterior of the Mexico pavilion (it’s roughly 30mins from that point.)

We have timed the queue including 5 extension switchbacks infront of the San Angel restaurant before the full hard queue, and have only waited 10-15mins on multiple trips through.

Magic Kingdom Wheelchair Waistlist

by on April 7, 2007

During peak periods, the Magic Kingdom has begun accepting a “waitlist” of requests for a wheelchair or ECV rental should they sell out. Guests will be contacted when a wheelchair or ECV is returned and becomes available for their use.

Lotus Blossom Cafe reopens

by on April 7, 2007

The Lotus Blossom Cafe counter service location in Epcot’s China pavilion has reopened after refurbishment. The location is now themed to a more modern Chinese look with stunning mosaics flanking the eating areas and dramatic lighting fixtures. The menu has changed slightly, moving to include BBQ chicken entrees in a Chinese style and Sweet and Sour chicken.

Magic in Motion Progress

by on April 7, 2007

Magic in Motion, the initiative to improve WDW’s bus transportation, will begin rolling out the last week of April. The first phase will involve automated speils and themed traveling music on the buses. Other improvement will include better dispatch of the buses and monitoring of bus queues, but those improvements will be rolled out at a later date.