Mickey’s Country House will be closed for refurbishment November 5, 2007 to November 16, 2007. Those in search of the famed mouse should consult a Cast Members at the parks in order to find an alternate location.
After what felt like forever, the Teppan Edo and Tokyo Dining restaurants have opened at the Japan Pavilion. Teppan Edo has kept a menu very similar to its predecessor the Mitsukoshi Teppanyaki. Tokyo Dining offers some new choices, though it does offer many of the tempura (battered and fried) choices of Tempura Kiku which is replaces. It has also absorbed the diverse sushi selection of now extinct Matsu No Ma Lounge whose space it expanded into. Fun note: A children’s meal at Tokyo Dining comes in a big serving dish shaped like a bullet train.
The interior of both restaurants is refreshed and has a look of contemporary Japan. Very sleek lines, dark hard woods, and rich colors are arranged in a very zen sort of style.
Reservations for the two locations are already hard to come by, so make your plans early.
The tarps in China and Japan’s World Showcase pavilions are now down and the facade restoration is complete. The two projects, seemingly competing for the “longest refurbishment known to man” award, ended almost simultaneously. Interior work continues on Japan’s restaurant offerings, and China will close the Nine Dragons restaurant in early 2008.
An exhibit on Waste Management (your guess is as good as ours) will be installed in Epcot’s Innoventions area in the near future. This news, along with the Velcro exhibit, fills up some of the gaps of space available in the venues. Rumors persist that the Road to Tomorrow theme will be dropped entirely – as reflected in the current signage exterior renovation.
Minor updates for now. Yak and Yeti opens in mid-November, as does the new Tusker House. Tusker House is taking priority seating reservations now. Note that Yak and Yeti has a companion counter-service restaurant, called Yak and Yeti Market.
Epcot recently opened a gallery exploring it’s 25 years of history in Innoventions West corridor. The gallery should be on display until December of 2007. We have gone through and taken extensive photographs for anyone not able to visit the gallery before its closure.