The doors into the west breezeway at Epcot have been reopened and the Velcro exhibit is showing signs of progress.
The new entrance allows guests to enter next to the IBM exhibit and is giving the whole area an increase in foot traffic. The Velcro exhibit is still under construction, but has taken the form of a series of whimsical building fronts.
This week, the third major game for the Project Tomorrow post-show area of Spaceship Earth has opened.
Located behind the large globe, the game uses a shuffle-board style stick to manipulate a projected game on the floor. Guests guide power pucks to areas of a city which needs them, allowing the city to grow – while using eco-friendly power sources of course.
Now only two additions to Project Tomorrow remain. The red zone, directly to the left of the ride’s exit, will be called Innervision and deal with futuristic health technology. The main globe in the center will be updated with a new show as the final phase of the upgrade.
Disney has begun removing all signs that refer to the park as Disney-MGM Studios in order to complete the conversion to the new name, Disney Hollywood Studios, by early January. To date, the archway to the animation courtyard has been stripped and the Earful Tower has been whitewashed.
UPDATE: The attraction has reopened and the autopsy has revealed the man died of natural causes.
Expedition Everest, the new roller coaster at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is closed pending an investigation into the death of a man who rode it Tuesday. Early reports state the man appeared to suffer no obvious trauma and that the ride was operating properly. The ride will remain closed until the investigation is complete or the ride is ruled out as possibly causing/contributing to his death.
Normally we don’t post information about such incidents, but Everest is a major attraction at the Animal Kingdom park and this closure is occurring as Disney World heads into the busiest time of year. It will have noticeable effects on crowd distribution at the Animal Kingdom if the ride remains closed for the next several days.
The tip board located in the Oasis plaza will state if the ride is still closed if you are planning to visit soon. If it is closed, expect lines at other attractions in the park to be increased as the long queue usually holds a considerable amount of people.
The period of time between the closure and the large holiday crowds is too short for most people to get the news and alter their plans. We will keep you updated on the status of the attraction, and as always our prayers are with the family.
The finale nights of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are approaching and some dates have already sold out. The December 18 and 21 dates have sold out. Tickets currently remain for the 16th and 20th, but buying in advance as soon as possible is highly recommended.
Disney has filed a permit to refurbish the post-show Kodak Imageworks area of the Imagination pavilion. Rumors suggest that perhaps the upstairs portion of the building may reopen, though the permit only specifies new carpet and such. The upstairs are is rumored to be currently use as staging area for the Waste Management exhibit coming to Innoventions East in February.
A truly minor note, but if anything it will make traversing Future World a tiny bit easier. The opening to Innoventions West from the west Breezeway (the big hallway leading to The Land, Seas, and Imagination) will be reopening with the new Velcro exhibit scheduled for completion by January.
The original design of Innoventions East and West as Communicore allowed for much more flow-through to the rest of Future World, whereas the current setup has blocked several doors and forced guests to only traverse the central corridor which has in turn become extremely congested. This is a minor improvement in the grand scheme of things, but will help the congestion in that area the nearby Character Spot has created.