Archive for July, 2008

Kodak wants more light

by on July 31, 2008

Permits have been filed to install “more lights” in the post-show of the Imagination Pavilion. Why? For what? We don’t know, but rumors persist that the pavilion is going to close for a major overhaul of the ride in the near future. Also, there have been reports of there already being “more light” in the pavilion as the glass pyramids are again being fully lit at night (previously they were dark and in recent months they were partially lit).

Greek food coming to Food and Wine

by on July 31, 2008

In an interesting addition to the usual roster of electric and roof repairs found in Disney permits for work at the parks a permit for a 1000 square-foot Greek kiosk for the Food and Wine Festival has appear.

Shutters gets a new look

by on July 31, 2008

The entrance of the Shutters restaurant at the Caribbean Beach rEsort will be demolished and rebuilt with a new look.

Pick that Package Up

by on July 31, 2008

Package Pickup at Pop Century will soon be relocated to the old Classic Concoctions building just outside of the main lobby as work completes on the project soon.

Ice for the World

by on July 31, 2008

Disney has begun work to install several new ice mahcines at the Grand Floridan Resort and Wilderness Lodge. For all of us who have stayed at the resorts and dealt with the old ice machines – Yay!

Personal Audio Description program expands

by on July 31, 2008

Disney has recently filed a series of permits to expand the Personal Audio Description program in the parks. The system will soon be installed on several more attraction. The system describes the attractions show scenes in detail so that visually impaired guests can fully experience the show. Soarin and Mexico are the latest to install the system.

Pirates finally makes it to the Caribbean.

by on July 31, 2008

In addition to renovation of the bulk of the rooms at the Caribbean Beach Resort to include minor references to Finding Nemo in their new linens, the Trinidad section will also includes Pirates themed rooms.

The new pirates rooms will have completely different look from the rest of the resort. The 384 rooms will feature beds shaped like ships, crates for dressers and stands, and tattered curtain sails. Look for these rooms to be open for stays sometime in 2009.

Monsters at the Studios?

by on July 31, 2008

Jim Hill reports in from JimHillMedia that a Mnsters Inc themed roller coaster is slated for the Studios park in the future. While there is no official announcement from Disney regarding the subject, there are already many thematic and architectural references to the Monsters Inc universe in the newly opened Pixar Place at the Studios park. Much of the industrial metalwork of the end of the street toward the Backlot is based on the Monsters Inc movie rather then the Pixar studios campus which is the theme towards One Man’s Dream.

Earlier rumors have stated that the other grand entrance marquee arch for Pixar (there is currently only one on the One Man’s Dream side) will be placed somewhere in the vicinity of the Honey I Shrunk the Audience playset adventure in the future.

Fantasy’s future

by on July 31, 2008

Regularly reliable source, Honor Hunter at the Blue Sky Blog, has come up with apparent intentions for an overhaul of Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. A move away from the medieval fair “look” of the land is expected (akin to Disneyland’s early 80’s overhaul to a more richly themed environment) along with the possibility of a new attraction based on Snow White and the Seven Dwarves – namely mine train type roller coaster. This rumor does seem a bit off-the-wall, and thus is best taken with a large grain of salt, but the Blue Sky Blog has a good record for it’s information lately.

StormStruck to soft open?

by on July 31, 2008

Rumor has it that the StormStruck show in Innoventions East at Epcot will begin soft openings on Monday, August 4th.

The show takes over a large area of the Innoventions space and is said to be a fairly in depth experience. Guests will enter a house and experience the ravages of a major storm on the structure – with them inside. The second half involves guests getting involved in preventing the demolition of the home by adding new reinforcements and technology that help homes weather the storms in real life.

If well executed this experience may become one of the more popular diversion in Innoventions, drawing a moderate wait time during peak periods akin to “Where’s the Fire?” in Innoventions West.