Disney has filed permits to install more self-service order kiosks at the Pecos Bills restaurant in the Magic Kingdom. Apparently the four original kiosks were doing quite well and the system is being expanded.
An interesting rumor keeps persisting around the net: The Studio Backlot Tram Tour could completely lose its tour guides and see them replaced with an automated spiel. Some reports even suggest the ride closing in early 2009 to make the change. Similarly, the Living with the Land attraction recently underwent the same alteration and became a high capacity attraction (as all vehicle could be run at once) without many complaints about the lack of a live guide.
Disney is currently in the process of replacing some (possibly all) of the mirrored tiles on the fascade of the Universe of Energy at Epcot with a metal sheeting. Previously large portions of the mirrored walls (the sides of the building essentially) were removed as the pavilion underwent an overhaul to become the current attraction. Could this be the end of the mirror tiles forever? We’re not sure, but there’s certainly going to be fewer of them.
The Earth Barge has finished its refurbishment and is back in the show at Epcot’s Illuminations. The quality of the globe is much improved and we can actually make out the images now. Video is from wdwmagic.com via youtube.