Archive for November, 2008

New strollers for Magic Kingdom

by on November 26, 2008

The Magic Kingdom park has recently rolled out a new line of rental strollers. They’re less intrusively colored and are a little bit smaller then the old version.


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Viking ship at Epcot to be demolished

by on November 24, 2008

Disney is commencing with demolition of the viking ship at the Norway pavilion in Epcot. It was once a play area for children and then became a piece of scenery as the wood began to rot and now is going to become a memory.

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Epcot to close one hour earlier on Fridays beginning January 2009

by on November 23, 2008

According to Disney’s online park hours, Epcot will be closing at 8 pm (one hour earlier than usual) on Fridays, beginning in January 2009. The Epcot calendar is here.

Also, Disney has not yet published park hours for May, 2009. Our crowd calendar will be updated as soon as those hours are available.

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All-Star Music photos added to resort photo gallery

by on November 22, 2008

We’ve added more than 140 photos of Disney’s All-Star Music resort to the photo gallery.

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Online Check-in to debut in January?

by on November 22, 2008

This interesting blurb ran across the news/rumor desk today..

Disney’s Online Check-In service enables Guests to simplify their arrival by allowing them to go online and provide information related to their upcoming stay. On a Guest’s scheduled arrival date, since check-in information will have been provided previously online by the Guest, they may experience a streamlined check-in at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels or Disney Vacation Club resorts. A welcome folder with their Key to the World Card will be waiting at a designated Disney’s Online Check-In area in the resort hotel lobby. Guests will need to present valid photo ID to pick up the folder and complete check-in. Guests may check-in online beginning 10 days prior to their arrival date. Web site addresses for Disney’s Online Check-In service will vary based on the original method of booking. As Guests are completing Disney’s Online Check-In service, select Guests will have an opportunity to apply for the Disney Rewards® Visa Card® that could be used during their stay. This service launches in January, 2009.

More details posted when we have them.

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Wilderness Lodge photos and video posted

by on November 21, 2008

Universe of Energy Refurbishment

by on November 21, 2008

The Universe of Energy at Epcot will be closed for refurbishment January 5 – March 22, 2009.

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Pop Century and Port Orleans French Quarter Resort photos online

by on November 19, 2008

More resort photos posted here. We’re working on the Wilderness Lodge next. Comments and suggestions welcomed: len@touringplans.com.

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Small change in travel insurance

by on November 17, 2008

An interesting twist on the recession – the travel insurance that Disney sells with vacation packages now includes coverage for losing your job, as well as deployment. As always, be sure to read and comprehend the full policy before agreeing to purchase it.

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Contempo Cafe opens!

by on November 17, 2008

Via the miracle of youtube – the Contempo Cafe is open, and as the video illustrates, the background noise is just as loud as ever from the construction.

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