Archive for January, 2009

WDW Today Episode 515 – Disney’s Deluxe Resorts

by on January 19, 2009

Episode 515 of the WDWToday podcast is available. This episode features an overview of Disney’s deluxe resorts, including the advantages of staying on-site. Click here to download the episode.

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Updates To Crowd Calendar

by on January 18, 2009

Many of our readers are asking about how the state of the economy is affecting crowds and our prediction of crowd levels. We take all the information available to us when we predict the crowd levels on our calendar. Our predictions include the expected continuation of the downturn in the economy as well the many other factors that we measure in an ongoing way. If our data tells us that something is changing then we reflect that in our numbers.

When it comes to the effect of the economy is having on Disney crowds the answer it not exactly clear. We have seen recent indications that guest numbers are down for this past December and in early January, 2009. That doesn’t mean that Easter weekend is going to be less crowded than normal. Our historical data shows that when a downturn in the economy occurs the number of people visiting the parks goes down but the overall wait times in the park do not change that much. This is because Disney makes their own adjustments to staff and schedules which can offset the lower number of guests. The salient point is that the index is meant to be a comparative tool. Use it to judge between the estimated crowds of two time periods.

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Pirates and Princess Party Cancelled

by on January 18, 2009

We now have confirmation that Disney has cancelled the Pirate and Princess Parties for 2009. As well, we have updated the dates for Star Wars Weekend after their recent release. Added is the Pirate and Princess Half-Marathon weekend in March. Our expectation is that the crowds will not be significantly affected by the half-marathon.

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WDW Today Episode 513 – Listener Questions

by on January 14, 2009

Episode 513 of the WDWToday podcast is available. This episode features answers to listener questions regarding the new Quick Service dining plan, FASTPASS child swap, Epcot’s miniature trains and more. Click here to download the episode.

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Crowd calendar updated

by on January 12, 2009

The crowd calendar has been updated to remove known canceled Pirates and Princess Party dates, update our Super Bowl and Mardi Gras crowd estimates, and note the official Star Wars Weekend dates. Questions and updates to the calendar can be mailed to our statistician Fred.

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WDW Today Episode 512 – Dining Review Of Downtown Disney’s T-Rex Restaurant

by on January 12, 2009

Episode 512 of the WDWToday podcast is available. This episode features a review of the new T-Rex restaurant in Downtown Disney.Click here to download the episode.

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WDW Today Episode 511 – Wines of the (Disney) World

by on January 10, 2009

Episode 511 of the WDWToday podcast is available. This episode features the return of Disney cookbook author Pam Brandon, who discusses wine drinking at Disney’s resort and theme park restaurants. Pam also has some great tips if you’ve not yet tried wine with dinner in WDW.Click here to download the episode.

The WDWToday podcast team includes the Unofficial Guide’s Len Testa, who provides crowd calendar, touring plan and restaurant advice (along with the occasional smart remark). Blogger Mike Scopa from AllEars.Net provides attraction and touring advice; Host Matt Hochberg runs StudiosCentral.com and focuses on what’s happening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios; and Mouse World Radio’s Mike Newell answers Disney Vacation Club and other travel questions.

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Kim Possible has a date…

by on January 10, 2009

The Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure goes live January 28th.

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Living with the Land new scene

by on January 9, 2009


After a few months of secrecy, the new show scene toward the end of Living with the Land has been revealed. It features a plant nutrient system which comes directly from live fish. Essentially, plants being fed from a fish tank.

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The perfect shade of blue..

by on January 9, 2009

The sorcerer hat in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is in the process of being repainted back to a high sheen blue. It’s been noticeably faded for quite some time.

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