Character Spot at Epcot has added televisions playing trivia and classic Disney cartoons to its long queue. It’s certainly more entertaining, but it’s still a very long wait if you don’t visit it during the early morning or evening just prior to closing.
Restaurants in the parks featuring McDonalds fries and food will no longer offer them. Some are closing briefly for minor overhauls while others are merely changing out their menu boards. All are reopening without McDonalds branded offerings.
From Disney PR: Chef Cat Cora and Disney are joining together to open an exciting new family dining restaurant at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort. Kouzzina by Cat Cora will feature a menu of Mediterranean-style cuisine that pays tribute to the chef’s Greek roots.
The restaurant, to be owned and operated by Disney, is scheduled to open by fall 2009 in the space currently occupied by Spoodles.
“I am pleased to welcome Cat Cora and her engaging new concept for Kouzzina to the Walt Disney World Resort,” said Jay Rasulo, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “This collaboration between Cat and Disney represents a significant step in our ongoing commitment to offer unique culinary experiences and choices for our guests.”
A note for any annual passholders who may opt for the Birthday Fun Card while visiting WDW instead of the free birthday admission ticket. The card is only valid for merchandise once you leave the ticket window – if you want to use the value of the card to renew/upgrade your annual pass you must do so right then and there. Walk away and you can only use the card to buy merchandise up to its $75 value at participating locations. It is not good for ticket purchases once you walk away from the window.
Many of you are wondering how next month’s closure of Tomorrowland’s popular Space Mountain will affect our Magic Kingdom touring plans. We’ve been testing many alternatives including everything from just skipping Space Mountain to moving almost all of Tomorrowland’s attractions to later in the day.
For most plans the most effect strategy seems to be simply to skip Space Mountain and continue with the rest of the plan as written. This is especially true if Buzz Lightyear is also visited within a couple of steps of Space Mountain in the plan. The problem with most alternative routes is that Buzz’s standby wait times can be very long during days with large crowds, and FASTPASSes can run out. Thus, it’s best to visit Buzz in the morning, regardless of whether Space Mountain is operating.
Many thanks to the Unofficial Guide research team who slogged through the parks testing every wacky idea we could think of for this change.
The inferno barge from Illuminations is out for repairs for an undetermined length of time. The show will be running without its signature plumes of fire and brimstone for at least a few weeks. Earliest estimates are saying late March, others are saying mid-April before its return.
Episode 520 of the WDWToday podcast is available for download. Join host Matt Hochberg as he rubs elbows with American Idol’s best, live on the “Blue Carpet” during the premiere of the American Idol Experience.
The American Idol Experience will have a “world premiere” this Thursday and a grand opening on Valentine’s day. To tide everyone over until that happens – here’s a time lapse of the construction within the theater.
Florida Residents can now buy a 2 Day Magic your Way base ticket for $99 plus tax for guests 10 and over, $83 plus tax for Guests 3-9. This offer is good from Feb. 1, 2009 through May 20, 2009. You can purchase the Water Park Fun and More for an additional $25 plus tax on each ticket. These tickets are valid 14 days from first use and must be used by May 21, 2009.
Blackout: Tickets are not valid from Apr. 4, 2009 – April 18, 2009.