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.”
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.
So here’s the stitch: A group of our researchers recently explored the Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure to give you low down on how to save the world in 90mins or less.
Recruits typically begin their adventure at either Innoventions East or West where they scan a park ticket, give their party size, and choose the number of communicators they’ll want to use. The sign-up process is guided by a friendly field agent.
The recruited agents then receive a FastPass telling them where to go and find a secret agent at an outpost at a specified country and time.
This country does not have to be the country which you play the game in. You can request to be sent to another country from that point if you want to explore a new location. These outposts can also begin the game for any walk ups if you didn’t hit the recruitment center in Innoventions or on the bridge to World Showcase. These stations are at nearly every country in World Showcase and all look alike.
At the field station, you’ll be signed up, given a phone, and told to wander away from the station to receive your instructions from Wade (to stay discreet).
We do have some comments and complaints. We were recommended a single phone for a party of four. Realistically, two people per phone is far more functional. Second, the Norway adventure isn’t very good. It requires racing around roughly the same small location from spot to spot (near the restrooms and quick service seating area) rather then involving the whole pavilion. You do cause some neat interactions with the pavilion, but it is just too closely confined to make it any fun. You run into other players constantly and can hear or see one effect mere feet from another. Thankfully, not all of the adventures are like this. We recommend Japan. Here’s a few highlights from the Norway adventure including puffs of smoke, raising flags, and talking statues.
To be honest, we don’t know how to Norway adventure ends. The finale was broken and the field agents seemed shocked to discover it was out of order. We think someone should be checking the effects on a regular basis. Here you can see two of our agent examining their own reflections in a broken screen:
This gave us some trepidation in recommending the Kim Possible World showcase Adventure to guests. A second attempt, Japan, made it clear why this will be a hit with Epcot guests.
The Japan adventure, reportedly the best according to CM’s who run the attraction, features summoning the elements from flowing water, wind chimes, glowing kanji, and flaming lanterns.
Did we mention the magical trees?
Or the evil baby robots?
Overall, the Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure offers a good diversion in the park. The challenges are simple but engaging. We just don’t recommend the Norway Adventure until they rethink its logistics. We would like to see some sort of prize for completing the quest – like the posters given out for getting all of the passport stamps. Tossing your phone away in a secret bin is a bit anti-climactic.