Archive for September, 2006

Living Seas Interior/Exterior Work

by on September 11, 2006

With the ride opening sometime in October, the work has begun to reach a feverish pace at the Living Seas pavilion in Epcot. The new pavilion entrance is getting a very colorful look featuring characters from the movie, overlayed on top of a modified version of the original classic mural.

Inside, the theme has been continued and run up the previously blank blue walls. The place now pops with bright colors – and jellyfish.

The exterior mural’s modified look is carried over onto new mural’s over Turtle Talk with Crush and Bruce’s Shark World. Here’s a long shot of Crush’s from second floor.

And finally, a close up of Bruce himself as he looms over his area in the newly stylized pavilion.

The Living Seas is scheduled to remain open until the grand opening of the The Seas with Nemo and Friends ride, however it may need to close a few days prior to remove interior construction walls and touch up paint. We’ll keep you updated if that is announced, as well as any pass holder or other previews.

Disney MGM Studios Parade at 3pm Permanently

by on September 10, 2006

The afternoon parade at Disney MGM Studios (currently “Stars in Motor Cars”) has moved to a 3pm timeslot and is said to remain there permanently. Previously, the parade would change start times through the year based on the season and crowds.

Updated Magic Your Way tickets page

by on September 9, 2006

Updated the Magic Your Way tickets page. Added a chart comparing the increase in Disney ticket prices with increases for other items in the U.S. economy, including everything from the average hourly wage of U.S. workers, to median home prices, to a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline.

Warning: The chart is not for the squeamish.

Fixed minor issues with crowd calendar, registration process

by on September 7, 2006

Fixed a minor issue with the crowd calendar where events held on the last day of the month (e.g., Mickey’s Not So Scary) didn’t display. Also fixed several minor login issues.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Refurbishment

by on September 6, 2006

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh will be closed for refurbishment January 28th – February 11th, 2007.

Splash Mountain Refurbishment

by on September 6, 2006

Splash Mountain will be closed for refurbishment January 2nd – 27th, 2007.

Parking increases to $10 per car per day

by on September 6, 2006

The cost of parking at Walt Disney World theme parks has increased to $10 per car per day.

UPDATE Night of Joy Sept 8th and 9th SOLD OUT

by on September 4, 2006

The September 8th and 9th, 2006, hard-ticket Night of Joy events in the Magic Kingdom have sold out.

Test Track gets Photopass!

by on September 2, 2006

Test Track at Epcot has become the first ride to feature Disney’s Photopass service.

In place of the old video screens which displayed your image and claim number, screens display an image but direct you to a card reader for a Photopass card (to add the photo to the card) and display the number of seconds left to claim/swipe your Photopass before your image expires and a new guest photo appears.

You still have the option of turning around and directly purchasing the photo from the counter across from the video screens. You simply have to claim/swipe, then present your Photopass for purchase at the counter.

This technology is expected to be expanded to several other attractions over time.