Archive for January, 2007

New Disney Transportation System Charts Available

by on January 14, 2007

We’ve added to the website a chart comparing the time needed to get from any Disney resort to various Walt Disney World destinations, using Disney transportation or your own car.

An additional chart shows how to make the most efficient use of Disney’s free bus service to travel between resorts, rather than using a taxi service.

More details can be found here.

Janaury is Tarp-Tastic!

by on January 13, 2007

Janaury, while typically a slower month, is also filled with a plenty of work to get the parks bright and shiny for the spring and summer crowds.

Roof work seems to be the common theme in the Magic Kingdom. Pictured above, the Riverboat Landing gets some new shingles, and the finishng touches of the fascade near Peter Pans flight also needs a few areas of shingles. Elsewhere in the park, prep work for the Pirate and Princess Party ramps up with the installation of temporary stages and displays. Hopping over to Epcot…

The semi-annual refurbishment of the water play area outside of Mission: SPACE and Test Track is underway. Over by Electric Umbrella, more turquoise tile is being removed from the planters.

A peak in from the second floor seating area at the Electric Umbrella reveals that Disney is hard at work to rid Epcot of all blue-green tile.

Animal Kingdom and MGM aren’t to be left out. Animal Kingdom still has massive walls flanking Asia as the new restaurant is being constructed and MGM boasts walls all along Mickey Avenue for the much anticipated Midway Mania attraction.

San Angel Inn – Scene Change Warning

by on January 13, 2007

Notice that the sign outside of Epcot’s Mexico pavilion does not invite you to enjoy scenic views of the newly erected “Great Wall of Mexico” visible from what were once waterfront tables at the San Angel Inn Restaurante.

The restaurant will attempt normal operation until the refurbishment of the El Rio del Tiempo attraction is complete in April. However, less then pretty than a wall is a drained “river of time” full of sweaty construction workers. Until the work finishes, feel free to pretend the worklight peaking over the wall is moonlight.

Contemporary Games concept art

by on January 13, 2007

The Fantasia gift shop on the 4th floor concourse of the Contemporary Resort has closed and been surroudned with construction walls. Hanging on those walls is concept art depicting the shop’s replacement: Contemporary Games.

Contemporary Games will house the arcade for the resort, replacing the Food and Fun Center, allowing for futher expansion to later develope in that space on the ground level.

Spring Discounts at Disney Announced Today

by on January 11, 2007

Full details at

Disney vacation package insurance now covers airfare not booked as part of the package

by on January 9, 2007

A quick update courtesy of Sue Pisaturo of Small World Vacations:

New Feature Added to Vacation Insurance Coverage

Effective immediately, Travel Guard vacation insurance purchased through the Walt Disney Travel Company – Florida now provides coverage for airfare purchased as part of a Walt Disney Travel Company – Florida package, airfare booked
through a Travel Agent and airfare a Client purchases on their own. The price for the vacation insurance is $59.95 per adult (children 17 and under are included at no additional charge when all adults in the party purchase insurance).

Dining Plan Updates

by on January 9, 2007

We’ve updated details on the 2007 Disney Dining Plan, including the addition of Epcot, Coronado Springs, and Downtown Disney restaurants that were not originally reported to be participating in the plan.

We’ve also confirmed that the Dining Plan now separates adult and child meal credits, so it’s no longer possible to pay for adult meals using child credits in any restaurant that has a child menu available.

Link to Dining Plan Overview

Jungle Jim’s (Crossroad Shopping Center) Has Closed

by on January 9, 2007

A favorite of Unofficial Guide researchers. With it go the days of getting two pounds of hamburger and fries for $7. Jungle Jim’s, you shall be missed.

Pirates and Princess touring plans should be posted early this week

by on January 8, 2007

Just a quick note that we’ll have touring plans for both Pirates and Princesses posted later this week. These plans will focus on the new live entertainment offerings during the party.

Market House to close on Mainstreet USA

by on January 7, 2007

The Market House shop on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom will close to be converted into a new Arribas Brothers store. The store will glass creations like other such stores owned by the company. The Market House previously offered disney themed kitchen utensils and supplies.

Arribas Brothers small sub-store in the Main Street Bakery will also close and be removed as the new store location opens and will be replaced with more seating for the bakery.