Archive for January, 2007

Turtle Talk closure 1/29-2/16/07

by on January 7, 2007

Turtle Talk with Crush will not be operating January 29th, 2007 to Febuary 16th, 2007.

Fantasia gift shop at Contemporary to Close

by on January 6, 2007

The Fantasia gift shop, offering childrens gifts and plush toys will be closing in order to be converted into a 4th Floor arcade for the Contemporary Resort. Official paperwork for this construction was signed on December 28th, 2006.

This is one of many coming changes to the 4th Floor Concourse at the Contemporary Resort. Earlier, when the Pin Station shop which previously existed on the Concourse was being demolished, the refurbishment walls contained images of the finished 4th Floor Concourse conceptual artwork – rather, how it will appear when all construction phases are complete. These are the photos we took of those images at that time:

The Sundries shop located adjacent to the Fantasia gift shop is mentioned in the paperwork to only be involved minimally in the current phase of construction.

Crowd calendar updated with July 2007 Best Days recommendations

by on January 3, 2007

Details available here.

Early Sunset Warning

by on January 3, 2007

During peak periods, long lines have been forming at the Animal Kingdom theme park for the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction. Please be aware that the attraction must close by a pre-determined time to get the animals into their homes for the night.

This means that the final ride vehicles must depart the station at a certain time and the attraction will close regardless of how many guests are still waiting in the line after that time. This situation does not arise often, but did occur on the 1st of January.

Thus, be aware of the signage posted in the Animal Kingdom stating the closing time for ride. It can be found at the entrance of the attraction, the Tipboard, and by asking at Guest Relations. Please arrive at the attraction well prior to this time – as on Janaury 1st the queue was closed 20minutes prior to its 4:45 advertised closing with a 70min queue.

The Early Sunset closure can vary throughout the year depending on light levels, and throughout the Christmas week was a early as 4:30pm, and as noted, the queue can be closed earlier if it becomes extremely long, and even then guests are not guaranteed to ride.

In short, visit the attraction early to avoid dissapointment.

Tomorrowland Indy Speedyway Refurbishment

by on January 3, 2007

The Tomorrowland Indy Speedyway will be closed for refurbishment January 31, 2007 – Febuary 15, 2007.

1900 Park Fare Refurbishment

by on January 3, 2007

1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian will be closed for Refurbishment from July 9, 2007 to October 1, 2007.

New Disney website re-design may temporarily affect touring plan dates and times

by on January 1, 2007

We hear Disney will soon unveil a major re-design of its website. This may temporarily affect our ability to post correct park and parade hours, as we get those from Disney’s site at the time a touring plan is requested.

If Disney’s website re-design does affect the way we obtain park and parade hours, it should take us a couple of days to do the programming to read the new version of the site correctly. If you’re headed to the parks in the next few weeks, we suggest obtaining touring plans now for those dates. Alternatively, it’s always possible to print out a touring plan, visit Disney’s site for the park and parade hours, and manually write them into the touring plan’s “Park Hours” section.

Crowd Calendar updated with June

by on January 1, 2007

Now that Disney’s released the Extra Magic Hours (EMH) schedule for June 2007, the crowd calendar’s “Best Days” recommendations for June have been updated. Disney’s also release the park hours for July 2007, but not the EMH schedule. We’ve updated the crowd predictions (9’s and 10’s virtually the whole month), and will update the “Best Days” recommendations as soon as the EMH schedule is released.