Archive for March, 2007

Minor book corrections posted

by on March 31, 2007

Mainly involve Water Mania (gone), single rider line at Mission: Space (gone), and price and availability updates to WDW tours. Details here.

Single Rider at RnRc

by on March 30, 2007

The Rock n’ Roller Coaster at Disney-MGM Studio has officially opened and begun operating a single-rider line.

Toppings Bar removed from Electric Umbrella

by on March 30, 2007

The burger-toppings bars have been removed from the Electric Umbrella at Epcot. Burgers now come served predressed with shredded lettuce and a slice of tomato. New condiment counters have been installed and guests are free to pick up various sauces (BBQ, honey mustard, mayo, mustard, etc.), but all fresh vegetables have been removed.

Illuminations 2x a night for EMH in April

by on March 30, 2007

As an added benefit for guests of official Walt Disney World Resorts, Illuminations: Relfections of Earth (the nightly fireworks at Epcot) will be shown a second time on nights with Extra Magic Hours. The second show will occur at 11:30pm. The 9pm show will still occur for all guests of the park.

Epcot is currently scheduled to have EMH evenings on April 3, 5, 10, 12, 20, and 27.

Changes to August & September crowd calendar

by on March 28, 2007

Disney’s posted changes to the August and September EMH schedules (and park hours) to adjust for the new Pirates and Princess dates. We’ll have an updated crowd calendar online late Friday, March 30.

Link to Disney’s revised August schedule

House of Innoventions Refurbishment

by on March 26, 2007

The House of Innoventions in Innoventions East will be closed to refurbishment April 11th – May 24th, 2007. Of particular interest is the location of this exhibit near the exit of Innoventions into Future World East – an area which has recently been refurbished to remove its Innoventions signage entirely.

Details about Toy Story Mania

by on March 26, 2007

Some details about the upcoming Toy Story Mania attraction at the Disney-MGM studios have been leaking out slowly. The attraction, opening in Spring 2008, replaces Who Wants to Be a Millionare: Play It on the soundstages of Mickey Avenue.

Rumors suggest the possiblity of 2 track courses. One is rumored to be space themed while the other is said to be a farm experience. More practical, there is said to be a seperate loading area for guests with wheelchairs allowing them more time to load without possibly having the ride system stopped or shutdown due to tight time limits for loading.

Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor AP previews and Blackout date lift.

by on March 26, 2007

The Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor (the “Comedy Club” part of the name has been dropped) will have Passholder previews March 30th to April 1st. Of particular interest, Florida Resident Seasonal Passholders have had their blackout days lifted during the preview from the MK to allow them to attend.

Base21 coming to Spaceship Earth

by on March 26, 2007

Originally labeled as “Nexus21” the postshow/lounge area coming to Spaceship Earth is now being refered to as “Base21.” The concept remains the same with interactive kiosks and areas for guests to aquaint themselves with the ride’s sponsor, Siemens.

Some possible opening dates have been rumored including April 24th, 2007.

Recently, students from Carnegie Mellon’s ETC (design department) were interviewed about their work with Disney on the project. They mentioned that they are developing video game kiosks which will feature an introduction to Siemens with games that are geared toward children ages 10-14 and the gameplay time is expected to be 30mins or less.

Gran Fiesta gears up for opening

by on March 26, 2007

Gran Fiesta Tour starring the Three Caballeros is bustling with activity leading up to it’s opening. Around the entrance of the now-defunct El Rio del Tiempo which Gran Fiesta Tour replaced workers have been spotted workign to change out signage and a new marquee has appeared over the entrance archway with Donald, Panchito, and Jose welcoming you.

The queue has been redecorated with large murals of the characters as well, including a large mural of donald right near the loading dock which we spied as a worker went into the door in the refurbishment wall. Other sources have mentioned that the queue will serve to introduce guests to the general storyline and ideas related to the attraction – a large improvement over El Rio del Tiempo’s old barren queue.

Speaking of the queue, work was seen on the side entrance doors into the Mexico pavilion, specificly the left side door. This door is where the queue is routed once it finishes additional switchbacks infront of the San Angel Inn restaurant and then runs along the side of the pavilion’s marketplace and out into the foyer. It exits through this door and then switchbacks out on the raised terrace which serves as the entrance to the pavilion. In the most extreme circumstance, it will flow down the stairs and continue down the World Showcase Promenade.

All that being said, it looks as though Disney is expecting this newly rennovated attraction to draw in sizeable interest. If it will or wont remains unseen but we will keep track of crowd levels and adjust touring plans as neccessary. Thankfully, the ride uses boats and those tend to load very quickly and move many guests per hour.

Additonally, the first week of Gran Fiesta’s operation (it opens April 2nd) will be accompanied by the start of Epcot’s popular Flower and Garden festival (it opens April 5th). Be aware of general congestion in that area of the park as the “Garden Odyssey Festival Center” resides in the Odyssey builing directly adjacent to the Mexico pavilion.