Archive for April, 2007

Resort Smoking Policy Change

by on April 30, 2007

Effective June 1st, 2007, all rooms at Walt Disney World Resorts will be designated non-smoking. This change only pertains to 3.5% of the total room capacity which was smoking optional. Designated smoking locations will be prodivded as an option at all of the resorts.

Another KidCot

by on April 30, 2007

A new Kim Possible KidCot activity station has recently opened in Innoventions West.

Minor work on Polynesian Monorail station

by on April 30, 2007

The monorail station at the Polynesian resort is recieving a minor facelift and rebuilding. Service is uninterupted for the duration of the work, but the station is draped in tarps.

New Music from familiar composer

by on April 29, 2007

Rumor has it that Bruce Broughton has signed on to compose the new musical scores for the upcoming rennovation of Spaceship Earth and the replacement film for O Canada (rumored to debut this fall).

Bruce Broughton is known at Walt Disney World for having composed the memorable and moving scores for attractions such as The Timekeeper, Ellen’s Energy Adventure, Honey I Shrunk the Audience, and The Making of Me.

Airtran joins Resort Airline Check-in

by on April 29, 2007

Airtran has joined the list of airlines allowing Resort Airline Check-in at Walt Disney World resorts. Guests riding on Airtran may now check their luggage at the desk in the lobby of the resort and their bags will be sent to the airport and placed on the plane homeward for them – allowing guests to avoid waiting in bag check lines at the airport.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Magic Kingdom

by on April 29, 2007

A second Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique modeled after the successful location in Downtown Disney will open on September 10th in the Magic Kingdom in the castle itself. The new location will replace the arts and collectible store currently found on the base level of the castle. The store will cease operation on July 5th.

Reservations for the new venue will start being accepted on August 29th for a September 10th opening.

Update on Italy’s restaurant

by on April 29, 2007

The restaurant in Epcot’s Italy pavilion will cease to operate as Alfredo’s come August 31st, but will be taken over by the Patina Group. The restauant will operate as a temporary location until a later closure and rennovation reopens the eatery as a whole new signature restaurant in late 2008.

Contemporary Resort Lobby Refurbishment

by on April 29, 2007

Disney has recently filed permits to begin work to refurbish the main lobby of the Contamporary Resort. The level of work is an exntensive overhaul of treatments, fabrics, and even adding a new fountain according to some insiders. The current front desk team is unaware of if they’ll be displaced for the duration of the work with check-ins occuring elsewhere. We’ll have more details as they’re known.

Where to park at Downtown Disney?

by on April 29, 2007

New LED street signs at Downtown Disney are helping to direct traffic. The first sign as you enter the area will list all of the open lots and subsequent signs hanging near the street lights at each intersection will identify and direct you to the open lots.

The signage is particularly useful in keeping congestion down on the connecting roads within the parking lots – which can best be described as confusing and maze-like.

Project Tomorrow is open

by on April 29, 2007

Project Tomorrow has opened as the new post-show area of Spaceship Earth in Epcot. Guests can currently experience two new interactive games. Siemens has completely overhauled the exhibit and has plans for more areas to open at a later date.

“Body Builder” allows guests to put on 3D glasses and take part in reassembling the human body. The game highlights the technology of remote medical care.

“Super Driver” lets you race to save the city from a villian bent on stopping you in your tracks. You can foil his attempts by using the latest in automotive technology including collision avoidance and radar imaging systems.

If you’re interested in Siemen’s involvement with Epcot and Spaceship Earth, be sure to check out the newly launched website for information and updates on the project.