Archive for July, 2007

Donald’s Boat Refurbishment

by on July 31, 2007

Donald’s Boat, a minor attraction located in the Magic Kingdom’s Toontown, will be closed for refurbishment September 4 through 18.

Refurbished Grand Floridian Rooms Look Good

by on July 30, 2007

We were able to spend the night in one of the Grand Floridian’s main building’s newly renovated rooms this past weekend. Along with an improved dresser/chest-of-drawers and flat screen television, the dressing area has been much improved. Lighting is much better, and ample counter space is available for curling irons, hairbrushes and other grooming aids. The bathroom features the same curved shower bar that worked wonders at the Contemporary and Polynesian. Hair blowdryers upgraded to 1875 watts (from 1500). Pillows are still polyester fill, but very comfortable. Sheets are still 180-thread count, as far as we could tell. Service was very good. The only drawback was the price – we’re putting a kidney up for auction shortly.

Hallway carpets feature hidden Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Pluto and Minnie images. Concierge offerings are on par with other other Magic Kingdom resorts (better than the Contemporary but a notch below the Poly, in our opinion). More details soon.

Epcot 25th Anniversary Pins Revealed

by on July 25, 2007

For those of you interested pin trading or just interested in Epcot’s 25th Anniversary memorabilia, new pins will be issued at Epcot on October 1st, 2007, for the anniversary. You can view the selection online here but if you want to purchase any of these pins be prepared to be at Epcot on October 1st as many of the pins are limited edition.

Wand demo ahead of schedule

by on July 25, 2007

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the demolition of the Wand over Spaceship Earth is ahead of schedule, though Epcot VP Jim MacPhee comments that the hardest part of the demolition is still to come as it involves removing the main upright structure and it’s supporting base.

Barring delays, the structure should cease to exist by October 1st, 2007, for Epcot’s 25th Anniversary.

Haunted Mansion Refurbishment Details

by on July 25, 2007

Details are beginning to emerge about the Haunted Mansion’s refurbishment at the Magic Kingdom.

When the ride reopens in September, guests will be able to experience a whole new scene based on the idea of endless staircases sort of like the artwork of M.C. Escher. Additionally, the floating head of Madame Leota as well as the new bride from California’s Disneyland Resort will debut but in technologically updated forms. The whole ride system audio is being overhauled in this bi-coastal effort involving Imagineers from both Florida and California. As always, a thorough dusting of the attraction will occur prior to reopening.

Hoop Dee Doo Reminder

by on July 25, 2007

A reminder: The Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue will not have shows Tuesday or Wednesday for the period of September 4 – October 24, 2007

Big River Grill Refurbishment

by on July 25, 2007

The Big River Grill at the Boardwalk will be closed for refurbishment August 18 – September 1, 2007.

Barnstormer Refurbishment

by on July 25, 2007

The Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacres Farm in Magic Kingdom will be closed for refurbishment August 20-24, 2007.

UPDATE: O Canada! Refurbishment (EXTENDED)

by on July 25, 2007

O Canada! in Epcot will be closed for refurbishment August 6 – 31, 2007. This is an extension in length from the original dates of August 20 – 24, 2007.

UPDATED: Astro Orbitor Refurb in September

by on July 25, 2007

UPDATED: Date Change.

The Astro Orbiter will be Closed for Refurbishment September 9-22, 2007. (Previously scheduled for August 12-25, 2007.)