Archive for August, 2007

REMINDER: Epcot 25th Celebration registration ends!

by on August 29, 2007

A brief reminder: The registration period to attend Epcot’s 25th anniversary rededication ceremony on the morning of October 1st, 2007, ends tomorrow (Aug 31st)! The grassroots events has now gathered 995 participants – will you be number 1000?

To attend, you’ll want to sign up at the group’s website here.

The special event may occur before the park’s official opening (it is still in the planning stages) but wristband distribution at the front gates will occur – so people formally signed up may attend. If you wish to sign up to attend or to get more information can visit the group’s website here.

New Magic Kingdom Touring Plans

by on August 28, 2007

New for the 2008 edition of the book, we’ve created for the “Type B” reader touring plans that avoid detailed step-by-step strategies for saving every last minute in line. To paraphrase one of our favorite movies, they’re more guidelines than actual rules. Use these touring plans to avoid the longest waits in line while having maximum flexibility to see whatever interests you in a particular part of the park.

For the Magic Kingdom, these “Not” touring plans include advice for adults and parents with one day in the park, for anyone with two days, and for anyone with an afternoon and a full day.

Comments on these new plans are welcome.

Food and Wine Festival Preview Website

by on August 26, 2007

The Food Network has a website now for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. It has information on pricing and offerings to help plan your day as well as sample recipes. You can find the website here.

VMK Central to close

by on August 23, 2007

VMK Central, home to the Virtual Magic Kingdom online game inside the Cinema on Main Street USA, will close on September 30th. In-park game quests and rewards will be discontinued at that time. The future purpose of the location is currently unknown.

Frank Lloyd Wright architecture at Epcot for Food/Wine

by on August 23, 2007

The architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright be showcased at the Oklahoma area for the upcoming International Food and Wine festival. The area, celebrating 100 years of Oklahoma statehood, will feature a replica of the landmark “Price Tower.” The building is the only skyscraper ever built that was designed by the master architect. He is more commonly known for his house designs. Forums and Chat?

by on August 23, 2007

Recently through the website, several guests were surveyed on their interest and preferences for Disney to create their own online community with chat and forums. The survey revealed a few options the mouse is considering such as having maps with your touring plans which you can share with others and a wikipedia-like reference of the parks and attractions updated by the users. We’ll let you know if anything comes of this.

Kim Possible to return to Epcot

by on August 23, 2007

Kim Possible recently starred in an interactive adventure at Epcot. The adventure involved receiving an electronic communicator (better known as a phone) which sent you on a scavenger hunts around the park. The phone would trigger special effects in the park and update you with clues as you progressed.

The adventure lasted for a breif test period with only select groups chosen to try it out. Well, now they’re installing new Kim Possible special effects around the World Showcase. This is a pretty good sign that a similar adventure will be returning to Epcot. We’ll keep you updated on the progress and any releases from Disney.

Small steps for kids

by on August 23, 2007

A few small additions have been made to Epcot for the kids recently. They’ve added more signs for the Epcot Character Spot – as if the wait wasn’t already long enough.

Over by the Seas with Nemo and Friends they’re installing a large stroller parking lot.

Contemporary Artwork Changes

by on August 23, 2007

The lobby of the Contemporary is walled off in sections as it is renovated to fir the new look of the resort, as seen in the concept art seen below.

Also, work has begun on the new store for the 4th floor concourse, which has changed in style from being a simplistic series of kiosks to a fully developed store space.

Some find the new design a bit overwhelming with its giant Mickey ears. It is assumed the new design is to better enclose the store and prevent theft. (Ignore our flash remnant in the photo please!)

Other areas of the concourse are also walled off as they work to install a temporary quick service restaurant near Chef Mickey’s and also work to replace the flooring. From above, the footprint of the new store is clearly visible behind the refurbishment walls.

These renovations are expected to last well into 2008 before the entire project is completed. Perhaps by then Disney will acknowledge the DVC building they’re constructed next door.

Spaceship Earth update – No wand, No Stars!

by on August 23, 2007

Spaceship Earth has reached another milestone in its refurbishment and renovation project: the Mickey wand and stars have been completely removed.

There is some exterior work left to do, including the removal of the supports for the stars from the skin of the sphere as well as a general washing and polishing of the sphere.

But the structure really looks stunning thus far. Additionally, palm trees will be planted around the base of the building and the older oak trees removed to make Spaceship Earth look even taller. They will also soon be installing a new marquee and signage set for the attraction.