Archive for September, 2007

Donald’s Boat Refurbishment

by on September 25, 2007

Donald’s Boat at Toontown in the Magic Kingdom will be closed for refurbishment from 9/25 through 9/28.

Fort Wilderness Segway Tour now permanent

by on September 25, 2007

You may recall from previous updates that a Segway Tour through the trails at Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground was tested in June. Apparently the trial period went well, and the tours have begun officially booking and being offered on a regular basis. Call 407-WDW-TOUR for more information.

Snow White Ride Refurbishment

by on September 25, 2007

Snow White’s Scary Adventures will be closed for refurbishment January 28 – February 15, 2008.

Splash Mountain Refurbishment

by on September 25, 2007

Splash Mountain will be closed for refurbishment January 1 – February 15, 2008.

Cirque prices going up 10/1

by on September 21, 2007

Prices for Cirque du Soleil La Nouba will go up on October 1st. Front & Center (Section 103) Ages 10 and up: $119.28, Ages 3 -9: $95.85 | Category 1: Premium section seating
Ages 10 and up: $103.31, Ages 3-9: $83.07
| Category 2:
Ages 10 and up: $84.14, Ages 3-9: $67.10
| Category 3:
Ages 10 and up: $67.10, Ages 3-9: $53.25

Epcot 25 blossoms and grows

by on September 21, 2007

For those of you who may not recognize it,the image above is of a freshly planted topiary or mini-hedge of the Epcot flower-logo from the 1980’s. It is located directly behind Spaceship Earth.

Disney has recently come on strong with an affinity for celebrating Epcot’s 25th anniversary when mere months ago it was set-in-stone as a non-event. Things have definitely changed. A quick rundown of events:

The park will be rededicated at 10am in a public ceremony open to all Epcot guests. A museum-style gallery will be installed in Innoventions West (most likely the exhibition hall which featured the NASA exhibit recently) that focuses on the history of Epcot through concept art, media, and models. A retro-guidebook will be available for guests as a keepsake of the day. Restaurants in the park will offer retro food offerings. Talks with Marty Sklar (Imagineering Ambassador) will be held in the Circle of Life theater and open to passholders (theater seats 428, pre-registration may be needed). Illuminations Reflections of Earth will have a special finale featuring 800 extra shells of fireworks.

And coincidentally, the new National Treasures exhibit at the American Heritage Gallery will be dedicated that day.

Exact final schedules are being hammered out, but it looks like a good day to be in Epcot if you’re interested in the festivities. So much for a quiet backstage celebration.

Still not a DVC

by on September 21, 2007

Though a pair of massive tower cranes loom over Fantasyland, the construction next to the Contemporary Resort is still just a figment of our imagination and still not a DVC resort.

New Security Check coming soon at Epcot

by on September 21, 2007

The bag check system at Epcot will be changing soon. Currently the park changes between a funnel-point and then at-the-gate checks midday each day, which is messy, time consuming and well – not pretty.

The new system will have guests coming from either side of the central monorail entrance plaza encountering a series of checkers and tables. Once through, they’ll be free to roam about the ticket booths and turnstiles.

New signs direct guests to the two check points either under the monorail station, or to the new covered area currently under construction on the kennel side of the plaza.

Permanent bag check tables have already been installed under the monorail station on the right side of the plaza, and several hundred feet of new guardrail (to replace the chains and temporary stantions) are expected to be installed soon.

Haunted Mansion all neat and pretty

by on September 21, 2007

First reports coming back from the refurbished Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom park are all positive. The wait time has been relatively bearable, somewhat in part to a newly installed awning that actually covers the width of the queue.

Other improvements include fully renewed sound systems (who knew Haunted Mansion had bass?) new lighting and some great new special FX. A warning for the folks with little ones: The new stretching room has loud thunder and the hanging body is blatantly clear. It scared some of the small fries on our recent visits, more then the old version did.

2007 busier then 2006, possibly busier then ever

by on September 21, 2007

The news is reporting that Disney is expecting attendance for the stateside theme parks will be higher in 2007 then in 2006, which was apparently a record breaking year in and of itself. If attendance holds for the remainder of the year, 2007 will be the busiest year on record for Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort. Did we mention that we recommend having a touring plan to deal with crowded parks?