Archive for February, 2008

Extra Magic Hours Testing

by on February 23, 2008

Recently Disney has begun testing a new method for verifying resort guests during extra magic hours at the parks. Guests now shows their resort ID cards at all attractions rather then getting a wristband at select locations in the parks. Apparently, people were buying wristbands outside the parks and taking advantage of the system. Hopefully Disney finds a workable solution.

Phase 2 finally comes to Magic in Motion!

by on February 23, 2008

After extensive delays, the Disney bus system upgrades have finally implemented the functional features then merely the aesthetic uses. Driver have begun being dispatched over the radio according to the computer monitoring system and will soon begin receiving the same data by the in-cabin computer read outs. Guests should see a noticeable reduction in wait times at bus stops soon.

Annual Passholder Rates Released for 3/30 to 5/21, Including Dining

by on February 20, 2008

Travel dates: March 30 – May 21, 2008

Annual Passholder room only discount code: FJC
Annual Passholder weekend rate AP: FJG

Packages with dining plans will be subject to package rules and payment schedule

Annual Passholder Package with Dining: ANA
Annual Passholder Package with Deluxe Dining: ANC

For Annual Passholders who want the dining package and are travelling at a time that AP rates have not been released:

Rack rate and dining AP package (no tickets on package) the codes are:

ADS for regular dining
ADU for deluxe dining

Minnie’s Country House refurb April 1 to April 23

by on February 19, 2008

Minnie’s Country House in the Magic Kingdom’s Toontown will be closed for refurbishment from April 1 to April 23.

Disney ticket upgrade promotion begins Thursday, February 21

by on February 18, 2008

Disney should announce on Thursday a promotional campaign that offers free Park Hopper and Water Park Fun and More ticket upgrades, when you book a stay for most
Sunday-Thursday nights, March 30 through May 21, 2008.

We’re not yet sure whether Disney will require a minimum night stay, or whether other restrictions apply. The offer is currently valid for holders of the Disney credit card.

Annual Passholders get Disney Dining Plan for Room-Only Reservations

by on February 18, 2008

We’ve heard that Annual Passholders can now get the Disney Dining Plan when making room-only reservations.

June 2008 Updates for Gay Days

by on February 16, 2008

We’ve updated the crowd calendar in anticipation of the crowds expected for Orlando’s annual Gay Days events. These events regularly draw more than 100,000 people, with the theme parks a main attraction.

Great article on Toy Story Mania in Sunday New York Times

by on February 11, 2008

Link to article. Has a great overview of the ride and how it was created.

Hello Treehouses!

by on February 10, 2008

All this time we thought they were entirely abandoned (or used to house College Program Cast Members), the Treehouse Villas along the banks of the river leading to Downtown Disney from the Port Orleans Resort will soon spring back to life!

Previously part of the defunct Disney Institute (a corporate retreat for other companies to learn the Disney methods which became the Saratoga Springs DVC resort) the Treehouse Villas were nestled into the forested swampland along the riverbank. It’s quite literally a protected piece of wetland, and the buildings are built around the trees with minimal ground disturbance. Because of all the stipulations of building on the wetlands that came about after their closure and need to renovate for ADA requirements (they were accessed from the second floor by a staircase only), they were essentially abandoned. They loomed like ghostly figures along the riverbank as guests from the Port Orleans resorts shuttled to Downtown Disney nightly.

Then in December someone at Disney had a creative solution and filed their permit and the $100 fee. The buildings will be torn down and rebuilt nearly identical, but with modifications. The reduced lower level of the buildings will now have a smaller footprint which will meet the wetland protection requirements. As for the ADA accessibility? That remains to be seen, but not all of the buildings need to be nonidentical, nor do the tree house villas need to be a stand alone resort. They could merge with a larger resort (Saratoga Springs) or more buildings could be built nearby.

Thus, sometime in the near future the mysterious Tree House villas will no longer be the southern ghosts of the Walt Disney World Resort but rather the charming eco-friendly belles they were meant to be.

American Idol Attraction Coming to Disney Studios in 2008

by on February 7, 2008

The next attraction after Toy Story Mania appears to be a Disney version of American Idol. Even though AI is shown on Fox, while Disney owns ABC, Disney was able to sign a deal with the show creators to bring the experience to Disney Hollywood Studios. Start channeling your inner Celine now.