Archive for March, 2008

Free dining looking more likely – Disney Visa offer to start on April 7

by on March 31, 2008

All signs continue to point to Disney’s free dining offer beginning to the general public on April 10. We expect Disney Visa cardholders to get their free dining offer a few days earlier, on April 7.

Pirates of the Carribbean refurb

by on March 29, 2008

Pirates of the Carribbean will be closed for refurbishment June 5th -18th, 2008.

New WDW Discounts for Travel April 20 – May 21

by on March 26, 2008

These must be booked by April 19.

Value resorts from $84 per night. Deluxes start at $224 for a studio. (These are Sunday through Thursday rates; weekend rates are around $10-$30 higher.)

Package codes:

CMB – Room only
AXQ – Magic Your Way
AXR – Magic Your Way Plus Dining
AXT – Magic Your Way Plus Deluxe Dining

The usual disclaimers about availability apply.

Pop phase 2?

by on March 25, 2008

We have been trying to follow the story of the second phase of the Pop Century resort lately but have been hitting some dead ends amid conflicting information. Recently work has begun to redesign the signs at the first phase of the resort and guests were warned of construction involving the second phase across the lake. This warning to guests was quickly withdrawn from the Disney website, but guest letters to Disney World were answered with information that the second phase would not be built but rather torn down soon.

After that news began to spread around the internet other interested guests contacted Disney to confirm and received a response that no official decision had been made and no further information was available at this time. What’s going to happen? We don’t know, but whatever it is, it should start this fall.

Enviomental Corner moves

by on March 25, 2008

While Disney works to create the new weather relation show in Innoventions East the Enviromental Corner has been moved and reopened. Other changes to the area are expected to commence soon, including new marquees for the entrances and some reconfiguration of the area to use more of the old Communicore space.

Possible new Epcot sponsor?

by on March 25, 2008

Rumors have been drifting around for years that after Disney lost MetLife as a sponsor they were courting major pharmaceutical companies to sponsor a pavilion.

As part of the Flower and Garden festival, the drug Claritin now sponsors the butterfly garden. Perhaps Disney has managed to finally court a major medical sponsor.

Flower and Garden opens!

by on March 25, 2008

The Flower and Garden festival at Epcot is now in full swing. We present a photographic tour of some highlights and the new Garden Town which replaces the Wonders of Life attraction temporarily.

Fun in the Sun is the theme of the entire festival and spills over from the beach themed topiaries into sand sculpture creations.

Inside Garden Town guests can find many familiar areas of the Wonders of Life disguised as themed venues for the festival.

Goofy About Health is the home of information on how Disney makes topiaries. The anacomical players hosts a barn theme and presentations from the University of Florida.

Cranium Command is the setting for the Gardening at Home stage. The exit of Body Wars is the home of a presentation of model trains.

Coach’s Corner hides behind some facades, and the seating area of the cafe is now an art gallery.

Kingdom Tower Looms

by on March 25, 2008

Rising up next to the massive A-framed Contemporary resort, the new Kingdom Tower DVC is beginning to jut into the skyline around the Seven Seas Lagoon.

Upon completion it is expected to be the most expensive Vacation Club resort to date, with guests paying a major premium for the monorail access (via a walkway connecting the two buildings) and view overlooking the Magic Kingdom park.

Giving Hot wings a try

by on March 25, 2008

Over the Spring Break period the Magic Kingdom rolled out several food carts to meet the demands of the crowds and included some interesting choices. Most interesting to guests was the Hot Wing cart in Tomorrowland.

Though several guests have remarked that it is impossible to get good hot wings south of the Carolinas, many were intrigued by the new offering. Perhaps it will become a permanent addition to the area.

Glass Blowing begins at Magic Kingdom

by on March 25, 2008

As we previously reported, the new Crystal Arts store on Main Street USA has begun to stretch down the side street and included an area for glass blowing demonstrations in the rear.

We were luckey enough to be some of the first guests to experience this new feature which brings some much needed charm and theme to the area.

Glass artisan Mark Haller is one of two artisans who staff the location. He gives a knowledgeable presentation about the artform and glass in general. It’s entertaining and enlightening.

The production of a piece takes about 30minutes on average and the piece produced can be purchased immediately – though it must cool down overnight in a special oven.

For the showing we experienced, Mark created a lovely emerald green and gold vase in front of a sizable congregation of fascinated park guests.