Archive for March, 2008

Concourse closes at the end of May

by on March 14, 2008

The closure date for the Concourse Steakhouse at the Contemporary resort has been pushed back to May 31st, while the upcoming Wave restaurant downstairs is scheduled to open sometime in June.

Imageworks reworked

by on March 14, 2008

Despite our hopes that perhaps they’d take the opportunity to just bulldoze the building and start over, the Imageworks at the Imgination pavilion has reopened with a whimsical and updated look.

Though the ride-through attraction was also closed, it did not change in any significant manner. Rumor suggests preliminary work was done for a coming overhaul of the ride, but that remains to be seen. We’ll believe it when we see it. Until then, at least the Imageworks is more attractive. Try not to blind yourself with the glare from the floor.

The upstairs glass atrium portion of the building in the pyramid remains completely closed off to guests aside from the occasional group on the Undiscovered Future World tour. Recent reports state that the new Waste Management games for Innoventions were installed up there briefly and we know that previews for the Kim Possible interactive game used it as a location.

Putting lipstick on a pig might be the way to describe this overhaul, but at least it’s progress.

Wolfgang Puck Express reopens

by on March 14, 2008

The Wolfgang Puck Express restaurant at the Downtown Disney Marketplace has reopened after an extensive renovation period. The restaurant is entirely redesigned to a modern and sleek look and features some interesting new menu items. We’d love to hear what you think of the place if you try it out on your next trip.

Parking Trams to get doors

by on March 14, 2008

Rumor has it that the parking lot trams at the Disney World theme park will soon be fitted with doors to ensure guest safety when riding the trams.

Attendance Estimates Released

by on March 14, 2008

Attendance estimates for amusement and theme parks 2007 have been release by the TEA. The Walt Disney World Resort is estimated by the TEA (an unofficial, yet reliable source) to have had the following attendance during 2007:

Magic Kingdom – 17,060,000
Epcot – 10,930,000
Disney MGM – 9,510,000
Animal Kingdom – 9,490,000
Typhoon Lagoon – 2,080,000
Blizzard Beach – 1,910,000

Again, these numbers are unofficial, but considered the best estimates in the industry, often guided by the park operators.

AFI showcase refurbishment

by on March 14, 2008

The AFI Showcase (at the exit of the Backlot Tram Tour) at the Disney Hollywood Studios will be closed for refurbishment April 1, 2008 to April 30, 2008.

Prince Caspian in the Narnia spot

by on March 14, 2008

A walk-through themed to the Prince Caspian movie will open this summer at the Studios, replacing the Narnia, Lion Witch and the Wardrobe walk through. It will feature set pieces created from the same molds as those used in the movie and actual costumes.

Create your own ears soon!

by on March 14, 2008

The Chapeau on Main Street USA is scheduled to reopen from refurbishment soon and should include a new surprise: design your own Mouse Ears!

Guests will be able to choose the “cap” portion and then the “ears” and then accessories and have the back embroidered with their name. Here’s hoping for some fascinating new styles of ears to choose from.

NoJ on Sale

by on March 14, 2008

Tickets for the Night of Joy are now on sale. Live concert performances will be on stages throughout Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This special event will be over two nights, September 5th and September 6th, from 7:30 pm to 12:30 am.

A reminder – the event this year has moved to the Studios, and is NOT at the Magic Kingdom park.

Wonder no more

by on March 14, 2008

The final sign on the exterior of the Wonders of Life building which referred to the pavilion by it’s original name has now been removed.

The pavilion will be used as a special events center for the duration of the Flower and Garden festival, with none of the attractions inside operating.