Archive for April, 2008

Crowd Calendar underestimating by about 1.0 on certain days in April

by on April 29, 2008

We’re working on an update to the crowd calendar now. Several readers have reported specific wait times that lead us to believe the crowd calendar is underestimating crowds by about 1.0 on the scale, during normally slow days throughout the past month. On Tuesday, for example, peak waits were 70 minutes at Splash Mountain, where we’d predicted peak waits of up to 54 minutes. We’re sending the crowd calendar team into the parks and will adjust the calendar if needed.

Minor corrections to 2008 Unofficial Guide posted

by on April 25, 2008

A few minor updates have been posted to the Book Updates page for the 2008 Unofficial Guide. Most are taken from this “latest news” page, or are typos that affect the meaning of a particular sentence.

Magic Kingdom offers customized Mouse Ears!

by on April 25, 2008

The Orlando Sentinel has an article on the Magic Kingdom’s new customizable mouse ear hats.

Fixed minor issue with Personalized Touring Plans

by on April 19, 2008

Some users were unable to modify copies of Unofficial Guide touring plans as part of their personalized touring plans. This issue has been resolved. Delete any uneditable copies of the Unofficial Guide’s plans from your list, please, and re-copy them. They should be editable after that.

Free dining offer details

by on April 9, 2008

As expected, Disney’s Free Dining offer became available to the general public today. Details available at

Fort Wilderness Campground Rennovations

by on April 7, 2008

The Fort Wilderness Campground will be remodeled to feature expanded parking areas and better maneuverability for the larger RVs of today, including those that exceed 45 feet in length and/or have multiple slide outs. The campsites will be will be wider (up to 24 ft), and deeper (up to 60 ft). They will also feature new upgraded picnic tables and grills and new landscaping. All sites will include cable and offer high-speed Internet access for an addition daily fee.

The Coquina area (dirt pad) will be completely paved. Tents will still be allowed on these sites, however, it will be difficult to secure a tent to the ground as the entire campsite pad will be paved, making it impossible to drive tent stakes into the ground to anchor a tent.

As the sites are converted, pet loops will be re-designated as Loops: 500, 700, 800, 900, 1200 and 1300.

Fantasyland rennovations

by on April 7, 2008

Work continues on the renovations of Fantasyland to include a new DVC kiosk.

Nearby, the queue for Dumbo has been stripped of its fabric cover. It will return, but in the meantime it create a long and hot wait for the short attraction.

Sounds like Summer not canceled!

by on April 7, 2008

A correction to an earlier note – the Sounds Like Summer concert series at Epcot will be returning this summer season! We’ll get to hear our favorite Abba cover band and rock out to the tunes all summer long.

8TRAX refurbishment

by on April 7, 2008

The 8TRAX club at Pleasure Island will be closed for refurbishment April 18-22, 2008.

Kingdom Tower: A closer look

by on April 7, 2008

The new Kingdom Tower DVC location next to the Contemporary resort is growing and some of the architectural elements are beginning to take shape.

The walkway connecting the building to the current 4th floor concourse is starting to appear.

The viewing platform on the end of the concourse at the current Contemporary resort is marked to note where the elevated path will connect.

The new resort appears to closely follow the shapes and design of the original but with some whimsical touches like the porthole windows.

Inside the original resort, the areas of the concourse allow the flow of traffic from the new resort have been dotted with new seating areas.

Elsewhere in the resort, the lobby is complete with trendy new seating areas for the coffee bar.

The Concourse Steakhouse will close at the end of month while the new Wave restaurant will debut in early June.