Archive for January, 2009

Philharmagic refurb details

by on January 9, 2009

A few details from the refurbishment of Philharmagic reveal it will be getting new carpeting and the floor deck itself will be getting an overhaul. We suppose a solid foundation is a good thing for a theatrical experience.

AED’s in the parks

by on January 9, 2009

Disney will soon begin installing several AED’s (automated external defibrillator) in the theme parks near major attractions. This is an apparent generalized safety upgrade that will cover all of the major theme parks with several such installations in each.

Fort Wilderness additions

by on January 9, 2009

Two interesting bits have come up regarding Fort Wilderness. First, the 600 loop will be expanded – to what extent we really don’t know, but we expect it to be minor. Second, there has been a filing to place several trailers (13) on the property to house some sort of “visual display.” Is it a DVC preview center?

Electric Umbrella Closure?

by on January 9, 2009

We don’t have any dates, but the Electric Umbrella restaurant in Epcot now has permits for a kitchen rebuild including walls, service stations, and electrical. We suspect the venue would need to close during such work. More details as they become available.

Japan refurb and drummer displacement

by on January 9, 2009

The Pagoda at the Japan pavilion in Epcot will be refurbished in the near future. A plan for relocation of the Taiko Drummers who perform at the base of the structure is unknown currently – there may simply be no shows at all during the refurbishment. We will keep you updated as we learn more.

Epcot Fountain Rehab

by on January 9, 2009

The central fountain in Epcot at Innoventions Plaza will soon begin a major renovation. Expect it to be dry or behind walls in the near future.

T. Rowe Price in Innoventions West

by on January 9, 2009

Permits to install sets for an upcoming area in Innoventions West have been filed. The area is sponsored apparently by T. Rowe Price and will be built by Sparks Exhibits who have handled several of the recent additions to Innoventions.


by on January 9, 2009

Disney has launched an all-new with lots of flash animation and bandwidth eating media. We cannot, however, seem to locate simple items like ride closures and park hours for the months ahead. We suggest dropping them a line and voicing any concerns over the website if you want that information readily available. We know we do.

WDW Today Episode 510 – Listener Questions

by on January 7, 2009

Episode 510 of the WDWToday podcast is available. This episode is dedicated to listener questions. Click here to download the episode.

The WDWToday podcast team includes the Unofficial Guide’s Len Testa, who provides crowd calendar, touring plan and restaurant advice (along with the occasional smart remark). Blogger Mike Scopa from AllEars.Net provides attraction and touring advice; Host Matt Hochberg runs and focuses on what’s happening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios; and Mouse World Radio’s Mike Newell answers Disney Vacation Club and other travel questions.

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Tomorrowland Transit Authority Periodic Closures

by on January 5, 2009

The Tomorrowland Transit Authority will be closed periodically during the renovation of Space Mountain. Exact dates have yet to be announced.