Archive for March, 2009

Discovery Island Trails

by on March 24, 2009

One of the many great things about going to Walt Disney World without kids is that you can take time to stop and smell the roses every once in a while. Don’t get me wrong, I’m usually up at the crack of dawn and running around all day with my friends. But every once in a while we take a little breather and get away from the hustle and bustle of the beaten path. There are several ways to escape the crowds and craziness of the parks throughout Disney property. I find when I take a break to check out a hidden gem like the Discovery Island Trails, I’m rejuvenated and ready for more touring. As a Disney dork I really enjoy taking in all of the Disney’s detail. I’ll take a look at several of these places in future blogs.

Today’s entry is dedicated to a hidden gem in the Animal Kingdom. On my last trip, my friend and I got the opportunity to explore the Discovery Island Trails. It seems like most people don’t know about these paths so they are rarely crowded, providing a nice retreat. Guests can find entry points at several points in the center of Discovery Island, the central area of the park. The paths allow you to get a close view of the Tree of Life. The tree’s bark is composed of carvings of animals all over its trunk. While it’s easy to spot some of the animals from far away, they are really incredible from these paths. You can see the details of the bald eagle’s feathers and how different creatures meld together to create the complete picture. We spent at least a half an hour just wandering and pointing out the different animals. I hope you’ll do the same on one of your next trips to Animal Kingdom.

Next week I’ll feature my favorite performance group around World Showcase…

Epcot Refreshment Port closed through 4 April 2009

by on March 24, 2009

Epcot’s Refreshment Port in World Showcase will be closed until 4 April 2009. Other nearby locations for snacks and drinks include the coffee/espresso stand between Canada and the U.K.; the Cantina de San Angel; and the snack carts outside of the Imagination pavilion in Future World West.

Help choose the next Unofficial Guide cover photo!

by on March 23, 2009

We’re in the process of choosing photos for the next edition of the Unofficial Guide. If you’d like to help, please vote on your favorite cover photo. We’ll publish the results in about a week. Thanks!

WDW Today Episode 541 – Comparing Yachtsman Steakhouse and Canada’s Le Cellier

by on March 22, 2009

Episode 541 of WDWToday is available for download here.

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Epcot’s Electric Umbrella closed for refurbishment

by on March 21, 2009

The Electric Umbrella, a counter-service restaurant in Epcot’s Future World, will be closed through 4 April 2009.

2009 Halloween And Christmas Party Dates Announced

by on March 20, 2009

Tickets will go on sale May 1, 2009 for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. No word yet on prices.

Halloween Party dates are September 4, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25 and 29; October 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29 and 31; also November 1.

Christmas Party dates are November 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 29; December 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17 and 18.

The crowd calendar has been updated with this information.

Tomorrow’s Color?

by on March 19, 2009

A new color scheme may be coming to Tomorrowland near Space Mountain. Recently the old fountain at the Skyway station has been shut off and its upper pool drained so that it could be repainted in a light blue color scheme.

Stitch Is Coming

by on March 19, 2009

Stitch’s new show in Tomorrowland is slowly rising over the construction walls in the plaza near the old Skyway station and Carousel of Progress.

The new addition features two sizable building – the performance stage/screen as well as an apparent control booth structure across from it.

New Rocks

by on March 19, 2009

The rockwork at the entrance of tomorrowland is being repainted.

During the process it looks as though giant globs of silly putty are taking over the area. We assume this is a base boat and that color and shading will be added later. If anything, it shows how talented Disney painters are who made the original rockwork.

Chef Mickey’s New Look

by on March 19, 2009

Chef Mickey’s has a new look after the construction on the 4th floor of the Contemporary resort has subsided. Overall, the area now has 3 entry portal – one to the rennovated Outer Rim Bar, Chef Mickey, and the Contempo Cafe quick service.

Guests are channeled down a long black and red tiled walkway to the new check-in podium for the restaurant.

Once checked-in, guests wait to be called in a plush new waiting area. This area is again adorned in the black and red “Mickey” color scheme.

We suspect the original structures which remain will soon be repainted to match the new additions. Seating has been reworked to give the whole restaurant a more open and less cramped feeling.