Sunday, August 10, 2008

News & Rumors 8/4/08 - 8/10/08

News and Rumors are gathered from various different websites. One particular website is not favored over another. All rumors are rumors and are to be taken with a grain of salt.


  • As early as May 2009, the Kidani Village building at The Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas will be available for bookings by non-DVC guests.
  • The courtesy hold on resort package bookings has now been lowered down to 7 days, which is down from the 14 day hold that was previously available.
  • Coronado Springs will add a Business Club level room category next year.
  • At premium campsites at Ft. Wilderness and all cabins free Internet access will be available next year.
  • StormStruck in Innoventions has now opened. StormStruck is supposed to be a showcase demonstrating about being prepaired for hurricanes by homeowners.
  • Rock n' Roller Coaster's exterior has been undergoing some refurb work, with the car hanging overhead disappearing and the smoking area being walled off.
  • The big balloon that is in the Muppet's area in Disney's Hollywood Studios has been undergoing some recent refurb work.
  • Construction walls are now up at the Portobello Yacht Club, beginning their refurb.
  • Some changes are coming the the Magic Kingdom during the Free Dining promotion. On Aug. 24 and 31 and Sept. 7 and 14, The Tomorrowland Terrace will be serving a buffet from 5:30-9:00 pm. Food served will include beef loin to order, pastas, salads, and breads. The cost will be $35 for ages 10 and up and $18 for ages 3-9. This will include gratuity. It will also take up one table service dining credit.
  • Also, from Aug. 24-31 and Sept. 13-25, the Diamond Horseshoe will have a family style dinner with turkey, beef, pork loin, mashed potatoes and more. Hours of operation will be from 5:30-9:00 pm. Cost will be $28.99 for ages 10 and up and $14.99 for ages 3-9. This location will also only use up one dining service credit.
  • Here is a pricing rundown of the meal plans for next year:

    Quick Service Dining Plan
    $29.99 daily cost per adult
    $8.99 daily cost per child
    Dining Plan
    $39.99 daily cost per adult
    $10.99 daily cost per child
    Deluxe Dining Plan
    $71.99 daily cost per adult
    $20.99 daily cost per child
    Premium Dining Plan
    $159.00 daily cost per adult
    $109.00 daily cost per child
    Platinum Dining Plan
    $209.00 daily cost per adult
    $144.00 daily cost per child
  • Updated info on the new Pirates of the Caribbean rooms at Caribbean Beach...the rooms will be available for bookings with arrival dates starting Jan. 24. Also, these rooms will come at a premium price, as Disney is charging an extra $25 per room per night.


  • It's being rumored that the Magical Fireworks Voyage will be open to all guests starting next year.
  • The Hall of Presidents will be closing in November to update for when the new President is elected. However, adding a new President isn't the only thing rumored to be happening. The show will be closed until July 2009, which, many are speculating, is an awfully long time to only add a new President AA. It's also been rumored, this new President wouldn't have a speaking part, he would simply just be added to the line up and that the Abraham Lincoln AA would have his script extended. The changes, are however, still a mystery.
  • It's been rumored that the Wilderness Lodge Villa's refurbs will be starting in 2 weeks.
  • Coronado Springs will begin their refurb in September.
  • Rumors are now swirling that when Space Mountain goes down for it's refurb (rumored to be starting in January) that the TTA will be going down with it.
  • It's now being rumored that the reason the Oct. 3 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party may be closing is due to Miley Cyrus' 16th Birthday Party. Recent rumors were saying it might be due to a press event. Guess we'll see Oct. 3?

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