Sunday, January 4, 2009

News & Rumors 12/29/08 - 1/4/09

Welcome to a brand new year and a year hopefully filled with lots of exciting news and rumors!


  • The minimum height requirement to ride on the Tomorrowland Speedway has now changed. Now, children must be 32". The requirement to drive has not changed.
  • The dining reservations advanced window has now changed again. It has gone back to 90 days, replacing the 180 day window. Any existing reservations will be honored.
  • After the lawsuit involving Segways that happened in the last year or so, Disney has now decided to rent a modified 4 wheel version starting in April. These will be similar to Segways, but will have training wheels attached to prevent tipping.
  • In mid-February, the Magic Kingdom will have a new mini-parade. Disney's official press release on the matter: It’s party time beginning in mid-February when a cast of Disney characters, stilt walkers and other performers processes down Main Street, U.S.A. toward Cinderella Castle to high-energy tunes such as “Breakout” and “I Like To Move It.” Five floats decked out as gift-wrapped packages are part of the procession, and near the castle, Mad Hatter, Genie, Lumiere and Sebastian – the life and light of the party – pop out of four huge boxes. They join about a dozen other Disney characters headed by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse to mix and mingle and dance in the street with Magic Kingdom guests during a 12-15-minute party scheduled to take place three times daily.
  • Living With the Land's final greenhouse has been curtained off, with signs on the outside announcing something new.
  • Trilobites at Disney's Animal Kingdom (previously Petrifries) new menu is out...apparently they will now serve turkey legs and soft drinks. (Maybe they need to sell duck legs!)
  • Passholders can now sign up to get a preview of the new American Idol Experience. Previews will be held Feb. 5-8 and shows will last approximately 30 minutes. Passholders must sign up as space is limited.

  • The following pools will be closed for rehab: The Contemporary from 1/5 - 3/15, Fort Wilderness' Meadow Pool from 1/12 - 3/13, and Caribbean Beach's Trinidad Pool from 2/9 - 2/20.
  • People have been's the answer...the Castle Suite will remain open for stays by guests this year! The suite will be awarded on a much less frequent basis and the only confirmed stays are with giveaways that are in conjunction with business partners. As to how the suite's occupants for other nights will be determined, that hasn't been announced yet.
  • Disney will be launching a brand new website in the near future. Hopefully it will be more user friendly than previous versions.
  • The Liberty Belle Riverboat will be down for refurb from 2/19 - 2/28

  • Rumors
    • It's rumored that Space Mountain will be going down starting in April for it's refurb. No word yet on how long the refurb will actually be for.
    • Sounds Dangerous will apparently be going seasonal. This was supposed to have started today.
    • Soft openings of American Idol Experience could begin as early as the second week in January with play testings beginning as early as this week, however these are by invite only.
    • The new name of the former Frontierland Fry cart is rumored to be the Golden Oaks Outpost and is rumored to open on January 10th.

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