Monday, January 12, 2009

News & Rumors 1/5/09 - 1/11/09

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.


  • The dates for this year's Star Wars Weekends have been announced. This year, the Weekends will run from May 22 - June 14. '
  • Those who are in the military are getting a special perk from Disney. Active and retired Military personnel, including members of the U.S. Coast Guard and activated members of the National Guard or Reservists, may obtain a complimentary 5 Day Disney's Armed Force Salute Ticket (a 5 Day Base Ticket with Park Hopper and the Water Park & More options). Additional tickets (the same type) may be purchased for guests (up to 5) for $99 plus tax (Park Hopper and the Water Park & More Options will be an additional $25). These tickets will be valid through Dec. 23, 2009. Military personnel will be required to show ID and active duty National Guard members must show their active duty orders, in addition to their ID.
  • Aloha Isle has added a new flavor to their famous Dole Whips. Now you can purchase an orange flavored Dole Whip. They have removed the chocolate flavor from the offerings.
  • Space Mountain's refurb is official. It will go down April 19 with an expected opening of later this year. To find out more and to read my take on it, read my previous blog post. During the refurb, the TTA will occasionally go down, as work from Space Mountain might interfere with the TTA's operations.
  • The final scene has now been updated for the Living With the Land attraction. The new crop area shows a plant nutrient system being fed by fish waste.
  • Disney Passholders will be able to get a preview of the new Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure. From Feb. 26 - March 1, 10 am - 8 pm, passholders may experience this new "mission". Reservations will begin being taken starting Feb. 5. For more info, visit the Passholder site.
  • Kim Possible will open to guests, however on January 28.
  • The Sorcerer's Hat at DHS is currently being repainted.
  • Pecos Bill's refurbishment dates have changed. It will now be closed Jan. 17 - Feb. 20. Extensive renovations will be made to the counter area. During this time El Pirata y el Perrico will be open, with a different menu than usual...burgers, bbq pork sandwich, caesar salad and pbj sandwich for kids. The dining area for Pecos Bill's will remain open, for guests to sit.
  • The Characters in Flight balloon is expected to hold up to 30 guests at a time.
  • Buzz Lightyear will be closed for refurb from March 2 - March 6.
  • Caribbean Beach's Trinidad South's pool will be closed Feb. 9 - Feb. 20.
  • The Contemporary's main feature pool will be closed from Jan 5 - March 15.
  • The Grand Floridian's main pool will be closed from Jan. 5 - Jan. 23.
  • Ft. Wilderness' main pool will be closed from Jan 12 - March 20.
  • The new Golden Oak Outpost quick service restaurant did not open as expected. It is expected to be open soon.


  • It's been rumored that when Ellen's Energy Adventure reopens, it will reopen with a major technical update. There will apparently be a new ride control and tracking system for track free vehicles.
  • It's expected that a meet & greet area is being built in front of the former Galaxy Palace Theater.
  • Philharmagic is expected to be getting new carpeting and and the floor deck itself will be redone as well.

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