Monday, December 21, 2009

News & Rumors 12/14/09 - 12/20/09

  • The Backlot Tour and Studio Catering Co. will both close on Feb. 15th and reopen March 28th.
  • The feature pool at Coronado Springs will close on Jan. 11 and be closed for the remainder of the month.
  • As was reported months ago, the quick service restaurant in the Mexico Pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, the Cantina de San Angel will be closing for a major refurb. The refurb is rumored to begin in Jan. 2010. It appears that we will be seeing a brand new building with more seating and less congestion in that area of the park. For those who want their Mexican cuisine, they can visit what was the Food and Wine booth, now called Taqueria Del Lago while the renovations take place.
  • It appears the front part of Cinderella Castle will be having some work done to it, much like the back did this past fall. It appears that work will begin Jan. 12 and a scrim will be put up in front. The refurb is expected to be complete in March 2010.
  • Jim McPhee the former VP of Epcot has a new role. He is now the 'Vice President, Next Generation Experience and Walt Disney World Parks' and will head up the WDW Park Operations team.
  • Test Track at Epcot will be closed for refurbishment from Jan. 11 -17.
  • Living with the Land at Epcot will also be closed for refurbishment from Jan. 18 - Feb. 5th.
  • Sounds Dangerous is seeing a reprieve. It is open during the busy holiday season this year and is expected to remain open until Jan. 2nd. If you really want to see this one last time, I'm hearing this is the time to do it. It may not ever open again after this.
  • This week, Disney tried out a new queue system at Rock n Roller Coaster over at DHS. For more news on the trial, visit here.

  • The rumor is Disney is saying the expect the new Little Mermaid attraction in Fantasyland to open in 2011 either when it opens at DCA or around the same time.

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