Sunday, July 25, 2010

News & Rumors 7/19/10 - 7/25/10

News and Rumors are gathered from various different websites. All rumors are rumors and are to be taken as such.

Lot's of great News and Rumors this week! Plenty to discuss!


  • Via Napoli, the new restaurant in the Italy Pavilion at Epcot is expected to open Aug. 5th. ADRs will open up on Aug. 6th for dates starting on Sept. 10th. Prior to that, walk ups will be the only way to experience the new eatery.
  • Park Hours and Fantasmic showings have been changed around for the month of Aug.
  • The Friar's Nook in Fantasyland at the MK has added freshly made potato chips to their menu. Additional toppings such as cheese, bacon, and ranch or cheese and chili can be added for additional charge.
  • AP holders can experience the Summer Nighttastic changes to the Tower of Terror at a special event just for them. On Friday, Aug. 13th, from 7 pm - 10 pm, passholders will have exclusive access to the re-Imagined ride. Sign ups are required. To sign up or to learn more, visit the Passholder website.
  • A new exhibit, Spirited Beasts: from Ancient Stories to Anime Stars, has opened at the Japan Pavilion in Epcot.
  • Dumbo is expected to get a new wait time clock. Rumors were swirling that it would include Fastpass, but from my understanding, it is just a new clock. (At least until Dueling Dumbos is created in the new Fantasyland Expansion.)
  • A new "Meatball Bar" has opened up at Portobello in Downtown Disney. Guests may sample from 4 meatball sliders: beef and veal with parsley, spicy pork, chicken with sage or salmon with tarragon.


  • The upcoming It's a Small World refurb is going to reconfigure the queue, making more of it air conditioned and the exit near Pinocchio's Village Haus.
  • The Haunted Mansion queue could be seeing it's own interactive queue update.
  • I'm still hearing legit rumors that Pixie Hollow is not happening. (At least not in it's current form. But more than likely, not happening.)
  • Off-board audio is possibly being looked at for Space Mountain.
  • There's been wicked lots of Frontierland rumors going on this week. I'm hearing, that it won't necessarily be rides, just re-purposing infrastructure. (However, I'm still not quite sure I believe these rumors.)
  • In the past few years, Disney has always raised ticket prices the first Sun. of August. I would expect the trend to continue.

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