Sunday, September 12, 2010

News & Rumors 8/30/10 - 9/12/10

Well, here it is again! Sorry for the delay, but things have been crazy here lately! (Which also explains why no Bloggie Awards this past week either.)

Also, I'm going to make a change that I think will benefit all. I am going to try to group items based on the park that they are located in. (Don't know why it took me so long to do it in the first place!)

So, with that being said, I've got a nice big update for you all! So let's get to it!

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


Magic Kingdom
  • Space Mountain now has audio! Called Starry-O-Phonic Sound these new off-board speakers pipe in music and sound effects along the track as your car passes. To hear the new audio, click here.
  • Halloween is here at the Magic Kingdom, just in time for the first Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party this Tuesday.
  • Astro Orbiter will be closed for refurb Dec. 5th - 10th.
  • The Hacienda de San Angel Mexican Restaurant is expect to open Sept. 15th. The restaurant will be open from 4 pm - 9 pm. The Cantina de San Angel (the counter service restaurant) will be open from 11 am - 9 pm.
  • Some additional changes have been made to the Candlelight Processional schedule. It is as follows, but may be subject to change:
    Nov 26 - 28 Isabella Rossellini
    Nov 29 - Dec. 1 TBD
    Dec 2 - 4 Frank Langella
    Dec 5 - 6 Ed Asner
    Dec 7 - 9 Jodi Benson
    Dec 10 - 11 Whoopi Goldberg
    Dec. 12 - 15 Steven Curtis Chapman
    Dec 16 - 18 Thomas Gibson
    Dec 19 - 21 Trace Adkins
    Dec 22 -23 Brad Garrett
    Dec 24 - 27 Edward James Olmos
    Dec. 28 - 30 Marlee Matlin / Jack Jason
  • Kodak is officially no longer the sponsor for the Imagination Pavilion
Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • Star Tours has officially closed to make way for Star Tours II.

Animal Kingdom
  • New menu items are available at Restaurantosaurus. Included in the new offerings are an Angus burger, a shrimp po boy, a vegetable sub, and sweet potato fries.
  • Another restaurant having menu changes is Pizzafari. Now a vegetable pizza and an antipasto salad can be found on the menu.
  • Flame Tree BBQ's refurb has been extended to last until Sept. 25th now.
  • Also closed for refurb is Beastly Bazaar which will be closed until Oct. 2nd.
  • The Village Beatniks, a musical group, will perform their last show on Sept. 25th.
General WDW News
  • The Best Friends Pet Care Luxury Pet Resort has officially opened. For more details, visit here.
  • Cirque du Soleil La Nouba has seen a price increase. Here is the info: Beginning Tuesday September 7th prices will increase for Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba at Downtown Disney. This adjustment will affect all performances and categories on regular season pricing beginning September 28, 2010. This price change will not affect holiday season pricing (December 21, 2010 – January 1, 2011). Guests with pre-purchased seats for September 28, 2010 performances and beyond will not be affected by this change. Price increases will be $5 per adult and $2 per child (3-9) for “Front and Center” and “Category 1″ tickets and $2 per adult and $1 per child (3-9) for “Category 2″ and “Category 3″ tickets. For complete Cirque du Soleil pricing and information, including available discounts, visit our Downtown Disney page (prices in yellow box).

  • A new droid may have been revealed that will be used in the new Start Tours. The new droid will be called Aly San San.
  • A new DVC resort may be built over by Ft. Wilderness and the Wilderness Lodge. This new resort would result in the removal of River Country for good. Also the Tri Circle D Ranch may be affected as well.
  • Some changes may be coming to Mickey's Jammin Jungle Parade. New characters may potentially be added.
  • It's been rumored that Kilimanjaro Safaris may be going down for an extensive refurb in either January or February. If it does, expect the storyline to change yet again. Possibly removing any storyline completely.
  • If posters on the refurb walls are to be a clue as to what is being included in the newly refurbished One Man's Dream, a preview area of upcoming attractions may be included.
  • Phineas and Ferb may finally be getting a meet and greet. The popular Disney Channel cartoon stars may be coming to the Streets of America, with the former Power Rangers car refurbed for them.
  • Some refurb walls have popped up in the area of the Tomorrowland Speedway that are the same as the ones that are being used for the Fantasyland expansion. Some wonder if it might mean the track may be rerouted...while others wonder if it just means they needed to do some work underground in preparation for the Fantasyland expansion.
  • The next WDW "celebration" campaign will have something to do with Memories. This is expected to be announced Sept. 22nd.
  • Winnie the Pooh will not have Fastpass available from mid-September until it reopens from it's refurb.

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