Monday, October 11, 2010

News and Rumors 9/27/10 - 10/10/10

Hi everyone!!!

So, sorry it took me a while to get back to the blogging...but the vacation just sort of continued into my personal life for a I wanted to be able to really focus my attention, so...alas, I'm a little later than I said.  But with that being said, I had an AMAZING time on my trip!  Great to meet so many of you!  It's amazing how great the Disney online community truly is!

On with the show!


Magic Kingdom
  • Grad nights will be April 29 & 30 and May 6 & 7 for 2011
  • The Mad Tea Party is seeing a new roof being put on 
  • Disney is going to be adding interactive queue elements to the Haunted Mansion.  Word is they have removed the gravestones.  No word on if they'll be put back.  Also the queue is going to be extended towards the water in an effort to widen the queue for the use of wheelchairs.
  • The Rapunzel Play and Greet experience has apparently been pushed back to Oct. 25th.  (I am hearing that some soft openings may occur sooner than that.)
  • Splash Mountain will have it's annual winter refurb from Jan 3rd - 31st. Rumored to be included in this refurb is the inclusion of lap bars.
  • El Pirata Y el Perico is walled off for refurb.
  • There is a new projection on the back of your Doom Buggy at the end of the Haunted Mansion pointing you towards the unload platform.  
  • The Mickey's Magical Milestone Tour will no longer be offered as of Nov. 20th.

  • Karamelle-Kuche, the new caramel store in Germany, is officially open.  (which, as a side note...I was there opening smells amazing in there and the caramel corn is really good!)
  • Though Future World is now officially open from 9 am - 9 pm, it has not changed the operating schedule of the attractions.  The attractions that previously closed at 7 pm still do.  
Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • The American Idol Experience has changed it's show schedule.  Now showtimes are:  12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, with the finale at 6:30pm.

General WDW News
  • Camp Kidani, over at Animal Kingdom Lodge has been discontinued.
  • There are now set hours for Downtown Disney, though individual locations may differ in hours.  They are as follows:  Marketplace: 8:00am - 1:00am. Pleasure Island and West Side: 8:00am - 2:00am.
  • The are definitely working on Old Key West rooms for refurb (I say this because Debbie and I were asked at 11:00 am on the day of our check out if we would be leaving soon from construction workers who were taking that building as soon as everyone as checked out) 
  • Kouzzina will be down for refurb from Nov. 29th - Dec. 14th. Additions will include new signage, new outdoor seating and a new merchandise area. 
  • Next year's Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend will take place Sept.  29th - Oct. 2nd.
  • Parking is restricted to only hotel guests, those attending a convention, or guests with reservations at the Beach Club, Yacht Club and Boardwalk until Nov. 14th.  This is because of guests wanting to park at these resorts to go to the Food and Wine Festival.
  • Doors are being put on the trams now.  Animal Kingdom is first and has a few more trams to finish, DHS will be next, and then they will move onto the other 2 parks.  It is expected to be completed by Jan 2011.

  • I'm hearing that all film projectors that are used on various shows and attractions around Disney property are going to be changed to digital video projectors instead. 
  • A Tangled makeover session is more than likely coming to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
News and Rumors are gathered from various different websites. All rumors are rumors and are to be taken as such.

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