Monday, April 18, 2011

News and Rumors 4/11/11 - 4/17/11

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


Magic Kingdom

  • The Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade will have two showings this week.  Until April 23rd, guests will be able to catch the parade at both 12 pm and 3 pm.  
  • For guests who want the opportunity to meet the Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny, they will have their chance.  The duo will be greeting guests in the Tour Guide Gardens next to City Hall from 8 am til 5 pm until April 23rd. Also, on Sunday April 24th , the bunnies will appear in a pre-parade at 2:45pm.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • For guests who want a sneak peak of Star Tours II (or Star Tours 3D as it is being called here), they simply must visit a Florida mall!  Disney is holding these events as a way for guests to see some of the exciting destinations they could be visiting and meet some Disney, as well as Star Tours characters. The dates to experience this sneek peek are Sat. April 30th at the Orange Park Mall in Jacksonville from 10 am to 6 pm., Sat May 7th at the Westfield Citrus Park Mall in Tampa from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sat. May 14th at The Florida Mall in Orlando from 10 am to 6 pm.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • The Good Times Gathering Spot has returned for this busy Easter Week in Camp Minnie-Mickey.  From now until April 28th from 10 am - 3 pm, guests will be able to experience meet and greets, storytelling with Pocahontas, and a live DJ spinning tunes.
  • A new dance party is being tested here.  Called the Truckosaurus Dance Party, with DJ Dino-mite, guests will be able to dance and party from 4 pm - 8 pm in Dinoland USA across from Primeval Whirl.  This test will last until April 24th.

General WDW News

  • During the busy Easter week here, guests can follow @TodayatWDW on Twitter for real time operational updates.
  • Disney will be hosting religious services for Easter at The Contemporary Resort on Easter Sunday  (April 24th) in the Fantasia Ballroom.  The Catholic Mass will take place at 8:00 am and 10:15 am.
    The Protestant Service will take place at 9:00 am.  
  • Earlier this month, Disney was testing free Wifi internet at the Contemporary Resort in select locations.  It appears that this test was a success, so the complementary Wifi pilot has been expanded to additional resorts.  Now guests can access internet at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in the Casitas Building One and also at the Grand Floridian Resort in the Sugarloaf Building.  Guests will still be able to access the internet at the Contemporary in the lobby, main pool area, The Wave, and the Convention Center common areas.
  • A new store called Fun Finds has opened in Downtown Disney's Marketplace.  Similar to Mickey's Mart, this store also features reasonably priced Disney souvenirs, but now prices range to $20, instead of $10.

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