Monday, July 18, 2011

News and Rumors 7/11/11 - 7/17/11

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


Magic Kingdom

  • The Fantasyland Refurb will include Scuttle's Scavenger Hunt.  This appears to be an interactive game that looks to take place in the queue of the upcoming Little Mermaid attraction (at least, according to the concept art.)  


  • HGTV stars are set to appear for the first time during this year's International Food and Wine Festival.  The schedule of appearances is: • Sept. 30-Oct. 2 – Vern Yip, “HGTV Design Star” and “HGTV Urban Oasis”
    • Oct. 7-9 – Monica Pedersen, “Designed to Sell”
    • Oct. 14-16 – Erin Loechner, “Design Happens”
    • Oct. 21-23 – Taniya Nayak, “Designed to Sell”
    • Oct. 28-30 – Kim Stoegbauer, “On-line Party Inspiration”
    • Nov. 4-6 – Lisa LaPorta, “Designed to Sell”
    • Nov. 11-13 – Emily Henderson, “Secrets From a Stylist” and “HGTV Design Star” winner Season 5 “Design Star”

General WDW News

  • The Balzac kiosks in the theme parks have been removed as they are no longer for sale on property.  Balzacs were the inflatable balls that they sold in places like the Epcot Breezeways.  
  • Refillable Mugs may eventually be a thing of the least in the sense that we have known them.  This week, over at All Star Sports, a new monitoring system, employing RFID chips will begin being tested.  RFID chips will also be embedded in regular soda cups as well, only allowing a guest to fill up the cup for the length of a meal (around 1 hour).  The system will require 5 minutes between refills.  
  • A new entertainment venue set to open at the site of the former Virgin Megastore.  Splitsville, a bowling alley that combines bowling with billiards, dining, music, and nightlife is set to begin construction this Fall.  Ridemakerz will be moving from this location to one in on the Marketplace side.  


  • While Disney insists that Hyperion Wharf is on hold, I keep hearing persistant rumors that the area is more than likely cancelled. Time will tell.

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