Category Archives: Walt Disney World Resort

Upcoming Evolution of Pleasure Island

Christopher Boyd | Scott Powers and Jason Garcia, Orlando Sentinel The slow evolution of Downtown Disney’s Pleasure Island continues with the recent opening of a second specialty apparel shop, the impending shutdown of a live-music nightclub, and the anticipated reuse of a long-closed building. Opening shortly before Christmas was a new, two-story shop called Curl... Continue Reading

“I Almost Bounced Out Of The Ride”

The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh attraction at the Magic Kingdom was unexpectedly closed yesterday after a major breakdown inside one of the show rooms. In the Tigger scene, it appears one of the “Bouncing” characters flew off it’s base and caused some minor damage to the attraction. The Fantasyland dark ride was closed for the... Continue Reading

Photo Report: Part 4

Here is the final part of my photo report, sorry it has taken so long: Splash Mountain is closed for some general refurbishment until February 17, 2008. Tony’s Town Square Restaurant is closed until January 27 while its kitchen receives some upgrades. City Hall on Main Street U.S.A. remains open during it’s exterior refurbishment. Donald Duck... Continue Reading

Wonders of Death

I have been receiving a lot of emails lately about the Wonders of Life pavilion at Epcot. Many readers have brought to my attention that it is no longer listed as a closed attraction after January 31, 2008. Let me sadly state that the reason for this is that the attractions inside the pavilion will... Continue Reading

News From Around WDW

-One of my favorite restaurants, Citricos in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, is now open seven days a week. For many years the restaurant was closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. -Rock and Roll Beach Club at Pleasure Island will be the first club to close this February. Many more of the long-standing clubs will... Continue Reading

Contemporary Wing Likely To Be DVC

Jason Garcia : January 14, 2008 : Orlando Sentinel  Walt Disney World is in the midst of building a $110 million, 15-story tower next to its iconic Contemporary Resort that likely will feature time shares — bringing the units closer to the Magic Kingdom than ever before. Disney will say little publicly about the fast-rising... Continue Reading

“Take A Look at This Here Map”

While I was at the Magic Kingdom last week, I noticed some cast members testing a new interactive park map using a Nintendo DS gaming console. I must admit I didn’t know much about the project, but our good friends over at Jim Hill Media have an excellent article about the project and how you... Continue Reading

New Parade Coming to The Magic Kingdom

A very reliable source has just informed me that Walt Disney World management has purchased the Parade of Dreams from the Disneyland Resort in California. The parade will make it’s final west coast performance in November 2008 and will debut at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in January 2009. While this is still not 100%... Continue Reading

More Than A Refurbishment

It has just been announced that both Journey Into Imagination with Figment and Imageworks at Epcot will be closed from January 28 to February 24. While some minor refurbishing will be done, there will also be testing of some new effects for a BIG planned refurbishment of the attraction in the coming year. Stay tuned to WDW News Today... Continue Reading

Grand Floridian Refurbishment

If you visit Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, you are sure to notice some major renovations going on. In the resort’s main building, a giant tarp spanning two floors has engulfed all of the hotel lobby. On the upper level, most of the floor tiles have been ripped up for the installation of new flooring. This... Continue Reading

Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Day 1

I just returned from a very long day at Walt Disney World, spending the entire day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, formerly the Disney MGM Studios. Not much has changed at the park, but some stuff has been updated: -The sign over the park entrance and parking entrance is still in red lettering but now states... Continue Reading

Hollywood is Almost Here

Over at the Disney MGM Studios, all of the original name signage has been removed and the first Disney’s Hollywood Studios sign is now in place. If you head over to the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, the movie poster in the stroller parking area now has a small black title bar on the bottom with... Continue Reading

Going, Going….

The Disney MGM Studios signage over the parking entrance to the park has been removed. The new Disney’s Hollywood Studios name should be up in this and other locations by Monday. WDW News Today will be there to cover all events as they happen on January 7, 2008, as the Disney MGM Studios becomes Disney’s Hollywood... Continue Reading

Rivers of Light???

I was walking through Animal Kingdom earlier today and came upon a large number of park managers in Dinoland U.S.A. with some papers in their hands. Being the good guy that I am, I decided to stand around like a normal lost and clueless guest would. The group was discussing places to put additional lighting in... Continue Reading

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