Tagged with " Refurbishment"
For those of you who are interested, complete coverage of the March 4 re-dedication of Spaceship Earth presented by Siemens at Epcot is available overÂ WFTV. Their coverage of the event includesÂ a full article and video of the small, unannounced ceremony from Tuesday.
The currently under rennovation Wolfgang Puck express location at Downtown Disney’s Marketplace is nearing it’s re-opening on March 6 and appears to be almost complete. While the interior changes remain a mystery, it is now clear that the building now envelopes what was the outdoor seating area. This may be nice during bad weather, but a problem this particular restaurant has always faced is a small number of seating. This place can become quite busy and sometimes even expands into the generic Downtown Disney seating area across the way. My only hope is that this refurbishment has added seating to what is one of my favorite places to grab a quick bite at Walt Disney World.
While not happening (yet) at the Walt Disney World Resort, I thought I would bring in some exciting news from the Tokyo Disneyland Resort. The Enchanted Tiki Room show in tokyo Disneyland Park will soon become the Enchanted Stitch Room. The attraction is currently closed overseas for the changes and when it re-opens, the attraction will be similar to the Enchanted Tiki Room Under New Management in that a Disney animated film character will invade the classic attraction. Stay tuned for more info on this weird developement that may impact Walt Disney World in the near future.
Here is what we missed during our short downtime: -Splash Mountain is once again operating at the Magic Kingdom. The ride was not suppose to re-open until February 18th. -The Earful Tower at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is recieving its new logo: Hi Definition Video (720p): Â Click Here -The Pirate and Princess Parties at the Magic Kingdom may be recieving a new name in the near future, Mickey’s Pirate and Princess Party. After a short period of closure this week, Spaceship Earth at Epcot has re-opened with an enhanced descent portion. -The descent now features some triangle panels that light up above you (again matching the panels on the outside of SSE). -A new video has replaced the stars and trivia [...]
Staff member Jose Eber has provided us with some live updates from the Walt Disney World Resort: -Monorail Black returned from its refurbishment today. The monorail now has the four central handrails much like the other ten monorails which have already received the renovations. Monorail Red headed in for refurbishment today and is the last to recieve the modifications. -The Earful Tower at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has received a glossy black finish on its ears and should receive its finishing touches any day now. The Animation Archway at the studios should receive new signage around the same time. -The new marble tile at the Grand Floridian should be installed in the next 1-2 weeks. -In what has become a frequent [...]
A press release on an exciting new weather safetyÂ exhibit coming this summer to Epcot’s Innoventions can be seen at this link. This is yet another part of the complete overhaul of Innoventions exhibits that we mentioned a fewÂ months ago here on WDW News Today. We will have more information on this upcoming exhibit as it becomes available.
Some pictures up at theÂ comprehensive Disney’s Hollywood Studios devoted siteÂ StudiosCentral.com are showing that the ABC Theater at the park is no more. Apparently, the theater will be getting a new name when it re-opens with a new show, currently rumored to be calledÂ Disney Idol. Be sure to visit this link to see more of Matt Hotchberg’s DHS photo update.
Be sure to check our attraction closures page to see the huge number of refurbishments taking place now or soon at the Walt Disney World Resort, as well as the dates during which these select attractions will not be operating. Among the latest refurbishments announced are for Peter Pan’s Flight and Minnie’s Country House at the Magic Kingdom.
Laughingplace.com has some excellent pictures and video from the revised Playhouse Disney Live on Stage show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Check out their coverage at this link. The completelyÂ new version of the show that has been performing at the Studios for about 6Â years, now features characters from Playhouse Disney shows such as Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Little Einsteins, Handy Manny, and My Friends Tigger and Pooh. The new show began performances yesterday after being closed for a little less than a month.
According to some of our sources here at WDW News Today, the permit filed for “Imagination Demolition” is only part of the routine refurbishment now going on inside Epcot’s Imagination pavilion. However, we are still hearing that someÂ of the folks fromÂ Walt DisneyÂ Imagineering are using this opportunity to survey and planÂ future attractionÂ development inside the building. While a new attraction may or may not be on the near horizon, there will certainly be something new to see in the Imagination pavilion within the next 3-4 years. Stay tuned to WDW News Today and the WDW News Today podcast this week as more information becomes available.