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Epcot's 25th Officially Happening

Posted on July 27, 2007

I was informed today that a ceremony rededicating Epcot on October 1st, 2007, is most certainly happening. The Orlando Sentinel has picked up the story and Epcot’s 25th will be officially recognized by the Walt Disney Company. There is still no chance of a  few month long celebration of the anniversary, but at least something is happening. It is a nice change to see Disney recognize such a meaningful anniversary after the snub Walt Disney World’s 35th anniversary recieved last year.

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Covert Canada

Posted on July 27, 2007

I don’t think Disney can any longer deny the big changes coming to the O Canada show at Epcot. The attractions original 5 day refurbishment has expanded to most of the month of August. The show is now closed from August 6th until August 31st. During this time, a new film featuring Martin Short as the host will be added as well as some cosmetic upgrades. An official announcement of the changes should be coming any day now.

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Haunted Mansion Update

Posted on July 25, 2007

The Haunted Mansion refurbishment seems to be much bigger than Disney had originally let on. In addition to new audio and lighting upgrades, it appears the attic scene has been completely remodeled with the addition of the new bride scene similar to the changes that took place at Disneyland last year. Also exported from Disneyland, the floating Leota Crystal Ball has been put into the seance room. Finally, the Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion will receive an effect that has yet to be seen in any mansion around the world. The giant spider staircase scene has been removed for the addition of a brand new scene with impressive special effects creating an illusion of neverending stairs. Disney has not made any of these changes official, but there are strong reports in their favor.

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Under The Hat

Posted on July 25, 2007

In an update on the exclusive news we received last week on the technical updates to the Sorcerer’s Hat at the Disney MGM Studios, some new details have emerged. The hat should be receiving some fiber optics and Lighting that would allow the hat to change colors at night, much like Cinderella Castle and Spaceship Earth. Other special effects could be added, but this is all that has circulated thus far. The changes should be taking place sometime next month.

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Great Movie Uniforms

Posted on July 25, 2007

Cast members inside the Great Movie Ride at the Disney MGM Studios have been informed of a costume change. Instead of the classic uniforms they have had since 1989, they will soon be wearing grey suit jackets and red shirts. The look doesn’t necessarily fit the attraction, but cast members will probably be happy wearing much more normal attire while they participate in the often hectic show-scenes.

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Epcot 25

Posted on July 25, 2007

A unofficial source has leaked that Epcot will be holding a special rededication ceremony on October 1st, 2007 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the park. Rumors have risen that on this day, Disney may announce the upcoming projects at Epcot such as a refurbishment for the Imagination pavilion, a new fireworks show, or the future of such dated pavilions such as the Universe of Energy and the Wonders of Life.

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Yak and Open YETi

Posted on July 23, 2007

I have now been told officially through Disney that the Yak and Yeti restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park will not open in October as originally reported, but indeed in November as was stated on the site a few days ago. No official date has been provided, but it will be one day in the month of November 2007.

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The Management That Stole Christmas

Posted on July 23, 2007

Here we are in July, and already there is loads of news on the upcoming Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties. In addition to the entertainment changes we have already announced here on the site, the free photo that was a staple of the event for many years is now not only a thing of the past, but now it seems party guests may have to shovel out for full price photos. A very merry Christmas from Walt Disney World Management!!!

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Dining Changes

Posted on July 23, 2007

Disney has announced that the Tusker House at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park will be re-opening this fall with buffet style dining and a character breakfast. In  response to this change, Donald’s Breakfastosaurus will no longer be provided, but Restaurantosaurus will continue to provide counter service dining during its normal operating hours.

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Epcot Dining Changes

Posted on July 23, 2007

First off, as most of you know, Patina Group Restaurants will be taken over Alfredo’s in Italy at the world showcase under the name Tutto Italia for a few months. After that, Patina will completely rmodel the restaurant and open under a new name in fall 2008. In the Japan pavilion at Epcot, two new dining locations are opening entitled Tokyo Dining and Teppan Edo. In the Mexico pavillion, a bar will be opening in place of a small merchandise area in the middle of the large indoor market. Also at Mexico, the outdoor eatery Catina De San Angel will e undergoing expansion and menu changes that will be completed by Summer 2008.

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