What has been long-rumored is finally confirmed – the refurbishment of the original Space Mountain located at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida is a go. The attraction will close on April 19 (right after the Easter break crowds leave) and officially return “late 2009,” though a target date of November 22 has been reported.
Disney Parks is offering the chance to meet Tinker Bell and her Fairy friends at your choice of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida or Disneyland Resort in California via a contest they are holding at PixieHollow.com. It’s a celebration of all-things Fairies at the place where dreams come true.
The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Disney has settled a nearly five-year legal fight with a Pennsylvania company over development of the Mission: Space ride in Epcot. The dispute stemmed from a roughly $30 million contract that Disney awarded Environmental Tectonics in February 2000.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that the Cinderella Castle Royal Suite, which was created in early 2007 for overnight stays by winners of Disney’s two-year “Million Dreams” promotion, will remain open for selected guests next year, though on a more limited basis.
During the Million Dreams promotion, which ends Wednesday night, there has been a nearly daily sweepstakes prize for a family picked at random on Disney World property.
Disney Parks will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade this December 25 which will air on ABC-TV. Hollywood’s biggest names and Disney’s most beloved characters will bring the holiday magic home in song and style as they light up the holiday from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California.
Will it be Barack Obama or John McCain – not only as the next President of the United States but the newest addition to Disney’s Hall of Presidents attraction located in Liberty Square at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom? Disney Imagineers are preparing for the new arrival as only one of the presidential candidates will get to address visitors each day in the theme park once the animatronic attraction undergoes a renovation.
As the United States prepares for this historic election, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin resort is making its own presidential history by giving one lucky guest and their family the opportunity to be treated like a president with their very own presidential vacation.
Landry’s Restaurants, the same company that brought us The Rain Forest Cafe, has created an amazing new concept in dining experience with the opening of the T-REX Cafe in Downtown Disney Orlando. This new eatery will feature dining and retail in an interactive prehistoric environment built around water, fire and ice.
Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, having a bit of a baby boom this year, welcomes the birth of a fourth baby giraffe. Entering the world at 6-feet tall and 155 pounds, Bonsu delighted members of the animal programs team at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the early morning hours on Sunday September 28.
Bowling anyone? As if Walt Disney World did not offer enough variety of entertainment already, the resort will soon have a 100 lane bowling alley, one of the largest in the United States. The bowling alley is to be built at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on the grounds of Walt Disney World Resort.