Archive - May 2002
Timekeeper Keeping Time/Carousel Rolls On...
the return of figment isn't grand enough, two beloved attractions will
be returning to Tomorrowland. Word has it that the Carousel of
Progress will open beginning June 9th from 11AM-5PM daily. Timekeeper
makes his grand entrance a day later beginning June 10th from 10AM-6PM
Into Fall With Disney
Disney has announced their Resort Fall Savings. If you are vacationing at
Walt Disney World between 8/25/01 and 10/02/02 you can take advantage of
this special. Book before July, 08, 2002 and save $18 - $75 per night on
lodging. Value Resorts listed from $59 and Moderate Resorts from $89 per
night. Stay in a Deluxe Resort from $129 per night. Rooms available at these
rates are limited. Call INTERCOT's Exclusive Travel Agency Kingdom Magic
Travel today at 1-800-425-0306 for more details. Tell them you saw the
special on INTERCOT and ask for code CQT.
The official opening date of "Journey Into The Imagination With Figment" is
set for this weekend. Countless fans of the original ride will soon find
out whether 8 million dollars and a crew of 100 Imaginers is enough to give
the once cheerful ride and pavilion back it's long lost... imagination.
at Swan & Dolphin Hotels
Union activists began picketing May 28 in front of the Walt Disney World
Swan and Dolphin hotel, whose Teamsters-affiliated housekeepers, laundry
workers, seamstresses and public area attendants voted last week to strike.
However, according to a spokeswoman, all regularly scheduled employees
showed up for work on Tuesday. The hotel has not had to implement a
contingency plan, and guest services have not been disrupted. The Swan and
Dolphin Hotels are operated by the Starwood Corporation.
New Star Tours
Plans are in the works at Disney-MGM Studios to retrofit the
motion-simulating Star Tours ride with a new short film. The current film,
part of the attraction when it opened in 1989, depicts characters and scenes
from only the original three Star Wars movies, and not more recent prequels
including the latest, Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones.
at Epcot Is First to Display the Segway Human Transporter
Walt Disney World Resort and Segway LLC have partnered for the first public
display of the Segway™ Human Transporter (HT) at Innoventions at Epcot, the
ever-changing theme park of discovery. Guests can now see this innovative
short-distance transportation technology firsthand through a display inside
of Innoventions, which includes interactive stations and daily
demonstrations on how the product works.
Wars Pins Land Early!
Star Wars Pins have landed EARLY at the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts!
These new OPEN edition Star Wars Pins have arrived ahead of schedule and
just in time to celebrate the release of the latest Star Wars film, Episode
II: Attack of the Clones. Beginning this Friday, May 17th, 2002, at the Walt
Disney World Resort, in Orlando, Florida and the Disneyland Resort, in
Anaheim, California will be launching several styles of Star Wars pins,
exclusive to the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Traders will be able to
find plenty of these unique pins at Star Trader (at the exit of the Star
Tours attraction) in Tomorrowland, The Tomorrowland Pin Cart and Showcase
shop on Main Street U.S.A. at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.
For Guests visiting the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, the pins can be
found at the Star Tours attraction at the Disney MGM Studios.
Super Soap Weekend Announced
Disney-MGM Studios will play host to the Seventh Annual ABC Super Soap
Weekend November 9 & 10. All My Children star Susan Lucci will headline an
outstanding lineup of stars from the ABC Daytime dramas. Your favorites will
be on hand for autographs, photos, musical performances, star conversations
and more. Disney-MGM Studios admission required. Celebrity appearances
subject to change.
Surprise Celebration on Hold
Cinderella's Surprise Celebration will not be performed this week. The
Castle Forecourt Stage is undergoing refurbishment. However, performances
will resume again on Monday, May 20, 2002. The Character Greetings in the
Castle Forecourt area are unaffected. Greets are scheduled daily from 9:50
a.m. to 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Storytime with Belle and Sword
in the Stone will also be performing on a daily basis throughout the week,
to compensate for the temporary closing of Cinderella's Surprise
Great Movie Ride
Great Movie Ride" at MGM, is offline for maintenance for this week and will
be back up and running on Monday, the 20th.
to Epcot in June
From the creator of the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit Blast! comes
SHOCKWAVE. Last year, critics hailed Blast! as “rhythmically intoxicating”
with “sound and motion from front to finish” and this year SHOCKWAVE
promises to bring an all-new combination of raw power and musical pageantry
to Epcot from June 15 through Aug. 23. This dazzling performance is filled
with sights, sounds and boundless energy -- all included in Epcot admission.
Once Upon a Toy Opening in July
Downtown Disney Marketplace offers even more magical experiences for guests
with the July opening of Once Upon a Toy, a 16,000-square-foot interactive
superstore. The store will be filled with colorful displays and exclusive
toys, including many Disney and Hasbro favorites. Children can enjoy an
outside interactive play area.