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INTERCOT > News > July 2008

News Archive - July 2008

July 31, 2008

Pirates Coming To Caribbean Beach Resort

According to Scott Powers at the Orlando Sentinel, "Walt Disney World has unveiled a rendering and a few details of some retheming and renovations in the works for Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort -- theming it after the hugely-popular Pirates of the Caribbean ride/movies/games franchise."  Among the changes are beds that look like ships, old crates for dressers, tattered sails for curtains and more.

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July 20, 2008

Changes in Store for Disney's Hollywood Studios

Coming in October 2008 will be the recently announced “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” and later this year, the Studios will host the annual Night of Joy event for the first time and welcome back ABC Super Soap Weekend. Next year, the park will unveil The American Idol Experience, host the first Grad Nite events and welcome back ESPN: The Weekend and Star Wars Weekends. Other changes in 2009 will be the elimination of the daily Fantasmic! shows. Fantasmic! will be performed two times weekly –generally Mondays and Thursdays - and more often during the busiest times of the year.

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July 18, 2008

Calendar Released for January 2009

The Walt Disney World Resort has released it's Extra Magic Hours, Operating and Event schedules for January 2009. For guests visiting during this time, you will want to visit the Park Hours and Events pages to aid in planning your trip. Remember, all times and schedules are subject to change, so check back often.

July 15, 2008

New Reservation System Upgrades Coming t0 Walt Disney World

The Walt Disney World Resort has confirmed  a new reservation booking system is in the works for dining, recreation and tours, allowing travel agents and guests the ability to make these reservations online. As a result of the upgrade, effective July 29 through late October, guests will be able to book dining reservations up to Jan. 25, 2009 arrivals. In late October, booking processes will return to normal, allowing guests to book up to 180 days of arrival. The official launch date for this enhancement will be announced at a later date.

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July 11, 2008

"Pocahontas & Her Forest Friends" Ending

The interactive live show, "Pocahontas & Her Forest Friends", will go dark on September 27, 2008, after a ten year run at Animal Kingdom's Camp Minnie Mickey. Walt Disney World has not released any replacement plans for the amphitheater at this time.

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July 07, 2008

Two Character Meals Being Discontinued

Disney Dining has confirmed that the lunch service at Epcot's Garden Grill will end October 5, 2008. The location will be open for Dinner only, starting October 6, 2008. Also, being eliminated is Goofy's Liberate Your Appetite Character Dinner at Magic Kingdom's Liberty Tree Tavern. This popular character experience will be discontinued January 5, 2009. The final offering will be January 4, 2009. Guests with current reservations should call to make alternative arrangements.
(pictured above is our fearless leader, John, at the Liberty Tree Character Dinner during INTERCOT's 10th Anniversary celebration.)

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