Tuesday, April 27, 2010

News From Around The World


I'd been waiting to post this until there was, you know, some actual news to report. No dice. It's been a really slow end to spring at Walt Disney World but there are some exciting things on the horizon. Summer Nighttastic begins on June 6. I'll be heading to Walt Disney World that weekend to cover the festivities. The Flower & Garden Festival is winding down at Epcot but Star Wars Weekends are on the way for Hollywood Studios. There's also a rumor going around that another free dining offer is on the way very soon. There are a few news items to report from the last few weeks.

For one thing, ask and you shall recieve, I guess. Southwest Airlines is now officially a part of Disney's resort airline check-in service after joining Magical Express this month. A pilot program at the value resorts has led the way for the addition of the service at every resort except Coronado Springs and Saratoga Springs. Those two resorts will likely be added to the program by the time you read this or shortly thereafter.

An update on the new D Street store that a lot of people are going to find very interesting: It seems much of the decor is reused props from the Adventurer's Club. It's good and bad, of course. Good that the memories are living on but bad because now it's obvious that the Adventurer's Club is gone forever.

The Little Mermaid is saying goodbye to the Magic Kingdom for the time being. Ariel's Grotto is expected to close any day now (if it's not already closed by the time you read this) for the Fantasyland expansion. Ariel will eventually be moving to Adventureland until her ride in the new Fantasyland is complete. Until then, you'll have to settle for meeting her during the princess breakfast at Akershus in Norway.

Reports indicate that the Goodings supermarket near Walt Disney World will be closing soon. If so, the nearest grocery store will be the Publix near the Gaylord Palms.

A new resort, CoCo Key, opened up on International Drive on the site of the old Hilton. It's one of those resort/water park properties that are all the rage with the kiddies these days.


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