Thursday, November 6, 2008

Bad News for Cypress Gardens

The Disney Blog writes:

The experiment that turned the beautiful, but dying, Cypress Gardens into an amusement park may be nearing an end. It pains me to write this rumor, but I completely understand the reasoning behind it. Winter Haven is just too far off the beaten path to be supported by tourists, especially when gas costs are high and with Disney’s ability to keep guests on resort property for the whole vacation. Unfortunately the local economy isn’t strong enough to support the park either.

So with IAAPA in town in a few days the park will be shopping its free-standing amusement park attractions to the highest bidder. Apparently, they’ve had appraisals done and already sold a few.
Indeed it's a sad day if this rumor comes true. I hope the new owners of Cypress Gardens are in it for the long run, as they stated when the bought the park from the bank.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Magic Kingdom Fantasyland and Parade Rumors

My sources at Walt Disney World have confirmed that the Magic Kingdom is moving ahead with its upgrade program boosted by higher than expected room nights at the resorts. All year long the park has been working on fixing building facades and support pillars all around the park and you can really notice the difference when you walk around. But that's not the big change.

The only major thing announced is the semi-regular update to the Hall of Presidents attraction. Unannounced, but also on the boards is a quick, not the full replacement that was rumored, refurbishment of Space Mountain; a new "Little Mermaid" attraction for Fantasyland; and a general makeover of almost all Fantasyland facades perhaps even relocating a few of the land's attractions. Those all appear to be proceeding with work beginning in early 2009.

With the new "What Will You Celebrate" campaign for 2009 they announced that each park would get 'street parties' and the Magic Kingdom's plans for that are nearing completion. Looks like 'street party' translates into a calvacade in the spirit of the 'Family Fun Parade' that just goes from Town Square to the Hub and back.

But the big news, to me at least, was that the current "Dreams Come True Parade" will be getting a slight makeover, some new music, and a new float or two. Apparently it will also get a new name having to do with the 'Celebration' theme.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Give Till It Helps

See that widget over there (click here if you're reading via RSS). That's a chance for you, the Disney geek, to help children who battle life-threatening illnesses to live out their one wish to be a Princess, meet Mickey Mouse, swim with a dolphin, or any number of other wishes at Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal. That's something you can do any time, but for them, this may be their one chance.

Over the next few days, Disney fan sites everywhere will host a 'flash' event to raise as much money as we can for Give Kids The World Village, the magical resort that makes everything happen for these children, entirely cost-free!

Anyone who donates $5 or more is entered into the drawing for a 4 day / 3 night stay at the Swan and Dolphin resort at Walt Disney World. The dates are fixed as November 11th - 14th. They are unable to offer alternate nights or changes in schedule. Taxes and Fees are included. Reservation information will be sent via email to the winner. If there are more than 40 entries, a second 3-night package will be added to the drawing.

Anyone who donates $10 or more is also entered into a second drawing for a 48 Disney DVD set. This prize package contains a mix of Disney produced or distributed movies, television shows, and specials. Sample titles include: Mickey Mouse Club, Lilo & Stitch 2, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, and many more. Total retail value is $745. Package is available for pick up or will be shipped to the winner's home.

The drawing is November 6th at Noon Eastern. So get your entry in today and help a great cause. Plus, if you have a Disney website of your own, grab a copy of the widget and spread the news on your website too.

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