The addition of Disney characters and the rainforest scene isn’t all that guests will encounter when they re-acquaint themselves with the Disney theme park classic “it’s a small world.” The LA Times Travel Blog discusses how one of the world’s most famous theme songs is getting a makeover as well – including the fusion of music from several classic Disney films.
Preliminary park hours are now being posted on the international versions of the Walt Disney World calendar. Unfortunately issues with the international calendar are preventing TimeKeeper from updating itself, although I hope to rectify this soon. Until then, enjoy these direct links to the calendar (no entertainment information has been posted as of yet):
The other parks have not yet been posted.
As I announced a week ago in this post, David Cook is set to perform at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on February 12 in honor of the American Idol Experience which marks its official opening on February 14. Cook is expected to perform twice throughout the day: the first performance as part of an appearance on Good Morning America and the second as part of a Media Event which begins at 4:30 PM. The Media Event is a private event and will not be open to guests in the park unfortunately. There is still some speculation as to whether guests will be invited to the GMA performance, so all hope is not yet lost.
ANAHEIM, Calif., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ — As part of its ongoing commitment to the environment, Disneyland Resort announced two innovative environmental initiatives to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The Resort has begun using compressed natural gas to fuel its guest trams and recycled cooking oil to power its Disneyland Railroad steam trains and Mark Twain riverboat. (more…)
And speaking of the American Idol Experience, AI David Cook himself is set to perform in honor of the new attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on February 12.
Unfortunately I don’t have any more details beyond that but if you know of more or will be able to attend and take photos or even just want to check back in and let me know how it goes, please email me at [email protected]
Check out this report on the new American Idol Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Theme Park Rangers got a full tour and cover all the details of the experience with plenty of trivia to boot. The American Idol Experience is set to officially open on February 14 with Annual Passholder previews before.
With a little less than a week to go before the official opening (DVC members are being treated to a preview Jan 23-25), the Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure section of the Definitive Guide to Kidcot has been updated to reflect some new details including those mentioned in this article from the Orlando Sentinel.
From the Orlando Business Journal:
Universal Orlando laid off about 70 workers — less than 1 percent of its work force — in an effort to adapt to slowing business conditions.
Universal spokesman Tom Schroder said the layoffs took place Jan.22.
“This has not been easy for us,” Schroder said. “It’s taken much thought and review. We are doing everything possible to ease the process for those affected and ease their transition.”
Most were management workers. Universal didn’t provide a specific number of positions, nor did comment on severance for the workers.
MarketWatch is reporting on a Wall Street Journal article that talks about Disney offering buyouts to nearly 600 executives in the domestic resorts and park division with more than half in Orlando.
No, Disney hasn’t begun employing elephants in the art department, that’s an actual pin from a new set featuring Disney characters as they’ll be appearing in Disneyland’s ‘it’s a small world’ when it re-opens in February. Following suit from the attraction at Hong Kong Disneyland which features 38 Disney characters in all, the new additions to the Disneyland attraction are featured in a new limited edition pin set to be released on January 30. Originally reported by Screamscape, this article from the LA Times cover the reported so-called blunder and relives the controversy that arose when the proposed changes were first talked about.