Waking Pop Century: Walt Disney World Announces New Art of Animation Resort, Opening 2012

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Imagineer Joni Van Buren sculpts a model of King Triton from the 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid. In its final form, the sculpture will be 35 feet tall and tower over guests at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, a new Disney World hotel that will open in 2012. Photo courtesy Disney via Orlando SentinelFor those wondering whatever will become of Disney’s Pop Century: The Legendary Years — the proposed second phase of the popular value resort —  wonder no more. The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that the site is now the future home of a brand new resort, Disney’s Art of Animation.

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WDW Refurb Update: Teamboat Springs Extended, Coronado Springs and Pop Century

Although, as we first reported yesterday, Blizzard Beach is now expected to re-open on March 24, we have been advised that Teamboat Springs will remain closed through May 15.

Although it had just re-opened from a refurb, our source informs us that the Ranchos quiet pool at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will be closed again beginning April 5 and re-opening on April 17.

Also, the Fast Forward arcade located at Pop Century will be closed from May 10 through May 12.

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Bus Transportation Route Changes for Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports

Effective February 21, there will no longer be a bus available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to take guests to the ESPN Wide World of Sports facility. Instead, guests can catch a bus to/from Disney’s All-Star Resorts, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Buses are expected to operate between 7 am and 11 pm daily, but will change times and frequency as dictated by sporting events occuring that day.

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WDW Refurb Update: Pool Closures at Pop Century, Boardwalk Inn

The existing scheduled refurbishments for the Bowling and Computer pools at Pop Century have been swapped with the dates remaining the same.

Additionally, the Luna Park pool at the Boardwalk Inn will close on January 18 and re-open on February 6. At this time, the leisure pools will remain open and guests of the Boardwalk Inn may access Stormalong Bay at the Beach & Yacht Club (shuttle service provided).

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WDW Refurb Updates: Early Openings, Water Park Closures, Resort Pools, Golf Courses and More

I’ve got a HUGE refurb update here, so bear with me.

At the Magic Kingdom, Crystal Palace will be closed from January 3 through February 13.

At Epcot, Living with the Land is now scheduled to re-open on October 4, which is several weeks earlier than the original date of November 1. Also, the new exhibit in the Japan pavilion (which was the tin toy museum) is now slated to open on October 16.

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the Boneyard is now scheduled to be closed October 5 through October 18

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WDW Refurb Updates: Golf Course Closures, Pool Closures at CBR, POP

In addition to our update on LMA earlier today, we have received notice of additional closures taking place in the near future at Walt Disney World.

The Golf Courses will each experience multiple closures throughout the next couple of months. Please see the full refurb list here for details.

In addition, the Aruba pool at Caribbean Beach Resort will be closed from November 9 – 20.

Pop Century leisure pools will be closed as follows: Computer Pool, October 13 – 23; Bowling Pool, October 26 – November 6

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Southwest Airlines Begins Resort Airline Check-in Pilot Program at Pop Century

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The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Southwest Airlines is now piloting the Resort Airline Check-in service at Walt Disney World’s Pop Century resort.

It’s been a major source of confusion which continues to persist today as much as it has since the inception of Disney’s Magical Express in 2005: it is often thought that as a non-participating airline, that guests flying into MCO on SWA can not take advantage of amenities such as the luggage delivery service aspect of DME.

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