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Epcot Report- January 12, 2013   Leave a comment

Ready for a super quick Epcot report? Ready, set, go!

This really bugs me. Communicore was built with these windows to let light in. When Innoventions and MouseGear opened, the windows were covered up, MouseGear left these windows open. But they jammed display cases up against the windows. Not only does that defeat the purpose of a window, but it lets you see the backside of each display from outside the building.

This really bugs me. Communicore was built with these windows to let light in. When Innoventions and MouseGear opened, the windows were covered up, MouseGear left these windows open. But they jammed display cases up against the windows. Not only does that defeat the purpose of a window, but it lets you see the backside of each display from outside the building. Also, the neon looks really bad….

Food kiosk is back (old picture, didn’t snap a new one. sorry).

The new Fastpass entrance at The Seas has been completed. People are upset that they defaced the mural when they cut into it. I'm not. They defaced the mural years ago, when Nemo opened.

The new Fastpass entrance at The Seas has been completed. People are upset that they defaced the mural when they cut into it. I’m not. They defaced the mural years ago, when Nemo opened.

There is a new graphic in the front window at Test Track. Also, check out the new signs directing people into the Fastpass and Single Rider lines.

There is a new graphic in the front window at Test Track. Also, check out the new signs directing people into the Fastpass and Single Rider lines.

Also new at Test Track are these signs in the queue. Each of them inform riders to buckle up. You know, in case that wasn't obvious already. And, of course, there are WoM logos all over them.

Also new at Test Track are these signs in the queue. Each of them inform riders to buckle up. You know, in case that wasn’t obvious already. And, of course, there are WoM logos all over them.

Zach (@ThemeparkZach) was very proud of his truck's Efficiency.

Zach (@ThemeparkZach) was very proud of his truck’s Efficiency.

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So proud, in fact, that he broke the commercial-maker kiosk.

Playplace for Flower and Garden is going up on the walkway between Imagination and Canada.

Playground for Flower and Garden is going up on the walkway between Imagination and Canada.

And last but not least, let's look at the maps. Kodak is no longer sponsoring the maps. The backside no features an ad for Photopass

And last but not least, let’s look at the maps. Kodak is no longer sponsoring the maps. The backside no features an ad for Photopass.

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Posted January 13, 2013 by Imagineer2017 in News, Parks

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Summer is Winding Down   Leave a comment

A Random-Shmandom Post Of Some Happenings In Disney News That I’m Posting and Commenting on So I Don’t Feel Lazy.

I feel like I’m slacking up on the amount of articles I’ve posted the last few weeks. Maybe it’s because summer is winding down (School starts back up on the 22nd). I haven’t felt like writing because of that, and because I’ve been working hard on the D-History Podcast (please go check it out!). So I suppose it’s only fair that I put something up this week.

First, they’re putting a whole lot of work into the Tiki Room even though it’s just a simple cosmetic makeover. They’ve replaced signage, painted and touched up things, installed a new lighting system, and who knows what else!
Cudos for them! I cannot wait to see it on Friday.
Yup, that’s right, I’ll be there this coming weekend. From Friday to Sunday, right before school starts. But since I’ll be there that weekend, I will not be attending the D23 Expo (not that I could anyway). I’ll talk about the Expo in a later post, probably the following weekend.
Next, let’s talk about the new monorail they announced on Friday, Monorail Peach. This monorail will return the fleet to 12 trains, and use parts salvaged from Pink and Purple (as they did with Teal). Testing of this new train is supposed to begin a few weeks. It will be a very odd sight considering how will this be a stripe-less monorail running the tracks. I hope I get to see it like that, though. I’m excited for it, but choose the colour? Peach seems to be very similar to the already existing Coral (which was hard enough to distinguish from Pink). Though peach can range from a light coral to a light tan hue, it still seems like a copy colour. Then again, they did give us Teal to confuse with Blue…
Next, Mine Train is in no danger of cancellation, regardless of what you may have heard. The cars look cool, but small. I’m a bit upset that there are only 3 show scenes (that look small). It’ll still be cool. No date is set yet, but expect to hear some stuff at the D23 Expo.

Lastly, I must say that WDI does a great job. They are on a roll right now, just look at every project (big and small!) going on right now and recently finished. Things that didn’t even need to happen most times. I can’t understand the ‘they spend too much’ argument. Who cares how much they spend? If they didn’t spend the money on projects, they wouldn’t come out as grand, and people would complain. I can’t understand why so many people hate WDI and complain that they don’t do anything. They have so much going on right now, and everything they’ve pumped out recently has been highest quality work.

Well that’s all I have to say this week. Just bits of this and that. I’ll be in the parks this weekend, so we’ll have a trip report up by Monday. So if you want from-the-parks updates, then follow me @Imagineer2017. As well, the D23 Expo is that same weekend. While you can’t follow me for news, you can follow @Disney, @DisneyD23, @DisKingdom, and @WDWNT  (and whoever else! #D23Expo)for news and live coverage. I’ll have a D23 Expo Parks-Related round-up post the following weekend. ‘Til then, see ya!

Monorail Update   3 comments

Monorails Will No Longer Service Resorts During EMH

One of my favourite things at WDW is the famous monorails. Nothing says “You’re at Disney World” more than Jack Wanger’s famous ‘Please stand clear…’ announcement. It’s always a blast getting to ride to the Magic Kingdom from your room at the Contemporary. But things are about to get bad for those of you who enjoy doing that, too. WDWMagic posted the following comment last week:

Beginning on July 11 2011, the Epcot monorail service will stop operation 1 hour after regular park closing, and from August 1 2011, the Magic Kingdom monorail will stop operation 1 hour after regular park closing. This means that in both cases, the monorail will not be able to return guests back to their resorts after evening Extra Magic Hours. Guests will instead be transported by bus and boats where available. Morning Extra Magic Hour service has not been affected. All indications are that this is a permanent change.

So now, guests staying at any of the resort line resorts now have to walk or boat back home after a long day. Wow.

These resorts, the Contemporary (and the adjacent Bay Lake Tower), Polynesian, and Grand Floridian, just so happen to be the most expensive resorts on property. So why do they get the shaft? These guests are paying the most, yet getting the worst treatment. That seems far from fair. Already, I’ve read at least 10 comments stating to Disney that they will be canceling their trip because the monorail won’t service their resort. Disney, you’re losing business by doing this.

As well, the Epcot line now shuts down early. So what happens if I parked at the TTC and parkhopped over to Epcot? Uh-oh. Or what if I’m staying at the resort line resorts? No EMH for me, I guess.

This change has yet to be explained. Some have claimed that it’s an attempt to eliminate Extra Magic Hours all together. This makes little sense, as it can be a very important factor in some people’s vacation planning.

Others have said that this change was provoked by the Monorail operators asking for additional downtime for monorail maintenance. This is a baloney reason, as all 11 monorails cannot fit in shop to be service all at once. So running 2 or 3 monorails really wouldn’t hurt. Just alternate which ones come in each night, that way, they’re all serviced and we still have trains.

End of Line

Well…In other news, Monorail Coral has returned and the Tronorail has been derezzed. As much as I love TRON and the Tronorail, I’m happy to see it go. It has been here for long enough. The film came out 6 months ago.

But it was cool, to say the least. WDW had never gotten anything like that before. The closest we’ve gotten were the so-called ‘Pixie Vomit’ stickers that were put on during the Happiest Celebration on Earth. Disneyland has gotten full monorail wraps many times: for the subsand for the HCOE for example. But there, it’s a little different. Those monorails are passing over public property, so they are effective billboards. In WDW, the ‘rail travel on Disney property. They don’t need to advertise.

The first time we had heard they were coming, no one seemed happy. Giant moving billboards running through Epcot. It wasn’t the nicest idea. Some people didn’t even think it fit Epcot. But once they it was up and running, no one seemed to care. It was just cool and fun.

I’ll miss it, but it really wasn’t anything special. It was very popular though. Popular enough that they’re releasing a toy version of it at this year’s D23 Expo. So, if you’re a fan, I’d pick one up.

Well… Enough Monorails in one post? I’d like more, personally. Maybe I can throw in those weird Cars-fied ones on colouring books they sell? They sell these Cars colouring books with Cars-fied versions of the Disneyland monorails at WDW! It’s really weird…

That’s this week’s post. Hope you enjoyed. I’m going to go play with my monorails now. Remember to follow me on Twitter and Facebook, and also to rate, comment, and subscribe to my blog. You’ll be hearing from me soon. Until then, so long!

Posted July 17, 2011 by Imagineer2017 in News, Opinions

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