Let’s get right into the park gossip, shall we?
Rumor has it that during the It’s a Small World refurbishment in the Magic Kingdom, Imagineers will be adding characters (think Alice in Wonderland, Jasmine, et al) like they did at Disneyland. The strongest evidence comes from new IASM merchandise in the parks with the characters (and Walt Disney World) on it. You can read more about it here. What do you think? Good? Bad?
The rumor about Le Cellier has been confirmed: The restaurant will be a signature restaurant in March, but only for dinner. If you’re on the dining plan, lunch will cost one table service credit, dinner will cost two. There is a very strong rumor from a very well-placed source that the menu and the look won’t change, at least dramatically. I’m really hoping that this doesn’t indicate a trend of changing table service restaurants to two dining credits. That would make me sad. And hungry.
Nerd alert: Star Tours will debut a new droid named Aly San San.
Disneyland Paris forums are saying that Spectromagic will not be returning to the Magic Kingdom anytime soon. I love Spectro (have it on my ringtone) so this is bad news for me. Boo.
I’m also hearing that Disney is planning on taking the old River Country property on Bay Lake and turning it into a new DVC resort that will sit thematically (and literally) between the Wilderness Lodge and the Ft. Wilderness campgrounds. Lots of grumbling about this one. Some say there are too many DVC properties already, other say it will ruin the woodsy feel of the area for the campers. Apparently Bob Iger himself recently visited the area.
If you recall, River Country was closed due to brain eating amoeba that live in warmer Florida lakes. That doesn’t sound good.
More DVC rumors, this time about the Grand Floridian. Again. I would LOVE at DVC at the Grand Floridian, but I”ll believe it when Disney announces it. This, and the one about the Poly getting a DVC, seems to go around every year or so.
The one thing you can bet on is that there are plans for a new development. Disney has to keep new inventory in DVC to bring in new buyers. This is how the whole system works and I must say, it does work well: DVC is very successful. Since Animal Kingdom Lodge and Bay Lake Tower will likely be sold out in the next few years, something will have to go up. The question is where.
That’s about it for now. Happy weekend!