Hall of Presidents Re-Opening

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. –
A remarkably lifelike Audio-Animatronics figure of President Barack Obama enters the spotlight in a revised and refreshed Hall of Presidents show that reopens July 4 in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort. 

The recently installed figure of the country’s 44th chief executive – which comes to life with recognizable mannerisms and makes comments that were recorded recently at the White House – is only part of an eight-month makeover so significant that the iconic attraction in the park’s Liberty Square has been retitled Hall of Presidents: A Celebration of Liberty’s Leaders. Other updates to the “re-Imagineered” attraction which has been entertaining Magic Kingdom guests since 1971:

  • A re-programmed Abraham Lincoln delivers arguably the greatest speech in the history of the presidency – the Gettysburg Address.
  • For the first time in the attraction’s history, George Washington stands and delivers a stirring speech.
  • Developed with the assistance of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, the show now tells a moving story of the bond between the presidents and “We, the People,” focusing on the chief executives who
    have guided America through trying, turbulent times.

New Wishes Dessert Party

Walt Disney World guests are invited to a new nightly celebration at the Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station, which will include a dessert party and an exclusive VIP viewing of Wishes, the nighttime fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom.

This experience begins Tuesday, June 23 and will be available all summer through August 28, 2009.  The Party will open nightly to guests 1-hour before the fireworks show and includes a self-service dessert buffet.

Guests are encouraged to call 407-WDW-DINE to make reservations, as space is limited.  Reservations will be accepted starting June 22. They are not required, but highly recommended due to anticipated attendance.  Seating for walk-ins will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

The price for guests ages 10 and over is $17.99 (plus tax) and $9.99 for guests ages 3-9.  Park admission is required, and the Disney Dining Plan does not include this event.  Payment will be required in advance for reserved seating.

Online Dining Reservations

The much anticipated arrival of Online Dining Reservations is finally here!

Travel Agents have been able to use the system for some time now, but guests may now make their own dinner plans without calling a long-distance number only to be on hold for several minutes.

Go to http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/restaurants to book your dining experiences.  Or, as always, Mouse Unlimited clients can call or e-mail us and we’ll take care of it for you.

Tequilla

Finally, after over two years in the rumor mill, the Mexico Pavilion in EPCOT is getting a Tequilla Bar.

The area formerly known as Case Mexicana is now the Jewelry Shop, and what used to be the Jewelry Shop is now under construction.  The Kid Cot space that used to be in Case Mexicana is currently in the lobby of the Mexico Pavilion.

Snow White in Germany

Snow White is getting a new shelter for her meet-n-greets at the Germany pavilion in EPCOT.

The area to the left side of the pavilion is walled off for construction right now, while workers build a semi-permanent structure for Snow White and the Dwarfs.

Construction is slated to be complete by the end of June. Meanwhile, she’s meeting guests by the lagoon railing in Germany.

Mobile Room-Ready Notification Service

Mobile Room Ready Notification Service allows Guests who arrive prior to their check-in time at Disney owned and operated Resort hotels to receive either a text message or automated voice message when their room is available.

During the check-in process at a Disney Resort, Guests can provide a cell/mobile telephone number and request a return notification preference. When the Disney Resort room is ready, a text message or automated call will be sent to the Guest’s cell/mobile phone number with the room number.

Guests who participate in this new service can enjoy increased flexibility upon arrival at the Disney Resort as their cell/mobile telephone will notify them when their room is ready. Guests may then continue their current activities or proceed to their Disney Resort room.

Guest may of course choose not to participate in this service and will still be able to call the Resort’s room availability telephone number provided to them upon arrival to check the status of their Disney Resort room, or visit the Resort Front Desk at anytime.

Mobile Room Ready Notification Service is now available for Guests staying at Disney operated resort hotels at the Walt Disney World Resort, the Disneyland Resort and all Disney Vacation Club resorts.

Note: if Guests opt to use the text message notification option, standard text message rates apply. Guests should check with their cell/mobile phone carrier for details on their particular plan.

Online Check-In Service

Now there’s an even easier way to kick off your Disney Vacation, with Online Check-In!

By using Online Check-In Service, you can simplify your arrival at the Walt Disney WorldResort by going online to provide key information in advance of your upcoming stay. Online Check-In Service is available up to 10 days prior to your arrival date.

You may visit mydisneyreservation.com/guest on the Web to access Online Check-In Service
for yourself. This special Web site was created just for you, and using this site helps ensure the privacy of your information.  Always remember though: Mouse Unlimited will take care of this process for our clients!

You will need the following information when you access Online Check-In Service:

  • Reservation Number
  • Last Name of the Primary Guest
  • Resort Name
  • Check-In Date
  • Credit Card (if you will use one for room charging privileges)
  • Your anticipated Resort Arrival Time
  • Your anticipated Resort Departure Time
  • Names of all Members in your Travel Party
  • Any Room Requests
  • Your Home Address
  • Your Cell Phone Number

You will need a photo ID to pick up your Welcome Packet and Room Keys upon check-in at the Resort Hotel.