New SegWay Tour at Epcot

A new behind-the-scenes tour is now available at EPCOT.  The tour, entitled Nature-Inspired Design, is a 3-hour SegWay X-2 trip around several Future World pavilions and a detour to a backstage area.  1 hour of the tour is indoors, and 2 hours are outdoors.

The tour, offered Saturday and Tuesday at 8:15am, costs $124 (including tax), and you must be at least 16 years old to participate.

Destruction in Tomorrowland Looming

It has been reported that the old Tomorrowand Skyway Station in the Magic Kingdom is set to be demolished soon.

Plans call for the work to begin in late July with completion slated for November, 2009.  This is also the time that Space Mountain is set to re-open. Coincidence?

The restrooms on the first floor of the building are supposed to remain.  There is no additional news at this time.

New Resort Benefit

Have you heard about the newest Disney Resort benefit? Complimentary golf club rental!

Guests staying at a Walt Disney World® Resort hotel enjoy complimentary Titleist or Cobra club rental when
they purchase a full round of golf at one of the four championship golf courses at the Walt Disney World Resort.

This is the latest addition to a long list of exclusive perks and benefits that come with staying at a Walt Disney World
Resort hotel. These benefits combine to make vacation magic 24 hours a day – whether you stay at a Disney Value Resort designed for budget-minded vacationers or at a Disney Deluxe Resort or Deluxe Villa offering lavish amenities.

Streets of America Updated

Visit the Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and you may notice something slightly different.

The San Francisco facade has been refurbished, and while it may not appear to be any different, there is one tiny detail that has been changed.

The headline on the newspaper at the Newspaper Stand now references the movie UP instead of The Incredibles!

Fascinating, eh?

Monorail Back In Service

As of 2:00pm today, the Walt Disney World monorail system is back in operation, following the deadly accident early on the morning of July 5, 2009.

After all law enforcement and government agencies had concluded their investigations, the Purple and Pink trains were removed from the tracks and the system was put into testing at about 9:00am today.  Once the system was ruled safe, it was re-opened for guest transportation.

Tragic Monorail Accident

Terrible news comes from the Walt Disney World Resort following a huge holiday night.

At about 2:00am on July 5, 2009, as the last few guests were leaving the parks after July 4th Fireworks, Monorail Purple and Monorail Pink collided head-on at the Transportation and Ticket Center, over the Magic Kingdom guest parking lot.

The driver of Monorail Purple was killed at the scene, but the 6 guests on board his train were unhurt. Disney released the following statement today:

“Today, we mourn the loss of our fellow cast member. Our hearts go out to his family and those who have lost a friend and coworker. The safety of our guests and cast members is always our top priority. The monorail is out of service and we will continue to work closely with law enforcement to determine what happened and the appropriate next steps.”

This is the first deadly accident on the monorail system in over 38 years.  OSHA and the NTSB will investigate the accident and issue statements and rulings in the coming weeks and months.

The monorail system will remain closed throughout the day.

In-Room Child Care

While Disney is often mis-labeled as a “kiddie park,” there are plenty of ways for adults to have fun on their own – even if you don’t like the theme park atmosphere that much.

After a long day in the parks, maybe mom and dad want to go to dinner alone at one of Disney’s full-service restaurants, or go shopping and catch Cirque du Soleil’s La Neuba at Downtown Disney.  But what about the kids?

No worries!  You can call for In-Room Child Care at all Disney resort hotels.  The service is available 24/7, but note that it is NOT operated by Disney.

There are a few very reputable companies that offer this service. One in particular will even tour the parks with you and watch young kids while parents enjoy some thrill rides with the older kids, or by themselves.  (This, of course, will cost you a fortune, as you must purchase park admission for the babysitter too!).

When you book with Mouse Unlimited, ask us about these services and we’ll provide you with contact information and even help you set up the services you need.

Animal Kingdom Meet-N-Greets

Animal Kingdom has seen several changes to their character meet-n-greets for the summer, at least through August 8, 2009.

For example, instead of meeting in Discovery Island, Flik, Baloo, King Louie and Terk will greet guests along the pathway between Asia and Africa.

Divine, the vine lady, will be lurking around the Oasis area.

And The Good Times Gathering Spot in Camp Minnie-Mickey will be open daily from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Entertainment will include story telling with Pocahontas, a DJ, and character greetings with Meeko, Koda, Kenai and Chip & Dale.