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August 2, 2007

Contemporary Resort Updates 8/2/2007

AllEars® Team member Jack Spence visited the Contemporary Resort recently.

According to reports, the Food and Fun Center was supposed to close this past weekend. I ate lunch at Concourse Steakhouse Tuesday, 7/31, so I could take pictures of the Tempo Grab and Go (temporary replacement) next to the Outer Rim. It isn't there yet. In fact, the Fun and Food Center is still open. We asked our server when it would open and all she knew was "very soon."

I noticed a couple other "construction" projects going on at the resort.

Actual construction has begun where the North Wing once stood at the Contemporary Resort. This is the possible site of the rumored new Disney Vacation Club resort.

Construction at Contemporary Resort

All of the public doors into the Contemporary Resort are being remodeled. The revolving doors are being replaced with sliding doors with an "airlock" room inbetween.


August 7, 2007

Pecos Bills - Magic Kingdom

Pecos Bill's  Express Ordering Menu

Several years ago, the Pecos Bill Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom tested a couple of automated "ordering" stations where guests could place their meal order via touch-sensitive screens instead of interacting with a cast member. For whatever reason, these stations were removed after a month-long test period.

Pecos Bill's Ordering Station Kiosks

Last month, they appeared again, this time with a more user-friendly design. On the previous version, it was almost impossible to find the slot to slide your credit card through. On the new models, it's very obvious how to pay. The sign above the machines says that you can only pay using a credit card or the Disney Dining Plan. It does indicated that you can use your Disney hotel room key. Cash transactions mush be made with a cast member.

Pecos Bill's  Touch Screen

After you order, a receipt will print out which you take to the counter and wait for your food to be delivered.

Pecos Bill's Ordering Screens

Pecos Bill's Ordering Screens

August 8, 2007

Spaceship Earth Wand Removal

Demolition continues on the Mickey Mouse arm and Epcot sign over Spaceship Earth. Currently, the east entrance walkway next to Spaceship Earth is completely closed off to guests. All traffic entering Epcot is directed to the west pathway, next to the restrooms and the Art of Disney store.

Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth

Earlier photos of Spaceship Earth Wand Removal:

August 3, 2007

July 18, 2007

July 12, 2007

August 21, 2007

Fountain View in Epcot

Anita Answer and I were strolling through Future World at Epcot today when Anita noticed that the Fountain View restaurant is now sponsored by Edy's Ice Cream. The pastries are gone and the facility now offers approximately 12 flavors of ice cream. We didn't see any sugar-free ice cream on display, however, we didn't ask if it was available so who knows...

In the past, the Fountain View restaurant usually closed in the early afternoon. However, we made our discovery around 3pm so it appears this establishment is staying open longer than it used to.

On a different note... When checking into Old Key West, Anita Answer noticed that the parking permit she was given to place on the dashboard of her car had a bar code printed on it. At the moment she doesn't know what it will be used for, but she hopes to have an answer soon.

August 22, 2007

Contemporary Resort Updates 8/22/2007

I visited the Contemporary Resort on 8/22/07. Construction abounds.

First, the lobby is undergoing a complete makeover. When you enter the building from the main entrance, the first thing you'll notice is the statue of Mickey has been removed. I have no idea if this is temporary or permanent. Only time will tell. Also, half of the check-in desk has been boarded off as construction begins on the remodel.


Additionally, the concierge desk has replaced what use to be the "Contemporary Grounds." If you remember, this was the small coffee and pastry shop just off of the check-in desks.


The Food & Fun Center is still located on the first floor, but a cast member told me that the move upstairs should be completed within a couple of weeks.

There are a number of changes occurring on the 4th floor of the Contemporary Resort (the Grand Canyon Concourse). The biggest change is the addition of a new shop. It's being placed in the open space between Bay View Gifts and the Arcade. I have attached two artist renderings and it looks like it's going to be very attractive - a vast improvement over the temporary shops that once filled this space.





The next noticeable change is the replacement of the tile floors. The rough, dark brown tiles are being replaced by a smooth, lighter tile that is reminiscent of stylized bamboo. This is another nice upgrade. Also gone are the planters that once surrounded the elevators. Nothing has replaced these yet.


Directly across from the entrance to the Concourse Steakhouse is another construction site where the temporary fast food restaurant (the Tempo Grab & Go) will eventually be located. This area is walled off so I can't give you any details.


Construction continues where the North Wing once stood. Pylons and concrete walls have sprouted and the outline of a building is beginning to become apparent. This is the rumored site of a new Disney Vacation Club.




I ate lunch at the Concourse Steakhouse. As always, the service and the food were top-notch. However, the noise from the jack hammers breaking up the tile floors was more than a bit disturbing. Guests might want to think twice before eating lunch here for the next couple of weeks.

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