I wonder how this will impact early morning touring. Being right next to Soarin’ before the park opens could be a “game changer.”
Some really interesting bits in this *Wall Street Journal* article:
> Maelstrom, on which visitors ride a floating log on a tour through Norwegian mythology, has been “gutted,” Ms. Mangum said, and is currently getting “a whole new overlay with ‘Frozen.’” While the logs and the path will remain the same, everything you see along the way is being replaced.
> The audio-animatronic characters will be cutting edge, Ms. Mangum said, using a new technology that includes projectors behind the faces to enable more lifelike animation. It was first used on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride that opened in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom last year.
There is no doubt that the ride is going to be a huge hit, but I think it’s going to be a really good experience, too.
Unfortunately, if Disney is estimating May 2016 as of today, I would assume we wouldn’t see this attraction open until at least the fall.
Is anyone surprised that it was Sunshine Seasons?
It’s time for one of the two major festivals at Walt Disney World to get under way. Honestly, I might like this better than International Food and Wine.
Important information from Scott Wurzel over at *TouringPlans*.
This is a huge bummer. I loved Off Kilter. I can understand that Disney wants to update its entertainment offerings, but I wish there was some way they could keep Off Kilter playing a few days a week.
*Eating WDW* has [you covered](http://eatingwdw.com/2014/08/08/epcot-menu-update/).
These types of after hours events are going to keep popping up at Disney World. Clearly, the existing options have been successes.
Now, instead of trying to line up at 10:30am for the 11:00m am entry, you can just go there directly at rope drop. Unfortunately, if you want to meet Anna and Elsa without having to wait 2 hours, you should plan on making them your first stop.
It looks like the Spice Road table is going to be opening quite soon. The [menu looks quite good](http://www.wdwmagic.com/dining/spice-road-table/menus/10jan2014-spice-road-table-menu.htm#.UtAhjqmhbiI.twitter)[^f0059], and I bet it is going to be a great place to watch Illuminations.[^f0250]
[WDW Magic](http://www.wdwmagic.com) also has some [pictures of the venue itself](http://www.wdwmagic.com/dining/spice-road-table/galleryindex/10jan2014-spice-road-table-construction-complete/20186.htm).
[^f0250]: If you can get a spot, of course.
[^f0059]: I am particularly interested in the fried calamari and lamb sliders.
Over at *Touring Plans*, Daisy Lauren gives an excellent recap (including photos and video) of what New Year’s Eve night is like at Epcot. If you are at all interested in seeing what the crowd levels are like on the busiest day of the year, than I highly recommend giving it a looks.
The caramel apple tart looks amazing. I want one *now*.
Speaking of Food and Wine, here is Tom Bricker’s review of some of the snacks that have been available in the various kiosks.
In case you needed *more* reasons to go to this year’s Food and Wine Festival.
Who says Disney is not opening new stuff?[^fn1]
[^fn1]: Yes, I am obviously kidding.
Huh. I never realized how much space the World Showcase has to expand if Disney chooses to do so.