Plus…Boulangerie Patisserie expansion now complete in France, Update on Mad Tea Party Closure, and more!
by Don Myers
January is upon us, and a bitter chill has set in around most of the Country. But down in the Sunshine State, the wrath of Old Man Winter is nowhere to be found. So get out the shorts and the sunscreen, pretend you’re lounging poolside at your favorite resort (mine’s the Polynesian!), and settle in for the latest edition of the WDW Radio Newswire……
This edition of the Newswire kicks off outside the parks, as there’s some news to report from WDW’s premiere entertainment district: The BoardWalk. One of the areas prime locations, The BoardWalk Bakery, has just closed up shop for a lengthy refurb. Operations ceased on Sunday January 6th, and Saturday April 27th has been set as the target date for the bakery’s re-launch. This will put the total downtime for the location at just under sixteen weeks. When the bakery does re-open later this spring, Guests can expect to see changes to both the interior and exterior decor, as well as a revamped menu which will now feature a variety of lunch items to choose from. But don’t worry, your sweet tooth will continue to be indulged, as the pastry chefs will still be showcasing their usual batch of delicious treats when the bakery opens back up for business this April!
Let’s head over to Magic Kingdom now for a quick update on an attraction closure. In the January 2nd edition of the Newswire, I detailed plans for an upcoming refurb to the Mad Tea Party. Plans were in place for a six week closure to the teacups which was scheduled to begin on Monday January 7th. A quick glance at the White Rabbit’s watch reveals we’re well past that date now, and the teacups are still very much in operation. Initially this could have just been a slight delay to the start time for the refurb, but the official Walt Disney World website has now erased all mention of the teacups from their list of upcoming attraction closures. So it looks as if the un-birthdays will continue on without interruption after all. If/when the Mad Tea Party refurb is re-scheduled, I’ll be sure to report it right here on the Newswire.
Now it’s time to shift our focus from closures over to openings. For this one, we board the Monorail and make our way over to Epcot. Our destination today is World Showcase, as there’s some exciting news to report in France. Work has been ongoing since last summer on an expansion to the pavilion’s bakery Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie. Well, on Thursday January 10th, the new and improved Boulangerie Patisserie finally made its grand reemergence. The bakery has been relocated to the back of the pavilion, a location which now provides a vastly larger area for both seating and guest flow. The menu has also been expanded to include a variety of new lunch items, and all your favorite treats from the old bakery are still in the mix as well.
Okay, it’s time to park-hop over to Animal Kingdom now. For this newsbit, we board the Wildlife Express Train and head out to Rafiki’s Planet Watch, where a new film has just been added into the area. The film is broken down into four separate parts, with species conservation and nature conservation being the primary focal points throughout. The film also details the various aspects of Disney’s animal programs and their importance worldwide.
Our final stop on today’s adventure takes us to Downtown Disney, where there’s news to report on a recent addition to Disney Quest. The indoor gamers haven has just received a batch of Fix-It Felix arcade games based on the Disney film Wreck-It Ralph. There are 7-8 new machines in total, and they can be found on the third floor of the complex.
Well, that’s gonna do it for today’s update. But before we call it a wrap, let’s take a look back at the results of our previous poll. The question was:
Which Disneyland attraction would you like to see incorporated into WDW?
. Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye
. Alice in Wonderland
. Radiator Springs Racers
. Luigi’s Flying Tires
. Mr Toad’s Wild Ride
And the winner is….
Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye with 43% of the votes! Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride finished in second with 23% of the total vote, proving once again J. Thaddeus Toad still has a legitimate claim in the Sunshine State! Third place honors went to Radiator Springs Racers with 17% of the votes, and Matterhorn finished fourth with 11%. Alice in Wonderland rounded out the Top 5 with 6%, and Luigi’s Flying Tires finished in the back of the pack in sixth place. Once again, a big thank you to everyone who took the time to vote! Now on to this week’s question:
Don Myers covers news and recent events in Walt Disney World. He has been enamored with the World of Disney since his first trip to WDW in 1986. As they say, the rest is history! Don also has been a contributing writer for Celebrations magazine since 2009.