Late September 2005 to present
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I hear that California Screamin' will reopen any day now. Is that true? (October 10, 2005)
California Screamin' has been operating normally for more than a week now. The lack of riders is easily explained when you take into account that all the Guests are over in Disneyland.
What can you tell us about the new DCA Segway tour? (October 9, 2005)
The two-hour Segway tour will open at Disney California Adventure in a few weeks. Participants will receive an hour of training on the vehicles, during which they will learn to mount, maneuver, and gracefully fall off them. After this instruction and the signing of lengthy waivers, guests will be taken on a driving tour of California Adventure, including a ride through the rough terrain of the Grizzly Peak Recreation Area and along the California Screamin' track. The cost of the tour has yet to be announced, but you can be assured that it will be substantial.
Is there any truth to the rumor that Disneyland is considering putting Buzz Lightyear-type astro blasters on the Winnie the Pooh ride and/or It's a Small World? If so, do you think these rides would suddenly require Fast Pass kiosks? (October 5, 2005)
Despite what you may have heard on one unreliable Web site or another, they will not be installing "blasters" on any other Disneyland attractions. They will, however, mount a water-balloon launcher on each "it's a small world" boat, and on several occasions guests have had to be physically restrained from getting on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh with shotguns.
I heard a rumor that Disney purchased 5000 acres in Ashtabula, Ohio. Is this true? And if so, what are the plans?? (September 28, 2005)
It's true, but it's nothing to get excited about. Disney was just using its buying power to help exiting CEO Michael Eisner purchase some property for use in his retirement. Now that he is no longer working for Disney, Eisner plans to use his amassed wealth to purchase the rest of Ohio on his own.
Just clarifying a few things... How or where can I use the secret phase and by using the secret phase what do you get? (September 13, 2005)
It's easy! Just go to the concierge desk in any of the three Disneyland Resort hotels, write the pass-phrase on a piece of paper, and hand it to the cast member. You will be given a free suite for up to a week, and all of your room-service and other in-room charges will be waived, as will the cost of meals and park-admission media charged to your room.
Be forewarned that the use of an invalid or expired pass-phrase can get you in serious trouble -- ranging from simply being ejected to having yourself and your family banned from Disney property for five generations. Look out for Web sites that claim to have the pass-phrase but don't tell you what month it is good for. In particular, be particularly careful about using old, pre-September 11 pass-phrases such as "I'm here to blow the castle."
pass-phrases for the balance of 2005 are as follows:
October: "I'm looking for tricks, treats, and a room."
How are the Pirates of the Carribean handling the horrible flooding of New Orleans Square? (September 3, 2005)
By singing, pillaging, firing cannons point blank in the face of people who make jokes about real disasters, and donating booty to the Red Cross.
I have heard that Disney has purchased about 400 acres in Jane, MO to start new construction on Walt Disney World? It would be a waste of beautiful land to see it chopped down by this so called "great" theme park? I am not sure of the date of construction. I am sure it a very good investment to build one since it would be in the central US. (September 2, 2005)
Don't get too excited. This addition will be part of Walt Disney World, linked to the main property by an extension of the underground utilidors tunnel complex, but it will be nothing but parking for staff, allowing Disney to take advantage of Missouri's lower minimum wage.
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