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MousePlanet Mailbag for February 3, 2005
Compiled by Lani Teshima, Mailbag editor
Feedback for Mark Goldhaber
Tessie Rodriguez writes:
Hi Tessie I really don't have any information on requirements for the position of Resort Naturalist, or even what openings there may be. I doubt that Christopher will be leaving Hilton Head for a while, and while I'm pretty sure that similar positions are available at Disney's Animal Kingdom, I'm not sure where other positions may exist.
You best bets may be to do some of the following:
Mike Worley writes:
Very interesting information, Mike! Interesting to see photos and to see how the ship changed hands over the years. Thanks for passing it along.
Jeremy Muse writes:
Hi Jeremy At this point, I don't have any more information on those rides, though I'm trying to track them down. If I do unearth sufficient material to write about, I'll probably turn it into a Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda column.
Michael Ricciardi writes:
Hi Michael I do plan to get into some of that when I get to the planning of Epcot, but first I'm going to cover the first few years after the resort opened. There were a few things that happened in the company and at the resort that are worth coverage before we get into what happened to turn Walt's E.P.C.O.T. into EPCOT Center. Don't worry, though. I'll get there.
Hi Lisa Sorry, I haven't heard anything about Heroes Salute discounts this year. Perhaps you might have some luck if you call Disney Reservations? If I do hear anything, I'll put it in the next Monday Update, as always. Good luck!
Pat Taylor writes:
Hi Pat I wish that I could give you better news, but my understanding is that the construction schedule is ambitious as it is, and that they're pushing just to make the March 18 date. The latest rumor that I've heard on their progress is that the dismantling portion of the work is about done, and they're working on the asbestos removal in the ceiling. There's always an outside possibility that they'll finish ahead of schedule, but I think that early February is highly improbable.
Buddy from Seattle, Washington writes:
Hi Buddy If you click on either the World View logo at the top left of the page or the Section Contents link at the bottom of the page, you'll get to a page that lists all of the World View columns that I've written at MousePlanet. You can find all of the prior chapters there.
Patricia Spendley writes:
Hi Pat I can't recall hearing much lately about the Poly. My best suggestion would be to visit our MousePad discussion forums and post a question in the WDW forum asking for recent experiences at the Poly. Those who have been there recently will be able to answer your question (I know that we have several people who have stayed there, but I can't recall what they said at the moment). We're friendly on the Pad, so don't be worried about posting. If you're not sure what to post, read some of the existing threads and you'll get a good feel for it. I'm sure that you'll get plenty of helpful information
PS: I was just reminded that, in case you want more of an overview of what the Poly has to offer, you might want to visit TikiMan's Polynesian Resort site (link). It's got the most comprehensive information about the Poly out there. Hope this helps.
Carol Kelley writes:
Hi Carol I answered Kathy's question on the assumption that she was asking about the special deals on hotel rooms that were available for MouseFest attendees. There are indeed no fees for MouseFest as a whole, and only a few special events that carry a charge, such as the Illuminations cruises or the Fantasmic dessert party.
Stephen Fox writes:
Hi Stephen Thanks for your kind words about the site.
I'm not sure why you're asking about Phantom Manor as an abandoned concept. It is built and running in Frontierland at Disneyland Paris as it has been since opening day.
Stephen In that case, I'm not sure. I haven't spent much time researching the DLP attractions. The answer might possibly be found in Jason Surrell's book on the Haunted Mansion, but I can't guarantee it, as I do not own the book.
Sorry I can't give you any better information. If I find anything out, I'll let you know.
Hi Jeremy Our mailbag is usually very interesting. As to your question, as far as I know, nothing has been greenlighted for the island yet. There were several rumors over the years, including honeymoon cottages and a high-priced park themed to Myst, the computer game. The wildlife sanctuary attraction there was closed down when most of the animals were moved to the Animal Kingdom. I hope that Disney can find a way to utilize the island again, but there's nothing cooking for now.
Glenn Vines writes:
Hi Glenn There are indeed very strong rumors of an Indiana Jones enhanced-motion vehicle (EMV) ride coming to Walt Disney World, though not in Adventureland. The prevailing rumor (which I don't recall as being confirmed by any reliable source) is that, after the Lights, Motors, Action! show debuts, the current Indy stunt show would be demolished and that land (plus current shops and part of the current parking lot) would be turned into an Indy ride. Again, none of this is confirmed, which leads me to believe that nothing has been greenlighted yet. We'll have to wait and see. Thanks for writing again.
B. Fountain writes:
Good question. Roy and Stan sent out a note that they weren't going away, and were going to watch the succession process closely. However, they're largely toothless at this point. As they said in a letter to supporters earlier this month, With the stock price up in the short term and promises to select a new CEO on the table, we were convincingly advisedby manythat proxy support would not favor us at this time. There's very little, aside from saber-rattling, that they can do at this time. Unless the search for a replacement CEO does not proceed in a timely fashion, I don't know how much we're going to hear from them. We'll just have to wait and see.
Hi Robert While complaining about the loss of Horizons (which I miss, too) will not bring back the attractionsince the whole building was torn down to make way for Mission: Spaceit will probably still help you to feel better to get it off of your chest.
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Jeffrey Contompasis writes:
Hello again, Jeffrey A Premium Annual Pass would have allowed this already. If course, it is indeed a challenge. Of course, there are a number of intrepid warriors at MousePlanet that might be willing to take it on. Maybe if you post it on our MousePad discussion forums, someone will take you up on it!
The resort package info probably won't be released to the public until they become available. As I mentioned in yesterday's Update, Disney Reservations Center staff can't even tell you about it because they don't know themselves. I've heard that there is a tremendous amount of training going on right now for travel agents, as well. As to where Mike and I got our information, well, let's just say that we have connections.
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