Tigger and Pooh move back into the Toy Soldier
Tigger and Winnie the Pooh will return to their United Kingdom location Tuesday, October 8 (rescheduled from October 4 – thanks to @daveh787 for pointing this out) and will now offer a new queue for that meet. Guests will now enter at the back of the store where there is a new canopy added for shade and exit through the store. It’s a good move because the old version was very congested, but the dad’s did like the comfy chairs, lol. The schedule and location has been adjusted for this meet on the blog/app. I’ll drop in next week to visit and take some photos, but won’t have my Sony RX100. It broke 🙂 I can’t get it to open and close any more. I guess it’s time for a new camera.
Duffy ready to celebrate Halloween
Duffy is now meeting in his Pumpkin costume at Epcot. He will continue wearing this costume daily through Halloween at his regular meet location and his schedule is unchanged. I think they should offer him a different costume each month to better tie in to the idea of purchasing those outfits for a person’s Duffy bear. As a side note, characters at Animal Kingdom typically wear Halloween costumes during the week leading up to Halloween. Last year a variety of character appeared at resorts on Halloween day.
Dining reservation changes
In October 2 years ago Walt Disney World made the decision to require a credit card to hold a reservation for all character meals and signature restaurants. On October 31, 2013, Walt Disney World will now require a credit card hold for ALL table service locations. If a person fails to cancel their dining reservation at least one day in advance, the customer will be charged a single $10 fee, not $10 per person, if you’re wondering. The cancellation must take place no later than 11:59 pm the night before your reservation.
This change should open up a great deal of table service reservations because many people booked two or more locations and decided that day which to choose. They would do this simply by using multiple email addresses. Hopefully, this will link well to the MyMagic+ system. Currently, one has to make a call to book or use their website for anything that requires a credit card. I’ve had no success using my Android phone to book through their app.
Pre-paid locations like Cinderella Castle and dinner shows will retain the entire amount if one doesn’t cancel in advance.
You can cancel your dining reservation online or by calling (407) WDW-CNCL or (407) 939-2625. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.
Making things simpler for the pirate
For over a year I maintained 2 or 3 different databases simultaneously with character and entertainment schedules to accommodate the blog and different app versions. I’ve made the decision to link the character schedules on this blog to the character information and times on the Character Locator app, it’s still available free through this blog if you don’t wish to spend the 2 bucks. With my new work schedule, it’s become too difficult to maintain different databases and we aren’t ready to merge the data fully. It also will reduce errors. You can click on Attractions, Characters, Entertainment or Menus to see all the info on any item you’re looking for or just purchase the app to have easier and faster access to the information.
I’ll be heading to Epcot to meet some characters and do some rides, then over to Hollywood Studios in the afternoon. I want to meet Pluto and Goofy in their new locations, pumpkin Duffy, enjoy a few snacks and then finally get over to see Minnie in her new Hollywood Studios location. If you see me around, be sure to say hello!