Guide Updates for PassPorter™ Walt Disney WorldŽ 2001
(third edition, released February 2001)
These updates were current as of 7/5/2001. Visit http://www.passporter.com/wdw/bookupdates.htm again for the most recent list of book updates. TIP: You can download a printable version of the book updates for your PassPorter. Just download the PDF File, print, trim, and go! (Here are PDF file directions.)
Reminder: These updates do not include every new thing at Walt Disney World as that would require an entirely new book to explain! Instead, this chart only lists the pages in PassPorter Walt Disney World 2001 which would be out-of-date or incorrect without this information.
|7/1/2001||27||In the Resort Comparison Chart, Animal Kingdom Lodges room occupancy is 4-5 (not 5), the number of restaurants/cafes is 3 (not 4), the number of pools is 1 (not 2), and there is no jogging path. At the Disney Institute, there are 3 restaurants/cafes (previously 4). At the Wilderness Lodge, the character meal has been discontinued.|
|7/1/2001||28||Representatives at 407-WDISNEY can offer assistance in English, Spanish, Japanese, French, Portuguese, and German.|
|7/1/2001||29||Disney also accepts the Discover card.|
|7/1/2001||31||Pop Century Resort opening has been delayed until March 2002.|
|7/1/2001||42||Kids can participate in a cookie decorating and animal napkin sculpture class at Boma each day. Inquire at Guest Services for times.|
|7/1/2001||45||The path along the canal from the BoardWalk to Disney-MGM Studios is now open.|
|7/1/2001||45||Atlantic Dance is now focusing on Latin Dance with live Latin bands, and Latin dance lessons are also offered. No one under the age of 21 is allowed.|
|7/1/2001||65||The internal bus routes Chip and Dale are gone. Crockett and Boone remain and cover much of the same routes that Chip and Dale ran. Also, fees for horseback riding ($32), nightly pet fee ($5), and electric cart rental ($43/day) have increased (new prices are noted in parenthesis). For more detailed updates, see Jeff Spencers Fort Wilderness FAQ at http://home.hiwaay.net/~jlspence/faq_fw.htm|
|7/1/2001||71||The new pool at the Grand Floridian is now open! Guest photos are available at: http://126.96.36.199/daypoint1208/pageview.asp?pageID=46|
|7/1/2001||77||Wyland Galleries now has a shop inside the Polynesians Great Ceremonial House near the resort's main entrance. The shop offers paintings, sculpture and other fine gifts.
The fabulous Naena Volcano pool is now open and packed with happy swimmers. Nanea Pool also has a new pool wheelchair which can be rolled right into the water.
|7/1/2001||80||The merger of Port Orleans and Dixie Landings has been completed.|
|7/1/2001||87||Territory Lounge serves micro-brewed beer, but does not brew them itself.
|7/1/2001||93||The Beach Clubs bus stop has been relocated to the left, near the word "Parking" at the top center of our resort map.|
|7/1/2001||96||Disney's Pop Century Resort is now scheduled to open in March 2002.|
|7/1/2001||98||Another seven-day Disney Cruise Line itinerary has been announced for 2002, featuring stops in Key West, Cozumel and Grand Cayman.|
|7/1/2001||99||Shore-side food, transportation, and entertainment at all ports-of-call other than Disney's Castaway Cay are at your expense.|
|7/1/2001||111||Disney also accepts the Discover card.|
|7/1/2001||112||The January 2001 park admission rate increase was greater than anticipated at press time. With the Four- and Five-Day Park Hoppers, there are no savings over the price of four single-day tickets, but you do save $25 over the price of five single-day tickets. An Annual Pass is $37 cheaper than two Four-Day Park Hopper Passes. The water park Annual Pass is $106.|
|7/1/2001||113||The Premium Annual Pass now includes admission to DisneyQuest, costs $127 more than a regular Annual Pass, and now costs $21 more than a 12-night (13 day) Ultimate Park Hopper Ticket.
We updated the Pass Comparison Chart to reflect actual 2001 pricing:
Pass Comparison Chart (as of 7/1/2001)
|7/1/2001||114||Boats generally depart every 15-30 minutes.
Also, you can now call 407-WDW-RIDE to get answers to questions about transportation within the Walt Disney World Resort.
|7/1/2001||118a||In October 2001, Disney's Magical Moments Parade will be replaced by the new, Share a Dream Come True Parade.|
|7/1/2001||118b||The barbershop is moving to the northwest corner of Main Street's town square.|
|7/1/2001||122||The Magic Carpets of Aladdin is now open. Jennifer's Rating: 5, Dave's Rating: 5. C-Ticket, 2 minute ride.|
|7/1/2001||123||Mike Fink Keelboats is now closed and it is unclear whether it will reopen.|
|7/1/2001||124||Hall of Presidents will close in late summer for rehab and will reopen later this year with the Audio-Animatronic figure of George W. Bush installed.|
|7/1/2001||129||The Timekeeper is now closed and it is unclear whether it will reopen.|
|7/1/2001||131||The parade route between Morocco and United Kingdom has been eliminated (see notes for page 141).|
|7/1/2001||132a||In October 2001, the Tapestry of Nations parade will be transformed into the Tapestry of Dreams parade.|
|7/1/2001||136||New exhibits in Innoventions: Networking Living Experience, Mission: SPACE Launch Center, and Tom Morrow 2.0's Playground|
|7/1/2001||137||Living With the Land now has FASTPASS.|
|7/1/2001||138||Maelstrom now has FASTPASS.|
|7/1/2001||139||Morocco has a new character meet and greet area across from Restaurant Marrakesh, plus new artisans and culture representatives scattered throughout the pavilion.|
|7/1/2001||140||Cast members still participate in pin trading activities.|
|7/1/2001||141||In October 2001, the Tapestry of Nations parade will be transformed into the Tapestry of Dreams parade, featuring new characters, new music and a new, "Dreamcatcher" float to lead the parade.
The Tapestry of Nations parade now consists of two identical mini-parades. The parade section that operated between Morocco and United Kingdom has been eliminated, greatly aiding pedestrian travel between the United Kingdom and France. We don't know whether this section of the parade route will be restored for the Tapestry of Dreams parade. The "double" parade can now only be seen by Germany.
|7/1/2001||142||A 122-foot tall Sorcerer Mickey hat located just in front of Mann's Chinese Theater has become the new park icon.|
|7/1/2001||144b||Autograph seekers can also meet characters at Character Prop Stop, on New York Street's Washington Square.
Happy Birthday, Walt! - The park has been named the center of the 100 Years of Magic Celebration that starts in October 2001. A 122-foot tall Sorcerer Mickey hat in front of Mann's Chinese Theater has become the new park icon. In October there will be a new parade, "Disney Stars and Motor Cars" and new attraction, "Walt Disney: On Man's Dream" as part of that celebration. New parades have been announced for all four parks, and electronic kiosks will be available at all parks, offering a glimpse into Walt and Disney history. Special Magical Moments collector's pins will have lights that interact with the parades, kiosks and other attractions.
|7/1/2001||146||Disney's Doug Live has closed permanently.|
|7/1/2001||148||Who Wants To Be A Millionaire-Play It!" is now open. FASTPASS attraction. Jennifer's Rating: 10 Dave's Rating: 10|
|7/1/2001||148||Bear in the Big Blue House closes on August 4 to re-open later as Playhouse Disney--Live On Stage! The new show features stars from Rolie Polie Olie, the Book of Pooh, and Bear in the Big Blue House.|
|7/1/2001||151||Safari Village has been renamed "Discovery Island." Chester and Hester's Dino-Rama will be located in the area occupied by Fossil Preparation Lab and Dinosaur Jubilee. Cretaceous Trail is back in its old location, which was shown as the future site of Dino-Rama.|
|7/1/2001||152a||In October 2001, the park gets a full-fledged parade, "Mickey's Jammin' Jungle" parade.|
|7/1/2001||153||For those driving from I-4 (westbound), the new exit 26C is now open.|
|7/1/2001||155||Pangani Forest Exploration Trail has a new Endangered Animal Rehabilitation Centre which is an animal habitat that calls attention to the African bushmeat crisis.|
|7/1/2001||156||Dino-Rama! will expand into the space occupied by Fossil Preparation Lab and Dinosaur Jubilee. (Cretaceous Trail has reopened in its former location.)|
|7/1/2001||157||Dinosaur Jubilee has closed. Fossil Preparation Lab has closed.|
|7/1/2001||168||West Side shopping will soon include "Magical Masters," a magic and illusion shop (replaces the Wildhorse Store).|
|7/1/2001||176||Wildhorse Saloon has closed and has been replaced by Motion, a dance club offering a mix of music ranging from Top 40 to Alternative.|
|7/1/2001||177||Wildhorse Saloon has closed. It's replacement, Motion, does not offer food.
There are no country bands at Wildhorse Saloon, as it has closed.
|7/1/2001||179||Pleasure Island Map - Wildhorse Saloon is now "Motion."|
|7/1/2001||197||Pasta Piazza Ristorante has closed. No news as to re-opening or a new restaurant.|
|7/1/2001||205||Drinkwallah, Mr. Kamal's Burger Grill, and Dino Diner have closed. There is no news as to re-openings or replacement snack carts.|
|7/1/2001||207||Wildhorse Saloon has closed. "Motion," the new club that stands in its place, does not serve food.|
|7/1/2001||210||Boma--Flavors of Africa is now open. Average price: $28. Jennifer's Rating: 7, Dave's Rating: 8. Priority seats strongly recommended. Savor the many flavors of Africa at a fabulous buffet. A dazzling array of unusual soups, stews, salads and wood-grilled meats tempt both timid and adventuresome diners. The wood-burning grill and exhibit kitchen adds extra flavor to the marketplace décor. Guests dine under thatched roofs.
Jiko--The Cooking Place is now open. Average price $45. Jennifer's Rating: 9, Dave's Rating: 9. Priority seats strongly suggested. African flavorings meet Californian, French and Asian influences with grace and style at Jiko, which joins California Grill, Citricos, Flying Fish and Artist Point on our list of favorite restaurants in the "World." Savory appetizers come from wood-burning ovens, and entrees range from heavenly banana-leaf-steamed sea bass to a juicy, roasted whole papaya stuffed with ground beef and an incredible beef tenderloin served (surprisingly) atop macaroni and cheese. Nearly every item has a taste-buds-opening "twist," so enjoy the adventure! For dessert you must try the cardamom-flavored chocolate candies, but avoid the strawberry sundowner. Trust your server with recommendations from the phenomenal South African wine cellar.
|7/1/2001||219||Artist Point no longer hosts a character meal.
1900 Park Fares character dinner now features Pooh and friends (Villains have been defeated).
|7/1/2001||231||Epcot DiveQuest allows guests 15 and older (not 16) and all guests must bring a swimsuit. You can purchase a videotape of the dive for a fee. Proceeds from the program are earmarked for marine conservation programs through Disney Wildlife Conservation fund.|
|7/1/2001||242||The sixth annual ABC Super Soap Weekend is November 3 & 4, 2001.|
|7/1/2001||268||We now offer a PassPorter PassHolder Pouch, perfect for traveling light in the parks. See our online store for the details.|
|7/1/2001||40-43||Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge section has been fully revised and is available as a downloadable and printable PDF file at http://www.passporter.com/wdw/aklodgeupdate.htm. The updates are now based on first-hand experience.|