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EPCOT After 4 Annual Pass Valid for 2pm Entry Once Park Hours Shorten

On the day after the deadline to cancel your Annual Pass, Disney has announced that Passholders who have the EPCOT After 4 pass that typically allows entry at 4pm will be able to enter the park at 2pm when the hours are shortened next month. The move comes as Passholders are looking for some sort of recognition by Disney of the shortened operating hours set to go into effect on September 9th. While the “After 4” pass is the only pass type that allows entry based on the time of day, Passholders are not happy about the shortened hours even for pass types that allow all-day access. When compared to September 2019, the operating hours for all four Disney World theme parks will drop 28% in September 2020. As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com as we continue to bring you the latest news and photos from around the Disney Parks. Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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Disney Says Passholders Can Enter Phone Queue Until Midnight Tonight to Cancel Passes

In the final hours before the deadline to cancel their Annual Passes, Disney has updated their website to notify Passholders that they can enter the phone queue until midnight Eastern tonight to cancel their passes. If you are in the V.I.PASSHOLDER Support phone queue by midnight Eastern Time on August 11, please stay on the line and your call will be handled by one of our Cast Members. If you have further questions, concerns or unique circumstances, now or after August 11, please contact V.I.PASSHOLDER Support for assistance. We appreciate your patience as we answer all inquiries.Disney World website Passholders who have seen a decline in value of their Annual Passes due to a variety of factors are able to cancel their passes and receive a refund. As noted, the deadline to enter the long phone queue to cancel a pass is tonight at midnight. Disney will offer refunds based on a complex formula that you can see here. Passholders have faced phone queues of three hours or more in recent days. As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com as we continue to bring you the latest news and photos from around the Disney Parks. Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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UPDATE: Rise of the Resistance Will Not Open at All Today After Lightning Strike Causes Issues

Following our story earlier this afternoon that Rise of the Resistance was experiencing extended downtime, Disney has sent a notification to guests with Boarding Groups, informing them that the ride will not open at all today. Today’s issues follow a lightning strike that either hit the ride building or close to it last night, causing issues with the ride. Disney has been actively working on the ride to try and get it operational today, but has been unable to do so. Lightning struck one of the mountain peaks in Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida, lighting up the night sky. https://t.co/whPSgcpYNI pic.twitter.com/AKSe34HVob— ABC News (@ABC) August 11, 2020As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com as we continue to bring you the latest news and photos from around the Disney Parks. Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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Rise of the Resistance Experiencing Extended Downtime After Lightning Strike Reportedly Affects Ride

Rise of the Resistance has not opened at all today after a lightning strike hit on or near the ride building last night. The lighting strike, which you can see in the video below, reportedly affected some electrical systems at the attraction and Disney is having a tough time getting the ride to operate. Lightning struck one of the mountain peaks in Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida, lighting up the night sky. https://t.co/whPSgcpYNI pic.twitter.com/AKSe34HVob— ABC News (@ABC) August 11, 2020Disney distributed Boarding Groups today, but Cast Members are not sure if or when the attraction will operate. As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com as we continue to bring you the latest news and photos from around the Disney Parks. Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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Detailed Look at EPCOT Entrance Fountain Prism Pylons

Good morning from EPCOT! We’re back again today to take a look at the newly installed entrance fountain prism pylons after a sneak peek was shared from Imagineer Zach Riddley earlier this morning. As you can see in the photos below, the fountain is still behind construction walls as crews continue to work on the fountain and surrounding area. That said, we can take a detailed look at the prism pylons, now reaching towards the sky in front of Spaceship Earth. As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com as we continue to bring you the latest news and photos from around the Disney Parks. Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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FIRST LOOK: EPCOT Entrance Fountain Prism Pylons Installed Overnight

While we gave you a first look at the construction taking place to install the EPCOT entrance fountain prism pylons yesterday, we have a first look to share of the installed pylons today courtesy of Imagineer Zach Riddley. Take a look! Here’s what Riddley said about the pylons: I’m excited to share a first look at the pylons we installed last night as we continue to reimagine the EPCOT main entrance fountain, which has anchored this area since the park opened in 1982. Our design team took special interest in looking back to the original geometry for inspiration and infusing new features with a little bit of added magic to bridge the past, present and future of EPCOT . These majestic pylons also draw your eye upward toward the sky and perfectly frame views of the iconic Spaceship Earth attraction. I can’t wait to reveal the completed look for this fountain later this year!Zach Riddley As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com as we continue to bring you the latest news and photos from around the Disney Parks. Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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PLAY! Pavilion Construction Continues at EPCOT, A Look at Panel Removal

While enjoying an afternoon at EPCOT today, we stopped outside of Mission: SPACE for a little while to grab some photos of the panel removal taking place at the future PLAY! Pavilion. Announced back in February 2019, the PLAY! Pavilion will be devoted to playful fun and feature an innovative city that’ll come to life under the dome of the former Wonders of Life pavilion. In the concept art, we can see quite a bit going on. From what appears to be a centralized show area complete with stadium-style seating, to a variety of facades that could either contain an attraction or not, there is a lot to dissect here. At the 2019 D23 Expo, Disney released another piece of concept art, this time of the exterior of the former Wonders of Life building that will be repurposed as the Play Pavilion. While the interior concept art had a lot to look at, the exterior is probably less interesting. One thing that the exterior art did confirm is that the name of the pavilion will indeed be: PLAY! As you can see in the photos below, the exterior of the pavilion is showing some scarring where crews are removing some of the panels. Here’s a look at the process, followed by some speculation as to why this work might be occurring. After taking a look at the Space 220 construction, we returned to find what appears to be a temporary tarp material installed where the hole was. So,

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Space 220 Construction Resumes at EPCOT With New Futuristic Lighting and Courtyard Landscaping

Space 220 has resumed construction at EPCOT recently, and we have a look at some newly installed futuristic lighting elements and courtyard landscaping. Space 220, as you might remember, is slated to be an out-of-this-world dining experience next to Mission: SPACE. The general concept of the restaurant is that guests take a space elevator up to the International Space Station as guests experience “The Height of Dining”. There have been a couple of pieces of concept art put out for the Space 220 Restaurant. The first, and perhaps most popular, is of the dining space. This piece of concept art shows a couple of interesting things, including tiered dining (like Coral Reef), and an out-of-this-world window into space. This window will be comprised of screens, or perhaps projections, that will simulate the vastness of space as guests orbit above the Earth. The idea of this restaurant plays nicely with the very close neighbor in Mission: SPACE. Building a bit on the idea of a space elevator, we can see the Space 220 Restaurant and space elevator included in the Epcot overhaul concept art. Not only does the “wire” seem to be reaching towards the sky, we can make out what looks like the elevator chamber traveling up to the International Space Station. Ok, back to today. We dropped by EPCOT to check out the new entrance fountain work and then made our way into the World Discovery (Future World East) portion of the park. While we can’t see inside

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Work Begins on EPCOT Entrance Fountain Prism Pillars

Good afternoon from EPCOT! While walking into the park, we noticed that there is a bit of new construction taking place at the entrance fountain – which is the final piece of the entrance overhaul project. As you may know, Disney is once again reimagining the EPCOT entrance fountain. This time, the new look for the fountain will pay homage to the original look for the fountain. Here’s a look at the concept art Disney released. Here’s a closer look at the fountain itself. In our photos today, you can see that Disney has set up a brace of sorts that will likely hold the pillars in place as they set after installation. When the fountain is finished, this brace won’t be there. Of course, we have yet to see the actual arrival of the fountain pillars, but hope to see some movement on that front soon! Here’s a look around. As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com as we continue to cover the reopening of the Walt Disney World theme parks by bringing you news and photos from Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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Disney Removes D23 Expo References to Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge Project

Scott Gustin has noticed that Disney has removed references to the Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge project from their D23 Expo announcements. This is another nail in the coffin, so to speak, for the project that we reported is rumored to be canceled. NEW: Disney has updated its 2019 D23 Expo announcements blog post and removed Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge. BEFORE and AFTER screenshots attached.It’s worth noting the original EPCOT plans that have since been modified are still in the post.https://t.co/uy25DWjo9M pic.twitter.com/juP9F7nw5g— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) August 10, 2020Friend of the site @bioreconstruct flew over the construction site and photos show very little progress (if any) on the site in the months since construction came to a halt. The cancelation of the project doesn’t come as too much of a surprise though, as Disney has defunded a few projects where construction hasn’t gone vertical, even canceling some of the EPCOT expansion plans. Disney has not officially announced that the project is canceled, but the quiet removal of the project from official announcements was the same thing they did with the Main Street USA Theater project that never got off the ground. The post Disney Removes D23 Expo References to Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge Project appeared first on Blog Mickey – Disney News.

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