The Mark VI trains had wider monorail doors, improved air conditioning (great for that warm, summer Florida weather) and communication systems and increased interior height for standees. The first two Mark VI Monorails were operated and tested at night without guests until December 1989 when Monorail Blue started transporting guests. This new fleet of monorail trains, built by Bombardier, increased guest capacity by 30 percent. Today, the Mark VI Monorail trains carry an average of 16 million passengers annually at the Walt Disney World Resort, and is still one of the coolest “non-attraction” attractions, in my opinion, at Walt Disney World Resort.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit The History of the Walt Disney World Monorail: Mark VI, 1989-Present
Sushi is on a roll at Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Resort – for dinner, the little Kona Island sushi bar in the upstairs lobby is now an extension of the restaurant, and the sushi is crafted in the dining room in the former dessert show kitchen, giving chefs plenty of room to create specialties from sashimi and simple rolls to more elaborate combos such as the Caterpillar Roll (inside-out tuna roll, shrimp salad, tempura crunch and avocado) or the Lava Roll (togarashi-spiced tempura shrimp, bay scallops, spicy mayo and chives).
If you enjoyed the Kona Island sushi bar before, you can still grab a seat there, no reservations required, and the entire restaurant menu is also available. (We’re partial to the sticky wings and Pan-Asian noodles with shrimp.) But now you can start with a little sake and more than a dozen choices on the sushi menu.
And java fans will be happy to know that Kona Island is still the spot to grab a delicious cup of coffee and pastry in the mornings – it’s right next to the resort’s monorail station.
Sushi Takes Center Stage at Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Resort by Pam Brandon: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit Sushi Takes Center Stage at Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Resort
Four New Disney Attraction Poster-Inspired T-Shirts Coming to Disney Parks Online Store in April 2014
I can’t wait to wear mine while enjoying a citrus swirl in Adventureland (does anyone care to join me?). Then, from April 22-27, we salute the 50th anniversary of two classic Disney attractions – “ it’s a small world ” and Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress . Both attractions debuted at the 1964 New York World’s Fair and later found their way to Disney Parks.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit Four New Disney Attraction Poster-Inspired T-Shirts Coming to Disney Parks Online Store in April 2014