Update for November 19 – 25, 2012

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Enchanted Forest now open for general public preview | Will dragons fly into the Enchanted Forest? | "Mickey Check" will help grow the knowledge of which food is healthy | Imagineers provide hint, mystery on upcoming project | More info on Test Track pre-show room | Flower & Garden Festival to feature new topiaries, displays | Braves announce spring training schedule | Construction update | Quick takes | Crowd Update

Enchanted Forest now open for general public preview

The exit from the Castle Courtyard into the Enchanted Forest sits across a wide plaza from the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel. Prince Eric's Castle is visible in the distance. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

The Enchanted Forest portion of the New Fantasyland expansion is now open to the general public. While this period is officially a "preview period" where operations can be stopped at any time, based on the lengthy period of previews for Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club members, and D23 members, the New Fantasyland will likely operate daily from park open to park close. We'll be there when the new section officially opens on December 6 during a major press event.


The Be Our Guest Restaurant and Gaston's Tavern food locations should be up and running consistently now. Also operational should be the Under the Sea attraction, the Enchanted Tales with Belle enhanced meet-and-greet, and Ariel's Grotto meet-and-greet.

Beast's Castle glows in the distance across the bridge. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

In addition, there is a new streetmosphere group now at work inside the Castle Courtyard area of Fantasyland. The Royal Majesty Makers instructs boys and girls in how to be royal so that they are prepared to become princes and princesses. Retired knight Sir Sterling, and his squire Tobias are joined by royal etiquiette expert Lady Llewellyn and her lady-in-waiting Bridget. Keep an eye out, as there are expected to be more entertainment updates in Fantasyland coming over the next couple of months.

Prince Eric's Castle makes a great new backdrop for fireworks photos. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

This angle is captured from the left exit queue area from Ariel's Grotto. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Will dragons fly into the Enchanted Forest?

Disney has been hinting at flying dragons coming to Walt Disney World over the past week. A special Tumblr blog has been set up to focus this latest push.

The ballroom at Be Our Guest Restaurant successfully evokes the feel of the famous scene from the movie. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

There have now been several posts with grainy images of flying dragons flying over Magic Kingdom park, a discussion of purported dragon nests with hatched eggs, and more. While prior speculation over sightings of dragon-like gliders in California pointed toward the Avatar-themed expansion targeted for Disney's Animal Kingdom, these latest posts appear to link the flying contraptions to the Magic Kingdom, and possibly the opening of New Fantasyland. We'll have to wait and see what the next week brings.

The enchanted rose glows in the darkness of the West Wing in Be Our Guest. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

In the queue for Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid, the image of the Nautilus from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is visible across the final tidal pool before you enter the caves. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

"Mickey Check" will help grow the knowledge of which food is healthy

It will soon be easier to understand which kids' meals at Walt Disney World are more nutritious. As part of the Disney Magic of Healthy Living initiative, a Mickey Check logo will appear on menus to indicate which meals meet the Disney Nutrition Guidelines, which include appropriate portion sizes, nutrition, and limiting less-healthy nutrients such as sodiium, sugar, and saturated and trans fats.

The "Mickey Check" logo will soon appear on healthy kids' menu items at all dining locations. Image © Disney.

The complete meals must include at least three food groups (fruits and vegetables; whole grains; low-fat dairy; lean protein, beans, eggs, and nuts). The logo already appears on the children's menus at Be Our Guest, and will appear on table-service menus by January 2013. There was no date given for quick-service menus, but those will probably be changed before the table service menus.

One question this raises, however: Why isn't the Mickey Check used on adult meals, as well? Does the Disney Magic of Healthy Living only apply to kids, and adults need to fend for themselves? Or is Disney afraid that adults will react negatively to being told what is better for them to eat? Personally, this editor would love to have a last-minute visual reminder of what is more or less healthy right before I decide what to order. While it may not dissuade me if I'm in the mood for one of those huge bacon cheeseburgers at Pecos Bill's if I'm really in the mood for one, if I'm not sure what I'm in the mood for, a check mark visual reminder might just steer me into eating something better for me.

Do you take requests, Disney?

While the bulk of the construction left to do in the Fantasyland Forest is for the Seven Dwarfs roller coaster, there is still a small merchandise area for The Little Mermaid being created opposite of the attraction. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Work continues on the restroom complex at the northwest corner of Fantasyland. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Rockwork is being painted and aged. The bridge in the foreground is part of the new walkway to Liberty Square. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Send us your menu photos

Click on the "Dining" section from our Walt Disney World Guide to see our complete list of of the park restaurant menus from Walt Disney World. Please help us keep the menus up to date! Send photos or scans of park menus to to help us keep our listings updated.

Imagineers provide hint, mystery on upcoming project

Last week on the Disney Parks Blog, Jennifer Fickley-Baker revealed a new piece of artwork from Walt Disney Imagineering as a "sneak peek of one of their upcoming Walt Disney World Resort projects." The only clue as to which attraction the portrait would be a part of was: "His obsession with gold will ultimately lead him to ruin."

This portrait from Walt Disney Imagineering holds the key to which attraction will be getting a makeover. Image © Disney.

The portrait bears a resemblance to a cross between Legendary Imagineer Tony Baxter and actor Donald Sutherland. The combination of the resemblance to Tony Baxter and the fact that the portrait was posted on the 32nd anniversary of the opening of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, a Baxter project, has led many to suspect that the portrait will be somehow related to Big Thunder. As the attraction has been rumored to be getting a new interactive queue, that would fit quite nicely. Let us know what you think.

Walt Disney's Academy Awards have temporarily been removed and are on loan to the filming of "Saving Mr. Banks" in California. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

The new meet-and-greet at Disney's Magic of Animation attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios begins with you entering Game Central Station. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Once you're at Game Central Station, the queue passes various game connections. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope Van Schweetz greet you once you arrive at Sugar Rush. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

More info on Test Track pre-show room

Last week on the Disney Parks Blog, Disney released more concept images of the new pre-show for Epcot's re-imagined Test Track 2.0. The images consist of screenshots of the console that you use to create your vehicle. After creating the silhouette of your vehicle, you can make modifications to the shape, length, and width of your vehicle.

Draw your vehicle's silhouette. Image © Disney.

Neaten it up. Image © Disney.

Shape it up. Image © Disney.

Add an engine. Image © Disney.

Next, you select the engine for your concept car. Choices are solar drive, fuel cell, eco electric, EV hybrid, gas engine, super charged, and plasma burner. After that, you can select the "face," color, graphics, wheels, and accessories.

Once your design is complete, it's time to board the "simcar." While it seems largely like the old Test Track ride vehicles, the simcar allows you to test your design against the simcar design and the designs created by the others in your car in the areas of capability, efficiency, responsiveness, and power.

Pick a color. Image © Disney.

Choose your wheels. Image © Disney.

Finalize the vehicle. Image © Disney.

Ride it and see how you did. Image © Disney.

The attraction is now testing with cast members on the ride.

The attraction is scheduled to officially open on December 6 during a press event. In the interim, the attraction may be available for soft openings to park guests.

Flower & Garden Festival to feature new topiaries, displays

The 20th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival brings a variety of themed topiaries and other displays to the park March 6 through May 19. The main entrance planter will feature Mickey and the gang having a barbecue, with Mickey at the grill, Pluto nearby (snagging a hot dog link), Minnie sunning herself on a blanket, Goofy trying to balance an anniversary cake, and Donald and Daisy playing badminton.

Meanwhile, the planter on the main causeway between Future World and World Showcase will feature Sully and Mike topiaries promoting the upcoming release of Monsters University. To the east, a Radiator Springs playground borders the Test Track walkway, while Fawn's Butterfly House lies to the west.

An interactive play area themed to Oz The Great and Powerful will feature midway games in a circus-themed area, representing Kansas, and the Oz Movie Garden, which will feature unusual plants inspired by the land of Oz.

Those are just a handful of the more than 100 topiaries, dozens of flower towers, 240 floating mini-gardens, and mroe that will decorate Epcot this spring for the 75 days of the Festival, which is included in park admission.

Christmas decorations have appeared at all the parks, including this tree at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

At Disney's Hollywood Studios, Santa stands above the entrance to The Darkroom. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Braves announce Spring Training schedule

Disney has announced the Spring Training schedule for the Atlanta Braves at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

The Braves play 18 games at the complex, including four night games. Opponents include the New York Yankees (twice), St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, and New York Mets (twice). A third of the schedule is against the Washington Nationals and Detroit Tigers, who are visiting for three games each. Players report to camp in mid-February, and the games start on February 22, the earliest start ever at Disney. There will be four night games this year, two against the Nationals and one each against the Tigers and the Yankees.

Here's the full schedule:

February 22
Friday Detroit Tigers 1:05 PM
Saturday February 23 New York Yankees 1:05 PM
Monday February 25 Miami Marlins 1:05 PM
Tuesday February 26 Washington Nationals 1:05 PM
Friday March 1 Washington Nationals 6:05 PM
Sunday March 3 Detroit Tigers 1:05 PM
Thursday March 7 Detroit Tigers 6:05 PM
Friday March 8 Toronto Blue Jays 1:05 PM
Sunday March 10 Miami Marlins 1:05 PM
Tuesday March 12 St. Louis Cardinals 1:05 PM
Friday March 15 New York Mets 1:05 PM
Saturday March 16 New York Yankees 5:05 PM
Monday March 18 Philadelphia Phillies 1:05 PM
Wednesday March 20 Pittsburgh Pirates 1:05 PM
Thursday March 21 Washington Nationals 6:05 PM
Saturday March 23 Houston Astros 1:05 PM
Monnday March 25 New York Mets 1:05 PM
Monday April 2 Houston Astros 1:05 PM

Individual game tickets go on sale November 26 at all Ticketmaster outlets and at the sports complex box office. Season tickets, group packs and mini-packs are now available by calling 407-WDW-GAME (407-939-4263) or online. There are four separate three-game mini-packs available this year.

The final scene of Kilimanjaro Safaris now features a herd of zebras. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

A sign board at the exit of Kilimanjaro Safaris advertised the WIld Africa Trek tour. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Construction update

The following is a listing of interesting items from paperwork filed with Orange County in the last week:

  • Magic Kingdom Tomorrowland restrooms – installation of a powered display unit.
  • Magic Kingdom Peter Pan's Flight – construction.
  • Magic Kingdom Be Our Guest Restaurant kitchen – electrical.
  • Epcot Norway pavilion – reinstallation of lift to roof of pavilions.
  • Epcot East Gate – electrical.
  • Epcot entrance kennel building – electrical.
  • Epcot Imagination pavilion – mechanical.
  • Epcot Imagination pavilion – general construction.
  • Epcot Mexico pavilion – general construction.
  • Epcot Norway pavilion – general construction Maelstrom ride stairs.
  • Epcot Spaceship Earth – general construction.
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios The Great Movie Ride – electrical dimmer replacement.
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios Mickey's of Hollywood electrical dimmer replacement.
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom sketch of desserts – architectural.
  • Disney's Animal Kingdon Discovery Island queue – area development.
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Kali River Rapids – construction.
  • Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa annex pool bar – permanent signs at pool bar/wap
  • Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa annex pool – installation of brass letter marquee "Sandy Cove" and merchandise pickup sign.
  • Disney's Boardwalk Resort – boiler components replacement.
  • Disney's Coronado Springs Resort convention – finishes.
  • Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground – door lock replacements.
  • Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort – door lock replacements.
  • Disney's Pop Century Resort – door lock replacements.

Quick takes …

…Free Wi-Fi connectivity is now available at Disney's Animal Kingdom. All four major theme parks now have Wi-Fi, and Downtown Disney is slated to get the service before the end of the year.

…The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow walkthrough attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios is now soft open to the public as of Saturday. Guests are reporting that the attraction is very well done, and the technology works really well. Due to dark and potentially scary scenes, cast members are recommending that guests younger than 7 may not want to experience the attraction.

…Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort had originally been scheduled to re-open mid-2013, but apparently work proceeded much more quickly than anticipated, as the spa will now reopen on December 17. This also is the beginning of a conversion in management, as Disney will now begin running its own spas. The spa at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort closes on January 16, and reopens in summer 2013 as Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort. Reservations are now available for the new Grand Floridian spa. You can book by calling 407-WDW-SPAS (407-939-7727). You can get more information on the available treatments by visiting the Walt Disney World Spas web page.

…Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe, Portobello, and Fulton’s Crab House at Downtown Disney are offering prix fixe menus for Thanksgiving.

…From now through New Year's Eve, Wolfgang Puck Cafe in Downtown Disney West Side is offering live musical entertainment Thursday and Friday nights from 6 to 10 p.m.

…Santa Claus is now greeting visitors at Downtown Disney Marketplace from noon until 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 5 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays now through Christmas Eve. Santa Goofy takes over from Santa Claus from Christmas Day through New Year's.

…The latest accolades accrued by the Disney Cruise Line are a series of selections in the Porthole Cruise Magazine's Readers Choice Awards. DCL gained recognition for Most Family Oriented Cruise Line, Best Children's Programs, and Best Spa Facilities.

…Registration for the featured events of the January 10–13, 2013, Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend are full, including the Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge, the full Marathon, and the Half Marathon. The Runner's World Challenge is also sold out. The Disney Family Fun Run 5K and the Stroller Walk Division of the 5K is sold out. The runDisney Kids' Races are 59 percent full (with more space available in the Mickey Mile than the dashes) and the Pasta in the Park Party is 54 percent full. Space for the featured races may still be available through Team in Training and other groups with reserved spots.

…Registration for the February 22–24, 2013, fifth annual Princess Half Marathon Weekend is open. The individual and team Half Marathons are 88 percent full. The Race Retreat and the ChEAR Squad Platinum Package are sold out. The post-5K breakfast is 54 percent full, the runDisney Kids Races are 55 percent full, and the Pasta in the Park Party is 51 percent full.ChEAR Squad Gold and Silver packages are still available.

…Registration opens for the 2013 Expedition Everest Challenge on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. Individual registration starts at $105 per person and team registration start at $210 per two-person team. On January 30, those prices go up to $115 and $225 respectively, and they go up again on March 21 to $125 and $240, respectively. The related runDisney Kids Races for kids ages 4 to 10 has a $20 registration cost. Post-race party tickets start at $49 for adults (ages 10 and up) and $25 for kids (ages 3-9). Those prices go up to $59 and $30 on March 21.

…The MousePlanet Newsletter is here! The newsletter contains a recap of the week's articles (in case you miss a day), news that may have developed since the weekly Updates were published, and tips about what's happening at the Disney theme parks for the coming weekend. We'll also include a fun MouseAdventure bonus, such as an Eye Spy or a trivia question. To subscribe to our free newsletter, go to the MousePlanet main page and enter your email address in the top right box labeled "Join the MousePlanet Newsletter." Click Join, then fill out the fields in the registration page, including your first and last name. The Newsletter is free, but you must complete this registration to receive it, even if you may have signed up for one with us in the past.

Crowd update


Crowd information and forecasts are provided by, the website of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, to help you better plan your trip to the Walt Disney World Resort. gathers wait time data from a team of in-park researchers and users of their Lines mobile phone application, and then predicts crowd levels for the next 365 days. Using a scale from 1 to 10, has a 90 percent accuracy of predicting the crowds to within 1 point, helping visitors prepare for their trips so they can "Do more. Wait less."

The holiday season is in full force with Thanksgiving (and its crowds!) hitting this week. If you need tips for visiting during the holidays, check out our Disney Holiday eBooks! can also help you avoid falling into the typical tourist pitfalls, and will help you avoid the dreaded tour groups, with our per-park Crowd Calendar, Lines - Mobile Wait Times App that gives access to current and estimated wait times for attractions, and Touring Plans detailing the best plan of attack for hitting the attractions. Now more than ever, it's a good time to subscribe to to plan your strategy to avoid the crowds!

Below are the predicted resort-wide crowd numbers for select days generated by the TouringPlans professional statisticians as measured for the upcoming week. For the access to the full year and per-park crowd level predictions, visit our Crowd Calendar.

Date Overall
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 10 / 10
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 10 / 10
Thursday, November 22, 2012 10 / 10
Friday, November 23, 2012 10 / 10

Check out the Disney World Park Crowd Levels page on for park-specific predictions and recommendations on which days to visit and avoid particular parks!

  • Monday and Sunday are the only days this week that aren't 10s on the Crowd Calendar.
  • If visiting Epcot, remember that Test Track is closed until December 6, 2012; plan your FASTPASS strategy accordingly.
  • Magic Kingdom is our Best Park on Friday.
  • Following a Touring Plan is important when crowd levels spike at the park you're visiting!

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Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Magic Kingdom

  • Snow White's Scary Adventures – closed permanently for conversion to Princess Fairytale Hall.
  • Be Our Guest Restaurant – now in soft-open status, official opening December 6.
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle – now in soft-open status, official opening December 6.
  • Gaston's Tavern – now in soft-open status, official opening December 6.
  • Bonjour Village Gifts – now in soft-open status, official opening December 6.
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid – now in soft-open status, official opening December 6.
  • Ariel's Grotto – now in soft-open status, official opening December 6.
  • Splash Mountain – closed January 2 through March 19 for refurbishment.
  • Main Street Bakery – closed January through early summer for conversion to Starbucks location.
  • Liberty Square Riverboat – closed for refurbishment February 1–7, 2013.
  • Princess Fairytale Hall – opens 2013.
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – opens 2014.


  • Test Track – closed through December 5 for "reimagining."
  • Bistro de Paris – closed through December 3 for refurbishment.
  • Fountain View Cafe – closed March through mid-summer for conversion to Starbucks location.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow – now in dress rehearsals, official opening December 6.

Animal Kingdom

  • No known refurbishments.


  • Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa:
    • Grand Floridian Spa closed through December 17 for refurbishment.
    • Sandy Cove shop closed through December.
    • Courtyard Pool closed through early December for addition of zero-entry area.
    • Mouseketeer Club closed through November 2012.
    • Gasparilla Grill & Games closed through December 17.
    • Ivy Trellis Beauty and Barber Shop closed October 20 through December 3 for refurbishment.
  • Disney's Contemporary Resort – California Grill closed February 2, 2013, through late summer 2013 for refurbishment.

Water Parks

  • Typhoon Lagoon – closed October 28 through January 5, 2013 for annual refurbishment.
  • Blizzard Beach – January 6, 2013 through March 16, 2013 closed for annual refurbishment.


  • Osprey Ridge Golf Course – closed for refurbishment November 12–18.
  • Magnolia Golf Course – closed for refurbishment November 26 through December 2.
  • Palm Golf Course – closed for refurbishment December 3–9.
  • Oak Trail Golf Course – closed for refurbishment December 10–14.
  • Cirque du Soleil La Nouba – performs Tuesdays through Saturdays. For 2012, the show will not be performed on November 27.
  • Splitsville Lanes & Lounge – opens December 8.

Current Discounts & Promotions

Passholder room discounts through end of year

A Passholder discount is available for most dates through December 24. Passholders can book this discount through the day of arrival if rooms are still available. As with all discounts, rooms available at these rates is limited, and minimum length-of-stay requirements may apply for Friday or Saturday arrivals. No group rates or other discounts apply. Campsites, 3-bedroom Grand Villas, and standard rooms at Disney's Art of Animation Resort are not included. Discounts range from 20 to 35 percent and availability varies by date.

You can make your reservation through the Walt Disney World Passholder website or by calling (407) 939-7859 or your favorite travel agent and mentioning discount code Q5M. MousePlanet's preferred Disney travel providers are (link), Small World Vacations (link) and Get Away Today (link).

Room-only discount for January through early March

You can now can book a room-only reservation at select Walt Disney World resorts for 15-35 percent off of standard rates most nights from January 2 through March 7, except January 18-20. Reservations must be booked by December 31.

Guests can receive 35 percent off at all Deluxe and Deluxe Villas Resorts, except for Disney's Wilderness Lodge and the Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge, which both offer 25 percent off..

30 percent discounts are available at most Moderate Resorts, including Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort, and Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort Cabins.

Guests can also get a 25 percent discount at Disney's All-Star Sports Resort, Disney's All-Star Movies Resort, and Disney's Pop Century Resort

Fifteen percent discounts can be had at Disney's Art of Animation Resort, family suites only. Standard rooms in the Little Mermaid-themed section are excluded. Also excluded are Port Orleans French Quarter Resort, All-Star Music Resort, 3-bedroom Grand Villas, and Fort Wilderness campsites.

The number of rooms available at these rates is limited. Minimum length-of-stay requirements may apply for Friday or Saturday arrivals.

You can make your reservation through the Walt Disney World website or by calling (407) 939-7661 or your favorite travel agent. MousePlanet's preferred Disney travel providers are (link), Small World Vacations (link) and Get Away Today (link).

Magic Your Way package discount for January through early March

You can now book a room-only reservation at select Walt Disney World resorts for discounts on room, ticket, and dining packages most nights from January 2 through March 7. Value Resort package discounts apply to Quick-Service Dining Plans, while Moderate, Deluxe, and Deluxe Villas Resorts all offer discounts on the standard Disney Dining Plan. Reservations must be booked by December 31.

Packages are available at all resorts except for the standard rooms in the Little Mermaid-themed section of Disney's Art of Animation Resort, 3-bedroom Grand Villas, and Fort Wilderness campsites.

The discount codes offer are Q8J (for Disney Visa cardmembers) and T64 (for Disney Visa cardmembers) for Value resorts and Q83 (for all guests) Q85 (for Disney Visa cardmembers) for all other resorts. We do not have word on the general-availability codes yet.

The number of rooms available at these rates is limited. Minimum length-of-stay requirements may apply for Friday or Saturday arrivals.

You can make your reservation through the Walt Disney World website or by calling (407) 939-7661 or your favorite travel agent. MousePlanet's preferred Disney travel providers are (link), Small World Vacations (link) and Get Away Today (link).

Special PhotoPass+ deal

Disney's PhotoPass service provides a discount on Disney PhotoPass+ pre-arrival packages. For $149.95 plus tax, Walt Disney World guests receive a voucher to exchange for a PhotoPass+ card upon arrival at the resort, a Photo Gallery CD with over 400 stock photos ($39.95 value), a unique code to create and order a photo CD upon return from their trip ($169.95 value), print packages at select dining locations ($29.95 value each), and digital photos from select attractions ($14.95 value each). Applicable taxes will be charged to all orders.

This special offer is only available from this link or by calling the Guest Support line at (407) 560-4300 before you arrive at Walt Disney World Resort. All sales are final, and not eligible for an exchange or refund.

The package may take as long as 14 days to arrive, and you must bring your voucher from the package to redeem it, so make sure that you order far enough in advance to allow your materials to arrive.

Attractions currently participating in the program are Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, Expedition Everest, and Dinosaur. Current participating restaurants are 1900 Park Fare, 'Ohana, Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, Chef Mickey's, Cinderella's Royal Table, Tusker House Restaurant, Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue, and Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.

2013 Military Salute offers

From now through September 28, 2013, active and retired U.S. military personnel can purchase 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with either the Park Hopper or Water Parks Fun and More option for $156 per ticket, plus tax (up from $138 last year), or with both the Park Hopper and Water Parks Fun and More options for $184 per ticket, plus tax (up from $165). No Base ticket is available with this offer.

These tickets expire after September 28, 2013. Blockout dates are December 24 to 31, 2012 and March 24 through April 4, 2013 at all ticketed locations, and July 4, 2013 at Magic Kingdom park only.

Eligible service members include active or retired members of the U.S. military including the U.S. Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reservists. Disney Military Promotional Tickets can be purchased at Shades of Green or at a participating military base (MWR/ITT) office. There is no tax charged for these tickets but they must be activated at a theme park ticket window. Tickets may also be purchased at Walt Disney World Park Ticket Offices and Guest Relations Offices where tax will be charged. Tickets may be purchased by active and retired military personnel for themselves and up to five additional family members or friends. One of the Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets purchased on each occasion must be for use by the Eligible Service Member or spouse. This offer is for active or retired members of the U.S. military, including the National Guard, Reservists and the U.S. Coast Guard. Valid military identification is required. The tickets are non-transferable and may not be resold.

You may upgrade the tickets to Seasonal Passes or Florida Resident Weekday Select Passes (for Florida Residents), or Annual Passes, Premium Annual Passes, or Disney Premier Pass with credit toward the upgrade based on the actual price paid. The no-expiration option and other upgrades, such as additional days, are not available.

In addition, specially priced rooms are available to active and retired U.S. military personnel at select Walt Disney World resorts for stays most nights through September 28, 2013, except for November 24, 2012, December 23–31, 2012, and March 25 through April 4, 2013.

For complete information regarding Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets and discounted resort rates, military personnel may call (407) 939-7830, visit the Walt Disney World website, or participating U.S. military base ticket offices.

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