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News and Views

The Tower is in control – Although the enhanced ride does not officially premiere until New Year's Eve, MousePad members are already talking about the new ride sequences added to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney-MGM Studios. During "soft opening" tests this week, guests experienced the new show control system, which can change the pattern of lifts and drops each ride. In addition to a random pattern of drops, the ride now sports added visual, audio and olfactory special effects.

New character meal starts January 5 at the Grand Floridian Hotel's 1900 Park Fair restaurant – Cinderella's Gala Feast will feature Cinderella, Prince Charming, the Fairy Godmother, stepmother Lady Tremain, stepsisters Anastasia and Drizella, as well as Cinderella's mice friends, Gus, Jaq, Suzy and Perla. Priority Seating reservations are now available.


Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Typhoon Lagoon is closed for refurbishment, and reopens December 29, 2002.


Park Events

Magic Kingdom: Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party – December 17, 19, 20. After-hours special event, separate admission required. [Read the details of the 2001 event, by Sheila Hagen.]

Epcot World Showcase: Holidays Around the World – through December 30. Nightly tree-lighting ceremony; nightly Candlelight Processional performances, and international holiday celebrations. Included in park admission. [Read the details of the 2001 event, by Sheila Hagen.]

Disney-MGM Studios: The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights – through January 5, 2003. The Studios' Residential Street is decorated with 5 million twinkling Christmas lights. Included in park admission. [Read the details of the 2001 event, with photos, by Sheila Hagen.]

Pleasure Island: Pleasure Island New Year's Eve – December 31. Featuring B-52s, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and Chris Botti. $79 per person, ages 21 and over only.


Current Discounts & Promotions

Disney’s Winter Dream Maker package can be booked now through December 23, 2002 for travel January 2 to February 13, 2003. The packages include resort accommodations, theme park tickets, souvenir pins, and additional perks. Book through your travel agent or directly through Walt Disney World Travel at 407/W-DISNEY or Disneyworld.com. This package is especially useful if you want to catch the 100 Years of Magic celebration before it ends this February.


Park Hours

Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
12/16
12/17
12/18
12/19
12/20
12/21

MK 9a–6p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9:30p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–5p
BB 10a–5p
TL Closed

MK 9a–6p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9:30p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–5p
BB 10a–5p
TL Closed
MK 9a–7p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9:30p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–5p
BB 10a–5p
TL Closed
MK 9a–6p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9:30p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–5p
BB 10a–5p
TL Closed
MK 9a–6p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9:30p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–5p
BB 10a–5p
TL Closed
MK 9a–10p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9:30p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–5p
BB 10a–5p
TL Closed
12/22
12/23
12/24
12/25
12/26
12/27
12/28
MK 8a–11p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9:30p
MGM 9a–8:30p
AK 9a–6p
BB 10a–5p
TL Closed
MK 8a–11p
EF 9a–9:30p
EW 11a–9:30p
MGM 9a–8:30p
AK 9a–6p
BB 10a–5p
TL Closed
MK 8a–11p
EF 9a–9:30p
EW 10a–9:30p
MGM 9a–8:30p
AK 9a–6p
BB 10a–5p
TL Closed
MK 8a–Midnite
EF 9a–9:30p
EW 10a–9:30p
MGM 9a–8:30p
AK 9a–6p
BB 10a–5p
TL Closed
MK 8a–Midnite
EF 9a–9:30p
EW 10a–9:30p
MGM 8a–10p
AK 8a–6p
BB 10a–5p
TL Closed
MK 8a–Midnite
EF 9a–9:30p
EW 10a–9:30p
MGM 8a–10p
AK 8a–7p
BB 10a–5p
TL Closed
MK 8a–Midnite
EF 9a–9:30p
EW 10a–9:30p
MGM 8a–10p
AK 8a–7p
BB 10a–5p
TL Closed
12/29
12/30
12/31
  • MK = Magic Kingdom
  • EF = Epcot, Future World
  • EW = Epcot, World Showcase
  • MGM = Disney-MGM Studios
  • AK = Animal Kingdom
  • BB = Blizzard Beach Water Park
  • TL = Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
MK 8a–Midnite
EF 9a–9:30p
EW 10a–9:30p
MGM 8a–10p
AK 8a–7p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p
MK 8a–Midnite
EF 9a–9:30p
EW 10a–9:30p
MGM 8a–10p
AK 8a–7p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p
MK 8a–1a
EF 8a–1a
EW 10a–1a
MGM 8a–1a
AK 8a–6p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p

Entertainment Schedule

Magic Kingdom
Epcot World Showcase
Disney-MGM Studios
Animal Kingdom
Monday 12/16

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 6p

Tapestry of Dreams 3p, 4:25pm

Candlelight Processional 5p, 6:45p, 8:15p

IllumiNations! 9:30p

Disney Stars & Motor Cars Parade 2:30p

Fantasmic! 6p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p
Tuesday 12/17

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 6p

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, 7p–Midnite [Special event, separate admission required]

Tapestry of Dreams 3p, 4:25pm

Candlelight Processional 5p, 6:45p, 8:15p

IllumiNations! 9:30p

Disney Stars & Motor Cars Parade 2:30p

Fantasmic! 6p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p
Wednesday 12/18

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic 6p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 7p

Tapestry of Dreams 3p, 4:25p

Candlelight Processional 5p, 6:45p, 8:15p

IllumiNations! 9:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 2:30p

Fantasmic! 6p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p
Thursday 12/19

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 6p

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, 7p–Midnite [Special event, separate admission req'd]

Tapestry of Dreams 3p, 4:25pm

Candlelight Processional 5p, 6:45p, 8:15p

IllumiNations! 9:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 2:30p

Fantasmic! 6p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p
Friday 12/20

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 6p

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, 7p–midnight [Special event, separate admission req'd]

Tapestry of Dreams 3p, 4:25pm

Candlelight Processional 5p, 6:45p, 8:15p

IllumiNations! 9:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 2:30p

Fantasmic! 6p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p
Saturday 12/21

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parade 3p

SpectroMagic 7p, 9p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 8p

Tapestry of Dreams 3p, 4:25p

Candlelight Processional 5p, 6:45p, 8:15p

IllumiNations! 9:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 2:30p

Fantasmic! 6p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p
Sunday 12/22

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parade 2p

SpectroMagic 8p, 10p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 9p

Tapestry of Dreams 3p, 4:25p

Candlelight Processional 5p, 6:45p, 8:15p

IllumiNations! 9:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

Fantasmic! 6:30p, 8:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p


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Mark (@MPMark) is a veteran of dozens of trips to Walt Disney World starting in 1972, with a few Disneyland trips thrown in for good measure. As a Disney stockholder and a Disney Vacation Club member, Mark is always in touch with what's going on with The Mouse. Mark serves as MousePlanet's Walt Disney World content coordinator. Mark is a senior information technology manager working for the State of New York. He lives in the suburbs outside Albany, New York, with his wife and son.