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News and Views

At Least You Didn't Have to Run It Twice - This is a warning for everybody who made purchases at last week's Disney Health & Fitness Expo at the Coronado Springs Resort. The expo was held in conjunction with the Walt Disney World Marathon, and among other things included the chance to purchase official Disney marathon-themed merchandise. Since that booth was operated directly by Disney, purchases could be charged to the guests' room keys, as just about any purchase on property can. Unfortunately, it appears that all such purchases made on January 10 or 11 were double-billed.

Hotel cast members were not universally informed of this mistake. Alex Stroup and Lani Teshima checked out and only noticed the double-billing while waiting for their airport shuttle. When they returned to the counter, the CM who had checked them out was aware of the problem and quickly helped fix it once reported. She had, however, done nothing when they initially checked out to warn them, or to check their statement. The CM at the next window was unaware of the issue.

All guests who made purchases at the expo using their room keys should check the statement they were given at check-out. If you have any questions contact the billing issues number for your hotel that is on the statement. This problem should be limited to room-key purchases, but it would probably be wise for anybody who purchased themed merchandise by credit card to examine their next statement.

This follows two similar incidents this summer, where guests at Walt Disney World merchandise special events were double-charged for registration fees or merchandise.

Cruise News I - Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper of the popular syndicated television show "Ebert & Roeper" will host the third annual Film Festival at Sea aboard the Disney Wonder Feb. 20-23, 2003.

The special film festival package includes a sail-away cocktail reception with Ebert, Roeper and fellow film buffs, a sneak peek at four of the popular critics' favorite films from the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, open discussion with Ebert and Roeper following each screening and a book signing during the cruise. This is in addition to the magical entertainment, age-specific programming and unique dining experiences featured aboard every three-night Disney cruise to The Bahamas and Castaway Cay.

Guests attending the film festival can combine the fun and excitement of Walt Disney World® Resort with their three-night voyage to The Bahamas by booking a land and sea vacation. Seven-night land and sea packages coinciding with the film festival begin Feb. 16, with four-night stay at Walt Disney World Resort followed by the three-night cruise.

Cruise News II - Pin trading events on Disney Cruise Line have been so popular that the next pin-trading cruise has been scheduled for Nov. 16-20, 2003.

Disney is allowing guests in the military who are being deployed to active duty to cancel their vacations without penalty. Usually there is a minimum $200 cancellation charge.


Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

MousePlanet reader Mark G. wanted us to know that the "Ol' Man Island Pool" at Port Orleans is closed for refurbishment until Feb 7. This refurbishment is not listed on the Walt Disney World website. Mark and his family were planning to stay at Port Orleans this week, but transferred their reservations to another hotel when they learned of the closure. Says Mark, "My children would have been very disappointed."

Blizzard Beach is currently closed for refurbishment through March 2, 2003.

The Shipwreck Slide located at Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort will be closed for refurbishment January 3 through April 4, 2003. The pool areas at Stormalong Bay will remain open while the pool slide undergoes enhancement.

Voyage of the Little Mermaid is closed for refurbishment January 6 - March 1.


Park Events

Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Mickey’s Parti Gras Pin Event – Saturday, February 1, 2003. $115 per person. Register online at the Disney Event Services Web site. Annual Passholders qualify for a 10% discount on the event package when they register by January 8. If you have already registered, you can still receive the discount by faxing a copy of your pass to Disney Event Services.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Mickey’s Parti Gras Pin Event Public Day – Sunday, February 2, 2003. Disney has just announced a public day to be held after the Parti Gras Pin Event. The public day will be held at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, at the Island Mercantile. Event guests will be able to purchase any remaining event merchandise from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. After 10:00 a.m., any remaining non-exclusive merchandise will made available to all park guests.

Upcoming events

Feb. 20 through 23 - Third annual Film Festival at Sea aboard the Disney Wonder

Feb 27 through March 28 – Atlanta Braves Spring Training exhibition games at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex. Tickets go on sale January 4. Buy tickets in person at the Disney Wide World of Sports box office, or call Ticketmaster at 407-839-3900.

March 30 – First-ever Walt Disney World Inline Marathon. Get more information at the Disney Wide World of Sports Web site.

April 25 through June 8 - 10th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

June 3 through June 9 - Gay Days 2003. This unofficial event is not sponsored by Disney. Event information can be obtained from the event sponsor.

June 14, 2003 – “Mickey’s Toon Town of Pins” at the Magic Kingdom

September 19-21, 2003 – “Disney’s Pin Celebration” at Epcot

November 16-20, 2003 – Pin Trading Cruise aboard the Disney Wonder


Current Discounts & Promotions

MouseSavers.com is reporting new hotel discounts for Florida residents and the general public. The discounts are valid for stays beginning February 17 through April 9.


Park Hours

Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
 
1/20
1/21
1/22
1/23
1/24
1/25
  MK 9a–7p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–5p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p
MK 9a–7p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–5p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p
MK 9a–7p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–5p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p
MK 9a–7p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–5p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p
MK 9a–7p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–5p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p
MK 9a–7:30p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–5p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p
1/26
1/27
1/28
1/29
1/30
1/31
2/1
MK 9a–7p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–5p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p

MK 9a–7p
EF 9a–7p

EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–5p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p

MK 9a–7:30p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–5p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p
MK 9a–6p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–5p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p
MK 9a–7p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–5p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p
MK 9a–7p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–5p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p
MK 9a–8p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–5p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p
2/2
2/3
  • 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 9a–7p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–5p
AK 9a–5p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p

MK 9a–7p
EF 9a–7p

EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–5p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p


Entertainment Schedule

Magic Kingdom
Epcot World Showcase
Disney-MGM Studios
Animal Kingdom
Monday 1/20

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 7p

Tapestry of Dreams 6:10p, 7:45p

IllumiNations! 9p

Disney Stars & Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic! 7p

Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade 4p
Tuesday 1/21

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 7p

Tapestry of Dreams 6:10p, 7:45p

Illuminations! 9p

 

Disney Stars & Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic! 7p

Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade 4p
Wednesday 1/22

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic 6:30p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 7:30p

Tapestry of Dreams 6:10p, 7:45p

Illuminations! 9p

Disney Stars & Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic! 7p

Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade 4p
Thursday 1/23

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 6:30p

Tapestry of Dreams 6:10p, 7:45p

Illuminations! 9p

Disney Stars & Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic! 7p

Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade 4p
Friday 1/24

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 7p

Tapestry of Dreams 6:10p, 7:45p

Illuminations! 9p

Disney Stars & Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic! 7p

Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade 4p
Saturday 1/25

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic 6:30p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 7:30p

Tapestry of Dreams 6:10p, 7:45p

Illuminations! 9p

Disney Stars & Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic! 7p

Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade 4p
Sunday 1/26

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 7p

Tapestry of Dreams 6:10p, 7:45p

Illuminations! 9p

Disney Stars & Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic! 7p

Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade 4p
Monday 1/27

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 7p

Tapestry of Dreams 6:10p, 7:45p

Illuminations! 9p

Disney Stars & Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic! 7p

Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade 4p
Tuesday 1/28

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic 6:30p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 7:30p

Tapestry of Dreams 6:10p, 7:45p

Illuminations! 9p

 

Disney Stars & Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic! 7p

Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade 4p
Wednesday 1/29

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Tapestry of Dreams 6:10p, 7:45p

Illuminations! 9p

Disney Stars & Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic! 7p

Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade 4p
Thursday 1/30

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 7p

Tapestry of Dreams 6:10p, 7:45p

Illuminations! 9p

Disney Stars & Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic! 7p

Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade 4p
Friday 1/31

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 7p

Tapestry of Dreams 6:10p, 7:45p

Illuminations! 9p

Disney Stars & Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic! 7p

Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade 4p
Saturday 2/1

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic 7p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 8p

Tapestry of Dreams 6:10p, 7:45p

Illuminations! 9p

Disney Stars & Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic! 7p

Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade 4p
Sunday 2/2

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 7p

Tapestry of Dreams 6:10p, 7:45p

Illuminations! 9p

Disney Stars & Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

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.