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News and Views

A new coaster for Animal Kingdom? Screamscape reports that the rumored Forbidden Mountain coaster has been given the green light. The coaster will be located in Asia, and open in 2005 or 2006. Disney is expected to formally announce the newest ride this spring.


The Diamond Horseshoe Saloon has entertained guests for 32 years.
Photo by Brian Bennett

Diamond Dust at the Magic Kingdom – After a 32-year run, the Diamond Horseshoe Saloon closed on Saturday, February 1. A new character show, possibly featuring the Toy Story characters, is expected to open by Summer 2003.

It seems that Florida executives have gone character-mad in recent years, creating new "rubber-head" shows and character dining opportunities at a breathtaking pace. Unfortunately, progress comes at a price, and WDW veterans are mourning the loss of yet another classic attraction.

With current WDW marketing campaigns playing the nostalgia card in such a heavy-handed manner, it would be nice if returning guests could actually recognize the park when they arrive.

The countdown begins – Shades of Green is now accepting reservations for its grand reopening in December 2003. The resort complex at Walt Disney World is an Armed Forces Recreation Center, and is open to Armed Forces members and their families. The current expansion project, started in March 2002, adds 290 guest rooms, 10suites, two restaurants, banquet facilities, and a parking structure to the resort.


Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

The Polynesian Luau Show at Disney's Polynesian Resort is closed for refurbishment. A new show is scheduled to premiere on March 4.

"Ol' Man Island Pool" at Port Orleans is closed for refurbishment until February 7.

Blizzard Beach is currently closed for refurbishment through March 2.

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

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


Park Events

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.

February 28, March 1 and March 4 – Mardi Gras Celebration at Downtown Disney Pleasure Island. All activities are included in Pleasure Island admission, and advance ticket purchases are suggested.

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.

May 15 through 18 – 5th Annual Celebration of Walt Disney Art Classics mini-convention aboard the Disney Wonder

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

Annual passholders save againMouseSavers reports new Annual Passholder discounts for Walt Disney World resort hotels.


Park Hours

Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
 
2/3
2/4
2/5
2/6
2/7
2/8
 

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–9p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–5p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p
2/9
2/10
2/11
2/12
2/13
2/14
2/15
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–8p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–5p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p
MK 9a–10p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–7p
AK 9a–5p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p
2/16
2/17
  • 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–9p
EF 9a–7p
EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–8:30p
AK 9a–5p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p

MK 9a–9p
EF 9a–7p

EW 11a–9p
MGM 9a–8:30p
AK 9a–5p
BB Closed
TL 10a–5p


Entertainment Schedule

Magic Kingdom
Epcot World Showcase
Disney-MGM Studios
Animal Kingdom
Monday 2/3

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 2/4

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 2/5

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
Thursday 2/6

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 2/7

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 2/8

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic 7p, 9p

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 2/9

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 2/10

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 2/11

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 2/12

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
Thursday 2/13

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 2/14

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
Saturday 2/15

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic 7p, 9p

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 2/16

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, 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.