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The entrance to Mission: Space at Epcot.
Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Previews of coming attractions – Many of the construction walls around yet–to–open Mission: Space attraction at Epcot have been removed, allowing visitors to walk almost to the entrance of the attraction.


The future home of the Yeti?
Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

At Animal Kingdom, cast members point to this area, located between Asia and Dinoland, as the probable location for the just-confirmed Forbidden Mountain: Legend of the Yeti attraction.


New package inspection stations at the Magic Kingdom have just opened.
Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Security Matters – New package check stations, shown above, have been completed outside the Magic Kingdom. These permanent installations replace the temporary stations, shown below, constructed following the events of September 11, 2001. Similar stations are in various stages of construction at the three remaining parks.


The old checkpoints are being replaced at the three remaining parks.
Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

C'est la vie? Fearing an anti–France backlash because of the French government's strong stance against the U.S. in the Iraq war, Disney is quietly increasing the security presence around the France pavilion at Epcot, and reassigning some of the young French nationals with French-speaking Italians and Canadians. Based on the behavior of some visitors to the area, unfortunately, park officials seem justified in having serious concerns. One MousePlanet staff member recently witnessed a group of rowdy American men storm through the pavilion as they shouted epithets and made obscene gestures at the cast members.


Animal Kingdom's new store features the same merchandise, but in pretty new cases
Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

A new shop for Animal Kingdom – A tiny new Art of Disney store has opened in Animal Kingdom. A few unique items can be found amid the mix of Walt Disney Art Classics pieces, animation-inspired art, "Big Fig" sculptures, and Marie Osmond dolls sold at most Art of Disney stores around the resort.


A scattering of park-inspired merchandise is displayed among the animation figurines and dolls.
Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

To celebrate the grand opening, the store hosted several artist appearances and signings, including sculptor Robert King from Harmony Kingdom, who signed the exclusive Mickey Safari box.


The Magic Kingdom's Haunted Mansion gets a facelift.
Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures


A new sign outside Disney-MGM Studios invites visitors to the new Tower of Terror.
Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The Theater in Epcot's China Pavilion closes for refurbishment March 26 to May 22. The gallery, merchandise shop and restaurants continue to operate.


Construction continues around the Sorcerer's hat, Disney-MGM Studio's new park icon.
Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Great Movie Ride at Disney-MGM Studio is closed for refurbishment February 24 through April 13.


Park Events

Upcoming events

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

May 15 through 18 5th Annual Celebration of Walt Disney Art Classics cruise and mini-convention aboard the Disney Wonde.r

May 16 - June 15 Star Wars Weekends. Get more information in Brian Bennett's WDW Trip Planning Guide on Star Wars Weekends.

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

The Radisson Resort Parkway, a MousePlanet sponsor hotel, is offering great rates to MousePlanet readers through December, 2003. Sample rates for selected dates and rooms are listed below. To take advantage of these special rates, make your reservations using the link found on this page.

Date

Courtyard View
Weekdays
(Sun - Thurs)

Courtyard View
Weekends
(Fri, Sat)
Pool View
Weekdays
(Sun - Thurs)
Pool View
Weekends
(Fri, Sat)
3/23 - 4/26
$81 (all days)
$91 (all days)
4/27 6/4
$63
$73
$73
$83
6/5 6/7
$109 (all days)
$119 (all days)
6/8 8/9
$73
$83
$83
$93
8/10 8/30
$63
$73
$73
$83
8/31 10/2
$59 (all days)
$69 (all days)
10/3 11/1
$73
$83
$83
$93
11/2 12/18
$63
$73
$73
$83
12/19 12/23
$83 (all days)
$93 (all days)
12/24 12/31
$99 (all days)
$109 (all days)

MouseSavers.com reports some great rates for travel to Walt Disney World:

  • New hotel discount codes are available for check-ins April 27 through July 3. Sample rates range from at $74 at the All Stars, to $420 for a main lodge concierge room at the Grand Floridian. Travel must be booked by April 26. Use the discount codes found at MouseSavers.
  • Florida residents can stay on property for as little as $59 at the All Stars, $74 at moderate resorts, and $124 at Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom Lodge. These rates are valid for arrivals between April 27 and July 3, 2003.
  • Cruise Deals – MouseSavers has a list of Disney Cruise Line Magical Rates, available for departures through January 2004, and early-booking discounts for Fall 2003 itineraries.
If you are itching to break in your new Disney Visa card, you can receive a $50 onboard credit when you book a Disney Cruise Line vacation and pay with your Disney Visa. The offer is good for sailings through the end of this year. When you charge your cruise to your Disney Visa, you pay no interest for six months.

Annual Passholders can receive 10% off the price of their lunch meal at selected Walt Disney World Resort hotel restaurants, and the discount is good for up to three guests. The offer is valid Monday through Friday. Call 407-WDW-Dine for locations and reservations.


Park Hours

Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
 
4/7
4/8
4/9
4/10
4/11
4/12
 

MK 9a8:30p
EF 9a6p

EW 11a9p
MGM 9a8:30p
AK 9a5p
BB Closed
TL 10a6p

MK 9a7p
EF 9a6p
EW 11a9p
MGM 9a8:30p
AK 9a5p
BB Closed
TL 10a6p
MK 9a8:30p
EF 9a6p
EW 11a9p
MGM 9a8:30p
AK 9a5p
BB 10a6p
TL 10a6p
MK 9a7p
EF 9a6p
EW 11a9p
MGM 9a8:30p
AK 9a5p
BB 10a6p
TL 10a6p
MK 9a7p
EF 9a6p
EW 11a9p
MGM 9a8:30p
AK 9a5p
BB 10a6p
TL 10a6p
MK 9a9p
EF 9a7p
EW 11a9p
MGM 9a8:30p
AK 9a5p
BB 10a6p
TL 10a6p
4/13
4/14
4/15
4/16
4/17
4/18
4/19
MK 9a10p
EF 9a7p
EW 11a9p
MGM 9a8:30p
AK 9a6p
BB 9a6p
TL 9a6p

MK 9a11p
EF 9a7p
EW 11a9p
MGM 9a8:30p
AK 9a6p
BB 9a6p
TL 9a6p

MK 9a11p
EF 9a7p
EW 11a9p
MGM 9a10p AK 9a6p
BB 9a6p
TL 9a6p
MK 9a10p
EF 9a7p
EW 11a9p
MGM 9a10p AK 9a6p
BB 9a6p
TL 9a6p
MK 9a11p
EF 9a7p
EW 11a9p
MGM 9a10p AK 9a6p
BB 9a6p
TL 9a6p
MK 9a10p
EF 9a7p
EW 11a9p
MGM 9a10p AK 9a6p
BB 9a6p
TL 9a6p
MK 9a10p
EF 9a7p
EW 11a9p
MGM 9a10p AK 9a6p
BB 9a6p
TL 9a6p
4/20
4/21
  • 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 9a11p
EF 9a7p
EW 11a9p
MGM 9a10p
AK 9a6p
BB 9a6p
TL 9a6p

MK 9a11p
EF 9a7p
EW 11a9p
MGM 9a10p
AK 9a6p
BB 9a6p
TL 9a6p


Entertainment Schedule

Magic Kingdom
Epcot World Showcase
Disney-MGM Studios
Animal Kingdom
Monday 4/7

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 8:30p

Illuminations! 9p

Disney Stars & Motor Cars Parade 5p

Fantasmic! 8:30p

Mickey?s Jammin? Jungle Parade 4p
Tuesday 4/8

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Illuminations! 9p

 

Disney Stars & Motor Cars Parade 5p

Fantasmic! 8:30p

Mickey?s Jammin? Jungle Parade 4p
Wednesday 4/9

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 8:30p

Illuminations! 9p

Disney Stars & Motor Cars Parade 5p

Fantasmic! 8:30p

Mickey?s Jammin? Jungle Parade 4p
Thursday 4/10

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Illuminations! 9p

Disney Stars & Motor Cars Parade 5p

Fantasmic! 8:30p

Mickey?s Jammin? Jungle Parade 4p
Friday 4/11

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Illuminations! 9p

Disney Stars & Motor Cars Parade 5p

Fantasmic! 8:30p

Mickey?s Jammin? Jungle Parade 4p
Saturday 4/12

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic 8:15p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 9p

Illuminations! 9p

Disney Stars & Motor Cars Parade 5p

Fantasmic! 8:30p

Mickey?s Jammin? Jungle Parade 4p
Sunday 4/13

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic 9p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 10p

 

Illuminations! 9p

Disney Stars & Motor Cars Parade 5p

Fantasmic! 8:30p

Mickey?s Jammin? Jungle Parade 4p
Monday 4/14

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic 9p

Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks 10p

Illuminations! 9p

Disney Stars & Motor Cars Parade 5p

Fantasmic! 8:30p

Mickey?s Jammin? Jungle Parade 4p


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(Send an email to Mark Goldhaber)

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.