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Girl suffers cardiac arrest after riding Tower of Terror; ride not faulted

Sixteen-year-old Leanna Deacon of Kibworth, Leicester in the United Kingdom, fell ill and was hospitalized last Tuesday after riding the Tower of Terror attraction at the Disney-MGM Studios park. After riding the attraction, the girl complained of a headache. Her mother, June, who was accompanying her, took her back inside to sit down.

June Deacon approached Disney Merchandise Manager Howard Rutkowitz to ask if there was a place to sit down. Rutkowitz, noting that the girl looked flushed and disoriented, led them to a bench and offered to call paramedics and bring Leanna some water. She accepted the water but asked that he not call the paramedics. When he returned with the water, he again asked about calling paramedics, and this time the mother agreed.

While on the phone with the 911 operator, Rutkowitz reported that the girl was shaking very badly and clinging to her mother. He later told investigators from the sheriff's department that he also saw her “dry heave” twice, which was confirmed by another Disney employee.

Reedy Creek Emergency Services paramedics arrived within five minutes. The girl had been complaining that her head hurt, but became unresponsive to questions during a conversation with the paramedics. She was taken backstage on a stretcher and taken via ambulance to Florida Hospital Celebration Health.

Reports indicate that the girl suffered cardiac arrest in the ambulance but was brought back by the paramedics. After being examined at Celebration Hospital, a CAT scan indicated bleeding on the girl's brain, and she was rushed into emergency surgery. She reportedly also suffered several cardiac arrests during the surgery. She was later flown via helicopter to Florida Hospital Orlando, where she remains in critical condition.

Leanna Deacon, who is athletic and very active, was in good health, but had been complaining of headaches and leg cramps for several days, according to the incident report from the Orange County Sheriff's Office. She had also been on the Tower of Terror attraction “many times” earlier in the week with no ill effects. An on-ride photograph provided to the investigators by Rutkowitz showed Leanna Deacon smiling as she rode the attraction.

Examination of the elevator car ridden by the Deacons showed that, while there were some minor malfunctions in the car that morning, the sheriff's incident report states that a Disney maintenance worked indicated that “the faults with Vehicle 3 were 'in no way a safety concern or could in no way cause injury.'” Disney took the unusual step of inviting the Florida Bureau of Fair Rides Inspection to accompany them as they examined the attraction to determine whether it was safe to reopen. The Tower of Terror did, in fact, reopen on Wednesday morning.

Preliminary reports indicate that the cardiac arrest may have been due to an undetected aneurism that ruptured, causing a hemorrhage in Leanna's brain; however, this has not been confirmed at press time. The girl remains in critical condition at Florida Hospital Orlando.

This incident comes less than a month after four-year-old Daudi Bamuwamye died after riding Mission: Space. Autopsy results on the boy are expected in September.

Disney resort guests get easier dining reservations

Dining reservations just got a new twist. As of this morning, when guests staying at Disney-owned and -operated resorts (the Swan, Dolphin and Shades of Green are not included) reach their 90-day booking window for the beginning of their trip, they may now make reservations for ten days' worth of Advance Dining Reservations. The dining agent will confirm your hotel reservation before making the dining reservations. Those not staying at Disney resorts will need to continue making reservations on a rolling 90-day basis. This policy also extends to other experiences reserved through WDW Dining, 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463), such as the Pirate Cruise and Wonderland Tea Party at the Grand Floridian.

Apparently, the new policy will not be opening all reservations for a given restaurant for early booking, however. A sliding percentage of seats will be made available for early booking, with fewer seats opening up for the more popular restaurants. This means that very few seats will be opened up for the Princess character meals at Cinderella's Royal Table and Restaurant Akershus. However, it will give resort guests an additional chance to snag a reservation, first at their 90-day-plus-ten window, then again when the rest of the reservations open up at 90 days out.

While the tough-to-get seats will remain difficult, what the policy does is allow resort guests to make all of their reservations with one call (with the possible exception of high-demand seats), lowering the number of required long-distance calls. While not quite back to the old days of "only resort guests can make advance reservations," Disney has given guests one more incentive to stay on-property.

Food & Wine Festival events announced; tix on sale next Monday at 7 a.m.

Details of special events for this year's Epcot International Food & Wine Festival have been released, but get your dialing finger ready if you want to attend one. Reservations for the popular events become available next Monday morning at 7 a.m. by calling 407-WDW-FEST (407-939-3378), and they are sure to sell out quickly. (Remember that all other Food & Wine Festival events are included with your Epcot admission.)

Tickets will be available for the following events, which range in price from $35 to $185 per person:

  • the Odyssey Cooking School (new in 2005)
  • (new) Specialty Dinners including the Spirited Ball (Oct. 30); A Taste of Turkey: A Mediterranean Feast (Nov. 3); and Brewers? Dinner (Nov. 8)
  • prestigious wine schools, including the Advanced Bordeaux Wine School USA, the Spain Wine School (new), and Wine 101
  • the Epcot Exquisite Evenings dinner series
  • the Walt Disney World Resort Signature Dinner Series
  • Party for the Senses
  • Food & Wine Pairings
  • Lunch and Learn
  • Vertical Tastings
  • Sweet Sundays

Note: All prices below include gratuity, but not tax.

The Odyssey Cooking School will be a hands-on learning experience with a guest chef. Each class will cook a themed meal which will be sampled at the conclusion of the class. The event, which costs $100 per person, runs on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Epcot Wine Schools allow guests to taste the finest wines, enjoy lunch inspired by those wines and receive a certificate of completion. Authorities include Italy Wine School , the Prestigious "Advanced Bordeaux Wine School USA" and Advanced Aussie Wine School. The event costs $125 per person and takes place on select Saturdays and Sundays.

Exquisite Evenings at Epcot features celebrity and Walt Disney World signature restaurant chefs teaming up to create a five-course meal. Wines from two to three different vineyards will be featured. The event costs $185 per person and takes place on Fridays and select Thursdays from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

  • 9/30 10th Anniversary Champagne Dinner - Brilliant Bubbles
  • 10/07 South American - Sizzlin' South America
  • 10/13 Napa Valley - California Goldmine
  • 10/14 Australia - The Amazement of Australia
  • 10/20 Pacific Northwest - Pacific Northwest Escape
  • 10/21 Italian - A Taste of Italy
  • 10/27 Italian Night - Tuscan Tales
  • 10/28 Bordeaux - French Fatale
  • 11/04 Rhone - Romancing the Rhone
  • 11/10 Discover Portugal
  • 11/11 California Adventure

The Signature Dining Series brings celebrity chefs into resort restaurants to prepare five-course dinners, accompanied by great wines, for $145 per person.

  • 10/02 Napa Dinner at the California Grill
  • 10/09 South Africa Dinner at Jiko - A Cooking Place
  • 10/16 Australia Dinner at Citricos
  • 10/16 Bistro de Paris , France
  • 10/23 Dinner at Citricos
  • 11/03 Jiko - A Cooking Place, Flavors of Africa
  • 11/06 Pacific Northwest dinner at Le Cellier Steakhouse

Party for the Senses provides signature dishes and exceptional wines, featuring more than 25 eminent chefs and 70 wines and beers, while you are entertained by acts from Cirque du Soleil La Nouba. Event tickets include reserved seats at an Eat to the Beat concert prior to the Party. The event takes place on Saturdays from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and costs $95 per person.

Food & Wine Pairings provide three tasting portions of wines from Epcot signature restaurants for $35 per person. Lunch and Learn allows you to watch a celebrity chef prepare your three-course lunch on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. for $75 per person.

Vertical Wine Tastings will cost $95 - $150 per person and will be held on Saturdays at the California Grill restaurant atop Disney's Contemporary Resort. The schedule is:

  • 10/01 Flora Springs Trilogy Red Meritage, Napa Valley
  • 10/08 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 10/15 Wynns Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, Australia
  • 10/22 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 10/29 Chateau Angelus, St. Emilion "Premier Grand Cru Classe"
  • 11/05 Jean-Luc Columbo "Cornas" Vertical of A Single Vineyard Syrah, Rhone
  • 11/12 A. Ferreira Vintage Port, Portugal

Sweet Sundays are a special pastry event for $55 per person that runs on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The International Marketplace tents, featuring appetizer-sized portions of food costing $1.50-$4.50, include the following:

  • Africa: South Africa, Morocco & Mediterranean
  • Eastern Europe: Poland, Turkey
  • Asia: Singapore, China, India, Japan
  • North America: Canada, United States - featuring New England, Wild Florida Shrimp, Hops and Barley Market
  • Continental Europe: France, Ireland, Greece, Italy, Spain, Oktoberfest, Scandinavia, Champagne & Sparkling Wine, Great Beers of the world
  • Pacific Rim: New Zealand, Australia
  • Latin America: Chile, Mission Food-Tortilla Cocina, Puerto Rico

Other exhibits include:

  • The Buzz about Honey
  • Nuts about Peanuts
  • Wild Florida Shrimp
  • Australia: Discover Down Under
  • Tortilla Cocina
  • The Art of Preparing Tea
  • Oktoberfest
  • View of the Green Mountain State
  • The History of Beer in America
  • Great Beers of the World

For more information on these and other events, visit the Food & Wine Festival on the Walt Disney World Web site (link).

MouseFest events announced

The schedule for MouseFest 2005 is starting to fill up. Many Web sites have announced gatherings to be held all over Walt Disney World and aboard the Disney Wonder during the event. Check the MouseFest Web site (link) for details.

Thus far, MousePlanet is sponsoring three events for this third annual gathering of the Disney Internet community. First and foremost is a mini-MouseAdventure event, a shortened version of MousePlanet's signature event (link). This marks the first time that the event has been held in Florida. (Last year, a "taste of MouseAdventure" was included in the MouseFest program guide). The event will run from approximately 10:00 a.m. until noon on Thursday, December 1. The mini-MouseAdventure will be immediately followed by our second event, the second annual Mike Scopa Dole Whip Meet, at Aloha Isle in Adventureland.

Our final scheduled event will be the first annual MousePad Shocolate Mousssse Meet at Boulangerie Patisserie in Epcot's France pavilion at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, following the Mega Mouse Meet event at the Walt Disney World Swan hotel. For more on the origin of the Shocolate Mousssse phenomenon among MousePlanet readers, please see this thread on our MousePad discussion forums.

More information will be released about these events in the near future.

Cubbies return to Walt Disney World

Fans of the Chicago Cubs baseball team get another opportunity to spend some time with their favorite players in December. The second annual Chicago Cubs Magical Gathering for fans will be held at Walt Disney World December 1-5. Prices start at $949 for special packages at Disney's All-Star Resorts, and packages at an increased cost are available at moderate and deluxe resorts.

For five days, attendees get to meet Cubs players from past and present, and experience receptions and holiday offerings throughout the resort. The events include a breakfast welcome reception, Q&A and autograph sessions and private theme park parties.

Players currently scheduled to attend include current Cubs catcher Michael Barrett and former greats Ernie “Mr Cub” Banks, Jody Davis, Gary “Sarge” Matthews, Lee Smith and Billy Williams. More players will be announced later. In addition, fans will have the opportunity to bat, catch and run the bases with several players at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.

For more information regarding itinerary and package pricing, call AAA Travel at 1-866-4AAA-CUBS (422-2282).

Illuminations cruise price hike

Prices are increasing for IllumiNations Cruises starting October 1. (The first cruises at the new price are already booking. Cost for a basic pontoon boat cruise, including the boat, driver, water, soda and bagged snacks such as chips and popcorn rises from $150 to $200. The price for a special celebration pontoon boat cruise, including the basics plus decorations, rises from $220 to $250, but no longer includes a cake. All prices listed include tax.

Additional items may be ordered through the Yacht Club's Private Dining service. These extra items may include pizza, alcohol, the aforementioned cake and other items. These will be billed separately by Private Dining. Cruises can accommodate up to 12 people.

Narnia music to debut at Night of Joy

Music "inspired by" the upcoming Disney/Walden Media release of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" will be performed by some of the acts at this year's Night of Joy event at Walt Disney World. Two "inspired by" soundtracks for the movie will be released by EMI CMG records. The first one will be an inspirational CD featuring recordings by popular artists. The debut single and video, "Remembering You," will be performed by Stephen Curtis Chapman, who will debut the song at the Disney event. TobyMac and Kutless will also perform their album cuts at the event. For more information on the event, visit the Night of Joy Web site (link)

Bucs announce training camp schedule

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced the schedule of practices for their training camp at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex this summer. Two-a-day workouts will be held most days from July 29 through August 16. Single practices will be held on August 6 and 17. There will be a brief walk-through on August 11 and no practices August 12 and 13, as the team will be heading to Nashville for a pre-season game against the Tennessee Titans. All practice sessions are open and free of charge.

Most practices will run about two hours, though afternoon special teams practices on August 1, 4 and 8 will run about one hour. The team will break camp after the morning practice on August 17. Morning practices will begin at 8:45, with afternoon practices starting at 2:45. The walk-through on August 11 will start at 9:30.

The schedule is subject to change. For updated information, fans can call 407-WDW-GAME (407-939-4263) or visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Web site (link).

Ears to the ground

…In what appears to be a continuation of CEO-elect Robert Iger's attempt to focus attention on cast members as the company's greatest asset, a new window will be unveiled this morning on Main Street U.S.A. honoring the entire cast of the Walt Disney World Resort, past and present. The window for the "Magic Kingdom Casting Agency" will go up near the Center Street expansion of the Emporium (Emporium Gallery).

…The Main Street Train Station has begun a lengthy rehab that will run through the middle of December. Guests will still be able to board the train at the station, though the entrance and exit may be relocated during the work. The area surrounding the locker rental stand will be inaccessible due to renovations that are rumored to be moving stroller rentals into that location. The station is also slated to receive new glass, canopies, paint and so forth.

…The Magic Kingdom is standing down from red alert, dropping the Carousel of Progress, Hall of Presidents, Enchanted Tiki Room - Under New Management and Liberty Square Riverboat from evening Extra Magic Hours. Other recent additions will be remaining for the time being.

…The large tree is taking shape at Pooh's Playful Spot, which is still scheduled to open in September; however, the vast majority of the former lagoon and show building area remains empty awaiting two as-yet unannounced future projects. The remaining space is large enough for an attraction about the size of a Fantasyland dark ride and another attraction around the size of Haunted Mansion.

…In remembrance of the 28th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death on August 16, Pleasure Island becomes Elvis Island the weekend of August 18-20.

…El Pirata y El Perico Restaurante opens Mondays through Wednesdays for the near term. The Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station has closed again. There is no return date for that location.

…There will be 12:30 a.m. showings of the SpectroMagic parade tonight and Friday during evening Extra Magic Hours.

…The commemorative Coke bottles for Disneyland's 50th anniversary (link) have made their way to Walt Disney World.


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Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Magic Kingdom

  • 20,000 League Under the Sea lagoon – most of the area has reopened, featuring corral–type planters and more walkway space. The remainder is transforming into a Hundred Acre Wood–themed children's play area featuring slides, climbing structures, and interactive pop-jet fountains. The area, to be called “Pooh's Playful Spot,” is expected to open around September.
  • Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress – refurbishment of seats and carpeting occurring on a rolling basis; the attraction remains open.
  • Main Street Railroad Station – under refurbishment through December 20. Guests will still be able to board the train at the station, though the entrance and exit may be relocated during the work. The area surrounding the locker rental stand will be inaccessible due to renovations that are rumored to be moving stroller rentals into that location. The station is also slated to receive new glass, canopies, paint and so forth.
  • Timekeeper – opens seasonally. The attraction is rumored to be opening this week for the summer season.
  • Jungle Cruise, the Enchanted Tiki Room – Under New Management, the Hall of Presidents and the Country Bear Jamboree – open at 10 a.m. every day.
  • Cinderella's Surprise Celebration – reportedly returns after the 18-month “Happiest Celebration on Earth” festivities end.

Epcot

  • Ice Station Cool – closed through late this year for refurbishment.
  • The Wonders of Life pavilion – open seasonally. The Pure and Simple eatery and the Well and Goods Limited shop have been removed, while the Body Wars, Cranium Command, and The Making of Me attractions now open when the pavilion is open. The pavilion is currently closed.

Disney–MGM Studios

  • No current refurbishments.

Animal Kingdom

  • Lucky the Dinosaur – is scheduled to appear through July 28, 2005.
  • Expedition Everest – is scheduled to open in Spring 2006. The likely official opening date is April 22, which is both Earth Day and the park's birthday, but previews may start as early as February 2006.

Resorts

  • Polynesian Resort – Work is now beginning on the complete refurbishment and upgrading of rooms and hallways in all buildings, which is expected to be completed by June, 2006.
  • Contemporary Resort – The South Garden Wing will be closed for refurbishment from May 30 – October 31. Rumors indicate that the buildings may be completely gutted and rebuilt as Disney Vacation Club villas. No confirmation of the conversion yet. After the South Garden Wing is complete, renovations will continue through the rest of the resort, which is expected to run through November, 2007.
  • BoardWalk Resort – Conversion of the previous Disney Vacation Club sales center into 19 additional villa-style accommodations through June, and the second floor villas located directly above the project area not available for booking during the construction. Major pipe replacement project underway in corridors outside guest rooms daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. through summer 2005. No work scheduled inside guest rooms.
  • Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa – Phase I's construction of four buildings complete; Phase II's eight units are opening one each month, through October 2005; Phase III's six units due in 2007, involves razing the old Fairway Villas.
  • Yacht Club Resort – Siding renovation project to continue through mid-2005.
  • Disney's Vero Beach Resort (DVC Resort) – Roof repairs due to hurricane rehabilitation are ongoing and scheduled to run through late November.
  • Walt Disney World Swan Hotel – Repainting of the building's exterior is underway. Regular hotel operations are not affected.

Water Parks

  • No current refurbishments.

Elsewhere

  • Magnolia Golf Course – Closed for major renovation from May 9 – September 10.
  • Cirque du Soleil – La Nouba – performs Tuesdays – Saturdays.

Park Events

July 2005

  • Lilliput Lane castle signing. July 22-24. Ray Day of Lilliput Lane will sign limited-edition sculptures of the Happiest Celebration on Earth version of Cinderella Castle (link).
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training Camp. July 29 – August 17. The National Football League team heads down I-4 to get in shape for the season (link).

September 2005

  • Tom Joyner Family Reunion. Sept. 2–4. The annual gathering hopes not to be cancelled by hurricane again this year (link).
  • A Precious Weekend - Happiness Shared Together. Sept. 3–4. Release of first-ever Precious Moments and Disney Character integrated figurines (link).
  • One Little Spark... A Morning with a Purple Dragon. Sept. 8. Release of Figment sculpture and limited-edition pin (link).
  • Night of Joy. Sept. 9–10. Disney's annual Christian music festival (link).
  • Happiest Pin Celebration on Earth. Sept. 9–11. The big fall pin event, held at Epcot's World Showplace (link).
  • Walt Disney World Triathlon. Sept. 23–25. Competitors race around the resort on water, bike and foot (link).
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Sept. 30 – Nov. 13. The annual celebration of things gustatory, plus the Eat to the Beat concert series (link).
  • Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Sept. 30, Oct. 2, 6, 7, 11, 13, 16, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31. The big celebration of the boo-tiful season (link).

October 2005

  • Komen Central Florida Race for the Cure 5K. Oct. 8. The annual fund-raising run for breast cancer research (link).
  • Disney's Race for the Taste 10K. Oct. 9. The annual Disney 10K race gets a new name and a theme (link).
  • Funai Classic at Walt Disney World. Oct. 20–23. The 35th annual fall golf classic is played on the Palm and Magnolia courses (link).

November 2005

  • Festival of the Masters. Nov. 11–13. Artists display their works at Downtown Disney (link).
  • Super Soap Weekend. Nov. 12–13. Daytime stars descend upon the Disney-MGM Studios (link).
  • Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights. Nov. 23 – Jan. 8, 2006. Millions of lights bombard the eyes at the Disney-MGM Studios (link).
  • Holidays Around the World. Nov. 25 – Dec. 30. Epcot celebrates the season, including the popular Candlelight Processional (link).
  • Festival of the Seasons. Dates TBA. Downtown Disney celebrates the season (link).
  • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Nov. 27, 29, Dec. 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20. Snow on Main Street, free hot cocoa and cookies. What's not to like? (link).
  • MouseFest 2005. November 30 – December 3. Meet your favorite Disney Internet and guidebook authors (including some of us!) at a gathering of the Disney Internet community around the World (link).

December 2005

  • Pop Warner Super Bowl. Dec. 4–10. Football players and cheerleaders descend on the resort for the annual championships (link).
  • Pleasure Island New Year's Eve. Dec. 31. Pleasure Island celebrates the actual New Year (link).
  • New Year's Eve at Cirque du Soleil. Dec. 31. Cirque puts on special New Year's performances (link).
  • Atlantic Dance Hall New Year's Eve. Dec. 31. Ring in the New Year at the BoardWalk's own dance club (link).

January 2006

  • Disney's Health and Fitness Expo. Jan. 5–7. Check in for the weekend's races and check out the vendors (link).
  • FamilyFun Magazine Family Fun Run. Jan. 7. The shortest run of the weekend (link).
  • Walt Disney World Half-Marathon. Jan. 7. Registration now open (link). [Note: The full- and half-marathons are now held on separate days. Read our WDW Marathon Guide.]
  • Walt Disney World Marathon. Jan. 8. Registration now open (link).

May 2006

  • Epcot Teddy Bear and Doll Weekend. May 19–21. Collectible bears and dolls at Epcot (link).

Current Discounts & Promotions

Fall Passholder rates are out

Annual Passholder and Florida Resident discounts have been released for August 28 through October 4, with rates starting at $59 per night for value resorts and $89 per night for moderate resorts. The discount code to use is EXI. See the Passholder Web site (link) or MouseSavers (link) for more information.

Radisson Resort Parkway announces rates through 2005

Radisson Resort Parkway, a MousePlanet sponsor, has announced their rates through the end of 2005.

 
Courtyard View
Deluxe Pool View
2005
     Through Aug 13
$87
$97
     Aug 14 – Sept 29
$83
$93
     Sept 30 – Oct 22
$107
$117
     Oct 23 – Nov 22
$87
$97
     Nov 23 – Nov 26
$107
$117
     Nov 27 – Dec 22
$87
$97
     Dec 23 – 27
$133
$143
     Dec 28 – 31
$179
$189

Click here for more information, or here to make reservations now.

Disney's Summer Price Slice discount returns to golf courses

Summer Price Slice is back with reduced-price greens fees on tee times after 10 a.m. daily from May 2 through Sept. 29 on Disney's five 18-hole golf courses.

Golfers can play the premier Osprey Ridge course after 10 a.m. for $60 (compared to a normal seasonal greens fee of $119) or Eagle Pines for $50 (compared to a normal seasonal fee of $109). Post-10 a.m. rounds on the Magnolia, Palm or Lake Buena Vista courses are $45 (compared to a normal seasonal fee of $89-$94). Prices include golf cart rental.

Disney's Summer Price Slice also gives golfers the opportunity to play afternoon rounds late into the day. Golfers can take on Osprey Ridge after 3 p.m. for $35 ($30 after 5 p.m.). Eagle Pines, Magnolia and Palm start at $30 after 3 p.m. ($25 after 5 p.m.). Rounds at Lake Buena Vista start at $25 after 3 p.m. ($20 after 5 p.m.).

For tee times, call 407-WDW-GOLF (407-939-4653) or go to the Walt Disney World Golf Web site (link).

Plan ahead and save a few bucks

The entire ticket price structure changed as of January 2, 2005, to the new “Magic Your Way” passes. Advance purchase discounts are only available on tickets above the base ticket of at least 5 days.

Adult/Child Total Cost 1-day 2-day 3-day 4-day 5-day 6-day 7-day 8-day 9-day 10-day
Base Ticket $59.75 / $48 $119 / $96 $171 / $137 $185 / $148 $193 / $155 $196 / $157 $199 / $160 $202 / $162 $205 / $164 $209 / $167
W/ Park Hopper $94.75 / $83 $154 / $131 $206 / $172 $220 / $183 $228 / $190 $231 / $192 $234 / $195 $237 / $197 $240 / $199 $244 / $202
W/ Plus Pack $104.75 / $93 $164 / $141 $216 / $182 $230 / $193 $238 / $200 $241 / $202 $244 / $205 $247 / $207 $250 / $209 $254 / $212
  (plus 2) (plus 2) (plus 2) (plus 3) (plus 3) (plus 4) (plus 5) (plus 5) (plus 5) (plus 5)
Premium Ticket $139.75 / $128 $199 / $176 $251 / $217 $265 / $228 $273 / $235 $276 / $237 $279 / $240 $282 / $242 $285 / $245 $289 / $247
Premium, No Expiration N/A $209 / $186 $261 / $227 $280 / $243 $308 / $270 $321 / $282 $334 / $295 $382 / $342 $392 / $395 $399 / $347
Advance Purchase Discount N/A N/A N/A N/A $7/$6 $9/$7 $11/$9 $11/$9 $11/$9 $12/$9

Annual Passholders

Receive 10 percent 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 Mondays through Fridays. Call 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463) for locations and reservations.


Park Hours

Hours and entertainment schedules are currently available through August 2005.

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BB 9a-7:30p
TL 9a-7:30p

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

  • 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
  • Italics = Morning Extra Magic Hours
  • Bold = Evening Extra Magic Hours

Entertainment Schedule

Hours and entertainment schedules are currently available through August 2005.

Theme Park Events

Magic Kingdom
Epcot World Showcase
Disney-MGM Studios
Animal Kingdom
Monday 7/18

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p, 11p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5:30p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Tuesday 7/19

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p, 11p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5:30p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Wednesday 7/20

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p, 11p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5:30p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Thursday 7/21

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p, 11p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5:30p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Friday 7/22

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 10:30p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5:30p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Saturday 7/23

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5:30p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Sunday 7/24

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5:30p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Monday 7/25

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p, 11p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5:30p

Fantasmic 9p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Tuesday 7/26

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p, 11p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5:30p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Wednesday 7/27

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p, 11p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5:30p

Fantasmic 9p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Thursday 7/28

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p, 11p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5:30p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Friday 7/29

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p, 11p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5:30p

Fantasmic 9p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Saturday 7/30

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5:30p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Downtown Disney Entertainment

(Separate admission required)

Rock & Roll Beach Club
West End Stage
House of Blues
Monday 7/18

Harry Dash

 

 

Tuesday 7/19

Harry Dash

 

Vertical Horizon with Special Guest Pat McGee Band (main room), $17.50 advance/$19.50 day of show; 8 p.m.

Wednesday 7/20

Harry Dash

 

 

Thursday 7/21

Fifth Year Crush

 

Full Fledged Frankfurter (Blues Kitchen), free; 11 p.m.

Friday 7/22

Fifth Year Crush

 

Better Than Ezra with Big 10-4, Aslyn and Val Emmich (main room), $15 advance/$17.50 day of show; 8:30 p.m.

Basic Rock Outfit (Blues Kitchen), free; 11 p.m.

Saturday 7/23

Fifth Year Crush

 

Faith Evans with TBA (main room), $22.50 advance/$25 day of show; 9 p.m.

Beautiful Bobby Blackmon (Blues Kitchen), free; 11 p.m.

Sunday 7/24

Stormbringer

 

Apostle JL Cash & Praise (gospel brunch), $30 adult, $15 child (3-9); 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m.

Monday 7/25

Stormbringer

 

 

Tuesday 7/26

Stormbringer

 

 

Wednesday 7/27

Leonard Brothers

 

 

Thursday 7/28

Fifth Year Crush

 

Midnight Ramblers (Blues Kitchen), free; 11 p.m.

Friday 7/29

Fifth Year Crush

 

Edwin McCain with TBA (main room), $15 advance/$17.50 day of show; 9 p.m.

Pocket Change (Blues Kitchen), free; 11 p.m.



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