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Update for October 10 – 16, 2005

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News and Views

MousePlanet events at MouseFest

Just a reminder that MouseFest is scheduled for November 30 –December 5 (land) and December 4-8 (sea). MouseFest Gold Sponsor MousePlanet is organizing three events and officially participating in a fourth during the land portion. For more information and how to let us know that you're coming, visit our MouseFest events page (link). For more information on MouseFest, visit the MouseFest event site (link).

Are you ready for the 2007 marathon?

We may still be three months away from the 2006 Marathon, but Disney has announced the dates for the 2007 Walt Disney World Marathon and Half-Marathon. The Half-Marathon will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2007, while the Marathon will be held on Sunday, January 7, 2007. Registration opens on Monday, January 9, 2006, the day after this year's marathon. For more information about the event, read our WDW Marathon Guide.

Pay for your name

Last month, we first reported rumors that it would cost an additional $2 to have your name embroidered on your Mickey ears starting this month. We then reported clarified information that it already cost $2 to have it embroidered everywhere except the Magic Kingdom, because the park was the only place on property where you could still get the ears embroidered by hand, rather than by machine. Further, we reported that park management was refusing the new computerized system because it was not traditional and didn't fit in with the atmosphere at the Magic Kingdom, so it looked like embroidery would remain hand-written, and hence free, at the park.

Well, we have some good news and some bad news. The Magic Kingdom is still embroidering names by hand, with new cast members continuing to be trained to use the embroidery machines. However, it appears that our original story was correct in relation to the park. Upper management has decided that, despite the fact that the computerized machines will not be used, they're going to start charging anyway. Starting this coming Sunday, it will cost you $2 to get your ears embroidered with your name in the Magic Kingdom.

Disney pastry chefs go to town on holiday creations

Every year, Disney's pastry chefs create tremendous masterpieces for the holidays at many of the resort hotels. Here's a summary of what you can expect to see this year:

The Beach Club will again feature a life-size carousel of gingerbread, chocolate and sugar paste in the lobby. Small gingerbread houses and collectible pins depicting the gingerbread carousel will be sold in the merchandise stores, and chefs will present demonstrations throughout the day, giving guests tips on decorating their own gingerbread creations.

The BoardWalk will present a holiday toy corner, featuring toys made of edible ingredients and a Christmas tree decorated with cookie ornaments.

The Contemporary Resort's fourth floor will host a holiday toy shop made of sugar and chocolate, featuring Pinocchio.

The Grand Floridian will again host its famed life-sized holiday gingerbread house, which will double as a store selling Santa lollipops, gingerbread cookie people, gingerbread ornaments, gingerbread cookies, stollen bread, and Grand Floridian chocolate logo boxes filled with truffles, peppermint bark and miniature gingerbread houses.

The Yacht Club will showcase a miniature train layout surrounding a sugary mountain and village. Small gingerbread houses and collectible pins will be sold in the merchandise stores.

The parks will not be neglected, either. Over in Epcot, the Liberty Inn at the American Adventure pavilion will host Santa's Bakeshop, featuring a life-size Santa's Gingerbread House. The house will sell Christmas cookies and hot and cold beverages. Meanwhile, the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant at the Disney-MGM Studios will host a four-foot version of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror made of gingerbread, icing, and sugar.

More information on holiday happenings

In addition to the special events at Epcot which we detailed back on August 8 (link)—with an updated schedule of Candlelight Processional narrators on September 19 (link)—and the pastry delights listed above, there is so much more going on at the Walt Disney World Resort for the holidays this year. Here are some of the highlights:

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights at Disney-MGM Studios will run from November 14 – January 8, 2006. It is rumored, but not confirmed, that the prismatic glasses will return this year. The "Hollywood Holly-Day" parade also returns to the Studios this year.

The 14 nights of this year's Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party events will feature the new "Holiday Wishes – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season" holiday-themed fireworks display. The show is set to classic holiday music and "paints a winter wonderland in the sky."

"Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade" will help to celebrate the season at Disney's Animal Kingdom from November 14 – January 8, 2006. Santa Goofy and other Disney characters will also transform Camp Minnie-Mickey into a wild and festive wonderland.

Santa (or one of his assistants) will be available for photo opportunities in front of World of Disney at Santa's Chalet from 5–10 p.m. daily, November 19–24, and from noon to 10 p.m. daily, November 25–December 24. Pet cats and dogs are welcome to join in the photos from December 3–18.

Festival of the Masters event details

We've got a tentative rundown of the special events surrounding the 30th annual Festival of the Masters art show to be held at Downtown Disney November 11–13. In addition to the 200 artists, special performance artists and kids' activities, House of Blues will be presenting its seventh annual Folk Art Festival. Live music will be presented at Bongos, House of Blues and Virgin Megastore. Cirque du Soleil will present face painting and balloons, while DisneyQuest will host an Animation Academy experience.

Pleasure Island will get into the act as well, with a Beverage Zone featuring a Cool Jazz Lounge with live entertainment at the West End Stage and an Island Zone with live entertainment at the Hub Stage. There will be live Irish entertainment outside the new Raglan Road Irish Pub (which opens next week), and the Harley-Davidson shop will present a live demonstration of art on motorcycles, whatever that is.

The event will run from 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. each day.

Haunted Wagon Rides begin at Fort Wilderness

Fort Wilderness is running a seasonal Haunted Wagon Ride based on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The wagon ride leaves from Pioneer Hall six times per night with an on-board storyteller to relate the story of Ichabod Crane, the Headless Horseman and the rest of the cast of characters from the Washington Irving story. Tickets cost $15 per adult, $10 per child (3-9), and may only be purchased at the Fort Wilderness kennel from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on the day of the wagon ride. The wagon rides will take place on October 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29, 30 and 31.

Overexposure aboard Wonder

A crewmember aboard the Disney Wonder reportedly exposed himself to a girl under the age of 18 while the ship was docked in the Bahamas last week. Since the alleged incident took place in a foreign country, an investigation is taking place there, with the assistance of U.S. law enforcement agencies. The crewmember was separated from passengers for the remaining portion of that cruise, and has since been suspended pending the investigation.

New special event lunch to debut next month

Joining the Lunch with a Disney Artist and Lunch (or Dinner) with an Imagineer programs is the new "Lunch with Walt Disney World Animal Programs." Unlike the other programs, which take place that the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant at the Disney-MGM Studios, the new meal takes place at Jiko at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Beginning November 1, every Tuesday from noon until 2 p.m., guests will be able to break bread (or lavosh) with an expert such as the Animal Kingdom Lodge's Animal Curator, Joe Kalla, or perhaps a dolphin trainer or veterinarian. Over a South African feast, the specialists will share stories and their backgrounds in Jiko's wine room.

The cost is $65 per person with an optional $15 wine pairing option. For more information or reservations, call the Walt Disney World Dine Line at 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463).

Walt Disney World looks to assist hurricane victims by filling staffing shortages

Last Thursday, representatives from Walt Disney World headed to Houston to participate in "Destination Occupation," a regional job fair for hurricane victims. One of more than 500 employers from across the Southeastern U.S. to attend, Disney was looking for for hourly and full-time staffers from among the over 5,000 applicants, and made employment offers on-site. Disney was also the title child-care area sponsor for the event.

For some hourly positions with severe current shortages, such as dishwashers, food service workers and character performers, Disney offered a $1,500 relocation benefit.

Disney representatives explained to applicants that, while the local housing market is tight and not cheap, the Red Cross and other Central Florida agencies have programs to help with the cost of housing for the hurricane victims.

Haunted Mansion comic book anthology debuts this month

Later this month, SLG Publishing and Disney Publishing Worldwide will introduce the first issue of a comic book anthology based on Disney's classic Haunted Mansion attraction (not the movie!). The comics will tell the stories of the various ghost tenants of the attraction. SLG Publishing president and series editor Dan Vado noted, "There are 999 ghosts living in the mansion, that means there is potential for 999 different stories."

A series of stories that will run through the first several issues will present a new back story for the Mansion and tell the stories of The Ghost Host, Madame Leota, and the Bride, including how they all came to be in the mansion. The mansion's powerful attraction to spirits and ghouls will also be revealed.

The Haunted Mansion will be a 32-page black & white comic book and will carry a cover price of $2.95. It will be available at select comic book stores and book stores this October, and will also be available at Hot Topic stores and via Amazon.com and the publisher's web site (link).

Avast ye, thar be guesswork ahead!

Properly warned ye be, says I.

This is purely speculation on my part based on several small but telling indicators, but look for the Disney-MGM Studios to be officially renamed to the Walt Disney Studios Florida on December 1.

Ears to the ground

…Parking prices have just gone up again. As of yesterday, it costs $9 to park at a Disney theme park. Campers and trailers cost $10 and RVs cost $12.

…The test family suites at the All-Star Music resort are perhaps the start of something even bigger. (By the way, you can't request a reservation for those suites. Disney may offer them to you if your reservation shows that the suite might be appropriate for your party.) We're hearing that, if the test is successful, the second phase of the Pop Century Resort (the Legendary Years – 1900s–1940s) will be built entirely as family suites.

…Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress has returned to "seasonal" status on the Walt Disney World Web site, joining The Timekeeper in that status. Since the latter attraction has not been open in a very long time (not even for the peak July 4 weekend), this adds to concerns about the recent rumors that there is a team of Imagineers actively working on a replacement for the aging Carousel.

…Next Tuesday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Epcot's World Showplace pavilion, there will be a live taping of the Food Network Challenge television show, featuring six teams of three pastry students from top culinary schools across the country competing to create desserts in three categories. For information about attending the show, call 407-566-6248.

…Have you ever accidentally left something behind at the airport? Orlando International Airport has now instituted an online Lost & Found service (link). You can submit a lost-item report via the web, and if they've got your item, they'll contact you to arrange for its return.

…We are now hearing a rumor that, after the Tarzan Rocks show closes in March, the Theater in the Wild will be completely demolished. For what, nobody's leaking yet.

…Following the completion of the temporary buffet's test period, El Pirata y El Perico Restaurante in the Magic Kingdom has closed once again.

…Despite the relative paucity of things to play on, it appears that the Pooh's Playful Spot playground is being somewhat well-received. This begs the question, does this mean that Epcot will soon get a new children's playground?

…Installation of the Osborne Lights at the Studios is nearing completion.

…A word of warning to those looking to buy park passes on eBay. If the seller posts a photo so that you can see the ticket number before you bid, Disney can also see the number. Expect Disney to cancel the ticket before the auction is even over.

…Disney is testing a concierge desk at Old Port Royale at the Caribbean Beach Resort in addition to the one at the resort's Customs House building due to the remote location of the "lobby" building. If the test is successful, look for additional concierge locations at Fort Wilderness due to the similar situation at that resort.

…We're hearing reports that tower rooms with a Magic Kingdom view in the Contemporary Resort may carry an increased charge next year, similar to "preferred view" rooms at other resorts.

…There's been a character switch at the 'Ohana breakfast. While Mickey remains, the rest of the cast of characters will be swapping out. Chip, Dale and Goofy are vacating to make way for Lilo, Stitch and Pluto.

…In an odd bit of cross-promotion, the Pop Century Resort (home of the giant Rubik's Cube icons) will host the World Rubik's Cube Game Championship November 4-6 (link). The events will include 3x3x3, 4x4x4 and 5x5x5 speed cubing, as well as stranger events such as blindfolded cubing, one-handed cubing and foot cubing.

…If you use the Central Florida Greeneway (SR-417) to get to Walt Disney World from the airport, expect traffic shifts and lane closures at the Boggy Creek Road and John Young Parkway toll plazas over the next year. The plazas are being expanded to accommodate express lanes. When the project is finished next September, there will be four express lanes and eight cash lanes at John Young Parkway and four express lanes and 10 cash lanes at Boggy Creek Road.

…Gelato is now available at the Beach Club Marketplace at Disney's Beach Club Resort.

…The Walt Disney World Florist is presenting a new weekly Floral Experience at the Saratoga Springs Resort's Community Hall on a test basis. Each Wednesday afternoon through November 9, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., you can learn how Disney's creates floral centerpieces. Each class will feature surprise "takeaways." Cost is $42.50 per person for Disney Vacation Club members, $50 for all others. You can register by calling the Walt Disney World Florist at 407-827-3505.


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Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Magic Kingdom

  • 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 locker rental stand area is being converted to stroller rental, with the lockers moving elsewhere. In addition, the curb in front of the station will be disappearing to allow easier transit for newly-rented and about-to-be-returned strollers. The station is also slated to receive new glass, canopies, paint and so forth.
  • Liberty Square Riverboat – will reportedly not be operating due to refurbishment through next spring.
  • Haunted Mansion – will be closed for minor mechanical refurbishment November 6–16.
  • Donald's Boat – will be closed for refurbishment November 1–18.
  • Timekeeper – open seasonally.
  • Cinderella's Surprise Celebration – reportedly returns after the 18-month “Happiest Celebration on Earth” festivities end.

Epcot

  • The Living Seas pavilion, including the popular Turtle Talk with Crush attraction, is closed for refurbishment through November 23. Rumors indicate that another new Finding Nemo-based attraction may be added.
  • Ice Station Cool – closed through late this year for refurbishment. It will reopen as “Club Cool.”
  • Norway's Stave Church – closed through November 14 for refurbishment.
  • Test Track – will be closed for refurbishment January 9 – February 14, 2006.
  • 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, and has been removed from park maps. Its future is uncertain.

Disney–MGM Studios

  • Rock 'n' Roller Coaster – will be closed for a brief refurbishment November 2–4.
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe movie sets – are scheduled to open on December 9.

Animal Kingdom

  • 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 underway 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 is closed for refurbishment through September, 2006. Rumors indicate that the buildings may be completely gutted and rebuilt as Disney Vacation Club villas. However, another rumor states that new DVC lodgings will be built on the current site of the Disney Tennis Center at the resort, and there is no confirmation of the either rumor yet. Renovations on the rest of the resort are also underway, with the tower building being done one floor at a time, and are expected to run through November, 2007.
  • BoardWalk Resort – 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

  • Blizzard Beach – Will close for its annual refurbishment on October 23, and will reopen on December 24.
  • Typhoon Lagoon – Will close for its annual refurbishment on December 25, and is expected to reopen in late February or early March.

Elsewhere

  • Cirque du Soleil – La Nouba – performs Tuesdays – Saturdays.

Park Events

Ongoing

  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Through Nov. 13. The annual celebration of things gustatory, plus the Eat to the Beat concert series (link).
  • Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Oct. 11, 13, 16, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31. The big celebration of the boo-tiful season (link).

October 2005

  • 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. 14 – 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. Nov. 19 – Dec. 24. 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

  • MousePlanet presents a mini-MouseAdventure at MouseFest. Dec. 1. Meet at the outdoor seating area by Casey's Corner in the Magic Kingdom at 10:00 a.m. for this event. This is a shortened version of MousePlanet's signature event (link), and marks the first time that the event has been held in Florida.
  • MousePlanet presents the second annual Mike Scopa Dole Whip Meet at MouseFest. Dec. 1. Meet at the Aloha Isle take-out window in Adventureland at noon.
  • MousePlanet presents the first annual Shocolate Mousssse Meet at MouseFest. Dec 3. Meet at Boulangerie Patisserie at Epcot's France pavilion at 5:00 p.m. following the Mega Mouse Meet for this event. For more on the origin of the Shocolate Mousssse phenomenon among MousePlanet readers, please see this thread on our MousePad discussion forums.
  • 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 closed (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 closed (link).
  • College Cheerleading and Dance Team Championship. January 13–16.

February 2006

  • National Dance Team Championship. February 3–6.
  • National High School Cheerleading Championship. February 10–13.
  • Atlanta Braves Training Camp at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex (link). Dates in February ? March TBA.
  • Twirlmania. February 17–20. Twirlers, auxiliary guard, pom, and dancers descend on the Wide World of Sports (link).

March 2006

  • ESPN The Weekend. March 3–5. Corporate synergy brings the cable channel back to the Studios for its third go-round (link).
  • National All Star Cheerleading Championship. March 10–13.

April 2006

  • Disney's All-Star Kids Classic. April 1. Registration is now open for the kids' inline race (link).
  • Walt Disney World Inline Marathon. April 2. Registration is now open (link).
  • Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. April 21 – June 11. Epcot comes alive with topiaries, other floral displays, gardening demonstrations and the “Flower Power” concert series (link).

May 2006

  • Disney's Minnie Marathon Weekend 5K and 1 Mile (link). May 6. The short runs of the ladies-only running weekend take place at and near Downtown Disney.
  • Women Run the World 15 K (link). May 7. The ladies-only run starts at Animal Kingdom, goes through the Studios and ends at Epcot.
  • Star Wars Weekends. Dates TBA. The popular event is slated to return to the Studios in 2006 (link).
  • Epcot Teddy Bear and Doll Weekend. May 18–21. Collectible bears and dolls at Epcot (link).

September 2006

  • Tom Joyner Family Reunion. Dates TBA. The annual gathering hopes not to be cancelled by hurricane again this year (link).
  • Night of Joy. Dates TBA. Disney's annual Christian music festival (link).
  • Walt Disney World Triathlon. Sept. 24. Athletes compete in a 1.5K swim, a 40K bike ride, and a 10K run (link).
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Sept. 29 – Nov. 12. The annual celebration of things gustatory, plus the Eat to the Beat concert series (link).

January 2007

  • Walt Disney World Half-Marathon. Jan. 6. 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. 5. Registration now open (link).

Current Discounts & Promotions

Passholder Best Rate Program through February 15

The Passholder Best Rate program has reduced the advance reservation requirement from 120 days to 60 days. The program is now accepting reservations, online only, through February 15, 2006.

Radisson Resort Parkway offers reduced special rate through December 22

For a very limited time the Radisson Resort Parkway, a MousePlanet sponsor, has allocated rooms as low as $77.00 weekdays and $87.00 weekends now through December 22.

Radisson Resort Parkway releases rates through the end of 2006

Radisson Resort Parkway, a MousePlanet sponsor, has announced their rates through the end of 2006.

 
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Sleep Number - Pool View
2005
     Through Oct 11
$127
$137
$146
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     Oct 12 – 13
$97
$107
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     Oct 14 – Nov 17
$97 (M-F)
$107 (S,S)
$107 (M-F)
$117 (S,S)
$116 (M-F)
$126 (S,S)
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     Nov 18 – 26
$107
$117
$126
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     Nov 27 – Dec 3
$97
$107
$116
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N/A
     Dec 4 – 22
$87
$97
$106
N/A
N/A
     Dec 23 – 27
$133
$143
$152
N/A
N/A
     Dec 28 – 31
$175
$185
$194
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N/A
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     Jan 1 – 10
$95 (M-F)
$105 (S,S)
$105 (M-F)
$115 (S,S)
$114 (M-F)
$124 (S,S)
$105 (M-F)
$115 (S,S)
$115 (M-F)
$125 (S,S)
     Jan 11 – 14
$125
$135
$144
$135
$145
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$95 (M-F)
$105 (S,S)
$105 (M-F)
$115 (S,S)
$114 (M-F)
$124 (S,S)
$105 (M-F)
$115 (S,S)
$115 (M-F)
$125 (S,S)
     Feb 3 – 15
$115 (M-F)
$125 (S,S)
$125 (M-F)
$135 (S,S)
$134 (M-F)
$144 (S,S)
$125 (M-F)
$135 (S,S)
$135 (M-F)
$145 (S,S)
     Feb 16 – 19
$175
$185
$194
$185
$195
     Feb 20 – Apr 6
$115 (M-F)
$125 (S,S)
$125 (M-F)
$135 (S,S)
$134 (M-F)
$144 (S,S)
$125 (M-F)
$135 (S,S)
$135 (M-F)
$145 (S,S)
     Apr 7 – 12
$145
$155
$164
$155
$165
     Apr 13 – 16
$175
$185
$194
$185
$195
     Apr 17 – 22
$145
$155
$164
$155
$165
     Apr 23 – 29
$115
$125
$134
$125
$135
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$95 (M-F)
$105 (S,S)
$105 (M-F)
$115 (S,S)
$114 (M-F)
$124 (S,S)
$105 (M-F)
$115 (S,S)
$115 (M-F)
$125 (S,S)
     May 25 – 29
$125
$135
$144
$135
$145
     May 30 – June 8
$95 (M-F)
$105 (S,S)
$105 (M-F)
$115 (S,S)
$114 (M-F)
$124 (S,S)
$105 (M-F)
$115 (S,S)
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$105 (M-F)
$115 (S,S)
$115 (M-F)
$125 (S,S)
$124 (M-F)
$134 (S,S)
$115 (M-F)
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$135 (S,S)
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$125
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$144
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$105 (M-F)
$115 (S,S)
$115 (M-F)
$125 (S,S)
$124 (M-F)
$134 (S,S)
$115 (M-F)
$125 (S,S)
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$95 (M-F)
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$105 (M-F)
$115 (S,S)
$114 (M-F)
$124 (S,S)
$105 (M-F)
$115 (S,S)
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$125 (S,S)
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$115 (M-F)
$125 (S,S)
$125 (M-F)
$135 (S,S)
$134 (M-F)
$144 (S,S)
$125 (M-F)
$135 (S,S)
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$145 (S,S)
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$105 (M-F)
$115 (S,S)
$115 (M-F)
$125 (S,S)
$124 (M-F)
$134 (S,S)
$115 (M-F)
$125 (S,S)
$125 (M-F)
$135 (S,S)
     Nov 26 – Dec 19
$95
$105
$114
$105
$115
     Dec 20 – 25
$115
$125
$134
$125
$135
     Dec 26 – 31
$175
$185
$194
$185
$195

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Plan ahead and save a few bucks

Walt Disney World's 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 option $94.75 / $83 $154 / $131 $206 / $172 $220 / $183 $228 / $190 $231 / $192 $234 / $195 $237 / $197 $240 / $199 $244 / $202
w/ Water Park Fun & More option $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)
w/ both options $139.75 / $128 $199 / $176 $251 / $217 $265 / $228 $273 / $235 $276 / $237 $279 / $240 $282 / $242 $285 / $245 $289 / $247
w/ both options, 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 October 2005.

Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
 
10/10
10/11
10/12
10/13
10/14
10/15
 

MK 9a-9p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p
MGM 9a-8p
AK 9a-5p
BB 10a-5p
TL 10a-5p

MK 9a-6p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p
MGM 9a-9p
AK 9a-5p
BB 10a-5p
TL 10a-5p

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

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

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

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

10/16
10/17
10/18
10/19
10/20
10/21
10/22

MK 9a-6p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p
MGM 9a-9p
AK 9a-5p
BB 10a-5p
TL 10a-5p

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

MK 9a-7p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p
MGM 9a-9p
AK 9a-5p
BB 10a-5p
TL 10a-5p

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

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

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

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

  • 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 October 2005.

Theme Park Events

Magic Kingdom
Epcot World Showcase
Disney-MGM Studios
Animal Kingdom
Monday 10/10

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 8p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Eat to the Beat Concert Series: Kool & the Gang 5:15p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 4p

Fantasmic 7:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Tuesday 10/11

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 7p-12a

Eat to the Beat Concert Series: Kool & the Gang 5:15p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 4p

Fantasmic 7:30p, 9p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Wednesday 10/12

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 8p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Eat to the Beat Concert Series: Kool & the Gang 5:15p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 4p

Fantasmic 7:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Thursday 10/13

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 7p-12a

Eat to the Beat Concert Series: Kool & the Gang 5:15p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 4p

Fantasmic 7:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Friday 10/14

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 8p, 10p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Eat to the Beat Concert Series: The Gap Band 5:15p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 4p

Fantasmic 7:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Saturday 10/15

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p, 11p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Eat to the Beat Concert Series: The Gap Band 5:15p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 4p

Fantasmic 7:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Sunday 10/16

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 7p-12a

Eat to the Beat Concert Series: The Gap Band 5:15p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 4p

Fantasmic 7:30p, 9p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Monday 10/17

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 8p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Eat to the Beat Concert Series: Arturo Sandoval featuring Nestor Torres 5:15p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 4p

Fantasmic 7:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Tuesday 10/18

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Eat to the Beat Concert Series: Arturo Sandoval featuring Nestor Torres 5:15p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 4p

Fantasmic 7:30p, 9p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Wednesday 10/19

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 8p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Eat to the Beat Concert Series: Arturo Sandoval featuring Nestor Torres 5:15p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 4p

Fantasmic 7:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Thursday 10/20

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 7p-12a

Eat to the Beat Concert Series: Starship featuring Mickey Thomas 5:15p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 4p

Fantasmic 7:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Friday 10/21

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 7p-12a

Eat to the Beat Concert Series: Starship featuring Mickey Thomas 5:15p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 4p

Fantasmic 7:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Saturday 10/22

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 8p, 10p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Eat to the Beat Concert Series: Starship featuring Mickey Thomas 5:15p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 4p

Fantasmic 7:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Downtown Disney Entertainment

(Separate admission required)

Rock & Roll Beach Club
West End Stage
House of Blues
Monday 10/10

Stormbringer

 

 

Tuesday 10/11

Leonard Brothers

 

My Chemical Romance with Alkaline Trio and Reggie and The Full Effect (main room), $20.50 advance/$25 day of show; 7 p.m.

Wednesday 10/12

Leonard Brothers

 

 

Thursday 10/13

Leonard Brothers

 

Toni Lynn Washington Band (Blues Kitchen), free; 11 p.m.

Friday 10/14

Leonard Brothers

 

VH1 and HOB present Queensryche performing the full production of 'Operation Mind Crime' (main room), $27.50 advance/$29.50 day of show; 9 p.m.

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

Saturday 10/15

Leonard Brothers

 

The Steve Cochran Band (Blues Kitchen), free; 11 p.m.

Sunday 10/16

Blue Stone Circle

 

The Mighty Golden Voices (gospel brunch), $30 adult, $15 child (3-9); 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m.

Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society with Brand New Sin (main room), $25 advance/$27 day of show; 7:30 p.m

Monday 10/17

Blue Stone Circle

 

GWAR with Devil Driver, A Dozen Furies and Mensrea (main room), $17.50 advance/$19.50 day of show; 8 p.m

Tuesday 10/18

Blue Stone Circle

 

 

Wednesday 10/19

Blue Stone Circle

 

 

Thursday 10/20

Stormbringer

 

Soulfly with Throwdown, bloodsimple and Incite (main room), $15 advance/$17.50 day of show; 8 p.m

Ronnie Baker Brooks (Blues Kitchen), free; 11 p.m.

Friday 10/21

Leonard Brothers

 

Hanson with the Pat McGee Band (main room), $22.50 advance/$25 day of show; 8:30 p.m.

Impulse (Blues Kitchen), free; 11 p.m.



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