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Update for November 7 – 13, 2005

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News and Views

MouseFest is less than a month away!

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).

Greeters needed for MouseFest's MegaMouseMeet

During MouseFest's MegaMouseMeet event on Saturday, December 3, representatives from participating communities will be stationed outside the meeting room to greet and welcome newcomers. Each community has been asked to provide at least three volunteers to act as greeters. These volunteers will work one hour each, which will leave them free to enjoy the event for the rest of the time. We are looking for volunteers from the MousePlanet community who would like to help out. You will be asked to welcome guests to the event, make sure that everyone has a name tag, help people to find whichever webmaster/author/community/etc. that they're looking for, and offer general assistance.

If you're interested in helping out at the MegaMouseMeet for an hour, please contact us (link) and let us know. We'll need your name and email address to pass along to the folks coordinating all of the greeters. If you've got restrictions on when you can be available, let us know that, too. A big thanks to any potential volunteers out there!

Japan Reminder

As we head into the new year, space is beginning to fill up on MousePlanet.com's Japan/Hong Kong Disney Adventure (March 2006).

For only a small deposit ($400-600 depending on itinerary), reserve your place today. Don't let this opportunity pass you by!

We have also been able to secure a FREE half-day sightseeing tour and a hotel upgrade to the Nikko Hotel in Hong Kong (participation in the Hong Kong pre-tour is required.) Space is filling quickly so please secure your spot on this wonderful vacation. See this page for more details.

No more Hooplas?

A recent rumor that we've heard states that days are numbered for the entire lake side of Pleasure Island. Last week, we reported that "major enhancements" would be cause the end of the nightly fireworks at Pleasure Island and demolition of the West End Stage and Hub Stage. It turns out that there is more to the story.

The story, as we heard it, is that attendance has been down so badly at the Pleasure Island clubs that, even with extending Cast Member nights to five nights per week, they were still having trouble getting people into the clubs. Because of this, everything on the lake side of Pleasure Island will be demolished, and the area will be repopulated by contracted restaurants. Contracted restaurants have been the biggest money maker for Disney in the Downtown Disney area.

The rumor gives some time in early 2006 as the target date for the closure of the clubs and the beginning of the demolition. Should the rumor prove out, the only clubs to remain would be Mannequins, 8-Trax and the Comedy Warehouse. The rumor also states that another restaurant will be built at the far west end of Downtown Disney, between Cirque du Soleil and the Saratoga Springs Resort. If anybody has more information about this rumor, please let us know.


The exterior of Expedition: Everest is nearing completion at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Photo by Brian Bennett.

Christmas Parade taping scheduled, extras wanted

On December 2 and 3, the Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade will be taped for national broadcast on Christmas Day. Volunteers are being requested for crowd shots by the broadcaster, Lightship TV (link). All slots on Saturday, December 3 are filled, though some spots are still available for Friday, December 2. Thankfully, the taping is taking place after MouseFest's Magic Kingdom day on Thursday, December 1. (Especially good for MousePlanet readers, as the disruption that the parade causes in the Magic Kingdom, especially along Main Street, U.S.A, would have made it nearly impossible for us to conduct our Mini-MouseAdventure on December 1.

Note that tickets from Lightship TV will not be required in conjunction with park tickets on park admission on those days, just for the "crowd reaction shots" area. Mobility within the parks may be limited for other day guests, though, due to the stop-and-start nature of the parade filming.

Great audio interview of Joe Rohde available online

The folks over at the CoasterRadio.com podcast have done an excellent interview (link) with Joe Rohde, lead designer for Disney's Animal Kingdom, about Expedition: Everest. The interview takes up about 24 minutes of the 44-minute podcast. Joe's enthusiasm and excitement for the project are evident, and he gives a lot of great information about the design philosophy for everest, as well as a description of what to expect in the queue area and when you ride the attraction. He also talks a bit about Mission: Himalayas, the scientific expedition launched by Disney and the Discovery Channel in conjunction with the attraction. Check it out!


This closeup of a sign on the construction wall offers hints as to the appearance of the Yeti. Photo by Brian Bennett.

In other Everest-related news, it's looking firmer that the attraction will soft-open in the February-March timeframe. Annual Passholder and Disney Vacation Club Member previews will be held during the soft-open period leading up to the April 22 grand opening.


Is Joe Rohde the Yeti? You be the judge. Photo at left by Brian Bennett. Photo at right © Disney.

Magical Express greeters banished to first floor

In a story that we've been following, Orlando International Airport did follow through on their promise to ban Disney's Magical Express greeters from the third floor in the terminal. But they didn't just stop there. Last Tuesday, when the greeters were supposed to be removed, Disney moved them down to the second floor, where all of the other taxi, limo and shuttle drivers can meet prospective passengers. But on Wednesday, lawyers for the airport told Disney in an e-mail that the greeters had to move again.

The DME workers are now restricted to the ground transportation area on the first floor of the terminal. Employees of Mears, the contractor that is supplying the buses and drivers for DME, will be allowed to meet travelers using DME on the second floor, at baggage claim, but the Mickey hand-wielding DME folks have to wait until you're heading to the bus.

Clear signs up 10,000th customer

Over the summer, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) started several different "known traveler" programs at airports in cities such as Boston, Los Angeles, Houston, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. Orlando also participated, using Clear from Verified Identity Pass, Inc. as the program of choice. While all of the other programs have been shut down, Clear is still running, and just signed up its 10,000th customer.

In exchange for paying an annual fee of $79.95, providing various personal information and agreeing to have their biometric data kept by Verified ID, travelers can bypass most of the wait at security checkpoints at Orlando International Airport. Verified ID is hoping to expand into other markets in the near future, though that may be up to the TSA.


Planting of landscaping around the base of Expedition: Everest is proceeding quickly. Photo by Brian Bennett.

Goodings in Celebration has closed

As expected, the Goodings location at Celebration's Water Tower Place closed its doors on Sunday. The store's owners have filed a lawsuit against their former landlord for breach of contract, alleging that Unicorp National Developments Inc. blocked visibility of the store by building other structures around the store and by not providing enough signage or lighting, all in violation of the lease. The two companies met informally yesterday to discuss the suit. Goodings is now down to two stores, including the one at the Crossroads Plaza near Downtown Disney.

New PhotoMovie service in beta test mode

Disney is conducting a "sneak preview beta release" of Disney's PhotoMovie (link), the next step beyond PhotoPass. Guests can upload their own photos, use photos from PhotoPass, or use a combination of both. Once photos are uploaded, they will be integrated into footage of the parks and characters to create a video scrapbook for each park, and a full-screen slideshow at the end. During the beta release, PhotoMovie DVDs are available for $49.95, with additional copies costing $19.95.

Guests can use up to 68 photos for the tour, broken down by location (16 for Magic Kingdom, 14 for Epcot, 16 for the Disney-MGM Studios, 15 for Disney's Animal Kingdom and seven for the resort at large). The finished DVD will run around 20 minutes in length. Visit their Web site for more information.


A close-up of the paint work on the temple shows an excellent job of "weathering." Photo by Brian Bennett.

Marathon/Half-Marathon course changes

The Disney Marathon and Half-Marathon have undergone some changes to their courses. One major change is that there will now be two starting lines for the Marathon. Marathon participants will be split between two starts areas: Marathon Blue or Marathon Red. Starting locations will be determined by the runner's assigned corral. You can check the updated Marathon and Half Marathon course maps at the Disney Marathon site (link). [Note: The full- and half-marathons are now held on separate days. Read our WDW Marathon Guide.]

Turf Club at Saratoga Springs Resort to expand offerings

Responding to complaints that guests at the Saratoga Springs Resort are paying for a top-level resort but don't even have a full-service dining location, Disney is expanding the dining options at The Turf Club. To start, the menu will be expanded this month to include items such as crab-cake bites, barbecued chicken tenders, hamburgers and a grilled salmon BLT. Eventually the location will be renamed to The Turf Club Bar & Grill by next summer, when construction and furnishing of an expanded table-service dining area is completed.


Construction appears to be complete on the village of Serka Zong at the entrance to Expedition: Everest. Photo by Brian Bennett.

New package special announced for January – March

There is a new special offer for Magic Your Way packages from January 1 through March 8 whereby you buy a package with a base Magic Your Way pass and it would be upgraded to a Premium pass for free, adding the Park Hopper and Water Park Fun & More options at no charge. For more information, check out MouseSavers.com (link).

Busy weekend ahead at Walt Disney World

This coming weekend will see a number of events occurring at the same time. The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is in its final week, concluding for the year on Sunday. At Downtown Disney, the Festival of the Masters runs from Friday through Sunday, turning the shopping and entertainment district into a huge art gallery. And over at the Disney-MGM Studios, the "10th Diamond Anniversary" edition of the Super Soap Weekend event runs Saturday and Sunday, and the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights debuts next Monday.

Correction: Cinderella's Royal Table meals

Last week, we stated that guests would be given the chance to purchase a photo package for $29.95 when dining at Cinderella's Royal Table. It turns out that we misinterpreted what our sources were telling us, and that the photo package (given a value of $29.95 by Disney) would be included in the cost of the meal (one per party), and that guests would be given the option of purchasing additional photos. We regret the error.


The standby entrance and Fastpass return doorways await the first riders of Expedition: Everest. Photo by Brian Bennett.

Ears to the ground

…Length-of-Stay stroller rentals will be halted on December 23 due to an inability to guarantee the availability of stroller when hopping between parks during the busy holiday week. It has not been confirmed when those rentals will resume after the holiday.

…We have been able to get confirmation that Club Cool will open later this month (in the location of the former Ice Station Cool in Epcot), rather than in December. That will come as good news to all MouseFest attendees hoping to trick newbies into trying the Beverly.

…We have heard a rumor that the Prime Time Cafe at the Disney-MGM Studios will be closing in late January for refurbishment.

…The AutoShow in Motion, the GM traveling car show, once again visited Epcot's overflow parking lot over the weekend, closing on Sunday.

…No announcement has been made yet, but we hear that the Four Seasons property in Celebration looks like it's going to see construction finally start after several years, with a golf course, 425-room hotel, homes and a vacation club property all expected to be built.


This authentic Nepalese mandir, or pagoda, near the entrance to Expedition: Everest is dedicated to the story of the Yeti. Photo by Brian Bennett.

…The speedboat Breathless, used for Illuminations cruises and other trips around Crescent Lake from the Yacht Club marina, needs some transmission work and will be out of service for a couple of weeks. To cover the demand for Illuminations cruises in the interim, another pontoon boat will be added during that time.

…The Western Caribbean itinerary of the Disney Magic has changed for the current cruise and the November 19 cruise due to the need for recovery and repair efforts on Cozumel. It is hoped that work will be completed before the December 3 Western Caribbean cruise.

…We're hearing that the next Disney Vacation Club resort may be built away from the Disney theme parks, in the mold of the DVC resorts at Vero Beach and Hilton Head Island. Nobody's giving any hints as to where, though. Also, the next on-property DVC resort is likely to be near a theme park, as the Saratoga Springs Resort is generating a lot of comments that it's too far removed from the action.


Everest has a commanding presence in the view from the Asia section of Disney's Animal Kingdom. Photo by Brian Bennett.


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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. However, the Carousel has been returned to the list of "seasonal" attractions, so its open status may change at any time.
  • 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 – is not operating due to refurbishment through April 1, 2006.
  • Haunted Mansion – is closed for minor mechanical refurbishment through November 15.
  • Donald's Boat – is closed for refurbishment through November 18.
  • Splash Mountain – will be closed November 17 and 18 for a minor technical refurbishment.
  • 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 22. 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.” There are new rumors indicating that it may reopen as early as November 17.
  • Norway's Stave Church – closed through November 14 for refurbishment. When it reopens, it will feature a gallery focusing on the Viking explorers.
  • 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

  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe movie sets – are officially 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.
  • Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa – Phase I's four buildings and Phase II's eight units are complete, Vertical construction for Phase III's six units is underway, with the six units expected to open between June and December, 2006.
  • Disney's Vero Beach Resort (DVC Resort) – Roof repairs due to hurricane rehabilitation are ongoing and scheduled to run through late November.

Water Parks

  • Blizzard Beach – Closed for its annual refurbishment through December 24.
  • Typhoon Lagoon – Will close for its annual refurbishment on December 25, and is expected to reopen on February 26, 2006.

Elsewhere

  • Cirque du Soleil – La Nouba – performs Tuesdays – Saturdays. Also dark November 13–15 and December 4–13.

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).

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).
  • Cheer & Dance National Championships. February 25–26. School & Youth Rec Cheer February 25, All-Star Cheer & Dance February 26 (link).

March 2006

  • Cheer & Dance National Championships. March 3–5. All Star/Studio March 3, School Dance March 3–5 (link).
  • 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).

October 2006

  • Disney's Race for the Taste 10K. Oct. 8. The annual Disney 10K race continues its association with the Epcot Food & Wine Festival (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 extended through April 13

The Passholder Best Rate program is now accepting reservations, online only, through April 13, 2006. In addition, some rates have dropped even lower, with value resorts going for $49 most nights from January 16 - February 4, 2006.

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. Note that the resort has allocated some rooms as low as $77.00 weekdays and $87.00 weekends now through December 22.

 
Standard View
Pool View
Bed & Breakfast Package
Sleep Number - Standard View
Sleep Number - Pool View
2005
     Through Nov 17
$97 (M-F)
$107 (S,S)
$107 (M-F)
$117 (S,S)
$116 (M-F)
$126 (S,S)
N/A
N/A
     Nov 18 – 26
$107
$117
$126
N/A
N/A
     Nov 27 – Dec 3
$97
$107
$116
N/A
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
N/A
N/A
2006
     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
     Jan 15 – Feb 2
$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
     Apr 30 – May 24
$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)
$115 (M-F)
$125 (S,S)
     June 9 – 29
$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)
     June 30 – July 8
$125
$135
$144
$135
$145
     July 9 – Aug 19
$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)
     Aug 20 – Oct 5
$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)
     Oct 6 – Nov 4
$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)
     Nov 5 – 25
$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

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

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 December 2005.

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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

MK 9a-9p
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

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

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

11/13
11/14
11/15
11/16
11/17
11/18
11/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

MK 9a-10p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p
MGM 9a-8p
AK 9a-5p
BB closed
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 December 2005.

Theme Park Events

Magic Kingdom
Epcot World Showcase
Disney-MGM Studios
Animal Kingdom
Monday 11/7

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 8p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Eat to the Beat Concert Series: The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman 5:15p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Tuesday 11/8

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Eat to the Beat Concert Series: Loverboy 5:15p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Wednesday 11/9

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Eat to the Beat Concert Series: Loverboy 5:15p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Thursday 11/10

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 8p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Eat to the Beat Concert Series: Loverboy 5:15p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Friday 11/11

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p, 11p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Eat to the Beat Concert Series: Three Dog Night 5:15p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Saturday 11/12

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p, 11p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Eat to the Beat Concert Series: Three Dog Night 5:15p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Fantasmic 7:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Sunday 11/13

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Wishes Fireworks 8p

Eat to the Beat Concert Series: Three Dog Night 5:15p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Fantasmic 7:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 3:45p

Monday 11/14

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 7p

Wishes Fireworks 8p

Illuminations 9p

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade 3:45p

Tuesday 11/15

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Wishes Fireworks 8p

Illuminations 9p

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade 3:30p

Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights 6p-8p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade 3:45p

Wednesday 11/16

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Wishes Fireworks 8p

Illuminations 9p

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade 3:30p

Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights 6p-8p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade 3:45p

Thursday 11/17

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 7p

Wishes Fireworks 8p

Illuminations 9p

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade 3:30p

Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights 6p-8p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade 3:45p

Friday 11/18

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Wishes Fireworks 8p

Illuminations 9p

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade 3:30p

Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights 6p-8p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade 3:45p

Saturday 11/19

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Illuminations 9p

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade 3:30p

Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights 6p-8p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade 3:45p

Downtown Disney Entertainment

(Separate admission required)

Rock & Roll Beach Club
West End Stage
House of Blues
Monday 11/7

Harrydash

 

John Legend with special guests Kindred the Family Soul and Ne-Yo (main room), $26.50 advance/$29.50 day of show; 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday 11/8

Leonard Brothers

 

 

Wednesday 11/9

Leonard Brothers

 

 

Thursday 11/10

Leonard Brothers

 

 

Friday 11/11

Leonard Brothers

 

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

Saturday 11/12

Leonard Brothers

 

Thrice w/ Underoath, The Bled, Beda (main room), $16.50 advance/$19.50 day of show; 7:30 p.m.

Billy Norris Project (Blues Kitchen), free; 11 p.m.

Sunday 11/13

Frankie & The West End Boys

 

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

Matchbook Romance with Armor for Sleep, Lovedrug and Gatsby's American Dream (main room), $15 advance/$17.50 day of show; 7:30 p.m.

Monday 11/14

Frankie & The West End Boys

 

(main room), $26.50 advance/$29.50 day of show; 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday 11/15

Leonard Brothers

 

 

Wednesday 11/16

Leonard Brothers

 

Fear Factory and Soilwork with Strapping Young Lad (main room), $17 advance/$19 day of show; 8 p.m.

Thursday 11/17

Stormbringer

 

Hawthorne Heights w/ Silverstein, Bayside and Alden (main room), $15; 8 p.m.

Jimmy Griswald (Blues Kitchen), free; 11 p.m.

Friday 11/18

Stormbringer

 

Buddy Guy with Indigenous (main room), $28.50 advance/$31.50 day of show; 8:30 p.m.

Damon Fowler Band (Blues Kitchen), free; 11 p.m.



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