Quantcast
MousePlanet.com


Update for December 12 – 18, 2005

Go directly to: News & Views | Refurbishment/Attraction Closures | Park Events | Discounts/Promotions | Park Hours | Events/Entertainment Schedule

News and Views

More photos

We've received a number of requests for more photos of the holiday decorations around the resort, and there are plenty of other photos taken during the week leading up to MouseFest, so we'll be spreading them out over the next three or four weeks to enhance your viewing pleasure.


It was moved back to Town Square late last week, but the Magic Kingdom's Christmas tree was located in the upper Rose Garden for a couple of weeks, which made for an interesting shot with Cinderella Castle in the background. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.


With the Christmas tree out of the way and the flagpole moved in front of City Hall, and before the stage for Regis and Kelly was erected, there was a great unobstructed view up Main Street from upstairs and the railroad station all the way to Cinderella Castle. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.


You don't get this view very often. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

New Year's Eve event details

Those brave enough to face the crowds at Walt Disney World on New Year's Eve have several options again this year. Three parks will be open past midnight, and other events will be held at Pleasure Island, Atlantic Dance Hall and Cirque du Soleil, as well as aboard the ships of the Disney Cruise Line.

The big event, of course, is the hard-ticketed event at Pleasure Island. The party, for those ages 21 and up only, will feature Smash Mouth on the West End Stage. S.O.S. Band will be appearing at Motion, Jazz guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr. will appear at the BET SoundStage Club, and Pleasure Island stalwarts Stormbringer and The Leonard Brothers will perform at the Hub Stage. The event runs from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Walt Disney World Annual Passholders may buy tickets for themselves and one guest for $79 plus tax, each – a $10 discount from the regular $89 price. Tickets are still available online (link) or at 407-W-DISNEY (407-934-7639).

Cirque du Soleil is also hosting New Year's Eve celebrations at 6 and 9 p.m. Guests receive a glass of champagne and a souvenir program including a limited edition insert featuring the entire cast's signatures. Ticket prices are $22 over regular La Nouba prices, but it appears that both shows are already sold out.

Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney's BoardWalk Resort will also be holding a New Year's Eve bash (link) for those ages 21 and up. Entertainment will be provided by Herb Williams. There will be a champagne toast at midnight, and the club will remain open until 2 a.m. Tickets are limited, and will go on sale at the Atlantic Dance Hall box office at noon on the day of the event.

At the Magic Kingdom, two sets of celebrations will be held. There will be a 7:00 p.m. presentation of SpectroMagic and a fireworks show at 8:30 p.m. for those with younger children needing to get to bed, while another round of shows will present SpectroMagic at 10:30 p.m. and the fireworks at 11:50 p.m. for those able to stay awake. The park opens at 8 a.m. and will remain open until 1 a.m. (Morning Extra Magic Hours will have the park opening at 7 a.m. for Disney resort guests.)

Epcot will also feature two big blasts, with Illuminations being show at 7:30 p.m. and 11:40 p.m. The later show will feature an explosive "Auld Lang Syne" finale. In addition, The Tom Butler Orchestra will play big band and swing music in the World Showplace's Grand Ballroom, DJs will be playing music at the China pavilion and the Future World Fountain Stage, there will be Latin dancing at the America Gardens Theatre and there will be Euro music at the Italy pavilion. The park's Future World area opens at 8 a.m., with World Showcase opening at 10 a.m. Both areas will close at 1 a.m.

The Disney-MGM Studios will feature the "Lights, Camera, Happy New Year!" fireworks show at midnight, along with three Fantasmic! performances at 6:30, 8:30 and 10:00 p.m. Mulch, Sweat & Shears will provide the music at the Sorcerer Hat Stage, spelled by DJ Charles Miles to keep the music going. Complimentary hats and horns will be distributed at Soundstage 1 on Mickey Avenue while supplies last. The park opens at 8 a.m. and closes at midnight. (Evening Extra Magic Hours will keep the park open until 3 a.m. for Disney resort guests.)

For those staying at the resort who want to start their day elsewhere, there will also be Morning Extra Magic Hours at Disney's Animal Kingdom (opening at 7 instead of 8 for resort guests) and Blizzard Beach (opening at 9 instead of 10 for resort guests).

Those at sea aboard the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder will not be left out, either. Children will have their own celebration in the Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab. The teen areas (Aloft and The Stack) will offer teen-only dance parties. Adults will get champagne toasts and special entertainment in the adults-only entertainment districts.


The Mickey's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas show is probably the only time that you can ever see Mickey and Minnie in bed together. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Radisson Resort Parkway announces new discount, name, features

Radisson Resort Parkway, a MousePlanet sponsor, has announced a new discount for MousePlanet readers. If you book your 2006 room reservation prior to December 31, 2005, you will receive a 20% discount off the lowest available room rates. In order to receive the special discount, you must type the code 20%2006 in the comments section of your reservation. Without the code, the discount will not be applied.

When you arrive for your stay, the resort will have already begun operating under a new name. Effective January 1, 2006, the resort will be known as the Radisson Resort Orlando-Celebration, to better inform people where they are located.

Also effective January 1, the resort will be charging a Resort Services Fee of $7 per room per night, including taxes. The fee will help to pay for several enhancements to the resort experience, including:

  • A new Entertainment Director and two assistants to develop a daily activities program
  • "Dive-in Movies" around the pool area
  • Special themed holiday activities, enhanced shuttle service to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World
  • Mini-refrigerators are soon to be installed in all guest rooms, replacing the current mini-bars

It will also cover some existing services, such as:

  • Use of the Business Center - computers, LAN ports and printer
  • Complimentary in-room high-speed Internet access and usage
  • Local phone calls and toll-free calls, fax delivery to guest rooms
  • 24-hour access to the Fitness Center
  • Gated & patrolled parking facilities
  • USA Today newspaper delivered to the room Monday - Friday
  • Use of lighted tennis courts, rackets and tennis balls
  • Bottled water in guest rooms

The resort also now features rooms with the new Sleep Number Bed. Guests can choose their own individual comfort level of firmness. The Radisson has received great responses from guests who have reserved these. This room type is an option, for a $10 upgrade fee, for guests to choose when they book their rooms.


The Main Street Trolley show, with the dancers now in holiday attire, occasionally uses the Omnibus instead of the trolley. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.


The Dapper Dans performs with Mickey's Toontown Tuners on Main Street. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Christmas Parade broadcast entertainment listing

Disney has announced the list of performers and other entertainment for the 22nd annual broadcast of the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade. The two-hour broadcast, hosted by Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa in Florida and Ryan Seacrest in California, will air at 10 a.m. EST, 9 a.m. CST, 8 a.m. MST and 2:30 p.m. PST.

Appearing from Walt Disney World will be:

  • The Christmas Tree float with Mickey and Minnie
  • A Villains Car with Yzma, Kronk and Cruella
  • Cinderellabration at Cinderella Castle
  • The traditional Ice Pond float, this year featuring Donald and Daisy
  • Princess Carriages carrying Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora with their princes
  • A performance of Beauty and the Beast, starring John O'Hurley singing "Be Our Guest" at Cinderella Castle
  • A Power Rangers Car, featuring various Power Rangers
  • A U.S. Military processional, with remarks from President George W. Bush
  • A Toy Factory float featuring Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Bullseye, toy soldiers and green army men
  • The Bakeshop Factory float carrying Mrs. Claus, the gingerbread men, elves and maids
  • Herbie, from Disney-MGM Studios' Lights! Motors! Action! Extreme Stunt Show attraction
  • The Candy House float
  • Sister act Aly & AJ, performing a song from the Jingle Jams CD
  • The Cheetah Girls, performing a song from their Cheetah-licious Christmas CD
  • Greetings from Tiger Woods and others
  • Cirque du Soleil, performing a living Christmas card spectacular

Disneyland appearances will include:

  • Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams
  • The Christmas Fantasy Parade featuring Goofy, Chip n' Dale, the Seven Dwarfs, Rudolph and reindeer friends plus Stitch as Santa in fun-filled Yuletide vignettes on Main Street, U.S.A.
  • A look at the recently re-imagineered Space Mountain
  • A Float Fit for a Princess featuring special performances in the shadows of Sleeping Beauty Castle

The telecast will close with both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts giving performances of "Joy to the World" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." In honor of the Happiest Celebration on Earth, the final number will include all of the parks around the world, with an international choir with Disney theme park Cast Members from Paris, Tokyo, and Hong Kong joining in for Disney's final Christmas wish.


Remember the high-backed chairs that you used to sit in at Pecos Bill's? They've been shipped off to MouseSurplus. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.


Now you get to sit on these lovely stools at Pecos Bill's. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Disney Cruise Line skipping Cozumel, for now

Due to the devastation of Cozumel by Hurricane Wilma, the Disney Cruise Line has been alternating between Costa Maya, Mexico and Nassau, Bahamas as substitutions for that port on the Disney Magic's Western Caribbean itinerary since the beginning of November. The rerouting will continue through the January 28 sailing. (December 17 and January 14 will be Costa Maya, December 31 and January 28 will be Nassau.) If further rerouting is necessary, announcements will be made at a later date. For further information, check the Disney Cruise Line web site (link).

Tufani and Kianga to get playmate

Looks like the elephant herd at Disney's Animal Kingdom—the largest African elephant herd in North America—will soon be growing again. Donna, will be a first-time mother when she gives birth later this month. There is still a great risk, though. Since 1994, only half of the 24 African elephant calves born in captivity have survived, partly because many of the elephants were first-time mothers.

A male elephant named Tufani was born in May 2003 and a female named Kianga was born in July 2004. Another calf died during the birth process in April. We wish good health and lots of luck to Donna, her calf, and the elephant program team.


The Wonders of Life pavilion is preparing for what may be its last hurrah. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.


But for now, they're serious about making sure that you can't get in there, with a veritable wall of planters blocking the way. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Narnia walk-through opens

Last Friday, Florida First Lady Columba Bush and Florida Department of Education Chancellor Cheri Pierson Yecke helped open the "Journey Into Narnia: Creating The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" walk-through attraction at the Disney-MGM Studios. Also on hand were the three winners of the "Florida's Journey into the Land of Narnia" contest, which was created as a part of Just Read, Florida!, a statewide literacy initiative.

No more smoking at Swan

The Westin chain of hotels going smoke-free effective in January. That means that the Walt Disney World Swan, which is operated by Westin, will also be going smoke-free at that time. There will be a designated outdoor smoking area for those who must light up. Otherwise, all guest rooms, meeting space and other public areas will be no-smoking areas. Those rooms that currently permit smoking will likely be undergoing major cleanings to remove any remaining smoke contaminants.


The Club Cool sign stands out at night. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.


The soda fountains for Krest Ginger Ale from Mozambique were still empty a couple of weeks after Club Cool opened. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Quick takes: Walt Disney World and staffers win awards

…Disney's Animal Kingdom and Animal Programs Vice President Beth Stevens assumed the presidency of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) during the group's national conference in Chicago.

…The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that The Walt Disney Company received three gold awards for helping to reduce waste, in the areas of community involvement, organic reduction and reducing carbon monoxide emissions. In 2004, the Walt Disney Company was named the Program Champion in the "Very Large Business" category.

…The WateReuse Association, a national organization involved in advocacy, public health education and research, named the Walt Disney World Resort as "Reuse Customer of the Year." The resort was praised for using an average of more than five million gallons per day of reclaimed water and for promoting reclaimed water practices since the early 1990's.

…Greg Hale, chief safety officer and vice president of Safety, Accessibility and Advanced Technology for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, was among seven recipients nationally of the Distinguished Service to Safety Award from the National Safety Council (NSC), in recognition of initiatives that support and promote a corporate culture of safety.

…Rachel Hutter, currently working on the Expedition Everest attraction, was selected from 18,000 engineers nationwide to receive top honors from the National Society of Women Engineers for her work in the field of engineering.


The number of shrink-wrap designs for the "Wrap Your Coke" stations at Club Cool have themselves shrunk down to two, as many of the old designs did not provide sufficient brand identity. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.


Important safety tip: When wrapping your Coke, make sure to read the instructions carefully. Pay special attention to number 1, which states "Do not repeat the operation with the same bottle. The bottle may explode." Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Ears to the ground

…The Disney Dining Plan may be available for purchase by Disney Vacation Club members staying on points beginning in April. We'll report more information on this story as we get it.

…Reportedly, Christmas trees cut from the Walt Disney World forests are now available through the Walt Disney World Florist for your hotel room and/or shipping to your home.

…There's apparently a line developing behind the Narnia sets for Soundstage 4 at the Disney-MGM Studios. After the sets from the blockbuster-to-be vacate the space sometime this spring, preparation will begin for the appearance of sets from next summer's anticipated blockbuster, Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest. Word that we've received indicates that the attraction will be a walkthrough of movie villain Davy Jones' ship.

…We are hearing that waterproof water park gift certificates are now available. You can buy a gift mini-card – which comes with a strap to go around your wrist and is tracked with a bar code that will not wear off in the chlorinated water – and use that for your refreshment and souvenir purchases. This way, you can leave your wallet in your locker and just use the waterproof card for all of your purchases.


Don't keep it to yourself! Send us your news tips, rumors, and comments. Email Mark here.
Talk about Walt Disney World on our discussion forums here.

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 can still 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.
  • Country Bear Jamboree – closed January 3–7 for its return from the Christmas Special to its regular Jamboree show.
  • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin – will be closed January 4 – February 8 for refurbishment.
  • Splash Mountain – closed January 23 – 27 for refurbishment.
  • Timekeeper – open seasonally.
  • Cinderella's Surprise Celebration – reportedly returns after the 18-month “Happiest Celebration on Earth” festivities end.

Epcot

  • Norway's Stave Church – has now reopened.
  • Test Track – 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. It is now expected to open one final time from December 18 through the end of the year, then close for good.

Disney–MGM Studios

  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe movie sets – officially opened 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.
  • Tarzan Rocks – scheduled to close on January 21, 2006. Its rumored replacement is a show based upon Finding Nemo, which would debut in November 2006 after the Theater in the Wild gets a complete makeover. The stage, lighting and sound system will all be gutted and the theater will be completely enclosed, as with the Lion King theater in Camp Minnie-Mickey.

Resorts

  • All–Star Movies Resort – The Fantasia pool closed January 3 – early February for refurbishment. Guests can use the Mighty Ducks pool or take a complimentary shuttle service (10 a.m. – 10 p.m.) to the other All–Star resorts to use the pools there.
  • Wilderness Lodge – Roaring Forks Snacks closed January 9 – late March for refurbishment. Whispering Canyon Cafe and Artist Point will remain open, and grab-n-go items will be made available elsewhere during the refurbishment.
  • 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 partially-open during 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 the North Garden Wing to follow, 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, Construction on Phase III is underway, with the six units expected to open between June and December, 2006.

Water Parks

  • Blizzard Beach – Closed for its annual refurbishment through December 24.
  • Typhoon Lagoon – Closes for its annual refurbishment on December 25 and reopen on February 26, 2006.

Elsewhere

  • Cirque du Soleil – La Nouba – performs Tuesdays – Saturdays. No performances December 4–13. Additional performance December 18.

Park Events

Ongoing

  • Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights. Thru Jan. 8, 2006. Millions of lights bombard the eyes at the Disney-MGM Studios (link).
  • Festival of the Seasons. Thru Dec. 24. Downtown Disney celebrates the season (link).
  • Holidays Around the World. Thru Dec. 30. Epcot celebrates the season, including the popular Candlelight Processional (link).
  • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Dec. 13, 15, 16, 18, 20. Snow on Main Street, free hot cocoa and cookies. What's not to like? (link).

December 2005

  • 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).
  • World Baseball Classic. March 3-11. Baseball's best players from Australia, Domincan Republic, Italy and Venezuela square off in the first round of the international tournament (link).
  • National All Star Cheerleading Championship. March 10–13.
  • National Kidney Foundation of Florida Gift of Life 5K Run/Walk. March 19. The seventh annual event to raise money and promote organ and tissue donation awareness (link).

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. Sept. 1–4. The radio host's annual gathering returns for another 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).
  • Funai Classic at Walt Disney World. Oct. 16–22. Lucas Glover will try to defend his title at the 36th annual fall golf classic on the Palm and Magnolia courses (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 $59.95 most days now through December 22.

 
Standard View
Pool View
Bed & Breakfast Package
Sleep Number - Standard View
Sleep Number - Pool View
2005
     Through Dec 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 April 2006.

Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
 
12/12
12/13
12/14
12/15
12/16
12/17
 

MK 9a-8p
EF 9a-9:30p
EW 11a-9:30p
MGM 9a-8p
AK 9a-5p
BB closed
TL 10a-5p

MK 9a-6p
EF 9a-9:30p
EW 11a-9:30p
MGM 9a-8p
AK 9a-5p
BB closed
TL 10a-5p

MK 9a-8p
EF 9a-9:30p
EW 11a-9:30p
MGM 9a-8p
AK 9a-5p
BB closed
TL 10a-5p

MK 9a-6p
EF 9a-9:30p
EW 11a-9:30p
MGM 9a-8p
AK 9a-5p
BB closed
TL 10a-5p

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

MK 9a-12a
EF 9a-9:30p
EW 11a-9:30p
MGM 9a-8p
AK 9a-5p
BB closed
TL 10a-5p

12/18
12/19
12/20
12/21
12/22
12/23
12/24

MK 9a-6p
EF 9a-9:30p
EW 11a-9:30p
MGM 9a-8p
AK 9a-5p
BB closed
TL 10a-5p

MK 9a-10p
EF 9a-9:30p
EW 11a-9:30p
MGM 9a-8p
AK 9a-5p
BB closed
TL 10a-5p

MK 9a-6p
EF 9a-9:30p
EW 11a-9:30p
MGM 9a-8p
AK 9a-5p
BB closed
TL 10a-5p

MK 9a-9p
EF 9a-9:30p
EW 11a-9:30p
MGM 9a-8p
AK 9a-5p
BB closed
TL 10a-5p

MK 9a-9p
EF 9a-9:30p
EW 11a-9:30p
MGM 9a-8p
AK 9a-5p
BB closed
TL 10a-5p

MK 9a-9a
EF 9a-9:30p
EW 11a-9:30p
MGM 9a-8p
AK 9a-5p
BB closed
TL 10a-5p

MK 9a-11p
EF 9a-9:30p
EW 11a-9:30p
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 April 2006.

Theme Park Events

Magic Kingdom
Epcot World Showcase
Disney-MGM Studios
Animal Kingdom
Monday 12/12

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 7p

Wishes Fireworks 8p

Candlelight Processional - narrator Eartha Kitt 5p, 6:45p and 8:15p

Mickey's Tree Lighting Treat 6p

Illuminations 9:30p

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade 3:30p

Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights 6p-8p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade 3:45p

Tuesday 12/13

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 7p-12a

Candlelight Processional - narrator Lou Diamond Phillips 5p, 6:45p and 8:15p

Mickey's Tree Lighting Treat 6p

Illuminations 9:30p

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade 3:30p

Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights 6p-8p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade 3:45p

Wednesday 12/14

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 7p

Wishes Fireworks 8p

Candlelight Processional - narrator Lou Diamond Phillips 5p, 6:45p and 8:15p

Mickey's Tree Lighting Treat 6p

Illuminations 9:30p

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade 3:30p

Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights 6p-8p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade 3:45p

Thursday 12/15

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 7p-12a

Candlelight Processional - narrator Lou Diamond Phillips 5p, 6:45p and 8:15p

Mickey's Tree Lighting Treat 6p

Illuminations 9:30p

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade 3:30p

Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights 6p-8p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade 3:45p

Friday 12/16

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 7p-12a

Candlelight Processional - narrator Harry Hamlin 5p, 6:45p and 8:15p

Mickey's Tree Lighting Treat 6p

Illuminations 9:30p

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade 3:30p

Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights 6p-8p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade 3:45p

Saturday 12/17

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p, 11p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Candlelight Processional - narrator Harry Hamlin 5p, 6:45p and 8:15p

Mickey's Tree Lighting Treat 6p

Illuminations 9:30p

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade 3:30p

Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights 6p-8p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade 3:45p

Sunday 12/18

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 7p-12a

Candlelight Processional - narrator Harry Hamlin 5p, 6:45p and 8:15p

Mickey's Tree Lighting Treat 6p

Illuminations 9:30p

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade 3:30p

Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights 6p-8p

Fantasmic 7p, 8:30p

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade 3:45p

Monday 12/19

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 8p, 10p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Candlelight Processional - narrator Marlee Matlin 5p, 6:45p and 8:15p

Mickey's Tree Lighting Treat 6p

Illuminations 9:30p

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade 3:30p

Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights 6p-8p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade 3:45p

Tuesday 12/20

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 7p-12a

Candlelight Processional - narrator Marlee Matlin 5p, 6:45p and 8:15p

Mickey's Tree Lighting Treat 6p

Illuminations 9:30p

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade 3:30p

Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights 6p-8p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade 3:45p

Wednesday 12/21

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 8p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Candlelight Processional - narrator Marlee Matlin 5p, 6:45p and 8:15p

Mickey's Tree Lighting Treat 6p

Illuminations 9:30p

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade 3:30p

Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights 6p-8p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade 3:45p

Thursday 12/22

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 8p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Candlelight Processional - narrator Jim Caviezel 5p, 6:45p and 8:15p

Mickey's Tree Lighting Treat 6p

Illuminations 9:30p

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade 3:30p

Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights 6p-8p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade 3:45p

Friday 12/23

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 8p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Candlelight Processional - narrator Jim Caviezel 5p, 6:45p and 8:15p

Mickey's Tree Lighting Treat 6p

Illuminations 9:30p

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade 3:30p

Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights 6p-8p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade 3:45p

Saturday 12/24

Share a Dream Come True Parade 12:30p, 3:30p

SpectroMagic Parade 8p, 10:15p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Candlelight Processional - narrator Jim Caviezel 5p, 6:45p and 8:15p

Mickey's Tree Lighting Treat 6p

Illuminations 9:30p

Hollywood Holly-Day Parade 3:30p

Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights 6p-8p

Fantasmic 7p, 8:30p

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade 3:45p

Downtown Disney Entertainment

(Separate admission required)

Rock & Roll Beach Club
West End Stage
House of Blues
Monday 12/12

Leonard Brothers

 

 

Tuesday 12/13

Leonard Brothers

 

 

Wednesday 12/14

Leonard Brothers

 

Real Rock's Mistletoe Jam Masters of Horror Present Mudvayne with 10 Years, bloodsimple and Bobaflex (main room), $25 advance/$27.50 day of show; 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 12/15

The Big Idea

 

Pat Ramsey and The Blues Disciples (Blues Kitchen), free; 11 p.m.

Friday 12/16

The Big Idea

 

Static-X with Special Guests Ill Nino and Opiate For The Masses (main room), $19.50 advance/$22.50 day of show; 8 p.m.

Tommy McCoy & the Tuff-Tones (Blues Kitchen), free; 11 p.m.

Saturday 12/17

The Big Idea

 

Local Chronic with Come Apart, Ignid, Confused Little Girl, Asphalt (main room), $7 (ages 21+ free); 8 p.m.

Charlie Vega & The Blues Combo (Blues Kitchen), free; 11 p.m.

Sunday 12/18

The Big Idea

 

Evangelist Daniel James and The Revelation Chorale (gospel brunch), $30 adult, $15 child (3-9); 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m.

Monday 12/19

The Big Idea

 

 

Tuesday 12/20

The Big Idea

 

 

Wednesday 12/21

The Big Idea

 

 

Thursday 12/22

Frankie & the West End Boys

 

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

Friday 12/23

Frankie & the West End Boys

 

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



Talk about this article and more, on the MousePad community forums.


(Send an email to Mark Goldhaber)

Mark (@MPMark) is a veteran of dozens of trips to Walt Disney World starting in 1972, with a few Disneyland trips thrown in for good measure. As a Disney stockholder and a Disney Vacation Club member, Mark is always in touch with what's going on with The Mouse. Mark serves as MousePlanet's Walt Disney World content coordinator. Mark is a senior information technology manager working for the State of New York. He lives in the suburbs outside Albany, New York, with his wife and son.