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Update for January 17 – 22, 2006

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News and Views

Disney cancels Best Rate Program, reinstates former Annual Passholder discount program

What if you had a great idea, and your customers didn't like it? Well, if you're Walt Disney World and the idea is the Passholder Best Rate Program, you pull the program and bring back the program that it replaced.

Following an at-best lukewarm reaction to the Best Rate Program, Disney has returned to posting passholder discount codes with various prices for different times of the year. While there are some small changes, such as releasing multiple codes for shorter terms over a period of a couple of months concurrently, the program is basically the same as it was.

The Best Rate Program had promised passholders that they would be guaranteed to meet or beat the lowest publicly available rates for whichever time period that they had booked for, even if prices dropped after they made their reservation. However, there was confusion over what would be considered a publicly available rate, making those wanting to make reservations uncomfortable. In addition, some passholders discovered that a lower rate had been released for the second part of their trip, but since they had one reservation for the length of their stay, they were not eligible for the lower rate. On top of that, since reservations needed to be made at least 120 days in advance and modifying the reservation would incur a charge, they could not rework the reservation on two counts. Disney later dropped the requirement to 60 days, but that still didn't please passholders, many of whom preferred to take advantage of the old discount rates to make a last-minute decision to visit the resort for a spur-of-the-moment trip.

So kudos to Disney for recognizing that passholders generally plan their trips differently than those who visit less frequently and for changing the program back to what their customers wanted.

The new passholder discounts are currently available for check-ins through April 13. There is no longer a 60-day advance booking requirement. No change or cancellation fee will be charged if you make your modification more than five days before arrival. Reservations can be booked via the Passholder Web site (link) or by phone (the special number for passholders is available on the passholder site, or you should be able to use the general reservations number).

You can book up to three rooms per pass. According to Disney, passholders must present their valid adult pass at check-in. We have also heard that annual pass exchange vouchers may be accepted by front desk staff. If you book using these rates and do not have an annual pass, you will end up paying much more for your room. Additional per adult charges will apply if there are more than two adults (18 or older) per room. Advance reservations are required.

  • For reservations from now through February 4, use discount code BKE. Discounts are $30 off Value resorts, $60 off Moderate resorts and $96 off Deluxe resorts.
  • For reservations from February 5 through February 15, use discount code EZA. Discounts are $20 off Value Resorts, $40 off Moderate resorts and $70 off Deluxe resorts.
  • For reservations from February 16 through April 8, use discount code EZK. Discounts are $35 off Value resorts, $66 off Moderate resorts and $133 off Deluxe resorts.

Note: Passholders who already have a room booked through the Passholder Best Rate Program will not have their reservation affected by this change.

Thanks to MousePlanet sponsor Small World Vacations (link) for bringing this to our attention.

Everest holding cast previews this week, soft openings targeted for early February

Last Friday, Walt Disney Imagineering signed off on Expedition Everest and turned it over to Walt Disney World Operations. (Well, the official turnover didn't happen until 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, because they didn't want anything official to happen on Friday the 13th.) The attraction has passed its 72-hour test, and is ready to go.

Last week, the attraction hosted previews for Imagineers and contractors. Animal Kingdom cast members and Disney Partners in Excellence award recipients are riding today and tomorrow. Florida site cast members will get to ride Friday through next Monday. The first official general public riders will be next Thursday through Sunday, with the Disney Vacation Club members and Annual Passholders getting the first shot at the mountain.

The restricted area for the previews will run from the bathrooms in Asia all the way around to the far side of the Dinoland bridge. Only those attending the preview will be allowed in that area. A new viewing site on the peninsula across from the bathrooms is now open, with viewing tubes for a better look at the mountain.

The current target is to be open to day guests (soft opening, can close at any time or not open at all) by early February. It's not confirmed what date it will be, as there are a few small things to be ironed out yet, but if you are visiting in February, there's a good shot that you'll be able to get on.

We'll have photos and more information in a couple of weeks, following the DVC/AP sneak previews.

If you'll be there for the DVC/AP preview, or even if you'll just be in the park that day, join us for lunch on Saturday at 1:00 at Flame Tree Barbecue. Let us know that you're coming either on our MousePad discussion thread about the meet (link) or via email (link).

Pay-for-Fastpass rumor not true

There is a rumor wildly circulating on the Internet that Fastpasses may no longer be free at some point this year. This is not true. The rumor apparently started based on wording in the new Birnbaum's official guide to Walt Disney World. On page 25, it mentions that there is no charge for Fastpasses "at press time."

On the WDW Today podcast (link) last Wednesday, Len Testa reported that Bob Sehlinger of The Unofficial Guide had contacted the folks at Disney and Birnbaum's, who confirmed that it was a misprint, and that wording should have only applied to Disney's Magical Express. (We already expect Disney's Magical Express to begin charging a fee starting after the 18-month pilot program concludes at the end of October.) So stand down from red alert, folks.

Radisson Resort Orlando-Celebration announces exclusive Disney Fan Rate specials

The Radisson Resort Orlando-Celebration (formerly the Radisson Resort Parkway), a MousePlanet sponsor, has announced special exclusive rates for MousePlanet readers through the end of February. These rates are lower than those that you'll receive through Hotels.com, Expedia.com, Orbitz.com, Radisson.com, or anywhere else on the Internet.

The rates are as follows:

Now through January 18 - $65.00
January 19 - February 2 - $85.00 weekdays / $95.00 weekends
February 3-9 - $95.00
February 10-26 - $105.00 weekdays / $115.00 weekends (EXCEPTION: 2/16 - 2/21 at $135.00 due to Daytona 500 Race)

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

Tarzan Rocks limps into retirement

As the Tarzan Rocks show enters its final week at Disney's Animal Kingdom, the show has already drastically modified one portion of the show following an accident last week. Last Tuesday, during the portion of the show where Tarzan is "flying" on the "vine" prior to picking up Jane and flying with her, the lift mechanism reportedly failed, sending the actor portraying Tarzan crashing down approximately 20 feet, landing on his back on the corner of the stage risers at the feet of the musicians, his arms still wrapped around the straps. He stood up and exited the stage under his own power, and the show was immediately cancelled.

Thankfully, we have heard that while the actor was "bruised up," he was otherwise fine. The "flying" portion of the show has been replaced by a shorter sequence where Tarzan and Jane "look to the horizon on both sides of the stage, Tarzan carries Jane on his shoulder briefly, and Jane does a short spinning stunt on a rope, with Tarzan spinning the rope."

With the show's final performance on January 21, it doesn't really make much sense to repair the mechanism, especially since the theater will be completely renovated and enclosed before the next production debuts late this year. Still, it's a shame that the production won't be able to hold its closing performances with the complete show.

Thanks for MousePad readers mtnbearcolorado and NitroStitch for the first-hand reports on our discussion forums (link).

ESPN The Weekend: The Preview

ESPN, Disney's sports cable network, returns to the Disney-MGM Studios for the third year with ESPN The Weekend on March 3-5. The event will feature at least two live telecasts each day from a set in front of the Sorcerer's Hat, including a season preview edition of Baseball Tonight, SportsCenter and Cold Pizza. ESPN Radio shows will also be broadcast live on Friday, March 3, including Mike and Mike in the Morning, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, the Dan Patrick Show and SportsBash with Eric Kuselias. The next day will also feature a broadcast of a specal edition of The Baseball Show radio program.

Other events include special sports editions of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire-Play It, where guests will partner with an ESPN personality or sports star and periodic motorcades down Hollywood Boulevard where sports stars will be driven up to the Sorcerer's Hat stage for conversations with the ESPN anchors and Q&A sessions with park guests.

A visit from ESPN The Truck will allow fans to see some of the technology involved in putting together a broadcast. One kiosk on the truck will contain a replica SportsCenter desk, where fans can try their hand at being an anchor or play-by-play caller and take home their "Keep it Reel" audition DVD. Other kiosks include a photo shoot for a simulated ESPN The Magazine cover, a video games station and a location where fans can choose to watch to any of a menu of ESPN video sources.

Romance to be the theme of this year's Flower & Garden Festival

Details are beginning to emerge regarding the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival for 2006. The theme for the 13th annual event will be romance, featuring Donald and Daisy topiaries cruising through a floral tunnel of love, topiaries of Cinderella and Prince Charming "waltzing" amid blossoms and greenery and other Disney character topiaries based on happily-ever-after stories.

The seven-week event, to be held April 21 – June 11, will feature 30 million blooms, specially designed floral beds, bonsai trees, rose gardens and plenty of Disney character topiaries. There will also be, as always, a number of special events and exhibits.

Minnie's Magnificent Butterfly Garden will return for a second year. The popular Great American Gardeners and Disney Gardening at Home series both return, as well. Kids' activities will include Tinker Bell's Fairy Garden and character meet and greets. The "see and sniff" Fragrance Garden at the France pavilion will display flowers used in several perfumes. Festival merchandise sales, guest speakers and demonstrations will again take place at the Festival Center. Themed weekends will include the I Dig Bugs weekend, the Art in the Garden weekend and the Mother's Day weekend, among others.

The schedule of Flower Power concerts is also now available, thanks to Steve Soares' great Walt Disney World Live Entertainment web site (link):

  • The Nelsons (April 21-24)
  • The Buckinghams (April 25-27)
  • Gary Puckett (April 28-May 1)
  • The Grass Roots starring Rob Grill (May 2-4)
  • Paul Revere & The Raiders (May 5-8)
  • The Association (May 9-11)
  • Davy Jones (May 12-15)
  • The Tokens (May 16-18)
  • B.J. Thomas (May 19-22)
  • Felix Cavaliere's Rascals (May 23-25)
  • The Guess Who (May 26-29)
  • Tony Orlando (May 30-June 1)
  • Arlo Guthrie (June 2-5)
  • The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie (June 6-7)
  • Herman's Hermits Starring Peter Noone (June 8-11)

Grad Nite events announced

Disney Grad Nites (link) is scheduled for April 28-29 and May 5-6. On those nights, following an early close, the Magic Kingdom will be filled with partying high school seniors. The evenings will begin with "Blast-Off Parties" in two locations. One will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in DinoLand U.S.A at Disney's Animal Kingdom, while the other will take place in the Magic Kingdom from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

After the parties are done, Grad Nite will begin in earnest, running through the night. In addition to access to the Magic Kingdom attractions, events include live DJs, a "Riverboat Glow Cruise & Dance Party," an "All-Suds Foam Dance Zone," special decor and fireworks, a karaoke party, free arcade games and live concerts.

The live entertainment for the first weekend will feature headliner Fall Out Boy, as well as Frankie J, Omarion, Teddy Geiger and Fefe Dobson. The second weekend, Simple Plan will take over as headliner, while the rest of the acts will return.

Ears to the ground

…Thanks to Matt Hochberg at MGMStudios.org (link), we now know the dates of the 2006 Star Wars Weekends. They will be held May 19-21 and 26-28, and June 2-4 and 9-11. Last year, Disney added two weekends due to high demand. It is unknown what the likelihood is of a repeat of the extension.

…The Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue and the Spirit of Aloha Polynesian Revue are shrinking their advance booking window from one year to 180 days. No official word on the effective date yet, but we're hearing that December 31, 2006 is the cut-off and can still be booked now, and that January 1, 2007 will not become available for reservations until July 5, 2006. Again, however, that has not yet been confirmed.

…There are a number of rumors circulating on the Internet that there will be a new character breakfast at the Disney-MGM Studios. While not yet confirmed, the indicators cited by the rumors would seem to be strong enough to indicate that there will be a Toy Story-themed breakfast held at the Hollywood & Vine buffet restaurant in the near future. This would mark the return of a character breakfast to the location after almost three years.


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Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Magic Kingdom

  • Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress – has been returned to the list of "seasonal" attractions, so its open status may change at any time.
  • Liberty Square Riverboat – is not operating due to refurbishment through April 1, 2006.
  • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin – will be closed through February 8 for refurbishment.
  • Splash Mountain – will be closed January 23 – 27 for refurbishment.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean – is expected to close from May through mid-September for the addition of characters from the movie that was inspired by the ride.
  • Timekeeper – open seasonally.
  • Cinderella's Surprise Celebration – reportedly returns after the 18-month “Happiest Celebration on Earth” festivities end.

Epcot

  • Test Track – will be closed for refurbishment through February 14, 2006.
  • The Wonders of Life pavilion – has closed again following its holiday 2005 season run, and is thought to be closed for good.

Disney–MGM Studios

  • 50s Prime Time Cafe – will be closed for refurbishment through January 28, 2006

Animal Kingdom

  • Expedition Everest – is scheduled to open in Spring 2006. The official opening press event is scheduled for April 7, just before the peak season of the two weeks surrounding Easter. DVC, Annual Passholder and Cast Member previews are January 26-29. The attraction passed its 72-hour test and was turned over from Walt Disney Imagineering to Walt Disney World Operations just after midnight on Saturday, January 14. (They wanted to wait until it was no longer Friday the 13th.). The attraction should be ready for the general public in early February, so look for soft openings to begin in that time frame.
  • 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 will be closed through 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 will be closed through late March for refurbishment. Whispering Canyon Cafe and Artist Point will remain open, and grab-and-go items will be made available elsewhere during the refurbishment.
  • Grand Floridian Resort and Spa - The 24-hour pool (including the children's pool and hot tub) are closed for refurbishment for an undetermined length of time. During the closure, the themed pool and slide will remain open during its normal operating hours.
  • 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 October, 2006.
  • 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

  • Typhoon Lagoon – Closed for its annual refurbishment through February 25, 2006.

Elsewhere

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

Park Events

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). February 17 ? March 29.
  • 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).
  • Grad Nite. April 28-29, May 5-6. High school seniors take over the Magic Kingdom after an early closing and party all night (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.
  • Epcot Teddy Bear and Doll Weekend. May 18–21. Collectible bears and dolls at Epcot (link).
  • Star Wars Weekends. May 19-21 and 26-28, and June 2-4 and 9-11. The popular event is slated to return to the Studios in 2006 (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

  • Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Dates TBA. Get your costumes ready. The Disney characters will certainly be wearing theirs. (link).
  • Disney's Race for the Taste 10K. Oct. 8. The annual Disney 10K race continues its association with the Epcot Food & Wine Festival (link).
  • ABC Super Soap Weekend. Dates TBA. Your favorite ABC soap opera starts converge on the Disney-MGM Studios (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).

November-December 2006

  • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Dates TBA. Snow on Main Street, free hot cocoa and cookies. What's not to like? (link).

December 2006

  • 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 2007

  • Walt Disney World Half-Marathon. Jan. 6. Registration now open (link). [Read our WDW Marathon Guide.]
  • Walt Disney World Marathon. Jan. 5. Registration now open (link).

Current Discounts & Promotions

Passholder Best Rate Program gone, regular passholder discounts return

The Passholder Best Rate program apparently received a cold reception from annual passholders that like to plan their trips on the spur of the moment. The program has been discontinued and been replaced by straight discounts available up until the last minute. Passholders can see discounts for multiple months in advance on the passholder web site (link). Currently, discounts are available through April 8.

Radisson announces exclusive Disney Fan Rate specials

The Radisson Resort Orlando-Celebration (formerly the Radisson Resort Parkway), a MousePlanet sponsor, has announced special exclusive rates for MousePlanet readers through the end of February. These rates are lower than those that you'll receive through Hotels.com, Expedia.com, Orbitz.com, Radisson.com, or anywhere else on the Internet.

The rates are as follows:

Now through January 18 - $65.00
January 19 - February 2 - $85.00 weekdays / $95.00 weekends
February 3-9 - $95.00
February 10-26 - $105.00 weekdays / $115.00 weekends (EXCEPTION: 2/16 - 2/21 at $135.00 due to Daytona 500 Race)

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

Radisson Resort Orlando-Celebration releases rates through the end of 2006

The Radisson Resort Parkway is now the Radisson Resort Orlando-Celebration! The resort, a MousePlanet sponsor, has announced their standard rates through the end of 2006. Note that the nightly rates do not include a $7 per night resort fee.

 
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Bed & Breakfast Package
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Sleep Number - Pool View
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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)
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$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.

Magic Your Way ticket price guide

Walt Disney World's entire ticket price structure changed as of January 2, 2005, to the new “Magic Your Way” passes, and prices increased on January 1, 2006.. Advance purchase discounts are only available on tickets above the base ticket of at least 4 days, with higher discounts on those tickets with both options.

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 $63 / $52 $125 / $103 $181 / $149 $195 / $160 $199 / $162 $202 / $164 $204 / $165 $206 / $167 $208 / $169 $210 / $171
w/ Park Hopper option $103 / $92 $165 / $143 $221 / $189 $235 / $200 $239 / $202 $242 / $204 $244 / $205 $246 / $207 $248 / $209 $250 / $211
w/ Water Park Fun & More option $113 / $102 $175 / $153 $231 / $199 $245 / $210 $249 / $212 $252 / $214 $254 / $215 $256 / $217 $258 / $219 $260 / $221
  (plus 3) (plus 3) (plus 3) (plus 4) (plus 4) (plus 5) (plus 6) (plus 6) (plus 6) (plus 6)
w/ both options $153 / $142 $215 / $193 $271 / $239 $285 / $250 $289 / $252 $292 / $254 $294 / $255 $296 / $257 $298 / $259 $300 / $261
w/ both options, no Expiration N/A $225 / $203 $281 / $249 $305 / $270 $329 / $292 $342 / $304 $359 / $320 $406 / $367 $428 / $389 $435 / $396
Advance Purchase Discount - 1 option N/A N/A N/A $2/$2 $5/$3 $7/$4 $8/$4 $8/$4 $8/$4 $8/$4
Advance Purchase Discount - 2 options N/A N/A N/A $12/$10 $15/$11 $17/$12 $18/$12 $18/$12 $18/$12 $18/$12

Park Hours

Hours and entertainment schedules are currently available through July 2006.

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AK 9a-5p
BB 10a-5p
TL closed

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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 July 2006.

Theme Park Events

Magic Kingdom
Epcot World Showcase
Disney-MGM Studios
Animal Kingdom
Monday 1/16

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 7p

Wishes Fireworks 8p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Tuesday 1/17

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Wishes Fireworks 8p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Wednesday 1/18

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Wishes Fireworks 8p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Thursday 1/19

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 7p

Wishes Fireworks 8p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Friday 1/20

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Wishes Fireworks 8p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Saturday 1/21

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 8p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Sunday 1/22

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Wishes Fireworks 8p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Monday 1/23

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 7p

Wishes Fireworks 8p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Tuesday 1/24

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Wishes Fireworks 8p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Wednesday 1/25

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Wishes Fireworks 8p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Thursday 1/26

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 7p

Wishes Fireworks 8p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Friday 1/27

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

Wishes Fireworks 8p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Saturday 1/28

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 8p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3:30p

Fantasmic 7p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Downtown Disney Entertainment

(Separate admission required)

Rock & Roll Beach Club
House of Blues
Monday 1/16

Stormbringer

 

Tuesday 1/17

Leonard Brothers

 

Wednesday 1/18

Leonard Brothers

 

Thursday 1/19

Stormbringer

 

Friday 1/20

Stormbringer

Bill Wharton "Sauce Boss" (Blues Kitchen), free; 11 p.m.

Saturday 1/21

Stormbringer

Bill Wharton "Sauce Boss" (Blues Kitchen), free; 11 p.m.

Sunday 1/22

Stormbringer

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

Susan Tedeschi with Elliot Morris (main room), $17.50 advance/$19.50 day of show; 7:30 p.m.

Monday 1/23

Stormbringer

 

Tuesday 1/24

Stormbringer

 

Wednesday 1/25

The Big Idea

 

Thursday 1/26

The Big Idea

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

Friday 1/27

Harrydash

Big League Productions Presents: Puerto Rican Latin Concert featuring Tony Tun Tun, Grupo Mania, Tito Rojas y su orquesta, El Cano Estremera y su orquesta, Residente Calle 13, Voltio & Wibel and Alex (main room), $45; 6 p.m.

Eddie Kirkland (Blues Kitchen), free; 11 p.m.



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