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Update for June 12 – 18, 2006

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"Year of a Million Dreams" to follow "Happiest Celebration" with new attractions, opportunities and surprises

At a press event last Wednesday night attended by MousePlanet's Mike Scopa (link), Walt Disney Parks & Resorts announced the new marketing theme that will begin at the conclusion of the "Happiest Celebration on Earth" campaign. At the same time, they confirmed that the "Happiest Celebration" would end September 30. Beginning October 1, the new theme will be the "Year of a Million Dreams" and the parks will be branded as "Where Dreams Come True."

During the celebration, according to a Disney press release, "Disney cast members will award a million dreams -- both large and small, including many 'money-can't-buy' experiences -- to guests selected through a random process as part of a unique "Disney Dreams Giveaway" promotion."

The marquee promotion at Walt Disney World for the event is a day of royal treatment, followed by a night spent in "Cinderella's Royal Bedchamber," a room to be constructed inside Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom. (The Disneyland version will be special "Mickey Mouse Penthouse" accommodations at the Disneyland Hotel.)

Other dreams to be given away will include traveling to each Disney resort around the world to serve as grand marshal in a Disney parade, admission to special parties and other events at the U.S. parks, private meetings with characters and a Golden Fastpass ticket. Ride Pirates of the Caribbean with real pirates. Get invited to a gala ball. Special entertainment and programs will also be in place at the parks and resorts, themed to entertain would-be Disney Princesses, pirates, adventurers and space explorers.

New attractions will debut during the year, all of which have already been mentioned here. The Seas with Nemo & Friends opens at Epcot's Living Seas pavilion later this year, as will Finding Nemo – The Musical at Disney's Animal Kingdom. In a confirmation of rumors reported here a while back, early 2007 will see the opening of "The Laugh Floor Comedy Club" in the Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland. Other attractions will debut new or alternate versions at Disneyland.

Another intriguing part of the announcement states that "[g]uests will be able to customize their visit to a Disney park to pursue the 'Dream Track' of their choice with on-line planning tools and in-park technology to help them become the hero or princess they've always dreamed of being." No further details were given on this aspect of the program.

Beginning some time in January, one family per night will be selected to stay in Cinderella's Royal Bedchamber, ten stories up in Cinderella Castle. The room was originally planned as a Disney family apartment. It was not completed during the construction of Walt Disney World and, after the death of Walt's brother Roy O. Disney just month's after the resort's opening, was left unfinished; just a shell without even drywall. Since then, it has been used as a location for switchboard operators and a changing room for performers in castle forecourt shows, among other purposes. Designers are still working out how to turn it into a room fit for a princess, leading to the January start date for that particular aspect of the promotion.

Winners for each of the dreams to be granted will reportedly be selected at random anywhere on Disney property through a system being developed by consultants.

The campaign debuts at a new web site, accessible at both mydisneyparks.com and wheredreamscometrue.com (link).


This fountain at Epcot's Morocco pavilion is undergoing some refurbishment. Photo by Brian Warneke.

"Keys to the Magic Kingdom" sweepstakes kicks off "Year" with one dream and a minor slip-up

"For the first time ever, to launch Disney's 'Year of a Million Dreams' celebration, one lucky guest and family will receive a once-in-a-lifetime dream come true as they get the Magic Kingdom park all to themselves." So says the press release from Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. To kick off the new marketing campaign, Disney will be giving away a four-day, three-night trip to Walt Disney World, including the chance to have the Magic Kingdom to yourself.

The winning family will enter a red-carpeted Magic Kingdom lined with cast members wishing them well, followed by a VIP tour of the park to see favorite attractions and characters. The general public will be allowed into each land as the family finishes their stay there. The family will serve as grand marshals of that afternoon's Dreams Come True parade and have a special private viewing location for that night's Wishes fireworks. You can enter the "Keys to the Magic Kingdom" sweepstakes online at mydisneyparks.com (link).

There's just one problem, though. While the press release announcing the sweepstakes says "The winning family will enjoy their VIP visit to Magic Kingdom in October, early in the year-long celebration," indicating a somewhat open date, the official rules on the sweepstakes site paint a slightly different picture. The sweepstakes web site says that the "[t]rip will be fulfilled on October 1-4, 2006 at the Walt Disney World® Resort, during The Year of a Million Dreams celebration." In the sweepstakes rules and regulations, it states that the Grand Prize is "a four (4) day/ three (3) night vacation trip for four (4) persons to the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida, commencing October 1, 2006 ("Trip")" and states that one of the conditions under which an alternate winner may be selected is "potential winner's failure to be available to make the Trip". So the grand prize trip can only be taken on October 1-4, and if they grand prize winner can't make the trip on those dates, they can't receive the prize.

So what's wrong with that? Just rearrange your schedule, right? Well, not if you're Jewish. You see, Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, runs from sundown on October 1 through sundown on October 2. It is a day of fasting, repentance and prayer, and is the one day of the year that even mildly-observant Jews attend their temple or synagogue. By mandating that the trip must be taken October 1-4, Disney is effectively elminating Jews from the sweepstakes. We have brought this to Disney's attention, and they are looking into the matter. We are expecting an official response in the next couple of days and will update this story when we get an answer, as well as running the response next week.

The mandated dates are most likely designed to coincide with Disney's annual fall press event (which also is unfriendly to Jews, but we're letting that pass for now). This way, the winning family can experience their exclusive access to the park with the international media looking on, and their joy at experiencing the prize can be documented by the press to act as a springboard for the marketing campaign's opening media blitz.

Unfortunately, somebody in the marketing department did not look at their calendar, and nobody checking it up the line noticed the conflict. Or perhaps they noticed it but felt that sticking with the October 1 anniversary of the resort's opening as the traditional date for the press event was more important that accommodating a religious minority of millions of people, 1.3-2 percent of the nation's population depending on the source. In either case, the powers that be are now aware of the conflict, and we'll let you know how they decide to handle it.

Update, June 16: We have received confirmation from Walt Disney World that, despite the fact that the sweepstakes appear to mandate that the prize must be taken October 1-4, "the dates for the [prize] could become flexible should the need arise."

Tropical Storm Alberto heads for Central Florida, may help put out brush fires

After a quiet first week and a half, hurricane season now has its first named storm. Tropical Depression One became Tropical Storm Alberto yesterday, moving slowly through the Gulf of Mexico toward northern and central Florida. The storm is very disorganized, leading forecasters to predict that it will not reach hurricane strength, and that it even has a strong likelihood of falling below tropical storm strength before it makes landfall. At press time, there was about a 35 percent chance of tropical storm force winds hitting the Orlando area, most likely on Tuesday. It's likely that the storm will not force the theme parks to close, though many attractions and outdoor vending locations may be closed.

While the storm may not be strong enough to close the parks and will merely cause inconvenience to resort guests, it will be welcomed with open arms by firefighters, who have been battling brush fires across the state for the past few weeks. With rain already drenching the area, the total of 4 inches that is expected should greatly assist efforts to contain and put out a 120-acre fire near Walt Disney World and another in Volusia County. That help should be short-lived, though, as the storm is the only rain forecast in the next week, and the rest of June is expected to be on the dry side.

The wildfire near Walt Disney World has shut down portions of U.S. 192 and S.R. 429 due to poor visibility due to smoke. The fire has been burning in an area bounded by U.S. 192 on the north, S.R. 429 on the east, Funie Steed Road on the south and Secret Lake Drive on the west. The traffic halt has cut off some tourists from the theme parks. Fire officials are hoping that the fire will burn itself out within the next few days, faster if the storm helps out.


Freshly painted blue roofs are visible above the tarps at the rear of the Japan pavilion at Epcot. Photo by Brian Warneke.

Bonnet Creek Resort announces yet another hotel

Following quickly on the heels of the May 31 announcement by Hilton that it was constructing a 1,000-room Hilton and a 500-room Waldorf-Astoria at the Bonnet Creek Resort – that land-locked, 482-acre parcel bounded by I-4, Buena Vista Drive, the Caribbean Beach Resort and the Osceola Parkway – Wyndham Resorts announced last week that it will also break ground later this year on a 400-room hotel. The new hotel is expected to open in early 2009, a few months before the Hilton hotels.

The Spanish Mediterranean-themed Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Hotel and Spa at Bonnet Creek Resort will include a two-level, 14,000-square-foot spa, a full-service restaurant, a cafe, a lobby bar, a pool, and meeting and conference space.

Twenty percent of the rooms will be oversized, designed to accommodate families of up to six people. All rooms are currently planned to include high-speed Internet service, flat-panel televisions, refrigerators, microwave ovens, coffeemakers and round tables for dining, games or work.

The new hotel will be part of of the Fairfield Resorts timeshare complex, which is thus far the only resort open on the Bonnet Creek property. Fairfield Resorts is owned by Wyndham, which is in turn owned by (but may soon be spun off by) Cendant Corp.

The Fairfield resort will eventually grow to 1,594 units, the maximum that the property is zoned for. Together with the 1,500 rooms at the two Hilton properties, the new Wyndham hotel makes a total of 1,900 hotel rooms. The property is zoned for 2,400 hotel rooms, so it's likely that there is still one more announcement for a 500-room hotel to come from Bonnet Creek.

Passholder and Florida resident rates for August announced

New Passholder and Florida resident discounts were announced for the month of August, following the earlier release of very limited discounts for July. The new rates are available at all resorts.

From August 5-26, the discounts are $25 per night off Value resorts, $50 per night off Moderate resorts and $75 per night off Deluxe and Disney Vacation Club resorts. Passholders should use promotional code EZX or EZY, while Florida residents should reference code FAA or FAC.

To receive the discount, you can either make your reservations through the Passholder or Florida resident Web sites, through travel agents or by calling the special Passholder or Florida resident phone numbers (available at the respective Web sites).

At check-in, Passholders will be required to show an annual pass or exchange voucher, and Florida residents will be required to show proof of Florida residency.

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Golden Dream returns to its berth in World Showcase Lagoon

Golden Dream, the replica of a Virginia sloop that sat behind the America Gardens Theater for many years, was taken offstage after it was severely damaged by Hurricane Charley back in 2004. A small rededication ceremony was held last Monday as the rebuilt ship was returned to World Showcase Lagoon. Epcot Vice President Brad Rex presided over the short ceremony that featured a performance of the song "Golden Dream" by the Voices of Liberty. The song, from the finale of the American Adventure Audio-Animatronic show, was the inspiration for the name of the ship. The ceremony also thanked American Adventure cast member Lonnie Hicks, who asked that the ship's return to its location not go without being marked by a ceremony.

The ship briefly sailed around the World Showcase Lagoon before tying up back at the location behind the theater where it sat since the theater was enclosed in the early '90s.


A portion of the front of the American Adventure in Epcot is blocked by construction walls. Photo by Brian Warneke.


Guests are being directed to enter the attraction through the exit, rather than the rotunda. However, the Voices of Liberty still perform in the rotunda. Photo by Brian Warneke.


The work zone is to repair the columns in the front of the building. Photo by Brian Warneke.

"Business casual" restaurant requirements

We've received a number of emails and posts on our discussion forums recently about the dress code now being enforced at several restaurants on Disney property. Guests are being caught unaware that this policy is now in place. As a public service, here are the rules and locations. Artist Point, California Grill, Citricos, Flying Fish, Jiko: The Cooking Place, Narcoossee's and Yachtsman Steakhouse all require "business casual" attire.

Business casual is defined as follows: Men: Dress slacks, jeans, trousers, or dress shorts, short or long-sleeved shirt with a collar required. Jackets are optional. Ladies: Jeans, skirts, or dress shorts with blouse or sweater, or a dress required. Not permitted in dining room: tank tops, swimming suits or swim suit cover ups, t-shirts, hats for gentleman, cut offs, or torn clothing of any kind.

Victoria and Albert's continues their existing dress code. Dinner jacket is required for gentlemen (tie optional) and dress or pants ensemble for ladies.

Turf Club update

As we reported back in November, the Turf Club at the Saratoga Springs Resort is undergonig renovations into a 140-seat indoor/outdoor table-service dining location to be called the Turf Club Bar & Grill, and will be open this summer. The enhancement is being undertaken to address complaints that the high-end hotel property did not have a full-service restaurant.

Some menu items, such as Buffalo chicken strips, a burger with smoked cheddar cheese and a grilled salmon BLT on olive bread, are available now in the Turf Club Lounge. When the restaurant itself reopens, most menu items will no longer be offered in the lounge, and will only be available in the restaurant itself. Lighter fare, such as a cheese plate and crisp breads with dips will still be available in the lounge. Other items will not make their debut until the Turf Club reopens, including fried calamari, baked onion soup and a chocolate-hazelnut souffle.


The Viking ship at Epcot's Norway pavilion is once again open, but only as a photo spot. Alas, the popular playground aboard the ship is no more. Photo by Brian Warneke.

Vero Beach Resort news

A popular science program has returned to Disney's Vero Beach Resort, and two popular programs from Walt Disney World are making their first appearances there.

The long-running Sea Turtle Programs have returned to the DVC resort for the season. Presented in conjunction with the Caribbean Conservation Corporation (CCC), the turtle walk experience will take place on Monday evenings through July. Participants may sign up for a field trip to the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, seven miles north of the Resort, following a presentation by a CCC staff biologist.

Continuing with the animal theme, Walt Disney World's popular Dining with Animal Programs experience has launched a limited run at Vero Beach on Wednesdays through July from 5-7 p.m. Up to 20-25 guests will enjoy dinner at Sonya's with cast members from Disney's Animal Programs, who will discuss Disney's animal research, Mount Everest and more. The program runs $65 plus tax per person. $10 of that cost goes to the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund. You can make a reservation by calling 772-234-2180.

Another program migrating to the Vero Beach Resort from Walt Disney World is the Disney Dining Experience. The DDE card, which is available to Florida residents for $85 per year and Annual or Seasonal Passholders for $60, will now get a 20 percent discount for the cardholder and up to nine other people at Sonya's Shutters and The Green Cabin Room at the resort.

Note that the Disney Dining Experience is a separate program from the Disney Dining Plan, which isn't available at Disney's Vero Beach Resort.

Cars also premieres at sea

Cruisers aboard the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder didn't have to miss out on the premiere of Cars even though they were at sea. Both ships showed the movie just after midnight on June 9, opening day, with two other showings later in the day for those who didn't want to (or couldn't) stay up that late.

Pixar animator Bobby Podesta, who worked on the film, is aboard the Disney Magic on the cruise that left on Saturday, June 10. He will give guest presentations and introduce a showing of the film.

Guests on both ships will receive commemorative buttons and trading cards for two weeks following the film's release.

No word yet on whether similar festivities will take place when Pirates of the Caribbean opens next month, but it's a good bet that something special will indeed take place.


The aeroponics greenhouse at The Land pavilion in Epcot's Future World now features Hidden Stitches amongst the rosemary.. Photo by Brian Warneke.

Quick takes …

…After a one-week delay, the All-Star Family Suites reportedly were to open yesterday at the All-Star Music Resort.

…It appears that work may finally be beginning on a new post-show for Siemens-sponsored Spaceship Earth.

…They were again pilot testing the "one-finger" biometric system at some of the Magic Kingdom entry gates last week. No word on a resort-wide rollout yet.

…Concept art for some of the enhancements to the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction have shown up at TellNoTales.com (link).

…Long popular at the Fort Wilderness and Port Orleans Resorts, horse-drawn carriage rides are now being offered at the Saratoga Springs Resort. The 25-minute rides accommodate four adults or two adults and three children, and cost $35.

…Add two more acts for the Eat to the Beat concert series this fall. Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes will be performing November 7–8 and Gloria Gaynor will sing October 12–14.


Coming soon

  • Sounds Like Summer Concert Series at Epcot's America Gardens Theater, concerts by "tribute" bands
    • Transit Authority (Chicago), June 12–18
    • Hotel California (Eagles), June 19 – July 1
    • 52nd Street (Billy Joel), July 2–14
    • Draw The Line (Aerosmith), July 15–21
    • Bjorn Again (ABBA), July 22 – August 6
    • [or Parrots of the Caribbean (Jimmy Buffet), July 31 – August 6]
    • Transit Authority (Chicago), August 7–13
  • July 1?8, DVC members may not pool-hop on these dates

Trivia question of the week

What does the auctioneer in the soon-to-reopen Pirates of the Caribbean have in common with the Ghost Host at the Haunted Mansion, the Pillsbury Doughboy, and even Toucan Sam?

(Answer will be posted next week.)

Answer to last week's question: The American Adventure is the only pavilion is Epcot's World Showcase that does not have a table service restaurant.


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Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Magic Kingdom

  • Pirates of the Caribbean – is closed through July 1 for the addition of characters from the movie that was inspired by the ride.
  • Liberty Square Riverboat – is not operating due to refurbishment, and will return to service on September 22.
  • Mad Tea Party – will be closed for refurbishment August 21–22.
  • Timekeeper – is closed for good.
  • Cinderella's Surprise Celebration – reportedly returns at the beginning of November, following the final performance of Cinderellabration.

Epcot

  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends – will open this fall in The Living Seas.
  • The Wonders of Life pavilion – is closed for good.

Disney–MGM Studios

  • Fantasmic – will not be performed November 1–8.

Animal Kingdom

  • Finding Nemo – The Musical – will open in the Theater in the Wild late this year.

Resorts

  • All-Star Music Resort – Conversion of the Jazz Inn buildings to Family Suites continues. Building 2 is in process, and building 9 will be next, followed by rooms in the Calypso section. All work is expected to be completed by October 13.
  • 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 this summer.
  • Contemporary Resort – Work on the tower building is now complete, while the complete refurbishment and upgrading of rooms and hallways in the South Garden Wing continues, and is now expected to be completed this summer. No word on what is happening with the North Garden Wing.
  • Wilderness Lodge – Work is now underway on the replacement of furniture in all rooms, which is expected to be completed this summer.
  • 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 be completed in 2007. Also, the Turf Club is being expanded into the Turf Club Bar & Grill, to be a table-service eatery opening this summer.

Water Parks

  • Blizzard Beach – Will close for annual refurbishment October 29, and will reopen some time in January.
  • Typhoon Lagoon – Will close for annual refurbishment when work on Blizzard Beach is complete, and will reopen some time in February or March 2007.

Elsewhere

  • Cirque du Soleil – La Nouba – performs Tuesdays – Saturdays. Also, no performances July 30 – August 1 and September 17–25.

Park Events

July 2006

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training Camp at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex (link). July 29 – August 17. The NFC South champions prepare for the 2006 campaign, with practices open to the public.

September 2006

  • Tom Joyner Family Reunion. Sept. 1–4. The radio host's annual gathering returns for another year (link).
  • Night of Joy. Sept. 8–9. Disney's annual Christian music festival (link).
  • Disney's Pin Celebration. Sept. 8–10. This year's event is themed as "It All Started With … Walt" (link).
  • Walt Disney World Triathlon. Sept. 24. Athletes compete in a 1.5K swim, a 40K bike ride, and a 10K run (link).
  • Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Sept. 15, 22, 29, Oct. 2, 5, 6, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 20, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31. Get your costumes ready. The Disney characters will certainly be wearing theirs. (link).
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Sept. 29 – Nov. 12. The 11th 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).
  • Disney Pin Cruise. Oct. 29 – Nov. 2. This year's cruise is themed as "Cruisin' Through Time" (link).

November-December 2006

  • Festival of the Masters. Nov. 10–12. Disney's annual arts festival at Downtown Disney's West Side, now sponsored by Sharpie! (link).
  • ABC Super Soap Weekend. Nov. 11–12. Your favorite ABC soap opera stars converge on the Disney-MGM Studios (link).
  • Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights. Nov. 13 – Jan. 7, 2007. Jennings Osborne's amazing display returns to the Studios (link).
  • Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade. Dates TBA. The Animal Kingdom Parade trades its Jammin' for Jingle in this holiday makeover (link).
  • Holidays Around the World. Nov. 24 – Dec. 30. Epcot's World Showcase gets storytellers, special entertainment and crafts for kids, the Lights of Winter and a spectacular Christmas tree (link).
  • Festival of the Seasons. Dates TBA. Downtown Disney gets a holiday makeover (link).
  • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Nov. 13, 17, 27, 28, 30, Dec. 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22. Snow on Main Street, free hot cocoa and cookies. What's not to like? (link).

December 2006

  • Pop Warner Super Bowl. Dec. 3–9. Football players and cheerleaders invade the resort for the pigskin championships (link).
  • MouseFest 2006. Dec. 3–11. The annual gathering of the Disney Internet community takes place at sea from Dec. 3–7 and on land from Dec. 7–11 (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 2007

  • Walt Disney World Half-Marathon. Jan. 6. Registration now open (link). [Read our WDW Marathon Guide.]
  • Walt Disney World Marathon. Jan. 7. Registration now open (link).

Current Discounts & Promotions

Free dining plan back, for a limited time

Perhaps the best-received package in recent Disney history, the "Stay, Play and Dine" free dining plan is back. Packages purchased by June 4 for stays from August 13 ? September 30 will receive the Disney Dining Plan for free. Essentially, it's the Magic Your Way Plus Dining package for the price of a standard Magic Your Way package. That's a savings of $37.99 per night per adult (ages 10 and up) and $10.99 per night for children (ages 3-9). Add it up and a family of four with kids ages 3-9 will save $97.96 per night, and a family of four with kids over age 9 will save a whopping $151.96 per night.

Disney Visa cardholders can use request code YWL when booking, while the general public should use code YWX.

Passholder and Florida resident discounts extended through late summer

New Passholder and Florida resident discounts were announced for the month of August, following the earlier release of very limited discounts for July. Rather than the all-resorts rates that we've seen in the past, the earlier rates are very specifically targeted to five resorts ? two Disney Vacation Club resorts and three deluxe resorts, indicating that bookings property-wide are up, with only these five resorts selling below the expected point, necessitating the issuing of discounts. The new rates are available at all resorts.

From August 5-26, the discounts are $25 per night off Value resorts, $50 per night off Moderate resorts and $75 per night off Deluxe and Disney Vacation Club resorts. Passholders should use promotional code EZX or EZY, while Florida residents should reference code FAA or FAC.

The earlier discounts are for July 5 through August 5 at the Old Key West Resort, Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Yacht Club Resort, Beach Club Resort and BoardWalk Inn Resort. (The Beach Club Villas and BoardWalk Villas are not included in the discount.) Discount rates at the DVC resorts begin at $159 per night for a studio room, and rates at the deluxes start at $189 per night in a standard room. Other levels of accommodations at those resorts are also available at higher rates. A limited number of rooms are available at the discounted rates. Passholders should reference promotional code EZT or EZU, while Florida residents should reference promotional code EZW.

To receive the discount, you can either make your reservations through the Passholder or Florida resident Web sites, through travel agents or by calling the special Passholder or Florida resident phone numbers (available at the respective Web sites).

At check-in, Passholders will be required to show an annual pass or exchange voucher, and Florida residents will be required to show proof of Florida residency.

Cirque discounts for Passholders and DVC members

Passholders and DVC members get 25 percent off Category 2 admission to performances of Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba through September 30, 2006. Each passholder or DVC member can buy up to four tickets. Tickets should be purchased by phone at 407-939-7604 up to 30 days in advance, and must be picked up at the box office with valid Passholder or DVC identification. The offer is not valid on Saturday shows during July, and the show will not be performed on Sundays and Mondays, as well as July 30 ? August 1 and September 17?25.

Golf Price Slice returns

A round of golf at Walt Disney World will be less expensive after 10 a.m. again this summer as the resort is bringing back the Disney's Price Slice promotion. From May 22 through September 30, greens fees will be "sliced" to $55 for the Magnolia and Eagle Pines courses, $49 for the Palm course and $45 for the Lake Buena Vista course. The rates include the use of an electric cart and are discounted from the before-10 a.m. prices of $89 (Magnolia and Eagle Pines), $79 (Palm) and $69 (Lake Buena Vista). The Osprey Ridge course is not involved in the promotion, as it will be closed from May 15 through September 23 for refurbishment. The Tifdwarf grass on the greens is being replaced by TifEagle turf, tee boxes are being laser leveled and other work will also be done. The annual makeover of a selected course has been extremely well-received, with the Palm course going first in 2004 and the Magnolia getting upgraded last year. It is unknown at this time whether the Eagle Pines or Lake Buena Vista course is scheduled for next year. To reserve a tee time, call 407-WDW-GOLF (407-939-4653) or go to the Disney Golf Web site (link). Note that the site appears to have difficulty with browsers other than Internet Explorer.

New Radisson offer

The Radisson Resort Orlando - Celebration, a MousePlanet sponsor, has announced reduced rates for MousePlanet readers from now through July 8. Rates start at $85 per night from now through June 1, and at $95 per night from June 2 through July 8.

Click here for more information, or here to make reservations now. These special rates and discounts are for MousePlanet readers, so remember to book through our links here.

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.

 
Standard View
Pool View
Bed & Breakfast Package
Sleep Number - Standard View
Sleep Number - Pool View
2006
     Through June 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

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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 December 2006.

Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
 
6/12
6/13
6/14
6/15
6/16
6/17
 

MK 9a-11p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p
MGM 9a-10p
AK 9a-8p
BB 9a-6p
TL 9a-6p

MK 9a-11p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p

MGM 9a-10p
AK 9a-8p
BB 9a-6p
TL 9a-6p

MK 9a-11p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p
MGM 9a-10p
AK 9a-8p
BB 9a-6p
TL 9a-6p

MK 9a-11p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p

MGM 9a-10p
AK 9a-8p
BB 9a-6p
TL 9a-6p

MK 9a-12a
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p
MGM 9a-10p
AK 9a-8p
BB 9a-6p
TL 9a-6p

MK 9a-11p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p
MGM 9a-10p
AK 9a-8p
BB 9a-6p
TL 9a-6p

6/18
6/19
6/20
6/21
6/22
6/23
6/24

MK 9a-12a
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p
MGM 9a-10p
AK 9a-8p
BB 9a-6p
TL 9a-6p

MK 9a-12a
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p
MGM 9a-10p
AK 9a-8p
BB 9a-6p
TL 9a-6p

MK 9a-12a
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p

MGM 9a-10p
AK 9a-8p
BB 9a-6p
TL 9a-6p

MK 9a-12a
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p
MGM 9a-10p
AK 9a-8p
BB 9a-6p
TL 9a-6p

MK 9a-12a
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p

MGM 9a-10p
AK 9a-8p
BB 9a-6p
TL 9a-6p

MK 9a-12a
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p
MGM 9a-10p
AK 9a-8p
BB 9a-6p
TL 9a-6p

MK 9a-11p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p
MGM 9a-10p
AK 9a-8p
BB 9a-6p
TL 9a-6p

6/25
   

MK 9a-11p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p
MGM 9a-10p
AK 9a-8p
BB 9a-6p
TL 9a-6p

  • 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 2006.

Theme Park Events

Magic Kingdom
Epcot World Showcase
Disney-MGM Studios
Animal Kingdom
Monday 6/12

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p, 11p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series: Transit Authority: A Tribute to Chicago 5:15p, 6:45p, 8p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5:30p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Tuesday 6/13

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p, 11p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series: Transit Authority: A Tribute to Chicago 5:15p, 6:45p, 8p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5:30p

Fantasmic 9p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Wednesday 6/14

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p, 11p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series: Transit Authority: A Tribute to Chicago 5:15p, 6:45p, 8p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5:30p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Thursday 6/15

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p, 11p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series: Transit Authority: A Tribute to Chicago 5:15p, 6:45p, 8p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5:30p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Friday 6/16

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p, 11p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series: Transit Authority: A Tribute to Chicago 5:15p, 6:45p, 8p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5:30p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Saturday 6/17

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series: Transit Authority: A Tribute to Chicago 5:15p, 6:45p, 8p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5:30p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Sunday 6/18

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p, 11p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series: Transit Authority: A Tribute to Chicago 5:15p, 6:45p, 8p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5:30p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Monday 6/19

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p, 11p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series: Hotel California: A Salute to The Eagles 5:15p, 6:45p, 8p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5:30p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Tuesday 6/20

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p, 11p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series: Hotel California: A Salute to The Eagles 5:15p, 6:45p, 8p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5:30p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Wednesday 6/21

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p, 11p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series: Hotel California: A Salute to The Eagles 5:15p, 6:45p, 8p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5:30p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Thursday 6/22

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p, 11p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series: Hotel California: A Salute to The Eagles 5:15p, 6:45p, 8p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5:30p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Friday 6/23

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p, 11p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series: Hotel California: A Salute to The Eagles 5:15p, 6:45p, 8p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5:30p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Saturday 6/24

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series: Hotel California: A Salute to The Eagles 5:15p, 6:45p, 8p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5:30p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Sunday 6/25

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p, 11p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series: Hotel California: A Salute to The Eagles 5:15p, 6:45p, 8p

Illuminations 9p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5:30p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Fort Wilderness movie schedule for June 2006

Movies begin at 8:40. Movies are preceded by a campfire at 7:30 and a singalong at 8:00.

Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
  12
The Rescuers Down Under
13
The Lizzie McGuire Movie (PG)
14
Sleeping Beauty
15
Flubber (PG)
16
Freaky Friday (PG)
17
Chicken Little
18
Finding Nemo
19
The Princess Diaries 2
20
The Great Mouse Detective
21
Inspector Gadget (PG)
22
Valiant
23
Cinderella
24
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
25
Dumbo
26
Mary Poppins
27
Home on the Range
28
Tarzan
29
The Fox and the Hound
30
Herbie Fully Loaded
 

Downtown Disney Entertainment

(Separate admission required)

Rock & Roll Beach Club
House of Blues
Monday 6/12

Blue Stone Circle

 

Tuesday 6/13

Leonard Brothers

 

Wednesday 6/14

Leonard Brothers

 

Thursday 6/15

Leonard Brothers

98.9 WMMO Presents Lyrics For Life Featuring An Acoustic Performance by Sister Hazel and Friends with Guests: Emerson Hart of Tonic, Jason Ross of Seven Mary Three, Aslyn, Josh Kelley (main room), $19.50 advance/$22.50 day of show; 8:30 p.m.

Scholars Word (Blues Kitchen), free; 10:30 p.m.

Friday 6/16

Stormbringer

An Evening With moe. (main room), $17.50 advance/$19.50 day of show; 9 p.m.

Pocket Change (Blues Kitchen), free; 10:30 p.m.

Saturday 6/17

Stormbringer

Anthony Hamilton (main room), $25 advance/$27.50 day of show; 8:30 p.m.

Pocket Change (Blues Kitchen), free; 10:30 p.m.

Sunday 6/18

Stormbringer

Robin Trower with Hat Trick Heroes (main room), $17.50 advance/$19.50 day of show; 8 p.m.

Apostle JL Cash & Praise (gospel brunch), $31 adult, $16 child (3-9); 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m.

Monday 6/19

Stormbringer

Marc Broussard with Special Guest Sons of William (main room), $17.50 advance/$19.50 day of show; 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday 6/20

Stormbringer

 

Wednesday 6/21

Quick Shot Paulo

Echo & The Bunnymen with Special Guests Boy Kill Boy (main room), $19.50 advance/$22.50 day of show; 8:30 p.m.

Thursday 6/22

Quick Shot Paulo

Mindless Self-Indulgence with Special Guest Kill Hannah (main room), $17.50 advance/$19.50 day of show; 7:30 p.m.

Jonny Lyon (Blues Kitchen), free; 10:30 p.m.

Friday 6/23

Quick Shot Paulo

Panic! At The Disco with Special Guest OK Go, The Dresden Dolls and The Hush Sound (main room), SOLD OUT; 7:30 p.m.

Freight Train Annie (Blues Kitchen), free; 10:30 p.m.

Saturday 6/24

Quick Shot Paulo

Edwin McCain with Bain Mattox (main room), $15-$35; 9 p.m.

Reggie Sears (Blues Kitchen), free; 10:30 p.m.

Sunday 6/25

TBA

Demon Hunter with Becoming The Archetype, August Burns Red, Spoken & Zao (main room), $14; 8:30 p.m.

TBA (gospel brunch), $31 adult, $16 child (3-9); 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m.




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