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Update for June 19 – 25, 2006

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News and Views

Family sues Disney over last year's Mission: Space death

Last Monday, one day before the first anniversary of his death after riding Mission: Space, the family of Daudi Bamuwamye sued Walt Disney World for wrongful death. The lawsuit—filed in the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida in Orange County—claims that Disney should never have allowed the boy on the ride, that they didn't give adequate warning of the dangers of riding, and that they didn't do enough to help him after the ride was over.

Mission: Space spins guests in a centrifuge similar to that used in astronaut testing. The attraction carries warnings that riders "should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated" by the attraction. The height restrictions for the attraction, based upon the minimum size to fit the restraints in the capsule, are 44 inches. Bamuwamye, 4 years old at the time of his death, was 46 inches tall.

The boy's family claims that Disney should not allow 4-year-olds to ride Mission: Space. Disney does not have age restrictions on any attraction at Walt Disney World, but rather relies upon parents to make choices based upon their knowledge of their own children.

There is some conflict over the response to the boy being stricken on the ride. He was unconscious when his mother carried him out of the capsule yet, according to the audio of the 911 call made by cast members, no cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was administered for well over two minutes after the call was made. The cast members on the scene apparently believed initially that the boy had merely passed out. Paramedics were on the scene approximately four and a half minutes from the time that the call was made. It is unclear exactly how much time elapsed between the time that the boy was stricken and the 911 call was made.

According to the autopsy results, Bamuwamye apparently died as a result of idiopathic myocardial hypertrophy with fibroelastosis of the left ventricle, or dead scar tissue and abnormally thick muscle walls in his heart. While it is a rare condition in the U.S., according to the medical examiner it affects a third of the children with heart disease in Uganda, the native country of the boy's parents. The heart condition is apparently so severe that those suffering from it are at risk of sudden death throughout their lives.

Because of this condition, it is unclear whether starting CPR sooner or the use of defibrillators would have had any effect. The family's complaint includes the fact that Disney paramedics did not use a portable defibrillator on him. There was no portable defibrillator installed at the attraction, though Disney stated that the emergency response was handled appropriately.

As of May 19, the attraction now offers two different ride profiles. The "Green Team" ride is identical to the original ride, except the centrifuge units do not spin. The "Orange Team" ride is unchanged from the original. The Orange profile now carries the warning "If you are uncertain whether Orange Team – More Intense Training is right for you, we strongly encourage you to select Green Team – Less Intense Training, or proceed to the Advanced Training Lab, which offers alternative space training activities for all astronaut conditions."

On April 12, Hiltrud Blmel, a 49-year-old German woman, died from an apparent stroke after riding the attraction.

Disney released a statement noting that "Daudi's death was a terrible loss to his loved ones, and we sympathize with them. However, we disagree with the assertions in the lawsuit."

What's your opinion? Join the discussion of the lawsuit on our MousePad discussion forums (link).

"Keys to the Kingdom" sweepstakes update

Last week, we reported on the "Keys to the Kingdom" sweepstakes being used to kick off the "Year of a Million Dreams" promotion. We noted that – according to the official sweepstakes rules—the grand prize trip must be taken October 1–4, or that an alternate winner would be selected. This would appear to have excluded Jews, who would be observing Yom Kippur on October 1–2. We're pleased to report that we received confirmation from Walt Disney World late last week 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."

We're glad to see that Disney is willing to adjust to ensure that everyone gets a chance to receive the prize, even if it means that there is the possibility that the winning family might not receive their prize in front of the assembled press at the annual media event.

Alberto blows by

Tropical Storm Alberto blew on shore far to the north of Orlando, dropping about three inches of rain on the area, but otherwise not doing much damage. The rain helped put out most, but not all, of the wildfires in the area. None of the area theme parks closed due to the storm.

Rumors swirl about possible new DVC resort

Rumors have been flying for a little while now about a possible new Disney Vacation Club resort to be located near the STOLport. (That's the now-decommissioned Short Take-Off and Landing airport across World Drive from the Magic Kingdom parking lot). The rumors have indicated the possibility that the resort would actually be located with a stop on the Epcot monorail beam.

Lending support to that rumor is the fact that there have been a number of surveys being done in the STOLport area recently. Further support comes from some drawings of a proposed new DVC resort near the Contemporary Resort that have recently surfaced, showing a 16-floor resort.

Does this mean that it's going to happen? No. But it certainly makes the possibility much more likely. In any case, don't expect any announcement until the Saratoga Springs Resort is just sold out. After all, if you were considering buying into DVC and only had the option to buy at Saratoga Springs, but you knew that a new Epcot monorail resort would be available in the near future, wouldn't you hold off buying to get that new resort as your home resort?

Goodbye, Millionaire; hello, Midway Madness?

It looks like time has finally expired on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire – Play It! at the Disney-MGM Studios. We are hearing from multiple sources that it is scheduled to close on August 19 to make way for Walt Disney World's copy of Midway Madness, a Toy Story-themed dark ride being described as the next generation of shooter rides (think Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin with more plot and character interactivity). The new drive system and construction of the new maintenance bay for the attraction have both been approved.

"Little Ones" update

While complete information is still not available on Disney's Magical Beginnings Web site, we have been able to confirm the full schedule for the Little Ones Magic Hour and Playhouse Disney in Concert during the Little Ones Travel Time promotion this August and September.

The Little Ones Magic Hour will indeed be, as reported earlier, Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Magic Kingdom from August 13 through September 30. Fantasyland will be the only land (in addition to Main Street, U.S.A., obviously) to be open during these hours. The same eligiblity and park ticket usage rules will apply as for the regular Extra Magic Hours.

The full schedule for Playhouse Disney in Concert at the Disney-MGM Studios during the same time period will be as follows:

  • August 13–14 – Imagination Movers
  • August 15–19 – Mickey's Magic Show
  • August 20–23 – The Doodlebops
  • August 24–27 – Mickey's Magic Show
  • August 29–September 1 – The Wiggles
  • September 2–10 – Johnny & the Sprites
  • September 11–16 – Ralph Covert
  • September 18–24 – Imagination Movers
  • September 25–30 – Dan Zanes

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Special offer for Super Soap Weekend travel from Small World Vacations

Small World Vacations, a MousePlanet sponsor, has announced a special offer for those traveling during this year's Super Soap Weekend event. The travel agency will give one free One Life, Many Voices CD with each qualifying Disney Magic Your Way Vacation package that falls during 2006 Super Soap Weekend (November 11 and 12) booked with Small World Vacations (link).

The One Life, Many Voices CD is an independent fundraising effort with 100% of net proceeds going directly to aid 2005 Hurricane Disaster Relief, created by the stars of the ABC soap One Life to Live.

The free CD will be mailed with final travel documents. If the guest cancels their Super Soap vacation reservation, the offer is null and void. Small World Vacations' minimum night stay policy applies. Small World Vacations has donated to the One Life, Many Voices Hurricane Relief Fund on behalf of their guests.

Passholder/Florida resident rate update

Last week, we noted that Passholder and Florida resident rates had been released for August 5 through 26. In actuality, the dates are for August 6 through 26. We apologize to those who were planning vacations beginning on August 5. However, there is additional news. The discounted rates that were released for deluxe and DVC resorts for July 5 through August 5 have been backed up by a week. You can now get those rates beginning on June 30, using the same rate codes as for the later dates. This seems to indicate that hotel bookings are below expected levels for the July 4 holiday. For more information on these rates, see the Discounts and Promotions section of this Update.

July 4 fireworks to bust out all over

Speaking of the July 4 holiday, the special fireworks at Walt Disney World are extremely popular and this year should be no exception. Three theme parks will be getting into the action, as will Downtown Disney.

  • The Disney-MGM Studios (open 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.) will have a special, as yet untitled fireworks show at 9 p.m. to go with the regularly scheduled Fantasmic performance at 10 p.m.
  • Epcot (open 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.) will add a special holiday finale to Illuminations, which will run at 10 p.m. that night.
  • The Magic Kingdom (open 8 a.m. – 1 a.m.) will feature the return of an old favorite, the Fantasy in the Sky fireworks with "our patriotic finale", at 9 p.m., with performances of SpectroMagic at 10:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.

Not to be left out, Downtown Disney will host a dance party at the Marketplace's Dock Stage, special atmosphere entertainment, and a new fireworks show "that touches on the patriotic spirit of the Fourth," which will take place above Village Lake at midnight. Those staying at the Saratoga Springs Resort on the night of July 4 may want to be prepared for the midnight explosions.

Two more acts for the Eat to the Beat concert series

Two more bands are confirmed for the Eat to the Beat concert series during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, according to their Web sites. Loverboy will be back on October 8-11, and The Beach Boys will perform October 15 and 16. Other bands are rumored, but have not yet been confirmed.

Dreamfinder and Figment return as sculpture

Longtime Epcot fans missing the Dreamfinder will have an opportunity to remember him through a new Walt Disney Classics Collection sculpture to be released on September 9 at Epcot. The Imagine the Possibilities -- A Friendly Figment Reunion event (link) will take place at the Odyssey Restaurant and the Art of Disney store in the park.


This Walt Disney Classics Collection sculpture of Dreamfinder and Figment will be released on September 9 at Epcot.

The limited edition (1,000) sculpture depicting the two characters who starred in the original, beloved version of the Journey Into Imagination attraction will debut at the event, and a companion jumbo pin will be available only to event guests. The event will include a luncheon and seminar and signings with sculptor Bruce Lau. The $199.00, 8-3/8" high sculpture will be included in the $350.00 cost of the event, and attendees will be able to purchase one additional piece. 4" The pin will also be included in the event's cost.

Flying Dutchman headed for Castaway Cay

A little bit of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is coming to Castaway Cay, Disney's private island. Cruisers aboard the ships of the Disney Cruise Line will have a chance to see The Flying Dutchman, the 175-foot ghost ship captained by Davy Jones in the soon-to-open sequel. The ship – ragged sails, barnacle-encrusted bow and all – will be anchored off the island this summer.

The Dutchman will provide a photo backdrop for those on the island, and those guests renting boats while there will be able to get an up-close look at the ghost ship.

In addition, as it did with Cars, the cruise line will hold a "PremEAR at Sea" for the pirate movie just after midnight on July 7, the movie's opening night. Guests aboard both the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder will receive commemorative buttons and pirate-themed temporary tattoos as part of the celebration.

Quick takes …

…Reservations for special events at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, which runs from September 29 through November 12, will be available starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, July 31. This includes the Party for the Senses, Food and Wine Pairings, wine schools, multi-course dinners with wine pairings and other events. Availability will be limited, so get your dialing fingers ready to call 407-WDW-FEST (407-939-3378) at the end of next month.

…The popular Mulch, Sweat and Shears musical group from the Disney-MGM Studios are releasing their debut album, "Everyone Else's Greatest," on July 15 under their non-Disney name, Los Lawn Boys. The album will be available at the park, or you can order it from their Web site (link).

…Capacity closings at the water parks during the warm weather have already started, with Blizzard Beach topping out last Thursday.

…The Lights! Motors! Action! Extreme Stunt Show will not be performed for one week in mid-November (dates uncertain at this time) while the set is touched up and the stunt crew practices and gets recertified.

…Construction of the new Fire Station 3 near the Grand Floridian Resort, which we first reported back in January, has been delayed. While ground has not yet been broken, work should start later this year. The station would replace the existing Station 3 behind the Magic Kingdom, which will become a maintenance area for Reedy Creek Emergency Services vehicles.


Coming soon

  • Sounds Like Summer Concert Series at Epcot's America Gardens Theater, concerts by "tribute" bands
    • 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
  • June 27, reservations open for Christmas Eve dinner (note: those staying at a Disney-owned hotel may make reservations up to 10 days earlier, depending on their date of arrival)
  • July 1?8, DVC members may not pool-hop on these dates
  • July 28 – August 16, Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex
  • July 31, reservations open for special events at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Trivia question of the week

What are the four crew roles that you can assume when riding Mission: Space?

(Answer will be posted next week.)

Answer to last week's question: The auctioneer in the soon-to-reopen Pirates of the Caribbean, the Ghost Host at the Haunted Mansion, the Pillsbury Doughboy, and Toucan Sam were all voiced by voice artist extraordinaire Paul Frees.


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

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 while work is done on the island stage.
  • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show – will not be performed for one week in mid-November (dates uncertain at this time) while the set is touched up and the stunt crew practices and gets recertified.

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, 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 28 – August 16. 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 25 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. In addition, the very limited discounts released earlier for July have been extended on the front side to begin on June 30, rather than July 5. 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 6-26, 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 now for June 30 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.

Special offer for Super Soap Weekend travel from Small World Vacations

Small World Vacations, a MousePlanet sponsor, has announced a special offer for those traveling during this year's Super Soap Weekend event. The travel agency will give one free One Life, Many Voices CD with each qualifying Disney Magic Your Way Vacation package that falls during 2006 Super Soap Weekend (November 11 and 12) booked with Small World Vacations (link).

The One Life, Many Voices CD is an independent fundraising effort with 100% of net proceeds going directly to aid 2005 Hurricane Disaster Relief, created by the stars of the ABC soap One Life to Live.

The free CD will be mailed with final travel documents. If the guest cancels their Super Soap vacation reservation, the offer is null and void. Small World Vacations' minimum night stay policy applies. Small World Vacations has donated to the One Life, Many Voices Hurricane Relief Fund on behalf of their guests.

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

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 December 2006.

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Thurs
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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
6/26
6/27
6/28
6/29
6/30
7/1

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

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

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

MGM 9a-10p
AK 9a-8p
BB 9a-7p
TL 9a-7p

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

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

MGM 9a-10p
AK 9a-8p
BB 9a-7p
TL 9a-7p

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

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

7/2
   

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

  • 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 6/19

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

Monday 6/26

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 6/27

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 6/28

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 6/29

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 6/30

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 7/1

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 7/2

Share a Dream Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p, 11p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series: 52nd Street: A Tribute to Billy Joel 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
  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 6/19

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 & Retardo-Bot (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 advance/$17.50 day of show; 9 p.m.

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

Sunday 6/25

Frankie & The West End Boys

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

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

Monday 6/26

Frankie & The West End Boys

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

Tuesday 6/27

Leonard Brothers

 

Wednesday 6/28

Leonard Brothers

 

Thursday 6/29

Leonard Brothers

Brand New with Special Guests Nightmare of You and Colour Revolt (main room), SOLD OUT; 9 p.m.

Sauce Boss Bill Wharton (Blues Kitchen), free; 10:30 p.m.

Friday 6/30

Leonard Brothers

Cesar Sainz - Rompeolas Presents Ivy Queen with Felito El Caballote & J.J. (main room), $50; 10 p.m.

Sauce Boss Bill Wharton (Blues Kitchen), free; 10:30 p.m.

Saturday 7/1

Leonard Brothers

Blue October with special guest bril (main room), $15 advance/$17.50 day of show; 9 p.m.

Sauce Boss Bill Wharton (Blues Kitchen), free; 10:30 p.m.

Sunday 7/2

TBA

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

Al Green with The Legendary JC's (main room), $35-$79; 8 p.m.




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