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Update for August 28 ? September 4, 2006

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News and Views

First hurricane of the season may be heading for Florida

Ernesto, the first hurricane of the Atlantic tropical cyclone season, was showing a track on Sunday that would take it through the northern portion of Florida. While currently downgraded to a tropical storm, Ernesto is expected to become a hurricane again after crossing Cuba and getting into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

The storm shows only a 6 percent chance of hitting Orlando with hurricane-force winds, but a 43 percent chance of hitting with tropical storm-force winds, most likely on Wednesday.

If widespread evacuations are announced for areas of Florida, look for crowds to increase at Walt Disney World, as it is one of the safest places to be during a hurricane. Its utilities are all underground, meaning that winds cannot knock out power, phones or other services, and downed trees cannot hurt the utilities, either. There is a sufficiently large staff to care for guests, and plenty of food. While it may be a concern to you if you are planning to fly in on Wednesday, you should be fine otherwise. As always, you can obtain up-to-date information from several online weather sources, including the National Hurricane Center (link).


Construction walls are up around the World Showcase Promenade as Epcot prepares for the Food & Wine Festival. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Keys to the Kingdom sweepstakes deadline is Thursday

Just a reminder that the Keys to the Kingdom Sweepstakes entry deadline is this Thursday. If you haven't registered yet, time is running out! Register for the sweepstakes online (link).


The Yorkshire County Fish Shop gets some touch-up work done. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Magic Kingdom bus stops shuffled

The bus stops at the Magic Kingdom are going through a major restructuring through December 20. Currently, the north bus loop?which includes stops 1 through 5?is closed to allow for the removal of stone pavers, which will be replaced by concrete. The loop should be completed before the peak holiday season. After the holiday crowds clear out, the south loop closes for the same refurbishment treatment.

Update: We have received many inquiries as to whether the stone pavers being replaced are the "Walk Around the World" bricks. The answer to that question is no. The pavers are those in the roadway that the buses drive on. If you notice the second photo below, you can see the grey pavers in the roadway. The "Walk Around the World" pavers will remain where they are.


The north bus loop is blocked off for major construction work. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Due to the reduction in the number of stops, the Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness will not have direct bus service to the Magic Kingdom until the work is completed. Guests will need to either take a boat directly between the Wilderness Lodge or Fort Wilderness and the park or take a bus to the Transportation and Ticket Center, then a monorail or ferry to the Magic Kingdom.


Construction vehicles prepare to tear into the stone pavers in the north bus loop. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

The current restructuring of the bus stops is as follows:

We'll let you know as we get more information on the next phases of this project.

Very Merry and Not So Scary traffic jams may be ahead

Back on June 26 (link), we reported that it appeared that Disney was going to be closing the Magic Kingdom to the general public at 7 p.m. on the nights that the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party was scheduled to start, the same time that the hard-ticketed event was to start. At the time, the dates for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party showed a 6 p.m. closing time for those nights, giving the usual one-hour cushion to clear the park.


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The following week (link), we noted that we had been reassured by a source that the park would indeed be closing at 6 p.m. on the nights of the Christmas party, and that the problem was due to a change in the scheduling systems.

We've now been advised by the same source that the park will indeed close at 7 p.m., not only for the Christmas party but for the Halloween party as well. This is to reduce guest complaints for not being aware that the park was closing early, despite the schedule being available online months in advance and signs being posted at the entrance to the park all day. The park will also have a showing of Wishes at 6 p.m. on the nights of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, so that guests will not be able to complain of being unable to see fireworks to conclude their Magic Kingdom day. It will still be too light out at 6 p.m. to show Wishes before the Halloween party.

Apparently, the same accommodation is not being made before the Nights of Joy hard-ticketed event, with the park closing at 6 p.m. before the 7:30 p.m. start of the special event. On the nights of the Disney Pirate and Princess Parties in January, February and March, the park closes at 7 p.m. with a 6:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. or 7 p.m. showing of Wishes before the special event is held from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Look for the schedule of the Halloween and Christmas parties to be backed up by a half-hour next year to match this schedule.

Since the times have reverted to those in our original story, we'll reiterate our concern.

The park has already been experiencing a problem with non-paying guests hiding out in the park until the event starts and taking advantage of viewing the parades, fireworks and other special entertainment for the party without wearing event wristbands. (The wristbands, obtained in exchange for the special passes for the hard-ticketed event, are really only checked when the guests attempt to board an attraction.) Without the time to sweep the park for non-paying guests, it's almost guaranteed to be a mob scene as hundreds or even thousands of extra guests swell the park beyond the 25,000 people who paid to attend the "exclusive" event.

It's unknown at this point whether Disney has another method in mind for clearing those who did not pay in order to preserve seats at popular shows for those who had actually paid for the privilege. Also endangered is the supply of free hot chocolate and cookies given to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party guests.

Perhaps Disney will have roving teams of cast members prepared to eject those who do not have the requisite wristbands during the party, or the various lands of the Magic Kingdom may go through an early "soft-close" for all guests not wearing wristbands. We'll have to wait and see how well things work out. If you're going to be attending one of these parties, please let us know how the crowd-control issues sort themselves out.

A dream of freedom from snow globes

While I was at Walt Disney World with my family and friends last week, I somehow managed to never be at the Magic Kingdom at 3:00 p.m. to catch the revised Disney Dreams Come True Parade. Fortunately, Brian Warneke was, and provides this look at the changed floats in the parade.


The parade's opening unit bears the new name. Photo by Brian Warneke.


Mickey can breathe easier without his snowglobe on the "It All Started With a Mouse" float. Photo by Brian Warneke.


The "Wish Upon a Star" float has exchanged its globe for Gepetto's wood shop. Photo by Brian Warneke.


The "A Thousand Dreams to See" float is now globe-free. Photo by Brian Warneke.


The "Face the Darkest Fears" float has replaced its snow globe with a library for Maleficent. Photo by Brian Warneke.


Cinderella, her prince and the Fairy Godmother ride the first portion of the newly reassembled "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" float. Photo by Brian Warneke.


The floral structure over Belle and the Beast is smaller without the snow globe to support it. Photo by Brian Warneke.


Ariel and Prince Eric bring up the tail end of the three-part float. Photo by Brian Warneke.

We haven't bothered with the "As Long As There Is Imagination Left In The World" float, as the snowglobe has remained a part of the float.

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New "knights and maidens" Magical Moment now running at Epcot's U.K. pavilion

The Toy Soldier shop in the United Kingdom pavilion at Epcot has been performing a unique Magical Moment event for the last few weeks. International Program cast members acting as kings and queens swear in young guests as knights and maidens by having them repeat the official terms of their knighthood. After kneeling to be "knighted" by the touch of a sword, each child receives a personalized Magical Moment certificate signed by the royalty, and photo opportunities follow the ceremony. Check at the shop to find out what time the event will be held.

Magical Express correction

Last week, we reported that Disney's Magical Express was now departing from resorts four hours before departing flights, rather than the previous three hours. We were apparently given incorrect information. Pickup for domestic flights returned to three hours before scheduled flight departure, while international flights remains four hours.


Work has been ongoing near the Prince and Princess restrooms in Fantasyland for a few weeks now. Photo by Brian Warneke.

Disney rhinos go to Africa

Walt Disney World has donated two endangered white rhinos to the 17,297-acre Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Uganda. Nande, age 7, and Hasani, age 5, arrived on Thursday after a four-day trip from Disney's Animal Kingdom. There are now eight of the rhinos in Uganda, which was famed for its wildlife before heavy poaching 20 to 30 years ago decimated the population.

Disney tourney becomes final event of fall PGA Tour season; fewer stars expected

Last Wednesday, the PGA Tour announced that the annual Walt Disney World golf tournament would be held on November 1-4, 2007, and would be the final event of the season. Since the new FedEx Cup series is being promoted as a "season-ending" playoff series that concludes in mid-September, it's likely that the tour's big names will opt to skip the Disney tournament, which offers a total purse of less than 10 percent of those offered in the FedEx Cup's final four events.

While Disney does not have a title sponsor lined up for the tournament yet, they expect to have one in place in plenty of time for the event.

Quick takes ?

?The new one-finger biometric ticket tag machines were installed last week are now up and running at the Disney-MGM Studios. The next park to receive the updated devices is Epcot, which will reportedly start installing them in a couple of months.


One-finger biometric devices have now been installed at the Disney-MGM Studios. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

?Wi-Fi access is now available to all guests at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex. To connect to the free service, you must set the SSID (Service Set Identifier) to Disney-Guest, enter no authentication and have an open encryption. You must also accept the terms of agreement that appear when you start up your Web browser in order to be connected. For technical support, call 407-828-8015.

?One sure sign that Walt Disney World is already in the process of transitioning to the Year of a Million Dreams promotion: Signs from the Happiest Celebration on Earth are now appearing in MouseSurplus auctions.


Coming soon

  • August 13 ? September 30, "Playhouse Disney in Concert" series at the Disney-MGM Studios
    • Aug. 28 ? Playhouse Disney Dance Party (Sorcerer Mickey Hat stage)
    • Aug. 29-Sept. 1 ? The Wiggles (Epic Theater)
    • Sept. 2-10 ? Johnny & the Sprites (ABC Theater)
    • Sept. 11-16 ? Ralph's World (ABC Theater)
    • Sept. 17 ? Playhouse Disney Dance Party (Sorcerer Mickey Hat stage)
    • Sept. 18-24 ? Imagination Movers (ABC Theater)
    • Sept. 25-30 ? Dan Zanes and friends (ABC Theater)
  • September 1?4, Tom Joyner Family Reunion
  • September 1?4, DVC members may not pool-hop on these dates
  • September 8?9, Nights of Joy
  • September 8?10, Disney's Pin Celebration: "It All Started With ? Walt"
  • Walt Disney World Triathlon. Sept. 24.
  • September 15, 22, 29, October 2, 5, 6, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 20, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31. Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.
  • September 29 ? November 12, Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
  • September 29 ? November 12, Eat to the Beat Concert Series
    • September 29?30, Survivor
    • October 1?3. Family Stone Experience
    • October 4?7, Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas
    • October 8?11, Loverboy
    • October 12?14, David Sanborn
    • October 15?16, The Beach Boys
    • October 17?18, Little Richard
    • October 19?21, Three Dog Night
    • October 22?25, The Four Tops
    • October 26?28, Gloria Gaynor
    • October 29?November 1, The S.O.S. Band
    • November 2?4, The Contours
    • November 5?6, Chubby Checker & The Wildcats
    • November 7?8, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
    • November 9?12, Jon Secada

Trivia question of the week

This week's question: What are the names of the two birds in the pre-show of the Enchanted Tiki Room ? Under New Management? Stay tuned to next week's park update for the answer.

The answer to last week's question: " Disney's Old Key West Resort wouldn't feel authentic without a tribute to that famed Key West inhabitant, author Ernest Hemingway. Where is this tribute?" is:

Papa's Den, a sitting room and library just off the front desk area, which is filled with books, furnishings and other decor designed to evoke the spirit of Hemingway and his Key West home.


Papa's Den is located in Hospitality House at Disney's Old Key West Resort. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.


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Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Magic Kingdom

Epcot

  • Nemo's Undersea Adventure ? opens in November in The Living Seas, which will be renamed "The Seas with Nemo and Friends.".
  • The Wonders of Life pavilion ? is closed for good.
  • Yorkshire County Fish Shop ? is closed for refurbishment.
  • Living with the Land ? is closed through September 17 to install a system to deliver automated spiels.

Disney-MGM Studios

Animal Kingdom

  • Finding Nemo ? The Musical ? opens in the Theater in the Wild on November 12, with soft openings slated to begin on November 5..

Resorts

  • All-Star Movies Resort ? the Fantasia pool is closing for an extensive rehab from September 11 ? December 11. All-Star Movies guests can use the "quiet" pools as well as the main pools at the other All-Star 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 ? The refurbishment and upgrading of rooms and hallways in the South Garden Wing also continues, and is now expected to be completed this summer. Rumors indicating that the North Garden Wing could be completely rebuilt as Disney Vacation Club lodgings are growing much stronger.
  • 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.

Water Parks

  • Blizzard Beach ? closes for annual refurbishment October 29, and will reopen on January 7.
  • Typhoon Lagoon ? closes for annual refurbishment on January 7, and will reopen some time in March 2007.

Elsewhere

  • Cirque du Soleil ? La Nouba ? performs Tuesdays ? Saturdays. Also, no performances September 17?25.

Park Events

September 2006

  • Tom Joyner Family Reunion. Sept. 1?4. The radio host's annual gathering returns for another year (link).
  • Imagine the Possibilities -- A Friendly Figment Reunion. Sept. 7. Fans of the popular purple dragon gather for a sculpture release (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

  • Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K. Oct. 7. The annual fund-raising event to fight breast cancer will be run at Disney's Animal Kingdom this year (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).
  • 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).
  • Old Spice Classic. Nov. 23, 24, 26. ESPN Regional presents the inaugural 8-team, 12-game tournament, featuring West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Arkansas, Minnesota, Southern Illinois, Montana, Marist and Western Michigan (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).
  • Disney's Pirate & Princess Party. Jan. 22, 26, 29, Feb. 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 23, 26, Mar. 2, 5, 8. A new hard-ticketed event celebrates the the pirates and princesses in all of us (link).

April 2007

  • Walt Disney World Inline Marathon and Half Marathon (link). April 1. Strap your skates on to race from the Wide World of Sports Complex to the Disney-MGM Studios and Epcot, and back again.

May 2007

  • Disney's Minnie Marathon Weekend 5K and 1 Mile (link). May 5. The short runs of the ladies-only running weekend take place at and near Downtown Disney. Registration is now open (link).
  • Women Run the World 15 K (link). May 6. The course starts at Animal Kingdom, goes through the Studios and ends at Epcot. Registration is now open (link).

Current Discounts & Promotions

Room discounts available for passholders, Florida residents and general public through end of September

Disney has announced new room rate discounts for travel through September 30. New, lower room rates are available to the general public beginning August 19 as room-only reservations or as a Magic Your Way package with or without dining.

Passholders and Florida residents get even lower rates, with value resorts starting at just $59 per night. These rates start August 27.

To make reservations at the general public rates, use promotional code BPN or BPO for room-only reservations, YYC for Magic Your Way packages and YYD for Magic Your Way Plus Dining. Passholders should use promotional code FAU or FAV, while Florida residents should reference code FAR.

Passholder, Florida resident room rates, general public package deals announced for October through December

Annual passholder rates have been announced for October 1 through December 23. Of course, there will be no AP rates during peak Christmas Week dates of December 24-31. The rates very by season (the period covered spans regular, value and holiday seasons), but they'll give you approximately $20 off per night at Value resorts, $40 off per night at Moderates, and $71-$80 per night at Deluxe resorts. The booking code for these rates is FBZ. (The passholder Web site says FCB, so I would guess that both would work.)

Florida Residents have their own discounts, using booking code FBY. Availability dates are October 5 through December 23, and rates are $5 more than the AP rates.

Both of these rates can be booked up until December 23.

The general public has not been left out, either. Disney has announced a special discount for packages purchased through September 30. For vacations between October 1 and December 23 (with the possible exception of November 19-23 and December 2-8), a great low rate, with the example rate given as $355 per adult for five nights at a value resort, based on double occupancy, with lower per-person rates for juniors and children staying in the same room. The Disney Dining Plan can also be added to these packages.

To book online at the Disney Web site, click "Special Offers" on the left side of the Tickets and Reservations part of the site to see the offer.

To book via phone or through a travel agency, use code ZBG for Magic Your Way packages and ZBH for Magic Your Way Plus Dining.

Disney Rewards Visa cardholders got access to the same discount three days earlier, and can also book through September 30. It's unknown whether they get anything more than the general public, but the cardholders can book with code ZBC for Magic Your Way packages and ZBD for Magic Your Way Plus Dining.

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 even lower reduced rates for MousePlanet readers from now through September 30. Rates start at $59.95 per night from June 30 through September 30!

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 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.

Swan and Dolphin Resort announces special summer deal for teachers, Straight-A students

Florida teachers and Straight-A students will receive more than fifty percent off of the standard room rate at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort (link) this summer. At check-in, teachers must present their school ID and students must present a report card showing all As. Students will get additional perks. When showing the straight-A report card, students will receive a "Straight A Club" cap, which will entitle the wearer to a complimentary character dinner at Gulliver's Grill at the Swan (when dining with a parent).

The special rate ends on September 4, 2006. Rates are based on availability and do not include tax. To make reservations at this rate, call 800-227-1500 and ask for the "Teachers and Students" special offer.

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 show is not performing on Sundays and Mondays, as well as 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 is closing 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.

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, and again on August 6, 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. Prices do not include 6.5% Florida sales tax.

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 $67 / $56 $132 / $110 $192 / $160 $202 / $168 $206 / $169 $208 / $171 $210 / $173 $212 / $175 $214 / $176 $216 / $177
w/ Park Hopper option $112 / $101 $177 / $155 $237 / $205 $247 / $213 $251 / $214 $253 / $216 $255 / $218 $257 / $220 $259 / $221 $261 / $222
w/ Water Park Fun & More option $117 / $106 $182 / $160 $242 / $210 $252 / $218 $256 / $219 $258 / $221 $260 / $223 $262 / $225 $264 / $226 $266 / $227
(plus 3) (plus 3) (plus 3) (plus 4) (plus 4) (plus 5) (plus 6) (plus 6) (plus 6) (plus 6)
w/ both options $162 / $151 $227 / $205 $287 / $255 $297 / $263 $301 / $264 $303 / $266 $305 / $268 $307 / $270 $309 / $271 $311 / $272
w/ both options, no Expiration N/A $237 / $215 $302 / $270 $337 / $303 $356 / $319 $363 / $326 $395 / $363 $432 / $395 $459 / $421 $466 / $427
Advance Purchase Discount - 1 option N/A N/A N/A $2/$2 $5/$2 $6/$2 $7/$2 $7/$3 $7/$3 $7/$3
Advance Purchase Discount - 2 options N/A N/A N/A $12/$10 $15/$10 $16/$10 $17/$10 $17/$11 $17/$11 $17/$11

Park Hours

Hours and entertainment schedules are currently available through February 2007.

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8/28
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MK 9a-10p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p
MGM 9a-8:30p
AK 9a-5p
BB 10a-6p
TL 10a-6p

MK 9a-10p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p
MGM 9a-8:30p
AK 9a-5p
BB 10a-6p
TL 10a-6p

MK 9a-10p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p
MGM 9a-8:30p
AK 9a-5p
BB 10a-6p
TL 10a-6p

MK 9a-10p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p
MGM 9a-8:30p
AK 9a-5p
BB 10a-6p
TL 10a-6p

MK 9a-10p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p

MGM 9a-8:30p
AK 9a-5p
BB 10a-6p
TL 10a-6p

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

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9/5
9/6
9/7
9/8
9/9

MK 9a-10p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p
MGM 9a-8:30p
AK 9a-5p
BB 10a-6p
TL 10a-6p

MK 9a-10p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p
MGM 9a-8:30p
AK 9a-5p
BB 10a-6p
TL 10a-6p

MK 9a-9p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p
MGM 9a-8:30p
AK 9a-5p
BB 10a-6p
TL 10a-6p

MK 9a-9p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p
MGM 9a-8:30p
AK 9a-5p
BB 10a-6p
TL 10a-6p

MK 9a-10p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p
MGM 9a-8:30p
AK 9a-5p
BB 10a-6p
TL 10a-6p

MK 9a-6p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p

MGM 9a-8:30p
AK 9a-5p
BB 10a-6p
TL 10a-6p

MK 9a-6p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p
MGM 9a-8:30p
AK 9a-5p
BB 10a-6p
TL 10a-6p

9/10

MK 9a-9p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p
MGM 9a-8:30p
AK 9a-5p
BB 10a-5p
TL 10a-5p

  • MK = Magic Kingdom
  • EF = Epcot, Future World
  • EW = Epcot, World Showcase
  • MGM = Disney-MGM Studios
  • AK = Animal Kingdom
  • BB = Blizzard Beach Water Park
  • TL = Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
  • Italics = Morning Extra Magic Hours
  • Bold = Evening Extra Magic Hours

Entertainment Schedule

Hours and entertainment schedules are currently available through February 2007.

Theme Park Events

Magic Kingdom
Epcot World Showcase
Disney-MGM Studios
Animal Kingdom
Monday 8/28

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Illuminations 9p

Playhouse Disney in Concert: Playhouse Disney Dance Party 10a, 11:15a, 1:15p, 2:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5p

Fantasmic 8:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Tuesday 8/29

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Illuminations 9p

Playhouse Disney in Concert: The Wiggles 10a, 11:15a, 1:15p, 2:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5p

Fantasmic 8:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Wednesday 8/30

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Illuminations 9p

Playhouse Disney in Concert: The Wiggles 10a, 11:15a, 1:15p, 2:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5p

Fantasmic 8:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Thursday 8/31

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Illuminations 9p

Playhouse Disney in Concert: The Wiggles 10a, 11:15a, 1:15p, 2:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5p

Fantasmic 8:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Friday 9/1

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Illuminations 9p

Playhouse Disney in Concert: The Wiggles 10a, 11:15a, 1:15p, 2:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5p

Fantasmic 8:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Saturday 9/2

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Illuminations 9p

Playhouse Disney in Concert: Johnny & the Sprites 10a, 11:15a, 1:15p, 2:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 6p

Tom Joyner Family Reunion 9p-2a

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Sunday 9/3

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Illuminations 9p

Playhouse Disney in Concert: Johnny & the Sprites 10a, 11:15a, 1:15p, 2:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5p

Fantasmic 8:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Monday 9/4

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Illuminations 9p

Playhouse Disney in Concert: Johnny & the Sprites 10a, 11:15a, 1:15p, 2:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5p

Fantasmic 8:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Tuesday 9/5

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Illuminations 9p

Playhouse Disney in Concert: Johnny & the Sprites 10a, 11:15a, 1:15p, 2:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5p

Fantasmic 8:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Wednesday 9/6

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Illuminations 9p

Playhouse Disney in Concert: Johnny & the Sprites 10a, 11:15a, 1:15p, 2:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5p

Fantasmic 8:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Thursday 9/7

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Illuminations 9p

Playhouse Disney in Concert: Johnny & the Sprites 10a, 11:15a, 1:15p, 2:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5p

Fantasmic 8:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Friday 9/8

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

Night of Joy 7:30p-12:30a

Illuminations 9p

Playhouse Disney in Concert: Johnny & the Sprites 10a, 11:15a, 1:15p, 2:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5p

Fantasmic 8:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Saturday 9/9

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

Night of Joy 7:30p-12:30a

Illuminations 9p

Playhouse Disney in Concert: Johnny & the Sprites 10a, 11:15a, 1:15p, 2:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5p

Fantasmic 8:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Sunday 9/10

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Illuminations 9p

Playhouse Disney in Concert: Johnny & the Sprites 10a, 11:15a, 1:15p, 2:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 5p

Fantasmic 8:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Fort Wilderness movie schedule for August 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
28
The Lizzie McGuire Movie
29
Robin Hood
30
Blackbeard's Ghost
31
The Incredibles
1
not yet available
2
not yet available

Downtown Disney Entertainment

(Separate admission required)

Rock & Roll Beach Club
House of Blues
Monday 8/28

Charlie Hotel

Tuesday 8/29

Harrydash

Wednesday 8/30

Harrydash

Thursday 8/31

Harrydash

Albert Castiglia Band (Blues Kitchen), free; 10:30 p.m.
Friday 9/1

Celebration Band

Frontline Promotions Presents Grown Folks First Friday Sept. 1 Labor Day Weekend with DJ Nasty, DJ Saxwell & J-Deezy (main room), $22-$30; 9 p.m..

Beautiful Bobby Blackmon (Blues Kitchen), free; 10:30 p.m.

Saturday 9/2

Celebration Band

HOB & WJRR Present Crossbreed with Deadstar Assembly, Irrational & New Self High (main room), $10.11 advance/$14 day of show; 8 p.m.

Karmic Tricycle (Blues Kitchen), free; 10:30 p.m.

Sunday 9/3

Untouchables

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

Monday 9/4

Untouchables

Tuesday 9/5

Untouchables

Wednesday 9/6

Leonard Brothers

Thursday 9/7

Leonard Brothers

Busta Rhymes Live in Concert "The Livest MC In The Game" (main room), $42.50; 8 p.m.

Eddie Kirkland (Blues Kitchen), free; 10:30 p.m.

Friday 9/8

Leonard Brothers

House of Blues and Fantasma presents An Evening with Jeff Beck (main room), $38.50; 8 p.m.

The Painted Man Band (Blues Kitchen), free; 10:30 p.m.

Saturday 9/9

Leonard Brothers

Sunday 9/10

TBA

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




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