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Update for September 18 – September 24, 2006

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News and Views

"Year of a Million Dreams" really "15 Months of 1.25 Million Dreams and Dreamlets"

Last week, Disney finally announced the rules and list of prizes for the "Year of a Million Dreams" promotion (link), and there will actually be 1, 250,001 prizes given away over the 15 months of the event. While, as we would expect, almost all prizes have a very small actual value (1,248,754 of the prizes have a value of $25 or less), there are also 60 prizes with a value of $5,000 or more.

The 367 nights in the "Mickey Mouse Penthouse" at the Disneyland Resort and the 307 nights in the new Cinderella Castle Suite inside Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom are valued at $572 and $587, respectively. The top-value prizes are three fully-paid 220-point memberships in the Disney Vacation Club at the Saratoga Springs Resort, including ownership purchase, taxes and maintenance fees and exchange fees, plus $25,110 to defray the income taxes on the prize, valued at an estimated total of $83,701 per prize.

Three Grand Marshal World Tour prizes, 15-day, 14-night round-the-world trips for four to visit all 11 Disney theme parks and serve as grand marshals in all five Magic Kingdom-style parks, including airfare, local transportation, park admission and $75 per person per day toward meals, plus $10,470 toward taxes, are valued at $45,370 apiece.

Other big prizes include six Adventures By Disney trips to various locations with values from $15,500 to $25,600, eighteen Disney cruises with values from $9,880 to $16,900 and fifteen trips each to Walt Disney World and Disneyland, valued at $5,200 each. Each of the big prizes includes cash toward income taxes.

MousePad discussion forum member Darkbeer, a frequent photographic contributor to the Disneyland Park Update, has put together a great summary of all of the prizes and the chances to win (about one in 60, based on historic attendance at the parks) over a series of posts on our discussion forums (link).

The entire process is being overseen by Creata (USA) Inc., an outside company specializing in adminstering large sweepstakes.

Transition at first Not So Scary party goes smoothly

Last week, we reported that cast members were expecting the worst for the transition from day guests to holders of hard tickets for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party due to the party's starting time matching the park' closing time of 7 p.m. We're happy to report that the crowd control at the first party last Friday night went very smoothly.

By 5:45 p.m., Main Street Operations cast members were out directing day guests to exit through the right (west) tunnel while Party guests were arriving through the east tunnel. Later on, as closing time approached, Main Street was set up for two-way traffic, with incoming and departing guests both staying to their right.

Day guests were allowed to purchase merchandise in the shops on their way out until 7:30 p.m., though cast members stood at every doorway to the shops starting at 7:15 to prevent further entry of day guests. (Party guests could still enter.)

Each land was "swept" of those without wristbands starting at 7:00, and the sweep reached Main Street by around 7:35. As the sweep went down Main Street toward the train station, the cast members in the doorways would join the street. By 7:45, the park was "clear."

As the first parade was scheduled for 8:15 p.m., that did not leave much time to get the guide ropes and other crowd control measures in place, but they managed to finish in time.

As it turned out, the start of the parade was delayed due to thunder and lightning, but it did indeed go off. There were some issues related to the rain that did come down during the party, and there was about a 3-4 minute hold along the parade route, but it did finish the route. The Happy HalloWishes fireworks and the second showing of Mickey's Boo-To-You Parade went off without a hitch.

We'll repeat from last week: If you're planning to attend the party, make sure that your wristband is visible and that you retain your park ticket. That will make it easier for you and quicker for the cast members doing the sweep of the park.

Not So Scary party details, corrections

We've also got a few corrections and clarifications to our party guide that we published last week:

The new times for Mickey's Boo-To-You Parade are 8:15 and 10:30 p.m., and Happy HalloWishes now runs at 9:30 p.m. These times were likely pushed back due to the time required to sweep the park of day guests. Captain Jack Sparrow does appear on the Pirates float in the parade. Candy scents waft from the Goofy's Candy Company float features cast members walking alongside, handing out candy to parade spectators.

The dance parties are known as Stitch's Cosmic Dance Party (at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe) and Get Up and Boo-gie Dance Party (at Ariel's Grotto).

The Villain's Mix and Mingle takes place after a short stage show in front of Cinderella Castle, which occurs at 7:45, 9:00, 10:15 and 11:15 p.m.

The Liberty Belle Riverboat was not operating on Friday night, but that's no guarantee of whether or not they'll be using it at later parties, as it only returned to service from an extremely lengthy refurbishment a week earlier.

There don't appear to be free photos this year, but Photopass photos are reportedly 50 percent off.

Finally, there have been some questions as to what kind of candy was given out at the trick-or-treat stations. Thanks to MousePad message board member cheshirecatgirl, we have the following lengthy list of what there was: Nestle Crunch, Butterfinger, Baby Ruth, 100 Grand, Raisinettes, Almond Joy, Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, Hershey's Miniatures, Snickers, York Peppermint Patties, Hersheys Kisses, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers, Twix, generic Halloween chocolates, Skittles, Smarties, Spree, Necco wafers, DumDums, Starbursts, Bottlecaps, Mike and Ikes, Laffy Taffy, Tootsie Rolls, Sugar Daddies, Raisins, Sunkist Fruit Chews, Twizzlers, Sour Patch Kids, Airheads, Hot Tamales, Nerds, Bit o'Honey, and mini-gummy hotdogs and hamburgers.

We've updated our park guide page for the Halloween Party to correct inaccuracies.

Main Street Family Fun Day Parade details revealed

We've finally got a little more information on the Main Street Family Fun Day Parade, which will go through rehearsals on September 21 and 23, and officially debut on September 25. About 60 or so guests will join Pluto, Chip, Dale, Daisy Duck, Horace Horsecollar, Clarabelle Cow and eight dancers (4 male, 4 female) in a parade from the Hub down Main Street to Town Square. The Main Street Fire Truck will also be used in the parade. It will run three times per day, at 12:25, 1:05 and 1:55 p.m.

New Radisson discount rates through December 21

The Radisson Resort Orlando - Celebration, a MousePlanet sponsor, has announced reduced rates for MousePlanet readers that book their trip by September 30 for trips through the end of the year. Rates start at $59.95 per night through October 5 and $79.95 from October 6 through December 21!

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.

I'll take three houses at Walt Disney World, please …

While Fenway Park and Times Square took over from Park Place and Boardwalk in the new Here and Now edition of Monopoly, Walt Disney World managed an appropriate place on the board, nonetheless. Selected after three million votes this spring as the representative landmark for Orlando, "Disney World" (we guess they lost the "Walt") ended up taking the place of Illinois Avenue, resulting in the world biggest tourist destination taking over the most landed-upon property space on the board. And it can be yours for a mere $2.4 million in Monopoly money.

House and hotel costs are $1.5 million each (hotels require pre-purchase of four houses, as in the standard edition). Rents range from $200,000 with undeveloped property to $11 million with a hotel. While less than the $20 million for landing on Times Square with a hotel, it's certainly a step up from the $2.5 million it costs for Jacobs Field (Cleveland) with a hotel.

The game goes on sale on Thurs., Sept. 14, 2006 at mass retail merchants nationwide for a suggested retail price of $29.99. For more information, check out the Monopoly web site (link).

Help us out!

Want to help MousePlanet upgrade our park guides? We're looking to add menu information for all restaurants to our Walt Disney World Park Guide. Send photos or scans of menus (no fair copying from other web sites) to menus@mouseplanet.com. Please note that there is a 5MB limit on total attachments in a single email.

Cast members, DVC members, AP holders to get Nemo ride preview next month

The Seas with Nemo & Friends is apparently on track for its late October debut, as cast members, DVC members and Annual Passholders will be getting sneak previews in the middle of the month. Cast member previews will be held on October 12, while DVC members and AP holders can see it on October 13-15. You must bring your annual pass or DVC membership card and a photo ID in order to get in. Passholders and DVC members can bring up to three guests. As always, dates and availability are subject to change.

Cruise Line offers on-board credit for online bookings

The Disney Cruise Line is offering a $25 onboard credit when you book online from now through October 12. It is combinable with other offers, but is available for new bookings only. You can get the discount whether you book it yourself on disneycruise.com or you book through a travel agent (though the agent is required to book on disneycruise.com for the offer. The offer is good on all Disney Cruise Line itineraries and sail dates.

Thanks to MousePlanet sponsor Small World Vacations for the information.

Universal offers new low-cost multi-day ticket

Universal Orlando is trying another angle to draw visitors away from Disney. Trying to battle the highly-successful Magic Your Way passes that keep visitors at Disney by reducing the cost per day as the length of the ticket increases, Universal has introduced the "EarlyBird Exclusives" ticket that provides seven days of admission to both Universal parks for only $85, or $18 more than a one-day, one-park ticket.

Other "EarlyBird Exclusives" tickets allow Florida residents to get a one-day, two-park or two-day, one-park ticket for $67, the price of a one-day, one-park ticket. Still another deal provides four-day passes packaged with a three-night hotel stay for $195.

The tickets must be purchased at least one day in advance, either via the Internet or through AAA or other participating ticketing agents.

SeaWorld Orlando already has a seven-day pass called "Anytime".

Union tries again to organize Universal workers

For the seventh time, labor organizers are trying to unionize the workers at Universal Orlando. Unlike previous efforts where specialized unions focused on groups of employees in specific job groupings, this attempt is to get all 13,000 employees to join a single union.

The International Union of Journeymen & Allied Trades set up the Universal Labor Council to attempt to organize the workers. They say that, if a union is committed to by employees, the Universal Employees Union Local 1 would be chartered. However, since Florida is a right-to-work state, employees could not be forced to join the union even if it were agreed to.

There's no word yet on how successful the 40 or so organizers have been.

SeaWorld Orlando employees are not unionized, but Disney employees have had union representation since the resort first opened.

Cypress Gardens declares Chapter 11

After reopening with much fanfare two years ago, Cypress Gardens has lapsed into bankruptcy. After the Central Florida landmark closed in 2003 due to dropping attendance, it was rescued by Kent Buescher, who owns a similar park in Valdosta, Georgia.

However, before the park could reopen, it was hit by Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne, which destroyed a great deal of the work on the park. According to Buescher, insurance claims for the hurricane damage have still not been paid, resulting in a major cash crunch. He said that claims have been denied for reasons ranging from issues with the policy to questions about the cost of repairs.

In either case, the park will operate under Chapter 11 while it tries to reorganize its finances. It may take some time to see if the park dodges the bullet once again.

Quick takes …

Cinderellabration was performed for the last time on Saturday with many cast members in attendance, though most were glad to see it go. A replacement show, first mentioned here at the end of July, should debut in the near future.

…The Living with the Land boat ride returns to operation today. The boats have been running empty or with water dummies for at least a week now. We are not sure if the Fastpass machines have been removed or not. We'll let you know once we can confirm it one way or the other.

…While the boat ride was closed, the greenhouses at The Land underwent some changes due to an aphid infestation. The main culprit was the rice plants, which will not be replanted, and were replaced with tropical star fruits, spices, bananas and other tropical fruits. Many of the other plants had to be replaced, as well.

…The Funai Classic golf tournament tees off this week as a field of 144 top PGA Tour players go after the $828,000 top prize of a total purse of $4.6 million. The October 19-22 event is played on the Palm and Magnolia courses on Thursday and Friday before settling down on the Magnolia course for the final two rounds on Saturday and Sunday.


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Coming soon

  • August 13 – September 30, "Playhouse Disney in Concert" series at the Disney-MGM Studios.
    • Sept. 18-24 – Imagination Movers (ABC Theater)
    • Sept. 25-30 – Dan Zanes and friends (ABC Theater)
  • September 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 24, Walt Disney World Triathlon.
  • 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
  • October 7, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K.
  • October 8, Disney's Race for the Taste 10K.

Trivia question of the week

This week's question: How many tons of candy has Disney brought in for all the of Halloween parties? Stay tuned to next week's park update for the answer.

The answer to last week's question: "What are the only two dolls in "it's a small world" that represent the United States of America?" is:

The cowboy and Indian on the right as you exit the "white room" finale.


The two dolls representing the United States of America only appear in the "white room" and not earlier in the attraction. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.


Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Magic Kingdom

Epcot

  • Nemo's Undersea Adventure – will open in late October in The Living Seas, which will be renamed "The Seas with Nemo and Friends." Annual Passholder previews will be held October 13–15.
  • Living with the Land – has returned from refubishment with a new system to deliver automated spiels.
  • The Wonders of Life pavilion – is closed for good.
  • Yorkshire County Fish Shop – is closed for refurbishment through September 22.
  • Mitsukoshi Teppanyaki – will be closed for refurbishment January 15 – May 25, 2007.

Disney-MGM Studios

Animal Kingdom

  • Finding Nemo – The Musical – will open 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 closed for an extensive rehab through 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 Calypso buildings to Family Suites continues. 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 later this year. Tahiti is currently being worked on, with an expected completion date in mid-November. Aotearoa and Rarotonga will need to have a brief unexpected shutdown in the next month or so in order to allow some electrical repair to the monorail track. The reconstruction and expansion of Captain Cook's Snack Company is not scheduled to be completed until early December, though it's possible that it might soft-open before Thanksgiving.
  • 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 the six buildings of Phase III is underway, with the six units expected to be completed in mid-2007. The new buildings will comprise two additional sections, to be called The Carousel and The Grandstand.

Water Parks

  • Blizzard Beach – Will close for annual refurbishment October 29, and will reopen on January 7, 2007.
  • Typhoon Lagoon – Will close for annual refurbishment on January 7, 2007, and will reopen on March 18, 2007.

Elsewhere

  • Cirque du Soleil – La Nouba – performs Tuesdays – Saturdays. Also, no performances September 17–25, November 19–21 and December 31.

Park Events

September 2006

  • 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. 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

  • Taping of the Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade. Dec. 1–3. Regis, Kelly and all those performers arrive, and they run those floats slowly down Main Street again and again, causing traffic jams and much merriment in the search for the perfect shot.
  • 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).
  • 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 is full. [Read our WDW Marathon Guide.]
  • Walt Disney World Marathon. Jan. 7. Registration is still 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 reduced rates for MousePlanet readers that book their trip by September 30 for trips through the end of the year. Rates start at $59.95 per night through October 5 and $79.95 from October 6 through December 21!

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.

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 will not be performed 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 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.

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 March 2007.

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

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

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

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

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

MGM 9a-8p
AK 9a-5p
BB 10a-5p
TL 10a-5p

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

9/24
9/25
9/26
9/27
9/28
9/29
9/30

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

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

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

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

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

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

MGM 9a-8p
AK 9a-5p
BB 10a-5p
TL 10a-5p

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

10/1
   

MK 9a-9p
EF 9a-7p
EW 11a-9p
MGM 9a-7:30p
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 March 2007.

Theme Park Events

Magic Kingdom
Epcot World Showcase
Disney-MGM Studios
Animal Kingdom
Monday 9/18

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 8p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Illuminations 9p

Playhouse Disney in Concert: Imagination Movers 10a, 11:15a, 1:15p, 2:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

Fantasmic 8p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Tuesday 9/19

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

Wishes Fireworks 8p

Illuminations 9p

Playhouse Disney in Concert: Imagination Movers 10a, 11:15a, 1:15p, 2:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

Fantasmic 8p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Wednesday 9/20

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

Wishes Fireworks 8p

Illuminations 9p

Playhouse Disney in Concert: Imagination Movers 10a, 11:15a, 1:15p, 2:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

Fantasmic 8p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Thursday 9/21

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 8p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Illuminations 9p

Playhouse Disney in Concert: Imagination Movers 10a, 11:15a, 1:15p, 2:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

Fantasmic 8p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Friday 9/22

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 7p-12a

Illuminations 9p

Playhouse Disney in Concert: Imagination Movers 10a, 11:15a, 1:15p, 2:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

Fantasmic 8p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Saturday 9/23

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 8p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Illuminations 9p

Playhouse Disney in Concert: Imagination Movers 10a, 11:15a, 1:15p, 2:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

Fantasmic 8p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Sunday 9/24

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Illuminations 9p

Playhouse Disney in Concert: Imagination Movers 10a, 11:15a, 1:15p, 2:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

Fantasmic 8p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Monday 9/25

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 8p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Illuminations 9p

Playhouse Disney in Concert: Dan Zanes and Friends 10a, 11:15a, 1:15p, 2:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

Fantasmic 8p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Tuesday 9/26

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

Wishes Fireworks 8p

Illuminations 9p

Playhouse Disney in Concert: Dan Zanes and Friends 10a, 11:15a, 1:15p, 2:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

Fantasmic 8p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Wednesday 9/27

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

Wishes Fireworks 8p

Illuminations 9p

Playhouse Disney in Concert: Dan Zanes and Friends 10a, 11:15a, 1:15p, 2:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

Fantasmic 8p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Thursday 9/28

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 8p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Illuminations 9p

Playhouse Disney in Concert: Dan Zanes and Friends 10a, 11:15a, 1:15p, 2:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

Fantasmic 8p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Friday 9/29

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 7p-12a

Eat to the Beat Concert Series: Survivor 5:45p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Playhouse Disney in Concert: Dan Zanes and Friends 10a, 11:15a, 1:15p, 2:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

Fantasmic 8p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Saturday 9/30

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p. 11p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Eat to the Beat Concert Series: Survivor 5:45p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Playhouse Disney in Concert: Dan Zanes and Friends 10a, 11:15a, 1:15p, 2:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

Fantasmic 8p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Sunday 10/1

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 8p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Eat to the Beat Concert Series: The Family Stone Experience 5:45p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Playhouse Disney in Concert: Dan Zanes and Friends 10a, 11:15a, 1:15p, 2:30p

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

Fantasmic 7:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Fort Wilderness movie schedule for September 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
  18
The Princess Diaries 2
19
The Jungle Book
20
The Absent-Minded Professor
21
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
22
Herbie: Fully Loaded
23
Chicken Little
24
Beauty and the Beast
25
High School Musical
26
Home on the Range
27
Brother Bear
28
The Emperor's New Groove
29
Finding Nemo
30
The Pacifier

Downtown Disney Entertainment

(Separate admission required)

Rock & Roll Beach Club
House of Blues
Monday 9/18

Harrydash

Musica Fresca Tour with Yerba Buena, Volito, Akwid + Radio Mundial and Yahoo! Battle of the Bands (main room), $20 in advance/$22.50 day of show; 8 p.m.

Tuesday 9/19

Untouchables

 

Wednesday 9/20

Untouchables

An Evening with Pat Green with Guest Patrick Davis (main room), $20 in advance/$22 day of show; 8 p.m.

Thursday 9/21

Untouchables

Rusted Root with Special Guest Trevor Hall (main room), $20 in advance/$22.50 day of show; 8:30 p.m.

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

Friday 9/22

Papo's Groove

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

Saturday 9/23

Papo's Groove

Reverend Horton Heat with HorrorPops (main room), $15 in advance/$17.50 day of show; 9 p.m.

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

 

Sunday 9/24

Stormbringer

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

2K Sports Bounce Tour Featuring A Tribe Called Quest (main room), $37.50 in advance/$45 day of show; 8 p.m.

Monday 9/25

Stormbringer

 

Tuesday 9/26

Hip Kitty

Gin Blossoms with Shawn Mullins and Josh Kelley (main room), $19 in advance/$23 day of show; 8 p.m.

Wednesday 9/27

Hip Kitty

Bullet For My Valentine with Eighteen Visions and Escape The Fate (main room), $12.50 in advance/$15 day of show; 7 p.m.

Thursday 9/28

Hip Kitty

The English Beat with Westbound Train (main room), $18 in advance/$20 day of show; 8:30 p.m.

Big Leg Emma (Blues Kitchen), free; 10:30 p.m.

Friday 9/29

Hip Kitty

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic with special guest 3KSTAIC (main room), $23 in advance/$25 day of show; 9 p.m.

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

Saturday 9/30

Hip Kitty

Sandy Atkinson and The Modeans (Blues Kitchen), free; 10:30 p.m

 

Sunday 10/1

TBA

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

Revolver Magazine and Pure Volume Presents Trivium with Protest the Hero, The Sword and Cellador (main room), $15 in advance/$17 day of show; 6:30 p.m.

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