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Update for May 14 – 20, 2007

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News and Views

Epcot Vice President Brad Rex steps down

Vice President of Epcot Brad Rex, who was interviewed on Episode 4 of the MouseStation podcast, has left the company after 12 years to become the Executive Vice President of Hilton Grand Vacations, a timeshare company owned by Hilton Hotels.

Rex's replacement, Jim MacPhee, is a 29-year Disney veteran who had previously been Walt Disney World's Vice President of Park Operations Line of Business for the last three years. In that role, he was responsible for various pieces of entertainment, attractions, vacation planning, ticketing and guest communications. MacPhee started his Disney career in 1978 as an hourly Watercraft Cast Member.

According to Disney spokeswoman Kim Prunty, MacPhee is still in the process of transitioning into his role, and will likely make his plans for the park as a whole known after he has a chance to settle in. In other words, we'll have to wait to see if the replacement of Rex has any effect on the previous non-plans for Epcot's 25th anniversary this October 1.

Dining shuffle at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Those who have been hungering for a sit-down restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom will soon have not one, but two to choose from. We've known for a while that the Yak & Yeti Restaurant will be opening later this year (likely this summer), but the new news coming from the park is that Tusker House is closing on August 20 and reopening on November 17 as a buffet service restaurant, featuring a character breakfast. The Kusafiri Coffee Shop will be open when Tusker House reopens, but only the outside window will be in operation. The new buffet-service version of Tusker House will be open from 8-10:30 a.m. for Donald's Safari Breakfast, and from 11:30 a.m. to park close for lunch and dinner.

With the opening of the new character breakfast at Tusker House, the Donald's Breakfastosaurus character meal ends after November 5. Restaurantosaurus will continue to serve lunch.

While the new Yak & Yeti and the conversion of Tusker House will provide Disney's Animal Kingdom with some much-needed table-service dining, the change also means that the park will also be down to three counter-service restaurants, none near the back of the park. With Restaurantosaurus in Dinoland, U.S.A., Flame Tree Barbecue on the east side of Discovery Island and Pizzafari on the southwesterly side of Discovery Island, there will be no counter-service options in Africa or Asia. Those looking for a quick sit-down meal will need to come back to the front section of the park. We'll have to wait to see if new counter-service options open in Africa or Asia.

Disney Magic on its way to Europe for the summer

The Disney Magic departed on Saturday on the Disney Cruise Line's first-ever Trans-Atlantic cruise. Upon its arrival in Barcelona, the Magic begins a series of eight 10- and 11-night cruises over 12 weeks before crossing back to the United States with another two-week repositioning cruise departing August 18.

Many new shows, deck parties, shore excursions and dining menus have been planned for the Mediterranean itineraries, most showcasing and tying in with the local ports of call. Special youth activities are also planned to tie in to the Mediterranean ports.

MousePlanet's Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix is on board the Magic for the two-week outgoing repositioning cruise, and you can expect her to file a report when she returns.

Disney and union come to agreement

Walt Disney World has finally reached an agreement with the Service Trades Council Union, the umbrella group that coordinates bargaining for six unions that together make up over half of Disney's employees in Florida. The 21,000 full-time cast members represented by STCU (the union group also covers another 8,000 part-timers) will have a chance to vote on the proposed three-year contract on Friday. The existing contract has been extended until next Monday.

One of the six member unions of the STCU, however, doesn't agree with the deal. International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 385, representing bus operators, parking attendants, ranch hands, and laundry workers as well as the character department, is not recommending the contract to its members. The chief objections by the Teamsters center around too-small pay increases for those at the top of their pay grade and too large a share of health care costs being paid by employees.

Cast members not at the top of their pay grade will receive an increase of 4 to 5 percent each year, while those at top of grade will receive a 2 percent raise (or 25 cents per hour, whichever is greater) this September, 2.25 percent (or 30 cents per hour) in 2008 and 3 percent (or 45 cents per hour) in 2009. In effect, those not at top of grade will close the gap at a decreasing rate each year.

Disney provides a choice of health plans, and pays a set percentage of the coverage cost regardless of the salary of the employee. The amount that the company can increase the charge to employees for HMO coverage is capped each year in set dollar amounts.

Admission, training, discounts and other benefits are all being continued. A full rundown of the agreement is available at the STCU Web site.

Get your MousePlanet swag!

The MousePlanet.com store is now open for business (link)! You can get shirts, mugs, hats and even a Teddy Bear! Check it out and show your MousePlanet pride! Now you can show everybody in the parks what site you read!

Readers respond on smoking ban

And they wrote... And they wrote... And they wrote... The deluge.

We asked you to respond with your opinions of Disney's decision to make smoking off-limits in all Walt Disney World lodging owned and operated by Disney, including all DVC resorts, and boy did you ever! More e-mail has come in on this topic than any other since we have been publishing the Update. So far, we've had responses from 45 non-smokers and 11 smokers, meaning that smokers make up 20 percent of the response. That's a big difference from the 3.5 percent of hotel rooms reserved for smokers.

The biggest issue for smokers was the ability to smoke on balconies and patios. They said that they could understand not being able to smoke in the room, but questioned how their smoking outside their room could affect anyone. Some non-smokers applauded the balcony/patio smoking ban, complaining that drifting cigarette smoke had made it impossible for them to use their balcony due to reactions to the smoke.

Either way, it'a apparent that there is still plenty of animosity on both sides of the argument. Many non-smokers complained of smokers not restricting their lighting-up to the designated smoking areas, while smokers complained of being shunted off to the hinterlands to engage in their pastime.

A portion of the letters will be printed in an upcoming mailbag column. Thanks to everyone who has responded! We appreciate you taking the time to share your opinions with us. For those that wish to engage in our online conversation rather than submitting e-mail, the topic is being discussed in this MousePad thread.

Cleaning up the base of Spaceship Earth

According to paperwork filed with Orange County by Walt Disney World last Thursday, they will "remove the Leave a Legacy Icon from the base of Spaceship Earth." The Leave a Legacy sales kiosk at the west side of the entry courtyard will also be dismantled.

Now, before you get all excited (or disappointed) that the Leave a Legacy stones themselves will be coming down, the "icon" that they are referring to is actually the location surrounding the mirrored support column where you can look up the location of your Leave a Legacy image. The stones are likely to remain standing until at least 2009.

While the images were guaranteed to remain on display at Epcot until at least 2019 or 2024 (at least, that's what was promised back in October 1999), there was no guarantee as to where in Epcot they would be displayed. In any case, there are no near-term plans to remove them and any long-term plans would need to retain them on display in some form or another for some time.

As part of this demolition work, the Pal Mickey transmitters will be relocated to walls on either side of Spaceship Earth.

Goodbye, Miss Jobson

The long-promised changes to the storyline of Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney's Animal Kingdom are now in process. Work is winding down on adding the ninth row of seats to the loading docks and the trucks, and the cast is in the process of learning the new script. Some trucks are currently using the new script and some are still using the old one. The story line featuring Miss Jobson will officially retire completely on June 1. The finale scene changes are in process and the plane may be removed at any time, as Disney filed paperwork with Orange County last Monday to "extend existing fiber and power for prop relocation" for the finale scene.

Menus wanted!

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 (link). Send photos or scans of menus (no fair copying from other Web sites) to menus@mouseplanet.com (link). Please note that there is a 5MB limit on total attachments in a single email.

Pirate & Princess Update

Last week, we posted incomplete pricing information for the Pirate & Princess Parties being held on eight nights this summer. The general public prices that we listed last week—$38.95 plus tax ($41.48) per adult and $32.95 plus tax ($35.09) per child ages 3-9—are actually the advance purchase prices. Tickets bought on the day of the event will actually set you back $45.95 ($48.94) plus tax per adult and $39.95 plus tax ($42.55) per child ages 3-9.

Since they are not yet available online, tickets should be purchased by calling 407-W-DISNEY (407-924-7639).

Former Hyatt reopens as Orlando Sun Resort

The former Hyatt Resort on U.S. Route 192 near the main World Drive entrance to Walt Disney World has been newly-renovated and is reopening as the Orlando Sun Resort, part of the Lexington Collection group. The 1,000-room hotel has 22 meeting rooms with a total of 60,000 square feet of meeting space and many other amenities. The resort originally opened in 1972, one of the first hotels in the area to open after the construction of Walt Disney World.

Quick takes …

…Across-the-board price increases went into effect on May 5 for all fixed-price dining locations, including family buffets, dinner shows and character dining experiences.

…Apparently Disney changed the schedule in the last two weeks while we weren't watching closely. This fall/winter's water park refurbishment schedule has flip-flopped, as the Walt Disney World Web site now shows Typhoon Lagoon closing for its annual refurbishment on October 28, and Blizzard Beach would now go second, after Typhoon Lagoon reopens.

…Registration continues to fill quickly for the 2008 Walt Disney World Marathon and Half Marathon. The Marathon is at 60 percent of capacity, and the Half Marathon is at 85 percent of capacity. (Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge has been sold out for some time.) If you're thinking about running next January, it's time to stop procrastinating and sign up! [Read our WDW Marathon Guide.]

…A date has been announced for next year's Walt Disney World Inline Marathon and Half Marathon. It will take place on May 4, 2008.

…Registration is now open for the Race for the Taste 10K, to be held on October 7.

…The Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft will be held at The Milk House at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex for the first time, on June 7-8. The event will be open to the public. The first day of the draft is scheduled to run from 2 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., and the draft will resume the next day at 11:30 a.m. and continue until it has reached its completion. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays own the first selection of the Draft.

…The National Basketball Association's Pre-Draft Camp is returning to Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex for the second year, from May 29-June 1. The camp annually invites top NBA Draft prospects to work out and be evaluated by league coaches and executives. The draft will take place on June 28 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

March of Dimes fundraising goes over the top

I thought that I had written my last about my WalkAmerica fundraising for the March of Dimes a couple of weeks ago with the wrapup following my walk, when I noted that we had managed to come within $300 of reaching our $4,000 goal. Little did I know that your generosity had yet to run its course. Thanks to a series of late donations, I am thrilled to say that we have raised $4,025 this year! A huge thank you again to everyone who donated!


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Coming soon

  • Apr. 5 – June 3. Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival [park guide page].
    • Flower Power Concert Series
      • May 11 – 15: Davy Jones
      • May 16 – 19: B.J. Thomas
      • May 20 – 22: Grass Roots featuring Rob Grill
      • May 23 – 25: The Guess Who
      • May 26: The SOS Band
      • May 27 – 30: Gary Puckett
      • May 31 – June 3: Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
    • Themed Weekends
      • May 18 – 20: Characters in Bloom Weekend
      • May 26 – 28: Memorial Day Weekend
      • June 1 – 3: Festival Farewell Weekend
  • May 15-17. Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
  • May 18-20. Teddy Bear and Doll Weekend.
  • May 20. Walt Disney World 70.3 Ironman Triathlon.
  • May 20 - June 4. No Cirque du Soleil performances.
  • May 22-25. Pirates of the Caribbean: Adventures on the Seven Seas Lagoon.
  • May 31-June 3. Gay Days 2007.
    • May 31 - Disney's Animal Kingdom
    • June 1 - Disney-MGM Studios
    • June 2 - Magic Kingdom
    • June 3 - Epcot
  • May 25-28, Jun. 30-Jul. 7, Aug. 31-Sept. 3 and Nov. 19-25, 2007; and Dec. 16, 2007-Jan. 2, 2008. DVC members may not pool-hop on these dates.
  • June 1–24. Star Wars Weekends, Fridays - Sundays.
    • June 1-3 - Warwick Davis (Wicket the Ewok, Episode VI, and Wald, Episode I) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2, all films)
    • June 8-10 - Ray Park (Darth Maul, Episode I) and Daniel Logan (young Boba Fett, Episode II)
    • June 15-17 - Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett Episodes V and VI) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca, Episodes IV-VI and III)
    • June 22-24 - Anthony Daniels (C-3PO, all films) and Bonnie Piesse (Beru Lars, Episodes II and III)

Walt Disney World trivia question of the week

This week's question: Who led the 1,076-piece band down Main Street, U.S.A. on opening day of the Magic Kingdom, October 1, 1971? Stay tuned to next week's park update for the answer.

The answer to last week's question: "In what year did the Walt Disney World Resort welcome it's 100 Millionth Guest?", which was submitted by MousePlanet reader Jorge Ramos, is:

It took just eight years for Walt Disney World to welcome 100 million guests, with that milestone turnstile click occurring in October, 1979.

Do you have a trivia question that you'd like to share? If we choose to use your question, we'll give you credit in the Update. Email us here.


Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Magic Kingdom

Epcot

  • Maelstrom – closed for refurbishment through May 24.
  • Spaceship Earth – closed for refurbishment June 22–23 and July 9 – November 1.
  • Mitsukoshi Teppanyaki – closed for refurbishment through August 20.
  • Le Cellier Restaurant – closed for refurbishment May 14–18.
  • The Wonders of Life pavilion – has again closed, perhaps forever and perhaps just until next Thanksgiving weekend.

Disney-MGM Studios

  • No known refurbishments at this time.

Animal Kingdom

  • No known refurbishments at this time.

Resorts

  • All-Star Music Resort – Refurbishment of the Calypso pool is underway. The accessible chair lift and transfer station will be replaced, along with other general touch-up work. Similar work on the Fantasia pool at All Star Movies took about five months. In the meantime, All-Star Music guests may continue to use the "quiet" pools as well as the main pools at the other All-Star resorts. All buildings not containing Family Suites are being renovated between January and June.
  • All-Star Sports Resort – All buildings will be renovated between June and November.
  • Caribbean Beach Resort – The feature pool will be closed for renovation January – June, 2008. Exact dates have yet to be announced.
  • Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – Building 6 (Concierge) will be closed in September for a full refurbishment.
  • 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 all six units expected to be completed in late 2007. The new buildings will comprise two additional sections, to be called The Carousel and The Grandstand. The two buildings in The Carousel have been completed, and the four in The Grandstand are well underway.

Water Parks

  • Blizzard Beach – closed for annual refurbishment late December – late winter.
  • Typhoon Lagoon – closed for annual refurbishment October 28 – late December.

Elsewhere

  • Cirque du Soleil – La Nouba – performs Tuesdays – Saturdays. No performances May 20 – June 4, July 29–31, September 23–October 1, November 25–27.

Park Events

May 2007

  • Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (link). Apr. 5 – June 3. Epcot comes alive with topiaries, other floral displays, gardening demonstrations and the ?Flower Power? concert series at the 14th annual event.
  • Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Devil Rays (link). May 15-17. Regular-season Major League Baseball comes to The Ballpark at Disney's Wide World of Sports for the first time.
  • Teddy Bear and Doll Weekend (link). May 18-20. The annual event features over 30 artists displaying their wares.
  • Walt Disney World 70.3 Ironman Triathlon (link). May 20. Athletes compete in a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride, and a 13.1 mile run. Registration opens soon (link).
  • Pirates of the Caribbean Adventures on the Seven Seas Lagoon (link). May 22-25. Disneyland may get the movie premiere, but Walt Disney World gets a three-day, multi-tiered event on open water.
  • Gay Days 2007. May 31 - June 3. The 17th annual gathering of the GLBT community at Walt Disney World (link1 | link 2).

June 2007

  • Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (link). Apr. 5 – June 3. Epcot comes alive with topiaries, other floral displays, gardening demonstrations and the ?Flower Power? concert series at the 14th annual event.
  • Gay Days 2007. May 31 - June 3. The 17th annual gathering of the GLBT community at Walt Disney World (link1 | link 2).
  • Star Wars Weekends (link). June 1–24. The popular event returns to the Studios in 2007 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original Star Wars film.

July 2007

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp (link). Late July – Mid-Aug. The Bucs return to Disney for another year's training camp.

August 2007

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp (link). Late July – Mid-Aug. The Bucs return to Disney for another year's training camp.
  • Disney's Pirate & Princess Party (link). Aug. 11, 15, 18, 21, 24, 28, 31 and Sept. 3. A rerun of this past winter's new hard-ticketed event celebrates the pirates and princesses in all of us.
  • Tom Joyner Family Reunion (link). Aug. 31 – Sept. 3. The radio host's annual gathering returns for another year.

September 2007

  • Disney's Pirate & Princess Party (link). Aug. 11, 15, 18, 21, 24, 28, 31 and Sept. 3. A rerun of this past winter's new hard-ticketed event celebrates the pirates and princesses in all of us.
  • Tom Joyner Family Reunion (link). Aug. 31 – Sept. 3. The radio host's annual gathering returns for another year.
  • Night of Joy (link). Sept. 7 – 8. Disney's annual Christian music festival.
  • Disney's Pin Celebration (link). Sept. 7 – 9. This year, the event's theme is "Where Dreams HapPin". Registration opens May 9.
  • Walt Disney World Triathlon (link). Sept. 23. Athletes compete in a 1.5K swim, a 40K bike ride, and a 10K run. Registration opens soon (link).
  • Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (link). Sep. 14, 21, 28, 30, Oct. 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31, Nov. 2. Get your costumes ready. The Disney characters will certainly be wearing theirs.
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (link). Sep.28 – Nov. 11. The 12th annual celebration of things gustatory, plus the Eat to the Beat concert series.

October 2007

  • Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (link). Sep. 14, 21, 28, 30, Oct. 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31, Nov. 2. Get your costumes ready. The Disney characters will certainly be wearing theirs.
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (link). Sep.28 – Nov. 11. The 12th annual celebration of things gustatory, plus the Eat to the Beat concert series.
  • Race for the Taste 10K (link). Oct. 7. The annual October classic steers runners through the Disney-MGM Studios and Epcot. Registration is now open (link).
  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 13K and 6.5K (link). Oct. 27. Disney's first night-time endurance event is Halloween-themed, and concludes witha big after-party. Registration is now open (link).

November 2007

  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (link). Sep.28 – Nov. 11. The 12th annual celebration of things gustatory, plus the Eat to the Beat concert series.
  • Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (link). Sep. 14, 21, 28, 30, Oct. 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31, Nov. 2. Get your costumes ready. The Disney characters will certainly be wearing theirs.
  • Disney Golf Classic (link). Nov. 1–4. Joe Durant returns to defend his 2006 title.
  • Festival of the Masters (link). Nov. 9–11. Disney's annual arts festival at Downtown Disney's West Side.
  • ABC Super Soap Weekend (link). Nov. 10 – 11. Your favorite ABC soap opera stars converge on the Disney-MGM Studios.
  • Pirates of Castaway Cay pin cruise (link). Nov. 11-15. Pirates, pins and a Disney cruise, all rolled into one.
  • Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights (link). Nov. 12 – Jan. 6, 2008. Jennings Osborne's amazing display returns to the Studios.
  • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (link). Nov. 12, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29, 30, Dec. 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21 (dates tentative). Snow on Main Street, free hot cocoa and cookies. What's not to like?
  • Old Spice Classic (link). Nov. 22, 23, 25. ESPN Regional presents the second annual 8-team, 12-game tournament, featuring George Mason, Kansas State, North Carolina State, Penn State, Rider, South Carolina and Villanova.
  • Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade (link). Dates TBA. The Animal Kingdom Parade trades its Jammin' for Jingle in this holiday makeover.
  • Holidays Around the World (link). Nov. 23 – Dec. 30. Epcot's World Showcase gets storytellers, special entertainment and crafts for kids, the Lights of Winter and a spectacular Christmas tree.
  • Festival of the Seasons (link). Dates TBA. Downtown Disney gets a holiday makeover.

December 2007

  • Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights (link). Nov. 12 – Jan. 6, 2008. Jennings Osborne's amazing display returns to the Studios.
  • Holidays Around the World (link). Nov. 23 – Dec. 30. Epcot's World Showcase gets storytellers, special entertainment and crafts for kids, the Lights of Winter and a spectacular Christmas tree.
  • Festival of the Seasons (link). Dates TBA. Downtown Disney gets a holiday makeover.
  • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (link). Nov. 12, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29, 30, Dec. 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21 (dates tentative). Snow on Main Street, free hot cocoa and cookies. What's not to like?
  • Pop Warner Super Bowl (link). Dates TBA, expected to be Dec. 2 – 8. Football players and cheerleaders invade the resort for the pigskin championships.
  • MouseFest 2007 (link). Dec. 2 – 10. The annual gathering of the Disney Internet community takes place at sea from Dec. 2 – 6 and on land from Dec. 6 – 10.
  • Pleasure Island New Year's Eve (link). Dec. 31. Pleasure Island celebrates the actual New Year.
  • New Year's Eve at Cirque du Soleil. Dec. 31. Cirque puts on special New Year's performances.
  • Atlantic Dance Hall New Year's Eve (link). Dec. 31. Ring in the New Year at the BoardWalk's own dance club.

January 2008

  • Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights (link). Nov. 12 – Jan. 6, 2008. Jennings Osborne's amazing display returns to the Studios.
  • Walt Disney World Half-Marathon (link). Jan. 12. Registration is now open (link).
  • Walt Disney World Marathon (link). Jan. 13. Registration is now open (link). [Read our WDW Marathon Guide.]

June 2008

  • Gay Days 2008. June 6 - 9. The 18th annual gathering of the GLBT community at Walt Disney World (link1 | link 2).

Current Discounts & Promotions

Free dining plan is back for late August–September

Disney is offering a new free dining package for trips beginning August 26 through September 22. Minimum stay will be three nights and a minimum one-day theme park ticket per person is required to get the free dining package for the length of your stay. Just remember that this is during peak hurricane season, which is why Disney needs to offer this promotion to get people to visit the parks and stay on property. While the odds of a hurricane interrupting or cancelling your vacation are low, you may want to take advantage of the trip insurance offered by Disney, just in case. Packages must be booked by June 24.

Passholder and Florida resident rates

Annual passholders and Florida residents have discount codes for room-only and package stays for mid-April through late May, available for booking through the end of the promotional period, subject to availability. Passholder and resident discount dates are for most nights through May 24. Passholder rates start as low as $74 per night for value resorts, while Florida resident rates are as low as $79 per night for values. Full hook-up campsites for RVs start at $55 per night for passholders, $60 per night for Florida residents.

Hotel Royal Plaza offers discounts to MousePlanet readers

We'd like to welcome the Hotel Royal Plaza as a new MousePlanet sponsor. As part of our new relationship, the Royal Plaza has created a special offer just for MousePlanet readers! From now through the end of the year, anyone booking their stay through the MousePlanet Web site will receive discounted rates up to 20 percent off on all room types.

The completely-remodeled 394-room resort is located on Hotel Plaza Boulevard, just a few minutes' walk from Downtown Disney. Bus service to all Walt Disney World theme parks is included with your stay. Their Giraffe Caf restaurant, Giraffe Tavern sports bar, Marketessen deli-style caf and Sips Pool Bar are ready to serve you. And children 10 and under eat breakfast for free!

And so we'd like to thank the Hotel Royal Plaza for joining the MousePlanet family, and invite you to try their hospitality.

Disney's Price Slice golf rates are back

Disney's popular summer golf discount program, Disney's Price Slice, will return from May 14 through September 27. During that time, a round of golf at any of the Walt Disney World courses will be less expensive after 10 a.m. daily, due to the heat of the summer season. The Magnolia, Palm, Eagle Pines and Osprey Ridge courses will carry a fee of $55, while the Lake Buena Vista course will cost $45. Rates include the use of an electric cart, and are $34-$44 cheaper than regular rates.

The rates include the use of an electric cart and are discounted from the before-10 a.m. prices of $99 for resort guests/$109 for day visitors (Magnolia and Osprey Ridge), $89 for resort guests/$99 for day visitors (Palm and Eagle Pines) and $79 for resort guests/$89 for day visitors (Lake Buena Vista). 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's front page still appears to have difficulty with browsers other than Internet Explorer. Once you get past the front page, you should be all right.

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 September 2007.

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5/23
5/24
5/25
5/26

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/27
 

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

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

Entertainment Schedule

Hours and entertainment schedules are currently available through September 2007.

Theme Park Events

Magic Kingdom
Epcot World Showcase
Disney-MGM Studios
Animal Kingdom
Monday 5/14

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Flower Power Concert Series: Davy Jones 5:45p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Tuesday 5/15

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Flower Power Concert Series: Davy Jones 5:45p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

Fantasmic 9p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Wednesday 5/16

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Flower Power Concert Series: B.J. Thomas 5:45p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

Fantasmic 9p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Thursday 5/17

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Flower Power Concert Series: B.J. Thomas 5:45p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

Fantasmic 9p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Friday 5/18

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Flower and Garden Festival Characters in Bloom Weekend

Great American Gardener Series: Robert Bowden 12:30p, 3:30p

Flower Power Concert Series: B.J. Thomas 5:45p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Saturday 5/19

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Flower and Garden Festival Characters in Bloom Weekend

Great American Gardener Series: Robert Bowden 12:30p, 3:30p

Flower Power Concert Series: B.J. Thomas 5:45p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Sunday 5/20

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Flower and Garden Festival Characters in Bloom Weekend

Great American Gardener Series: Robert Bowden 12:30p, 3:30p

Flower Power Concert Series: Grass Roots featuring Rob Grill 5:45p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

Fantasmic 9p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Monday 5/21

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Flower Power Concert Series: Grass Roots featuring Rob Grill 5:45p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

Fantasmic 9p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Tuesday 5/22

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Flower Power Concert Series: Grass Roots featuring Rob Grill 5:45p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

Fantasmic 9p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Wednesday 5/23

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

Wishes Fireworks 9p

Flower Power Concert Series: The Guess Who 5:45p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Thursday 5/24

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Flower Power Concert Series: The Guess Who 5:45p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

Fantasmic 9p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Friday 5/25

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

Wishes Fireworks 9p, 11p

Great American Gardener Series: Gary Alan 12:30p, 3:30p

Flower Power Concert Series: The Guess Who 5:45p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Saturday 5/26

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p, 11p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Flower and Garden Festival Memorial Day Weekend

Great American Gardener Series: Gary Alan 12:30p, 3:30p

Flower Power Concert Series: The SOS Band 5:45p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Sunday 5/27

Disney Dreams Come True Parade 3p

SpectroMagic Parade 9p, 11p

Wishes Fireworks 10p

Flower and Garden Festival Memorial Day Weekend

Great American Gardener Series: Gary Alan 12:30p, 3:30p

Flower Power Concert Series: Gary Puckett 5:45p, 7p, 8:15p

Illuminations 9p

Stars and Motor Cars Parade 3p

Fantasmic 9p, 10:30p

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade 4p

Fort Wilderness movie schedule for May 2007

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

Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat

 

14
The Princess Diaries 2

15
The Great Mouse Detective

16
Mary Poppins

17
Chicken Little

18
Tarzan

19
Lilo & Stitch

20
Homeward Bound

21
Mulan

22
Mighty Joe Young

23
Bambi

24
Hercules

25
Finding Nemo

26
Peter Pan

27
National Treasure

28
Bedknobs and Broomsticks

29
102 Dalmatians

30
Valiant

31
The Tigger Movie

 

 

Downtown Disney Entertainment

(Separate admission required)

Rock & Roll Beach Club
House of Blues
Monday 5/14

Stormbringer

Relient K. with Mae and Sherwood (main room), $15 in advance, $18 day of show; 7 p.m.

Tuesday 5/15

Stormbringer

 

Wednesday 5/16

Stormbringer

George Clinton & Parliament (main room), $23 in advance, $25 day of show; 9 p.m.

Thursday 5/17

Untouchables

Johnnie Marshall Band (Blues Kitchen), free; 10:30 p.m.

Friday 5/18

Untouchables

Mint Condition (main room), $24 in advance, $27 day of show; 8 p.m.

Juanita Dixon & Jeff Prine (Blues Kitchen), free; 10:30 p.m

Saturday 5/19

Untouchables

Frontline Promotions Presents The End of School Bash with Twista and DJ Prostyle (main room), $17.50; 10 p.m. - CANCELLED

Lois Greco Band (Blues Kitchen), free; 10:30 p.m

Sunday 5/20

Madchester

The Turner Brothers (gospel brunch), $32.50 adult, $16.25 child (3-9); 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m.

Ghetto Youth Foundation Presents Stephen Marley with Jr. Gong and K'Naan (main room), $20 in advance, $22 day of show; 8 p.m.

Monday 5/21

Madchester

 

Tuesday 5/22

Madchester

 

Wednesday 5/23

Charlie Hotel

 

Thursday 5/24

Charlie Hotel

Hellogoodbye with Boys Like Girls, The Rocket Summer and The Secret Handshake (main room), $15 in advance, $17 day of show; 7 p.m.

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

Friday 5/25

Kings County

Mastodon, Against Me!, Cursive and These Arms Are Snakes (main room), $19 in advance, $21 day of show; 7 p.m.

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

Saturday 5/26

Kings County

Jagermeister Presents Hatebreed with God Forbid, Evergreen Terrace, Terror, The Acacia Strain & After the Burial (main room), $17 in advance, $19 day of show; 6:30 p.m.

Billy Chapman Band (Blues Kitchen), free; 10:30 p.m

Sunday 5/27

TBA

Apostle JL Cash and Praise (gospel brunch), $32.50 adult, $16.25 child (3-9); 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m.

Brian McKnight with Joe (main room), $38.50 in advance, $42.50 day of show; 7:30 p.m.

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