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Update for August 20 – 26, 2007

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News and Views

Passholder, Florida resident discounts announced through end of the year | Magic Your Way package discounts also available through end of the year | Passholders get to first shot at the Mansion | Disney Vacation Club resorts get new name for general public | New Disney stamps dedicated at Epcot | Disney Conservation Fund gives away $1.5 million | Crime Watch | Construction update | Quick Takes …

Passholder, Florida resident discounts announced through end of the year

Disney has released discounted room rates for passholders and Florida residents for the end of September through md-December. Discounts are available for select resorts for most nights from September 30 through December 23. (The nights of November 21-24 and November 30-December 7 are excluded at non-DVC resorts, most likely due to Thanksgiving weekend and the Pop Warner Super Bowl invasion, while only the Thanksgiving dates are blocked at the DVC resorts.) There are two effective rate periods for this discount, with September 30-October 3, November 25-29, and December 8-19 carrying passholder rates of $59 per night in value resorts and $164 per night in a DVC studio. The remaining dates in the promotion period (except for the nights of November 21-24, which have no discounts due to Thanksgiving weekend) have nightly passholder rates starting at $79 for values and $194 for DVC studios. Florida resident rates are $5 higher than passholder rates.


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Minimum stay requirements apply for Friday and Saturday arrivals. All rates can be booked up until the date of arrival. Passholders and Florida residents can book via your respective Web sites, by calling your travel agent (Small World Vacations is MousePlanet's preferred Disney travel provider) or by calling 407-560-7277 for passholders or 407-560-7722 for Florida residents.

An interesting twist on this deal is that, for certain check-in dates, you can get a Disney Dining Card with $20-$100 per room with your minimum 2-night reservation. This perk is available for stays with check-in dates between October 21-November 3, November 11-17 and December 9-15. The card can be used toward food & beverage only, and not toward merchandise.

Rooms available at these rates are very limited, and they're going quickly!

Magic Your Way package discounts also available through end of the year

Discounted Magic Your Way packages have been released for most nights from September 30 through December 23. (Check-in dates of November 20-23 and November 29-December 7 are excluded, most likely due to Thanksgiving weekend and the Pop Warner Super Bowl invasion.) Packages can be booked as straight Magic Your Way packages or as Magic Your Way Plus Dining.

Availability is extremely limited, and you must book these packages by September 26.

Passholders get to first shot at the Mansion

When the Haunted Mansion reopens next month, Passholders will have a special opportunity to see the attraction with shorter lines. From park opening until noon on September 14, 15 and 16, Passholders will have exclusive access to the attraction. Day guests will be able to enter the queue starting at noon on each of those days. A valid pass and photo ID must be presented for the exclusive access.

Disney Vacation Club resorts get new name for general public

Apparently, Disney is running into some difficulty with renting out available Disney Vacation Club (DVC) inventory to the general public. Vacationers apparently don't realize that the DVC resorts will often have rooms available for rental by non-DVC members. (While most resorts are sold out, some rooms at each are kept back in Disney inventory for various purposes, and many nights go unused by member due to variations in demand throughout the year.)

To help alleviate that confusion and make it easier for people to feel comfortable asking for the accommodations, Disney will now refer to the resorts as "Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts" when not dealing with DVC members. It's hoped that this will lower the vacancy rates for these resorts on nights when members are not using their points to stay there.

Get your MousePlanet gear!

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!

New Disney stamps dedicated at Epcot

Last Thursday, the U.S. Postal Service dedicated the latest set of Art of Disney stamps at Epcot's America Gardens Theater. This year's series, entitled "The Art of Disney: Magic", was unveiled by Sorcerer Mickey Mouse and Peter Pan during a ceremony presided over by Linda Kingsley, senior vice president of the U.S. Postal Service, and Erin Wallace, senior vice president of operations for Walt Disney World.


Sorcerer Mickey Mouse and Peter Pan present the new Art of Disney: Magic stamps as Walt Disney World senior vice president of operations Erin Wallace and U.S. Postal Service senior vice president Linda Kingsley look on. Photo by Gene Duncan, © Disney.

The pane of four stamps features Dumbo and Timothy Mouse, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell, Mickey Mouse as "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and Aladdin and Genie.

Disney Conservation Fund gives away $1.5 million

The Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund handed out over $1.5 million in its latest around of awards, bringing to over $11 million the amount given out since the opening of Disney's Animal Kingdom. This round of funding will go to 97 programs in 41 countries, selected from more than 260 applications received this year.

Recipients this year include: ARCAS, which will purchase 4,000 acres of land in Guatemala as a wildlife reserve and buffer zone; Mote Marine Laboratory, which will stydy the hazard posed to bottlenose dolphins in Sarasota Bay by discarded fhising gear; and Save the Elephants, which will conduct a study in Keny a to see whether bees can e used as an effective elephant deterrent for crops and trees.

"In addition to our company?s contributions, many guests who visit Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line share their personal commitment to conservation by making a donation to the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund," said Jerry Montgomery, senior vice president of Conservation & Environmental Sustainability for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. "Disney guests who are inspired by the fund are able to participate knowing that 100 percent of their donation goes toward conservation."

Crime Watch

WFTV is reporting that a 22-year-old woman who worked a several restaurants near Walt Disney World was arrested on suspicion of stealing customers' credit card numbers and using them to purchase items over the Internet. If you've been in the area recently and dined off of Disney property, you may want to check our credit card statements closely, especially for theme park tickets.

Meanwhile, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, three employees of Joffrey's Coffee & Tea Company were heading for the cast member parking lot at Disney's Animal Kingdom, carrying two money bags from the day's receipts when an unknown man in his 20s came from behind, grabbed the money bags and ran off. He got into a waiting minivan and drove off.

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.

Construction Update

This week's listing of interesting items from paperwork filed with Orange County last week:

  • A permit has been filed for Great Movie Ride Modifications - Facility Package. Perhaps some of the second MGM deal, for the use of the characters and scenes in the Great Movie Ride, has expired too, and changes are underway. Of course, it could also be just minor changes that guests won't see. We'll just have to wait to find out.
  • Permits have been installed for the installation of lighting for the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights at the (current) Disney-MGM Studios. Expect to see construction crews starting to do the base work to get the mounting structures and electrical work under way.
  • Rock 'n' Roller Coaster will be getting new operator consoles installed at the load and unload locations.
  • The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater/ABC Commissary buiding will have its roof replaced.
  • The Lighting & Grip building at the Studios is being converted to become a parade vehicle storage and battery charging facility.
  • The Ticketing and Transportation Center (TTC) monorail platform will have its canopy roof repaired. It will also be seeing the replacement of overhead directional signage.
  • The Village Fry Shop east show building at the Magic Kingdom is being modified to fit new kitchen equipment.
  • New kitchen equipment is being installed in the Toontown prep kitchen.
  • The "boxed" oak trees surrounding Spaceship Earth will be replaced with palm trees.
  • The Fountain View Bakery canopy structure at Epcot will be removed, neon lighting and all.
  • A new handrail will be installed in the stand-by pre-merge queue at Soarin'. Surveillance cameras will also be installed in the queue area.
  • A new air circulation system will be installed at The Land.
  • 13 clear polycarbonate barriers will be installed around World Showcase Lagoon for the Illuminations launch tubes.
  • Pool water heaters will be replaced at Port Orleans French Quarter's Doubloon Lagoon feature and kiddie pools.
  • Caribbean Beach Resort's Customs House will have its roof extended to provide for covered exterior seating area in the guest waiting area.
  • Guest Restroom grab bars will be modified in nine guest restrooms at the Coronado Springs Resort.
  • The Coronado Springs Resort will also have a new package pick up area added at Panchitos.
  • The decking will be removed and replaced on the dock at the Polynesian Resort.

Quick takes …

…Registration for Disney endurance races seems to be filling at a quicker pace. The Tower of Terror 13K is now at 70 percent capacity, while the Walt Disney World Marathon is at 95 percent and the Family Fun Run 5K is at 60 percent. The Tower of Terror 6.5K, the Half Marathon and the Goofy Challenge have all been sold out for some time. Meanwhile, it appears that the Inline Marathon has disappeared from the event schedule. No word on why yet.

…While making a resort reservation last week, one MousePlanet reader was told by a cast member that Disney Quest would be closing at the end of the year. It's unknown whether that is official information or based on an Internet rumor.


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Coming soon

  • Aug. 21, 24, 28, 31 and Sept. 3. Disney's Pirate & Princess Party.
  • Aug. 24. Mickey's Pin Trading Night at Contemporary Resort.
  • Aug. 31 ? Sept. 3. Tom Joyner Family Reunion.
  • Sept. 7?8. Night of Joy.
  • Sept. 7?9. Disney's Pin Celebration.
  • Sept. 9. Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K.
  • Sept. 23. Walt Disney World Triathlon.
  • Sep. 14, 21, 28, 30, Oct. 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31, Nov. 2. Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.
  • Sep.28 ?Nov. 11. 12th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. [View our special Park Guide page.]
  • 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.

Walt Disney World trivia question of the week

This week's question: This week's question was submitted by MousePlanet reader David Scherer. What type of power source (plug in, battery, etc) does the globe used in EPCOT's Illuminations: Reflections of Earth use? Stay tuned to next week's park update for the answer.

The answer to last week's question: "What is the only attraction at Walt Disney World that can be found in all Disney Magic Kingdom-style theme parks throughout the world (except Hong Kong Disneyland, so far), but all of these are located in a different "land" in each park?", which was submitted by MousePlanet reader Mike Ricciardi, is:

The Haunted Mansion. It's located in New Orleans Square at Disneyland, Liberty Square at Walt Disney World, Fantasyland at Tokyo Disneyland and Frontierland at Disneyland Paris.

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

  • Spaceship Earth – closed for refurbishment July 9 – November 13. Removal of the wand is expected to be completed by late September.
  • Mitsukoshi Teppanyaki – closed for refurbishment through October 31. It will reopen on November 1 with a new name: Teppan Edo.
  • Tempura Kiku and Matsunoma Lounge – are being reconfigured into a new dining experience to be called Tokyo Dining, to open fall 2007.
  • L'Originale Alfredo di Roma Ristorante – will close on August 31 and reopen under new management on September 1 under the name "Tutto Italia." Tutto Italia will close in the spring of 2008, will be completely remodeled, and reopen in fall 2008 under yet another new name.
  • O Canada – closed for refurbishment August 6–31.
  • The American Adventure Pavilion – the American Heritage Gallery is closed through September 26 for installation of a new exhibit.
  • The Wonders of Life pavilion – has again closed, perhaps forever and perhaps just until next Thanksgiving weekend. It appears that The Making of Me is being dismantled to clear the central area for use as part of events for the 2007 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
  • Nine Dragons – closes in early 2008 for renovations that include the creation of an exhibition kitchen.

Disney-MGM Studios

  • Rock 'n' Roller Coaster – closed for refurbishment September 4 – October 4.
  • Mickey Avenue – closed through at least next spring for installation of the Toy Story Mania attraction and related theming.

Animal Kingdom

  • Yak & Yeti Restaurant – the new combined full-service and quick-service restaurant opens November 2007.
  • Tusker House – closed August 20 – November 17 for conversion to a buffet restaurant with a character breakfast.
  • Restaurantosaurus – Donald's Breakfastosaurus will end November 5. The McDonald's-based restaurant will remain open for lunch and dinner.

Resorts

  • All-Star Sports Resort – All buildings will be renovated between June 2007 and February 2008. The Surfboard Bay pool will be closed August 27 – October 4 for refurbishment. Guests can use the Grand Slam pool at All-Star Sports or the feature pools at the other All-Star resorts.
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge – Much of the resort's main buiding (Jambo House) is closed through the beginning of October during conversion of rooms for the Animal Kingdom Villas DVC resort. Construction of the Kidani Village annex building for the villas is expected to take until spring 2009.
  • Boardwalk ResortBig River Grille and Brewing Works will be closed for refurbishment August 18 – September 1.
  • Caribbean Beach Resort – The feature pool will be closed for renovation January – June, 2008. Exact dates have yet to be announced.
  • Fort Wilderness ResortHoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue will not be performed on Tuesday or Wednesday between September 4 and October 24.
  • Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – Building 6 (Concierge) will be closed in September for a full refurbishment. 1900 Park Fare restaurant is closed for refurbishment through October 1.
  • Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa – All buildings are now complete and open.
  • T-Rex Cafe – reportedly opens in Downtown Disney in early 2008.

Water Parks

  • Blizzard Beach – closed for annual refurbishment January 6 – late winter.
  • Typhoon Lagoon – closed for annual refurbishment October 28 – January 5

Elsewhere

  • Cirque du Soleil – La Nouba – performs Tuesdays – Saturdays. No performances September 23–October 1, November 25–27.
  • Official All-Star Cafe at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex – closes on September 23, and is expected to reopen on November 20 as a quick-service eatery.

Park Events

August 2007

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp (link). July 27 – Aug 16. 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.
  • Mickey's Pin Trading Night at Contemporary Resort (link). Aug. 24. The popular 3-hour event returns to Fantasia Ballroom G.
  • 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.
  • Mickey's Pin Trading Night at Yacht & Beach Club Resort (link). Sep. 6. A special 2-hour edition of the event helps to kick off Disney's Pin Celebration.
  • 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.
  • Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K (link). Sept. 9. The annual fund-raising event to fight breast cancer will be run at Disney's Wide World of Sports this year.
  • 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.
  • Walt Disney World Triathlon (link). Sept. 23. Athletes compete in a 1.5K swim, a 58K bike ride, and a 10K run. Registration opens soon (link).
  • Mickey's Pin Trading Night at Contemporary Resort (link). Sep. 28. The popular 3-hour event returns to Fantasia Ballroom G.
  • 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 Jingle Jungle Parade (link).Nov. 12 ? Jan. 6, 2008.The Animal Kingdom Parade trades its Jammin' for Jingle in this 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade (link).Nov. 12 ? Jan. 6, 2008.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.
  • 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. Snow on Main Street, free hot cocoa and cookies. What's not to like?
  • Pop Warner Super Bowl (link). 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.
  • Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade (link).Nov. 12 ? Jan. 6, 2008.The Animal Kingdom Parade trades its Jammin' for Jingle in this holiday makeover.
  • 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 (link1 | link 2). June 6 - 9. The 18th annual gathering of the GLBT community at Walt Disney World.

Current Discounts & Promotions

Hotel Royal Plaza offers discounts to MousePlanet readers

MousePlanet sponsor Hotel Royal Plaza, in the Downtown Disney resort area, has enhanced its deal for MousePlanet readers. From now through the end of the year, anyone booking their stay through the MousePlanet Web site has been able to receive discounted rates up to 20 percent off on all room types. Now, for a limited time, you can get even more! The discounted rates now include free breakfast for two in the Giraffe Caf!. Plus children 10 and under always eat breakfast for free! (Two children 10 and under eat free from the kids menu when accompanied by an adult dining from the regular menu.)

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.

We'd like to invite you to try their hospitality!

August/September passholder, Florida resident discounts announced

Disney has released discounted room rates for passholders and Florida residents for August and September. Discounts are available for select Disney Vacation Club and deluxe resorts for most nights from August 5 to September 29, and at moderate and value resorts for most nights August 5–9, August 12–29 and September 2–29.

For passholders and Florida residents, the DVC rates start at $164 per night plus tax in a studio at the Old Key West or Saratoga Springs Resorts. Prices go up from there depending on the resort and accommodations.

In addition to those two DVC resorts, discounts are also available at all deluxe resorts, with passholder rates $5 per night less than Florida resident rates. Some sample rates are garden view rooms at the Polynesian ($249 passholder/$254 resident), Contemporary ($225/$230) and Grand Floridian ($295/$300).

Rates at the moderates start at $94 per night for passholders and $99 per night for Florida residents. Value resorts start at $64 for both passholders and Florida residents.

Minimum stay requirements apply for Friday and Saturday arrivals. All rates can be booked up until the date of arrival. Passholders and Florida residents can book via your respective Web sites, by calling your travel agent (Small World Vacations is MousePlanet's preferred Disney travel provider) or by calling 407-560-7277 for passholders or 407-560-7722 for Florida residents.

Discount codes are FDR (passholder) and FDT (Florida residents).

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.

For ticket prices, park hours, and entertainment schedules, please go here.


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Mark (@MPMark) is a veteran of dozens of trips to Walt Disney World starting in 1972, with a few Disneyland trips thrown in for good measure. As a Disney stockholder and a Disney Vacation Club member, Mark is always in touch with what's going on with The Mouse. Mark serves as MousePlanet's Walt Disney World content coordinator. Mark is a senior information technology manager working for the State of New York. He lives in the suburbs outside Albany, New York, with his wife and son.