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Update for October 15 – October 21, 2007

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News and Views

Leave your Segway at the door | Part-time contract approved quietly | 2008 Ambassadors selected | Super Soap Celebs set | Disney's Wilderness Preserve reintroduces endangered bird | Construction update | Quick Takes …

Leave your Segway at the door

Access advocates are taking on Disney in a new arena – the ability of those with access issues to enter Walt Disney World theme parks on board Segway personal tranporters. An organization called Disability Rights Advocates for Technology (or DRAFT) has taken up the fight on behalf of those who use Segways to get around due to injuries or other disabilities that make it difficult to walk to allow them to ride their Segways in the parks. The organization is making the same push at SeaWorld Orlando.


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While Disney conducts guided tours inside Epcot and around Fort Wilderness aboard Segways and uses them for cast members on duty, they do not allow guests to bring their own Segways into the parks. Walt Disney World spokeswoman Kim Prunty told the Orlando Sentinel that, "We're not turning people away. We're turning away a particular form of transportation."

Some of Disney's concerns include the fact that there is no way to ensure how well-trained each Segway operator may be, how well they can handle their scooter in the crowded, unpredictable environment of a theme park, and the fact that privately owned Segways can travel 12.5 miles per hour, as opposed to the roughly 5 miles per hour that Disney has throttled their editions down to.


Construction on the Yak & Yeti Restaurant & Market butts up against the edge of Flights of Wonder's Caravan Stage (those blankets to the left). Photo by Mark Goldhaber.


Construction continues with the tallest facade facing the approach over the bridge from Discovery Island. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.


Construction on the restaurant continues along with walkway across from the shops at the entrance to Asia. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.


It continues along around the turn toward Kali River Rapids and Anandapur. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.


…and goes all the way back to the public restrooms in Anandapur, near the exit from Kali River Rapids. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Part-time contract approved quietly

With much less furor, discussion or publicity than that surrounding full-time contract negotiations this spring, Walt Disney World and the Service Trades Council Union (STCU) have agreed to terms on a part-time contract that was ratified by the union's members prior to the expiration of the previous contract.

While this spring's contract negotiation was contentious and ratification took two votes and was completed nearly six weeks after the expiration of the previous deal, the same union umbrella organization wrapped up the part-timers' agreement quickly and quietly, winning ratification on September 14, just over two weeks before the September 29 expiration of the old contract.

The new deal took effect on September 30, and included a number of gains for cast members. Pay scales and benefits were increased to match the rate of full-timers, and part-timers will now receive time-and-a-half for working on holidays. The new deal runs through September 2, 2010.

All six member unions of the STCU endorsed the contract, and it was approved by a whopping 96 percent of those voting, as opposed to the 53.3 pecent that approved the full-timers' contract. The STCU represents six member unions, which in turn represent 21,000 full-time and 8,000 part-time employees with responsibilities as varied as attractions hosts, custodial staff, vacation planners, character actors, bus drivers, florists, food & beverage servers, hotel staff, lifeguards, monorail drivers and stage technicians.

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2008 Ambassadors selected

On Friday, the 2008 Walt Disney World Ambassador Team was announced during ceremonies at the Theater in the Wild at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Cast Members Kerri MacPherson and Tameka Chianti Newman will be the 37th team to represent the resort, following the 2007 team of Lowell Doringo and Michael Kelley.

MacPherson began her Disney career in the Walt Disney World College Program in 1994, and continued as a World Showcase Fellowship Ambassador at the American Adventure pavilion, then at Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, Parks & Resorts Sales and Services and the Disney Institute teams.

Newman's career began in the entertainment department at Disneyland in 1996. She then interned in New York for ABC Television on the daytime talk show, "The View" before moving to Florida to join the Walt Disney World College Program. Since then, she has had experience in many areas at Walt Disney World including stage management, labor operations and production coordination. She currently acts as a recruiter for the Disney College and CareerStart programs.


Mickey Mouse joins (from left) 2007 Ambassador Lowell Doringo, 2008 Ambassadors Tameka Chianti Newman and Kerri MacPherson, 2007 Ambassador Michael Kelley , and Walt Disney World Resort President Meg Crofton during their recent announcement of the 2008 ambassadors. Photo © Disney.

As Ambassadors, they will now appear at and/or help officiate at over 1,000 events during the second Year of a Million Dreams at Walt Disney World and around the globe.

Best wishes to each of them as they start their new roles.

Super Soap Celebs set

The list of celebrities attending this year's Super Soap Weekend at the Disney-MGM Studios has been set. The event, which runs from November 10-11 this year, will for the first time include actors from the SOAPnet series General Hospital: Night Shift.

Here's the rundown of who's who, including an indication (*) of which stars are attending their first event.

All My Children:

  • David Canary (Adam/Stuart)
  • Bobbie Eakes (Krystal)
  • Melissa Claire Egan* (Annie)
  • Thorsten Kaye (Zach)
  • Michael E. Knight (Tad)
  • Susan Lucci (Erica)
  • Cameron Mathison (Ryan)
  • Alicia Minshew (Kendall)
  • Aiden Turner (Aidan)
  • Jacob Young (J.R.)

General Hospital:

  • Bradford Anderson* (Damien)
  • Julie Berman (Lulu)
  • Tyler Christopher (Nikolas)
  • Josh Duhon* (Logan)
  • Sonya Eddy* (Epiphany)
  • Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth)
  • Kimberly McCullough (Robin)
  • Kelly Monaco (Sam)
  • Jason Thompson (Patrick)
  • Laura Wright (Carly)

General Hospital: Night Shift:

  • Nazanin Boniadi* (Leyla)
  • Dominic Rains* (Leo)
  • Kent King* (Lainey)

One Life to Live:

  • Kristen Alderson (Starr)
  • Kathy Brier (Marcie)
  • Brandon Buddy* (Cole)
  • Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio)
  • Kassie DePaiva (Blair)
  • Michael Easton (John)
  • John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex)
  • Forbes March (Nash)
  • Erika Slezak (Viki)
  • Trevor St. John (Todd)
  • Tika Sumpter* (Layla)
  • Bree Williamson (Jessica)

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Disney's Wilderness Preserve reintroduces endangered bird

Last Friday at dawn, five pairs of federally endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers were released into the wilds of the Disney Wilderness Preserve. The release by Nature Conservancy scientists was part of an effort to help the birds return and create a new colony in Central Florida. The longleaf pine trees in the Preserve is an ideal home for the birds. The release was the culmination of 15 years of work by the scientists.

The 12,000-acre preserve now houses 17 endangered and threatened species.


Artwork on the construction walls show a ground-level view of the new shop being constructed in the middle of the north end of the Grand Canyon Concourse. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.


Artwork on the other end shows the aerial view of the shop. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.


Work on the shop is proceeding fairly well. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.


A closer view shows the cabinetry and some supports. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.

Construction Update

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

  • The Main Street Cinema will see the demolition of the existing interior and the installation of a new interior layout.
  • The refurbishment of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will see the installation of two access platforms along the lifts and repair of water boxes.
  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor will have new fixtures installed and remounting of existing speakers.
  • New parade storage facilites are being built at the Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom.
  • New kitchen equipment is being installed at Tamu Tamu Refreshments.
  • Fire protection is being added for new Pizza Ovens in a second floor kitchen at Columbia Harbour House. (Pizza? Have they ever served pizza there before?)
  • Imagineering has filed to install an "Innoventions Waste Management Showset Package." Looks like we're going to see a new display about the great circle of trash.
  • Three fans will be installed at each location in Epcot's Pin Central Kiosk.
  • A speed rail and gates will be installed at Mission Space.
  • Pipe insulation and p-traps for special effects steam lines will be replaced at Catastrophe Canyon.
  • The first floor guest restrooms in the lobby of the Contemporary Resort will be refurbished.
  • Awning coverings will be removed and replaced and a complete awning and frame will be replaced on the Inn side of Disney's Boardwalk Resort.
  • An elevated wood observation deck & walkway (the Caribbean Beach Boardwalk) will be constructed at the Caribbean Beach Resort. The walk-in cooler at Banana Cabana will be replaced.
  • All wood shakes at World of Disney will be removed and replaced with new asphalt shingles.

Quick takes …

…Popular dates for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party are nearing sellout status, and the first date to traditionally sell out – Halloween night – has done so.

…You can once again have a sit-down meal at Epcot's Japan pavilion. Both Teppan Edo and Tokyo Dining opened last week. Reservations at Teppan Edo are going fast, while Tokyo Dining is a walk-up location, as were its two predecessors.

…The quick-service portion of the reportedly-soon-to-open 250-seat Yak & Yeti Restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom will apparently have a different but complementary name. The 350-seat location will be called Yak & Yeti Market.

…With the heavy-machinery work at Yak & Yeti finishing up, ground has been broken on the T-Rex Restaurant location at Downtown Disney. The site, built at the border of the Marketplace and Pleasure Island, is expected to open next year.

…We now know who is following Anette Grecchi Gray as executive chef at Jiko - The Cooking Place at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Brian Piasecki, most recently executive chef at Le Cellier, started his Disney career in 1991 at the Coral Reef Restaurant.

…With the impending renaming of the Disney-MGM Studios to Disney's Hollywood Studios, many of us have been wondering what fan site MGMStudios.org would do to keep up. I've just been informed by site owner Matt Hochberg that the site has been renamed to StudiosCentral.com. So now you know.

…The next meeting of the World Chapter of the NFFC will be this Saturday at 6:45 p.m. at the Quality Inn and Suites on Orange Blossom Trail. Featured speaker will be Bill "Sully" Sullivan. For more information on the meeting, see the official announcement.


While Tusker House and the Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery are closed during the former's conversion to a buffet restaurant…. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.


…Pizzafari is helping to pick up the slack in breakfast offerings. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.


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Coming soon

  • Oct. 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.]
  • Oct. 27. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 13K and 6.5K.
  • Nov. 1–4. Disney Golf Classic.
  • Nov. 9–11. Festival of the Masters.
  • Nov. 10?11. ABC Super Soap Weekend.
  • Nov. 11-15. Pirates of Castaway Cay pin cruise.
  • Nov. 12 ? Jan. 6, 2008. Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.
  • Nov. 12 ? Jan. 6, 2008. Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade.
  • Nov. 12, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29, 30, Dec. 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21. Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.
  • Nov. 22, 23, 25. Old Spice Classic.
  • Nov. 23 ? Dec. 30. Holidays Around the World.
  • Nov. 12 ? Jan. 6, 2008. Festival of the Seasons.
  • 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 Nick Murphy. What land in the Magic Kingdom does not have direct bathroom access? Why? Stay tuned to next week's park update for the answer.

The answer to last week's question: "The attraction Soarin' opened in Epcot's The Land pavilion in Future World in 2005. What World Showcase pavilion has featured a "sorin" since the day Epcot opened on October 1, 1982?", which was submitted by MousePlanet reader Jeff Peterson, is:

The 83-foot pagoda at the entrance to the Japan pavilion is topped by a bronze, nine-ringed spire known as a sorin. (Editor's Note: I have not independently verified this answer.)

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.
  • Mitsukoshi Teppanyaki – has reopened as Teppan Edo.
  • Tempura Kiku and Matsunoma Lounge – have been reconfigured into a new dining experience called Tokyo Dining.
  • Tutto Italia Ristorante – is now open, but will close in the spring of 2008 to be completely remodeled, and will reopen in fall 2008 under yet another new name.
  • The Wonders of Life pavilion – has again closed as such, perhaps forever and perhaps just until Thanksgiving weekend. In the meantime, the central area is being used as the Festival Center for the 2007 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
  • Nine Dragons – closes in early 2008 for renovations that include the creation of an exhibition kitchen. It is expected to reopen in fall 2008.

Disney-MGM Studios

  • 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 full-service restaurant opens November 15, 2007.
  • Yak & Yeti Market – the new quick-service restaurant opens November 15, 2007.
  • Tusker House – closed August 20 – November 17 for conversion to a buffet restaurant with a character breakfast. The restaurant is now taking reservations.
  • 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.
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge – Construction of the Kidani Village annex building for the Disney Vacation Club's Animal Kingdom Villas is expected to take until spring 2009.
  • Caribbean Beach Resort – The feature pool will be closed for renovation January 7–mid-September, 2008. Temporary "child-sized" slides will be added to the quiet pools in the Jamaica and Barbados Villages while the main pool is closed.
  • Fort Wilderness ResortHoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue will not be performed on Tuesday or Wednesday between September 4 and October 24.
  • T-Rex Cafe – reportedly opens in Downtown Disney in early 2008.

Water Parks

  • Typhoon Lagoon – closed for annual refurbishment October 28 – January 5.
  • Blizzard Beach – closed for annual refurbishment January 6 – March 8.

Elsewhere

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

Park Events

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 closed.

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). Nov. 12 ? Jan. 6, 2008. 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). Nov. 12 ? Jan. 6, 2008. 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?
  • Filming for the Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade. Dec. 1, 2. The parade is run slowly, one float at a time, so that they can film each float for broadcast "live" on Christmas Day.
  • Pop Warner Super Bowl (link). Dec. 2?8. Football players and cheerleaders invade the resort for the pigskin championships.
  • MouseFest 2007 (unofficial event) (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.
  • Festival of the Seasons (link). Nov. 12 ? Jan. 6, 2008. Downtown Disney gets a holiday makeover.
  • Walt Disney World Half-Marathon (link). Jan. 12. Registration is closed.
  • Walt Disney World Marathon (link). Jan. 13. Registration is closed. [Read our WDW Marathon Guide.]

February 2008

  • ESPN ? The Weekend (link). Feb. 29 ? March 2. Synergy strikes again as Disney's flagship cable network returns to the Disney's Hollywood Studios.

March 2008

  • ESPN ? The Weekend (link). Feb. 29 ? March 2. Synergy strikes again as Disney's flagship cable network returns to the Disney's Hollywood Studios.
  • Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (link). March 19 ? June 1. Epcot comes alive with topiaries, other floral displays, gardening demonstrations and the ?Flower Power? concert series at the 14th annual event.

April 2008

  • Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (link). March 19 ? June 1. Epcot comes alive with topiaries, other floral displays, gardening demonstrations and the ?Flower Power? concert series at the 14th annual event.
  • Disney Grad Nite (link). Apr. 18, 19, 25, 26. Graduating high school seniors have a huge party in the Magic Kingdom.

May 2008

  • Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (link). March 19 ? June 1. Epcot comes alive with topiaries, other floral displays, gardening demonstrations and the ?Flower Power? concert series at the 14th annual event.

June 2008

  • Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (link). March 19 ? June 1. Epcot comes alive with topiaries, other floral displays, gardening demonstrations and the ?Flower Power? concert series at the 14th annual event.
  • Gay Days 2008 (unofficial event) (link1 | link 2). June 6?9. The 18th annual gathering of the GLBT community at Walt Disney World.

September 2007

  • Night of Joy (link). Sept. 5?6. Disney's annual Christian music festival moves to Disney's Hollywood Studios for its 26th year.
  • Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Dates Sept.?Oct. TBA. Get your costumes ready. The Disney characters will certainly be wearing theirs.
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Dates Sept.?Nov. TBA. The 13th annual celebration of things gustatory, plus the Eat to the Beat concert series.

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!

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.

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!

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.