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Update for January 16 – 22, 2012

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Disney Wonder coming back East…to Miami? | Disney Fantasy getting ready for its Christening in New York City March 1 | Win an 8-night Disney cruise | Disney World Moms Panel welcomes fifth group of additions | Drive a real super car at Walt Disney World | Construction update | Quick takes | Crowd update

Disney Wonder coming back East…to Miami?

Is the Disney Wonder pulling up stakes out west and returning to the East Coast? Back in December, we noted that Disney Cruise Line canceled four December 2012 sailings, leaving its final scheduled cruise from the Port of Los Angeles departing December 2 and returning December 9. With stories about drug cartel violence dampening public enthusiasm for Mexican Riviera cruises, several reports are now indicating that the Wonder may be returning to the East Coast, to a new port.


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Disney Cruise Line has a press conference scheduled in Miami this Wednesday to talk about "fleet expansion and new itineraries," as well as "big news for what's in store in 2013." The South Florida Business Journal is reporting that "Cruise Guy" Stewart Chiron has indicated that several Caribbean ports have already been approached about booking an unnamed Disney ship starting in December.

With the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream occupying the Disney Cruise Line terminal in Port Canaveral on weekends, a second location would provide the ability for seven-night cruises to depart on the weekend. Miami International Airport would provide a greater ability to bring international travelers to Port Miami than the Fort Lauderdale airport near Port Everglades, and Port Miami is the world's busiest cruise port.

If the Wonder heads east, look for a Panama Canal cruise departing on December 9, 2012, arriving just before Christmas, with the first sailing from Miami being a one-week Christmas cruise. After a winter in Miami, there is speculation that the Wonder could either return throught the Panama Canal to the West Coast for a summer of Alaska sailings or head across the Atlantic for another season in Europe. The Wonder first headed West in January 2011 to clear the way for the arrival of the Disney Dream.

The Dream is currently sailing 3- and 4-night Bahamian itineraries from Port Canaveral, and the Disney Magic is sailing 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from the same port. The Disney Fantasy will sail its maiden voyage on March 31 from Port Canaveral, and will take over the Magic's 7-night schedule. The Magic will then head to New York City in May for a summer of sailing 8-night Bahamian cruises, 5-night Canadian Maritime voyages, and 2-night "cruises to nowhere." In the fall, the Magic will head to Galveston and sail 7-night Caribbean cruises.

The 83,000-ton Magic and Wonder are the original two ships of the Disney Cruise Line and carry approximately 2,700 passengers. The 130,000-ton Dream and Fantasy can accommodate approximately 4,000 passengers.

Disney Fantasy getting ready for its Christening in New York City March 1

Now that the Disney Fantasy is out of drydock, work is proceeding quickly on finishing out the interior areas of the ship. The Disney Parks Blog has released several new photos of the work currently underway. Word is now surfacing that it appears that the ship will be christened during its stay in New York City February 28 through March 2. We're hearing that the ceremony will take place in the evening of March 1, and the ship will set sail for Port Canaveral the next day.

The ship will be berthed at Pier 88, at West 48th Street, where the Disney Magic will dock during its visits to New York from May through September this year. The Fantasy will be the first Disney ship not to be christened at Port Canaveral.


The Disney Fantasy's Art Nouveau lobby is taking shape nicely. Photo © Disney.


Implements of the craft serve as columns in the Animator's Palate restaurant. Photo © Disney.


Artwork adorns the walls of Animator's Palate. Photo © Disney.


The Cove Pool and surrounding decks appear to be about done. Photo © Disney.


Finish work is under way on the Donald Pool. Photo © Disney.


The Satellite Falls pool appears to be just about ready to go. Photo © Disney.

Win an 8-night Disney cruise

Do you want to win an 8-night cruise on the Disney Magic to the Bahamas, with stops at Castaway Cay and Port Canaveral (with a side day-trip to Walt Disney World)? The Disney Cruise Line will be giving one such cruise away. You can enter the Magical Cruise Adventure Sweepstakes online or on a special mobile site. The winner and three guests receive round trip transportation, a stateroom aboard the Disney Magic, as well as all government taxes and fees. The winner may also win a variety of cruise upgrades by playing a game on the websites.

The Grand Prize Winner must book travel at least 45 days prior to the intended travel dates and must be taken on one of the following three departure dates: June 2, July 20, or August 25, 2012. Available upgrades from playing the game include: dinner for two at Palo, champagne brunch for two at Palo, a private tour of the galley, spa treatments, salon visits, merchandise packages, port adventures, onboard credits, and more.

You can enter the contest once each day from now through April 2.


Get a peek at the accommodations at the upcoming Disney's Art of Animation Resort, including decor for all four themes.

Send us your menu photos

Click on the "Dining" section from our Walt Disney World Guide to see our complete list of of the park restaurant menus from Walt Disney World. Please help us keep the menus up to date! Send photos or scans of park menus to menus@mouseplanet.com to help us keep our listings updated.

Disney World Moms Panel welcomes fifth group of additions

The Walt Disney World Moms Panel has welcomed its Class of 2012, 15 new panelists that may force the group to change its name. With specialists on the Disney Vacation Club, Adventures by Disney, and the two new additions of runDisney  and Disneyland, watch for the panel to broaden its name, perhaps to the Disney Moms Panel. The panel also features Spanish language specialists, so Spanish-speaking guests can now ask questions in their native tongue.

The fifth new group of panelists join a host of returning members at the Disney World Moms Panel Website to answer Disney vacation questions from all interested guests.


The Disney World Moms Panel Class of 2012 celebrates with Mickey Mouse aboard Engine No. 71. Photo © Disney.

Welcome to the new panelists:

  • Amanda Ficili from California (Disneyland Resort Specialist)
  • Andrea Houston-Lingman from Pennsylvania (Disney Vacation Club Specialist)
  • Ari Krell from California (Disneyland Resort Specialist)
  • Ashley Forster from Virginia
  • Elisabeth Lackey from South Carolina (Adventures by Disney Specialist)
  • Jodie Hilson from Georgia
  • Kim Dillen from North Carolina
  • Kirsten Etmanski from Ontario, Canada
  • Laura Munkel from Indiana (Disney Vacation Club Specialist)
  • Lori Lovell from Kentucky (runDisney Specialist)
  • Malanie Rivera from New York (Spanish Language Panelist)
  • Nancy Walshe from Georgia (Disney Cruise Line Specialist)
  • Scott Houston from Georgia
  • Stacy Cacciatore from South Carolina
  • Sue Farrell from the United Kingdom

Drive a real super car at Walt Disney World

The Exotic Driving Experience is now open at the Walt Disney World Resort Speedway. Starting today, you can get a chance to drive a exotic super car around a modified track (with an instructor in the passenger seat). Drivers get six laps around a course that uses part of the standard speedway, combined with an obstacle course that cuts across the track's infield for between $199 and $389, depending on the car chosen. A two-lap ride-along experience is also available to guests age 14 and up for $99.

So far, there are five models available, with their introductory driving price (the larger number indicates their manufacturer's suggested retail price):

  • Ferrari 458 Italia – $389 ($280,500+)
  • Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera – $339 ($260,000+)
  • Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 – $299 ($220,000+)
  • Audi R8 – $269 ($149,000+)
  • Porsche 997 S – $199 ($100,480+)

More vehicles are slated to arrive in the future. Participants also charged a $35 driver release fee. Photos, apparel, and in-car videos are also available as souvenirs.

You can make your reservation on the Exotic Driving Experience Website or by phone toll free at (855) 822-0149.

Construction update

Here is the listing of interesting items from paperwork filed with Orange County in the last week:

  • Magic Kingdom Main Street U.S.A. – electrical.
  • Magic Kingdom Main Street Train Station – power installation.
  • Magic Kingdom Pirates of the Caribbean Plaza – electrical.
  • Magic Kingdom Haunted Mansion – electrical.
  • Magic Kingdom Tomorrowland – permanent power installations.
  • Magic Kingdom Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe – electrical and plumbing.
  • Magic Kingdom Space Mountain – electrical.
  • Magic Kingdom Carousel of Progress – electrical.
  • Magic Kingdom – repair of broken 8-inch water line.
  • Magic Kingdom guard shack – replacement of up to 30 feed of cast iron pipe.
  • Epcot Innoventions – mechanical – auxiliary heating unit replacements.
  • Epcot Morocco pavilion – general repairs.
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios Fantasmic – data cable installations.
  • Walt Disney World pyro compound fireworks building – electrical.
  • STOLport – temporary construction trailer.
  • Downtown Disney Marketplace Basin – retail renovation.
  • Disney's Old Key West Resort – mechanical.

Quick takes …

…From January 20 through February 10, the time period that the Main Street Electrical Parade is not running, the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade runs an abbreviated route due to concrete work in Frontierland near the parade gate. The afternoon parade starts at the parade gate near the Main Street Fire House, circle Town Square, travel to the Hub, and return down Main Street U.S.A. to exit where it entered. Due to the amount of space in the Hub for the parade to circle back the other way, the parade itself will be shortened so as not to run into itself.

…Our friends at TouringPlans.com are noting that Disney's Hollywood Studios is testing a new park opening procedure this week. Although the official park hours will show a 9 a.m. opening time, the gates will actually open at 8:30. At that time, Toy Story Mania, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, and Tower of Terror will be open. Sign-ups for Jedi Training Academy and Fastpass distribution at all attractions also begins at 8:30. All other attractions will keep guests outside until 8:45. To get a jump on the crowds who may not know about this procedure, make sure you're at the park a half-hour earlier than you planned this week.

…Peter Pan's Flight will remain open while work takes place on a new interactive queue from January 16 through March 6. This is in conjunction with work to add a new restroom and an additional path from Fantasyland to Liberty Square that will likely require the removal or relocation of the pet cemetery near the exit from the Haunted Mansion.

…The Splitsville bowling center at Downtown Disney, opening this fall, will offer hand-tossed pizzas, fresh sushi, and more on its menu.

…Gusto Wine Bar will open at Epcot's Italy pavilion later this year.

…A water management permit has been approved for a Walgreens store to be located at the Flamingo Crossing development at the western edge of the Walt Disney World property.

…Registration for the May 5 the Expedition Everest Challenge is now open.

…Registration for the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler opens February 14.

…Registration is open for events for the 2012 Disney Princess Half Marathon (scheduled for the weekend of February 24 to 26). The Princess Half Marathon is 89 percent full, the Royal Famly 5K is 66 percent full, and the Royal Family Kids' Races are 78 percent full. The Pasta in the Park Party is sold out.

Crowd update

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Crowd information and forecasts are provided by TouringPlans.com, the website of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, to help you better plan your trip to the Walt Disney World Resort. TouringPlans.com gathers wait time data from a team of in-park researchers and users of their Lines mobile phone application, and then predicts crowd levels for the next 365 days. Using a scale from 1 to 10, TouringPlans.com has a 90 percent accuracy of predicting the crowds to within 1 point, helping visitors prepare for their trips so they can "Do more. Wait less."

Expect moderate crowds this week with crowds falling slightly after MLK Day. TouringPlans.com can help you avoid falling into the typical tourist pitfalls, and will help you avoid the dreaded tour groups, with our per-park Crowd Calendar, Lines - Mobile Wait Times App that gives access to current and estimated wait times for attractions, and Touring Plans detailing the best plan of attack for hitting the attractions. Now more than ever, it's a good time to subscribe to TouringPlans.com to plan your strategy to avoid the crowds!

Below are the predicted resort-wide crowd numbers for select days generated by the TouringPlans professional statisticians as measured for the upcoming week. For the access to the full year and per-park crowd level predictions, visit our Crowd Calendar.

Date Overall
Tuesday, January 17, 2011 5 / 10
Wednesday, January 18, 2011 5 / 10
Thursday, January 19, 2011 5 / 10
Friday, January 20, 2011 5 / 10

Check out the Disney World Park Crowd Levels page on TouringPlans.com for park-specific predictions and recommendations on which days to visit and avoid particular parks!

  • The parks will be moderately busy this weekend.
  • Avoid Epcot Monday through Friday.
  • Following a Touring Plan is important when crowd levels spike at the park you're visiting!

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Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Magic Kingdom

  • Mickey's Toontown Fair – closed permanently to make way for Fantasyland expansion.
  • Main Street Fire House – closed; reopens as headquarters for the new Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom interactive game early this year.
  • Peter Pan's Flight – remains open while work takes place on a new interactive queue through March 6.
  • Plaza Ice Cream Parlor – closed for refurbishment through March 27.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – closed for refurbishment through May 27.
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant – closed for refurbishment; will reopen at Storybook Circus February 17.
  • Liberty Square Riverboat – closed for refurbishment January 28 to February 3.
  • Main Street Electrical Parade – is not performed January 20 to February 10.
  • Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade – runs a shortened route January 20 to February 10.
  • Magic Carpets of Aladdin – closed for refurbishment February 26 to March 10.

Epcot

  • House of Innoventions – closed through May for conversion to "green home."
  • Tutto Italia – closed through April 30.
  • Test Track – closed April through September.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Fantasmic – is not performed through February 12.
  • Studio Backlot Tour – closed for refurbishment February 13 to March 10.
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure – closed for refurbishment February 13 to March 10.

Animal Kingdom

  • Kali River Rapids – closed for refurbishment January 24 to February 9.

Resorts

  • Grand Floridian Spa – closed through mid-2013 for refurbishment.
  • Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – Basin White shop windows replaced from January 23–27.
  • Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – pool side at Beach Pool closed February 6 athrough March 2. The pool remains open.
  • Contemporary Resort – main tower balcony wall panel refinished from January 16 to March 30.
  • Contemporary Resort – pool slide at feature pool closed through February 17. The pool remains open.
  • Polynesian Resort – portions of the beach worked on one at a time for sand renourishment January 4–16.
  • Polynesian Resort – rockwork clear coat applied at Nanea Volcano Pool from January 9 to February 21.
  • Polynesian Resort – Great Ceremonial House atrium ceiling steel refinished and skylight fabric replaced February 27 to March 23.
  • Wilderness Lodge – Teton Boat and Bike Rental marina dock deck boards replaced January 30 to February 17.
  • Wilderness Lodge – metal roof seams recoated from January 30 to June 29.
  • Wilderness Lodge – exterior decorative timbers repaired and replaced from February 13 to March 12.
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House Bus Stop lane repaved from February 22 to March 21.
  • Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village Pool Slide at the Samawati Springs Pool closed through February 3. The pool remains open. Guests may use the pool slide at Jambo House.
  • Yacht Club Resort – building exterior repaired and refinished through August 3.
  • Yacht Club Convention Center – lobby refurbished through March 2.
  • Yacht Club Resort – stamped concrete walkways restained January 9–31.
  • Yacht Club Resort – rooftop HVAC hot water piping replaced January 9 to September 28.
  • Yacht & Beach Club Resorts – painting of rockwork at Stormalong Bay Pool touched up January 9 to February 21.
  • Beach Club Resort – guest room door locks replaced January 12 to February 1. Letters will be placed in the rooms advising guests the door locks will be replaced. Guests need not get new keys, as their existing Key to the World cards will work with the new lock.
  • Yacht Club Resort – guest room door locks replaced February 2-22. Letters will be placed in the rooms advising guests the door locks will be replaced. Guests need not get new keys, as their existing Key to the World cards will work with the new lock.
  • BoardWalk Resort – exterior staircase slate replaced (from the Lobby level back porch area to the BoardWalk shopping/dining level) through January 27.
  • BoardWalk Resort – roadway rejuvenation from the main entrance road to the bus stop area and through the Conference Center exit area from February 22 to March 21.
  • Old Key West Resort – lobby and Olivia's buildings undergo metal roof repairs February 23 to May 16.
  • Old Key West Resort – bus and picnic shelters undergo wood truss repair and repainting Februay 9 to March 30.
  • Saratoga Springs Resort – villa buildings undergo exterior cleaning and painting one at a time between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through August 30.
  • Saratoga Springs Resort – the Performance Center building undergoes shingle roof replacement through January 27.
  • Saratoga Springs Resort – rockwork painting at High Rock Springs Pool from February 9 to April 24.
  • Saratoga Springs Resort – the Carriage House lobby repainted from February 21 to April 16.
  • Port Orleans French Quarter Resort – Doubloon Lagoon feature pool closed January 17 and 18. The Ol' Man Island feature pool at Port Orleans Riverside Resort is available.
  • Port Orleans French Quarter Resort – the main commercial building has its flat roof replaced through March 30.
  • Port Orleans French Quarter Resort – the entry fence replaced January 9 to February 6.
  • Port Orleans French Quarter Resort – stamped concrete near the commercial building replaced January 9 to February 2.
  • Port Orleans French Quarter Resort – buildings 6 & 7 parking lots undergoes roadway rejuvenation from January 13 to March 13.
  • Port Orleans French Quarter Resort – building 3 parking lot undergoes rejuvenation February 27 to April 27.
  • Port Orleans - Riverside Resort – Alligator Bayou leisure pool near buildings 24 and 25 closed January 23-27. All other leisure pools plus the Ol' Man Island feature pool remain open.
  • Port Orleans - Riverside Resort – Alligator Bayou leisure pool near buildings 16, 17, and 18 closed January 30 through February 3. All other leisure pools plus the Ol' Man Island feature pool remain open.
  • Port Orleans - Riverside Resort – Ol' Man Island feature closed February 6-8. All leisure pools at Port Orleans Riverside Resort plus the Doubloon Lagoon feature pool at Port Orleans French Quarter Resort are available.
  • Port Orleans - Riverside Resort – Alligator Bayou leisure pool near buildings 36 & 39 closed February 27 through March 1. All other leisure pools plus the Ol' Man Island feature pool remain open.
  • Port Orleans - Riverside Resort – Alligator Bayou buildings receives exterior repainting two at a time through March 30.
  • Port Orleans - Riverside Resort – Magnolia Bend building 90 undergoes building and room refurbishment from January 15 to February 17, for conversion to Royal Princess Rooms.
  • Port Orleans - Riverside Resort – Magnolia Bend building 80 undergoes exterior repair and repainting from February 16 to April 19.
  • Port Orleans - Riverside Resort – Magnolia Bend building 95 undergoes building and room refurbishment from February 19 to March 23.
  • Coronado Springs Resort – Casitas 1 plaza fountain wall and coping repairs takes place January 10 to February 7.
  • Coronado Springs Resort – Ranchos buildings experiences tile roof repair and replacement from January 9 to July 27.
  • Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground – pool side at Meadow Feature Pool closed February 6 through March 2. The pool remains open.
  • Fort Wilderness Cabins – concrete pad repairs takes place January 17 to February 13.
  • Fort Wilderness Campsites – concrete pad repairs takes place January 17 to March 12.
  • Fort Wilderness Campsites – repaving takes place on Loop 2100 from January 24 to February 21.
  • Pop Century Resort – 80s lodge building will have themed walls refinished near the Roger Rabbit icon from January 2 to February 17.
  • Pop Century Resort – 60s lodge building will have themed walls refinished near the Mowgli & Baloo icons from February 20 to March 30.
  • Pop Century Resort – repairs of concrete deck at Hippy Dippy Pool through September 28. The pool remains open during the work, but some small sections of the pool deck will be closed periodically throughout this period.
  • All-Star Music Resort – sections of the roadway near Melody Hall closed for rejuvenation at the porte cochere, the check-in parking lot and through the bus stop area from January 12 to February 10.
  • All-Star Music Resort – Piano Pool closed February 6 to March 2; Calypso Pool will remain open.
  • All-Star Movies Resort – Beverage coolers installed in guest rooms from January 23 to March 16. The installation takes place one floor at a time between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Guests notified via an in-room flier the day before the work is scheduled to take place.

Water Parks

  • Typhoon Lagoon – closed through March 17 for annual refurbishment.

Elsewhere

  • Downtown Disney Marketplace Basin – closed through mid-March for renovations.
  • Cirque du Soleil La Nouba – performs Tuesdays through Saturdays. For 2012, the show is not be performed:
    • January 17–21
    • March 20
    • May 15–26
    • July 24
    • September 18–22
    • November 27

Current Discounts & Promotions

Stay-three-get-one-free offer for two weeks in February/March

In connection with the "One More Disney Day" promotion for leap day, Disney has released a "One More Disney Day and Night – Free" discount for stays from February 26 through March 10. If you book a non-discounted Magic Your Way package of at least three nights with an arrival date most nights February 26 through March 10, you receive an additional night for free. the offer can only be applied once per package or reservation, and excludes suites.

You must book this discount by January 31. The rooms available at these rates are limited, and no other group rates or discounts apply.

You can make your reservation through the Walt Disney World website or by calling (407) 939-1920 or your favorite travel agent and mentioning discount code J6R. MousePlanet’s preferred Disney travel providers are MouseEarVacations.com (link), Small World Vacations (link) and Get Away Today (link).

Florida resident ticket discount

Florida residents can take advantage of a special 3- or 4- day ticket at discounted prices through late May. The "Wild for 3" (and "Wild for 4") tickets are available for purchase through May 21, and are valid for admission any three (or four) days through May 24, excluding blackout dates. The tickets are not valid February 18-20 and April 1-13 due to high crowd levels.

The Wild for 3 Pass ($99 plus tax) and Wild for 4 ($129 plus tax) passes are good at any one of the four Walt Disney World theme parks each day, but without park hopping privileges. Park Hopper and Water Park Fun & More options can be added for $27.50 each ($55 for both).

Proof of Florida residency is required for each adult age 18 and older. The discounted price applies to both adults and children.

Passholder discounts available through March

Disney has released a Passholder discount for most nights from through March 8. Discounts are 35 percent for select Moderate, Deluxe, and Deluxe Villa accommodations, and 30 percent for Value resorts from Sunday through Thursday nights.

As with most Passholder discounts, you can book this discount up through your arrival date, if discounted rooms are not yet sold out by then. The rooms available at these rates is limited. Minimum length-of-stay requirements may apply for Friday or Saturday arrivals. No group rates or other discounts apply. Suites and 3-bedroom Grand Villas are not included.

You can make your reservation through the Passholder website or by calling (407) 939-7731 or your favorite travel agent and mentioning discount code H5L. MousePlanet’s preferred Disney travel providers are MouseEarVacations.com (link), Small World Vacations (link) and Get Away Today (link).

Room-only discounts for February through June

Disney has released a room-only discount for all nights from February 21 through June 14, with the exception of the Easter peak from April 1 to 12. Discounts vary based on date. However, many resorts are excluded from the discount, including All-Star Movies Resort, Port Orleans French Quarter Resort, Contemporary Resort, Beach Club Villas, Wilderness Lodge Villas, and premium views at Animal Kingdom Lodge.

For stays on the nights of March 9 to 31 and May 25 to 27, guests receive discount rates of:

  • 15 percent at Polynesian Resort, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, standard view rooms at Animal Kingdom Lodge, Fort Wilderness Cabins, Port Orleans Riverside Resort, Pop Century Resort, All-Star Music Resort, and All-Star Sports Resort
  • 20 percent at Animal Kingdom Villas, Boardwalk Villas, Caribbean Beach Resort and Coronado Springs Resort
  • 25 percent at Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, Boardwalk Inn, and Wilderness Lodge
  • 30 percent at Saratoga Springs Resort and Old Key West Resort.

For all other nights during the discount period, the discounts are:

  • 20 percent at Polynesian Resort, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, standard view rooms at Animal Kingdom Lodge, Fort Wilderness Cabins, Port Orleans Riverside Resort, Pop Century Resort, All-Star Music Resort, and All-Star Sports Resort
  • 25 percent at Animal Kingdom Villas, Boardwalk Villas, Caribbean Beach Resort and Coronado Springs Resort
  • 30 percent at Saratoga Springs Resort, Old Key West Resort, Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, Boardwalk Inn, and Wilderness Lodge.

You must book this discount by January 22 for arrival dates through March 31 and February 28 for dates through June 14. The rooms available at these rates is limited. Minimum length-of-stay requirements may apply for Friday or Saturday arrivals.

You can make your reservation through the Walt Disney World website or by calling (407) 939-1917 or your favorite travel agent and mentioning discount code N6P. MousePlanet’s preferred Disney travel providers are MouseEarVacations.com (link), Small World Vacations (link) and Get Away Today (link).

Military ticket offer

From now through September 28, 2012, active and retired U.S. military personnel can purchase 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with either the Park Hopper or Water Parks Fun and More option for $138 per ticket, plus tax, or with both the Park Hopper and Water Parks Fun and More options for $165 per ticket, plus tax. No Base ticket is available with this offer.

The tickets expire and may not be used after September 30, 2012. Blackout dates are April 1 to 12, 2012; and July 4, 2012.

Eligible service members include active or retired members of the U.S. military including the U.S. Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reservists. Disney Military Promotional Tickets can be purchased at Shades of Green or at a participating military base (MWR/ITT) office. There is no tax charged for these tickets but they must be activated at a theme park ticket window. Tickets may also be purchased at Walt Disney World Park Ticket Offices and Guest Relations Offices where tax will be charged. No more than twelve Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased, activated and/or used by any Eligible Service Member or spouse during the life of this promotion, and no Eligible Service Member or spouse may purchase, activate and/or use more than six Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets during any single week of the promotion. One of the Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets purchased on each occasion must be for use by the Eligible Service Member or spouse. This offer is for active or retired members of the U.S. military, including the National Guard, Reservists and the U.S. Coast Guard. Valid military identification is required. The tickets are non-transferable and may not be resold.

The tickets may be upgraded to Seasonal Passes or Florida Resident Weekday Select Passes (for Florida Residents), or Annual Passes, Premium Annual Passes, or Disney Premier Pass with credit toward the upgrade based on the actual price paid. The no-expiration option and other upgrades, such as additional days, are not available.

For complete information regarding Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets, military personnel may call 407-939-7830, visit the Walt Disney World website, or participating U.S. military base ticket offices.


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