The Passholder discount that was offered briefly last month for most dates March 9 through June 14 has been replaced with a new offer. Discounts at the Value resort level match those of the current room-only offer available to the general public, but the discount at the higher-level resorts provides greater savings. The nights of April 1 to 14 and May 25 to 31 are not available due to peak travel periods of Easter break and Memorial Day week.While the general public can only book through February 28, as with most Passholder offers, Passholder can book this discount through the day of arrival if rooms are still available. As with all discounts, rooms available at these rates is limited, and 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 Walt Disney World Passholder website or by calling (407) 939-1876 or your favorite travel agent and mentioning discount code RX2. MousePlanet’s preferred Disney travel providers are MouseEarVacations.com (link), Small World Vacations (link) and Get Away Today (link).
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom officially opens tomorrow, February 22, with a ribbon-cutting after park opening at the Main Street Firehouse headquarters for the game. The game pits guests (deputized as sorcerers apprentices by Merlin) against Disney Villains to save the Magic Kingdom from Hades and other Disney villains.
Nicely themed new signage has appeared at the Firehouse and at the Liberty Square Sorcerers outpost to help identify the locations to park guests in preparation for the opening. We've seen information from multiple sources now that, while spell cards 1-60 are distributed to park guests at the two locations, cards 61-70 are available only in foil packages after the game officially opens.
While the testing period had guests playing the easy level of the game, over the weekend, guests began playing the medium and hard versions as well after completing the easier quests. For those wondering, you can cast up to two spells simultaneously per person; the game can be set up for up to three people playing a single game, for a total of six simultaneous spells.
Imagineer Jonathan Ackley explains a bit more about the game. Notice the unintentional magic trick with his changing name tag.
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Downtown Disney Pleasure Island celebrates St. Patrick's Day for three days next month, kicking off on Thursday, March 15, at 1 p.m. at Raglan Road Irish Pub, with Chef Kevin Dundon providing a kick-off lunch and culinary demonstration of each course. Guests get to taste each course with wine pairings. The menu this year consists of darne (thick-cut) of hickory-smoked Irish salmon served warm on buttered leeks with mead cream reduction; espresso of roasted tomato and gin soup; loin of traditional Irish bacon with Irish Mist glaze on colcannon potato with parsley cream sauce; and a jam jar of silky rhubarb jelly panna cotta. Reservations are available via the Walt Disney World Dining Line, 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3563), by calling Raglan Road at 407-938-0300, or at the Raglan Road website. The cost is $45 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
Raglan Road's celebration gets started on Thursday and Friday, March 15 and 16, with performances by Murphy's Law and The Irish Rogues on the patio starting at 6 p.m., followed by Creel performing at 7 p.m. on the main stage inside the restaurant. For St. Patrick's Day on March 17, the restaurant's doors open at 11 a.m., with Creel performing multiple times during the day, as well as Irish dancing from the Raglan Road Dancers and members of the Watters School of Irish Dancing, and a performance by U2 tribute band Elevation. A $10 cover charge applies on March 17 only for guests ages 18 and older.
Festivities also include face painting and stilt walkers, as well as stage performances on Pleasure Island by The Wyndbreakers, Celtic Wave, and Celtic Nova.
Congratulations to the Disney Dream for winning first place in the Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards in the "Best Bahamas Cruise" and "Best Cabins – Large Ships" categories. The Dream also finished third in Entertainment, fifth for Shore Excursions, and ninth for Public Rooms in the Large Ships category. In the size-independent Best for Families category, the Dream finished second with sister ship Disney Magic third.
In the Mid-Size ship categories, the Magic came in ninth place for Overall, second for Service, sixth for Fitness, sixth for Cabins, and third for Entertainment, while sister ship Disney Wonder came in at second for Entertainment.
Ships are classed according to passenger capacity, with large ships at 2,000 or more passengers, mid-size ships at 1,200 to 1,999 passengers, and small 1,199 passengers or less. Awards are based on ratings and reviews submitted by Cruise Critic's 800,000 members for cruises taken in 2011. Awards are presented to the top 10 ships in each class in 11 categories. For the first time this year, the top five ships were awarded for each destination and region.
Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball spring training is under way at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, with pitchers and catchers starting workouts yesterday and remaining players reporting on Friday and starting workouts on Saturday. The first of 18 pre-season games at the complex starts on March 3, with a contest against the Detroit Tigers, and concludes on April 2 against the New York Mets. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or online, or at the complex box office. All games start at 1:05 p.m. unless otherwise noted:
The following is a listing of interesting items from paperwork filed with Orange County in the last week:
…The Walt Disney World reservation system is planning an outage this Thursday, February 23, beginning at 3:45 a.m. Eastern Time, during which time the system upgrade, online bookings and bookings through Member Services are unavailable. While Disney expects the system to be available again some time that afternoon, be aware that these planned outages have often lasted longer than anticipated in the past. Past outages have also caused problems with dining reservations records, dining plan credit records, and other resort systems. If you will be at Walt Disney World Resort during this time, it may be best to have printouts of all reservations and other pending electronic transactions.
…The rumor we reported back in January about the Kim Possible Adventure at Epcot being rethemed to "Agent P" Perry the Platypus from Disney's Phineas and Ferb has some apparent truth to it. We're hearing further rumors that this change-over may happen in early summer, perhaps June.
…The former Fastpass queue at Peter Pan's Flight has now reopened as an expanded handicap ramp.
…A portion of the wall for the Castle Courtyard is no longer under wraps, revealing great stonework details, lanterns, and benches. The wall will serve as the divider between the Castle Courtyard (the existing Fantasyland) and the Fantasyland Forest (the upcoming Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train sections).
…Construction work on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has been accelerated, and we're hearing that the attraction may open in early 2013 rather than later in the year. A great deal of the dirt filling the former 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea lagoon has been excavated, and is likely to be the location for the "mine underground" sections of the attraction.
…Registration has finally sold out for the 2012 Disney Princess Half Marathon with the races coming up this weekend. The Princess Half Marathon and the Royal Famly 5K joined the Royal Family Kids' Races and the Pasta in the Park Party as sold out last week.
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."
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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.
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).
Disney has released a room-only discount for all nights from April 13 through June 14. 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 May 25 to 27, guests receive discount rates of:
For all other nights during the discount period, the discounts are:
You must book this discount by February 28. 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).
Passholders can save 25% on Category 2 tickets La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil on performances Tuesday through Friday nights, from January 31 to March 30. To purchase tickets, (407) 939-7604. Note that a valid Passholder ID and advance purchase is required. Tickets can be purchased up to 30 days prior to the show date, and must be picked up at the La Nouba box office Will Call window.
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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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.