Walt Disney World Resort Update

by Mark Goldhaber, staff writer

Update for April 25 – May 1, 2011

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News and Views

Brazil coming to World Showcase? | New Passholder discounts released for summer | Special Passholder discount through early June | Pixar Studios to celebrate 25th anniversary at Epcot | Tables in Wonderland announces three exclusive special events in May | More details on Indiana Jones dinner | Star Tours passports, new merchandise coming | Construction update | Quick takes | Crowd update

Brazil coming to World Showcase?

In a story first reported on the Epcot Explorer's Encyclopedia website and picked up by Inside the Magic, there are reports in a Brazilian newspaper that Walt Disney World has approached the government of Brazil to discuss the possibility of the country becoming the first South American representative around World Showcase Lagoon.

Google Translate turns the original Portuguese into the following:

Brazil managed to seat a large international “forum”: Disney. Representatives of the largest complex of theme parks in the world have sought the federal government this week to announce that will install a flag of Brazil at Epcot Center in Orlando (USA). The country ranks with nations like USA, China, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico and Canada.

Two ministers will climb teams to help in that effort: Helena Chagas, the Secom (Secretariat for Social Communication), and Fernando Pimentel, Development. They will provide information on Brazil to help the park raise the flag. The government forecast is for a big comeback in tourism.

Brazil would certainly make sense. Brazilians are one of the largest tourist groups visiting the resort, and a Brazil pavilion would provide another place to employ the large number of Brazilians participating in the Walt Disney World International Program. A traditional churrascaria, or Brazilian steakhouse, would be a welcomed addition to the dining opportunities at Epcot. There are a number of available locations around the lagoon, some currently hosting service structures, while others are clear except for trees.

Bearing in mind that many countries have reported that Walt Disney World was adding a pavilion for their country, or that Walt Disney Parks & Resorts was building a new resort in their country, with no facts to back it up or construction ever taking place, so this must be taken with a grain of salt. Brazil is only the most recent country rumored for addition to Epcot, with previous rumors favoring Spain, Australia, and others. We'll keep an eye on this and will report if any more concrete information comes to light.

New Passholder discounts released for summer

Walt Disney World has announced a new set of Passholder discounts for stays through mid-August. The discounts provide 20-35 percent off for stays most nights from June 3 through August 13. The Animal Kingdom Lodge and Polynesian Resort are excluded for all dates, and Wilderness Lodge is excluded June 3-14. Passholders will save 35 percent at Deluxe Villa Resorts, 30 percent at Deluxe Resorts, and 20 percent at Moderate and Value Resorts.

Passholders can book through the day before arrival. Beware, though as rooms may go fast. The number of rooms available at these rates is limited. Suites and 3-bedroom Grand Villas are not included. An adult passholder must show their pass at check-in. Minimum length of stay requirements may apply for Friday or Saturday arrivals.

Reservations may be booked through the Walt Disney World Passholder website, by calling Walt Disney World at 407-939-7414, or your travel agent and using booking code QT9. MousePlanet's preferred Disney travel providers are MouseEarVacations.com and Small World Vacations.

Major construction on Disney's Aulani resort in Hawai'i was completed last week, and local contractors and Disney Imagineers held a ceremony on the resort's beach to mark the turnover of the resort to Disney for the "final installation of magic."


Special Passholder discount through early June

Passholders can save on stays through June 2, including a special rate of $90 plus tax at select Value Resorts most Friday and Saturday nights May 6-27.

Passholders can book through the day before arrival. Beware, though as rooms may go fast. The number of rooms available at these rates is limited. Suites and 3-bedroom Grand Villas are not included. An adult passholder must show their pass at check-in. Minimum length of stay requirements may apply for Friday or Saturday arrivals.

Book your reservation through the Walt Disney World Passholder website, by calling Walt Disney World at 407-939-5691, or through your travel agent and using booking code L2H. MousePlanet's preferred Disney travel providers are MouseEarVacations.com and Small World Vacations.

Pixar Studios to celebrate 25th anniversary at Epcot

The Tow Mater topiary has finally joined the Lightning McQueen topiary in their display in World Showcase Plaza, in time for the upcoming Celebration of Pixar Weekend at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. The final weekend of the Festival, May 13-15, celebrates the studio's 25th anniversary with many special events throughout the park, including several additional character meet-and-greets throughout the park. In Future World, Buzz Lightyear (Toy Story) will be at Mission: Space, Mater (Cars) will greet guests at Test Track, and "living coral stiltwalkers" will appear at the Seas with Nemo and Friends pavilion. Of course, Crush (Finding Nemo) will continue to meet guests at Turtle Talk with Crush.

Around World Showcase, Toy Story's Woody, Jessie, and Bullseye will appear at the American Adventure, Flik, Atta, Gypsy Moth and stilt walking Slim (a bug's life) will appear at the Art of Living Garden, and Remy and Emile (Ratatouille) will appear in France. A plethora of characters will be available inside World Showplace, including Mr. & Mrs. Incredible and Frozone (The Incredibles), Lots-o'-Huggin Bear (Toy Story 3), Mike, Sully, Boo and Smitty (Monsters, Inc.), and Carl, Russell, and Dug (Up).

World Showplace will also be the site of "Pixar Celebration Headquarters," where guests can browse a photo gallery pointing out some of the best "Easter eggs" from Pixar films and an art gallery of concept art from the films. There will also be a special speaker series taking place daily at the pavilion. At noon, "Cars Franchise Guardian" Jay Ward will speak, followed by Pixar producer Jonas Rivera at 2:00 and composer Michael Giacchino at 4:00. At 6:00, there will be a special presentation featuring all three.

The Tow Mater topiary has finally joined the Lightning McQueen topiary in their display in World Showcase Plaza. Image © Disney.

The Cars 2 Race Around the World Showcase game will continue, where kids of all ages can pick up a booklet with clues that will lead to specific locations where they can receive further clues, eventually leading to a special button for completing the entire game.

All events are included in the cost of Epcot admission. For more information, visit the Pixar Weekend website.

Tables in Wonderland announces three exclusive special events in May

Tables in Wonderland, the discount dining program available to Annual Passholders and Florida residents, has set three special events for May:

Sunday, May 8: The Flower Power Happy Hour – For $35 per person, plus tax but including gratuity, guests will partake in a one-hour cocktail reception in the American Adventure parlor with hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine, and specialty beverages, and then enjoy reserved seats for the 7:45 p.m. performance by Davy Jones across the way in the America Gardens Theater. Happy Hour starts at 6:00, and guests will begin relocating to their seats in the theater at 7:15. The park closes at 9 p.m., as the evening's performance of Illuminations begins.

The Happy Hour menu includes Deviled Eggs, Quail Eggs stuffed with Wasabi Caviar, Cheese Balls, Mini Oregon Blue Cheese Lolli Pops, Pigs in Blanket vs. Meatballs, Mixed Grill Meatball wrapped with Plantain topped with Heirloom Tomato and Micro Greens.

Dress for this event is not specified, so it is likely theme park casual.

Thursday, May 19: Discovery Dinner at The Wave … of American Flavors

– held at the Contemporary Resort, with a 6:30 p.m. reception and 7:00 p.m. dinner. The $92 price includes tax and gratuity. Appetizers will be paired with wine during the reception, and dinner will feature an salad, appetizer, entree and dessert, and each course will be paired with wine. This month's dinner showcases produce from Long & Scott Farms. The event is limited to 44 attendees.

Dishes during the reception include Corn Beef Hash Cakes with Quail Eggs and Zellwood Corn Hollandaise, Lump Crab and Corn Hush Puppies with Bourbon Drizzle, and Scallop and Corn Pot stickers, paired with Pascual Toso Torrontes 2010 Omaka Springs Pinot Gris. Dinner starts with a salad of Zellwood Corn and Lobster Salad with Warm Chorizo Vinaigrette, paired with Montes Ltd Sauvignon Blanc. An appetizer of Zellwood Corn Tamales with Roasted Chicken, served with Spanish Rice and Roasted Corn Salsa is paired with Pascual Toso Malbec Rose 2009.

The Grilled Waygu Flank Steak with Pico De Gallo and Spring Onion, served with Potato Pureé and Creamy Corn and Bacon Succotash entree is paired with Montes Ltd Pinot Noir 2009. Desserts are Sweet Corn Cake with Lemon Cheese Filling, Corn Flake Chocolate Crunch, Milk Chocolate Ice Cream; accompanied by Long & Scott Corn Infused Crème Anglaise, Salted Caramel Sauce, and House-made Cracker Jacks, paired with Norton Cosecha Tardia 2010.

Dress is casual evening attire.

Saturday, May 28: An Illuminations Dessert Party – takes place on the Ile de France reception area. For $50 per person, plus tax but including gratuity, guests will enjoy a dessert party from 8:00-9:30 p.m., featuring the 12-minute nighttime Illuminatiosn spectacular at 9:00. The event is limited to 100 attendees.

The dessert buffet menu features three stations. The "Mini Pastry Display" station features Pistachio Cannoli, Strawberry Rhubarb Tart, Kiwi Mandarin Orange Tart, and Assorted Chocolate Truffles. The "Kid in You" station will provide Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Mickey Crispy Treats, Oreo Cheesecake Pushups, and Chocolate Chip Cookies Coffee. The "Fire and Ice Action" station will add Warm Apple Custard Crumble with Caramel Gelato and Tropical Fruit Crème Brule with Rum Gelato. A selection of coffee, decaffeinated coffee, teas, beer, wine, and cordials are also included.

Dress for this event is not specified, so it is likely theme park casual.

To request a reservation to any of the events, send an e-mail to Tables in Wonderland with your interest, name, daytime phone number, home address, and the number of people in your party. Reservations are first-come, first-served. You will need to provide your credit card number over the phone at the time of confirmation.

The latest set of "Dream Portraits" by photographer Annie Leibowitz were released last week, "Where magic sets sail…" features Johnny Depp as his Captain Jack Sparrow character, the first time a celebrity has portrayed a character that they are already known for playing. Image © Disney.

"…and adventures become legendary," the second portrait, features Depp again portraying Sparrow, with rocker (and friend of Depp) Patti Smith portraying Sparrow's second-in-command. The images will be part of a special insert in May issues of O – The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, InStyle and People, Image © Disney.

More details on Indiana Jones dinner

Here are some more details about this coming Saturday night's Tables in Wonderland Cairo Dinner Show, taking place on the stage floor of the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney's Hollywood Studios, which we reported about last week.

Attendees will get to watch the opening scene of the standard show from the first two rows of the amphitheater while enjoying popcorn and specialty beverages. Once the action stops and the cave set is removed, dinner will be already begin on the Cairo stage set. Diners will enjoy their buffet dinner while being entertained by a DJ and a belly dancer. At the conclusion of the "banquet scene," guests will be at the center of a final scene. Indy and Marion will attempt to escape enemy agents, with fights, fire, and an explosive finale.

As we noted last week, the event is limited to 250 attendees, and is restricted to Tables in Wonderland members. The event will run from 7:30–9:30 p.m., and the park closes at 10 p.m. To request a reservation to either event, send an e-mail to Tables in Wonderland with your interest, name, daytime phone number, home address, and the number of people in your party. Reservations are first-come, first-served. You will need to provide your credit card number over the phone at the time of confirmation.

Star Tours passports, new merchandise coming

When guests enter Star Tours: The Adventures Continue beginning May 20, they will board Star Tours Flight #1401 from a busy spaceport. C-3PO and R2-D2 will try to escape bounty hunters and get your Starspeeder 1000 to safety. Over 50 ride variations are possible, with six different destinations, different character interactions, and other variables thrown into the mix. With all of the different variations, how will you keep track of where you've been? Why with an official galactic passport, of course! Walt Disney World has created a new website where you can create your own galactic passport with you playing the role of a pod racer, a queen, a rebel pilot, or a Jedi (no Sith options here, perhaps they don't need passports?). You can pick your persona, select a photo already online or upload a new one, fill in some information about yourself, and then print your passport and/or post it to your Facebook page.

You can create and print your own Star Tours passport online, then get it stamped at the attraction's exit to certify completion of your mission. Image © Disney.

But that's not all that's new coming with the redesigned attraction. There is all sorts of merchandise set to debut with the attraction. Merchandise will be available for opening day only, passholders only, and all guests. You can get a look at a great deal of the new merchandise at the Disney Parks Blog, and the Disney Gallery website, and StarWars.com.

Select your own Star Wars persona, create your passport, then use it to track your visits to the six new destinations. Image © Disney.

Send us your menu photos!

We've recently completed a major update of the park restaurant menus from Walt Disney World. Click on the "Dining" section from our Walt Disney World Guide to see the list. 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!

A Personal Appeal, Year Six

There is nothing more heartbreaking than a baby who is born too soon having medical complications that leave them with medical difficulties for life, or worse, that never let them leave the hospital alive. On May 15, I will once again be walking to raise money for the March of Dimes. The March of Dimes mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.

Over the last five years, through the generosity of MousePlanet readers, friends, family, and co-workers, we have raised nearly $19,000. This year, let's do something really special. My personal goal is to raise $5,000 this year, but you can help in ways other than donating to my walk. This year, you can walk with me. Even if you aren't in the Albany, NY area, you can virtually walk with me by joining Team MousePlanet and walking at the March for Babies site near you. If you join me in walking, money that you raise will help babies in your area to get a fighting chance to survive!

For more information about why I'm walking, or to donate to my walk, please go to my fundraising page. To sign up to join Team MousePlanet, please go to the team page. Let's show those struggling babies how much MousePlanet readers care!

Construction update

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

  • Epcot – overall park electrical cable installation.
  • Downtown Disney West Side Shops work area – mechanical work.
  • Contemporary Resort Convention Center service kitchen area – general contractor conditions.
  • Caribbean Beach Resort, Barbados – paint work.

Quick takes …

…If you rent a car when you visit Walt Disney World, beware of gas stations near the airport taking advantage of travelers wanting to gas up at the last possible moment. While it's not surprising that gas stations near the airport have higher prices than surrounding stations, one of the stations has been cited for having the highest gas prices in the nation, nearly $2 per gallon higher than the average price in the Orlando area. The Suncoast Gas station was charging $5.69 for a gallon of regular gasoline. Another station nearby has been cited for similarly high prices. Most rental companies give you a little leeway in how far away you have to fill up your tank, so you may be better off filling up a bit further away at a much lower price.

…Tickets for this year's Night of Joy event, taking place on September 9 and 10, will be available beginning this coming Sunday, May 1. One-night tickets are $51.95 plus tax in advance, $59.95 plus tax day of. Two-night tickets are $92.95. Groups of 10 or more can purchase one-night tickets in advance for $46.95 plus tax each and two-night tickets for $87.95. Additional information is available at the Night of Joy website.

…Adventures by Disney hosts a pair of webcasts tomorrow to present information about Adventures by Disney vacations and announce an exclusive offer. The webcasts will begin at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. EDT. You can register at the event website.

…The Walt Disney World discount for military families will be extended from it current expiration date of September 28, 2011, to September 2012, as part of the Walt Disney Company's participation in the "Joining Forces" initiative created by the Obama Administration to shed light on the unique needs of military families in the United States. Additional information on the room and ticket offers will be made available shortly on the Walt Disney World website.

…Last Thursday, Walt Disney World received approval of a permit application for construction of a new building at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa that is planned to be a new Disney Vacation Club resort. You can read more about it in our original story from March 21.

…The LEGO Imagination Center at Downtown Disney Marketplace reopened last week, with the newly-expanded store surrounded by new Disney-themed LEGO creations.

…Walt Disney World will be debuting a series of five international ear hats in mid-May. The hats, based on various pavilions around Epcot's World Showcase Lagoon, feature each country's flag on the left ear, a national icon on the right ear, a miniature themed hat on top, and an overall design based on the country. Canada's hat features crossed hockey sticks on the right ear, plaid matching cast member costumes for the main hat fabric, a miniature cast member-style Mountie hat, and a beaver applique. Italy features a pizza on the ear and a gondolier's hat, with a gondolier-shirt-patterned hat. Germany, Mexico and England (not the United Kingdom, for some reason) are the other three being released. All will retail for $14.95. If these hats prove popular, additional hats representing the other World Showcase countries could make an appearance.

…A new Lion Dance troupe debuts at Epcot's China pavilion this week, while The British Invasion begins its last week at the United Kingdom pavilion. The Lion Dance troupe replaces the long-running Dragon Legend Acrobat troupe. We're hearing that another act will replace The British Invasion, but no details yet.

…Walt Disney World has received approval for plans to build new stables at the Tri-Circle D Ranch at Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, originally submitted last October. This will allow Disney to consolidate the lodgings for its 26 draft horses with its 20 ponies. The ponies will be lodged two per stall, while each draft horse will have its own stall, making a total of 36 stalls. From the plans on file with the South Florida Water Management District, it appears that a new access road will be built on the far side of the existing paddocks, and an existing fenced area will become a drainage pond. The new stables will be built to the right of the existing paddocks, and a blacksmith shop will be built just to the right of one of the walkways between the existing parking lot and the current ranch entrance. For more detailed information on this project, go to the SFWMD website and search for Application # 101021-29, Permit # 48-00714-S.

…Walt Disney World debuted a new Twitter account, @TodayatWDW, to provide real-time updates during peak periods in the parks. They tried it out during Easter Week, providing park hours, touring tips, and suggesting showtimes for popular shows. It's uncertain as to when the account will be posting again or what content it will provide next time. You can follow along and find out.

Walt Disney Imagineering has provided a little behind-the-scenes look at how they accomplished the new hitchhiking ghosts effects at the Haunted Mansion.

…Last Tuesday, Disney opened up additional reservations for the "Tweet Up" to watch the Royal Wedding at Disney's Wedding Pavilion this Friday morning, and closed it again when the 250 additional slots quickly filled. The 500 lucky attendees will get to enjoy breakfast, photos with Cinderella's Coach, a look at Disney Fairy Tale Weddings jewelry, tiaras, and wedding gowns, while waiting to watch the wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William.

…We're hearing a rumor that the Inferno Barge from Illuminations will go down for a one-month refurbishment beginning this week. We don't have confirmation of that at this time.

…Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge has received a 4-diamond rating from AAA, the seventh Walt Disney World resort to receive that recognition. The resort recently celebrated its tenth anniversary.

…Last Tuesday morning, Norwegian women's marathon legend Grete Waitz (memorialized with a statue at Epcot's Norway pavilion) pass away after a battle with cancer.

…Registration for the Expedition Everest Challenge, scheduled for May 7, is now sold out. Registration for the event's Kids Races is 70 percent full.

…Registration is now open for all races during the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon weekend. Sign up now for the Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay, Disney Family Fun Run 5K, and Disney Kids' Races. Registration for the individual half marathon is now 50 percent full!

…Registration for the events for the Walt Disney World Marathon 2012 is now open. Note: Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge is now 50 percent full!

Crowd update


Crowd information and forecasts are provided by TouringPlans.com, the Web site 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."


The TouringPlans.com Crowd Calendar reflects how long you will wait in line for attractions at the Walt Disney World theme parks, on average. Easter week is over, but wait times remain at their highest through Wednesday. After that, expect things to slow down as Spring Break comes to an end. If you're brave enough to fight the hordes of people early in the week, make sure to utilize a touring plan to save significant time in line. Our research team and fabulous Disney World Lines users submit wait times year round. Last year, here's what our statistical team measured for the upcoming week:

Date Overall
Monday, April 25, 2011 10 out of 10
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 10 out of 10
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 10 out of 10
Thursday, April 28, 2011 8 out of 10

This week sees full 10s on the Crowd Calendar everyday until Thursday, when crowds drop to an 8, and continue to drop over the weekend. Check out the Disney World Park Crowd Levels page on TouringPlans.com for park-specific predictions.

  • The Magic Kingdom is the Park to Avoid on Monday and Tuesday.
  • The Magic Kingdom is a Best Park on Sunday, when the resort-wide crowd level is only a 4.

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Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Magic Kingdom

  • Mickey's Toontown Fair – closed permanently to make way for Fantasyland expansion.
  • Enchanted Tiki Room – Under New Management – closed since January 13, due to a fire. Expected to reopen on August 16.
  • Liberty Square River Boat – closed May 2-25 for refurbishment.


  • No known current refurbishments.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Sounds Dangerous Starring Drew Carey – seasonal downtime beginning May 1.
  • Phineas & Ferb play-n-greet on near Mama Melrose's – opens May 16.
  • Winnie-the-Pooh meet-n-greet at Art of Disney Animation – begins May 16.
  • Star Tours – closed for refurbishment through May 19.
  • Cars 2 meet-n-greet near MuppetVision 3-D – opens June 5.
  • Lightning McQueen replaces Herbie the Love Bug at Lights, Motors, Action! – begins June 5.

Animal Kingdom

  • Primeval Whirl – closed for refurbishment through June 1, 2011.


  • Saratoga Springs Resort – Paddock Leisure Pool closed through June 29 for expansion into a new feature pool, wet play area, and quick-service eatery. During the renovations, the Paddock bus stop and laundry facility will also be closed. Guests can use the High Rock Spring pool near the Carriage House or the leisure pools at Congress Park or The Grandstand. Nearby bus stops can be found at The Springs, Congress Park and The Carousel. Alternate laundry facilities are located at The Springs and Congress Park.

Water Parks

  • No known current refurbishments.


  • Cirque du Soleil La Nouba – performs Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Current Discounts & Promotions

New room-only, Deluxe/Deluxe Villas-only discounts released for summer

Walt Disney World has announced a new set of room-only discounts for Deluxe and Deluxe Villa resorts only for stays through mid-August. The discounts provide 30 percent off for stays most nights from June 15 through August 13 (25 percent at Animal Kingdom Lodge, Wilderness Lodge and Polynesian Resort), with discounts ranging from 20 percent to 30 percent for most nights from April 22 through June 14. Note that this offer does not include suites and 3-bedroom Grand Villas.

You can book all of these dates through April 30, and dates starting May 29 can be booked through May 28. Beware, though as rooms may go fast. The number of rooms available at these rates is limited. Suites and 3-bedroom Grand Villas are not included.

Reservations may be booked through the Walt Disney World website, by calling Walt Disney World at 407-939-7837, or your travel agent and using booking code M2X. MousePlanet's preferred Disney travel providers are MouseEarVacations.com and Small World Vacations.

Passholder merchandise discounts extended through 2011

Walt Disney World Passholder merchandise discounts have been extended through the end of 2011. Epcot After 4pm, Weekday Select, Seasonal and Annual Passholders get 10 percent off purchases at selected locations, while Premium Annual Passholders (including bi-coastal Premier Annual Passholders) get 20 percent off. The discount is available at Walt Disney World-owned and operated shops, but not those stores owned by "operating participants" (third-party stores). The discount is also not valid on a long list of products, and can not be combined with other discounts, offers or promotions. For a full list of what is not included in this discount, check out the Art of Disney Parks Web site.

Sail across the ocean for $57 per night

If you'd like to take a TransAtlantic cruise for as little as $57 per night, now is the time to book! The 14-night Eastbound repositioning cruise of the Disney Magic is offering eight days at sea and stops at Castaway Cay; Madeira, Portugal; Cadiz, Spain; Gibraltar, U.K.; and Barcelona Spain for just $799 per person based on double occupancy for an inside stateroom with restrictions. The cruise leaves Port Canaveral on May 14 and arrives in Barcelona on May 28.

Reservations may be booked through the Disney Cruise Line website, by calling the Disney Cruise Line at 800-951-3532, or your travel agent. MousePlanet’s preferred Disney travel providers are MouseEarVacations.com and Small World Vacations.

Military ticket offer

From now through September 28, 2011, 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 October 1, 2011. The tickets may not be used at all Walt Disney World theme parks and other gated attractions on the following blockout dates: December 27-31, 2010 and April 17-23, 2011. Additionally, the tickets may not be used at the Magic Kingdom on July 4, 2011.

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 six tickets may be purchased by any eligible member of the U.S. military (or their spouse, but not both) for themselves, family members, and friends, and all tickets must be purchased at the same time. If the immediate family has more than five dependents, additional tickets may be purchased for the dependents, however, additional tickets for guests may not be purchased. 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 or participating U.S. military base ticket offices.

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