Walt Disney World Resort Update

by Mark Goldhaber, staff writer

Update for February 27 – March 4, 2012

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Habit Heroes get kicked to the curb | Dumbo opening date in question; Snow White closure date set | Wednesday is One More Disney Day | Princess Half Marathon nets record and milestone | Tables in Wonderland exclusive special events set for March | Construction update | Quick takes | Crowd update

Habit Heroes get kicked to the curb

The new Habit Heroes attraction at Epcot's Innoventions closed suddenly Saturday morning, just three weeks after it opened. An associated website has been shuttered, as well. The exhibit, which purportedly was to teach families how to be healthier, was sponsored by Florida Blue and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.

The exhibit has come under fire from two fronts. One point was that the attraction itself was substandard and that it did not provide any real entertainment. The other, which exploded this week, was that the tactics used in the attraction were counter-productive and in fact would harm those that it purported to help.

A story by Misty Harris of PostMedia News appeared in major newspapers throughout Canada and their websites, quoting several experts on childhood obesity, who unanimously condemned the exhibit. There was no indication of whether there were health professionals who disagreed with those quoted.

One of those cited was Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, an assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Ottawa and family medicine chair of the Canadian Obesity Network. "It's so dumbfounding it's unreal," Dr. Freedhoff was quoted as saying. "I just can't believe somebody out there thought it was a good idea to pick up where the school bullies left off and shame kids on their vacation.… There's no doubt in my mind that overweight and obese kids going through this exhibit are leaving feeling horrible about themselves."

Writer/dancer/activist Ragen Chastain wrote on her "Dances with Fat" blog: "…I’m crying because I know how excited kids get about Disney. Disney is supposed to be the happiest place on Earth and now fat kids – who are subjected to a barrage of shaming, humiliating, stigmatizing, and bullying messages from society on a daily basis – will go on vacation and find out that people who look like them are villains who other kids fight for points and bragging rights. Why doesn’t Disney just hold fat kids down and let park guests kick them?"

A major point in this is that kids who are fat suffer from plenty of self-esteem issues already. In fact, many become fat by assuaging existing self-esteem issues by eating. Will telling them that their snacking is evil make them feel better and more likely to eat healthily, or will it just lead them to diving further into the low-nutrition comfort food?

There's no word yet on if or when Habit Heroes will reopen.

An editorial comment here: As a "Pooh-sized" person myself, I really was uncomfortable with this exhibit based upon many of the photos and videos that were posted. "Working together, you have the power to defeat him," hero Callie Stenics says about "Lead Bottom." "Because he can't resist the power of positive peer pressure," continues hero Will Power. Is positive peer pressure the solution to all physiological problems? I don't think so.

"Habit Heroes" is a classic example of how many people think that quick-fix solutions are the only way to address problems, and that nothing is too difficult or complex to be resolved this way—and that not changing to meet societal norms makes you a "villain." I'll tell you right now that making me feel bad is not going to make me want to do what you want me to. I much preferred the approach of the late, lamented Wonders of Life pavilion, which instead took the approach of making the taking of the first steps more fun and enjoyable. The "Habit Heroes" approach of pitting the "healthy" skinny kids against the "evil" fat kids will only make things worse.

It can only be hoped that the problems with Habit Heroes and the content of the exhibit will be rectified if Disney does reopen the exhibit. Perhaps a better solution would be to instead reopen the Wonders of Life as it existed before its closure. Who wouldn't like to ride a "Wonder Cycle" through Disneyland again, or take a few swings in the batting cage? Watching Buzzy manipulate an adolescent through a stressful day and riding Body Wars' miniaturized vehicle through a human body provided a much better approach to understanding health and perhaps inspiring better choices than the bludgeoning provided by Habit Heroes. Let's see what Disney comes up with. They've got the talent and the ability to do this right. Let's hope that they do.

What do you think? Post your opinions in the comments below.

Dumbo opening date in question; Snow White closure date set

While the Walt Disney World website still lists Dumbo the Flying Elephant as returning to operation on May 12, Jennifer Fickley-Baker posted on the Disney Parks Blog last Thursday that the first elements of Storybook Circus will open "by late March." We have not yet been able to reconcile these two dates, but we will apparently see the first of the Dumbo spinners (the new clockwise-spinning one, as the old counterclockwise one is still being refurbished), the rethemed Great Goofini roller coaster, the new Fantasyland train station, and perhaps the Casey Jr. Splash Zone some time between mid- and late-March. As it was noted in an interview with Imagineer Chris Beatty on the MouseStation podcast, dates are always in flux because you never know what's going to happen on any given construction project.

In the same post by Fickley-Baker, a closure date was finally released for Snow White's Scary Adventures. If you want to see the attraction, you'll need to see it by May 31, as that will be its last day. The attraction will be gutted to make way for Princess Fairy Tale Hall, a highly-themed meet-and-greet for the Disney princesses.

Snow White's Adventures opened with the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971. Guests were confused when they did not see Snow White within the attraction, not understanding that they were supposed to be Snow White. On December 16, 1994, the attraction reopened as Snow White's Scary Adventures following major renovations that put the title character into the attraction in multiple places.

Princess Fairy Tale Hall was not an original part of the New Fantasyland plan announced by then-chairman of Disney Parks & Resorts Jay Rasulo at the 2009 D23 Expo. The original plan featured not only the Beauty and the Beast and Little Mermaid-themed areas currentl under construction, but also Cinderella's chateau and Aurora's (Sleeping Beauty) cottage, giving guests four princess-themed meeting places. Disney Fairies were also originally to have their own meet-and-greet location in Pixie Hollow. When the project was rethought in mid-2010 and modified in early 2011, the Cinderella and Aurora locations were gone, replaced by the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster—and the princesses were to be assigned to the new Princess Fairy Tale Hall. With the new coaster carrying a Snow White theme, it was decided that the current Snow White attraction was expendable and could be converted to house multiple princess meet-and-greets. The coaster and Fairy Tale Hall are expected to open in late 2013 or early 2014.

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Wednesday is One More Disney Day

Wednesday is February 29—Leap Day—and the namesake of the One More Disney Day promotion. As such, the Magic Kingdom ia open for 24 hours, from 6 a.m. Wednesday through 6 a.m. Thursday. Most attractions are open the whole 24 hours, though a few will open late or close early. A few close briefly overnight but reopen before the park finally closes. Various restaurants are either be open all night or close at various times. Several locations are serving breaksfast from at 3 a.m. on Thursday.

Several attractions close before dark or thereabouts. Tom Sawyer Island closes at 5:30 p.m., and the Walt Disney World Railroad and Liberty Square Riverboat both close at 7 p.m. Closing at 4 a.m. to ensure sufficient maintenance time before reopening at 9 a.m. on Thursday are Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and "it's a small world." Closing at 5 a.m. are Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. Attractions that usually open late, such as the Country Bear Jamboree and Liberty Square Riverboat, will open at their usual times.

Closing for short periods overnight are Mad Tea Party (midnight. to 3 a.m.), Snow White's Scary Adventures (1 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.), Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin (1:30 a.m. to 4 a.m.) and Peter Pan's Flight (2 a.m. to 4 a.m.).

Open from their normal start times through park closing will be Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe (opens at 10 a.m.) and Casey's Corner (11 a.m.). Pecos Bill (10:30 a.m.) closes at 2 a.m. and the Plaza Restaurant (11 a.m.) close at 3 a.m. Pinocchio Village Haus (opens at 10:30 a.m.) and Columbia Harbour House (11 a.m.) both close at 10 p.m. Tortuga Tavern is only be open for 4 hours, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For those looking for breakfast in the wee hours of the morning, you'll be able to find it between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. at The Lunching Pad, Main Street Bakery, Sleepy Hollow, Westward Ho, and Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe.

Special event ear hats will be available at The Chapeau, Curtain Call Collectibles, and Sir Mickey's, while other event apparel is available at The Emporium and online through Thursday only. A limited edition watch will be available for purchase at the Main Street Cinema.

If you'll be in attendance, let us know about it!

Princess Half Marathon nets record and milestone

This year's Disney's Princess Half Marathon saw both a record time and a coast-to-coast milestone. Rachel Booth, of Mandeville, Louisiana, blew away the field of 19,000 runners to finish in 1 hour, 18 minutes, and 11 seconds, just over four minutes ahead of her nearest competitor. Booth's time was seven seconds under the event's previous records of 1:18:18 set by Liza Galvan in 2009. In winning the event, Booth—the two-time defending champion of the Disneyland Half Marathon—became the first runner to win a runDisney event on both coasts. Second place went to Brittney Christianson of Burlington, North Dakota, who finished in 1:22:13, ahead of third-place Heather Sipsma of West Hartford, Connecticut, in 1:23:10. Including the Tangled Royal Family 5K and the Royal Family Kids' Races, a total of 27,000 people participated in the weekend's races

Tables in Wonderland exclusive special events set for March

Tables in Wonderland, the discount dining program available to Annual Passholders and Florida residents, is hosting two exclusive special events in March and providing a discount on a third event that's open to the general public:

Thursday, March 15, sees a return of Discovery Dinner at The Wave … of American Flavors at the Contemporary Resort, with a 6:30 p.m. reception and 7:00 p.m. dinner. The $110 price includes tax and gratuity. Appetizers are be paired with wine during the reception, and dinner features an appetizer, salad, entree and dessert, and each course will be paired with wine. This month's dinner again showcases Santa Sweets Tomatoes and Fairview Estate and Terlato Wines. The event is limited to 46 attendees.

Dishes during the reception include Banderillas of Feta Stuffed Grape Tomato, Caramelized Pearl Onions, and Shaved Prosciutto; and Polenta Tapas with Santa Sweets Tomato Marmalade and Baby Mozzarella, paired with Hanna, Sauvignon Blanc. Dinner starts with a Tomato Appetizer 3 Way: Fried Oyster BLT Featuring Santa Sweets Tomato, Thompson Farms Black Pepper Bacon, Chipotle Santa Sweets Tomato Mayo; Santa Sweets and Heirloom Tomato Shooter with Tillamook Smoked Cheddar Cheese Grilled Cheese and Oven Dried Basil; and Santa Sweets Tomato Tar Tar with Goat Cheese Fondue, Crispy Portobello, and Poblano Pepper, paired with Chanson, Vire Clesse.

Tangley Oaks, Pinot Noir is paired with a pasta course of Crab Stuffed Ravioli with Santa Sweets Tomato, Roasted Garlic, and White Wine. The Slow Cooked Wild Boar Chop entree with Truffled Stokes Sweet Potato Fries and Seasonal Vegetable of the Moment is paired with Guardian Peak, Frontier. A cheese course of St. Andre Triple Crème, Midnight Moon and Purple Haze Goat Cheese with Sweet Tomato Raisins and Sun-Dried Tomato Foccacia is paired with Two Hands, Gnarly Dudes. A dessert trio of Goat Cheese and Sweet Tomato Cheesecake, Smoked Grape Tomato and Ice Wine Granita, Pistachio Meringue, is paired with Two Hands, Brilliant Disguise Moscato.

Dress is casual evening attire.

On Saturday, March 17, an Illuminations Dessert Party takes place at Isola Italia (the island across from the Italy pavilion) at Epcot from 8:00-9:30 p.m. For $55 per person, plus tax but including gratuity, guests will enjoy platters of desserts and coffee, as well as premium reserved viewing Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. This event is limited to 200 attendees. Guests can enjoy the refreshments starting an hour before Illuminations, and ending 18 minutes after the 12-minute show's end.

Dessert sampler platters include: Tiramisu Stemware, Guava Cheesecake Pushup with Mango Gelee, Caramel Ganache Bars with Sea Salt, Chocolate Laced Éclairs, Pistachio Cannoli, Baklava, and Spumoni Panna Cotta. A trio of mini gourmet doughnuts will be served with American Coffee Shop Gelato. Doughnut varieties include Tennessee Bourbon Glazed Dark Chocolate Doughnuts, Carmel Nut Glazed Apple Pie Spiced Doughnuts, and Raspberry Glazed Buttermilk Doughnuts. Beer, wine, and specialty drinks will also be available.

To request a reservation to either event, send an e-mail to Tables in Wonderland (link) 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.

In addition, if you were planning to attend the special lunch event at Raglan Road featuring chef Kevin Dundon on March 15, you will be able to use your Tables in Wonderland card to get a discount on the $45 price.

Construction update

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

  • Magic Kingdom main entrance walkway to Contemporary Resort – installation of fence.
  • Magic Kingdom Main Street Newsstand – HVAC.
  • Magic Kingdom Main Street Firehouse – construction.
  • Magic Kingdom Swiss Family Treehouse – marquee.
  • Magic Kingdom Sunshine Tree Terrace – marquee.
  • Magic Kingdom Pinocchio Village House – general construction.
  • Magic Kingdom Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover – construction.
  • Epcot Innoventions Habit Heroes – graphics package 2.
  • Epcot – Flower & Garden Haiti graphics.
  • Epcot Boulangerie Patisserie – expansion: two floors, over 3000 sq foot kitchen, cast restrooms, break room, relocating QSR.
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Asia – installation of new filtration system.
  • Typhoon Lagoon – construction.
  • Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Beach Pool building – mechanical.
  • Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Courtyard Pool buildings – mechanical.
  • Disney's Polynesian Resort Luau Cove – mechanical for auxiliary heating unit replacement.
  • Disney's Contemporary Resort dumpster area – contractors general conditions.
  • Disney's Boardwalk Resort Luna Park pool equipment building – mechanical.
  • Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts quiet pool building – mechanical.
  • Disney's Coronado Springs Resort – electrical, mechanical for bailer installation.

Quick takes …

…Starting March 7, cast members begin fully enforcing the end times on Fastpass tickets. The only leeway to be allowed is 5 minutes before the opening of the window (to allow crowds standing at the attraction entrances waiting for the start of their window) and 15 minutes after the window closes. It is not known if this is a test or if this is a permanent change, but you should be prepared for this to be in effect for the foreseeable future as it is expected to be necessary for the success of the Next Generation Initiative that will eventually allow guests to reserve Fastpasses for their entire vacation.

…Disney's Mobile Magic application is now available for the iPhone, and is available for free downloads from the iTunes App Store. Verizon Wireless customers have access to new premium features, including videos and games within the app. The app features official wait times, Fastpass return times and Fastpass availability information for the park that you are in. The information will not be available when you are outside of the park. There are plenty of other features, so check it out.

…Chef Scott Hunnel of Victoria & Albert's has been named a finalist on The James Beard Foundation's list of top chefs in the country for the sixth year in a row. Hunnel was again nominated for the Best Chef: South award. Winners will be announced in May in New York City. Under Hunnel's leadership, Victoria & Albert's (located at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa) has received a Five Diamond rating from AAA for 12 consecutive years.

…Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group won eight gold and 11 silver awards—including the Best in Show award—at the ADDY awards, presented by the American Advertising Federation's Orlando chapter on February 17. The Best in Show award was presented for the Disney Cruise Line Facebook Sweepstakes Game. The group won awards in Book Design, Mixed Media, Photography, Special Event Invitation, Online Games, Radio, Internet Commercials, Television, Logo, Illustration and Sales Kit categories. They also won Best-in-Category awards in Interactive, Broadcast Video and Broadcast Radio.

…Registration for the November 9-10 Disney's Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend opens March 13.

…Registration for the May 5 the Expedition Everest Challenge and the September 28–29 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend is now open.

Crowd update


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."

Lighter crowds than last week, but "One More Disney Day" should slightly spike year-over-year numbers. 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, February 28, 2012 3 / 10
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 2 / 10
Thursday, March 1, 2012 4 / 10
Friday, March 2, 2012 4 / 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!

  • Magic Kingdom is the park to avoid Wednesday, but due to low crowds levels at the other three parks, the overall crowd level for Walt Disney World is a 2 on Wedneday
  • Avoid Epcot on 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.
  • 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.
  • Liberty Square Riverboat – closed for refurbishment through May 20.
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant – closed for refurbishment; will reopen at Storybook Circus March 12.
  • Magic Carpets of Aladdin – closed for refurbishment February 26 to March 10.


  • 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

  • Studio Backlot Tour – closed for refurbishment February 13 to March 9.
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure – closed for refurbishment February 13 to March 9.
  • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show – closed for refurbishment April 29 to May 2.

Animal Kingdom

  • No known current closures.


  • Grand Floridian Spa – closed through mid-2013 for refurbishment.
  • 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 through March 30.
  • Polynesian Resort – Great Ceremonial House atrium ceiling steel refinished and skylight fabric replaced February 27 to March 23.
  • 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.
  • Yacht Club Resort – building exterior repaired and refinished through August 3.
  • Yacht Club Convention Center – lobby refurbished through March 2.
  • Yacht Club Resort – rooftop HVAC hot water piping replaced January 9 to September 28.
  • 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 February 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 – 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 – the main commercial building has its flat roof replaced through March 30.
  • Port Orleans French Quarter Resort – buildings 6 & 7 parking lots undergoes roadway rejuvenation from through 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 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 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 – Ranchos buildings experiences tile roof repair and replacement through July 27.
  • Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground – pool side at Meadow Feature Pool closed February 6 through March 2. The pool remains open.
  • Fort Wilderness Campsites – concrete pad repairs takes place through March 12.
  • 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 – Piano Pool closed February 6 to March 2; Calypso Pool will remain open.
  • All-Star Movies Resort – Beverage coolers installed in guest rooms through 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.


  • 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:
    • March 20
    • May 15–26
    • July 24
    • September 18–22
    • November 27

Current Discounts & Promotions

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).

Passholder room discounts available through June

A Passholder discount is available for most dates March 9 through June 14. 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.

Passholders 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).

Passholders can save 25% on tickets to La Nouba

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.

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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  1. By TinaMouse

    Whoa, that Habit Heroes sounds like it was not a good idea at all. As a Pooh Sized gal myself, the last thing I need to be told is that I'm a villain because of what I eat. I eat healthy most of the time, but to have someone judge me for eating a schoolbread on vacation (or some such), is awful. I'm glad it is closed. There HAS to be a better way to get all of us to eat healthy without belittling us!

  2. By Drince88

    I totally agree, Tina! Bring Sarge and the team supporting Buzzy back - update them if you want to really focus on 'good fuel'! (Unfortunately, that'd probably include dropping Hans and Franz since most of the 'target' audience wouldn't get the SNL reference which would be a little sad to me.)

  3. By wishiwasthere

    I get what they were trying to do, but I don't get how they didn't get negative feedback prior to starting this 'attraction'.

    I am sure they can tweak this without making it offensive. Food Rocks comes popping into my mind. Why do the characters need to be human?

  4. By dsmolij

    Tina I too am a pooh sized person. However, eating healthy is only part of the solution. I eat healthy and stay away from the junk food 90% of the time. I have a better cholesterol level than my thinner counterparts. Its just getting up and moving. The fact is, not one person wants to be reminded of being large we are while on vacation, and if the exhibit was that bad then get rid of it. Like the author of the article said, Disney needs open up Wonder Works again. It was interactive with the batting cages and all sorts of fun things for every one both young and old to do. All in all, no kid should be tormented about their weight while on vacation. Vacations are to relax and get away for all the negativity that we have in the real world. And WDW is a place where adults can act "GooFy" and be a kid again.

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