|The Disney Scoop, Issue #006– Free Dining, Strollers, CMO, and Snacks…
May 01, 2008
|Hello Everyone!It’s been a very busy month in my household, but unfortunately not so busy for the website! With three of our boys playing baseball and the littlest guy wanting to be outside for every waking moment – I am simply out of free time! Add in a weekend trip to Boston for the marathon and the month just flew by! (My husband Mike ran the marathon and I am just so proud of him! Keep an eye on his blog for a full marathon review and trip report.)
So anyway, back to Disney…..
First of all, here’s a reminder to all of you traveling to Disney World in November. Your 180 day window will open soon! Get ready to make all of your dining reservations and set your alarm for 7 am eastern time on your reservation day! If you need help figuring out your 180 day point, check out the countdown calculator.
And for those going before then, hopefully you have already made all of your desired reservations, especially if you are taking advantage of theFree Dining offer this year.
Just a quick update on the planning spreadsheet files. Last month I posted the files in a new location on an external web host. They have since been downloaded over 750 times! Hopefully they will help everyone organize all of their Disney trip information.
October 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 13, 16, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30, and 31.
November 10, 11, 14, 16, 20, 21, 30
December 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, and 19
No More Toll-Free Phone Number
Well, I guess it was just a matter of time. Disney has deactivated the 1-877-939-3732 toll-free phone number. They have done this before with other toll-free numbers, so I guess I’m not that surprised – just a little disappointed. Hopefully, you have an inexpensive, if not free, long distance phone service plan. I’ll keep my eyes and ears open for a replacement number, but in the meantime you can still use 1-407-WDISNEY or 1-407-WDW-DINE for dining reservations.
Stroller Rental Price Increase
After not increasing the stroller rental cost for the past three years, Disney has decided to make up for lost time! The cost of renting a stroller has increased by an outrageous amount. The new rental costs are listed below:
I guess you do save a couple bucks by purchasing the length of stay rental, but the cost is just so astronomical now, I suggest that you bring your own stroller if at all possible. If you are driving to Orlando, strap it to the roof or buy an inexpensive stroller at a local store. If you are flying, check with your airline for the restrictions on the weight and amount of luggage you are allowed to bring.
The best part about having your own stroller is the fact that you can use it outside of the parks – you don’t have to wake you child up to return the stroller and then carry him or her all the way to your car or Disney transportation, not to mention around the resort itself or at Downtown Disney.
The downside to everyone bringing their own stroller is the overcrowding of the Disney buses and monorails. Some of those strollers nowadays are absolutely huge!
If you cannot bring your own stroller, please budget for the rental cost. Be prepared – it would be a shame to cut your souvenir allowance just to rent a stroller!
Ollie Johnston passes away
Ollie Johnston, the last remaining member of Walt’s Nine Old Men, passed away on April 14th, 2008. Not only was he a great friend of Walt Disney, but he was a directing animator at the Disney Studios from 1935 to 1978. His contributions to such classic films as Snow White, Fantasia, Bambi and Pinocchio will ensure his legacy.
This came as sad news to me this month because I was reading a book entitled Remembering Walt. In it, there are many quotes and anecdotes from many of Walt’s friends, family members, and co-workers. Ollie was included quite a bit. The book was really well done with loads of photos from the early days of Walt’s career. The book, available on Amazon.com is worth a look – even if just for the photos.
If you haven’t already seen the events, you can still watch the videos online. The events were very funny and tested such important skills as “Towel Buddy” construction, face painting, and a frantic stroller derby, all accompanied by a very serious commentary. (I don’t know how those two guys kept straight faces!)
Congratulations Justin! Be sure to check the CMO website in May to see some of Justin’s CMO activities and duties.
Free Dining Now Available
The greatly anticipated Free Dining package is now available for booking. The package is available for most dates 8/24/2008-9/20/2008. To take advantage of this offer, you need to purchase a full price non-discounted Disney World Vacation Package, and check in between 8/24 and 9/20. You will get the Basic Disney Dining Plan for FREE for the entire length of your stay. You can also upgrade to the Deluxe Dining Plan by simply paying the difference, which is $32 per adult and $10 per child per night.This is a great deal and I hope many of you are able to take advantage of this wonderful offer! Hurry, you must book by 6/22/2008 and the number of available rooms at each resort is limited. Also, make all of your dining reservations NOW!
To book, call 1-407-WDISNEY and use one of the following codes:
Snacking at Disney World can get expensive! There are lots of yummy and delectable things to choose, like Dole Whips, beignets, and Kaki Gori. Many of these yummy snacks can be purchased using the snack credits on one of the Dining Plans (either basic or deluxe), even though the official dining plan rules severely limit the snack options. You may be surprised at the variety of snacks awaiting you….