The Disney Scoop, Issue #007– Disney Discounts, Parties, and Coloring Pages…
June 01, 2008
Hello Everyone!I hope you are all enjoying the great weather and the wind-down of the school year. I know in my house summer is being anxiously anticipated by the boys and somewhat dreaded by me! After a long 5-day weekend, I have quickly realized that keeping these boys entertained will prove to be quite a challenge for me this summer….but I digress.

So anyway, back to Disney…..

First things first, hopefully all of you traveling to Disney World in November, including the popular Jersey week as well as the Thanksgiving holiday, have made your dining reservations.

And for those of you going in December, your 180 day window will open soon! Yippeee! My family is going this December and I have my ADR wish list all set. If you are going too, 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 lastly, for all of you lucky ducks who are going before then, know that I am extremely jealous…. Just kidding! But hopefully you have already made all of your desired reservations, especially if you are taking advantage of the Free Dining offer this year.

Here is another quick update on the planning spreadsheet files. Since posting the files in a new location on an external web host, they have now been downloaded over 1100 times! Wow – there are going to be lots of organized Disney vacationers out there!

Okay, on with the news!


Disney World News
November 2008 Park Hours Delayed 
As of this writing, the November 2008 Park Hours have still not been released. When I contacted Disney about this, I was simply told that the hours were not yet finalized or confirmed. I think this is absolutely unfair to all of the November visitors as it makes planning out their itineraries and dining plans really difficult. I do understand that there are lots of holiday happenings and special park hours during that period, but I also think that Disney should get the hours set and published. I know I am anxiously awaiting the release of the December hours, but right now I have little confidence in their timely release – I hope I am proven wrong! Anyway, all of the Park Hours will be posted as soon as they are officially released.

2008 Holiday Party Tickets went on sale May 1 

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party:
October 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 13, 16, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30, and 31.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party:
November 10, 11, 14, 16, 20, 21, 30
December 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, and 19



Stroller Rental Price Increase

This is a repeat from last month, but I felt it was worth repeating! The cost of renting a stroller at Disney World has increased by an outrageous amount. The new rental costs are listed below:


Per Day Per Day for Length of Stay
SINGLE: $15.00 $13.00
DOUBLE: $31.00 $27.00

Read more about stroller rental information, including where to rent them, what they are like, and if you really need one.




Disney World Specials

Annual Pass Holder Room Only Discount

  • Good for travel dates 5/26/08 to 8/2/08.
  • Use code FJY when booking.

Florida Resident Room Only Discount

  • Good for travel dates 5/26/08 to 8/2/08.
  • Use code FKB when booking.

Free Dining is Still Available – book by 6/22/08

The Free Dining package is still 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, 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:


Magic Your Way Package plus Dining – AYG
Magic Your Way Package plus Deluxe Dining – AYI
Magic Your Way Package plus Dine with Wine – AYH
Magic Your Way Package plus Deluxe Dining with Wine – AYJ



Tip of the Month

Printable Coloring Pages Keep Kids Occupied!

Coloring is a wonderful activity to keep the kids busy – and quiet! A Disney World Coloring Pages section has been added to the website. I know there are a lot of coloring pages available on the internet, but they never seem to be what I am looking for. Our custom-created printable coloring pages feature attractions, resorts, and of course favorite characters. I had a really good time creating these coloring pages – some from personal photos and many with a cherished child toy! I hope you and your kids enjoy them.
I plan to add more coloring pages each month and would love your input and help – if you have a suitable photo, please contact me. I could really use photos of the attractions and resorts. Thanks in advance for you help!


Until Next Time…
Well, that’s all for this month. Be sure to bookmark or add us to your favorites so you can stay informed of all of the changes.

Enjoy planning your magical Disney World Vacation!
Best regards,