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The Disney Scoop, Issue #014-- Disney Discounts, Online Check-in, and more....
January 01, 2009

Hello Everyone!

Happy New Year! Wow – I can’t believe it is 2009! The years just fly by don’t they?

Well our December Disney trip was great! The weather was all over the place and it was slightly more crowded than our previous December trip – I guess the word is out that it is a fantastic time to enjoy Disney…but nevertheless we had an awesome time and are looking forward to our next trip.

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Before getting to this month’s news and discounts, here’s a quick update on the Disney planning spreadsheet files. Since posting the files in a new location on an external web host, they have now been downloaded over 4000 times!

As always, if you have any feedback or questions, please send me a note.

Okay, on with the news!

Disney World News

Online Check-in for 2009

Starting in January 2009, guests staying at select Disney resorts will be able to check-in online up to 10 days prior to arrival.

To use the online process, you will be asked to provide a credit card (if you wish to use one for room charge privileges), your address, a phone number where you can be reached during your stay (like a cell phone), your travel information (such as arrival and departure times), and the names of all guests and any room requests you may need.

As always, standard check-in times remain in effect – you can request an early check-in but there is no guarantee that your room will be ready.

This is normal, we just checked-in at 8:00 am a few weeks ago but our room was still not available until 3:00 pm. (Although it was definitely worth the wait because we were surprised with an upgrade to a theme park view!!

When you arrive, you will need to find the online check-in area. After showing a valid photo ID, you will be given your welcome folder containing all of your Disney World information and room keys.

Utilizing the online check-in will speed up the whole process when you get there – allowing you to start enjoying your vacation a little sooner!

Changes at Coral Reef

The Coral Reef restaurant in Epcot’s Future World will no longer be offering personalized menus or diver signs. Many people have celebrated a special occasion by have a scuba diver hold up a sign during their meal wishing a Happy Birthday, Anniversary, etc. to a member of their party.

Sadly, these cut backs are probably a result of the ailing economy - and there are numerous cutbacks like this across the entire resort…

Reserved seating for the Nemo show

If you make an Advanced Dining Reservation for Tusker House (Animal Kingdom) between 1:00 pm and 1:40 pm, you will get reserved seating for the Nemo show.

The show is really quite stunning and enjoyable.

If you were planning on having lunch at Tusker House anyway – this is a great way to make sure you see the show.

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Disney World Specials

Check the Discounts page for up-to-date Disney specials and discount codes.

Discounted MYW Platinum Package!

  • Right now you can save 25% on the Magic Your Way Platinum Package.

  • Valid most nights 1/4/09 thru 4/4/09 and 4/19/09 thru 6/30/09.

  • Use code FZL when booking.

  • You must book by 2/15/09.

Buy 4 Nights – get 3 FREE!

Tip of the Month

Future World after 7:00 pm!

This month’s tip comes directly from our last trip….

“Future World (Epcot) usually has a posted closing time of 7:00 pm. But many people don’t realize that the most popular Future World attractions stay open until Epcot’s closing time (which is usually 9:00 pm). So if you want to enjoy Soarin’, Test Track, or Mission:Space with little or no lines – ride them between 7 and 9 pm. We did these rides multiple times in no time at all!

NOTE: This does not apply when Epcot has Extra Magic Hours.”

Be sure to visit the Tips Section for more great tips!

What’s New

Sorry folks…..another busy month!!

To stay up-to-date with the recent additions, please visit our What’s New page. If you have a Disney or vacation-related idea that you wish to share with all of us, or if there is some topic you would like more info about, please contact me!

Until Next Time…
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Enjoy planning your magical Disney World Vacation!
Best regards,

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