The Disney Scoop, Issue #015– Disney Discounts, Refurbs, ADRs, and more….
February 01, 2009
Hello Everyone!Well, here we are in February…a time when many people begin to plan and book their summer vacations. It is also really nice to think about escaping to a warmer clime when all you see is ice and snow out the windows!!

Hopefully the information found on my website will help you in planning all of the details that go into a wonderful Disney World trip. A great place to start is the Disney Vacation Plan Step by Step Guide. Have fun!

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 almost 5000 times!

Okay, on with the news!


Disney World News
Welcome to our new Site Sponsor!
We are pleased to introduce our newest site sponsor – Magical Journeys. An unconventional Travel Agency for the unconventional client, Magical Journeys is dedicated to finding the best pricing for your next magical journey. They work hard to save you money, and still give you the quality service you deserve.

UPDATE: Online Check-in for 2009

Last month I reported that the online check-in would begin in January. Well – it’s been delayed and should start sometime in February – let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Here are the details:

Starting in FEBRUARY 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!

Space Mountain Refurbishment 

Space Mountain in the Magic Kingdom will close for an extended refurbishment period beginning April 19th, 2009. It is expected to reopen in late 2009. No specific opening date has been published. Also, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority or TTA (or the Blue Cars as my kids call them) will also close periodically to accommodate the renovation / construction.

No more 180 day ADRs 

Many of you probably already know, but for those who don’t, you can no longer make Advanced Dining Reservations 180 days ahead of time. The window has gone back down to 90 days. Guests staying at a Disney resort will be able to make reservations for their whole vacation (up to 10 days) at the 90 day point.



Disney World Specials

Discounted MYW Platinum Package!

  • Right now you can save 25% on the Magic Your Way Platinum Package.
  • Valid most nights now through 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!

  • Buy a 4 Night Disney World Package and get 3 Nights free including Magic Your Way theme park tickets. This offer is good at all Disney Resorts and is based on availability.
  • Good for most dates between now and 6/27/2009. In addition, if you travel between now and 3/29/09 you’ll receive a $200 Disney Gift Card when you arrive!
  • Use the following codes when booking:
    • RWZ: Vacation Package for dates between 1/4/09-3/29/09
    • WTY: Vacation Package with Quick Service Dining Plan
    • RXA: Vacation Package with Basic Dining Plan
    • MPL: Vacation Package with Deluxe Dining Plan



Tip of the Month

Future World after 7:00 pm!

This month’s tip comes directly from one of your fellow “Scoopers”! Thanks to Jill for this great tip.
”When getting most kids meals in Walt Disney World you receive their meals in a black “Mickey plate” with sections. We wiped these out with napkins in the parks, and kept them! We gave some to friends & still have some in our house we use 8 months later!”





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,