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The Disney Scoop, Issue #017-- Disney Discounts, News, Tips, and more....
April 01, 2009

Hello Everyone!

Well, well, it’s been a big month for Disney news and discounts! Most of the news shows evidence of cutbacks and changes – but the discounts include a Free Dining offer!

Before we get to the news, I have a couple of items. First, just a quick reminder to anyone traveling to Disney World in July. Your 90 day window is quickly approaching! Prepare to make all of your dining reservations and set your alarm for 7:00 am eastern time on your reservation day! For those going before then, hopefully you have already made all of your desired reservations.

If you are in the early stages of planning your trip, or don’t even know where to begin, then I suggest you start with the Disney Vacation Plan Step by Step Guide.

Once again, thanks to all those who made a donation to the website this month – they are much appreciated. Remember, your donations help defray the costs associated with creating and maintaining the site. See the Chip In section to donate or to learn more. Thanks again.

If you are a new subscriber to the Scoop and have some extra time, you can catch up on old issues.

This month I have had many requests for the Disney planning spreadsheet files. This thing is spreading like wildfire! Since posting the files in a new location on an external web host, they have now been downloaded over 7000 times!

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

Okay, on with the news!

Disney World News

Disney World DVDs

I thought this was something neat to pass along to everyone. You can get DVDs of all of Disney World at a bargain price. Check it out and let me know what you think..

2009 Holiday Party Tickets go on sale May 1

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party:
September 4, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29 October 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, and 31.
Read complete details about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party:
November 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 29
December 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, and 18
Read complete details about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

No Pirate and Princess Parties

As of now, there are no Pirate and Princess Parties scheduled for 2009.

No Mother’s Day Brunch

The Mother’s Day Brunch, which is usually held in Epcot’s World Showcase, has been cancelled for 2009. If you were planning on attending, please make other arrangements.

No more Spoodles

Iron Chef Cat Cora and Disney are joining together to open an exciting new family dining restaurant at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort. Kouzzina by Cat Cora will feature a menu of Mediterranean-style cuisine that pays tribute to the chef’s Greek roots.

The restaurant, to be owned and operated by Disney, is scheduled to open by fall 2009 in the space currently occupied by Spoodles.

I’m kind of sad about this! One of our most memorable Disney dining experiences was at Spoodles!

Discounted Tickets

If you are not using a Disney vacation package, you can either purchase your park tickets directly from Disney at the gate, or you can get discounted Disney World tickets from an outside vendor.

These vendors buy tickets in bulk and pass the savings on to you – the consumer! I recommend buying your Disney tickets or tickets for other Orlando attractions from Maple Leaf Tickets. In addition to Disney tickets, they also offer discounts on many Orlando area shows, attractions, dinner shows, and theme parks.

They offer competitive pricing paired with over twenty years of industry experience. They’ll even deliver your tickets to your resort hotel or directly to your home before your vacation!

More Info:

Give the Gift of Disney Stock

I’ve always heard about the deal where you can give (or get!) a share of Disney Stock as a gift. I just thought I would pass along the idea to all of you. Now is a great time to buy stock – considering the state of the markets today. So, check it out. You can even buy a Framed Share of Walt Disney Stock
through the My First Stock Program – that would make a really unique gift for a baby shower or a graduation, or even a birthday or Valentine’s Day!
Own a Share of Disney Stock!

Find the Cheapest Airfare

If you are looking to find the best price you have got to check out If you have ever booked your own airfare, you know what a pain it is to manually check all the different airlines for the best deal. Kayak is a travel tool that searches 140+ travel sites all at once and finds the cheapest fares for you – for flights, hotels, and even rental cars. After you get all of the results for your desired travel dates, you can then compare the results from all of the sites together – and there are many ways to filter and sort the results – all done instantly! Hotels searches are also offered, so check it out if you are planning to stay offsite in an Orlando area hotel. You can even buy direct from the airlines or agencies - Kayak is not a travel agent. And of course, Kayak is free!

Disney World Specials

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

FREE Disney Dining Plan for General Public!

  • When you purchase one of these 5-night/6-day Magic Your Way hotel and theme park ticket packages, your family will enjoy the Disney Dining Plan, Free.

  • Valid for stays most nights 8/16/09 to 10/03/09.

  • Booking Dates: Book by June 21, 2009

  • Booking Codes:

FREE DINING for Disney VISA card holders!

  • Purchase a minimum three (3) night stay at a select Walt Disney World Resort Hotel in conjunction with a Magic Your Way ticket and receive the Disney Dining Plan absolutely FREE! You may also upgrade to the Deluxe Dining Plan at a discounted rate, or add the Wine & Dine Add-On at regular rates.

  • Booking Dates : Disney Visa Holders: Book by June 21, 2009

  • Travel Dates : August 16, 2009 – October 3, 2009

  • Booking Codes:

  • Important Notes:
    • This offer may not be combined with other discounts or promotions.
    • The FREE DINING "Special Offer" Walt Disney World Resort Room Rates are not applicable to any nights after October 3, 2009.
    • This "Special Offer" Magic Your Way Package plus Dining is valid for stays a minimum of three (3) nights and a maximum of fourteen (14) nights at any Walt Disney World Resort.
    • The same package must be purchased for all Guests in the party.
    • Meals for guests ages 3-9 may not be used by persons ages 10 and up.
    • Guests ages 3-9 must order from the children’s menu where applicable.
    • Certain dining locations require the redemption of two Table Service meals per guest.
    • Applicable gratuities are not included.
    • This offer is not applicable to "Room Only" reservations.
    • The number of rooms available is limited.

  • More Info:

    Tip of the Month

    This month’s tip comes directly from one of your fellow “Scoopers”! Thanks to Shakisha from the Cayman Islands for this great tip.

    “First let me say I love your website! As an avid Disney Lover I love all things Disney too. Unfortunately, we cannot go every year but we do go every couple of years. We plan a year in advance but to keep the “Disney Spirit” during our "off season", we have monthly Disney-themed dinner nights. We try to recreate our favorite Disney foods. For example, for Magic Kingdom night, we recreate Casey's Hot Dogs, Dole Whips, Roasted Turkey Drumsticks or Noodles from Noodle Station.”

    I think this sounds like a lot of fun! Maybe we could all contribute ideas for Disney-themed meals to recreate at home. If you have some, please send them to me and I’ll compile them and post them on the site.

    Be sure to visit the Countdown and the Tips sections for more great ideas!

    What’s New

    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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