The Disney Scoop, Issue #018– Disney Discounts, News, Tips, and more….
May 01, 2009
Hello Everyone!Birthdays, baseball, banged heads and broken bones! (Don’t even ask!) Another busy month is over for our household! Thank Goodness! If possible, I’d like a little less excitement for the month of May…but it never slows down around here! On the Disney front, there have been some exciting news announcements and additions at Disney World this month – and that’s always better than the cutbacks and negative changes we’ve been seeing lately!

But before we get to the news, I have a couple of housekeeping items. First, just a quick reminder to anybody traveling to Disney World in August. 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.

I have recently created a Facebook page for I’m not really sure what I’ll be using it for – haven’t figured it all out yet! But if you’d like to become a fan, leave a note, or even start a discussion, go to Plan a Magical Vacation on Facebook.

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



Okay, on with the news!

Disney World News

2009 Holiday Party Tickets go on sale May 1 (TODAY!)

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.
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

Changes to Extra Magic Hours 

Changes have been made to the morning Extra Magic Hours (EMH) for the Magic Kingdom. On April 23, 2009, the EMH attraction list has been modified. Please see the Extra Magic Hours page for the updated list.


Join the Pirate’s League! 

On June 29, 2009 the Pirate’s League will open in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom. This will be a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique-like experience primarily aimed at boys, but I’m sure there are lots of interested Pirate Princesses as well. Pirate guests can chose from three packages:

First Mate Package: ($49.95 plus tax)
Includes bandanna, choice of facial effects (scar, tattoo, fake teeth, earring or eye patch), a sword and sheath, a pirate coin necklace, one 5×7 photo and a personalized pirate oath.
Empress Package: ($49.95 plus tax)
Includes bandanna, shimmering makeup (face gem, tattoo, nail polish, earring or an eye patch), a sword and sheath, a pirate coin necklace, one 5×7 photo and a personalized pirate oath.
Captain’s Package: ($124.95 plus tax)
Includes choice of costume or outfit, choice of facial effects (scar, tattoo, fake teeth, earring or an eye patch), a sword and sheath, a pirate coin necklace; three 5×7 photos and a personalized pirate oath.

Beginning May 11, you can make reservations by calling 407-WDW-CREW.

“Green” Merchandise at Disney World 

Disney World shopping has gone “Green”! Environmentally-friendly merchandise can now be found on the shelves of shops across the entire Disney World property.

There are many new products made from a variety of materials. Rubber tires, denim, and currency have been recycled and turned into stationery, notebooks, and pencils. There are T-shirts made from organic cotton, which is cultivated without using any chemicals or pesticides, and jewelry made from bamboo and coconuts. Organic cotton and ‘green’ inks and dyes are also present in new plush toys and gifts. Even misprinted Disney candy bar wrappers are being reused to make purses!

The neatest idea (besides the purse made from candy bar wrappers!) is that the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund pins come on a paper-card that has been embedded with wildflower seeds. The entire card can be planted in the soil. How cool is that!




Disney World Specials

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:
    • RYH: Vacation Package with Basic Dining Plan

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:
    • RYI: Vacation Package with Basic Dining Plan
    • EEV: Vacation Package with Deluxe Dining Plan
    • UXQ: Vacation Package with Deluxe Dining Plan with Wine and Dine Plan
  • 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.

Tip of the Month

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

“I just have an idea for my upcoming trip to Disney World with my grandson. I scrapbook and I plan to have heavy scrapbook paper in white for the characters to sign. The paper will be in some sort of book for strength in signing.When I get home I will put these signatures on bright pages with my little one’s help. We’ll add some of your tips on “freebie” embellishments, and will make a Super scrapbook.”


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,