The Disney Scoop, Issue #019– Disney Discounts, News, Tips, and more….
June 01, 2009
Hello Everyone!Well, as the school year winds down, many of you will be planning a Disney trip or actually heading there in the next couple of months. I have just two things to remind you about visiting Disney World in the summertime. First, wear sunscreen! The Florida sun is brutal! Second, drink lots (and lots) of water. If you are flying down, you may even want to consider having water delivered to your resort. For more about these topics, see my Weather Tips or Having Water Delivered to Disney Tips.

Before we get to the news, I do have a couple of housekeeping items. First, just a quick reminder to anybody traveling to Disney World in September. 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 still haven’t figured it all out yet – and honestly I’m not really sure what I’ll be using it for! 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.

Once again, I’d like to extend a sincere thank you to all those who made a donation to the website this month – they are very much appreciated. Remember, your donations help defray the costs associated with creating and maintaining the site.

If you haven’t already, I suggest that you download the Disney planning spreadsheet files. It is a simple spreadsheet that makes planning out your Disney days super easy!

Okay, on with the news!

Disney World News

Park Merchandise now available for order!
Here is the Press Release regarding this topic:

GLENDALE, Calif., May 19, 2009 — Ever admired a pair of customized Mickey Mouse ears or a Disney Princess castle toy while on a Disney vacation, and later regretted not buying it once you returned home? Or wished you could travel to Disneyland wearing a Disneyland t-shirt en route? Now, for the first time ever, you can purchase select merchandise from Disney’s domestic theme parks and resorts outside of the parks and online only at  and/or 

Formerly known as ,  launches today as the official online retail destination for the most comprehensive offering of Disney merchandise designed to complement the Disney entertainment and vacation experience. Guests can now purchase a piece of Disney magic any time, at their convenience.

“We are delighted to be able to offer this great experience and convenience to our loyal guests who can now go to  and purchase that forgotten item, one that was too large to carry or one that will make their Disney vacation all that more magical, like autograph books, which are great to have in advance,” said Edward Kummer, senior vice president of Disney Global E-Commerce.

“Many of these products are among the most frequently asked for by our guests and now they are available to them at the click of a mouse.” Online shoppers can choose from more than 100 top-selling products previously available only at domestic Disney theme parks, including customizable novelty ear hats, birthday gifts, exclusive art, collectibles, toys and plush items. The product selection will continue to expand throughout the year with special Disney theme park items just in time for the holiday shopping season.

In addition,  will expand its online selection of merchandise from Disney Store retail locations across North America, offering a variety of popular seasonal and gift items throughout the year, plus apparel, costumes and playthings for infants, toddlers, kids and adults.

The new Create-Your-Own merchandise shop at  offers a fun way for guests to express themselves by personalizing merchandise with their favorite Disney characters and their own names. Shoppers can create and customize apparel, bags, watches, blankets, home decor items and more- guests can even order Mickey, Minnie, Cinderella or Tinker Bell character art images and messages artfully displayed on fresh roses.  will also offer an expansive line-up of licensed merchandise from Disney Consumer Products, including electronics, movies, books, home decor, toys and apparel, vintage items, jewelry and more.

Hall of Presidents to re-open 

The Hall of Presidents at Disney’s Magic Kingdom is scheduled to reopen in July 2009. The attraction will feature an audio-animatronic version of President Barack Obama, who will join the previous 43 presidents of the United States. Disney Imagineers have also updated many of the show’s elements.

Seasonal / Holiday Dining Prices in effect 

During Holiday or some Seasonal time periods, certain Disney World restaurants impose a price increase. For more information or to see if this affects your dining plans, see the Holiday Dining page.

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.

You can make reservations by calling 407-WDW-CREW.




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
Here is a great idea that I will definitely be using on my next vacation!

Load up your IPOD with movies and simply connect it to your resort television! This is so easy to do – you’ll just need to use the front jacks on the tv.

Best of all – it eliminates the need for portable (and sometimes bulky) DVD players or anything like that.

All you need is a simple cable to conveniently and compactly store your or your child’s favorite movie!


What’s New


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,