|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 Plan-a-magical-Vacation.com. 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!
Park Merchandise now available for order!
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 DisneyStore.com and/or DisneyParks.com/store.
Formerly known as DisneyShopping.com , DisneyStore.com 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 DisneyStore.com 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, DisneyStore.com 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 DisneyStore.com 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.
DisneyStore.com 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:
You can make reservations by calling 407-WDW-CREW.
FREE Disney Dining Plan for General Public!
FREE DINING for Disney VISA card holders!