The Disney Scoop, Issue #020– Disney Discounts, News, Tips, and more….
July 01, 2009
Hello Everyone!Well, summer is in full-swing now! Orlando temperatures (and crowd levels!) are increasing exponentially! Please be prepared if you will be visiting Disney World this summer. Be smart, pack sunscreen and stay adequately hydrated. For these and more tips, check out my Weather Tips and Crowd Tips.

As always, before we jump into the news, I have a couple of housekeeping items to get out of the way. First, a friendly reminder to anyone traveling to Disney World in October. Your 90 day window is quickly approaching! Get ready 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 use Facebook and you’d like to become a fan, leave a note, or even start a discussion, go to Plan a Magical Vacation on Facebook. Maybe post some interesting photos from your trips.

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.

Finally, 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.

If you haven’t already, I suggest that you download the Disney planning spreadsheet. It is a simple spreadsheet that makes planning out your Disney days super easy! Since posting the spreadsheet files, they have been downloaded over 9300 times!



Okay, on with the news!

Disney World News

Free Dining Booking Deadline Extended
Well, the title says it all! Disney has extended the booking deadline for the Free Dining Promotion to July 26th, 2009. For details, see the specials section below.

New Online ADR System

Guests may now book their advanced dining reservations online at . ADRs can be booked 90 days in advance. You will need to provide the names and ages of everyone dining, including children. Any modifications will still need to be made by phone at 407-WDW-DINE. A credit card may be required to secure the reservation.

New Mobile “Room-Ready” Notification System

“Mobile Room-Ready Notification Service allows guests who arrive prior to their check-in time at a Disney Resort hotel to receive either a text message or automated voice message when their room is available.

During the check-in process at a Disney Resort, guests can provide a cell phone number and request a return notification preference. When the Disney Resort room is ready, a text message or automated call will be sent to the guest’s mobile phone number with the room number.

Guests who participate in this new service can enjoy increased flexibility upon arrival at the Disney Resort as their cell phone will notify them when their room is ready. Guests may then continue their current activities or go directly to their Disney Resort room.

Guests who choose not to participate in this service will still be able to call the Resort’s room availability telephone number provided to them upon arrival to check the status of their Disney Resort room, or visit the Resort Front Desk at anytime.

Mobile Room-Ready Notification Service is now available for guests staying at Disney operated resort hotels at the Walt Disney World Resort, the Disneyland Resort and all Disney Vacation Club resorts.”

New Magic Kingdom Dessert Party 

This new Dessert Party began on June 23 and will run through August 28, 2009. The party consists of a self-service dessert buffet located at the Tomorrowland Noodle Station in the Magic Kingdom. The buffet includes sweets, beverages and of course exclusive viewing of Wishes, the nightly fireworks show.

The price is $17.99 for ages 10 and over, $9.99 for guests 3-9. Reservations are not required, but are recommended as seating is limited. Prepayment, however, is required to reserve you space. Currently the Disney Dining Plan is not accepted. Reservations can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

Park Merchandise now available for order online!

“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” 

Join the Pirate’s League! 

On June 29, 2009 the Pirate’s League opened 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!

  • When you purchase a minimum 3-night 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 July 26, 2009 **EXTENDED**
  • Booking Codes:
    • RYH: Vacation Package with Basic Dining Plan
    • UGR: Vacation Package with Deluxe Dining Plan



Tip of the Month
Fun Fact of the Day

Once again, this month’s tip comes directly from one of your fellow “Scoopers”! Thanks to Heather for this great tip.
“My boyfriend and I are planning our trip and the wait is almost unbearable! I send him a “fun fact of the day” each day via text message to his cell phone. The tips may be about the parks, the characters, or even Walt himself. His co-workers now look forward to the fact each day!”

If you need some fun facts, check out my Countdown Chain which is chock-ful of them. Or maybe you could use some quotes of Walt Disney himself! Have fun!





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,