The Disney Scoop, Issue #021– Disney Discounts, News, Tips, and more….
August 02, 2009
Hello Everyone!Well, I just got back from a fantastic week at the Jersey Shore! Lots of relaxing and fun in the sun with Mike and the boys. If a Disney trip is out of reach I whole heartedly recommend a visit to one of the many beach towns along the Jersey coast – our favorite of course is Ocean City.

On the Disney front, there are new discounts for fall, holiday announcements and of course…ticket price increases! After all, this isAugust!

Once again, I’d like to quickly mention the weather in Orlando in the summer. The temperatures and humidity are high and the sun is extremely strong. Please be prepared if you will be visiting Disney World in the next month or two. Be smart, pack sunscreen and stay adequately hydrated. For these and more tips, check out the 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 November. 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! Or you can try the new online system at 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 10,000 times!


Okay, on with the news!

Disney World News

Disney World Ticket Price Increase 

A one-park-one-day ticket to any of the Disney World Theme Parks now costs $79.00. This is an increase of $4.00 per ticket. The prices of multi-day and hoppers have also increased accordingly.

2009 Candlelight Processional Narrators Announced 

The ever popular Candlelight Processional dates and narrators for 2009 have been announced. They are:
  • 11/27 – 11/29: Isabella Rossellini
  • 11/30 – 12/02: John O’Hurley
  • 12/03 – 12/05: Steven Curtis Chapman
  • 12/06 – 12/08: Anika Noni Rose
  • 12/09 – 12/11: Andy Garcia
  • 12/12 – 12/14: Vanessa Williams
  • 12/15 – 12/17: Abigail Breslin
  • 12/18 – 12/20: Whoopi Goldberg
  • 12/21 – 12/23: Brian Dennehy
  • 12/24 – 12/26: Edward James Olmos
  • 12/27 – 12/30: Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance

Disney usually offers a Candlelight Processional Dinner Package that guarantees you a reservation at an Epcot restaurant and reserved seating at one of the three daily shows. The packages should be available very soon for booking (last year they started on June 23rd).

Free Dining Offer for travel dates 9/27/09 – 12/17/09 

Well, the title says it all! Disney is once again offering a Free Dining Promotion for most of the remainder of the year…but there is a twist! For details, see the specials section below.

2009 Food and Wine Information Released 

The 14th Annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival will run from September 25th through November 8th, 2009. This year’s theme is “Cities in Wonderland”. Admission to Epcot is required – but no additional admission is charged. Appetizer-sized portions of food from around the world are available for purchase and range from $2 to $5 each. For convenience, you can purchase a F&W gift card to use while sampling your way around the World Showcase.

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” 




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.

However, there is a twist this time!

Your choice of resort determines which level of the Dining Plan you’ll receive. Guests staying in value resorts will get the Quick-Service Dining Plan for free, while those staying in moderate resorts, deluxe resorts, and villas will receive the Basic Dining Plan free. You can always upgrade to a higher level plan at additional cost.

  • Valid for stays most nights 9/27/09 to 12/17/09.
  • Booking Dates: Book by September 26, 2009
  • Booking Codes:
    • Value Resorts – Quick-Service Dining Plan is free.
      • KHF – Magic Your Way with Quick-Service Dining Plan
      • OCQ – Magic Your Way with Basic Dining Plan
      • EVL – Magic Your Way with Dining and Wine Plan
      • GXY – Magic Your Way with Deluxe Dining Plan
      • EVM – Magic Your Way with Deluxe Dine and Wine Plan
    • Moderate, Deluxe, or Villa Resorts – Basic Dining Plan is free and you can upgrade to Deluxe Dining at an additional cost.
      • GYB – Magic Your Way with Basic Dining Plan
      • FPW – Magic Your Way with Deluxe Dining Plan
      • GCB – Magic Your Way with Dining and Wine Plan
      • UIN – Magic Your Way with Deluxe Dine and Wine Plan


    Tip of the Month
    Start with the Train…

    Once again, this month’s tip comes directly from one of your fellow “Scoopers”! Thanks to Crystal for this great tip.
    “When visiting the Magic Kingdom right when it opens, hop on the train and take it to first stop. You will get off in the back of the park right by Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. You can usually ride these two “sought-after” rides while everyone else is hanging out on Main Street meeting characters, renting strollers, or walking to the front sections of the park.”


    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.

    Enjoy planning your magical Disney World Vacation!
    Best regards,