The Disney Scoop, Issue #025– Disney Discounts, News, Tips, and more….
November 04, 2009

Hello Everyone!

It’s been a busy, busy month around here…lot’s of sports, activities, homework, and projects! Sometimes it’s so crazy it makes me wish I was someplace else – I’ll give you three guesses where that place would be!

I know many of you are heading down to Disney in the next month or two. What a great time of year to visit the parks! The fantastic decorations and holiday atmosphere will most definitely put you in the Christmas mood! It is by far my most favorite time to visit Disney World. So, have fun and be sure to check out the tips section for all kinds of trip tips.

Let’s get the housekeeping items out of the way. First, a reminder to those traveling to Disney World from now through April. Your 180 day window is now open. For those going in May 2010, your 180 day point 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 go online system at For those going before then, hopefully you have already made all of your desired reservations.

**Note that the ADR window is now 180 days as of October 27th, 2009.** In order to aid guests in their planning, the park hours will also be released 180 days in advance. Yay!!

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. Remember, your donations help defray the costs associated with creating and maintaining the site. Thanks again.

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 try the Disney planning spreadsheet. It is a simple spreadsheet that makes planning out your Disney days super easy! Please contact me for the sheet – I’d be happy to send it to you.

Okay, on with the news!


Disney World News

ADR Window changed. 

Guests may now book their advanced dining reservations 180 days in advance. This change was effective on October 27th, 2009. Note that for some reservations a credit card may be required to secure the reservation.

Typhoon Lagoon closed for refurbishment.

Typhoon Lagoon will be closed for refurbishment until January 10th, 2010. Blizzard Beach will be open during this period of time.

Finding Nemo Musical reserved seating changes 

You can get tickets to the Finding Nemo musical if you make reservations at Tusker House at Animal Kingdom. All you have to do is make a reservation for lunch at Tusker House between 1:00 pm and 1:40 pm and you will receive a ticket for reserved seating at the 3:15 pm Finding Nemo show. If you make a Tusker House reservation between 1:50 pm and 2:45 pm, you’ll get tickets for the 4:45 performance. You are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to show time.

Temporary Changes to the Liberty Tree Tavern 

The Liberty Tree Tavern, located in the Magic Kingdom, will temporarily be having character meals. This change will take place starting on January 3rd, 2010 and continue through February 15th, 2010. The purpose of this change is to accommodate for the closure of the Crystal Palace during this time period. The Liberty Tree Tavern will offer character dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All meals will be served family style and are all-you care-to-enjoy.

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 Nights when you book a Disney World Vacation!

Disney is once again offering a special promotion. This time you can book 4 nights and get 3 FREE or book 5 nights and get 2 FREE, depending on the Disney Resort you choose.

Moderate, Deluxe and Villa Resorts:
Book a 4-night Walt Disney World Resort Magic Your Way package with a minimum 5-day park ticket – and get 3 more nights at no additional cost.
Value Resorts:
Book a 5-night Walt Disney World Resort Magic Your Way package with a minimum 6-day park ticket – and get 2 more nights at no additional cost.

Of course, you can add the Quick-Service Dining Plan, the regular Basic Dining Plan, or the Deluxe Dining Plan for 2009 or 2010, at full price. This special package includes Magic Your Way Base Tickets, but they can be upgraded at additional cost to the Park Hopper, Water Parks & More and/or No Expiration options.

This offer is valid for most nights November 1, 2009 – December 24, 2009 and then again from January 3, 2010 through March 27, 2010. Packages are not guaranteed, they are based on availability. Also, be aware that there may be some black-out dates. The number of rooms is limited for this offer.

**You must book by 12/20/2009.**



Tip of the Month
Add Trip Insurance Last

If you must add Trip Insurance to your Disney World vacation package, I suggest that you do not add it at the time of booking. Often, the cost of the trip insurance is non-refundable. So if you book a trip, pay the deposit, and then for some reason have to cancel the trip, you could very well forfeit the cost of the trip insurance (which may be about the same cost of the deposit!). So, before you add the trip insurance, please read the fine print.


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,