The Disney Scoop, Issue #026– Disney Discounts, News, Tips, and more….
December 05, 2009
Hello Everyone!Well, the lights are up, the tree is decorated, the shopping is done (well – almost done!). All that’s left is to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! So, to you and yours, I wish you a happy and healthy holiday season! Don’t forget to pick up some last minute Christmas gifts for the Disney-lover in your life! Check out our Disney gifts section or get authentic Disney Parks merchandise at

Many of you are headed to Disney in the next month or two, so make sure to check out the tips section for all kinds of last minute trip tips.

Before we get to this month’s news, I’d like to get some housekeeping items out of the way. First, a reminder to those traveling to Disney World from now through May. Your 180 day window is now open. For those going in June 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. Read more about the spreadsheet.


Okay, on with the news!

Disney World News

Picnic in the Park Changes 

As of November 25th, 2009 Disney has instituted some changes to the Picnic in the Park dining option in the Animal Kingdom. First, you can now order up until 2:30 pm. Second, the locations for meal-pickup have changed. Tier 1 picnics will now be picked up from Dino Bites, while the Tier 2 meals will be picked up from the Kusafiri Coffee Shop.

You can also now create a “grab-and-go” bag with your choice of sandwiches, a bag of chips, a dessert and a water. These can be picked up at Beastly Bazaar.

Fairytale Dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table 

Magic Kingdom Character dining experiences at Cinderella’s Royal Table will soon be called Fairytale Dining. This change will take place beginning February 7, 2010. Essentially this means that the breakfast, lunch, and dinner character meals will no longer have specific individual names as they have had in the past. The current pricing remains the same, and reservations are now available. As always, as part of the Fairytale Dining experience, you will have a chance to take photos with Cinderella in the castle lobby. In addition, some of the other Disney Princesses will visit with the diner during the meal.

Locker Rental Price Increase 

Effective November 20, 2009, the price for locker rentals at Walt Disney World increased. However, the deposit prices stayed the same. The prices are now as follows:

  • Theme Parks:
    • Small locker $7 per day, plus $5 refundable deposit
    • Large locker $9 per day, plus $5 refundable deposit
  • Water Parks:
    • Small locker $8 per day, plus $5 refundable deposit
    • Large locker $10 per day, plus $5 refundable deposit
  • Miniature Golf locations:
    • Locker $3 per day, plus a $2 refundable deposit

Wheelchair and ECV Rental Price Increase 

Effective on November 20, 2009, wheelchair and Electric Convenience Vehicle (ECV) rentals prices have increased. The prices are now as follows:

  • Wheelchairs:
    • Daily rentals are $12 per day
      • no deposit in theme parks
      • $100 deposit at Downtown Disney
    • Length of Stay Rentals are $10 per day
      • no deposit in theme parks
      • $100 deposit at Downtown Disney
  • Electric Convenience Vehicle (ECV)
    • ECV Rental is $50 per day
      • $20 refundable deposit

Park Merchandise now available for order online!
tomized 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 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
Make a Holiday Hat

Tis the Season! Why not surprise your kids with their very own personalized Santa Hat! They are super easy and equally as cute.Click here to see the ones I made.


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,