The Disney Scoop, Issue #027– Disney Discounts, News, Tips, and more….
January 07, 2010
Hello Everyone!Happy 2010! Time to detox, destash, and de-light in planning a vacation to Disney World!! With all of this arctic air that is blasting most of the country, a little warm Florida sun sounds wonderful!

First, I say detox because we could all use a little kick in the pants to jump start a healthy diet and fitness plan. I’m sure there were lots of cookies and holiday foods in your house – goodness knows there were tons around here! If you got a Wii for Christmas and are looking for a ‘fitness’ game, we have been having a blast with the Wii Fit Plus and the EA Sports Active is on sale right now through Amazon. Or if you need a non-Wii motivator, check out this free fitness plan (sorry – shameless plug for Mike’s website!).

Secondly, destash. This simply means ridding your house of all the extra stuff that you haven’t used in a while or no longer need. Make use of ebay, craigslist, or garage sales to earn extra money to put toward your Disney vacation! You’d be surprised how the cash adds up! Now, let’s talk about all those books that take up an awful lot of space in our homes. Why not donate them to your local library or school, or trade them in at a book swap store for cash or store credit? After purging the books, you can treat yourself to a Kindle – and never have to worry about storing books ever again!

And last but certainly not least…de-light in planning a Disney vacation! If you are in the early stages of planning your trip, or don’t even know where to begin, I suggest starting with the Disney Vacation Plan Step by Step Guide and also the tips section.

So, let’s get on with it already! But…before we get to this month’s news, I’d like to get a couple of things out of the way. First, a reminder to those traveling to Disney World from now through June. Your 180 day window is now open. For those going in July 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.

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

Lastly, 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! I have finally fixed the downloading problem, so if you’ve been trying to get the sheet, it is now available once again! Read more about the spreadsheet.

In this month’s Disney Scoop

  • Disney World News
    • Magic Kingdom Wishes Dessert Party News
    • Grad Nites Dates
    • 2010 Food and Wine Dates
    • Jedi Academy Changes
    • Park Merchandise now available for order online!
  • Tip of the Month
  • What’s New on the Site


Okay, on with the news!

Disney World News

Magic Kingdom Wishes Dessert Party News 

As of January 3rd, 2010 the Wishes Dessert Party in the Magic Kingdom will be suspended for refurbishment. This popular event is expected to begin again sometime in the Spring.

Grad Nites Dates 

This year, Grad Nites return to the Magic Kingdom The dates for the event night are April 23-24, and April 30-May 1. There will be live performances.

The tentative schedule of live performances is as follows:

April 23-24: Paramore, Keri Hilson, All Time Low, and Quest Crew

April 30 and May 1: Boys Like Girls, Mario, Hey Monday, and Beat Freaks

If you will be visiting Disney World during these dates and are NOT planning on attending Grad Nites, be sure to plan accordingly. The Magic Kingdom Hours will be affected.

2010 Food and Wine Dates 

The 2010 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival will be held October 1 through November 14, 2010.

Jedi Academy Changes 

Changes at the Jedi Training Academy there are… (read in a Yoda voice – Ha Ha!) Anyway, the selection process for choosing Padawans to participate in the training at the Jedi Training Academy in Disney’s Hollywood Studios,has changed. There is now a standby line in which children can wait to be selected for the session. They are now taken on a first-come first-served basis, instead of randomly chosen from the audience.

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” 





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Disney World Specials

Free Gift Card with a Disney World Vacation Package!

Disney is now offering a free gift card when you book a 6-day, 5-night non-discounted room and ticket package at select Disney Resorts. The gift card amount varies according to the chosen resort level.

Book a Value resort and receive a $300 Disney Gift Card.

Book a Moderate resort and receive a $500 Disney Gift Card.

Book a Deluxe or Deluxe Villa resort and receive a $750 Disney Gift Card.

This discount is available for most nights from 1/10 to 1/12, 1/18 to 3/27 and 4/11 to 6/3. You must book by 3/27/10. All discounts are subject to availability, and certain restrictions or blackout dates may apply.

  • More Info:
  • Disney Resorts
  • Disney Resort Room Size Comparison
  • Disney Resorts Dining
  • Disney Resorts Maps
  • Disney Ticket and Package Overview
    Tip of the Month
    Once again, this month’s tip comes directly from one of your fellow “Scoopers”! Thanks to Barbara for this great tip. I know it is not ‘season appropriate’, but right now it’s nice to think of the warm summer days that lie ahead…

    Cool off on a hot day…

    By mid-afternoon, when the Florida heat and the fatigue gets to you, visit The American Adventure. It’s a great show, it’s cool inside, and you get to sit and relax for about half an hour. We find it always refreshes us.


    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,