The Disney Scoop, Issue #029– Disney Discounts, News, Tips, and more….
April 01, 2010
Hello Everyone!Well, well, well, it has been a busy month in the Disney news and announcements arena. Seems like all of the news this month has to do with Special Events going on at Disney World. It all sounds like fun!

However, there is one teeny tiny bit of non-Disney news I’d like to share (if you haven’t already heard). The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal is scheduled to open on June 18th!! Wow this looks so amazing!

I wish you all a Happy Easter and hope the Bunny treats you good!! Save some M&M’s for me…

Before I go any further, I’d like to take this time to send out a reminder to those traveling to Disney World in September. Your 180 day window is now open. For those going in October 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 use the online system at For those going before then, hopefully you have already made all of your desired reservations.

Once again, I’d like to extend a sincere thank you to all those who made a donation to the website this month, especially Michael and family from Maryland. If you have found our website to be helpful in planning your trip, please consider making a contribution. 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 check out the Disney vacation planning spreadsheet. It is a simple spreadsheet that makes planning out your Disney days super easy! Read more about the spreadsheet.

In this month’s Disney Scoop

  • Disney World News
    • Flower and Garden Festival
    • Wishes Dessert Party has started again
    • Star Wars Weekends Celebrity Guests announced
    • 2010 Food and Wine Festival Dates announced
    • Sounds Like Summer Concert Series Schedule
    • Start or expand your Disney DVD collection
  • Disney World Discounts and Specials
  • Tip of the Month
  • What’s New on the Site

As always, if you have any feedback or questions, please send me a note.


Okay, on with the news!

Disney World News

Flower and Garden Festival 

The 2010 International Flower and Garden Festival at Disney World’s Epcot will take place from March 3rd to May 16th.

Read more about the Flower and Garden Festival

Wishes Dessert Party has started again 

As of March 28th, 2010, the Wishes Dessert Party is again being offered.

Read more about the Wishes Dessert Party

Star Wars Weekends Celebrity Guests announced 

The 2010 Star Wars Weekends are as follows:

  • May 21,22,23
  • May 28,29,30
  • June 4,5,6
  • June 11,12,13

The Celebrity guest stars have also been announced. Read more about the Star Wars Weekends

2010 Food and Wine Festival Dates announced 

The 2010 International Food and Wine Festival at Disney World’s Epcot will take place from October 1st to November 14th.

Read more about the Food and Wine Festival

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series Schedule

The 2010 Sounds Like Summer Concert Series at Disney World’s Epcot will take place from June 12th to July 31st.

Read more about the Sounds like Summer Concert series and see the schedule of performers.




More Info:

Disney World Specials
Check the Discounts page for up-to-date Disney specials and discount codes.

Quick Service Dining Coupon Deal

Now through April 17th, 2010, when you dine at a quick service location you will receive a coupon for 20% off at participating Walt Disney World merchandise locations.

There is a little catch though. You must purchase your merchandise between 9:00 am and 12 pm in order to receive the discount.

Here are the participating locations:

  • The Emporium and Mickey’s Star Traders in the Magic Kingdom
  • Mouse Gear at Epcot
  • Mickey’s of Hollywood and Keystone Clothiers at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Island Mercantile at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • World of Disney Store at Downtown Disney

Kids Eat and Play Free!

Valid for stays most nights 03/14/10 – 8/14/10.

Purchase a 4-night/5-day Magic Your Way package with the Quick Service Dining Plan and kids ages 3-9 will receive 5 day park tickets and the Quick Service plan for free!

  • Child must stay in room with adult.
  • Maximum of four guests per room.
  • Up to 3 free children in room with one paying adult.
  • Blackout dates may apply.
  • This discount is available for most nights from 3/14/10 to 8/14/10.
  • You must book by 4/24/10.
  • All discounts are subject to availability

More Info:


Tip of the Month (worth repeating!)
A very cool app…

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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,