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The Disney Scoop, Issue #031-- Disney Discounts, News, Tips, and more....
March 01, 2011


Hello Everyone!

Yay!! Spring is almost here! It has been such a cold and long winter and the boys and I are ready for some outdoor sports, sun, and fun!

This is also a very busy time for Disney lovers! Many people are now planning their summer vacations. If you will be going to Disney World this summer, I hope you have already made your dining reservations, If not, I’d advise you to finalize your choices and make those reservations as soon as possible.

For those traveling to Disney World in September, your 180 day window is now open (or soon will be depending on your arrival day). For those going in October 2011, 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 http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/. It is soooo easy to use that online system. I love it!

If you are not using a Disney Vacation Package, and need to buy tickets, you may want to check out Maple Leaf – they always have a good discount. (They sell discounted Universal and other Orlando attraction tickets too.)

I’d like to extend a sincere thank you to all those who made a donation to the website in the past couple of months, especially Trey and his family from Arizona. 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. See the Chip In section to donate or to learn more. 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

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



Okay, on with the news!





Disney World News
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Epcot Flower and Garden Festival
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The 2011 International Flower and Garden Festival at Disney World’s Epcot will take place from March 2nd to May 15th.

Read more about the Flower and Garden Festival



Plan a Magical Vacation on Facebook
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If you use Facebook and you’d like to become a fan, leave a note, comment, request info, ask a question, or even start a discussion, please join us!





FastPass to meet Mickey!
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Well, I’m sure you’ve all heard that Toontown in the Magic Kingdom has closed. But, you can still meet Mickey Mouse in person, and may not have to wait so long on line to do so!! This spring, guests will be able to use the FastPass system for a meet and greet opportunity with Mickey. This FastPass will work just like a regular FastPass. This is the first time the system has been used for this purpose.



Disney Junior – Live on Stage!
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Playhouse Disney is now called Disney Junior. So far, Disney Junior is a complete and total hit in my house. My little guy cannot get enough of Jake and the Neverland Pirates! In fact he is playing an online game featuring them right now!!

Anyway, naturally, it makes sense that the live stage shows at Hollywood Studios would reflect this change.

The new Disney Junior – Live on Stage! show debuts on March 4th at the Studios. Jake and the Neverland Pirates will replace the Pooh portion of the show.



Start Your Own Web Business!
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During the past few months, I’ve had numerous people inquire about my website – like how I started it, how income is generated, and what’s all involved in getting a site up-and-running. I thought I would share a couple of things with all of you about this topic.

In this time of economic upheaval, an internet business is a great alternative or replacement for a traditional office job. Think about it. You get to share your thoughts and opinions on a topic near and dear to your heart – and you can do it all from the comfort of your own home – even in your pajamas if you wish!

What about you? Do you have something that you are passionate about? Are you looking for a way to make some extra money each month? Are you a student, a retiree or maybe a stay-at-home mom who needs a creative outlet?

Why not start a website? I know it sounds intimidating, but hear me out. I knew NOTHING about website building when I started… so I really needed a “Website-Builder-for-Dummies” kind of thing – and guess what? I found it. It is called Site Build It! It is a wonderful service that does all of the behind-the-scenes work for you – leaving you to focus solely on the content of your website.

Please feel free to ask me about it or just go check it out for yourself!



Discounted Tickets
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If you are not using a Disney vacation package, you can either purchase your park tickets directly from Disney at the gate, or you can get discounted Disney World tickets from an outside vendor.

These vendors buy tickets in bulk and pass the savings on to you – the consumer! I recommend buying your Disney tickets or tickets for other Orlando attractions from Maple Leaf Tickets. In addition to Disney tickets, they also offer discounts on many Orlando area shows, attractions, dinner shows, and theme parks.

They offer competitive pricing paired with over twenty years of industry experience. They’ll even deliver your tickets to your resort hotel or directly to your home before your vacation!

More Info:





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

Kids Stay and Play Free!




Tip of the Month
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Toy Story mania

This month’s tip comes directly from one of your fellow “Scoopers”! Thanks to Patrick C. for this great tip.

In order to ride Toy Story Mania, you will need to get to Disney Studios before they open. Head straight to the attraction and grab a Fast Pass. Then get in stand-by line. This way you can ride it twice, maybe 3 times. This attraction is very hard to get on once the park opens! !

Be sure to visit the Tips sections for more great ideas!






What’s New
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To stay up-to-date with the recent additions, please visit our What’s New page. If you have a Disney or vacation-related idea that you wish to share with all of us, or if there is some topic you would like more info about, please contact me!




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 at www.plan-a-magical-vacation.com.
Enjoy planning your magical Disney World Vacation!
Best regards,


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