The Disney Scoop, Issue #032– Disney Discounts, News, Tips, and more….
July 30, 2011

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to the Summer edition of the Disney Scoop! I hope that you all are enjoying these lazy, hazy days of summer….it sure has been a hot one so far! Thankfully my family was able to escape the heat for a while – we ventured out West this year….Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Vegas, and finally Disneyland!! Whew….we need a vacation from our vacation! We saw fantastic sights and loved every minute of the trip.

But, back to my favorite vacation destination – Disney World! First and foremost, an exciting rumor regarding free dining has been going around….(see the news below for details…)

If you have an upcoming trip planned, 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 February 2012 or after, 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 It is soooo easy to use that online system. I love it!

Be sure to read the “What’s New on the Site” section below. Now you can contribute Your Disney Stories!

Lastly, if you haven’t already (and tons of you have!), 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
    • 2011 Food and Wine Festival
    • 2011 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
    • 2011 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
    • 2011 Candlelight Processional
    • Osborne Family Lights
  • 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

2011 Food and Wine Festival

The 2011 International Food and Wine Festival at Disney World’s Epcot will take place from September 30th to November 13th.


2011 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 

The 2011 MNSSHP – Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom will take place on certain nights from September 13th to November 1st.

Read more about MNSSHP


2011 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

MVMCP – Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a truly magical opportunity to experience the Magic Kingdom at Disney World as it is transformed into a holiday retreat – complete with falling snow and complimentary cookies and hot chocolate!

The 2011 MVMCP Dates: November 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27, 29, 30 December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18

Read more about MVMCP


2011 Candlelight Processional 

Candlelight Processional Dinner Packages are now available for booking! As always, a CP package guarantees you a reservation at an Epcot restaurant and reserved seating at one of the three daily shows. In addition, you will also have access to a special viewing area for Illuminations.

Read complete details about the Candlelight Processional.


Osborne Family Lights 

The Osborne Family Lights is a spectacular display of Christmas lights shown each year at Disney Hollywood Studios theme park. They are located on the Streets of America and can be viewed each night during the Holiday season.

The Osborne Family Lights will be displayed from November 10th, 2011 to January 3rd, 2012.

Read more about the Osborne Family Lights




Disney World Specials

Free Dining! (RUMOR)

  • Pssst! I’ve heard a rumor….that Disney will again offer Free Dining for select dates this Fall.According to this rumor, which is supposed to be available for booking on August 3rd, 2011, you will be eligible for the free Dining Plan for the following travel dates:
    • October 2- 8
    • October 23– November 5
    • November 13– November 19
    • November 27– December 3
    • December 11– December 17

    Guests booking a Value Resort will receive the Quick Service Dining Plan. The Basic Dining Plan will be free for Moderate, Deluxe and Villa resort guests.


Tip of the Month
Ride after the Fireworks

This month’s tip comes directly from a reader submission through one of the links on Your Stories.  Thanks to Chuck from Pennsylvania for this great tip.

If the Magic Kingdom has extra magic hours or remains open after the “Wishes” fireworks display, ride, ride, ride! We have practiced this tip numerous times.A vast amount of people leave the park after the fireworks, this allows access to the rides. We went in January 2011, and both times we were in the park after Wishes we rode at least 5 to 6 of the major attractions with little or no wait.

We also noted that the Magic Kingdom is extremely slow on Wednesdays this time of year. One Wednesday we rode any attraction we wanted as much as we wanted.



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,