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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 http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/reservations/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 also sell discounted Universal and other Orlando attraction tickets too.)

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

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. 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 (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

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

Read more about the Food and Wine Festival



2011 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
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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
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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
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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 Illumintaions.

Read complete details about the Candlelight Processional.



Osborne Family Lights
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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



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.

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.

More Info:




Tip of the Month
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Ride after the Fireworks

This month’s tip comes directly from a reader submission through one of the links on Your Stories. (see the “What’s New on the Site” section below. 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 extremly slow on Wednesdays this time of year. One Wednesday we rode any attraction we wanted as much as we wanted.

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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