||PassPorter's Walt Disney World 2008 Update Description||10||The Disney Dining Experience has increased its price for Annual Passholders from $60 a year to $65 a year. The Florida resident price did not increase. Additionally, 18% gratuity will be added to all transactions, regardless of party size, effective January 1, 2008.| - 2007-11-13 00:43:48 [update] |14||Disney World Resort pricing seasons have changed. Below is a list of dates for value, regular, summer, peak, and holiday season for 2008.
For Value and Moderate Resorts:
Value Season: January 1 – February 13, August 3 – October 1, November 30 – December 18
Regular Season: March 30 – May 21, October 2 – November 29
Summer Season: May 22 – August 2
Peak Season: February 14 – March 29
Holiday Season: December 19 – December 31
For Deluxe and Deluxe Villas (Vacation Club):
Value Season Season: January 1 – February 13, July 20 – October 1, November 30 – December 18
Regular Season: March 30 – July 19, October 2 – November 29
Peak Season: February 14 – March 29
Holiday Season: December 19 – December 31
Rates will also change in 2008 -- you can expect an increase of $5 to $15 on standard Value and Moderate rooms and $10 to $30 on standard Deluxe rooms. Deluxe Villas (Vacation Club) pricing stays the same.
Also a change to note is that starting in 2008, weekend nights (Friday and Saturday) will be higher priced than weeknights (Sunday through Thursday). Each night of stay will be priced separately at that nights given rate. This means that if check-in is during value season and your stay encompasses nights during holiday season you will be charged for holiday rates during those nights, and value rates for the rest of your stay.| - 2007-11-13 00:51:31 [update] |19||Disney’s Magical Express has moved to side B of the Orlando International Airport.| - 2007-11-13 00:51:48 [update] |19||US Airways is now a participating airline with Disney's Magical Express. The participating airlines are AirTran, Alaska, American, Continental, Delta, JetBlue. Northwest, United, and US Airways. |Jennifer Marx - 2007-11-13 23:32:59 [update] |26||Walt Disney World announced increases to the rack room rates at their resorts, effective January 11, 2007. This is the rate that is charged for the room before any discounts. Value resort rates rose approximately $4 per night, Moderate resorts rose approximately $6 per night, Deluxe resorts, Deluxe Villas (Vacation Club) properties, and Ft. Wilderness rose approximately $10 per night.| - 2007-11-13 00:52:46 [update] |28||Effective June 1, 2007, Walt Disney World prohibits smoking in all guest rooms at more than 20 Disney-owned resorts and Disney Vacation Club properties. There are designated outdoor smoking areas at each resort. The ban applies to outdoor areas attached to guest rooms such patios and balconies as well. This is consistent with the policy that has already been in effect at Disneyland Resort.| - 2007-11-13 00:53:29 [update] |34||Refillable mugs at Walt Disney World Resorts now cost $12.49 plus tax.| - 2007-11-13 01:31:26 [update] |115||Car parking at the theme parks is now $11, effective September 1, 2007. Campers/trailers are $12 and buses/tractor trailers are $15. The price for valet parking at Walt Disney World Resorts is $10 per day, effective January 7, 2007.| - 2007-11-13 00:55:36 [update] |115||Disney’s PhotoPass web address on page 115 is incorrect. The address is actually http://www.disneysphotopass.com| - 2007-11-13 00:55:50 [update] |116||The Laugh Floor Comedy Club opened as "Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor" in early 2007. To learn more about what we think of this new attraction, visit http://www.passporter.com/articles/laughfloor.asp| - 2007-11-13 00:58:10 [update] |117||Effective August 5, 2007, park passes at Walt Disney World prices have increased. For detailed pass prices, visit http://www.disneyworld.com or http://www.allearsnet.com/| - 2007-11-13 01:03:55 [update] |120||The tip board at Magic Kingdom is located on Main Street, not in Tomorrowland. The tip board for Epcot is located behind Spaceship Earth between Innoventions East and Innoventions West.| - 2007-11-13 01:04:22 [update] |122||In place of Cinderellabration, Cinderella Castle stage now hosts the “Dream-Along With Mickey" show.| - 2007-11-13 01:04:50 [update] |130||The holiday version of the Country Bear Jamboree will not be seen again this year. According to Screamscape.com, this is in part due to the lack of "written" complaints received last year when the holiday version was originally scrapped. If you would like to see the Holiday version of the Country Bear Jamboree, send your comments to: Guest Communications P.O. Box 10040 Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830| - 2007-11-13 01:31:45 [update] |143||The Segway exhibit has been moved to Innoventions West (originally in Innoventions East). After a brief demonstration guests who meet the age and weight requirements are given the opportunity to test-drive the Segway (after signing a release waiver).| - 2007-11-13 01:05:33 [update] |143||Disney has announced big changes ahead for Epcot's Spaceship Earth. Siemens, which became the attraction's sponsor in November 2006, has announced ambitious new plans including a new storyline, extensive upgrades to existing scenes including lighting, costumes, narration, and score, as well as new scenes depicting "... how the spirit of innovation has moved people from the caves to the cosmos," (per a Disney press release). Also, as previously reported in PassPorter News, students from Carnegie Mellon University have been working on a new post-show that will feature interactive exhibits where guests can explore the future of medicine, transportation, and energy management (not coincidentally, these represent Siemens' three largest businesses). Spaceship Earth is currently closed for rehab later and is expected to re-open February 18, 2008 according to the Walt Disney World web site. This is three months after it's expected re-opening date of mid-November 2007. | - 2007-11-13 01:06:47 [update] |147||El Rio del Tiempo at the Mexico pavilion re-opened April 2, 2007 with a new name and appearance. The attraction is now called "Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros." Donald Duck, Jose Carioca, and Panchito Pistoles are featured in a new animated film that accompanies the upgraded boat ride through the pavilion. | - 2007-11-13 01:07:59 [update] |149||Canada debuted a new CircleVision film in September 2007, featuring new narration and music.| - 2007-11-13 01:08:39 [update] |151||Disney-MGM Studios has been renamed Disney's Hollywood Studios, effective January 1, 2008.| - 2007-11-13 01:33:24 [update] |152||Toy Story Mania!, a new attraction at the Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disneyland, will debut in 2008. Using technology borrowed from Turtle Talk with Crush and Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, guests will be welcomed by an interactive Mr. Potato Head, then board ride vehicles and don 3D glasses for a spin through virtual carnival midway complete with games of skill that adapt the degree of difficulty to the guests ability level. (So the games automatically become easier or harder based on the guests score. Cool huh?)| - 2007-11-13 01:09:07 [update] |153||The week of November 18, 2007 marks the start of Playhouse Disney character Handy Manny's appearance at Disney-MGM Studios (now Disney's Hollywood Studios). Handy Manny is now available for character greetings with guests on a regular basis in the Animation Courtyard next to "Playhouse Disney-Live on Stage!" Handy Manny also appears in the updated "Playhouse Disney-Live on Stage" show which opened in early February 2008. The official Disney announcement is located at http://www.wdwnews.com/ViewImage.aspx?ImageID=108171|Jennifer Marx - 2007-11-18 11:31:37 [update] |177||Admission to the Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon water parks has been increased. A one-day adult pass now costs $39 plus tax and a child's (ages 3-9) one-day pass now costs $33 plus tax.| - 2007-11-13 01:09:43 [update] |177||Florida residents can now get an After 2:00 pm Annual Water Park Hopper Pass, which gives admission to either water park after 2:00 pm on any day, subject to park capacity. The cost for this annual pass is $59 plus tax for adults and $47.20 plus tax for children.| - 2007-11-13 01:10:14 [update] |181||The King's Gallery, the gift shop in Cinderella Castle, closed on July 15, 2007 to make room for ... a second Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique which opened in September 2007! Prices for these Princess-oriented salon services are higher at the Magic Kingdom location than the Downtown Disney location in the World of Disney store. The Coach Package is $35 at Downtown Disney and $44.95 inside the Castle. The Crown Package is $45 at Downtown Disney and $49.95 inside the castle. And the Castle package is $175-$245 at Downtown Disney and $180- $250 inside the castle. (How can you have the Castle Package anywhere but the castle?)| - 2007-11-13 01:11:13 [update] |182||Effective October 2, 2007, ticket prices for Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba at Downtown Disney's West Side have increased. The new prices are:
Front and Center: Adult (Ages 10+) $121.41; Child (Ages 3-9) $96.92
Category 1: Adult (Ages 10+) $105.44; Child (Ages 3-9) $84.14
Category 2: Adult (Ages 10+) $86.27; Child (Ages 3-9) $69.23
Category 3: Adult (Ages 10+) $69.23; Child (Ages 3-9) $55.38|Jennifer Marx - 2007-11-13 23:37:46 [update] |187||Effective January 1, 2007, all Pleasure Island clubs (aside from Comedy Warehouse and Adventurers Club) at Pleasure Island are restricted to guests ages 21 and up. Those under 21 may still visit Adventurers Club and Comedy Warehouse if accompanied by an adult, and no age restriction exists for Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant.| - 2007-11-13 01:11:56 [update] |190||Originally Monday and Thursday were cast nights at Pleasure Island, but that has since changed. Cast member nights are now Sunday through Thursday.| - 2007-11-13 01:12:24 [update] |192||Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts announced the construction of a new luxury resort and 18-hole championship golf course at Walt Disney World. The current Eagle Pines golf course will be upgraded as part of the renovation. The new property is scheduled to open in 2010.| - 2007-11-13 01:12:37 [update] |192||Disney has announced the construction of a 450-acre retail, dining and lodging complex on the western edge of the Disney property.| - 2007-11-13 01:13:04 [update] |201||You may now make advance dining reservations for Mickeys Backyard BBQ up to 180 days in advance.| - 2007-11-13 01:13:54 [update] |201||‘Ohana’s Breakfast has been renamed to ‘Ohana Best Friends Polynesian Character Breakfast and is now hosted by Lilo and Stitch along with their pal, Mickey Mouse.| - 2007-11-13 01:14:09 [update] |202||Effective January 2008, the Disney Dining Plan is changing. There will be two forms of the plan available -- the standard plan at $37.99/adult and $9.99/child, essentially the same as previous years however no longer including gratuities or appetizers. The second plan is the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan for $69.99/adult and $19.99/child, which gives each guest three meals and two snacks. Table-service meals include appetizer, entrée, dessert, and a non-alcoholic beverage. “Signature Restaurants” still count as two table-service meals on the Deluxe plan. Guests on the Deluxe plan also receive a refillable mug per person, to be used at their resort hotel. The new plans are detailed in our 2008 edition of PassPorter's Walt Disney World.| - 2007-11-13 01:16:12 [update] |204||Walt Disney World has again changed the children's menus at their food establishments, likely in response to guest feedback. Kid-friendly foods such as macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, and chicken nuggets have been reintroduced while healthy options such as pita pizzas, yogurt, and fruit remain. Soft drinks and French fries are not listed as the main side dish options for kids meals' but ARE available.| - 2007-11-13 01:16:46 [update] |207||Effective January 1, 2007 lithographs are no longer be offered as part of your dinner package at Cinderella’s Royal Table. Instead, diners receive a Princess Wand for girls and a Prince Sword for boys, ages 3-9.| - 2007-11-13 01:17:18 [update] |210||Alfredo's di Roma Ristorante in the Italy pavilion of Epcot's World Showcase closed and re-opened at Tutto Italia in mid-2007. It will close again in spring 2008 for a lengthy refurbishment and yet another name.| - 2007-11-13 01:19:28 [update] |211||The Electric Umbrella in Epcot now features a Walt Disney World theme park first: a self-serve drink station. Park guests can now re-fill their drinks at will.| - 2007-11-13 01:21:45 [update] |212||A new tea stand, Joy of Tea is now open in Epcot's World Showcase in front of the China pavilion. Offering eight hot and iced teas ($3.79), non-alcoholic and alcoholic tea-based frozen slushes ($4.29-$5.99), Chinese beers ($4.79), plum wine ($4.49), plus green tea and caramel ginger ice creams ($2.99).| - 2007-11-13 01:22:24 [update] |214||Sunshine Seasons in The Land at Epcot is listed in our guidebook as Table Service for the Disney Dining Plan. This is incorrect -- it is in fact a Quick Service/Snack.| - 2007-11-13 01:22:55 [update] |235||Hollywood & Vine is listed on the Character Dining Location Chart in the PassPorter 2007 guidebook as Breakfast and Dinner character dining, when it is actually Breakfast and Lunch character dining.| - 2007-11-13 01:23:33 [update] |256||Disney has expanded its Fairy Tale Wedding Services to include commitment ceremonies for gay and lesbian couples. This service will now be available at Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and onboard the Disney Cruise Line. (Previously the services of the Fairy Tale wedding planners were only available to guests planning a legal marriage ceremony. Neither California or Florida currently offers marriage licenses to same sex couples.)| - 2007-11-13 01:24:03 [update] |256||Quinceañera parties, the traditional Latin coming-of-age celebration for 15-year-old girls, are now available at the Walt Disney World Resort. Disney offers a choice of three pre-designed themes or a fully customized party. For more information, check out http://www.disneyworld.com/quinceanera| - 2007-11-13 01:24:16 [update] |258||The Pirate & Princess Party returned in August and early September 2007. It is returning in 2008 on these dates: January 21, 26, 29; February 2, 5, 9, 14, 22, 26; and March 1, 6, 11, 14, 2008.| - 2007-11-13 01:25:25 [update] |259||Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party pass prices have increased. A non-discounted adult pass is $41.49 and a child pass is $35.10 (this includes tax). Admission on Halloween night itself is about $7-8 more per pass.| - 2007-11-13 01:28:03 [update] |259||Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party dates for 2007 are November 12, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29, 30 and December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, and 21. For those of you attending MouseFest 2007, Thursday, December 6 is the "official" MouseFest MVMCP!| - 2007-11-13 01:28:38 [update] |259||Attendees at the 2007 Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parties will notice two new additions to the celebration. Castle Dream Lights will adorn Cinderella Castle. Thousands of sparkling white lights will cover Cinderella Castle, creating an "icy" effect, suitable for the winter holiday celebration. Also a brand new parade -- Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade -- will make it's way through the Magic Kingdom featuring new scenes (as well as familiar favorites) of holiday celebrations.
| - 2007-11-13 01:35:16 [update]