Travel Guide Updates for PassPorter's Walt Disney World 2009

(eleventh edition, released November 2008 - More Book Information)

Reminder: These updates do not include every new thing at Walt Disney World as that would require an entirely new book to explain (and, yes, we will have a 2010 edition released in November 2009)! Instead, this chart only lists the pages in PassPorter's Walt Disney World 2009 that would be out-of-date or incorrect without this information.

Note: While this list may be long, it isn't an indicator of how much of the guidebook is out-of-date. We were actually quite fortunate to have been able to print our guidebook AFTER most of the major updates were announced. This list includes lots of extra details that wouldn't necessarily appear in the printed guidebook, for your convenience. Even with all the extra information, this list comes in at less than one-half of one percent of the word count of the actual guidebook.

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Page Number PassPorter's Walt Disney World 2009 Update Description
1The Walt Disney Company has eliminated 1900 positions in the past few weeks. The positions were a combination of vacant jobs, executive buy-outs, and lay offs of hourly and salaried workers.
- 2009-04-10 11:52:35 [update]
6After many months of hints and teases, Disney announced this week the significance of "23" in D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans. The 23 refers to 1923, the year The Walt Disney Company was founded. Members of D23 will get a backstage look at the inner workings of The Walt Disney Company, a glossy quarterly magazine (Disney Twenty-Three), access to the official web site and a new collectibles line designed just for members. A one year membership is $74.95. More information at http://www.Disney.com/D23
- 2009-03-12 17:41:02 [update]
10The price of Tables In Wonderland (a.k.a. the Disney Dining Experience discount card available to Annual Passholders and Florida residents) has increased to $75 for Passholders and $100 for Florida residents.
- 2009-03-19 19:52:00 [update]
19Beginning February 10, 2009 DME will only be mailing one luggage tag per person. If you require additional tags, please contact DME at 866-599-0951. Effective February 16, 2009, DME will only be mailing luggage tags and booklets to guests located in North America. For guests traveling from other locales, you can still use DME, simply check in at the Magical Express Welcome Center at Orlando International Airport. You will be given transportation vouchers and decide how you want your luggage handled. You have the option of collecting it yourself and bringing it with you on the motor coach, or having DME collect it and deliver it to your resort.
- 2009-02-05 16:46:26 [update]
19Beginning March 30, 2009, Disney's Magical Express will no longer offer resort luggage delivery service for guests arriving between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am ET. Guests arriving between these hours will be responsible for getting their luggage and bringing it to the Magical Express motor coach.
- 2009-02-19 18:20:27 [update]
19Disney's Magical Express has extended its deal with the Greater Orlando Airport Authority to run through 2016. The current agreement was set to expire on December 31, 2011.
- 2009-03-25 19:24:14 [update]
19Staying at Pop Century this week? Flying Southwest? Resort Airline Check-in is currently testing their service for Southwest passengers at Pop Century only. This service is currently temporary so check with the Resort Airline Check-In desk for details.
- 2009-06-04 15:53:02 [update]
25Walt Disney World announced Room Only and Magic Your Way package rates for 2010. Visit DisneyWorld.com or call 407-WDISNEY.
- 2009-08-06 10:55:03 [update]
31Walt Disney World Resort resort hotel guests now have the option to check in online up to 10 days prior to their arrival. Information such as arrival times, refrigerator requests, and credit card information for charging privileges can be updated online in order to expedite the check in process once you arrive at your resort. At the resort, go to the specially marked welcome counter where you will pick up your folder information and room keys and be directed to your room.
- 2009-03-05 19:14:27 [update]
31Guests of Walt Disney World Resorts no longer have to call in every few hours to see if their rooms are ready. Guests now have the option of providing a cell phone number and requesting a voice or text message notifying them when their room is ready and including their room number. Standard phone and text fees apply.
- 2009-06-11 15:28:20 [update]
34Beginning in January, guests wishing to combine a Disney Cruise Line vacation with a stay at Walt Disney World will have much greater flexibility. Guests will be able to choose to have their WDW days either before or after their cruise. Guests staying a minimum of one night at a WDW Resort will have the option to add Magic Your Way passes and Guests staying a minimum of two nights at a WDW resort prior to their cruise will be able to check in for their cruise at their resort.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-08-21 02:21:45 [update]
40Sanaa, the new table service restaurant serving lunch and dinner scheduled to open on May 1, 2009 at the Animal Kingdom Villas, will begin taking reservations for DVC members on February 16, 2009 and for all guests on February 23, 2009. DVC advanced dining reservations made from February 16-22 can be made by contacting Member Services.
- 2009-01-29 18:06:06 [update]
43Iron Chef Cat Cora will be partnering with Disney to open a new restaurant at the BoardWalk Resort in Fall 2009. "Kouzzina by Cat Cora" will feature Mediterranean style cuisine and will be replacing Spoodles.
- 2009-03-19 19:52:58 [update]
55Coronado Springs Resort has fully converted all of their full-sized beds to QUEEN beds, with the exception of the rooms that are being converted to king-bed rooms.
Shari S. - 2009-01-22 13:48:12 [update]
79Val Bunting, currently Vice President in charge of Disney's Animal Kingdom, will become General Manager of Port Orleans Resort (both Riverside and French Quarter) once her replacement for Animal Kingdom has been hired.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-07-16 18:41:57 [update]
81The Ol' Man Island pool and slide at Port Orleans Riverside will be closed from February 2, 2009 through late February. Guests staying at the resort during this time period may use the pool at Port Orleans French Quarter.
Debbie L. - 2009-01-17 21:06:17 [update]
85The Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa are now on sale for existing Disney Vacation Club members.
- 2009-01-29 18:05:00 [update]
95Art, the long time "greeter" at the Beach Club resort is retiring soon. Art has been the smiling face with a friendly wave and a "Good Morning young lady!" for many years. He even appeared on Great Hotels with Samantha Brown when she featured the Beach Club. We wish Art a happy, healthy retirement!
Jennifer Marx - 2009-10-08 18:33:10 [update]
99Attention Steelers Fans! Do you live in Pennsylvania? Then the Swan and Dolphin Resorts have a deal for you. Book two nights at either resort at the standard (rack) rate and get a third night free! This offer must be booked by February 28, 2009 but is good for travel through the end of the year. Use code SBOWL when booking.
- 2009-02-05 16:49:17 [update]
102Disney Vacation Club Members can preview two new attractions in the coming weeks: American Idol Experience and Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure. The DVC member American Idol Experience preview will be held February 5 - 8, 2009 -- sign up on the DVC Member web site. The Kim Possible preview will be first-come, first-served on January 23 - 25, 2009 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Check in at the Team Possible Recruitment Center on the bridge between Future World and the World Showcase.
- 2009-01-15 19:50:28 [update]
106The Bonnet Creek Resort, home to the Waldorf Astoria and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, opened on October 1, 2009. The non-Disney owned resort is located near Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-10-08 18:32:55 [update]
115On Sunday, October 4, parking fees at all Walt Disney World theme parks increased. Cars and motorcycles are $14 per day, Campers or Trailers are $15 per day and Buses or Tractor Trailers are $18 per day.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-10-08 18:32:17 [update]
116Rumor has it that price for Walt Disney World park admission will increase on Sunday, August 2, 2009. Historically, this would be in keeping with the pattern of the last three years of implementing price increases on the first Sunday of August.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-07-16 18:42:22 [update]
116Park Admission increased as of Sunday, August 3, 2009.

Adult/Child prices
$79/$68 - 1-day base
$156 $133 - 2-day base
$219/$187 - 3-day base
$225/$192 - 4-day base
$228/$195 - 5-day base
$231/$198 - 6-day base
$234/$201 - 7-day base

Park Hopper Option: $52.00 not incl tax
Water Park Option: $52.00 not incl tax
- 2009-08-06 10:55:42 [update]
116Annual Passes (which also increased in price to $479 for a new pass, $449 for a renewal) now have a new renewal policy. Renew your annual pass 30 days prior to or within 30 days after your renewal date and receive three additional months!
- 2009-08-06 10:56:56 [update]
116Annual Passholders can get in on the preview action as well! Kim Possible World Showcase Adventures will be held for passholders on February 26 to March 1, 2009 from 10:00 to 8:00 pm. Unlike DVC members, passholders must register in advance for this event on the passholders web siterting on February 5, 2009 at 10:00 am. You must print out and bring your confirmation slip to the Recruitment Center.
- 2009-01-15 19:53:49 [update]
116Walt Disney World is now offering a new annual pass option to Florida residents -- the Weekday Select Pass. Good Monday-Friday, this pass will cost $169 for ages 10+ and $149 for ages 3-9. Blackout dates apply, proof of residency is required. Unlike the traditional Annual Pass, the Weekday Select pass does not include parking.
- 2009-10-30 12:16:18 [update]
117Base + Park Hopping price correction: under 7 day should be listed as $269, instead of $296.
DisneyMom23Boys - 2008-11-29 14:52:28 [update]
117"Disney's Armed Forces Salute" gives active and retired military personnel one FREE multi-day pass to either Disneyland or Walt Disney World for use between now and December 23, 2009. Disneyland guests who are active or retired military will receive one free 3-day park hopper pass and qualified Walt Disney World guests will receive one 5-day park hopper pass with the Water Park Fun & More option! Great resort rates are also available. Check out the Walt Disney World web site for details and eligibility.
- 2009-01-08 18:42:03 [update]
117In order to inspire guests to donate a day of service to volunteer for a participating organization in their community, Disney will give each qualifying participant a free one-day pass to either Disneyland or Walt Disney World. If you already have admission for your trip such as an Annual Pass, you can also choose a special FASTPASS, collectible figurine, or better yet -- donate your pass to a participating non-profit organization! Disney will also continue to "celebrate" special occasions but the free admission is reserved for volunteers. Click here for details.
- 2009-10-01 22:19:34 [update]
117Beginning Monday, Feb. 9, the Walt Disney World® Resort "Buy Four, Get Three Free" offer will feature travel dates through Aug. 15, 2009. Get more details at disneyworld.com
- 2009-02-05 16:45:31 [update]
121Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen from the upcoming movie The Princess and the Frog began making appearances at the Magic Kingdom on October 26, 2009. Tiana's Showboat Jubilee, a new show taking place in Liberty Square, is now showing three times daily.
- 2009-10-30 12:15:27 [update]
122The show, which just debuted in May 2009, has been canceled. No word on what will be in this outdoor theater in the future.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-06-25 19:22:44 [update]
122Beginning Friday, January 27, 2009 the afternoon parade at Disney's Magic Kingdom will be the new "Celebrate A Dream Come True" Parade, featuring new floats, music, and costumes. Reportedly the parade will stop at various points along the route to allow cast members to encourage guests to participate and "celebrate" with them. This replaces the "Disney Dreams Come True" parade.
- 2009-01-22 21:27:38 [update]
122Astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Mike Fincke will join Buzz Lightyear for a special ticker tape parade at 2:30, prior to the 3:00 Celebrate a Dream Come True parade on October 2, 2009 in the Magic Kingdom. Buzz Lightyear recently returned from a record-setting 15-month stay aboard the International Space Station. Buzz's time in orbit was part of an educational program Disney developed with NASA.
- 2009-10-01 22:22:28 [update]
125Is your little prince or princess more of a pirate? Good news! The Pirate League, Adventureland's alternative to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, opens in the Magic Kingdom on June 29, 2009. Reservations can be made by calling 407-WDW-CREW, beginning May 11, 2009 for boys, girls, and even adults for the following packages:

First Mate: Includes bandanna, choice of facial effect (scar, tattoo, fake tooth, earring or eye patch), sword and sheath, one 5x7 photo, and personalized pirate oath. $49.95 plus tax.

Empress: Includes bandanna, make-up (face gem, tattoos, nail polish, earring and eye patch), sword and sheath, pirate coin necklace, one 5x7 photo, and personalized pirate oath. $49.95 plus tax.

Captain: Includes choice of costume, choice of facial effect (scar, tattoo, fake tooth, earring or eye patch), sword and sheath, three 5x7 photos, and personalized pirate oath. $124.95 plus tax.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-05-07 21:45:11 [update]
125Stitch's Supersonic Celebration, a new stage show in Tomorrowland which features technology similar to Turtle Talk with Crush, premiered on May 6, 2009. The show is currently scheduled to run daily at 10:00 am, 11:10 am, 12:20 pm, 2:15 pm, 3:30 pm, and 4:45 pm.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-05-07 21:46:03 [update]
130Tiana, the heroine of the upcoming film, "The Princess and the Frog" and Disney's first African American Princess, will be featured in a new show to be shown at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. The Walt Disney World version will debut in Frontierland on October 26, 2009 and the Disneyland version will debut in New Orleans Square on November 7, 2009. The show takes place on the Riverboat as it cruises the river.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-08-13 14:53:14 [update]
131The Hall of President's is back after a lengthy rehab and the addition of President Barack Obama's Audio-Animatronics figure.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-07-02 20:27:14 [update]
131The Diamond Horseshoe Saloon in the Magic Kingdom will be open for dinner April 4-14, 2009 from 5:00-9:00 pm. The family-style meal will feature turkey breast, carved beef, pork loin, and mashed potatoes. The cost is $33.99 per adult and $16.99 per child (ages 3-9).
- 2009-04-02 17:49:03 [update]
131On June 28, 2009 from 11:00 am-9:00 pm, Annual Passholders will get a preview of the updated Hall of Presidents attraction featuring current President Barack Obama. Valid AP and Photo ID required.
- 2009-06-11 15:31:03 [update]
132The Pirates League in the Magic Kingdom will be extending it's hours on evenings this fall when Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is being held. The Pirates League will remain open until 8:00 pm on these evenings. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-08-21 02:22:58 [update]
132The first phase of the expansion will debut in 2012 and will include a new Little Mermaid-themed ride as well as a relocation and expansion for Dumbo. New meet and greet areas for the Princesses will be added and Goofy's Barnstormer will be changed to fit the new theme. In 2012, a Pixie Hollow area will be completed. Mickey's Toontown Fair will be removed entirely to allow for the expansion.
- 2009-09-17 21:59:48 [update]
132Disney has announced that it will sponsor the Disney Memorial Pausch Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University in honor of the late Randy Pausch, who was a Carnegie Mellon Professor, former Disney Imagineer, and author of his famous "Last Lecture." The fellowship will provide financial support for two graduate students -- one in the School of Computer Science and one in the College of Fine Arts. Disney will also be installing a memorial medallion near the Mad Tea Party in the Magic Kingdom bearing these lines from Randy's last lecture, "Be good at something; it makes you valuable. Have something to bring to the table, because that will make you more welcome."
- 2009-02-12 19:22:47 [update]
135The Tomorrowland station for the long extinct Skyway attraction is set to be demolished. The attached restrooms will remain in place. Rumor has it that the demolition and restroom remodel completion will coincide with the re-opening of Space Mountain.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-07-16 18:41:33 [update]
136Space Mountain in the Magic Kingdom will close for an extended rehab on April 19, 2009 and will re-open in late 2009. The Tomorrowland Transit Authority will also close on April 19 but is expected to re-open in mid-August.
- 2009-01-15 19:48:22 [update]
136The Tomorrowland Transit Authority will re-open on September 12, 2009, not September 1, 2009 as originally planned.
- 2009-09-10 18:13:17 [update]
143A new exhibit, "The Sum of All Thrills," will open this fall at Epcot's Innoventions. Sponsored by Raytheon, the exhibit is part of the company's MathMovesU initiative which works to engage middle school students in science and math. The exhibit will be a "fun and educational experience that helps instill a lifelong passion for math, science and technology."
- 2009-02-19 18:22:33 [update]
143The recession affects Epcot ... kind of. A new Innoventions exhibit sponsored by T. Rowe Price called The Great Piggy Bank Adventure will offer financial advice to park guests. Topics such as setting goals, spending and saving smartly, staying ahead of inflation and diversifying your investments will be featured.
- 2009-03-25 19:15:44 [update]
157Disney confirmed plans to introduce an all new version of Star Tours -- this time in 3D! The new version will have new footage as well as all new special effects. Both Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios will be getting the new version.
- 2009-09-17 22:01:03 [update]
157Also announced at the D23 Expo, Muppet*Vision 3D at Disney's Hollywood Studios will be receiving an upgrade to digital 3D technology as well as a new pre-show.
- 2009-09-17 22:01:21 [update]
157American Idol Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios will host it's celebrity premier (press and VIPs only including past Idols) on Thursday, February 12, 2009 and will be open to the general public beginning Friday, February 13, 2009.
- 2009-02-12 19:21:06 [update]
161Disney continues their tradition of promoting from within. As mentioned in last week's PassPorter News, Val Bunting, currently Vice President in charge of Disney's Animal Kingdom, will become General Manager of Port Orleans Resort (both Riverside and French Quarter). Her replacement at Animal Kingdom will be Kevin Lansbury, currently Vice President of Downtown Disney, who has several other responsibilities, including transportation. Kevin will continue to oversee transportation in addition to his responsibilities at Animal Kingdom. His replacement will be Keith Bradford, currently Vice President of Operating Participants. (But who is replacing Keith? Kidding, just kidding...)
Jennifer Marx - 2009-07-24 10:46:23 [update]
161Tumpe, a 24 year old African Elephant at Disney's Animal Kingdom, passed away on March 17, 2009 after a brief illness.
- 2009-03-25 19:13:56 [update]
171Typhoon Lagoon reopened on March 22, 2009.
- 2009-03-25 19:14:51 [update]
171Single day admission to Disney's Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon water parks has increased $5 to $45 per adult (ages 10 & up) and $39 per child (ages 3 - 9).
Jennifer Marx - 2009-05-21 16:37:00 [update]
171Disney's water parks are now offering premium spaces for rent to guests. The four spaces at each park (known as "Polar Patios" at BB and "Beachcomber Shacks" at TL) cost $250 plus tax per day and can accommodate up to six guests. The services include a personal attendant, private lockers, drink mugs, bottled water, lounge furniture, and towels. Available on a first come, first serve basis right now!
- 2009-06-04 15:54:03 [update]
179"Diana - The People's Princess," an exhibit presented by The People's Princess Charitable Foundation, will include artifacts from Diana's life as well as actual dresses worn by Diana. The exhibit will run from early July through November 30, 2009. Tickets can be purchased at the exhibit and will be $14.50 per adult and $5.00 per child.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-06-25 19:23:37 [update]
179The new Aerophile attraction opening in Downtown Disney is a tethered observation balloon will lift riders 300 feet in the air and will cost $16 for adults (age 10+) and $10 per child (age 3-9). It's opening has been postponed to the week of April 16.
- 2009-04-10 11:54:11 [update]
179As part of the current Disney promotion, "What Will You Celebrate?", Downtown Disney is now host to "Celebrate Tonight!" a nightly street party featuring a DJ, dancers, stilt walkers, etc. inviting guests to celebrate -- whatever their occasion. Held from 5:00 pm-11:00 pm Sunday through Thursday and 6:00 pm-midnight Friday and Saturday, in the West End Plaza of Pleasure Island, guests are invited to dance and sing along as the DJ plays the latest hits.
- 2009-04-16 15:35:40 [update]
188Walt Disney World resort guests now receive a FREE golf club rental when they purchase a round of golf at any of the four Walt Disney World golf courses.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-06-18 20:36:27 [update]
188Two golf specials are being offered May 22-25, 2009. The "Play All Day" offer is $59 per Guest, per day, and includes use of an electric golf cart and pre-round practice balls. Only the Guest's first tee time may be reserved in advance. Eligible courses include Disney's Palm, Disney's Osprey Ridge, and Disney's Lake Buena Vista golf courses. Guests may change courses for subsequent rounds if they choose. The "Twilight" special offer is $29 per guest, and includes one greens fee and the use of an electric cart for available tee times after 3:00 pm. All player types are eligible for the rate. Pre-round practice balls are not included in this rate. All guests are eligible for these offers. Call 407-WDW-GOLF (407-939-4653) to book.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-05-21 16:38:09 [update]
190The 2010 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is being held Thursday, January 7 - Sunday, January 10, 2010. Registration for the full marathon, Family Fun Race, and Goofy's Race and a Half is more than half full.The Walt Disney World Half Marathon is completely full and no longer accepting registrations.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-07-24 10:45:20 [update]
191The Walt Disney Family Museum is opening in San Francisco, CA in October 2009. Tickets go on sale on August 1, 2009 at waltdisney.org .
Jennifer Marx - 2009-07-24 10:45:47 [update]
197Disney also announced pricing changes to the Dining Plan for 2010. Pricing will now be seasonal. The basic Dining Plan will be less than $42 per adult (ages 10+) and less than $12 per child (ages 3-9) per night for travel dates 1/1/10 - 2/11/10, 4/11/10 - 6/3/10, 8/15/10 - 12/16/10 and less than $47 per adult (ages 10+) and less than $13 per child (ages 3-9) per night for travel dates 2/12/10 - 4/10/10, 6/4/10 - 8/14/10, 12/17/10 - 12/31/10.
- 2009-08-06 10:56:30 [update]
200Advanced Dining Reservations can now be made online at DisneyWorld.com up to 90 days in advance. (Walt Disney World Resort guests can make their ADRs for the first 10 days of their trip at the 90 day mark.)
Jennifer Marx - 2009-06-18 20:35:57 [update]
200Beginning Tuesday, October 27, 2009, Walt Disney World's window for Advance Dining Reservations will go back to 180 days.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-08-13 14:51:56 [update]
200As of December 23, 2008, advance dining reservations are now only accepted 90 days in advance for everything except Chef Mickey's, Victoria & Albert's, and Cinderella's Royal Table. This is a change from the 180 days in advance prior to this date.
Jody C. - Kalamazoo, MI - 2009-02-01 12:36:19 [update]
202Book a Magic Your Way package that includes a minimum 3-night resort stay and park admission and receive the basic Dining Plan FREE! Book by June 21, 2009 for travel August 16-October 3, 2009. Visit DisneyWorld.com for details.
- 2009-04-02 17:46:39 [update]
203The Free Dining promotion being offered for travel from August 21-October 3, 2009 can now be booked through July 26, 2009.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-06-18 20:37:41 [update]
205The Crystal Palace Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom will be closed January 3 - February 13, 2010.
- 2009-10-01 22:21:00 [update]
207The Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station is now host to the Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party, held nightly now through August 28th, 2009. This party begins an hour before Wishes (check the schedule for times) and includes a self service dessert buffet. The location offers prime viewing for Wishes. The dessert party is $17.99 per adult (ages 10+) and $9.99 per child (ages 3-9). Reservations can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-06-25 19:22:05 [update]
211Remy the rat from Ratatouille is making daily appearances at Les Chefs de France restaurant in the France pavilion in the World Showcase in Epcot. Remy, an Audio-Animatronics puppet, appears on top of a moving food cart pushed by his human sidekick, the Maitre D'. The duo engage in a kind of mobile comedy act from 12:30 pm-6:00 pm.
- 2009-03-19 19:54:36 [update]
212Sunshine Seasons incorrectly displays the Disney Dining Plan icon for a table-service meal, when in fact it should display the counter-service icon.
Alexis D. - 2009-01-25 08:32:11 [update]
218Beginning soon, guests who book the Fantasmic dinner package -- which includes dinner at a Hollywood Studios restaurant and reserved seating for Fantasmic -- will have a different process. Guests will report to the main entrance 30 minutes prior to show time and join a special queue to the right of the general admission queue. This will give package guests better access to the reserved seating area and eliminate the need to arrive 60-90 minutes prior to the show.
- 2009-09-10 18:14:21 [update]
219Picnic In The Park at Disney's Animal Kingdom has a new, permanent order location outside the Island Mercantile Store in the Discovery Island section of the park. Picnics are now available for parties of two on up to parties of six.
- 2009-07-02 20:28:00 [update]
220Tusker House incorrectly displays the Disney Dining Plan icon for a table-service meal, when in fact it should display the counter-service icon.
Tammi - 2009-01-17 13:52:25 [update]
220Disney's Animal Kingdom is now offering a "Picnic In The Park" dining option. Stop at the Picnic In The Park podium near Guest Relations at the front of the park on your way in to place your order. Then pick up your picnic (at least two hours later, please) at Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery, pay, and dine at one of the picnic spots located throughout the park. There are a variety of entrees and side dishes available, and prices vary accordingly. You can also use Disney Dining Plan Quick Service Credits, but adult credits only. So a picnic for four would cost 4 adult credits, even if two of the people picnicking are children.
- 2009-04-10 11:55:25 [update]
227Kouzzina by Cat Cora, the new restaurant replacing Spoodles at the BoardWalk Inn, will have its soft opening on August 15, 2009 and its grand opening September 17, 2009. Advanced Dining Reservations can now be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-07-30 14:06:48 [update]
227Cat Cora hosted the official Grand Opening of her restaurant at Disney's Boardwalk on Thursday, September 17, 2009. The restaurant features a Greek and Mediterranean inspired menu.
123 - 2009-09-24 21:36:56 [update]
230The 17th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will be held March 3 - May 16, 2010. This is the earliest the Festival has ever begun which will give Disney's expert gardeners a head start on featuring plants and flowers with vivid colors. The Flower Power Concert Series also returns each Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the Festival.
- 2009-11-05 17:41:45 [update]
233Beaches & Cream Soda Shop at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club is now serving breakfast daily. from 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-07-30 14:06:21 [update]
238MurderWatch Mystery Dinner Show is no longer performing at the Royal Sun Resort. According to their website, they are available for hire for private events, but "no longer performing at the hotel." They thank us for 20 years of support.
Jennifer - 2009-09-24 00:11:18 [update]
239Advanced Dining Reservations for the Candlelight Processional Dinner packages will be available on August 29, 2009. While there are again three tiers of restaurants to choose from, all meals will require two table service credits for those on the Disney Dining Plan.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-08-27 17:34:37 [update]
250A PhotoPass CD now costs $149.95. A discount is still available for pre-ordering the CD online at DisneyPhotoPass.com.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-06-18 20:37:08 [update]
251Authentic Disney Parks and Resort merchandise can now be purchased at Disney Store Online.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-05-21 16:36:33 [update]
252The Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Noodle Terrace in the Magic Kingdom has been extended through October 31, 2009. The party is held on select nights. Call 407-WDW-DINE for reservations.
- 2009-09-03 16:37:21 [update]
252The Wishes Dessert Party held at the Tomorrowland Terrace has been extended through December.
123 - 2009-09-24 21:37:32 [update]
255The Walt Disney Company and Shanghai's local government received approval from the Chinese central government to complete negotiations to build a new Disney Resort in Shanghai. The new, Disneyland-style park could open as soon as 2014, on a 1,000 acre site. If successful, the resort could grow to be 1,700 acre, multi-park facility. Disney is expected to have approximately 40% ownership, with the rest in the hands of a consortium of Chinese companies.
- 2009-11-05 17:42:03 [update]
256In 2010, Adventures By Disney will offer 19 itineraries on six continents. For more information, check out the Adventures by Disney web site.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-08-21 02:22:11 [update]
257An important announcement was made this week by the MouseFest Executive Committee. To read the announcement visit http://www.Mousefest.org.
- 2009-02-19 18:21:49 [update]
258The Eat To The Beat! Concert Series has been announced. (Line-up is always subject to change.) Concerts are held three times each evening (5:15 pm, 6:30 pm and 6:45 pm) in Epcot's America Gardens Theatre.

Sept 25-27: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Sept 28-29: Richard Marx
Sept 30-Oct 3: Starship
Oct 4-6: En Vogue
Oct 7-8: Better Than Ezra
Oct 9-11: Sister Hazel
Oct 12-13: Kool & The Gang
Oct 14-16: Spyro Gyra
Oct 17-18: Jon Secada
Oct 19-20: Sister Sledge
Oct 21-22: Vanessa Carlton
Oct 23-25: Taylor Dayne
Oct 26-28: Boyz II Men
Oct 29-31: John Waite
Nov 1-2: Night Ranger
Nov 3-5: Billy Ocean
Nov 6-8: Los Lobos
Jennifer Marx - 2009-07-09 20:37:05 [update]
258The Race for the Taste 3K & 10K and the Tower of Terror 13K will not be held in 2010 at Walt Disney World.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-08-27 17:27:14 [update]
258Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios will be held May 22 - June 14, 2009. No other details have been announced.
- 2009-01-15 20:04:54 [update]
258The Expedition Everest Challenge, a 5k run, obstacle course and scavenger hunt through Disney's Animal Kingdom, will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2009. The Race for the Taste 10k and 3k will take place Sunday, October 11, 2009 at Epcot. And the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 13k and 5k will take place Saturday evening, October 24, 2009. Registration for these events is expected to open soon.
- 2009-03-12 17:42:16 [update]
258Each Star Wars Weekend will be hosted by Jay Laga'aia (Captain Typho). The special Clone Wars event (Clone Wars: Behind The Force) will be hosted by Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka). Here are the scheduled appearances (subject to change):

May 22 - 24: Ray Park (Darth Maul), Warwick Davis (Wicket, Wald) and James Arnold Taylor (Clone Wars' Obi Wan Kenobi)
May 29 - 31: Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Matthew Wood (General Grievous)
June 5 - 7: Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett, Captain Colton), David Prowse (Darth Vader) and Matt Lanter (Clone Wars' Anakin Skywalker)
June 12 - 14: Dave Filoni (Clone Wars Supervising Director) and Temuera Morrison (Jango Fett)
- 2009-04-16 15:37:16 [update]
258The Sounds Like Summer Concert Series schedule and performers have been announced (subject to change). The concert series features "tribute bands" performing three times nightly at the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot.

June 15 - 21: Stayin' Alive (Bee Gees tribute band)
June 22 - 28: Hotel California (Eagles tribute band)
June 29 - July 8: Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi tribute band)
July 9 - 19: Bjorn Again (ABBA tribute band)
July 20 - 26: Sounds of The Supremes (Supremes tribute group)
July 27 - August 2: 2U (U2 tribute band)
August 3 - 9: Petty Theft (Tom Petty tribute band)
- 2009-04-16 15:38:28 [update]
259At the Magic Kingdom, the "Celebrate America" fireworks begin at 9:00 pm on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. At Epcot, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth will be shown at 10:00 pm on Saturday, July 4 and will add a special "patriotic" finale. At Disney's Hollywood Studios on Saturday, July 4, a special fireworks show will be featured at 10:00 pm in between the 9:00 pm and 10:45 pm showings of Fantasmic!
Jennifer Marx - 2009-07-02 20:26:29 [update]
259The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights display will take place at Disney's Hollywood Studios from November 27, 2009 through January 3, 2010.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-07-09 20:36:26 [update]
259The current list of narrators for the 2009 Candlelight Processional, held nightly at 5:00 pm, 6:45 pm and 8:00 pm in the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot from November 27 - December 30, 2009, has been announced. (The line-up inevitably will change between now and November.)

Nov 27-29: Isabella Rossellini
Nov 30, Dec 1-2: John O'Hurley
Dec 3-5: Steven Curtis Chapman
Dec 6-8: TBA
Dec 9-11: Andy Garcia
Dec 12-14: Vanessa Williams
Dec 15-17: Abigail Breslin
Dec 18-20: Whoopi Goldberg
Dec 21-23: Brian Dennehy
Dec 24-26: Edward James Olmos
Dec 27-30: Angela Bassett & Courtney B. Vance
Jennifer Marx - 2009-07-30 14:07:23 [update]
259The October 31, 2009 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is sold out. So far, this is the only date to sell out
- 2009-09-24 21:38:08 [update]
259The Walt Disney World Christmas Parade, which airs on December 25, will be taping at the Magic Kingdom December 3-5, 2009. Tickets for reserved viewing are sold out.
- 2009-10-30 12:17:01 [update]
259Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party will be held on 23 nights in 2009, specifically September 4, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29, October 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 29, 31, and November 1. Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party will be held on 18 nights, specifically November 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 29, December 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17 and 18. Tickets go on sale May 1.
- 2009-03-25 19:22:38 [update]
259Tickets for the 2009 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party are now on sale. Advance purchase tickets for both parties will be $52 plus tax per adult (ages 10+) and $46 plus tax for children (ages 3 - 9). Tickets purchased the day of the party will cost $59 plus tax per adult and $53 plus tax per child. No advance ticket purchase discount is available for the October 9, 15, and 23 parties or the November 29, December 4, 11, 17, and 18 parties.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-05-07 21:47:05 [update]
259Disney is taking its show on the road with an immersive and interactive 40-city train tour including a 3D sneak peek of film footage from the upcoming movie "Disney's A Christmas Carol." Set amidst a snowy backdrop -- complete with all of the sights and sounds of Christmas including carolers, decorations, giveaways and many more surprises in each of the 40 cities. This family event is for guests of all ages and is free to the public. For more details, check out ChristmasCarolTrainTour.com.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-05-14 21:22:04 [update]
259The new party dates are September 4, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29, October 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, and November 1, 2009.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-05-14 21:24:00 [update]
260SeaWorld Orlando has increased it's one day admission price to $74.95 per adult - an increase of $5. The child's one day admission price is now $64.95.
- 2009-01-08 18:24:11 [update]
260The Walt Disney Company will acquire Marvel Entertainment, Inc. The move will bring characters such as Wolverine and Spiderman under Mickey's umbrella.
- 2009-09-03 16:35:52 [update]
260Walt Disney Parks and Resorts purchased a 15-acre parcel of land at the new National Harbor development overlooking the Potomac River, just outside of Washington D.C. Disney is considering using the location for a new resort.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-05-21 16:35:46 [update]
278The Los Angeles Lakers are playing the Orlando Magic in the National Basketball Association Finals. A healthy rivalry has developed with each park lighting their castles in team colors on game days and the President of each resort vowing that the "losing" President will walk down Main Street U.S.A. at the other "team's" park wearing special Mickey Ears with the winning team's colors.
- 2009-06-11 15:29:41 [update]
285As of October 4, 2009, pricing for the Hoop Dee Doo Revue at Fort Wilderness is: Category 1 - $61.99/adult, $31.99/child, Category 2 - $56.99/adult, $27.99/child, Category 3 - $52.99/adult, $26.99/child.
- 2009-10-14 15:31:35 [update]
285Continuing our theme of price increases, valet parking at Disney resorts has increased from $10 per day to $12 per day. Almost more surprising is that Disney Vacation Club members no longer receive free valet parking at DVC resorts.
- 2009-10-14 15:32:49 [update]
285D23 members can attend special events this holiday season - one in Walt Disney World, and two in California. Tickets go on sale for all events today, October 15, 2009. For details, visit the D23 web site.
- 2009-10-14 15:33:02 [update]
285This event is being held December 12 & 13. This event costs $195/member and includes VIP opportunities and special presentations.
- 2009-10-14 15:33:22 [update]
285This event is at the El Capitan Theatre and Tam O'Shanter restaurant in Los Angeles is being held on December 10, 2009. This event costs $95/per member.
- 2009-10-14 15:33:36 [update]
285This event is being held on December 6, 2009. Tickets cost $275/member and include VIP seating, private dinner and dessert and more.
- 2009-10-14 15:34:00 [update]
300Applications for the 2010 Walt Disney World Moms Panel will begin on the Moms Panel web site on September 10, 2009 at 9:00 am Eastern Time.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-08-27 17:27:43 [update]
300Monorail Teal, created from remnants of Monorail Pink and Monorail Purple, the two trains involved in the July 5, 2009 death of a Disney Cast Member, will make its debut later this year. Pink and Purple will be retired as monorail colors.
- 2009-10-22 18:44:44 [update]
300The Race for the Taste 3k and 5k are being replaced in 2010 by the Wine & Dine Half Marathon on October 1-2, 2010. The nighttime race will be held on October 2 and will finish with a private party for runners and their families at Epcot's International Food & Wine Festival. For more information, check out the race web site.
- 2009-10-22 18:45:59 [update]
300Baby Bruehler was born to mother Aibuni on October 5, 2009 and baby Baby Bolo was born to mother Big Girl. Both babies are boys. The babies are not on public display just yet but will be in the coming weeks.
- 2009-10-22 18:46:18 [update]
300On Monday, October 19, 2009, in conjunction with the U.S. Mint, Walt Disney World began circulation of the 2009 Native American dollar coins. The program is part of Disney's continued commitment to environmentality. Because the coin is recyclable and more durable than paper money, it is a better environmental choice than dollar bills.
- 2009-10-22 18:46:42 [update]
300The World of Disney store in Orlando's Downtown Disney is holding a pre-opening shopping event exclusively for AP holders on December 5, 2009 from 6:30 am until 9:30 am. In addition to the usual 10% AP discount, there will be special sales, exclusive items and surprise markdowns. In addition, the first 1000 shoppers will receive a free Vinylmation character.
- 2009-11-12 19:50:04 [update]
300The Central Government of China has announced it's approval for the Walt Disney Company to move forward with it's plan to develop a new resort on mainland China. The initial phase of "Shanghai Disneyland" would potentially include a Magic Kingdom-style theme park as well as hotels and a shopping district.
- 2009-11-12 19:50:20 [update]
300With flu season in full swing, Walt Disney World is taking steps to help prevent the spread of the illness among Walt Disney World guests. Over 200 automatic hand sanitizer dispensers are being installed at park entrances, hotel lobbies, and other high traffic areas. Telephones, water fountains, and other frequently touched surfaces are being cleaned more often throughout the day. Disney is also distributing brochures on preventing the spread of the flu.
- 2009-11-12 19:51:01 [update]
300Verizon Wireless customers can now download the "soft" version of the Mobile Magic application for $9.99 for 180 days by using the "Get New Applications" function on their phone or by texting "Magic" to 2777. Mobile Magic will show FASTPASS return times, attraction wait times and character locations. Standard download, data and message charges apply. The application will be available for more phones and with more functionality in January 2010.
- 2009-11-19 19:38:20 [update]
300On February 25, 2010, Disney's Wide World of Sports will officially become the ESPN Wide World of Sports. Among other changes, the All Star Cafe will now be known as the ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill, the new ESPN Innovation Lab (already open) is working on creating new products for TV viewers and a new broadcast center with a direct link to ESPN headquarters in Bristol, CT has been built.
- 2009-11-19 19:44:54 [update]
300Beginning on November 29 and continuing through December 30, 2009, guests can now enjoy a sleigh ride at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. This 25 minute ride in a "one horse open sleigh" is $60 per sleigh. The sleigh can hold up either 4 adults or two adults and three children.
- 2009-11-26 11:03:39 [update]
300The new app allows guests to plan and reserve seating at any of the resorts' 17 restaurants including Todd English's bluezoo, Shula's Steakhouse and Il Mulino New York Trattoria.
- 2009-11-26 11:03:53 [update]
300Walt Disney World has increased rental prices. A small locker is now $7 per day (up from $5 per day), a large locker is now $9 per day (up from $7 per day). A wheelchair now costs $12 per day (up from $10 per day), and electric scooters are now $50 per day (up from $45 per day).
- 2009-11-26 11:04:08 [update]
300The AAA Five Diamond Award has been awarded to Victoria & Albert's restaurant at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa for the 10th consecutive year. Victoria & Albert's is one of only 52 restaurants in North America, Mexico and the Caribbean to receive the award.
- 2009-12-04 00:00:25 [update]
300Southwest Airlines is now part of the Resort Airline Check-In program. Guests flying Southwest can now check their luggage at their resort on their last day then make their way to the Orlando Airport and head directly to their gate.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-12-10 23:01:45 [update]
300Jochen Naumann was arrested last Sunday after telling Magic Kingdom security cast members during the bag check process that he had two bombs in his backpack. The cast members notified a nearby Orange County Sheriff's Deputy and a bomb-sniffing dog was used. No explosive devices were detected. Naumann was charged with making a false report of a bomb.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-12-10 23:02:41 [update]
300Vanessa Williams, originally scheduled for December 12 - 14, has pulled out of the Candlelight Processional. Chita Rivera will be taking over on December 12 and 13 and Abigail Breslin will begin her run a day early on December 14 as well as performing her original dates of December 15 - 17, 2009.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-12-10 23:02:59 [update]
300In response to this summer's monorail accident, which cost a young cast member his life, Disney has made several changes to monorail operations. As reported in a statement outlining the changes by Greg Hale, Chief Safety Officer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, the company now requires that a coordinator be present in the Tower at the TTC at all times during monorail operations. During times when a train moves in reverse a new, dedicated observer is in place, and the driver is now required to move to the forward-facing cab when switching beams and the coordinator must monitor switch status from the Tower. Various other additions have been made to operating procedures and training. Disney is still in the process of assessing the recent Federal OSHA report on the accident, so further changes may still be in store.
- 2009-12-24 22:32:07 [update]
300Guests are now given a numbered ticket and invited to wait in an area with video games, a DJ playing music and games for children. When your number is called, you have five minutes to to get in the queue for your ride. If any PassPorter readers have experienced this new system, drop us a line at news@passporter.com. We would love to hear about it!
- 2009-12-24 22:33:12 [update]
400Early in the morning of Sunday, July 5, 2009, the collision of two monorail trains (monorail pink and monorail purple) took the life of monorail pilot Austin Wuennenberg, 21 and injured another man. This was the first fatal accident in the Walt Disney World monorail system's history in Florida. No details regarding the cause of the crash are available at this time. The monorail system was closed for a time while the incident was investigated but has since re-opened. Our thoughts go out to all those involved.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-07-09 20:35:42 [update]
400Beginning in September, the Disney Moms panel will be accepting applications for new Moms (and Dads!). Keep an eye on the Disney Moms Panel web site for more details.
Jennifer Marx - 2009-08-13 14:52:29 [update]