Travel Guide Updates for PassPorter's Walt Disney World 2010

(twelvth edition, released November 2009 - More Book Information)

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Page Number PassPorter's Walt Disney World 2010 Update Description
0La Hacienda de San Angel will be hosting a special New Year's Eve dinner beginning at 9:00 pm on December 31, 2010. The party includes a six-course meal and live entertainment. The price is $199 per adult (age 10+) plus tax and gratuity and $49.94 plus tax and gratuity per child (ages 3 - 9). Alcohol pairings are also available for an additional $26 per adult. Call 407-842-1107 for reservations for this event.

A special New Year's Eve Dinner & Dessert Party will be held at the Tomorrowland Terrace at 6:30 pm on December 31, 2010. The price including tax and gratuity is $166.13 per adult (age 10+) and $81.99 per child (ages 3 - 9). Call 407-WDW-DINE for reservations for this event.
- 2010-11-30 13:11:39 [update]
0Guests can now purchase a gift card for a 3-lap Ride Along Experience for only $59 (normally $109). Guests who purchase a Driving Experience (starting at $449 for the 8-lap experience) will receive the gift card for the 3-lap Ride Along Experience for free. Call 800-BE-PETTY to order.
- 2010-11-30 13:11:33 [update]
0Beth Nonte Russell, author of the book "Forever Lily," will be appearing at the China pavilion for fan meet and greets on December 4 and 5, 2010. Beth is also the creator of the popular fragrance, foreverlily. A portion of the proceeds of foreverlily go to the Golden Phoenix Foundation, whose mission it is to end child abandonment worldwide.
- 2010-11-30 13:11:22 [update]
7Disneyland and Walt Disney World guests can now "check in" with location-based web service Gowalla and collect digital Passport Stamps as they explore the parks. Gowalla will also provide special "bundles" of attractions for families with little ones, guests traveling during the holidays, etc.
- 2010-11-23 10:11:12 [update]
7Have an iPad? Check out the new Walt Disney World Magic Vacation Mirror in the App Store. This little app offers high-resolution photos and videos, including 360-degree panoramas of the Disney parks and resort hotels. You can also get vacation quotes, order the planning DVD, and have the "magic mirror" on the wall ... er, iPad ... announce your trip!
- 2010-10-27 10:10:35 [update]
10Disney released a plethora of discounts this week including Free Dining with dates into summer 2011, a Gift Card offer, a Fall / Winter Room Only discount AND Annual Passholder and Florida Resident Rates. For details visit or contact your travel planner.
- 2010-08-17 16:08:06 [update]
11Walt Disney World has extended the dates of the current Free Dining offer. Book a minimum 3-night stay with resort and park admission at a Value Resort and receive the Quick Service Dining Plan free. Book the same package at a Moderate, Deluxe or Villa Resort and receive the Disney Dining Plan free. Valid for stays August 15 - October 7, October 22 - 28, November 12 - 18, November 27 - December 2, and December 10 - 21, 2010. Reserve by August 14, 2010.
- 2010-07-06 10:07:47 [update]
18Orlando International Airport (MCO) now has the new Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) scanners. The scanners allow remote viewers (not the TSA agents at the security checkpoint) to view an outline of the scanee's body. The agent viewing the scan cannot see the scanees face or identity. Agents at the checkpoint do not have access to the scan. Guest who "opt out" of the scan are subject to a thorough pat-down. For more information, check out the TSA web site.
- 2010-11-16 11:11:48 [update]
20A planned high-speed rail corridor to connect Tampa and Orlando has received the final part of its funding. Construction of the 84-mile track, mainly along I-4, is scheduled to begin in 2012 and anticipated to finish in 2015. This high-speed option would cut the duration of the train ride from 90 minutes to 44 minutes. The plans call for five stations on the route, including Orlando International Airport, Walt Disney World near the intersections of US 192, I-4, and Osceola Parkway; and downtown Tampa.
- 2010-12-14 13:12:10 [update]
21Passengers flying Southwest can now take advantage of Resort Airline and Baggage Check In at all but two Walt Disney World Resorts. (Old Key West and Caribbean Beach need to have their luggage rooms expanded before they can participate.)
- 2010-04-09 00:38:04 [update]
21On Monday, May 3, 2010, the Ogurkis family from Pennsylvania were surprised to learn that mom Lori was the 10 millionth guest on Disney's Magical Express! They received a special reception at the airport, were greeted by Mickey Mouse, presented with a gift basket and rode a private motor coach to their resort, the Polynesian, to begin their vacation. Disney's Magical Express is the free airport transportation service open to guests at Disney-owned resorts at Walt Disney World.
- 2010-05-04 12:05:37 [update]
24The readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine have voted Disney Cruise Line #1 in the Mega-Ship category for the 2010 Readers Choice Awards. Not bad when you consider Disney's 12 year-old Magic and 11 year-old Wonder are up against state-of-the-art, headline-grabbing behemoths.
- 2010-10-14 15:10:14 [update]
27Disney's Beach Club, Disney's Yacht Club, Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Polynesian, Disney's Grand Floridian and for the first time, Disney's Boardwalk Inn were all awarded AAA's coveted Four Diamond rating this week. AAA annually reviews over more than 60,000 lodging establishments and rates them on a scale of one to five diamonds.
- 2010-03-04 12:41:12 [update]
30The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Walt Disney World hotel rooms will be sold on Priceline beginning in mid-November. The rooms will not be available through the "Name Your Own Price" program but only through the traditional booking engine on the site. Note that Walt Disney World rooms will not be available on, Priceline's European site.
- 2010-11-01 09:11:02 [update]
32As of February 3, 2010, Walt Disney World and Disneyland guests who opt to purchase their airfare as a part of their package will now have the option to fly JetBlue.
- 2010-02-04 19:56:25 [update]
32Disney Visa cardholders dine FREE with the purchase a minimum 3-night Magic Your Way vacation package at a select Walt Disney World resort hotel for stays most nights between August 15 and October 2, 2010. Guests staying in Value resorts receive Quick Service Dining and guests in Moderate and Deluxe Resort receive the basic dining plan. Book by August 14, 2010 -- the deposit and final payment must be made with your Disney Visa. You may also call Disney to have it applied to an existing, qualified reservation.
- 2010-04-29 11:04:00 [update]
32The popular Free Dining promotion is being offered again this year for travel between August 15 - October 2, 2010. Guests who book a 3-night Magic Your Way package that includes park admission at Value Resorts will receive the Quick Service Dining Plan for free. Guests who book the same package at Moderate, Deluxe or Villa resorts will receive the basic Dining Plan free. This offer can be booked now through August 14, 2010. Keep in mind that this is just one promotion being offered for this time period!
- 2010-05-04 11:05:13 [update]
35Reservations are now being accepted for the new luxury Best Friends Pet Resort at Walt Disney World. This boarding facility, near Disney's Port Orleans Resort,  offers your pets their very own Pluto and Figaro air-conditioned rooms, VIP suites and outdoor yards. The price even includes a bedtime story! The recreation area includes walking trails, shaded areas, and a dog-only water park! There are even accommodations for your "pocket pets" such as hamsters, ferrets, and guinea pigs. Best Friends continues to operate five other pet care centers on Disney property. Make you reservations at the Best Friends web site.
- 2010-06-29 08:06:52 [update]
35The new Best Friends Pet Resort at Walt Disney World was originally scheduled to open this week. That opening has been pushed back to September 1, 2010.
- 2010-08-17 16:08:07 [update]
77Walt Disney World will soon begin construction on a new Value Resort - Disney's Art of Animation Resort. The 1,984 room resort will have 1,120 one-bedroom family suites that sleep up to six people (Woo-hoo!) and 864 traditional rooms. The resort is being built on a plot of land originally intended to be the second phase of Disney's Pop Century Resort. The resort will be divided into four sections each featuring a theme from a Disney animated classic - The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Finding Nemo, and Cars. The resort is expected to open by the end of 2012.
- 2010-05-12 07:05:50 [update]
77Those interested in Walt Disney World's newest resort, Disney's Art of Animation Resort, set to open in 2012, can follow the progress on a new web page. The web page includes artist renderings and descriptions of the rooms and family suites.
- 2010-09-21 11:09:16 [update]
86The 2010 sample room rates for Port Orleans listed in the guidebook are incorrect. Correct rates are as follows: Standard room is $149-$159 (value season), $170-$185 (regular season), $185-$200 (summer season), $195-$210 (peak), $214-$234 (holiday season) and Preferred, water, or king rooms are $174-$184 (value), $195-$210 (regular), $210-$225 (summer), $220-$235 (peak), and $244-$264 (holiday).
- 2010-01-20 13:08:25 [update]
87A former front-desk cast member at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa and Disney's Old Key West Resort has been arrested in connection with stealing credit card numbers that were then used to rack up almost $83,000 in charges. Ana Rosa admitted to attaching swipers to the front desk computers which scanned the card numbers for use later. The activity potentially affected guests at the resort from September 2009 through early January 2010.
- 2010-06-08 12:06:56 [update]
88Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa will be getting a new main pool in the Paddock section of the resort. The current 1,100 sq ft pool will be replaced with a 3,200 sq ft, zero-entry pool with water slide, play area and a quick service dining location. The new pool is scheduled to open in 2011.
- 2010-03-11 20:48:27 [update]
100Check-in to Shades of Green August 15 - October 31, 2011 (black out dates apply) and receive up to 50% off room rates. Shades of Green is a resort exclusively for active and retired military members and Department of Defense employees. Check out a recent review of Shades of Green in the December 23, 2010 issue of PassPorter News.
- 2011-01-04 12:01:41 [update]
100Shades of Green now offers free WiFi thorughout the hotel. Also, guest may wish to bring bar soap for the shower if they prefer not touse the provided dispensers of shower gel and shampoo.
Debbie Booher Kolb - 2010-01-08 19:29:30 [update]
104Disney Vacation Club will no longer allow owners who purchase their points via re-sale to use them for rooms at non-DVC properties. Resale owners also cannot redeem their points for Disney cruises or Adventures by Disney trips. Re-sale owners will only be able to redeem their points at the 11 DVC properties world-wide or at properties through their timeshare partner, RCI.
- 2011-01-24 15:01:24 [update]
104For a $5 delivery fee plus the cost of the items ordered, Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members can now order groceries online from the DVC web site prior to their arrival.
- 2010-05-25 11:05:21 [update]
116Disney Gift Card holders with iPhones or iPads can now keep track of their gift card balance(s) and benefits with a free app available at Apple's App Store. Multiple cards can be tracked, and you can assign a custom label and/or photo to identify each card.
- 2010-11-17 14:11:46 [update]
118Disney announced the creation of the "Disney Premier Passport" - a premium annual pass that includes admission to BOTH Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The Passport costs $700 plus tax. For more details, check out and Dave's cost/benefit analysis on our message boards.
- 2010-03-11 20:42:01 [update]
118Florida residents now have the option of a monthly payment plan for their Walt Disney World annual passes! This option is currently available online for new annual passes only.

- 2010-06-29 08:06:02 [update]
118Historically speaking, Walt Disney World has raised the prices of their park admission the first weekend in August for the last three years. This means that if you are planning an upcoming trip or contemplating the purchase of an Annual Pass, now would be the time to buy! No official word yet on the exact date prices will go up, traditionally little notice is given.
- 2010-07-27 12:07:24 [update]
118As expected, ticket prices have increased at Walt Disney World Resort, as of August 5, 2011, generally by about 4%. A single-day, single-park adult Magic Your Way Ticket increases to $87.33 (including tax), a $3.19 increase. The Magic Your Way Park Hopper and Water Park Fun and More options each went from $55.38 to $57.51, also about a 4% increase. A basic adult Annual Pass went from $521 to $531.44, again, up about 4%, and the adult Premium Annual Pass went from $659 to $669.89. The only dramatic percentage increase was on the shorter-duration Magic Your Way Tickets with the No Expiration Option. That option went up over 20% ($4) on a two-day ticket (to $23.43), but only 2% on a ten-day ticket ($226.85).
- 2010-08-05 19:08:15 [update]
119The "4 Day Wild 4 Disney" Pass is now available to Florida residents. The cost is $119 plus tax. This pass is good for four admissions, one park per day, between January 2 and May 26, 2011. Black out dates apply. Pass must be purchased by May 22, 2011.
- 2011-01-11 11:01:32 [update]
119Beginning January 1, 2010, Guests ages 6 and older who sign up and volunteer a day through one of the Hands On organizations, get a free one-day, one-park ticket to any Disney theme park in the U.S. There is a set number of tickets available for this promotion. The promotion lasts until the tickets are gone or December 15, 2010 - whichever comes first!
- 2010-01-01 16:38:48 [update]
119Between now and September 28, 2011, at Walt Disney World, active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) or their spouses (but not both) can purchase:
•Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper Option for $138 each, plus tax
•Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Water Parks Fun and More Option for $138 each, plus tax
•Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper and Water Parks Fun and More Options for $165 each, plus tax

At Disneyland Resort – now through Sept. 28, 2011, active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) or their spouses (but not both) can purchase:
•Disney Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $99 each
Black out dates, rules and limitations apply. See details at the Disney Parks Blog.
- 2010-10-25 15:10:25 [update]
121One of Walt Disney World's monorail trains has been temporarily made over to promote the upcoming theatrical release of Tron:Legacy. The train can be seen on the Epcot monorail line.
- 2010-03-25 18:43:35 [update]
125Vidia, a pixie friend of Tinker Bell from the upcoming DVD release "Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue," is now appearing at the Magic Kingdom along Tinker Bell for Meet and Greets.
- 2010-08-31 10:08:42 [update]
129Disney announced changes to the entertainment schedule at Walt Disney World for Summer 2010. Wishes is being replaced with a new, as-yet-unnamed, fireworks show, the Main Street Electrical Parade is returning to the Magic Kingdom and will feature a few new floats, and over at Disney's Hollywood Studios, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is getting an upgrade with a new drop sequence and rumored new special effects.
- 2010-02-17 19:38:45 [update]
129The 33 Chilean Miners who were trapped for 69 days will be visiting Walt Disney World along with their families and rescuers in January 2011. The Miners will serve as Honorary Grand Marshalls of the afternoon parade in the Magic Kingdom and have a chance to visit all the theme parks and are even being treated to a private Character Dinner with traditional Chilean food!
- 2010-12-28 10:12:12 [update]
129Green Bay Packers Quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers was the Grand Marshall of a parade at the Magic Kingdom on Monday, February 7, 2011 to celebrate the Packers win at the 2011 Super Bowl.
- 2011-02-08 11:02:36 [update]
129Walt Disney World announced this week that the Main Street Electrical Parade's run at the Magic Kingdom (originally scheduled to end August 14, 2010) has been extended indefinitely.
- 2010-08-03 10:08:39 [update]
129A new pre-parade show featuring the Muppets and honorary VoluntEARS will precede the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade every afternoon in both the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland.
- 2010-01-01 16:38:11 [update]
130The Disney 'Tangled' Package at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutiques in Walt Disney World and Disneyland includes a Rapunzel wig, make-up, face gem, princess bag, and sash. The price including tax is $52.14.
- 2010-11-23 10:11:47 [update]
130The Pirate's League in the Magic Kingdom has dropped the price of the First Mate & Empress packages from $44.95 to $29.95 each. The package includes your choice of facial effect (scar, etc.), a pirate coin necklace, a sword, the Pirate Oath and Naming ceremony and either a set of removable teeth for the First Mate package or make-up, nail polish and a facial gem for the Empress package. The Captains package has been discontinued. Costumes and other items may be available a la carte. There will also be a daily Pirate Parade through Adventureland that the newly annointed Pirates can participate in.
- 2010-03-18 22:56:40 [update]
130Boys at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will have a new option beginning September 19, 2010. The previous "Cool Dude" package is being replaced by the "Knight" package. The package will include hair styling and a shield and sword.
- 2010-08-17 16:08:03 [update]
134Reedy Creek fire fighters were called to the Magic Kingdom on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 after a small fire broke out in the attic of The Enchanted Tiki Room - Under New Management. The fire had been extinguished by the sprinkler system. No injuries were reported.
- 2011-01-17 08:01:13 [update]
138Walt Disney World has announced the official groundbreaking for the (previously announced) expansion of Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland. Scheduled for completion in 2013, this will be the largest expansion of Magic Kingdom since its opening.
- 2010-03-04 12:30:55 [update]
138The Walt Disney World Resort announced on July 18 some significant changes coming to Fantasyland as part of the previously announced Fantasyland expansion. Snow White's Scary Adventure will be closing and be replaced by a Princess Meet and Greet area called Princess Fairytale Hall. Goofy's Barnstormer is getting a new look featuring Goofy as "The Great Goofini." And a brand new coaster attraction, The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, will feature a first-of-its-kind ride system with ride vehicles that swing back and forth as they move along the track. The previously announced "next-generation" princess and fairy meet-and-greets have been canceled, with the exception of Belle's (from Beauty and the Beast).
- 2011-01-18 14:01:37 [update]
138Ariel's Grotto, Scuttle's Landing and Pooh's Playful Spot have all closed. The areas are being removed to make way for the new areas of Fantasyland that will include Sleeping Beauty's cottage, Cinderella's chateau and the Beast's castle.
- 2010-04-15 12:42:52 [update]
138Cinderella's Golden Carrousel in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom is changing its name to Prince Charming's Regal Carrousel, effective June 1, 2010. A rose by any other name!
- 2010-05-27 16:05:28 [update]
138The carrousel in the Magic Kingdom (formerly Cinderella's Golden Carrousel) is now the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel. No reason was given for the name change, though a "back story" for the carrousel was revealed. We're guessing the name change will make more sense once the expansion of Fantasyland is complete.
- 2010-06-01 12:06:05 [update]
138Beginning October 15, 2010, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from the upcoming Disney film "Tangled," will be appearing in the Magic Kingdom's Fairytale Garden. This experience will replace the "Storytime with Belle" show, which will end on September 12, 2010.
- 2010-08-03 09:08:52 [update]
139The 120-ton tree that was home to Pooh's Playful Spot in the Magic Kingdom has been relocated in Fantasyland. The tree will be re-purposed as part of the Fantasyland expansion and will eventually be used to connect "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" attraction to the new Fantasyland Forest. You can view photos and video at the Disney Parks Blog.
- 2010-05-18 12:05:04 [update]
139The newly renovated attraction, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, is now open in the Magic Kingdom. The attraction features a re-designed loading area as well as a re-designed gift shop, Hundred Acre Goods. The loading area is still under construction with new, interactive features to ease the wait, so for now, guests load through the Fastpass queue. For this reason, no Fastpasses are available at this time.
- 2010-11-16 08:11:40 [update]
141Toontown Fair in the Magic Kingdom will close on February 11, 2011 to make room for the expansion of Fantasyland. Mickey, Minnie and friends will continue to meet guests at temporary locations on Main Street, U.S.A. until the Spring when they will move into a permanent location inside the Town Square Exposition Hall. Tinker Bell will move to Disney's Hollywood Studios where she will great guests at the Chronicles of Narnia Meet & Greet area.
- 2010-12-13 11:12:15 [update]
143Space Mountain at Walt Disney World now has a soundtrack provided by an in-vehicle sound system. Music and sound effects meant to enhance the ride experience now accompanies every twist and turn.
- 2010-08-31 10:08:55 [update]
144A cast member was struck by a car driven by a guest on Sunday, March 14. The cars have a top speed of 7 miles per hour. The cast member suffered a broken leg but is in stable condition.
- 2010-03-18 22:55:54 [update]
144Walt Disney World has announced that the Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland Transit Authority (often known as TTA) has been re-named the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. Everything old is new again, as the attraction was originally known as the WEDway PeopleMover (WED Enterprises was then the name for Walt Disney Imagineering).
- 2010-08-05 20:08:08 [update]
144The Tomorrowland Transit Authority in the Magic Kingdom has been re-named the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. This is a nod to the attractions previous incarnation from 1975 - 1994 as the WEDWay PeopleMover.
- 2010-08-17 16:08:25 [update]
150Duffy the Disney Bear is an existing character at Tokyo DisneySea but will be making his US debut at Epcot and Disney California Adventure on October 14, 2010 during Grand Opening ceremonies. The story goes that Duffy is a teddy bear given to Mickey Mouse by Minnie Mouse to keep him company on a long sea voyage. Duffy will make appearances at Epcot in his very own meet area greet area near Showcase Plaza.
- 2010-09-21 11:09:14 [update]
152Beginning Sunday, October 3, 2010, attractions in Future World at Epcot will remain open until 9:00 pm, the same as the World Showcase.
- 2010-09-28 11:09:17 [update]
153The Smarter Planet exhibit in Innoventions West has been unveiled. The exhibit features a variety of data centers at which guests can play a game designed to show how IBM technology is used to solve problems, and others where guests can create an avatar of themselves and then use the avatar in a video game. IBM is one of Innoventions' original sponsors, having been a sponsor continually since Innoventions opened in 1994.
- 2010-02-04 19:54:55 [update]
155The Velcro-sponsored show at Slap Stick Studios in Innoventions West, "What's Your Problem?" ends February 4, 2011. No word on what is replacing it yet.
- 2011-02-02 09:02:36 [update]
157The 3-D film, starring the late Michael Jackson and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, returns to Epcot's Imagination Pavilion on July 2, 2010 for an indefinite run. Originally shown from 1986-1994, Captain EO was revived earlier this year at Disneyland Park, and will also open at Disneyland Paris Park on June 12 and Tokyo Disneyland Park on June 30. Honey, I Shrunk the Audience will go on hiatus, but is expected to return "eventually."
- 2010-04-28 14:04:34 [update]
157The classic Captain EO film starring Michael Jackson -- which originally ran at Epcot in the 80s and 90s -- returned to the Imagination Pavilion at Epcot on July 2. The film will run for a limited time, though the end date has not yet been announced. Captain EO was directed by George Lucas and stars Angelica Huston in addition to Michael Jackson.
- 2010-07-09 12:07:22 [update]
157Eastman Kodak Co. has discontinued their sponsorship of the Journey Into Imagination with Figment attraction in Epcot. Kodak continues to have a relationship with the Walt Disney World Resort through their sponsorship of "Mickey's Philharmagic" in the Magic Kingdom and the 50 "Kodak Picture Spots" located through the US Disney parks.
- 2010-09-14 12:09:24 [update]
159Karamelle-Kuche, German for Caramel Kitchen, will open this fall in Epcot's Germany pavilion in the space that currently houses Glas und Porzellan. The shop, sponsored by Storck - the makers of Werther's Caramels, will offer freshly made caramel apples, caramel popcorn, and caramel-dipped treats such as apples and marshmallows. It will also sell fudge, brownies and other baked good and packaged candies.
- 2010-06-15 10:06:16 [update]
161A new exhibit is now in place in the Japan Pavilion at Epcot's World Showcase. Spirit Beasts: From Ancient Stories to Anime Stars features characters from Japanese myth as well as their modern day Anime counterparts.
- 2010-07-19 10:07:40 [update]
167The Walt Disney Company has sold the rights to the Power Rangers back to the creator, Haim Saban. There is no word on how long the Power Rangers will continue to make appearances at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
- 2010-05-18 12:05:25 [update]
169Block Party Bash in Disney's Hollywood Studios will take place for the last time on January 1, 2011. A new Disney/Pixar-themed Parade is currently in development and will debut on January 16, 2011. The parade will feature Pixar characters including Remy and Emile from "Ratatouille" and Carl and Russell from "Up."
- 2010-09-21 11:09:18 [update]
173Are you attending the Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando this summer? Disney is hosting an after hours event to be held at Disney's Hollywood Studios on August 14, 2010 from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am. The event celebrates the last few days of the current Star Tours attraction as it prepares for an elaborate overhaul. The party will feature themed party zones, shows and a Star Wars-themed fireworks show. Tickets are $75 per person.This event is targeted to attendees of the convention but is available to the general public.

- 2010-05-11 19:05:56 [update]
173Star Tours in Disney's Hollywood Studios will close for rehab on September 8, 2010. The attraction is expected to re-open in Spring 2011 after major renovations and an all-new story.
- 2010-05-18 12:05:03 [update]
173Newly-crowned American Idol Lee DeWyze visited Disney's Hollywood Studios on May 31, 2010 to celebrate his recent win. He was the guest of honor in a parade down Hollywood Boulevard and made a surprise visit to the American Idol Experience.
- 2010-06-01 12:06:00 [update]
173The American Idol Experience will now have seven shows daily including the finale. Shows will take place at 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, and 6:30pm (finale).
- 2010-10-12 12:10:30 [update]
173When "Star Tours: The Adventure Continues" opens at Walt Disney World and Disneyland in 2011, your Starspeeder 1000 will feature none other than C-3PO himself! This is a change from the previously announced pilot, Ace. C-3PO, the popular protocol droid from the film franchise, is sure to delight fans both new and old. Anthony Daniels, who played the role in the films is back to bring C-3PO to life for Disney fans.
- 2010-11-01 09:11:41 [update]
176Disney Junior - Live on Stage! will begin shows on Friday, March 4, 2011. Formerly known as Playhouse Disney - Live on Stage! the new show will feature Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Handy Manny, the Little Einsteins, and the gang from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
- 2011-02-21 10:02:01 [update]
176Beginning May 9, 2010, guests will be able to meet Lots-O-Huggin' Bear from Toy Story 3 at the meet and greet area in the Magic of Disney Animation. He will also be appearing in the Block Party Bash parade.
- 2010-05-04 12:05:36 [update]
176Both Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Florida and Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort in California are getting a "new" show in March 2011 -- "Disney Junior -- Live on Stage!" While it's not specifically stated by Disney, it appears that this new show replaces "Playhouse Disney - Live on Stage" at both parks, meaning this is more of a name and character update than a brand new show. Disney Junior will be the new brand name for Playhouse Disney. The "Disney Junior" show will continue to feature characters from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Handy Manny, and Little Einsteins, but is replacing the Tigger & Pooh characters with those from a new series beginning in February 2011 called "Jake and the Never Land Pirates."
- 2010-11-10 10:11:23 [update]
176Walt Disney: One Man's Dream at Disney's Hollywood Studios has reopened after a refurbishment (from August 16-Nov. 2, 2010). The updated attraction has a new look at the WED Imagineering Workshop, including some of the original models for "it's a small world" at Disneyland and the actual Audio-Animatronics figure of Abraham Lincoln that was at the 1964 World's Fair! There are also new costumes, props, and models to discover. In December 2010, new exhibit called "The Legacy Continues" debuts, highlighting milestones from the the last 50 years.
- 2010-11-10 10:11:12 [update]
178In addition to the previously announced upgrades to Tower of Terror, Rock 'N' Roller Coaster will also be getting a new interactive queue during it's planned rehab May 15 - 20, 2010, and Toy Story Midway Mania will be replacing one of the Midway Games. (This change to Toy Story Midway Mania is strictly a software change and should not require the ride to be closed.)
- 2010-04-09 00:38:24 [update]
179A male, white cheeked gibbon was born on February 2, 2010 to mother, Melaka. Mom and baby can be viewed in their habitat near Kali River Rapids.
- 2010-02-17 19:39:14 [update]
179First-time mother Kashata gave birth on February 19, 2010 to a baby gorilla. Mom and baby are so attached that the sex of the baby has yet to be determined! The baby's name will also be announced at a later date. (Presumably once they discover if it's a boy or a girl!)
- 2010-03-04 12:31:24 [update]
179It's a girl for 22-year old elephant Mom, Donna, who gave birth to a 288-pound baby last week at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Mom and baby are doing well and are expected to re-join the herd in a few weeks.
- 2010-05-25 11:05:44 [update]
179This week eight sea turtles injured by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico arrived at Disney's Animal Kingdom to begin their rehabilitation. A backstage area has been transformed into a temporary rehabilitation facility with salt water pools. The goal is to eventually re-release the animals into the wild.
- 2010-08-03 09:08:49 [update]
179A new baby White Rhino has arrived at Disney's Animal Kingdom. The baby's mother, 11 year-old Kendi, was herself the first white rhino ever born at the park. The baby has not been named but will be joining the herd in the coming months.
- 2010-01-28 14:58:16 [update]
183Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade is not performing this week so that it may begin its holiday stint as Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade, running from November 14, 2010 to January 3, 2011. While the parade is away getting its holiday spirit lifted, you'll find two new Cotton-top Tamarins in front of the Tree of Life.
- 2010-11-10 10:11:08 [update]
187New Cottontop Tamarin Monkeys, a critically endangered species, are now on display near the Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom. These small (only 1-pound) monkeys with shocks of white hair, can also be found on the walkway from the train to Conservation Station.
- 2010-12-07 13:12:07 [update]
188Willow, a one-year-old giraffe from the Virginia Zoo, will join a herd of seven young Masai Giraffe at Disney's Animal Kingdom. The herd will be released on to the savanna and will be able to be seen on the Kilimanjaro Safari.
- 2010-10-18 15:10:13 [update]
193Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach now offer premium covered spaces for daily rental. The Beachcomber Shacks (at Typhoon Lagoon) and Polar Patios (at Blizzard Beach) cost $250 per day and include covered seating, all day drink mugs, an ice chest with bottled water and an attendant to assist with food orders. The patios seat up to six people and can be reserved by calling 407-WDW-PLAY (407-939-7529).
- 2010-08-31 11:08:55 [update]
201Walt Disney World has announced a new name and theme for Downtown Disney's Pleasure Island district. "Hyperion Wharf" will be "A nostalgic yet modern take on an early 20th century port city." Bright, carnival lights, Victorian-inspired architecture, and a lakeside park dominate the artist's renderings released today. There is no news on what new restaurants and shops will be present, but Disney promises an "electric wonderland" once night falls. (Not only is Hyperion a name oft-used by Disney in honor of Disney's old Hyperion Boulevard studios, but Hyperion is also an ancient Greek god of light.) Other changes announced for Downtown Disney include an expansion of the Lego Imagination Center at Downtown Disney Marketplace, enhancements to the AMC theaters at Downtown Disney West Side, and additional "atmosphere entertainment."
- 2010-11-18 12:11:58 [update]
201Ridemakerz, which will feature customizable radio-controlled cars, will open on March 25, 2010 and D Street, which will feature urban-inspired apparel, novelties, etc., will open in April 2010 in Downtown Disney's West Side.
- 2010-03-11 20:47:52 [update]
201The LEGO Store located in Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World will move to a temporary home near Once Upon A Toy during the expansion of the original store.
- 2011-01-17 09:01:16 [update]
201Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members - set your alarm clock for VERY early on July 24, 2010! World of Disney at Downtown Disney is holding an exclusive sale for you, beginning at 6:30 am. The lines start forming very early, so be ready! The first 1,000 guests receive a complimentary gift. The sale will include up to 50% off select merchandise, "surprise" markdowns and doorbusters. A valid AP and/or DVC membership card plus Photo ID is required.
- 2010-06-22 10:06:37 [update]
203This weekend (November 12-14, 2010) is the 35th annual Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney in Walt Disney World. This outdoor art fair features 150 artists, as well as live music, family activities, and awesome chalk art! Guests will have an opportunity to see and help a LEGO Master Builder create an 8-foot dragon and a mural made completely out of LEGOs. There's also a chance to play Disney's Epic Mickey, a new action-adventure Wii game! Festival of the Masters is free of charge and great fun!
- 2010-11-10 10:11:10 [update]
203The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in World of Disney will be closed January 18 - March 5, 2010 for upgrades to the air conditioning system.
- 2010-01-21 19:56:19 [update]
204Cirque do Soleil's resident show at Walt Disney World, La Nouba, is getting a new act. World famous juggler Anthony Gatto (holder of 11 juggling world records) will be replacing the current chair balancing act.
- 2010-02-04 19:55:31 [update]
205DisneyQuest is hosting a special, family-friendly, New Year's Eve celebration from 8:00 pm - 1:00 am on December 31, 2010. Advance tickets are $39 per person and same day tickets will be $45 per person. Admission includes access to DisneyQuest, pizza, soft drink, and party favors.
- 2010-12-21 13:12:49 [update]
209Today Disney Parks and Resorts made its much-anticipated "major announcement" in New York City. The company revealed that the theme of 2011's marketing campaign will be"Let the Memories Begin," and will be built around photos taken by Disney photographers of guests' memories-to-be at Disney's parks (the memories begin with the photos that capture those moments). The photos will find their way into TV ads, as many as 500 images will be projected each night on Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, and photos will also be projected onto "its a small world" at Disneyland Park. Disney will also encourage guests to post their own photos and videos to the Disney web site for possible use in the ads. The announcement also highlighted the attractions and resorts debuting in 2011, but all had previously been announced.
- 2010-09-23 15:09:00 [update]
210This summer, golfers can play at any of the four Walt Disney World 18-hole championship golf courses for under $60. Walt Disney World Resort guests can play a round of golf, including golf cart, between 10:00 am - 3:00 pm for $49. Non-resort guests pay $59. After 3:00 pm, it's only $39! Call 407-WDW-GOLF to book your tee time.
- 2010-06-22 09:06:15 [update]
210Disney has announced Golden Oak at Walt Disney World, a luxury residential community to be built in the northeast corner of Disney property, near the proposed Four Seasons Hotel. The development surrounds the former Eagle Pines Golf Course (the course will re-open, perhaps with a different name). The custom-built homes are expected to cost between $1.5 million and $8 million. Fewer than 30 home sites will be sold in 2010 (expected occupancy in 2011), but plans allow for up to 450 homes when the 980-acre project is completed. Click here for more information on the development.
- 2010-06-23 12:06:32 [update]
212Disney's endurance events group, which holds the marathon, 5k and other races, is now known as runDisney. runDisney has signed Jeff Galloway, a leading marathon trainer, as their official training consultant. Jeff will be offering training tips and at all runDisney events as well as on their website and Facebook page.
- 2010-09-07 11:09:45 [update]
217From March 28 through April 10, 2010, Epcot's Le Cellier, Garden Grill, and Coral Reef restaurants will stay open an extra hour for late evening dining (or just desserts). Who says you can't get holiday ADRs less than 180 days out?!
- 2010-03-25 18:44:19 [update]
220DVC Member Services reports that members can now use any of the Disney Dining Plans, including Quick Service
pandao - 2010-01-20 13:20:58 [update]
222Guests can now make reservations online for special events such as the Fantasmic! Dinner Package, Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party, Candlelight Dinner Package, and Dine With An Imagineer. Reservations can now be made for parties of up to 14 people. Best of all, pre-paid dinner shows and Cinderella's Royal Table can now be booked online and linked to reservations with the Disney Dining Plan so guests can use their credits.
- 2010-12-21 13:12:41 [update]
222Walt Disney World announced that their new online dining reservation system -- which is being revamped -- is now in beta testing and live at You can now search for restaurants by location, cuisine, experience, and time of day. Check it out at
- 2010-05-27 16:05:45 [update]
222Walt Disney World has a new online dining reservation system currently in testing for the general public. You can now search for meals by location, cuisine, experience, or even time of day. You can try the new system here.

- 2010-06-01 12:06:47 [update]
222Guests can now search for table-service availability at near-by restaurants using the location based services on their supported smartphone (Android, Blackberry or iPhone). Visit from your phone's browser and choose "map view" from your search results.
- 2010-10-12 12:10:21 [update]
225Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort are offering 30%-off meal vouchers, good for off-hours purchases at selected theme park quick service restaurants. The deal is good before noon and between 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm. Buy an entree, and 30% will be taken off the entire meal, with the exception of alcoholic beverages, tax, and gratuity. The vouchers cannot be used in combination with other offers or the Disney Dining Plan. The program runs from December 19, 2010 and January 1, 2011 at Walt Disney World's parks, and December 19 through January 3 at Disneyland Resort's parks. Vouchers can be printed-out at the Disney Parks Blog  and can also be found on the Times Guide at Walt Disney World parks, the Holiday Entertainment Guide at Disneyland Resort, and at the bottom of some merchandise receipts.
- 2010-12-08 20:12:37 [update]
227Beginning February 7, 2010, all meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner - at Cinderella's Royal table will be known as Fairytale Dining.
- 2009-12-04 00:00:11 [update]
230La Hacienda de San Angel, the new table service restaurant, and La Cantina de San Angel, the renovated counter service restaurant, both located at the Mexico pavilion at Epcot, are expected to open today, Thursday, September 16, 2010. Reservations for La Hacienda de San Angel will be taken beginning later in September for October 15, 2010 and later. The restaurant will be in "soft opening" until then.
- 2010-09-14 12:09:09 [update]
230A 300-seat table-service pizzeria will open in Fall 2010 in the Italy Pavilion at Epcot. Operated by the Patina Group which also operates Tutto Italia, the restaurant will feature outdoor dining and a water feature. No name has been announced.
- 2010-01-28 14:55:32 [update]
231Recent visitors have noticed that the Cantina outside the Mexico pavilion has disappeared and more details have been released about what is to come. The Cantina is being replaced by a two-story open-air restaurant with a counter service location downstairs and table service upstairs. The upstairs location will offer an IllumiNations viewing area as well. The restaurant, with name to be announced, is scheduled to open Fall 2010.
- 2010-02-04 19:54:03 [update]
236Guests can make reservations for Via Napoli, the new restaurant at the Italy pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, beginning on August 6, 2010. The restaurant will have it's official opening on September 10, 2010.
- 2010-07-20 11:07:49 [update]
236Via Napoli, the new table service restaurant in the Italy pavilion at Epcot's World Showcase, will have it's opening ceremony on August 5, 2010. The restaurant will only be accepting walk-in diners until September 10, 2010. As we mentioned last week, Advanced Dining Reservations can be made beginning on August 6, 2010.
- 2010-07-27 12:07:31 [update]
237Foodie alert! The 27 international marketplace kiosks listing has been posted on the Walt Disney World web site. New this year are booths from Belgium and South Korea (Bulgogi = Yum!) as well as a new Charcuterie & Cheese booth.
- 2010-07-19 10:07:17 [update]
240The Fantasmic! Package, which includes a voucher for reserved seating for Fantasmic!, can now be booked for lunch at Mama Melrose's and the Hollywood Brown Derby on days when the show is being held. On days with two performances of Fantasmic! the voucher is only good for seating at the first performance.
- 2010-06-15 10:06:40 [update]
245Ronald's Fun House, the McDonald's located in Orlando's Downtown Disney, will close on April 30, 2010. Pollo Campero, a quick-service chicken chain, will be moving in to the space in late 2010.
- 2010-02-11 19:39:40 [update]
245The newest eatery in Downtown Disney is now open for business. There are actually two dining options in the old McDonald's space - Pollo Campero offers chicken meals with sides such as rice & beans, yuca and regular fries, plantains, etc. Fresh A-Peel offers salads, burgers, beef hot dogs and chicken sausage.
- 2010-11-16 11:11:37 [update]
246Trying to find your favorite World Cup games while at Walt Disney World? Raglan Road will open at 10:00 am daily during the World Cup and will serve a full Irish breakfast all day as well as happy hour specials. You can also find the games at ESPN Club at Disney's Boardwalk and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill.
- 2010-06-15 10:06:25 [update]
247D23 members and up to five guests now receive a 15% discount on their meals (not including tax, alcohol and gratuity) at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney Orlando. Members must present their D23 membership card to their server to receive the discount.
- 2010-09-07 11:09:59 [update]
250Twenty five new and remodeled Disney Stores will be getting the full immersive experience that is offered in the new Times Square Disney Store. The new stores will feature interactive displays such as "magic mirrors" where kids can see their favorite characters as well as upgraded technology for the store Cast Members. Cast Members will each have specially designed iPods that allow them to complete a credit card transaction anywhere in the store as well as check the availability of items on
- 2011-01-18 08:01:33 [update]
250The Flying Fish Cafe at Disney's Boardwalk now counter are now reserved for guests enjoying the new "Chef's Tasting Wine Dinner." This meal features five courses with wine pairings. There are two seatings nightly at 5:45 pm and 8:15 pm. The cost is $135 per person with the wine pairing, $85 per person without the wine.
- 2010-04-22 17:08:53 [update]
251Chef Mickey's, the popular character buffet at Walt Disney World's Contemporary Resort, is adding a lunchtime character meal from now through August 28, and September 19 through October 2, 2010. The buffet costs $28.75 (incl. tax) for adults, and $15.97 for kids 3-9. Reservations are available, as always, from 407-WDW-DINE, or online at the Walt Disney World web site. The extra hours were created to help cope with the extra demand created by the free Disney Dining Plan offer for September.
- 2010-08-26 15:08:49 [update]
252Trail's End Restaurant at Walt Disney World's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground has switched its lunchtime offering from buffet to a la carte. The restaurant's popular chili and fried chicken and waffles can be ordered from the menu, along with a variety of Southern-style items like sauteed catfish, spicy grilled shrimp and andouille sausage, and grilled pork chops.
- 2010-09-02 19:09:16 [update]
253Victoria & Albert's restaurant at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort now offers an exclusive dining room with just four tables and "gueridon" service -- a rolling covered cart that goes from table to table. This addition to the already exclusive restaurant promises another level of personalized service.
- 2010-01-28 14:56:15 [update]
262Walt Disney World Candlelight Processional Dinner Packages that include dinner, guaranteed seating at the Candlelight Processional and pre-arranged IllumiNations fireworks viewing will be available for booking by calling 407-WDW-DINE on August 26, 2010.
- 2010-08-10 10:08:40 [update]
268Disney has just announced that a new guided tour experience will be offered at Disney's Animal Kingdom. The news is so hot that the tour doesn't have a name, and reservations won't be available until "later this year." The "specially priced" (does that mean, "expensive?") activity will take small groups of Guests on "personalized, guided treks along some unexplored areas of the Harambe Reserve."
- 2010-07-15 18:07:34 [update]
268The Wild Africa Trek will offer guests a chance to get up-close and personal with the animals on the Savanna on foot and in customized vehicles. The Wild Africa Trek is an additional cost item and includes an expert-guided walking tour and ride through the forest and savanna followed by a meal of African food eaten at an observation station. The Trek will start in "early 2011." Prices, schedules, ages, and reservation procedures have not been announced, but we expect reservations will be made through 407-WDW-TOUR (407-939-8687).
- 2010-09-28 11:09:29 [update]
275Guests can now purchase their Space Mountain ride photos as a digital download from the PhotoPass website, or on a Disney USB flash drive that contains other bonus content. You can also purchase a print in various sizes. Prints must be purchased at the photo shop in Space Mountain, they cannot be added from other PhotoPass locations.
- 2010-07-06 10:07:02 [update]
276On Saturday, November 6, 2010, Downtown Disney will be host to The Benefit Sale - a one-day that raises money for the Heart of Florida United Way. Just purchase a Benefit Sale Voucher for $5 and enjoy discounts and early shopping opportunities at Downtown Disney shops. For details, check out
- 2010-09-14 12:09:20 [update]
279"Love is Magical" is the theme for a pin trading event at Epcot's Wonders Pavilion (formerly Wonders of Life Pavilion) on February 5, 2011 between 10:00am and 6:00pm. Event admission is $50 (park admission is also required) and includes a dessert buffet, commemorative pin, a silent auction of Disney collectibles, opportunities to purchase limited-edition items and to meet Disney collectibles designers, and various organized pin trading activities. To learn more and to register, visit Disney's Pin Trading Page.
- 2011-01-06 13:01:47 [update]
282Guests brave enough to pop the question in public now have the option to do it with the assistance of the cast members at Cinderella's Royal Table. For $300 plus tax and gratuity (park admission not included), you can propose during lunch or dinner. The package includes your meals with appetizer, entree, and non-alcoholic champagne in champagne flutes, along with the ring (provided by you of course!) presented in a glass slipper (provided by Disney). The package also includes photography by a Disney photographer and a special dessert to share.
- 2010-10-05 10:10:27 [update]
282New, in-room holiday "celebration" packages are available at Disney-owned hotels at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort. For Halloween, Disney Floral and Gifts at Walt Disney World is offering "Mickey's Spooktacular Celebration" room decoration and gift package at $355. For details, visit or phone 407-827-3505. At Disneyland Resort, contact a Disney Dream Maker at 714-781-GIFT (781-4438). Similar packages are available for Christmas and other holidays.
- 2010-10-21 12:10:32 [update]
284ESPN The Weekend will be held at Disney's Hollywood Studios March 3 - 6, 2011. Disney has a special ESPN The Weekend Package that includes Free Dining plus one ticket to the Atlanta Braves Spring Training game against the Detroit Tigers, ability to make advanced reservations for Mike & Mike in the Morning or The Herd with Colin Cowherd including front of line access for meet & greets with the hosts, 30 minutes of play time at the PlayStation pavilion at ESPN Wide World of Sports complex and priority entrance (15 minutes prior to general public) to Inside ESPN shows.
- 2010-11-23 10:11:38 [update]
284Toy Story 3 and Cars 2 will be featured during the 2011 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival held March 2 - May 15, 2011. Toy Story 3 will be the theme of the all-new topiaries at the main entrance to Epcot , the first new topiaries in seven years to have that place of honor. Cars 2-theme topiaries will also be featured in the World Showcase Plaza flower bed. Other new movies being featured with be Tangled and The Winnie The Pooh Movie as well as other returning favorites.
- 2010-12-07 12:12:12 [update]
284The 2011 Night of Joy event will be held September 9 - 10, 2011 at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. The current line-up (subject to change):
Friday, 9/9: Skillet, newsboys, Jeremy Camp, Matthew West, Francesca Battestelli, Group 1 Crew, Sidewalk Prophets and Disciple
Saturday, 9/10: mercyme, Tobymac, Jars of Clay, Sanctus Real, Kutless and Chris August
- 2011-01-04 10:01:05 [update]
284The D23 Expo will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center (same location as the first D23 Expo) on August 19-21, 2011. Tickets go on sale August 19, 2010. Destination D, a smaller event celebrating Disneyland's 55th birthday will take place on September 24-25, 2010.
- 2010-03-11 20:45:08 [update]
284Primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall, of the Jane Goodall Institute in Gombe, will be hosting a fundraising event for the Institute at Walt Disney World February 18-21, 2011. The Walt Disney World Safari VIP Weekend features private BackStage Safari Tours, private showings of Festival of the Lion King and much more. Details can be found at
- 2011-01-11 11:01:05 [update]
284Fredison Costa, a Brazilian man now living in Texas, was the winner of the 2011 Walt Disney World Marathon, upsetting fellow Brazilian Adriano Bastos, the winner for the six previous years. Costa finished in 2 hours, 21 minutes, and 15 seconds. Leah Thorvilson was the first woman to cross the finish line after 2 hours, 42 minutes, and 11 seconds. Registration for the 2012 Disney Marathon will open in March 2011.
- 2011-01-11 11:01:27 [update]
284Star Wars Weekends will be held at Disney's Hollywood Studios from May 21 - June 13, 2010. Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett, "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi") and Ashely Eckstein (Ahsoka, "The Clone Wars") will be appearing as co-Hosts every weekend.

May 21 - 23:
-Temeura Morrison (Jango Fett, Clone Troopers, "Attack of the Clones," and "Revenge of the Sith")
-Daniel Logan (Boba Fett, Clone Cadets, "Attack of the Clones")
-Dee Bradley Baker (Voice of the Clone Troopers, "The Clone Wars")

May 28 - 30:
-Matthew Wood (voice - General Grievous & Battle Droids, "Revenge of the Sith, " and "The Clone Wars")
-Lorne Peterson (model maker for all six movies)
-Tom Kane (voice of Yoda and narrator, "The Clone Wars")

June 4 - 6:
-Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian, "The Empire Strikes Back," and "Return of the Jedi")
-Ray Park (Darth Maul, "The Phantom Menace")
-Dave Filoni (Supervising Director, "The Clone Wars")

June 11 - 13:
-Ray Park (Darth Maul, "The Phantom Menace")
-Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca, "A New Hope," "The Empire Strikes Back," "Return of the Jedi," and "Revenge of the Sith")
-James Arnold Taylor (voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Plo Koon, "The Clone Wars")
- 2010-03-25 18:42:54 [update]
284The Flower Power Concert Series (part of the 2011 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival) will be held March 2 - May 15, 2011. A tentative line-up has been announced. Line-up is subject to change.
March 4-6 - Jose Feliciano
March 11-13 - The Guess Who
March 18-20 - Chubby Checker & The Wildcats
March 25-27 - Melissa Manchester
April 1-3 - Starship Starring Mickey Thomas
April 8-10 - Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.
April 15-17 - Juice Newton
April 22-24 - The Nelsons
April 29-May 1 - Paul Revere and the Raiders
May 6-8 - Davy Jones
May 13-15 - Herman's Hermits Starring Peter Noone
- 2011-01-24 15:01:22 [update]
284The new summer evening entertainment line-up, Summer Nightastic, will take place at Walt Disney World beginning June 6 through August 14, 2010. This line-up includes a new fireworks show, the return of the Main Street Electrical Parade and the introduction of a new drop sequence for Tower of Terror. (The drop sequence will remain after Summer Nightastic ends of course.)
- 2010-03-25 18:44:45 [update]
284Star Wars Weekends will be held at Disney's Hollywood Studios every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between May 20 and June 12, 2011. The highlight of the first Star Wars Weekend is sure to be the re-opening of Star Tours on May 20, 2011.

- 2011-02-08 11:02:43 [update]
284The 10th Annual Disney Pin Celebration will be held at Epcot August 27-29, 2010. The event, themed Trade City, USA, will take place in the World ShowPlace. Registration is now open, event admission is $115 per guest and does NOT include admission to the park, which is required to attend.
- 2010-04-15 12:41:59 [update]
284The Night of Joy, an annual Christian music event, will be held at the Magic Kingdom, September 10 & 11, 2010. Tickets go on sale May 1, 2010. The line-up for each night differs:

September 10: Chris Tomlin, David Crowder Band, Casting Crowns, BarlowGirl, Francesca Battistelli, Group 1 Crew, Tenth Avenue North, and Sidewalk Prophets

September 11: mercyme, Third Day, Family Force 5,Smokie Norful, Red, Lecrae, and Day of Fire
- 2010-04-15 12:42:21 [update]
284The Eat to the Beat Concert Series held during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival has announced this year's lineup. The concerts are held three times nightly (5:15 pm, 6:30 pm and 8:45 pm) in the America Gardens Theatre in the World Showcase. Oct 1-3: Taylor Dane Oct 4-5: Kool & The Gang Oct 6-8: Sugar Ray Oct 9-10: Taylor Hicks Oct 11-12: Air Supply Oct 13-15: Sister Hazel Oct 16-17: Howard Jones Oct 18-19: Expose Oct 20-21: 38 Special Oct 22-24: Night Tanger Oct 25-27: Billy Ocean Oct 28-31: Starship w/Mickey Thomas Nov 1-3: Boyz II Men Nov 4-5: Roger Hodgson Nov 6-7: Jon Secada Nov 8-9: Hanson Nov 10-11: Rick Springfield Nov 12-14: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
- 2010-04-27 12:04:01 [update]
284The 2011 Disney Princess Half Marathon is now being held February 25 - 27, 2011. Registration begins on July 6, 2010.
- 2010-05-25 11:05:51 [update]
284Runners who finish the 2011 Walt Disney World Marathon will receive finisher medals. These finisher medals entitle the wearer to free admission to a Walt Disney World theme park the next day, Monday. And for the first time, you can vote for the final design of the medal online.
- 2010-06-08 11:06:46 [update]
284On Saturday, September 11, 2010, Epcot will host the Inaugural Disney Gospel Choir Fest. Gospel choirs from across the US will compete to perform at the Magic Kingdom during the 2010 Night of Joy event. The choirs will be judged by record company executives and the winning choir will perform that night at the Night of Joy. For more information or to register a choir to compete, check out the Gospel Choir Fest web site.
- 2010-06-29 09:06:33 [update]
284Walt Disney World Dining will begin accepting reservations on July 20, 2010 for special events for the 15th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Events include the first-ever "First Bites Opening Reception" ($195 per person plus tax, theme park admission required but not included) and the new "3D - Disney's Dessert Discovery" ($45 per person plus tax, theme park admission required but not included). For a complete list of events check out the Food & Wine Festival website.
- 2010-07-06 10:07:55 [update]
284Registration began on July 6 for Disney's Princess Half Marathon Weekend, February 25-27, 2011. Registration for the Half Marathon is $120 between now and August 8, and goes up after that. The weekend's events also include a Royal Family 5K, Kids' Races, and a 1-Mile Run. Call 407-938-3398, or visit ESPN's Wide World of Sports web site.
- 2010-07-08 14:07:31 [update]
284The Night of Joy, a Christian Music Festival, will be held at the Magic Kingdom on Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11, 2010. This after hours event requires separate admission, available in advance on the Night of Joy website.

Friday, September 10
7:30 p.m. – Group 1 Crew, Galaxy Stage
7:45 p.m. – David Crowder*Band, Castle Forecourt
8:15 p.m. – Sidewalk Prophets, Rockettower Plaza Stage
9:00 p.m. – Group 1 Crew, Galaxy Stage
9:45 p.m. – Tenth Avenue North, Rockettower Plaza Stage
9:45 p.m. – Casting Crowns, Castle Forecourt 10:45 p.m. – BarlowGirl, Galaxy Stage
11:30 p.m. – Thousand Foot Crutch, Rockettower Plaza Stage
11:45 p.m. – Chris Tomlin, Castle Forecourt
12:15 a.m. – BarlowGirl, Galaxy Stage

Saturday, September 12
7:30 p.m. – Smokie Norful, Galaxy Stage
7:45 p.m. – Family Force 5, Castle Forecourt
8:20 p.m. – Britt Nicole, Rockettower Plaza Stage
9:00 p.m. – Smokie Norful, Galaxy Stage
9:45 p.m. – Day of Fire, Rockettower Plaza Stage
9:45 p.m. – Third Day, Castle Forecourt
10:30 p.m. – Lecrae, Galaxy Stage
11:20 p.m. – Day of Fire, Rockettower Plaza Stage
11:45 p.m. – mercyme, Castle Forecourt
12:00 a.m. – Red, Galaxy Stage
- 2010-08-24 10:08:10 [update]
284Destination D, a D23 event recently held in Disneyland, will move to Walt Disney World in the Spring of 2011. No official dates have been set. The event is expected to feature a presentation by recently retired Disney Archivist (and Disney Legend) Dave Smith, a special concert featuring Disney music through the years and D23's Great Disney Scavenger Hunt: Walt Disney World.
- 2010-10-05 11:10:01 [update]
284Star Wars Weekends will be held May 21 - 23, May 28 - 30, June 4 - 6, and June 11 - 13, 2010.
- 2010-01-01 16:37:54 [update]
284"The Florida Project: a Disney Trading and Collecting Experience" will take place at Epcot on September 9 - 11, 2011. This celebration is part of Walt Disney World's 40th Anniversary Celebration and will feature Disneyana of all kinds including Vinylmation, pins, and other collectibles.
- 2010-10-12 12:10:29 [update]
284Grad Nites will be held this year at the Magic Kingdom April 23-24 and April 30-May 1, 2010.
- 2010-01-07 18:17:52 [update]
284Tickets for the D23 holiday event, "Magic & Merriment" at Walt Disney World are now for sale on D23's web site. Tickets are $235 per person. The event will take place December 10 - 12, 2010 and includes a private screening of "Archiving the Archives," a new documentary about the Disney Archives on Friday night. Saturday features reserved seating at the Candlelight Processional featuring Whoopi Goldberg and a private dinner on the set of Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular. Dinner will be followed by an after-hours viewing of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. More private events take place on Sunday at the Magic Kingdom and during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.
- 2010-10-25 15:10:23 [update]
284In 2011, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will bring the first-ever "cranberry bog" to Walt Disney World. A cranberry bog is a wet marsh where baby cranberries are grown and nurtured. As part of a deal with Ocean Spray and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Ocean Spray products will also be coming to the parks and Disney Cruise Line -- this includes juice and Craisins dried cranberries with special Chip 'n Dale packaging!
- 2010-10-27 09:10:57 [update]
284The 2010 Disney Pin Celebration - Trade City, U.S.A. will be held at Epcot's World Showcase August 27 - 29, 2010. Check for more details.
- 2010-01-21 19:57:06 [update]
285The Magic Kingdom will open at 7:00 am for morning Extra Magic Hours from December 25, 2010 through January 1, 2011. Epcot will open an hour early to the general public at 8:00 am from December 26 - 31, 2010.
- 2010-12-21 13:12:22 [update]
285A "Fantasia 2011" New Year's Eve celebration is being held on December 31, 2010 at Epcot's World ShowPlace. The event features a Fantasia- and Fantasia 2000-themed buffet dinner. The dinner is $68.67 per adult and $44.37 per child (ages 3 - 9). Alcoholic beverages are available for an additional cost. Reservations can be made by calling (407) WDW-DINE.
- 2010-12-28 10:12:59 [update]
285Disney announced this that they have reached their goal of one million volunteers that registered and completed their service in the "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" celebration. Registration for this program has closed. Anyone who has already registered but has yet to do their volunteer service is OK - they count as part of the one million and can still earn their passes.
- 2010-03-11 20:46:36 [update]
285The 2010 Halloween parties at Walt Disney World will be held September 3, 8, 14, 17, 21, 24,28, and 30 and October 1, 3, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29, and 31, and November 1. Tickets are expected to go on sale May 1, 2010.
- 2010-04-09 00:38:37 [update]
285Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) Tickets and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP) tickets are on sale now. Here are the dates:

MNSSHP: September 14, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30, and October 1, 3, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29*, 31*, and November 1, 2010. Prices for advance purchase tickets are $53.95 plus tax per adult, $47.95 plus tax per child (ages 3 - 9), tickets purchased at the door are $59.95 plus tax per adult, and $53.95 per child (ages 3-9). Dates in bold do not have an advance purchase discount. Dates marked with a * are at a higher price - $64.95 per adult, $58.95 per child (ages 3-9).

MVMCP: November 8, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 28, 30 and December 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, and 16, 17, and 19, 2010. Prices for advance purchase tickets are $53.95 plus tax per adult, $47.95 plus tax per child (ages 3-9), tickets purchased at the door are $59.95 plus tax per adult, and $53.95 per child (ages 3-9).
- 2010-04-29 11:04:11 [update]
285Celebrating Independence Day at Walt Disney World? Three of the four theme parks will be having special "themed" fireworks displays. (The animals at Animal Kingdom dislike fireworks so no displays there!) The Magic Kingdow will show the "Celebrate America!" fireworks at 9:00 pm on July 3 & 4, 2010. Epcot will show Illuminations: Reflections of Earth with the "patriotic finale" at 10:00 pm on July 4, 2010. Disney's Hollywood Studios will have a Rock & Roll fireworks show at 9:50 pm on July 4, 2010. 
- 2010-06-22 09:06:25 [update]
285Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP) will take place on November 8, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 28, and 30 and December 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, and 19. The Castle Dreamlights on Cinderella Castle will be lit for the first time on November 8 to coincide with the first night of MVMCP. The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios will also debut on November 8.
- 2010-07-27 12:07:57 [update]
285It is being reported that guests attending Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP) will not be allowed to enter the park until the party begins at 7:00 pm unless they have either valid daytime admission to the park or a confirmed Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR). For the past few years guests without daytime admission were allowed to enter the park as early as 4:00 pm using the party ticket.
- 2010-08-10 10:08:07 [update]
285The Candlelight Processional, a re-telling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and full choir, begins at Epcot's America Gardens Theatre on November 26, 2010. A partial list of narrators has been announced. Narrators can (and do!) change without notice. Nov 26-28: Isabella Rosselini; Nov 29-Dec 1: TBA; Dec 2-4: TBA; Dec 5-6: TBA; Dec 7-9: Jodi Benson; Dec 10-11: Whoopi Goldberg; Dec 12-15: Steven Curtis Chapman; Dec 16-18: Thomas Gibson; Dec 19-21: Trace Adkins; Dec 22-23: Brad Garrett; Dec 24-27: TBA; Dec 28-30: Marlee Matlin/Jack Jason.
- 2010-08-10 10:08:30 [update]
285The 2010 Candlelight Processional Narrators (subject to change):
Nov 26-28 - Isabella Rossellini
Nov 29-Dec 1 - John O'Hurley
Dec 2-4 - Corbin Bernsen
Dec 5-6 - Susan Lucci
Dec 7-9 - Jodi Benson
Dec 10-11 - Whoopi Goldberg
Dec 12-15 - Steven Curtis Chapman
Dec 16-18 - Thomas Gibson
Dec 19-21 - Trace Adkins
Dec 22-23 - Brad Garrett
Dec 24-27 - Edward James Olmos Dec
28-30 - Marlee Matlin / Jack Jason
- 2010-10-18 15:10:43 [update]
285On October 30 & 31, 2010, between 5:00 - 9:00 pm, kids can wear costumes and trick or treat their way through Downtown Disney. There will also be a Kids DJ Party at the Waterside Stage, storytellers, and a few other spooky surprises.
- 2010-10-23 06:10:28 [update]
285Disney has announced that Walt Disney World's Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party, an added-cost event at Magic Kingdom, will be extended through December 29, 2010. This event offers reserved seat viewing of the evening's fireworks show and a delicious dessert buffet. The price is $27.68 ages 10 and up, $14.90 for guests 3-9 (tax included) during the peak holiday period that has just been opened for reservations. Admission to the park is required, and reservations can be made through 407-WDW-DINE.
- 2010-10-29 12:10:28 [update]
286Florida gets its own LEGOLAND in Fall 2011, located in the former Cypress Gardens park about 45 minutes south of Walt Disney World. Construction begins in May 2010. This will be the second LEGOLAND in the U.S. -- the first is in Southern California and is extensively covered in PassPorter's Disneyland Resort guidebook. LEGOLAND parks are aimed at kids ages 2-12 and feature about 50 rides, shows, and attractions. Get more details at
- 2010-03-04 12:40:34 [update]
286Universal Orlando has announced that its new Harry Potter-themed attractions will have their grand opening on June 18, 2010.
- 2010-03-25 18:42:14 [update]
286The price of Universal Studios Orlando multi-day, one-park, and park-hopper passes has increased. For example, a two-day, one park pass is now $109.99 and a two-day park hopper pass is now $134.99. The price of a one-day, one-park pass remains unchanged as of this writing. Check out the new prices on Universal's web site.
- 2010-01-14 19:12:13 [update]
287Disneyland Paris made a deal with the French government, allowing Disney to create a third theme park on 709 acres near the current parks outside Paris. The new project would include an eco-tourism resort hotel and a housing development with a lake and forest.
- 2010-09-16 16:09:48 [update]
287"Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai'i" is the offical name for the new Disney resort being built outside of Honolulu. Set to open in fall 2011, the 21-acre, oceanfront facility will include 390 regular hotel rooms, 481 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas, an 18,000 sq. ft. family-friendly spa, 14,545 sq. ft. conference center, and almost 50,000 sq. ft. of outdoor function space (Disney's Fairytale Weddings will be on site). A new, extensive consumer web site,, has also gone online.
- 2010-01-21 19:55:41 [update]
300DVC announced last week that Saratoga Springs will be receiving a new feature pool in The Paddock section of the resort. Old Key West will be getting refurbished completely beginning in Spring 2010.
- 2009-12-16 19:14:13 [update]
314On the e-books page, the first one mentioned is PassPorter Disney 500, but the picture beside it is of the PassPorter Cruise Clues. The second book mentioned is Passporter Cruise Clues but the picture beside it is of PassPorter Disney 500.
MayraLR - 2010-01-19 08:38:58 [update]
350The 2011 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend will be held January 6-9, 2011. The weekend will include a Health & Fitness Expo, Kids Fest, Family Fun Run 5k, Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge, the half marathon and full marathon. Registration is now open for all events.
- 2010-01-14 19:12:38 [update]
370Ian Ray, of Dooney & Bourke, will be at Tren-D on Friday, February 26, 2010, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for a special event debuting the latest Disney-themed Dooney & Bourke hand bags. The new designs feature Mickey Mouse on one design and Minnie Mouse on another. Guests who purchase $150 or more of qualifying Dooney & Bourke merchandise during this event will also receive a special gift.
- 2010-02-25 23:28:13 [update]
370According to, the annual pass monthly payment plan currently available to Disneyland Annual Passholders, may be making its way to Walt Disney World. Stay tuned!
- 2010-02-25 23:28:50 [update]
370The sports complex previously known as Disney's Wide World of Sports will be officially re-named the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on February 25, 2010. ESPN The Weekend is being held this weekend at the sports complex as well as Disney's Hollywood Studios from Thursday, February 25 through Sunday, February 28, 2010. Bus Service to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex has changed as well. The service between Disney's Hollywood Studios and the complex has been discontinued. Service between the complex and All Star, Pop Century, and Caribbean Beach Resorts has been added.
- 2010-02-25 23:29:49 [update]
375A 10-year-old Florida boy riding a bicycle died today when he and a Disney bus collided on Big Pine Trail, apparently in the vicinity of the Meadow recreation complex. Reports at press time indicate the boy was on a bike path, veered off into the road, and struck the side of a bus. Our hearts go out to the child's family, the bus driver and passengers, and anyone else touched by this incident.
- 2010-04-01 19:54:57 [update]
375The Wishes Dessert Party at the Tomorrowland Terrace in the Magic Kingdom returns Sunday, March 28, 2010. The party will be held nightly through the Spring with the exception of April 23, 24, 30 and May 1, 2010 which are Grad Nites. The cost of $25.99 per adult, $13.99 per child (ages 3 - 9) includes all-you-care-to-eat desserts, coffee, tea and other soft drinks.
- 2010-04-01 19:56:10 [update]
375The Easter Bunny and Mrs. Bunny will be appearing at the Magic Kingdom daily between now and Sunday, April 4, 2010 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm in the Tour Guide Garden. Also, on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010, the 3:00 pm parade will feature an Easter theme. Over at Epcot on Easter Sunday (April 4, 2010) there will be Easter Egg Hunts for children (ages 3 - 9) every 20 minutes from 10:00 am - 5:20 pm in the Heritage Garden at the American Adventure Pavilion. There will also be Egg Relay races for children (ages 6 - 12) from 10:40 am - 4:40 pm in the Future World West Garden.
- 2010-04-01 19:56:58 [update]
400Drew Brees, Quarterback of the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints celebrated their win at Walt Disney World on Monday with a ticker tape parade through the Magic Kingdom.
- 2010-02-11 19:40:01 [update]
400D23, the official Disney Fan Community, turns one year old on March 10, 2010. But the L.A. Times is reporting that Disney is not planning an Expo this year like the one held in September 2009 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Instead, Disney anticipates the D23 Expo will be held every other year.
- 2010-03-04 12:29:56 [update]
400The Festival will be held October 1 - November 14, 2010.
- 2010-01-07 18:16:19 [update]
400The Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party is currently closed for refurbishment but is expected to return some time in Spring 2010.
- 2010-01-07 18:16:44 [update]
400Disney has announced that a new Disney Store will be opening in Fall 2010 on Broadway in the heart of Times Square. The new Disney Store will feature interactive play areas, information on the Disney Resorts around the world, host special events and of course, Disney merchandise.
- 2010-01-07 18:17:00 [update]
999Walt Disney World offered one-day park hopper passes to stranded travelers as well as free parking. Travelers were required to show a canceled plane ticket or expired boarding pass and photo ID. Disney is also offering Florida Resident discounted room rates to stranded travelers. Universal Orlando and SeaWorld are offering similar admission.
- 2010-04-22 17:08:14 [update]
999Two lines of the Dooney & Bourke Disney Collection bags are now available at The Disney Sketch Print and Wonder Mickey bags are available on the site.
- 2010-04-27 12:04:33 [update]
999Disney will soon be offering a desktop "widget" -- similar to Ding! from Southwest Airlines -- that will feature news, calendars and information and customizable countdowns for your upcoming Disney vacations, whether it be theme parks, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, or an Adventures by Disney trip! Sign up to receive notification when it is available for download.
- 2010-04-27 12:04:01 [update]
999Art Linkletter, the Master of Ceremonies for Disneyland's Opening Day in 1955 (among many other things), passed away on May 26, 2010 at the age of 97. Art was inducted as a Disney Legend in 2005. Rest in peace, Art.
- 2010-05-27 16:05:46 [update]
999A newlywed couple looking through their childhood photos discovered that a photo of the bride as a toddler also contained the groom ... being pushed in a stroller in the background! The bride and groom had crossed paths 20 years prior to actually meeting, and they had, in fact, grown up in entirely different countries! Talk about some Disney magic. See the photo here!
- 2010-06-10 16:06:54 [update]
999Steven Snyder, an electrician, died last week after being shocked while working near an electrical transformer at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. OSHA (the Occupational Safety & Health Administration) is investigating the accident. Our sympathy goes to his family and friends.
- 2010-07-13 11:07:31 [update]
999The newest Disney design from the popular purse maker Dooney & Bourke is the Pop Princess Collection. The collection is currently available on and will be available in the parks beginning later this month.
- 2010-08-10 10:08:51 [update]
999Applications for the 2011 Walt Disney World Moms Panel will be accepted beginning on September 13, 2010. Apply on the Moms Panel web site. (Dads are welcome too!)
- 2010-08-24 10:08:03 [update]