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Travel Guide Updates for PassPorter™ Walt Disney WorldŽ (first edition, 1999)

These updates were current as of 6/20/2000. Visit again for the most recent list of book updates.

Reminder: These updates do not include every new thing at Walt Disney World as that would require an entirely new book to explain! Instead, this chart only lists the pages in PassPorter Walt Disney World which would be out-of-date or incorrect without this information.

Date Page Description


The Magic Kingdom Club Gold Card is now only $50 for two years for everyone, but there is no longer a discount for guests over 55.

The Dining Disney Style plan is no longer offered. The only way to pre-pay your dining now is through the Deluxe Magic or Grand Plan packages.

The new Disney Dining Experience number is 407-556-5858.



Be advised that the cost levels in the Best of Times chart is now out-of-date. An up-to-date chart, including the two different resort cost levels, is available in PassPorter 2000.


At Orlando International Airport, all parking, buses, shuttles, and town cars are now accessible from level 1 only. A new map reflecting these changes is available in PassPorter 2000.


Resort reservations are now held for only two weeks without confirmation. 
9/12/99 34 Housekeeping Services: Old Key West does offer daily housekeeping to its regular hotel guests. Only Disney Vacation Club members receive the once-every-few-days housekeeping service.


Merchandise Delivery: Packages can be delivered to resorts, but not always directly to your room. It varies by resort and staffing.

Disney now accepts Discover, JCB, and Diner's Club.

9/12/99 38 The All-Star Resorts offer double beds, not queen beds. Additionally, some of the rooms with king-size beds do have tubs (instead of showers only). If both a king-size bed and a tub are important to you, request this when you make your reservation and again at check-in.


The Caribbean Beach Resort no longer has mini-bars in the rooms, though most rooms still have coffeemakers and offer refillable mugs, ponchos, and packets of coffee for sale. Additionally, refrigerators rentals now cost $10/day.


Caribbean Beach buses now stop at Jamaica first rather than Martinique.


The publically-accessible observation deck at the Contemporary Resort is located on the eleventh floor. Guests dining at the California Grill may be able to access the deck on the fifteenth floor, located near the restrooms.


Refrigerators at the Coronado Springs Resort (and other resorts) can be rented for $10/day.


Disney Institute no longer offers day visitor programs or program-based vacations (in other words, no more classes for individuals). There are some exceptions, such as the Photography Weekend, but they are few and far between.


A boat (water launch) now runs between the Disney Institute and Downtown Disney Marketplace. The Disney Institute dock is located near the tennis courts.


There are only 784 campsites, not 1192. The 408 Wilderness Homes and Cabins and the 784 campsites add up to 1192.
9/12/99 67 Fort Wilderness only offers direct buses to Disney's Animal Kingdom, the Transportation & Ticket Center, and Wilderness Lodge. It does not offer direct buses to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios, or Downtown Disney. Magic Kingdom is accessible by a direct boat. To get to the other parks and resorts, you must take a bus to the Transportation & Ticket Center and transfer to a monorail (to Epcot, Magic Kingdom, or one of the monorail resorts) or transfer to a bus. See the Fort Wilderness Transportation Guide for more details.


The Electrical Water Pageant can be seen from the Fort Wilderness beach at 9:45 pm.


Summerhouse no longer serves guests, but the Grand Floridian Pool Bar next to the pool does serve drinks and snacks.


Old Key West has three new buildings (62, 63, and 64). The new building locations are indicated on the new Old Key West map in PassPorter 2000.


The Polynesian longhouses now have new names. See the Polynesian Resort Update page for details.
9/12/99 82 Port Orleans' smoking rooms are available on the second floor of building 2, all of building 4, and the third floor of building 6.


Refrigerators at the Port Orleans Resort can be rented for $10/day.


The Electrical Water Pageant can be seen from the Wilderness Lodge beach at 9:30 pm.


The new Villas at the Wilderness Lodge are visible from the south wing of the Lodge. The new Wilderness Lodge map in PassPorter 2000 shows the new Villas.
9/12/99 92 In the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, a bank of elevators near each resort's lobby serves most rooms. If your room is at one of the far ends, look for a single elevator available here rather than trekking down the twisting hallways.
6/20/2000 96 Two name changes: Travelodge Hotel is now the Best Western (800-348-3765), and Buena Vista Palace Resort & Spa is now Wyndham Palace Resort & Spa (same 800 number).
6/20/2000 100 Disney now accepts Discover, JCB, and Diner's Club.

Packages can be delivered to resort guests' resorts (not always to their rooms).

9/12/99 102-103 Disney changed their pass prices, names, and features. Read our Park Passes update for the scoop.


Casey's Corner should be labeled F, not G on the park map (G is The Crystal Palace).


Mike Fink Keelboats are moving from Liberty Square to Frontierland (between Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad). 

The Skyway has been permanently closed.

9/12/99 117 Epcot is accessible from the Magic Kingdom, Contemporary, Polynesian, and Grand Floridian by taking the monorail to the Transportation & Ticket Center (TTC) and transferring to an Epcot monorail. From Downtown Disney or the Fort Wilderness Resort, take a bus to the TTC and transfer to the Epcot monorail. From other resorts, Disney-MGM Studios, or Disney's Animal Kingdom, buses take you directly to Epcot.
9/12/99 119 Disney is rehabilitating the Journey Into Imagination pavilion at Epcot. It re-opened in time for the Millennium Celebration and is now called "Journey Into Your Imagination."
9/12/99 121 The Copperfield Magic Underground Restaurant, which was expected to open in 1999 at Disney-MGM Studios, is on permanent hold.
6/20/2000 130 Countdown to Extinction is now called Dinosaur (after the feature animation). It has also gotten a wee bit tamer.

Discovery River Boats are gone.

12/17/99 138 The Copperfield Magic Underground Store, which was expected to open at Disney's West Side, is on permanent hold. At the present, the "Disney Groove" store (which sells funky Disney merchandise) is in its place next to the AMC Theaters.
9/12/99 144 Discovery Island closed in 1999 and is not expected to re-open in its former incarnation (an 11-acre zoological park). Look for a new park or similar attraction to open here at some future date.
9/12/99 156 Harry's Safari Bar and Grill at the Dolphin Resort closed and was replaced by Shula's Steak House in December 1999.


Narcoosee's is now open for dinner only.
9/12/99 164 Two character meals, Harry's Safari and Mickey's Tropical Luau, are gone. A new character experience, the Wonderland Tea Party at the Grand Floridian, is now offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30 pm.
9/12/99 166 The Polynesian Luau changed to new times and days (5:15 and 8:00 pm on Tuesdays through Saturdays) and Mickey's Tropical Luau closed. See the Polynesian Luau update for more details.
9/12/99 170-172 Disney's Special FX and Walt's Hollywood Heritage tours were discontinued, and the new Disney's Architecture and the Magic Behind Our Steam Trains tours are now offered. Some tour prices were also increased. See our Guided Tours update for details.

Update: In the spring of 2000, Walt's Hollywood Heritage tour returned. In June 2000, a new tour called Undiscovered Future World debuted.

Disney Institute no longer offers programs to individuals.

6/20/2000 173 Epcot Discovery Center is gone, as is Wonders of Walt Disney World and Disney Day Camp.
6/20/2000 175 The Adventureland and Magic Quote Challenges are gone.
6/20/2000 181 Old Key West's Disney Discovery Club and Disney Institute's Camp Disney are no longer offered.
9/12/99 206 The binders and pouches we offered in the book have been discontinued until we find a new supplier. We're now offering two types of waist packs instead (both cheaper than the prices listed in the PassPorter). See our store for details.
6/20/2000 Note Virtually all of these changes, as well as many, many additions, are available in our new edition, PassPorter 2000.