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Travel Guide Updates for PassPorter Walt Disney World 2005
(seventh edition, released February 2005)

These updates were current as of 1/4/2006. Visit again for the most recent list of book updates. 

TIP: You can download our formatted PDF file to print these updates for your PassPorter and to get completely updated information for pages 30, 32, and 116-117. Just download, print, trim, and go! (Here are the PDF Directions.)

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 2006 edition now available)! Instead, this chart only lists the pages in PassPorter Walt Disney World 2005 that would be out-of-date or incorrect without this information.



Update Description



Disney Dining Experience is now available to annual passholders in addition to Florida residents. Rates for annual and seasonal passholders are just $50/year. Florida residents who are not annual or seasonal passholders are still $75/year.



The savings with advance purchase of tickets is now about $8-12 rather than 7-10% off.



Disney's Magical Express offers free transportation to and from Orlando International Airport and WDW! Beginning May 5, 2005 guests of Disney Hotels who sign up for this service will be able to check their bags when they depart from their home airport and upon arrival at the Orlando airport, skip baggage claim and proceed directly to a Disney Motor coach (similar to those used by the Disney Cruise Line). Your luggage will Magically appear at your resort when you check-in! This service is FREE to guests of Disney Hotels who register at least 10 days in advance either through their travel agent,  by calling Disney Reservations at 407-W-DISNEY or online at 



Packages are now called “Magic Your Way”—download the PDF file for a completely new page 30 detailing the new packages.



Extra Magic Hour has expanded to include evening hours at the parks as well as morning hours. Download the PDF file for a new page 32 detailing Extra Magic Hour.



Old Key West one-bedroom villas have one king bed, not a queen bed as shown in the room layout. (Studios still have two queen beds.)



Page 74 is missing from some copies of the book. Download the PDF file for page 74.



Disney's Port Orleans Resort no longer charges extra for trundle beds in the Alligator Bayou rooms



Page 98 is missing from some copies of the book. Download the PDF file for page 98.



Admission passes changed considerably with the introduction of Magic Your Way tickets on January 1. Download the PDF file for updated coverage of the Magic Your Way tickets.



Just in time for Disneyland's 50th Anniversary celebration, Cinderella Castle has taken on a whole new appearance. The castle is now adorned with Golden Statuettes of various characters from several of Disney's Classic Films, including the Cheshire Cat and White Rabbit, PeterPan, Wendy and Tinker Bell, Flounder and Sebastian and many others. All roads at the Magic Kingdom lead directly to Cinderella Castle.



The Diamond Horseshoe Saloon now hosts a character meet-and-greet with Woody, Jessie, and Bullseye from "Toy Story 2." The air-conditioned saloon still has its good looks from years past, but the old stage show with dancing girls and snack food service is gone for good. This attraction has had difficulty finding its place in recent years, and we wouldn't be surprised if it changes yet again in the near future. Let's hope they bring back a live show with audience participation. Limited seating is available. Wheelchair accessible.



Epcot's newest attraction, Soarin', opened on May 5th. The ride is equipped with breathtaking, multi-sensory experience for anyone 40 inches and taller. Each ride cycle allows a total of 87 guests and roundtrip including the pre-flight briefing is approximately 10 minutes.

Epcot has closed Ice Station Cool for renovation and a name change, Ice Station Cool will reopen as Club Cool in December 2005.



Disney-MGM Studios opened Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show May 4th. This epic display of death-defying feats offers automobile and motorcycle stunts.



Downtown Disney has reopened Lego Imagination Center, located at the Marketplace shops in Spring of 2005 after a complete refurbishment, complete with a family and their dogs taking a walk and even the sea serpent that stands in the lake, has gotten a complete make over.



The Pleasure Island Jazz Club is being replaced by an Irish pub, scheduled to open in September 2005. The pub -- called Raglan Road -- will serve a full menu as well as solid helpings of authentic Irish atmosphere.



Pleasure Island now has a “’Single Club Ticket” for any club (EXCEPT the Comedy Club and The Adventurers Club) which costs $10.60 including tax. These single-club tickets are only available for purchase at Pleasure Island or Downtown Disney Guest Services. The price for the “Multi-Club Ticket” has increased to $22.32 including tax. The “Annual Passport” price has increased to $59.59 including tax for new tickets and $48.94 including tax for renewals. A new option for the “Annual Passport”  is the “Annual Pass Plus Guest”. This pass allows the passholder to bring one guest into Pleasure Island with them. The cost of this pass is $105.44 including tax and $89.46 for renewals.



In 2005, Disney added another 20 acres of baseball, softball, and multi-sport fields under the sponsorship of HESS.



Disney Dining no longer requires a credit card to hold priority seating times on major U.S. holidays.

In June, Disney stopped referring to "call-ahead seating" as Priority Seating. The new name is "Advance Reservations." Nearly all table-service restaurants allow the Priority Seating or Advance Reservations to be placed in advance to ensure an opening for you and your party.

Children Meal's are now only offered to kids ages 3-9 (the maximum age was formerly 11 years). This change is to make the "children's age range" of 3–9 consistent across the Walt Disney World Resort.



The notice required to make special dietary requests at some Walt Disney World restaurants has changed. Resort table service restaurants now require 72 hours notice  to accommodate special dietary needs such as allergies to gluten, shellfish, soy, dairy, nuts, or eggs. You can make these dietary requests by calling 407-WDW-DINE. 



The “Once Upon A Time” character breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom has extended its hours. The latest seating (previously 10:20 am) will be 11:15 am. To accommodate this change, lunch hours at this restaurant were shortened to 1:00-2:55 pm.



Plaza Pavilion at Magic Kingdom is now called Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station. Which is located in Tomorrowland next to Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. The eatery appears to be open only seasonally at this point, however.



Restaurant Akershus has been renamed to Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in keeping with its all-day character dining with princesses.



Film processing is no longer be available in any Walt Disney World theme park or resort. The Camera Centers in each park have been equipped with technology that allows guests with digital cameras to download their photos from their memory cards to a CD. This technology will be rolled out to the resorts over the coming months. 



Studio Catering Company at Disney's MGM-Studios is now serving new items including flatbread sandwiches, cumin-spiced lamb kefta with baba ghanoush and harissa sauce. Also Tandori chicken with tomato and cucumber raita, and a steak "gyro"-style sandwich with roasted red pepper hummus and tomato and onion relish. They didn't forget about the kids either. Their new menu includes, a grilled chicken wrap with lettuce and cream cheese, or a chilled smoked ham wrap. Desserts are now including seasonal fruit tarts, lemon curd in a meringue shell, and panna cotta with strawberries. Studio Catering Company is located on Mickey Avenue right next to the Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set.