PassPorter.com
Walt Disney World Resort
Home Florida - Walt Disney World Caribbean - Disney Cruise Line California - Disneyland Resort New York City, NY Anywhere and Everywhere! Travelers Store Message Boards Help!
  Planning   Traveling  Lodging   Touring   Dining   Making Magic  Fun   Guidebook Updates 

 

Changes/Updates PassPorter Walt Disney World 2006

(eighth edition, released November 2005)

 

These updates were current as of 8/17/2006.

Visit: http://www.passporter.com/wdw/bookupdates.htm

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 (and, yes, we will have a 2007 edition in November 2006)! Instead, this chart only lists the pages in PassPorter Walt Disney World 2006 that would be out-of-date or incorrect without this information.

 

TIP: You can download our formatted PDF file to print these updates for your PassPorter Just download, print, trim, and go! (Here are the PDF Directions.)

Date

Page

Update Description

4/4/2006

Back Flap Map

(20)

Visitors to Walt Disney World can enter from the west for the first time beginning April 4, 2006 via Western Way, the new entrance to Walt Disney World from the Western Beltway expressway. This allows tourists driving in on Interstate 75 to the Florida Turnpike direct access to Walt Disney World without encountering the traffic lights on US 27 and SR 192, or having to take I-4 through Orlando traffic. The Western Beltway runs north/south just to the west of Disney property. At the north, it connects with the Florida Turnpike. Its southern end connects with SR 192, and will soon continue on to connect with I-4. Western Way runs roughly east-west, ending at Buena Vista Drive near Blizzard Beach and Coronado Springs Resort. A trip on this toll road will cost around $2.00. You may download an updated version of our Walt Disney world property map (PDF format, 863 k).

1/10/06

10

Disney Dining Experience (DDE) prices increased to $60/year (annual or seasonal passholders) and $85/year (Florida residents). There’s a new $25 charge for a secondary membership. Renewals are $60/year (passholders) and $70/year (Florida residents).

1/1/06

16

Airplane travelers may now bring the following previously banned items onboard in their carry-on luggage: scissors under 4 inches in length, tools under 7 inches in length, and knitting needles.

8/2/06

19

You must make reservations for Disney’s Magical Express at least one day prior to your arrival in order to benefit from the free shuttle service.

 

As of October 3, 2006, Magical Express check-in will be on Side B of the Orlando International Airport Terminal.

 

This service will be offered through the end of 2011.

8/1/2006

31

All Disney resorts now offer high-speed Internet access for $9.95 for a continuous 24-hour period, some resorts offer wireless (wi-fi) in select areas of the resorts available at the same rate.

3/30/2006

35

Reservations for the new Family Suites at All-Star Music Resort will start being accepted in early March 2006. Pricing will be as follows: value season: $169; regular season: $209; peak season: $239; and holiday season: $259. The Family Suites are located in the Jazz Inn and Calypso buildings.

3/30/2006

65

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will be testing Poolside Cabanas at their themed beachside pool. Each cabana will offer two padded loungers, two padded straight-back chairs, a 22-inch LCD TV with cable and headphones, Sirius Satellite Radio, a phone for calls within the resort, a mini-fridge stocked with soft drinks, and a complimentary fruit basket. The cabanas are available in two four-hour time blocks (10:00 am – 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm) for $60. The cabanas are solely for the use of guests of the Grand Floridian Resort.

1/13/2006

80

Port Orleans French Quarter offers in-room hairdryers and coffeemakers.

3/30/2006

84

The address for the Port Orleans Riverside Resort is: 1251 Riverside Dr., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830.

8/2/2006

87

In July 2006, The Turf Club re-opened as a full-service “bar and grill” serving creatively prepared American Favorites such as crab cakes ($10.49), reuben sandwich ($9.99), angus cheeseburger ($11.49), and sirloin steak ($19.99). Kids meals are $6.99.

1/13/2006

99

On Jan. 27, 2006, the Walt Disney World Swan resort became completely non-smoking, even in guest rooms. This is in keeping with other Westin-owned hotel properties.

8/2/2006

99

In 2006, Tubbi’s Buffeteria was replaced by Picabu, a 24-hour quick-service buffet/cafeteria with a whimsical atmosphere.

12/1/2005

105

Hotel Royal Plaza re-opened January 2 after repairs and renovations following its Hurricane Charley damages.

10/9/2005

115

Parking at Walt Disney World increased to $9 (campers/trailers are now $10).

8/2/2006

103

DVC members staying at a DVC resort on points can now purchase the Disney Dining Plan for the length of stay (see pages 202-203).

8/17/2006

116 –

117

In a surprise move, many Walt Disney World admission prices increased on August 6. Advance purchase prices for Magic Your Way Base Tickets remain at pre-August 6 rates, making advanced purchase a very good deal again. Some rates that went up include: Magic Your Way Base Tickets (at the ticket booth or upon resort check-in): One-Day Base Ticket  $71.36, up 6% from $67. Four-Day Base Ticket   $215.13, up 3.5% from $208. The Magic Your Way Park Hopper Option is $47.93 at the gate, up 12.5% from $42.60, while the advance purchase price went up to $45.80, a gentler 7.5% boost. Premium Annual Passes are $595.35, up 3.7% from $574, with no advance purchase discount offered. (All prices include sales tax).

1/10/2006

116

Annual Passholders can now book discounted rooms right up to their travel date rather than being required to book in advance. Restrictions still apply, of course. For more information and to book an annual pass discounted room, call 407-560-7277.

3/30/2006

129

The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Walt Disney World closed March for renovations and updates. Captain Jack Sparrow and his arch-nemesis Captain Barbossa will become the newest Audio-Animatronic additions to these attractions. It will re-open in time for the movie premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" on July 7, 2006.

12/4/2005

131

The Haunted Mansion no longer has FASTPASS.

3/30/2006

136

(124)

The Timekeeper attraction has permanently closed.

8/2/2006

143

Wonders of Life and its attractions (body Wars, The Making of Me, Cranium Command, and Fitness Fairgrounds) are now closed permanently.

8/2/2006

144

Mission: SPACE now offers a low intensity version. Same ride, however no spinning.

12/4/2005

145

Club Cool is now open and it’s essentially the same concept, but easier to access and more open. The free drinks stands are still available, and they still offer Beverly.

12/4/2005

145

The Living Seas is open again after being closed for renovations. Everything is now themed to Finding Nemo, the hydrolaters were removed, and the gift shop moved. The entrance is now on the lower level, where the hydrolater exists were previously located.

8/2/2006

159

“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire – Play It!” permanently closed in August 2006 to make way for a new dark ride in 2008, tentatively called Midway Madness. The new attraction is rumored to be based on Pixar’s Toy Story, offering a family-friendly addition to Mickey Avenue.

3/30/2006

170

Tarzan Rocks at Theatre in the Wild (Disney's Animal Kingdom) held is final performance in January 2006 and is now closed. The theatre is getting a makeover (including air conditioning) and is expected to re-open in October, possibly with a show based on the "Finding Nemo" movie

12/13/2005

179

Guitar Gallery shop at Downtown Disney West Side closed; the new Pop Gallery shop is now open in its place selling original paintings, sculptures, and expensive gifts.

8/2/2006

181

The World of Disney Store recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with a makeover and the addition of the popular Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique salon, which offers hair styling and makeover services for both young girls and boys, ages 3 – 12. Appointments are recommended (407-WDW-STYLE).

12/26/2005

182

Cirque du Soleil increased their prices to $61-$95 for ages 10+ and $49-$76 for ages 3-9.

10/30/2005

192

Miniature golf prices increased to $10.75 + tax/ages 10+ and $8.50 + tax/ages 2-9.                                         

12/4/2005

194

General admission at Disney’s Wide World of Sports has increased to $11.00/ages 10+ and $8.25/ages 3-9.

10/28/2005

201

Guests may now book advance reservations for table-service restaurants up to 180 days in advance of the desired date. Disney resort hotels guests may book 180 days in advance of their arrival date and book for their entire stay at that time.

1/13/2006

205

Cinderella’s Royal Table increased its breakfast price to $31.99/ages 10+ and $21.99/ages 3-9. Lunch is now $33.99/ages 10+ and $22.99/ages 3-9. Dinner is now a fixed-price ($39.99/ages 10+ and $24.99/ages 3-9), includes an appearance by the Fairy Godmother, the opportunity to have your photo taken before the meal, and an exclusive lithograph.

9/13/06

213

Yorkshire County Fish Shop is temporarily closed for refurbishment through September 22, 2006.

10/21/2005

225

California Grill now requires a credit card number when booking reservations. Reservations cancelled within 24 hours of the seating time are charged a $20/person fee.

9/1/2005

228

‘Ohana changed its dinner menu: the shrimp skewers were replaced with Hawaiian pork-sausage with pineapple teriyaki glaze, Maui scalloped potatoes were added, as is the ‘Ohana bread pudding a la mode   with Banana Fosters sauce. Price remains the same.

9/1/2005

233

‘Ohana at the Polynesian now features Lilo & Stitch and Mickey at its character breakfast. Chip, Dale and Goofy no longer appear.

11/15/2006

234

Mickey’s Backyard BBQ will be offered on Thursdays and Saturdays in 2006.

1/13/2006

234-235

The Hoop Dee Doo Revue and Spirit of Aloha dinner shows can only be booked 180 days in advance beginning January 1, 2007.

10/28/2005

244

Guests may book children’s tours and parties up to 180 days in advance (see above update regarding advance reservation bookings for additional details.)

10/28/2005

253

Likewise, guests may book childcare up to 180 days in advance (see above update regarding advance reservation bookings for additional details.)

1/1/2006

256

The International Flower and Garden Festival takes place April 21 – June 11, 2006.