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4th of July Fireworks at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida

For 2010 information, see: https://buildabettermousetrip.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/walt-disney-world-resort-in-july-2010-crowd-warnings-ride-closures-and-special-events/

Are you wondering about special 4th of July celebrations and Fireworks at the Walt Disney World Resort and theme parks in Orlando, FL?

From Steve Soares website:

Fourth of July at Magic Kingdom:

Celebrate America Fireworks will fill the sky at 9 p.m. July 4 (guests who’d like to begin the celebratory weekend a day early can enjoy the special fireworks on July 3 at 9 p.m.). After the fireworks, guests can enjoy a performance of Disney’s “SpectroMagic” parade of lights, music and magic at 10:30 p.m. on July 3-4. Park hours are 9 a.m.-11 p.m. July 3-4.”

Tip:  If you can choose between seeing the Magic Kingdom fireworks on July 3rd or 4th,  definitely go to the Magic Kingdom on July 3rd.   The Disney’s Magic Kingdom theme park always draws big crowds on national holidays – some years the park even closes to capacity.  That’s just too many hot, sweaty tourists in the same place to be fun!

Fourth of July at Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

The show Fantasmic! will be offered twice on Independence Day – at 9:00PM & 10:45PM.  TIP: The second show will be less crowded so plan to see that one, if that doesn’t make too late a night for your family.

There will also be a July 4th Fireworks presentation at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at 10:00PM.

Fourth of July at Epcot:

The nightly IllumiNations fireworks display will have a special Independance day finale.

TIP: Remember that the Walt Disney World Resort will have some of the highest crowd levels of the summer season this week.   Arrive a bit before park opening to take advantage of the lowest crowds of the day.  Also, avoid any park hosting an “Extra Magic Hours” – it’ll definitely be the most crowded park of the day.  You’ll have a better time at a relatively less crowded park.   See our July newsletter for more tips: https://buildabettermousetrip.wordpress.com/2009/04/12/walt-disney-world-resort-in-july-crowd-warnings-promotions-ride-refurbishments-and-special-events/

Thank you,

Stephen

Build A Better Mouse Trip
www.buildabettermousetrip.com
Toll free: 877-815-6515

Build A Better Mouse Trip is a full service travel agency specializing in Florida vacations & Cruises. Build A Better Mouse Trip is not affiliated with or in any way officially connected with, The Walt Disney Company, Disney Enterprises, Inc., or any of their affiliates.

 

 

June 29, 2009 at 7:20 pm Leave a comment

Walt Disney World Resort in June 2009 – Crowd warnings, ride closures, attraction refurbishments, and special events

There are some things going on at Walt Disney World Resort & Theme Parks  in June that you need to know about:

Crowd Warnings:

  1. Orlando receives more rain in June than any other month.  The rain storms often occur during the afternoon and may be accompanied by lightning.   The storms typically pass quickly but some attractions (Test Track; Lights, Motors, Action!, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, water parks, etc.) may shut down due to lightning.   Check the forecast and try to do these things at times where lightning doesn’t seem likely.  A heavy rain storm will scare away a lot of park guests – bring a poncho (get them cheaply at your local dollar store) and use this to your advantage to enjoy shorter lines.
  2. 2009 Star Wars Weekends – Disney’s Hollywood Studios (information below).  (Friday – Sundays) May 22-24, May 29-31, June 5-8, June 12-14.  Saturday is the best day of the weekend to visit this event.  TIP: Avoid Sundays – the combination of the Star Wars Weekend and Fantasmic! show will make Disney’s Hollywood Studios disproportionately crowded.  Non-Star Wars fans may prefer to visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios on a weekday. 
  3. 4th of July / Independence Day travel period  (June 27 – July 11th) – Because the 4th of July falls on a weekend, this holiday is going to impact two weeks.  Many people receive a day off for this holiday, which means using one less vacation day.  The final week of June is moderately heavy – July will be more crowded.  This is still a good time to visit – just use a good touring plan, arrive when the parks open, and you’ll be fine. TIP: Avoid Extra Magic Hours!  We recommend that everyone avoid the Extra Magic Hours during the busy summer season.   Disney has 33,000 hotel rooms and no one goes to Disney alone – that means too many people are pointed in the same direction at the same time. You’ll have a much nicer time by going to a less busy park.  This is doubly important if you are not staying at a Disney resort – you don’t want to get to the theme park and find a bunch of Disney guests in line in front of you.  TIP: Make dining reservations right away.
  4. Fantasmic! (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) –This great show is no longer presented every night.   It’s generally offered on Sunday and Thursday with a few other days here and there. It will be offered June 2, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 18, 22, 23, 25, 28, 29.  This is a very popular show and we highly recommend it.  Warning: When there are limited performances, you know Disney’s Hollywood Studios is going to be busier on days featuring a Fantasmic! show.  This will be especially true on Sundays because of the Star Wars Weekends.   Fantasmic! Dinner Package reservations will be harder to get.   Afternoons will be especially busy as those with Park Hopper tickets come over to see the show.  A good touring plan will help you manage this.   Warning:  This show is excellent but it does feature villains for a good 8-10 minutes.  The scene is fairly intense and can be frightening to small children.
  5. SpectroMagic Parade (Magic Kingdom) – This classic nighttime parade is also being offered numerous times throughout the month.   You can see it on the evenings of June 1, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30.  Warning: Any day with a SpectroMagic Parade AND Extra Magic Hours will mean horrible, horrible crowds at the Magic Kingdom.  Avoid these days and go somewhere less crowded – you’ll be glad you did.

Special Events:

  1. Epcot’s “Sounds Like Summer” Concert Series ~ June 15 – August 9, 2009.  These fun mini-concerts take place in Epcot’s American Gardens Theatre.   Shows are at 5:15, 6:30 & 7:45PM.    Performances are subject to change but here’s the current schedule:
  • June 15-21:  Stayin’ Alive – A Tribute to the Bee Gees
  • June 22-28:  Satisfaction: Rolling Stones Tribute Band
  • June 29-July 8:  Slippery When Wet – A Tribute to Bon Jovi
  • July 8 – July 19:  Bjorn Again – A Tribute to ABBA
  • July 20 – July 26:  The Sounds of the Supremes – A Tribute to the Supremes
  • July 27 – August 8:  2U – The World’s 2nd Best U2 Show
  • August 3-9:  Petty Theft – A Tribute to Tom Petty

Temporary Attraction Closures and refurbishments:

  • Liberty Tree Tavern (Restaurant – Magic Kingdom) the restaurant will be open but – beginning January 5th – Liberty Tree Tavern will no longer offer character dining.
  • The Hall of Presidents (Animatronic Show – Magic Kingdom) will be closed through July 1, 2009.
  • Space Mountain (Magic Kingdom) will close April 19th and is not schedule to reopen until late 2009.
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority (Magic Kingdom) is closed April 19th – August 19th.
  • San Angel Inn Restaurant (Epcot – Mexico Pavilion) will close for renovations beginning May 10th, 2009.
  • Boatwrights (Restaurant – Port Orleans Riverside) is no longer serving breakfast.   Breakfast is still available at the Riverside Mill Foodcourt.
  • Disney’s Magical Express (Airport Shuttle Service) – New luggage procedure for late night arrivals.  As of March 30th, luggage service will no longer be available for arrivals to Orlando International Airport after 10:00PM.   Collect your luggage at baggage claim and take with you to the Disney’s Magical Express check-in desk. 

 Free Custom Touring Plans

If you find this report helpful, please consider using us to book your vacation reservations or for custom theme park touring plans.  We are authorized Walt Disney World Vacation Planners and book directly with Disney so you never pay more than if you booked the reservation yourself.  Then we provide lots of help and advice designed to take the stress out of vacation planning.

  •  Help with building a Best Days Itinerary – a daily schedule that puts you in the best park for each day of your trip
  • Help with dining reservations (subject to availability)
  • Custom touring plans that keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the long lines.  Or, if you prefer to do your own plans, we will provide either a subscription to Tour Guide Mike or the newest edition of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World to you instead of our touring plans.  The choice is yours.

At Build A Better Mouse Trip, we are convinced that everyone can benefit with good touring plans.   During busy times, a good plan will absolutely keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the lines – our clients typically wait less than 20 minutes for rides, even thrill rides and headliners.   During less crowded times, a good plan factors in shorter park hours and fewer performance times.    But the most important benefit of a good plan is that everyone gets to ride and see the things that they are looking forward to because everyone’s priorities are included in a plan that tours the parks efficiently and effectively.  For more information see: http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/freetouringplans.php

There are two ways that I can provide the touring plans and any other planning help you need at no charge to you:

  •  Free Option #1: If you book a new reservation through us, we’ll provide custom touring as our thank you to you.  We will also help you put together an itinerary that puts you in the least busy park for each day of your vacation and we’ll make dining reservations on your behalf.
  •  Free Option #2:  If you made your existing Walt Disney World vacation package reservation yourself, it is possible to have Build A Better Mouse Trip added to the reservation as the “Agent of Record”. Your price, benefits, and confirmation numbers stay the same – we just become your travel agent.  

 With either option, Disney will pay us a commission they would’ve kept for themselves and we accept that commission as payment-in-full for all planning services. 

  •  You can also just purchase custom touring plans from us – the first day’s plan is $45 plus $25  for each additional day’s plan.

If you have questions or are interested in our Walt Disney World Vacation Planning services:

Thank you,

Stephen

Build A Better Mouse Trip
www.buildabettermousetrip.com
Toll Free Phone: 877-815-6515

Build A Better Mouse Trip is a full service travel agency specializing in Florida vacations & Cruises. Build A Better Mouse Trip is not affiliated with or in any way officially connected with, The Walt Disney Company, Disney Enterprises, Inc., or any of their affiliates.

June 18, 2009 at 3:44 pm Leave a comment

What to expect from Disney’s A Christmas Carol Train Tour

Disney’s A Christmas Carol promotional Train Tour May Be Coming To Your Town

Disney’s doing something new and different to promote their upcoming 3-D holiday movie: A Christmas Carol. This film is a 3-D adaptation of the classic holiday story “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens and it stars Jim Carey. Disney teamed up with Amtrak to take a special train filled with special exhibits related to the movie in four vintage looking cars to 36 states and 40 cities all around the United States. The best thing is that seeing this neat Disney attraction is completely free.

Our experience at Disney’s – A Christmas Carol – Train Tour

Build A Better Mouse Trip visited the Disney’s “A Christmas Carol” Train Tour recently. We’d received an email from Disney telling us about this event but the details were sketchy, at best. We hope our experience helps you know what to expect.

We arrived at the train station at about 5:30PM on a recent Saturday. The train hours were 9:00AM – 7:00 PM that day. When we arrived, a sign indicated that the wait / line was about 1 1/2 hours long. We’ve heard of lines of 3 to 5 hours in other towns. We lined up and a person in a staff t-shirt gave the kids a worksheet with “A Christmas Carol” themed crosswords, hidden words, and scrambled letter puzzles. They also provided a small, sharpened pencil. We saw kids all up and down the line working on their worksheets. Our kids used our backs as a surface for working on theirs. These would only be enjoyable for children who can read, the probably need to be about 8 or 9 years old to do successfully do these word puzzles.

The line was slow moving. It was raining in our area so they were trying to keep everyone under cover. You wouldn’t move at all for awhile but then they’d let a group of about 20 people through at once. The line might move at a more consistant pace when rain is not a factor. At one point, a group of four carolers walked by in costumes appropriate for the time of “A Christmas Carol”. We actually only waited one hour.

Once it was our turn, a staff member issued our family a ticket and we approached the train. At the entry, another staff member punched our ticket four times – one time for each member of our party. The back of the ticket had a bar code that we used later when we morph photos of ourselves. We’re supposed to receive an email letting us know when we can retrieve these free morphed photo images online.

The first car was filled with digital screens playing comments from cast members talking about the production. The car also contained costumes and props from the film production. In addition to items from the film, there were also glass cases displaying items from the Charles Dickens Museum in London, England. I especially enjoy seeing some of the very early published copies of “A Christmas Carol” in book form.

The second car contained models and sketches of concept art from film. There was a model of Big Ben, sketches of various scenes of London used in the movie, clay masks and sculptures of the characters. This room also had screens digital with commentary about the film development and production details as well as touch screens you used to look at different locations like Scrooge’s house, the rag & bottle shop, etc. Each location also had a trivia question about the character that would be found in that particular location.

The third car was devoted to the process of filming the action shots for the computer animation. There was a mannequin with one of the suits that has the sensors that the computer uses to track the actors movements. The digital screens showed scenes from filming the action shots. There was also commentary from the actors about that aspect of the film production.

The fourth car is the area where the guest (you) get to go to touch screens to morph a photo of your face into the face of one of the characters from the movie. This is where you scan the bar code from the ticket you received at the entrance. An adult (over age 18) has to log in and provide an email address. You then line your eyes up to a mark on the screen and have your photo taken. The photo appears on the screen and you can select Tiny Tim, Scrooge, or the ghost of Marley. The computer then morphs your picture into the face of that character. You can try all three but you only select one to retrieve online later. You can re-do your photo, if it doesn’t turn out right. My face, morphed into the character of Tiny Tim, looked a bit like a deranged alien but other family member photos were less bizarre. Try not to smile if you think you’ll want to morph into Scrooge or Marley…it just fits better.

At this point, you exit the train and are handed a cardstock sheet that has commemorative ornaments that you can punch out and display with pride on your family Christmas tree….or they can just float around in your car, getting bent and stepped on until you finally throw them away; which is what we’ll do. You also receive a coupon for a “Buy one Amtrak ticket, get a companion ticket for half price”. Being at the train station and walking through the train got us all inspired and we’re actually considering an adventure by train – something we’ve never done before.

From here, we entered a small queue line to go into an inflatable 3-D theatre. The theatre runs a short (10 or 15 minute) film showing two scenes from the upcoming movie. While in line we talked to the attendant who said that the majority of attendants were temporary, local hires. She told us that there were about 13 permanent employees who travel with the train. The neat thing about the line is that they had the type of artificial snow bubbles floating around that Disney uses along Main Street USA during the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas parties at Walt Disney World. The inflatable theatre looked like a “Ye Olde English Brick Inflatable theatre”. We were issued some very cool 3D glasses and were allowed to enter the small theatre. Once seated inside, the inflatable doors were closed and we watched a 10 or 15 minute clip talking a bit about the upcoming “A Christmas Carol” movie set for release on November 6th, 2009. TWe also saw two scenes from the actual film.

After seeing the film, you’re basically done. There were some tables where we could sign up to win an HP color printer and where the kids received Christmas type (snowflake, candy cane heart, etc.) temporary tattoos.

If you’ve ever been to Walt Disney World, this attraction may remind you of the “Journey into Narnia” movie exhibit or the old “Magic of Disney Animation” attraction that gave you a sneak peak at an upcoming Disney movie.

FAQ: More information to help you plan your visit to the Disney’s A Christmas Carol Train Tour

Question: What does this attraction cost?
Answer: The attraction is free. You may incur a fee for parking, depending on the local area. We paid $10 to use the train station’s short-term parking lot.

Question: What hours is this exhibit open?
Answer: Hours vary by day and by location. See the “schedule” portion of the official website for exact times.

Question: Will my kids enjoy this?
Answer: I don’t think this would appeal to very small children but it should interest children over age 4 or 5. My own kids have been thoroughly indoctrinated in all things Disney so they had a good time. Elementary kids and pre-teens will likely enjoy this event. Your teen may or may not enjoy it – depending on their personality.

Question: How long will this take?
Answer: Including the 1 hour wait, we spent about 2 1/2 hours at this attaction.

Question: Are there restrooms available?
Answer: There were restrooms in the train station and a row of “Port-O-Johns” near the train itself.

Question: Can I take photographs?
Answer: Yes, you can take photographs on or near the train except in the first train car.

Question: Does the train go anywhere? Is this a ride?
Answer: No, this is a walk-through attraction that just happens to be housed in four very neat train cars.

Question: Can I buy souvenirs?
Answer: Shockingly enough – No, there are no souvenirs available for purchase.

Question: What should I do to avoid the long line?
Answer: If available, go on a weekday. Arriving before opening time is another good idea.

Where can you see the Disney’s A Christmas Carol Train Tour?

Disney’s A Christmas Carol Train Tour dates, cities, and locations

  • Here’s the schedule for this promotional train tour:May 22 – 25, 2009 / Los Angeles Union Station (California)May 29- 31, 2009 / Grand Canyon (Arizona) – Williams DepotJune 2 / Santa Fe Depot (New Mexico)June 5 – 7 / AlbuquerqueAmtrak Station (New Mexico)June 12 – 15 / Denver Union Station (Colorado)June 16, 2009 / Ogden Union Station (Utah)June 19 – 21, 2009 / California State Rail Road Museum (Sacramento, California)June 26 – 28, 2009 / Port of Redwood City (San Francisco area / Redwood, CA)July 1, 2009 / Portland Union Station (Oregon)

    July 3 – 5 / King Street Station (Seattle, Washington)

    July 10 – 11, 2009 / Witefish Amtrak Station (Montana)

    July 15 – North Dakota State University (Fargo, North Dakota)

    July 17 -19, 2009 / Amtrak Midway Station (St. Paul, Minnesota)

    July 24 – 26, 2009 / Chicago Union Station (Illinois)

    July 31 – August 2, 2009 / St. Louis Union Station (Missouri)

    August 4, 2009 / Memphis Central Station (Tennessee)

    August 7-9, 2009 / Riverview in Audubon Park (New Orleans, Louisiana)

    August 14 – 16 / San Antonio Amtrak Station (Texas)

    August 18 – 19 / Dallas Union Station (Dallas, Texas)

    August 21 – 23, 2009 / Oklahoma City Santa Fe Depot (Oklahoma)

    Augus 25, 2009 / Kansas City Union Station (Missouri)

    August 28 – 30, 2009 / Durham Museum (Omaha, Nebraska)

    September 2- 6th / Henry Ford Museum Greenfield Village (Dearborn, Michigan)

    September 9, 2009 / Indianapolis area / Downtown Bargersville

    September 11 – 13, 2009 / Louisville Union Station (Kentucky)

    September 16 – 17 / Cleveland Brown’s Lot (Ohio)

    September 22, 2009 / Albany-Rensselaer Rail Station (New York)

    September 25 – 27 / Boston South Station (Massachusettes)

    September 30 / B & O Railroad Museum (Baltimore, Maryland)

    October 2 – 4, 2009 / Washington Union Station (Washington D.C.)

    October 6, 2009 / Southeastern Railway Museum (Atlanta, Georgia)

    October 9 – 11, 2009 / NC Transportation Museum (Spencer, North Carolina

    October 13, 2009 / Savannah Amtrak Station (Georgia)

    October 16 – 18, 2009 / Gold Coast Railroad Museum (Miami, Florida)

    October 20, 2009 / Jacksonville Amtrak Station (Florida)

    October 24 – 25, 2009 / Ansonborough Field (Charleston, South Carolina)

    October 27, 2009 / 34th Street Station (Philadelphia, PA)

    October 30 – November 1 / Grand Central Station (New York, New York)

Thank you,

Stephen

Build A Better Mouse Trip
www.buildabettermousetrip.com 
Toll Free Phone: 877-815-6515

Build A Better Mouse Trip is a full service travel agency specializing in Florida vacations & Cruises. Build A Better Mouse Trip is not affiliated with or in any way officially connected with, The Walt Disney Company, Disney Enterprises, Inc., or any of their affiliates.

June 16, 2009 at 2:41 am 1 comment

Walt Disney World Resort in August – Crowd warnings, special events, ride closure & refurbishments, etc.

For August 2010 information, please see: https://buildabettermousetrip.wordpress.com/2010/07/19/walt-disney-world-resort-in-august-2010-crowd-warnings-special-events-ride-closures-and-refurbishments/

There are some things going on at Walt Disney World in August that you need to know about:

Crowd Warnings:

1.      Summer Vacation means lines and crowds.   Sure, people are worried about the economy but Disney responded by offering some great promotions.  Families will still be flocking to Walt Disney and the first two weeks of August will see peak crowds (an 8- 10 on a crowd scale of 1-to-10).   A good touring plan will keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the long lines.   We provide three choices for custom touring plans – our Custom Touring Plans, the 2009 Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World (book), or a subscription to Tour Guide Mike (online service) – at  no charge to you when you book your trip through Build A Better Mouse Trip.  For more information, see: http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/freetouringplans.php

2.     Free Dining Promotion (August 16 – Oct. 2nd) – Crowds start to decrease in the second half of August as kids start heading back to school.  The free dining promotion is being offered a full week earlier that it began in 2008 so we may see more families opting for a late summer vacation.  You will have a lot of competition at the sit-down restaurants; especially the most popular locations like Chef Mickey’s, Cinderella’s Royal Table, LeCellier, etc..  Make your dining reservations as soon as you are eligible.   Warning: Fantasmic Dinner Packages will probably completely fill the first day that they’re offered.  At this time, dining reservations can be booked 90 days prior to your arrival.   Contact us right away to book your vacation with the free dining promotion – this must be booked by June 21st.

3.     Fantasmic! (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) –This great show is no longer presented every night.  It will be offered August 2, 4,  6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 31.  This is a very popular show and we highly recommend it – arrive at least 60 minutes early, if you do not have a Fantasmic! Dinner package.   Warning: When there are limited performances, you know Disney’s Hollywood Studios is going to be busier on days featuring a Fantasmic! show.  Afternoons will be especially busy as those with Park Hopper tickets come over to see the show.   You’ll probably want to catch Fantasmic! so be sure you have a good touring plan that will help you manage the crowds and you’ll be fine.   Warning:  This show is excellent but it does feature villains for a good 8-10 minutes.  The scene is fairly intense and can be frightening to small children.

4.     SpectroMagic Parade (Magic Kingdom) – This wonderful nighttime parade is offered every night through August 15th.   SpectroMagic parade is only offered a few times a week in the second half of August and the Magic Kingdom will be more crowded on days featuring a SpectroMagic Parade.   The SpectroMagic Parade will be presented on August 1 – 15, 18, 21, 22, 23, 27, 29, 31.  TIP: From August 15 – 31, avoid going to the Magic Kingdom on days (August 18, 21, 23, 27) with the combination of the Spectromagic Parade and Extra Magic Hour (early opening or stays open late for Disney hotel guests) – this “double-header” will make the Magic Kingdom park disproportionately busier than the other Disney theme parks.   You’ll have a better day and experience more attractions at a less crowded park.

5.     Extra Magic Hours – (Special hours only available to Disney resort hotel guest) !  We recommend that everyone avoid the Extra Magic Hour park of the day during the peak summer travel season.   Disney has 33,000 hotel rooms and no one goes to Disney alone – that means too many people are pointed in the same direction at the same time. You’ll have a much nicer time by going to a less busy park.  This is doubly important if you are not staying at a Disney resort – you don’t want to get to the theme park and find a bunch of Disney guests in line in front of you. 

 Special Events:

  1. Bay Lake Tower – the newest Disney Vacation Club (DVC) resort – is scheduled to open on August 4th, 2009.   It is located in the Magic Kingdom resort area near the Contemporary Resort.
  2. Free Dining Promotion (August 16 – Oct. 2nd) – There’s a reason we have thousands of names on our “Free Dining Alert” list.   This promotion provides one table service (character meals, sit-down restaurants, etc) meal credit, one counter-service (fast food) meal credit, and one snack (up to $4 value) per person over age three per night of stay when you book a 3 night or longer vacation package at a Walt Disney World resort hotel.   This saves a the “average” family of 4 about $100 per day – even more, if your kids are older than age 9.   It is a great deal and a great opportunity to try some new Disney restaurants.    Contact us right away to book your 2008 vacation.  TIP:  Learn about future free dining promotions when you sign up for our “Free Dining Promotion Alert List” at http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/freedining.php   We never share or sell your contact information with anyone.
  3. Epcot’s “Sounds Like Summer” Concert Series ~ June 15 – August 9, 2009.  These fun mini-concerts take place in Epcot’s American Gardens Theatre.   Shows are at 5:15, 6:30 & 7:45PM.    Performances are subject to change but here’s the current schedule:
  • June 15-21:  Stayin’ Alive – A Tribute to the Bee Gees
  • June 22-28:  Satisfaction: Rolling Stones Tribute Band
  • June 29-July 8:  Slippery When Wet – A Tribute to Bon Jovi
  • July 8 – July 19:  Bjorn Again – A Tribute to ABBA
  • July 20 – July 26:  The Sounds of the Supremes – A Tribute to the Supremes
  • July 27 – August 8:  2U – The World’s 2nd Best U2 Show
  • August 3-9:  Petty Theft – A Tribute to Tom Petty

 Temporary WDW Attraction Closures and refurbishments:

  • Liberty Tree Tavern (Restaurant – Magic Kingdom) the restaurant will be open but – beginning January 5th – Liberty Tree Tavern will no longer offer character dining.
  • Space Mountain (Magic Kingdom) will close April 19th and is not schedule to reopen until late 2009.
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority (Magic Kingdom) will be closed until August 24th  – after which, it will limited hours during the Space Mountain refurbishment.
  • Spoodles Restaurant – near Disney’s Boardwalk Resort – is being converted to Cat Cora’s new restaurant, Kouzzina.  The restaurant will completely close on August 2nd through mid-August.  
  • Disney’s Magical Express (Airport Shuttle Service) – New luggage procedure for late night arrivals.  As of March 30th, luggage service will no longer be available for arrivals to Orlando International Airport after 10:00PM.   Collect your luggage at baggage claim and take with you to the Disney’s Magical Express check-in desk. 

 Free Custom Touring Plans

 If you find this report helpful, please consider using us to book your vacation reservations or for custom theme park touring plans.  We are authorized Walt Disney World Vacation Planners and book directly with Disney so you never pay more than if you booked the reservation yourself.  Then we provide lots of help and advice designed to take the stress out of vacation planning.

  1. Help with building a Best Days Itinerary – a daily schedule that puts you in the best park for each day of your trip
  2. Help with dining reservations (subject to availability)
  3. Custom touring plans that keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the long lines.  Or, if you prefer to do your own plans, we will provide either a subscription to Tour Guide Mike or the newest edition of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World to you instead of our touring plans.  The choice is yours.

At Build A Better Mouse Trip, we are convinced that everyone can benefit with good touring plans.   During busy times, a good plan will absolutely keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the lines – our clients typically wait less than 20 minutes for rides, even thrill rides and headliners.   During less crowded times, a good plan factors in shorter park hours and fewer performance times.    But the most important benefit of a good plan is that everyone gets to ride and see the things that they are looking forward to because everyone’s priorities are included in a plan that tours the parks efficiently and effectively.  For more information see: http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/freetouringplans.htm

You can purchase custom planning service from us but most of our clients get them for free.  We accept Disney and other hotel commissions as payment for our planning services. If you’ve already booked your own reservation, it may be possible to have our name added as the agent of record.  Your rate, confirmation, and benefits all stay exactly the same.  In this situation, Disney just pays us the commission they would’ve kept for themselves.  Then – free to you – we provide you with custom touring plans that let you enjoy more attractions with less lines.

If you have questions or are interested in our Walt Disney World vacation planning services:

 

Thank you,

Stephen

Build A Better Mouse Trip
www.buildabettermousetrip.com
Toll Free Phone: 877-815-6515
International callers: 719-495-5698

Build A Better Mouse Trip is a full service travel agency specializing in Florida vacations & Cruises. Build A Better Mouse Trip is not affiliated with or in any way officially connected with, The Walt Disney Company, Disney Enterprises, Inc., or any of their affiliates.

June 12, 2009 at 5:29 pm Leave a comment


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