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We also post Walt Disney World Related Information on Squidoo

We’re trying to work things out so that you can get all of our articles anywhere you find us – on our blog, on our website, on the web, etc.   But we’re not there yet.   We’ve been posting articles on Squidoo longer than we’ve had this blog and there may be some information there that interests you.  Here are some of the articles we’ve written:

Where to find Lightning McQueen

Disney’s Magical Express Information

Where to Find Winnie the Pooh & Friends at Disneyworld

Where to Find Mary Poppins at Walt Disney World

Great Women’s Sandals for a WDW Vacation

Great Sandals for Men

Healthy Counter Service food at Walt Disney World

Rider Switch Pass / Baby Swap Pass Information

Walt DisneyWorld Ride Restrictions and Attraction Height Requirements

You can find all of our articles by going to our profile page.

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July 9, 2009 at 5:30 pm Leave a comment

Walt Disney World Resort in September – crowd warnings, ride closures, and special events

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

Crowd Warnings:

  1. Free Dining Promotion – September isn’t a particularly high crowd time at Walt Disney World – they wouldn’t offer the “free dining promotion”, if it was.   But 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.
  2. Labor Day Weekend  (September 5th – 7th) – Because so many schools are back in session, this holiday doesn’t draw nearly as many people as the 4th of July.   Don’t think the parks will be empty though – there will still be a lot of people looking for one last hoorah! before summer ends.  TIP: Make dining reservations right away.
  3. Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival ~ September 25 – November 8, 2009.   This event is included with regular theme park admission; there a few special events related to this festival that have a separate admission fee. The Epcot Food & Wine Festival is very popular as chefs and winemakers from around the world set up booths where you can savor the wonderful flavors offered offered for sale.   There will be food & wine themed demonstrations as well.  You typically can use your Disney Dining Plan meal and snack credits at this event – in fact, many people “hoard”  their snack credits just for this event.  Warning: This event is very, very popular.  Expect Epcot to be busier than usual on weekends as locals and annual passholders come to enjoy the festival.  TIP: Monday is always a great day to visit Epcot.  
  4. Fantasmic! (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) –This great show is no longer presented every night.  It will be offered Sept 3, 6, 10, 13, 18, 20, 25, 29.  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.  TIP: Any day with an Extra Magic Hour  & Fantasmic! will be especially crowded (Sept 29).   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 wonderful nighttime parade is not offered every night and the Magic Kingdom will be more crowded on days featuring a SpectroMagic Parade.   The SpectroMagic Parade will be presented on September 3, 5, 7,10, 12, 14, 17, 19,21, 24, 26.  TIP: Avoid going to the Magic Kingdom on Thursdays in September – the combination of the Morning Extra Magic Hour (early opening for Disney hotel guests) along with the SpectroMagic Parade will make this park disproportionately busier than the other Disney theme parks.
  6. 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.   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: Epcot will close an hour earlier than usual on nights featuring an evening Extra Magic Hours – Illuminations (fireworks) will be at 8:00PM, rather than at 9:00PM – like we’ve all become accustomed to. 
  7. 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

Special Events:

  1. Nights of Joy (September 11th & 12th – Disney’s Hollywood Studios) – This special event features some of the top performers in Christian Contemporary music today.  These nights require a special event ticket – you cannot enter using your Magic Your Way or Park Hopper tickets.  Advance ticket prices:  1 night – $44.95 per person, 2 nights – $75.95.    Warning:  Disney’s Hollywood Studios will close to the public at 6:00PM on Friday, Sept. 11th and Saturday, Sept. 12th.  There is a lot to see and do at this park so – you’ll probably want to visit this park on a day with longer park hours if you’re not attending the Nights of Joy.   For more information see: http://wdw4christians.wordpress.com/2009/02/27/walt-disney-world-night-of-joy-september-11-12-2009/
  2. Expedition Everest™ Challenge – September 26th / 7:30PM – Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Competitive 5K run, obstacle course & scavenger hunt.  A portion of every entry fee will benefit the Himalayan Youth Foundation and Disney’s Wildlife Conservation fund. For more information see: http://disneyworldsports.disney.go.com/dwws/en_US/events/eventDetail/detail?name=ExpeditionEverestChallengeDetailPage
  3. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (Disney’s Magic Kingdom)- 7:00PM to Midnight – September 4, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29, October 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 31.  This special event is a lot of fun for families, with rides, trick-or-treating, and fun party type events.   These nights require a special event ticket – you cannot enter using your Magic Your Way or Park Hopper tickets.  Ticket prices vary with an advance purchase discount offered on select nights. There are a limited  TIP: A lot of children dress up for this event but select costumes that will let your kids comfortably enjoy the rides and attractions – remember that September can be hot & muggy in Orlando.     Warning:  The Magic Kingdom will close to the public at 7:00PM on party nights.  Magic Kingdom resort area restaurants (Chef Mickey’s, 1900 Park Fare, Whispering Canyon, etc.) will fill their reservations early as people look for something nearby to enjoy after the early park closing.  For more information see: https://buildabettermousetrip.wordpress.com/2009/05/02/mickeys-not-so-scary-halloween-party-tickets-on-sale-now/
  4. Epcot International Food & Wine Festival ~ September 25 – November 8, 2009.   This event is included with regular theme park admission; there a few special events related to this festival that have a separate admission fee. The Epcot Food & Wine Festival is very popular as chefs and winemakers from around the world set up booths where you can savor the wonderful flavors offered.   You typically can use your Disney Dining Plan meal and snack credits at this event – in fact, many people “hoard”  their snack credits just for this event.  Warning: This event is very, very popular.  Expect Epcot to be busier than usual on weekends as locals and annual passholders come to enjoy the festival.  TIP: Monday is always a great day to visit Epcot.  Also popular are the “Eat to the Beat” mini-concerts offered nightly at 5:15PM, 6:30PM, & 7:45PM.   Here’s a tentative list of performers (subject to change):
  • Sept. 25-27:  Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • Sept. 28 – 29:  Richard Marx
  • Sept. 30 – Oct. 3:  Starship starring Mickey Thomas
  • Oct. 4 – 6:  En Vogue
  • Oct. 7 – 8:  Better than Ezra
  • Oct. 9-11:  Sister Hazel 
  • Oct. 12-13:  Kool & the Gang
  • Oct. 14-16:  Spyro Gyra
  • Oct. 17-18:  Jon Secada
  • Oct. 19-20:  Sister Sledge
  • Oct. 21-22:  Vanessa Carlton
  • Oct. 23-25:  Taylor Dayne
  • Oct. 26-28:  Boyz II Men
  • Oct. 29-31:  John Waite
  • Nov. 1 – 2:  Night Ranger
  • Nov. 3 – 5:  Billy Ocean
  • Nov. 6- 8:  Los Lobos

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.
  • Space Mountain (Magic Kingdom) will close April 19th and is not schedule to reopen until late 2009.
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority (Magic Kingdom) may be closed until September 12th.
  • Liberty Square Riverboat (Magic Kingdom) will be closed September 13th – 19th.
  • Donald’s Boat (Magic Kingdom – Toontown Fair) will be closed September 7th – 13th.
  • Flights of Wonder (Bird show – Animal Kingdom) will not be presented September 13th – 25th, 2009.
  • Living with the Land Boat Ride (Epcot – Land Pavilion) will be closed through November 1, 2009.
  • 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

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 services:

Thank you,

Stephen

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

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July 6, 2009 at 3:33 pm 2 comments


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