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Snow White’s Scary Adventures Closes Forever on June 1, 2012

Snow White's Scary Adventure closes forever on June 1, 2012 - Magic Kingdom / Disney World.  Walt Disney World announced that Snow White’s Scary Adventures – a ride in the Fantasyland area of the Magic Kingdom – will close forever in June 1, 2012.   The area will be changed to a Disney Princess Meet-and-Greet location.

We have a list of all the places you can find the Disney Princesses at Disney World – see: http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/disneyprincesses.php

Trivia

  • In addition to Disney World, this there are Snow White’s Scary Adventures rides at Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Park (Paris).
  • Snow White did not appear in the 1971 version of Magic Kingdom’s Snow White’s Scary Adventures. The idea was for riders to feel like they were experiencing the scenes from Snow White’s perspective, though most guests didn’t understand that concept and wondered why Snow White wasn’t even in her own ride.   In 1994, the ride was redesigned to include Snow White.
  • The 1971 version of the attraction had seven figures of the witch, while the current version has six witch figures.

This is just my opinion but Snow White’s Scary Adventures isn’t one of Disney’s best attractions.   If you’re going to Disney World between now and the end of May, go ahead and ride it just because it is closing.    Don’t despair about missing it, if you haven’t ridden it – Disney is in the midst of a major Fantasyland expansion and it sounds like some great things are coming soon.

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February 24, 2012 at 4:02 am Leave a comment

Last Minute Tips for Visiting Disney World in December

December is such an amazing time to visit Walt Disney World. The theme parks and resorts are all decked out in their full Christmas glory and there is special holiday entertainment in each park. We’ve compiled a few tips to help you have a Better Mouse Trip.

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Walt Disney World in December 2011 – Crowds, Special Events & Ride Closure Information

Hey there! Your December 2011 trip to the Walt Disney World Resort & Theme Parks is coming up quickly – are you excited? I want to pass on a little information about crowds, ride closures, and special events that might affect your trip

Crowd Warnings:

  • Avoid going to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot on Christmas Day and New Years Eve. There is a good chance that the park could close because of capacity level crowds and the lines will be horrible. Disney’s Hollywood Studios & Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme parks are much better choices for these days.
  • December 1 – 21, 2011. News is getting out about the fun to be had in Walt Disney World in early December but the crowds are only mid-level and quite manageable. Just be sure to watch your “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party” dates because the Magic Kingdom will close early those nights and won’t have the Disney’s Main Street Electric Parade, which replaced the SpectroMagic Parade.
  • December 22, 2011 – January 2, 2012 – Christmas Break! You will experience “Holiday Crowds” which are even heavier than “Peak” crowds. Disney closed to capacity crowds several times during 06 Christmas Seasons and they expect the same thing to happen again this year. A good touring plan with “Best Days” information is absolutely essential if you don’t want to spend your whole vacation standing in line.
  • Fantasmic! (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) –We’re so happy to report that Fantasmic! is being offered every night this month. This is a very popular show and we highly recommend it – arrive 70-90 minutes early, if you do not have a Fantasmic! Dinner package. Disney may add a second, later performance on certain evenings during the winter break – if they do, the later showing of Fantasmic! will always be less crowded than the earlier one. 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.
  • Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade (Magic Kingdom) – This wonderful nighttime parade is not offered every night and the Magic Kingdom will be more crowded on days featuring a Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade. The Disney’s Main Street Electric Parade will be presented on December 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 and January 1, 2, 3. If Disney offers a second evening parade, the later parade will be less crowded than the earlier.
  • 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.
  • Pop Warner National Football, Dance, & cheer Events at Walt Disney World – December 3 – 12, 2011. These events take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports and the events themselves will not affect you. You may encounter groups of young athletes and their families in your resort, especially at the All-Star Resorts, and at the theme parks. Don’t let the chatter on some of the forums scare you – this event has a minimal impact on crowds. Enthusiastic youths can raise the noise level at the resorts though; guests staying at a value resort may want to add a request for a room in a quiet location to your reservation. Expect the resort food court to be busy at breakfast, if there are athletic groups staying at your resort.

A good touring plan is a very important tool for dealing with Christmas Break crowds. You can have a great trip and avoid long lines by doing just a little advance planning that will make sure you see and do the things that are important to you in a way that keeps you ahead of the crowds.We provide three choices for custom touring plans – 1) a subscription to Tour Guide Mike, a highly respected online planning service and Disney planning community with 45,000 members, 2) the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, the most popular guide book available with information on every resort, restaurant, attraction and activity, or 3) A subscription to Touringplans.com – at no charge to you when you book your trip through Build A Better Mouse Trip. Call us toll free at 877-815-6515.

New Character Meal  at Disney World:

  • Beginning December 4, 2011 – Character lunches with Daisy and Donald Duck will be added to Tusker House Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. This location has offered a character breakfast for some time now and we’re very excited about the addition of lunch. In our opinion, character lunches are better than character breakfasts because you get to ride the rides while the crowds are at their lowest (morning) and then sit down for a meal when the crowds are heavier and you’re ready for a break. This location does participate in the Disney Dining Plan.

Special Events for December: Christmas at Disney World

  • November 11, 2011 – January 3, 2012  – Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. Millions of lights decorate the Streets of America backlot area. No extra charge – included with the cost of admission.
  • Candlelight Processional (Epcot) – November 25 – December 30th, 2011. Nightly: 5:00, 6:45, & 8:00PM. A large choir, orchestra, and celebrity narrators retell the Christmas Story in the America Gardens Theatre. This beautiful production is extremely popular and fills to capacity. TIP: Arrive at least 45 minutes early for the 5:00PM performance for your best chance to get in with a minimum wait. This year’s celebrity narrators (subject to change without notice):   Nov. 25 – Nov. 27th: Mira Sorvino  /  Nov. 28 – Dec. . 1: Michael W. Smith  / Dec. 2 – Dec. 3: Whoppi Goldberg / Dec. 4 – Dec. 6: Edward James Olmos  / Dec. 7 – Dec. 9: Isabella Rosselina  / Dec. 10 – Dec. 12: Neil Patrick Harris   / Dec. 13 – Dec. 15: Lorraine Bracco  / Dec. 16 – Dec. 18: To Be Announced  / Dec. 19 – Dec. 21: Trace Adkins  /Dec. 22 – Dec. 24: Susan Lucci / Dec. 25 – Dec. 27: Blair Underwood  / Dec. 28 – Dec. 30: Marlee Matlin with interpreter Jack Jason
  • Holiday’s Around The World (Epcot) – November 25 – December 20, 2011. The World Showcase pavilions will each feature a special holiday storyteller that tells about Christmas (or other holiday) festivities in that country. No extra ticket needed – included with your park admission. Check your Epcot Times Guide. Storyteller Locations: American Adventure: Story of Hanukkah, Santa Claus, Story of Kwanzaa /Canada: Papa Noel China: The Monkey King /France: Pere Noel / Germany: Helga /Italy: La Befana / Japan: Daruma Vendor / Mexico: The Three Kings  /Morocco: Taarji / Norway: Julenissen /United Kingdom: Father Christmas
  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Magic Kingdom – 7 PM to Midnight – November 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27, 28, and 30; December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16,  and 18. This event requires a special ticket – your Magic Your Way ticket won’t get you in. Tickets are $55 – $67 depending on the date and age of the participant. It is a fun event but it costs a chunk of change so use your own judgment as to whether this is a “must do” event for your trip. Just call and we’ll be happy to answer your questions or to book those tickets for you. If you are not doing this event, you will want to be aware that the Magic Kingdom closes early – at 7PM – on the nights of the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and they generally won’t have the Disney’s Main Street Parade those nights.
  • Animal Kingdom – Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade ~ November 8, 2011 – January 3, 2012. A special holiday parade where Mickey Mouse and his friends celebrate teh season safari style.
  • Christmas Church Service at Walt Disney World – December 25, 2011. Religious services are being offered at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in the Fantasia Ballroom. Catholic mass is December 25th at 8:00AM and 10:15AM. Protest service offered at 9:00AM. Guests are asked to use the WDW transportation to the Contemporary Resort – parking will not be available at the resort. Start at the Magic Kingdom and take the monorail to the Contemporary Resort or use the walking trail. Guests parked at the Walt Disney World Ticket and Transportation Center (also Magic Kingdom parking) can take the monorail to the Contemporary Resort.

Temporary Attraction Closures and refurbishments:

  • Ariel’s Grotto & Pooh’s Playful Spot (Magic Kingdom) have closed to make room for the big Fantasyland expansion project.
  • Mickey’s Toontown Square (Magic Kingdom) closed on February 11, 2011. A new area is being contructed in this space. The Walt Disney World Railroad will continue to run but the Toontown Station will be closed during construction. The Disney Princesses, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Meet-an-Greets are now in the new Town Square Theater; FASTPASS tickets available. Tinker Bell and Friends are meeting guests at Tinker Bell’s Magical Nook at the Adventureland Verandah in the Magic Kingdom.
  • Honey, I Shrunk The Audience 3D (Epcot) has been replaced by Captain EO, featuring Michael Jackson
  • Yakitori House (Restaurant – Epcot) will be closed August 8, 2011 – December 1, 2011.
  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach (water park) – is closed October 20 – December 3, 2011 for its annual refurbishment.
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon (water park) – will be closed December 4, 2011 – March 17, 2012 for its annual refurbishment.
  • Disney’s Polynesian Resort – Beach Sand Renourishment from Dec. 24, 2011 – Jan. 10, 2012.
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Spa will be closed from September 19, 2011 to Mid-2013. The fitness center will remain open. Spa services are available at The Spa at Disney’s Saratoga Stprings Resort.
  • Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course will be closed November 28 – December 7, 2011.
  • Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course will be closed December 8 – 16, 2011.
  • Disney’s Osprey Ridge & Lake Buena Vista Golf Courses will be closed Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2011.

Disney’s Magical Express (Airport Shuttle Service) -New luggage procedure for late night arrivals. 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.

Disney Theme Park Touring Plans:

At Build A Better Mouse Trip, we are convinced that everyone can benefit with good touring plans – this is even more important during holiday travel seasons. 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.

We offer three great options for touring plans at no extra cost to you when you book your Disney vacation through Build A Better Mouse Trip – For more information, see: http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/freetouringplans.php

Do you need this information for some other month?  You can see all of our newsletters at http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/monthly-newsletters.php

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November 21, 2011 at 5:41 pm 1 comment

Monthly Disney World Crowd Information and Special Event Newsletters

Are you looking for information about crowds and special events at Disney World?   Would you like to know which Disney theme park rides and attractions will be closed during your vacation?   We’ve compiled all that information into one convenient location for you on our website’s montly Walt Disney World Resort newsletter page: http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/monthly-newsletters.php

You can scroll down the page or just select the month you need on the navigation bar on the left side of the screen.   You don’t need to join any mailing lists – it’s free and right there on your computer screen.  Because it is accessible to everyone, it’s super easy to make sure everyone in your party has this information.

We hope this information helps you get the most from your Walt Disney World vacation.

Thank you,
Stephen

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May 19, 2011 at 7:07 pm Leave a comment

Walt Disney World Resort in August 2010 – Crowd warnings, special events, ride closures and refurbishments

The first two weeks of August are still busy at Walt Disney World but crowd levels slowly decrease through the second half of August as kids head back to school. The weather can be hot and humid but, by doing a little advance planning, you can still plan on having a great time on your WDW summer vacation.

Crowd Warnings for Your August 2010 Trip to Walt Disney World Resort

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.

2.)    Fantasmic! (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) –This great show is no longer presented every night. It will be offered August 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 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. 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.

3.)    Main Street Electric Parade & SpectroMagic Parades (Magic Kingdom) – The Main Street Electric Parade is offered every night through August 14th. The SpectroMagic Parade will be presented on August 15 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24,26, 27, 28, 30. The following dates do not have a nighttime parade: August 22, 25, 29, 31.

4.)    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.

5.)    Free Dining Promotion – this promotion is offered to keep guests coming during hurricane season and after school is back in session. The crowds in the parks are moderate but this promotion really impacts the availability of dining reservations. Book your dining reservations right away.

 Special Events at Disneyworld in August 2010

1.)     Summer Nightastic! Special events in the Disney theme parks through August 14th. Magic Kingdom Theme Park – the “Main Street Electrical Parade” and the “Summer Nightastic Fireworks Spectacular”, led by Tinker Bell, is offered nightly. Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Twilight Zone Tower of Terror will have new lighting effects created especially for Summer Nighastic!. “Rock N’ Glow Dance Party” in the courtyard near the Rock’n Roller Coaster.

2.)     Last Tour To Endor – August 14th, 2010 / 8:00PM – 1:00AM (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) – The Star Tours attraction will be undergoing a major re-imagineering and will reopen in 2011 but before it does, there will be a special event on August 14th with specially themed intergalactic party zones, Star WArs shows, Death Star Disco, and a Stars Wars fireworks spectacular called “Symphony in the Stars”. Costumes are encouraged. Event tickets are $75 each. For tickets: http://www.starwarscelebration.com/en/Events/Disney-Event/

3.)    DREAM OUR DREAMS – A Musical Tribute to the Legacy of Disney Benefit Concert- August 6,7 & 8 @ 8PM. Matinee performance at 2:00PM on August 8th (Epcot). Encore! Cast choir & Orchestra will perform in Epcot’s World Showplace. This special concert is a benefit for the “Make A Wish Foundation” and requires a special ticket. Tickets are $15 each, if purchased in advance through the website at http://encorecentral.org/  . Tickets are $20 (cash only) at the door.

 Temporary Ride & Attraction Closures and refurbishments at Walt Disney World in August

  • Pooh’s Playful Spot & Ariel’s Grotto (Magic Kingdom) have closed for the Fantasyland Expansion.
  • “it’s a small world” (Magic Kingdom) will be closed August 1 – October 22nd.
  • Liberty Square Riverboat (Magic Kingdom) will be closed August 16 – 25, 2010.
  • Cantina de San Angel (Restaurant – Epcot / Mexico Pavilion) is closed for a major refurbishment until September 2010.
  • Toy Story Mania! (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) will be closed for refurbishment from August 16th – 28th, 2010.
  • Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) will be closed for refurbishment from August 16th – November 2, 2010.
  • Power Rangers (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) are leaving Disney (They’ve been sold back to the original owner) but will continue with Meet-&-greet appearances through August 7th, 2010.
  • Disney’s Palm Golf Course – closed August 2 – 8, 2010.
  • Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course – closed August 9 – 15, 2010.
  • Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course – closed August 16 – 22, 2010.
  • Disney’s Osprey Ridge Golf Course – closed August 23 – 29, 2010.
  • Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course – closed August 30 – September 3, 2010.
  • Disney’s Magical Express (Airport Shuttle Service) – New luggage procedure for late night arrivals. 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

August 2010 Walt Disney World Discounts & Promotions 
1.) Summer Magic Promotion – this promotion provides a discount on your room rate for “Room Only” and vacation package reservations. Are you staying at a Disney Deluxe resort? Compare this with the “Free Dining” promotion to see which offer provides the better value.

2) Free Dining Promotion – August 15 – December 21, 2010. Receive one of the Disney dining plans at no extra cost when you book a “Magic Your Way” vacation package of at least three nights, with 2-day or longer admission tickets. Blackout dates apply – promotional rate subject to availability.  For more information, see: http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/freedining.php 

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  1. Help with building a Best Days Itinerary – a daily schedule that puts you in the best park for each day of your trip
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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. We book directly through Disney so you never pay more than if you booked the trip yourself – you just receive more expert help to make your vacation the best it can be.  For more information, see: http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/freetouringplans.php 

Thank you,

Stephen

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July 19, 2010 at 8:19 pm 1 comment

Walt Disney World Resort in July 2010 – Crowd Warnings, Ride Closures, and Special Events

July is a busy month at the  Walt Disney World Resort. The Florida weather can be hot and humid but, by doing a little advance planning, you can still plan on having a great time on your WDW summer vacation.

Crowd Warnings for Your July 2010 Trip to Walt Disney World Resort 

4th of July / Independence Day travel period – All of July is considered “peak season” but because many people receive a day off for this holiday, they use one less vacation day when traveling this week and that means a busy time at Disney World. 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.

Independence Day – this is one of the busiest days of the year at Walt Disney World. Parks often close to capacity so you should arrive early and plan to stay all day. Make your dining reservation immediately. Warning: The Magic Kingdom will be crazy crowded on the 4th of July – visit a different park and you’ll have a better day. Best choices? Go to Disney’s Hollywood Studios which will have fireworks at 9:30PM or Animal Kingdom (and catch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the beach at Disney’s Polynesian Resort).

Fantasmic! (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) -This great show is no longer presented every night. It will be offered 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29. There will be two performances for each of these nights (typically at 9:00PM & 10:30PM) and the second performance will always be much less crowded than the first. 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. 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.

Main Street Electric Parade (Magic Kingdom) -This parade is offered twice nightly most nights at 9Pm & 11PM in July (10PM & Midnight on July 4th) and the second parade will be much less crowded than the first. . There is only one Main Street Electric Parade on the nights of July 3, 8, 10, 14, 17, 18, 25, 28, 29 – typically at 9PM but check your times guide for exact times during your visit.

TIP: Avoid Character Breakfasts during July! – The theme parks will be at their least crowded and coolest when the parks open. It is far better to book a lunch or dinner reservation that gets you out of the direct sun and out of the crowds a little later in the day. If you’re really looking forward to a character breakfast, try a resort character breakfast before going to the water parks or on your departure day. Another option is to book the latest possible reservation and treat it like brunch, rather than breakfast. For example, Animal Kingdom only has one character meal – Donald’s Breakfast Safari; if this is a priority, try to get a 10:15AM seating, then tour Dinoland USA before breakfast.

A good touring plan is absolutely essential during this busy travel season. There will be lines that are well over an hour long but you don’t have to stand in them to see and do all of the things that are important to you. We provide three choices for custom touring plans – a subscription to TouringPlans.com, 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 at Disneyworld in July 2010 

4th of July Fireworks. Magic Kingdom – 9:00PM fireworks, include a presentation of patriotic music timed to correspond with the pyrotechnic (fireworks) display. Disney’s Hollywood Studios – 9:30PM Holiday Fireworks display. Epcot – 10:00PM Illuminations with special Fourth of July finale.  TIP: The Magic Kingdom’s “Celebrate America” fireworks are also offered on July 3rd at 9PM and this is a much, much better day to visit the Magic Kingdom. Avoid both the Magic Kingdom & Epcot on July 4th.Epcot’s “Sounds Like Summer” Concert Series ~ June 12 – July 31. . These fun mini-concerts take place in Epcot’s American Gardens Theatre. Most evenings, the shows are at 5:45, 7:00, & 8:15PM. July 4th shows are at 5:15, 6:30, 7:45, & 9PM. Performances are subject to change but here’s the current schedule:outlets. Expect to see athletes, teams, and their families in the resorts.

 

June 27-July 3: To be determined
July 4 – July 10: Satisfaction – A Tribute to the Rolling Stones
July 11- July 17: Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi)
July 18 – July 24: 2U – The World’s 2nd Best U2 Show
July 25 – 31: Beginnings – A Tribute to Tom Petty

ESPN RISE Sports Festival weekends at Disney’s Wide World of Sports. July 14-27, More than 13,000 young athletes will be competing in softball, baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse, and track & field events at the Wide World of Sports Complex. The competition will be televised live on ESPNU and other ESPN Web

Temporary Ride & Attraction Closures and refurbishments at Walt Disney World in July

Pooh’s Playful Spot & Ariel’s Grotto (Magic Kingdom) have closed for the Fantasyland Expansion.

SpectroMagic Parade – (Magic Kingdom – parade) is not offered this summer; instead, the Main Street Electrical Parade has been brought to Florida as part of the summertime “Nightastic” events.

Cantina de San Angel (Restaurant – Epcot / Mexico Pavilion) is closed for a major refurbishment until September 2010.

Honey, I Shrunk the Audience (3D Movie – Epcot / Imagination Pavilion) is not being shown. Captain EO (featuring Michael Jackson) has returned for a limited time.

Disney’s Magical Express (Airport Shuttle Service) – New luggage procedure for late night arrivals. 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 Walt Dsiney world Theme Park Itineraries & Touring Plans

We book directly through Disney so you never pay more for your Walt Disney World Resort vacation and then – at no charge to you – we provide your choice of one of three great options for Disney theme park touring plans that keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the long lines.  See www.buildabettermousetrip.com for more information.

Thank you,

Stephen

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June 30, 2010 at 1:45 am 3 comments

Walt Disney World March 2010 – Crowd levels, Ride Closures, Attraction Refurbishments, and Special Events

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

 Walt Disney World Resort & Theme Parks Crowd Level Warnings:

1.      Crowds will get heavy around March 13th as people enjoy their Spring break at Walt Disney World.   The early part of the month will have low to moderate crowds.    Low crowds mean shorter hours and fewer shows so plan accordingly.  

2.     Fantasmic! (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) –This great show is no longer presented every night.  It will be offered March 4, 7, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30 & 31.  This is a very popular show and we highly recommend it – arrive 60-90 minutes early, if you do not have a Fantasmic! Dinner package.  Disney may add a second, later performance on certain evenings as we get close to Easter– if they do, the later showing of Fantasmic! will always be less crowded than the earlier one   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.  A good touring plan will help you manage this.   Any day with both an Extra Magic Hour(s) and Fantasmic! will be especially busy.  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.  For a full description, see our article at http://www.squidoo.com/Fantasmic-at-walt-disney-world 

3.     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 March 1, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31.   If Disney offers a second evening parade, the later parade will be less crowded than the earlier.   Any day that the Magic Kingdom offers both an Extra Magic Hour(s) and SpectroMagic Parade will be especially busy.

5.     Extra Magic Hours – (Special hours only available to Disney resort hotel guests)  We strongly recommend that everyone avoid the Extra Magic Hour park of the day during Spring Break.    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. 

7.      Magic Kingdom & Animal Kingdom Open Early– Spring Break.  The Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom theme parks will open at 8:00AM for all guests from March 28thth – April 10th.  This is an hour earlier than the typical opening.  You’ll want to be at the gates by 7:45AM to take advantage of the shortest lines of the day.

8.     A good touring plan will keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the long lines.  You can spend your spring breaks in line or you can use a touring plan will make sure you see and do the things that are important to you in a way that keeps lines to a minimum. We provide three choices for custom touring plans – 1) a subscription to Tour Guide Mike, a highly respected online planning service and Disney planning community with 45,000 members, 2) the 2010 Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, the most popular guide book available with information on every resort, restaurant, attraction and activity, and 3) our Custom Service, where we select the most appropriate touring plans and provide advice for customization for your specific group based on your preferences – at  no charge to you when you book your trip through Build A Better Mouse Trip

Special Events At Walt Disney World in March 2010

1.      Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival – March 3 – May 16, 2010.  No extra ticket needed – included with your park admission. Expect Epcot to be in full bloom with flowers, topiaries, gardening demonstrations, and special activities.  

2.     2010 Disney’s Princess Half  Marathon.  March 5-7, 2010.   This popular event doesn’t really affect your time in the park but you will notice participants and their families in the resorts.  Be sure to book your accomodations early if you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World that includes these dates.  For full details, see: http://disneyworldsports.disney.go.com/dwws/en_US/events/eventDetail/detail?name=PrincessHalfMarathonDetailPage&bhcp=1

3.  Atlanta Braves Spring Training at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (Formerly known as Disney’s Wilde World of Sports)  2010 SPRING TRAINING HOME SCHEDULE:

March 3 — New York Mets 1:05 PM
March 4 — Pittsburgh Pirates 1:05 PM
March 5 — Washington Nationals 1:05 PM
March 7 — Houston Astros 1:05 PM
March 9 — Philadelphia Phillies 7:05 PM
March 10 — New York Mets 1:05 PM
March 12 — Pittsburgh Pirates 1:05 PM
March 13 — Toronto Blue Jays 1:05 PM
March 16 — Florida Marlins 1:05 PM
March 19 — Detroit Tigers 6:05 PM
March 21 — St Louis Cardinals 1:05 PM
March 24 — Philadelphia Phillies 1:05 PM
March 26 — Detroit Tigers 1:05 PM
March 27 — Washington Nationals 1:05 PM
March 30 — New York Yankees 1:05 PM
March 31 — Houston Astros 1:05 PM

5.     Celebrate Tonight – Downtown Disney’s West End Plaza.  Mini Street Parties featuring a DJ and stilt walkers lead dances, the limbo, party games, and sign-alongs.  They only last about 20 minutes each but are a lot of fun.  Sunday – Thursday:  intermittently 5:00pm– 11:00pm.  Friday – Saturday:  intermittently 6:00pm– Midnight.  Check on the hour and half hour.

Disneyworld Attraction Closures & refurbishments – March 2010:

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach (water park) – will be closed January 10th – March 20th for its annual refurbishment.
  • Mickey’s Toontown Square – date to be announced.  At some point, Mickey’s ToonTown Fair will close as Disney begins a major expansion on Fantasyland.
  • 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 Theme Park 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)
  • Free Theme Park 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 vacation planning services & touring plans 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 touring plans that let you enjoy more attractions with less lines.

If you have questions or are interested in our services:

  •  just call us toll free at 877-815-6515
  •  or use the online form 

 Thank you,

Stephen

 Build A Better Mouse Trip
www.buildabettermousetrip.com
Toll Free Phone: 877-815-6515
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January 20, 2010 at 4:12 pm 1 comment

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