From the monthly archives:

September 2009

Quick money-saving tip for Disney’s rainy season

by All Things Mouse Staff on September 30, 2009
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A great money-saving tip to help you stretch your trip budget is to bring your own rain ponchos with you.  Just stop in to your local discount or dollar store & pick up some of the clear disposable ponchos they sell.   You can usually find them in the camping section for $1-2 each.  They are small & easy to pack and will save you from purchasing the more expensive Mickey Mouse ponchos in the park.  (Of course, the Mickey Mouse ones are cuter, but if you’re just going to throw them away anyway, why not save your money for another Mickey Ears ice cream.)

According to, the next week in Disney World should have isolated and scattered thunderstorms.  This time of year, they usually move through in the afternoon, so you’ll be glad you had your ponchos with you.  These storms typically come & go quickly, so don’t let that stop you from going to the parks.  In fact, the ride lines are usually pretty short  just after a thunderstorm has traveled through, so you can sometimes just walk right on to your favorite ride.

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Buy X, Get Y Free Promo Offer For Disney World Announced

by All Things Mouse Staff on September 29, 2009
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With possible travel dates of November 1, 2009 through March 27, 2010, Walt Disney World is once again running a buy some get some free promotional package offer.  The week of 12/25/09 through 12/31/09 is blacked out for this special.

Under the terms of the deal, those booking a 4-night/4-day non-discounted Walt Disney Travel Company Magic Your Way package at a moderate or deluxe on-property resort will get 3 nights and 3 more days of tickets added on for no additional cost.  That is right, 3 more nights of the hotel and 3 additional days of park tickets for the same cost you were going to pay for the 4 night package. Continue reading “Buy X, Get Y Free Promo Offer For Disney World Announced” »


Halloween Party Transformations at Magic Kingdom

by All Things Mouse Staff on September 28, 2009
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The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World tranforms this time of year to prepare for “Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.”  While these parties require special tickets to attend, anyone in Magic Kingdom earlier in the day (or on days the party is not held) can enjoy the special decorations.

While I doubt very many would say these decorations are anywhere near as spectacular as the Christmas decorations, I think everyone would agree they are fun to see!  In fact, take a look at this whimsical video of the decorations going up for an idea on what is there.

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Rumored Upcoming Disney Parks Celebration

by All Things Mouse Staff on September 27, 2009
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Nothing has been officially announced as of yet, but it appears the Disney Parks celebration theme for 2010 will be forthcoming this week.  Please keep in mind that at this point, this is all rumor and speculation until Disney confirms or denies it.

You may recall that in 2009 we were treated to the “What Will You Celebrate” year from Disney Parks.  Part of this theme involved free park entry (or other gift of approximately equal value) on your birthday.  You had to sign up for the promotion in advance, but it appeared to go over quite well for those that were lucky enough to be at a park on their birthday. Continue reading “Rumored Upcoming Disney Parks Celebration” »


Among many other exciting changes that were announced at the recent D23 Expo, the popular Star Tours ride is slated to receive a major upgrade.  The current ride is a favorite of many at both Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida as well as the foreign Disney parks that host the experience.

The original ride opened in 1987 in Tomorrowland at Disneyland. It utilized military grade motion simulators with a film projected on a large screen in front of the simulator that immerses the riders in a high-speed flight through several Star Wars related destinations. Continue reading “New Star Tours Coming To Disneyland and Walt Disney World” »


West coast finally gets a Disney Vacation Club

by All Things Mouse Staff on September 25, 2009
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The Grand Californian Hotel and Spa in Disneyland (Anaheim, Ca) has just completed an addition that adds over 200 new guest rooms to bring their total to 948.  Even more impressive and exciting for many is the fact that they also added 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas.

This marks the first location for the Disney vacation-ownership program on the west coast of the United States.  It also breaks the double digit barrier for the club, as it now consists of 10 unique properties.  Seven of these properties are located within the boundaries of Walt Disney World in Florida where the concept all started in 1991.  One property is located at Vero Beach in Florida and the other remaining property is at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Continue reading “West coast finally gets a Disney Vacation Club” »


Baby Swap aka Rider Swap-don’t miss this when traveling with kids!

September 24, 2009

An often overlooked, but very useful tool to enhance your family’s Disney visit is the Baby Swap, also known as the Rider Swap.  This solves the problem you might have if you are traveling with an infant or young child who does not meet the height requirements for a particular ride.  You might think you need […]

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Fantasyland Version 2.0 Officially On The Horizon

September 23, 2009

What started off as rumors and some “leaked” plans a couple of months ago was officially acknowledged by the Disney Company at the D23 Expo.  The Fantasyland area of Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is in for a major overhaul. With much disappointment expressed by plenty of Disney fans, the area known as Toontown […]

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Suspicious Device on Disney Bus Update

September 22, 2009

For those who have not heard, the suspicious object that was found under a Disney World Transportation Bus a few days ago was actually a wireless tire pressure monitoring device installed in 1998.  The monitor was a prototype instrument that was installed on just one bus more than a decade ago. Tire pressure is not […]

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Adventures By Disney Scaling Back

September 21, 2009

The Walt Disney Company is scaling back its fledgling Adventures By Disney operation that started offering guided vacations in 2005.  Citing improved flexibility as the key reason for the change, the plans call for significantly reducing the number of scheduled itineraries as well as dropping 3 world-wide destinations from the line-up. Touted by the company […]

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