From the monthly archives:

December 2010

The Operating Park Hours for Walt Disney World Resort are now available for the month of July 2011. These hours will definitely be of use to those planning a summer vacation to the land of the mouse, especially those wanting to make dining reservations at Disney World as you need to consider the 180+ window of booking those reservations.

Park hours are offered below for all four theme parks of Disney World including the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. We also have hours for the two Disney World Water Parks of Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, but they are relatively simple. They appear to be operating from 9AM-7PM on July 1 and 2, then switching to 9AM-8PM the rest of the month.

To find Park Hours for other months, see the All Things Mouse Disney Park Hours page. Disneyland Hours are also available there.

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Guests at Walt Disney World in Florida or Disneyland in California over the holidays will have the opportunity to save some cash on dining if they are willing to eat during the off-times.

That is because Disney is offering a 30% discount voucher for multiple dining locations throughout the parks. However, the voucher is only good for meals purchased before Noon or between the hours of 3 PM and 4:30 PM. Alcohol is excluded.

Disney is making the offer as a way to ease the congestion in the restaurants during the peak times in what is definitely a peak season. The week between Christmas and New Year’s is perhaps the busiest one can experience in the parks as many take their holiday vacations during that time when their children are on Christmas break. Continue reading “Disney Offers Dining Discounts During the Holidays” »


With Christmas just two days away, those who suffer from a form Disney addiction will want to make sure to set aside some time on Christmas Day to watch the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC.  If you are unable to watch it live, perhaps it would be worth taping as it is sure to offer a Disney fix to those who need it.

The Parade is an annual tradition which goes back twenty-seven years to 1983. Of course, the format has changed several times, but that does not mean the festive tradition is any less inviting.


Originally, the parade aired live, but now ABC and Disney tape the event. In fact, the shown footage is actually a compilation of several days worth of taping which occurred earlier in November and December. This allows the televised version to offer several unique entertainment experiences that would be harder to line-up on a single day, much less Christmas Day. Continue reading “Don’t Forget To Watch the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC” »


It is time once again to offer a quick review of the special offers currently available for Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

Walt Disney World Special Offers

Perhaps the most notable and important current special offer to mention at Walt Disney World is the end of the Free Dining.  This opportunity with many dates through the end of September 2011 was initially offered back in August of this year and has been running strong ever since.  However, today, December 20th, 2010, is the last day to book the special according to Disney.

For many arrivals between January 1 – 5, January 9 – 13, January 21 – February 3, February 11 – 17, February 25 – March 3, May 27 – June 2 and August 19 – September 29, Disney is willing to give guests free dining for those that book qualifying packages. To qualify, the packages must include both room and ticket options.

Those that do qualify and book at a value resort will get the free Disney Quick Service Dining Plan which includes two quick service meals and two snacks per day.  Also included in this package is one free refillable Disney Resort Mug per person in the package.  Disney calculates a sample price of this package at $1,397 for a family of four during late August through most of September for a 4-night / 5-day Magic Your Way Package – or $70 per person per day – a calculated savings of $467 for the package. Continue reading “Walt Disney World and Disneyland Special Offers Round-Up – Including Last Chance for WDW Free Dining” »


Disney has officially announced the last day for Mickey’s ToonTown Fair to be February 11, 2011. After that time, construction on the Fantasyland expansion (which is already underway) will overtake the ToonTown section.

The demolition of ToonTown in the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World was previously announced as part of the revitalization of Fantasyland announced in September of 2009. What was unknown, up until now, was the last date in which guests would be able to enjoy the area themed for the little ones.

Mickey’s ToonTown Fair originally opened on June 18, 1988 and was called Mickey’s Birthdayland.  It was re-designated on May 26, 1990 to Mickey’s Starland. Finally, it was changed to its current name on  October 1, 1996.  Throughout all of these incarnations, the area was directed towards the toddler in the family, but offered up enough fun for the entire family. Continue reading “Mickey’s ToonTown Fair Closing Date Announced” »


In news that will delight many Disney Fans, Netflix, Inc. and Disney-ABC Television Group have penned an agreement that will allow Netflix to offer streaming of hundreds of new television episodes never before previously available to Netflix.

This includes shows from the ABC Television Network, the  Disney Channel and ABC Family, the latter of which has never before been available in streaming format to anyone. The agreement will allow the new shows to be streamed beginning 15 days after they initially air.

According to the press release from Netflix announcing the news, the agreement will include among other shows: Continue reading “Disney and Netflix Announce a New Streaming Agreement” »


Disney’s Dream Now Officially the Newest Disney Cruise Ship

December 11, 2010

Meyer Werft shipyard officially handed over ownership of Disney’s newest cruise ship, the Disney Dream, this week to officials of the Disney Cruise Line. The traditional ceremony was held onboard the ship and involved the lowering of the Meyer Werft flag followed by the raising of the Disney Cruise Line flag.  While seemingly simple, it marked the […]

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Disneyland and California Adventure January 2011 Park Hours Available

December 8, 2010

The January 2011 Operating Park Hours for Disneyland and California Adventure Park have now been fully released. While that time-frame is actually not that far off, it is standard for the complete schedule of hours for a following month to only be available from Disney sometime the previous month. Of course, the biggest reason behind […]

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June 2011 Walt Disney World Park Hours Just Released

December 5, 2010

Walt Disney World Resort has released the Operating Park Hours for its four main theme parks and the two water parks for June 2011. While it may seem like this is information that most will not need for several months, it is important to remember that Disney offers dining reservations 180-days out. So those planning […]

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Disney’s Tangled Performs Nicely At the Box Office

December 2, 2010

Surprising some analysts, Disney’s new movie known as Tangled has racked up some decent box office receipts since debuting on November 24, 2010. Debuting the day before Thanksgiving, the fairy-tale show took in an estimated$11,869,194.  By the end of the holiday weekend, the movie garnered a very respectable $69 million.  Not enough to take top […]

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