Since the theme parks reopened, Annual Passholders (and other guests) have had to snag a Disney Park Pass reservations before entering the park. Reservations, especially for Disney’s Hollywood Studios have been filling up FAST. Thus meaning APs are having to book weeks, and sometimes months in advance if they’re looking to visit Hollywood Studios.
Disney World has now released information about the park hours through early December!
Earlier this month, Disney World updated the park hours calendar to show that the hours at Magic Kingdom will be extended to 9AM-7PM beginning on November 6th and hours at EPCOT will shift to 12PM-8PM beginning November 27th. However, since the hours were only listed through November 28th, we weren’t sure what the park hours would look like moving into December.
It seems like there’s always something special happening at Disney World!
But even though some three-day weekends and holidays tend to bring heavier crowds to Disney World, you really need to know about these more unique events if you’re trying to avoid lots of people!
While most of us are just regular people who like to enjoy a nice time at Disney World to relax and unwind, there is another group of super-human athletes that come to Disney to COMPETE!
We’re talking about football players and cheer squads (along with their entourages!) which can sometimes flood Disney World Resort with THOUSANDS of peppy peeps!
Whew! What a WEEK! It was Food and Wine Festival-icous! You’ll have to forgive my one track mind this week, all, but here are the latest news items:
- Here’s the latest on the 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival:
- All the news and photos from the Tables in Wonderland 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Preview dinner
- Epcot Food and Wine Festival booth menus are now available! Click on each booth to see photos of items coming back for 2010.
- Food and Wine Festival merchandise and artwork sneak peek!
- Updates to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Events page were made as well. Don’t forget — Booking opens July 20th at 7am!
- Check out this Taste of Africa Street Party food photo tour!
- And here are all the details on the dining options available at Aulani, DVC’s newest property being built in Hawai’i!
- Finally, the Wishes Dessert Party has been extended through December 2010!
Hopefully you got a chance to check out my blog post over at Touring Plans all about the NEW additions to the 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival! Also, give a listen to the recent WDW Today Podcast, where we chatted about some of the upcoming festival attractions! Thanks, Touring Plans and WDW Today!
I came across a Progress City USA post from 2009 that shows us what dining was like at early WDW. Anyone remember the Pueblo Room?
DisZine reports that the Disney World Swan and Dolphin are announcing a Personal Pantry feature.
Touring Plans blogger Kristen H. writes about her favorite counter service restaurants at WDW.
Heatherw25 has created some more amazing Disney food scrapbooking layouts!
Main Street Gazette compares a favorite Disney World counter-service dish at Sunshine Seasons to one of his local favorites.
A Taste of Disney shows us how to make California Grill’s delicious Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli.
The Daily Disney reports on a new Meatball Sliders and Beer menu at WDW Downtown Disney’s Portobello Restaurant.
Designing Disney looks at inspiration for the Market House Deli in Disneyland Paris.
Chip and Co wonders what makes Aloha Isle so popular.
Pee Dee Foodie reviews Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Disney Parks Blog announces that the Kona Island Sushi Bar is a permanent fixture at the Polynesian Resort in WDW!
DisUnplugged reviews breakfast at Disneyland’s Steakhouse 55.
Great news! The Wishes Dessert Party (formerly booking only through August) is now taking bookings through December 29th.
The Wishes dessert party is an exclusive event held at the Tomorrowland Terrace in Disney’s World’s Magic Kingdom. It offers ticketed guests a buffet of delicious desserts and a great view of the Wishes nighttime fireworks.
Click here to see my Wishes Dessert Party review and photographs of all of the desserts.
Call 407-WDW-Dine to book your party tickets. Parties sell out fast, so call soon!
Thanks to Angie for the news!
Yay! The 2010 Free Dining promotion has again been extended into December.
- You must book a full-price WDW vacation package, checking in *most nights* on these dates: August 15 – October 7, 2010, October 22-October 28, 2010, November 12-18, 2010, November 27 – December 2, 2010 and December 10-21, 2010.
- You must stay at least three consecutive nights at an official Walt Disney World hotel (i.e., a hotel that is owned and operated by Walt Disney World) and at least a 2-day theme park ticket.
- If you stay in a Value Resort: You’ll receive the Magic Your way Plus Quick Service Dining package for the price of a standard Magic Your Way package. You can upgrade to the regular Dining Plan for $10 per adult per night and $2 per child (age 3-9) per night, or you can upgrade to the Deluxe Dining Plan for $40 per adult per night and $12 per child per night.
- If you stay in a Moderate, Deluxe, or Villas Resort: You’ll receive the Magic Your Way Plus Dining package for the price of a standard Magic Your Way package. You can upgrade to the Deluxe Dining Plan for $30 per adult per night and $10 per child per night most nights. Upgrade cost if you’re staying between December 17-21 is $25 per adult per night and $9 per child per night.
- This offer must be booked by August 14, 2010, and the number of packages is limited (so book fast!)
- Note: As long as you check in during a dedicated free dining period, you will have free dining throughout your stay — even if your stay extends into a black-out period.
To learn more about Disney World’s Dining Plans, check out our Disney World Dining Plans reference page!
To learn more about how to make dining reservations in Walt Disney World, check out our Advanced Dining Reservations reference page!