The Disney Scoop, Issue #008– Disney Discounts, Holiday Info, and Disney World in 3D…
July 01, 2008
Hello Everyone!Well it’s been a very planning-filled month for my family and our upcoming Disney trip! I managed to get all of our desired Dining Reservations as well as a seating for the Candlelight Processional. In case any of you are skeptical of the advice to make your ADRs right at the 180 point, just know that I was lucky to snag one of only two tables left for our Hoop Dee Doo show (now we do have a party of six and I’m pretty sure there were some smaller tables left – but still…).

Anyway, hopefully all of you traveling to Disney World in December, have successfully made your dining reservations and a Candlelight Processional Dinner Package if desired.

Here’s a heads up for anyone going in January 2009, your 180 day window will open soon! Get ready to make all of your dining reservations. Make sure to set your alarm and start dialing at 7 am eastern time on your reservation day! If you need help figuring out your 180 day point, check out the countdown calculator.

If you are going before then, hopefully you have already made all of your desired reservations, especially if you will be there during the more popular times this year.

Lastly, here is a quick monthly update on the planning spreadsheet files. Since posting the files in a new location on an external web host, they have now been downloaded 1500 times!

Okay, on with the news!


Disney World News
2008 Candlelight Processional Narrators Announced 

The ever popular Candlelight Processional dates and narrators for 2008 have been announced. They are:
  • 11/28 – 11/30: John O’Hurley
  • 12/01 – 12/03: Pattie LaBelle
  • 12/04 – 12/06: Brian Stokes Mitchell
  • 12/07 – 12/09: Virginia Madsen
  • 12/10 – 12/12: Monique Coleman
  • 12/13 – 12/15: *To Be Announced*
  • 12/16 – 12/18: Chita Rivera
  • 12/19 – 12/21: Abigail Breslin
  • 12/22 – 12/24: Steven Curtis Chapman
  • 12/25 – 12/27: Edward James Olmos
  • 12/28 – 12/30: Marlee Matlin

As usual, Disney offers a Candlelight Processional Dinner Package that guarantees you a reservation at an Epcot restaurant and reserved seating at one of the three daily shows. The packages are now available for booking (started on June 23rd, 2008).

2008 Osborne Family Lights Dates Announced 

The Osborne Family Lights is a spectacular display of Christmas lights shown each year at Disney Hollywood Studios theme park. This year the lights will be displayed from November 28th, 2008 to January 4th, 2009.

The lights truly are spectacular and well worth a trip over to the Studios! You will be treated to hot chocolate, falling snow and millions of lights that sparkle and dance along to the Holiday music.


2008 Holiday Dining Surcharge 

During Holiday seasons, Disney raises the prices at many of the fixed price restaurants. You can expect to pay about $4.00 more per person for ages 10 and up, and $2.00 more per person for ages 3 to 9.

The price increases really only matter if you are paying out of pocket for your meal – the Disney Dining Plan price remains the same during these periods.

Of course, your tip calculation will be based on the higher prices whether you are on the Dining Plan or not – so be prepared.

The dates may surprise you – they are not just during the Holidays!!

To find out which dates and restaurants are affected by these surcharges, read the full Disney Holiday Dining article.

Google Earth and Disney in 3D! 

In May 2008, Google Earth and Disney 3D became available. When I say Disney, I mean Disney World – and all of it! Now, I am huge fan of Google Earth to begin with, and I have always found myself flying over Disney World to get that bird’s eye view. But let me tell you, having an interactive aerial map of Disney World in 3D right at my finger tips is an absolute joy – not to mention a great way to pass the time between trips to the World!

So how did they create this 3D world? Well, eight photographers spent ten days….



Disney World Specials

Disney World Room Only Discount

  • Good for travel dates 8/3/08 to 9/27/08
  • Use code DDH when booking.
  • Must book by July 27, 2008.
  • Rates start at $69 for Disney Value Resorts; $109 for Disney Moderate Resorts; $179 for a studio at Disney’s Old Key West or Saratoga Springs Resorts for Sunday through Thursday. Higher rates apply for Friday through Saturday and a minimum stay may be required.
  • As always, certain restrictions apply and availability is limited.

MYW Disney World Package Discount

  • Good for travel dates 8/3/08 to 9/27/08.
  • Must book by July 27, 2008.
  • Certain restrictions apply and availability is limited.
  • To book, call 1-407-WDISNEY and use one of the following codes:
    Basic Magic Your Way Package – DBO
    Magic Your Way Package plus Dining – DDK
    Magic Your Way Package plus Deluxe Dining – DDN




Tip of the Month

Make a Disney Vacation Countdown Chain!

A Vacation Countdown Chain is a great way to get the whole family excited about your upcoming trip. The countdown chain offered here is customizabletotally reusable and easy to update and change for any kind of countdown.



Until Next Time…
Well, that’s all for this month. Be sure to bookmark or add us to your favorites so you can stay informed of all of the changes.

Enjoy planning your magical Disney World Vacation!
Best regards,