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Episode 17 Now Available

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Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Mike Scopa, Len Testa & Sue Pisaturo

Topics:
  • Changes to Extra Magic Hours
  • You can find Sue's company, Small World Vacations online at www.wdwvacations.com
  • These changes being January 1, 2006 and run through March and occur again in May (these changes do not apply to April)
  • Magic Kingdom
    • Evening: Sunday
    • Morning: Thursday
  • Epcot
    • Evening: Friday
    • Morning: Tuesday
  • Disney-MGM Studios
    • Evening: Tuesday
    • Morning: Saturday
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom
    • Evening: Wednesday
    • Morning: Monday
  • Len thinks with the Morning schedule, Disney has given the parks their Extra Magic Hour on their respective busiest day of the week based on Len's findings
  • For example, Thursday is a busy day usually for the Magic Kingdom
  • The evening schedule has been changed to hold the evening Extra Magic Hour on each of the parks slowest days and Len believes this change was to keep guests in the parks longer
  • Len thinks with the Extra Magic Hour morning offers, Disney is giving resort guests a head start on what would be a very busy day and it's trying to get some extra money by having guests stay in the parks for evening Extra Magic Hours during what is usually a slower day of the week for each park
  • Len's recommendation to not do evening Extra Magic Hours may change but Len will have to see how it plays out in January before recommending to visit parks on their evening Extra Magic Hour days
  • The changes to Extra Magic Hours will not occur in April because of the hectic schedule that happens in April with all the holidays and spring breaks that happen in April
  • There's also some changes for how you can make reservations to dine. Starting 180 days out, guests can make reservations for any restaurant or special dining event, period.
  • Cinerella's Royal Table will serve food throughout the day (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Sue advises calling at 7am on 180 days before you'd like to eat there as reservations can fillup in the first 5 minutes every morning
  • You used to need a credit card to put a deposit but now guests will need a credit card to pay for the whole meal in full when making the reservation
  • For Disney resort guests, they will have a 10 day head start to make reservations (so that's 180 + 10 = 190 days before you'd like to dine)
  • Breakfast & Lunch will continue as a princess themed character meal
  • When you arrive at the castle, a photographer will take some pictures of your group in the lobby before you're seated for your meal
  • While you're dining a package of four 4x6 prints and one 8x6 print of your group photo and one 8x6 print of Cinderella's castle and Disney places the value of this at $29.95 and comes with a photo holder
  • Additional photos can be purchased
  • Breakfast will now cost $31.99 per guest (Ages 10+), $21.99 (Ages 3-9)
  • Lunch will costs $33.99 per guest (Ages 10+), $22.99 (Ages 3-9)
  • As a comparison, Chef Mickey's (at the Contemporary Hotel) is $17.99 (Ages 10+) and 1900 Park Fare (at Grand Floridian) is $17.99
  • The photo package at Cinderella's Royal Table includes an extra "$29.99" package of photos of your group
  • Sue says people will still go crazy for it despite the cost and what it will do is weed out the people who have done it allready and don't want to do it again because of the cost
  • First timers who haven't done it and want to do it for their kids, will do it regardless of cost
  • Dinner is hosted by the Fairy God Mother along with a photo opportunity with Cinderella that will include a special lithograph that is worth "$50" given to dining guests
  • Dinner will cost $39.99 (Ages 10+) and $24.99(Ages 3-9)
  • As a comparison, Chef Mickey's is $26.99 and you get a photo as well and 1900 Park Fare is $27.99
  • If you're on the dining plan, it will cost 2 service table credit to dine at Cinderella's Royal Table
  • Sue recommends those on the dining plan to pay cash and not use their Disney Dining plan credits on Cinderella
  • The prices for Cinderella's Royal Table does not include tax or tip
  • Sue doesn't think the prices will discourage guests because they want to do it and price doesn't matter
  • Sue thinks perhaps a biproduct of these price changes is that perhaps the frenzy each morning to make a reservation may lessen as demand for the meal may not be as strong due to these price changes
  • Len has an "idea" to buy a Cinderella costume, dress up and save some money and do it yourself
  • Sue points out you can save a lot of money by dining at 1900 Park Fare or at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot where you can dine with the princesses
  • Matt points out on a recent poll on the WDW Today website, the majority voted that their budget at Walt Disney World is to just charge it and deal with the bill later
  • Sue describes being at Walt Disney World "intoxicating" and spending money isn't a concern at the time


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