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Breaking news and opinions from MousePlanet writer, editor and podcaster Mark Goldhaber.

  1. Goodbye, Grand Gatherings

    If you're the type that travels with large parties, be aware that Walt Disney World is discontinuing its Grand Gathering Events. As of January 28, 2012, the Safari Celebration, Good Morning Breakfast, and International Dinner & Illuminations Dessert Party will no longer be offered. Grand Gatherings were introduced in late 2003, and were part of the "Magical Gatherings" promotion. It now seems that the need to promote special events designed for groups traveling together has passed, and that any ...
  2. Parks & Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs shuffles the executive deck; what does it mean?

    Late yesterday, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs announced some changes at the top of the division's leadership structure on the heels of Al Weiss' retirement announcement just two weeks ago. While speculation was that a reorganization would be coming, nobody really thought that the movement would be so swift, as Weiss' retirement isn't effective until November.

    This reorganization of the Parks & Resorts division follows the November 2005 shakeup where then-Parks & ...
  3. This year's Walt Disney World ticket price hikes come earlier than usual

    Perhaps in an attempt to grab a little extra income at the expense of the large summer crowds, Walt Disney World (and Disneyland) announced a ticket price hike Friday, June 10, effective on Sunday, June 12. For years, price hikes for Walt Disney World were announced in January; in 2006, with a second price hike in that calendar year, price hikes moved to the first Sunday in August. Last year, it was pushed back one week. This year, the date was moved up eight weeks, providing a last-minute price ...
  4. Disney Dream a fabulous addition to the Disney vacation portfolio

    I've started this blog post a number of times, trying to come up with the best way to sum up my experiences aboard the Disney Dream, the newest addition to the Disney Cruise Line fleet. I kept restarting because I couldn't come up with enough words to describe it. "Wonderful," "magnificent," "spectacular," "wow," and more just don't seem to sum it up.

    I suppose that my experience may be colored by the fact that I have not been on a cruise ship in 15 years, and so the bar may have ...
  5. Walt Disney World talks New Fantasyland, debuts new castle projection show

    At a press event Tuesday night, Walt Disney World announced more details about the New Fantasyland expansion, which will double the size of the existing land. The announcement had a mix of previously-announced features and new additions.

    New Fantasyland has undergone some changes in the last year and a half. Image Disney.


    Updated 01-19-2011 at 09:58 AM by AVP

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