September 2000
WDW Bits and Bites

Feature Article

This article appeared in the September 4, 2000, Issue #47 of ALL EARS® (ISSN: 1533-0753)

September is Disneyanna Time at Walt Disney World! The annual event brings in folks from around the world. This year the convention celebrates world cultures, inspired by the classic theme park attraction "It's a Small World," originally designed for the 1964 New York World's Fair.

At Disneyanna, you'll can meet Disney Legends, participate in workshops that will take you behind-the-scenes to see how the Disney magic is made, and watch as talented Disney artists share their artistic insights.

Each year, the general public has two opportunities to participate in convention festivities: Disneyana Auction Sept. 7 with a preview 3-7 p.m. and bidding 7-9:30 p.m. Auction admission is $25.

On Public Day, Sept. 9, 1-6 p.m., guests are invited to bid on convention collectibles and share in the entertainment and excitement of this one-of-a-kind event. Admission is $10.

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The Bonnet Creek Sandtrap Bar & Grill will be closed on Saturday, September 16th for a private function. The Sandtrap will re-open with normal operating hours on Sunday, September 17th.

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Fantasmic Dinner Package -- Hollywood and Vine is now available along with Brown Derby and Mama Melrose. For full details visit: http://allears.net/din/fantdin1.htm

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FASTPASS Update: Muppet Vision 3D at the Disney-MGM Studios now has FASTPASS. Coming in October will be FASTPASS at the Haunted Mansion in the Magic Kingdom.

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Fort Wilderness has a nightly campfire show open to kids of all ages beginning at 8:00pm.

Come and sing all your favorite campfire songs with Chip 'n' Dale. Located in the Meadow, near the Bike Barn, the theater under the stars is a fabulous place to get into that Disney spirit while roastin' marshmallows.

Stay after the show to see a Disney classic! The movie starts at 8:40pm. You can contact the Fort Wilderness Front Desk to learn what movies will be playing 5 days in advance. Movie info further out than 5 days is not available. The show and movie are free, marshmallows and snacks are extra.

In inclement weather the sing-along moves to the Meadow Pool for a good ol' country back porch jam!

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On October 1, the Magic Kingdom will celebrate it's 29th Birthday!

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As Walt Disney World continues to expand, there will be more and more construction work being done right in front of visiting guests. During September, you will see a number of road paving projects underway. As always, use caution when driving.

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Infant and Toddler FAQ - Jeff Crimm updated the pages last week and would love to hear from more of you regarding your experiences. If you wrote Jeff and did not see your comments in the revised FAQ, he might have lost your email in his hard drive crash...so please rewrite him at jcrimm@worldnet.att.net

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Disney's 6th Annual Latin Rhythm Nights takes place at Pleasure Island September 14-16.

Performances kick off at 8 p.m. nightly at the Pleasure Island West End Stage. The live entertainment acts are included in the regular Pleasure Island admission, $18.86 plus tax, per night. Pleasure Island annual passes also are accepted.

Pleasure Island is open from 7 p.m.-2 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 14: Melina Leon, Oscar d' Leon, Luis Fonsi, Mijares Corvo, Los Toros Band

Friday, Sept. 15: Limi-T 21, Noelia, Jyve V, Control

Saturday, Sept. 16: Gisselle, Lenny Medina, No Mercy, Charlie Zaa, MDO, Banda El Recodo

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River Country - Closed for Rehab September 3-30 and closed for the season from October 1 through March 2, 2001

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Pooh's Corner at the Downtown Disney Marketplace -- Just in case you haven't found that special Pooh-related merchandise, check out the array of Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Rabbit and the rest of the gang items found here. Pooh's Corner will be taking over the Summer Sands store to become the largest Pooh store in the world (opens November 2000)!

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The September E-Ride nights are:
SEPTEMBER ERIDE: 5, 12, 19, 25 7:00pm -10:00pm
(The 26th has been changed to the 25th)


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Editor's Note: This story/information was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all current rates, information and other details before planning your trip.