Walt Disney World leaders recently announced a variety of enhancements to entertainment offerings. Beginning on Oct. 1, Walt Disney World resort guests will have the opportunity to spend an extra hour in the theme parks each day of their vacation. As a part of the Extra Magic Hour program, one of the four Walt Disney World theme parks will open an hour early every day to guests staying at select Walt Disney World resorts, which include the Walt Disney World Swan, the Walt Disney World Dolphin and the Hilton at Lake Buena Vista. As part of this change, the Character Caravan will be discontinued effective Oct. 1. Other changes to the guest experience include: An unprecedented increased number of character experiences at the Magic Kingdom Park, with more characters meeting, greeting and interacting with guests than ever before. The Magic Kingdom Park will start each day with a special character-focused park opening. The character presence in World Showcase at Epcot also will be expanded. The new Princess Storybook Breakfast at Norway at Epcot, previously operating under a test phase, now is a permanent offering. "Beauty and the Beast" - Live on Stage at the Disney-MGM Studios now will be offered seven days a week. Additional nights of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom Park will be available this year. The "Eat to the Beat" Concert Series, new for the 2002 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, will feature nightly performances from several different acts, such as The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, Chubby Checker & the Wildcats and more. "Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame -- A Musical Adventure" will present its final performance at the Disney-MGM Studios on Sept. 28.