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Update for September 17 – 23, 2012

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Alcohol comes to the Magic Kingdom | Be Our Guest Restaurant reveals details of decor, menu | Calling all with a spirit of adventure! MouseAdventure: World Explorers comes to Magic Kingdom! | Disney Vacation Club members get discounts on Premium Annual Passes, merchandise | Disney World Moms Panel completes first stage of 2013 applications | Construction update | Quick takes | Crowd Update

Alcohol comes to the Magic Kingdom

The new Be Our Guest Restaurant brings a new dining atmosphere to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, with dinners featuring fine French cuisine, wine, and beer. Huh? What? Alcohol in the Magic Kingdom? How can that be?


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"It hasn't really made sense before but it makes sense when you're in a French restaurant," Maribeth Bisienere, vice president of food and beverage and merchandise operations integration, told WESH Orlando.

"You cannot walk into a French restaurant and not get a glass of wine or beer," Bisienere told the Orlando Sentinel. "It made more sense to do it than not to do it."

"As part of the overall theming, we wanted to offer wine that enhances the guest experience and complement(s) the French-inspired cuisine," said Stuart McGuire, beverage director, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, in a Disney press release. "The wines focus primarily on France’s famous wine growing regions, including Champagne, Alsace, Loire, Rhone, Burgundy and Bordeaux."

While this is a first for regular guests at the Magic Kingdom park (alcohol has been served at private events for years), it's not a first for Magic Kingdom-style parks. Disneyland Paris has served alcohol from its first opening (attitudes toward alcohol differ greatly in Europe), and Disneyland Park serves alcohol in its exclusive Club 33. But Club 33 is behind a locked door and is only available to members of the exclusive club and their guests. This is the first public availability of alcohol to all park guests at one of the two original U.S. Magic Kingdom parks.

Twenty varieties of French and California wine will be available by the bottle or, in most cases, by the glass. Four varieties of French and Belgian beer will also be available. See a complete list here. Alcohol will not be allowed out of the restaurant, which will prevent guests from walking through the park with their adult beverages. Mixed drinks will not be served.

The decision was based on an effort to respond to guest requests. "We wanted to make the experience really match what guests were asking for," Bisienere told the Orlando Business Journal.

This topic has been generating many conflicting opinions in the online Disney community, including on MousePlanet's MousePad discussion forums and Facebook page. What's your take? Is Walt Disney spinning in his grave, or is this one more sign of changing times, along with cast member beards and in-park Wi-Fi? Or is it both? Let us know in the comments below.


Walls to the entrance of Fantasyland Forest have started to become part of the guest area in the Magic Kingdom. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Details on these pillars suggest the animals from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Be Our Guest Restaurant reveals details of decor, menu

Walt Disney World has now unveiled more details related to the decor and menu of the Be Our Guest Restaurant, debuting in just two months in New Fantasyland.

Guests will enter the restaurant by passing through a decayed gateway, crossing a stone bridge, and passing through wrought-iron gates decorated with six beastly figures along the sides. Entering the castle, guests will walk through the Armor Hallway, where six suits of armor stand guard. While dinner guests will enter directly into the Ballroom, lunch guests will first stop in the Beast's Parlor to place their orders at one of five interactive terminals.

The Ballroom dining room is designed to match the famed scene from the movie, with a vaulted ceiling, chandeliers, a terrazzo floor, and tall arched windows giving a view of a light snowfall in the evening sky. The West Wing dining room is darker, and contains the Beast's rose under a bell jar, dropping petals as the Beast's permanent fate approaches. The Rose Gallery dining room does not match a scene from the film, but rather, is inspired by the film in general. A seven-foot-tall music box in the center of the room features Belle and Beast dancing atop it, while the rest of the room features paintings, tapestries, floor mosaics, and more portray roses as well as characters and settings from the film.

The restaurant will seat 546 for lunch and 340 for dinner, as the Rose Gallery will be used as a staging area for dinner table service rather than a dining room.

The quick-service lunch will feature French bistro-style dishes such as tuna niçoise salad, croque monsieur, braised port coq au vin style, and more. Options for children ages 9 and under include a carved turkey sandwich, a Mickey Mouse-shaped turkey meatloaf, and seared mahi mahi.

Dinner service is more upscale, featuring a variety of appetizers including mussels Provençal or charcuterie (cured meats with cornichons, pickled onions, and toasted whole-grain bread). Entrees include a thyme-scented pork rack chop, rotisserie cornish hen, sauteed shrimp and scallops, and layered ratatouille. Dinner will also feature wine and beer service.

The restaurant's signature non-alcoholic drinks are an all-natural fruit juice punch and wild berry extract sweetened with organic cane juice and topped with lemon-lime foam, or an all-natural pure squeezed lemonade sweetened with organic cane juice and topped with wildberry foam. Referred to as L’amour Vrais, French for "true love," they are available in a souvenir, castle-themed goblet for $18.99 or without the goblet for $4.19.

The restaurant opens November 19 and will use one QSR entitlement for lunch or one TSR entitlement for dinner on the Disney Dining Plan. Reservations are available online or by calling 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463), though the restaurant is said to be booked solid at least through the New Year.


Occasional test and adjust previews are being held for Enchanted Tales with Belle. Those times vary and may or may not occur at any given time. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Maurice's cottage is full of charming details, including this portrait of Belle with her mother. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Entering Maurice's work shop, guests pass through a magic mirror portal to enter the Beast's castle. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Guests come upon Madame Wardrobe, who invites the guests to a surprise re-enactment with Belle in the library. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Belle joins in the re-enactment, in this instance, dancing with a young child playing the Beast. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Calling all with a spirit of adventure! MouseAdventure: World Explorers comes to Magic Kingdom!

Registration is now open for MouseAdventure: World Explorers IV. The fourth annual running of the scavenger hunt/puzzle quest/race through Walt Disney World's parks takes place on Saturday, November 3 at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom (the game has been going on at the parks of the Disneyland Resort for more than 11 years now). Do you think that you know the Magic Kingdom? We bet you don't know it as well as you think you do! Test your wits against those of our puzzle masters. Registration will close on Friday, October 19th at 11:00 p.m. (EDT), or when the event sells out. For more information, check out the MouseAdventure information page.


Construction continues on the rest of Fantasyland Forest. This is the gate leading to the Be Our Guest restaurant. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


A closer examination reveals a torn archway, along with signage to the right announcing the restaurant. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Gargoyles line the path of the bridge leading to the restaurant. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Nearby the first rails are being installed for the new Seven Dwarf mine coaster. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Send us your menu photos

Click on the "Dining" section from our Walt Disney World Guide to see our complete list of of the park restaurant menus from Walt Disney World. Please help us keep the menus up to date! Send photos or scans of park menus to menus@mouseplanet.com to help us keep our listings updated.

Disney Vacation Club members get discounts on Premium Annual Passes, merchandise

Disney Vacation Club members have the opportunity to get a great deal on Premium Annual Passes from October 1 through December 31, 2012. Members will get nearly half off the regular price of a new Premium pass, paying $399 for the $699 pass. The Premium pass grants unlimited access to all four theme parks, both water parks, DisneyQuest, the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course (greens fees only) and more. The discounted price compares with $397 for a 10-day pass with Park Hopper and Water Park Fun & More options, $425 for a new standard Annual Pass, or $385 for a DVC member renewal cost for a standard Annual Pass. The usual DVC member cost for a new Premium pass is $559, with a renewal costing $509.

The cost is for a Premium Annual Pass certificate, rather than an actual pass, so it will not be activated until it's used for the first time. Passes purchased on the offer can be redeemed any time through December 1, 2013, so even if you have a current pass, you can get the deal and hold the certificate until your current pass expires. If you've got a pass that expires between October 1 and December 31 this year, you might be able to get two certificates, use one to renew this year, and the other to renew again before the end of 2013. We need to confirm with Disney on that last point.

Members will also get on ongoing discount of 10 percent off of all qualifying merchandise at all Disney owned and operated merchandise locations at all Disney Parks and Resorts.

More information will be available on the Disney Vacation Club member site on October 1.


A big new marquee welcomes guests to Storybook Circus. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


New circus wagon concession booths are being installed. Beyond the wagons is signage for Pete's sideshow. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Disney World Moms Panel completes first stage of 2013 applications

The application period for the Walt Disney World Moms Panel was announced after the publication of last week's Walt Disney World Resort Update. The application period opened last Monday morning at 9 a.m. EDT and closed last Friday night at midnight EDT. Here's hoping that the thousands of you that read this column every week either saw my blog post late last week or spotted the information elsewhere and were able to submit your applications, if you were so inclined.

Those who did get their applications in have just taken the first step in a lengthy process. Following a series of written questions and submissions to shrink the field, the remaining candidates will face a final round of phone interviews. Those who make it through the process and are named to the panel will attend a training session in December, and officially be named to the panel in January.

Good luck to all who applied!


Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party began last week. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Construction update

The following is a listing of interesting items from paperwork filed with Orange County in the last week:

  • Magic Kingdom Haunted Mansion – construction.
  • Magic Kingdom Jungle Cruise – construction.
  • Magic Kingdom Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – experience development AV/SC.
  • Magic Kingdom Pecos Bill's – menu board installation.
  • Magic Kingdom Sideshow Souvenirs – construction.
  • Magic Kingdom Pete's Silly Sideshow – construction.
  • Magic Kingdom AVAC system – mechanical.
  • Epcot Innoventions West – construction.
  • Epcot Wonders of Life pavilion – selective demolition.
  • Epcot World Showplace kitchen – addition of electrical drops.
  • Epcot Food & Wine Festival – bottle graphics.
  • Epcot torch 14 (between United Kingdom pavilion and International Gateway bridge) – replacement of union plug valve and steel pipe.
  • Epcot Japan pavilion – construction.
  • Epcot Germany pavilion – fire sprinkler repairs.
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios Rock 'n' Roller Coaster – construction.
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios Theater of the Stars mini mobile – construction.
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios Sound Stage – installatikon of a wire partition secure area approximately 930 square feet.
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios parade storage building – installation of pad eyes and reinforcement of roof beam for hoist.
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant – electrical and mechanical.
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios left block building – electrical and mechanical.
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios Brown Derby, Studio Commissary, and Soundstage Restaurants – electrical and mechanical.
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios Backlot Express – electrical and mechanical for exhaust fan.
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports – HP marquee package.
  • Disney's Polynesian Resort – room rehab.
  • Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa building 2100 – chimney repairs.
  • Disney's Port Orleans Resort – mechanical for cooler replacement.
  • Disney's Golden Oak Resort Royal Oaks Court – site work.


The Little Mermaid section to the Art of Animation resort has just opened. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Sebastian sits in the center of the hotel complex leading the activity. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Ursula, along with Flotsam and Jetsam, welcomes guests to one of the three resort buildings. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


King Triton sits across from Ursula welcoming guests to his resort building. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Prince Eric along with Ariel's treasures can be found strewn along the path. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Quick takes …

…Guests visiting Epcot on its 30th birthday, October 1, receive a limited-edition button, a souvenir Guidemap, an invitation to presentations in World Showplace, and more.

…Oswald the Lucky Rabbit hats (with long Oswald ears instead of round Mickey ears) become available at Disney parks in late October/early November. The hats will have a red logo on the front (instead of the blue logo used on the hats distributed at the E3 Expo and Comic Con shows), and retail for $16.95.

…The AMC Downtown Disney 24 movie-theater complex is now offering "sensory friendly" film showings for guests with autism. The showings feature lower sound levels, brighter in-theater lighting, and lifting of the ban on moving, talking, and wandering about during the film. This initiative at select AMC Theatres started in Columbia, Maryland. The showings at Downtown Disney take place at 10:00 a.m. one Saturday morning each month, and are subject to change. Here's the upcoming schedule at the theater:

  • September 22 – Finding Nemo
  • October 13 – Frankenweenie
  • November 10 – Wreck-It Ralph
  • December 8 – Rise of the Guardians

…Registration for the featured race of the September 28–29 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend is full. The related runDisney Kids' Races are now 83 percent full, the Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run is now 91 percent full, and the Disney Villains Hollywood Bash after-party is 88 percent full.

…Registration for the featured race of the November 9–10 Disney's Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend is full. There are still some opportunities available to run the race via charity groups and travel operators. Look for details at the event website. The related Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5K is 61 percent full, runDisney Kids Races are 59 percent full, and the Wine & Dine Finish Line Party is 60 percent sold out.

…Registration for the featured events of the January 10–13, 2013, Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend are full, including the Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge, the full Marathon, and the Half Marathon. The Disney Family Fun Run 5K still has room at 64 percent full, and the runDisney Kids' Races are 51 percent full. Space for the featured races is still available through the Runner's World Challenge, Team in Training, and other groups with reserved spots. The Runner's World Challenge is currently 52 percent full.

…Registration for the February 22–24, 2013, fifth annual Princess Half Marathon Weekend is open. The individual Half Marathon is 51 percent full.

…The MousePlanet Newsletter is here! The newsletter contains a recap of the week's articles (in case you miss a day), news that may have developed since the weekly Updates were published, and tips about what's happening at the Disney theme parks for the coming weekend. We'll also include a fun MouseAdventure bonus, such as an Eye Spy or a trivia question. To subscribe to our free newsletter, go to the MousePlanet main page and enter your email address in the top right box labeled "Join the MousePlanet Newsletter." Click Join, then fill out the fields in the registration page, including your first and last name. The Newsletter is free, but you must complete this registration to receive it, even if you may have signed up for one with us in the past.

Crowd update

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Below are the predicted resort-wide crowd numbers for select days generated by the TouringPlans professional statisticians as measured for the upcoming week. For the access to the full year and per-park crowd level predictions, visit our Crowd Calendar.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012 1 / 10
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 3 / 10
Thursday, September 20, 2012 2 / 10
Friday, September 21, 2012 1 / 10

Check out the Disney World Park Crowd Levels page on TouringPlans.com for park-specific predictions and recommendations on which days to visit and avoid particular parks!

  • Magic Kingdom hosts Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party on Tuesday and Friday this week. Guests without admission for this separately ticketed party must leave the park by 7:00 pm on those days.
  • If visiting Epcot, remember that Test Track is closed until Fall 2012; plan your FASTPASS strategy accordingly.
  • Magic Kingdom is our Best Park on Wednesday.
  • Following a Touring Plan is important when crowd levels spike at the park you're visiting!

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Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Magic Kingdom

  • Snow White's Scary Adventures – closed permanently for conversion to Princess Fairytale Hall.
  • Crane at Cinderella Castle for installation of Dreamlights – September 16 through October 1.
  • Country Bear Jamboree – closed for refurbishment through October 16.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean – closed for refurbishment October 9.
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin – closed for refurbishment October 18-25.
  • Be Our Guest Restaurant – soft-opens November 19, official opening December 6.
  • Maurice's Cottage – now in cast member friends & family previews, soft-opens November 19, official opening December 6.
  • Gaston's Tavern – soft-opens November 19, official opening December 6.
  • Bonjour Village Gifts – soft-opens November 19, official opening December 6.
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid – soft-opens November 19, official opening December 6.
  • Ariel's Grotto – soft-opens November 19, official opening December 6.
  • Princess Fairytale Hall – opens 2013.
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – opens 2014.

Epcot

  • Test Track – closed through November 30 for "reimagining."
  • Bistro de Paris – closed through December 1 for refurbishment.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • American Film Institute Showcase – closed for refurbishment October 8 through November 16.
  • Studio Backlot Tour – closed for refurbishment October 8 through November 16.

Animal Kingdom

  • The Boneyard – closed for refurbishment September 18-19.

Resorts

  • Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa:
    • Grand Floridian Spa closed through mid-2013 for refurbishment.
    • Sandy Cove shop closed through December.
    • Courtyard Pool closed through November for addition of zero-entry area.
    • Gasparilla Grill & Games closed through December.
  • Disney's Contemporary Resort – California Grill closed February 2, 2013, through late summer 2013 for refurbishment.
  • Disney's Yacht Club Resort – rooftop HVAC hot water piping replaced January 9 to September 28.
  • Disney's Pop Century Resort – repairs of concrete deck at Hippy Dippy Pool through September 28. The pool remains open during the work, but some small sections of the pool deck are closed periodically throughout this period.

Water Parks

  • Typhoon Lagoon – closed October 28 through January 5, 2013 for annual refurbishment.
  • Blizzard Beach – January 6, 2013 through March 16, 2013 closed for annual refurbishment.

Elsewhere

  • Oak Trail Golf Course – closed through September 28 for refurbishment.
  • Cirque du Soleil La Nouba – performs Tuesdays through Saturdays. For 2012, the show will not be performed:
    • September 18 to 22
    • November 27

Current Discounts & Promotions

Room-only discounts through end of year

A room-only discount is available for most dates September 30 through December 22. Anyone can book this discount through September 29. As with all discounts, rooms available at these rates is limited, and minimum length-of-stay requirements may apply for Friday or Saturday arrivals. No group rates or other discounts apply. Campsites, 3-bedroom Grand Villas, and standard rooms at Disney's Art of Animation Resort are not included. Discounts range from 15-30 percent and availability varies by date.

You can make your reservation through the Walt Disney World website or by calling (407) 939-1315 or your favorite travel agent and mentioning discount code W9G. MousePlanet's preferred Disney travel providers are MouseEarVacations.com (link), Small World Vacations (link) and Get Away Today (link).

Passholder room discounts through end of year

A Passholder discount is available for most dates September 30 through December 24. Passholders can book this discount through the day of arrival if rooms are still available. As with all discounts, rooms available at these rates is limited, and minimum length-of-stay requirements may apply for Friday or Saturday arrivals. No group rates or other discounts apply. Campsites, 3-bedroom Grand Villas, and standard rooms at Disney's Art of Animation Resort are not included. Discounts range from 20-35 percent and availability varies by date.

You can make your reservation through the Walt Disney World Passholder website or by calling (407) 939-7859 or your favorite travel agent and mentioning discount code Q5M. MousePlanet's preferred Disney travel providers are MouseEarVacations.com (link), Small World Vacations (link) and Get Away Today (link).

Free dining offers released for late September through mid-December

Walt Disney World has announced a free dining offer for Disney Visa card members and the general public. The offer is valid for stays most nights September 30 through October 4, October 19 through November 1, November 9–15, November 23–29, and December 10–20, 2012. As with the most recent offers, guests staying at Value resorts receive a free Quick Service Dining Plan, while guests staying in Moderate, Deluxe, or Deluxe Villa accommodations receive the standard Disney Dining Plan. Guests can upgrade their dining plan for the usual difference in price between each dining plan.

The offer is only available for packages including room, tickets, and dining, and all members of the party much purchase the same package and tickets. Minimum length of stay is three nights with two-day base tickets; maximum stay on the package is 14 days. Some blackout dates apply.

Campsites, 3-bedroom villas, and the Little Mermaid standard view rooms at Disney's Art of Animation Resort are not included in this offer, and you must book by September 29 to get this offer.

Remember: If you're planning to play MouseAdventure: World Explorers IV on November 3, you can get free dining as long as you arrive by the preceding Thursday, November 1.

You can make your reservations through the Walt Disney World website or by calling (407) 939-7631 or your favorite travel agent and mentioning discount code F8Z (Disney Visa) or X9N (general availability) for Value resorts or D85 (Disney Visa) or I87 (general availability) for Moderate, Deluxe, and Deluxe Villa Resorts.

MousePlanet’s preferred Disney travel providers are MouseEarVacations.com (link), Small World Vacations (link) and Get Away Today (link).

Special Summer PhotoPass+ deal

Disney's PhotoPass service has announced a new summer discount on Disney PhotoPass+ pre-arrival packages. For $169.95 plus tax, Walt Disney World guests receive a voucher to exchange for a PhotoPass+ card upon arrival at the resort, a Photo Gallery CD with over 400 stock photos ($39.95 value), a unique code to create and order a photo CD upon return from their trip ($169.95 value), print packages at select dining locations ($29.95 value each), and digital photos from select attractions ($14.95 value each). Applicable taxes will be charged to all orders.

This special offer is only available from this link or by calling the Guest Support line at 407-560-4300, and only prior to arrival at Walt Disney World Resort. All sales are final, and not eligible for an exchange or refund.

The package may take as long as 14 days to arrive, and you must bring your voucher from the package to redeem it, so make sure that you order far enough in advance to allow your materials to arrive.

Attractions currently participating in the program are Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, Expedition Everest, and Dinosaur. Current participating restaurants are 1900 Park Fare, 'Ohana, Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, Chef Mickey's Cinderella's Royal Table, Tusker House Restaurant, Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue, Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.

Passholder room discounts for August and September

A Passholder discount is available for most dates August 17 through September 29. Passholders can book this discount through the day of arrival if rooms are still available. As with all discounts, rooms available at these rates is limited, and minimum length-of-stay requirements may apply for Friday or Saturday arrivals. No group rates or other discounts apply. Suites, 3-bedroom Grand Villas, and Disney's Art of Animation Resort are not included. Discounts range from 25-35 percent and availability varies by date.

You can make your reservation through the Walt Disney World Passholder website or by calling (407) 939-7635 or your favorite travel agent and mentioning discount code W9G. MousePlanet’s preferred Disney travel providers are MouseEarVacations.com (link), Small World Vacations (link) and Get Away Today (link).

2012 Military ticket offer

From now through September 28, 2012, active and retired U.S. military personnel can purchase 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with either the Park Hopper or Water Parks Fun and More option for $138 per ticket, plus tax, or with both the Park Hopper and Water Parks Fun and More options for $165 per ticket, plus tax. No Base ticket is available with this offer.

The tickets expire and may not be used after September 30, 2012. July 4, 2012 is a blockout date.

Eligible service members include active or retired members of the U.S. military including the U.S. Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reservists. Disney Military Promotional Tickets can be purchased at Shades of Green or at a participating military base (MWR/ITT) office. There is no tax charged for these tickets but they must be activated at a theme park ticket window. Tickets may also be purchased at Walt Disney World Park Ticket Offices and Guest Relations Offices where tax will be charged. No more than twelve Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased, activated and/or used by any Eligible Service Member or spouse during the life of this promotion, and no Eligible Service Member or spouse may purchase, activate and/or use more than six Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets during any single week of the promotion. One of the Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets purchased on each occasion must be for use by the Eligible Service Member or spouse. This offer is for active or retired members of the U.S. military, including the National Guard, Reservists and the U.S. Coast Guard. Valid military identification is required. The tickets are non-transferable and may not be resold.

The tickets may be upgraded to Seasonal Passes or Florida Resident Weekday Select Passes (for Florida Residents), or Annual Passes, Premium Annual Passes, or Disney Premier Pass with credit toward the upgrade based on the actual price paid. The no-expiration option and other upgrades, such as additional days, are not available.

For complete information regarding Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets, military personnel may call 407-939-7830, visit the Walt Disney World website, or participating U.S. military base ticket offices.

2013 Military Salute offers

From now through September 28, 2013, active and retired U.S. military personnel can purchase 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with either the Park Hopper or Water Parks Fun and More option for $156 per ticket, plus tax (up from $138 last year), or with both the Park Hopper and Water Parks Fun and More options for $184 per ticket, plus tax (up from $165). No Base ticket is available with this offer.

The tickets expire and may not be used before October 1, 2012, or after September 28, 2013. Blockout dates are December 24-31, 2012 and March 24 through April 4, 2013 at all ticketed locations, and July 4, 2013 at Magic Kingdom park only.

Eligible service members include active or retired members of the U.S. military including the U.S. Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reservists. Disney Military Promotional Tickets can be purchased at Shades of Green or at a participating military base (MWR/ITT) office. There is no tax charged for these tickets but they must be activated at a theme park ticket window. Tickets may also be purchased at Walt Disney World Park Ticket Offices and Guest Relations Offices where tax will be charged. Tickets may be purchased by active and retired military personnel for themselves and up to five additional family members or friends. One of the Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets purchased on each occasion must be for use by the Eligible Service Member or spouse. This offer is for active or retired members of the U.S. military, including the National Guard, Reservists and the U.S. Coast Guard. Valid military identification is required. The tickets are non-transferable and may not be resold.

The tickets may be upgraded to Seasonal Passes or Florida Resident Weekday Select Passes (for Florida Residents), or Annual Passes, Premium Annual Passes, or Disney Premier Pass with credit toward the upgrade based on the actual price paid. The no-expiration option and other upgrades, such as additional days, are not available.

In addition, specially priced rooms are available to active and retired U.S. military personnel at select Walt Disney World resorts for stays most nights from October 1, 2012 through September 28, 2013, except for November 24, 2012, December 23-31, 2012, and March 25 through April 4, 2013.

For complete information regarding Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets and discounted resort rates, military personnel may call (407) 939-7830, visit the Walt Disney World website, or participating U.S. military base ticket offices.


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