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Update for August 6 – 12, 2013

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News and Views

2013 D23 Expo starts Friday | Fall 2013 Free Dining offer | Rumor roundup | Construction update | New Walt Disney World Official Album to be released | Quick takes | Crowd update

2013 D23 Expo starts Friday

D23 Expo, Disney's convention for its official D23 fan club, opens this Friday at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. The three-day event features a full schedule of panel discussions, celebrity appearances, live entertainment, and shopping opportunities to keep most Disney fans entertained, and we know we have readers from all over the world coming to attend the West coast event.

Last week we published our guide to help you make the most of the D23 Expo. If this is your first year attending the event, or you're a repeat visitors who wants to know what has changed this year, we hope our guide will help you plan your day(s) at Disney's largest official brand showcase.

The final Expo schedule and guidebook are now available on the D23 Expo website, and Disney has again released a application for mobile Web-enabled devices. The app lets you create a personalized Expo schedule, see venue maps and information, and view all of Disney's D23 social media content like Twitter and Facebook postings in one place.

MousePlanet is once again hosting the MousePlanet LOUNGE in booth 421 of the Collectors Forum, on the main level behind the Dream Store. We encourage you to stop by throughout the Expo. With so much to see and do, you need a place to relax and recharge your batteries—both mental and cellular! The MousePlanet LOUNGE is your home base for the Disney D23 Expo, offering a comfortable seating area, a charging station for your electronic devices, and the opportunity to meet MousePlanet columnists, Community Leaders, and fellow readers. We also have a host of special opportunities planned for our readers.


Mouse Tales' David Koenig (left) looks on as a reader tries to open the MousePlanet treasure chest during the 2011 D23 Expo. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Get a free lanyard and enter to win

Stop by the MousePlanet LOUNGE and receive your free MousePlanet lanyard to wear throughout the Expo. Your lanyard is your entry into our weekend-long contest, where you can win fantastic prizes from our sponsors just by showing your MousePlanet style. You never know where and when our Swag Squad will strike next!

Meet the authors

Meet some of the people behind the website, and learn some of their favorite theme parks tricks and tips:

  • Mouse Tales' David Koenig – Friday afternoon and all day Saturday. David's books will be available for purchase and signing at the Expo.
  • Parenting in the Parks editor Adrienne Krock – throughout the weekend
  • Newsletter editor and Team MousePlanet columnist Stephanie Wien – throughout the weekend
  • Team MousePlanet columnist Lani Teshima – throughout the weekend
  • Park Update editor Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix – throughout the weekend
  • MouseAdventure producer Joe Stevano – Saturday and Sunday

Get a free Team MousePlanet running hat

Are you a runDisney junkie, or are you gearing up for your very first runDisney race? Either way, Team MousePlanet has a special gift for you. Stop by the MousePlanet LOUNGE and receive a free Team MousePlanet running hat or visor featuring our brand-new logo!


Be one of the first to check out our new collection of performance gear at the D23 Expo featuring Team MousePlanet's new logo.

To get your free hat, just show us one of the following:

  • A medal from any runDisney half- or full-marathon event
  • A racing bib from any past runDisney half- or full-marathon with your name printed on it
  • Proof of your entry into an upcoming runDisney event (such as your registration confirmation or waiver)

(While supplies last; one per person, please.)

You'll also be able to see and order the new Team MousePlanet performance wear, certain to be a welcome addition to your training or race day gear.

Rocks for CHOC

MousePlanet is proud to support Children's Hospital Orange County, and we've partnered with CHOC to kick off a unique FUNdraiser at the Disney D23 Expo.

Just like the rocks in "A Bug's Life," CHOC Rocks have a deeper meaning. The tradition started with a young woman named Timmaree, who began painting rocks to give to the doctors and nurses while she was being treated at CHOC. She also sold them at fundraisers, signing hundreds of rocks for dedicated collectors. Today, Team Timmaree Rocks is one of the largest teams in the annual CHOC Walk, and her friends and family continue to host rock painting events in her memory.


A collection of rocks hand-painted by well-known local artists and Disney illustrators will be offered in an auction to benefit Children's Hospital Orange County. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Beloved artists, including Shag, Chip Foose, Dave Avanzino, Kevin Kidney, Jody Daily, Joe Yakovetic, Stacia Martin, Jeff Granito and Katie Kelly have each hand-painted a CHOC Rock, and MousePlanet is proud to offer them at auction via eBay's Giving Works program. You can view these rocks and our other auction items at the MousePlanet LOUNGE. One hundred percent of the proceeds from these auctions will go directly to Children's Hospital Orange County.

Get ready for Adventure

At the MousePlanet LOUNGE, you can sign up for our Fall 2013 Walt Disney World World Explorers event, or take home one of three MouseAdventure Vacation packets developed for you to keep your skills sharp between events.

Check your gear

Cameras and recording devices are not permitted in certain venues, as indicated in the Expo Guide Book and on the D23 Expo app. MousePlanet will again offer free, secure electronics check for our readers on a first-come, first-served basis.

The only constant is change, and you never know when that artist signing or video game demonstration you wanted to see will be moved, rescheduled, or extended due to popular demand. If you have a smartphone, we recommend downloading the official Disney D23 app, but also using Twitter and/or Facebook to stay up to date with the latest news from the Expo.

If you'll be at the Expo or just want to experience it with us online, follow MousePlanet's special D23 Expo Twitter account at MPatD23Expo for live updates throughout the show.

If you won't be at the Expo and don't want all of the chirping, follow MousePlanet on Facebook or Twitter for daily recaps.

We hope to see you there!

Fall 2013 Free Dining offer

As mentioned in last week's Update, there has been quite a bit of speculation and anticipation about the Fall 2013 Free Dining offer, but none of our MousePlanet travel partners had details they could share, and rumors published on other sites didn't pan out. Happily, we can now dispense with the rumors and the guesses, because WDW officially announced the Fall 2013 Free Dining offer last week.

This offer is a bit different than the promotion that just ended. Now when you book a full-price 6-night, 7-day Magic Your Way package (which includes your hotel room and theme park tickets), you receive a free dining plan based on the hotel you stay at:

  • Value Resort – receive the Quick Service Dining plan for free. You can upgrade to the Standard or Deluxe dining plan by paying the difference.
  • Moderate, Deluxe, or Deluxe Villa Resort – receive the Standard dining plan. You can upgrade to the Deluxe dining plan by paying the difference.

The offer is valid for arrivals most nights in these periods:

  • September 29 through October 2, 2013
  • October 18 through November 2, 2013
  • November 11–23, 2013
  • December 12–22, 2013

The promotion has these restrictions:

  • You must purchase a 6-day (or longer) Magic Your Way ticket for every member of your party.
  • You must book your travel by September 15.
  • You must book the same tickets and dining plan for every member of your party.
  • Children ages 3 to 9 must order from the children's menu where offered; children under age 3 are not eligible for free dining.
  • This offer excludes the campsites at Fort Wilderness, the Little Mermaid rooms at the Art of Animation Resort, and all 3-bedroom Villas.

For full details, visit the Disney special offer site. Book by phone at (407) 939-7729, call your favorite travel agent, or book online at the Walt Disney World website.

Special thanks to Mary Kraemer, vacation travel consultant with CruisingCo.com and MouseEarVacations, for the late-night heads-up when this offer went live Wednesday night, and also to Facebook member Dis-Girl, who also alerted us while we were gathering the details.

Fall 2013 room-only discounts

Are you ineligible for the new Free Dining offer, but still planning a Walt Disney World trip this fall? A new room-only promotion offers up to 30 percent off select rooms most nights in two date ranges:

  • September 29 through November 9, 2013 – you must book by September 15, 2013
  • November 10–22, 2013 and November 30 through December 23, 2013 – you must book by November 3, 2013
  • November 23–25, 2013 at the Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts only – you must book by November 3, 2013
Resort Category Savings
Select Disney Deluxe Villa Resort Hotels 30 percent
Select Disney Deluxe Resort Hotels 30 percent
Select Disney Moderate Resort Hotels 20 percent
Select Disney Value Resort Hotels 15 percent

What is unusual about this offer is that the discount is available on the Art of Animation Resort Family Suites for some portion of the promotion. These rooms are usually excluded from promotional offers, so it's a good chance to check out the family suites if your travel dates work out. Still excluded from this offer are the campsites, three-bedroom villas, Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at Disney's Art of Animation Resort, and The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

  • September 29 to October 5, 2013
  • October 20 to November 2, 2013
  • November 10–22, 2013
  • December 15–23, 2013

Even if you've already made your reservations or booked under the free dining plan offer, it's worth checking to see if the room-only discount might save you more. One of our readers reported that she saved $1,150 by rebooking a previous reservation. Full details, terms, and conditions are available on the Disney website.

Construction update

Jeff Kober caught up on happenings around Walt Disney World this weekend, including the expansion of the MyMagic+ infrastructure, and changes in Animal Kingdom.


MyMagic+ testing is again underway throughout most all of August. This is a new host station at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


When not in use, a leather cover, similar in material to the look at the Magic Kingdom but embossed with the Animal Kingdom logo, conceals the touch screen kiosks. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


The host station at Disney's Hollywood Studios is on the front porch of the former Sid Cahuenga's shop, but looks somewhat temporary. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


In addition to the central kiosks staffed by Guest Relations cast members, freestanding MyMagic+ kiosks are popping up around the theme parks, allowing users to re-adjust Fastpass+ plans and make other itinerary changes without using a smartphone. This kiosk sits adjacent to the Fastpass kiosks outside the Tower of Terror. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Major changes are occurring along the river in Africa in preparation for the move of the Festival of the Lion King. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Vertical structures are taking shape in the construction area, though it's uncertain if this is part of the new theater or another building. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


The zebras have returned to the end of Kilimanjaro Safaris in Animal Kingdom. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Registration opens today for MouseAdventure World Explorers

Join us on November 16 and 17 for an exploration of Walt Disney World like no other. Our fifth MouseAdventure event takes players all around Walt Disney World in a two-day challenge that is sure to make you see WDW in a whole new light.

Registration for our two-day MouseAdventure World Explorers event in Walt Disney World opens today, August 6 at 9 a.m. Pacific (that's noon for your East Coast players) online at MouseAdventure.com.

Pricing for this two-day event is $175 for a team of at least two players up to a maximum of four players. Registration does not include park admission (park hopper admission is required; water park admission is not).

The Coast to Coast Challenge

Every team that participated in the Spring 2013 MouseAdventure event in Disneyland and plays in MouseAdventure World Explorers V in Florida, will receive a special recognition of their dedication.

And, for the true competitors, there will be a special prize awarded to the team with the highest combined score for the Spring 2013 MouseAdventure Musical event at Disneyland and MouseAdventure World Explorers V in Florida. This prize will be awarded at the resort results meet in Florida.

To participate in this challenge, teams must have a score from the Spring 2013 MouseAdventure Musical event at Disneyland (Basic or Advanced division) and complete the Fall 2013 event in Walt Disney World. The majority of players from the team must participate in both events.

Quick takes…

...Last night, we learned about a scheduled registration system outage that impacts the Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, and Aulani (the Disney resort in Hawaii). The outage runs through mid-afternoon today, and Disney warns, "During this time, our systems will not be fully functional." Full details on our MousePad discussion forum.

...A continuing reminder to those planning a stay at the All-Star Sports Resort in the coming months: The hotel's food court is now closed for refurbishment through mid-December. During this time, snacks and drinks will be available from a grab-and-go location in the former arcade, which was recently converted to this purpose. Hot food will be available from the All-Star Music Food Court, with Disney offering bus service between the resorts. Both the new food court and the restored arcade are expected to reopen in December.

 

Are we looking for you?

Do you write or blog about Walt Disney World or Disney-related topics? Do you have a Disney-related YouTube channel or independent website? If so, we want to meet you. MousePlanet is looking for established writers to cover new areas of the Disney universe, including the international Parks and Resorts.

If you are interested in learning how your blog or site can work with MousePlanet, or you have an idea for a great new column, please contact us—we'd love to hear from you!

Crowd Forecast

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Only a few weeks of the Summer touring season remain. TouringPlans.com can help you avoid falling into the typical tourist pitfalls, and will help you avoid the dreaded tour groups, with our per-park Crowd Calendar, Lines - Mobile Wait Times App that gives access to current and estimated wait times for attractions, and Touring Plans detailing the best plan of attack for hitting the attractions. Now more than ever, it's a good time to subscribe to TouringPlans.com to plan your strategy to avoid the crowds!

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.

Date Overall
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 9 / 10
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 9 / 10
Thursday, August 8, 2013 8 / 10
Friday, August 9, 2013 9 / 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!

  • Tuesday is the best day to visit the Magic Kingdom.
  • The resort crowd level on Saturday 8 out of 10.
  • Following a Touring Plan is important when crowd levels spike at the park you're visiting!

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Resort Events

2013

  • Night of JoySeptember 6–7
  • Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – September 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 29; October 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31; and November 1.
  • Epcot International Food & Wine FestivalSeptember 27 to November 11
  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend October 4–5
  • EasyWDW.com reports that Disney Hollywood Studios will close at 6 p.m. on October 26 due to a private event for the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Holiday Time at Walt Disney World – begins November 8
  • Opening night for Osbourn Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights – November 8
  • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party – November 8, 11, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22; and December 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20.
  • Wine & Dine Half Marathon WeekendNovember 8–9
  • MouseAdventure World Explorers VNovember 16–17. Keep an eye on our MouseAdventure Facebook page, and register for our MouseAdventure Newsletters for more details as they are announced.
  • Candlelight Processional – November 29 through December 30. Dining packages go on sale July 9.

2014

runDisney events and capacity updates

2013

  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend – October 4–5.
    • October 5 (a.m.): Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run – 90%
    • October 5 (a.m.): runDisney Kids' Races – 57%
    • October 5 (p.m.): The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler – Sold out
    • October 5 (p.m.) – 6 (a.m.): Disney Villains Hollywood Bash – 51%
       
  • Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend – November 8–9.
    • November 8 (p.m.): Wine & Dine Pre-race Taste – 87%
    • November 9 (a.m.): runDisney Kids' Races – 54%
    • November 9 (a.m.): Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5K – 87%
    • November 9 (p.m.): Wine & Dine Half Marathon – Sold Out
    • November 9 (p.m.): Finish Line Party – 54%

2014

  • Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – January 9–12. Final cost increase August 14, 2013
    • January 9: Family Fun Run 5K – Sold Out
    • January 10: 10K – Sold Out
    • January 11: Half Marathon – Sold Out
    • January 12: Marathon – Sold Out
    • January 11-12: Goofy Challenge (half and full) – 85%
    • January 9–11: runDisney Kids' Races – 51%
    • January 9–11: Pasta Party in the Park – 51%
    • January 9–12: Dopey Challenge (5K, 10K, half, and full) – Sold Out
       
  • Disney's Princess Half-Marathon Weekend – February 21–23.
    • February 21: Disney Royal Family 5k
    • February 21–22: runDisney Kids' Races
    • February 22: Enchanted 10k – Sold out
    • February 23: Disney's Princess Half Marathon – Sold out
    • February 22–23: Glass Slipper Challenge (Enchanted 10k and Disney's Princess Half Marathon) – Sold out

Do you participate in (or are considering signing up for) runDisney events? Visit our Team MousePlanet forum on the MousePad discussion board, where you can join our community of health-minded readers and staff.


Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Magic Kingdom

  • Enchanted Tiki Room – closed July 31 through August 28 for refurbishment.
  • Prince Charming Regal Carousel – closed August 1–21 for refurbishment.
  • Liberty Belle – closed August 5–9 for refurbishment.
  • Jungle Cruise – closed August 19 through September 30 for refurbishment.
  • Cinderella's Royal Table – closed September 10–13 for refurbishment. [No longer showing on the official refurbishment list; check to confirm before your visit]
  • Peter Pan – closed September 30 through November 13 for refurbishment.
  • Walt Disney World Railroad – closed September 30 through November 20 for refurbishment.
  • Princess Fairytale Hall – opens 2013.

Epcot

  • Fountain View Ice Cream – closed through early September for conversion to Starbucks location.
  • Spaceship Earth – closed August 18–24 for refurbishment.
  • New rest room between America and Japan pavilions – scheduled to open Fall 2013.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Muppet*Vision 3D – closed August 6 through September 2 for refurbishment.
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Playground – closed September 3 through November 19 for refurbishment.
  • Both parades (Disney Channel Rocks and Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun Parade) have ended their run. No new parades have been announced.

Animal Kingdom

  • No known refurbishments.
  • Festival of the Lion King scheduled to move to a new theater—currently under construction—sometime in 2014. No dates have been announced.

Resorts

As reported in July, some refrigerators in non-Disney Vacation Club rooms at Walt Disney World are being replaced due to a product defect. All Walt Disney World Resort rooms with the exception of DVC Villas, the family suites at the Art of Animation and All-Star Movie resorts, and the cabins at Fort Wilderness are impacted. Disney says "the schedule for replacing the refrigerators at these Resorts is expected to last several months."

In the interim, if you have a reservation at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel and need a refrigerator for medical reasons,we recommend contacting your resort directly to inquire about availability during your trip. The hotel should be able to arrange for one if your room does not yet have a new refrigerator, but supplies may be limited while they work to replace all of the malfunctioning units. Remember, Value resorts do not include in-room refrigerators.

  • All-Star Movies – feature icons refurbishment through September 20.
  • All-Star Music
    • Feature icons refurbishment through September.
    • Melody Hall guest check in parking renovation – June 13 through August 7
  • All-Star Sports
    • Feature icons refurbishment through September 20.
    • Arcade closed for conversion into a temporary grab-and-go food location. Expected to reopen in December.
    • Food court closed August 5 - mid-December for refurbishment. During this time, snacks and drinks will be available from a grab-and-go location in the former arcade. Hot food will be available from the All-Star Music Food Court, and Disney will offer bus service between the resorts.
  • Contemporary Resort
    • California Grill closed through late summer for refurbishment.
    • Guest elevator renovations – through December 8
  • Grand Floridian – Convention center parking lot refurbishment August 5–7
  • Polynesian
    • Soft goods replacement in guest rooms through October 4
    • Volcano pool closed September 9–20 for refurbishment.
  • Pop Century
    • Feature icons refurbishment through October 2
  • Port Orleans French Quarter
    • Lodge building window frame and shutter painting through August 20
  • Port Orleans Riverside
    • Bridge and bus stop vine removal and painting through August 30
  • Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
    • Grandstand pook closed August 25 through September 14
  • Yacht and Beach Club
    • Beach Club Villas sidewalk will be repaired through August 6
  • Wilderness Lodge
    • Main building exterior repairs through August 5

Water Parks

  • Typhoon Lagoon – closed October 27, 2013 through January 4, 2014 for refurbishment.

Elsewhere

  • Disney Palm Golf Course – closed through mid-November for refurbishment.
  • Cirque du Soleil La Nouba – performs Tuesdays through Saturdays. Will not be performed on the following dates in 2013:
    • July 23
    • September 17–21
    • November 5–6

Current Discounts & Promotions

Discounts for everyone

Free Dining in September

First Disney announced a new Free Dining offer for U.K. residents, then an offer for Disney Visa cardholders visiting selected dates this September. Now the September Free Dining offer is available without using a Disney Visa card. Check in at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel from September 2 to 25 and stay three to 14 nights, and everyone in your party gets free dining. Stay at a:

  • Value Resort – receive the Quick Service Dining plan for free. You can upgrade to the Standard or Deluxe dining plan by paying the difference. Moderate, Deluxe, or
  • Deluxe Villa Resort – receive the Standard dining plan. You can upgrade to the Deluxe dining plan by paying the difference.

There are some restrictions:

  • You must purchase a 2-Day (or longer) Magic Your Way ticket for very member of your party.
  • You must book your travel by July 31.
  • You must book the same tickets and dining plan for every member of your party.
  • Children ages 3–9 must order from the children's menu where offered; children under age 3 are not eligible for free dining.
  • This offer excludes the campsites at Fort Wilderness, the Little Mermaid rooms at the Art of Animation Resort, and all 3-bedroom Villas.

For full details, visit the Disney special offer site.

PhotoPass+ pre-arrival discount

Disney's PhotoPass service provides a discount on Disney PhotoPass+ pre-arrival packages. For $149.95 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 more than 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 are charged to all orders.

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

The package might 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, and Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.

Discounts for Annual Passholders

Passholder room discounts June 4 through August 15

A discount for annual passholders is available for most dates June 4 through August 15. Advance reservations required.

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, three-bedroom Grand Villas, and standard rooms at Disney's Art of Animation Resort are not included. Discounts vary by accommodation type and date, and availability varies by date. Moderate and Deluxe Resort suites may be available at a lower discount - check with your travel agent. Full details on the offer website. (AP login required)

You can make your reservation through the Walt Disney World Passholder website or by calling (407) 939-7926 or your favorite travel agent. MousePlanet's preferred Disney travel providers are MouseEarVacations.com (link), Small World Vacations (link) and Get Away Today (link).

Resort Category Resort Name Discount if booked by 6/19 Discount if booked by 8/15
Value Resorts Disney's All-Star Music, All-Star Sports, Pop Century, Art of Animation Family Suites Up to 20% Up to 15%
Moderate Resorts Disney's Port Orleans Riverside, Coronado Springs, Caribbean Beach, the Cabins at Fort Wilderness Up to 25% Up to 20%
Deluxe Resorts Disney's Yacht and Beach Club, BoardWalk Inn, Animal Kingdom Lodge (standard view), Polynesian Resort, Grand Floridian, Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge Up to 35% Up to 30%
Disney Vacation Club Resorts Disney's Beach Club Villas, Old Key West, BoardWalk Villas, Villas at the Wilderness Lodge, Saratoga Springs, Bay Lake Towers Up to 35% Up to 30%

 

Discounts for Disney Visa cardholders

20% off select guided tours

Disney Visa cardholders receive 20% off the non-discounted price of selected guided tours for up to 10 people. The cardholder must participate in the tour, and pay with a Disney's Visa Card and/or Disney Rewards Redemption Card. Tours included:

Magic Kingdom® Park
• Disney's Family Magic Tour
• Disney's Keys to the Kingdom Tour
• Disney's The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour
• Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour

Epcot®
• Gardens of the World (offered seasonally)
• The UnDISCOVERed Future World
• Disney's Dolphins in Depth
Epcot® DiveQuest
Epcot® Seas Aqua Tours
Epcot® Behind the Seeds (15% discount)

Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park
• Wild by Design
• Backstage Safari

Multiple Theme Parks and Backstage Areas:
• Backstage Magic
• Disney's Holiday D-Lights (offered seasonally)
• Disney's Yuletide Fantasy (offered seasonally)

10% off select restaurants

Disney Visa cardholders receive 10% off the check when you pay with a Disney's Visa Card and/or Disney Rewards Redemption Card (be sure to request the discount). Discount excludes alcohol.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge:
• Sanaa (Lunch)

Disney's Contemporary Resort:
• The Wave (Breakfast and Lunch)

Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground:
• Trail's End Restaurant (Breakfast and Lunch)

Disney's Old Key West Resort:
• Olivia's Café (Breakfast and Lunch)

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa:
• Turf Club (Lunch)

Disney's Wilderness Lodge:
• Whispering Canyon Café (Lunch)

Disney's Yacht Club Resort:
• Captain's Grill (Breakfast and Lunch)

Downtown Disney® Area:
• Cap'n Jack's (Lunch)

10% off merchandise

Disney Visa cardholders receive 10% off at participating Disney-owned retail location when you spend a minimum of $50 and pay with a Disney's Visa Card and/or Disney Rewards Redemption Card (be sure to request the discount). Read all of the restrictions on the Disney Visa website.

Free 5x7 character photo at a private meet and greet location at Epcot.

Present your Disney's Premier Visa® Card or Disney Rewards® Visa® Card for access to a private character meet and greet at Epcot for the cardholder and up to 5 guests. The event is hosted daily from 1pm - 7pm inside Innoventions West at Epcot. You'll recieve one free 5 x 7 character photo per day.

Discounts for Florida residents

Florida resident hotel offers

The Waldorf Astoria Orlando has announced Florida resident rates valid through September 5. Residents receive 10 percent off of the best available rate, along with free transportation to the Walt Disney World Resort. Book using the Florida resident offer website.

The Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort has announced Florida resident rates valid through September 5. Residents receive 10 percent off of the best available rate, along with free transportation to the Walt Disney World Resort. Book using the Florida Resident offer website.

Discounts for US Military

2012-13 Military Salute offer

From now through September 28, 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.

These tickets expire after September 28. Blockout dates are March 24 through April 4 at all ticketed locations, and July 4 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 four-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.

You may upgrade the tickets 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 through September 28.

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.

2013-14 Military Salute offer

From August 12, 2013, through September 24, 2014, 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 $169 per ticket, plus tax (up from $156 last year), or with both the Park Hopper and Water Parks Fun and More options for $198 per ticket, plus tax (up from $184). No Base ticket is available with this offer.

These tickets are valid September 29, 2013, through September 27, 2014. Blockout dates December 20–31, 2013 and April 13–20, 2014,at all ticketed locations; and July 4 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 four-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.

You may upgrade the tickets 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 through September 27, 2014 with the exception of the following blockout periods:

  • November 28 to November 30, 2013
  • December 23 to December 31, 2013
  • April 14 to April 19, 2014

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.

Discounts for UK residents

2014 Free Dining offer for UK residents

2014 Free Dining offers for UK residents have been released. From the information posted on the Virgin Holidays website, it appears the 2014 program offers free Quick Service Dining Plan plan when booking at a Moderate resort, and free Dining Plan when booking at Deluxe resorts, Old Key West or Saratoga Springs. There are also offers for a free $200 Disney Gift Card and/or a 14-day ticket for the price of a 7-day ticket depending on travel dates. These particular offers are valid for UK residents only.


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