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Update for February 25 – March 3, 2014

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Walt Disney World raises ticket prices for second time in a year | Disney adds 5th weekend and new entertainment to Star Wars Weekends | Olympian sets new course record at Disney Princess Half Marathon | Food and Wine Festival expanded | March culinary event schedule | Quick takes | Crowd update

Walt Disney World raises ticket prices for second time in a year

With no warning save an exclusive tip-off to the Orlando Sentinel, Walt Disney World raised prices this past Sunday for the second time in less than 12 months. The price change went into effect just hours after the Sentinel's article ran Saturday night, and some visitors leaving the Magic Kingdom late that evening posted photos of workers changing the signs above the Transportation and Ticketing Center booths.

A one-day ticket to the Magic Kingdom is now $99, and one-day tickets to the other three theme parks are $94. Prices for Magic Your Way base tickets, most Magic Your Way upgrades and most annual passports increased 2 to 5 percent as well, although prices for the water park and Disney Quest remain unchanged.

The latest price change saw a rare price drop for one product: Disney has implemented a new tiered system for the park hopper upgrade to the Magic Your Way base tickets, with one price for 1- to 3-day tickets, and another price for 4- to 10-day tickets. It now costs $60 to add the park hopper option to a 4-day ticket, up $1, but the park hopper option is now $49 for 1-, 2- and 3-day tickets, a $10 drop.

Walt Disney World and Disneyland last raised admission prices at the same time on June 2, 2013. With the 2013 price hike, Disney also introduced for the first time a tiered ticketing system, charging more for single-day admission to the Magic Kingdom park than to the other three theme parks. That increase also saw the price of Multi-day Magic Your Way base tickets increase 5 to 9 percent across the board, and annual passports jump as high as 17%.

Base ticket prices (children ages 3–9 in parentheses):

Days On Ticket
New Price
Old Price
Percent increase
10 days $354 ($334) $339 ($320)
4% (4%)
9 days $344 ($324) $329 ($310)
5% (5%)
8 days
$334 ($314)
$319 ($300)
5% (5%)
7 days $324 ($304) $309 ($290)
5% (5%)
6 days $314 ($294) $299 ($280)
5% (5%)
5 days $304 ($284) $289 ($270)
5% (5%)
4 days $294 ($274) $279 ($260)
5% (5%)
3 days $274 ($255) $262 ($244)
5% (5%)
2 days $188 ($175) $184 ($172)
2% (2%)
1 day Animal Kingdom, Epcot, or Hollywood Studios $94 ($88) $90 ($84)
5% (5%)
1 day Magic Kingdom $99 ($93) $95 ($89)
4% (4%)
1 day Magic Your Way Park Hopper $134 ($128) $129 ($123)
4% (4%)
1 day Magic Your Way with Water Park Fun and More $154 ($148) $149 ($143)
3% (4%)
1 day Magic Your Way Park Hopper with Water Park Fun and More $180 ($174) $174 ($168)
4% (4%)

Optional add-ons (price increase in parentheses):

 
Park Hopper
Water Park Fun
and More
Park Hopper
+ Water Park Fun
and More
No Expiration
10 days
$60 ($1)
$60 ($1)
$86 ($2)
$340 ($15)
9 days
$60 ($1)
$60 ($1)
$86 ($2)
$295 ($15)
8 days
$60 ($1)
$60 ($1)
$86 ($2)
$270 ($25)
7 days
$60 ($1)
$60 ($1)
$86 ($2)
$250 ($30)
6 days
$60 ($1)
$60 ($1)
$86 ($2)
$210 ($30)
5 days
$60 ($1)
$60 ($1)
$86 ($2)
$160 ($15)
4 days
$60 ($1)
$60 ($1)
$86 ($2)
$100 ($5)
3 days
$49 ($-10)
$60 ($1)
$86 ($2)
$50 ($5)
2 days
$49 ($-10)
$60 ($1)
$86 ($2)
$40 ($5)

Annual passports:

 
New Price
Old Price
Percent increase
DVC Price
Premier (Disneyland and Walt Disney World)
$979
$979
No change
$849*
Premium
$754
$729
3%
$484*
Annual Pass
$634
$609
4%
$485
Florida Resident Premium Pass
$605
$584
4%
N/A
Florida Resident Annual Pass
$485
$464
5%
N/A
Florida Resident Seasonal Pass
$319
$309
3%
N/A
Florida Resident Weekday Select
$219
$209
5%
N/A
Florida Resident Epcot After 4
$179
$174
3%
N/A

* Reflects current Disney Vacation Club promotion valid through April 30.

Disney adds fifth weekend and new entertainment to Star Wars Weekends

Disney has expanded Star Wars Weekends for 2014, adding a fifth weekend, a new nighttime entertainment offering, and nightly fireworks to the popular event held at Disney's Hollywood Studios park.

  • Weekend I: May 16 – 18, 2014
  • Weekend II: May 23 – 25, 2014
  • Weekend III: May 30 – June 1, 2014
  • Weekend IV: June 6 – 8, 2014
  • Weekend V: June 13 – 15, 2014

The 2014 theme is "Join the Rebellion," and the Disney Parks Blog released the first look at the event logo last week.


Disney's Hollywood Studios hosts five Star Wars Weekends in 2014. Photo © Disney.

Implied in the announcement, and later confirmed by Disney social media manager Gary Buchanan in a response to a question asked on the Disney Parks Blog, is news that the Hyperspace Hoopla has been sent to "Rebel Alliance 'retirement'" starting this year. The nighttime entertainment offering was essentially a dance-off between Star Wars characters, and some felt the show had gone too far astray in its portrayal of the characters. The as-yet-unspecified new "evening experience" will take place on Hollywood Blvd., and some have speculated that it may be as simple as a farewell moment with the characters.

The addition of nightly fireworks should be welcome news to everyone, Star Wars fan or not. Fireworks are only offered at Hollywood Studios on special occasions and holidays, and often draw huge crowds to that park just because of the novelty factor. Five weekends of fireworks is a welcome addition to the overall Walt Disney World entertainment offering.

Olympian sets new course record at Disney Princess Half Marathon

A three-time Olympian from New Zealand smashed the course record at the 2014 Princess Half Marathon this weekend, completing the 13.1-mile course in 1:11:49, shaving nearly 6 minutes off the previous record. Kim Smith, 32, is a member of the New Balance running team, and currently holds the world record for the fastest half-marathon run by a woman (1:07:36).

This was Smith's first runDisney event, and she considered it a training run for the upcoming London Marathon, happening in April. She told runDisney, "“Running through the Magic Kingdom was probably the best part of the race. The crowds there were great and everyone is cheering you on,” Smith said. “It’s just a fun event and pretty low-key for an elite athlete to do. But definitely a lot of fun and I’d recommend it to people out there.”


Kim Smith (wearing the black shirt and holding the Glass Slipper trophy for her record-setting finish) is joined by the founders of Sparkle Athletic after the 2014 Disney Princess Half Marathon. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Sisters Kimberly Ruck and Alyssa Kulik tied for second and thirrd place when they crossed the finish line hand-in-hand about 15 minutes after Smith. Disney estimates a field of 40,000 runners, mostly women, participated in the Princess weekend races, which included the runDisney Kids Races, Cinderella Royal Family 5K, inaugural Disney Princess Enchanted 10K, and signature Disney Princess Half Marathon.

About 6,000 participants competed in the Inaugural Glass Slipper Challenge, which meant running Saturday's10K and then Sunday's half-marathon, on consecutive days.


MousePlanet staff member Stephanie Wien nears the finish line of the 2014 Disney Princess Half Marathon. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The Princess Half Marathon was also the culminating event for runners who wanted to earn runDisney's pink Coast to Coast medal by completing both of runDisney's women-focused events in 2014. Disney has not yet released numbers, but it seemed that thousands of runners proudly displayed the special medal offered to those who completed both the Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland in January, and the Princess Half Marathon.

Congratulations to all of the participants, and to the Team MousePlanet runners who came out to complete the Glass Slipper Challenge and achieve their Coast to Coast goals. Results for all events are now available on the runDisney website.

Food and Wine Festival expanded

Get ready for even more days and nights of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, as Disney expands the 2014 event to a record 53 days. The event begins Friday, September 19 and runs all the way through Monday, November 10. Disney has not released any additional details about the event, and it's unlikely we'll see more information until after the Flower and Garden Festival winds up.

March culinary event schedule

Tables in Wonderland members and food lovers in general have quite a few events to look forward to in March, with a wine dinner at Jiko and two Raglan Road events on the schedule. It's worth making reservations for these events as soon as possible—the March Tables in Wonderland Discovery Dinner, featuring Florida strawberry season, sold out in a little over an hour when reservations opened Monday. Here are three more events that still had capacity as late Monday night:

 

The Wines of Paul Cluver, featuring Jacqueline Harris

  • Jiko – The Cooking Place
  • Thursday, March 6, 2014
  • 6:00pm Reception, 6:30pm Dinner
  • $160, plus tax and gratuity
  • Dress Code – Business Casual Evening Attire
  • Meet in Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Lobby, Sunset Lounge

For reservations contact Victoria Thompson at Victoria.j.thompson@disney.com.
This event is limited to 36 guests and requires a credit card guarantee. There is a 3-day cancellation policy.

Paul Cluver is a family-owned, family-run wine business located in the cool-climate Elgin Valley, approximately 70km south-east of Cape Town. The property has been in ownership of the Cluver Family since 1896. Recognized as pioneers of wine in the area, the focus is on producing elegant wines that are expressive of the terroir. The wine business forms part of larger holistic farming business called 'De Rust Estate'. In addition to the vineyards and cellar, there are apple and pear orchards, a Hereford stud and eco-tourism activities, including amphitheater concerts, on the farm. This 2000+ hectare estate forms part of the UNESCO world heritage site, the Kogelberg Biosphere. Half of the estate has been set aside for conservation into perpetuity.

Reception

Za'atar Crusted Goat Cheese, Ghee Brik Pillow, and Zough
Seared Scallop, Crisp Cassava, Berbere Crème Fraîche, and Kaluga Caviar
"Beef Seswaa" Osso Bucco, Braised Oxtail "Marrow" in a Mealie Pap "Bone"
Paul Cluver Encounter Riesling, Elgin

Dinner

Preserved Citrus Roasted Duck Breast, Morel Mushrooms, Ramps, and English Pea Nage
Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc, Elgin

Grilled Lobster Potato Salad, Rock Prawn Crunch, Avocado Bisque, and Tikka Masala Air
Paul Cluver Gewürztraminer, Elgin

Herb Roasted Lamb Chop, Early Spring Greens, Chick Pea Croquets, and Coconut-Mint Jam
Paul Cluver Pinot Noir, Elgin

Harissa-crusted Butter Fish, Fiddle Head Ferns, Baby Corn, Delta Asparagus, and Green Garlic Emulsion
Paul Cluver Chardonnay, Elgin

Chocolate Pot de Crème with Almond Crème and Raspberries
Paul Cluver Late Harvest Riesling, Elgin

Modern Irish Food Luncheon Demonstration

  • Raglan Road
  • March 12, 2014 at 1:00pm
  • $49.94 + tax & gratuity
  • Call Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant at 407-938-0300  for reservations
  • Tables in Wonderland discount applies

Off the back of his hugely successful PBS show Modern Irish Food based on his latest cook book of the same name, celebrity chef Kevin Dundon shares his inspiration for his first American public television series with a lunch-demonstration in the beautiful & unique surroundings of Raglan Road Irish Pub.

Showcasing an elaborate 4 course luncheon with wine pairings, Kevin will demonstrate how to successfully create each dish along with helpful tips for overall success in the kitchen. Kevin's philosophy for food is simple — "use the best ingredients, treat them with respect and you get the best flavor and results…it's about taking great Irish ingredients and great Irish recipes and giving them that international flair."

Luncheon Menu

Espresso of courgette & almond soup
Domaine Chandon , Brut, Napa

Homemade potato gnocchi with seared
scallops & crispy pork belly
Voceret ,Estate Bottled, Chablis, France

Pulled corned beef & cabbage infused with an Asian broth
Chalone Estate, Pinot noir, Chalone, California

Upside-down steamed orange pudding with caramelized
clotted cream
Inniskillin, Ice Wine, Canada

Unveiling of The Raglan Road Cookbook Signature Dinner

  • March 13, 2014 at 6:30pm
  • $115.00 + tax & gratuity
  • Call Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant – 407-938-0300 – for reservations
  • Tables in Wonderland discount applies

As part of Raglan Road's annual Mighty St Patrick's Festival celebrations, celebrity chef Kevin Dundon is hosting a very special Signature Dining Event. Those of you who have attended any of Kevin's previous signature dinners will know he never fails to surprise and delight and this event will be no different with an amazing 5 course dinner with wine pairings.

The event is not just part of the Mighty St Patrick's celebrations but also the unveiling of the Raglan Road Cookbook, a beautiful hardcover book that show cases some very special recipes and is filled with great stories about the history and the people who work and visit Orlando's favorite Irish pub.

Dinner Menu

Horseradish infused Carpaccio of beef with crispy vegetables
Domaine Chandon Brut Rose, Napa

Dublin bay prawn bisque
Provenance, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Smoked haddock, potato, tomatoes & vintage
Dubliner cheddar bake
Chalone Estate, Chardonnay, Chalone, California

Guinness glazed roast loin of pork filled with sage and onion stuffing with colcannon potatoes
Provenance, P Wave, Red Blend, Napa, California

Crème brûlée topped with our famous bread & butter pudding
Inniskillin, Ice Wine, Canada

Quick takes…

...Disney announced yesterday that the new Festival of Fantasy Parade will debut March 9 at the Magic Kingdom. The parade is eligible for FastPass+ reservations, so readers planning trips to Walt Disney World after March 9 can start adding the parade to your FastPass+ plans now.

...Annual passholder early registration for the 2014 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort opens tomorrow, Wednesday, February 26. The events are November 7–8 in Orlando.


A new dock is under construction at the Transportation and Ticket Center. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

...Casey's Corner in the Magic Kingdom has reopened after a long refurbishment, and now boasts an expanded indoor seating area. To make room for the new tables and chairs, the quaint bleacher-style seating area and television screen showing Disney animated shorts was removed, though much of the dining area's wall decor remains in place.


New tables and chairs, plus a counter with barstools, provide much-needed seating at Casey's Corner. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


The bleacher-style seating was removed during the Casey's Corner renovation, but much of the baseball-themed artwork remains in place. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...A few weeks ago, we posted a photo of long lines for one set of Magic Kingdom FastPass+ kiosks, and noted that another set of nearby kiosks had nearly no line. At the time, we suggested checking the park map to find another kiosk if the one you were at had a long line, but reader Helga wrote in to say that she had just returned from Walt Disney World and that the kiosks weren't marked on the park maps. Walt Disney World released new park maps last week, and the FastPass+ kiosks and MyMagic+ service centers in each park are now called out on the maps.


Work continues on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride at Magic Kingdom. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...Much of the signed celebrity memorabilia and photos previously offered for sale at Sid Cahuenga's One of a Kind shop in Disney's Hollywood Studios is now available for purchase at the AFI store at the exit of the Studio Backlot Tour. The Backlot Tour and the AFI Showcase are currently closed for refurbishment, but the shop is open.


A variety of signed photos and memorabilia are offered for sale at the AFI store in Disney's Hollywood Studios. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Price tags from Sid Cahuenga's One of a Kind Shop are still visible under the new stickers applied after the now-closed store's merchandise was sent to the AFI store for sale. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...AT&T, which became the official wireless sponsor for the U.S. Disney theme parks last summer, sent out a press release last week to announce its installation of a new system of outdoor and indoor distributed antenna systems, repeaters, and small cells to boost AT&T coverage around both the California and Florida Disney Resorts, with much of the work focused at Walt Disney World. According to the press release, the new installations are in place in all four theme parks, as well as Downtown Disney. Most of the new installations are said to be located in offices and cast member areas, but park visitors who use AT&T should notice a difference as well. Data connectivity is crucial to Disney's Next Gen plans, as visitors become increasingly dependent on the My Disney Experience app to manage nearly every aspect of their vacation.


Disney and AT&T employees discuss new technology used to boost AT&T service around the Walt Disney World Resort. YouTube video by AT&T.

...A few weeks ago, the Starbucks locations in both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure replaced the classic Starbucks bakery menu with La Boulange items that most Starbucks coffee shops launched last year. [Starbucks purchased the San Francisco-based bakery in mid-2012 to expand its lineup of food offerings.] We checked with the Walt Disney World locations, and those stores have not yet rolled out the La Boulange product line, but expect to do so "soon." The Disney locations in Walt Disney World are operated by the same company that operates the Starbucks cafes at Universal Studios Orlando, and it's expected that all of the locations will make the switch at the same time. This change will not affect the Disney-produced items sold in the locations.

...As work continues on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster, a new Disney Vacation Club location has opened on the side of the mountain facing The Little Mermaid attraction. Imagineers have tucked some interesting artwork into this space, and it's well worth stopping by to take a quick look. A statue of King Triton outside the office is sure to be a popular photo location as well.


King Triton points the way to the new Disney Vacation Club kiosk at the Magic Kingdom. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...Construction continues along the Rivers of America to widen the walkway running between Splash Mountain and the Haunted Mansion. During parades, this path is the only way to walk between the back of Frontierland and Liberty Square, and frequently becomes impassably congested.


Widening of the pathway along the Rivers of America should help ease parade-time congestion when the main street is closed to pedestrian traffic. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...For those readers who have asked about the mysterious disappearance of the Disney Blend coffee, a new Disney Diner Blend appeared on store shelves a few weeks ago. There seems to be no difference in beans (still 100 percent Arabica), but cast members were unable to tell us if the Diner Blend is a different roast than the Disney Blend. One thing we can tell you for sure—the new coffee is several dollars more expensive per 12-ounce can.


Disney's Diner Blend coffee (blue cans, left) has a different name, logo and price than the original Disney Blend, but we don't know if it tastes any different. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

...The ongoing Disney Springs construction project has prompted Disney to relocate some of their food trucks to other areas of Downtown Disney. This weekend also saw one of the trucks dispatched to provide snacks to hungry spectators at the Disney Princess half marathon.

The Fantasy Faire food truck, offering dishes from the Magic Kingdom parks around the world, makes a stop outside the World of Disney store. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

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Crowd Forecast

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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.

Date Overall
Tuesday, February 25, 2013 2 / 10
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 2 / 10
Thursday, February 27, 2014 1 / 10
Friday, February 28, 2014 3 / 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!

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Resort Events

2014

  • Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival – March 5 through May 18
  • Festival of Fantasy Parade – debut March 9 at the Magic Kingdom.
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train media event – April 30 – May 2. This may indicate the ride will open to the public May 1 or 2.
  • Expedition Everest Challenge – May 3
  • Star Wars Weekends
    • Weekend I: May 16 – 18, 2014
    • Weekend II: May 23 – 25, 2014
    • Weekend III: May 30 – June 1, 2014
    • Weekend IV: June 6 – 8, 2014
    • Weekend V: June 13 – 15, 2014
  • Epcot International Food and Wine Festival – September 19 through November 10
  • Disney's Night of Joy 2014 – Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6.
  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend – October 3–4
  • Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend – November 7–8
  • Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party – 2014 event dates not yet announced.
  • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party – 2014 event dates not yet announced.

2015

  • Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – January 7-11, 2015. No additional details available at this time.

runDisney events

If 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.

2014

For current information on registration dates and capacity, see Lorree Tachell's runDisney Race Capacity Updates in the Team MousePlanet forum.


Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Magic Kingdom

  • The Plaza Restaurant – closed through March 15 for refurbishment.
  • Splash Mountain – closed through March 22 for refurbishment.
  • Pinocchio Village Haus – closed through March 30 for refurbishment.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – closed April 7–9 for refurbishment.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean – closed April 28–30 for refurbishment.

Epcot

  • No known refurbishments at this time.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Studio Backlot Tour – closed through March 1 for refurbishment.
  • AFI Showcase – closed through March 1 for refurbishment.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • Festival of the Lion King – closed for move to its new theater, currently under construction. Estimated to be closed until July/August 2014.

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.

  • Bay Lake Tower children's play area – closed until February 28 for refurbishment.
  • Polynesian
    • Never Land Club Children's Activity Center – closed for refurbishment through January 1, 2015.
  • Port Orleans French Quarter – Doubloon Lagoon Pool closed through February 28 for refurbishment. Transportation will be provided for guests to use the Ol' Man Island pool at Port Orleans Riverside during this period.

Water Parks

  • Blizzard Beach – closed through March 17 for annual refurbishment.

Elsewhere

  • The Resort and Express monorail beam closes between 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday – Friday starting on January 21 due to construction work at the Polynesian Hotel. The construction site is near the Monorail beam.
  • Disney Osprey Ridge Golf Course – permanently closed to play.
  • Downtown Disney Lots H, I, J, and K (in Westside area) closed until further notice for Disney Springs construction.
  • Downtown Disney Bridge 4 and restrooms on Pleasure Island are temporarily closed for ongoing construction work.
  • Cirque du Soleil La Nouba – performs Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Current Discounts & Promotions

Note: MousePlanet does not edit past Updates to reflect price increases; for up-to-date prices, check the most recent Walt Disney World Resort Update. For your convenience, we have grouped the discount offers based on the intended audience. Check out the category that best matches you, and pick the offer that works best for you. And keep those tips coming—let us know if you find a better or different offer, so we can share it with other readers!

Discounts for Everyone

Save up to 30%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for stays most nights March 14 through April 12 and April 20 through June 15, 2014

Upgrade to a room and ticket package and get one more ticket day free. (Minimum 4-day Magic Your Way ticket required.)

Offer Details:

  • Save up to 30 percent at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, Disney's BoardWalk Inn & Villas, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (standard/pool view rooms), Disney's Polynesian Resort, Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Disney's Old Key West Resort and Disney's Wilderness Lodge (standard/woods view)
  • Save up to 25 percent at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney's Port Orleans - Riverside and Disney's Fort Wilderness Cabins
  • Save up to 20 percent at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Beach Club Resort Villas, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (savanna/club rooms) & Villas, Disney's Wilderness Lodge (courtyard/club rooms) & Villas, Disney's All-Star Sports Resort, Disney's All-Star Music and Disney's Pop Century Resort

Book now through March 31, 2014


Memory Maker pre-arrival discount

Disney's PhotoPass service provides a discount on Disney Memory Maker pre-arrival packages. For $149 plus tax, Walt Disney World guests will be able to digitally download any photos associated with their Memory Maker account, including photos taken on attractions. The advanced purchase price is a $50 savings. Applicable taxes are charged to all orders.

This special offer is only available from this link, and must be made more than three days prior to arrival at the Walt Disney World Resort. All sales are final, and not eligible for an exchange or refund.


Discounts for Annual Passholders

Room discounts through April 12, 2014

Annual passholders enjoy a discount of up to 37 percent off regular room rates at select Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts March 14–29. Advance reservations required; other discounts available during this time period. Must book before April 12.

As with all discounts, rooms available at these rates are 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 (annual passholder login required).

You can make your reservation through the Walt Disney World 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).

From March 6–13 (Spring Break travel):

  • Up to 20% off Value Resorts – Disney's All-Star Music, All-Star Sports, Pop Century.
  • Up to 25% off Moderate Resorts – Disney's Port Orleans Riverside, Coronado Springs, Caribbean Beach, the Cabins at Fort Wilderness.
  • Up to 35% off Deluxe Resorts – Disney's Yacht Club, Beach Club, BoardWalk Inn, Animal Kingdom Lodge (standard or pool view), Contemporary, Polynesian Resort, Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge (standard or woods view).
  • Up to 35% off Disney Vacation Club (Deluxe Villa) Resorts – Disney's Old Key West, BoardWalk Villas, Beach Club Villas, Saratoga Springs

From March 14–29:

  • Up to 25% off Value Resorts – Disney's All-Star Music, All-Star Sports, Pop Century.
  • Up to 30% off Moderate Resorts – Disney's Port Orleans Riverside, Coronado Springs, Caribbean Beach, the Cabins at Fort Wilderness.
  • Up to 37% off Deluxe Resorts – Disney's Yacht Club, Beach Club, BoardWalk Inn, Animal Kingdom Lodge (standard or pool view), Contemporary, Polynesian Resort, Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge (standard or woods view).
  • Up to 37% off Disney Vacation Club (Deluxe Villa) Resorts – Disney's Old Key West, BoardWalk Villas, Beach Club Villas, Saratoga Springs

Check with a travel agent or Walt Disney World for other rate discounts during this time period.


Discounts for Disney Rewards VISA & Debit Card Holders

Room and ticket discount for travel dates from February 24 through June 15

No discounts available March 6–14 and April 13–19. Buy a minimum four day ticket and get a day free.

Room discounts include:

  • 5% off All Star Movies, Port Orleans French Quarter, Bay Lake Tower, suites at Coronado Springs
  • 15% off Art of Animation family suites
  • 20% off select rooms at Wilderness Lodge & Villas, Contemporary, Grand Floridian and Animal Kingdom Lodge & Villas, Beach Club Villas
  • 25% off Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs, Port Orleans Riverside, Cabins at Ft Wilderness
  • 30% off Saratoga Springs, Old Key West, Boardwalk Villas, Wilderness Lodge, Beach Club, Yacht Club, Polynesian Resort, Animal Kingdom Lodge

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)

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 receive one free 5 x 7 character photo per day.


Discounts for Florida Residents

Room discounts through April 8, 2014

Florida residents enjoy a discount of up to 37 percent off regular room rates at select Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts from March 14 to 29, 2014. Advance reservations required; other discounts available during this time period. Must book before April 8.

As with all discounts, rooms available at these rates are 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.

You can make your reservation through the Walt Disney World 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).

From March 6 to 13, 2014 (Spring Break Travel):

  • Up to 20% off Value Resorts – Disney's All-Star Music, All-Star Sports, Pop Century.
  • Up to 25% off Moderate Resorts – Disney's Port Orleans Riverside, Coronado Springs, Caribbean Beach, the Cabins at Fort Wilderness.
  • Up to 35% off Deluxe Resorts – Disney's Yacht Club, Beach Club, BoardWalk Inn, Animal Kingdom Lodge (standard or pool view), Contemporary, Polynesian Resort, Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge (standard or woods view).
  • Up to 35% off Disney Vacation Club (Deluxe Villa) Resorts – Disney's Old Key West, BoardWalk Villas, Beach Club Villas, Saratoga Springs

From March 14 to 29, 2014:

  • Up to 25% off Value Resorts – Disney's All-Star Music, All-Star Sports, Pop Century.
  • Up to 30% off Moderate Resorts – Disney's Port Orleans Riverside, Coronado Springs, Caribbean Beach, the Cabins at Fort Wilderness.
  • Up to 37% off Deluxe Resorts – Disney's Yacht Club, Beach Club, BoardWalk Inn, Animal Kingdom Lodge (standard or pool view), Contemporary, Polynesian Resort, Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge (standard or woods view).
  • Up to 37% off Disney Vacation Club (Deluxe Villa) Resorts – Disney's Old Key West, BoardWalk Villas, Beach Club Villas, Saratoga Springs

Check with a travel agent or Walt Disney World for other rate discounts during this time period.


Discounts for U.K. Residents

2014 Free Dining offer for U.K. residents

2014 Free Dining offers for U.K. 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 U.K. residents only.




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