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Update for April 29 – May 5, 2014

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MyMagic+ adds park hopping and additional Fastpass+ | Disney's Hollywood Studios plans silver anniversary celebration | Disney's Hollywood Studios announces Star Wars Weekends celebrity lineup | "Feel the Force" dining offers additional VIP experience to Disney's Hollywood Studios | Construction walls down at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train; queue reveals new interactive game | Free cell phone charging locker testing begins in Magic Kingdom | Disney announces 2015 United Kingdom discounts | Construction Photos | This week at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival | Quick takes | Crowd update

MyMagic+ adds park hopping and additional Fastpass+

Walt Disney World visitors can now choose more than three Fastpass+ selections at one theme park, according to an announcement by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Skaggs.

As of yesterday, park visitors can select an additional Fastpass+ option once they use the first three reservations at one park, after which they can go to one of the Fastpass+ kiosks around the park to select a new reservation. Then, as visitors use each new Fastpass+ selection, they can make an additional choice throughout their day at the park at the kiosks.

Another new MyMagic+ feature includes the ability to use the additional Fastpass+ selections at a different park later in the day. Until this change, visitors could only use three Fastpass+ reservations in one park. Now, Fastpass+ users can hop to another park to make their additional ride or attraction selections.

"As we've said from the beginning, MyMagic+ will continue to evolve over time with the aim of continuing to improve our guest experience with us and in response to feedback from our guests," Tom Skaggs said in his announcement.

Disney's Hollywood Studios plans silver anniversary celebration

Thursday, May 1, marks Disney Hollywood Studio's 25th anniversary, and park officials want to celebrate the special day with a number of special events. At:

  • 10:00 a.m. – Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will take the stage with Disney’s Hollywood Studios Vice President Dan Cockerell to start the celebration day, honoring some of the 25-year cast members during a short rededication ceremony.
  • 7:00 p.m. – a special motorcade, "Stars of the Studios," begins its way down Hollywood Blvd. It feature many of the famous characters showcased throughout the park. Mickey and Minnie join television and film stars including Captain Jack Sparrow, Darth Vader, Doc McStuffins, Wreck-It Ralph, Venellope, Sofia the First, and more in the motorcade.
  • 9:30 p.m. – following the motorcade, the area in front of the park’s Sorcerer Hat Stage becomes a dance party before a fireworks show ends the day in grand fashion. The pyrotechnics show, high in the sky above the Sorcerer Mickey Hat, pays tribute to 25 years of show business stories told throughout the park.


Disney's Hollywood Studios celebrates its silver (25th) anniversary on May 1. Photo by Disney Parks Blog.

Visitors can purchase special 25th anniversary commemorative merchandise at the park during the celebrations. Check out last week's update for more information on where to shop and available merchandise for sale.

Disney's Hollywood Studios announces Star Wars Weekends celebrity lineup

Disney Parks Blog announced the full celebrity lineup for the upcoming 2014 Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The annual event, which runs five consecutive weekends beginning May 16, features stars from the iconic movies, as well as the two popular animated TV series.


Ray Park (Darth Maul) is scheduled to appear at Disney's Hollywood Studios Star Wars Weekends from May 30-June 1, 2014. Photo by Disney Parks Blog.

The 2014 Star Wars Weekends celebrity lineup includes:

Weekend I: May 16-18

Ahmed Best

Jar Jar Binks (Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith; Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Peter Mayhew

Chewbacca (Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith; Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope; Star Wars: Episode V :The Empire Strikes Back; Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi; Star Wars: The Clone Wars);

Vanessa Marshall

Hera Syndulla (Star Wars Rebels)

Weekend II: May 23-25

Warwick Davis

Wicket W. Warrick (Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi); Wald (Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace)

Jeremy Bulloch

Boba Fett (Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back; Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi); Capt. Jeremoch Colton (Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith)

Tiya Sircar

Sabine Wren (Star Wars Rebels)

Weekend III: May 30-June 1

Ray Park

Darth Maul (Star Wars: Episode I : The Phantom Menace)

John Ratzenberger

Major Bren Derlin (Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back)

Taylor Gray

Ezra Bridger (Star Wars Rebels).

Weekend IV: June 6-8

Mark Hamill

Luke Skywalker (Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope; Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back; Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi) Darth Bane (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Ray Park

Darth Maul (Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace)

Billy Dee Williams

Lando Calrissian (Star Wars: Episode V :The Empire Strikes Back; Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi)

Taylor Gray

Ezra Bridger (Star Wars Rebels).

Weekend V: June 13-15

Dee Bradley Bake

Captain Rex/the Clones, Bossk and several additional characters (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Cat Taber

Padmé Amidala and several additional characters (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Tom Kane

Yoda, the series’ narrator and several additional characters (Star Wars: The Clone Wars); Matt Lanter: Anakin Skywalker and several additional characters (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Steve Blum

Zeb Orrelios (Star Wars Rebels)

"Feel the Force" dining offers additional VIP experience to Disney's Hollywood Studios

A second VIP experience during Disney's Hollywood Studios Star Wars Weekends is giving fans a chance to enjoy special Star Wars experiences throughout their day at the park.

Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during Star Wars Weekends (May 16 through June 15), the "Feel the Force" dining event provides a limited number of visitors with:

  • A VIP viewing area for the Star Wars "Legends of the Force" motorcade which runs from 11 a.m. to noon. Soft drinks, water and a snack will be provided
  • An evening dessert party featuring the popular Darth Vader cupcakes and
  • An up-close viewing of the "Symphony in the Stars" fireworks spectacular
  • A special Disney PhotoPass card to be connected with visitors' My Disney Experience account and a series of Star Wars Weekend photos

The cost for the "Feel the Force" dining event is $54 for adults and $32 for ages 3 to 9, including tax and gratuity. Visitors can purchase the package on a walk-up basis, until the event is sold out.

To make advance reservations, visit disneyworld.com/spring or call (407) WDW-DINE (407-939-3463).

Construction walls down at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train; queue reveals new interactive game

Walt Disney World fans' excitement continues to grow as the Magic Kingdom's Seven Dwarfs Mine Train rolls toward completion. Construction crews took down the walls surrounding the ride, giving visitors the best view yet of the much anticipated ride in New Fantasyland.

On April 22, Attractions Magazine released a video showing actual riders on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and large filming cameras capturing the action; perhaps as part of a Walt Disney World commercial shoot for the Magic Kingdom's newest attraction.


Attractions Magazine captured this video featuring actual riders on Magic Kingdom's Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, scheduled to open later this spring in New Fantasyland.

Our photos this week show the high attention to detail around the attraction: from the natural scenery throughout the ride, to a new interactive queue, and even signage that brings visitors into Snow White's world from the moment they step into line.


New Fantasyland visitors could get almost a full view of the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train last week as construction crews took down most of the construction walls. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train entrance sign says the ride will "open soon" and temporary bushes block the queue's entryway. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Once visitors get the chance to enter the ride, they will enjoy a heavily forested queue area and a new interactive game to make the wait time a little cooler and more enjoyable for the whole family. Visitors will help the seven dwarfs sift through a 15-foot sluice box to sort gemstones by shape and color.


Magic Kingdom's Seven Dwarfs Mine Train queue weaves through a heavily forested area in front of the mountain before arriving at the loading station. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


A new interactive game will allow visitors to "mine for jewels" while in the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train queue. The new ride will open in Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland later this spring. Photo by Disney Parks Blog.

Disney officials have not made an official opening date announcement for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Free cell phone charging locker testing begins in Magic Kingdom

Rikki Niblett from our sponsor TouringPlans.com reports that the Magic Kingdom has kicked off a new test involving free cell phone charging lockers around Tomorrowland. According to her report, the lockers allow visitors to charge their cell phones (including iPhone, Android, Windows, and BlackBerry) at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe and the Tomorrowland Light and Power Company (Space Mountain's gift shop).

We sent MousePlanet staff to check out the new lockers. Early staff reports indicate visitors jumping at the chance to use the lockers, making open space hard to find.


New, complimentary phone chargers have been installed at Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland Power and Light and Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

To use the lockers, users swipe a credit or debit card for identification purposes. The locker chamber door pops open to allow the user to connect a cell phone to the charger. Users then close the door, which locks, allowing them to continue to tour the park while their phone charges. The locker door shows a green light once the phone is fully charged. To remove the phone, users swipe their credit or debit card a second time, which unlocks the door.

Only one phone can be charged at a time, and tablets do not fit into the lockers.

Magic Kingdom continues this testing phase through mid-summer, according to the original TouringPlans.com report.

Disney announces 2015 United Kingdom discounts

Walt Disney World announced a new 2015 discount travel package for United Kingdom residents that includes free dining, a free gift card and a 14-Day Ultimate Ticket for the price of a 7-day ticket. The trip must include a hotel stay and ticket package with a minimum of five nights to be eligible for the discount. Selected arrival dates include January 1, 2015 through March 24, 2015 and April 12, 2015 through November 30, 2015 to be eligible for the discount.

The new 2015 UK discount package features:

  • A minimum five-night stay at either:
    • A Disney moderate hotel, including a free quick-service dining plan for everyone in a travel party with at least a 5-night stay at 
    • A Disney deluxe hotel or Disney deluxe villa, including a free Disney dining plan for everyone in a travel party
  • A 14-day Ultimate Ticket for the price of a 7-day ticket
  • $200 Disney spending money on a Disney gift card.

United Kingdom visitors can save £405 per adult with a Disney moderate hotel package and get the Quick Service Dine Plan for free, or up to £587 per adult with a Disney deluxe hotel or villa package and get the Disney Dine Plan for free.

To book this discount package, United Kingdom residents can visit the official UK Disney Holidays website or contact their travel agent.

Construction Photos

We captured lots of construction activity in and around the Downtown Disney/Disney Springs area this past week!


Workers completely leveled the former Pollo Camperos restaurant for a new construction project. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


A mural previews a new aviation-themed restaurant "The Hangar" coming to "The Landing" area of the new Disney Springs. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Behind "The Hangar" wall, construction continues on what appears to be an outdoor amphitheater concept. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Only a few recognizable Pleasure Island locations remain among the new construction areas. Here, the Mannequins building sits on the left while Paradiso 37 remains on the right. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Upward progress continues at the new parking garage construction site. This new map sits in front of the dead end path between AMC and Splitsville. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

This week at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

Visitors can still enjoy Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival for another few weeks until it ends in mid-May. Our guide can help you find the everything the festival has to offer!

Tour information:

  • The Gardens of the World Tour – is a three-hour tour led by a Disney Horticulturist. Theme park admission required and not included. Tickets are $64 per person, plus tax, and guests must be age 16 and up. Call 407-WDW-TOUR to make reservations, or check at Epcot Guest Relations for availability.
  • The English Tea Garden Tour – is a no-cost 20-minute tour presented by Twinings of London. Sign up at the Tea Caddy. Space is limited.
Activity Time Location

Tuesday, April 29

   

Gardens of the World Tour

9:00 a.m. to noon

Epcot

"Planting Pointers"

1:00, 4:00 p.m.

Festival Center

English Tea Garden Tour

3:45, 6:15 p.m.

Tea Caddy

Wednesday, April 30    

"Planting Pointers"

1:00, 4:00 p.m.

Festival Center

English Tea Garden Tour

3:45, 6:15 p.m.

Tea Caddy

Thursday, May 1    

Gardens of the World Tour

9:00 a.m. to noon

Epcot

"Planting Pointers"

1:00, 4:00 p.m.

Festival Center

English Tea Garden Tour

3:45, 6:15 p.m.

Tea Caddy

Friday, May 2    

Gardens of the World Tour

9:00 a.m. to noon

Epcot

"Planting Pointers"

1:00, 4:00 p.m.

Festival Center

Chip Wade from Elbow Room

Noon, 3:00 p.m.

Designer's Stage

English Tea Garden Tour

1:00, 3:45, 6:15 p.m.

Tea Caddy

Flower Power Concert Series: STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas

5:30, 6:45, 8:00 p.m.

American Gardens Theater

Saturday, May 3    

"Planting Pointers"

1:00, 4:00 p.m.

Festival Center

Chip Wade from Elbow Room

Noon, 3:00

Designer's Stage

English Tea Garden Tour

1:00, 3:45, 6:15 p.m.

Tea Caddy

Flower Power Concert Series: STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas

5:30, 6:45, 8:00 p.m.

American Gardens Theater

Sunday, May 4    

"Planting Pointers"

1:00, 4:00 p.m.

Festival Center

Chip Wade from Elbow Room

Noon, 3:00 p.m.

Designer's Stage

English Tea Garden Tour

1:00, 3:45, 6:15 p.m.

Tea Caddy

Flower Power Concert Series: STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas

5:30, 6:45, 8:00 p.m.

American Gardens Theater

Monday, April 28    

Gardens of the World Tour

9:00 a.m. to noon

Epcot

"Planting Pointers"

1:00, 4:00 p.m.

Festival Center

English Tea Garden Tour

3:45, 6:15 p.m.

Tea Caddy

Quick takes…

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...One memorable picture could win someone a 4-day, 3-night trip for up to four people to Walt Disney World and the chance to spend the night in the Magic Kingdom's Cinderella Castle Suite! Disney's latest contest, "Best Moment Ever", invites people to submit one photo depicting a moment of achievement or accomplishment in their lives and caption that photo in a memorable way. Participants can submit their entries online through 11:59 p.m. on May 14, 2014 by visiting the official Best Moment Ever Sweepstakes website. Entrants should read all submission guidelines and eligibility requirements before entering

....Runners didn't waste any time registering for Walt Disney World Marathon weekend events last week when online registration went live. Of the six events scheduled from January 7 through January 11, 2015, four sold-out in less than one week. Sold out events include the half marathon, the Walt Disney World 10K, the Disney Family Fun Run 5K and the Dopey Challenge. The remaining two events have limited space remaining for interested runners. Currently, the Walt Disney World Marathon has 70 percent enrollment and Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge stands at 54 percent of available slots filled. Last week's edition of of our WDW Park Update has a full breakdown of each event and how to register for the remaining two events still open to the public.

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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, April 29, 2014 3 / 10
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 3 / 10
Thursday, May 1, 2014 3 / 10
Friday, May 2, 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!

  • Wednesday is the best day to visit the Magic Kingdom.
  • The resort crowd level on Friday 4 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

2014

2015

  • Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – January 7–11, 2015.
  • Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend – February 19–22, 2015.

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2014

2015

  • Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – January 7–11, 2015.
  • Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend – February 19–22, 2015. Registration opens July 15, 2014. No additional details available at this time.

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

  • Pirates of the Caribbean – closed through May 1 for refurbishment.
  • Astro Orbiter – closed June 2 through September 19 for refurbishment.
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover – closed June 2 through August 4 for refurbishment.
  • Liberty Square Riverboat – closed August 4 through August 8 for refurbishment.
  • Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress – closed August 25 through September 4 for refurbishment

Epcot

  • No known refurbishments at this time.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • No known refurbishments at this time.

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.
  • It's Tough to Be a Bug – closed July 7 through August 11 for refurbishment.

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.

  • Polynesian – Never Land Club Children's Activity Center closed for refurbishment through January 1, 2015.
  • Polynesian – Refurbishment of the lobby is slated to begin March 14.
  • Polynesian – Captain Cook's closed for refurbishment March 14 through June 14.

Water Parks

  • Typhoon Lagoon – entire park will be closed for refurbishment from October 26 through December 20.

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 35%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels

Disney released a number of summer travel discounts covering arrivals between June 15 and August 28, 2014. They are tiered by resort and length of stay, with a 5% bonus for stays of 6 nights or longer

Offer Details:

 

  • Save from 30 percent (for 1–5 nights) to 35 percent (for 6+ nights) 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, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and Disney's Wilderness Lodge (standard/woods view)
  • Save from to 20 percent (for 1&ndah;5 nights) to 25 percent (for 6+ nights) at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney's Port Orleans - Riverside,Disney's Fort Wilderness Cabins, Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Beach Club Resort Villas, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (savanna/club rooms) & Villas, and Disney's Wilderness Lodge (courtyard/club rooms) & Villas
  • Save up from 15 percent (for 1–5 nights) to 20 percent (for 6+ nights) at Disney's All-Star Sports Resort, Disney's All-Star Music and Disney's Pop Century Resort
  • Save from 10 percent (for 1–5 nights) to 15 percent (for 6+ nights) at Disney's Art of Animation Family Suites

 


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

Disney has a new 2015 Free Dining offer for U.K. residents. The 2015 program requires a minimum 5-night package and offers free Quick Service Dining Plan plan when booking a Moderate resort or a free Dining Plan when booking a package at Deluxe or Deluxe Villa resorts. Selected arrival dates include January 1, 2015 through March 24, 2015 and April 12, 2015 through November 30, 2015. The new package also includes a free $200 Disney Gift Card and 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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