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Update for May 27 – June 2, 2014

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opens during Magic Kingdom's 24-hour event | Two Disney Cruise Lines ships to set sail from Port Canaveral in 2015 | New junior experience coming to Richard Petty Driving Experience | Walt Disney World Speedway hosts Fittipaldi Cup event on June 13 | All Harmabe Nights premium tickets sold out | Views from around "The World" | This week at Disney's Hollywood Studios Star Wars Weekends | Quick takes | Question of the Week | Crowd update

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opens during Magic Kingdom's 24-hour event

Visitors who took park in the Magic Kingdom's 24-hour event this past Friday and Saturday got an extra special surprise with the opening of the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train for the general public.

Earlier in the month during a special media preview event, Disney announced that the New Fantasyland coaster would open to the public on May 28. However, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train started offerings rides early Friday and kept going throughout the day, much to the delight of park visitors. 

Two Disney Cruise Lines ships to set sail from Port Canaveral in 2015

Disney Cruise Lines announced its full 2015 itinerary last week with the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream both sailing from Port Canaveral to various locations in the Caribbean. Disney Cruise Lines also announced a relocation of the Disney Dream for sailings from Miami and Barcelona. The 2015 Port Canaveral sailing schedule includes:

Disney Fantasy

7-night Eastern Caribbean cruise to:

  • St. Maarten
  • St. Thomas
  • Castaway Cay
  • September  12, 26
  • October 10, 24

7-night Eastern Caribbean cruise to:

  • Tortola
  • St. Thomas
  • Castaway Cay
  • November 7, 21
  • December 5, 19

7-night Western Caribbean cruise to:

  • Cozumel, Mexico
  • Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  • Castaway Cay
  • November 28
  • December 12

7-night Western Caribbean cruise to:

  • Cozumel, Mexico
  • Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  • Falmouth, Jamaica
  • Castaway Cay
  • May 16, 30
  • June 13, 27
  • July 11, 25
  • August 8, 22
  • September 5, 19
  • October 3, 17, 31
  • November 14
Disney Dream

3-night Bahamian cruise to:

  • Nassau
  • Castaway Cay
  • September 4, 11, 18
  • October 16, 23, 30
  • November 6, 13, 20, 27
  • December 11, 18, 21, 28.

4-night Bahamian cruise to:

  • Nassau
  • Castaway Cay
  • September 7, 21
  • October 19, 26
  • November 2, 9, 16, 23
  • December 7, 14

For more information on Disney Cruise Lines Port Canaveral sailings, visit DCL's official website.

New junior experience coming to Richard Petty Driving Experience

A new Cars-inspired junior ride-along experience is debuting at the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World on June 15, according to MousePlanet sponsor TouringPlans.com.

Rikki Niblett reported the new experience for children can ride in a race car with a professional driving instructor for three laps around the track. Professional driving instructors include famous Pistons Cup racers Aiken Axler and Sage VanDerSpin. The cars will have special wraps to "bring the cars to life" with the drivers' personalities, according to Petty Holdings Director of Marketing Chris Kirby.

Visitors can purchase tickets starting at $59 and cannot make reservations. The track will take riders on a first-come, first-served basis only. Children must be 6 through 13 years old and at least 48 inches tall. For more information, visit the Richard Petty Driving Experience's Junior-Ride Along official website.

Walt Disney World Speedway hosts Fittipaldi Cup event on June 13

In other racing news, Orlando's WESH 2 News reported that Walt Disney World Speedway is hosting a new racing event, the Fittipaldi Cup, on June 13, 2014.

Visitors to this event can get behind the wheel of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, and other American sports cars and high-performance go-karts. Participants can go on ride-alongs and get instructions and tips on how to race the powerful machines from -rofessional driver Christian Fittipaldi. The driver with the fastest time at the end of the day takes home the inaugural Fittipaldi Cup trophy.

Tickets cost $999 per person, which includes the driving event and lunch. Visit the event's official website or call (855) 822-0149 to reserve a spot.

All Harmabe Nights premium tickets sold out

General tickets are still available for Disney's Animal Kingdom's Harambe Nights, but premium tickets have sold out.

The weekly hard ticket event, which runs from June 7 through August 9, features a welcome reception, a special performance of "The Lion King – Concert in the Wild" featuring celebrity narrators, dancing, character greetings and an all-inclusive buffet.

General seating tickets are $119 for adults ($79 for ages 3 through 9), plus tax.

For more information on Harambe Nights, read our previous report on this upcoming event.

Views from around "The World"

As summer gets underway at Walt Disney World, visitors can see and experience new features and special events. Take a look at just a few of the happenings in Walt Disney World last week!

Star Wars Weekends Disney's Hollywood Studios


During Disney's Hollywood Studios Star Wars Weekends, fans can play the Padawan Mind Challenge &endash; Family Edition, featuring C-3P0 to test their Star Wars trivia knowledge. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


The Feel the Force Dining Event at Disney's Hollywood Studios takes a major chunk of the viewing area for the Symphony of the Stars fireworks event. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Shaak Ti greets guests in one of several meet and greet events at Disney's Hollywood Studios' Star Wars Weekends. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Characters like Gamorrean walk around Disney's Hollywood Studios during Star Wars Weekends. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Character meet-and-greets at Disney's Hollywood Studios Star Wars Weekends get so popular that many visitors line up at 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. outside the park gates. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Visitors to Disney's Hollywood Studios Star Wars Weekends can see vehicles throughout the park showcasing vehicle wraps available for sale at the Darth Maul. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


The season finale of ABC's "The Middle" featured the Heck family at Walt Disney World. Fans can see memorabilia at Disney's Hollywood Studios ABC Commissary. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Disney's Hollywood Studios visitors can see items from the ABC show "The Goldbergs" on display in the ABC Commissary. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

This week at Disney's Hollywood Studios Star Wars Weekends

The 2014 Star Wars Weekends kicks off its second weekend at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and visitors can expect plenty of celebrities, parades, shopping and character meet-and-greet opportunities throughout the park. Check our our handy guide listing many of the main attractions and events for the upcoming weekend, Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1.

Tour information:

  • Celebrity Lineup: Ray Park (Darth Maul), John Ratzenberger (Major Bren Derlin) and Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridge - Star Wars Rebels)
  • Events and times may change. Consult daily times guides and tip board for daily updates.
Activity Time Location

Stormtrooper Welcome

7:30 a.m.

Hollywood Boulevard

Star Wars Character Encounters

8:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Check Times Guide for locations

Jedi Training Academy

Starting at 8:45 a.m. and runs 18 more times. Check Times Guide for all times.

Echo Lake

Celebrity Autographs

Starting at 10:00 a.m; check times guide for all sessions

Echo Lake

Jedi Training Academy

Starting at 8:45 a.m. and runs 18 more times. Check Times Guide for all times.

Echo Lake

Legends of the Force Motorcade

11:00 a.m.

Hollywood Boulevard

Behind the Force: Star Wars Rebels

1:45 p.m.

Premier Theater

Stars of the Saga Talk Show and Q&A Session

3:15 p.m.

Premier Theater

Visit to the Maul, starring Ray Park

5:15 p.m.

Streets of America

Obi Wan and Beyond

7:00 p.m.

Premier Theater

DJ Lobot Dance Party

7:00 p.m.

Sorcerer Hat Stage

Symphony in the Stars Fireworks

9:45 p.m.

Sorcerer Hat Stage

Quick takes

...MousePad forum administrator (and runDisney event participant) stan4d_steph posted last week about the possibility of a runDisney half-marathon coming to Disneyland Paris in 2015. According to her forum post, a Disneyland Paris cast member published a photo showing a button that announced the new event coming in September 2015. A number of past runDisney event participants from around the Internet reported receiving a survey from runDisney with a question about a possible Paris event. runDisney has made no official announcement at this time, but we will keep an eye out for updates.

...The Disney Food Blog reported that Dole Whips is now sold at Disney's Animal Kingdom's Tamu Tamu Refreshments. This adds a third location in Walt Disney World for the popular treat, which is usually only served in Magic Kingdom and Disney's Polynesian Resort regularly and at Epcot during festival weeks.

...Downtown Disney saw three restaurants open its doors last week, according to our sponsor TouringPlans.com. First, Wetzel's Pretzels re-opened its kiosk on in the West Side. Right next door, Haagen-Dazs also re-opened its kiosk location. Lastly, Starbucks opened in its new location by World of Disney in the Downtown Disney's Marketplace area. This Starbucks offers no inside seating and while it serves a full drink menu, its food menu has fewer options than a traditional location.

...Have you ever tried the Kitchen Sink sundae at Beaches and Cream located at Disney's Beach Club Resort and wished you could find it elsewhere on Walt Disney World property? You can now satisfy your sweet tooth in the Magic Kingdom with a visit to the Plaza Restaurant and order Mickey's Kitchen Sink. The Plaza presents this tasty treat in a "sink" that looks like Mickey's iconic red pants. The sundae consists of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream, covered with hot fudge, strawberry, and caramel topping. Then, adds chocolate and peanut butter chips with whipped cream and a cherry to top it off. Mickey's Kitchen Sink Sundae costs $14.99 and cannot be used with the Disney Dining Plan.

Question of the Week

Reader josephbandrews asks for "advice and experiences with places that offer holiday menu to try and get ADRs [Advanced Dining Reservations] Christmas dining for 8 people (including two kids).

Have you ever made Advanced Dining Reservations to eat in Walt Disney World on Christmas? Share your advice and experiences on our forum.

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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, May 27, 2014 7 / 10
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 5 / 10
Thursday, May 29, 2014 6 / 10
Friday, May 30, 2014 6 / 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 6 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 Castaway Cay Challenge – January 12, 2015 sailing on the Disney Dream
  • Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend – February 19–22, 2015.

runDisney events

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2014

2015

  • Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – January 7–11.
  • Disney Castaway Cay Challenge – January 12, 2015 sailing on the Disney Dream
  • Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend – February 19–22. Registration opens July 15, 2014.

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


Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Magic Kingdom

  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover – closed June 2 through August 4 for refurbishment
  • Astro Orbiter – closed June 2 through September 19 for refurbishment
  • Liberty Square Riverboat – closed August 48 for refurbishment
  • Mickey's Philharmagic closed September 819 for refurbishment
  • Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress – closed September 22-27 for refurbishment

Epcot

  • No known refurbishments at this time.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • No known refurbishments at this time.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade – final performance May 31, 2014.
  • Festival of the Lion King – closed for move to its new theater, currently under construction. Opening date scheduled for June 6.
  • 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
  • Polynesian – Captain Cook's closed for refurbishment through June 14.

Water Parks

  • Typhoon Lagoon – the entire park closed October 26 through December 20 for refurbishment.

Elsewhere

  • 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

2014 Free Dining offer for general public

Sue from Small World Vacations reports the general public can book a free dining package for specific dates beginning Wednesday, May 7.

Offer details:

2014 Vacation Dates

  • August 31 – October 3
  • October 26 – November 1
  • November 9 – November 20
  • December 12 – December 23

FREE QUICK SERVICE PLAN

  • Book a Magic Your Way vacation package for a minimum of three nights with at least two days of theme park tickets at select Disney Value Resorts to receive Disney's Quick Service Dining Plan for free. Visitors can upgrade to a Table Service Dining Plan for less than $20 per night for adults and less than $5 per night for children ages 3 through 9.
  • Value Resorts included:
    • Disney's Pop Century
    • Disney's Art of Animation Suites
    • Disney's All-Star Music Resort
    • Disney's All-Star Sports Resort

FREE TABLE SERVICE DINING PLAN

  • Book a Magic Your Way vacation package for a minimum of three nights with at least two days of theme park tickets at select Disney Moderate, Deluxe, and Deluxe Villas Resorts to receive Disney's Basic Table Service Dining Plan for free. An upgrade to the Deluxe Dining Plan is available for less than $50 per night for adults and less than $11 per night for children ages 3 through 9.
  • Moderate and Deluxe Resorts included:
    • Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
    • Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
    • Disney's Fort Wilderness Cabins
    • Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
    • Disney's Contemporary Resort
    • Disney's Grand Floridian & Spa Resort
    • Disney's Polynesian Resort
    • Disney's Wilderness Lodge
    • Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
    • Disney's BoardWalk Inn
    • Disney's Beach Club Villas
    • Disney's BoardWalk Villas
    • Disney's Bay Lake Tower
    • Disney's Old Key West Resort
    • Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
    • The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
    • Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas.

Offer Restrictions

  • Advance reservations required
  • All guests staying in the same room must add theme park tickets to their Magic Your Way package. Tickets may include park hoppers, water parks & more and/or no expiration options.
  • Walt Disney World Resorts limits the number of free dining rooms.
  • Offer excludes 3-bedroom villas at Disney Vacation Villa Resorts, Disney's Art of Animation Resort Mermaid Rooms, Disney's All-Star Movies Resort, Disney's Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter and Riverside, and The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Dining plans exclude alcoholic beverages and gratuities
  • Children ages 3 to 9 must choose from children's menu, if available

Save up to 30 percent with Room Only Discount

Visitors can receive up to a 30 percent discount when making a room only reservation at the Walt Disney World Resort on most arrival days from August 16 through October 3. Offer exclusions include all of Bay Lake Tower, the Grand Floridian & Spa Villas, and the Art of Animation Little Mermaid Rooms.


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 can 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.

Special offer 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

Save up to 35 percent* 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 percent bonus for stays of 6 nights or longer. Book through June 6, 2014.

Offer Details:

  • Save from 30 percent (for 1–5 nights) to 35 percent (for 6+ nights) at select Disney's BoardWalk Villas, Disney's Old Key West Resort, Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (standard view), Disney's BoardWalk Inn, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Polynesian Resort, Disney's Wilderness Lodge, and Disney's Yacht Club Resort
  • 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 Villas – Kidani Village and Jambo House, 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

Disney's All-Star Movies Resort is NOT included in this discount.

Discounts for Disney Rewards VISA & Debit Card Holders

2014 Free Dining Offer for Disney Rewards VISA & Debit Card Holders

Sue from Small World Vacations reports the Disney Rewards VISA and Debit Card Holders can now get a free dining discount when booking a qualifying Walt Disney World vacation package.

Offer details:

2014 Vacation Dates

  • August 31 – October 3
  • October 26 – November 1
  • November 9 – November 20
  • December 12 – December 23

FREE QUICK SERVICE PLAN

  • Book a Magic Your Way vacation package for a minimum of three nights with at least two days of theme park tickets at select Disney Value Resorts to receive Disney's Quick Service Dining Plan for free. Visitors can upgrade to a Table Service Dining Plan for less than $20 per night for adults and less than $5 per night for children ages 3 through 9.
  • Value Resorts included:
    • Disney's Pop Century
    • Disney's Art of Animation Suites
    • Disney's All-Star Music Resort
    • Disney's All-Star Sports Resort

FREE TABLE SERVICE DINING PLAN

  • Book a Magic Your Way vacation package for a minimum of three nights with at least two days of theme park tickets at select Disney Moderate, Deluxe, and Deluxe Villas Resorts to receive Disney's Basic Table Service Dining Plan for free. An upgrade to the Deluxe Dining Plan is available for less than $50 per night for adults and less than $11 per night for children ages 3 through 9.
  • Moderate and Deluxe Resorts included:
    • Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
    • Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
    • Disney's Fort Wilderness Cabins
    • Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
    • Disney's Contemporary Resort
    • Disney's Grand Floridian & Spa Resort
    • Disney's Polynesian Resort
    • Disney's Wilderness Lodge
    • Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
    • Disney's BoardWalk Inn
    • Disney's Beach Club Villas
    • Disney's BoardWalk Villas
    • Disney's Bay Lake Tower
    • Disney's Old Key West Resort
    • Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
    • The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
    • Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas.

Offer Restrictions

  • Advance reservations required
  • All guests staying in the same room must add theme park tickets to their Magic Your Way package. Tickets may include park hoppers, water parks & more and/or no expiration options.
  • Walt Disney World Resorts limits the number of free dining rooms.
  • Offer excludes 3-bedroom villas at Disney Vacation Villa Resorts, Disney's Art of Animation Resort Mermaid Rooms, Disney's All-Star Movies Resort, Disney's Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter and Riverside, and The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Dining plans exclude alcoholic beverages and gratuities
  • Children ages 3 to 9 must choose from children's menu, if available

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

Buy a minimum four day ticket and get a day free.

Room discounts include:

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

20 percent off select guided tours

Disney Visa cardholders receive 20 percent 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 percent 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 percent off select restaurants

Disney Visa cardholders receive 10 percent 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 percent off merchandise

Disney Visa cardholders receive 10 percent 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 to 7pm inside Innoventions West at Epcot. You'll receive one free 5 x 7 character photo per day.


Discounts for Florida Residents

Save up to 35 percent* 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 percent bonus for stays of 6 nights or longer. Book through June 6, 2014.

Offer Details:
  • Save from 30 percent (for 1–5 nights) to 35 percent (for 6+ nights) at select Disney's BoardWalk Villas, Disney's Old Key West Resort, Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (standard view), Disney's BoardWalk Inn, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Polynesian Resort, Disney's Wilderness Lodge, and Disney's Yacht Club Resort
  • 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 Villas – Kidani Village and Jambo House, 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

Disney's All-Star Movies Resort is NOT included in this discount.

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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