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Update for June 10 – 16, 2014

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Villains Unleashed coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios on August 23 | Marketplace Co-Op officially opens in Downtown Disney | Car Masters Weekend returns to Downtown Disney | New details about Disney's Animal Kingdom Pandora released | Typhoon Lagoon bus schedule changed for construction | Anna and Elsa meet and greet hours extended | Be the 8th Dwarf photo contest announced | Views from around "The World" | This week at Disney's Hollywood Studios Star Wars Weekends | Quick takes | Question of the Week | Crowd update

Villains Unleashed coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios on August 23

On August 23, Disney's Hollywood Studios visitors can get up close to nearly 50 classic Disney villains during a new nighttime, hard-ticket event "Villains Unleashed," which runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

According to Disney Parks Blog, party guests can enjoy a variety of special events hosted by the villains, including:

  • Hades Hangout & Dance Party
  • Oogie Boogie's Variety Show
  • A Star Wars villain zone
  • A new Villainy in the Skies fireworks show
  • A new, villain-inspired pre-show to Fantasmic!
  • "Ex-Scream" makeovers – get your face painted to look just like your favorite Disney villain
  • Specialty food and drinks available for purchase
  • Event merchandise available for purchase
  • Rides on The Twilight Zone – Tower of Terror, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Toy Story Mania!, and Star Tours

Party guests can also dress up and show their "Disney villain side," but must follow Disney guidelines.

Villains Unleashed tickets include Disney Hollywood Studio's admission during party hours only. Tickets cost $67 for adults ($62 for children ages 3-9) plus tax. To purchase tickets, visit Disneyvillainsparty.com

Marketplace Co-Op officially opens in Downtown Disney

Marketplace Co-Op officially opened last weekend in the Downtown Disney Marketplace. Visitors had the chance to get a first glimpse of the variety of merchandise offered at Downtown Disney's newest retail location during a grand opening event on June 6.


Downtown Disney's Marketplace Co-Op opened in the former Team Mickey location. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Disney Parks Blog first announced the building of the new shop back in November 2013. Located next to the Tren-D shop, Marketplace Co-Op has six distinct boutiques with a large variety of items designed just for Disney theme parks.

  • Beautifully Disney – women's beauty accessories, make-up and perfumes
  • Cherry Tree Lane – scarves, shoes, bags, and jewelry
  • Disney Centerpiece – home goods featuring room furnishings, fabrics and everyday house wares
  • D-Tech on Demand – personalized and customized electronic accessories
  • The Trophy Room – vintage-style sports wear and collectibles
  • Zoey and Pickles – girl's fashion with a glamorous and modern flair


Downtown Disney Marketplace Co-Op's Beautifully Disney has a one-stop destination for makeup, fragrances, and accessories. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


D-Tech on Demand allows guests to customize electronics at Downtown Disney's Marketplace Co-Op. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Marketplace Co-Op, Downtown Disney's newest store, offers a variety of Disney merchandise, including purses and other fashion accessories. Photo by Frank Cambisi.

On Saturday, June 14, shoppers can get autographed headphones from celebrity DJ Pauly D during his scheduled appearance at the Downtown Disney Marketplace Co-Op location.

Those not able to visit the new shop in person right away can go to its official website to browse and purchase items from the comfort of their own home.

Car Masters Weekend returns to Downtown Disney


Car Masters Weekend runs from June 15 to 16 at Downtown Disney West Side. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

On June 15 and 16, car enthusiasts have a chance to enjoy a classic car show at the Car Masters Weekend hosted by Downtown Disney's West Side.

Disney Parks Blog reports The Muscle Car Network of Central Florida showcases more than 100 vehicles at the Downtown Disney Car Show presented by Megular's. Fans vote for their favorite and can choose from classic, muscle, or exotic cars. The scores from both fans and judges are combined to declare winners at the Sunday evening awards ceremony.

Fans of Disney's Cars movies can see Lightning McQueen, Mater and Fin McMissle for photo opportunities and watch a Cars movie marathon at AMC Downtown Disney 24. Visitors can stop by and see Pixar filmmaker Jay Ward during a special question and answer session.

The Chevrolet Performance Mobile Tour gives visitors the opportunity to sit inside some of the latest Test Track vehicles, see actual race cars and meet Piston Cup racers Aiken Axler and Save VanDerSpin.

Visitors who like hands-on experiences can participate in activities from Disney Interactive and DisneyQuest animators, as well.

Those looking for something to eat and drink can stop by one of the Downtown Disney food trucks, which offer great selections from a variety of restaurants.

New details about Disney's Animal Kingdom Pandora released

Last week, Orlando's Channel 2 WESH reported new details about the future Avatar-inspired land under construction at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

WESH cited a report from Slashfilm.com about Avatar director James Cameron's appearance at the May 31 Hero Complex Film Festival (held in Los Angeles), where he discussed the park's expansion, slated for 2017. During his remarks, Cameron revealed the full name of the upcoming land—"Pandora: The Land of Avatar." Cameron also shared his excitement about Disney's vision of Pandora.

"It's really just a place you're gonna wanna go and hang out. It's gonna be gorgeous. Of course it's gonna be gorgeous at night and they're using every new trick, every new bit of technology that they've created," he said.

Bus schedules altered due to construction

As the Downtown Disney expansion continues, construction crews begin redirecting traffic as work starts on widening Buena Vista Drive to total of 10 lanes, including two bus lanes and a ramp from Epcot Center Drive.

The construction work means crews must redirect traffic to alleviate congestion. As of today (Tuesday, June 10), a new bus schedule begins to and from Disney's Typhoon Lagoon:

  • Before 2 p.m. – Visitors can still travel to and from Typhoon Lagoon on the Downtown Disney/Typhoon Lagoon bus.
  • After 2:00 p.m. – Visitors traveling to and from Typhoon Lagoon must take a bus or monorail to Epcot and then transfer to another bus to get to their final destination.

In addition to the Typhoon Lagoon bus change, a new, consolidated bus schedule for Downtown Disney starts on June 11 to the expanded Marketplace area with extended hours to 2:00 a.m.

Anna and Elsa meet and greet hours extended

MousePlanet sponsors TouringPlans.com reported last week My Disney Experience now lists extended meet and greet hours for Frozen's Anna and Elsa at the Magic Kingdom's Fairytale Princess Hall in New Fantasyland.

Since the royal sisters moved from Epcot's Norway pavilion to Fairytale Hall more than a month ago, they've greeted visitors daily from park opening until 5 p.m. However, with standby-line waits not shrinking from peak times of about 300 minutes, Disney decided to allow Anna and Elsa to continue to meet with visitors throughout the day.

The My Disney Experience website and smartphone application now list Anna and Elsa's meet-and-greet hours from opening until nearly park closing (not including Extra Magic Hours). Fastpass+ reservations are also available throughout the day now, as well.

To accommodate Anna and Elsa's extended hours, Sleeping Beauty's Aurora joins the Frozen sisters as their special guest and Snow White moves into Fantasyland to greet park visitors.

Be the 8th Dwarf photo contest announced

Do you love to take fun photos? Want to win a Walt Disney World vacation? Then, take a look at Disney's latest contest: Be the 8th Miner for your chance to win.

Entrants have a chance to win one of seven weekly prizes of $500 and an official Seven Dwarfs Mine Train trading pin.

One lucky person wins the grand prize: an eight day, seven night vacation for 4 people to Walt Disney World including airfare, Magical Express transfers to a Walt Disney World resort, four 7-Day Magic Your Way Park Hopper Tickets, an $800 Disney gift card, a character meet and greet photo opportunity and winner's choice of any Disney Photopass service, up to $300.

The contest, which began June 4 and ends July 22, asks entrants to show off their "Seven Dwarfs-inspired skills" with pictures or smartphone video. Each week, the official Be the 8th Miner website publishes a new challenge for entrants to use as inspiration for their pictures and/or videos. Once entrants submit their photo or video, they need to follow @WaltDisneyWorld on Twitter and tweet their entry with the hashtag #8thMinerContest.

The Be the 8th Miner contest has a number of specific rules to follow to make sure your entry does not violate any copyrights, so please go to the official rules website and read them carefully before you enter.

Views from around "The World"

This week's photo update features the first in a series of photos about a few of the major refurbishment projects happening at Disney's Animal Kingdom. From a new theater for the Festival of the Lion King to additions constructed to make getting around easier, you can see how Animal Kingdom continues to be a hub of activity.


The new Lion King Fort provides new space to Harambe for Disney's Animal Kingdom visitors. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


The new theater for the Festival of the Lion King sits as the crown jewel of the Disney's Animal Kingdom addition. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


The entire Harambe addition hugs the Discovery River in Disney's Animal Kingdom. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Disney's Animal Kingdom's Festival of the Lion King queue has options for Fastpass+ and standby lines. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


The interior of Disney's Animal Kingdom Festival of the Lion King theater almost perfectly matches its previous location and the show remains the same. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

This week at Disney's Hollywood Studios Star Wars Weekends

Star Wars Weekends wraps up this weekend and includes more stars and stories to excite Star Wars fans of all ages. As always, arrive early to events for the best possible chance to see your favorites and schedule Fastpass+ reservations to secure your place.

Tour information:

  • Celebrity Lineup: Dee Bradley Baker (Captain Rex/the Clones, Bossk – The Clone Wars); Cat Taber (Padme Amidala – The Clone Wars); Tom Kane (Yoda – The Clone Wars); Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker – The Clone Wars); Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios – Star Wars Rebels)
  • Events and times may change. Consult daily times guides and tip board for daily updates.
Activity Time Location

Friday, June 13- Sunday, June 15

   

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.

Streets of America

Stars of the Saga Star Wars Celebrity Talk Show

3:30 p.m.

Streets of America

Obi Wan and Beyond

7:00 p.m.

Streets of America

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

...Epcot's Africa Refreshment Cool Post in World Showcase has new menu items meant to beat the heat or quench the adult thirst. Visitors can order the new coconut or pineapple frozen yogurt (or get them both swirled together) served in a dish for $3.99. Grownups looking for a more "adult" treat can pick up an African Rum Mango Smoothie for $9.50.

...Epcot's Sounds Like Summer concert series debuts this week on June 8 at the American Gardens Theatre featuring Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles. Click here for our report on the full Sounds Like Summer lineup.

...Downtown Disney's new Starbucks location has something extra special for its customers: a "magic chalkboard" that can automatically draw whatever stands in front of it. According to BusinessWeek.com, customers can also draw on the 70-inch touchscreen to create their own pictures or play games like hangman or tic-tac-toe. The digital chalkboard connects to the Downtown Disney Starbucks location in Anaheim, CA so visitors can share what's going on in each store.


A touch screen at Walt Disney's World's Downtown Disney Starbucks allows users to interact with the Starbucks at Downtown Disney in Anaheim. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Question of the Week

This week's question focuses on the best way to transport little ones around the parks, a challenge for all parents bringing young children to Walt Disney World.

MousePad forum member DoodleMushyBoo wants recommendations on which double stroller would meet their family's needs of being light weight, folding easily and offers decent shade from the sun.

Do you have the perfect stroller for touring the parks or know of one that might help a fellow reader and Disney fan? Head over to the MousePad discussion forum to offer your advice.

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Crowd Forecast

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014 7 / 10
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 8 / 10
Thursday, June 12, 2014 7 / 10
Friday, June 13, 2014 8 / 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!

  • Saturday is the best day to visit the Magic Kingdom.
  • The resort crowd level on Saturday will be 7 out of 10.
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  • Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – January 7–11, 2015.
  • Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend – February 19–22, 2015.

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  • 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. 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 Progres – closed September 2227 for refurbishment

Epcot

  • No known refurbishments at this time.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • No known refurbishments at this time.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • 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 ongoing.
  • 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

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 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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