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Update for June 24 – 30, 2014

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News and Views

Rock Your Summer Side with new dance party | New animal experience debuts at Disney's Animal Kingdom |Club Disney opens at Disney's Polynesian Resort, introduces higher child care prices |Disney tests new Direct to Room check-in process| New Frozen merchandise to hit Disney Parks store shelves soon | Fourth of July celebrations planned around Walt Disney World | Get a sneak peek at the Villains Unleashed guest list | New late summer discounts released for annual passholders| Anna and Elsa added to two Disney Cruise Line ships | Disney Vacation Account aims to help visitors save for trips| Quick takes | Joffrey's Coffee offers Coffee to Castle sweepstakes |Question of the Week | Crowd update

Rock Your Summer Side with new dance party

Disney's Hollywood Studios visitors can enjoy Rock Your Summer Side, a new dance party hosted on the Sorcerer's Hat Icon stage, according to Disney Parks Blog. The nightly event kicked off last week and runs through August 22.

During the Rock Your Summer Side party, live band The Hollywood Rockers takes the stage every night to play classic summertime songs and interact with the crowd. When the live band takes a break, a DJ takes over to continue the music and dancing. Visitors can get up and dance with some of their favorite Disney characters throughout the party.

The party also features a giant postcard where visitors can take their own souvenir pictures during the party.

Visitors do not need to make reservations, and admission is included in the price of theme park ticket.

New animal experience debuts at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom's latest animal experience, It All Started with a Mouse, launched last week at Rafiki's Planet Watch.

Disney Parks Blog reports that the new show highlights Walt Disney's appreciation of the animal world by bringing in "animal ambassadors" such as birds, sheep, and porcupines to help share facts and conservation messages, and inspire conservation actions from the audience. The animals make appearances in, around and even above the audience.

After the show, visitors can meet and greet the show's stars and take pictures.

The 20-minute show runs once daily at 11:30 a.m.

Club Disney opens at Disney's Polynesian Resort, introduces higher child care prices

The new Club Disney opened at Disney's Polynesian Resort last week, replacing the former Neverland Club. The new club takes its inspiration from "classic Disney Little Golden Books," and offers the usual array of activities found at Walt Disney World's group care centers, including dress-up, crafts and storytelling. With the opening of the new club, Disney also raised the hourly fee charged at the four on-property centers. Visitors must pay $15 per hour, per child, with a 2-hour per child minimum. The four centers currently open include:

  • Club Disney at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
  • Cub's Den at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
  • Sandcastle Club at Disney's Beach Club Resort
  • Simba's Cubhouse at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney tests new Direct to Room check-in process

Last week, Walt Disney World began testing a new hotel check-in option called Direct to Room. As the name implies, the new program allows select hotel guests to skip the front desk and go directly to their room upon arrival. The new offering is part of MyMagic+, Disney's billion-dollar technology initiative.

The test runs through June 28 and guests selected to participate receive an e-mail with instructions on how to take advantage of the opportunity if they want.

Participating hotels include these Value, Moderate, and Deluxe hotels, as well as Disney Vacation Club properties:

  • Animal Kingdom Lodge and Villas
  • Contemporary Resort and Bay Lake Tower Villas
  • Pop Century Resort
  • Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter and Riverside

To participate in the Direct to Room check in, visitors must first complete a number of steps to set up their online Disney profile, including creating a My Disney Experience account, linking their hotel reservation and ordering MagicBands.

For more details on the Direct to Room check in process, read our feature story, which outlines the entire process.

New Frozen merchandise to hit Disney Parks store shelves soon

Frozen fans having a hard time finding merchandise featuring their favorite characters have something to look forward to beginning this summer.

Disney Parks Blog announced that new merchandise from the blockbuster film should start arriving in Disney theme park stores soo,n with even more designs and items coming through the fall.


© Disney.

Shoppers can find items ranging from clothing and beach towels to magnets and hats that have some or all of the most popular Frozen characters including Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff. The big news, though, focuses on the wealth of new items featuring Olaf the Snowman, who has become one of the movies most beloved characters. Until now, finding merchandise with Olaf has been nearly impossible and Disney responded to the fans' requests for more items featuring the funny snowman who loves warm hugs.

Disney Parks Blog has even more photos of the fun merchandise scheduled to debut in the coming weeks and months at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Fourth of July celebrations planned around Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World has a variety of special events planned for July 4 to celebrate Independence Day

Magic Kingdom

Disney's Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky

9:00 p.m. (also on July 3)

Cinderella Castle

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Rockin' 4th of July Celebration DJ Party

6:00 p.m.

Sorcerer Hat

Mulch, Sweat & Shears – a musical road trip through America

7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.

Sorcerer Hat

Rock 'n' Roll Fireworks presentation

10:15 p.m.

Sorcerer Hat

Epcot

Meet and Greet Disney Characters dressed in patriotic attire

Various times throughout day - check Times Guide

Outside The American Adventure

Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corp

1:00 p.m, 2:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 4:45 p.m.

Outside The American Adventure

Voices of Liberty

12:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:00 p.m..

Outside The American Adventure

Voices of Liberty

4:15 p.m., 5:00 p.m.

The American Adventure Rotunda

Sounds of Summer Concert Series: Don't Look Back

5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 9:00 p.m.

American Gardens Theater

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth with grand finale in a salute to America

10:00 p.m.

Around World Showcase Lagoon

Get a sneak peek at the Villains Unleashed guest list

As reported in a previous Walt Disney World Update, Disney's Hollywood Studio's hosts "Villains Unleashed," a hard-ticket party event on August 23. The party runs from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

During this event, guests can mingle and party with nearly 50 of Disney's best-known villains. Last week, Disney released a partial guest list of who party guests can expect to see at the big bash.

Some of the expected guests include:

  • Anastasia
  • Asajj Ventress
  • Big Bad Wolf
  • Boba Fett
  • Bowler Hat Guy
  • Captain Hook
  • Cruella De VilHades
  • Darth Maul
  • Darth Vader
  • Drizella
  • Emperor Palpatine
  • Gaston
  • Gideon
  • J. Worthington Foulfellow
  • Jafar
  • Jango Fett
  • Lady Tremaine
  • Meg
  • Mr. Smee
  • Pain
  • Panic
  • Queen of Hearts
  • Stormtrooper
  • Zam Wessell

Visitors can dress up for the party, as long as they are within Disney guidelines.

Tickets cost $67 for adults ($62 for children), plus tax. Limited tickets still remain; visit the official Walt Disney World website to get your tickets before they sell out.

New late summer discounts released for annual passholders

Save up to 30 percent* on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

Disney released a number of summer travel discounts covering arrivals between August 16 and October 3,. They are tiered by resort and length of stay, with a 5 percent bonus for stays of 6 nights or longer. Book through August 8.

Offer Details:

  • Save up to 30 percent at select Disney's BoardWalk Villas, Disney's Old Key West Resort, Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (standard/pool 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 up to 25 percent at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney's Port Orleans – Riverside, Disney's Fort Wilderness Cabins (August 29 through October 3)
  • Save up to 20 percent at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Beach Club Resort, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (savannah view/club level) (August 16 through October 3 only); Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney's Port Orleans – Riverside, Disney's Fort Wilderness Cabins (August 16 through August 28); Port Orleans – French Quarter (August 29 through October 3); Disney's All Star Music Resort, Disney's All Star Sports Resort; Disney's Pop Century Resort; Disney's Art of Animation Resort Family Suites (August 29 through October 3)
  • Save up to 15 percent at Disney's All Star Music Resort, Disney's All Star Sports Resort, Disney's Pop Century Resort (August 16 through August 28); Disney's All Star Movies Resort (August 29 through October 3); The Campsites at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort (August 29 through October 3)
  • Save up to 10 percentt at Disney's Art of Animation Family Suites (August 16 through August 28)

Visit the official Walt Disney World website for more information and to make reservations.

Anna and Elsa added to two Disney Cruise Line ships

Demand for Frozen's Anna and Elsa meet-and-greet opportunities remain at record wait times at the Princess Fairytale Hall in the Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland. To help meet the royal sisters' continued popularity, Disney found another way for fans to get close to their favorite characters by having the Frozen characters hit the high seas on Disney Cruise Lines starting this summer.

Anna and Elsa plan to sail between Europe and Alaska on selected Disney Magic sailings starting June 14, and selected Disney Wonder sailings starting June 16. Your travel agent can let you know if Anna and Elsa are scheduled to appear on your cruise. The royal sisters have no plans to sail on the Disney Dream or Fantasy at this time.

Disney Vacation Account aims to help visitors save for trips

In case you missed it, last week MousePlanet staff Tony Phoenix shared a little-known feature released by Disney called the Disney Vacation Account.

Released in December 2013, the Disney Vacation Account works much like a bank savings club account, where participants schedule automatic deposits into a vacation account. In addition to an automated savings account, a Disney Vacation Account also provides guidance on how to budget for an upcoming Walt Disney World trip.

Want to learn more about this free service? Read Tony's full article, which reviews the account's features, and looks at its pros and cons.

Joffrey's Coffee offers Coffee to Castle sweepstakes

Contest lovers have another reason to celebrate, as Joffrey's Coffee & Tea Company has a new sweepstakes with a grand prize of a 3-night/4-day travel package to Walt Disney World for up to four people. The grand prize package includes:

  • Round trip airfare
  • Ground transportation to hotel
  • Hotel accommodations at a Walt Disney World moderate resort
  • Magic Your Way base tickets
  • a $50 Disney gift card

Contestants can submit entries through July 11, 2014.

To read the official sweepstakes rules and to enter visit the official Joffrey's Coffee to Castle sweepstakes website.

Quick takes

...Last week, Disney Parks Blog featured some new collectible pins for Summer 2014 available at the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort and/or the Disney Cruise Line. Erin Catalano, Disney Pin Merchandiser, announced nearly 250 open edition pins coming to market including designs featuring Aulani resort, Mr. Toad, Rapunzel and Donald Duck's "I don't tweet, I quack" pin. For more information on Disney pin releases and trading, visit the official Disney Pins website.

...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. One lucky person wins the grand prize: an eight day, seven night vacation for four 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 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.

...The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Universal Adventure 5K fun run takes place at Universal Orlando Resort on October 26. The 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) run provides participants with a tour through Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and Universal CityWalk. Highlights include The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the new TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, and many other attractions at Universal Orlando Resort to benefit Special Olympics. Registration for the event is $35, and participants must maintain a 20-minute mile pace. Participants receive both a T-shirt and participant medal. The first 750 registrants are guaranteed a shirt in their selected size.

Question of the Week

This week, Nikara asks fellow MousePad forum members where their favorite viewing spot is for Magic Kingdom's Festival of Fantasy parade. You can share your advice and tips with Nikara by going to the MousePad discussion forum and get in on the conversation.

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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.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014 8 / 10
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 7 / 10
Thursday, June 26, 2014 7 / 10
Friday, June 27, 2014 7 / 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.
  • 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.

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

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. 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 through August 4 for refurbishment
  • Astro Orbiter – closed 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.

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 30 percent* on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels

Disney released a number of summer travel discounts covering arrivals between August 16 and October 3, 2014. They are tiered by resort and length of stay, with a 5 percent bonus for stays of 6 nights or longer. Book through August 8, 2014.

Offer Details:

  • Save up to 30 percent at select Disney's BoardWalk Villas, Disney's Old Key West Resort, Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (standard/pool 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 up to 25 percent at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney's Port Orleans – Riverside, Disney's Fort Wilderness Cabins (August 29 through October 3)
  • Save up to 20 percent at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Beach Club Resort, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (savannah view/club level) (August 16 through October 3 only); Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney's Port Orleans – Riverside, Disney's Fort Wilderness Cabins (August 16 through August 28); Port Orleans – French Quarter (August 29 through October 3); Disney's All Star Music Resort, Disney's All Star Sports Resort; Disney's Pop Century Resort; Disney's Art of Animation Resort Family Suites (August 29 through October 3)
  • Save up to 15 percent at Disney's All Star Music Resort, Disney's All Star Sports Resort, Disney's Pop Century Resort (August 16 through August 28); Disney's All Star Movies Resort (August 29 thorugh October 3); The Campsites at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort (August 29 through October 3)
  • Save up to 10 percent at Disney's Art of Animation Family Suites (August 16 through August 28)

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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