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Monorail evacuated after possible lightning strike | 2014 Candlelight Processional packages now on sale | Magic Kingdom visitor loses two fingertips on Pirates of the Caribbean | Walt Disney World Railroad refurbishment announced | Views from "Around the World"| Quick takes | Question of the Week | Crowd update

Monorail evacuated after possible lightning strike

Walt Disney World visitors, stranded for over an hour inside a monorail yesterday evening after lightning caused its power to go out, had to be rescued by crawling up and walking out on the tops of the monorail cars with the help of rescue crews.

Emergency crews had to evacuate nearly 120 people from a Walt Disney World Monorail around 6:00 p.m. Sunday following a weather-related power outage, according to multiple media reports.


Walt Disney World Monorail passengers are stranded in their car after a possible lightning strike causes a power outage Sunday evening. Photo by Erin.

"There was just some bad weather in the area and because of the power outage, the monorail guests were evacuated," said Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler to USAToday.com. She added that none of the monorail cars caught fire, and that rescuers from the Reedy Creek Fire Department evacuated everyone on board.

Reedy Creek Fire Department Assistant Chief Bo Jones told NBC News that rescuers used a movable platform to get to some of the passengers stuck on the train, while others in the forward cars used an escape hatch to get to the first car, which was near a staircase leading to the ground.

In a special interview, MousePlanet was able to speak with some of the monorail passengers who were evaucated off of the monorail. Orlando residents Erin (who asked that her last name not be used) along with her sister Lisa and another family member, Hollis, boarded the Epcot monorail at the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC).

"We were still very close to the TTC," said Erin. "We didn't make it far before the lightning hit."

After the lightning hit and caused the power outage, Erin estimates that she and her family were stuck in the monorail for about 80 minutes. Although conditions in the monorail car were hot and humid, Erin said it was no worse than the parks. "We did fog up the windows, though, so we drew Mickey's head in the condensation," she said.

When firefighters finally reached Erin's monorail car, Erin and her family had to be evacuated by climbing out onto the top of the car without a safety harness.


Emergency crews from the Reedy Creek Fire Department raise the ladder on their ladder truck to reach up to the monorail car at Walt Disney World after a possible lightning strike caused a power outage in the monorail yesterday evening. Photo by Erin.

"I only walked up one car and then into the hatch of another car—maybe about 5 to 6 feet total," Erin explained. "No harness. Just three firemen up there to hold our hands and guide us. [There] wasn't enough length for a harness."

Fortunately, Erin said they never felt that they were in any danger. "I held one fireman's hand to get out, he handed me to another, who handed me to a third, who helped me down the hatch, where a fourth met me at the door and walked us down the platform and stairs," she said. "[I] never felt unsafe. Just hot and thirsty."

Assistant Chief Jones confirmed to the media that the rescue took about 90 minutes, and that none of the passengers suffered any injuries or required emergency medical treatment.

WFTV reported that Disney workers responded immediately to the power outage by attempting to restart the monorail and return the passengers to the station safely. However after their attempts were unsuccessful after half an hour, they contacted Reedy Creek Fire Department to request assistance with an evacuation

WFTV also reported that once emergency crews got all passengers safely to the ground, crews escorted them to nearby Disney buses to take them away from the scene.


Several vehicles from the Reedy Creek Fire Department are still in the vicinity after passengers are safely evacuated and transported via Disney bus away from the incident. The stranded monorail is still on the track above the vehicles. Photo by Erin.

"When we got out, [the Disney officials] gave us water, took our names, gave us some Fastpasses and put us on a bus," Erin confirmed. "Disney did a great job."

"Disney personnel and the Reedy Creek Fire Department handled it with streamlined efficiency," Erin's sister Lisa said. "At no point was anyone in danger; only hot and briefly inconvenienced. It was a delay in reaching a destination that could not have been prevented, and one that Disney was clearly prepared to handle. We were at a critical point in the track that prevented easier evacuation. They managed it very well."

2014 Candlelight Processional Dining packages now on sale

Tickets for Epcot's 2014 Candlelight Processional Packages went on sale last week. This year, the Candlelight Processional runs from November 28 through December 30, 2014.

Each year, The American Gardens Theater presents the Candlelight Processional, a retelling of the Christmas story that features a live, 50-piece orchestra, choral groups from around the country and a celebrity narrator.

Ordinarily, visitors can only get seats on a first-come, first-served basis, and wait times for the performances often run for hours. This year, however, those who purchase a Candlelight Processional dining package receive seating in a reserved section of the theater, in addition to a lunch or dinner at one of the following Epcot restaurants:

  • Biergarten
  • Chefs de France
  • Coral Reef
  • The Garden Grill
  • La Hacienda de San Angel
  • Nine Dragons Restaurant
  • Restaurant Marrakesh
  • Rose & Crown Pub & Dining
  • San Angel Inn Restaurante
  • Teppan Edo
  • Tokyo Dining
  • Tutto Italia Ristorante
  • Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria

Disney Parks Blog released a preliminary schedule of celebrity narrators for this year's production. Show times run at 5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. nightly with the following:

  • Jodi Benson – November 28–29
  • TBD – November 30 through December 2
  • TBD – December3–4
  • Whoopi Goldberg – December 5–6
  • TBD – December 7–8. The show only on these dastes runs twice nightly.
  • TBD – December 9–11
  • TBD – December 12–14
  • (New) Sharon Stone – December 15–17
  • (New) Ana Gasteyer – December 18–20
  • Marlee Matlin – December 21–23
  • TBD – December 24–25
  • TBD – December 26–27
  • Steven Curtis Chapman – December 28–30

Narrators can change without notice.

Package price start a $35 per person for lunch and $50 per person for dinner (adults). Visitors should expect limited availability for this package; consider booking tickets as early as possible.

To purchase package tickets, call (407) WDW-DINE (407-939-3463) or go online to the official Candlelight Processional package website.

Magic Kingdom visitor loses two fingertips on Pirates of the Caribbean

A man from the United Kingdom visiting the Magic Kingdom on Thursday, July 10 suffered a serious injury during a ride on the popular Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.

According to multiple news reports, the park visitor had the tips of his ring finger and pinky on his right severed as a result of the accident. The Reedy Creek Fire Department, which serves as emergency responders to the Walt Disney World Resort, confirmed the accident occurred, but released no information about the cause of the accident.

Following the accident, Disney officials closed the attraction for approximately five hours to perform safety inspections. Pirates of the Caribbean opened later in the day when inspectors declared the ride in good working order and safe for visitors to return.

Walt Disney World Railroad refurbishment announced

Last week, officials at the Magic Kingdom announced a series of refurbishments coming to the park in the near future, according to our sponsor TouringPlans.com.

Starting Sunday, September 28, the Magic Kingdom starts work at the Main Street U.S.A. station, the Fantasyland station and the Frontierland station on the Walt Disney World Railroad. The announcement projects a lengthy refurbishment, scheduled to end on Saturday, November 8.

For more information on all Walt Disney World closures and refurbishments, check our weekly guide below.

Views from "Around the World"

This week, we head over to Downtown Disney to see the progress made on the many construction projects happening in the area.


The new parking garage at Downtown Disney has topped out at the West end. It is expected to be completed by the holiday season of 2014. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


One of two new Cast Services buildings coming to Downtown Disney area. It is located adjacent to the Team Disney building across the street. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


The new bridge connecting both ends of the Marketplace continues to take shape. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


A major fountain takes the place of a marina at the Marketplace end of Downtown Disney. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


A new construction wall across from the Marketplace Co-Op suggests the area may take on a title and theme referencing Magic Kingdom's Sunshine Tree Terrace. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


The nearly completed bridge connecting Downtown Disney and Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort will also house the boat dock formerly around the corner and adjacent to the Rainforest Cafe. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Quick takes

...The Disney Parks Blog announced a series of new merchandise coming to Walt Disney World in the coming weeks and months, including clothing, pins and music from Planes: Fire & Rescue (scheduled for a July 18 release in theaters), new Hidden Mickey pins featuring character MagicBands, mobile phones, villainous sidekicks, Disney birds and chaser pins, as well as decorative trays, "I'll be your prince/princess" T-shirt, Gravity Falls Vinylmation figures, and Disney Villains baby plush dolls, including Maleficent and Cruellla de Vil.

...Walt Disney World's latest contest, "Recreate the Magic," invites entrants to recall magical memories made during a previous trip, in order to win a future trip to Walt Disney World, including an 8-day, 7-night vacation package for six people to the Walt Disney World Resort, round-trip airfare for six people (the winner and five guests), round-trip airport transfers to and from the Walt Disney World Resort (Magical Express service), accommodations at one 2-bedroom suite or villa at a Walt Disney World hotel, Magic Your Way tickets, and more. All entries must include a photo of people having a great time at Walt Disney World (preferably between 1971 and 1990, but not limited to that time period) along with a brief (no longer than 1,500 words) description of the magical memory experienced in the photo. Entrants can submit their photos and memories until 11:59 p.m. on August 11 and judging should end on August 11, 2014, according to the contest's official rules.

...The Be the 8th Miner contest has only two challenges left for those wanting to enter. fOne 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.

Question of the Week

Our Question of the Week comes from MousePad Forum member MadasaHatter:

Hey all y'all crazy MPers out there....

Thinking about the TRAIN TOUR as a possibility and wondered if anyone has done this?

Also thinking about the NIGHT SAFARI at AKL.....I am planning on staying at the resort there....is this the same tour as in the park during the day? If you did this would you skip doing the tour during the day? Also considering the ANIMAL TALK at Sanaa Restaurant.....would you do one OR the other AND not both? How would you schedule a trip like this? Would you stay at one resort, then move? I would be very grateful for any help anyone can offer. Thanks!

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Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Magic Kingdom

  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover – closed through August 4 for refurbishment.
  • Liberty Square Riverboat – closed August 48 for refurbishment.
  • Mickey's Philharmagic – closed September 819 for refurbishment.
  • Astro Orbiter – closed through September 19 for refurbishment.
  • Walt Disney's Carousel of Progres – closed September 2227 for refurbishment.
  • Cinderella's Royal Table – closed January 5 through March 6, 2015 for refurbishment.

Epcot

  • No known refurbishments at this time.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • The American Idol Experience – permanently closes on January 5, 2015.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

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

Resorts

As previously reported by MousePlanet, 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.

  • All Star Music Resort – refurbishment of its Intermission Food Court beginning on August 1 and scheduled for reopening on December 21, according to our sponsor TouringPlans.com.
  • Polynesian – Never Land Club Children's Activity Center closed for refurbishment through January 1, 2015.
  • Polynesian – refurbishment of the lobby ongoing.
  • Wilderness Lodge – refurbishment of its Silver Creek Springs Pool from September 3 through late November 2014.

Water Parks

  • Typhoon Lagoon – the entire park closed October 26 through December 20 for refurbishment.
  • Blizzard Beach – the the entire park closed January 4, 2015 through March 3, 2015.

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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