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Update for July 22 – 28, 2014

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Reservations for Epcot Food & Wine Festival premium events opening July 31 | Spaces still left in 2015 Disney Princess 5K and Kids Races | First look at new Trattoria al Forno Restaurant | Inaugural ESPN Fantasy Football Convention kicks off August 22 | Disney and union reach contract agreement | Disney Cruise Lines to celebrate 'Halloween on the High Seas' | New La Nouba behind-the scenes tour available | Views from "Around the World" | Quick takes | Question of the Week | Crowd update

Reservations for Epcot Food & Wine premium events opening July 31

Reservations for the 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival premium events open on July 31 for the general public.

Disney releases a full list of events on July 24 to allow interested visitors to review the activities and plan to make their reservations. Then, beginning at 7:00 a.m., Disney opens the phone lines for reservations to all of the events.

Last week, Disney provided a sneak peek at some of the new premium events coming to the 2014 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, rich runs from September 19 through November 10:

  • Wednesdays – Mediterranean Food & Wine Pairing ($55 per person)
  • Fridays, plus Saturday, October 11 – Food for Thought ($169 per person)
  • Fridays, on October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – Italian White Truffle & Wine Pairing Dinner ($295 per person)
  • Saturday, September 20 – Experience Puerto Rico – The All-Star Island ($99 per person)
  • Friday, October 24 – Dining Through the Decades, A Tribute to Walt Disney ($99 to $119 per person)
  • Sundays, on September 21, October 5, 12, 19, Nov. 2 – Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Boot Camp Series interactive epicurean adventure ($119 per person)

Visitors can also anticipate some returning events to this year's festival:

  • Saturdays – Parisian breakfast ($39 per person)
  • Fridays, on October 3, 10 and 17 – “3D” Disney’s Dessert Discovery ($59 to $99 per person) – this also can be booked at epcotfoodfestival.com
  • Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining 
(more than 20 dinners throughout the festival; prices vary)
  • Saturdays beginning September 27 – Shake and Indulge Like the French Featuring Grand Marnier ($55 per person)
  • Saturdays – Cheese seminars ($79 per person)
  • Saturdays, on October 4, 11, 18, and November 1 – Party for the Senses ($149 to $299 per person)  – this also can be booked at epcotfoodfestival.com
  • Saturday, October 25 – Party for the Senses featuring Disney chefs from around the World ($149 to $299 per person)
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays – Food and wine pairings ($55 per person)
  • Sundays – Sunday Mornings With… ($99 per person)
  • Italian and French pairings and lunches
  • Japanese “Hibachi Experience”
  • Mexican tequila lunch
  • Culinary demonstrations ($15 per person)
  • Mixology seminars ($15 per person)
  • Wine seminars ($15 per person)

If you are interested in reserving a space for these events, call (407) WDW–FEST (939–3378). All of these events require the purchase of a separate event ticket, and is not included in park admission. The event tickets do not provide park admission. 

Spaces still left in 2015 Disney Princess 5K and Kids Races

Space in the 2015 Disney Princess Half Marathon, Glass Slipper Challenge and Enchanted 10K races sold out quickly last week. The annual race draws tens of thousands of runners each year and the 2015 race weekend is scheduled for February 19–22, 2015.

Although many races during the Princess Half Marathon Weekend sold out quickly, as of Sunday night, three competitions still have spaces remaining: the Disney Princess 5K, the runDisney Kids Dashes and the runDisney Kids Mile. Each of these races stands at about 75 percent full; any interested parties should sign up soon before all slots fill up.

To register, visit the official 2015 Disney Princess Half Marathon website.

First look at new Trattoria al Forno Restaurant

Disney Parks Blog announced the debut of Trattoria al Forno, a new restaurant coming to Disney's Boardwalk Inn later this year.

Trattoria al Forno's menu intends to feature "Old World Style" cuisine such as wood-fired pizzas, hand-crafted mozzarella, homemade pasta dishes, pork, chicken, fish, and beef. Diners can order off the all-Italian wine list to complement their meal and finish the evening with traditional Italian desserts, such as tiramisu, lemon panna cotta, and bombolini (Italian donut holes) served with dark chocolate and vanilla gelato.

Disney opens reservations for Boardwalk's newest restaurant in a few weeks, but has not yet announced a specific opening date.

Trattorria al Forno replaces the Kouzzina by Cat Cora restaurant, which is scheduled to close on September 30.  

Inaugural ESPN Fantasy Football Convention kicks off August 22

Fantasy Football fans should mark their calendars for August 22 and 23, when the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex hosts the inaugural ESPN Fantasy Football convention, according to Disney Parks Blog.

The convention features ESPN commentators and experts, including:

  • Fantasy sports analyst Matthew Berry
  • NFL Insider Adam Schefter
  • Sports reporter Chris Mortensen
  • SportsCenter anchor Sara Walsh
  • Former NFL player and football analyst Mark Schlereth
  • Sports commentator Stephania Bell
  • Retired NFL quarterback and ESPN analyst Tim Hasselbeck

The television hosts sit down for a live question-and-answer session. Event visitors can be in the audience of a live broadcast of Fantasy Football Now, celebrate at a tailgate party, and sample chili made by Disney chefs. Visitors also have the opportunity to create fantasy football leagues to compete in the upcoming football season. Season winners receive a trophy at the end of the season.

The two-day event costs $349. To register, visit the event's official website.

Disney and union reach contract agreement

WFTV.com reports that union officials have reached a tentative labor agreement with Walt Disney World last week.

The tentative agreement raises starting hourly pay this year, from just over $8, to $9. In 2015, starting hourly pay goes up to $9.50 and then to $10 in 2016.

The contract, which covers 21,000 full-time workers, must be ratified by union members on August 1.

Disney Cruise Lines to celebrate Halloween on the High Seas

Disney Cruise Lines announced a new "Halloween on the High Seas" event for passengers coming this fall to most voyages on all Disney Cruise Line ships from September through October.

The celebration features Halloween-themed parties, live entertainment, decorations, including a Pumpkin Tree, which magically transforms throughout the cruise. Other events include:

  • Mickey's Mouse-querade Party – Disney characters dress up in special Halloween costumes and join passengers for games, dancing and, of course, lots of candy
  • A Nightmare Before Christmas Sing and Scream – an interactive movie where guests participate in the action, followed by a meet-and-greet with Jack Skellington and Sally
  • Haunted Stories of the sea – passengers gather under the stars to enjoy tales of the sea told by a mysterious sea captain storyteller
  • Creepy Cabaret – Halloween-themed, music-filled party in the atrium
  • Halloween Isn't Just for Kids – adults-only nighttime entertainment district transforms into a Halloween bash featuring costume contests and Villainous Takeover on the dance floor
  • Ghoulish Delights – chefs create special treats for Halloween, including chocolate cake with pumpkin filling, spider cakes, and "Spooky Juice"
  • Spooky Movies – passengers can see Halloween-themed movies in the Buena Vista Theatre, on Funnel Vision by the family pool and guest staterooms.

To celebrate Halloween:

  • Disney Magic – sails three-, five-, and seven-night Bahamian and Caribbean cruises, departing September 27 to October 26
  • Disney Wonder – sails four-, five-, and six-night Bahamian cruises, departing September 26 to October 31
  • Disney Dream – sails three- and four-night Bahamian cruises, departing September 7 to October 31
  • Disney Fantasy – sails seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises, departing September 6 to October 25.

For more information visit the Disney Cruise Lines call (888) 325-2500 or your travel agent, or visit disneycruise.com.

New La Nouba behind-the scenes tour available

Our sponsors TouringPlans.com wrote a blog post about a new behind-the-scenes tour at Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba located in Downtown Disney.

The tour, called L'Experience, includes not only a Front and Center category ticket for the 6:00 p.m. show, but also a never-before-seen look at the show's backstage events. Tour participants can get an up-close look at the costumes, as well as meet a show performer.

Guests also receive popcorn, soft drink, a gift bag of Cirque du Soleil merchandise, and a 10 percent discount ticket to The Cirque Boutique Shop.

Visitors can only purchase package tickets for Friday and Saturday performances. The package costs $250 (plus tax) for adults ages 10 and up and $215 (plus tax) for children ages 9 and under.

For more information or to buy tickets, call (407) 934-7639 or the Cirque du Soleil box office at (407) 939-7600.

Views from "Around the World"

Each week, we offer a glimpse of life around Walt Disney World via some fabulous photos. This week, we have a lot of behind-the-scenes shots to share along with a few fun things the camera captured along the way.

Magic Kingdom


Looking from Town Square, construction continues toward developing a second path behind Main Street U.S.A. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


On the Tomorrowland Terrace side, dirt mounds show the new pathway to link directly into the pathway behind Main Street U.S.A. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


The moat in front of the Crystal Palace is also still under a great deal of construction. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Both the Astro Orbiter and the People Mover remain closed for refurbishment. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Epcot


At Epcot, the area around Club Cool is still closed off while they deal with the terrain. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


The heat is intense in Central Florida. Even the squirrels need some shade and rest. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Just as Epcot celebrates the 4th of July, other national holidays are celebrated, including Bastille Day in France, which was just last week. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Disney's Polynesian Resort


Many of the pedestrian areas at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort are under construction. This is near the Club Disney child care center. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Looking down from the Ceremonial House, the main path leading to the pool is completely closed off to construction. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


The new villas at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort continue through their construction phase. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Quick takes

...Guardians of the Galaxy merchandise blasts into Disney Parks at light speed in anticipation of the feature film's release next week, on August 1, 2014. Disney Parks Blog featured some of the newest items last week including T-shirts featuring both the entire crew and one highlighting Rocket the Raccoon. Movie fans can find Rapid Fire Rocket, Star-Lord Blaster, Hero Ship and Pursuit Spacecraft play sets at various Disney Parks shops. D-Tech specially designed an iPhone case, and collectors can pick up a new Guardians of the Galaxy limited edition pin within the next few weeks.

Shops carrying the new merchandise include: 

  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort – Donald’s Double Feature
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Fantasia Market
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Superstar Shop
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside – Fulton’s General Store
  • Downtown Disney Marketplace – Once Upon A Toy
  • Downtown Disney West Side – D-Street
  • Epcot – Mission Space
  • Magic Kingdom Park – Fantasy Faire, Merchant of Venus

...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.

Question of the Week

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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, July 22, 2014 8/10
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 8/10
Thursday, July 24, 2014 7/10
Friday, July 25, 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!

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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.
  • Walt Disney World Railroad Fantasyland Station – closed September 28 through November 8 for refurbishment.
  • Walt Disney World Railroad Frontierland Station – closed September 28 through November 8 for refurbishment.
  • Walt Disney World Railroad Main Street U.S.A. Station – closed September 28 through November 8 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 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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