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Update for July 28 – August 4, 2014

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New fall discounts released | Disney offers new military discounts | New standby line procedure tested for Anna and Elsa | Disney Springs parking and access road renderings released | Disney updates Villains Unleashed event schedule | Second injury reported at Pirates of the Caribbean | Views from "Around the WorldQuick takes | Question of the Week | Crowd update

Late fall season discounts released

Disney released new discounts for late fall season, offering savings of up to 30 percent on a non-discounted room. Discounts are:

  • Disney Value Resorts – 15 percent off
  • Disney Moderate Resorts – 20 percent off
  • Disney Deluxe and Disney Vacation Villas – up to 30 percent off

Our sponsors at Small World Vacations provides these details:

  • Stay dates – most nights October 4 to November 25, 2014 and November 29 to December 23, 2014.
  • Booking dates – July 23 through October 3.
  • Offer good for a limited number of rooms and subject to availability.
  • Length-of-stay requirements:
    • Minimum – three nights for most resorts, five for room only in a standard room at a Disney Value resort.
    • Maximum – 14 nights
  • Discounted room rate apply only to those travel dates that fall within the valid stay dates.

Additional per adult charges may apply if there are more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate, and Deluxe Resorts. The offer cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations are required. Offer excludes campsites, three-bedroom villas, Disney's Art of Animation Resort – Little Mermaid Standard Rooms, Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort. 

Disney offers new military discounts

Last week, Disney Parks Blog announced new military discounts for Walt Disney World. From August 25, 2014 through September 30, 2015, active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserves) or their spouses can purchase:

  • Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper Option for $177 each, plus tax
  • Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Water Park Fun and More Option for $177 each, plus tax
  • Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper and Water Park Fun and More Options for $207 each, plus tax.

Military personnel can use the tickets from September 28, 2014, through October 3, 2015, except on blackout periods from December 22, 2014 through January 2, 2015 and March 29 through April 9, 2015.

For information on Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets or to make room reservations at the Walt Disney World Resort, call (407) 939-7830 or go to participating U.S. military base ticket offices.

New standby line procedure tested for Anna and Elsa

Last week, Magic Kingdom visitors may have noticed something unusual at Princess Fairytale Hall: a shorter line for the meet-and-greet queue for Frozen's Anna and Elsa. No, the attraction was not closed.


Queues are down at Princess Fairy Tale Hall, while a new approach for queuing guests visiting Anna and Elsa is being piloted. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Disney began testing a new standby line procedure using "reservation slips" that is designed to decrease wait timess for the Magic Kingdom's most popular attraction. Until the testing began last week, standby wait times had not dramatically dropped below two hours since the royal sisters moved over from Epcot in April. Disney decided to pilot this new line procedure in the hopes of improving the visitor experience.


As visitors approach Magic Kingdom's Princess Fairytale Hall, they are given slips with stand-by times to return later, which are valid for a 30-minute window. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

The MousePlanet team got a look at the new procedure last week. Here is what visitors can expect:

  1. If you do not have a Fastpass+ reservation already, go to Princess Fairytale Hall when you arrive at the Magic Kingdom.
  2. If the standby line is longer than 30 minutes, a Disney cast member presents you with a special invitation that is valid for a 30-minute window, which you can use later in the day. 
  3. You can then enjoy other rides and attractions around the Magic Kingdom until your scheduled return time, at which time you turn in the reservation slip and enter the standby line, which should be no longer than 30 minutes.

Cast members only pass out a limited number of these reservation slips throughout the day. After that, the line is closed for the day, except for those with Fastpass+ reservations.

Disney did not officially announce when the testing period ends.

Visitors can still make Fastpass+ reservations to see Anna and Elsa during the testing period.

Multiple websites report that this pilot program may also begin at Epcot's Soarin' and another ride, yet to be confirmed. Stay tuned for more details as we get them.

Disney Springs parking and access road renderings released 

Disney released a series of computer renderings last week that showed upcoming improvements to the Downtown Disney area as the transition to Disney Springs continues.

The Orlando Sentinel reported new renderings that show two multi-level parking garages and a new Interstate 4 interchange, giving visitors direct access to Disney Springs.

Workers are widening Lake Buena Vista Drive from seven to 10 lanes to meet the high traffic need. The plans also include two pedestrian bridges—one leading guests into Disney Springs near the current Marketplace side and another that offers access through the West Side. 

The first of the two new parking garages should open by late 2014 and provide 4,000 parking spaces. 

The Orlando Sentinel reported that the first phase of the transition is a lakefront shopping and dining area called The Landing, set to open in 2015.

Disney has said that the entire Disney Springs development should be completed sometime in 2016. The new retail center offers dining, shopping, and entertainment experiences for visitors in four areas: Town Center, The Landing, Marketplace, and West Side.

Disney updates Villains Unleashed event schedule

Earlier this summer, Disney announced Villains Unleashed, a new special event for Disney's Hollywood Studios scheduled next month, on August 23. Event guests can get up close to nearly 50 of their favorite villains and party the night away with them. 

Disney Parks Blog published more information about the event last week:

  • Hades Hangout – the party kicks off at 8 p.m. at the main event stage, where hosts Hades, Megara, Pain and Panic offer some comedy entertainment. They’re joined throughout the night by the Underworld Dancers, DJ Igg Nite, live music from Bernie Briquette and Brimstone, and a rogues gallery of roaming rottens, from the Queen of Hearts and Sheriff of Nottingham to the Big Bad Wolf and Captain Hook.
  • Villains Dominion – if you're looking for a bunch of baddies, then head over to the Streets of America. Here, visitors can meet favorites like Cruella De Vil, Jafar, Dr. Facilier and Gaston, along with more rarely seen baddies such as Shan Yu from Mulan, Bowler Hat Guy from Meet the Robinsons, or Captain Gantu and Dr. Hämsterviel from Lilo & Stitch: The Series. Also be on the lookout for Judge Claude Frollo, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, Drizella, and more.
  • The Dark Side – the area around Star Tours – The Adventures Continue becomes the place to find some of the dark side's all-stars, including bounty hunter Boba Fett, Sith apprentice Darth Maul, and the ultimate villain, Darth Vader. Visitors can also meet dark-side villains Zam Wessel, Aurra Sing, Asajj Ventress, Jango Fett, Greedo, Jawas, and others.
  • Villainous Encounters – visit Stage 4 (where The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow attraction is located) to meet one and only Hector Barbossa. Just around the corner in the Animation Courtyard, evil Maleficient greets her audience.
  • Oogie Boogie’s Freaky Funhouse Show – on Sunset Boulevard, the Theater of the Stars presents a production of extreme performances, hosted by Oogie Boogie. It’s an all-new show that’s sure to thrill party visitors.
  • Fantasmic! – a villainous gange, the Night Crawls, walk up Sunset Boulevard to invite party goers to with them to a special pre-show to the evening’s performance of Fantasmic!
  • Villainy in the Sky Fireworks – to wrap up the evening, Hades summons Maleficent to the main event stage to close things out with a devilishly dazzling display of pyrotechnics.

Visitors can also enjoy special villain makeovers, devilishly delicious treats, and other surprises throughout the evening.

Villains Unleashed tickets cost $67 per adult ($62 per child ages 3-9), plus tax. To order, visit Disney's official Villains Unleashed ticket website.

Second injury reported at Pirates of the Caribbean

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that three months ago, a 12-year-old boy suffered lacerations on four fingers while riding on the Magic Kingdom's Pirates of the Caribbean. Just two weeks ago, MousePlanet's weekly update featured a story about a man who lost two fingertips also while on Pirates of the Caribbean earlier this month.

Disney provided no further details on the boy's injury, but the Sydney Morning Herald report said this incident was one of more than a dozen serious injuries Disney reported for the second quarter of 2014. According to the news report, other injuries included:

At the Magic Kingdom:

  • An girl (age 8) briefly lost consciousness on Magic Carpets of Aladdin.
  • A woman fell and fractured her fibula while exiting a vehicle at Tomorrowland Indy Speedway
  • Aman fell exiting the Astro Orbiter and developed a blood clot in his leg.
  • A woman with a pre-existing condition briefly lost consciousness and fell after leaving Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

At Epcot:

  • At Mission: SPACE, a woman complained of chest pain, a man with a pre-existing condition felt tightness in his chest and nausea, and a woman complained of motion sickness.
  • A woman fell on the walkway and injured her knee at the Seas with Nemo & Friends

At Disney's Animal Kingdom:

  • A woman experienced nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath on Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain.
  • A woman with a pre-existing condition felt tightness in her chest on Kilimanjaro Safari.

At Typhoon Lagoon

  • A man fractured his leg on Mayday Falls.

Disney reports that these injuries as part of a "voluntary... agreement the theme parks have struck with the state, which has exempted them from public ride-safety regulation. The parks are required to report injuries that occur on a ride and result in an immediate hospital stay of more than 24 hours," according to the newspaper report.

Views from "Around the World

As July comes to an end, construction projects continue to change the shape and scenes around the Walt Disney World Resort. Take a look at what we found over the past week.

Magic Kingdom


The typical long lines at the Be Our Guest restaurant at 11:30 a.m. cannot be seen. Cast Members say some efficiencies in moving guests through have helped to bring down the long lunch time lines. Still, cold water is available for guests coming into the restaurant. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


The Peter Pan's Flight queue section closest to the ride is under redevelopment. This is probably in preparation for the interactive queue going into Peter Pan's Flight. That section, occupying the former adjacent restrooms, is being themed to Wendy's bedroom. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Disney's Animal Kingdom


Boards in front of the building adjacent to Flame Tree Barbecue offers a menu for those passing by. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


The crossroads of Discovery Island now feature construction fences pointing guests in two different directions. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


While major cranes construct the new land dedicated to "Avatar," the bridge to the former Camp Minnie Mickey is still quite intact. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Downtown Disney/Disney Springs


The food truck park advertised to open this summer is still very much under construction. The grid in the distance is intended to offer a second-floor dining area. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


New retail areas crowd the street along the former Pleasure Island thoroughfare. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


On the entry side of what was Pleasure Island, the previous lagoon is now empty, to prepare for the creationg of the springs at the center of Disney Springs. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Beyond the LEGO dragon lies new thematic grill work to grace the bridge across the Marketplace area bridge. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


The new bridge joining Disney Springs to Saratoga Springs is nearly complete. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


From that same new bridge is an adjoining boat dock, also nearly complete. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


From Saratoga Springs, one can see construction on The Boat House coming to The Landing section of Downtown Disney. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Quick takes

...A number of local television stations reported that on Sunday, July 20, deputies arrested and charged a Kissimmee man with battery and lewd molestation of four teenagers while in the wave pool at Typhoon Lagoon. The man, identified by WFTV as 54-year-old Perry Stiles, allegedly rubbed the upper leg of one victim, while another reported to Disney officials that Stiles "swam up and touched the victim's butt."

According to News 13, deputies arrested Stiles at the water park and secured him in a trailer separated from the alleged victims. During this time, two other female victims reported being touched inappropriately and gave a description matching Stiles. Deputes then booked him in the Orange County jail. On Monday, July 21, Stiles was released after posting $1,000 bond. Stiles told WFTV that what happened was a "misunderstanding in the midst of a crashing wave." He added, "Nobody made me aware that they felt violated in the waves. I didn't know that until afterwards. I don't know who my accusers are... Bodies fly in a 10-foot wave. Anything I did was accidental and unintentional and I'm unaware of what I've done." Stiles is not a registered sex offender, according to WFTV, and Disney made no official comment about the incident, saying it does not discuss park security measures.

...Rumors continue to fly about a possible refurbishment of Epcot's Soarin'. The Orlando Sentinel reported continued discussion from various websites claiming the possibility of not only Disneyland's Soarin Over California attraction getting a new high-definition film with new footage (including a possible international section), but also Epcot's Soarin' getting a re-boot, as well. Earlier this year, MousePlanet reported filming in the Disneyland area that was likely tied to the new Soarin Over California film. The new Epcot film may feature more footage from Florida and the Walt Disney World Resort, according to the reports. In addition to a possible new film, The Orlando Sentinel also reported that speculation grows about Disney adding a third theater for the attraction to accommodate more visitors. Disney has not confirmed any of these reports at this time.

...Disney provided a sneak peak of some of the new merchandise planning to be sold during the Destination D: Attraction Rewind event scheduled at Disney's Contemporary Resort from November 21 to 23, 2014. The event shop opens on Friday, November 21 and only has a limited supply of merchandise, including exclusive clothing, collectible pins, and more. 

...If you are a Haunted Mansion fan, you will want to check out the new, themed merchandise coming this fall to Disney Parks and online stores. Among the items are cast member shirts, fashion handbags, jewelry, shoes, housewares, and more.

...Disney Parks Blog presented a look at some new technology from the My Disney Experience website: 3D flyovers around the Walt Disney World Resort. The computer simulation gives visitors a bird's-eye view of Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and Disney's Wilderness Lodge, with Disney's Polynesian Resort to be added soon. 

Question of the Week

This week's question comes from MousePad forum member xezat:

Good morning all,

My father and I will be going out to Disney World later this year, and one of the topics I read about at Magic Kingdom was the Flag Retreat ceremony where they lower the flag each day and present it to a veteran in attendance. Since my father is a veteran (Air Force, 20 years), I thought this would be a great surprise for him. So I was wondering, is this something you sign up for, or is it all completely random? I mean, in a very unfortunate sense just about anyone can show up claiming to be a veteran when they're not just for the sake of getting a free flag, so was wondering, is it like something you sign up for, can you call the WDW number to try scheduling it or something and provide information, or is it just they pick whoever happens to look like one?

Thanks in advance!

Join the conversation about this topic and many more related to Walt Disney World travel over at the MousePad discussion forum.

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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
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin – closed November 10–21 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

  • Fantasmic! – closed November 19–November 21, 2014 for refurbishment
  • 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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