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Update for August 12 – 18, 2014

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Frozen Summer Fun extended at Disney's Hollywood Studios | New standby line experience testing expands to Be Our Guest restaurant | Epcot worker accused of sex attack on co-worker | New Star Wars attractions to be announced in 2015 | Views from around "the World" |Quick takes | Question of the Week | Crowd update

Frozen Summer Fun extended at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney announced last week that the Frozen Summer Fun experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios would continue through September 28, 2014.

Originally, the special event series—including a parade, a live sing-along, retail area, ice skating, exclusive fireworks extravaganza and more—was slated to end on September 1. According to Disney Parks Blog, popular demand brought about the extension.

While most of the current events' schedule remains the same, the Frozen Fireworks Spectacular moves from a nightly event to only launching on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from September 1 through 28.

New standby line experience testing expands to Be Our Guest restaurant

Rikki Niblett from TouringPlans.com reports that a new standby line test began at the Magic Kingdom's Be Our Guest restaurant last week. 

The test runs only during the lunch meal serving, which remains a counter-service option, and has visitors collect a paper ticket with a return time printed on it. Once the return time window begins, the visitors can return, order their meals, and sit down to eat. Cast members can only distribute a limited number of these tickets each day; in other words, once they are gone, no more are available.

A similar procedure has been tested recently at Magic Kingdom's Fairytale Princess Hall for the Anna and Elsa meet-and-greet experience, Epcot's Soarin', and Disney Hollywood Studios' The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow and the "For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration." The goal, according to recent reports, is to help reduce the amount of time vistors spend standing in one line for an attraction.

Disney has not announced an end date for this current test.

Visitors can still make Fastpass+ reservations in advance for the Be Our Guest lunch, which allows them to pre-order their meals for a specific time. Despite the changes to the lunch procedure, the table service dinner option remains unchanged at this time. 

Epcot worker accused of sex attack on co-worker 

The Orlando Sentinel reports that an Epcot janitor is accused of kidnapping and sexual battery after an alleged incident on Thursday, August 7.

An affidavit filed by the 21-year-old female victim claims that co-worker 49-year-old Gideon Paul Hunt "cornered her, forced her to the ground, declared he wanted to have sex with her and began to grope her." The victim resisted during the alleged attack, which lasted three to five minutes. After breaking free, the victim reports she went to her supervisor to report the incident.

Hunte claims he and the alleged victim had been in a consensual, adulterous relationship and said in the affidavit that he was in the closet with her and only touched her genital region over her clothes during a "hug."

Investigators told the Sentinel that when they questioned Hunte about his alleged consensual relationship, the man was unable to give the woman's first name.

Disney released a statement about the incident, according to WESH.com, which stated:

This is a law enforcement matter. He has been placed on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the charges. We have zero tolerance for this type of alleged behavior.

New Star Wars attractions to be announced in 2015

The Orlando Sentinel and many other media sources reported that Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger told earnings analysts last week to expect an announcement in 2015 about an increased Star Wars presence in the parks. According to the Sentinel report, Iger said:

As we spend money at the parks on new attractions that are based on known brands, the likelihood of their success is greater. You're going to see better bets being made.

In addition to Iger's statement, Disney's finance chief and senior vice president Jay Rasulo confirmed that franchises like Star Wars can "pull people from [saying] 'Gee, I'm gonna go someday,' to 'I'm gonna go this year."

The next movie in the Star Wars saga is set for release on December 18, 2015, with new installments in the future.

Disney bought Lucasfilm Ltd. in 2012 for $4.05 billion, leading fans to hope that Walt Disney World would see more of their favorite characters in and around the resort.

Views from around "the World"

This week, we found lots of new things and activity happening around the Walt Disney World Resort, from new theme park features to construction project progress. 

Disney's Animal Kingdom


It's Tough to be a Bug is closed while work commences around the Tree of Life. There is not only a large crane on the left, but also dark green canvas hiding scaffolding on the right. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Beyond the walls work proceeds on renovations at Flame Tree Barbecue. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Across the way, new retail is also being added to Discovery Island. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


More cranes continue work on the new Avatarland section of Disney's Animal Kingdom. But there is little that has gone vertical since Camp Minnie-Mickey closed at the end of 2013. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Disney's BoardWalk Inn


Kouzinna by Cat Cora is soon leaving to make way for a new italian eatery at Disney's BoardWalk Inn. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Downtown Disney area


The entrance to the foot bridge area from the Lego store side is still under considerable construction. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


From Paradiso 37, you can see the Landing area under construction. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Disney's Hollywood Studios


Recently, a bust was added to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences plaza at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Epcot


Flooding one day in the walkway in Future World at Epcot found Guests scaling the fence to get through to the other side. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Magic Kingdom


A new dress worn by Laura Bush appears the gallery of the Hall of Presidents. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Quick takes

....The Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom is scheduled for refurbishment from December 119, 2014. Click here for more information on upcoming refurbishments and closures.

...Characters from the upcoming Disney feature film Big Hero 6, scheduled for release on November 7, 2014, make their Walt Disney World Resort debut this fall, according to Disney Parks BlogBig Hero 6 is the story of a robotics genius, Hiro Hamada, and his robot companion, Baymax, who get involved "in a dangerous plot and how Hiro must change Baymax and other friends into a group of high-tech heroes." Disney has yet to announce where or when the characters will hold their meet-and-greet experiences.

...Last week, Disney gave fans a sneak peek at some of the new Haunted Mansion merchandise coming to the Walt Disney World Resort parks this fall. In our August 5 update, we reported Magic Kingdom visitors this fall can find merchandise themed around the classic attraction in a new gift store located in Liberty Square. Workers are refurbishing what was the Yankee Trader shop for the latest park addition.

...In other merchandise news, Epcot Food and Wine Festival fans can see a collection of merchandise for this year's upcoming event over at Disney Parks Blog. Some of the items include hats, mugs, plush animals, limited edition pins (including recipe cards), themed Mickey ears, and bags.

...It may be August right now, but we've got news about the 2014 Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights courtesy of our sponsor TouringPlans.com's Twitter feed, which posted a screen capture of the official Walt Disney World calendar listing November 7, 2014 as the opening date for the annual Disney Hollywood Studios'.

...Sponsor TouringPlans.com statistician Fred Hazelton posted an interesting piece about how the closure of the back row of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride has affected wait times. While the piece itself talks of the Disneyland version of the ride, Hazelton also announced that Disney has made a universal decision to close off the back row of all boats on every Pirates of the Caribbean ride until further notice. Disney has not given a specific reason, but some speculate it may have to do with the two accidents at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom that MousePlanet recently reported. First, in our July 14 update we reported about how a visitor lost two fingertips on his hand earlier in the month. Then, in our July 28 update we reported another injury of a boy who suffered lacerations on four fingers in April 2014. Various commenters on this post also speculate that the back rows may be closed due to the boats taking on a lot of water in the rear in recent months. 

Question of the Week

This week's question comes from MousePad forum member carolinakid, who is considering a sunrise safari tour or twilight tour of the African savannah in Disney's Animal Kingdom:

We are staying club level at the AKL in November and we were informed that we have the option of taking a one hour sunrise safari tour of the Kilimanjaro Safari area at AK. I believe it leaves at 7am and costs $65 per person. Have any padders done this tour and was it worth it? My understanding is you don't get to really see anything different from the regular safari attraction; you just get to linger longer at every section which provides a better opportunity for pictures. My boyfriend and I are not picture takers so we're wondering if it would be worth the $$ and getting up before dawn. I do think it would be cool to enter AK from another "back" entrance as described in the tour info brochure. Any advice or thoughts/opinions would be most welcomed. Any thoughts on the twilight tour of the AKL savannah? That's also an option for us at club level...

Have you ever experienced either of these tours? What was your experience like?

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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, August 12, 2014 7/10
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 8/10
Thursday, August 14, 2014 7/10
Friday, August 15, 2014 7/10
 

Check out the Disney World Park Crowd Levels page on TouringPlans.com for park-specific predictions and recommendations on which days to visit and avoid particular parks!

  • Saturday is the best day to visit the Magic Kingdom.
  • The resort crowd level on Saturday will be 7 out of 10.
  • Following a Touring Plan is important when crowd levels spike at the park you're visiting!

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Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Magic Kingdom

  • 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 10November 21 for refurbishment
  • The Haunted Mansion – closed December 119 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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