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Update for August 25 – September 1, 2014

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New villain experiences coming to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party | 2014 Festival of the Masters event canceled |Move It! Shake It! Street Party gets upgrade this fall | Disney Springs backstory comes to life in new video | New Marketplace bridge and boat dock opens to Downtown Disney | Views from around "the World" |Quick takes | Question of the Week | Crowd update

New villain experiences coming to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

The 2014 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom debuts a number of new Disney Villain events at its annual Halloween hard ticket event, according a Disney Parks Blog announcement last week. Party guests can expect to see even more of their favorite mischief makers at this year's party, which will be held on select nights between September 1 and October 31, 2014.

New experiences for the 2014 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party include:

  • New meet-and-greet opportunities with Jafar in Adventureland, the Queen of Hearts near Fantasyland's Mad Tea Party, and Lotso from Toy Story 3 in Tomorrowland near the Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin attraction.
  • Princess Fairytale Hall in New Fantasyland hosts two new guests this year. The Evil Queen and Maleficient joins Snow White and Aurora for a special meet-and-greet opportunity. 
  • The villains take over The Diamond Horseshoe in Liberty Square to create Club Villain. Party guests can experience the spooky atmosphere and dance to music with characters such as Dr. Facilier, Cruella De Vil, Anastasia, Drizella, Lady Tremaine, and others.
  • The popular Boo to You Halloween Parade includes an expanded Phineas and Ferb Creepa Crew pre-parade. Crowds can enjoy more interactive experiences along the parade route. Also new this year in the parade: Wreck-It-Ralph and Vanellope!

Annual favorites such as the trick-or-treat trails, Happy Hallowishes fireworks, the Monstrous Scream-o-Ween Ball in Tomorrowland, the Headless Horseman, and Jack and Sally from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas return to entertain audiences of all ages.

Ticket prices range from $62 to $71 for adults and $57 to $66 for children ages 3–9. Prices vary depending on which night you want to attend. Note: the October 31 party are already sold out. For more information on Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party or to order tickets, visit the official event website.

2014 Festival of the Masters event canceled

WESH.com reported last week that Disney announced the cancellation of the 2014 Festival of the Masters event held in Downtown Disney.

Citing an announcement posted on the Disney Parks Blog, the report indicated that the festival could not be hosted in its normal venues due to the major construction project going on now in the Downtown Disney area as it transitions into Disney Springs.

In the announcement, Disney Social Media Directory Thomas Smith said:

We appreciate the enthusiastic support we’ve received from the arts community, both locally and nationally, which has contributed to the long-running success of the Festival. Walt Disney World Resort is a strong supporter of the arts and we remain committed to nurturing the arts.

Smith did not say whether the festival would return in 2015.

Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party to get upgrade this fall

Disney announced some major changes coming to the Magic Kingdom's current Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party that takes over Main Street U.S.A. and the Central Plaza daily. The first big change people might notice is a new name. Beginning sometime in mid-September, the daily festivities change to the Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Party. 

The announcement gave no specific start date, but did give a sneak peek at what to expect from the new show:

  • Partygoers can expect to hear "a medley of remixed classic party songs" according to Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment to get the action started. 
  • Stitch and Phineas & Ferb join the star-studded party, which also features Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy standing on top of gigantic gift boxes. 
  • Toward the end of the party, the crowd gets to choose from one of three current hits to end the celebrating with a bang.

The current Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Party continues to pump up the crowd several times a day until the new show debuts at the Magic Kingdom.

Disney Springs backstory comes to life in new video

Since Disney's announcement last year about Disney Springs replacing the current Downtown Disney area, questions about what visitors can look forward to in this all new shopping, dining and recreation center.

Even though the projects completion date remains a long time off, executive creative director Theron Skees appeared in a video giving fans a first look at what the completed area will look like, thanks to computer simulation. 


Disney Imagineers released a new video last week featuring the backstory of Disney Springs, which will take the place of Downtown Disney starting next year.

Skees also talked about the Disney Springs backstory and how Disney Imagineers have invested countless hours of research and design time to develop an actual history for the area that is similar to other waterfront communities in Florida.

As you know, everything in Disney starts with a story. You start to think about why we even approached the imagination of Downtown Disney and you start to think of three different districts at Downtown Disney and they really don't connect to each other as a storyline... It's really about bringing story to this venue that has been around for three decades.

Skees also promised more videos showing behind the scenes activity as the project moves forward.

New Marketplace bridge and boat dock opens to Downtown Disney

Guests staying at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa now have two convenient ways to get to Downtown Disney now that workers have completed a new Marketplace boat dock and bridge. 

The pedestrian bridge offers a nice walk over to the shopping, dining, and entertainment venue for guests. Anyone looking to go over to the West Side or Pleasure Island area of Downtown Disney can board the free water taxi at the Marketplace boat dock. 

Daily trips via water taxi begin at 10:30 a.m.

Views from around "the World"

Last week, Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom saw some of the best and the worst that summer can bring. Let's take a look at what our photographer found at the park.


A sudden storm comes through Disney's Animal Kingdom on Saturday, downing this tree and others throughout the park. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


In the wake of the storm, Mother Nature leaves a path of leaves and twigs throughout the entire park. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


A new animal exhibit is being created to the left of just before you cross the bridge to enter Africa at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Beyond the fence is an animal enclosure as well as a tree-like structure, probably intended for some kind of fowl. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Quick takes

We have a few news items courtesy of Rikki Niblett over at our sponsor TouringPlans.com:

...As of September 2, Disney Hollywood Studios visitors can select "For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration" as a tier 2 Fastpass option. This changes the original procedure where visitors would pick up a paper ticket with a return time for the show.

...Disney's Animal Kingdom Sunrise Safari closes permanently as of December 28. This excursion has only been open to Disney Vacation Club members or non-members staying in Club Level rooms.

...Visitors can now purchase additional MagicBands without having to link tickets to the band. Anyone can purchase up to five additional bands as gifts and souvenirs, but only the solid color variety. No specialty bands can be purchased this way. Visitors can buy the MagicBands at any of the four theme parks, Downtown Disney, Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Pop Century Resort, Disney's Art of Animation Resor and Disney's Port Orleans Resort.

...The Orlando Sentinel reported that Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba has a special discount available through September 27. The discount prices range from $49 through $104 (the original prices range from $57 through $124. To purchase these tickets, call (407) 939-7328 or visit lanouba.com.

Question of the Week

This week's question comes from MousePad forum member mickeymom5:

Can you pool hop between Disney's Art of Animation Resort and Disney's Pop Century Resort?

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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 26, 2014 4/10
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 5/10
Thursday, August 28, 2014 3/10
Friday, August 29, 2014 4/10
 

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!

  • Thursday is the best day to visit the Magic Kingdom.
  • The resort crowd level on Saturday will be 3 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 27 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 1021 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

  • American Film Institute Showcase and Shop – permanently closed on August 17
  • The American Idol Experience – permanently closes on August 30
  • Fantasmic! – closed November 19–21 for refurbishment

Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • It's Tough to Be a Bug – closed through September 27 for refurbishment
  • Sunrise Safari (for DVC members only) – permanently closes on December 28

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

Rates starting at $79/night on select dates this fall

Disney released new fall discounts for annual passholders for the following travel dates: September 28 – November 25, 2014 and November 29  – December 23, 2014. Rates begin at $79 for value resorts (Sunday through Thursday stays) and go up from there. Book through December 20, 2014.

Sample rates:

  • Disney's All Star Sports Resort: $79/night for Sunday  –Thursday; $95/night for Friday and Saturday stays.
  • Disney's Pop Century Resort: $87/night for Sunday  – Thursday; $104/night for Friday and Saturday stays.
  • Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort: $136/night for Sunday  – Thursday; $151/night for Friday and Saturday stays.
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort: $207/night for Sunday  – Thursday; $234/night for Friday and Saturday stays.
  • Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa: $228/night for Sunday  – Saturday stays.

Advance reservations required. No group rates or other discounts apply.

Length of stay requirements

  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Maximum stay: 14 nights

Discounts only applied to travel dates that are valid offer travel dates

Additional per adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room

Number of rooms allocated for this discount is limited.

Offer excludes: 3-bedroom villas, Disney's Art of Animation Resort  – The Little Mermaid standard rooms, The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian & Spa, and Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort.

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 15 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.


Discounts for Canada Residents

Fall 2014 Free Dining offer for Canada residents

Offer details:

Free Quick Service Plan

  • Valid travel dates
    • August 17 through September 20, 2014
    • October 30 through November 1, 2014
    • November 20, 2014
    • December 12 through December 23, 2014
  • Value resorts included:
    • Disney's All-Star Music Resort
    • Disney's All-Star Sports Resort
    • Disney's All-Star Art of Animation Resort–Family suites only
    • Disney's Pop Century Resort

Free Table Service Dining Plan for moderate resorts

  • Valid travel dates
    • August 17 through September 13, 2014
    • September 23 through September 26, 2014
    • November 20, 2014
    • December 12 through December 23, 2014
  • Moderate resorts included:
    • The Cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort
    • Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
    • Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

Free Table Service Dining Plan for deluxe resorts

  • Valid travel dates
    • August 17 through October 2, 2014
    • October 26 through November 1, 2014
    • November 9 through November 20, 2014
    • December 12 through December 23, 2014
  • Deluxe resorts included:
    • Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
    • Disney's Beach Club Resort
    • Disney's BoardWalk Inn
    • Disney's Contemporary Resort
    • Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
    • Disney's Polynesian Resort
    • Disney's Wilderness Lodge
    • Disney's Yacht Club Resort

Free Table Service Dining Plan for deluxe villa resorts

  • Valid travel dates
    • August 17 through October 3, 2014
    • October 26 through November 1 2014
    • November 9 through November 20, 2014
    • December 12 through December 23, 2014
  • Deluxe Villa resorts included:
    • Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas–Jambo House
    • Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas–Kidani Village
    • Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort
    • Disney's Beach Club Villas
    • Disney's Boardwalk Villas
    • Disney's Old Key West Resort
    • Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
    • The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Offer Restrictions

  • Advance reservations required
  • Not valide with any other discount or promotion
  • Theme park tickets must be used within 14 days of first use.
  • Walt Disney World Resorts limits the number of free dining rooms.
  • Offer excludes 3-bedroom villas at Disney Vacation Villa Resorts and campsites
  • Dining plans exclude alcoholic beverages and gratuities
  • Children ages 3 to 9 must choose from children's menu, if available


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