Walt Disney World Resort Updateby Marie Rossiter, contributing writer
Update for November 18 – 24, 2014
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New princess dining option at Citricos | Three new experiences join Holidays Around the World at Epcot | Disney to set up EpiPen® stations in theme parks and cruise ships | La Nouba discounted tickets offered through December 19 | Views from Around "the World" | Walt Disney World Holiday Event Guide | Discussion of the Week | Quick takes | Crowd update
With Cinderella's Royal Table closing for refurbishment, Disney has decided to provide princess fans an alternative dining experience, according to the Disney Parks Blog.
Beginning January 8, 2015, visitors looking for a royal dining experience can head over to Citricos at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Walt Disney World Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can make reservations beginning December 3 and the general public can make reservations beginning December 4.
The restaurant will serve breakfast and brunch between 8:00 a.m. and 2:20 p.m. At the meal, Cinderella will greet visitors as they arrive and Disney princesses will visit each table for photos and autographs. Then, the princesses host a "Magical Wishing Ceremony" complete with wishing wands or wishing swords for the children.
The Disney Parks Blog provided the menu for guests to preview:
Cinderella’s Dining at Cítricos - Breakfast and Brunch with the Disney Princesses
APPETIZERS OF THE COURT
Choice of One:
- Garden Salad–Artisanal Greens, Endive, Roasted Carrots, Sugar Snap Peas, and Marcona Almonds with Riesling Vinaigrette
- Assorted Fresh Fruits
Choice of One:
- Traditional Breakfast–Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, and Twice-cooked Breakfast Potatoes
- Scrambled Egg Whites, Hot Ten-Grain Cereal, Greek Yogurt topped with Granola, Whole-Grain Bread, and Fresh Fruit
- Steak and Slow-Poached Eggs with Twice-cooked Breakfast Potatoes and Wilted Spinach
- Grilled Ham and Biscuit, Slow Poached Eggs topped with Sausage Gravy
- Market-inspired Fish with Angel Hair Pasta, and Aromatic Tomato Sauce
- Florida Shrimp with Creamy Cheddar Cheese and Smoked Bacon Grits
- Unlimited Coffee (regular/decaf), Iced Tea (regular/decaf),
- Fountain Beverages, and Juices (Apple/Orange/Tomato)
Adult Specialty Beverage Selection, Choice of One
- Seasoned & Spiced Tomato Juice with Vodka
- Glass of Wine
Choice of One:
- Bite-size Cheddar Cheese and Grapes
- Garden Salad
- Fat-free Ranch Dressing
Choice of One
- Turkey Pot Pie topped with a Cheese Biscuit
- Roasted Chicken Leg with Brown Rice Pilaf and Broccolini
- Children’s Scrambled Eggs
- Mickey-shaped Waffles
- Steak served with Mashed Potatoes and Sweet Corn
- Milk and Skim Milk
- Fountain Beverages
- Juices: Orange/Apple/Tomato
Children’s Specialty Beverage Selection, Choice of One served in a Specialty Cup
- Tink Drink
- Lemonade, Orange Juice and Sprite
- Strawberry Smoothie
(Menu subject to change without notice)
The meal costs $49.99 for adults and $31.99 for children ages 3-9. The dining experience is also available on the Disney Dining Plan for 2 meal credits.
To make reservations, call (407) WDW-DINE/(407) 939-3463
Visitors to Epcot's Holidays Around the World can enjoy three new performances this year, according to a Disney Parks Blog post. China, Mexico, and Morocco host the new shows and here's a rundown of what they are:
China: This year, a Chinese Lion Dance will take place in the World Showcase Pavilion. The dance symbolizes good luck and happiness in honor of major Chinese holidays including the Lantern Festival and the Lunar New Year.
Mexico: "Fiesta de Navidad" showcases mariachis and dancers who celebrate traditional holiday customs in a musical and interactive performance.
Morocco: A storyteller invites guests to join her on a journey to experience holiday traditions, festivals and celebrations that Morocco celebrate each year.
Holidays Around the World at Epcot begins November 28, 2014 and runs through December 29, 2014. For more information on Walt Disney World holiday events, make sure to check out the MousePlanet Holiday Guide!
Disney signed an agreement with Mylan, Inc., manufacturer of EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr® to provide treatment stations for people with severe allergic reactions, according to a Mylan press release.
As part of the agreement, domestic theme parks and cruise ships will update maps and signage to highlight locations with emergency medical services and nurses trained to administer the EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr®. Visitors can expect to see these changes start by the end of 2014, according the press release.
EpiPen® medication can help save the life of a person suffering from anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that can cause a rash, throat swelling, face swelling, respiratory distress and even cardiovascular problems, possibly leading to death.
“For our guests who live with severe allergies every day, identifying EpiPen locations is an additional tool they’ll have for their anaphylaxis management plan,” said Dr. Pamela Hymel, chief medical officer for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “This new strategic alliance will help raise awareness of EpiPen locations so that our Guests with severe allergies may have the best possible experience at our parks and on our cruise ships.”
Disney announced new discounts for La Nouba, the Cirque du Soleil show located in Downtown Disney, according to an Orlando Sentinel report.
Discounted tickets start at $54 for adults and $45 for children ages 3-9. Visitors can purchase the discounted tickets for performances now through December 19, 2014.
Disney still offers a special La Nouba dining package which includes a choice of a meal at either Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe, Splitsville Luxury Lanes or Planet Hollywood. An nonalcoholic drink, entree and dessert make up the meal included in the package. Package prices start at $99 for adults and $89 for children ages 3 to 9.
Visit the La Nouba website to purchase the discount tickets or dining package.
So much to see around the Walt Disney World Resort with all the holiday events, a new movie opening and lots of construction projects underway. Let's take a look around to see what's been going on this past week.
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney's Polynesian Resort
Heading to Walt Disney World during the holiday season? Here's a helpful guide of all the special events happening around the resort to help you plan a magical holiday trip!
A Frozen Holiday Wish: The Walt Disney World holiday season kicked off with a live streaming event of the new A Frozen Holiday Wish show in front of Cinderella Castle. According to Disney Parks Blog, the resort will share a number of live streaming events throughout the season. Didn't get a chance to catch the live stream? Watch the video below!
A Frozen Holiday Wish Show. Video by Disney Parks.
You can also head over to our MousePad forum to get a full review of the show.
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party: This annual hard-ticket party shows off the best and and most festive side of Walt Disney World during the holidays. Here is the rundown of the daily events you can expect at the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party:
The event runs from 7 p.m. to midnight on select nights through December 19. In addition to the returning Christmas Party attractions like the the fireworks show, this year debuts new Frozen additions to Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, a new meet-and-greet with Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws in Storybook Circus, and the "Holiday Hootenanny!" at the Diamond Horseshoe.
The Entertainment Schedule is packed, so you'll need to decide what's most important to see during your 5 hours at the party:
- Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Parade featuring the Frozen characters - 8:15 and 10:30 p.m.
- A Frozen Holiday Wish - 6:15 and 8:00 p.m.
- Celebrate the Magic - 9:15 p.m.
- Holiday Wishes - 9:30 p.m.
- Celebrate the Season - 7:30, 10:05 and 11:20 p.m.
Since A Frozen Holiday Wish and Celebrate the Magic are offered on non-party nights, you can safely skip those and see them another night if you want to maximize your party time.
There are two Dance Parties, with some interesting characters:
- Holiday Hootenanny at the Diamond Horseshoe, featuring the Country Bears, Clarabelle Cow, Horace Horsecollar, and Clara Cluck.
- Club Tinsel at Cosmic Rays, featuring Phineas and Ferb
Plus, there are 18 Character Appearance spots marked on the event map. The big new addition is Sandy Claws, making his first event appearance at Storybook Circus.
Cocoa and cookies (or "healthy alternatives," should you want them) are available at:
- Sunshine Tree Terrace
- Tortuga Tavern
- Columbia Harbour House
- Pinocchio Village Haus
- Tomorrowland Terrace
- Cosmic Ray's Starlight Caf
- The Crystal Palace
Event merchandise, including a pin, t-shirt, ornament and limited edition Magic Band, are available at:
- Frontier Trading Post (pin only)
- Ye Olde Christmas Shop (Shirts, pin, ornaments only)
- Big Top Souvenirs (Magic Band only)
- Star Traders (shirt and pin only)
Most park rides are open during the event, including the Jingle Cruise and the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Based on wait times during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, cast members said the line for the Mine Train is only about 30 minutes. I'm not a big fan of doing rides during the special events, since you can do those during normal operating hours, but people who could not get a FastPass+ for this new ride may want to take advantage of the shortest standby lines you're likely to see.
Epcot is beautiful and lots of fun during the holiday season with a series of events that all ages will love:
An International Yuletide Extravaganza: Experience a world of cheer with unique entertainment celebrating the spirit of the season. Share in the sights and sounds of some of the world’s greatest holiday festivities during Holidays Around the World at Epcot®. Amid joyful music and seasonal food favorites, time-honored traditions come alive as costumed performers share their country’s holiday heritage throughout World Showcase.
Candlelight Processional - (World Showcase, American Gardens Theatre) - 5:00pm, 6:45pm & 8:15pm
One of the most beloved holiday traditions at Epcot® is the Candlelight Processional - a joyous retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a glorious mass choir.
|11/28 - 11/29||Jodi Benson|
|11/30 - 12/2||Neil Patrick Harris|
|12/3 - 12/4||Jonathan Groff NEW!|
|12/5 - 12/6||Whoopi Goldberg|
|12/7* - 12/9||LeVar Burton|
|12/10 - 12/11||Edward James Olmos|
|12/12 - 12/14||Joe Morton NEW!|
|12/15 - 12/17||Chita Rivera|
|12/18 - 12/20||Ana Gasteyer NEW!|
|12/21 - 12/23||Marlee Matlin|
|12/24 - 12/25||Isabella Rossellini|
|12/26 - 12/27||Blair Underwood|
|12/28 - 12/30||Steven Curtis Chapman|
Located at the America Gardens Theater. This spectacle is held on select nights, and due to its popularity, often fills up quickly. Unless Guests have purchases a Candlelight Dinner Package, attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. All entertainment and celebrity narrators are subject to change without notice.
*Community Relations Night is December 7th at 5:00pm. No Day Guest bookings for the first show at 5:00 p.m.
For the hearing impaired, an American Sign Language interpreter translates the legendary account, allowing Guests of all kinds the opportunity to enjoy the event.
Candlelight Processional Dining Packages - If you want to ensure that you have a seat at a Candlelight Processional performance, you can purchase one of Disney's Candlelight Dining Packages that are available on select nights during the holiday season. These packages include a meal and a guaranteed seat for one Candlelight performance. Call 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463) to make your reservation. These packages are popular and sell out quickly, so don't wait too long to book it.
Illuminations: Reflections of Earth - (World Showcase Lagoon) - Nightly at 9:30pm
The World Showcase Promenade comes alive nightly with the brilliance and splendor of music, lights, lasers, water fountains, and custom pyrotechnics in Disney's signature nighttime spectacular, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. From November 28 through December 30, Disney presents a unique finale to celebrate the season. With the song "Let There Be Peace on Earth" at its center, this special musical finale features a special message of peace and good will.
Holiday Storytellers - (World Showcase) - Daily November 28- December 29
Throughout the holidays, World Showcase comes alive with the legends and lore of the season. Listen to the stories of France's Père Noël, Italy's La Befana, and the United Kingdom's Father Christmas. Please refer to the Times Guides for show times.
Epcot® Holiday Merchandise
Be sure to stop by Santa’s Village in The American Adventure where you can get your favorite gifts from toys to stocking stuffers and all your Christmas tree trimmings. No matter where you go in Epcot® you will find the perfect holiday gift.
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney's Hollywood Studios offers its Frozen Holiday Premium Package November 7 through 19, November 21 through December 9, and December 11 through January 4, 2015. The new VIP package gives fans exclusive opportunities throughout their day at the park, including:
- Reserved seating for a performance of "For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
- Reserved viewing for the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
- A Frozen-themed dessert party with special Anna and Elsa cupcakes and other sweets
- A holiday-themed lithograph
- A Frozen pin
Tickets for this VIP experience costs $89 (plus tax) per adult, and $59 (plus tax) per child ages 3–9. These prices include gratuity.
To make a reservation, call (407) 939-1854.
... An Orlando Sentinel report talked about the possibility of the government removing Walt Disney World and Disneyland as a no-fly zone restricted area. Usually, no-fly zone areas deal with locations of national security and not theme parks. However, these restrictions have been in place since 2003, and mean that anyone violating Walt Disney World airspace can result in "interception, interrogation, and federal prosecution." Some opponents of Walt Disney's World air security status claim it has more to do with limiting banner advertising on the back of airplanes and that there is no inherent risk of an air attack, but Disney officials argue that the zones protect the public.
The Orlando Business Journal published a story about Disney purchase of 3,000 acres of wetlands. According to the story, Disney claims the company has plans to conserve it, but the purchase could also mean more development. Disney has not confirmed any such developent at this point, but this is a story worth following in the coming weeks.
Disney's Animal Kingdom's cotton-top tamarin team were recently honored by the Columbian television station, Carocol, which awarded them with first prize for protecting the environment in Columbia. Congratulations!
MousePad forum member ScottC4746 asked a question about the Disney Dining Plan this week:
I purchased the deluxe dining plan for my June 2015 trip. Question is it is 3 meals per person per night and two snacks per person per night. Flying in from the west coast we may be arriving around dinner time the first night and leaving late afternoon on the way home. Will we be able to redeem dinner the arrival night and breakfast and lunch the departing day?
To help answer the question or to just get in on the conversation, just head over to our MousePad discussion forum!
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- Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party – November 20, 21, 30; December 2,4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19
- Destination D: Attraction Rewind – November 22–23. The event was originally announced for July 26–27, but was rescheduled.
- Richard Petty's Junior Ride-Along Experience – at the Richard Petty's Driving Experience
- Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – January 7–11, 2015.
- Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend – February 19–22, 2015.
If you participate in (or are considering signing up for) runDisney events, visit our Team MousePlanet forum on the MousePad discussion board, where you can join our community of health-minded readers and staff.
- Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – January 7–11, 2015. Most events sold out.
- Disney Castaway Cay Challenge – January 12, 2015 – sailing on the Disney Dream.
- Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend – February 19–22, 2015. All races are sold out, but some associated events are still available.
- Expedition Everest – May 1–2, 2015. Registration opens December 16, 2014
- Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend – November 6–7. Registration opens March 17, 2015.
- Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – January 6–10, 2016. Registration opens April 28, 2015.
- Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend – February 18–21, 2016. Registration opens July 14, 2015.
For current information on registration dates and capacity, see Lorree Tachell's runDisney Race Capacity Updates in the Team MousePlanet forum on our MousePad discussion board.
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin – closed November 10–21 for refurbishment
- The Haunted Mansion – closed December 1–19 for refurbishment
- Wishes Nighttime Spectacular – replaced December 20–31 by Holiday Wishes.
- Splash Mountain – closed January 4–30, 2015
- Cinderella's Royal Table – closed January 5 through March 6, 2015 for refurbishment.
- Liberty Square Riverboat – closed January 23–27, 2015 for refurbishment
- Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid – closed February 2 through March 6, 2015 for refurbishment.
- Harmony Barber Shop – closed February 2 through March 30, 2015 (dates subject to change).
- Fantasmic! – closed November 19–21 for refurbishment
- Pangani Forest Exploration Trail – closed through November 25 for refurbishment
- Kali River Rapids – closed January 20 through February 4, 2105
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 is 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 through late November 2014.
- 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.
- Disney Osprey Ridge Golf Course – permanently closed.
- 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.
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 Stay/Play/Dine Discounts through December 29, 2014. Offer details:
Stay / Play / Dine Discounted Magic Your Way Packages
Room Only Discount – Tickets and Dining Can be Added
Call your travel agent, contact Small World Vacations, or call Walt Disney Travel at (407) 939-7741 to book these offers.
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 per night on select dates this fall
Disney released new fall discounts for annual passholders for the following travel dates: Now through November 25, and November 29 through December 23, 2014. Rates begin at $79 for value resorts (Sunday through Thursday stays) and go up from there. Book through December 20, 2014.
Advance reservations required. No group rates or other discounts apply.
Length of stay requirements
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.
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.
2014 Vacation Dates
Free Quick Service Plan
Free Table Service Dining Plan
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:
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:
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.
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 5" x 7" 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 five guests. The event is hosted daily from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. inside Innoventions West at Epcot. You'll receive one free 5" x 7" character photo per day.
Discounts for Florida Residents
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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 seven-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
Free Quick Service Plan
Free Table Service Dining Plan for moderate resorts
Free Table Service Dining Plan for deluxe resorts
Free Table Service Dining Plan for deluxe villa resorts
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