Walt Disney World Resort Update

by Marie Rossiter, contributing writer
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Update for November 18 – 24, 2014

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News and Views

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

New princess dining option at Citricos

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

Adult Menu

APPETIZERS OF THE COURT

Bakery Basket

Choice of One:

  • Garden Salad–Artisanal Greens, Endive, Roasted Carrots, Sugar Snap Peas, and Marcona Almonds with Riesling Vinaigrette
  • Assorted Fresh Fruits

ENTRÉES ROYALE

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

DESSERT TRIO

Beverages included:

  • Unlimited Coffee (regular/decaf), Iced Tea (regular/decaf),
  • Fountain Beverages, and Juices (Apple/Orange/Tomato)
  • Adult Specialty Beverage Selection, Choice of One
    • Mimosa
    • Champagne
    • Seasoned & Spiced Tomato Juice with Vodka
    • Cappuccino
    • Latte
    • Espresso
    • Glass of Wine

Children’s Menu

APPETIZERS

Choice of One:

  • Bite-size Cheddar Cheese and Grapes
  • Garden Salad
  • Fat-free Ranch Dressing

ENTRÉES

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

DESSERT TRIO

Beverages included:

  • 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

Three new experiences join Holidays Around the World at Epcot

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 to set up EpiPen® stations in theme parks and cruise ships

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.”

La Nouba discounted tickets offered through December 19

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.

Views from Around "the World"

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

The queue for the Big Hero 6 meet 'n' greet is themed with key characters from the movie. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Big Hero 6 characters are awaiting the next guests. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Even a penny press is available for those wanting more of Big Hero 6. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

The Studios offers a dessert party option for those who want another way to enjoy the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Magic Kingdom

A new trolley show awaits guests strolling down Main Street U.S.A. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Floats for Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! now sport large monitors. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Construction continues on enlarging the plaza. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

While the back of the buildings on Main Street U.S.A. have been themed, little else suggests a turn-of-the-century back alley. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

The area previously dedicated to Snow White retail has re-opened, but with no particular purpose other than perhaps stroller parking. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Disney's Polynesian Resort

The island bungalows at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort continue toward completion. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

The top of the volcano has been removed but the slide and base are still intact. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

A temporary lobby is in place while construction continues on the Great Ceremonial House. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Walt Disney World Holiday Event Guide

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!

Magic Kingdom

Cinderella Castle is all lit up after Elsa works her magic in the nightly "A Frozen Holiday Wish" show. Photo by Adrienne Vincent Phoenix.

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:

  • Emporium
  • 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

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.

Dates (2014) Narrator
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.

QuickTakes

... 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!

Discussion of the Week

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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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.

Date Overall
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 3/10
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 4/10
Thursday, November 27, 2014 3/10
Friday, November 28, 2014 3/10

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

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  • The resort crowd level on Saturday 3 out of 10.
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  • Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – January 6–10, 2016. Registration opens April 28, 2015.
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Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Magic Kingdom

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Fantasmic! – closed November 19–21 for refurbishment

Disney's Animal Kingdom

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 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.

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.
  • 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 Stay/Play/Dine Discounts through December 29, 2014. Offer details:

Stay / Play / Dine Discounted Magic Your Way Packages

  • Stay, Play and Dine Discount Requires a 3-night stay with at least 2 days of tickets.
  • Booking Dates: Now through December 29, 2014
  • Travel Dates: December 14–20, 2014; January 5 through March 7, 2015.
  • Not all dates and resorts available. Subject to availability
  • Disney Value Resorts: Magic Your Way with Quick Service Dining Package Required
  • Disney Moderate, Deluxes and Deluxe Vacation Villa Resorts: Magic Your Way Plus Dine Package Required
  • Excludes: Little Mermaid Rooms at Disney's Art of Animation, Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian, Disney's Bay Lake Tower, Disney's Fort Wilderness Campsites, Disney's Polynesian Villas, 3 bedroom Villas at Disney's Deluxe Vacation Villa Resorts

Room Only Discount Tickets and Dining Can be Added

  • Booking Dates: Now through December 29, 2014
  • Travel January 5 through March 28, 2015
  • Excludes Little Mermaid Rooms at Disney's Art of Animation, Disney's Grand Floridian Villas, Disney's Bay Lake Tower, Disney's Fort Wilderness Campsites, Disney's Polynesian Villas, all 3-bedroom villas at Disney's Deluxe Villa Resorts
  • All Discounts are not guaranteed and are subject to limited availability.

Specific discounts:

  • Disney Value Resorts (except Disney's All Star Movies) – 15% weekends; 20% weekdays
    • Disney's All Star Movies – 10% weekends; 15% weekdays
  • Disney's Moderate Resorts (except as listed below) – 25% weekdays; 20% weekends
    • Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter – 10% weekend; 15% weekday
    • Disney's Coronado Springs Suites – 10% weekday and weekend
  • Disney Deluxe Resorts (unless listed below) – 30% weekday and weekend
    • Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Savannah View and Club Level – 20% weekday and weekend
    • Disney Deluxe Resort Suites – 10% weekday and weekend
    • Disney Deluxe Vacation Villas – 30% weekday and weekend: Saratoga Springs, Old Key West, Beach Club Villas and BoardWalk Villas 
    • Villas at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge – 20% weekday and weekend

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.

Sample rates:

  • Disney's All Star Sports Resort: S–Th $79/night; F–Sa $95/night.
  • Disney's Pop Century Resort: S–Th $87/night; F–Sa $104/night.
  • Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort: S–Th $136/night; F–Sa $151/night.
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort: S–Th $207/night; F–Sa $234/night.
  • Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa: $228/night.

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
  • 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

  • October 26 through November 1
  • November 9–20
  • December 12–23

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 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

 None at this time.

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

Offer details:

Free Quick Service Plan

  • Valid travel dates:
    • October 30 through November 1, 2014
    • November 20, 2014
    • December 12–23, 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:
    • November 20, 2014
    • December 12–23, 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:
    • October 26 through November 1, 2014
    • November 9–20, 2014
    • December 12–23, 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:
    • October 26 through November 1 2014
    • November 9–20, 2014
    • December 12–23, 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 valid 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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Comments

  1. By Drince88

    Kind of bummed the Monkey King is going away in place of the Chinese Lion Dance - And LOVED the costumes on the 3 Kings in Mexico.

    But as long as I get a chance to tell everyone to see the Norway storyteller Julenissen, I'm ok with change!

    (i.e., I can handle change as long as it's not my absolute favorite

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