Walt Disney World Resort Update for August 24-31, 2015by Marie Rossiter, contributing writer
Update for August 24–31, 2015
2015 Night of Joy lineup announced | Reservations now open for new Happy HalloWishes Dessert Party | A closer look at the Epcot's new Frozen attraction and meet and greet area | New Ratatouille interactive game to debut at 2015 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival | Disney Parks Moms Panel search kicks off September 8 | Did you catch these quick takes? | Views Around the World | Crowd Forecast
Disney announced the full line-up for the 2015 Night of Joy event at the Magic Kingdom. The two-night concert series, which runs 7:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. on Friday, September 11, and Saturday, September 12, features some of top artists in contemporary Christian music, on three different stages around the park.
Night of Joy is a hard-ticket event, which means a separate ticket is required to attend the after-hours party in the park. In addition to the live music, many of Magic Kingdom's attractions will be open for visitors to enjoy.
This year's schedule offers a variety of music styles, including rick, pop, dance, rap and more:
|Friday, September 11, 2015||Saturday, September 12, 2015|
|Castle Forecourt Stage||
|Rockettower Plaza Stage||
Tickets are $65 plus tax in advance for one night and $115 plus tax in advance for two nights. Special pricing and other benefits for groups of 10 or more are available. Additional information about individual and group tickets is available at the Night of Joy website.
- September 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27
- October 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
- November 1
This year's party begins with guests in a special reserved area (by the Main Street flag pole) to watch the popular Boo to You parade. Once the parade ends, cast members escort the party guests to the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant for a dessert party. At the party, guests can enjoy "spooky treats" like mummy cupcakes, candy corn cupcakes, chocolate-dipped strawberries, fresh fruits and cheeses, chocolate mousse, and more. Guests will also participate in a Halloween toast with a variety of drinks such as sparkling cider or lemonade, hot chocolate, coffee or tea just as the HalloWishes Nighttime Spectacular begins.
Tickets cost $69 for adults and $39 ages 3 to 11. For reservations visit DisneyWorld.com/DINE or call (407) WDW-DINE (407-939-3463).
Note: A separate ticket to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is required to attend the Happy HalloWishes Dessert Party.
Thanks to a new rendering released by disney, fans can now take a look at what Epcot's updated Norway pavilion will look like when it opens.
An artistic rendering of how Epcot's updated Norway pavilion will be once renovations are done. On the left is the Royal Summerhaus, where Frozen's Anna and Elsa will host their own meet and greet ©Disney
Disney Imagineer Kathy Mangum announced that the Frozen meet-and-greet will take place in a new building based on an historic Norwegian log cabin. Visitors will step inside the Royal Summerhaus and be immersed in Queen Elsa's world of Arendelle.
In addition to the meet-and-greet, Epcot visitors will also be able to enjoy a new attraction, Frozen Ever After, that will bring riders to Arendelle for a Winter in Summer festival. After a quick greeting from Olaf, riders sail into the magical world of Arendelle, where familiar characters such as Elsa, Anna, Kristof share a beautiful story about the power of true love.and hope.
Disney has not announced an official opening at this time, but stay posted here at MousePlanet to get all the details when as we receive them.
During this year's Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, visitors have the chance to enjoy a new interactive game around World Showcase.
Beginning September 25, while supplies last, festival visitors can play Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak and help Remy as he makes his way around World Showcase at Epcot to gather ingredients for his signature dish, Ratatouille.
To play Remy's Ratatouille Hide & Squeak, players get a map to follow to help find the special ingredients Remy needs. Maps and stickers can be purchased for $9.95, plus tax at Disney Traders, the Festival Center, Pin Central, Port of Entry, and World Traveler (International Gateway).
Players then record their discoveries by placing the corresponding sticker on the specially themed map to represent that location.
Once players are finished searching for each ingredient, they return the map to the redemption location at Port of Entry by November 16, 2015 at Port of Entry to pick up a surprise of one of the pins shown here:
Theme park admission is not included, however is required to participate. Maps, stickers and surprise available while supplies last. Information subject to restrictions and change without notice.
Note: Maps, stickers and surprise available while supplies last. No discounts apply. Purchasing limits may apply.
On Tuesday, September 8, thousands of ordinary women with an extraordinary love for all things Disney Parks have the chance to apply to become part of the Disney Parks Moms Panel.
This small group, officially sponsored by Disney, answers questions submitted online from readers on everything from how to choose where to stay to the ins and outs of making Fastpass+ reservations, or which excursions are best on the Disney Cruise Line.
The application process is intensive. It usually starts with applicants filling out an online form with information about their Disney knowledge and questions about why they want to join the panel. That first wave of applicants is cut down to a smaller second round group, which then have a second round of questions to answer. Eventually, the third round contestants have a phone interview where judges then make the final decision. Disney selects only a handful of people to join the Moms Panel each year.
The first round of applications begins on September 8 and runs through noon, Tuesday, September 15.
Round 2 winners will be announced not long after the deadline, but specific details are not shared by Disney.
For more information about the Disney Moms Panel and how to apply, visit the official recruiting website.
Next week will be the last time Marie Rossiter writes the Walt Disney World Resort Update for MousePlanet, and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank her for her effort over the past 18 months. Since Marie stepped in to take over the Update, she has been a joy to work with, a consumate professional, and never missed a deadline (a feat that puts my record to shame). We are sad to see Marie leave, but we offer our sincere congratulations on her new career opportunity. We also hope she still finds some time in her schedule to post updates on her personal Disney blog, Enjoying the Magic.
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There has been a lots of other news tied to Disney this week. Did you happen to catch these?
- A new princess is joining the Disney universe. Her name is Moana. She is Polynesian and knows her way around a sailboat according to early accounts of the movie, scheduled to come out sometime next year.
- Looking for a little Labor Day fun with a touch of Irish flair? Raglan Road hosts its Third Annual Great Irish Hooley September 4–7. This annual party marks the halfway point to St. Patrick's Day and is filled with live entertainment, including bands, step dancing, and more.
- Like Disney apps? First, the Show Your Disney Side app provides makeovers of selfies into characters from favorite Disney Parks attractions. Then, a brand new app called Magic Kingdoms takes the concept of Theme Park Tycoon and lets players building their own park with Disney-inspired attractions. According to the game description, attractions from varous parks can be combined into one mega Disney park. That sounds like a game to get totally lost in.
- Lastly, Disney VoluntEARS participated in a back-to-school supplies drive . Students received more than $866,000 worth of school supplies, including more than 60,000 backpacks.
This week, when I saw our photographer Alan's pictures, I knew I had to create a special section for just the sunsets at Epcot. He captured some amazing ones this week, and I love seeing sunset at the parks. Lots of work also still going on at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Downtown Disney/Disney Springs, and Epcot. Let's start at Disney's Animal Kingdom this week:
Disney's Animal Kingdom
The graphics on the sign at the entrance to Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom have been refreshed so that "The Legend of the Forbidden Mountain" can be easily seen once again. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
At the D23 Expo, Disney announced that "Soarin' Around the World" will debut at Epcot. Whether that will occur before the new ride-theater capacity is completed has not been announced. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
Cast members sometimes have to explain to guests that Epcot's parking lot courtesy trams do not provide transportation to Magic Kingdom. Of course, guests can take the tram to Epcot's monorail station, then a monorail to the TTC and then another monorail or ferryboat to get to Magic Kingdom. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
Construction of decorative (abandoned) elevated train trestles between House of Blues and DisneyQuest on the West Side of Downtown Disney is part of the transformation of the area into Disney Springs. DisneyQuest will close at an unspecified date in 2016 for its transformation into a new NBA-themed attraction. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
The slow flow of Buena Vista Drive traffic near the Downtown Disney/Disney Springs construction will be altered this week by a changed traffic pattern as preparations are made to open one of the flyover ramps to the Orange Parking Garage. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
Sunset at Epcot
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- 2015 Night of Joy – September 11–12, 2015
- 2015 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party – September 15, 18, 20, 22, 25 and 27; October 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29 and 31; November 1
- 2015 Epcot Food & Wine Festival – September 26 to November 16.
- 2015 Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party – November 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20 and 29; December 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17 and 18.
- 2015 Epcot Candlelight Processional – November 27 to December 30
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- Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend – November 6–7. All races are sold out.
- Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – January 6–10, 2016. All races are sold out, except for the full marathon.
- Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend – February 18–21, 2016. Most events are sold out.
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.
- Dream Along with Mickey – closed through August 22 for refurbishment
- Pirates of the Caribbean – closed through September 26 for refurbishment.
- Diamond Horseshoe – closed through at least November for refurbishment
- Liberty Tree Tavern – closed through November 21 for refurbishment
- Walt Disney World Frontierland station – closed September 29 to November 5 for refurbishment.
- Walt Disney World Main Street U.S.A station – closed September 29 to November 5 for refurbishment.
- Walt Disney World Fantasyland station – closed September 29 to November 5 for refurbishment.
- The Magic Behind the Our Steam Trains Guided Tour – not offered during Walt Disney World Railroad refurbishment.
- Peter Pan's Flight – closed November 2–7 for refurbishment.
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover – closed December 7–10 for refurbishment
- Splash Mountain – closed January 6–10 for refurbishment.
- Space Mountain – closed January 11–15 for refurbishment.
- Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin – closed January 15 to February 11 for refurbishment.
- Liberty Square Riverboat – closed January 18–22 for refurbishment.
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – closed April 4 to July 15 for refurbishment.
- Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse – closed July 7 to September 24 for refurbishment.
- Liberty Square Riverboat – closed August 15–21 for refurbishment.
- “it's a small world” – closed August 22 to September 15 for refurbishment.
- Soarin' – additional screen under construction. Work has no impact on the existing theaters.
- Innoventions West – Think, presented by IBM; The Great Piggy Bank Adventure; and Where's the Fire? closed. The Disney Visa character experience remains open.
- Maelstrom – ride permanently closed for construction of Frozen Ever After attraction. New ride expected to open May, 2016.
- Living with the Land – closed September 8–18.
- Innoventions East – Glidden's Colortopia under construction replacing the Test the Limits exhibit. Expected to open late 2015.
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid – closed September 7–10 for refurbishment.
- Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular – closed Octoberd 20-23 for refurbishment.
- Toy Story Midway Mania – second ride track is under construction. Work has no impact on the existing ride.
- Magic of Disney Animation – building permanently closed for future expansion.
Disney's Animal Kingdom
- Primeval Whirl – closed through November 13 for refurbishment.
- Pizzafari – closed through October 20 for refurbishment
- Entire park closed from October 25, 2015 through January 3, 2016 for refurbishment
- Entire park closed from January 3 to March 13 for reburbishment.
Downtown Disney / Disney Springs
- Fulton's Crab House – closed January 1 to April 1, 2016 for refurbishment.
- Planet Hollywood – closed January 1 to June 1, 2016 for refurbishment and transformation into a Planet Hollywood Observatory.
- Downtown Disney Bridge 4 and restrooms on Pleasure Island – temporarily closed for ongoing construction work.
- Downtown Disney Lots A-G – closed through August 1, 2016.
- Downtown Disney Lots H, I, J, and K (in Westside area) – closed until further notice for Disney Springs construction.
- Cirque du Soleil La Nouba – performs Tuesdays through Saturdays.
- Disney Quest – scheduled to close sometime in 2016. Will be replaced with an NBA Experience venue.
- Polynesian – ongoing refurbishment of the lobby and pool area.
- Disney's Boardwalk Inn – Exterior painting and repair during daylight hours, through May 5, 2016
- Disney's Boardwalk Inn – Flying Fish Cafe closed February 1 – September 30, 2016 for refurbishment.
- Disney's Coronado Springs – La Vida Health Club and Casitas pool closed for refurbishment through October 12. An alternate fitness center is available for guest use.
- Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa – Gasparilla Island Grill closed August 23 to September 4 for refurbishment.
- Disney's Wilderness Lodge and Villas – construction of the as-yet-unannounced Disney Vacation Club cabins begins October 2015. Expect construction-related closures and noise during the project.
- Disney's Wilderness Lodge and Villas – Hidden Springs pool, resort beach, playground, and Recreation fire pit close October 26, 2015. No opening date provided, but the pool is expected to be closed through 2017.
- Disney's Lake Buene Vista Golf Course –closed August 10–20 for refurbishment.
- Disney Osprey Ridge Golf Course – permanently closed.
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Discounts for Everyone
Memory Maker pre-arrival discount
Disney's PhotoPass service provides a discount on Disney Memory Maker pre-arrival packages. For $199 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 $169, a $30 savings. Applicable taxes are charged to all orders.
Purchase 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
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Discounts for Disney Rewards VISA & Debit Card Holders
Up to 35 percent off Disney's Polynesian Villas Studios
Disney Visa cardholders receive up to 35 percent off standard view studio room rates through October 3, 2015. The room must be booked either directly through their travel agent or the Walt Disney World Resort.
15 percent off select guided tours
Disney Visa cardholders receive 15 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.
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and Villas:
Disney's BoardWalk Inn and Villas:
Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort:
Disney's Contemporary Resort:
Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground:
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa:
Disney's Old Key West Resort:
Disney's Port Orleans Resort:
Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa:
Disney's Wilderness Lodge:
Disney's Yacht Club Resort:
Disney's Hollywood Studios:
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.
15 percent off all Disney spa and salon services
Disney Visa cardholders receive 15 percent off the non-discounted price of any salon treatment valued at $45 or greater or any 50-minute or longer spa service at the spas and salons at Walt Disney World Resort listed below:
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and Villas
Disney's Contemporary Resort
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
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 Military Personnel
4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper Discount
Eligible Service Members can purchase 4-day Park Hopper passes for $177 until December 20, 2015
Tickets can be purchased through December 17, 2015.
No more than 12 Disney Military Promotional Tickets can be purchased by an Eligible Service Member.
Discounts for U.K. Residents
None at this time
Discounts for Canada Residents
None at this time.
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