Walt Disney World Resort Update for November 9-16, 2015

by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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Update for November 9–16, 2015

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News and Views

Disney ends Star Wars Weekends | New Star Wars "experiences" open December 1Na'vi River Journey coming to Pandora – The World of AVATAR2015 Wine & Dine race "chopped" into a quarter marathon | Holiday Happenings at the Swan and Dolphin hotels | | Views Around the World | This and That | Crowd Forecast

Disney ends Star Wars Weekends

Thomas Smith, director of editorial content for Disney Parks, is developing a reputation for being the bearer of (buried) bad news. Tucked at the bottom of yesterday's announcement confirming the opening dates of the new Star Wars experiences at Disney's Hollywood Studios was the news that Disney will not "be able to offer Star Wars Weekends," due to the upcoming construction of the 14-acre Star Wars Land at the park.

This news was met with shock and disbelief from many members of the Disney and Star Wars fan communities, especially since Walt Disney World had already announced the event would return in 2016. In the comment section of the Disney Parks Blog announcement, several people expressed their frustration with this change of plans, noting that they had already booked vacations to attend the 2016 event.


The stars of the Legends of the Force: Star Wars Celebrity Motorcade gather on the Event Stage in front of the Chinese Theater at Disney's Hollywood Studios during the 2015 Star Wars Weekends. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

The event debuted in 1997, and has been held annually since 2003. The weekends were best known for celebrity appearances, panel discussions, a themed parade, exclusive merchandise, and (until the 2015 event) the irreverent Hyperspace Hoopla. Dozens of lesser-known Star Wars characters filled the park during the event, and the Disney characters donned their own Star Wars costumes for meet-and-greet opportunties.

The 2015 event took place over five weekends in May and June, and featured appearances by Star Wars celebrities like Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Warwick Davis (Wicket), Ray Park (Darth Maul) and Frank Oz (Yoda). Past events included appearances by Anthony Daniels (C3-P0), Mark Hamill (Luke), Carrie Fisher (Leia), Billy Dee Williams (Lando), and even Star Wars creator George Lucas.


Darth Vader meets and greets guests in his medical chamber at the former entrance to the Backlot Studio Tour during the 2015 Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney expanded the event in recent years, adding weekends and new entertainment options, including the Symphony in the Stars fireworks show, a handful of Star Wars dining experiences, and several added-cost VIP tour packages.

While Smith said "you’ll be able to step into the Star Wars saga every time you visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios," fans are wondering if any of these elements of Star Wars Weekends will be offered in any form during the construction, or once Star Wars Land officially opens. Smith did say that, "there will be Star Wars inspired fireworks beginning in January," so that may be a good sign that some of the entertainment options will return.

And to be completely realistic, Star Wars Weekends was an extremely popular event with a loyal fan base. It would be completely out of character for Disney to dismiss that fan base—and their wallets. If there is a way for Disney to continue to offer the pricey character meals, merchandise offerings, and premium experience packages, it's a sure bet they'll do so.

New Star Wars "experiences" open December 1

The outward purpose of yesterday's blog post was to announce the start date for several of the new Star Wars "experiences" at Disney's Hollywood Studios, including the Star Wars Launch Bay.

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue will debut a new ride scene based on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, on December 1, and the announcement said that everyone who rides Star Tours during the "opening months" will see the new scene, after which it will be part of the ride's randomized sequence. A 10-second preview of the new scene is below:

The new Jedi Training Academy show, Trials of the Temple, will begin in "early December."

Setting aside reaction to the news about Star Wars Weekends, this announcement also stirred up some controversy, as it turns out the new experiences will open weeks before the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Opening Night Event, a hard-ticket event that takes place inside Hollywood Studios on December 18. Tickets to the event cost as much as $100, and include a screening of the movie and the after-party inside the park. Disney said the event would include "access to the new Star Wars Launch Bay exhibit, the Star Tours – The Adventures Continue attraction, and a DJ dance party," as well as a "preview of a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic Star Wars score."

So while Disney never said that the Star Wars Launch Bay would not already be open by the time the event took place—and, in fact, that very question went unanswered in the comments section of the post announcing the event—some people apparently feel they are no longer getting the exclusive experience they paid for.

Na'vi River Journey coming to Pandora – The World of AVATAR

The D23 Expo just wrapped up in Japan, where Walt Disney Imagineering offered a preview of one of the new attractions planned for Pandora – The World of AVATAR, now under construction at Disney's Animal Kingdom.


The Na'vi River Journey will open in 2017 at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Concept art © Disney.

The Na’vi River Journey is described as a family-friendly ride, where passengers ride in "canoes" through a bioluminescent rainforest, where they encounter a Na’vi shaman. The concept art does not show the ride vehicles. Disney says the ride will open in 2017 with Pandora – The World of AVATAR.

2015 Wine & Dine race "chopped" into a quarter marathon

by Lani Teshima

What happens when the humidity is high, and the temperatures are hovering in the the 80s to 90s... and the weather right before your half marathon includes lightning?

The race organizers at runDisney faced exactly this challenge for Saturday’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon. And while they had posted event alert signs leading up to the race, the potential for a lightning storm meant an unprecedented move for the race: with an hour before race start, all participants—roughly 15,000 in all—were asked to evacuate into the HP Field House at the Walt Disney World ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.


The event alert system sign posted at the Health and Fitness Expo on Friday before the Wine & Dine Half Marathon warned of possible issues. Photo by Kim P.

Lorree Tachell, our contributing writer who covers runDisney races, posted the following on our Team MousePlanet forum:

You may have heard that around 9:00 p.m. about an hour before the scheduled 10:00 p.m. start of last night's the 2015 Wine & Dine Half Marathon, we had a bit of excitement. Lightning was in the area which per runDisney's storm policy caused a mass evacuation to the HP Field House of all 14k runners as well as volunteers and spectators who were waiting at the start. Heavy rains hit Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom which we were spared, however, we got high humidity and temp as well as very close-by lightning.

We were finally allowed back out and into the corrals just after the original 10:00 p.m. start with the race estimated to start at 10:45 p.m. The race finally kicked off at 11:00 p.m. but due to other weather cells that were in the area as well as the high humidity/temp, six miles were cut off the course. While we didn't get to run through Animal Kingdom, we did get to run for one final time through Osborne Family Lights which was a gift considering the entire race could have been canceled as Rock n Roll Savannah Marathon was earlier in the day. Last year we had a Splash and Dash—this year we had the Wine & Dine Half Half Marathon.

Although some participants complained about the course being cut short, Team MousePlanet member and veteran marathoner Vegaspixie said that most people understood that this was weather-related, and that credit should be given to the race organizers for being able to respond quickly, evacuate a mass of people in a calm fashion, and still manage to put on a race, albeit with a shortened course.


The mass exodus of over 10,000 runners and participates occurs an hour before the start of the 2015 Wine & Dine Half Marathon due to local lightning. Photo by Kim P.

The one issue Vegaspixie had was that while runDisney was announcing important information about the race on Twitter, announcements in person at the Field House were both sparse and uninformative. She said that runDisney posted information on social media about things like the shortened course, and that all eligible participants would still receive their Coast to Coast medals, but that this information was not announced verbally. The news spread in the form of gossip and rumors because many people could not get cell reception for their smartphones in the Field House.


Regardless of the shortened course, finishers of the 2015 Wine & Dine Half Marathon were still rewarded with a finisher's medal. Those who ran a half marathon at Disneyland during the current calendar year were also given their Coast to Coast medals. Photo by Kim P.

Parts of the race seemed surreal, with the course shortened to essentially a 6-mile, almost 10K race; Epcot was still open for the after-race party and packed with runners who had trained for a half marathon, with energy to burn and hungry after sitting around an extra hour before the delayed race start.

Although she felt bad for those who were using the half marathon distance for proof of time or were trying to set personal records, Vegaspixie thought that putting the race into perspective (and treating this more as a social event) worked for her. Despite the surreal experience, Vegaspixie said this is still her favorite runDisney race, and that she plans to register for this event in the future.

Holiday Happenings at the Swan and Dolphin hotels

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotels sent over information about their Holiday Happenings promotion; they have an impressive lineup of events this season, especially for families with children in the Santa set. If you're still making your holiday hotel plans, it's worth taking a look at their offerings. Along with a "vacation Santa" meet-and-greet in a Tiki hut on select nights, and a chocolate lobby sculpture of a life-size Santa, there is holiday entertainment throughout the month of December, including a light show in the causeway between the hotels.

For families, the highlight has to be the Christmas Eve offerings. You can arrange to have one of Santa's elves visit your hotel room, bringing milk and cookies for your children. The elf will read them a bedtime story and tuck them in to await Santa's arrival. The front desk has "Magic Keys" to leave for Santa, so he can get into the hotel room to deliver presents.

Visit the hotel's special holiday website for more information, and to make reservations.

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Views Around the World

Contributing photographer Alan Dalinka shares more images from around Walt Disney World, and takes you on a tour of the new D-Tech MagicBand on Demand offering at the Magic Kingdom.

Epcot


The North African band Ribab Fusion has begun a limited engagement at Epcot's Morocco pavilion. Their fun musical style has been described as a mix of Morocco’s Amazigh (Berber) culture, ‘70s-style funk and Afropop dance. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


For a limited time at Epcot's Morocco pavilion, the North African band Ribab Fusion performs throughout the day. Their fun performances include call-and-response songs that engage the crowd. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Since Barbecue Chef Mickey and his kebobs stand where Epcot traditionally places its Christmas Tree, this week is likely the last week to see these topiaries as the 20th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival concludes on November 16. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Animal Kingdom


It appears that the expansion at Disney Outfitters at Disney's Animal Kingdom is receiving final coats of a yellowish paint. No opening date is posted, but perhaps construction will be complete as the crowds build through the holiday season. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Pizzafari at Disney's Animal Kingdom is out from behind construction walls sporting new detail, paint, and signage, including a very small "Presented by Smucker's" sign. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The back section of Pizzafari at Disney's Animal Kingdom faces the under-construction World of Pandora, and the building is being more than doubled in size in that direction. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Seating areas and support buildings for Disney's Animal Kingdom's upcoming nighttime show "Rivers of Light" continue to take shape in front of Expedition Everest along the Discovery River. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


A closer look at the shoreline reveals the tiered seating area and support buildings for Disney's Animal Kingdom's upcoming nighttime show "Rivers of Light." Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The huge scale of the the "skyline" of the future World of Pandora at Disney's Animal Kingdom can be appreciated from the parking lot. In the very center of this photo, a construction worker in a florescent vest can be seen on a platform near the treetops. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Magic Kingdom


From the moment guests arrive at the TTC the holiday music playing on the speakers makes it clear that the Holiday Season has begun at Magic Kingdom. The minimal holiday decorations here mostly advertise Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The Holiday-themed floral Mickey Mouse has replaced Halloween at the gates of Magic Kingdom. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Magic Kingdom's Town Square is fully decorated for the Holiday Season and even the Christmas tree is in place though, based on past years, it could be temporarily moved for the November 10 to 13 taping of the ABC-TV Disney Parks' Holiday Special. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The new guest approaches to Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom are nearly complete, adorned with Fantasyland-inspired antique looking light fixtures. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Exterior details continue to be added to the under-construction Jungle Navigation Co., Ltd. Skipper Canteen in Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Holiday decor has been added to the Tomorrowland Stage at Magic Kingdom, which is used during the after-hours Christmas parties as a dance party area. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


In the queue area of Space Mountain adjacent to the boarding area, new flat screen displays have been installed that include safety demonstrations and other messages and graphics. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Continuing last week's tour of the new customized D-Tech and MagicBand stations in the exit area gift shop of Space Mountain, the printer stations are all the way in the back of the building near where the entrance to the arcade used to be. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Several MagicBands are loaded on a tray which is loaded into the printer to create the MagicBands guests create at the nearby customizing stations. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


After sunset, the traditional lights on Main Street Station add to the festive Holiday decor. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Frozen's Queen Elsa and Princess Anna greet the fall of night and the winter season in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom. Of course, Elsa makes it snow and "freezes" the Castle (check daily schedules for times, as it she does it more than once on some nights). Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Frozen's Olaf the snowman entertains guests from the balcony of Cinderella Castle during the lighting ceremony show (check daily schedules for times, as it is scheduled more than once on some nights). Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The new turrets in Magic Kingdom's Central Plaza are also covered in the "ice" dream lights. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney's Hollywood Studios


Animated dancing Minnie Mouse ornaments have returned for the Holiday Season to Hollywood Boulevard at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


At Disney's Hollywood Studios, Jedi Training Academy at Star Tours is on hiatus while the new sets are built for the Trials of the Temple show now in rehearsal. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


New holiday-themed popcorn buckets and travel mugs are available at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The "One Man's Dream" exhibit currently hosts an extended 12 minute preview of the upcoming Disney-Pixar movie "The Good Dinosaur". Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights officially opened over this past weekend for the 20th time at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Disney has announced that this will be their final year. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


A giant light switch is used to ceremoniously turn on The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


On November 6, 2015, The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights were lit for the first official time for their 20th and final season (scheduled through January 3, 2016). Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


On November 6, 2015, a large crowd filled the Streets of America to see The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights lit for the first official time for their 20th and final season (scheduled through January 3, 2016). Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights first official 2015 lighting was accompanied by Disney snow. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Stockings for members of the Osborne Family hang near the fireplace on the Streets of America at Disney's Hollywood Studios for their 20th and final season. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


A very small Tinker Bell and "20" light display may be spotted celebrating the 20th (and final) season of The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The Merry & Bright Dessert Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios takes place in the former Studio Tram Tour roadway on select nights from through December 30, 2015. Tickets are $69/adult, $39/child (ages 3 to 9), tax and gratuity (but not required Park Admission) included. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

This and That

...The deadline to submit your proof of time for the 2016 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend is November 17, 2015.

...The Merchandise Events section below has been updated with a dozen new events, including appearances by Disney Traditions artist Jim Shore, and Her Universe creator Ashley Eckstein.


The recently installed Main Street USA window honoring Meg Gilbert Crofton is located opposite of the Cigar Store Indian, about half way between Main Street Station and the Central Plaza. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

...Trees and other vegetation are being clear cut in several locations around Walt Disney World as part of roadway changes that were approved this summer by the Disney-controlled Reedy Creek Improvement District. The Orlando Sentinel has more information about the many roadway projects expected over the next five years.


Trees and other vegetation are being clear cut in several locations around Walt Disney World as part of roadway changes approved this summer by the Disney-controlled Reedy Creek Improvement District. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

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Resort Events

2015

  • 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. As of publication, all nights are still available.
  • 2015 Epcot Candlelight Processional – November 27 to December 30
  • Holidays Around the World at Epcot – November 27 to December 30
  • DVC Merry Member Mixers – November 24; December 1, 8, 14, 22. DVC members and their guests can attend special holiday mixers in Epcot throughout the season. The free events include character meet-and-greets, live entertainment, crafts, and refreshments. They are hosted from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the World Showcase at Epcot (entrance is between the Canada and United Kingdom Pavilions). Members do not need tickets or advance reservations, and can bring up to 6 guests per membership card.
  • 2015 Candlelight Processional at Epcot – Performances are at 5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:15 p.m. nightly, with the exception of December 6.

2016

  • Season of the Force – January 8 – March 20, 2016

runDisney events

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2016

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.


Merchandise Events

Date Event
Nov. 12

Epcot

Nov. 13

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney Springs Marketplace

Epcot

Nov. 14

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney Springs Marketplace

Epcot

Nov. 15

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney Springs Marketplace

Epcot

Nov. 16

Epcot

Nov. 17

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Writer's Stop – Book signing with Marty Sklar, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Note: wristbands are required.

Epcot

Nov. 18

Disney Springs Marketplace

  • Art of Disney – Book signing with Marty Sklar, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Note: wristbands are required.

Epcot

Nov. 19

Disney Springs Marketplace

  • Marketplace Fun Finds – Artist Showcase: Precious Moments (representatives only)

Epcot

Nov. 20

Disney Springs Marketplace

Epcot

Nov. 21

Disney Springs Marketplace

Epcot

Nov. 22

Disney Springs Marketplace

Epcot

Nov. 26

Epcot

Nov. 27

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Epcot

Nov. 28

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Epcot

  • Art of Disney – Artist Showcase: Larry Dotson
  • Heritage Manor, American Adventure Pavilion –Artist Showcase: Disney Traditions artist Jim Shore, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Santa's Village –Artist Showcase: Precious Moments artist Linda Rick
Nov. 29

Disney Springs Marketplace

  • Art of Disney – Artist Showcase: Disney Traditions artist Jim Shore, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Epcot

Nov 30 -
Jan 4

Disney Springs Marketplace

  • Marketplace Fun Finds – Artist Showcase: Precious Moments (representatives only)
Dec. 4

Epcot

  • Santa's Village –Artist Showcase: Department 56 artist Scott Enter, 2–6 p.m.
Dec. 5

Epcot

  • Santa's Village –Artist Showcase: Department 56 artist Scott Enter, 2–6 p.m.
Dec 11

Epcot

Dec 12

Epcot

Dec 13

Epcot

Dec 21

Epcot

Dec 22

Epcot

Dec 23

Epcot


Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Magic Kingdom

2016

Epcot

  • 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.
  • Innoventions East – Glidden's Colortopia under construction replacing the Test the Limits exhibit. Expected to open late 2015.

2016

  • Soarin' will halt service as of January 4, 2016. The ride will reopen sometime in "summer of 2016" as Soarin' Around the World, with a new ride film

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Catalina Eddie's – closed October 11 – November 19 for refurbishment.
  • Rosie's All-American Cafe – closed October 11 – November 19 for refurbishment.
  • Walt Disney: One Man's Dream – closed October 16 – December 5 due to The Good Dinosaur sneak peek.
  • Jedi Training Academy – on hiatus until the Star Wars Launch Bay opens, expected to be in December. The new show is titled Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple.
  • 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. The space will be used for the Star Wars Launch Bay.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Blizzard Beach

  • Entire park closed from October 25, 2015 through January 3, 2016 for refurbishment

Typhoon Lagoon

  • Entire park closed from January 3 to March 13 for refurbishment.

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.
  • Disney Springs Bridge 4 and restrooms on Pleasure Island – temporarily closed for ongoing construction work.
  • Disney Springs Lots A-G – closed through August 1, 2016.
  • Disney Springs Lots H, I, J, and K (in Westside area) – closed until further notice for 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.

Resorts

  • 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 to September 30, 2016 for refurbishment.
  • 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. Expect construction-related closures and noise due to construction of the as-yet-unannounced Disney Vacation Club cabins.

Elsewhere

  • Disney Osprey Ridge Golf Course – permanently closed.

Current Discounts & Promotions

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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

None at this time.

Discounts for Disney Rewards VISA & Debit Card Holders

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:

  • 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 and Villas:

  • Boma
  • Jiko (see restrictions)
  • Sanaa

Disney's BoardWalk Inn and Villas:

  • ESPN Sports Club
  • Flying Fish Cafe (see restrictions)

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort:

  • Shutters at Old Port Royale

Disney's Contemporary Resort:

  • The Wave...of American Flavors

Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground:

  • Trail's End Restaurant

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa:

  • Citricos (see restrictions)
  • Grand Floridian Cafe

Disney's Old Key West Resort:

  • Olivia's Cafe

Disney's Port Orleans Resort:

  • Boatwright's Dining Hall

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa:

  • The Turf Club Bar and Grill

Disney's Wilderness Lodge:

  • Artist Point (see restrictions)
  • Whispering Canyon Cafe

Disney's Yacht Club Resort:

  • Captain's Grille

Disney's Hollywood Studios:

  • The Hollywood Brown Derby (see restrictions)
  • Hollywood & Vine (see restrictions)

Epcot:

  • Biergarten Restaurant (see restrictions)

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

  • Senses – A Disney Spa
  • Ivy Trellis Salon

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

  • Senses – A Disney Spa

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and Villas

  • Zahanati Massage & Fitness Center

Disney's Contemporary Resort

  • Olympiad Fitness Center

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

  • La Vida Health Club
  • Casa de Belleza Salon

Disney's Wilderness Lodge

  • Sturdy Branches Health Club

Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

  • Ship Shape Massage Salon Fitness

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

2014-2015 Military Salute – 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.


2016 Military Salute – 4-Day Military Promotional Ticket discount

From September 25, 2015 through December 16, 2016, active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) or their spouses can purchase:

  • Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper Option for $196 each, plus tax
  • Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Water Park Fun and More Option for $196 each, plus tax
  • Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper and Water Park Fun and More Options for $230 each, plus tax.

Walt Disney World Resort tickets may be used January 3, 2016, through December 19, 2016, except that the tickets may not be used March 20, 2016 April 1, 2016.
Active and retired U.S. military personnel can purchase Disney Military Promotional Tickets for themselves and up to five additional family members or friends. No more than six Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased by any eligible member of the U.S. military (or spouse) pursuant to this offer. All tickets and options are non-transferable and must be used by December 19, 2016.

2016 Military Salute – Hotel discount

Disney does not publish the actual discounted rates offered to service members under this program, and instead asks eligible U.S. military personnel to call 407-939-7830 to check pricing, availability and to make reservations. The website Military Disney Tips.com says the offer is 30-40%, based on room category.

The new offer is valid most nights from January 3 through December 19, 2016. Like the ticket offer, the hotel discounts are not valid March 20, 2016 through April 1, 2016.

Discounts for Florida Residents

Cirque du Soliel's La Nouba is offering a Florida resident discount through December 18. Tickets prices range from $49 to $89.

Discounts for Canada Residents

None at this time.

Discounts for U.K. Residents

None at this time


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Comments

  1. By Dave1313

    The Star Wars Weekends cancellation news slipped under my radar since I was actually down there last week to see the Osborne Lights and the end of F&W.

    I know there are other SWW fans here, I can't believe I didn't see any other comments or threads on the subject (sorry if I missed one, I did try to do a search).

    While the new land will undoubtedly be excellent, I will certainly miss all the festivities of SWW. I guess I am lucky I got to experience them for the 4 years that I did.

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