Walt Disney World Resort Update for May 17-23, 2016 - Welcome to Disney Springs

by Alan S. Dalinka, staff writer
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Disney Springs hosts a grand debut

[Author's Note: This week I'm turning the Update over to Alan Dalinka, who shares a photo tour of the grand opening of Disney Springs. We'll return to your regularly scheduled Update next week. – AVP]

On Sunday, May 15, Walt Disney World Resort officially opened the Town Center "neighborhood" of Disney Springs, the latest major construction milestone in the transformation of the former Downtown Disney area.

Disney Springs is now substantially complete, though there are still several projects underway. Additional stores and restaurants will continue to open through the year, a number of new buildings around Disney Springs are still under construction (like The Edison, now expected in early 2017), and other projects have been announced without any timeline (like the closing of DisneyQuest).


The water tower icon for Disney Springs was installed back in March 2016 and the landscaping was filled in as Town Center's May 15 grand opening approached. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


New interactive video directories have been installed throughout Disney Springs. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Before Disney announced in 2013 the transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs, the area consisted of the Marketplace (the original Disney shopping "Village," which includes the World of Disney store), the largely shuttered Pleasure Island (with the buildings that formerly housed its clubs, which closed back in September 2008), and the West Side (home of such venues as Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba and the soon-to-close DisneyQuest).

The entire area was officially renamed "Disney Springs" in September 2015, and now includes four neighborhoods: West Side, The Landing (the former Pleasure Island), Marketplace, and the new Town Center. This final piece of Disney Springs was constructed on what was previously surface parking lots and service areas for Pleasure Island and the Marketplace.

In a brief 10:00 a.m. pre-rope drop ceremony on this past Sunday, May 15, Keith Bradford, Vice President, Disney Springs, welcomed the gathered crowd:

"We want to welcome you to the newest neighborhood of Disney Springs: Town Center. Once you're inside you're going to get to see things: World Class Shopping and Dining, and Breathtaking views of the Spring that will absolutely blow you away. It is the heart and soul of this Property. Our Imagineers have done a tremendous job in the design and all the details that have gone within that. Today we open 23 new retail locations, stores such as Tommy Bahama, Vera Bradley, Lucky Brand, Zara and others;. we open 7 specialty food and beverage locations such as D-Luxe Burger, Amorette's Patisserie and Sprinkles Cupcakes. You're going to have a blast."


As 10 a.m. approached on May 15, a crowd gathered outside the (unnamed) arcade of shops on the west side of Town Center for the official Grand Opening and rope drop. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Bradford then welcomed the Rice family from Orlando as the first "official family" to Town Center, and concluded, "So, with that said, thanks so much for being here this morning and welcome to Town Center!"


Contributing photographer Alan S. Dalinka provided live Periscope video coverage of the grand opening ceremony, rope drop, and an initial walk-through of Town Center.


The arcade of shops in Town Center is not enclosed, but provides shade from the sun and will likely become crowded with guests seeking shelter during typical summer afternoon rainstorms. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Ugg is one of the retailers inside the arcade of shops at Town Center that sells some Disney licensed merchandise. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

More than a dozen additional stores are scheduled to open this spring and summer. Additional quick-service and table-service restaurants are scheduled to open this spring and summer, with the renovations of Planet Hollywood Observatory and Fulton's Crab House transformation into Paddlefish, slated for completion in 2016. The Edison, under construction in The Landing neighborhood (utilizing, in part, the site of the former Adventurers Club), is now expected in early 2017.

A new area for Disney resort buses has been constructed adjacent to the water tower landmark just outside Town Center, which is expected to open within the next few weeks (cast members on-site, estimated May 29; the official Disney Springs map says "beginning early June"). The official map suggests that the existing Disney Resorts bus stops adjacent to Marketplace may be discontinued when the new bus area opens.

The new bus area connects to Buena Vista Drive with newly built, protected/dedicated bus lanes that may ease traffic around the area, though easing traffic will also depend on the timing of the traffic lights which, at least during this past week, were such that guests exiting the Orange garage experienced significant back-ups on the exit ramps.

Of course, as has been true for many years, buses from Disney Springs will not provide direct transportation to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, or Disney's Animal Kingdom theme parks or Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park—all of those destinations still require changing buses at a Disney resort hotel.


In the center of Town Center, "the Gateway" is where guests arriving and departing Disney Springs via Disney Transport resort buses will go once the bus area opens, expected to happen in the next couple of weeks. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The Gateway faces Buena Vista Drive and the new water tower icon for Disney Springs. Bus loading and unloading will happen in this area. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka


Disney buses will enter and exit Disney Springs in marked lanes (see the red area on the pavement) and will have exclusive use of the lighter-colored protected bus lanes in the middle of the road when traveling on Buena Vista Drive. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The new Lime garage is located just east of the Gateway and from the top level on the fifth floor, provides stunning views of Town Center and surroundings. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

To replace parking areas incorporated into the new areas and provide additional parking, two five-level parking structures were built along Buena Vista Drive with pedestrian bridges connecting the structures to Disney Springs. The lot adjacent to the West Side opened in 2014 and is named the "Orange" garage; the new "Lime" garage adjacent to Town Center opened within a couple hours of the Town Center's Grand Opening.

To ease traffic in the area, the Orange garage is connected to an I-4 exit ramp by a newly constructed flyover, and visitors traveling east on Buena Vista Drive likewise use a new ramp on the right side of the road to join the flyover rather than make left turns. According to the official map of Disney Springs, the remaining surface lots near the West Side have been designated "Strawberry", "Watermelon", "Grapefruit," and "Mango."


The Lime garage's sole pedestrian bridge and entry area is decorated in the same style as the surrounding Town Center neighborhood. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Like the slightly older Orange garage near the West Side, the Lime garage has extensive signage to remind guests where they have parked. Also like the Orange garage, digital signage and colored lighting indicate the availability of parking spaces throughout the structure. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Boat service between the West Side, The Landing, and Marketplace docks has resumed, weather permitting. Boat service is also available to Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Disney's Old Key West Resort, and Disney's Port Orleans Resort (French Quarter and Riverside); check maps and signs for boat destinations from each dock. Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa is also connected to Disney Springs by a bridge to Marketplace.

Newly completed pedestrian bridges over Buena Vista Drive now provide direct access to the on-property non-Disney hotels along Hotel Plaza Drive.


In keeping with its Disney Imagineer-crafted backstory, in the middle of Town Center is a well that guests can operate to bring "spring" water into a pond. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Much of Town Center looks like a high-end shopping district, albeit highly and beautifully decorated according to a very specific theme. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The elaborate Disney Imagineer-crafted backstory of Disney Springs is illustrated in artwork hung inside the Guest Relations building in Town Center. A 1950s expo is shown to have been the explanation for the West Side's appearance and partially remaining elevated train track supports. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


In Town Center's guest relations building, a piece of artwork shows off a Disney Imagineer-crafted view of The Landings neighborhood of Disney Springs in days gone by. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Amorette's Patisserie is located immediately next door to the World of Disney store, where Town Center meets the Marketplace neighborhood. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Amorette's Patisserie has a large selection of pastries, from single-serving sizes (mostly around $8), petit cakes ($15), dome cakes in the shapes of Disney characters ($65), to their signature 11-layer cake ($85), as well as alcoholic and other beverages. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The Daily Poutine kiosk in Town Center offers several varieties of frites. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The busiest building during the Town Center grand opening morning was definitely Sprinkles Cupcakes. The building has two lines: one to go inside and one to use the Cupcake ATM (in pink on the right of the photo). Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Sprinkles Cupcake ATM was very popular with Town Center's opening day guests. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The Disney-created D-Luxe Burger restaurant offers up "gourmet" burgers starting at $9.99 along with views of the springs. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Guests on Town Center's opening day find long queues to sample the menu at Disney's D-Luxe Burger restaurant. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Cocina Frontera, expected to open in Town Center early this summer, is the latest creation of Chicago-based chef Rick Bayless. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Blaze Pizza, a national chain of what it describes as "Fast Fire'd" pizzas, is coming to Town Center this summer. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Chef Art Smith, former chef to Oprah Winfrey and other stars, will soon open a 200-seat restaurant called Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine offering what Disney calls "farm-to-fork cuisine." Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The opening of Town Center reveals windows on the Morimoto Asia kitchen along with the re-opening of the outdoor Morimoto Street Food location. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The opening of Town Center has revealed additional detail and art for the Forbidden Lounge inside Morimoto Asia. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


In the Marketplace next to the pedestrian bridge near T-Rex, B. B. Wolf's Sausages kiosk opened on the same day as Town Center. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Between Town Center and the West Side near the Orange garage, work continues on the Coca Cola Store (expected to open this summer) and Planet Hollywood Observatory (which is now is not expected to reopen until this fall). Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

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Resort Events

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2016 Resort events

  • Star Wars Experiences – open
  • 2016 Flower & Garden Festival – through May 30
  • Gay Days at Walt Disney World (annual unofficial event) – June 2–5. More information on the event website. To whatever degree there are "organized" events, the schedule calls for attendees to visit the parks on these days:
    • Thursday, June 2 – Animal Kingdom
    • Friday, June 3 – Disney's Hollywood Studios
    • Saturday, June 4 – Magic Kingdom (the busiest day of the event)
    • Sunday, June 5 – Epcot
  • Night of Joy – September 9 & 10
  • 2016 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – September 14 November 14, 2016.
  • Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic – dates to be announced.
  • Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween PartySeptember 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30; October 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31
  • "Jersey Week" – November 6–13. Expect larger crowds this week as New Jersey students and families take advantage of a fall break created by their school's participation in the New Jersey Teachers Convention.
  • Dapper Day at Epcot (unofficial event) – Saturday, November 12. More information at the event website.
  • Holidays at Walt Disney World – dates to be announced.
  • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas PartyNovember 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27, 29; December 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 22
  • Holidays Around the World at Epcot – dates to be announced.
  • Candlelight Processional at Epcot – dates to be announced.

runDisney events

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2016

2017

  • Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – January 4–8, 2017. The 5K, 10K, and half marathon are sold out. The full marathon, Goofy Challenge, and Dopey Challenge are still available. Proof of time must be submitted by October 4, 2016.
  • Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend – February 24–26, 2017. Registration date has not been announced. Proof of time must be submitted by November 15, 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.

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Events

Check here to see if a sporting competition might fall during your next trip to the Walt Disney World Resort. We don't list all events here, but focus on the larger sport and cheer events that might result in extra visitors to the theme parks, and make it harder to secure a hotel room. The All-Star and moderate resort hotels are often the home base for these larger events, so it's worth avoiding those properties if possible.

2016 ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex events


Merchandise Events

Date Event
May 27–29

Epcot

June 1

Disney Springs

June 2

Disney Springs

June 3

Disney Springs

Epcot

June 4

Disney Springs

Epcot

June 5

Disney Springs

Epcot

June 15–19

Disney Springs

June 24

Epcot

June 25

Epcot

June 26

Epcot

June 29–July 5

Disney Springs

July 7–8

Epcot


Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Magic Kingdom

2016

  • Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse – closed July 7 – September 24 for refurbishment.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – closed August 8 – November 18 for refurbishment.
  • Liberty Square Riverboat – closed August 15–21 for refurbishment.
  • "it's a small world" – closed August 22 – September 15 for refurbishment.

Epcot

2016

  • Soarin' – closed as of January 4, 2016. Reopens sometime in "summer of 2016" as Soarin' Around the World, with a new ride film.
  • Maelstrom – permanently closed for construction of Frozen Ever After attraction. New ride expected to open May 2016.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

2016

  • Magic of Disney Animation – building permanently closed for future expansion. Part of the space has been converted to the Star Wars Launch Bay.
  • One Man's Dream theater – an expanded sneak peek at Alice Through the Looking Glass began May 6.
  • Pizza Planet restaurant – closed for refurbishment. Reopening date TBD.
  • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show – permanently closedto make way for the Star Wars Land expansion.
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure – permanently closed to make way for the Star Wars Land expansion.
  • Studio Catering Co. – closed to make way for the Star Wars Land expansion.
  • Meet & Greet: Mike and Sulley at Streets of America – closed to make way for the Star Wars Land expansion.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • Tiffins – the park's new table-service restaurant will open Memorial Day weekend for lunch and dinner.

Blizzard Beach

  • None scheduled

Typhoon Lagoon

  • None scheduled

Disney Springs

  • Fulton's Crab House – closed for refurbishment. Scheduled to reopen in fall 2016 as Paddlefish
  • Planet Hollywood – closed through June 1 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.
  • Disney Springs Lots H, I, J, and K (in Westside area) – closed until further notice for construction.
  • Disney Quest – scheduled to close sometime in 2016.

May 15 openings:

  • Disney Springs Town Center
  • The Daily Poutine
  • B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co.
  • Amorette’s Patisserie
  • Sprinkles Cupcakes

May 22 openings:

  • Aristocrepes

Resorts

  • Boardwalk Inn
    • Flying Fish Cafe closed through September 30 for refurbishment.
    • Seashore Sweets – closed as part of the Flying Fish refurbishment.
  • Wilderness Lodge and Villas – Hidden Springs pool, resort beach, playground, and Recreation fire pit closed. 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

Thanks to Sue Pisaturo from Small World Vacations for the details. All of these packages can also be booked through MousePlanet's partner travel agency Get Away Today.

Fall Free Dining offer

Receive a free Dining Plan when you book a regular-price 5-night/6-day vacation package. Your package must include a room at a participating Walt Disney World Resort hotel, and a Magic Your Way ticket with either the Park Hopper and/or the Water Park Fun & More Option.

This offer is available for arrivals most nights Aug. 23–Oct. 1, 2016, Nov. 15–21, 26–28 and Dec. 10–21, 2016. You must book by July 8, 2016 to receive this offer.

If you book a Disney Moderate Resort, Disney Deluxe Resort, or Disney Deluxe Villa Resort, your package will include the Disney Dining Plan. If you book at a participating Disney Value Resort, the package includes the Quick-Service Dining Plan.

The offer excludes the following hotels and room types:

Campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney's Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms, the Bungalows at Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's All-Star Movies Resort and Disney's Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.

Disney's Port Orleans – Riverside is excluded during the following dates: November 15–21, 26–28 and December 10–21, 2016.

If you don't need theme park tickets or aren't interested in the dining package, consider one of the two room-only offers.

Back to School room-only offer

Save 20–30% off the published rate for stays August 1 through November 5, 2016. This offer as no length-of-stay requirement, which makes it ideal for a quick getaway if your dates are available.

  • Save up to 30% off Disney Deluxe Resort or Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts
  • Save up to 25% off Disney Moderate Resorts
  • Save up to 20% off Disney Value Resorts

The offer excludes the following hotels and room types:

Campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney's Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms, the Bungalows at Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's All-Star Movies Resort and Disney's Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.

You must book by August 31, 2016.

Kid-sized Vacation offer

This package is a variation of the Back to School offer, but includes park tickets. The sample offer advertises a 2-day/3-night stay in a standard room at a select Disney's All-Star Resort, with one park per day Magic Your Way base tickets for $998 for a family of 3.

Valid for arrivals most nights August 1 – November 5, 2016. As with the Back to School offer, you must book by August 31, 2016 and the following room types are excluded:

Campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney's Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms, the Bungalows at Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's All-Star Movies Resort and Disney's Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.

Late Summer Family Time offer

Another variant of the Back to School offer, this package is targeted towards families with older children. The sample package is based on two adults, a teen and a 'tween, and includes a 4-day/4-night stay in a standard room at a select Disney's All-Star Resort with one park per day Magic Your Way base tickets for $1,850.

Valid for arrivals most nights August 1 – November 5, 2016. As with the Back to School offer, you must book by August 31, 2016 and the following room types are excluded:

Campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney's Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms, the Bungalows at Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's All-Star Movies Resort and Disney's Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.

Memory Maker pre-arrival discount

Disney's PhotoPass service provides a discount on Disney Memory Maker pre-arrival packages. For $169 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 $149, a $20 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

2016 Military Salute – 4-Day Military Promotional Ticket discount

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 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

None at this time.

Discounts for Canada Residents

None at this time.

Discounts for U.K. Residents

None at this time.


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