Walt Disney World Resort Update for June 28 - July 6, 2016

by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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Walt Disney World Resort Update for June 28 – July 6, 2016

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Walt Disney World reopens resort beaches; watercraft following alligator attack | Frozen Ever After opens with long lines and downtimes | Food & Wine Festival appetizer | Opening day for Frontera Cocina | D23 announces two October events at WDW | Savor the Savanna with a new guided tour | Views Around the World | This and That | Crowd Forecast

Walt Disney World reopens resort beaches; watercraft following alligator attack

Two weeks after 2-year-old Lane Graves was killed by an alligator on a beach near Disney's Grand Floridian Hotel, Disney has reopened all of the beaches on property. Rope fences line the shores, and signs posted at close intervals warn of the danger of alligators and snakes.


A new rope fence has been built along the entire beachfront shore of the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Newly posted signs warn against the dangers posed by alligators and snakes along the shore of the Seven Seas Lagoon. The older signs prohibiting swimming and feeding wildlife stand beyond the new rope fence. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney has also allowed the operator of the Resort's marinas to once again rent Sea Raycers on the Seven Seas Lagoon.

A Twitter user posted a photo of traps near the Splash Mountain ride inside the Magic Kingdom.

Frozen Ever After opens with long lines and downtimes

As more than one disgruntled fan noted during the opening day of the new Frozen Ever After attraction at Walt Disney World, in the five hours some fans waited in line for the new ride, they could have watched Frozen, Frozen Fever, and the as-yet-unreleased Frozen sequel and still had time to meet Anna and Elsa next door in the Royal Sommerhus.

Suffice it to say, opening day did not go well for Disney's blockbuster new attraction. As thousands of Frozen fans—plus every Orlando-area theme park reporter and blogger—gathered to finally ride the replacement for Maelstrom, the ride suffered from repeated breakdowns. The standby line stretched to 300 minutes before park managers closed it to new arrivals altogether, leaving only the Fastpass return line open for those fortunate enough to snap up a ticket when booking opened last month.

To help keep guests—and their tempers—cool during the prolonged wait, park managers set up dispensers with iced water, and even passed out complimentary ice cream bars to those who opted to wait it out.

The technical troubles persisted during opening weekend, but those who got to board a boat to Arendelle generally give the ride positive reviews. The ride itself is largely unchanged, with new scenes and animatronics lining the familiar waterway. If you want to avoid spoilers, jump ahead to the next section. Otherwise, take a peek at some photos of the new ride from opening weekend.


Even with Fastpass+ reservations, opening week lines for Frozen Ever After extend out to the World Showcase Promenade at Epcot's Norway pavilion. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Cast members provide water to people in the extended queue area of Frozen Ever After during the attraction's opening days. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


While most of World Showcase does not open until 11:00 a.m. daily, Frozen Ever After currently is scheduled to be open from Epcot's opening to closing. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Warning signs remind guests that Frozen Ever After is an attraction that includes a ride over waterfalls and that it is possible to get wet. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Frozen Ever After is a "Summer Snow Day" celebration. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The indoor queue area of Frozen Ever After is themed to an Arendelle sea-side village somewhat reminiscent of the former Maelstrom's boat unloading area. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The Frozen Ever After queue may wind through Oaken's Tokens and Sauna, including occasional peeks of faces through the steamed up Sauna window. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Frozen Ever After loads and unloads boats in consecutive positions in the same area (unlike Maelstrom which loaded and unloaded in separate rooms). Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Highly articulated and detailed animatronic versions of Frozen's characters appear throughout the ride. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Queen Elsa sings "Let it Go" while sending riders backwards over the falls. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Marshmallow (from the film) and the little Snowgies (from "Frozen Fever") are all a part of Frozen Ever After. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Olaf, Queen Elsa, and Princess Anna appear several times along the ride. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Royal Sommerhus


The Royal Sommerhus officially opened at Epcot's Norway pavilion, allowing opportunities to meet and take photos with Frozen's Princess Anna and Queen Elsa. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The indoor queue at the Royal Sommerhus includes a tribute to the former Norway pavilion attraction: Maelstrom. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The indoor queue at the Royal Sommerhus winds through several highly detailed rooms. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Many of the decorations on the walls of the Royal Sommerhus are inspired by the culture and history of Norway, the inspiration for the fictional Arendelle in which Frozen is set. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Queen Elsa greets visitors with a view of her ice palace from the Royal Sommerhus. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Princess Anna greets visitors with a view of the royal palace of Arendelle from the Royal Sommerhus. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Between the Royal Sommerhus and the entrance to the Frozen Ever After attraction, the Stave Church at the Norway pavilion has reopened after a minor refurbishment. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Vikings entertain Norway pavilion visitors, including the queue for Frozen Ever After. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Food & Wine Festival appetizer

Disney invited Tables in Wonderland members and a handful of local media to a preview of the 2016 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Our Alan Dalinka attended the event and will have a full recap later this week. Some interesting notes from the preview:

  • There are at least three new booths for 2016, including a Chocolate Studio, the Wine & Dine Studio, and an as-yet-unnamed Marketplace booth. During the preview, a dish of duck confit on polenta was attributed to the mystery booth.
  • A new hard-ticket event will offer guests a behind-the-scenes look at Trader Sam's Grog Grotto. The event will be offered September 21, September 28, October 5, and October 12 from noon to 2:00 p.m. The cost is $99 per person.
  • A new series of hands-on workshops called "Mix it, Make it, Celebrate it" will give participants an opportunity to learn techniques like cake decorating, cocktail mixing, garnishing, and more. The sessions are daily at 4:00 p.m., and cost $49 per person.
  • Tickets for all special events go on sale on Thursday, July 21, giving you about a month to plan your visit before the phone marathon begins.
  • However, Annual Passholders, Tables in Wonderland Members and DVC members can book some events two days earlier, starting on July 19.

There is much too much information to present in this Update, so be sure to check out Alan's recap this week for all of the details you need to plan your Food & Wine Festival visits.


On Sunday, Epcot held its first media and Tables in Wonderland preview for this year's Food & Wine Festival which will run this year for a record 62 days from September 14 to November 14. A preview article will be posted soon. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


ABC-TV's "The Chew" will be back at Epcot during this year's Food & Wine Festival and one of the best samplings of the Preview was the Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mousse with Caramel Drizzle that should be available at "The Chew Collective" marketplace at this year's Festival. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Opening day for Frontera Cocina

Frontera Cocina opened its doors Monday morning in Disney Springs, bringing Chef Rick Bayless' signature take on Mexican cuisine to Orlando.

As we reported last week, reservations are available via Open Table starting Thursday, July 21. Until then, the restaurant is accepting only walk-ups. Both the main restaurant and the takeout window are open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.


Frontera Cocina created by award-winning Chef Rick Bayless opened on June 27 in the Town Center area of Disney Springs. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The menu for Frontera Cocina is posted on the wall outside the front door of the restaurant and features Chef Rick Bayless' authentic Mexican cuisine. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The kitchen of Frontera Cocina opens to the main dining room. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Frontera branded sauces and Rick Bayless cookbooks are behind the host desk in Frontera Cocina. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Mexican tequila bottles and other spirits are displayed on shelves throughout Frontera Cocina. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Frontera Cocina also has opened its takeout window that faces the springs near Sprinkles. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The takeout window's menu at Frontera Cocina also includes the sort of authentic Mexican cuisine for which Chef Rick Bayless is known. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

D23 announces two October events at WDW

Gold-level members of D23, Disney's official fan club, have the opportunity to purchase tickets to two just-announced events scheduled for October 5th at Walt Disney World. With both events happening on the same day, members who opt to attend both have a very long day in store for them.

D23's Sip & Scream
Wednesday, October 5 – $125 per person

D23 Members celebrate Halloween and the 21st Epcot International Food & Wine Festival by experiencing delectable dining, spooky entertainment, and a special taping of ABC's Emmy® Award-winning series The Chew!

Trick-or-treat! D23 Members looking for something good to eat should not miss Sip & Scream during the 21st Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World! As part of their culinary experience, Sip & Scream attendees are invited to partake in delectable dining, spooky entertainment, and a special taping of ABC's Emmy® Award-winning series The Chew!

On October 5, D23 Members will enjoy either a morning or afternoon taping of The Chew, set against the park's iconic Spaceship Earth backdrop. Show co-hosts Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, and Daphne Oz will share tasty new recipes and a bounty of festival surprises with their Epcot audiences.

Sip & Scream guests will also enjoy free time to taste the Festival's newest culinary offerings across Future World and World Showcase—including three delicious dishes inspired by The Chew: Grilled Beef Skewer with Romaine, Apricots, and Feta Cheese; Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Rustic Tomato Sauce; and Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mousse with a Caramel Drizzle. These food stars of the Epcot festival will be available at The Chew Collective in the Next Eats festival area of Future World.

The culinary adventure continues as D23 Members will experience an exclusive presentation in World Showcase. Then it's time to partake in a musical feast of sizzling tunes, as guests enjoy reserved seating at the Eat to the Beat concert at the America Gardens Theatre!

The event culminates in a ghoulishly delightful Halloween spooktacular-themed dessert reception at the Isle de France. D23 Members will mix and mingle in the moonlight while enjoying Halloween-inspired desserts and beverages—the perfect setting to enjoy VIP viewing of Epcot's stunning nighttime spectacular, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. Each Sip & Scream guest will receive a copy of The Chew cookbook, a $25 Disney Gift Card to taste some of the delicious offerings at the Food & Wine Festival, and of course, unforgettable memories of a frightfully fabulous day.

Tickets for D23's Sip and Scream go on sale at 10:00 a.m. (PDT) on Monday, July 11. More information is available at the event website.

D23 Behind-the-Scenes Experience: A Midnight Soirée at the Tower of Terror
Wednesday, October 5 – $245 per person

"A limited number of D23 Members have the opportunity to drop by The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror for an after-hours, behind-the-scenes experience, followed by a private midnight soirée with themed food, beverages, and entertainment recalling the legendary night in 1939.

This intimate D23 Behind-the-Scenes experience is somewhat unique and calls for a different kind of introduction. We invite you—if you dare—to join us on October 5 at Disney's Hollywood Studios, where you are the star. Because this event travels directly to…The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

Your evening will begin at the Hollywood Tower Hotel, which was once a beacon amid the glitz and glitter of a bustling, young movie town. There, you'll discover the details and secrets that surround you during an after-hours, behind-the-scenes discussion of the legendary park attraction.

Then, when the clock strikes 12, it's time to delight in a private midnight soirée at the historic hotel. Enjoy themed food, beverages, and entertainment recalling the legendary night in 1939, when five unlucky passengers first stepped through the door of an elevator and into a nightmare.

This Behind-the-Scenes Experience wouldn't be complete without an exclusive photo opportunity inside the Hollywood Tower Hotel with a special guest directly from the Twilight Zone!"

Tickets go on sale at 2:00 p.m. (PDT) on Monday, July 11. More information is available at the event website.

Savor the Savanna with a new guided tour

Animal Kingdom has added a new guided tour to take advantage of the extra hours afforded by the extended park hours this summer. Savor the Savanna is a modified version of the popular Wild Africa Trek, and is offered up to three times a night, starting at 4:30 p.m.

The experience begins with a tour of the savanna in a private safari vehicle. Your tour group arrives at the safari outpost in the middle of the savanna, where you can watch the animals while snacking on an assortment of African-inspired tapas. Adults (over 21) can also sample regional beer and wine pairings.

If we assume the menu is similar to that offered on the Wild Africa Trek (which the photos provided by Disney seem to indicate), you can expect the menu to look something like this:

  • Chicken curry salad
  • Sun-dried tomato hummus and mini pita
  • Marinated tandoori shrimp
  • Smoked salmon roulade with dill
  • Air-dried beef and prosciutto
  • Fresh fruit marinated in mint and ginger

The excursion is $169 per person, and participants must be at least 8 years old. Guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Call (407) 939-8687 to book.

Views Around the World

Alan Dalinka shares a few more photos from around Walt Disney World.

Disney Springs


Additional construction is apparent at The Edison in the Landing Area of Disney Springs. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


New construction wall art now outside the future site of The Edison at Disney Springs promotes its expected Spring 2017 opening. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Epcot


The three ride tip boards throughout Future World have not been operating for several weeks. Cast members asked whether they will be returning did not know. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The margarita stand is now surrounded by temporary hedge walls and its sign has been removed. As the immediately surrounding area is now part of the extended Norway pavilion, it likely will be changed or removed. As reported in a prior Update, the 2016 Flower & Garden Festival's temporary kitchen located on the other side of the Mexico pavilion (closer to Future World) continues to operate. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

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This and That

...Walt Disney World has introduced a refillable souvenir popcorn bucket. The bucket is $10.00 (which includes the first fill of popcorn), and can be refilled throughout the day of purchase for $1.50. Be sure to hang on to your original receipt, as you must present it whenever you purchase a refill. The popcorn bucket can be used and refilled at any of the four Walt Disney World theme parks. You can also opt to get flavored popcorn (where available) for your initial fill or refill.


A new refillable popcorn bucket is available in Walt Disney World. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

...The new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique location in Disney Springs opened earlier this month. The new space has 18 stylist chairs, and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Prior to the opening of this dedicated storefront, the boutique occupied a portion of the World of Disney store in Disney Springs.


Earlier this month, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique opened in its new location at Disney Springs next to Once Upon a Toy and the pedestrian bridge to area hotels. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

...MousePlanet reader buzz2001 shared:

Hot off the presses, [Coronado Springs Resort] CSR will begin testing bike rentals at La Marina on Monday, June 27.

Bikes:
Single & double seat surrey bikes
Elliptical bikes
Beach cruisers

Hours:
Noon - 8:00pm

Cost:
$22 for double seat bike (30 mins)
$20 for single seat bike (30 mins)

Other prices consistent with the Boardwalk Resort rentals

...The 2016 Sounds Like Summer concert series continues this week with Simply Tina – A Tribute to Tina Turner. Show times are 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:00 p.m. each day through July 1. Stayin' Alive – A Tribute to the Bee Gees continues the series from July 2 – 9.

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Resort Events

Check here to see if a park event might fall during your next trip to the Walt Disney World Resort. If you know of any in-park events, official or unofficial, that should be listed here, please send us an e-mail (link).

2016 Resort events

  • Star Wars Experiences – Opened December 1, 2015
  • 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, 2016. 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.

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2016

2017

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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.

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex events

2016

2017

  • Pro Bowl week festivities – take place the week prior to the 2017 game on January 29. Additional schedule information to be released.

Merchandise Events

Date Event
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.
  • Carousel of Progress – closed for refurbishment July 25 – 28.
  • 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

  • None scheduled

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 closed to 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.
  • One Man's Dream theater – closed July 16 – 19 for refurbishment.
  • MuppetVision 3*D – closed August 15 – 22 for refurbishment.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • Dinosaur – closed for refurbishment July 25 – October 16.

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 for refurbishment and transformation into a Planet Hollywood Observatory.
  • Disney Quest – scheduled to close sometime in 2016.

Resorts

  • Boardwalk Inn
    • Flying Fish Cafe closed through September 30 for refurbishment. Will reopen simply as "Flying Fish."
    • Seashore Sweets – closed permanently. Will reopen as the "AbracadaBar" later this year.
  • 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

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

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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 Tour
    • Behind the Seeds
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park
    • Backstage Tales
  • Multiple Theme Parks and Backstage Areas
    • Ultimate Day of Thrills VIP Tour
    • Ultimate Day for Young Families VIP Tour
    • Ultimate Day at Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
    • Backstage Magic
    • Disney's Holiday D-Lights (offered seasonally)
    • Disney's Yuletide Fantasy (offered seasonally)
    • Wilderness Back Trail Adventure

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
  • Narcoossee's

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
  • Cape May Cafe

Disney's Hollywood Studios:

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

Epcot:

  • Biergarten Restaurant (see restrictions)
  • Coral Reef (lunch only)
  • Le Cellier (lunch only)
  • Rose & Crown Dining Room (lunch only)

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex:

  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill

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 most days 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 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 character photo download per day.


Star Wars meet and greet at Disney's Hollywood Studios' Star Wars Launch Bay

Present your Disney's Premier Visa Card or Disney Rewards Visa Card for access to a character meet and greet at Star Wars Launch Bay for the cardholder and up to five guests. The event is hosted daily from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. inside Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney's Hollywood Studios. You'll receive one free character photo download 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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