Walt Disney World Resort Update for November 8-14, 2016

by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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Walt Disney World Resort Update for November 8–14, 2016

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Flixels to fly over Disney Springs in drone-powered holiday show | Holidays Around the World | Three holiday specials taping at Walt Disney World this week | Dapper Days comes to Epcot Saturday | Views around the World | This and That | Crowd Forecast

Flixels to fly over Disney Springs in drone-powered holiday show

25 seconds of test footage released by Disney on Monday has become a top trending video on YouTube, and the buzz (pardon the pun) is all about how Disney will use unmanned drone aircraft to power a new nighttime show at Disney Springs this holiday season.


First Look: A New Holiday Experience Coming to Disney Springs. YouTube video © Disney.

The as-yet-unnamed "holiday experience" was announced just days after Disney received a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration that will allow the company to use drones in restricted airspace over the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, and the Disneyland Resort in California.

The waiver allows for both daytime and nighttime operation of the drones, which Disney calls "Flixels," for FLoating pIXELS. The application stated the devices would operate mainly over water, and we expect the Disney Springs show to take place over Lake Buena Vista at the center of the complex. This would provide for a large viewing area from walkways all around the lake.


The Halloween and Fall themed banners have all been removed around Disney Springs Marketplace ahead of the installation of this year's recently announced new Christmas Tree Trail of fifteen different trees. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney has provided no details about the new show, but the first annual Disney Springs holiday celebration begins this Friday, November 11 and runs through January 8, 2017. The Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail offers shoppers in the Marketplace neighborhood a chance to enjoy 15 custom-decorated Disney-themed Christmas trees.

There's also a nightly Festival of Toys holiday dance party at the Once Upon a Toy Fountain in the Marketplace. where toys "magically come alive" for an interactive event that include a nightly tree lighting ceremony.

Holidays Around the World

Epcot is well on its way to becoming a year-round food festival with the addition of the Holidays Around the World offering this year, a series of booths open from November 25 to December 30. Here's a look at the menu; we'll update pricing as we have it.

Prost!
Germany Pavilion
  • Artisan cheese plate or sauerbraten with red cabbage and spätzle
  • Alcoholic ciders
  • Williams Punch (hot)
  • Caramel Kiss featuring Werther’s Caramel
  • Glühwein (house-made hot spiced wine)
American Holiday Table
American Adventure Pavilion
  • Slow-roasted turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce
  • Seared pork tenderloin with green bean casserole, roasted sweet potato wedges and a Champagne demi-glace
  • Shipyard Eggnog White Porter Aged on Bourbon
  • Firenog (eggnog with Fireball Whisky)
  • Great American Wine Company Red Blend and Chardonnay
  • Hot chocolate
  • Eggnog
  • Cocoa Candy Cane (hot chocolate with peppermint Schnapps)
Alpine Haus
Located between Morocco and France
  • Duck confit, dumplings and roasted Brussels sprouts with a fig reduction
  • Cheese fondue in a bread bowl with fresh steamed vegetables
  • Sachertorte, a chocolate cake with apricot jam and dark chocolate glaze
  • Frozen Winter Spice Hot Chocolate featuring Twinings of London Tea (alcoholic and non-alcoholic version available)
  • Weingut Stadt Krems Gruner Vetliner White Wine
  • Heinrich Red Blend
Seasonal Southern Delights
World Showcase Plaza
  • Hoppin’ john (black-eyed peas, ham hocks and kale with rice and cornbread crumbles)
  • Blackened catfish with white cheddar grits with okra
  • Tomato and onion stew
  • Chocolate pecan tart
  • Frozen S’Mores drink
  • Central 28 beers.
Feast of the Three Kings
World Showcase Plaza
  • Shredded beef tamale with avocado crema
  • Roasted pork with mashed yucca and pickled green bananas
  • Three Kings Bread
  • Coquito (coconut milk)
  • Coquito with rum floater

Three holiday specials taping at Walt Disney World this week

Disney and ABC television outlets are producing three holiday specials to air this season, and tapings are scheduled to take place throughout Walt Disney World over the next several days, from Wednesday November 9 to Sunday November 13.

"The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration" premieres on the ABC Television Network (8:00–10:00 p.m. EST) and on the ABC app. Join Emmy Award-winners Julianne and Derek Hough as they host the magical two-hour special from the Walt Disney World Resort. They join "Descendants 2" star Sofia Carson to kick off the holiday season in a way only Disney can, showcasing extraordinary music performances, special appearances and some unforgettable Disney magic moments.

This show is hosted by Julianne and Derek Hough, joined by Sofia Carson. It will feature solo and duet performances by Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks, along with Kelly Clarkson and additional performers not yet announced.

"Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration" premieres on Disney Channel (8:00–9:00 p.m. EST) and on the Disney Channel app and Disney Channel VOD, beginning at 12:01 a.m. PST. The special will be available on-demand and will be featured in encore presentations on Disney Channel through Tuesday, December 20.

This special includes performances by "Decendants" and "Decendants 2" stars, including Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Sofia Carson, Booboo Stewart and China Anne McClain. It will also feature performances by Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Kelly Clarkson and Forever In Your Mind.

"The Disney Parks' Magical Christmas Celebration" will air on the ABC Television Network (9:00–11:00 a.m. EST; airtimes vary, check listings) and on the ABC and Disney Channel apps. This Christmas, Disney Parks celebrates the joy of the holiday season, as hosts Julianne and Derek Hough take viewers on a magical ride down Main Street and beyond. The Christmas Day celebration will be bigger and brighter than ever before, bringing together the beloved Christmas day parade, magical musical performances, surprise celebrity guests and heart-warming family stories to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

Julianne and Derek Hough host this show, once again joined by Sofia Carson. This special will also feature solo and duet performances by Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks, along with Kelly Clarkson, Sofia Carson and Jordan Fisher.

Most of the stage performances, musical performances, and appearances by the hosts will be taped at Walt Disney World, while all of the parade segments will be taped at Disneyland.

Disney cast members were eligible to receive tickets to attend some of these tapings to be part of the background audience, but Disney has not made public a list of when and where the various spots will be filmed. Keep in mind that filming may be adjusted at any time due to weather or other production variables, and we never recommend making a trip to a Disney park just to see one of these performances.

However, if you're determined to head out there anyway, plan to arrive at park opening to scope out the stage and get a good position. While Disney has said that segments will be taped in all four parks, the Magic Kingdom is your best bet, and there is usually a stage set up in front of Cinderella Castle. The tapings don't usually take place until later in the day, when the sun is in the best position, but you'll want to grab a spot early. Be sure to bring sunscreen and water. The tapings can be tedious, with multiple rehearsals and takes to get everything just right, and it can get very hot waiting in the sun for hours. Wear holiday clothing or accessories, or at least solid red, white and green, and you're more likely to be selected if there's extra room in the reserved "audience" section.

Dapper Days comes to Epcot Saturday

The first unofficial fall Dapper Days at Epcot is scheduled to take place this Saturday, November 12. This event is very popular in California, where smartly-dressed crowds pack Disneyland for a day of fun and frolic. The East coast events are gaining a following as well, and it's well worth making a note of future events if you're a local and want to socialize with this sartorial set.

The event kicks off Friday night with DAPPER DAY EVE at The Boathouse in Disney Springs. This is an informal mixer, and no tickets are required.

The Epcot park outing is scheduled for Saturday, and attendees are encouraged to gather for one of the three scheduled performances of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at the American Gardens Stage as part of the Eat to the Beat concert series. Performances are 5:30, 6:45, and 8:00 p.m.

The Dapper Day group also booked a private event inside the Living Seas Lounge, but tickets are now sold out.

More information about this and future events is available at the event website. The next scheduled Dapper Day event in Florida is the Spring 2017 Outing to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot on April 29 and 30, 2017.

Views Around the World

Alan shares photos from his walks around the Walt Disney World resort.

TTC


Holiday decor arrived at the Transportation and Ticket Center just ahead of the November 7 debut of the 2016 Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Topiary Mickey at the TTC is dressed with a scarf for the Season. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Refurbishment continues in the plaza between the Magic Kingdom Ferryboat docks next to the Resort Bus Stop just outside the security bag check tables. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Magic Kingdom


Pinocchio rides past The Hall of Presidents in the daily Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade. Given the United States Presidential Election of November 8, the Hall of Presidents is scheduled to be closed from January 17, 2017, to June 30, 2017, for installation of a new show. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The Magic Kingdom Christmas tree is in place in its traditional spot on Main Street U.S.A. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Candy Cane Garden, used for Santa Claus meet and greets during published times (like during the hard-ticketed Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party), is located immediately next to City Hall. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The Jingle Cruise overlay is back at the Jungle Cruise, complete with plenty of holiday themed puns. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Trader Sam is now Trader Samta for the Season on the Jingle Cruise. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


At night during the Holiday Season, the entry floral display is lit in green, red, and white. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


It is only the first week of November, but Main Street U.S.A. looks and sounds a lot like Christmas. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Frozen's Olaf, Princess Anna, and Queen Elsa are again on hand for nightly (often times, several times nightly) "freezing" of Cinderella Castle. Note, as shown in this photo, viewing of the characters is limited from a distance greater than the Partners Statue. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The recently upgraded Castle projection technology is also used extensively during Queen Elsa's winterizing of Cinderella Castle. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


As Queen Elsa conjures ice and snow to cover Cinderella Castle (while singing "Let It Go!" of course), fireworks bursts punctuate the lighting. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Even the newest Castle turrets added to the Central Plaza hub area are covered in Holiday Dream Lights. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Epcot


In last week's Update, we showed the outside of the new location of the Disney Visa Photo Spot; this week we take you inside. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The characters inside the Disney Visa Photo Spot are not revealed until you reach the meet and greet area; your results may vary. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney Springs


"Joy From the World" is a World of Disney take on a classic Christmas carol. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney Resorts


Some of the walkways and ramps around the main pool at Disney's Contemporary Resort are undergoing refurbishment. The pool remains open. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

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...This is "Jersey Week" at Walt Disney World, the week when vacation planners are warned to expect larger crowds as New Jersey students and families take advantage of a Fall Break created by their school's participation in the New Jersey Teachers Convention.


According to the MyDisneyExprience App, Alberta Bound continues to perform several times each day at the stage at the Canada pavilion, Wednesday through Sunday, until November 24, and they will be returning in January 2017 (but there is no mention of the changes or refurbishment to the Old Mill Stage sign). Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016 5 / 10
Thursday, November 10, 2016 6 / 10
Friday, November 11, 2016 7 / 10
Saturday, November 12, 2016 8 / 10

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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
  • 2016 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – September 14 through November 14, 2016.
  • "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.
  • Destination D – November 19-20, 2016. D23 Members are invited to join the excitement of D23 Destination D: Amazing Adventures, a celebration of Disney adventures of the past, present, and future. More details at the event website.
  • Holidays at Walt Disney World – November 7 through December 31, 2016
  • 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 – November 25 through December 30, 2016
  • Candlelight Processional at Epcot – November 25 through December 30, 2016

2017 Resort events

  • MouseAdventure – Saturday, March 4, 2017

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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.

Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Magic Kingdom

2016

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – closed August 8 – November 18 for refurbishment.

Epcot

Permanently closed:

  • Sum of All Thrills – closed permanently on September 14.
  • Storm Struck – closed permanently on September 14.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

2016

  • Pizza Planet restaurant – closed for refurbishment. Will reopen in Fall, 2016 as PizzeRizzo
  • Rock 'n' Roller Coaster – closed for refurbishment October 27 though November 9.

Permanently closed:

  • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure
  • Studio Catering Co.
  • Meet & Greet: Mike and Sulley at Streets of America
  • Magic of Disney Animation
  • The Writer's Stop
  • Academy of Television Sciences Hall of Fame

Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • Dinosaur – closed for refurbishment July 25 – Fall, 2016

Blizzard Beach

  • Closed October 23 – December 24 for seasonal refurbishment.

Typhoon Lagoon

  • Closed December 24 – March 11, 2017 for seasonal refurbishment.

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

  • 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.
  • Disney's All-Star Sports – the Grand Slam Pool closes October 10 for refurbishment, and is expected to reopen by December 2. The Surfboard Bay Pool will remain open.
  • Disney's Pop Century Resort – the Computer Pool closes October 31 for refurbishment, and is expected to reopen by December 23. The Hippy Dippy Pool will remain open.

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.


Travel Discounts for Everyone

All of these packages can also be booked through MousePlanet's partner travel agency Get Away Today.

Early Spring room-only offer

Save 15–25 percent off the published rate for stays most nights January 1 through April 8, 2017.

  • Save up to 25 percent off Disney Deluxe Resort or Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts
  • Save up to 20 percent off Disney Moderate Resorts
  • Save up to 15 percent 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 December 21, 2016.

Early Spring Kid-sized Vacation offer

This package includes hotel and 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 $1,032 for a family of three.

Valid for stays most Sunday through Thursday nights from January 2 through February 16 and February 20 through April 6, 2017. As with the room-only offer, you must book by December 21, 2016. and the following room types are excluded:

Campsites, three-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.

Early Spring Family Magic 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 $1,896.

Valid for arrivals most Sunday through Thursday nights, from January 2 through February 16 and February 20 through April 6, 2017. As with the other offers, you must book by December 21, 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.

Magical Vacation Package offer

This is a version of the Family Magic offer, but adds the Disney Dining Plan to the mix. Instead of giving a package price, this offer tells you that you can save from $300 to $500 or more on a 5-night, 6-day package for a family of 4. This offer also has different valid dates, from January 1 through March 7, 2017.

You must book by December 21, 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.


Travel Discounts for Annual Passholders

None at this time. If you know of an offer we haven't listed, please drop us an email with the details!

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 & 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.


Travel 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 percent, based on room category.

The 2016 offer is valid most nights from January 3 through December 19, 2016.


2017 Military Salute – 4-Day or 5-Day Military Promotional Ticket discount

Through December 19, 2017, 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 $209 each, plus tax
  • Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper and Water Park Fun and More Options for $246 each, plus tax.
  • Disney 5-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper Option for $224 each, plus tax
  • Disney 5-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper and Water Park Fun and More Options for $261 each, plus tax.

Walt Disney World Resort tickets may be used January 1 through December 19, 2017, except that the tickets may not be used April 9–23, 2017.

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, 2017.

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 percent, based on room category.

The 2017 offer is valid most nights from January 1 through December 19, 2017. Like the ticket offer, the hotel discounts are not valid April 9–23, 2017.

Travel Discounts for Florida Residents

None at this time. If you know of an offer we haven't listed, please drop us an email with the details!

Travel Discounts for Canada Residents

MousePlanet reader Scott S. alerted us to a new offer for Canadian residents. Canadian residents receive a 25% discount on 4-day or longer tickets purchased by February 28, 2017. The discounted rate for a 4-Day adult base ticket is $244.00 USD, compared to $325.00 USD when purchased at the gate. A 10-day adult base ticket is $300 USD, a savings of $100 from the main gate price.

This offer is only good for Canadian citizens with valid passport, or residents of Canada with valid proof of Canadian residency. The tickets are sold as an exchange certificate, and must be exchanged for park ticket upon arrival. There is no expiration date on the unused tickets, but once activated the tickets must be used within 14 days of first entry.

You can see the full details on the Walt Disney World website. Thanks Scott for the heads up!

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  1. By danyoung

    Maybe I missed it, but I didn't see dates for the ABC Christmas specials.

  2. By towels

    Quote Originally Posted by danyoung View Post
    Maybe I missed it, but I didn't see dates for the ABC Christmas specials.

    Disney Parks Blog reported the air dates as November 24 for the Wonderful WOrld of Disney Magical Holiday Celebration, November 25 for the Descendants Celebration, and December 25 for the Park's Magical Christmas Celebration.

  3. By towels

    A couple notes for the Closures section- PizzeRizzo has officially been announced for a 11/18 open.
    Also I've seen reports that Disney has told cast members that Disney Quest will be open into 2017.

  4. By danyoung

    Thanks.

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