Walt Disney World Resort Update for January 18-23, 2017

by Alan S. Dalinka, contributing writer
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Walt Disney World Resort Update for January 18–23, 2017

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News and Views

Disney's Hollywood Studios and Fans Pay Tribute to Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds | Inaugural Epcot International Festival of the Arts is Underway | "Star Wars: Galactic Nights" Special Event Coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios: One Night Only | "Delicious Disney, A Chef Series" Continues in 2017 | Views around the World | This and That | Crowd Forecast

Disney's Hollywood Studios and Fans Pay Tribute to Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds

Actress Carrie Fisher, best known for portraying Princess Leia in the Star Wars movie franchise, passed away on December 27, 2016. The next day, her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, known for her starring role in Singin' in the Rain, passed away as well.


Fans at Disney's Hollywood Studios on January 14, 2017, paid tribute to the passing of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds by raising lightsabers and umbrellas for a moment as Joy Frost's musical rendition of "Singin' In The Rain Lightly Sprinkled with the Star Wars Theme" played. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.

Since Disney's Hollywood Studios is Walt Disney World's center for celebrating all things Star Wars (and is the Florida home of the Star Tours attraction), and since the park's The Great Movie Ride pays tribute to the film Singin' in the Rain, it makes sense that the park would be the site of a tribute to these legendary actresses. Thus, on January 14, in what Disney performer Mark Daniel announced from the Center Stage was a "fan-based event" which was "created for you, by you," fans paid tribute to "a mother and a daughter who forever left their marks on the Silver Screen: Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher." Mark Daniel invited fans to, "either raise your umbrellas or lightsabers toward the sky and, together... pay tribute to Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher."


As is also usual on any given day at Disney's Hollywood Studios, lightsabers were available for sale near the center stage as the time for the tribute approached. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Fans raised lightsabers and umbrellas to honor the lives of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds at Disney's Hollywood Studios on January 14, 2017. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Coincidentally enough, and, as can be seen being raised by some fans in the video of the tribute, the park sells a combination umbrella-lightsaber, as we noted back when the Star Wars Launch Bay opened in December 2015. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Inaugural Epcot International Festival of the Arts is Underway

The first-ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts began its six weekends (of Fridays through Mondays) run this past Friday. This new Festival at Epcot celebrates Disney-inspired visual artists, culinary artistic creations by Walt Disney World chefs, and the performing arts, including Disney's Broadway songs and artists. On Festival days beginning at 11 a.m., seven "Food Studios" (six around World Showcase Lagoon plus one in the Odyssey Festival Showplace) provide a theme park-take on "Fine Dining" that really is a step above food served at Epcot's other Festivals (note, though, that a "Fine Dining" experience at a quick-service-style kiosk requires increased waiting time as each dish is prepared for and presented to guests).

During Festival days, the Fountain Stage is filled with multiple scheduled performances and, when no performances are scheduled, Living Statues "perform" in the nearby Plaza. Opportunities to step into the art (for fun photo opportunities) are also presented in several locations around the park. Festival nights include three nightly performances of the new "Disney on Broadway" Concert Series that brings Broadway stars to the America Garden Theatre stage on the World Showcase Promenade performing Disney's Broadway songs accompanied by live musicians.

We provided full coverage of what you can find at the Festival, including many photos, video interviews with an artist and several of the Festival organizers, and a video of Broadway stars Ashley Brown (Disney's original Broadway Mary Poppins) and Josh Strickland (Disney's original Broadway Tarzan) performing the song "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" in an article published yesterday. The Festival runs through February 20, and is included with park admission (of course, some activities, souvenirs and other merchandise, food and beverages cost extra).

Only average mid-January crowds were on hand to greet the Festival's rainy first day, but Saturday saw crowds swell to levels we have seen at other Epcot Festivals on Saturdays and Sundays. Reports suggest that crowds remained large over on Sunday and during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday on Monday as well.


On the opening Friday of the Festival of the Arts, Epcot's parking lot was not any more crowded than usual for mid-January. On Saturday, Preferred Parking sold out by mid-day and the lot was nearly as filled with cars as possible at 5 p.m. (Note that runDisney facilities limit the number of available parking spaces at this time of year.) Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Future World's flower box near the Fountain Plaza is decorated for the Festival of the Arts. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


If visiting the park on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (non-Festival days), expect that the merchandise tents around World Showcase will be closed. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Food Studios, like Pop Eats, are scheduled to be open at 11 a.m. on Festival days. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Food Studios will not be open on non-Festival days. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


A sign at the Japan pavilion advertises "Quick Study Sessions" that are held there on Saturdays and Sundays during the Festival. Additional Seminars and Workshops are offered at the Odyssey Festival Showplace during the Festival. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Last week, Passholders received an email inviting them to make reservations for "Disney on Broadway" concert seating, but it rapidly sold out. General seating will be offered on a standby basis. Screenshot of Text and Image ©Disney.

"Star Wars: Galactic Nights" Special Event Coming To Disney's Hollywood Studios: One Night Only

Last week, Disney announced that a new one night only "Hollywood-inspired special event" called "Star Wars: Galactic Nights" will take place at Disney's Hollywood Studios on April 14, 2017, from 7 p.m. until midnight. In this new hard-ticketed event (whose oddly plural-form name suggests and a Disney Parks Blog author commented may be offered on additional nights in the future), guests are invited to dress as favorite characters "and celebrate forty years of Star Wars milestones" in much the same way that Star Wars Weekends used to do. (Given the restrictions on regular day guest costumes, specific costume rules apply and can be found on the Walt Disney World website on this page.)

Advertised festivities include (subject to revision or cancelation, of course):

  • The Rebel Base will serve as the event hub with multiple events, hosted shows, Star Wars dance parties and more taking place in the center of the park.
  • "Inside the Saga: Celebrity Chat Show" – a celebrity chat show in Epic Theater about the making of Star Wars films.
  • Star Wars photo ops – iconic Star Wars backdrops, including Han Solo cast in carbonite, Jabba the Hutt's Palace, the Hoth Wampa Cave and more.
  • Galactic Nights Stars in Cars Motorcade – A procession will welcome in Star Wars celebrities down Hollywood Boulevard.
  • Imperial March & March of the First Order – The arrival of the Dark Side: Darth Vader will lead a battalion of stormtroopers on a march down Hollywood Boulevard to the event stage. Captain Phasma will also lead a unit of First Order stormtroopers through the park, pausing to give a demonstration of power and strength.
  • Seize the Saga Interactive Scavenger Hunt – Collect Star Wars-themed pieces at the photo backdrops throughout the park, revealing a surprise when all items have been collected.
  • "Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away" – Video clips of the film saga juxtaposed with character moments on stage, featuring Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Kylo Ren and more.
  • "Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular" – The park's popular Star Wars-themed nighttime spectacular lights up the night.

Other popular attractions are also scheduled to remain open, including Star Wars Launch Bay and the Star Tours – The Adventures Continue attraction. Also expected are AWR Trooper sightings, roaming droids, Star Wars-themed food and beverages, special merchandise and more.

The Star Wars: Galactic Nights ticket costs $129 plus tax for adults and $124 plus tax for children ages 9 and under. Disney Vacation Club and Passholder discounts are available. Tickets are said to be extremely limited, but, as of Tuesday, January 17, 2017, appear to be available on the Walt Disney World website here. You also may call (407) 827-7036 for more information or to book tickets.

"Delicious Disney, A Chef Series" Continues in 2017

Dates are set for this year's "Delicious Disney, A Chef Series" where guests experience evenings filled with delicious cuisine prepared just for you by an award-winning culinarian from Walt Disney World Resort. As the Disney Parks Blog announced, "this year, the Walt Disney World Resort chefs launched a new dinner series to showcase the stellar talents of the culinary team; with unique and inspired culinary creations coupled with deliciously creative wine pairings." This year's theme is "storytelling with food."

Dinners are often intimate (no more than 60 guests), and the kickoff for 2017 will be Jan. 31 at Cinderella's Royal Table in Magic Kingdom Park. Tickets for the January 31st event are $499/person, including tax and gratuity. Tables in Wonderland discounts are not available, but members do receive an exclusive gift. The remaining events below range from $199 to $349/person, including tax and gratuity.

There will be nine dinners in all, in other locations including Markham's at Golden Oak, Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom Park, and backstage at the Walt Disney World Tree Farm. See the full schedule below. Reservations may be booked by calling (407) 939-5773 daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

January 31 at 7:45 p.m. Fireworks Reception – 9 p.m. Dinner
Celebrate the Magic Kingdom Parks's 45th Anniversary!
Featuring Magic Kingdom's Culinary Director Robert Gilbert and Team
Location Cinderella's Royal Table, Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom Park

February 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Come Explore a Journey around the World of Flavors
Featuring Disney's Animal Kingdom's Culinary Director Robert Adams and Team
Location Markham's at Golden Oak*

April 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy Legendary Culinary Moments from Disney Animation History
Featuring Victoria & Albert's Chef de Cuisine Aimee Rivera and Team
Markham's at Golden Oak

May 31 at 6:30 p.m.
Celebrating the Silly Symphony Flowers and Trees Anniversary
Featuring Park Event's Culinary Director Chef John Clark and Team
Location Markham's at Golden Oak*

June 28 at 6:30 p.m.
A Culinary tribute to Ratatouille's 10th Anniversary
Featuring Citricos's Chef Dominque Filoni and Team
Location Markham's at Golden Oak*

July 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy the exotic and exquisite tastes of a journey Under the Sea
Featuring Flying Fish's Timothy Majoras and Team
Location Markham's at Golden Oak*

August 16 at 6:30 p.m.
A Walk around the World with Disney
Featuring Culinary Director Edwin Wronski and the Flavor Lab Team
Location Markham's at Golden Oak*

September 5 at 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy a sampling of the Beast's favorite French Cuisine
Featuring Flavor Lab's Chef de Cuisine Roland Muller with Magic Kingdom Park's Culinary Director Robert Gilbert
Location Be Our Guest, West Wing, Magic Kingdom Park

December 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Farm to Table Dining Experience
Featuring a collaboration of our Disney Chefs
Location The Tree Farm

*Markham's at Golden Oak Events are hosted by Chef de Cuisine Phillip Ponticelli.

Views Around the World

I took a few nice walks from Epcot and its International Gateway (the park's "back door") to Disney's Hollywood Studios this week. As usual, I took a few photos that may be of interest along the way, particularly some at sunset and dusk.

Epcot


Refurbishments are underway at the Canada pavilion. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Art added to the "Alice in Wonderland" meet and greet at the United Kingdom pavilion for the Festival of the Arts may be present even when Alice is not. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney's BoardWalk Resort


Flying Fish is located at Disney's BoardWalk Resort near the Friendship boat dock. It reopened a few months ago after a lengthy refurbishment, a partial renaming (removal of "Cafe"), and revisions to the menu. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The dining room inside Flying Fish has been extensively refurbished and the view from the connection to the neighboring AbracadaBar is stunning. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney's Hollywood Studios


Approaching Disney's Hollywood Studios on foot from Disney's BoardWalk Resort provides a stunning view of the Tower of Terror standing at the end of Sunset Boulevard. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


No need for concern here: smoke from the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away stage show rises in front of the Chinese Theater. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


With the Christmas tree recently removed, new topiaries of Mickey and Minnie now greet guests in front of the park. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The Carthay Circle Theatre has resumed its regular operation as the Once Upon a Time merchandise shop. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Santa Claus and Santa Goofy have left the building. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Hollywood Boulevard no longer has any holiday decor. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

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This and That

…The Characters in Flight tethered balloon, located on a platform on Village Lake in The Landings neighborhood of Disney Springs, debuted a new look last week. According to the Disney Parks Blog:

The balloon is updated every four years or so, giving the team the opportunity for a new look. [According to] Matthieu Gobbi, General Manager for Aerophile (the group responsible for operating the balloon), "the new balloon envelope was inspired by the springs and the element of water – it's very coherent, as the balloon floats in the air, then lands on the water of Lake Buena Vista." Indeed, the color palette, with soothing blues and a scrolling pattern that makes me think of gentle ripples in the water, fits seamlessly with the overall aesthetic of Disney Springs.


New graphics decorate the Characters in Flight balloon at Disney Springs. Photo by Donald Fink.

Orlando Sentinel reports that Planet Hollywood Observatory finally may be set to open this weekend. We were unable to reach the restaurant's spokespeople to receive confirmation before publishing this Update.

…With the recent change to Magic Kingdom's park opening that we reported on in recent weeks—where Main Street U.S.A. opens before the park's scheduled opening time and a new welcome show is presented on the Castle Stage—Magic Kingdom announced that it is adding new quick-service breakfast options in coming weeks. It is not yet clear which locations (other than Main Street Bakery, aka Starbucks) will be open before the official park opening time, but the food locations that are expected to also have breakfast available daily until 11 a.m. include:

  • Casey's Corner: serving muffins, bagels and a croissant donut, plus savory, "brunch-like" corn dog nuggets and the hash brown dog (literally, a hot dog on a bun topped by hash browns).
  • Plaza Ice Cream Parlor: serving Mickey waffles; Kellogg's cereal; and donuts, plus a donut sundae consisting of a donut topped with Edy's ice cream, hot fudge, apple, whipped cream, peanut butter chips, chocolate chips and a cherry.
  • Sleepy Hollow: serving a hot, freshly-made waffle topped with strawberries and whipped cream; plus a new egg, ham, and tomato waffle sandwich (expected later this month), and a fruit and chocolate-hazelnut waffle sandwich.

…Earlier this month, twelve new members were officially welcomed to the 2017 Disney Parks Moms Panel. This year's panel boasts an inclusive roster of trusted Disney advisors from all walks of life with unique experience. They hail rom Canada to Brazil and are parents of twins to those with special needs and beyond. Collectively, these everyday moms and dads join 19 other Disney-savvy travelers to provide guests with personalized recommendations on every Disney vacation escape and answer any imaginable trip-planning question. To meet the new panelists for 2017 and learn more about the Disney Parks Moms Panel, visit their official website.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017 3 / 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).

2017 Resort events

  • Star Wars Experiences – Opened December 1, 2015
  • Epcot International Festival of the Arts – January 13 through February 20, 2017
  • Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – March 1 - May 29, 2017.
  • MouseAdventure – Saturday, March 4, 2017
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – August 31 through November 13, 2017.
  • Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic – Dates TBD
  • Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party –Dates TBD
  • Holidays at Walt Disney World –Dates TBD
  • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party–Dates TBD
  • Holidays Around the World at Epcot –Dates TBD
  • Candlelight Processional at Epcot –Dates TBD

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Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Magic Kingdom

2017

  • Walt Disney World Railroad – closed January 9 – March 2, 2017 for refurbishment.
  • The Magic Behind our Steam Trains guided tour – closed January 9 – March 2, 2017 during the Walt Disney World Railroad refurbishment.
  • The Hall of Presidents – closes January 17, 2017 to add an audio-animatronic figure of the 45th president of the United States. Expected to reopen July, 2017.

Epcot

Permanently closed:

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

Disney's Hollywood Studios

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

  • Kali River Rapids – closed January 3 – February 13, 2017 for 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 Early 2017 as Paddlefish
  • Planet Hollywood – closed for refurbishment and transformation into Planet Hollywood Observatory to reopen soon.
  • Disney Quest – scheduled to close sometime in 2017.

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.

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

Walt Disney World released several new discount offers for the start of 2017, and Small World Vacations shared the details with us. All of these packages can also be booked through MousePlanet's partner travel agency Get Away Today.

25% off room offer

Save up to 25% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels, valid for stays most nights from February 20 through June 10, 2017. Book your stay by March 30, 2017.

Resort Category Discount
Select Deluxe Villa Resorts Save up to 25%
Select Deluxe Resorts Save up to 25%
Select Moderate Resorts Save up to 20%
Select Value Resorts Save up to 15%

Get a free day added to your ticket when you upgrade to a Magic Your Way package with a minimum 4-day ticket.

Book Through:
March 30, 2017

Travel Dates:
Most nights from February 20 through June 10, 2017

Terms and Conditions:

  • The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.
  • Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room.
  • Additional per adult charges may apply if there are more than 2 adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts.
  • Advance reservations required.
  • Moderate and Deluxe suites may be available at a lesser discount.
  • Upgrade to a room and ticket package with minimum 4-day Magic Your Way theme park tickets, and receive one more complimentary ticket day.
  • Tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use.

Offer Restrictions

  • Offer excludes the following room types: 3-bedroom villas, Disney's Art of Animation Resort - The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms and Bungalows at Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.
  • Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion
  • Length of stay requirements may apply.

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

Spring into 2017 room offer

Passholders can book rooms at the Disney's All-Star Sports Resort starting at $70 per night under this offer. The discount is valid most Sunday through Thursday nights, January 16 through February 15, 2017. Additional resorts and dates are available for stays through April 8. 2017, with rates from $103 at the All-Star Resorts to $293 per night at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Booking Window – Must book by April 7, 2017

Travel Window – Select stays through April 8, 2017

Terms and Conditions:

  • Passholder must present a valid Walt Disney World Pass at check-in.
  • Advance reservations required.
  • Maximum – 14 nights
  • Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotions.
  • Offer excludes the following room types: campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney's Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms and Bungalows at Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.

Visit the Annual Passholder website for details, or call 407-939-7676 to book by phone.


Kick Off Your Spring room offer

Passholders can book rooms at the Disney's All-Star Sports Resort starting at $86 per night under this offer. The discount is valid most Sunday through Thursday nights, April 23 through May 25, 2017. Additional resorts and dates are available for stays April 9 through April 22 and May 26 through June 10, 2017, with rates from $101 at the All-Star Resorts to $292 per night at Disney's BoardWalk Inn

Booking Window – Must book by June 9, 2017

Travel Window – Most nights from April 9, 2017 through June 10, 2017

Terms and Conditions:

  • Passholder must present a valid Walt Disney World Pass at check-in.
  • Advance reservations required.
  • Maximum – 14 nights
  • Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotions.
  • Offer excludes the following room types: campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney's Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms and Bungalows at Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.

Visit the Annual Passholder website for details, or call 407-939-7676 to book by phone.

If you know of an offer we haven't listed, please drop us an email with the details!

Discounts for Disney Rewards VISA Credit Card Holders


20 percent off Joffrey's coffee/tea kiosks

Disney Visa cardholders receive 20 percent off their entire purchase at Joffrey's coffee/tea kiosks througout Walt Disney World, includng Tea Traders Café by Joffrey's, and online at Joffreys.com with code: VISABEANS


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
    • World Showcase: DestiNations Discovered
  • 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

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.

Cardholders also receive 10% off select merchandise purchases of $50 or more at the following Walt Disney World® Resort Operating Participant merchandise locations including Basin®, Basin White®, Chapel Hats, Good Fortune Gifts and House of Good Fortune, kidsHeritage and Marrakesh Emporium Arts & Crafts.


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

10% off select recreation experiences

Disney Visa cardholders receive 15 percent off the non-discounted price of the recreation experiences listed below:

  • Carriage Rides at Disney's Port Orleans Resort and Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
  • Horseback Trail Rides at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

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. at the Imagination Pavilion at Epcot (enter near the jumping fountains near the exit to the Magic Eye Theater). 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

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.

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!

If you know of an offer we haven't listed, please drop us an email with the details!

Travel Discounts for U.K. Residents

MousePlanet reader Ben from the U.K. wrote to tell us about his recent booking of a 2017 Disney World holiday using a current promotion for U.K. residents. Ben reports:

25% off tickets including a 14 day ticket for the price of a 7

Free nights - you can receive up to 4 free nights on a 2 week holiday.

These promotions are valid till 29th March 2017.

If you know of an offer we haven't listed, please drop us an email with the details!


 

Comments

  1. By davidgra

    Fantastic photos this week, Alan! Wish I could be there right now to see the Festival of the Arts -- and the smaller crowds.

  2. By asdhollywood

    Quote Originally Posted by davidgra View Post
    Fantastic photos this week, Alan! Wish I could be there right now to see the Festival of the Arts -- and the smaller crowds.

    Thanks! Spent a fantastic Wednesday in Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom. Here's a preview of photos I may include next week.

    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...b29f0448a3.jpg
    Regards,
    Alan


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