Walt Disney World Resort Update for June 6-12, 2017

by Alan S. Dalinka, contributing writer

Walt Disney World Resort Update for June 6–12, 2017

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Writer's note: Just a few weeks ago, I wrote in this Update about the increasingly severe drought conditions in the Central Florida region, including around the Walt Disney World Resort. Just a handful of weeks before that, I was sharing pictures in a week's Views Around the World of one of the area wildfires visible from around the Resort, including from atop Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

We started getting hints of change on the day of the formal dedication of Pandora–The World of Avatar, May 24, when (seemingly timed by Disney to the minute) it rained in the late afternoon after the daytime events concluded and during dinner (which was moved indoors), but then completely ended in time for the nighttime celebration at the Tree of Life and our first nighttime look at the new land. Then last week, as the local weather forecasters say, the usual day for the rainy season arrived, and the Central Florida so-called "liquid sunshine" has been back in abundance with more forecast this week.

Fortunately, rain rarely lasts all day on any particular day in Central Florida at this time of year. I made it to the parks and Disney Springs on five separate days since the last Update and, at most, got just a few drops of rain on me by timing my days right (and some luck). You will see no clear skies in this week's photos and very few photos of blue sky. The volume of rain has not yet cured the deficit the drought caused, but it is rapidly being wiped out in most parts of the region.

"Days of Mostly Grey Skies and Rain" could be the title for this week's collection of Update photos. Though the Magic Kingdom's main parking lot looks empty in this photo, this is the Preferred Parking area: $40/car. With Disney's Animal Kingdom cast members parking in part of the Villains lot, overall Magic Kingdom parking has been rather crowded all week. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Hopefully, you will not be surprised when I tell you that there really is little major news this week around Walt Disney World Resort following Memorial Day. Pandora crowds continue with long waits to ride the new attractions and, from time to time, just to enter the land itself. The new Magic Kingdom "Happily Ever After" fireworks continues to be a major draw inside that park. At Disney's Hollywood Studios, the wonderful new Music of Pixar Live! concerts featuring a full orchestra plus beloved characters seem well-attended, and the new Disney Movie Magic projection show continues to be a surprising delight.

With Disney-Pixar's "Cars 3" due to open June 16, the Pirates of the Caribbean photo backdrop outside AMC Disney Springs 24 Theaters likely will be replaced soon (if it has not been by the time you read this Update). Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

So, after a couple of quick news items, we will jump right to a combined Views around the World/This and That section before we get to that One Passholder's Tip that I promised last time. As is often the case when I write for MousePlanet, some of the news details are in the captions. And like the latest Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, be sure to stay through to the end of the News and Views for a bonus.

News and Views

Details Announced About Future Disney Springs Dining Additions | Summertime Express Transportation Option for Passholders | Views around the World/This and That | One Passholder's Tip | Crowd Forecast | Bonus

Details Announced About Future Disney Springs Dining Additions

Disney Springs continues to expand the number of dining options at Walt Disney World Resort. This week, Disney announced two more new "dining concepts" in addition to three previously announced locations that have yet to debut.

On the West Side, Jaleo, a location by Chef Jose Andres' ThinkFood Group, is expected to open in 2018 with a tapas menu featuring traditional and contemporary Spanish cuisine. This is the group's first location in Florida, joining five other locations in the United States and Mexico City. The specific location has not been announced, but the multi-floor restaurant will be designed by Spanish designer Juli Capella featuring "theatrical decor representing the colorful culture of Spain."

In Town Center, a new Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill "inspired by traditional farmhouses with a touch of elegance" is also expected in 2018. In a space designed by tonychi, the restaurant is intended to evoke "the essence of laid-back California dining made popular by Puck at Spago" in Los Angeles. The menu will include Puck's signature dishes with Mediterranean influences and comfort food.

The future of the existing Wolfgang Puck restaurant on the West Side of Disney Springs is unknown at this time. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

As we have previously reported, Levy Restaurants' Portobello Country Italian Trattoria closed earlier this spring and is scheduled to be replaced this fall by a new Levy Restaurant by Chef Tony Mantuano inspired by his "adventures in Italy."

Construction on The Edison, occupying some of the footprint of the former Adventurers Club, is also expected to open later this year. It is a collaboration of Patina Restaurant Group and Kinetescape's Andrew Meieran that will offer classic American food, cocktails, and live entertainment inspired by a sister location in Los Angeles. Themed to a 1920s-era electric company, the entertainment is expected to include contortionists, aerialists, DJs, and more.

Finally, as we have previously reported, Wine Bar George by Master Sommelier George Miliotes is expected to open before the end of 2017 as well. The location's wine list will boast more than 100 selections "by the bottle and glass in a range of varietals, vintages and prices" along with shareable small plates.

Summertime Express Transportation Option for Passholders

For annual passholders at tiers that are not blocked out between June 5 and August 10, the new Express Transportation (direct inside-the-park-to-inside-another-park) bus service is offering a "Summer Pass" for $59. Summer Pass will only be available for purchase on a limited-time basis and, of course, your annual passes must be valid for admission to all four Walt Disney World theme parks on all applicable dates between June 5 and August 10, 2017. Purchased Express Transportation Summer Passes are added to your MagicBand and/or Annual Pass Card and are non-transferable.

All guests with valid Park Hopper Option tickets can still purchase and use Express Transportation at the existing single-day price: $19/person; or at the multi-day price: $29/person (valid for up to seven consecutive days including the day of purchase). All Express Transportation options are available for purchase at all theme park ticket windows and Guest Relations, the Disney Springs ticket window, Disney Resort hotel concierge desks, Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotel ticket desks, and at the check-in locations in each park. More information is available at DisneyWorld.com.

When Sunset Showcase next to Rock 'n' Roller Coaster is not being used for other events, this sign now displays the schedule for Express Transportation. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Views Around the World/This and That

Summer season is underway at Walt Disney World Resort. Historically, that usually means an upswing in attendance. With the relatively new seasonally tiered ticket pricing, that may be slightly moderated. Silver and Weekday Select Passholders are now blocked out until August 11. Many Silver Passholders made final visits to the parks over the weekend before their blockout days went into effect so that they could get a look at all the newest offerings around the Resort.

Peak Season ticket pricing is now shown on ticket booths at the parks. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom entry touch points are busy during the final weekend that Silver Passholders can visit the parks until August 11. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

The new Cosmic Dance Party in Tomorrowland runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

A new structure is added to Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe's facade. The restaurant remains open although its restrooms have been undergoing refurbishment as well. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Magic Kingdom Area: Resorts and TTC

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa's pool area now has a sidewalk all the way around the outside of the fenced-in pool deck from the DVC Villas to the main building's lobby entrances. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Before refurbishment in this area, guests walking from the DVC Villas to the main lobby had to walk across the pool deck area. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Narcoossee's is undergoing some exterior renovations, but remains open. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Narcoossee's exterior renovations include the deck area used for viewing Magic Kingdom fireworks shows. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Because Narcoossee's exterior deck is undergoing renovations, a VIP area has been set aside for diners on the nearby boat dock. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

A Magic Kingdom watercraft Captain sings while docking at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort. Video by Alan S. Dalinka

And the same Captain sings when docking at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort's boat dock. Video by Alan S. Dalinka

The Electrical Water Pageant can be viewed as a pre-show to Magic Kingdom's "Happily Ever After" fireworks show from the beach at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

The Electrical Water Pageant concludes with a bit of patriotic flair. Video by Alan S. Dalinka

Although the projections cannot be seen, the fireworks of "Happily Ever After" are spectacular from the beach at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

The changes to security at TTC (namely, the new bag check locations) apparently has necessitated additional signs in the parking lot for guests walking from their cars rather than opting to ride the courtesy trams. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Pandora–The World of Avatar (on property ads)

In case guests had missed the advertising on just about every media outlet available, there are numerous reminders about the wonders of visiting Pandora around Walt Disney World Resort. To check the current wait times for the attractions remotely, however, you need to see the My Disney Experience App on your personal device.

Signs at the TTC urge guests to fly on a banshee. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Ticket booths, like these at Disney's Hollywood Studios, invite guests to add a day to visit Pandora at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Ticket booths also have a version of the banshee ads. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

In Disney Resorts, like Disney's BoardWalk, cards remind resort guests that there are extra Extra Magic hours available at Pandora nightly from 11 p.m. until 1 a.m. from now until July 4. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Epcot again has a simple floral display indicating that the Flower & Garden Festival has drawn to a close. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Fresh Epcot displays linger around Epcot, though the Flower & Garden Festival has ended. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

But, on any given day, you may find that a display has been removed overnight and replaced with summer flowers. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Turf is replacing the Flower & Garden floral beds at the Future World reflecting ponds. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Paths look like hallways where the Flower & Garden Festival's playground and one of the food kiosks stood on either side. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

The Mexico pavilion is undergoing some paint color transition, and the nearby beverage kiosk remains under wraps to the left. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Bead Outpost has reopened, for now, as a bead outpost. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

It is uncertain how long the Bead Outpost will operate in this location, so be governed accordingly if you see items you would like to buy. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Clouds over Yacht Club lend a rather authentic New England look. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Clouds gather over the still operating Tower of Terror. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Construction of Star Wars land seems to have required an additional crane or two to become visible from the pathway from Disney's BoardWalk. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Stage parking lot also provides a view of Star Wars land construction cranes. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Center Stage is gone once again. Technically a temporary stage, the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away is not listed on the park's daily calendar again until June 16; March of the First Order continues its schedule despite the absence of the stage. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

With Disney-Pixar's "Cars 3" opening on June 16, several windows along Sunset Boulevard display Cars-themed items. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

From the previews, we think this is one of the "stars" of "Cars 3." Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Pixar Merchandise is plentiful near the Theater of the Stars, the evening venue this summer for The Music of Pixar Live concerts. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Like Star Wars merchandise a few years ago, several Toy Story characters appear on merchandise themed to classic Disney rides. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

In the lobby of the Walt Disney Theater inside One Man's Dream, a new Guardians of the Galaxy Merchandise location opened last week adjacent to the exit of the Star-Lord and Groot meet and greet. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Star Wars Launch Bay now has a large Skywalker Vineyards wine display with several varieties available for sale. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Death Star balloons were being sold on Sunset Boulevard this weekend. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Toy Story alien ears are one of the many Pixar film-inspired items being sold in the park. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

As we have reported before, significant changes are underway in the park's parking lot. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Parking lot construction includes changes to the drainage canals in the area. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney Springs

The unofficial event known as "GayDays" (or Red Shirt Day) concluded over this past weekend. Though an unofficial event at the Resort, the MarketPlace Co-op had a selection of merchandise themed for the occasion (shown) as did the World of Disney Store (not shown). Photo by Alan S. Dalinka

…For Father's Day, Paddlefish will be offering a 20-ounce Porterhouse, jumbo Gulf shrimp, and a double stuffed potato paired with a glass of Turnball Cabernet Sauvignon. And for dessert, a rich red velvet cake. Price is $85/person plus tax and gratuity. Visit PaddlefishRestaurant.com for reservations and other menu options.

Disney Offers New Hire Incentive

We have previously reported on the Walt Disney World Resort's summer hiring drive. This week we received news that the Resort is offering up to a $500 New Hire Incentive Bonus for successful hires into full- and part-time opportunities in Housekeeping, Culinary, Bus Drivers, and Lifeguards. Now through June 30, 2017, new cast members in those roles will be eligible to receive a new hire bonus. Interested candidates should visit www.WaltDisneyWorld.jobs for full eligibility requirements, required number of days of employment to receive the bonus, and to see current openings. Of course, Disney's offer is subject to change at any time, with or without notice.

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One Passholder's Tip

This section of the Update provides our MousePlanet readers with the benefit of my years of experience as a longtime Walt Disney World Four Parks Annual Passholder, and lots of personal trial and errors, one (hopefully weekly) tip at a time.

One Passholder's Tip: Week 18
Take a breath and remain calm

Aboard a Disney bus, and in general in the hot, muggy theme park environment, tempers sometimes flair from the most seemingly innocent of requests. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Last week, the Update's theme was "surprise and delight" which is what I felt Walt Disney World Resort and its cast delivered from Pandora, Pixar Live, Happily Ever After, Disney Movie Magic, and more. Not wanting to spoil the theme last week, I held this story until this week because it almost was not as wonderful as I wrote about due to another guest. Fortunately, I believe that because I did as I now recommend, I took a breath and remained calm, an almost awful experience never moved beyond being unpleasant and now the subject of this story.

As you may recall, after seeing the debut Music of Pixar Live concert at Disney's Hollywood Studios, I was heading over to Bay Lake Tower for one of my rare visits to Top of the World Lounge at Disney's Contemporary Resort. For those that do not know, that is a venue atop Bay Lake Tower that is only open to Disney Vacation Club Members using their points to stay in DVC accommodations on property (thanks to Pandora's opening, I had made such arrangements).

I had taken a window seat on a Disney bus (my left arm against the window) ultimately traveling from Disney's Hollywood Studios to Disney's Contemporary Resort. On the day I rode, the bus also had a stop at Disney's Wilderness Lodge and, based on my experience, you can never be sure which destination will be first (though you can ask the driver, I did not).

We sat at the Studios bus stop for quite some time as stragglers boarded and boarded and boarded the bus (which when you are a straggler you are usually happy about and when you had been waiting in line for quite awhile before boarding you usually are not). Eventually, the empty seat next to me became occupied by a guest with a very large purse dangling from her left arm and a folded stroller in her right hand. As she sat she struck me with the purse without apology. I chose not to say anything. The bus finally got underway.

Two times, three times, four times she struck me harder and harder, each time unapologetically (possibly obliviously, but maybe I am being generous) with her purse. On strike number five, I politely asked her if she would mind shifting her purse to the other arm. I offered to hold the stroller so she could rearrange. I thought it a civil way to address the situation.

Rather than have any civilized response, the other guest flew into a rage and told me that she was entitled to strike a fellow passenger; that I should just deal with it, as we are on "public transportation." I again offered to help her re-arrange what she was holding so that we could both be comfortable. She, however, would have none of it and yelled, "if you do not shut up right now, I will beat you over the head with my stroller." She then started yelling (what I do not remember) at a male companion who was standing at the front of the bus. All the while, the bus continued its journey and the driver was completely unaware of what was transpiring toward the back of his bus. Several fellow passengers sat with mouths agape, but did not intervene.

At this point, I decided it best to just take a breath and calmly withdraw. I could think of no reason for her escalation of a polite request but, like I suggested earlier, theme parks, plus heat and humidity, and who knows what else in this other person's world. I was fortunate that when we pulled into Wilderness Lodge she got off the bus without striking me again. After she got off the bus, I informed the driver but, at that point, all he could do was apologize. I continued on to Bay Lake Tower and ended up having a fine evening. Perhaps if the other guest had followed this Tip, no matter how annoyed she may have been at my (in my mind completely) polite request, I would not even have this story to share.

As always, be governed accordingly because your mileage may vary.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017 7 / 10
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 7 / 10
Thursday, June 8, 2017 7 / 10
Friday, June 9, 2017 7 / 10
Saturday, June 10, 2017 6 / 10

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Bonus: MousePlanet on The Garry Meier Show

On a much more fun subject, I was privileged to be a guest on Monday's episode #182 of The Garry Meier Show talking about a whole host of Disney topics from Walt Disney World history to what we usually discuss here, to Disneyland, to Disneyland Paris and D23 Expo 2017 coming up in July.

Regular readers may remember that I am a transplanted Chicagoan. Garry has been a staple of Chicago radio since the 1970s and is a Member of the National Radio Hall of Fame. He currently hosts a daily podcast which is available for free on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; and by subscription (and I am a subscriber) on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can check out his website garrymeier.com to listen to free episodes and to see where else you can hear his show and, if you would like, subscribe. I hope to chat with Garry again this summer.

You can listen to the full episode of the June 5 podcast embedded above. My interview is about half way through the episode. Note: Garry's shows occasionally include a few words of adult language and subjects, and while my interview does not, this episode does contain a word or two that some ears may find objectionable.

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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 (ongoing)
  • Dapper Day Outing (unofficial events)– November 18, 2017 at Magic Kingdom; November 19, 2017 at Epcot
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – August 31 - November 13, 2017.
  • 35th Disney Night of Joy at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex – September 8 and 9, 2017
  • Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic – October 27–28, 2017
  • Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party – August 25, 29; September 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29;
       October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31; November 1
  • Holidays at Walt Disney World –Dates TBD
  • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party – November 8, 9, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26, 28;
       December 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22
  • Holidays Around the World at Epcot –Dates TBD
  • Candlelight Processional at Epcot –Dates TBD

2018 Resort Events

  • Epcot International Festival of the Arts – "Early" 2018
  • 25th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – "Spring" 2018

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Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Note: Not all attraction closures have been officially confirmed by Disney, and are all subject to change at any time. Refurbishment schedules are estimates only. We recommend checking for updates as you plan your visit. All information is subject to change without notice. To get the most recent updates, visit DisneyWorld.com or use the MyDisneyExperience App on your iOS or Android device.

Magic Kingdom

  • Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams – had its final showing on May 11, 2017, and has been replaced by the new fireworks show: Happily Ever After.
  • Stitch's Great Escape – often closed on a "seasonal" basis. As of this posting, it is again open for the peak Summer season.
  • The Hall of Presidents – closed to add an audio-animatronic figure of the 45th president of the United States. My Disney Experience App continues to say the closure is through June 29, 2017, but one cast member outside the attraction recently said it may not reopen until September.
  • The Incredibles Super Dance Party – closed. The Rockettower Plaza Stage now hosts "The Cosmic Dance Party."


Scheduled closure:

  • Mission:SPACE – June 5, 2017 through late July, 2017
  • Circle of Life – As of June 5, 2017, My Disney Experience says "Closed for Refurbishment" with no further information.

Permanently closed:

  • Innoventions West (except Character Meet and Greets)
  • Innoventions East (except Colortopia and a Passholder shop)
    …including Sum of All Thrills and Storm Struck

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Permanently closed:

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

Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • No known closures at this time

Blizzard Beach

  • Runoff Rapids. Expected completion: TBA.

Typhoon Lagoon

  • No known closures at this time

Disney Springs

  • Portobello Country Italian Trattoria – Closed April 24, 2017. Will reopen in Fall 2017 with a new concept from James Beard award-winner and Top Chef Master Tony Mantuano.
  • Disney Quest – scheduled to close July 3, 2017 to make way for The NBA Experience.
  • La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil – ends its run on December 31, 2017. Next use of the theater on the West Side TBA.


  • Caribbean Beach – Centertown, the resort's marketplace, will be expanded with new waterfront dining and retail shopping areas. The project is expected to be completed 2019-20. Due to the work, the following food service and retail locations are closed:
    • Old Port Royale Food Court
    • Shutters at Old Port Royale
    • Banana Cabana Pool Bar
    • Calypso Trading Post
  • Coronado Springs – A new 15-story tower overlooking Lago Dorado, the resort's central lake, will add 500 rooms featuring suites and concierge level services, and a rooftop dining facility that will include panoramic views of nighttime fireworks shows at the Theme Parks. Construction around some of the bus stops started earlier this month. The resort also plans to refurbish current resort rooms and transform some of its landscape. The project is expected to be completed 2019-20.
  • Wilderness Lodge and Villas – Hidden Springs pool, resort beach, and playground closed. The opening of Disney Vacation Club's Copper Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge is expected July 17. In the meantime, Roaring Fork is also closed.


  • 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

DisneyWorld.com has released its Fall 2017 Free Dining offer. Get a free dining plan when you purchase a non-discounted 5-night/6-day Magic Your Way room and ticket package with a Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus Option. Book through July 7, 2017.

2017 Travel Dates

  • August 21 - September 30
  • November 14 - 20
  • November 25 - 27
  • December 8 - 23

Packages require advance reservations and include:

  • Room
  • Theme Park ticket(s) with Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus (Minimum 2-Days required)
  • Dining Plan (Disney Dining for Deluxe & Deluxe Villas; Quick Service for Value & Moderate Resorts)

Details & Restrictions:

  • Tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use
  • Children ages 3-9 must choose from cildren's menu (if available)
  • Rooms allocated for the offer are limited.
  • Some table-service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase.
  • Cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions.
  • Excludes alcohaolic beverages and gratuities.
  • Everyone in the same room must be on the same package.
  • Offer excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney's Art of Animation Resort Little Mermaid Standard Rooms and Bungalows at Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.

Additional restrictions and exclusions may apply. Thanks to Mary Kraemer of Masterpiece Travels for the tip.

Our friends at Small World Vacations let us know that Disney has a made a summer discount offer where you can save up to 25% on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for stays most nights May 28-Aug. 31, 2017 when you book March 27-July 14, 2017. You can also see all of Disney's current special offers on DisneyWorld.com.

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

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 throughout Walt Disney World, including 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)


  • 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.

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. Thanks to our reader Dr. Smith who alerted us that the website militarydisneytips.com notes that April 9-23 are no longer listed as blockout dates for Disney's Armed Forces Salute.

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.

Travel Discounts for Florida Residents

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Travel Discounts for Canada Residents

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Travel Discounts for U.K. Residents

Reader Stuart D. let us know about Disney's 2018 free dining offer for folks traveling from the U.K. You can see the offers on Disney World's U.K. packages website. There are lots of details about the free dining, a $200 Disney Gift Card, a 14-Day Ticket for the price of 7 (including Water Parks and Memory Maker) and a lot of fine print. Here are the highlights of the 14-night packages during summer 2018 holidays and all include Memory Maker photos, 14-Day Ultimate Ticket for the price of a 7-Day ticket (including FastPass+), and 12-month DisneyLife subscription:

Disney Value Resorts

  • Disney's All-Star Movies Resort
  • Disney's All-Star Music Resort
  • Disney's All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney's Art of Animation Resort
  • Disney's Pop Century Resort

Packages from £809 GBP

Also includes:

  • Free Breakfasts

Disney Moderate Resorts

  • Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney's Port Orleans Resorts
  • The Cabins at Disney's Fort Filderness Resort

Packages from £1156 GBP

Also includes:

  • Free Quick-Service Dining Plan
  • $200 Disney Spending Money*

Disney Deluxe Resorts

  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney's Beach Club Resort
  • Disney's Boardwalk Inn
  • Disney's Contemporary Resort
  • Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney's Yacht Club Resort

Packages from £1572 GBP

Also includes:

  • Free Disney Dining Plan
  • $200 Disney Spending Money*

Disney Deluxe Villas

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village
  • Disney's Beach Club Villas
  • Disney's Boardwalk Villas
  • Disney's Old Key West Resort
  • Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

Packages from £1331 GBP

Also includes:

  • Free Disney Dining Plan
  • $200 Disney Spending Money*

Sample package prices are for 2 adults and 2 children (aged 3-9) , including a two-week stay, arriving 27th May, 2018 - 5th September, 2018, for new bookings only, subject to availability. Additional terms and conditions on Disney's U.K. website, but a few more details follow.

Free Dine and Free Breakfast Offers are available to book 6 April, 2017 - 6 July, 2017, for selected arrivals 1 January - 18 March, 2018 and 6 April - 30 November, 2018. Minimum length of stay is 5 consecutive nights, and a maximum of 21 consecutive nights. Dining plan must be selected for all members of the traveling party aged 3 and over. In addition to the minimum stay, Disney Tickets for the whole party must be booked to qualify. Gratuities are not included.

*$200 Disney Spending Money Offer is available to book 6 April, 2017 - 6 July, 2017, for selected arrivals 1 January - 18 March, 2018 and 6 April - 30 November 2018. Booking must include 5 nights minimum stay at a Moderate Resort or participating Deluxe Resort or Villa. Spending money will be in the form of a Disney Gift Card valid at Walt Disney World and select U.S. Disney Stores only.

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  1. By wdwchuck

    Alan, that is a horrible story about that "women" on the bus! And to think she may have children? And a significant other that lives with that kind of attitude?
    And the worst part is, it was probably toned down because WDW does that to every human being. It takes us down a notch or two with our attitudes.
    So just think? What if you met her on a city bus out side the bubble of WDW? OMG!!!
    I am glad you made it out safely and that you are giving us our lunch time retreats back into the bubble.
    Hope you go another hundred times without running into someone like that.

  2. By ricktib

    OMG. Thanks for "taking one for the team." I'd like to think I would have held your level of composure, but I'm not certain. I feel most horribly for whomever occupies that stroller.

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