Walt Disney World Resort Update for July 11-17, 2017by Alan S. Dalinka, contributing writer
Walt Disney World Resort Update for July 11–17, 2017
Writer's note: Not surprisingly, there is very little news to report around Walt Disney World Resort following last week's Fourth of July celebrations and ahead of all the big news we all expect to come from Disney's 2017 D23 Expo this Friday through Sunday in Anaheim, California. You can jump right into the News and Views (including views of an actual rocket launch seen from Epcot and a showing of Illuminations by twilight) or continue on to read about our upcoming D23 Expo coverage in the following section from Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix. If you are at the Expo, be sure to say hello!
The 2017 D23 Expo kicks off this Friday at the Anaheim Convention Center, with three jam-packed days of panels, presentations, celebrity appearances, shopping opportunities, and more. Once again, MousePlanet will be in the middle of all of the action with live coverage from the convention floor. Whether you're attending the whole Expo, visiting one day, or watching from home, turn to MousePlanet all weekend long.
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It Is Time To Plan for New Year's Eve | Stormwater Permits Point to Changes at Epcot's Universe of Energy | Cirque du Soleil Buys Blue Man Group | Views around the World | One Passholder's Tip | This and That | Crowd Forecast
With less than six months until New Year's Eve, reservations open today (July 11), for three ways to celebrate the start of 2018 at Disney's Contemporary Resort. The events are offered under the larger umbrella name, Enchanting Extras Collection, which is the catch-all Disney uses to describe many of the up-charge opportunities that it calls "can't miss experiences that enhance the Walt Disney World Experience." For reservations and more information (like pricing, which was not available at the time this was written), call (407) WDW-DINE.
►Disney Countdown to Midnight
This 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. event in the Fantasia Ballroom is for guests 18 and over. It includes dining, live music, drinks and more. Mickey and Minnie are expected to appear and the evening's entertainment includes an "interactive band" and a DJ. Partygoers will be able to view Magic Kingdom's New Year's Eve fireworks.
►Pixar Party: A New Year's Eve Celebration
This 8 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. event features a buffet style dinner where Sarge welcomes guests to the Ballroom of the Americas featuring vignettes of Pixar movies including Andy's Room from Toy Story, Metro City from The Incredibles and more characters from those films, Cars, and Up. There are lots of scheduled kids' activities, plus a Radio Disney DJ in a Cars-inspired rig from Radiator Springs. As midnight approaches, guests will go outdoors to view Magic Kingdom's fireworks.
►Down in New Orleans: A Disney New Year's Dining Experience
This 7 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. "fine dining" event inspired by the Disney animated film The Princess and the Frog will be held in the Grand Republic Ballroom decorated in French Quarter style. A "N'awlins" jazz band entertains during dinner and a singer will join later in the evening to sing classics from the film. The evening's menu includes the flavors of the "Big Easy" and guests will enjoy a private outdoor area for viewing the Magic Kingdom fireworks at midnight.
Although Walt Disney World Resort is slow to turn rumors into news (often saving the "news" for blockbuster events like the upcoming D23 Expo) its permit filings often shed light on changes coming to the Resort. We have previously addressed some of these rumors that cross into fact-based-news with respect to permits for the area surrounding the France pavilion that may become home of a new attraction, and to the gondola-type skyway transportation system that appears to be slated to connect Epcot with DIsney's Hollywood Studios and some of the nearby Resorts.
Well, as any visitor to Central Florida in summertime knows (and as any regular reader of these Updates ought to be aware), it can rain a lot in a short period of time around Walt Disney World, and that stormwater needs to be routed somewhere so that guests can continue to enjoy the attractions and resorts. Thus, the first place folks look for signs of changes to the parks and resorts are the publicly filed stormwater permits.
The most recent set of permits of interest are those that call for construction changes that apparently began last week backstage at Epcot and are scheduled to run until January 2021. The area covered surrounds the Universe of Energy. Rumors have circulated for quite awhile that a "Guardians of the Galaxy" themed attraction is slated to replace Ellen's Energy Adventure on the site, but the permits shed no light on anything other than changes to the canals and backstage foliage. You can read a bit more and see the permits in Central Florida local ABC-TV affiliate WFTV-9's story.
The 2021 completion date in the permit documentation is interesting because Walt Disney World will reach the 50th anniversary of its opening that year. It is possible that 2017 D23 Expo will reveal some of the Resort's plans for celebrating its 50th Anniversary, but it is more likely that those big announcements will be made at D23 Expo in 2019. Stay tuned.
Cirque du Soleil, the Montreal, Canada-based company that produces the La Nouba show which is scheduled to close at the end of the year in the theater at Disney Springs West Side made some news this week. It purchased Blue Man Group, the theatrical company that produces shows in several cities, including one just a little ways up Interstate 4 in CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort.
Orlando Sentinel reports that the purchase price was in the "tens of millions" and that there is no further word on what will be the next production to take up residence in La Nouba's theater, but Cirque is "optimistic" that there will be "an announcement in the coming weeks." Cirque says that it plans to maintain the separate identity of the shows.
Thanks to GPS and the 40x optical zoom of my camera, I was well-positioned at Epcot to watch SpaceX launch a Falcon 9 rocket over fifty miles away at Kennedy Space Center from Launch Pad 39A. See that, construction photos and some other bits of news and information in the captions in this week's Views Around the World.
Mission: SPACE may be closed, but a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from the Kennedy Space Center appears as an orange dot above it on July 5, 2017. On this wide-angle view, open the photo to full size and follow the rocket on the sign behind the construction wall to just above the red planet. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
Kennedy Space Center Launch Pad 39A used by SpaceX is located over 50 miles almost due east of Epcot's Mission: SPACE pavilion. Like above, to see the orange firetrail of the rocket in this photo, open it to full size. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
Using the 40x Optical Zoom of my hand-held camera, the Falcon 9 rocket launched from more than 50 miles to the east appears as an orange fire streak in the sky above Mission: SPACE. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
For viewing a twilight showing of Illuminations, be sure to watch from the east side of World Showcase, between the Norway pavilion (shown here) and the bridge between the China pavilion and the Outpost. Central Florida thunderstorms many miles in the distance to the west also may add additional "special effects" to the show. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.
A little bit more of the top of this side of the Mexico pavilion now matches the new sandy color of the pyramid; the trees obscure a bit of scaffolding at the very upper left. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
While recent permits suggest the area (shown here) between Morocco and France pavilions could become part of a new attraction, right now, through the construction scrims, the work appears to be site preparation for a Food & Wine Festival outdoor marketplace (kiosk), as in the past. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
From the France pavilion, it is clear that the construction project underway at Epcot's International Gateway entrance (also known as the park's "backdoor") is very large in area. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
With more than six weeks until the August 31 start of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, the pathway from World Showcase near Canada to Future World west is already closed for preparations. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
Construction tarps surround this lawn on Future World West behind the Innoventions building Character Spot where during some festivals a stage is often used for visiting music group performances. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Tower of Terror provides a brief view of Slinky Dog roller coaster construction in Toy Story Land. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.
Drum Corps International, "Marching Music's Major League," held the "DCI Orlando-presented by Lone Star Percussion" competition at Orlando's Camping World Stadium on Saturday, July 8. Carolina Crown, one of the bands, marched through Disney Springs on Sunday, July 9, from the West Side to the Marketplace. Video by Alan S. Dalinka from both the West Side and Marketplace.
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 23
Notice the details, even when they are wrong!
I think it is axiomatic to say that there is more to the Parks of Walt Disney World than just the rides. Well, I recognize that not every park-goer feels that way, but for those of us that visit often, one of the joys of Disney Parks is exploring the little, less often discussed details. Younger guests (and those young at heart) love looking for the so-called "Hidden Mickeys" around the Parks. There are lots of them of varying level of "official" acknowledgement and, indeed, some even the subject of debate.
Also in the little details department are the museum-type installations scattered around the World Showcase pavilions relating to the countries they represent. Some are "hidden in plain sight" like those in the entry area of the Mexico pavilion that I have seen people run full-speed past as their eyes adjust from the daylight to the dark interior of the pavilion. Others are a little off the beaten track, like the inside of the Stave Church at Norway, or the inconspicuously marked doors to the left of the fountain in the courtyard of the Morocco pavilion. The details in these places provide further context to the larger attractions they support. For example, when the Norway pavilion's ride became "Frozen Ever After," the display inside the Stave Church was updated to show some of the cultural foundations for the clothing shown on the characters in the film.
But, perhaps, like many (all?) presentations of history, mistakes sometimes can creep in. The display cases in the pre-show hall for "Impressions de France" is a great example of that. The displays focus on the history and art of Notre Dame Cathedral which appears in the attraction's film and is a landmark in Paris.
Years ago, I was browsing the displays and noticed a word that I did not recognize in one of them: "mistock." I am pretty sure I first noticed it before 2007's introduction of the iPhone because in the years since then, I would have just taken my iPhone out and looked up the word (like you should if you do not know "axiomatic" in the first paragraph of this Tip). Sometime after that visit, I did look it up to confirm it was not a word, and I informed Walt Disney World Guest Communications of the error. A cast member even called me to apologize in response. But, years later (including this week), it remains. It has become one of my favorite details at Walt Disney World since, at least to me, it underscores that we all make mistakes.
Museum-type displays can be found in pavilions around the World Showcase and often have interesting details. This one, at the France pavilion's pre-show for "Impressions de France," even includes the rare typo that has withstood the years: "mistock" is not a word; "mistook" would be correct. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
Go and have a look for yourself. It is possible that this detail will disappear one day (and if some of the rumors about the France pavilion turn out true, that day could be sooner rather than later). Then again, someone at Disney who reads this may finally get it changed more quickly than my comments to Guest Communications have. Mileage varies with experience.
Don't keep it to yourself!
…Through tomorrow, Wednesday, July 12, at 6 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, you can bid on a Walt Disney World Resort vacation visit to Pandora–The World of Avatar, in the ESPY Day Auction to benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research. The winning bidder receives access to all four theme parks, the two water parks, air and ground transportation, lodging, VIP Tour Services, character dining, a private character meet and greet, and more in addition to benefiting V Foundation for Cancer Research. As of 10 p.m. Eastern on Monday, the current bid was $13,000.00. The estimated retail value of the vacation package is $13,436.00; vacation must be taken between 8/1/2017 and 8/31/2018. For complete rules and to bid, see the ESPY Day Auction on ebay.
…Changes are coming to Disney's Yacht Club Resort dining options. Set to open later this month, "The Market at Ale & Compass" will offer a small merchandise area along with 28 casual dining seats for both made-to-order and grab 'n go meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In October, the Ale & Compass lobby lounge expands to 58 seats and will offer a new menu of cocktails and light bites. The adjacent Captain's Grille will become the Ale & Compass Restaurant with a "gastropub ambience with New England-inspired comfort food" serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the Disney Dining Plan. See the concept art on the Disney Parks Blog.
…Walt Disney World Resort has begun to build a memorial for Lane Graves, the boy killed by an alligator near Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa over a year ago. Central Florida's local ABC-TV affiliate WFTV-9 flew its helicopter over where it says that construction is underway "on the left side of the beach" near where the tragedy occurred. WFTV's report marking the one year anniversary of the incident a few weeks ago is here.
…Speaking of WFTV, its evening newscast last night included the widely-circulated rumor that the Tron Lightcycle Roller Coaster from Shanghai Disneyland is going to replace the Tomorrowland Speedway in Magic Kingdom. While Sunday was the 35th anniversary of the film's release, and while we have teased this rumor before in prior Views Around the World, unfortunately, WFTV's only cited source for this "news" was another fan site. There is still no official confirmation from Disney and there is no telling whether we will hear any at D23 Expo or otherwise.
…If you always wanted your own Disney Parks stick figure family, you can get a free printed decal by visiting the new BuildYourDisneyFamily.com site from Disney. Anyone can build the stick figures, but the free decal is available only to United States residents.
…For many golfers (at least those I know), one of the most important parts of the "game" is the beverage cart. Well, for those playing the Walt Disney World Resort's courses, Disney Golf now has rolled out character themed refreshment carts. Mickey, Minnie and Goofy "inspired" carts are at the Palm, Magnolia, and Oak Trail courses. A Mickey "inspired" cart is at the Lake Buena Vista course. Have a look over on Disney Parks Blog.
For foodies heading to Walt Disney World Resort and the greater Orlando area from August 25 to October 1, Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month event's three-course prix-fixe $35/person meal menus are now available on VisitOrlando.com/MagicalDining. Around Walt Disney World Resort and Lake Buena Vista specifically, there are quite a few participating restaurants at Disney Springs and at Disney's and neighboring Resorts; see the Disney-area filtered list here. According to Orlando Sentinel a dollar from each meal will benefit two designated nonprofit organizations: Freedom Ride, an organization that provides therapeutic horse rides for disabled children and adults; and BASE Camp Children's Cancer Foundation, that provides support and programs for children and families living with cancer and other life-threatening hematological illnesses.
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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 November 24 to December 30
- Candlelight Processional at Epcot –Dates November 24 to December 30
2018 Resort Events
- Epcot International Festival of the Arts – "Early" 2018
- 25th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – "Spring" 2018
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- Virtual Running Shorts – June 1-August 31, 2017 (Virtual). Registration now open. (June event is sold out.)
No proof of time required.
- Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend – November 2–5, 2017. Registration open (most events sold out).
Proof of time must be submitted by August 1, 2017.
- 25th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – January 3-7, 2018. Registration now open (many events sold out).
Proof of time deadline October 3, 2017.
- 10th Anniversary Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend – February 22–25, 2018. All events sold out.
The runDisney website says to check with Travel Providers and Charity Groups for additional registration opportunities.
- Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side Weekend – April 19-22, 2018. Registration now open (10K is sold out).
Proof of time deadline is January 16, 2018.
- Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend – TBD
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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.
- 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.
- The Incredibles Super Dance Party – closed. The Rockettower Plaza Stage now hosts "The Cosmic Dance Party."
- 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 – New show opening "Late 2017."
- Mission: SPACE – June 5, 2017 through late Summer, 2017
Disney's Hollywood Studios
- Other than venues closed to make way for Star Wars Land construction, no new known closures at this time
Disney's Animal Kingdom
- No known closures at this time
- Runoff Rapids. Expected completion: TBA.
- No known closures at this time
- 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 – Closed as of 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.
- Wolfgang Puck Grand Café – closes its West Side location on August 1, 2017. A new Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill has been announced for Town Center and is expected to open in 2018.
- 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 grand opening of Disney Vacation Club's Copper Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge is set for July 17. The Boulder Ridge Cove pool has opened replacing the former Hidden Springs pool. Additional amenities have begun opening ahead of the debut of the Copper Creek additions.
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
NOTE: THE BOOKING DEADLINE CLOSES ON FRIDAY, JULY 14, FOR THE SUMMER OFFERS that our friends at Small World Vacations let us know about this spring. Subject to availability, you can save up to 25% on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for stays most nights through August 31, 2017, if booked by July 14, 2017. You can book see all other 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
Visit the DisneyWorld.com Special Offers page (filtered for Passholders) for information, 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:
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:
Disney's BoardWalk Inn and Villas:
Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort:
Disney's Contemporary Resort:
Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground:
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa:
Disney's Old Key West Resort:
Disney's Port Orleans Resort:
Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa:
Disney's Wilderness Lodge:
Disney's Yacht Club Resort:
Disney's Hollywood Studios:
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex:
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
Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and Villas
Disney's Contemporary Resort
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
10% off select recreation experiences
Disney Visa cardholders receive 15 percent off the non-discounted price of the recreation experiences listed below:
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:
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.
Travel Discounts for Florida Residents
Rates for Florida Residents starting as low as $108 per night, plus tax are available for a stay in a standard room at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, most Sunday through Thursday nights from June 11 through August 31, 2017. Other discounted rates and Resorts may be available from June 6 through August 31, 2017. Book through August 30, 2017. Visit this page of DisneyWorld.com for more information and reservations.
Florida Residents can also save 30% on 4 days at the theme parks with a 4-Day Disney Select Ticket. This $54.75 plus tax per day ticket gives you access to one theme park per day for up to 4 days (which do not have to be used consecutively). A 3-Day Disney Select Ticket is also available for $66.34 plus tax per day. Tickets expire 6 months after first use, with the first use on or before December 31, 2018. Proof of Florida Residency is required. More information is available on this page of DisneyWorld.com.
If you know of an offer we haven't listed, please drop us an email with the details!
Travel Discounts for Canada Residents
Check disneyparks.ca for the latest offers from Disney.
Canadian residents can save 25% on fall cruises aboard Disney Cruise Line's Disney Magic departing from New York City on October 14 and November 18, 2017, when booking Verandah, Oceanview and Inside Staterooms. Both sailings include festive decor, themed activities, and the "Marvel Day at Sea" along with other entertainment. Both itiniaries also include a visit to Disney's private Bahamian island, Castaway Cay, and a one-day visit to Walt Disney World Resort (including a Park Hopper ticket and roundtrip transportation from the ship). For more information and booking, visit this page of the Disney Cruise Line website, or call (800) 491-9744 (mention booking code "CAN"), or your Travel Agent. Offer may be applied to existing bookings, exclusions apply, and Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses not included in offer.
If you know of an offer we haven't listed, please drop us an email with the details!
Travel Discounts for U.K. Residents
The website GetWestLondon.co.uk has an updated list of some of the offers available to folks planning ahead to holiday at Walt Disney World Resort from the United Kingdom.
You can see the latest offers for U.K. residents on Disney World's U.K. packages website.
If you know of an offer we haven't listed, please drop us an email with the details!