Walt Disney World Resort Update for October 3-9, 2017by Alan S. Dalinka, staff writer
Walt Disney World Resort Update for October 3–9, 2017
Writer's note: I am saddened to once again say that horrific World events dominate the news this week rather than fun and exciting Walt Disney World Resort news and events, but I do have to say that our hearts go out to both Puerto Rico and Las Vegas and those affected by the very different tragic events that happened in those places. Personally, I have visited the Las Vegas Strip many times, and feel almost as seasoned a visitor there as I was to Walt Disney World (at least before I became a permanent resident of Central Florida). Hopefully, the things we have to share about Walt Disney World Resort this week here on MousePlanet can help move folks toward the "great, big, beautiful tomorrow, just a dream away!"
Epcot Celebrates 35 Years | BaseLine Tap House Opens in the New Grand Avenue Area of Disney's Hollywood Studios | Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Redesigned Interiors Complete | Remember Me! Exhibit Installed Inside Epcot's Mexico Pavilion | Epcot Concerts & Candlelight Calendar | Views around the World | One Passholder's Tip | This and That | Crowd Forecast
EPCOT Center opened on October 1, 1982. On Sunday, the park—now known simply as Epcot—celebrated its 35th anniversary with special events around the park and, of course, special food, merchandise, and, yes, fireworks too.
The main festivities were scheduled to begin at 10:01 a.m. on Sunday at the Fountain View stage in Future World. A very large crowd filled the plaza between the 9 a.m. rope-drop and the scheduled beginning of the ceremony. Though we know Disney does not actually control the weather, not long after rope-drop, a single rainstorm cell seemly parked over Future World for more than a half an hour. As the scheduled start time approached, some blue skies could be seen overhead and, in fact, it stopped raining just about on schedule—just before 10 am. After just a minimal delay to allow cast members to dry the stage, the celebration ceremony included performances by Mariachi Cobre and Voices of Liberty, two acts that have performed in the park since day one (Mariachi Cobre even traces its history back to the Magic Kingdom in 1971, and some of its performers to Disneyland as far back as 1969).
A parade of cast members saluting the pavilions of Epcot walked in front of the Fountain View stage while the theme music from the Parade of Nations (and later Parade of Dreams) played. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
In addition to rain, unfortunately, our Live stream of the ceremony experienced some technical difficulties as well. This video of the ceremony, attempts to resolve nearly all of those "Live" difficulties. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.
After the official park celebration at the fountain, Disney D23's Fanniversary Celebration saluted the park with a sold-out event in World Showplace featuring presentations about the park by current leadership and cast members, at least one Disney Legend (Tony Baxter), Imagineers, and historians. We will provide a full wrap-up of the highlights in an upcoming article. If you were following us on Twitter you saw a few of the "fun" facts we learned in the event, like that the animatronic Three Caballeros that now perform in the Mexico pavilion are not only older than Epcot (having been moved in to the pavilion after a lengthy run in Tokyo Disneyland following their initial performances in the early years of Magic Kingdom), they were on display for press and government officials in Orlando as far back as 1969.
Like the morning celebration that was threatened by rain until just before its scheduled time, the evening's presentation of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth with a special fireworks finale was threatened with significant storms that fortunately never made their way all the way across from the Atlantic Coast to reach World Showcase. Although rather windy, Epcot concluded its first day of its 36th year with a spectacle.
Illuminations: Reflections of Earth concluded with a special fireworks finale which we presented Live on our Facebook page. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.
Spaceship Earth cupcakes have been created to celebrate Epcot's 35th Anniversary. Members of the media got to sample them at a dessert party before the fireworks. Guests can purchase them at the Fountain View (Starbucks) in Future World. Additional themed specialty cupcakes are available at Norway and at Sunshine Seasons in the Land Pavilion. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
Except for D23 announcing details of some of its planned events for 2018, including the Walt Disney World highlights we discuss in the This and That section below, the event did not provide us with any "breaking news" or additional details about the major Epcot reimagining that Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Bob Chapek first mentioned at D23 Destination D last November and then provided some additional details at D23 Expo 2017 in July. Notwithstanding any of the rumors that are out there, we have not received official confirmation of any additional details as of publication time.
As we mentioned last week, October 1 marks the start of a new fiscal year for The Walt Disney Company as a whole, and the 46th Anniversary of the entire Walt Disney World Resort, Magic Kingdom, Disney's Contemporary Resort, and Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. The start of a new year has resulted in some changes to Passholder discounts and such, so if you are interested, be sure to review the Discounts section of the Update as well.
On Friday, Disney's Hollywood Studios opened its new Grand Avenue area in the portion of the former Streets of America's New York Street that was not demolished to make way for the future Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land a little further down the "street" past Muppet-Vision 3D in what is now called the Grand Arts Theatre. The Grand Avenue area is intended to capture "the spirit of present-day Downtown Los Angeles," and the newly repainted and rethemed building facades there represent its office buildings, warehouses, and loft apartments. There are plenty of new themed details to explore in the storefronts, though only the new BaseLine Tap House is open for business to guests.
On Friday, September 29, the Grand Avenue area opened, including the new BaseLine Tap House. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.
The Muppets Courtyard next to Grand Avenue is now named Grand Park. It is a rare nod to "the present" at Disney's Hollywood Studios: the sign says it was established in 2017. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
Immediately next door to the Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater Restaurant, in the former Writer's Stop space, now sits the brand new BaseLine Tap House. From my brief daytime visit on Friday, and from a friend of MousePlanet's attendance at an evening media event, the place is accurately described by Disney as "a lively corner pub specializing in California beers and wines." The brick building is themed to reflect its Imagineered backstory as the former home of the Los Angeles-based Figueroa Printing Company, "a mom-and-pop print house that had ties to the Disney Studios in nearby Burbank." It is filled with all the sorts of little details that can keep your eyes (and even your ears) occupied should you wander beyond the beverages and snacks.
Given its proximity to the future Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, the entire area likely will become the future home of a lengthy queue area to enter the neighboring land upon its 2019 debut. For folks visiting BaseLine Tap House, there is also an outdoor tree-shaded terrace, with tables.
The BaseLine Tap House menu includes California craft ales, lagers, and cider, along with California wines on tap and specialty cocktails. A non-alcoholic lemonade and soda on tap are also available. Snacks include a Bavarian pretzel with mustard and beer-cheese fondue, spiced almonds, and a charcuterie board featuring California cheeses. It opens daily at 11 a.m.
In what it calls the "largest redesign in the resort's history," the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort just completed its $140 million, three-year refresh of its guest rooms, public spaces, and meeting spaces. The easiest to see by the public is the complete redesign of the Dolphin Resort's lobby, which includes enhanced lighting, more seating, and its grand chandelier. The chandelier reaches down more than 20 feet from the ceiling and is comprised of nearly 1,000 strands of approximately 10,000 individual crystals suspended above the iconic Dolphin fountain. The lobby also includes the new Phins bar, and the new quick service dining venue, fuel.
All 2,267 guest rooms in the two buildings were refreshed with new interior designs drawing inspiration from the late Michael Graves original designs for the Resort. As is the trend in better hotels around the world these days, rooms now also feature additional electrical outlets, USB ports for charging, and high-definition televisions. The resort expects to roll out new interactive TV software in the near future, which will not only allow guest checkout, but will allow guests to stream from their personal devices to their in-room TV.
The Resort's meeting space now includes a new 2,800 square-foot space named Lake View along the resort's private lake. All of the resort's 332,000 square feet of meeting space has been refreshed, and the technology upgraded to include electronic reader boards, high-density WiFi, and more.
Outside, the pool area will soon receive cabanas furnished with lounge seating, tables, fans, refrigerators, and televisions for rental. Although we have not seen pricing information, the resort says that cabana rental will include "full food and beverage service."
While located on Walt Disney World property, adjacent to Disney's Yacht Club and Disney's BoardWalk, and within walking distance (or Friendship boat service) of both Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin are not Disney owned nor operated resorts. The resorts are currently within the Marriott International portfolio (particularly of interest to those of you with a preferred travel status within that hotel and resort group). Nevertheless, guests staying at the Swan and Dolphin enjoy some (but not all) of the benefits of other guests at Walt Disney World Resort, including: Extra Magic Hours, Disney Transportation, Character Dining, Advance Tee Times, Complimentary Delivery of purchases made in the parks, complimentary parking at the parks, and the ability to make FastPass+ reservations up to 60 days in advance of arrival.
Read more about the Swan and Dolphin at swandolphin.com.
Although many guests rush past it on their way to Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros or the taquillas or their dining reservations at San Angel Inn Restaurante, the entry of the pyramid-shaped Mexico pavilion at Epcot includes a gallery exhibiting the works of prominent Mexican and Mexican-American artists. The newest installation, is entitled "Remember Me!" La Celebración del Día de Muertos (the celebration of the Day of the Dead).
The new exhibit includes artwork relevant to this cultural celebration, particularly focusing on skeletons and skulls. Many are pre-Hispanic items on loan from museums and show the long history of the customs.
We noticed several empty spots in the exhibit that included signs that indicated that additions are coming soon. Given Disneyland's recent installation of an area themed to the upcoming Disney-Pixar animated film Coco, which deals with a similar subject matter, we expect that pieces related to the film may be installed soon as well. Disney Parks Blog says that the centerpiece of the gallery will be installed this week, which will include a sculpture group entitled "Bridal Couple" created by a father and son in Mexico City, with pieces ranging from 2 1/2 to 10 feet tall.
For those planning to visit Epcot through the end of the year, our interactive calendar lists the upcoming scheduled events at Epcot's America Gardens Theatre from the remaining scheduled Eat to the Beat Concerts and the announced narrators for Candlelight Processional. We make no guarantee of the accuracy of the information; it is provided "As-Is, Where-Is," use at your own discretion. You can interact with the Google-hosted calendar below or now add it to any Calendar that supports the iCal format by copying this link. Given the effort it took to create it, we do respectfully request that you do not post our entire calendar on another site without first asking our permission. We do not know why Walt Disney World Resort has not created this sort of functionality outside of the My Disney Experience app itself.
If you like our calendar feature and would like to see us to add more information to it in the future, let us know with a Facebook "Like" or share it with your Facebook friends. Below the calendar, you can now provide us with your comments via your Facebook account if you are logged in to it!
Last Wednesday, we were invited to attend the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Media Day that was delayed by Hurricane Irma, where we were able to sample several of the foods and beverages offered at this year's Festival and hear from some of the park leadership responsible for organizing the event. Our Views this week include some of the highlights we have not brought you before. We also share a few other places around the Resort with, as always, bits of additional news in the captions.
This not-at-all-hidden Remy, the rat from Disney-Pixar's "Ratatouille," was available for photos on Media Day. You can search for him all over World Showcase and, if you like, purchase the map at select locations in the park to help you search and then collect a souvenir prize. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
One of the more disappointing dishes at the Media Day tasting was the crispy chicken. It was sort of tough and chewy. (I have not sampled it from the Farm Fresh Marketplace where you will find it in the Festival.) Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
The truly surprising highlight of the Media Day tasting (and then confirmed with a visit to the Africa Marketplace on Sunday) was the Spicy Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew with Vegan Yogurt and Quinoa. It was the sort of dish that I usually would avoid based on the description, and took only a tentative spoonful of to taste before enjoying it so much that I finished the entire portion. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
As guests leave the ride, walk through the showroom, and approach the TestTrack SIMPorium, the new "Stat Station" allows guests to again view the SIM Car they designed before riding. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
For $6.99, you may now purchase a card displaying the statistics for your SIMCar, an image of your design, and additional personalization. The card will be printed at the cash register upon your payment. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Last week we saw how extensive the new Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster will be from the model at Walt Disney Presents. Now we see some of it from atop the Hollywood Tower Hotel (Tower of Terror). Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
Disney's Animal Kingdom
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 (often weekly) tip at a time.
One Passholder's Tip #30
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…Disney Vacation Club announced that it will continue to operate its Member Lounge at Epcot (upper level of the Imagination Pavilion in Future World) throughout 2018. Members must have their Membership Card (actual or virtual) and a matching photo ID for admission with up to 5 guests per Card. The Lounge is open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and capacity is limited.
…Disney D23: The Official Disney Fan Club announced during its Fanniversary celebration of Epcot's 35th Anniversary on Sunday that it will hold a special celebration for Disney's Animal Kingdom's 20th Anniversary with an in-park event next April. It also announced that Destination D: Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse will be held at Disney's Contemporary Resort next November saluting Mickey's 90th. In between, the club will invite its members to experience Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios and will bring back its "Sip & Stroll" and holiday events at Walt Disney World. For the latest details and for its events at other locations around the world, check out D23.com.
…Disney Parks Merchandise introduced the latest addition to the "Dream Big, Princess" Collection by Dooney & Bourke with the release on September 30 of new Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs handbags in Uptown Jewelers at Magic Kingdom. Many bags in the Collection have been rather popular and can sell out at any time. Additional locations around Walt Disney World Resort will carry the Collection in the future, as well as locations at Disneyland, ShopDisney.com, and the Shop Disney Parks app. Read more about the Snow White bags on Disney Parks Blog.
…ABC-TV's The Chew will be recording episodes October 4-6 at the World Showcase Plaza in connection with the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. The episodes will air next week, so check your local listings. MousePlanet has been invited to attend a recording on October 4, and we will provide some additional details about the show we attend on social media and in next week's Update. Episodes of the syndicated Wheel of Fortune will be recorded at Epcot later this month and we will provide additional details about those episodes in a future Update.
…The "boos" serving establishments at Disney Springs want you to know about some of the fall cocktails on their menus. Featuring flavor combinations like cinnamon, ginger, and spiced apple, to butterscotch, caramel, and pumpkin, these are some of the adult beverages you can find now:
- Ginger Snap - Morimoto Asia
Knob creek rye and old camp pecan whiskey shaken and strained over ice then dusted with ginger snap cookie
- Ochiba Punch - Morimoto Asia
Ketel one vodka and apple cider with a blood orange puree and house made chai syrup, topped with a spiced apple
- Nashi Pear Almond Sour - Morimoto Asia
Grey goose pear, lazzaroni amaretto and fresh squeezed lemon juice served chilled over ice and topped with an amaretto foam and citrus cherry skewer
- Bitter Harvest - Morimoto Asia
A complex blend of flor de cana rum, courvoisier vsop, punt e mes, giffard ginger, served over ice and garnished with fresh lemon and mint
- Southern Sangria – Paddlefish
Medley Bros. bourbon, peach liqueur, Tempranillo and seasonal fruit
- Spiced Caramel Apple Martini - Raglan Road
Calvados, Butterscotch Schnapps, freshly muddled apple, Magners Irish Cider, and Hershey’s caramel syrup with a sugar rim
- Double Down - STK
Woodford Reserve, Simple Syrup, Lemon Juice, Egg Whites, Pinot Noir float
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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 email (link).
2017 Resort Events
- Star Wars Experiences – Opened December 1, 2015 (ongoing)
- Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party – October 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31; November 1
- Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Opened August 31 - November 13, 2017.
- Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic – October 27–28, 2017
- Holidays at Walt Disney World –Starts November 9
- Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party – November 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26, 28;
December 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22
- Dapper Day Outing (unofficial events) – November 18, 2017 at Magic Kingdom; November 19, 2017 at Epcot
- Star Wars: Galactic Nights – December 16, 2017
- Epcot International Festival of the Holidays (formerly known as Holidays Around the World) –Dates November 19 to December 30
- Candlelight Processional at Epcot –Dates November 24 to December 30
2018 Resort Events
- Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom – January 19, 26 & 30; February 8 & 15; March 1 & 8.
- Epcot International Festival of the Arts – "Early" 2018
- MouseAdventure (unofficial event) – March 3, 2018. See mouseadventure.com for more information.
- 25th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – "Spring" 2018
If you participate in (or are considering signing up for) runDisney events, visit our Team MousePlanet forum on the MousePad discussion board, where you can join our community of health-minded readers and staff.
- Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend – November 2–5, 2017. Registration open (some events sold out).
Proof of time deadline has passed.
- 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
For current information on registration dates and capacity, see Lorree Tachell's runDisney Race Capacity Updates in the Team MousePlanet forum on our MousePad discussion board.
Note: Not all attraction closures have been officially confirmed by Disney, and are all subject to change at any time. All 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.
- Splash Mountain – closed for refurbishment.
- The Hall of Presidents – New show opening "Late 2017."
- Stitch's Great Escape – closed a "seasonal" basis.
Stitch's Great Escape appears to be back on "seasonal" status. The attraction is still listed in the My Disney Experience App, but its operating status was not reflected on Monday. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
- Ellen's Energy Adventure at Universe of Energy – Closed August 13, 2017, to make way for a Guardians of the Galaxy-themed attraction in approximately 2021.
Disney's Hollywood Studios
- The Great Movie Ride – Closed August 13, 2017, to make way for Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway at a date to be announced.
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 as Terralina Crafted Italian in Fall 2017, a new concept from James Beard award-winner and Top Chef Master Tony Mantuano and Chef Justin Plank.
- 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 – closed its West Side location on August 1, 2017. A new Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill is under construction int Town Center area 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. The resort also plans to refurbish current resort rooms and transform some of its landscape. The project is expected to be completed 2019-20.
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
Memory Maker pre-arrival discount
Disney's PhotoPass service provides a discount on Disney Memory Maker pre-arrival packages. For $199 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 $169, a $30 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
NOTE: ONLY THE 20% PASSHOLDER DINING DISCOUNTS FOR THE 45th ANNIVERSARY OF WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT HAVE BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH DECEMBER 30, 2017. OTHER DISCOUNTS AND BENEFITS HAVE EXPIRED OR CHANGED AS OF OCTOBER 1.
For the most up-to-date list of locations offering dining discounts to Annual Passholders, visit this page of DisneyWorld.com. Be aware that dining locations that previously were participating in the 20% discount celebrating the 45th Anniversary (excluding alcoholic beverages, tax, and gratuity), have announced that they will continue to do so through December 23, 2017. Many other dining locations offer Passholders 10% discounts during some or all meal periods (also excluding alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity). The special 30% discount offered at several dining locations during limited hours has ended.
We have received conflicting information regarding the continuation of merchandise discounts. The latest information on this page of DisneyWorld.com lists discounts at many merchandise locations across Walt Disney World Resort, including many locations that continue to show 20% discounts off regularly priced merchandise. However, we received several reports on October 1, that some locations were now only providing 10% discounts to Passholders. We will seek out clarification for a future Update.
We cannot confirm whether Magic Strollers, "a Disney featured stroller provider," is continuing to honor its $5 discount on stroller rental when staying at a Disney Resort Hotel and using coupon code WDWAP17 to arrange your rental. It is no longer listed on the Passholder website. Check directly with the provider.
Visit the DisneyWorld.com Special Offers page (filtered for Passholders) for information, or call 407-939-7676 to book by phone.
Additional information about available "Passholder Extras" are available here.
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
La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil
Active and retired U.S. Military personnel presenting valid ID can save to 25% on tickets to La Nouba through December 16 for tickets purchased at the theater box office located on the West Side of Disney Springs.
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
Florida Residents can enjoy room rates starting as low as $85/night (plus tax) for standard rooms at Disney's All-Star Resorts, most Sunday through Thursday nights from October 29 to December 9, 2017. Discounts are available at other resorts starting as soon as October 9 through December 9. Visit this page of DisneyWorld.com for availability and pricing, or call your travel agent.
Florida Residents can save on 4 days at the theme parks with a 4-Day Disney Select Ticket. This $55.75 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.
The La Nouba "Florida Resident Family Fun Pack" is back. As its final performance of La Nouba approaches on December, Cirque du Soleil is offering Florida resident ticket deals for its least expensive seats: $96.75 for 3 tickets; $129 for 4 tickets. Offer expires on December 16, 2017 and resident ID is required. Discounts may also be available for premium seat categories. Tickets and information on Cirque Du Soleil's La Nouba webpage.
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.
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!