Walt Disney World Resort Update for November 14-20, 2017

by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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Walt Disney World Resort Update for November 14-20, 2017

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Writer's note: Alan will be back next week with a whole bunch of holidays around Walt Disney World Updates and a report on the latest destination on Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. Disney Springs started its holidays celebrations on November 10, including the opening of this year's edition of the bigger Christmas Tree Trail. On November 13, this year's Epcot International Food & Wine Festival concluded its long (but Hurricane Irma-interrupted) run. The (renamed for 2017) Epcot International Festival of the Holidays gets underway on November 19, with Candlelight Processional performances starting November 24.

So, with that, on with this week's Update.


News and Views

Ultimate Disney Christmas Package | Last-minute Thanksgiving dining | Canadian Resident Ticket Offer | The Great Floridian Bake-off | Epcot Candlelight Calendar | One Passholder's Tip | This and That | Crowd Forecast

Ultimate Disney Christmas Package

Christmas is 6 weeks away, you haven't figured out what to give your family, you don't know what you're going to do with the kids during their school break, and you don't even want to think about cooking Yet Another holiday meal. Solution: book the new Ultimate Disney Christmas Package, and leave the rest of the planning to Disney.

Walt Disney World has just launched a new holiday travel package offering that they hope will become a new family tradition for some Disney fans. Starting at $2800 for a family of four, the Ultimate Disney Christmas Package offers a creative menu of features and benefits that may prove very attractive to harried holiday travelers.

The package is something like a low-key Adventures by Disney trip, with set arrival and departure dates, and a scheduled activity most evenings. Guests arrive on Thursday, December 21, and spend the first evening at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom. During the rest of the visit, guests can visit the four theme parks at their leisure, courtesy of the included park-hopper tickets. After park-hopping on Friday, guests head to Animal Kingdom for exclusive nighttime access to Pandora – The World of Avatar.

On Saturday, the package includes an "exclusive holiday Character experience" at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Christmas Eve dinner is served at Epcot Sunday night, with an exclusive dining celebration. There are no scheduled activities for Christmas Day, but guests will receive a "special holiday gift" in their hotel room. Tuesday, December 26 is departure day, with guests arriving back home with plenty of time to recover and prepare for New Year's Eve.

The package includes a 5-night stay at a participating Walt Disney World Resort Hotel. The starting rate of $2800 is valid at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort; a room at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge jumps the price to $3800 for a family of four. Of course, room availability is limited, so you'll likely pay a bit more for an available room.

Can you book a similar package for less money going a la carte? Possibly, but it's going to take some work—and that's exactly what this package is meant to help you avoid. After all, booking a normal WDW vacation this late in the game means your Christmas Eve dinner choices are likely limited to hot dogs from Casey's Corner, or a 3:00 p.m. seating at Restaurant Marrakesh (Not that there's anything wrong with that). This package at least comes with that detail handled, so maybe you won't mind so much that you won't get any of the other table service reservations you'd like during the busy holiday week.

A semi-inclusive holiday travel package is a new marketing strategy for Disney, but there might just be a market for it. Thanksgiving- and Christmas-week sailings aboard the Disney Cruise Line are already quite popular with families who are happy to trade the hassle (and maybe snow) of a home-based holiday for a sunny, all-inclusive Disney vacation.

My own family took this option years ago, when, while planning for a Thanksgiving family reunion at Walt Disney World, the discussion turned to which DVC resort had the biggest ovens and dining tables. At the point where someone seriously suggested booking a taxi to transport a roasted turkey from one resort to another, I called a halt to the proceedings, and then called a travel agent to book a family reunion cruise.

Had this package been an option at the time, our family may well have opted for the Walt Disney World vacation after all. The Ultimate Disney Christmas Package has many of the same advantages of that worry-free cruise experience we enjoyed, but with more flexibility.

You can find more details about the Ultimate Disney Christmas Package on the Walt Disney World website. Book by December 10, 2017. Call your favorite travel agent, or (407) 827-6444 to book through Disney.

Last-minute Thanksgiving dining

Speaking of Casey's Corner hot dogs, there are other options if you haven't yet made reservations for your Thanksgiving meal at Walt Disney World. While the Le Celliers and Liberty Tree Taverns of The World are already at capacity, there are still open tables at some new or less-obvious dining locations.


The Na'vi interpretation of the classic Thanksgiving meal, as served at the Satu'li Canteen in Pandora - The World of Avatar, includes cranberry boba pearls. Photo © Disney.

Peking Turkey for Thanksgiving dinner may sound like the plot of a new National Lampoon movie, but when the dish comes from the kitchen of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, it's worth another look. Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs will serve a Peking Turkey Dinner, with roasted pork fried rice "stuffing," Japanese-style candied yams, cranberry-litchi chutney and Szechuan peppercorn gravy. The prix-fix menu is $48 per person. Reservations are available via Open Table.

Several other Disney Springs locations, including Frontera Cocina and STK Orlando have limited availability; check the Walt Disney World website for the latest offerings.

Inside the theme parks, the aforementioned Restaurant Marrakesh, Tokyo Dining and Nine Dragons Restaurant all have openings on Thanksgiving. You're on a Disney vacation, so why not break with tradition and give thanks for the opportunity to try a new cuisine?

If you don't need the security of a reserved table to make your holiday dinner special, there are some interesting options to be had at the quick-service restaurants around Walt Disney World. The demonstration kitchens of Epcot's Sunshine Seasons serve a wide variety of entrees, with an oak-grilled rotisserie chicken or slow-roasted pork loin offering a reasonable alternative to turkey. For purists, a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all of the trimmings will be served as well.

The ABC Commissary at Disney's Hollywood Studios has a chicken and ribs combo platter at lunch, which is joined by a flat-iron chimichurri steak or lemon-pepper salmon at dinner. In the Magic Kingdom, you can use the mobile ordering option on the My Disney Experience app to order a special Thanksgiving meal from Pecos Bill's Tall Tale Inn and Cafe, featuring turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, and gravy.

Mobile ordering is also available at the Satu'li Canteen in Pandora - The World of Avatar at Animal Kingdom. The restaurant will celebrate its first Thanksgiving with a platter of wood-grilled roasted turkey breast with gravy, apple and sage stuffing, green beans, orange marmalade glazed sweet potatoes with candied pecans, mashed potatoes and cranberry boba pearls.

Canadian Resident Ticket Offer

Through February 10, 2018, residents of Canada can purchase discounted tickets to visit the Walt Disney World Resort anytime in 2018. The offer is valid on 4-day or longer Magic Your Way tickets, and represents a 20% savings off the ticket booth price of the one-park-per-day ticket. A 4-day ticket starts at $280 (USD) for adults, with a 10-day ticket running $352 (USD). The park hopper option is available for an additional $60 per ticket, and no discount applies. Tickets for children ages 3-9 run $264 to $336 (USD).

"We believe this special ticket offer will help our Canadian guests in planning a visit to The Walt Disney World Resort in Florida," says Marlie Morrison, Managing Director, Disney Parks (Canada). "Guests can experience the all-new 'Pandora – The World of Avatar' at Disney's Animal Kingdom and 'Happily Ever After', the most spectacular fireworks display in Magic Kingdom's history."

This offer is valid only for advance purchases, and will not be honored at the theme park ticket booths. Tickets purchased are issued in the form of an exchange voucher, which must be redeemed for valid tickets upon arrival at Walt Disney World. All adults (age 18 and older), must show valid proof of Canadian residency, including a government-issued photo ID, to exchange the vouchers upon arrival in Walt Disney World.

To purchase the vouchers, Canadian residents can call (407) 939-4230, or buy online at www.Disneyworld.ca/Tickets. Note that you must use a Canada billing address when purchasing these tickets.

The Great Floridian Bake-off

If your Disney holiday tradition includes Resort-hopping to see the magical gingerbread and chocolate creations that grace the hotel lobbies, plan to add new stops on your tour itinerary this year. Check out the new and returning displays located around Walt Disney World, including a new entry from Disney Springs.


A 19-year tradition continues with the latest gingerbread creation at Disney's Grand Floridian. Photo © Disney.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa has created a new gingerbread house for 19 years. The life-sized model is on display in the lobby, and was constructed using over 10,000 pieces of gingerbread. Stop by the display to enjoy daily decorating classes, or to purchase a cookie to take home. If you collect the annual gingerbread pin, this year's design features the penguins from Mary Poppins.

An edible holiday carousel featuring Lilo & Stitch is on display at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resort. The spinning creation is crafted from edible components including chocolate, sugar sculpture, and gingerbread. See if you can spot all 18 hidden Mickeys in the design, added to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the carousel. The annual collectors pin features Lilo & Stitch.

New this year is a Gingerbread Cinderella Castle at Disney's Contemporary Resort. The 18-foot tall display is done in the style of Mary Blair, with a nod to "it's a small world," and is crafted gingerbread, chocolate, and fondant. Find it on the third floor of the hotel.

Also new this year is a gingerbread display at Amorette's Patisserie in Disney Springs. Look closely to see if you can find the heart hidden among the creation, which incorporates 15 pounds each of honey, dark chocolate, and eggs.

The Lincoln Memorial joins the gingerbread United States Capitol Building on display in Epcot's The American Adventure Pavilion. The Tusker House Restaurant in Disney's Animal Kingdom will also feature an African-inspired gingerbread Market Place display, crafted with over 25 pounds of dark chocolate.

Epcot Candlelight Calendar

The full list of this year's scheduled celebrity narrators for Epcot's Candlelight Processional during the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays is available in our Google Calendar of Epcot Events. You can also add it to any Calendar that supports the iCal format (like iPhone and Mac) by copying this link.

The calendar is provided "As is, where is" and without any guarantees, as a courtesy. 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.

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 (often weekly) tip at a time.

One Passholder's Tip #36 will be here next week
One Passholder's Tip is taking the week off.

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This and That

…The annual unofficial Dapper Day at Magic Kingdom is returning on November 18 and at Epcot on November 19. Whether you like to dress in your dapper finest or have a look at those who do, here is your East Coast chance. Usual Walt Disney World costume rules apply, so be governed accordingly.

...Footage of the musical performances taped earlier this month around Walt Disney World will be used for multiple Disney specials announced last week. Paid subscribers of the DisneyNOW app can stream "Disney Parks Presents a Disney Channel Holiday Celebration" starting Friday, November 24. The show will then air on Disney Channel on Friday, December 1.

"The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration" airs on ABC on Thursday, November 30. And of course, the "Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration" airs on ABC on Christmas morning. Check local listings for broadcast details in your area.

...Disney After Hours is back for 2018, with 7 event dates between January and March:

  • January 19, 26 and 30
  • February 8 and 15
  • March 1 and 8

The 3-hour event provides attendees with exclusive access to 25 rides and attractions, plus character meet-and-greets and all of the popcorn, soft drinks and ice cream bars you care to eat. The event is $119 per person, and Walt Disney World annual passholders and Disney Vacation Club members save $30 when they purchase tickets in advance. Buy online at the Disney website.

...If you missed last weeks live steam of A Frozen Holiday Wish from Walt Disney World, you can catch a replay via the Disney Parks Blog.

...A new interactive show, SpectacuLAB, presented by muRata, debuted Monday at Epcot's Innoventions. Alan will share his thoughts on the new attraction next week.

…Disney published an update on its plans for the 2018 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Its 25th edition will run from February 28 – May 28, 2018, and will include Disney Character Topiaries; 15 Outdoor Kitchens highlighting "spring garden offerings;" Garden Rocks music series and, of course, dining packages; the English Tea Garden Tour; and Royal Tea Garden Tour (extra fee required); new interactive kids play areas; and "millions" of extra plants, trees, shrubs, flowers and themed gardens that decorate Epcot in spring. For more information on the Festival, visit out epcotinspring.com. Of course, we will have more information about the Festival this winter.

...The Disney Cruise Line debuted its new "Beauty and the Beast" musical production last week aboard the Disney Dream, and streamed a portion of the show live from the ship. You can catch a replay of the performance in the video below.


#DisneyParksLIVE: Beauty and the Beast | Disney Cruise Line

...Tune in to Wheel of Fortune this week (check your local listings) to see the first week of episodes recorded at Walt Disney World a few weeks ago celebrating both Wheel and Epcot's 35th Anniversaries. Another week of Wheel episodes recorded at Epcot will air the week of February 12, 2018, and Alan previously wrote about his experience attending a couple of episodes and will provide more details as those air dates approach. A third week of shows featuring Disney fans will air the week of April 30, 2018.

 

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017 5 / 10
Thursday, November 16, 2017 3 / 10
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Resort Events

Check here to see if a park event might fall during your next trip to the Walt Disney World Resort. If you know of any in-park events, official or unofficial, that should be listed here, please send us an email.

2017 Resort Events

  • Star Wars Experiences – Opened December 1, 2015 (ongoing)
  • Holidays at Walt Disney World –Started November 9
  • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party – November 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) – November 19 to December 30
  • Candlelight Processional at Epcot – November 24 to December 30

2018 Resort Events

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. For current information on runDisney registration dates and capacity, see Lorree Tachell's runDisney Race Capacity Updates in the Team MousePlanet forum on our MousePad discussion board.


Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

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.

Magic Kingdom

  • Splash Mountain – closed for refurbishment scheduled through mid-November.
  • The Hall of Presidents – New show opening "Late 2017."
  • Stitch's Great Escape – closed on a "seasonal" basis.

Epcot

  • 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

Blizzard Beach

  • Closed for Seasonal Refurbishment through January 6, 2018
    Note: closure includes Winter Summerland Miniature Golf

Typhoon Lagoon

  • Seasonal Refurbishment scheduled to begin January 7, 2018

Disney Springs

  • 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.
  • DisneyQuest – 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. Its location is being transformed to Jaleo, a restaurant featuring Spanish cuisine. A new Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill is under construction next door to the Coca-Cola Store and is expected to open in 2018.

Resorts

  • 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.

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

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 SOME 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, though, so far, every Disney Merchandise location we have visited, has continued to offer the 20% Passholder discount.

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:

  • Magic Kingdom Park
    • Disney's Family Magic Tour
    • Disney's Keys to the Kingdom Tour
    • Disney's The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour
    • Walt Disney: Marceline to Magic Kingdom Tour
  • Epcot
    • Gardens of the World (offered seasonally)
    • The UnDISCOVERed Future World
    • Disney's Dolphins in Depth
    • Epcot DiveQuest
    • Epcot Seas Aqua Tour
    • Behind the Seeds
    • World Showcase: DestiNations Discovered
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park
    • Backstage Tales
  • Multiple Theme Parks and Backstage Areas
    • Ultimate Day of Thrills VIP Tour
    • Ultimate Day for Young Families VIP Tour
    • Ultimate Day at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
    • Backstage Magic
    • Disney's Holiday D-Lights (offered seasonally)
    • Disney's Yuletide Fantasy (offered seasonally)
    • Wilderness Back Trail Adventure

10 percent off select restaurants

Disney Visa cardholders receive 10 percent off the check when you pay with a Disney's Visa Card and/or Disney Rewards Redemption Card (be sure to request the discount). Discount excludes alcohol.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and Villas:

  • Boma
  • Jiko (see restrictions)
  • Sanaa

Disney's BoardWalk Inn and Villas:

  • ESPN Sports Club
  • Flying Fish Cafe (see restrictions)

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort:

  • Shutters at Old Port Royale

Disney's Contemporary Resort:

  • The Wave

Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground:

  • Trail's End Restaurant

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa:

  • Citricos (see restrictions)
  • Grand Floridian Cafe
  • Narcoossee's

Disney's Old Key West Resort:

  • Olivia's Cafe

Disney's Port Orleans Resort:

  • Boatwright's Dining Hall

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa:

  • The Turf Club Bar and Grill

Disney's Wilderness Lodge:

  • Artist Point (see restrictions)
  • Whispering Canyon Cafe

Disney's Yacht Club Resort:

  • Captain's Grille
  • Cape May Cafe

Disney's Hollywood Studios:

  • The Hollywood Brown Derby (see restrictions)
  • Hollywood & Vine (see restrictions)

Epcot:

  • Biergarten Restaurant (see restrictions)
  • Coral Reef (lunch only)
  • Le Cellier (lunch only)
  • Rose & Crown Dining Room (lunch only)

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex:

  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill

10 percent off merchandise

Disney Visa cardholders receive 10 percent off at participating Disney-owned retail location when you spend a minimum of $50 and pay with a Disney's Visa Card and/or Disney Rewards Redemption Card (be sure to request the discount). Read all of the restrictions on the Disney Visa website.

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


15 percent off all Disney spa and salon services

Disney Visa cardholders receive 15 percent off the non-discounted price of any salon treatment valued at $45 or greater or any 50-minute or longer spa service most days at the spas and salons at Walt Disney World Resort listed below:

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

  • Senses – A Disney Spa
  • Ivy Trellis Salon

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

  • Senses – A Disney Spa

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and Villas

  • Zahanati Massage & Fitness Center

Disney's Contemporary Resort

  • Olympiad Fitness Center

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

  • La Vida Health Club
  • Casa de Belleza Salon

Disney's Wilderness Lodge

  • Sturdy Branches Health Club

Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

  • Ship Shape Massage Salon Fitness

10% off select recreation experiences

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

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

Free character photo at a private meet and greet location at Epcot

Present your Disney's Premier Visa Card or Disney Rewards Visa Card for access to a private character meet and greet at Epcot for the cardholder and up to five guests. The event is hosted daily from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Imagination Pavilion at Epcot (enter near the jumping fountains near the exit to the Magic Eye Theater). You'll receive one free character photo download per day.

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:

  • 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

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 through December 9, 2017. Discounts are also available at other resorts 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

Canadian Residents can now receive special pricing on theme park tickets to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida until February 10, 2018. Save 20% on advance purchase of 4-Day or Longer Magic Your Way Tickets

Savings compared to the price of the same ticket sold online at Disneyworld.ca/tickets. Tickets are valid for one Theme Park per day unless Park Hopper option is purchased. Tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use. First use must be on or before December 31, 2018. Proof of Canadian residency required. Offer not valid at Theme Park ticket window.

All adult Guests who will use Canadian resident tickets or passes must present valid proof of Canadian residency that includes government-issued photo ID to exchange the certificate for a valid ticket at the Theme Park ticket window or Guest Relations prior to first use. Tickets and options are nontransferable, nonrefundable and exclude events/activities separately priced. Admission is subject to capacity closures and to other restrictions. Canadian residents also may call (407) 939-4230 for more information and to buy tickets.

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!