Walt Disney World Resort Update for January 23-29, 2018

by Alan S. Dalinka, contributing writer

Walt Disney World Resort Update for January 23 - 29, 2018

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Writer's note: I'm back from Castaway Cay and Nassau.

As I said would be the case in the Writer's note last week, I did not have my usual opportunities to wander around Walt Disney World Resort this past week because Disney invited members of the media (including me) to sail aboard the Disney Dream for three nights to experience and learn about what Disney Cruise Line has to offer. I learned a great deal and had a great deal of fun sharing pieces with our readers with a lot more to come. For a quick review of the highlights shared so far (and your convenience) I have gathered together all of my #DisneyCruise tweets from the voyage into a Twitter "Moment" (which is embedded at the end of the Views below), and there is more to see over on the MousePlanet Facebook Page.

I found it easiest to take a "beauty photo" of the "Disney Dream" while it was docked at Nassau. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

My short story about my first ever cruise (on any line, including DCL) is: I had a great time, made a whole bunch of happy memories with friends in a really short time, and have a lot more to share. Stay tuned to MousePlanet for a full article coming in February. Why so long from now, you may ask? Well, I have also been invited to an in-port look at DCL's Disney Fantasy next week to sample a little bit of its latest Star Wars Day at Sea offerings on select cruises to provide you with a look at that too.

Star Wars is not just celebrated on land any more: Disney Cruise Line has Star Wars Day at Sea celebrations on select cruises. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

A few quick news items around Walt Disney World Resort this week and even a brief One Passholder's Tip are in this week's Update.

News and Views

Minnie Mouse Gets Hollywood Send-off and Honor | NFL Pro Bowl Week Gets Underway at ESPN Wide World of Sports | Epcot Concert News & Calendar | Views around the World | One Passholder's Tip | This and That | Crowd Forecast

Minnie Mouse Gets Hollywood Send-off and Honor

Minnie Mouse was honored yesterday with a star on Hollywood Boulevard in California. Before that, she was sent off from Disney's Hollywood Studios with a flourish where the park encouraged as many guests as possible to dress in Minnie Dots (her signature red, white, and black polka dots) that day. The promotion was called #RockYourDots.

Video ©Disney.

Yesterday, January 22, in Hollywood, California, Disney CEO Bob Iger presided over a ceremony at the Hollywood Walk of Fame to honor Minnie with the star. Pop Star Katy Perry appeared as well. Minnie's star is located in front of Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre.

Video ©Disney.

And, of course, every good Disney celebration includes celebratory merchandise. Disney Parks Blog announced a new line of merchandise available on both coasts to help you celebrate Minnie-style: from Dooney & Bourke handbags to ear bands to more subtle items; the new items join existing products like the classic Minnie Mouse dress. Select items are also available on ShopDisney.com. Limited release shirts are available through January 26 on ShopDisney.com/ParkEvents.

NFL Pro Bowl Week Gets Underway at ESPN Wide World of Sports

With the NFL Pro Bowl returning to Orlando's Camping World Stadium (formerly, the Orlando Citrus Bowl) this weekend, Walt Disney World Resort is again participating in the festivities by hosting Pro Bowl Week activities at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Many events are free and open to the public. Some events, like the 2018 Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, require (free) tickets—check the registration page on 1iota.com, the audience coordinator's website.

The NFL Pro Bowl Experience returns to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex again this year on Wednesday, starting at 10:00 a.m. each day, including some new football-related activities, exhibits, and sponsors. On Saturday at 1 p.m., the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex will host a fun run at the Track & Field Complex. Complimentary parking is available at the complex.

Over at Disney Springs, there will be a Pro Bowl All-Star Pep Rally on Saturday January 27 starting at 4 p.m. It will include special entertainment, games, NFL cheerleaders and mascots, and more. Visit NFL.com/probowl for more information about all of the events and to purchase tickets to the game at Camping World Stadium.

Epcot Concert News & Calendar

The America Gardens Theatre on the shore of World Showcase Lagoon opposite the entrance to The American Adventure is home to numerous shows throughout the year. During the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, the Disney on Broadway Concert Series takes the stage three times nightly on Fridays through Mondays until February 19. Remember that Passholders can get wristbands at The American Adventure Pavilion on a first-come, first-served basis, at least one hour prior to the show that you wish to attend, for up to four reserved seats for the Disney on Broadway Concert Series performances (annual pass card and a valid photo ID required). All guests can get guaranteed reserved seating with a dining package.

Passholder wristband and gift distribution are located at The American Adventure (look for signs). Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Though the show was closed for refurbishment last week, the building's lobby was still open for Passholder wristband and gift distribution. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival gets underway on February 28, and its Garden Rocks Concert Series kicks off at the America Gardens Theatre on March 2. Returning acts include Night Ranger (“Sister Christian”) which opens the series March 2-5, and The Spinners, known for “Working My Way Back To You,” the final Festival weekend May 25-28. Several new bands will perform at Epcot for the first time: Foghat (“Slow Ride”); Smash Mouth (“All Star”); Lonestar (“Amazed”); and Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles (“Hotel California”). Other bands new to the Garden Rocks series will be Rick Springfield (“Jessie's Girl”), Survivor (“Eye of the Tiger”) and Jo Dee Messina (“Stand Beside Me”).

For the convenience of our readers, we list all of the performances 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.

Disney on Broadway concerts are held on Friday nights through Monday nights during the Festival of the Arts. Other performing acts - especially local community organizations - may be scheduled on other dates: check the board (shown here) or the Times Guide for more information. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Views Around the World

Signs of winter, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge progress, the popular Epcot International Festival of the Arts, and the twitter Moment highlighting my Disney Cruise make up this week's Views Around the World: Land & Sea edition.

With sub-freezing temperatures in the resort area, floral beds around Walt Disney World Resort were wrapped to try to protect against frost damage last week, even at Golden Oak. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Epcot International Festival of the Arts seems to bring out lots of Annual Passholders judging by the queue at the Passholder's touchpoint and the gift/wristband distribution at The American Adventure. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Plant beds around Epcot were prepared to prevent frost damage to flowers and other sensitive greenery. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Last week we mentioned the purple martin (bird) migration has begun. I did not spot any during my visit to the cluster of nesting compartments in Future World East. The flower beds in the area were also all wrapped in frost-protection fabric. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Guests can make reservations for Festival of the Arts Seminars and Workshops at the counter just inside the door of Odyssey Festival Center. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

One of the new versions of the courtesy tram tow vehicle is now in use in the parking lot. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Construction presumably for the Disney Skyliner and repaving projects are continuing in several sections of the parking lot. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

From the parking lot, the skyline of the future Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge landscape is starting to become visible. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Earth moving equipment sits atop the berm under construction just past Pixar Place/Toy Story Midway Mania between this area and the future Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge area. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Even the Sorcerer Mickey topiary in front of the park was wrapped to protect it against frost damage. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

I asked on twitter and no one responded: does anyone know where this was located? Answer in the comments; in the absence of an answer, the correct answer will be published in the comments before next week's Update. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney Dream Twitter Moment

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One Passholder's Tip

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

One Passholder's Tip #40
Visiting Walt Disney World in Winter requires more layers of clothing than you might expect, so pack accordingly!

As happened again early last week, temperatures in Central Florida, even as far south as Walt Disney World, can and do dip below freezing from time to time in winter. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

When I used to vacation at Walt Disney World Resort as a Chicagoan in late December and early January, I always had at least the winter attire I needed for the trip to and from home to the airport. Back in the earliest years of those trips, I did not fully appreciate just how much of a range in temperatures the Central Florida region can see during the winter. After all, isn't it "because it's warm in winter" the answer to why Florida is the home of "snowbirds?"

As local weather forecasters regularly remind visitors to the region at this time of year, it is not unusual to have a few days of at or slightly below freezing temperatures even as far south as Kissimmee and, perhaps, a bit further south than that. In other words, Walt Disney World sits right around the occasional freeze line.

Of course, unlike areas further north, it is highly unlikely that "freezing" cold temperatures persist for more than two or three consecutive days. That is why I felt there was the need for this installment of the One Passholder's Tip. This very week serves as a great example of the range of temperatures which have gone from a low of around 28º to a high of around 82º F. That's right - from below freezing to shorts-comfortable all in a seven-day span.

Back when I lived in Chicago, during Spring and Fall, it was not unusual to start the day with having the heat on, turning it off and, if possible, switching on the air conditioning until around sunset, and, then, switching the heat back on overnight. Well, here in Central Florida, that scenario becomes possible for a day or two at a time.

What all this weather talk really boils down to is that when visiting the parks in winter, pack not only a variety of "weights" of clothing, but pack clothes that can be layered. Based on my experience, there are days where you may wear three or four layers in the morning, get down to the short-sleves t-shirt layer around 3 or 4 in the afternoon, and then get so cold that you may even to decide to buy a thick (and expensive but cute) Grumpy sweatshirt (I speak from experience and still wear it from time to time), or a knit hat, or scarf or such. When you do that, you just need to figure out what you can do with the layers you shed along the way. Shopping bags can come in handy for that…

Anyway, your mileage may vary, so be governed accordingly.

This and That

…Last week, we inadvertently failed to note the debut of new background music at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Following the end of the holiday season at the park, as of January 11, updated music around the park includes big band arrangements of familiar Disney tunes at the main entrance, and popular songs from the 1930s and 1940s as you proceed down Hollywood Boulevard approaching the Chinese Theater. Disney says that around the park, "From brassy horns near Echo Lake and jazz at the BaseLine Tap House, to the sounds of live performances outside Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, it's music to your ears!"

…Remember, as we reported last week: the World of Disney store at Disney Spring will begin to undergo phased refurbishment in mid-February. While parts of the store are expected to remain open, a new store, The Disney Corner, will open in the Town Center area (near the Lime Garage entrance) to sell select merchandise during the renovations. Also, the Ever After Jewelry Co. (formerly, the D-Living store) will remain open during the World of Disney store refurbishments. The phased work is expected to continue throughout 2018.

…And, a final reminder that coming up in Downtown Orlando at Dr. Phillips Center in the Walt Disney Theater on February 1 at 7:30 p.m., the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra performs Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - in Concert. The website still showed ticket availability as we prepared to publish this Update. Regular readers will recall that I paid to attend the concert performance of Star Wars: A New Hope back in fall and thoroughly enjoyed it; I have bought a ticket to this concert as well.

Even further beyond Walt Disney World Resort, Adventures by Disney announced a new Seine River Cruise in France beginning in summer 2019. The 10-day, 9-night trip includes 2 days in Paris by land, followed by eight days of river cruising to Normandy, Conflans, Vernon and more. Passangers sail aboard AmaWaterways, a "premier luxury" river cruise line in Europe. Adult-only, food-focused sailings will begin in 2019. Between family and adult-only departures on the Danube, Rhine, and now the Siene, Adventures by Disney will offer more river cruises in 2019 (21 total) than at any earlier time. Visit AdventuresByDisney.com for more information and booking options.


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Crowd Forecast


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Below are the predicted resort-wide crowd numbers for select days generated by the TouringPlans professional statisticians as measured for the upcoming week. For the access to the full year and per-park crowd level predictions, visit our Crowd Calendar.

Date Overall
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 3 / 10
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 4 / 10
Thursday, January 25, 2018 4 / 10
Friday, January 26, 2018 4 / 10
Saturday, January 27, 2018 6 / 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.

2018 Resort Events

  • Epcot International Festival of the Arts – January 12 - February 19, 2018
  • Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom – January 26 & 30; February 8 & 15; March 1 & 8.
  • NFL Pro Bowl week at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex – January 24-27.
  • 10th Anniversary Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend – February 22–25, 2018.
  • MouseAdventure (unofficial event) – March 3, 2018. See mouseadventure.com for more information.
  • 25th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – February 28 - May 28, 2018
  • Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side Weekend – April 19 - 22, 2018.
  • Dapper Day – Magic Kingdom: April 28, 2018; Epcot: April 29, 2018; Park TBD: November 27-18, 2018
  • Gay Days at Walt Disney World 2018 ("#RedShirtDays" – unofficial events) – Disney's Animal Kingdom: May 31;
    Disney's Hollywood Studios: June 1; Magic Kingdom: June 2; Epcot: June 3
  • Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party – TBA
  • Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend – November 1-4, 2018
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – TBA
  • Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic – October 26-27, 2018
      –Sunday Bubbles Brunch – October 28, 2018.
  • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party – TBA
  • Holidays at Walt Disney World – TBA
  • Epcot International Festival of the Holidays – TBA
  • Candlelight Processional at Epcot – TBA

2019 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.

2018 Disney Vacation Club Moonlight Magic Events (Including Event Reservation Opening Dates)

Introduced in 2017 as part of Membership Magic Ever After, complimentary Moonlight Magic events invite Disney Vacation Club Members (that are eligible for the Membership Extras benefits) and their guests to visit Disney Parks at the end of their regular operating hours and after the park has closed to the public. Members (and their parties) with reservations find shorter-than-usual wait times on popular attractions, meet rare characters, enjoy complimentary refreshments, have dance parties, and more. Please note that, in order to allow as many Members as possible to enjoy Moonlight Magic, only one event date for each participating park is available per Membership. Visit disneyvacationclub.com during specified reservation windows to (attempt to) secure access to the event as well as to find additions to the Moonlight Magic event slate, updated party hours, and transportation information.

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

  • Pirates of the Caribbean – will close for refurbishment scheduled from late February through mid-March 2018.
  • Liberty Square Riverboat – closed for refurbishment.
  • Splash Mountain – closed for refurbishment scheduled through early February 2018.
  • Stitch's Great Escape – My Disney Experience lists as "available seasonally throughout the year."


  • The American Adventure – closed for refurbishment scheduled through early February 2018.
  • Ellen's Energy Adventure at Universe of Energy – Closed August 13, 2017
    Guardians of the Galaxy-themed attraction in approximately 2021.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • The Great Movie Ride – Closed August 13, 2017.
    Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway attraction to open in Chinese Theatre at a date to be announced.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • Kali River Rapids – Closed for refurbishment January 2 until early February 2018.
  • Flights of Wonder (Caravan Stage) – Show Closed on December 31, 2017.
    New show starring Russell and Dug from "Up" and their bird friends coming in Spring 2018

Blizzard Beach

  • No known closures at this time.

Typhoon Lagoon

  • Seasonal Refurbishment scheduled to end March 18, 2018.

Disney Springs

  • World of Disney – portions closing in phases for refurbishment beginning mid-February.
    The Disney Corner opening in Town Center in mid-February to offer select merchandise during refurbishment.
  • DisneyQuest – Closed as of July 3, 2017.
    The NBA Experience expected to open Summer 2019.
  • Portobello Country Italian Trattoria – Closed April 24, 2017.
    Terralina Crafted Italian expected to open early 2018.
  • Wolfgang Puck Grand Café – closed August 1, 2017.
    Location is being transformed into Jaleo, a restaurant featuring Spanish cuisine, expected to open 2018.
    A new Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill is under construction next door to the Coca-Cola Store, expected to open 2018.
    Wolfgang Puck Express continues to operate in its existing location in the Marketplace.
  • La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil – Show closed on December 31, 2017.
    A new Cirque du Soleil show is now in development with its premiere date to be announced.

The "La Nouba" show closed on December 31. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


  • Caribbean Beach – Centertown, the resort's marketplace, will be expanded with new waterfront dining and retail shopping areas. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed in Summer 2018, with the overall project completed 2019-20. Due to the work, the following food service and retail locations are currently 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. DisneyMeetings.com offers an extended look at concept art for the re-imagined convention facilities and hotel.

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 for the discount. All sales are final, and not eligible for an exchange or refund. Both the immediate and discount version of Memory Maker can be purchased at this page of DisneyWorld.com.

Travel Discounts for Annual Passholders


For the most up-to-date list of locations offering dining discounts to Annual Passholders, visit this page of DisneyWorld.com.

Many dining locations offer Passholders 10% discounts during some or all meal periods (also excluding alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity).

The latest information on this page of DisneyWorld.com lists discounts at many merchandise locations across Walt Disney World Resort, including locations that continue to offer 20% discounts off regularly priced merchandise.

The latest information on this page of DisneyWorld.com lists discounts for special events and tours at locations around Walt Disney World Resort.

The latest information on this page of DisneyWorld.com lists discounts for sports, recreation, and spas around Walt Disney World Resort.

Passholders can receive a complimentary commemorative artwork celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Epcot during the 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts (while supplies last). To receive the artwork, from January 12 to February 19, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Passholders must visit The American Adventure Pavilion and show their annual pass card and valid photo ID. Limit one per Passholder during the run of the 2018 Festival.

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 once again listed on the Passholder website and, at least as of January 8, 2018, the coupon code still includes "17" rather than "18."

Visit the DisneyWorld.com Special Offers page (filtered for Passholders) and log in with a My Disney Experience account linked to your Annual Pass for information, or call (407) 939-4232 to book by phone.

Additional information about available "Passholder Extras" are available here, including discount game tickets to the NFL Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, an Orlando Magic Jersey Offer for purchasing or renewing an Annual Pass at Amway Center in Orlando, a 15% discount on the Ultimate Nights of Adventure VIP Tour at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Spa & Salon Discounts around Walt Disney World Resort, Amphicar Tour discounts at Disney Springs, runDisney Early Registration discounts, Best Friends Pat Care discounts, Children's Activity Centers discounts, and more.

Away from the Resort, Passholders can use code DANCEPARTY to get 20% off of tickets to the new Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour in Jacksonville, Melbourne, Clearwater, and Sarasota Florida, for house seats while supplies last. Visit disneyjuniortour.com for more information and tickets.

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


To conserve space, we have eliminated some of the participating location details of the Disney Visa Rewards offers from this section. Visit Disney Visa Rewards website for the latest participating location information.

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. Discounts are not available on Premium VIP tours, programs exclusive to groups, or group team building programs.

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). Offer excludes alcoholic beverages, merchandise, tobacco, room service, holiday buffets, tax and gratuity. Discount does not apply to the following dates: 12/31/17, 1/1/18, 2/14/18, 4/1/18, 5/13/18 and 7/4/18, and may not be available at all meal times. Visit this page of disneyrewards.com for the latest list of restaurants and restrictions.

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 this page of disneyrewards.com.

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, Luxury of Time, Marrakesh Emporium Arts & Crafts, Joffrey's coffee/tea kiosks and Tea Traders Café by Joffrey's, Sperry and Volcom.

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. Visit this page of disneyrewards.com for participating locations and restrictions.

10 percent 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 photos 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 complimentary downloads of your photos (one time per day), which may be accessed in the MyDisneyExperience App (or website).

Free character photos at a private meet and greet location at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Present your Disney's Premier Visa Card or Disney Rewards Visa Card for access to a private character meet and greet at the Star Wars Launch Bay in the Animation Courtyard at Disney's Hollywood Studios for the cardholder and up to five guests. The event is hosted daily from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You'll receive complimentary downloads of your photos (one time per day), which may be accessed in the MyDisneyExperience App (or website).

Travel Discounts for Military Personnel

Thanks to our reader Dr. Smith who alerted us to the website militarydisneytips.com.

2018 Armed Forces Salute Tickets

January 1 through December 19, 2018

  • Four-Day Park Hopper Tickets: $226.00
  • Four-Day Park Hopper PlusTickets: $266.00
  • Five-Day Park Hopper Tickets: $246.00
  • Five-Day Park Hopper Plus Tickets: $286.00

NOTE: Spring Blockout Dates have not yet been announced! Tickets must be used by December 19, 2018.

Read more information at militarydisneytips.com, visit your base ticket office, or when at Walt Disney World, visit Shades of Green.

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

Travel Discounts for Florida Residents

Discover Disney Tickets

Florida Resident Discover Disney Tickets are back: $159/person plus tax for the Discover Disney 3-Day Ticket; $179/person plus tax for the Discover Disney 4-Day Ticket. Tickets must be purchased by June 20 and may be used on any day until June 24, 2018. Park Hopper Option is available for an additional $30/ticket plus tax for the 3-Day Ticket; $37.50/ticket for the 4-Day Ticket. Further information is available and tickets may be purchased on this page of DisneyWorld.com.

Disney Select Tickets

At a higher price, but with more flexibility, Florida Residents save 30% with the 4-Day Disney Select Ticket (compared to the price of a 4-Day Magic Your Way ticket). There is a smaller discount for a 3-Day Select Ticket, and there is also a discount for 1–Day Tickets with the Park Hopper Option only. For more information visit this page of DisneyWorld.com.

  1–Day Ticket+
Park Hopper Option
Florida Resident General Admission  
  Ages 10+ Ages 3-9 Ages 10+ Ages 3-9  
  Value Day





  Regular Day





  Peak Day






Florida Resident
Select Tickets

3-Day Select Ages 10+

3-Day Select Ages 3-9

4-Day Select Ages 10+

4-Day Select Ages 10+


1 Park Per Day






Park Hopper





  • Florida Select tickets expire 6 months after first use or by June 30, 2019, whichever comes first.
  • Florida Select tickets do not need to be used on consecutive days.
  • All adults who will use Florida resident tickets must show an acceptable form of proof of Florida residency at a theme park ticket window, or at any Guest Relations location, prior to first use. Pass certificates can be exchanged for valid passes at the same locations.

Spring into 2018 rates for Florida Residents are available for most nights through April 14, 2018. Visit this page of DisneyWorld.com for information or call (407) 939-2752.

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 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.

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!



  1. By mkelm44

    Just a thought on the Orlando cold... if you think you'll be able to buy a shirt or sweatshirt w hen you get here, think again- at least on property. Living in Orlando now, I visited over to Disney Springs and Epcot during our cold patches the last month or so. Pretty much all of Disney Springs except for the high end was sold out for long sleeve T's and sweatshirts and MouseGear was equally sparse. So if you're coming to Orlando in winter, bring your own sweatshirt.

  2. By indyjones

    Is that photo of the little suitcase sitting on top of a vending machine by the bus stops outside the studio?

  3. By asdhollywood

    That's good advice. On the colder days or when they are coming, the stores do seem to have a lot of long sleeve merchandise out earlier in the day. You very well can see empty racks at night.


  4. By asdhollywood

    Quote Originally Posted by indyjones View Post
    Is that photo of the little suitcase sitting on top of a vending machine by the bus stops outside the studio?

    No. It is inside the park. It is obscure enough that I probably would not know it if I had not taken the photo!


  5. By Dave1313

    I asked on twitter and no one responded: does anyone know where this was located?

    Maybe somewhere at Oscar's Super Service?

  6. By asdhollywood

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave1313 View Post
    Maybe somewhere at Oscar's Super Service?

    Nope. Iíll post the answer next week.


  7. By stan4d_steph

    Quote Originally Posted by asdhollywood View Post
    No. It is inside the park. It is obscure enough that I probably would not know it if I had not taken the photo!

    Muppets shop?

  8. By asdhollywood

    Quote Originally Posted by stan4d_steph View Post
    Muppets shop?

    Yes! Well done!

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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