Walt Disney World Resort Update for April 3-9, 2018

by Alan S. Dalinka, contributing writer
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Walt Disney World Resort Update for April 3-9, 2018

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Writer's note: As you might imagine, it was a rather quiet week for news at Walt Disney World Resort. Before the end of spring, we expect some bigger announcements will come along. As you may recall, the 20th Anniversary of the opening of Disney's Animal Kingdom is just ahead on April 22, and, then, as we head toward the "Incredible Summer" and the June 30 opening of Toy Story Land, we will see bigger stories.


Along the Walt Disney World Railroad Fantasyland Station, signs of spring are apparent. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

I hope you are enjoying what you celebrate in spring: Easter, Passover, or even just the season itself. Spring Break "season" continues this week, so there likely will still be crowds around Walt Disney World Resort (as our friends at TouringPlans predict below in the Crowd Forecast). Let's get started…


Magic Kingdom's gate bustles throughout Easter Sunday. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


News and Views

Recapping Easter Highlights at Magic Kingdom & Disney's Contemporary Resort | New Art Exhibit Coming to Epcot This Summer | New Mobile Digital Keys to the Room | Epcot Concert News & Calendar | Views around the World | This and That | Crowd Forecast

Recapping Easter Highlights at Magic Kingdom & Disney's Contemporary Resort

The Easter Bunny has departed Magic Kingdom's Town Square Courtyard for the season, but there were plenty of sights to see and photo opportunities leading up to Easter Sunday, April 1 (this past weekend). Many of the Citizens of Main Street U.S.A. dressed in their finest to celebrate the season, and on Saturday and Sunday Magic Kingdom also featured a special Easter-themed pre-parade down Main Street U.S.A. with Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny, Daisy Duck, Thumper & Ms. Bunny, White Rabbit, Rabbit, Clara Cluck, hippos, ostriches, dancing chicks, and the annual appearance by the Azalea Trail Maids from Mobile Alabama.


Many of the Citizens of Main Street U.S.A. dress in their Easter finest outfits. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade showings this past weekend were preceded by an Easter pre-parade. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny ride down the parade route in an antique car. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The Azalea Trail Maids from Mobile Alabama are led down the parade route by Daisy Duck. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The Azalea Trail Maids fill the parade route with their spring colored outfits. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Clara Cluck waves to guests along the parade route from the upper window of her barn-float. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


We presented the Easter Pre-Parade on our Facebook Page on Easter Sunday, Live, just before noon Eastern Daylight Time. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.


The Citizens of Main Street make regular appearances daily: be sure to check the Times Guide or the My Disney Experience for their appearance schedule. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Next door to Magic Kingdom, Disney's Contemporary Resort & Convention Center's bakery team also showed off its hand-crafted Easter eggs in the first floor lobby. Last week, we also showed photos from the prominent Easter egg displays located at Disney's Beach Club Resort (with a few pieces displayed at the neighboring Yacht Club) and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.


The lobby of Disney's Contemporary Resort & Convention Center displays Easter eggs crafted by the bakery cast. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The egg on the right (also shown on the left of the preceding photo) has character autographs that appear as the egg slowly rotates past an ultraviolet light. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The inspiration for some of the eggs, like Disney's "Aladdin" are clear, while others are of a more abstract design. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Among the smallest of the eggs in the lobby of Disney's Contemporary Resort, the details on the one depicting the lions is among the most intricate on display. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


From this angle, three of the eggs appear to be placed to form a familiar (Mickey-head) shape. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Minnie Mouse decorates an egg at the front desk of Disney's Contemporary Resort & Convention Center. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

The Easter eggs likely will continue to be on display for another week or so. If you want to make a trip over to one of the resorts with an egg display just to see it, it may be wise to phone ahead (you can ask the front desk or concierge of any Disney Resort for them to check for you).

New Art Exhibit Coming to Epcot This Summer

Back in the Walt Disney World Resort Update for March 13-19, 2018, we mentioned that The Kinsey Collection of African American art and history, which has been on display for the past five years at Epcot's American Heritage Gallery inside The American Adventure, would be returning to the Kinsey Family at the end of March. The Disney Dreamers Academy saluted The Kinsey Collection during its commencement ceremony at Disney's Contemporary Resort and Convention Center earlier in the month.


"Re-Discovering America: Family Treasures from The Kinsey Collection" has been on display in the American Heritage Gallery for the past five years. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

This week, Disney Parks Blog announced that the next exhibit coming to the American Heritage Gallery will be called "Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art." The exhibition, created in collaboration with the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (Santa Fe, New Mexico) and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, D.C.), will include interactive displays where artists share the creative processes and inspirations behind their works. Featured artists will include fashion designer Loren Aragon, doll maker Glenda McKay, and Juanita Growing Thunder.

As we have noted in other recent Updates, the Mexico pavilion's new "Remember Me" art gallery (which includes the authentic art's influences on Disney-Pixar's Coco) also continues to receive updates which, at least as of last week, had not yet been completed. The gallery inside the Stave Church at Norway pavilion is also currently closed for refurbishment.

New Mobile Digital Keys to the Room

For several years already, guests staying in Walt Disney World Resort Hotels could use their Magic Bands to unlock the doors to their rooms, as well as the common area doors (like doors to hallways that are locked late at night and swimming pools) and parking lot gates. Now Disney is adding mobile key features to the My Disney Experience app.

Starting soon with Disney's Wilderness Lodge, and eventually expanding to other resorts, the new feature in the latest version of the My Disney Experience app will allow your Bluetooth-enabled mobile device to unlock the door to enter your hotel room. Guests will need to opt in and activate the feature on check-in day in the app. When at your hotel room door, you will tap the "Unlock Door" button and then hold the phone against the door lock (just like your Magic Band). Several international hotel chains have offered this feature for several years as well (and I have used it quite a few times at Hilton Hotels in several cities).


Disney Parks Blog posted a demonstration of the mobile key feature in action at Disney's BoardWalk Resort (though the feature's first scheduled availability is to be at Disney's Wilderness Lodge). Video ©Disney.

Epcot Concert News & Calendar

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival's Garden Rocks Concert Series takes the stage at the America Gardens Theatre three times nightly on Fridays through Mondays through May 28. 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.


Little River Band performed at Epcot last month as part of the Garden Rocks Concert Series. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

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.

Views Around the World

In addition to the Views shared in the News, this week we have a few more views of Magic Kingdom, Disney's Contemporary Resort, Epcot, and Disney's BoardWalk Resort. As usual, photo captions provide you with bits of news too.

Magic Kingdom


Exterior scrims surround the upper part of the building including Tony's Town Square Restaurant along Main Street U.S.A. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Refurbishment and "enhancement" is underway at the "famous" Purple Wall in Tomorrowland. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Closer up, it is apparent that the "enhancement" of the Purple Wall apparently includes a rather abstract design. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Beyond the Purple Wall (further away from the hub in Tomorrowland), the rest of the exterior of the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor is also being repainted. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Closest to Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, the exterior wall of the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor now has a new decorative paint scheme. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Also in Tomorrowland, exterior construction continues at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café remains open during the refurbishment (look for signs pointing to available doors). Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


As is usual on a busy day at Magic Kingdom, on Easter Sunday, from Liberty Square past "it's a small world" and Peter Pan in Fantasyland the pathway was among the most congested in the park. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Now available in the Emporium: mugs resembling the turrets of Cinderella Castle. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


At nearly 90 years old, has Mickey Mouse finally started wearing reading glasses to read a park map? (Maybe it is just the stitching of his eyes.) Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Epcot


The 25th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival continues through May 28. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The spring flower baskets on the lamp posts along the shore of World Showcase Lagoon add even more colors to the park during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


One of the many residents of Epcot explores the World Showcase side of the Lagoon. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


During the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, a kiosk on World Showcase Plaza sells these decorative spinning pieces that you often also can find from a vendor in the Marketplace area of Disney Springs. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Construction cranes can now be seen from several vantage points around World Showcase. Those shown here are likely assisting in constructing the new tower to the park's west at Disney's Coronado Resort & Convention Center. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney's Contemporary Resort


The new PIXAR PlayZone debuts later this month, taking the space previously occupied by the Game Station arcade in the Grand Canyon Concourse on the fourth floor near the entrance to the Monorail station. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney's BoardWalk Resort


With some of the resort's check-in desk now used for the resort concierge (likely due to the popularity of online check-in), the former concierge desk has been converted to a mini-concession stand, including popcorn and resort refillable mugs among its offerings. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

This and That

Disney Parks Blog concluded its five week celebration of National Women's History Month by saluting more talented women on the Food and Beverage team at both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.

…Sticking with the foods theme, Vivoli il Gelato at Disney Springs is serving up some April sundae specials made with fresh and local ingredients of the season. Its limited-edition hand-made Italian gelato menu offerings include:

  • Blueberry PieBlueberry sorbet, vanilla gelato, biscotto gelato, blueberry sauce, fresh blueberries, graham cracker crumbles, and whipped cream
  • On the PitchPeanut butter gelato, banana gelato, chocolate gelato, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and fresh bananas
  • Pineapple Upside Down CakePineapple sorbet, black cherry gelato, vanilla gelato, cherries, yellow cake, cherry sauce, whipped cream
  • The Chocolate StormChocolate gelato, chocolate banana gelato, chocolate chip gelato, chocolate sauce, and whipped cream


Blueberry Pie Sundae is one of Vivoli il Gelato's limited-time menu offerings this month at Disney Springs. Image courtesy Patina Restaurant Group.

…Thinking about foods and beverages, snacks and desserts at Magic Kingdom, Disney Parks Blog has a rundown of the latest offerings from the new Flower Crown Cupcake at Main Street Bakery, to a new Mint Julep Lemonade Slushy and the Cuban Hot Diggity Dog at Casey's Corner, to the Orange Cream swirl that joined the Citrus Swirl at Sunshine Tree Terrace, and more, including details about the dessert trio coming to the Be Our Guest Restaurant along with its new summer dinner menu.

…Eligible Disney Vacation Club Members (and their guests) interested in beverages can now consider even more beverage tasting options around Walt Disney World Resort. We have previously written about the Beverage Tasting Series at Top of the World Lounge (which continues to offer a $40 sessions on many Tuesdays and Thursdays scheduled through June). Now DVC has announced two more "Membership Magic" options coming soon—call Member Services (800)800-9800 for details and reservations.

  • Olivia's Café at Disney's Old Key West Resort
    Starting April 15, each Sunday (excluding holidays), from 3-4 p.m., Olivia's will host a wine-tasting experience for up to 20 Members ages 21 and older. The $30/person (including tax and gratuity) sessions will include bite-sized foods with the wine while exploring the legend of Olivia Farnsworth (the restaurant's namesake) and the Resort itself.
  • Reunion Station at Disney's Wilderness Lodge (Reservations open April 4; venue opens April 30)
    In the brand new venue built along with the recent Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge, DVC will host a $40/person Beverage Tasting Series on Mondays, beginning May 7, from 1:30-3 p.m., focusing on different beverages from "Speak Easy Craft Cocktails" to "New World Wines" accompanied by small-plate food pairings. For Members staying at Boulder Ridge Villas or Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge, they may add-on an additional new food-and-beverage-inclusive lounge option at Reunion Station for the length of their stay (priced at $50/night for adults; $33/night for kids ages 3-9): it includes pastries, fruits, cereals, juices and more from 7 to 10 a.m. daily, and wine, beer, cheeses, salads, soups, desserts, crudité and more from 4 to 6 p.m. (The option must be purchased for the entire length of stay and for everyone on the reservation.)

…While we are talking about DVC's new Reunion Station, eligible Members may also (starting tomorrow) make call Member Services to make reservations for two new workshop series ($40/person including tax and gratuity) coming to the venue:

  • Phone Photography - offered on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. starting on May 8, will teach guests to "expertly capture vacation photos on their phones," by discussing (like many of our One Passholder's Tips, I am sure) how best to capture fireworks, characters, family, and more.
  • Animation 101 - offered on Thursdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m., starting on May 10, will be taught by noted Disney animator Todd Bright (whose work credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tarzan, Lilo & Stitch, andBrother Bear) focusing on Disney animation history and application of basic principles to creating a flip book.

Reunion Station will also be open to all eligible Members (whether or not staying at Disney's Wilderness Lodge) nightly (expected to start April 30) from 7 to 10 p.m., with a lounge host on hand to answer questions and offer assistance like the hosts do at the DVC Member Lounge at Epcot.

…And, for another wine tasting Membership Extra for eligible DVC Members, the soon-to-open Wine Bar George at Disney Springs will also be hosting experiences and monthly wine dinners. On Tuesdays, from 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m., up to 30 people will have the opportunity to sample six wines paired with cheese and charcuterie ($45/person including tax and gratuity). On select Wednesdays, from 6 to 9 p.m., Master Sommelier George Miliotes (and, when available, a featured winemaker) will host a reception and three-course dinner with wine pairings for up to 10 people ($115/person, including tax and gratuity). Call Member Services for information and registration; everyone can visit WineBarGeorge.com for information about the new two-story, 6,000-square-foot, 210-seat establishment opening in The Landing neighborhood of Disney Springs soon.

…One more food and beverage option for everyone (repeating from recent weeks): Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs continues its month long Sakura Festival celebrating the arrival of spring and cherry blossoms through its April 15 Matsuri Festival ($45/person - 12-4 p.m.) which will include family fun, games, food and more. The other special ticketed events include:

  • Morimoto Asia's Guest Chef Series - April 3: 7-9 p.m. ($120)
  • Ramen Seminar and Tasting - April 7: 12-3 p.m. ($36)

More information about the Sakura Festival, its special events and tickets are available on this page of the Patina Restaurant Group's website.

…If taking selfies at Tomorrowland's Purple Wall is your thing, maybe you also want to catch up on the Disney Parks merchandising team's latest new accessories and apparel now available in "millennial pink." Check out this rundown from Disney Parks Blog.


Purple Wall hats are sold all over Walt Disney World Resort; this one was available on a merchandise cart near the wall itself. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

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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

  • 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 (unofficial events) – Spring: Magic Kingdom: April 28, 2018; Epcot: April 29, 2018;
    Fall: Disney's Animal Kingdom (until 3-5 p.m.) and Magic Kingdom (eventing): November 17; Epcot: November 18, 2018
  • Star Wars: Galactic Nights event at Disney's Hollywood Studios – May 27, 2018
    Visit this page of DisneyWorld.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
  • 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 at Magic Kingdom – August 17, 24, 28, 31;
    September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30;
    October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31
  • Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend – November 1-4, 2018
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – August 30 - November 12, 2018
  • 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 at Magic Kingdom – November 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29, 30;
    December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21
  • Holidays at Walt Disney World – TBA
  • Epcot International Festival of the Holidays – TBA
  • Candlelight Processional at Epcot – TBA

2019 Resort Events

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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

  • Liberty Square Riverboat – closed for refurbishment.
  • Stitch's Great Escape – My Disney Experience lists as "available seasonally throughout the year."

Epcot

  • Stave Church Gallery at Norway pavilion – closed for refurbishment.
  • Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe at Norway pavilion – closed for refurbishment through summer 2018.


A few Kringla favorites are now available at the Midnattssol Bakeri kiosk along World Showcase Promenade. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

  • Ellen's Energy Adventure at Universe of Energy – Permanently closed on August 13, 2017.
    Guardians of the Galaxy-themed roller coaster-type attraction opens in approximately 2021.
  • Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable – closed February 3, 2018. Theater to be repurposed.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • The Great Movie Ride – Permanently closed August 13, 2017. The new "Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway" attraction to open in Chinese Theatre in 2019.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • Flights of Wonder (Caravan Stage) – Show Closed on December 31, 2017. "UP! A Great Bird Adventure" starring Russell and Dug and their bird friends opens April 22.

Blizzard Beach

  • No known closures at this time.

Typhoon Lagoon

  • No known closures at this time.

Disney Springs

  • World of Disney – phased store closings for refurbishment underway. The Disney Corner now open in Town Center offering 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 in Spring 2018.
  • 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.
  • 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.


From atop the neighboring Coca-Cola Store, the extensive wood beams of the future Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill can be seen. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Construction work at the future Jaleo restaurant site has transformed the shell of the former Wolfgang Puck Grand Café into a more curved building. Panoramic Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Resorts

  • 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.

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.

Walt Disney World Resort theme park tickets are rarely offered at deep discounts unless you are a resident of Florida or eligible for U.S. Military Personnel benefits. It is increasingly true that non-Florida residents tend to benefit the most by purchasing tickets in advance (and, of course, being mindful of the rules relevant to those tickets). As prices go up, it becomes even more important to pay heed: Don't get scammed! Never buy tickets from an unofficial or secondary outlet, such as through eBay or Craigslist. Never rent or purchase tickets from people approaching you outside Disney property stating they have remaining days or leftover tickets. This practice is against the terms of use for Walt Disney World Theme Park admissions, and may result in denial of entry. There is no way to determine if these tickets are valid until you try to use them to enter the parks. Only purchase Disney theme park tickets directly from Disney, an authorized seller, or a travel agency like MousePlanet travel partner Get Away Today.

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Be sure to move the calendar to at least seven (7) days out, to see what ticket options and discounts are available for your planned visit.

Travel Discounts for Everyone

Characters in Flight Tethered Balloon Ride by Aerophile

Once again, for a limited time, Groupon is selling individual rides for $11.50 and two person rides for $23. The Groupon certificate cannot be redeemed until 24 hours after purchase, is valid for 90 days, but only on flights from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. (weather permitting). This offer was still available last night (April 2), but could end at any time.

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

THE 45th ANNIVERSARY OF WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT DINING DISCOUNTS ENDED ON DECEMBER 23, 2017. BE AWARE THAT THE PASSHOLDER (GOLD) CARD AND PHOTO I.D. MUST BE SHOWN TO RECEIVE A DISCOUNT AND OTHER BENEFITS.

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.

Magic Strollers, "a Disney featured stroller provider," offers a $5 discount on stroller rental when staying at a Disney Resort Hotel and using coupon code WDWAP18 to arrange your rental. It is listed on the "Passholders Extras" page of the Passholder website.

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 specially priced 1-Day Water Park Tickets for $49 plus tax (must be purchased in-person at the water parks and not available online; must be used on or before December 31, 2019), a new $35 Sunrise 9 golf offer (including 9 holes of golf, a hot breakfast and 2 beverages between 7 and 8:30 a.m., subject to availability at Disney Golf courses), a new $29 Sunset 9 golf offer (including 9 holes of golf, a light snack and a beer or soft drink, subject to availability in the late afternoon at Disney Golf courses), 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.

Very far away from the Resort, Passholders staying 3 or more consecutive nights at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii, can save up to 30% for rooms booked most nights from April 2 through June 7, 2018. Reservations must be made by May 9, 2018. The Passholder must present the annual pass at check-in and must stay in a room on the reservation. (Also applies to Disneyland Resort annual passholders.)

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

REMINDER TO MAGICBAND USERS: YOU MUST STILL SHOW YOUR DISNEY VISA CREDIT CARD TO RECEIVE DISCOUNTS AND OTHER PERKS; DISCOUNTS ARE NOT AUTOMATICALLY APPLIED EVEN IF YOU HAVE LINKED YOUR DISNEY VISA CREDIT CARD TO YOUR MAGICBAND.

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

2018 Armed Forces Salute Tickets

January 1 through December 19, 2018

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

NOTE: Tickets must be used by December 19, 2018.

U.S. Military personnel can also purchase the Memory Maker product for $98.00 through December 19.

Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased at participating U.S. military sales outlets by Eligible Service Members (as defined on Disney World.com) or their spouses (but not both), for use by themselves and only family members and friends, as provided by Disney's rules. These Tickets may not be otherwise transferred, distributed or resold. Limit six (6) tickets purchased by the military personnel (or spouse), and one ticket must be used by that member of the military (or spouse).

U.S. Military personnel can enjoy discounts at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels when booking by December 19, 2018, for stays most nights from April 6 through December 19, 2018. Offer excludes moderate and deluxe resorts. Call(407)939-5684 for information and reservations.


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


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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 a whole lot more flexibility that came along with the price increases of February 11, 2018, Florida Residents can also save 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

$136.50

$130.50

$164.00

$158.00

 
  Regular Day

$146.50

$140.50

$174.00

$168.00

 
  Peak Day

$156.50

$150.50

$184.00

$178.00

 
 
 

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

$209.00

$197.00

$229.00

$215.00

 
 

Park Hopper

$241.50

$229.50

$266.50

$252.50

 
 
  • Florida Select tickets expire 180 days after first use. First use must be on or before December 31, 2019.
  • 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.

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Travel Discounts for Canada Residents

Canadian residents can save up to 25% on rooms at select Disney Villas and Resort hotels for stays most nights June 11 through August 1 when booked by May 22, 2018. For details and other summer promotions, visit this page of DisneyWorld.com and you must provide a Canadian billing address for your credit card when booking.

Remember, 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 https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/ca/ for the latest offers from Disney.

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Travel Discounts for U.K. Residents

You can see the latest offers for U.K. residents on Disney World's U.K. packages website. It currently includes an offer for UK and Ireland guests: 2018 Disney's 14-Day Ultimate Ticket for the price of a 7-day ticket when purchased pre-departure by July 31, 2018, for arrivals up until December 31, 2018. Memory Maker is included with every 2018 Adult Ultimate Ticket purchased.

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Comments

  1. By LLevy

    As someone who has only been to WDW 3 times for short trips.. what’s the purple wall? And why do they have hats?

    Thanks

  2. By Dave1313

    Quote Originally Posted by LLevy View Post
    As someone who has only been to WDW 3 times for short trips.. what’s the purple wall? And why do they have hats?

    Thanks

    Seems to be a social media thing. Lots of people apparently like to take selfies in front of it.

    I'm pretty sure it's this (or this zoomed in) (Google street view from in park - past the railings, building that is partially behind the rocks). It's basically (I'm pretty sure) the walkway between Tomorrowland Terrace and the main passageway through Tomorrowland from the hub towards Monster's Inc, Buzz, Stitch, etc.

    It has a hat because Disney marketers are never ones to turn down an opportunity to make money......

  3. By asdhollywood

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave1313 View Post
    Seems to be a social media thing. Lots of people apparently like to take selfies in front of it.

    I'm pretty sure it's ... past the railings, building that is partially behind the rocks). It's basically (I'm pretty sure) the walkway between Tomorrowland Terrace and the main passageway through Tomorrowland from the hub towards Monster's Inc, Buzz, Stitch, etc.

    It has a hat because Disney marketers are never ones to turn down an opportunity to make money......

    That’s the location. I put “famous” in quotes because it only really became a “thing” in the past year or so. Lots of “things” have Merchandise now: even Dole Whips!

    Regards,
    Alan

  4. By asdhollywood

    After publication today, Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs informed me that its Ramen Seminar and Tasting has been moved to Sunday, April 8.

    Regards,
    Alan

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