Walt Disney World Resort Update for June 5-11, 2018

by Alan S. Dalinka, contributing writer
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Walt Disney World Resort Update for June 5–11, 2018

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Writer's note: In the Disneyland Resort Update for June 4-10, 2018, Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix yesterday reminded readers that when Disneyland Resort raised ticket prices back in February, more changes were coming to help "better spread attendance throughout the year" and that more changes were on the way. Over the weekend, Disneyland Resort introduced park-specific blockout calendars for its annual passport program: Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park now have separate schedules of blockout dates depending on which pass a guest has purchased.

At Walt Disney World Resort, we gave a similar heads-up that more ticketing changes are ahead but, so far, we have not yet seen that type of change come to Florida. Right now, on schedule, Silver and Weekday Select passholders are blocked out from all parks through and including August 9. We will continue to keep an eye out for what changes are announced. Remember that, here in Florida, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is scheduled to open "late" next Fall at Disney's Hollywood Studios park, the smallest of the Florida Disney theme parks by capacity and areas open to guests since it opened. It would not be surprising if some changes to the various ticketing and passholder programs in Florida next year relate specifically to that park.

In the meantime, the daily summer storm rain pattern is almost here in Central Florida. We are finally getting a few drier days, but it is officially the time of year we are told to be on the look out for tropical systems. As I have said for three weeks in a row now, keep those umbrellas and ponchos handy if you are visiting the Resort and the surrounding area.

The Resort's "Incredible Summer" is underway, and we have more details from Magic Kingdom this week, with Epcot joining in the celebration this Saturday. Let's get to the News and Views.


Heavy Florida rain downpours that end ahead of sunset can yield spectacular, multi-layered rainbows like this one over Disney Springs Marketplace last Thursday evening. Panoramic Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


News and Views

Incredible Tomorrowland Expo Runs Through September 3 | Locating the Future Star Wars Immersive Resort | Impossible Burger Now At The Edison | Epcot Concert & Candlelight Processional News & Calendar | Views Around the World | This and That | Crowd Forecast

Incredible Tomorrowland Expo Runs Through September 3

As we discussed last week, the Resort-wide "celebration" (marketing theme) right now is the Incredible Summer, and it runs through September 3 (Labor Day). Last week, we focused on the new Donald's Dino-Dash in DinoLand U.S.A. at Disney's Animal Kingdom, which, though introduced as part of the Incredible Summer, is expected to stick around indefinitely into the future.

This week, we were invited for a closer look at the Incredible Tomorrowland Expo at Magic Kingdom. Its creative leaders (and the marketing folks) stress that the Expo is only around for a limited time, through September 3. As we noted last week, the Incredible Tomorrowland Expo involves a number of elements, starting with a decorative overlay throughout Tomorrowland that you can see in last week's Views Around the World, and the addition of area music from the Disney-Pixar The Incredibles films. For those not familiar with the Disney-Pixar animated film The Incredibles, the "stars" are superheros, "Supers" for short. As you may know, The Incredibles 2 will be released in U.S. theaters on June 15 (not coincidently).


If you have push notifications turned on for the My Disney Experience app, when you are in Tomorrowland you may be prompted to learn more about the Incredible Tomorrowland Expo now underway. Screenshot by Alan S. Dalinka (underlying information by Disney).

The Expo, paying homage to fan expos of all sorts (like, say, Disney D23 Expo), has elements drawn from those expos. For example, the "celebrities" make appearances. In the Incredible Tomorrowland Expo, Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible, Frozone, and, for the first time at Walt Disney World, Edna Mode all take part. Strictly speaking, there are no "meet and greets" with the characters in the Expo (as there will be out in Anaheim at Disney California Adventure's Pixar Pier), but there are opportunities to get up close and interact. The main opportunity is the "Super Party Time" dance party which takes place at Rockettower Plaza Stage from 2 p.m. and runs continuously until 7 p.m. Weather permitting, each of the "celebrities" are welcomed to the stage at various points in the afternoon; they lead themed games from the stage and they even come down off the stage to make their way through the party-goers.


Mrs. Incredible appears on stage during Super Party Time. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Mr. Incredible leads a game involving a "heavy" weight during Super Party Time. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Frozone shows off his moves during Super Party Time. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Edna Mode presides over a fashion "runway" during Super Party Time. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

At other times of the day, in what James Silson, Show Director, Disney Parks and Resorts calls a "throwback" to the days when characters were presented at Magic Kingdom as inhabitants of the lands where they were encountered by guests (in other words, in the days before fixed meet-and-greet locations), the "Supers" occasionally make appearances throughout the land and interact with guests. In the event of rain, you may even find Mr. or Mrs. Incredible or Frozone near the grey wall by the facepainting kiosk (if conditions permit).

Super Party Time also includes appearances by "up and coming Supers," folks who may not have achieved that celebrity superhero status of the Supers, but who perform specialty acts. Depending on when you visit the party, you may see Whipper Snapper, Electro Girl, or Gyro Man performing on the stage. (As far as we can tell, these are theme park characters inspired by the films, but not meant to represent any particular characters in the films.)


Electro Girl has a "super" talent with hula-hoops. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Gyro Man goes for a "super" spin with a wheel. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Another element of the Expo drawn from fan expos are the "Super, Super Fans." These "self-proclaimed experts" on the Supers, dress the part and will be more than happy to tell you about their favorite Supers (yes, they are Disney-employed cosplayers). They interact with guests and make appearances throughout the Expo too.


As we showed off last week, Super Super Fans (who are all Disney cast members) engage in a little costume play (and perform a few times each day). Video by Alan S. Dalinka.

As we noted last week, there are three photo backdrop opportunities throughout the land, usually staffed by Disney PhotoPass Photographers. Last week we showed off the backdrops for scenes with the OnmiDroid and the Tunneler. There is also a photographic opportunity to appear to "slide on ice" from Frozone.


Frozone created a frozen cityscape for a PhotoPass photo backdrop. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Another element of the Expo is borrowed a bit more from the experience of Disney Cruise Line (and shopping malls), but rethemed to an appropriate character from The Incredibles: Jack-Jack Diaper Dash is a daily multi-heat crawling baby race. Registration opens at 10:30 a.m. in Tomorrowland (find cast members with a themed "Registration" sign) for up to twenty-five crawlers; participants receive a themed bib. The "races" begin on the Rockettower Plaza Stage at noon.


Jack-Jack Diaper Dash is hosted from the Rockettower Plaza Stage. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Jack-Jack Diaper Dash takes place in front of the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland at noon each day, with registration starting at 10:30 a.m. (find cast members with a registration sign). Video by Alan S. Dalinka.

Finally, as we noted last week, the Expo has a selection of themed food. Having only tried the Mrs. Incredible Pretzel Mask (which is a black salted, mask-shaped version of what otherwise seemed to taste like a Mickey Pretzel), this Update writer will leave it to others to discuss the food in more detail.


As Edna Mode is known to despise capes, she presents specialty crepes instead. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The Super Stretchy Burger derives its name from the fact that it is topped by mozzarella sticks, which are stretchy like Mrs. Incredible. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Locating the Future Star Wars Immersive Resort

Back at the D23 Expo in Anaheim last July, Disney announced that a new resort hotel is in development at Walt Disney World to give guests a completely immersive Star Wars-themed experience. Very few additional details have been released other than some concept art and the promise that guests at the new resort would have access to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

On Wednesday, Disney Parks Blog revealed the latest detail about the new project, not surprisingly, next to where the land is being built. Specifically, the site is "on the southside of Disney's Hollywood Studios, just east of World Drive."


Using the My Disney Experience App to locate the site, we placed an "X" at the general location described by Disney Parks Blog for the new immersive Star Wars-themed hotel being developed. No doubt, our over-sized "X" includes some of the land being developed as part of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge itself. Screenshot underlying content by Google and Disney.

Impossible Burger Now At The Edison

Back at Disney's Animal Kingdom's "Party for the Planet" celebration, this Update writer was first introduced to the Impossible Burger—a plant-based patty flavored to taste like meat. The park's version was topped with additional flavors fitting to the park. (We have heard conflicting reports regarding whether there are locations in the park still serving a version of the Impossible Burger.) For Disney's Hollywood Studios recent edition of Star Wars: Galactic Nights, the park sold a version plated to look like meatloaf on mashed potatoes which was named "Plantmeat on Ground Root."

This past week, we were invited by Patina Restaurant Group to Disney Springs to sample The Edison's Electric Garden Burger featuring the Impossible Burger. Available during June, it is topped with tempura fried avocados, mushrooms, local sweet and spicy pickles, and harissa cocktail sauce. As prepared, it is not strictly a vegan menu item, but you can ask your server to request that the chef make additional dietary changes to your order, as the patty is vegan. It is reportedly nut-free, and dairy-free, but contains gluten and soy. The flavor comes from a combination of ingredients, mainly from heme—a molecule found in all living things that gives meat (and this burger) its meaty flavor.


The Edison's Electric Garden Burger is available during June. Image Courtesy Patina Restaurant Group

The Impossible Burger matches the levels of protein and iron found in beef. It has about the same calories, less total fat (with slightly higher saturated fat from coconut oil), and is completely cholesterol-free. It is primarily made from wheat protein, potato protein, coconut oil, and heme (the molecule that gives meat its color and flavor). The Edison’s regular menu version is topped with lettuce, tomato, pickle, and onion, on a Kaiser roll. Additional specialty versions are expected in a monthly series.


The Edison is an Industrial Gothic-style destination for food, cocktails, nightlife, and entertainment. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Live entertainers, like Rory, interact with diners at The Edison. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Epcot Concert & Candlelight Processional News & Calendar

Epcot joins in the Incredible Summer festivities this Saturday at The America Gardens Theatre Stage with the launch of the Guardians of the Galaxy-Awesome Mix Live! concert series featuring tunes from Star-Lord's Awesome Mixtapes (also known as the two movie soundtracks). Published showtimes are: 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8 p.m. daily.


America Gardens Theatre will soon be the Incredible Summer home to Guardians of the Galaxy-Awesome Mix Live. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Crews rig new lighting for the upcoming shows this past week. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

As we have previously noted, starting November 18 and running through December 30, the Festival of the Holidays will return to Epcot with the Candlelight Processional beginning its seasonal run on Thanksgiving Day itself, November 22, and running through December 30. Narrators for the three-times-nightly retelling of the traditional Christmas story accompanied by a massed choir and live orchestra have not yet been announced, and dining package information is not yet available.


The Candlelight Processional will debut at Epcot this year on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, and is scheduled to run three times nightly through December 30. File Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Earlier this month, Disney Parks Blog released a partial list of scheduled acts for this year's Eat to the Beat Concert Series at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. The series runs three times nightly from August 30 until November 12 on the America Gardens Theatre stage. Among the new acts this year are Sheila E and Glass Tiger. 98 Degrees, which performed during the Disney Parks Holidays tapings at Magic Kingdom last winter, will also be part of this year's Eat to the Beat Concert Series, and Jim Belushi brings his R&B band The Sacred Hearts to the stage. Contemporary Christian music artists MercyMe and Tauren Wells join the lineup as well.

For the convenience of our readers, we list all of the scheduled acts in our Google Calendar of Epcot Events. You can also add it or any events on it to any calendar that supports the iCal format (like iPhone and Mac) by copying this link. When the Candlelight Processional celebrity narrators are announced, we will add the events to our calendar as well.

The calendar is provided as a courtesy "as is, where is" without any guarantees. 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. Walt Disney World Resort does provide schedules in the My Disney Experience app, but does not allow you to add dates to calendars outside the app itself.

Views Around the World

As usual, there is more news in the Views Around the World, so be sure to read the captions. In particular this week, we get our first looks at how part of the new Guardians of the Galaxy themed coaster coming to Epcot may be visible around the park.

Magic Kingdom


Mickey Mouse greets guests "backstage" at Town Square Theater on Main Street U.S.A. Unfortunately, he is no longer willing to "speak" with visitors, but he also no longer blinks when taking his photo (or otherwise). Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Epcot


From the far reaches of the Epcot parking lot, the vertical construction going on at the site of the future Guardians of the Galaxy-themed coaster can be spotted (left of the tree). Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The permanent structure for the new coaster is at least twice the height of the park's perimeter trees. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The permanent structure for the new coaster towers over the left side of the ticket booths when approaching the park from the parking lot. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The terrain of the park approaching the front of the Universe of Energy pavilion, future home ot the Guardians of the Galaxy themed attraction, hides the entire height of the permanent structure seen from the parking lot (and, as below, other points in the park). Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Next door to Universe of Energy, the former Wonders of Life Pavilion/Festival Center now has part of its outer roof finished in a more copper-colored look than the top of the building. The next use of the building has not been specifically announced. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


From all the way across World Showcase Lagoon at the Japan pavilion, the cranes can be seen over the new permanent structure for the future Guardians of the Galaxy-themed coaster. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


In future world, the turf is replacing the now-ended Flower & Garden Festival flowerbeds and, in the distance, the Guardians of the Galaxy-themed coaster structure rises beneath the construction cranes. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Finally, from inside the Disney Vacation Club Members Lounge on the upper level of the Imagination Pavilion, you can see the new structure. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


At the front of Epcot, a simple, traditional floral arrangement has replaced the Flower & Garden Festival topiary display. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


A number of the Flower & Garden Festival topiary displays were still in place this weekend, but their number is expected to dwindle as the summer continues. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The building for the future Ratatouille-themed attraction continues to take shape between the Morocco pavilion and the France pavilion. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The future Disney Vacation Club resort, Disney's Riviera continues to rise beyond the Germany pavilion (across Buena Vista Drive from the southern part of Epcot). Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Now that the Flower & Garden Festival has ended and the permanent margarita stand has opened closer to the Mexico pavilion, the long-standing "temporary" Mexican-themed kiosk (used in many festivals) has been removed from the promenade. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Friendship boat service is temporarily unavailable to the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort and Disney's Hollywood Studios, as noted at the International Gateway. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney's Animal Kingdom


Satu'li Canteen in Pandora-The World of Avatar now offers a combination chicken and beef protein selection among the dining options. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


On nights when Disney's Animal Kingdom has multiple showings of Rivers of Light scheduled, the later showings often can be rather sparsely attended (as was the case for the Sunday, 10:15 p.m. performance). Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


To our eyes, the Rivers of Light final scene makes much less use of fire than the show did when it debuted last year. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Stroller parking numbered zones were set up this weekend at theaters around the park and outside Kilimanjaro Safaris. If you had any experience with how the zones were utilized, we would love to hear about it. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney Springs


Terralina Crafted Italian restaurant now has an exterior sign. We still have no word on its likely opening date Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

This and That

…On Friday, Walt Disney World Resort announced that Minnie Van Service is now available to anyone visiting the Resort using the Lyft app (in other words, it is no longer limited to guests at specific resorts). Introduced last summer after Disney announced the service at D23 Expo, Minnie Van Service provides private, point-to-point service around the property for a flat fee (currently $25) in a van driven by a Disney Cast Member.

…Magic Kingdom celebrated the 65th anniversary Walt Disney Signature Collection release of Disney's Peter Pan with a mini-parade on Saturday. The latest edition of the film is available on Digital services like Movies Anywhere and in stores on Blu-ray. Disney Parks Blog even has a downloadable coloring sheet for your synergistic fun at home.

…Losing something at Walt Disney World Resort can drag down your vacation. But, having said that, and paraphrasing one of Disney's many marketing lines, in the place "where Magic lives" lost items are often reunited with their owners by the Walt Disney World Lost and Found. In the latest enhancement to that service, DisneyWorld.com/lostandfound now lets you input information about your lost item and contact information online and then provides periodic updates about the search by email. As a bonus One Passholder's Tip, if you have a customizable lock screen on your smart device (like the iPhone's lock screen that lets you select the wallpaper for that screen), add some contact information to that screen that allows someone who finds it to reach you in the event you lose that device (another phone number where you can be reached like your work number or spouse's or child's, or an email address you can check without the device). Many smart devices also have "In Case of Emergency" information that you can store so that anyone in possession of your device, even if locked, can access it (like emergency responders).

…Disney's Hollywood Studios will launch a new "Disney Junior Dance Party!" this fall inspired from popular Disney Junior TV shows including "Mickey and the Roadster Racers," "Doc McStuffins," "The Lion Guard," and "Vampirina." A DJ named "Deejay" and Finn Fiesta will host. It is not yet clear whether this entertainment offering will supplement or replace the Disney Junior Live on Stage show in the theater in Animation Courtyard.

…From June 13 to August 26, the Canada Mill Stage at Epcot will welcome Blueberry Grass Band from Quebec. Featuring string bass, guitar, violin, drums, and banjo with vocals in French and English, the six-person band has performed on "Britain's Got Talent" and "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." Check the times guide or My Disney Experience for performance schedules.

…The brand new Wine Bar George at Disney Springs salutes National Rosé Day with a tasting of six rosé wines alongside cheese and charcuterie with Master Sommelier George Milotes on Friday and Saturday, June 8-9, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tickets and more information are available here.

…Paddlefish at Disney Springs has a few special offerings coming up:

  • Starting on Tuesday June 12, Paddlefish will be hosting wine tastings the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month through September. The in-house Sommelier team will lead tastings on the rooftop deck and wine flights will be served with light bites and tastings. Guests must be 21+ to attend. Tickets and additional details can be found here.
  • On Wednesday June 13, to celebrate its 2018 Orlando Magazine Dining Awards win as “Best Seafood Restaurant,” Paddlefish is serving "a decadent 5-course wine pairing dinner showcasing the Best of Paddlefish." The rooftop deck will greet attendees with Mini Maine Lobster Rolls and champagne, and then will feature "carefully crafted dishes that feature fresh catches, full flavors and fabulous wine." Guests must be 21+ to attend. Tickets and the complete menu can be found here.
  • The following Wednesday, June 20, guests can celebrate National Vanilla Milkshake Day will Paddlefish's "famous vanilla brownie milkshake" for just $5.

…As Walt Disney World Resort Platinum Plus Annual Passholders may know, that AP includes green fees at Oak Trail Golf Course which, as we have previously reported, now also offers Footgolf. MousePlanet reader Kevin O'Donnell, a Platinum Plus Annual Passholder tells us that Bruce Gerlander, General Manager of Walt Disney World Golf, informed him that there is not an extra fee for the soccer ball rental for Platinum Plus APs, and, while the greens of Oak Trail are worked on this summer, "all golf will be moved to Lake Buena Vista [golf course] and Footgolf will still be available on Oak Trail."

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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

  • Disney H20 Glow Nights at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
    • Every Thursday and Saturday, June 21 to August 11; 8–11 p.m.
  • Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom:
    • June 28, 30, July 7, 9, 14, 21, 28, August 4 & 11; 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.
    • August 30, September 20; 9 p.m.– midnight
  • 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
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – August 30 to November 12
  • Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend – November 1–4
  • Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic – October 26–27
    • Sunday Bubbles Brunch – October 28
  • Dapper Day (unofficial events)
    • November 17 – Disney's Animal Kingdom (until 3-5 p.m.) & Magic Kingdom (evening);
    • November 18 – Epcot
  • 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
  • Epcot International Festival of the Holidays – November 18 to December 30
    • Candlelight Processional at Epcot – November 22 to December 30

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 (cast say until at least June/July).
  • Stitch's Great Escape – My Disney Experience lists as "available seasonally throughout the year."

Epcot

  • American Heritage Gallery at The American Adventure – 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

  • Toy Story Mania– Closed June 11–18, 2018, for work related to new attraction entrance and queue in Toy Story Land.
  • 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 opened in its place on April 22, 2018.

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.
    DisneyStyle now open on the West Side offering additional Disney-themed merchandise.
  • 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.

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

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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

The 45th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort dining discounts ended on December 23, 2017. You must show your passholder (gold) card and photo ID 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 percent 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 percent 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 nine holes of golf, a hot breakfast and two beverages between 7:00 and 8:30 a.m., subject to availability, at Disney Golf courses), a new $29 Sunset 9 golf offer (including nine 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 percent 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 percent 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

Reminder to MagicBand users: You must still show your DIsney Visa credit card to receive discounts and other benefits. 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 My Disney Experience smartphone application (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 My Disney Experience smartphone application (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 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.


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 per person plus tax for the Discover Disney 3-Day Ticket; $179 per 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 per ticket plus tax for the 3-Day Ticket; $37.50 per 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.
  • Prior to first use, all adults using 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. Pass certificates can be exchanged for valid passes at the same locations.

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Travel Discounts for Canada Residents

All adults using 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.

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