Walt Disney World Resort Update for June 26 - July 2, 2018

by Alan S. Dalinka, staff writer

Walt Disney World Resort Update for June 26 – July 2, 2018

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Writer's note: The biggest event of Walt Disney World Resort's "Incredible Summer" is coming up this week: the opening of Toy Story Land. Cast member previews have been underway for more than a week, and some "Dress Rehearsals" including friends and family have now begun too. I was fortunate enough to be invited by a friend to one of them, but all previews, so far, have prohibited photographs, video, and the like.

The media-invited events begin on Thursday, so I expect to be able to start bringing you photos and video then. The dedication of the new land will take place on Friday morning at 10:55 Eastern Daylight Time, and Disney Parks Blog will stream that live (I will be there too, but will leave the live streaming to the preferred camera positions Disney Parks Blog, no doubt, will enjoy). The land opens to the public on Saturday, June 30.

This week, Toy Story Land began hosting "Magic Backstage Dress Rehearsal" for invited cast members, family, and friends. Toy Story Mania's Pixar Place entrance remained open during the "Dress Rehearsal" I attended. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Now is the time to send me your questions in the comments or by e-mail, so I can pose them to the creative representatives and park executives on hand during the media events. I will review a number of the facts we already know about the new land below in the News. And, of course, though our friends at Touring Plans have their Crowd Forecast Resort-wide at only a 5/10 for this Saturday, I expect that the area in and around Disney's Hollywood Studios may feel more like a This is Spinal Tap kind of 11. It may not be as big of a happening as last year's opening of Pandora-The World of Avatar, or the even bigger-to-come crowds that likely will gather when Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge debuts late next year, but Toy Story Land is going to draw more people to the park to see what's new (and, indeed, cute and fun for adults, and, at long last at this park, rides for the whole family to enjoy together).

Monorail Orange is "Super-wrapped" with an advertisement for "Incredibles 2," which is now playing in theaters. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

News and Views

Disney H2O Glow Nights Underway at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon | Terralina Crafted Italian Opens Thursday, June 28, at Disney Springs | Watch For #ToyStoryLand News June 28-29 (Land Opens June 30) | Epcot Concert & Candlelight Processional News & Calendar | Views Around the World | This and That | Crowd Forecast

Disney H2O Glow Nights Underway at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon

Disney H2O Glow Nights debuted Thursday, June 21, at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park, and we were invited to have a look. For guests looking to cool off during the usually hot Central Florida Thursday and Saturday nights this summer (through August 11), the new hard ticket event provides a special opportunity to enjoy the nearly 30-year-old water park with shorter wait times and a few party extras.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon will soon celebrate its 30th Anniversary. It is usually only open to guests during daytime hours. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney H2O Glow Nights (on Thursdays and Saturdays through August 11) provide guests an opportunity to visit the park from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney H2O Glow Nights begin as the sun sets. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

The event also gives guests the opportunity to enjoy a new nighttime pool party hosted by a DJ playing popular songs next to Partysaurus Rex, sample unique food and beverage offerings available only at Disney H2O Glow Nights, and meet Toy Story's Woody, Jessie, and Buzz. Disney H2O Glow Nights also features The Wharf, an adults-only area with a private bar and live entertainment.

The "host" of Disney H2O Glow Nights is Partysaurus Rex, a 14-foot inflatable version of Rex as he appeared in the Pixar short film "Partysaurus Rex." Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Partysaurus Rex shares the stage with a DJ who runs the beach-front dance party. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Special party food and beverages include Typhoon Lagoon's take on the Impossible Burger (the plant-based patty we have previously enjoyed at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Galactic Nights at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and The Edison), Verlasso Salmon, Vivoli il Gelato (from Disney Springs), and adult and non-alcoholic light-up frozen beverages. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Buzz Lightyear makes nighttime appearances during Disney H2O Glow Nights. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Woody and Jessie also appear. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

A large selection of "Toy Story"-themed merchandise is for sale at the park. The glow sticks (shown front left) are marked with Typhoon Lagoon graphics. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Event tickets are $55/person over age 9 ($50/child ages 3-9) plus tax, and discounts are available for Disney Vacation Club Members, Annual Passholders, and Cast Members. For those considering making a single visit to a water park during their stay this summer, an event night is an opportunity to visit the park at night, with low attendance, and at a discount over the regular 1-Day water park tickets (which, during summer, are $65/person over age 9; $59/child ages 3-9).

As a hard ticket event, the park is much less crowded during Disney H2O Glow Nights, and on opening night, there was little or no wait for any attractions. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney H2O Glow Nights provides the somewhat rare opportunity to visit Disney's Typhoon Lagoon water park at night. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney H2O Glow Nights will take place on Thursdays and Saturdays through August 11. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney PhotoPass Photographers will be on hand during Disney H20 Glow Nights. PhotoPass has announced that its photographers will be on hand at Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach regularly through September 3. Photos taken by PhotoPass photographers are available for download to qualified Annual Passholders and anyone who purchases one of the Memory Maker products.

Terralina Crafted Italian Opens Thursday, June 28, at Disney Springs

When we saw the sign installed in recent weeks we knew it probably would not be long before we learned an opening date for the long-awaited reimagining and replacement for Portobello Country Italian Trattoria at Disney Springs. Yesterday, we learned that Terralina Crafted Italian will open to the public this Thursday, June 28.

With both indoor and al fresco dining, Terralina Crafted Italian will offer a new menu curated by James Beard-award-winning chef, Tony Mantuano and Orlando native, Chef Justin Plank. The latest Levy Restaurants concept is inspired by the design and lifestyle of Northern Italy's famous lakes like Lake Como, set far away from city life and surrounded by picturesque villages. "We are excited to bring an authentic Italian dining experience to Disney Springs and we look forward to sharing a piece of the Italian culture to vacationers and Florida locals," said Andy Lansing, President and CEO of Levy Restaurants. "Terralina Crafted Italian is a classic example of our commitment at Levy Restaurants to deliver authentic food, genuine hospitality, but most importantly a memorable guest experience."

Terralina Crafted Italian is scheduled to open on June 28, 2018, in Disney Springs. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

A newly installed veranda overlooks the Riverboat Square area near neighboring Paddlefish restaurant. In addition to al fresco dining, the new veranda will also feature a full-service bar where guests can order handcrafted apertivos like the classic Negroni, share a refreshing pitcher of Crafted Lemonade made with lavender rosemary vodka, homemade orange blossom lemonade and celery bitters or select a bottle or glass of wine from a global and Italian wine list.

Terralina Crafted Italian will be open for lunch and dinner and also available for group dining and events, including interactive cooking classes. For further information visit the restaurant's website.

Watch For #ToyStoryLand Coverage June 28-29 (Land Opens June 30)

As we have noted above (and for quite some time), Toy Story Land opens to the public this Saturday, June 30. Imagined as a place where guests are shrunk down to the size of toys, the action takes place in Andy's backyard where he has set up his toys around his Mega-Coaster set (the Slinky Dog Dash Coaster), and around the play set he won at Pizza Planet (the Alien Swirling Saucers).

Walt Disney Presents includes a model of Toy Story Land right next door to the soon-to-be-permanent entrance to the new land. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Toy Story Land now appears in detail on the My Disney Experience app (even including Andy's footprints). Screen shot by Alan S. Dalinka (Underlying content by Disney).

Along with a new entrance inside the land for the existing Toy Story Mania attraction, the land will provide this park an 11-acre expansion including attractions that can be enjoyed by the whole family together. Toy Story Mania has no minimum height requirement, while Alien Swirling Saucers has a 32-inch height minimum, and Slinky Dog Dash Coaster has a 38-inch height minimum. The saucers each seat two or three guests with a single seatbelt. Slinky Dog Dash Coaster cars seat two guests with individual lap bars (which are far more comfortable than those on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train over at Magic Kingdom, which also has a 38-inch height minimum).

The current Pixar Place entrance to Toy Story Mania! will soon be closed and this area will connect to an exit back into Toy Story Land. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney Parks Blog provides a nighttime preview of Toy Story Land. © Disney.

With media-invited previews set to begin on Thursday, June 28, be sure to keep an eye on our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts for the latest news; especially watch for "#ToyStoryLand" posts!

Disney Parks will live stream the Toy Story Land Dedication Ceremony on Friday, June 29, 2018, starting at 10:55 Eastern Daylight Time right here! © Disney.

Epcot Concert & Candlelight Processional News & Calendar

Guardians of the Galaxy-Awesome Mix Live! concert series runs daily through August 19 (with published showtimes at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8 p.m.) at the America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase. The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival's Eat to the Beat concert series starts August 30 and runs through November 12. Guests can book Eat to the Beat dining packages, as well as other Food and Wine Festival events like Party for the Senses, seminars, and more by visiting TasteEpcot.com or calling (407) 939-3378 for reservations and information.

America Gardens Theatre is the Incredible Summer home to the Guardians of the Galaxy-Awesome Mix Live concert series, five times daily through August 19. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

The Festival of the Holidays returns to Epcot on November 18, and its Candlelight Processional begins its seasonal run this year on Thanksgiving Day itself, November 22. 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.

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

All four theme parks are represented this week (though Epcot is viewed only from the parking lot of Disney's Hollywood Studios and from Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom). As always, the captions tell the story and include bits of news along the way.

Magic Kingdom

Now that Disney-Pixar's "Incredibles 2" is playing in theaters, if you have seen the film, you may recognize some of these "Supers" saluted in banners in Tomorrowland. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

At long last, the Tomorrowland Rockettower Plaza stage has a shade structure. It is the Incredible Tomorrowland Expo home of Jack-Jack Diaper Dash at noon, and Super Party Time from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. daily through September 3. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

The exit of Space Mountain has been routed outside of the building across the Walt Disney World Railroad tracks rather than through the usual tunnel under them. Cast members direct guests over the tracks. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Riders aboard the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover can catch a quick (sorry about the blur) glance at the (likely temporary) ramp installed outside Space Mountain to route guests back to Tomorrowland from the current exit of Space Mountain. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Refurbishment continues at Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, which usually continues to operate despite the scrim. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Some of the show-lighting of the "its a small world" finale has been replaced with white LED bulbs that contrast with some of the other lighting in the scene. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Speaking of lighting, some of the ghosts inhabiting the Haunted Mansion's ballroom scene now seem brighter than others. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

For those that follow along on MousePlanet social media, this is the "front door" of the Haunted Mansion viewed from the queue. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

As we have previously reported, Sleeping Beauty (Princess Aurora) now rides aboard the gazebo float with her Prince while the dragon float remains out of service. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

At long last, the Tomorrowland Rockettower Plaza stage has a shade structure. It is the Incredible Tomorrowland Expo home of Jack-Jack Diaper Dash at noon, and Super Party Time from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. daily through September 3. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Construction continues in Adventureland at what is widely believed to be the future site of a members-only club similar to Disneyland's Club 33. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

And, finally, after the California Grill atop Disney's Contemporary Resort clears out a bit after the nightly showing of Magic Kingdom's Happily Ever After, it is still a fun place to relax with friends and catch a look at the fireworks finale of Once Upon A Time. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Some new directional signs are in place. It would not be surprising if these new signs are further updated when Toy Story Land opens. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

The area surrounded by shrub walls last week has reopened with newly installed pavement in place. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

The long-running (park year one) Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular filled to capacity yesterday for a mid-afternoon showing. I had not seen the "filled to capacity" sign before, but the area has been quite busy while the park's construction of the new lands has diminished ride and show capacity elsewhere in the park. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Refurbishment continues at the Sunset Ranch Market tower sign, but the area appears to be operating normally. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Hopefully, Fantasmic! will receive some attention once Toy Story Land gets fully operating. Since seeing Disneyland's update last July, the show's age is showing and, at least today, even its fairly new digital sign was not operating properly. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

From the park's parking lot, looking past one of the Disney Skyliner Towers toward Buena Vista Drive (and the Speedway Gas station across the street), you can see the steel frame of the future "Ratatouille"-themed attraction under construction between the France and Morocco pavilions at Epcot. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Nearly a month into the Incredible Summer, it is time for another look around the largely permanent Donald's Dino Bash. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Remember, the story told here is that Donald Duck discovered that dinosaurs are his evolutionary ancestors, so he threw a party. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Chip and Dale "snuck" into Donald's party by disguising themselves as "Chipmunk-O-Saurus" along the Cretaceous Trail (during the daytime, before leading the DJ Dance Party in the evening). Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

From the ascent of Expedition Everest, the current state of the construction of the new hotel tower at Disney's Coronado Springs can be seen with Epcot in the distance. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

As if by Disney magic, a banshee-shaped opening in the clouds appeared over the mountains of Pandora-The World of Avatar. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Additional fringe has been added to the entrances of the Caravan Stage, home of UP! A Great Bird Adventure (show starring Russell, Dug and their bird friends). Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Discovery Trading/Riverside Depot now has a wall devoted to T-Shirts, including a display of some of those currently available. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

There seems to be an ever-changing variety of themed socks available as well. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Remember, when lightning is detected "in the area" (and not necessarily in the park itself), outdoor food and beverage carts and merchandise kiosks will close, as will many outdoor attractions. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney Springs

Construction of the additional parking structure across Buena Vista Drive from Disney Springs continues. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Road Construction

The latest road construction project we noticed in recent weeks around the Resort is just off World Drive through the area between the solar array shaped like Mickey Mouse's head and the smaller one near the ramp to the Epcot parking toll plaza. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

This and That

…If you are planning to visit Walt Disney World Resort to celebrate America's Independence Day, three parks have fireworks options and some special entertainment:

  • Magic Kingdom – July 3 and 4 – rather than the usual presentation of the Happily Every After show, at 9:15 p.m. each night, the park will present Disney's Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky. Since the announcement says there will be rockets "all around" the park, we assume there will be perimeter fireworks (which may be more limited than in previous years due to construction of the TRON-themed rollercoaster in Tomorrowland). In past years, this special two-night showing has also included a "mirror" fireworks launch site on the Seven Seas Lagoon itself, and, we expect it will again this year, but have not seen a specific announcement. There will also be DJ-hosted parties in Frontierland and Tomorrowland during both evenings.
  • Epcot – July 4 – after the usual 9 p.m. showing of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, there will be a special "all-American grand finale" (which you may hear folks refer to as a "tag" after the show). At 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8 p.m., there will be special evening concerts at America Gardens Theatre by Voices of Liberty. During the day, Mickey and his friends will appear in patriotic attire outside The American Adventure.
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios – July 4 – the park will present the current version of its Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular show at 10 p.m. which, as Disney says, gives you the opportunity to celebrate "one of the greatest icons of American popular culture."

Disney Parks Blog shared the inspiring story this week of Sierrah Lemons, a 17-year-old that lost an eye to cancer as a toddler, who is participating in the AAU National Volleyball Championships at the Resort.

Disney Parks Blog also provided details of a limited time deal for guests planning to visit during the week of Labor Day, September 3, and departing on September 8. The package includes a five-night stay at a select Disney Resort, four-day Magic Your Way tickets, plus a special "welcome dinner party inspired by" the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, a nighttime Kilimanjaro Safaris Adventure, exclusive Rivers of Light viewing, two hours of exclusive evening access at Toy Story Land, and Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom. The deal must be booked by August 19. It took a bit of searching, but the full details are on this page of DisneyWorld.com or you can call (407)939-5268 and ask about the "Ultimate Disney Fall into Magic Package."

…Speaking of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, Disney Parks Blog also announced that, this year, Mad Tea Party will have special lighting and effects, Space Mountain will feature a new soundtrack and special effects, Pirates of the Caribbean will include new pirates "interacting with sailing guests" searching for "Gunpowder Pete," and there will be a Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam dance party featuring Disney Junior Characters including Doc McStuffins.

…In case you skipped it in the news above, Disney PhotoPass photographers will be on hand all summer at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks through September 3. As always, photos will be available to qualified Annual Passholders and those who purchase Memory Maker.

…Just one last reminder that through Friday, June 29, Passholders looking to get their summer-themed Donald Duck complimentary gift magnet will now find them at Mouse Gear in Future World at Epcot. Be sure to have a valid photo ID matching your Annual Pass.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018 7 / 10
Thursday, June 28, 2018 7 / 10
Friday, June 29, 2018 7 / 10
Saturday, June 30, 2018 5 / 10

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Resort Events

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2018 Resort Events

  • Disney H2O 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
  • Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic – October 26–27
    • Sunday Bubbles Brunch – October 28
  • Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend – November 1–4
  • MouseAdventure Remix (unofficial event) – November 10
  • 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 reopening possibly late July).
  • Stitch's Great Escape – My Disney Experience lists as "available seasonally throughout the year."

Riverboat refurbishment continues. Cast members at the entrance this past week speculated that the work will continue well into July. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


  • American Heritage Gallery at The American Adventure – closed for refurbishment
  • Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe at Norway pavilion – closed for refurbishment through summer 2018.
  • 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.

Outside the theater where "Circle of Life" used to run, a new graphic for "The Land" has been installed on the lighted sign. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

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 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 is scheduled to open in its place June 28, 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.


  • 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.
  • 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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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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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

You must show your passholder (gold) card and photo ID to receive a discount and other benefits.

LAST CHANCE: Friday, June 29 (you know, the day before Toy Story Land opens at Disney's Hollywood Studios) Gold, Platinum, Platinum Plus, and Premier Passholders may buy up to six 1-Day Magic Your Way Park Hopper tickets for $79 each plus tax. The "Bring-a-Friend" tickets may only be purchased at the theme park ticket windows, the Passholder must be present and show photo ID, and the tickets must be used on the date purchased.

Gold, Platinum, Platinum Plus, and Premier Passholders should be "on the lookout for an event invitation with registration details in email" for "exclusive" access to Toy Story Land at specific times on select dates in September. Eligible passholders that want to attend will need to follow the email instructions to register for an event date and time in advance and, if they would like to register a guest, that guest also must have a Gold, Platinum, Platinum Plus, or Premier annual pass and be listed on the Friends & Family list sharing "All My Plans" in My Disney Experience. Attending the event will require the valid pass and a matching photo ID, but there will be no additional charge.

LAST CHANCE: While Silver and Weekday Select Passholders are left out of the June "Bring-a-Friend" and September Exclusive Toy Story Land access perks, they do get an unexpected perk in June too: blockouts have been lifted through this Friday, June 29. So, after last week's brief blockout, Silver and Weekday Select Passholders can park hop for nearly three weeks longer than previously announced (of course, the Weekday Select passes remain blocked on weekends).

For all Passholders interested in early access to the latest Toy Story Land-themed MagicBands, visit Mickey's of Hollywood, Celebrity 5 & 10, Keystone Clothiers, Once Upon a Time, and Walt Disney Presents, where you can now purchase them by showing your pass and matching photo ID (quantity limits apply, but, so does your 20% discount).

LAST CHANCE: Likewise, all Passholders can now get a "double dining discount" (20% instead of 10% off) at Hollywood & Vine through Friday, June 29. Discount is valid for the Passholder and up to three additional guests off the regular price of food and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding tax and gratuity, and does not apply during special events).

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

Disney Select Tickets

While the Discover Disney ticket offer ended on June 24, still available at a higher price (but including flexibility), Florida residents can still save quite a bit with the 4-Day Disney Select Ticket (compared to the price of a 4-Day Magic Your Way ticket). There is a smaller discount available 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 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.

Florida residents can check out the latest hotel package offers on this page of DisneyWorld.com.

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

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.

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

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.



  1. By wdwchuck

    Alan, when did you decide that you were going to devote your life to helping WDW geeks live vicariously through you? When did it come to you that you were going to take it for the team and let us know what is going on at the Happiest Place on Earth.
    Great report as usual. Thanks again. Have fun at the Toy Story deal.

  2. By asdhollywood

    Thanks. The exact moment was when I was the “fill-in” WDW Update writer, and I was riding the PeopleMover with Adrienne and Tony, Adrienne said, “You are going to take over the WDW Updates, right?”

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