Walt Disney World Resort Update for October 9-15, 2018

by Alan S. Dalinka, contributing writer
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Walt Disney World Resort Update for October 9-15, 2018

 

Writer's note: While the rainy season has largely wound down, it is still hurricane season here at Walt Disney World Resort in Central Florida. As we publish this week's Update, Michael is forecast to be a Category 3 Hurricane traveling north through the Gulf of Mexico today and tomorrow, mostly parallel to South and Central Florida before making landfall along the Florida Panhandle near Panama City (between Pensacola and Tallahassee) heading northeast tomorrow and Thursday.

With the center of the storm not too far away. (at least in a meterological sense) from the region, current forecasts suggest that outer-band rains and winds likely will hit the Walt Disney World area tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday, though not likely at tropical storm force. At the moment, there are no announced closings, and if the forecasts remain consistent or track further west, park and resort-wide closings are unlikely (outdoor attractions will likely follow their usual rain/lightning protocols). In any event, if you are visiting the area, be aware of the forecasts, and as with any storm, take sheltering advice from cast members and authorities seriously if and when weather worsens.


As we note quite a bit at this time of year, sunsets in Central Florida can be quite beautiful. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

News and Views

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#DreamBigPrincess Global Disney Bound

In honor of International Day of the Girl declared by United Nations, on October 11, Disney Parks guests worldwide are invited to "Disney bound" in outfits inspired by their favorite female Disney Characters (though, as always, note the Walt Disney World Resort Attire Guidelines or those of whichever other Disney Resort you are visiting). As in past years, Disney's "Dream Big, Princess" campaign uses the stories of Disney heroines and real-life role models "to encourage kids around the globe to follow their dreams."

For those that "Disney bound" and like or share a public video or photo with #DreamBigPrincess on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter from October 10 through November 20, Disney Worldwide Services will donate $1 to Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation's program supporting girls' leadership and empowerment (with a guaranteed minimum donation of $500,000 and a maximum donation of $1 million). Some will be featured on Disney Parks Blog. The next edition of the #DreamBigPrincess video series will debut on Disney Parks Blog later this month.

Preview The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

An extended preview of the upcoming Disney film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is now showing at Walt Disney Presents in Disney's Hollywood Studios. Actress Mackenzie Foy, who stars as Clara in the film, appears in a brief introduction to the preview. The Walt Disney Theatre lobby displays a few costumes and props from the film.


Costumes from the upcoming film, "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" are on display in the Walt Disney Theatre lobby. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The music box and key from "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" are on display as well. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

The preview is also playing in 3D at Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort. The movie opens in U.S. theaters on November 2.

Epcot Concert & Candlelight Processional News & Calendar

Epcot's America Gardens Theatre stage is home of the Eat to the Beat Concert Series throughout the entire run of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, three times nightly through November 12. There is a new Quick Service dining package option that is available daily (no advanced reservations, limited availability) at Liberty Inn at The American Adventure pavilion: for $29.99/person plus tax, guests purchase a meal (entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage) and get a guaranteed concert seat. The usual Table Service dining packages that include guaranteed concert seats are available by visiting TasteEpcot.com or calling (407) 939-3378.


Jim Belushi & The Sacred Hearts took the stage on October 1-2 as part of the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Outside Liberty Inn, a sign advertises the Quick Service guaranteed concert seating packages remaining for the evening's performances of the Eat to the Beat Concert Series during this year's Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Our Google Calendar of Epcot Events includes a list of the scheduled performers (but, as always, check the My Disney Experience app, Times Guide, and, yes, sometimes even signs posted at the park entrances and at the theater noting last minute changes).

The Food & Wine Festival also includes a second concert venue on Friday and Saturday evenings in conjunction with the new Disney Du Jour Dance Party at the Fountain View Stage in Future World. Different pairs of Disney characters stop by each weekend (Remy and Emile from Disney-Pixar’s Ratatouille, Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps from Zootopia, Lilo and Stitch, or classic favorites such as Chip 'n ' Dale or Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar). The Disney Du Jour Dance Party is highlighted by a special concert appearance by an up-and-coming artist from Radio Disney.


The new Disney Du Jour Dance Party takes place at the Fountain View Stage in Future World on Friday and Saturday evenings during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, and is highlighted by a special concert appearance by an up-and-coming artist from Radio Disney. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays begins on November 18, with additional entertainment by storytellers and musical acts all around the park. Starting on Thanksgiving night, November 22, and running until December 30, the Candlelight Processional returns to the America Gardens Theatre for the traditional retelling of the story of Christmas with celebrity narrator, live orchestra and mass choir. This week, Disney announced four more narrators (which we have added to our calendar as well). Our Candlelight Processional at Epcot Guide lists the dining packages available for breakfast, lunch and dinner around Epcot and its neighboring resorts, and the up-to-date listing of celebrity narrators. You can also visit this page of DisneyWorld.com for Candlelight dining package information and reservations.


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. Pat Sajak is scheduled to return as a celebrity narrator again this year. File Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

For the convenience of our readers, all of the 2018 scheduled performances at America Gardens Theatre are shown in our Google Calendar of Epcot Events. With the recently announced dates for the Disney on Broadway Concert Series and Garden Rocks Concert Series in 2019, we have added entries for the expected daily schedule and we will update those as performance details are announced.

You can add the whole Event calendar to any calendar that supports the iCal format (like iPhone and Mac) by copying this link. 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 always, the captions tell the story and include bits of news along the way.

Epcot


Epcot International Food & Wine Festival continues through November 12.


As the weather in Central Florida has become a bit less humid this fall, the condensate in the boxes on the sign has seemed to decrease (though it could just be a coincidence).


Behind the Germany pavilion, guests can now spot a new architectural feature of Disney Riviera Resort, the next proposed Disney Vacation Club property being built across Buena Vista Drive from the "back" of Epcot's World Showcase.


Construction is underway at a previously backstage section of the Japan pavilion where the previously announced new signature restaurant likely will soon be built.


The future Ratatouille-themed attraction's exterior facing World Showcase Lagoon is the color often referred to as "go away green."


From just outside the International Gateway, guests can spot the on-going construction at the site of the future Ratatouille-themed attraction.


From just outside the front gate to the park, steelwork can be seen stretching from behind the Universe of Energy to the new building which will house the Guardians of the Galaxy-themed roller coaster.


From the parking lot, a new building is taking shape between the remaining shell of the former Universe of Energy pavilion and the new building which will house the Guardians of the Galaxy-themed roller coaster.


The outer reaches of the Explore section of the parking lot provides an overview of the construction for the Guardians of the Galaxy-themed attraction.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Epcot Resort Area (between Epcot & Disney's Hollywood Studios)


Construction continues at the future Disney Skyliner station outside Epcot's International Gateway.


Disney Skyliner station at Epcot's International Gateway increasingly looks like the concept art on the construction wall.


Disney Resort hotels increasingly advertise some of their programming on signs on walkways. Disney's Yacht Club offers a painting class. In recent weeks, we have seen signs at Disney's Saratoga Springs advertising its sunrise yoga program. Be sure to check with the front desk of your hotel for what "else" you can do at Walt Disney World.


This fall, Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort will break ground for construction of a third hotel tower on the site of the resort's tennis courts. It is expected to be complete in 2020, with 14 floors tall with 349 rooms.


The 9th Annual Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic is coming up on October 26-27, 2018. A link to more information in the Resort Events section below.


The turn station for Disney Skyliner between Disney's BoardWalk Resort and Buena Vista Drive continues to take shape.


From the directional sign on the pathway between Disney's BoardWalk and Disney's Hollywood Studios, guests can see both the construction of the turn station (to the left of the photo) and the park's on-going bus loop and Disney Skyliner station construction.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney's Hollywood Studios


The rock formations of Batuu in the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge area of Disney's Hollywood Studios rise above the park.


The walk to the park, whether approaching from Epcot and its resort area (as here), or by bus, tram or car, requires following signs through a maze of construction walls and fences.


The walkway from the Epcot resort area connects to the far end of the portion of the new bus loop that is now in-use.


Construction in the new bus loop. The construction fences and walls include concept art for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.


Construction continues at the future Disney Skyliner station outside the park's entrance near the new bus loop.


The Adrian & Edith's Head to Toe shop portion of the retail location on the western side of Hollywood Boulevard is undergoing refurbishment; embroidery services remain available at a counter inside the neighboring Cover Story shop.


The neighboring Dark Room shop's D-Tech kiosks now include cases for the new iPhone X S Max.


Launch Bay has customizable Star Wars-themed cases for the new iPhone X S Max as well.


The exterior sign at Walt Disney Presents promotes the Nutcracker preview within and no longer includes the Star-Lord and Baby Groot meet and greet.


Inside Walt Disney Presents, guests can no longer meet Star-Lord and Baby Groot. In 2019, Sully and Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc. will meet and greet here.


As the former location of Disney Junior Live on Stage is transformed for the coming Disney Junior Dance Party, the building's exterior again resembles its original "soundstage" design.


Refurbishment continues inside Tatooine Traders.


During refurbishment at Tatooine Traders, some merchandise is displayed on temporary racks and carts.


In a far corner of the parking lot, the new toll plaza appears nearly complete. Be aware that traffic patterns will change around the park when the new toll plaza opens.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

This and That…

…Just like Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix reported in yesterday's Disneyland Resort Update, your next Disney snack at most Walt Disney World locations will cost more thanks to price increases that took effect last week. Popcorn, Mickey pretzels, and Coca-Cola products are included in the price hikes.

…Also like at Disneyland Resort, the World of Disney store at Disney Springs major refurbishment is nearly complete. MousePlanet has been invited to a media event on the morning of October 18 to celebrate the renovations.

…Yesterday, Monday October 8, Disney Parks Blog reported that Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort's new lobby, restaurants, and other amenities, including Sebastian's Bistro, Centertown Market, and Banana Cabana, are now open.

…Reservations are now open for Storybook Dining at Artist Point at Disney's Wilderness Lodge this winter. As regular readers may recall, starting in December 16, Storybook Dining at Artist Point will be a new immersive enchanted forest character dining experience inspired by Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The experience is priced at $55 for adults and $33 for children (ages 3-9) before tax and gratuity, including appetizer, choice of entrée, a dessert, and choice of non-alcoholic fountain beverage. Call (407) WDW-DINE for reservations, or visit this page of DisneyWorld.com which also includes the full menu.

…Speaking of character dining, Vampirina now is part of the Disney Junior Play 'n Dine breakfast at Hollywood & Vine in Disney's Hollywood Studios. She joins fellow Disney Junior characters Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins and Roadster Racer Goofy. Starting in November, she will have a new character greeting location in the Animation Courtyard in a replica of her room.

…FootGolf at Disney's Oak Trail course, introduced earlier this year, is now played as a 9-hole course. Guests wishing to play 18 holes can play a second round of 9 holes at no additional cost (based upon space availability). FootGolf is now offered on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays only, with tee times beginning at 3:20 p.m. until before dusk.

…For those with tickets to attend D23's Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse at Disney's Contemporary Resort on November 16-17: this sold out event will now also include the award-winning songwriting team of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman presenting a special behind-the-scenes experience discussing how they created the original music and songs for the upcoming movie Mary Poppins Returns.

…Reminder: the deadline for submitting applications to become one of the 100 high school students selected for the Disney Dreamers Academy mentoring experience (and Walt Disney World all-expenses-paid immersive program) is October 31. Visit DisneyDreamersAcademy.com for more information and to submit an application.

…Reminder: Disney Cruise Line announced that in early 2020, it will sail from New Orleans, Louisiana for the first time ever, including voyages to the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and a two-week Panama Canal voyage to San Diego, California. DCL also announced a pair of voyages between Vancouver, Canada and Hawai'i. Reservations are now open. You can read more on this page of DCL's website.

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New & Coming Soon at Disney Springs

This section collects all of the Disney Springs retail and dining events we are aware of in one place.
Items NEW to the Update are marked accordingly.

Dream Big, Princess Movie Marathon

Through October 18, AMC Disney Springs 24 Dine-In Theaters will salute the "Dream Big, Princess" campaign that inspires girls to celebrate achievements, encourage one another and be empowered to go after their own dreams, by showing five different Disney Princess films:

  • Moana – Through October 11, 2018
  • Cinderella (Live Action) – October 12 – 18, 2018

Showings include at least 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. daily, and regular ticket prices apply.

New Hyper-Reality Experience Coming to The VOID

Last winter, The VOID opened at Disney Springs with Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire created by The VOID and ILMxLAB (the immersive entertainment division of LucasFilm). With the Disney Animation Studios film Ralph Breaks the Internet due in theaters on November 21, this fall, The VOID, ILMxLAB and The Walt Disney Company will present Ralph Breaks VR go give guests "a new multi-sensory Disney adventure...immersed in the worlds of the internet and online gaming with Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope."

For those that have never visited The VOID at Disney Springs Marketplace (or Downtown Disney in Anaheim or elsewhere), the physical space guests explore itself is pretty much a "black box" where the players wear equipment and a helmet that immerses them into a virtual world rather than the place itself. Thus, it is not surprising that Disney Parks Blog confirms that Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire "will not be going away" when Ralph Wrecks VR debuts. Staff at The VOID confirm this as well.


After entering information into a tablet and signing a liability waiver, guests receive a QR-encoded wristband to enter the world of Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire. Tickets for the experience are currently $29.95 and the only discounts available are for Disney Cast Members. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Chef Art Smith's Homecomin'

Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' now offers the Rise & Shine Brunch on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. See the brunch menu for details or call (407) 939-5277 for reservations.


Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' serves its Rise & Shine Brunch on Sundays. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Terralina Crafted Italian

The restaurant will host an "intimate Wine Dinner" on October 24. The cost per guest will be $55 plus tax and gratuity. Details are coming soon to TerralinaCraftedItalian.com. Throughout all of October, the restaurant is also offering a Happy Hour featuring charcuterie board for $15 and half-priced pizzas.

Terralina Crafted Italian now serves up Meatball Mondays. Guests can choose from three meatball dishes including a meatball sandwich ($14), pizza ($15) or calzone ($14) served with pecorino-truffle potato chips and garlic pickles. Substitute the sides with a baby greens salad or French fries for $3.

Paddlefish

Rooftop Wine Experiences are available on the 2nd Tuesday every month through January on the third "deck." The experience and discussion lead by its Sommelier team features wine flights from around the world and light bites. The next one is October 9. For more information and tickets, visit its EventBrite webpage. Guests must be 21 or older to attend.

On October 16, the restaurant will host an Oktoberfest Beer Dinner on its rooftop with a four-course pairing menu with seasonal local brews from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit its EventBrite webpage. Guests must be 21 or older to attend.

The Edison

The Edison's new "Burger of the Month" is a pork burger with sliced BBQ pork loin and crispy bacon named "The Triple Threat Burger" and is garnished with caramelized apples and served on a pretzel roll with a side of fries. Its recommended pairing is the "Hallo Hooch," a blend of Redemption Rye, Bailey's Bumpkin Spice, Domaine de Canton, and Cinnamon Cordial shaken over ice and topped with ground cinnamon.

On Halloween night, The Edison hosts a party paying homage to the 25th anniversary of the release of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. "A Halloween Soirée at The Edison" starts at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets are $85 plus tax and gratuity and include Live Music and Dancers, Passed Hors d'Oeuvres, a welcome cocktail, a costume contest, stilt walkers, aerialist performances, plus giveaways and take home treats. Guests must be 21 or over to attend and the restaurant's full food and menu will be available for additional purchase. Visit this page of the Patina Restaurant Group website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Modern Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim will host a vodka-tasting and cocktail class at The Edison Orlando on October 9, at 7 p.m. (for those ages 21 and over). The evening includes passed appetizers from The Edison's menu paired with vodka=based cocktails and all guests will receive a copy of Tony Abou-Ganim's book, Vodka Distilled. Space is limited. Tickets are $50 (not including tax or gratuity) and are available with more information on this page of Patina Restaurant Group's website.

Maria & Enzo's and Enzo's Hideaway

Maria & Enzo's and Enzo's Hideaway at Disney Springs are now offering 40% off to Disney Annual Passholders during lunch through December 31st. Not valid with any other offer or during brunch.

Wine Bar George

NEW Enjoy a late night wine party featuring Viña Alicia wines on October 16 from 10 p.m. until Midnight featuring Rodrigo Arizu, owner and winemaker of Viña Alicia in Argentina, plus Master Sommelier George Miliotes. Cheese and charcuterie will accompany the wine. Tickets are $50/person plus Eventbrite ticket fee are available here.

Enjoy a guided tasting with Master Sommelier George Miliotes featuring six red wines from around the world plus a selection of cheese and charcuterie on November 1, from 5-6:30 p.m. Tickets are $105.25 available here (note, the webpage says that the price is $110.25 per person includes tax and tip, but the tickets link on the page suggests the charge will be $105.25). Must be age 21 or over and the event will be cancelled if less than 10 register.

House of Blues


Outside the restaurant, a sign advertises "Happy Hour" adult beverage specials, daily from 11:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 p.m. until closing. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Retail


Disney Design-A-Tee shop has closed in the Marketplace area. HDR Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Crowd Forecast

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Resort Events

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2018 Resort Events
  • Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom:
    • October 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – August 30 – 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
  • Holidays at Walt Disney World – begins November 8
    • 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 – December 30
    • Disney's Hollywood Studios Flurry of Fun – November 6, 2018 - January 6, 2019
      • ​Includes nightly presentations of Sunset Seasons Greetings and Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!
      • Toy Story Land gets special holiday songs on Alien Swirling Saucers and more
    • Disney's Animal Kingdom – begins November 8
      • Diwali, the holiday Festival of Lights in India, celebrated as part of the UP! A Great Bird Adventure show.
  • MouseAdventure Remix (unofficial event) – November 10
  • Mickey Mouse's 90th Birthday (celebrations likely) – November 18
  • Dapper Day (unofficial events)
    • November 17 – Disney's Animal Kingdom (until 3-5 p.m.) & Magic Kingdom (evening);
    • November 18 – Epcot
  • Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom:
    • December 3 & 10: 10 p.m. - 1 a.m.
2019 Resort Events

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.

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Magic Kingdom
  • Captain Jack Sparrow's Pirate Tutorial – no longer listed in My Disney Experience (final shows September 29, 2018).
  • Move it! Shake it! Dance & Play It! Street Party – no shows scheduled after Saturday, October 6, 2018.
    Starting January 18, 2019, the new "Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party" will take its place, featuring new arrangements of classic "Mickey Mouse Club" songs
  • Liberty Square Riverboat – closed for refurbishment (return date is still unknown)
  • Stitch's Great Escape – My Disney Experience lists as "available seasonally throughout the year"
    Be aware that it is increasingly unlikely it will reopen; the attraction's lobby is usually used for greeting Stitch
  • Walt Disney World Railroad – scheduled closure beginning in December 2018 to accomodate TRON construction
  • Tomorrowland Speedway – scheduled 2019 closure for track adjustment to accomodate TRON construction (expected Summer reopening)
Epcot
  • 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.
  • Illuminations: Reflections of Earth – closing during the second half of 2019 for new nighttime spectacular.
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.
  • Pixar Place area – Closed since just after the opening of Toy Story Land
    New entrance to Toy Story Mania! and character encounters now inside Toy Story Land
    Starting January 18, will become home to Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible, Frozone & Edna Mode.
  • Disney Junior Live on Stage – Closed.
    Disney Junior Dance Party expected to debut in its place, fall 2018.
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.
  • Conservation Station – Rafiki's Planet Watch - closing around October 21 - reopening Spring 2019
Disney Water Parks

Disney's Blizzard Beach

  • Closing for seasonal refurbishment October 28, 2018 – January 5, 2019.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon

  • Closing for seasonal refurbishment January 6 – March 16, 2019.
Disney Springs
  • World of Disney – phased store closings for refurbishment underway until fall 2018.
    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 has opened in its place.
  • 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.
Disney Resorts
  • Caribbean Beach – The overall construction project at the Resort is expected to be completed 2019–20. Disney Parks Blog reported on the October 8, 2018, opening of the resort's new lobby, restaurants and other amenities, including Sebastian's Bistro, Centertown Market, and Banana Cabana.
  • 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.
    • Iguana Arcade is closed for refurbishment.
    • Siestas Cantina poolside quick service dining location is closed for refurbishment
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge - Uzima Springs Pool Bar is closed for refurbishment.
Walt Disney World Golf
  • No known closures.

Current Discounts and Promotions

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For Everyone

Play, Stay, Dine and Save

You can Play, Stay, Dine and Save up to $500 for a family of four on a five-night/six-day Walt Disney Travel Company room, theme park ticket and dining plan package at a select Disney Resort hotel, for arrivals most nights January 1 through March 9, 2019. he number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited and may be booked through January 2, 2019. Read more about it on this page of DisneyWorld.com.

Gift of Magic Offer

You can save 25 percent on rooms for stays most nights January 1 through April 27, 2019, at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels with the Gift of Magic offer. The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited and may be booked through January 2, 2019. Get more information on this page of DisneyWorld.com.

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.

For Annual Passholders
Expect to be required to show your Passholder Card and matching photo ID to receive a discount and other benefits.

For the latest offerings during the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, visit this page of DisneyWorld.com. Passholder benefits during the Festival include:

  • Passholders can obtain a new Chef Mickey Passholder magnet (with their Pass and Photo ID) on their first visit to the Festival Center at the theatre across from The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar, hosted by Ghirardelli.
  • On a Passholder's fourth visit to Epcot during the Festival(tracked by entering the park with the Pass, not the Festival Center, Passholders can pick up a new Chef Mickey cutting board at the Festival Center.
  • Passholders get "V.I.Passholder" 8-9 a.m. access to Epcot to be "among the first to purchase the newest releases of Passholder-exclusive merchandise" and mimosas at the Festival Center (or just merchandise at Mouse Gear) on three "Thank You Thursdays" during the Festival. The final one is October 18 (Event Registration is not required, but attractions do not open until 9 a.m.).

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).

Maria & Enzo's and Enzo's Hideaway at Disney Springs are now offering 40% off to Disney Annual Passholders during lunch through December 31st. Not valid with any other offer or during brunch.

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.

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 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).

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.

For Florida Residents

Disney Select Tickets

Florida residents can 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 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.

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.

For Disney Vacation Club Members

Member Benefits and Discounts may be found on this page of DisneyVacationClub.com. Note: some benefits and discounts are only available to those with a valid Disney Vacation Club Membership Card which is only available to Members owning at least 75 Vacation Points purchased directly from Disney Vacation Development, Inc.

MORE DETAILS WILL BE LISTED HERE SOON!

If you know of an offer that you think most Members do not know about, please drop us an email with the details.

For Canada Residents

Canada residents can purchase an adult 4-day or longer base theme park ticket for as low as $316 (that is $79/day; US Dollars not including tax). Upgrades to the Park Hopper Option are also available. Tickets may be purchased on this page of DisneyWorld.com for Canada residents or by phone at (407)939-7648. This offer is available through March 15, 2019, and they may be used through September 27, 2019 (but are blocked December 24, 2018, to January 1, 2019). Tickets must be used within 14 days of first use or by September 27, 2019, whichever is earlier.

All adults using Canada resident tickets or passes must present valid proof of Canada 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. The offer itself requires advanced purchase; it is not available at Walt Disney World Resort theme park ticket windows. 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.

For U.K. Residents

You can see the latest offers for U.K. residents on Disney World's U.K. packages website. It now features an offer where everyone on your booking dines for FREE during their entire stay when you book a Disney Moderate, Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resort Hotel and Ticket package for a minimum of 5 nights in 2019; also enjoy FREE Breakfast if you stay in a Value Resort Hotel! Plus, enjoy speciality non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages during your stay!

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

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