Walt Disney World Resort Update for November 6-12, 2018

by Alan S. Dalinka, staff writer

Walt Disney World Resort Update for November 6-12, 2018


Writer's note: Just like that, the Walt Disney World Resort switches from Halloween to Christmas. Magic Kingdom held its final Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party on October 31; by the time the park opened on November 1, all of the Halloween decor was gone and Christmas began to appear. Disney also starts recording its various winter holiday television specials around the resort this week too (with cast members and their guests making up the invited concert audiences around the Resort).

Signs previously advertising Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party were replaced on November 1 to advertise Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party which starts on Thursday night. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Before we get to the News and Views, thanks to those of you that followed us over to Instagram this week for the Oogie Boogie Popcorn Bucket giveaway. Keep following us on social media for more of that sort of thing; congrats to Anne Galko who has already received Oogie!

Congrats to our Instagram follower, Anne Galko, who received the Oogie Boogie Popcorn Bucket from this year's Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.

News and Views

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Epcot International Festival of the Arts Returns in January

2017's pleasant surprise debut and this year's outstanding encore leads to January 2019's return of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts. Starting on January 18 and running daily through February 25, the celebration of visual, culinary and performing arts will again include special entertainment, interactive workshops, immersive art experiences and world-class cuisine.

The Disney on Broadway Concert Series also returns along with the Festival. Unlike past years which ran only "Disney Weekends" (Thursdays through Mondays), this year's concerts are scheduled three times nightly for the entire 39-day run of the festival. The rotating lineup will include music from The Lion King, Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, and more. The exact schedule of which artists will perform on which dates has not yet been announced, but the performers announced include:

  • Kerry Butler (Beauty and the Beast) and Kevin Massey (Tarzan)
  • Meredith Inglesby (The Little Mermaid) and Steve Blanchard (Beauty and the Beast)
  • Arielle Jacobs and Adam Jacobs (Aladdin)
  • Heidi Blickenstaff (Freaky Friday) and Gavin Lee (Mary Poppins)
  • Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins) and Josh Strickland (Tarzan)
  • Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White (The Lion King)

Disney on Broadway Concert Series is scheduled three times nightly throughout the entire 39-run of the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts. File Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Concert series dining package reservations (for breakfast, lunch or dinner) open on November 8. Visit this page of DisneyWorld.com for more information or call (407)939-3463.

#ShareYourEars to Help Raise $2 million for Make-A-Wish

As Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix reported yesterday in the Disneyland Resort Update:

It's time to Share Your Ears again, as Disney kicks off its third annual campaign benefiting Make-A-Wish. For the 2018 promotion, announced Sunday night during “Mickey’s 90th Spectacular” on ABC, Disney pledged a donation of up to $2 million to Make-A-Wish to help children with life-threatening illnesses. This donation doubles the amount pledged during the 2016 and 2017 campaigns.

Fans can help generate up to $2 million is donations for Make-A-Wish when they share a photo of their ears on social media sites. Photo © Disney.

Fans help generate donations each time they share a public photo of Mickey Mouse ears—or any "creative ears"—on social media sites Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #ShareYourEars. Disney will donate $5 per photo, up to $2 million.
Beginning [yesterday,] Monday, November 5, both the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort have themed photo walls where visitors can take photos for the promotion. The ships of the Disney Cruise Line will also offer a special backdrop.
Disney Stores around the country will offer visitors a place to decorate a pair of paper Mickey Mouse ears, then snap a picture in a special #ShareYourEars photo frame.

Fans can help generate up to $2 million is donations for Make-A-Wish when they share a photo of their ears on social media sites. Photo © Disney.

You don't need to stop by an official Disney photo spot to participate; any public share with the #ShareYourEars hashtag made on one of the three social media sites will qualify. The 2018 campaign runs through November 17, 2018. Learn more about the promotion at ShareYourEars.org.
Disney's partnership with Make-A-Wish dates back to 1980, when the company was part of the first official wish granted by the organization. Since then, Disney has helped grant over 130,000 wishes, with an additional 10,000 Disney wishes granted each year. Bob Chapek, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products, recently joined the Make-A-Wish America board of directors.

Fans can help generate up to $2 million is donations for Make-A-Wish when they share a photo of their ears on social media sites. Photo © Disney.

Runners with Tampa Ties Win Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon

The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend concluded on Sunday, November 4, with both the first male and female finishers in the half marathon having ties to Tampa, Florida. Tyler Wasieleski of Union City, California, won the race in 1:11:48, only one second off the fastest time ever. He grew up in Tampa, Florida. Megan Curham who now lives in Tampa was the first female finisher, with a race time of 1:19:59. She grew up in New Jersey.

Photos ©Disney.

Both winners well-outraced the next closest finishers. The second place male finisher was Samuel Fazioli of Salem, New Hampshire (1:12:34); Roger Hildago of Auburndale, Florida, was third (1:19:00). Amanda Beal of Ellicott City, Maryland, was the second female finisher (1:29:09), and Valery Perry of Oviedo, Florida was third (1:29:26). More than 14,000 runners participated in the half marathon.

runDisney noted that the race weekend also included a New York runner's inspiring quest to run the half marathon with only one lung. Debbie Rogers of Westchester, New York, injured her foot in the Walt Disney World Marathon back in January. Her resulting visit to the doctor became life-altering when her doctors discovered a tumor on her right lung. The very early discovery of the cancer allowed doctors to remove part of her right lung, and she recovered from the surgery in time to run this weekend's half marathon.

"Had I not trained for the Disney marathon and not have had a running injury and not have completed the marathon, they would have found the lung cancer too late," Rogers said. "It is very, very rare to find early stage lung cancer!"

The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon is the first of four runDisney race weekends at Walt Disney World Resort during the 2018-2019 race season. Nearly 35,000 runners participated in the weekend's events, including the shorter distance races, kid races, and a health and fitness expo. Next up is the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, January 9-13, 2019.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

New Park-Hoping Florida Resident Ticket Special

As Disney said when it rolled out the new date-based ticketing system last month, Walt Disney World Resort continues to offer Florida resident discount ticket programs. Last week, Disney sweetened the offer of saving 30% on a 3-day ticket or 40% on a 4-day ticket by including the Park Hopper option at no additional charge for tickets purchased by December 16, 2018, with a selected start date on or before December 16, 2018. Visit this page of DisneyWorld.com for more information and purchasing options. Proof of Florida residence will be required at park entrance.

Traffic Change Reminder For Disney's Hollywood Studios

As we mentioned last week, in anticipation of next year's opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and the likely biggest crowds to date at this park, Disney has constructed a new entry road and toll plaza for guests entering the parking lot. Starting this Thursday, November 8, guests driving to the park will only be able to enter the parking lot from the new entrance road located off of Osceola Parkway. An access road will also feed into the same toll plaza off of southbound Victory Way. The parking lot will also exit to Osceola Parkway rather than Buena Vista Drive.

Starting November 8, all guest cars will enter the parking lot for Disney's Hollywood Studios from new access roads. Map via Disney Parks Blog.

The current main entrance route off of World Drive and Osceola Parkway will be converted to a cast members-only entrance. The existing entrance on Buena Vista Drive will be dedicated to bus traffic. In recent weeks, we have shown photos of the on-going construction to the bus loops, the adjustment of the tram lanes, and the construction of the upcoming Disney Skyliner station in the parking lot. We add some new photos of those projects here. Disney has not announced completion dates for any of those projects yet.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Epcot Concert & Candlelight Processional News & Calendar

Before we get to the above-mentioned Epcot International Festival of the Arts and the Disney on Broadway Concert Series in January, of course, the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays begins on November 18, with additional entertainment by holiday 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 the rest of the narrators, completing the line-up for the season. 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.

By next week's Update, this year's run of of the Eat to the Beat Concert Series at the America Gardens Theatre and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will have wrapped up with its last concerts on November 12. For those looking to attend the last concerts, remember that the new Quick Service dining package option continues to be offered available daily at Liberty Inn at The American Adventure pavilion (no advanced reservations, with availability status noted on a sign out front): $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 may still be available by visiting TasteEpcot.com or calling (407) 939-3378.

Kenny G returned to Epcot for the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. File 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. File 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.

Alex Aiono made special appearances on the Fountain View Stage in Future World during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. 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 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

I ventured over for a look at Magic Kingdom on November 1, after the wrap-up of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, and, sure enough, the Halloween decor was gone and some of the Christmas decor was already in place. Donald and Bonnie Fink visited yesterday, and, sure enough, all of the Christmas decor is now in place with Mickey's Very Mery Christmas Party to have its first event this Thursday. We have been invited to visit on Friday night, so watch MousePlanet social media accounts on November 9 for live and near-live coverage with a wrap-up next week.

Views this week also include Disney's Hollywood Studios where the Flurry of Fun also gets underway later this week. And, whether you are new to the Update or just forgot, our Disney Springs views are now part of a whole section devoted just to Disney Springs.

Magic Kingdom

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney Parks Blog provides a behind-the-scenes peek into Disney Holiday Services team's transformation of Magic Kingdom from Halloween to Christmas. Video © Disney.

By yesterday, November 5, Donald and Bonnie Fink found lots of the Christmas decor in place with Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party kicking off this Thursday, November 8.

Photos by Donald Fink (DF) & Bonnie Fink (BF).

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka (ASD) and Donald Fink (DF).

Tarps still surround the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, but the attraction continues to operate regularly. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

During evening performances of the "Once Upon A Time" projection show, Queen Elsa briefly illuminates Cinderella Castle with fireworks. Starting later this week, she will return to the stage in front of the Castle once or twice most nights through the holiday season in "A Frozen Holiday Wish" and freeze the castle (turn on the holiday dreamlights). Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Construction walls no longer fill the courtyard in front of the Chinese Theater. Inside, Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway is scheduled to open next year. We expect to hear more details later this month at D23 Destination D. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

PizzeRizzo is not operating during every park day. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

This and That…

…As we approach the start of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party events at Magic Kingdom later this week, last week the park announced an extra-charge party that guests attending the separately ticketed event evenings at Magic Kingdoms can add on: Tony's Most Merriest Town Square Party. For $99 plus tax (plus admission to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party), from 9:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m., guests can "indulge in savory hors d’oeuvres including a selection of artisanal meats and cheeses as well as Tony’s famous meatballs, mini hand-tossed pizzas, boursin-stuffed artichoke and more! And if you’re wanting to satisfy that sweet tooth, then you can snack on pumpkin tartlets, Yule Logs, cannoli, Christmas cookies, and red velvet cupcakes," plus there will be "complimentary beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages" available. Tony's Party also includes reserved viewing for the 11 p.m. showing of Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. Reservations and more information are available online or by calling (407)827-7348.

…Looking to ringing in 2019, reservations are open for the three parties at Disney's Contemporary Resort: Pixar Party: A New Year's Eve Celebration on the second level of the Convention Center featuring characters from Toy Story, Inside Out, The Incredibles, Up, and Finding Nemo, and lots of kids activities ($190/person including tax and gratuity); Disney Countdown to Midnight: A New Year's Eve Celebration in the Fantasia Ballroom, featuring "cheftainment" and cuisine from California Grill, Flying Fish, Jiko and Narcoosee's, an interactive DJ playing music from the 1960's to today and a New Year's Eve Bash Band ($275/person including tax and gratuity); and the Disney Ink & Paint Club which includes everything in the Disney Countdown to Midnight party plus a VIP Lounge experience in The Sorcerer's Apprentice Ballroom, including even more food and live entertainment ($450/person including tax and gratuity). Call (407)WDW-Dine to book or follow each of those links we provided.

…This December and in 2019, the separate admission ticket required Disney After Hours events will expand to both Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom. Like the Disney After Hours events at Magic Kingdom, guests who purchase this ticket will be allowed in the park before regular operating hours closing time and can enjoy ice cream, popcorn and select beverages during the three additional hours they are allowed in the park and able to enjoy some of the attractions with little or no wait. At Disney's Hollywood Studios, the new Toy Story Land attractions will be open, plus Rock'n Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror and more (as yet unspecified). At Disney's Animal Kingdom, the popular Pandora-The World of Avatar attractions will remain open and more (also unspecified). We have added the dates for each park to our Resort Events list; event tickets cost $125 plus tax in advance; $129 plus tax for same-day purchases. Disney Vacation Club Members and Annual Passholders can get a discounted price of $95 plus tax. Magic Kingdom After Hours tickets are on-sale now; the other parks will be available starting November 15. Visit the Disney After Hours page of DisneyWorld.com for more information and tickets for Magic Kingdom; call (407)939-7795 for the other parks.

…Just a friendly reminder to check the closing time for your favorite attractions when you get to a park for a visit. For example, at least on some nights this week, Kilimanjaro Safaris has reverted back to an operating schedule where some nights it closes before the rest of the park (last night, it was scheduled to close at 6:30 p.m. while the park was scheduled to be open until 8 p.m.).

…The Play Disney Parks app now has a feature called "Stories of the Enchanted Gallery" where you can create your own themed art by visiting places around Disney's Art of Animation Resort. We have not tried this out yet but will soon? Have any of our readers? Let us know!

…Beyond the Resort, Disney Stores are decorated for the holidays too. The Florida Mall in Orlando, usually a less than a half an hour drive from the Resort toward Orlando International Airport, is decorated with this year's "There's Magic in Store" theme.

"There's Magic in Store" signs are displayed throughout the Disney Store at Florida Mall. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

…Also beyond the Resort, Disney Cruise Line guests in 2019 will be the first to meet Captain Marvel when she makes her debut during Marvel Day at Sea. She will be featured on select Disney Magic sailings departing from Miami, Florida, from January 6 through March 8, 2019. Captain Marvel joins the event’s line-up of Super Heroes and villains, including Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, Loki, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange and more. In addition to these heroic encounters, Marvel Day at Sea features a deck show spectacular, themed youth activities, special merchandise, and unique food and beverage offerings.

…For those job hunting in Central Florida, the new Margaritaville Resort Orlando opening in Kissimmee in early 2019 is hosting a two-day job fair next Wednesday and Thursday, November 14-15, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., for all supervisory and front-line positions including front desk, cashiers, culinary, servers/bartenders, housekeeping, engineering, room service, recreation/activities, and spa technicians/therapists. The resort is located 8011 Fins Up Circle, Kissimmee, FL 34747 (Turn into Rolling Oaks Blvd and enter Rolling Oaks Commons Shopping Plaza; continue straight past Super Target to your right; make a left at the stop sign and enter the building’s parking lot). For more information about Margaritaville Resort Orlando, visit its 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 along with our most recent views of the area. Event items NEW to the Update are marked accordingly. Looking for Thanksgiving dining options? We include a bunch of announcements from Disney Springs restaurants below too.

The Christmas Tree Trail is scheduled to reopen on this Thursday, November 8. Watch MousePlanet Social Media accounts Thursday evening for updates! Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

The lobby inside the AMC Dine-In 24 Theatres last week featured costumes from Disney's recently released "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms." Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Earl of Sandwich NEW Holiday Sandwiches and More

Saturday, November 3, was National Sandwich Day. To celebrate, Earl of Sandwich invited the media (including MousePlanet) to the Disney Springs restaurant to sample its holiday offerings now available at all of its locations (including its re-opened location at Disneyland Resort). This year marks the debut of the Holiday Ham (available through December 31) which is a sandwich of ham, cheddar, yams, and cranberry sauce on freshly toasted artisan bread. The mainstay Holiday Turkey is available too, a sandwich of turkey, cornbread stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and mayonnaise on freshly toasted artisan bread. Earl also has a Peppermint Brownie available for dessert.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Status of Parking Availability at Disney Springs: NEW Construction Photos

Those who visit Disney Springs during the weekends or during busy times of the year at the Resort know that the two parking structures often fill to capacity during those peak times. Construction continues across Buena Vista Drive at the site of the new garage that will connect to Disney Springs by a series of pedestrian bridges. As the winter holiday season is rapidly approaching, the existing Orange and Lime garages are changing the space-available technology that informs visitors of the number of parking spaces available on each level of each garage, and, by lights above parking spaces, which spaces may be available. Disney has not announced completion dates for either project, but with the extremely busy season approaching as quickly as Thanksgiving, we bet there will be some more parking news soon.

Construction continued this week just outside the newly reopened World of Disney Store on the new staircase leading to the new series of pedestrian bridges across Buena Vista Drive and the new parking structure also under construction. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Construction also continued this week on the new parking structure itself. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant

Cooke's of Dublin, the counter-service counterpart to Raglan Road, now offers its own mobile ordering; choose from either direct on its website or its mobile app (available in the App Store or Google Play).

Ireland's Lisa Canny, the ginger-haired vocalist-harpist-banjo player, continues to appear on the Raglan Road Irish Pub stage through December 6.

Raglan Road's traditional Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, November 22, has a menu that includes butter and herb roasted turkey with gravy, duck fat potato roasties, bacon-roasted Brussels sprouts, apple, sage & sweet onion stuffing, and cranberry and plum chutney. The prix fix meal is $28 for adults, $14 for children. The restaurant will also offer its full regular menu on Thanksgiving. Call (407) 938-0300 to make a reservation.

Wine Bar George
  • Cristom Vineyards Tasting with Tom Gerrie - November 5, 3:30-5 p.m. - $75.
  • An Afternoon of Riesling with Johannes Selbach - November 10, noon-3 p.m. - $120 (includes 4-course lunch).

More information and links to tickets at WineBarGeorge.com.

A traditional Thanksgiving turkey plate will be available for $32/person ($16/kids 9 and under). Pumpkin pie will be available for $10/person. Thanksgiving Day, November 22, opening at 11 a.m.

Morimoto Asia

For Thanksgiving, Morimoto Asia is serving up a celebratory Peking Turkey Dinner that it describes as "Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside," along with roasted pork fried rice “stuffing,” Japanese style candied yams, cranberry-litchi chutney, and Szechuan peppercorn gravy. Dinner is $48 per person. For reservations visit MorimotoAsia.com.

The Edison

For Thanksgiving, The Edison is serving traditional holiday fixings with a full turkey dinner. For $25 per person, guests can dine on classic oven roasted turkey, fluffy mashed potatoes with gravy, savory house-made stuffing, sweet baby carrots, and cranberry chutney. For reservations visit TheEdisonFla.com.

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 31. Not valid with any other offer or during brunch.

For Thanksgiving, Maria & Enzo’s is serving a three-course Italian holiday dinner for $39 per person and $19 per child nine and under. Starters include Roasted Apple and Winter Squash Soup, Forest Mushroom Arancini, and Marinated Goat Cheese with Roasted Baby Beets. Guests can dine on entrees such as Braised Turkey Meatballs, Pasta al Forno, or Grilled Wild Salmon. A tasting of desserts with mini house-made cannoli, seasonal pumpkin cheesecake, gelato, and sorbet will be available too. For reservations visit MariaAndEnzos.com.

At neighboring Enzo's Hideaway for Thanksgiving, you can also find a similar offering. For reservations visit EnzosHideawayFla.com.

NEW All of the Patina Restaurant Group restaurants are offering a $20 bonus card when you purchase a $100 gift card during the holiday season. The bonus cards must be redeemed January 2, 2019-March 31, 2019, and cannot be combined with other offers, promotions or discounts. Visit PatinaGroup.com/bonuscard for more information.


Rooftop Wine Experiences are available on the second 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. For more information and tickets, visit its EventBrite webpage. Guests must be 21 or older to attend.

Jaleo: NEW Construction Photo

Construction continues at the future Jaleo restaurant. Some of the exterior signs still say "Coming in 2018." Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

NBA Experience & City Works Eatery & Pour House: NEW Construction Photos

Disney Parks Blog announced that a new City Works Eatery & Pour House will open on the West Side of Disney springs in summer 2019 adjacent to the NBA Experience (which is also expected to open in 2019). Like the chain's seven other locations across the United States, the new venue will offer 80 beers on tap, including local brews and other rare, limited supply selections from around the world. It will also feature a selection of popular wines along with a bar menu of "shareables, burgers and more" with lots of high-definition tvs showing live sporting events.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

There is still no indication of when the new Cirque du Soleil show may debut. La Nouba closed at the end of 2017. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

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.


With the grand reveal of the reimagined World of Disney Store complete last month, the Disney Corner store in the town center has closed. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

World of Disney store has now offers re-usable shopping bags that are currently being sold for $1 each for the regular size and $2 each for the large size. File Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

The Art of Disney Presents Greg McCullough: NEW photos

On November 3 artist Greg McCullough (who has previously been featured at other Art of Disney stores and at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts), began daily residence daily (except Mondays) from 1 to 7:30 p.m. in a new pop-up shop located in the shop formerly operated by Little Miss Matched in the Marketplace area of Disney Springs scheduled to be open through January 1, 2019. The shop features McCullough's art, including original works, limited-editions and prints. Guests will have a chance to interact with him and have artwork signed.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Crowd Forecast


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Date Overall
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 4 / 10
Wednesday, November 7, 2018  1 / 10
Thursday, November 8, 2018  3 / 10
Friday, November 9, 2018  3 / 10
Saturday, November 10, 2018  6 / 10

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2018 Resort Events
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – August 30 – November 12 (ENDS ON MONDAY!)
  • 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 8, 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 (THIS SATURDAY!)
  • 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.
    • …at Disney's Hollywood Studios: December 8, 15 & 22 (park entry at 7 p.m.)
    • …at Disney's Animal Kingdom: December 4, 12 & 18 (park entry at 7 p.m.)
  • Disney Vacation Club Members Annual Meeting – December 13, 2018 (location and time to be announced)
2019 Resort Events
  • Disney After Hours:
    …at Magic Kingdom:
    • January 7, 17, 24, & 28: 8 p.m. - 11 p.m.
    • February 14, March 7: 9 p.m.– midnight
    …at Disney's Hollywood Studios (entry at 7 p.m.):
    • January 5, 12 & 19
    • February 2, 9 & 16
    • March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
    • April 6 & 13
    …at Disney's Animal Kingdom (entry at 7 p.m.):
    • January 8, 16, 22 & 31
    • February 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 26
    • March 5, 20 & 27
    • April 3
  • 2019 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – January 9–13, 2019
  • Mickey & Minnie's Surprise Celebration at Magic Kingdom – January 18 – September 30, 2019
  • Epcot International Festival of the Arts – January 18 – February 25, 2019
  • Party with Pixar Pals at Disney's Hollywood Studios – January 18 - September 30, 2019
  • 25 Years of The Lion King at Disney's Animal Kingdom – January 18 – September 30, 2019
  • Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend – February 21–24, 2019.
  • Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – March 6 – June 3, 2019
  • Star Wars Rival Run Weekend – April 4–7, 2019.
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios 30th anniversary – May 1, 2019.

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 show was September 29, 2018).
  • Move it! Shake it! Dance & Play It! Street Party – shows are scheduled most days through December 1.
    Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party" is scheduled to debut January 18, 2019, featuring new arrangements of classic "Mickey Mouse Club" songs
  • Liberty Square Riverboat – closed for refurbishment (return date is still unknown)
  • Tom Sawyer Island – closed for refurbishment
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away (stage show) – On hiatus. My Disney Experience lists next shows on November 18.
  • Star Wars: Path of the Jedi – My Disney Experience lists as closed with no further information.
  • 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 scheduled to debut December 22, 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 – Wildlife Express Train - now closed - planned reopening Spring 2019
Disney Water Parks

Disney's Blizzard Beach

  • Closed for seasonal refurbishment as October 28, 2018, through January 5, 2019.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon

  • Closing for seasonal refurbishment January 6 – March 16, 2019.
Disney Springs
  • 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. Disney Parks Blog posted the latest renderings of the project in an article on October 16, 2018.
    • 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.
  • Disney's Art of Animation Resort - The Big Blue Pool will close for refurbishment beginning in Fall 2020.
Walt Disney World Golf
  • No known closures.

Current Discounts and Promotions

Note: MousePlanet does not edit past Updates to reflect price increases; for up-to-date prices, check the most recent Walt Disney World Resort Update. For your convenience, we have grouped the discount offers based on the intended audience. Check out the category that best matches you, and pick the offer that works best for you. And keep those tips coming—let us know if you find a better or different offer, so we can share it with other readers.

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


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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.

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

Park Tickets

For currently available park tickets, passes and offers 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.


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.

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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!

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