Walt Disney World Resort Update for January 8-14, 2019

by Alan S. Dalinka, contributing writer

Walt Disney World Resort Update for January 8-14, 2019


Writer's note: Happy New Year! The Walt Disney World Resort Update is back for 2019! As I have for almost every December 30-31 since 2002, I braved the crowds of Walt Disney World Resort with one of the Epcot Resorts as my Disney Vacation Club "Home" to avoid driving the roads. In all of those years, Magic Kingdom has much of the same entertainment on both December 30 and 31, including the "Fantasy in the Sky" fireworks show with "Countdown to Midnight" several times both nights and with Extra Magic Hours for Resort guests in the "overnight" after the last fireworks end just after midnight at the start of December 31 and some wee hour later (which, this year, was 2 a.m.). For those that were following along on our Instagram, I broadcast live rides from aboard the PeopleMover, the Tomorrowland Speedway, Big Thunder Mountain, and it's a small world over the course of the "night."

Magic Kingdom celebrated the New Year with four showings of "Fantasy in the Sky" fireworks, including a countdown. Two each on December 30 and 31. This view is from the Express Monorail entering Disney's Contemporary Resort during the 6:30 p.m. showing on December 30, 2018. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.

As has been true in the past, visiting Magic Kingdom on December 30, particularly after its early evening fireworks showing (which, this time, were 6:30 p.m.), provides a less-crowded experience than New Year's eve itself. On December 31, Magic Kingdom reached capacity and closed to new admissions by midday. Traffic on World Drive stretched from the Magic Kingdom parking toll plaza back to Epcot Center Drive even later in the day, and despite this past year's opening of the new flyovers that permit Magic Kingdom area resort guests and Disney buses to bypass the toll plaza. The other parks remained open to guests throughout the day, though Disney's Animal Kingdom closed hours before Midnight, as usual. Indeed, at around 3:30 p.m., it was very easy to travel by a nearly-empty Disney Bus from Animal Kingdom to Epcot and get in to Epcot in time for the 4 p.m. opening of complimentary hat and horn distribution. December 30 - January 1 photos in our Views Around the World below.

In fact, while Epcot was very busy on New Year's Eve, it was even possible to leave the park by the International Gateway, visit the Epcot Resorts area, and return to the park for the nighttime festivities, both showings of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, and the countdown to the New Year. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

To kick off the year, Disney has announced ticket discounts for Florida Residents for visits through June 30, its Military Salute for tickets through December 19 and certain hotel rooms through then (except April 14-25), its "Sun & Fun Room Offer" to save up to 30% on select rooms for most nights April 28 to September 30, 2019, when booked by March 24, and its "Free Dine Offer" for everyone purchasing non-discounted five-night/six-day Walt Disney World Travel Co. pacakages (room a select hotels plus ticket with Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus) by February 10, 2019, for most nights between July 5 and September 30, 2019! Details of those discounts and links are updated in our Current Discounts and Promotions section below and, as always, will remain in the Update each week until they expire.

As we always recommend, 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. In fact, just the other day, I watched a family group of six turned away at the entry touchpoints at Disney's Animal Kingdom over a problem with all of their tickets. When last seen, they were being escorted by a Guest Relations cast member toward the ticket booths.

News and Views

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Kevin is "Migrating North" from Paradise Falls

Kevin, the multi-colored exotic South American bird friend of Russell in the Disney-Pixar film UP will soon arrive at Disney's Animal Kingdom. In February, guests will have the opportunity to encounter her (yes, recall, she turns out to be a mother of chicks in the film after Russell decides to name her Kevin) "roaming Discovery Island" according to a comment shared by Shawn Slater, Senior Communications Manager, Disney Parks Live Entertainment, when he responded to a question posted on Disney Parks Blog.

Last Spring, Russell and his dog friend Dug became part of the new live bird show, "UP! A Great Bird Adventure" that replaced "Flights of Wonder" at Disney's Animal Kingdom. In the show, Russell and Dug talk about their friend Kevin, but she does not appear. We noticed in late fall, that a drawing of Kevin by Russell became a part of the show. Shawn Slater's comment, however, makes it sound unlikely that Kevin will join the stage show.

Last month, we noted that a picture drawn by Russell of his bird friend Kevin now appears in "UP! A Great Bird Adventure," the live bird show that also includes Russell and his dog friend Dug at Disney's Animal Kingdom. File Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Marathon Weekend & NFL Pro Bowl Week Coming Up

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is the hub for Walt Disney World Resort sporting events, and the next few weeks provide a number of opportunities for the more casual sports fan to visit the complex and see some interesting sights, and for the serious runners and football fans (and professional players) to get some serious work done.

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Presented by Cigna

The biggest runDisney event of the year gets underway starting tomorrow, with the opening of the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex which is open for free to the public as well as a necessary stop for race participants! Parking is free at the Complex and Disney Bus service is also available from select locations around the Resort. The Expo schedule is:

  • Wednesday, January 9, 2019: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 10, 2019: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Friday, January 11, 2019: 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 12, 2019: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Expo includes race bib, shirt and gEAR bag pick-up for runners. For everyone, it includes exhibitors showing off the latest running-related technology, nutrition, apparel and footwear. Past Expos also have included quite a few souvenirs and collectibles opportunities as well, and Disney Parks Blog has highlighted quite a few, including glassware featuring the weekend's logo and race distances, limited-edition pins, figurines and car magnets. runDisney is also introducing several new branded product designs including a fold-away blanket, medal holder and Spirit Jersey. There will also be a special "ear hat" designed for runDisney Kids Races.

The Marathon Weekend, of course, also includes the races themselves. Folks visiting the Resort should be aware of road closures and even walkways in parks and around hotels where cast members alternate between giving runners the right-of-way and letting guests move on. The races start with the Walt Disney World 5K on Thursday, January 10, then continue with the 10K on Friday, the Half Marathon on Saturday, and the full Walt Disney World Marathon on Sunday, January 13. Kids Races are also held on Friday and Saturday.

At least as of this weekend, runDisney.com shows that Registration is still open for all but the 5K and Kids Races, so if you are a runner in town and ready to go, there is you chance. Race Retreat Packages and ChEAR Squad Packages will also be for sale at the Expo. If you are running or going to cheer, we would love to hear from you! Extra kudos, of course, to those running Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge or the Dopey Challenge.

The runDisney Expo mainly uses the new Arena and the older Visa Center, shown here this past Fall during the Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

NFL Pro Bowl Week Returns January 21 to January 27

The NFL Pro Bowl returns to Orlando's Camping World Stadium for the third consecutive year on Sunday, January 27, 2019. In connection with that game pitting stars of the NFL's two conferences, the AFC and the NFC, the NFL Pro Bowl Experience returns to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for the third time during Pro Bowl Week, January 21 to 27. Fans can check out AFC and NFC team practices, participate in activities such as the 40-yard dash and the revamped NFL Skills Showdown, featuring several new events for the NFL's top skill players, including the 40-yard Splash, a Gridiron Gauntlet obstacle course and a Precision Passing contest.

Among the Pro Bowl players selected for this year's Pro Bowl were New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and New York Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley. All told, the Los Angeles Chargers placed an NFL-best seven players on the AFC Pro Bowl roster, while the Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints led the NFC with five players each.

NFL Pro Bowl week at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is open to the public, with no charge to guests.

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex hosts NFL Pro Bowl Week, January 21 to 27, 2019. File Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney Junior Dance Party! Now Playing

On December 22, 2018, Disney's Hollywood Studios debuted its newest version of a show featuring characters from Disney's latest popular TV offerings for younger kids. The Disney Junior Dance Party! is a live show featuring music and characters from current Disney Junior TV shows "Vampirina," "Doc McStuffins," "The Lion Guard," and "Mickey and the Roadster Racers." The high energy show is in a building in the Animation Courtyard (between the Studios arch and Star Wars Launch Bay), and is hosted by two live actors, Finn Fiesta and DJ Deejay who encourage the audience to sing and dance to Disney Junior songs. Like previous versions of this show, the "seating" area is the floor in front of the stage (which makes its transition to the "dancing area" pretty easy. There are some benches along the back walls of the theater (and guests are also allowed to stand in the back, as I did).

Unlike the most recent shows in this space, all the characters appear full-size or on video (or both), and are not puppets. Indeed, it seems the video in this venue has been upgraded to state-of-the-art, with very high resolution images shown behind the live action and on screens around the sides of the stage. The show is presented numerous times daily and FastPass+ may be available; check the My Disney Experience app, the Times Guide, or the sign outside the venue for times.

Disney Junior Dance Party is located in the soundstage-style building in Animation Courtyard.

Entrance to the the Disney Junior Dance Party is near Star Wars Launch Bay. Disney Junior characters also have meet and greets around the outside of the building in designated areas and they sometimes pass this way on breaks, like Doc McStuffins.

Vampirina appears in person during the show with hosts Finn Fiesta and DJ Deejay and is supported on the video screen behind her by some of her TV friends.

Mickey Mouse also joins in the Dance Party on stage direct from some fun with his Roadster Racers pals.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

V.I.Passholder Potion Purple Premiere Pop-Up Event and Dining Discounts

Coming up on Thursday, January 10, from 5-7 p.m., Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom will host this year's first Walt Disney World Annual Passholder V.I.Passholder Event. This "Potion Purple Premiere Pop-Up Event" will provide Annual Passholders with the exclusive opportunity to view and purchase new potion purple merchandise and taste new purple food and beverage offerings. Disney also promises a few other potion purple surprises that they think attendees will find “intoxicating” (though, the media notice we received does not mention any age restrictions, so we are not sure what this will be).

Disney Parks Blog describes the merchandise as including "adult and youth spirit jerseys, 'Vacation Mode' water bottle, Loungefly mini backpack, Loungefly wallet and a new women's Mickey T-shirt." Registration is not required to attend, but your Annual Pass card and matching photo ID are need and, in fact, will also come in handy should you wish to purchase anything because the 20% Passholder merchandise discount will be available too (merchandise available only while supplies last).

The new Potion Purple Ears Headbands debuted just before the year's end and are available for sale at merchandise locations all around the parks, Disney Springs, and hotels. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

And, speaking of Passholder discounts, the same Disney Parks Blog posted a list of table service restaurants (and the two dinner shows) that are offering a 20% discount for lunch and dinner through January 31, 2019 (exceptions also noted below):

  • Biergarten Restaurant at Epcot
  • Coral Reef Restaurant at Epcot
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • Hollywood & Vine at Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen at Magic Kingdom Park
  • Tiffins Restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • Tony's Town Square Restaurant at Magic Kingdom Park
  • Ale & Compass Restaurant at Disney's Yacht Club Resort
  • Boatwright's Dining Hall at Disney's Port Orleans Resort – Riverside (Dinner Only)
  • Citricos at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (Dinner Only)
  • Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
  • Flying Fish at Disney's BoardWalk Resort (Dinner Only)
  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort (8:30 p.m. show only)
  • Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort (Dinner Only)
  • Sebastian's Bistro at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort (Dinner Only)
  • The Wave… of American Flavors at Disney's Contemporary Resort
  • Whispering Canyon Café at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort

Discount is not available for breakfast and does not apply to alcoholic beverages, tax or gratuity and cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. The discount is valid for the Passholder and up to three guests. Starting next week, we will include this list in only the Passholder tab of the Discounts section below.

Finally, there will be a new Passholder magnet with "one little spark of inspiration" for the Epcot International Festival of the Arts. More about that as January 18 approaches.

Epcot Concerts News & Calendar

The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays ended on December 30 and the Candlelight Processional ended its season-long run at America Gardens Theatre. The Disney on Broadway Concert Series will take the stage three times nightly from January 18 through February 25 during the Epcot International Festival of the Arts. Dining packages are available at ArtfulEpcot.com or by calling (407)WDW-DINE. (Workshops around the Festival can also be booked at the website or by calling (407)WDW-TOUR.)

The 2019 edition of the Disney on Broadway Concert Series will run three times nightly for the entire 39-days of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts. File Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Also expanded to seven days a week, beginning on March 6, the Garden Rocks Concert Series takes the stage three times nightly through June 3. Part of the schedule of performers has been released. Announced returning performers include The Spinners and Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone, and new to the Festival performers include TobyMac, Steven Curtis Chapman, Sister Sledge, and Colin Hay of Men at Work. Reservations open this Thursday, December 13. For more information or reservations, call (407)WDW-DINE or visit FreshEpcot.com.

For the convenience of our readers, all of the scheduled Disney on Broadway Concert Series performances at America Gardens Theatre are shown in our Google Calendar of Epcot Events. The performers announced so far for the Garden Rocks Concert Series that follows later this year have also been added to the calendar. While our Google Calendar of Epcot Events includes a list of the scheduled performers, it is always best to 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. You can add the whole Event calendar to any calendar that supports the iCal format (like iPhone and Mac) by copying this link and, indeed, if when we get additional information and update the calendar, the calendar will update on your subscribed device as well. The calendar is provided as a courtesy "as is, where is" without any guarantees. Given the effort it took to create it and keep it updated, 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

We have Views from all around Walt Disney World since we last published an Update. A view of Disney Springs is included together with the latest news about that entertainment, shopping and dining area below.

Magic Kingdom

For those,like me, that want to see the Magic Kingdom celebrate the New Year without the biggest crowd of the year, visit the park on December 30 rather than December 31. This year, the park showed the "Fantasy in the Sky" and Countdown to Midnight fireworks (presented in 360º including a launch site in the middle of Seven Seas Lagoon that "mirrors" the one behind the Castle to the north of the park) at 6:30 p.m. and again leading up to midnight on both December 30 and 31. For Resort guests, December 30 has been an evening Extra Magic Hours night going back to at least December 2002 when I first experienced it. All of the Magic Kingdom photos below are from the night of December 30 into the early pre-dawn hours of December 31, 2018.

Entering Magic Kingdom immediately after the conclusion of the early showing of the "Fantasy in the Sky" fireworks is a bit of a challenge, with many guests still gathered on Main Street U.S.A., while many guests head for the exit.

In Tomorrowland, the new, thinner-profile, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor Sign is now in place.

The Tomorrowland Rockettower Plaza Stage hosted a New Year's Eve Dance Party on both December 30 and 31.

To try to disburse the crowd, inflated markers suggested Fireworks Viewing areas in Tomorrowland (shown here), Fantasyland and Frontierland. Even on nights that the park is showing its traditional fireworks show, Happily Ever After, or its other holiday party versions, fireworks can be seen from these alternative locations (though without a view of the projections on the Castle).

Tomorrowland Speedway was open through New Year's Day and is now closed to accomodate construction and track re-configuration for the TRON Lightcycle-themed rollercoaster coming to Tomorrowland in 2021.

No reopening date for the Tomorrowland Speedway has been announced. I took my final drive for the duration on the night of December 30, 2018, and broadcast it live on our Instagram Story.

Behind the Speedway, the pathway between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland also closed to accomodate construction of the TRON Lightcycle-themed attraction.

Custodial artists created characters on the pavement with wet brooms in Tomorrowland throughout the evening of December 30.

In Fantasyland, Cinderella's Carriage was a Disney PhotoPass photo spot during the final days of 2018, as it has been the final days of the past several years.

Inside The Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square, newly enhanced portraits hang in the gallery (the ones that change with the lightning strikes out the window on the other side of the Doombuggy).

The Jingle Cruise holiday-themed overlay at Jungle Cruise continued until the end of the year. By January 2, the overlay had been completely removed and the Captains returned to the regular pun-filled spiel.

As Midnight approached on December 30, Main Street U.S.A. and the Central Plaza (hub) filled with guests.

The "Fantasy in the Sky" fireworks show uses the musical soundtrack from Magic Kingdom's original fireworks show (with that same name). The New Year's edition of this show that has run annually since "Wishes" replaced the park's original show, introduced the Castle and Fantasyland fireworks launchers plus the 360º perimeter launch locations. All told, the show is quite a colorful spectacle, and concludes with Mickey, Minnie and Goofy leading the final countdown.

During Extra Magic Hours in the first hours of December 31, as has been true in previous years, the park cleared out quite a bit, allowing Resort guests somewhat shorter wait times for attractions. This is our last view of holiday decor at Magic Kingdom until after Halloween.

Even during Extra Magic Hours (approaching 2 a.m.), it was possible to get up close to the Lilly Belle locomotive which is parked at Main Street Station for the duration of the Walt Disney World Rail Road's closure for construction relating to the TRON-themed coaster.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Enjoy a replay of "Fantasy in the Sky" Fireworks and the Countdown to 2019 from #DisneyParksLIVE. Video © Disney.



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Enjoy this single photo from January 2, a moment from the "Once Upon a Time" show at Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The new building to house the Guardians of the Galaxy-themed coaster was largely enclosed by the end of 2018. It is expected to open in 2021.

Meanwhile, inside the Park, the future entrance to the new Guardians-themed attraction, the former Universe of Energy pavilion, is no longer fully enclosed as construction continues within.

Infrastructure continues around the islands in World Showcase Lagoon for the new nighttime spectacular coming in 2020.

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth will end during Fall of 2019. The temporary show named "Epcot Forever" will follow the retirement of Illuminations.

Remember that Illuminations: Reflections of Earth will end its nearly decade-long run this fall and will be replaced by the temporary show, "Epcot Forever" before a "permanent" new spectacle debuts in 2020.

Construction continues behind the France pavilion for Remy's Ratatouille Adventure and, as this photo shows, the cables for the future Disney Skyliner transportation system expected to open later this year are now in place for the portion that runs between Epcot and the turn station on Buena Vista Drive in front of Disney's BoardWalk Resort.

Construction continues at the Epcot station for Disney Skyliner just outside the International Gateway entrance to the park.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

I spent the last several hours of 2018 and the first few minutes at Epcot, as I have many times before. The very large park felt very crowded, but it was worth the effort. At the special 6:30 p.m. showing of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, those of us in the crowd got to see what likely was the final showing of the special "holiday finale" to the show, as the entire Illuminations show will end sometime before the 2019 holiday season. Then, after the 11:40 p.m. showing of Illuminations, those of us in the crowd saw what was probably the final showing of the park's around-the-world New Year's celebration and countdown to the New Year (for the same reason). In other words, with Epcot Forever being the temporary end of 2019 through sometime in 2020 show, the end of 2019 ought to have a different New Year's spectacular than we have seen before. Stay tuned.

The final photos from Epcot below are from January 2, 2019.

In addition to the complimentary hats and horns distributed around Walt Disney World, guests could purchase light-up 2019 ear headbands at Epcot on New Year's Eve (and, presumably elsewhere around the Resort).

The special 6:30 p.m. showing of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth included the "holiday finale" with the song "Let There Be Peace on Earth," marking the end of the 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays.

Epcot held DJ-hosted dance parties all over the park on New Year's Eve; Italy pavilion's dance party was punctuated by lasers and lights.

Throughout New Year's Eve, the Illuminations globe served as a countdown clock until shortly before Illuminations began its final show for 2018.

The Silent Groove was again set up next to Pin Central between Spaceship Earth and the Fountain of Nations. Guests with the special headphones could listen to music selections from the green or red DJ (and the headphones lit the corresponding color).

Nearby, the Fountain Stage held a DJ-hosted dance party as well, but there was no clash of sounds here since the other Future World dance party was the "Silent" Groove.

After counting down to midnight, Epcot's fireworks finale lasted several minutes and then filled the sky over World Showcase Lagoon with light.

Shortly after the New Year began, the kiosks around World Showcase began to take on their signage and appearance for the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts. We will have more details about this year's Festival soon, as it starts on January 18!

With the end of the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, the entry topiaries at Epcot were removed and the flower bed is at its simplest appearance.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Epcot Resorts

With backstage tree cover changed over the years, this is an unexpected view from Disney's Beach Club Villas at The Land pavilion and Spaceship Earth.

Stepping back from the balcony, this is a Deluxe Studio at Disney's Beach Club Villas with a partial view of Epcot.

Even during the busiest season, there were quiet moments to be found around the resorts, like here at the beach at Disney's Beach Club Resort.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Sunset Seasons Greetings and the rest of the Flurry of Fun concluded over the weekend.

Outside Tatooine Traders at the Exit of Star Tours, construction continues on a new kiosk. Disney has not announced what this construction site will become.

Outside the park, the walkway to the Epcot Resort area has again been reconfigured back to near its original location along the waterway as the new bus loop construction continues.

At the park's main gate, Disney Skyliner station construction continues toward its opening later this year.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

As Magic Kingdom filled to capacity, Disney's Animal Kingdom posted signs informing guests looking to park hop of the news. As has been true in the past, Disney's Animal Kingdom closes before midnight on New Year's Eve.

Stella, the baby elephant on Kilimanjaro Safaris is now nearly two years old.

One of the bachelor gorillas keeps an eye on guests at Gorilla Falls.

Last week was the first time in quite awhile that I watched the 3-D "It's Tough to Be a Bug" show in Tree of Life Theatre - the digital projection installed since I last saw the show makes the colors and details more apparent than ever. Outside the exit, a guest that apparently forgot to deposit their honorary bug glasses in the provided bins decided to make one of the nearby animal sculptures an honorary bug too.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney Skyliner at Hourglass Lake

The future Disney Skyliner station at Hourglass lake sits on the bridge between Disney's Pop Century Resort and Disney's Art of Animation Resort.

It appears that very little, if any, covered queue space has been built at this future Disney Skyliner station.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

This and That…

…Beyond the berm, keep an eye on our social media channels this week for our coverage of a sailing of Disney Cruise Line's Disney Magic from Miami to the Western Caribbean, including a Marvel Day at Sea (tomorrow, Wednesday, January 9, 2019)! For Mavel Day at Sea in particular, watch MousePlanet on Twitter Live coverage tomorrow and Castaway Cay, Disney's private island in the Bahamas on Thursday (both subject to technology cooperating). I have been privileged to be invited to sail and to share with you on our social media channels and I will have a full article about the experience here on MousePlanet.com soon!


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…On New Year's Day, Disney Parks Blog gave a rundown of 19 Magic Experiences to expect at Walt Disney World Resort in 2019. Over the past months, we have told you about all of them. Next week, we will again summarize all of the happenings that begin January 18, from the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, to Mickey & Minnie's Surprise Celebration at Magic Kingdom, and to Disney's Hollywood Studios new "Party with Pixar Pals." Also, if you want a peek at Disney's Hollywood Studios new 30th anniversary, take a look at that Blog post; the park, which opened as Disney-MGM Studios, opened on May 1, 1989!

…Give Kids the World, the not-for-profit organization in Central Florida that provides free, weeklong dream vacations to children suffering critical illnesses and their families, is hosting a speaker series focused on attractions industry leaders. Its first event is Give Kids The World Presents: An Evening with Lee Cockerell, January 17, 2019, from 7-9 p.m. at Give Kids the World Village, 210 S. Bass Road, Kissimmee, Florida 34786. Lee Cockerell is the former Executive Vice President of Operations of Walt Disney World, and he will discuss his time at the company and provide insights into what makes a great leader. Full event details can be found on this Eventbrite page. Ticket proceeds benefit Give Kids The World. If you are in the area and are interested in attending, Give Kids the World has given us permission to give away four (4) tickets to the event. We do not yet have the details of how those tickets will be distributed, so if you would like them, please email me by using the form you will see by clicking the envelope-shaped link next to my byline atop this Update and we will attempt to work those details out with the first four requests we receive that also include a name and valid email address (and, yes, the first person may request up to four tickets so long as he or she really does plan to use them personally and not resell them, and should that person request less than four, we will try to accomodate the next person that responds with the remaining tickets, and so forth). We are not responsible for misdirected email and we are uncertain when Give Kids the World will provide final ticket information.

…Disney Parks released two more bits of information about Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opening this summer at Disneyland and next fall here at Disney's Hollywood Studios. First, it provided a new "Behind-the-Scenes Update" video just before the Disney Christmas Day parade telecast began (embedded below), and then, it posted a sneak peek of the new Star Wars: Pirate's Price book that features the Millennium Falcon arrival on Planet Batuu. If you have been following along the backstory Disney has been sharing about Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, Batuu is the setting for the new land, and guests will be able to visit and pilot the Falcon at the village of Black Spire Outpost on this planet. The book will be released today and the excerpt is available on StarWars.com.

Disney provides its latest behind the scenes look at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Video ©Disney

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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.

The fountain in front of Town Center along Buena Vista Drive was lit for the holidays this winter. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

The photo backdrop outside the AMC 24 Dine-In Theatres advertises "Mary Poppins Returns." File Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Enzo's Hideaway Tunnel Bar

NEW Partnering with Goose Island Beer Co., Enzo's will host its first "Smuggler's Series" of 2019, on Saturday, January 19, from 12-2 p.m. The Smuggler's Series is a recurring dining event featuring notable beer, wine, and spirit pairings at the Hideaway. Lunch will feature Bourbon County Stout pairings in partnership with Goose Island Brewery. Goose Island Brewery educator and industry expert, Mike Smith, will formally instruct attendees about the brewery's beer barrel aging program and provide insight on each of the beers selected to complement the dishes on the four-course tasting menu. Enzo's Hideaway Executive Chef John Miele has paired the brews with Italian specialties like aged fontina en carozza, roasted baby beets with burrata, grilled main lobster linguini, ricotta gnudi and braised lamb ragu, and a bittersweet chocolate ganache tart, enhancing the flavors of the stouts in each course. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit this page of PatinaGroup.com.

The Edison

NEWThe Edison's Burger of the Month Series is going to continue through 2019. The restaurant will begin the year with it's January Burger, "The Double Stack Deli Burger," Its patty is a blend of sirloin, short rib, and brisket and is topped with thinly sliced hot pastrami, corn chips, spicy mustard, and pickles. It is served with The Edison's "famous hand-cut" fries.


Jaleo a Spanish restaurant by José Andrés, has updated its website to reflect that it expects to open during winter 2019. No specific date has been published.

Status of Parking Availability at Disney Springs

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. Even the flat lot on the West Side can fill up during very busy times! Construction continues across Buena Vista Drive at the site of the new "Lemon" garage that will connect to Disney Springs by a series of pedestrian bridges. We have not yet heard when the new structure will be open, but stay tuned and, if you are driving on Buena Vista Drive, observe the overhead signs directing cars to the garages and lots with availability.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019  5 / 10
Wednesday, January 9, 2019  7 / 10
Thursday, January 10, 2019  6 / 10
Friday, January 11, 2019  6 / 10
Saturday, January 12, 2019  6 / 10

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2019 Resort Events
  • Disney After Hours:
  • …at Magic Kingdom:
    • January 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 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
  • Disney Vacation Club Moonlight Magic:
  • …at Magic Kingdom
    • February 5 & 12, 2019.
    • Registration opens for Members with Resort Reservations (must be booked prior to 1/7/2019): January 9, 2019 at 9 a.m. Eastern
    • Registration opens for all Members: January 16, 2019 at 9 a.m. Eastern
    …at Disney's Hollywood Studios
    • March 20 & 27, 2019.
    • Registration opens for Members with Resort Reservations: February 14, 2019 at 9 a.m. Eastern
    • Registration opens for all Members: February 21, 2019 at 9 a.m. Eastern
    …at Epcot
    • May 13 & 20, 2019.
    • Registration opens for Members with Resort Reservations: April 3, 2019 at 9 a.m. Eastern
    • Registration opens for all Members: April 10, 2019 at 9 a.m. Eastern
    …at Disney's Animal Kingdom
    • July 8, August 8 & 22, 2019.
    • Registration opens for Members with Resort Reservations: June 5, 2019 at 9 a.m. Eastern
    • Registration opens for all Members: June 12, 2019 at 9 a.m. Eastern
    …at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon
    • September 18 & October 16, 2019.
    • Registration opens for Members with Resort Reservations: August 14, 2019 at 9 a.m. Eastern
    • Registration opens for all Members: August 28, 2019 at 9 a.m. Eastern
  • 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.
                    2020 Resort Events
                    • COMING SOON!

                    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 – No shows scheduled in December.
                      Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party" is scheduled to debut January 18, 2019, featuring new arrangements of classic "Mickey Mouse Club" songs
                    • 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 – Closed as of December 3, 2018 to accomodate TRON construction (reopening to be announced)
                      • Guests can visit a Walt Disney World Railroad train at Main Street Station.
                    • Tomorrowland Speedway – Closed as of January 2, 2019 for track adjustment to accomodate TRON construction (expected reopening to be announced)
                    • 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 – Ending during the second half of 2019 for new nighttime spectacular.
                    Disney's Hollywood Studios
                    • 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 Fall 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 debuted in its place on 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 Typhoon Lagoon

                    • Closed 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 soon.
                      A new Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill is now open next door to the Coca-Cola Store
                      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. The resort's new lobby, restaurants and other amenities, including Sebastian's Bistro, Centertown Market, and Banana Cabana are all now open.
                    • Coronado Springs
                      • The new 15-story "Gran Destino Tower" overlooking Lago Dorado, the resort's central lake, will open in July, 2019, adding 545 rooms, including 50 suites and concierge level services, and a rooftop dining facility that will include panoramic views of nighttime fireworks shows at the Theme Parks. The Gran Destino Tower will serve as the new main entrance point for the resort. Reservations are now open. The resort's more than 1,800 existing rooms have been fully updated with new fixtures, furniture and lighting. A second new restaurant is planned to open on an island in the middle of Lago Dorado with new walkways across the water. Disney Parks Blog posted the latest renderings of the project in an article on October 16, 2018.
                      • Iguana Arcade 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

                    Sun & Fun Room Offer

                    • Save up to 25% for stays most nights April 28 through May 27, 2019 when you book through May 27, 2019
                    • Save up to 30% for stays most nights May 28 through September 30, 2019 when you book through March 24, 2019

                    The Soak Up the Sun and Fun Offer varies by resort category and the savings depend upon dates which may also have length of stay requirements. In addition to the link, you can call (407)827-7393 for more information and availability, or you can contact your travel agent.

                    Save Up to 20% on Rooms

                    If your travel dates do not line up with the Sun & Fun Room Offer, you may still be able to save up to 20% on rooms for stays most nights through April 27, 2019, at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels. The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Get more information and check availability this page of DisneyWorld.com, or call (407)939-2769 or your travel agent.

                    Free Dine Offer

                    For those booking a non-discounted five night/six-day Walt Disney Travel Co. package that includes rooms at select hotels and tickets including Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus (minimum 4-days) through February 10, 2019, for arrivals most nights from July 5 to September 30, you receive a free dining plan corresponding to the category of hotel booked: Value & Moderate Resorts – Disney Quick Serve Plan; Deluxe & Deluxe Villa Resorts – Disney Dining Plan. Visit this page of DisneyWorld.com for more information and availability, or call (407)939-4269 or your travel agent.

                    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 most up-to-date list of locations offering dining discounts to Annual Passholders, visit this page of DisneyWorld.com. (You may need to sign in to see the full list applicable to your pass.) Don't forget about the dedicated V.I.PASSHOLDER SUPPORT service for questions about Passholder benefits and recommendations. Call (407)WDW-PASS or on-line chat (via chat button on this page of DisneyWorld.com) daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern, by email (via a web form), or in-person at Liberty Square Ticket Office in Magic Kingdom, Ticket Central at Disney's Hollywood Studios, or Ticket Corner at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

                    Many dining locations offer Passholders 10 percent discounts during some or all meal periods (excluding alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity).

                    House of Blues Restaurant & Bar offers 20% off non-discounted price of food and nonalcoholic beverages in the restaurant before 4 p.m. and 10% discount after; and $36 adult/$21 kids (ages 3-9) tickets for World Famous Gospel Brunch (Passholder and up to 5 guests; blockout dates may apply).

                    Paradiso 37 offers 15% off regular price of food and beverages during lunch and dinner. Special events excluded.

                    Joffrey's Kiosks at Disney Springs offers 20% off food and nonalcoholic beverages. Special events excluded.

                    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. Remember, not all merchandise locations at Walt Disney World are owned and operated by Disney, but some of the non-Disney participants offer discounts between 10 and 20% to Passholders as well. Note, the current terms and conditions include, "Discount is for personal use only and may not be used to purchase merchandise with the intent to resell the 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.

                    For the current list of Passholder Extras visit this page of DisneyWorld.com. Passholder Extras include information about V.I.Passholder Perks, discounts on Disney After Hours events, 2019 Pro Bowl Game Ticket discounts and VIP seating for events held at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (when purchased with a Pro Bowl Ticket), Animal Encounter and tour discounts, Water Park discounts, Golf discounts, and more.

                    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 (last checked January 5, 2019).

                    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.

                    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 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 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

                    2019 Military Promotional Tickets

                    January 1 through December 19, 2019

                    • Four-Day Park Hopper Tickets –$241.00
                    • Four-Day Park Hopper Plus Tickets – $291.00
                    • Five-Day Park Hopper Tickets – $257.00
                    • Five-Day Park Hopper Plus Tickets – $307.00

                    Prices do not include tax and tickets must be used by December 19, 2019.
                    Prices may be lower at U.S. military base ticket offices.

                    U.S. military personnel can also purchase the Memory Maker product for $98 through December 19, 2019.

                    For more information, definitions and details, visit this page of DisneyWorld.com. Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased at participating U.S. military sales outlets by eligible service members 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). Each ticket must be used by the same person on any and all days.

                    Special pricing for Memory Maker is available at Walt Disney World theme park ticket windows when purchased by eligible service members or their spouses. No more than two Memory Maker products can be purchased by an eligible service member or their spouse. Usual Memory Maker restrictions apply and a MagicBand is required to receive some digital content.

                    Special Rates at Resort Hotels

                    U.S. military personnel can enjoy discounts at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels when booking by December 19, 2018, for stays most nights through April 13, and from April 26 through December 19, 2018. Offer excludes suites in Moderate and Deluxe Resort hotels, 3-bedroom villas, campsites, Cabins at Copper Creek at Disney's Wilderness Lodge, The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at Disney's Art of Animation Resort, and Bungalows at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. Call (407)939-4249 for information and reservations. Eligibility details are listed on this page of DisneyWorld.com.

                    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

                    Florida Resident Discover Disney Ticket

                    Walt Disney World Resort continues to offer Florida resident discount ticket programs. For the first half of 2019, the Discover Disney Ticket offer has returned. Visit this page of DisneyWorld.com for more information and purchasing options. Proof of Florida residence will be required at park entrance

                    • 3-Day Discover Disney Ticket – $175 plus tax
                    • 3-Day Discover Disney Park Hopper – $207.50 plus tax
                    • 3-Day Discover Disney Park Hopper Plus – $232.50 plus tax
                    • 4-Day Discover Disney Ticket – $195 plus tax
                    • 4-Day Discover Disney Park Hopper – $232.50 plus tax
                    • 4-Day Discover Disney Park Hopper Plus – $257.50 plus tax

                    Discover Disney Tickets are valid for admission to one park per day (unless Park Hopper is added) and can be used anytime through June 30, 2019, with no blockout dates. Tickets must be purchased by June 27, 2019. Proof of Florida residency required. Tickets exclude activities and events separately priced (i.e. "hard ticket" events and such).

                    The Park Hopper Plus Option permits visits to Disney Water Parks, select Disney Golf courses, and select other opportunities. The 3-Day Plus Option permits 3 visits; the 4-Day Plus Option permits 4 visits.

                    All tickets and options expire June 30, 2019. A wholly unused ticket can be applied to the purchase of a new ticket with an equal or higher price after the expiration date of the original ticket.

                    Other Florida Resident Offers

                    For special tickets, passes and offers available to Florida Residents, visit 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.

                    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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