Walt Disney World Resort Update for January 22-28, 2019

by Alan S. Dalinka, contributing writer
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Walt Disney World Resort Update for January 22-28, 2019

 

Writer's note: Just weeks into 2019, Walt Disney World Resort has rolled out something new in each of the parks and its new hash tag "#NowMoreThanEver" on its social media (and, especially, during our busy Disney-hosted media tours of both Disney's Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom this past Friday). In fact, throughout just about all of our regular sections of the Update this week, you can find something refreshed or new or, at least, newly announced to be returning in 2019—including the return of Disney H2O Glow Nights at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, to the return of Guardians of the Galaxy-Awesome Mix Live! at Epcot, and a new 4-Park Magic Ticket for everyone.


Mickey balloons and princess balloons are not new to Magic Kingdom, but a whole lot of Mickey-themed experiences, food and merchandise debuted in the park on Friday. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

For even more coverage, watch for specific links to Instagram Highlights created along the way. As always, these links will open in a new window or tab, so you will not lose your place in this Update by clicking. For example, you can see all of our #NowMoreThanEver Instagram Stories here. Now, on with the Update…

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Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration Now at Magic Kingdom

While Mickey and Minnie's 90th birthdays were officially marked back on November 18 (and we celebrated along with and provided coverage of D23's Destination D), the daily in-park celebrations just began at Magic Kingdom this past Friday. As regular readers here and visitors to Disney Parks on both coasts know, Disney has a way of celebrating milestones for well-more than a day or two. This celebration is scheduled through September 30.

Magic Kingdom's two headline entertainment offerings celebrating Mickey and Minnie are their updated (now joint) meet and greet inside the Town Square Theater and the Move it! Shake it! MousekeDance it! Street Party. Both new offerings are more in the nature of "freshening up the entertainment" rather than "do not miss" attractions. As Disney says it produces more live entertainment at Walt Disney World than anywhere else around the world, so keeping it fresh is important. "Live entertainment is the heartbeat of Walt Disney World Resort, and we have an incredibly diverse variety of entertainment offerings that we bring to guests every day in our parks and resorts," said Betina Buckley, vice president of Disney Parks Live Entertainment.

At Town Square Theater, the banners have been changed and some of the little details within now celebrate both Mickey and Minnie. As previously advertised, Mickey and Minnie wear their new celebration outfits to greet guests.


The banners and signs both outside and inside Town Square Theater have been updated to reflect the celebration focusing on both Mickey and Minnie. Inside, we will leave it to you to discover some of the more nuanced changes to the meet and greet room itself. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Mickey and Minnie now greet you together in Town Square Theater in their new celebration outfits. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Mickey and Minnie also wear their new celebration outfits when they participate in the newest version of the Street Party which uses updated versions of the Move it! Shake it! Dance & Play It! Street Party mobile stages that parade down Main Street U.S.A., stop in fixed positions around the Central Plaza (hub) in front of Cinderella Castle, and then parade back up Main Street. In addition to updating the mobile stages, the major changes to the party are that it now uses live singers and, as you would expect from its name, Mickey and Minnie are the main focus with their mobile stage stopping square in front of the castle itself. To this writer, the refreshed "show" was better than its predecessor, though, admittedly, that could be owing to the fact that the "dance music" selections performed were more what you might find on a radio station that younger guests would call rock and roll "oldies."


Mickey and Minnie wear their new celebration outfits in the Street Party too. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


As the focus of the Street Party, Mickey and Minnie's mobile stage stops directly in front of Cinderella Castle. They are joined by two live singers on their platform. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Lots of other characters join in the celebration, including several that have not been a regular part of a park parade in recent memory. Many characters also have new special celebratory costumes or costume elements. The Street Party is scheduled two or three times daily; check My Disney Experience or the Times Guide for step-off times.


After the Central Plaza celebration concludes, the mobile stages parade up Main Street U.S.A. back toward Town Square to the new tune of "Get Your Ears On." Video by Alan S. Dalinka.

Lots of new Mickey and Minnie themed merchandise is now available in the park (and, indeed, all around Walt Disney World)—some of it, as we have shown on our Social Media channels, very similar to Disneyland Resort counterparts. Some new specialty food and beverages have also been introduced, though, it seems, not to the extent seen on the West Coast. Disney Parks Blog has published a brief "Eats and Treats" guide for the Magic Kingdom's Celebration and notes that supplies of some can be limited.


Celebratory merchandise is available all over Walt Disney World. These mugs were spotted at Epcot. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The newest version of the Kitchen Sink sundae at Plaza Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street U.S.A. comes in a Minnie Mouse-themed sink, including two scoops of ice cream, whipped cream, cherries, and hot fudge, peanut butter, or caramel. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The Mickey Sipper and Birthday Hat Novelty Straw is available while supplies last. On Friday, this one was gone from Casey's just a moment after this photo was taken. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney has also promised some special "limited time magic" offerings during the celebration. These unannounced entertainment offerings can involve all sorts of performers on Main Street U.S.A. or elsewhere, or they can take the form of events that pop up with only a limited amount of advanced notice. When we see one or learn of one to come, we will report it. If you hear about one or some, please let us know!

Epcot International Festival of the Arts Underway Through February 25

The Epcot Internation Festival of the Arts has returned for the third consecutive year, and its opening day, Friday, was quite busy. The Festival, first launched in 2017 as a "Disney Weekends Only" (Thursday through Monday) offering is now a full, seven-days-a-week Festival that celebrates Visual Arts, Culinary Arts and the Performing Arts through February 25. It is actually "chalk-full" of lots of little details (including sidewalk chalk artists)—more than we can cover in the Update, and more than even a cursory look at its landing page on DisneyWorld.com will detail.


Figment, the spirit of imagination, is the main character associated with Festival of the Arts. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Chalk artists demonstrate their talent at the Festival and, here, at the Media preview held last Wednesday.


In just a matter of hours, a chalk artist can complete an entire work.


The chalk art displays this year are located along the "bridge" walkway that connects Future World to World Showcase Plaza.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Like the arts themselves, Disney's categorization of the arts into "visual," "culinary," and "performance," really are not meant to be hard and fast separate categories. For example, painter Trevor Carlton, a Disney Fine Arts artist, is both a visual artist and a performer. On the Fountain View stage, he rapidly creates Disney Fine Art before the crowd. When he is done with a work, he caries it over to a nearby temporary Disney Fine Arts shop (tent) where it is available for a guest to purchase.


On Friday afternoon, Trevor Carlton rapidly painted a portrait of Stitch, "performing" on the Fountain View Stage. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Within minutes of its creation, Trevor Carlton's work was on display and for sale at the Disney Fine Arts shop (tent) near the stage. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka


At the Media Preview on Wednesday, Trevor Carlton created a portrait of Figment in about 13 minutes. Look carefully in the photo above and you may spot it at the Disney Fine Arts shop in Future World. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.


The media preview also included a performance by Disney on Broadway stars. See the Epcot Concerts section below for more detail about the return of the concert series. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

The Festival also provides guests an opportunity to participate in creating visual works too and "performing" for a camera (guests' and/or Disney PhotoPass photographers'). Along the wall in World Showcase Plaza near refreshment port, guests can select a paint color and paint-by-number squares of a mural. Guests also have the opportunity to "get into the art" by stepping into dimensional photo locations where Disney PhotoPass photographers or guests may capture their performance in the art.


Guests may select a paint color and a brush to participate in creating a paint-by-numbers mural.


Even with just a few squares completed, it was evident that the paint-by-numbers mural sample created for the media preview was Figment.


Guests actually get to step in to the artwork to create a photo of the moment.


The famous painting of General Washington crossing the Delaware during the War for American Independence is located outside The American Adventure.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

The Odyssey building between Future World and World Showcase again serves as the Festival Center. Each day, guests can sign up at a desk in the Festival Center for seminars conducted each morning on different art-related topics or Animation Academy sessions throughout the day at no extra charge. Guests can also sign up in advance for paid workshops that are conducted in the Festival Center. The Festival Center also has a selection of merchandise available for sale (including Passholder exclusive items) and one of the food studios is located there as well.


The Odyssey Festival Center is located between Test Track in Future World and Mexico pavilion in World Showcase. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Animation Academy is taught several times each day and is included in the price of park admission. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Festival merchandise runs from Fine Art pieces, to pins, Figment "ears" headbands, logo merchandise and more. Not shown here, the Figment scavenger hunt is back as well. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Limited edition Festival themed Magic Bands are also available. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

On the culinary side too, the Festival's food and beverage offerings are treated as visual arts. For the media preview, in particular, the foods were shown along with artistic works representing them. As in past editions of Festival of the Arts, at the "Food Studios" themselves, the plating is done more "artistically" than other Festivals. The full foodie guide is available at Disney Parks Blog.


The popular "Pop Art" Tarts return to the Festival this year. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Colorful beverages are part of the Festival too. The beer flight is paired with candies (and they are served together at the Food Studio, as they were at the media preview shown here). Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The Painted Panda studio at China pavilion includes an artist hand crafting sugar candy following ancient methods. The creations are from the Chinese Zodiak.

Party with Pixar Pals at Disney's Hollywood Studios

As regular readers and recent visitors to Walt Disney World know, Disney's Hollywood Studios is currently in the middle of a major makeover that will conclude late this year with the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Until then, the park that celebrates its 30th Anniversary on May 1, continues to make changes large and small. Last Summer, the park opened Andy's backyard (also known as Toy Story Land), featuring the brand new Slinky Dog Dash Coaster and Alien Swirling Saucers. Also part of Toy Story Land is the new entrance for Toy Story Mania! The old entrance for that attraction was located in a part of the park called "Pixar Place" which closed with the opening of the new land.

The Pixar Place area has been re-designated Municiberg, the home of the Incredibles. So, while the Toy Story Gang all "live" on the other side of the Toy Story Mania building, the corridor now serves as the home to a new group of Pixar characters. The air conditioned meet and greet area has become The Edna Mode Experience, where guests can meet the famed super-suit designer herself. Outside, guests can interact with citizens of Municiberg and partake in "The Super Shindig" dance party which includes "An Incredible Celebration" featuring Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible, and Frozone.


The Edna Mode Experience is the major indoor location in Municiberg where guests queue for and meet the famed designer.


Edna Mode's greeting area has new mid-Century-style art inspired by "The Incredibles" films.


Across from The Edna Mode Experience, the former entrance to Toy Story Mania! is blocked by a photo backdrop. Cast here have ample props guests can pose with when they take photos, as the citizens of Municiberg demonstrated for the media.


Municiberg Gifts includes an assortment of Incredibles-themed merchandise and other Pixar-related items. Cast members say several items here are new to the park.


Several Municiberg walls are designed as photo backdrops. This one is located along what was once stroller parking for Toy Story Mania! and, before that, Fastpass distribution.


The food kiosk in Municiberg is named the Bakery.


The Bakery features a "Hero" sandwich, Mrs. Incredible's mask pretzel, Key Lime Pie on a stick, a mini apple cobbler, a giant Nom Nom Cookie, and specialty beverages and straws.


The Super Shindig Dance Party takes place at and in front of the archway at the far end of the area that used to be Pixar Place. The screen shown on the right is used during the Dance Party to "broadcast" the "news" of the celebration to all of Municiberg.


Municiberg hours are noted in the park's Times Guide. It may open after park opening and close before the park does.


An additional new food and beverage kiosk opened just outside of Municiberg and before Walt Disney Presents, near the walkway to Toy Story Land.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Just outside of Municiberg, in Walt Disney Presents, the meet and greet area inside has reopened as the new home of Mike and Sulley from Monsters, Inc. Guests wait in a queue decorated with concept art for the Pixar-created Monsters University and encounter Mike and Sulley in front of Boo's door.


Guests meet Mike and Sulley in front of a large video screen image of Boo's door from "Monsters, Inc." Because the background is a video image, when using your personal camera, be sure to make whatever adjustments you usually make when photographing a digital image (because your camera and the screen may refresh at different rates, you may, for example, consider using the "Live" setting on an iPhone).


Outside the meet and greet, guests find a selection of "Monsters" merchandise (across from the entrance to the Walt Disney Theater).


Guests can meet Mike and Sulley inside Walt Disney Presents.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of The Lion King

June 15 marks the 25th Anniversary of the release of Disney's The Lion King in theaters. As the park that already has the most tributes to that film, Disney's Animal Kingdom is the most natural place to celebrate that milestone. As of last Friday, the park now does so with the Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party on the Discovery Island Stage from 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. daily which includes opportunities to dance with Timon and Rafiki. As the "party" at the stage is continuous, it is hosted by DJs and live bands that take turns on the stage, along with a crew of live dancers and the characters that interact with the crowd. In addition to appearances by Timon and Rafiki, we also spotted dance party appearances by characters unrelated to The Lion King, including Koda from Brother Bear, Meeko from Pocahontas, Baloo from The Jungle Book, and Terk from Tarzan.

Further celebrating The Lion King, the park has installed dimensional backgrounds at the park entrance and on Discovery Island saluting the film. Of course, Festival of the Lion King continues its daily schedule of multiple shows throughout each day as well, and the park now has a wide selection of The Lion King-themed merchandise in its shops and kiosks. Check out this Instagram Highlight for very brief video clips and more from our visit to the park on Saturday.


There is a new photo opportunity tribute to "The Lion King" outside the gate of the park.


For less chance of shadows in your photo, visit late in the afternoon.


Inside the park, there is a new three dimensional photo backdrop featuring Simba, Pumbaa, and Timon from a scene in "The Lion King" next to Island Mercantile across from Pizzafari along the walkway to Pandora-The World of Avatar.


Festival of The Lion King continues its schedule of regular performances throughout each day at Harambe Theatre in Africa.


Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party takes place daily from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. around the Discovery Island Stage (next to Discovery Island Traders across from Flame Tree Barbecue near the entrance to DinoLand U.S.A.).


As announced when it debuted last spring, Donald's Dino-Bash continues throughout DinoLand U.S.A., with character meet and greets throughout the day and the Dino-Riffic Dance Party featuring Chip and Dale from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. each night.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.


Donald's Dino-Bash continues in DinoLand U.S.A., notwithstanding the possibility that Chip and Dale may cause trouble. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.

Starting Memorial Day weekend and running nightly through September 30, the Tree of Life "Awakenings" projection show will further honor The Lion King with new animated projections on the Tree and music. Also, as film fans are aware, Disney is releasing a photorealistic version of The Lion King in theaters on July 19. Some may refer to this film as "live action" even though it contains computer-generated images to distinguish it from the original's style of traditional animation. The new film is directed by Jon Favreau and stars the voices of Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, John Oliver, Keegan-Michael Key, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, and the original film's James Earl Jones reprising his role of Mufasa.

Plan Ahead for Halloween

Just after we published the Update last week, Disney Parks Blog announced that tickets for this year's Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom have gone on sale. The hard ticket, after-hours party takes over Magic Kingdom for a total of 36 nights in 2019, running all the way to November 1.

The party nights are:

  • August 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
  • September 2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29
  • October 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31
  • November 1

As a hard ticket event, admission is not included with a daytime visit to the park. Party tickets start at $79.

Plan Ahead for H2O Glow Nights

Not long after the Halloween party nights were announced, Disney Parks Blog announced this summer's return of Disney H2O Glow Nights at Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. Starting May 30, like last summer, H2O Glow Nights are a hard-ticket, after hours party from 8 to 11 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday nights. Like other hard ticket events around Walt Disney World, guests with H2O Glow tickets can mix in to the park as early as 6 p.m. on event nights which are scheduled through August 24.

During the party, the park's water attractions are open, usually with shorter than daytime waits. There is a beach party headlined by "Partysaurus Rex" and character meet and greets with Toy Story's Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie around the park. The park sells special food and beverages as well, and there is an adults-only area too.

As a hard ticket event, admission is not included with a daytime visit to the park. Party tickets start at $59 plus tax for adults/$54 plus tax for children ages 3-9, when purchased in advance either online or by calling (407) 939-1872. On event days, tickets are $69 plus tax for adults/$64 plus tax for children.

Epcot Concerts News & Calendar

Just as this year's run of the Disney on Broadway Concert Series got underway this past weekend, Disney announced that Guardians of the Galaxy-Awesome Mix Live! will return to the America Gardens Theatre this summer from June 14 through August 18. Star-Lord and Gamora (along with an "alien" band) will take a "musical journey" that showcases hits from Star-Lord's Awesome Mix tapes.

Of course, right now, the headline event three times daily through February 25, during the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, is the Disney on Broadway Concert Series. 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.) Passholders can receive a 10% discount for these dining packages throughout the Festival during lunch and dinner (excludes alcohol, tax and gratuity).


Pairs of Disney on Broadway performers take the stage at America Gardens Theatre three times nightly for the entire 39 days of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts. Singing duos Kerry Butler and Kevin Massey, and Meredith Inglesby and Steve Blanchard performed during last week's media preview; each pair has several more shows scheduled for Epcot guests in January. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

While Jeff Lee, Staff Associate Director for Disney Theatrical Productions in New York told us that the Disney on Broadway Concert series not only serves to spark interest in national touring productions (some are on-going, some are upcoming) of "Frozen," "The Little Mermaid," and "The Lion King," but given the international nature of Epcot's audience, it serves to promote the nearly 80% of Disney Theatrical's productions that tour outside the United States. The Festival, of course, also makes use of numerous other venus around the park to celebrate performing arts. The Fountain View Stage in Future World, for example, hosts painters creating Disney Fine Arts works live on stage like Trevor Carlton (discussed above) and other performing arts groups and musical acts, and in front of the stage, the Living Statues entertain during other times of the day. As always, check My Disney Experience, the Times Guide, and signs for details.


Jeff Lee, Staff Associate Director for Disney Theatrical Productions in New York, and David Baldree, Producer with Disney Parks Live Entertainment (with one of the Living Statues as a backdrop) spoke with us about the global reach of Disney Theatricals and how the Festival furthers international interest in its shows. 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

In addition to all the Views amongst the News above, we have more from all Four Theme Parks this week too.

Magic Kingdom


Tomorrowland Speedway is closed for construction work related to the TRON-themed roller coaster scheduled to be completed in 2021.


My Disney Experience says to expect the Speedway to reopen by mid-May of this year.


The pathway around the "back" of the Speedway from Tomorrowland to Fantasyland is also closed.


Construction is also on-going around the railroad berm around the outer part of Tomorrowland closest to the entrance to the parking lot for Disney's Contemporary Resort.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Epcot


The Epcot monorail station's exit ramps provide a view into the ongoing construction in the plaza between the ticket booths and the tram lane.


Ticket booths at the park gate celebrate the Festival of the Arts and the windows reflect the on-going construction in the plaza between them and the tram lane.


The flowers in the Mickey floral bed appear to be a shade of purple like Figment.


Construction is underway on several of the islands in World Showcase Lagoon for infrastructure related to the future nighttime spectacular expected in 2020.


The globe used for Illuminations: Reflections of Earth likely will be retired with the show later this year. Nearby, construction work is underway on one of the islands in World Showcase Lagoon.


Inside The Land pavilion, there is a new tour desk at the exit of the Living with the Land boat ride.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney's Hollywood Studios


Banners celebrating the park's upcoming 30th Anniversary line the walkway to Toy Story Land. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The park has removed the tails from the Slinky Dog Dash Coaster vehicles. It is unknown when they will return. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney's Animal Kingdom


The ascent of Expedition Everest reveals a view of the on-going construction of the new 15-story "Gran Destino Tower" overlooking Lago Dorado at Disney's Coronado Resort which is scheduled to be completed this July. Beyond it to the left, the blue structure next to Spaceship Earth is the enclosure for Epcot's future Guardians of the Galaxy-themed roller coaster. To the right of Gran Destino Tower in the distrance is the future Disney's Riviera Resort tower which is the next proposed Disney Vacation Club Resort, scheduled to open this Fall.


This themed area across from the entrance to "UP! A Great Bird Adventure" recently emerged from behind construction walls.

This and That…

…Updating last week's news of the on-savanna birth of a new Masai giraffe calf at Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom: mom and calf are now backstage nursing and bonding and are expected to stay backstage for the next month or two. The cast and Kilimanjaro Safaris drivers are helping choose the name for the baby male calf.

…Augustus, the Nile hippopotamus born at Disney's Animal Kingdom is celebrating his first birthday. He was the first hippo born at the park in more than a decade. Disney Parks Blog shared an interview with his primary keeper, Lindsay Wick, highlighting some of the milestones in Augustus' development.


Disney's Animal Kingdom presented Augustus, the Nile hippopotamus, with a special birthday "cake." Video ©Disney.

Disney Parks Blog announced that Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy will debut in Disney's Hollywood Studios on March 31. The new "show experience" will occupy the Sunset Showcase next to Rock'n'Roller Coaster, and will tell "the untold story of Lightning McQueen—as told by Lightning McQueen" from the Disney-Pixar Cars films.

…Disney Vacation Club advised Members in an email this week that Disney's Riviera Resort will begin taking rental reservations from the general public this month for the new property opening this Fall. Later this Spring, DVC Members will be able to book stays using Vacation Points from "protected inventory which is being held just for [DVC] Members." DVC has not yet announced the exact dates but says it will do so once the property's official opening date is confirmed.

…Give Kids the World Village, the Kissimmee-based nonprofit resort which fulfills wish vacations for critically-ill children visiting the Central Florida theme parks, kicked off its new Disney-focused event series last week with an evening with former Executive Vice President of Operations at Walt Disney World, Lee Cockerell, and his son, recently-retired Vice President, Magic Kingdom Park, moderated by Jeff Barnes. Lee and Dan both shared insights about management and leadership, as well as stories from their decades-long careers at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris. Future programs are expected to include other leaders that played roles in creating the "Magic" at Disney Parks and beyond, and we will pass that information along, as all the proceeds from these events benefit the organization's mission. Read more about the organization at GKTW.org. Also, congratulations go out to Wendie for being the first to request the complimentary tickets we were able to offer courtesy of GKTW, and thanks for saying hello at the event!


Dan Cockerell (left) and Lee Cockerell (right) joined Give Kids the World President Pamela Landwirth at the conclusion of the January 17 event to meet VIPs and invited media. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

…Beyond Walt Disney World, the new Margaritaville Resort Orlando is offering a special Valentine's Day/Presidents Day Weekend Package, including dinner at On Vacation Café, a bottle of champagne with dinner, and couples massage. Margaritaville also is offering a 4th night free promotion when hou stay 3 or more nights. For more information and booking, visit Margaritaville Hotel Orlando's Specials Page. Note: though the Specials Page shows the 4th Night Free promotion booking dates as through December 31, 2018, its booking calendar still shows availability through March 31, 2019. For questions, contact Margaritaville at (407)479-0950.

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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.

NEW The culmination of Walt Disney World's celebration of NFL Pro Bowl Week (that began yesterday at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex) will be a pep rally at the Disney Springs Marketplace Stage this Saturday, January 26. Shows taking place at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. will feature NFL Team Mascots and Cheerleaders, NFL and Disney Trivia, a DJ Dance party and more. Disney Springs will also host a pop-up NFL Shop featuring team jerseys, T-shirts, lanyards, keychains, mini-helmets, footballs and tumblers. All this week, over at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, 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 (events at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex are open to the public, with no charge to guests.) The NFL Pro Bowl game itself returns to Orlando's Camping World Stadium on Sunday, January 27, 2019. Tickets are on-sale and also will be sold at Disney Springs; game tickets this year include access to the Player Red Carpet, KidZone, fireworks, and more.

Terralina Crafted Italian

NEW Terralina’s first Wine Dinner of the year will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, January 23, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. An exclusive 4-course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Justin Plank with expert pairings featuring Italian wines is available for $75 (plus EventBrite fee). Tickets and additional details can be found on this EventBrite page. Guests must be at least 21 years old to attend.

NEW Valentine's Day dinner will be available for $100/couple including a bottle of Sprakling Le Dolci Colline Rose Spumante.

Paddlefish

NEW In Paddlefish's "Seafood Secrets Cooking Class" on January 25, from 1-3 p.m., on the restaurant's 3rd deck rooftop, Executive Chef Steve Richard will share secrets behind some of the restaurant's favorite dishes. Tickets are $60 each (plus EventBrite fee), and are available on this EventBrite page.

NEW Paddlefish is continuing its "Rooftop Wine Experiences" the 2nd Tuesday of every month. February's event will be dedicated to wines of Napa and March's event will explore wines of Burgundy. For more information and $40/person (plus EventBrite fee) tickets, visit this EventBrite page.

Paddlefish is still offering its "Buzz Pop Cocktails" - "a nostalgic push pop with a twist for adults 21 and over." They can be purchased anywhere within the restaurant and come in an assortment of flavors.

Maria & Enzo's Ristorante

NEW Valentine's Day at Maria & Enzo's Italian tratoria set in a 1930s-style airline terminal includes two Antipasti selections – Salumi E Formaggi and Chilled Duo of Oysters; entrees will include a Duo Of Lobster and NY Strip or a traditional Roasted Vegetable Lasagna. Dessert choices include Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache Tart featuring salted caramel, bourbon raspberry jam, and ricotta gelato. For reservations, visit MariaAndEnzos.com.

Enzo's Hideaway Tunnel Bar

NEW Valentine's Day in the Italian speakeasy-inspired, Prohibition-Era "Hide away" restaurant and bar can include craft cocktails like Limoncello Gimlets and Luciano Spritz, and Roman-style dishes including entrees such as handmade pasta, fresh fish, chicken, and steaks. The signature Salumi e Formaggi platter is made to order and features a selection of imported cured meats and aged cheeses for sharing. For reservations visit EnzosHideawayFL.com.

Morimoto Asia

NEW You can dine on Valentine's Day under the "sky-high chandeliers" in Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto's first Pan-Asian restaurant. For reservations visit MorimotoAsiaFLA.com.

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.

Crowd Forecast

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Resort Events

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2019 Resort Events
  • Disney After Hours:
    …at Magic Kingdom:
    • January 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.):
    • February 2, 9 & 16
    • March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
    • April 6 & 13
    …at Disney's Animal Kingdom (entry at 7 p.m.):
    • January 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 Closed
    …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
  • 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
  • NFL Pro Bowl Week events at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex – January 21-27, 2019
  • Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend – February 21–24, 2019.
  • Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – March 6 – June 3, 2019
  • Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine – March 21-24, 2019
  • Star Wars Rival Run Weekend – April 4–7, 2019
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios 30th anniversary – May 1, 2019.
  • Disney H2O Glow Nights at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon – Thursday & Saturday nights from May 30-August 24, 2019.
  • Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom – August 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
    • September 2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29
    • October 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31
    • November 1
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – Late Summer/Fall 2019 (Dates to be announced)
  • Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend – October 31 - November 3, 2019
  • Epcot International Festival of the Holidays – Late Fall/Winter 2019 (Dates to be announced)
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
  • Peter Pan's Flight – Closed for refurbishment through early February 2019
  • 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 – Not scheduled.
    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 mid-May).
Epcot
  • Ellen's Energy Adventure at Universe of Energy – Permanently closed on August 13, 2017.
    Guardians of the Galaxy-themed roller coaster-type attraction opens in approximately 2021.
  • Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable – Closed February 3, 2018. (Theater to be repurposed).
  • Illuminations: Reflections of Earth – 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.
  • Disney Junior Live on Stage – Closed.
    Disney Junior Dance Party debuted in its place on December 22, 2018.
Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • Kali River Rapids – Closed for refurbishment through late March, 2019.
  • 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

NEW 4-Park Magic Tickets

On Friday, January 18, Disney introduced a new four park ticket that provides one admission per theme park each day that must be used within 7 days of first use or by an expiration based upon price category, whichever comes first (Value: March 1; Select or Summer: September 30). To purchase, call (407)939-7646 or visit this page of DisneyWorld.com

Value Select Summer
Adult: $85/day ($340 plus tax)
Child: $80/day ($320 plus tax)
Adult: $89/day ($356 plus tax)
Child: $84/day ($336 plus tax)
Adult: $95/day ($380 plus tax)
Child: $90/day ($360 plus tax)
Valid only through 3/1/2019 Valid through 3/14/2019,
3/27 to 4/9/2019,
4/27 to 5/27/2019
and 8/19 to 9/30/2019
Valid through 3/14/2019,
3/27 to 4/9/2019,
4/27 to 9/30/2019

Note that tickets are nontransferable and nonrefundable, do not include admission to hard ticket events and activities. If you purchase the 4-Park Magic tickets for higher-priced dates but use them on lower-priced dates, there will be no credits or refunds issued.


As further incentive to purchase park tickets in advance, for other ticket types, you can save $20 when you buy a 3-day or longer Disney Theme Park Ticket online compared to the price of the same ticket purchased at theme park ticket windows. Visit this page of DisneyWorld.com official ticket purchasing options.


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.

While supplies last during this year's Epcot International Festival of the Arts, Passholders can receive a complimentary magnet featuring Figment for the first time. Visit Mouse Gear or Port of Entry and show your Pass with matching Photo I.D. to the designated cast member distributing the magnets.


Figment appears on the Passholder magnet during Festival of the Arts. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

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% discounts during some or all meal periods (excluding alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity).

Certain table service restaurants (and two dinner shows) are offering a 20% Passholder 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

The January 20% 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.

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.

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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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