Walt Disney World Resort Update for March 26 - April 1, 2019

by Alan S. Dalinka, contributing writer
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Walt Disney World Resort Update for March 26 - April 1, 2019

 

Writer's note: As our regular readers know, our MousePlanet.com weekly Walt Disney World Resort Update usually is published on Tuesdays (holidays and scheduling conflicts sometimes change that by a day in either direction). Last week, Disney shared most of its latest news about Walt Disney World Resort on Tuesday, after we already published the Update. Nothing announced by Disney last week was at a level to warrant a "Breaking News" type Update, but if you follow along on our Social Media channels or our Newsletter, you may have seen quite a few of the news items in this Update over the past week. In any event, as always, we try to provide additional insights along the way here that the limitations of Social Media do not permit.

The biggest news for The Walt Disney Company thus far in 2019 was also announced last Tuesday: Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox became effective at 12:02 a.m. last Wednesday, March 20, 2019. That acquisition brings a huge volume of intellectual property, additional production businesses, and distribution channels into The Walt Disney Company. No doubt, the acquisition will have ripples in Disney Parks. Of course, nothing has been announced yet, but, at minimum, Disney already gained some increased control over intellectual property in (or, at least, income from) Pandora-The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom, where themed merchandise displays a Twentieth Centry Fox copyright notice because of the licensing deal with James Cameron, his production company (Lightstorm Entertainment), and the film Avatar's distributor/copyright owner, 20th Century Fox (one of the businesses that Disney now owns).

Disney's acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm Ltd. have all yielded and continue to result in additions to the parks and resorts. Indeed, the 14-acre Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge expansions opening on both coasts this year are the biggest examples of that to date, and we have not even had a chance to experience one of them yet! Of course, as advertised last week, MousePlanet's CEO and Disneyland Resort Update writer, Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, joined me for my most recent podcast chat with National Radio Hall of Fame Inductee, Garry Meier, to discuss the upcoming opening of the new land. You can now download and stream Episode 461 of The Garry Meier Show at your convenience below; our segment begins at 21:20 and is appropriate for all audiences.

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Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy Opens Sunday

The newest entertainment offering at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy, opens this Sunday, March 31, in Sunset Showcase next to Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. Over the past several weeks, Disney has released bits of information about this experience at the park that will combine aspects of a show, a meet and greet, and, as we learned this week, a dance party named "DJ's Ready! Set! Party Time!" featuring Lightning McQueen's Pit Crew arriving in the courtyard outside Sunset Showcase with DJ, "the ultimate party on wheels," leading Cars-inspired dances and games.


Sunset Showcase's signs (near Rock'n'Roller Coaster) now promote the upcoming Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy which is scheduled to open on Sunday. File photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


DJ's Ready! Set! Party Time! will occur several times daily in the Sunset Showcase courtyard at Disney's Hollywood Studios starting on March 31. Video ©Disney.

A few weeks ago, Disney Parks Blog revealed that the show inside Sunset Showcase will include Lightning McQueen showing off "his brand-new, state-of-the-art racing simulator and its wraparound screen." Tow Mater, Cruz Ramirez, and the rest of the gang from radiator Springs will appear too. As we reported last week, Disney Parks Blog then shared news that John Ratzenberger, the star behind the voice of Mack the truck in each of the Cars movies (and, indeed, at least one character in every Disney-Pixar feature film so far), has again voiced Mack for the new attraction. Mack and Sally Carrera will welcome rookie racers entering the Sunset Showcase theater and test your knowledge of Lightning McQueen as you take your seat before showtime.

After the show, guests will have a photo opportunity with Cruz Ramirez outside. This week, Disney Parks Blog shared that the "fun and excitement extend beyond the show into the courtyard outside Sunset Showcase, with special entertainment, photo ops, and more." Disney says Cruz Ramirez "is stopping by to meet and take photos with all her fans." From the neighboring queue for Rock 'n' Roller Coaster just last week we could already see the top of the photo op for Cruz that previously was located in Pixar Place near the former exit of Toy Story Mania.


Signage for the new show rises above the hedge wall between Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and the Sunset Showcase. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Coverage note: While we will attempt to get over to the park on the show's opening day, Sunday, Disney has invited media to view the attraction on Wednesday, April 3, the day after our next weekly Walt Disney World Resort Update.

Walk Around the World Bricks to be Retired

Disney's Walk Around the World Bricks are being retired in the coming months, starting with the areas at the entrance of Magic Kingdom and at the Transportation and Ticket Center. Bricks along the pathway from the Transportation and Ticket Center to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa are expected to be removed in the future as well.

Starting around the time of the Resort's 25th Anniversary back in the mid-1990's, guests could "sponsor" a brick with a customizable message to be displayed on a pathway that, at one time, Disney had said would completely ring the Seven Seas Lagoon. While the "Walk" was never connected between Disney's Grand Floridian and Magic Kingdom at the northwestern corner of the Lagoon, and no path was ever built connecting Disney's Contemporary Resort with the TTC along its southeastern shore, Disney did honor its commitment that the bricks would be displayed until at least 2011.

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Commemorative bricks are available for purchase. Image ©Disney.

Unlike the Leave A Legacy photos at Epcot which Disney is able to move as the reimagination of Epcot's entrance gets underway (which we reported on in the Walt Disney World Resort Update for February 26 - March 4, 2019), Disney says that the bricks cannot be removed individually, so they will not be available as souvenirs. Instead, Disney is offering guests that previously sponsored a brick with an opportunity to purchase a new souvenir six inch commemorative brick until August 31 or while supplies last for $10 plus tax. The process for getting the souvenir is as follows:

In person: visit Guest Relations at City Hall at Magic Kingdom or Disney Springs to verify original sponsorship by sharing the name and hometown of the original brick sponsor. Upon verification, you will be provided a one-time use voucher to purchase the commemorative brick at either Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. (inside Magic Kingdom, valid park admission required) or Marketplace Co-Op (Disney Springs).

Online or by phone: email Guest Relations or call (407)828-2701 with the name and hometown of the guest who sponsored the brick. Upon verification, you will be provided a one-time use code to use by August 31 to purchase a commemorative brick on shopDisney.com (and it may not be redeemed in person or otherwise).

Having watched a friend go through the sponsorship verification process at a temporary Guest Services desk just outside D-Tech inside Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs, be aware that the cast member doing the verifying does not have access to the database showing more than information confirming the existence and sponsorship of the original brick. The verification process does not include information about the brick's original inscription or graphics, and, indeed, the on-demand process used to create the commemorative bricks does not include all of the graphics originally available on the bricks themselves.


Some of the graphics available for the Commemorative Bricks are different from and there is a more limited selection than previously available on the bricks installed around Seven Seas Lagoon. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Without going through the verification process, anyone interested in purchasing a new commemorative brick can get one while supplies last for $29.99 (plus tax and, if applicable, shipping charges) at Tomorrowland Light & Power Co., Marketplace Co-Op, or later this spring at shopDisney.com. Disney will not be displaying the new commemorative bricks at the Resort.

The reconstruction around the Magic Kingdom entrance comes nearly two years after the reconfiguration of Magic Kingdom Security that moved the screening location for many guests from in front of the park's gates to the TTC. While Disney has not yet announced what specific changes are coming, it is likely that the former security stations in front of the park itself will be razed and the TTC's tram loading/unloading and security area will see renovations, as the area has had a very "temporary" look (featuring "hedge walls" and non-permanent tables, for example) since its current configuration two years ago.


Magic Kingdom security stations outside the park's gates were used until April 2, 2017.


The security screening stations at Magic Kingdom's entry plaza ceased operation before the park opened April 3, 2017; the tables were removed at a later date, and it is likely that the upcoming removal of the Walk Around the World Bricks will result in the removal of the shade structures as well.


In April 2017, the TTC tram load/unload area was moved to the former median of the tramway' where it has remained in operation unshaded.


TTC security screening moved under the former tram stops' shelters in April 2017, with a rather "temporary" look including ropes, folding tables and hedge walls.


The area where guests walk between the trams and security screening has been blocked off from tram traffic by plain temporary-looking concrete barricades since this photo was taken in March 2017.

File Photos by Alan S. Dalinka from our Update for April 4-10, 2017.

Disney Parks Blog adds that:

exciting improvements are being made to how you come and go at all four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks. This includes reconfiguring walkways, and tram loading and unloading zones and more. We're also enhancing security by adding more bag screening stations, metal detectors and other measures to aid in the screening of guests.

In coming weeks, we hope to find out whether the changes coming to the entrance experience at Magic Kingdom and Epcot will include an exit configuration for the Epcot monorail that allows guests arriving that way to enter that park without being re-screened. Currently, guests traveling from the TTC to Epcot by monorail have already been screened by security (at TTC, a Resort Monorail station, Magic Kingdom bus unloading area, pedestrian check-point near Disney's Contemporary Resort, or Magic Kingdom watercraft dock) before riding the monorail to Epcot, but are screened again because the monorail exit places arriving guests outside the screening checkpoints.

Disney's Hollywood Studios opened two additional bus loops near its main entrance this past week, and Disney Skyliner construction and testing continues. That park's new auto entrance and exit roads and toll plaza have been open for several months now, and this week the park officially renamed the sections of the lot for characters that can be encountered in the park: Mickey, Minnie, Jessie, Buzz, Olaf and BB-8. Construction on that park's tramway continues and no other details of that park's arrival experience have been announced. No details about changes to Disney's Animal Kingdom's entry experience have yet been revealed.


New parking lot signs have been installed at Disney's Hollywood Studios and new bus loops are now open. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka (additional photos below in the Views Around the World).

NBA Experience Opens August 12

At last night's Orlando Magic basketball game, Disney announced that the NBA Experience at Disney Springs will officially open on August 12, 2019. Built on the former site of DisneyQuest on the West Side, the new 44,000 square foot, two floor destination will have 13 interactive elements. Some of the latest details Disney Parks Blog shared after the announcement include:

  • When you enter NBA Experience, you’ll feel like you’re walking through the players’ tunnel out onto the court at an NBA or WNBA arena.
  • A ticket to NBA Experience grants you access to every activity in any order you choose, and you can return to stations multiple times to try and improve your performance or learn more about the game, the players and the teams you love.
  • In an activity that tests shooting skills, spots will light up on the court as you move from one location to another attempting to sink as many shots as possible in 15 seconds.
  • In a slam dunk challenge, you can change the height of a standard 10-foot-tall rim to as low as seven feet so you can perform your own superstar moves – captured by burst photography.
  • See how you stack up to some of the world’s best basketball players by measuring your vertical leap, wingspan, and shooting and dribbling skills.
  • Various activities can be personalized with your name and associated with your favorite NBA or WNBA teams, and your stats will be tracked just like a real pro game.
  • Real-time technology will aggregate stats of NBA and WNBA games and players for continuous updates, while leaderboards will show top NBA Experience performers throughout the day – will your name be at the top?

Disney's announcement did not mention whether City Works Eatery & Pour House will open at the same time as the NBA Experience. That new establishment will occupy the northwestern corner of the same building.


City Works Eatery & Pour House will occupy the northwestern corner of the same building as the NBA Experience at Disney Springs West Side. File Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Awesome Planet - A New Film Coming to The Land

Disney Parks Blog announced that The Land pavilion at Epcot will add a new film entitled Awesome Planet which it describes as "an on-screen exploration of the realm we call home, [that] showcases the spectacular beauty, diversity and dynamic story of our earth with all the grandeur guests have come to expect." The new presentation will combined nature photography, in-theater effects, and space sequences by Industrial Light & Magic (which, of course, Disney acquired when it purchased Lucasfilm, Ltd.).


A new poster for "Awesome Planet" has been installed just outside the theater's pre-show area (famous for its wall-carpet) in The Land pavilion. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

The new environmental message-centered film will take up the space previously used for the Lion King-themed Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable which closed just over a year ago, last February. When that film closed, Disney announced that its theater would be repurposed and, in the time since, the space has been used for some Disney Vacation Club presentations and for other group events. Disney says that the new film, together with the new Circle-Vision film coming to the China pavilion, the update to the Circle-Vision film at Canada pavilion, and the new Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along "herald a bold new era for a theme park that is distinctly Disney in its view of the earth, its lands and its people."

Epcot Concerts News & Calendar

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is underway featuring the Garden Rocks Concert Series on the America Gardens stage three times nightly through June 3. The concerts run seven nights a week for the length of the festival. Performers coming up on the schedule include Air Supply, Peabo Bryson, Eddie Palmieri, Dennis DeYoung (original member of STYX), Rick Springfield, Richard Marx and Starship, starring Mickey Thomas. Returning performers also 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. For more information or for reserving dining packages with guaranteed concert seating, call (407) WDW-DINE or visit FreshEpcot.com. Passholders can save 10% on food and beverages (except alcohol and excluding tax and gratuity) on dining packages for themselves and up to three guests.


Tony Orlando and his band returned to Epcot earlier in March for Garden Rocks Concert Series shows at America Gardens Theatre. File Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


America Gardens Theatre is located on World Showcase Lagoon across from the entrance to The American Adventure. File Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

This summer, Guardians of the Galaxy-Awesome Mix Live! will return 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 with multiple performances daily.


With Groot remotely patching "Awesome Mix" music into the headphones of of an alien band, Star-Lord tried to teach them how to become the "Galaxy's greatest cover band" during last summer's edition of the Guardians of the Galaxy-Awesome Mix Live! Concerts. Gamora seemed unimpressed. File Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

For the convenience of our readers, all of the scheduled Garden Rocks Concert Series performers at America Gardens Theatre are shown in our Google Calendar of Epcot Events. All of the Guardians of the Galaxy-Awesome Mix Live! dates are included as well. 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

This week's views are from Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot. There are more new views in the Disney Springs section below...

Disney's Hollywood Studios


The new bus terminal at Disney's Hollywood Studios is open for business.


Some of the Disney Skyliner gondolas have their protective covers removed on the line between Disney's Hollywood Studios and the station at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort.


A yellow colored Disney Skyliner gondola is seen above the new bus terminal at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Of all the Disney Skyliner cars we saw today, none of them had character decals on them as we've seen in some of the concept drawings. We'll see if that feature is still yet to come.

Photos and captions by Donald Fink.


The sections of the parking lot are now named for characters that you can encounter in the park. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


New signs have been installed in the parking lot corresponding to the new designations. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Disney Vacation Club Moonlight Magic at Disney's Hollywood Studios included rare character meet and greets, including some, like Darth Vader, that once were regularly offered at the park but are no longer available during regular park hours. Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.


Sometime before Wednesday's DVC Moonlight Magic event, the sponsorship signage had been removed from the exterior (guitar pick) at Rock 'n' Roller Coaster.


During the DVC Moonlight Magic event, with almost no one waiting in the queue for Tower of Terror, cast members allowed guests (including me) to get some unique views of the lobby of the Hollywood Tower Hotel.


During the DVC Moonlight Magic event, guests were invited to autographic a piece of drywall that will be installed in DVC's next proposed property: Disney's Riviera Resort.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Epcot


Annual Passholders that registered this winter were able to attend the V.I.Passholder Event at Epcot on Thursday night for two hours after the park closed to day guests.


Registered Passholders attending V.I.Passholder Events must check in at designated locations at the park gates or in the park to get wristbands to visit attractions in the park during the additional two hours after the start of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth.


The V.I.Passholder Event at Epcot was one night after the final "Super Moon" of 2019, but the moon still was large in the sky over the Odyssey Building Festival Center.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

This and That…

…With Epcot's Illuminations: Reflections of Earth glowing away by this fall (really, not like the Main Street Electrical Parade, the World Showcase Lagoon's infrastructure is being changed and this nighttime spectacular will not be coming back), Disney Parks Blog announced its next #DisneyParksLIVE broadcast will stream the show this Thursday night, March 28, starting at 8:55 p.m. Eastern. The broadcast also promises "an exciting 'look ahead' at the fun in store for Walt Disney World Resort guests in 2019." In the fall, Epcot will begin a new limited-time show named "Epcot Forever" featuring music from Epcot's history, and, at some as yet unspecified point in 2020, a new permanent nighttime spectacular is scheduled to debut.


Illuminations: Reflections of Earth ends its nearly two decade-long run sometime this summer. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

shopDisney, the official Disney online shopping website is running a sweepstakes with a grand-prize of a five-day, four night Walt Disney World Resort vacation for four, including airfare and ground transportation (if the winner lives more than 250 miles away), five-day Park Hopper tickets with the "Plus Option," a VIP tour guide for up to eight consecutive hours, a $500 Disney Gift Card and more. The sweepstakes and its details is on this page of Disney.com and legal residents of the 50 United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada (except Quebec and where prohibited) who are at least 18 years old can enter once per day.

…Speaking of merchandise, for those looking for the latest Disney fashion, the new Briar Rose Gold Collection is set to debut at Walt Disney World Resort on April 1. The line takes its inspiration from Princess Aurora (Briar Rose) from Disney's Sleeping Beauty. The line will include ear headbands, Spirit Jerseys, and tumblers at merchandise locations around the Resort. Note, the original Rose Gold Minnie Mouse ear headbands are being discontinued at the end of March.


Inside Disney Parks shows off the new Briar Rose Gold Collection ahead of its April 1 debut. Video ©Disney.

…Conservation Station, including Rafiki's Planet Watch, the Affection Section and the Wildlife Express Train were closed last year at Disney's Animal Kingdom without a whole lot of notice or specific reasons given. Not long after the closing, Disney said it expected to reopen the area in the Spring of this year. Last Tuesday, Disney Parks Blog announced that the area "will fully reopen this summer" and "will include a few new enhancements and join the celebration of all things The Lion King." No other details have yet been announced.

Disney Parks Blog provides a look at some of the art and decor of Disney's Riviera Resort, due to open this fall and slated to become the 15th Disney Vacation Club property. For those considering a stay (or point purchase there when it becomes available), Disney describes it as a "European theme with a Disney twist!" More than 40 "signature art pieces" have also been created just for the resort featuring Disney characters.

Disney Parks Blog also continued its series looking back at Walt Disney World Resort's history, this time looking at the water craft that have sailed Seven Seas Lagoon. The post has an October 1971 listing of rental water craft available to guests back in the day, including the infamous Bob-A-Round which was available for $8/hour. (My personal early 1970's memory of the Bob-A-Round justifies my use of "infamous" as I remember my father's futile efforts to do more than get the circular boat to bob in circles when trying to drive my brother and me in the boat at the Contemporary's dock.)

…Two days before Walt Disney World's August 29 opening of phase one of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, the book, Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire will be released with the "secret history" of this spot on far, far away Batuu, the planet on the "furthest possible frontier of the galactic map," where the new land is set. Read more about the new book on Disney Parks Blog and follow the links there to pre-order the book before its August 27 release and to the new Disney Parks Blog page where the editors have gathered together all of its latest Star Wars news.

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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 (including those immediately under this paragraph). Event items NEW to the Update are marked accordingly.


Dumbo opens at Disney Springs and theaters around the U.S. on March 29. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
NEW - GRAND OPENING PARTY Jaleo and Pepe by José Andrés

This past Wednesday, Chef José Andrés was on-hand for the grand opening of his ThinkFoodGroup's Grand Opening Party for its newest Jaleo restaurant at Disney Springs (which we attended as invited hosted media guests). Located on the West Side of Disney Springs in a completely reimagined building previously occupied by Wolfgang Puck Grand Café, this is the largest Jaleo and the first of its five United States restaurants to be located in Florida. Its name means "revelry" and its menu features tapas that it says are "reflecting the rich regional diversity of traditional and contemporary Spanish cuisine, as well as sangrias and a premier selection of Spanish wines." The restaurant is open nightly for dinner and will add lunch service soon. Reservations are available by calling (321) 348-3211 and on OpenTable.


A two-floor tall matador towers over the bar in the restaurant.


The Grand Opening party showcased foods, beverages, and the views of the new restaurant.


Chef José Andrés was on-hand for the grand opening party.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.


Chef José Andrés says that it was his lifelong dream to open a Spanish-themed restaurant at Walt Disney World Resort. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.


Spanish designer Juli Capella was responsible for the architectural form of the building housing both Jaleo and Pepe. ThinkFoodGroup says the building's look is "inspired by the bold, playful nature of Spain featuring petals that organically open, inviting guests to enter and experience the very best of Spanish cuisine. The petals themselves form pergolas, which extend toward the outdoors, allowing light to flow in and out." File Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


These are some photo highlights of the Grand Opening party, including samples of the restaurant's food and beverages. Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

The new venue also includes a separate entrance for Pepe by José Andrés, the first brick and mortar location of the chef's Spanish food truck which has been serving Washington, D.C. for more than six years. This new quick-service location offers Spanish sandwiches or bocatas (both hot and cold), as well as gazpacho and salads to go. Spanish sangria (including sangria ice cubes to prevent the beverage from getting diluted by Central Florida's weather) is also available at the location which is now open for lunch and dinner.


Pepe has a separate entrance to the left of the entrance for Jaleo. File Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Terralina Crafted Italian

Meatball Monday continues this month with three dishes: a sandwich ($14), pizza ($15) or calzone ($14).

Happy Hour on the Patio is also available Sundays through Thursdays, from 4-6 p.m. and 9-11 p.m. It offers $15 Charcuterie Boards, half price wines by the glass, $5 beers and more.

Paddlefish

Paddlefish restaurant is now selling "a boozy chocolate popsicle that's fat free and under 100 calories." The new Chocolate Raspberry Sorbeto Buzz Pop is $14, infused with premium bourbon, and is also vegan, gluten-free and certified kosher.

On Thursday, March 28, Paddlefish is celebrating National Food-On-A-Stick Day with a reception-style rooftop party on the 3rd deck. For $80/guest (including tax and gratuity but not EventBrite ticket fee), from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. you can enjoy Lobster Corn Dogs, Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce, Lamb Shish Kabob with Tzatziki, Steak Brocheta with Salsa Roja, and Shrimp & Scallop Spiedino with Lemon & Olive Oil. Tickets are available on this EventBrite page and all guests must be at least 21 years old to attend.

Rooftop Late Night! continues with featured cocktails, craft beers and wines. On Fridays and Saturdays from 9 p.m. until Midnight there is also live entertainment on the rooftop.

Happy Hour at the Bar (2-4 p.m.) and On the Rooftop (9-11 p.m.) includes $20 bottles of Rosé, $5 draft beers and $8 appetizers.

The Edison

The Edison burger of the month for March is "The Luck of The Irish Burger," featuring the signature Edison blend of sirloin, short rib, and brisket topped with corned beef, coleslaw, crispy potatoes and whole grain mustard. The burger pairs with The Edison's March drink special, "Paddy’s Coffee," a spiked coffee with Bushmill Black Bush Irish Whiskey, St. George Nola Coffee Liqueur and Agave, chilled over iced then strained, served with Peruvian coffee beans smothered with dark chocolate.


The Luck of The Irish Burger is The Edison's March Burger of the Month. Image courtesy Patina Restaurant Group.

Enzo's Hideaway Tunnel Bar

Dates and beverages for the Smuggler's Series at Enzo's Hideaway Tunnel Bar have been published through October and are below. As we mentioned last week, we were invited to attend the March 23 event showcasing Ron Abuelo Rum which included four varieties of rum served in various presentations paired with a multi-course menu created by Chef John Miele. For those interested in learning a bit about the beverages they drink, these sessions can be quite informative and the restaurant's culinary team works hard to prepare dishes to compliment the beverages served.


Enzo's Hideaway Tunnel Bar's Smuggler Series event for March featured Ron Abuelo Rum varietes served both straight and in cocktails. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Enzo's Hideaway Tunnel Bar's entrance is found by walking under the bridge that connects the West Side with the Landing neighborhood.


The venue is themed to a prohibition speakeasy.


Several varieties of Ron Abuelo's 15-year aged rum were featured during the Smuggler's Series event last weekend.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Crooked Can Brewing Co.
Wednesday, April 17, 7 p.m.
$45 per person

Hendricks Gin
Saturday, May 4, 2 p.m.
$60 per person

Terrapin Brewing Company
Wednesday, June 19, 7 p.m.
$45 per person

Bourbon - Tim Hiesler, Bourbon ambassador for Jim Beam, Basil Hayden, Maker's Mark
Wednesday, July 17, 7 p.m.
$60 per person

Scotch, WM Grants - Balvenie & Glenfiddich
Wednesday, August 21, 7 p.m.
$60 per person

Crooked Stave
Wednesday, September 18, 7 p.m.
$45 per person

Tito’s Vodka
Wednesday, October 23, 7 p.m.
$60 per person

Morimoto Asia

Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs is hosting the Second Annual Sakura Festival through March 31, a celebration steeped in Japanese tradition and dedicated to the beauty of the cherry blossom. The restaurant is decorated with vibrant "Instagram-worthy" décor, showcasing the pink blooms of the Sakura. Similar to the festivals in Japan, guests can attend a series of ticketed events and enjoy menu specials inspired by the cherry blossom. There is one ticketed event remaining, with further information and tickets available on this page of Patina Restaurant Group's website.

Matsuri Festival — on Sunday, March 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Sakura Festival’s grand finale ushers in spring with a family-friendly event featuring Pan-Asian street food stations, traditional Japanese carnival games, activities, origami and even personalized calligraphy artwork for guests to take home. Tickets are $45/ages 10-and-up; $17/ages 9-and-under, and are available on this page of Patina Restaurant Group's website along with the event's menu and games listing.

Status of Parking Availability at Disney Springs (includes NEW photos)

The two open Disney Springs garages, Orange and Lime, continue to have ongoing technology work relating to the systems used to indicate where spaces are available performed that may interfere with traffic flow and limit the number of spaces available. We still have no official announcement on when the newest parking structure on Buena Vista Drive will open. Those who visit Disney Springs during the weekends or during busy times of the year at the Resort (like Spring Break) know that the garages often fill to capacity during peak times. Even the flat lot on the West Side can fill up during very busy times! Keep an eye on the overhead signs along Buena Vista Drive directing cars to the garages and lots with availability.


Watch overhead signs on Buena Vista Drive to see which paraking locations may have available spaces. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka (pixilation caused by the difference between the sign's refresh rate and the camera; to the photographer's eyes, the sign did not pixilate in person).


Construction walls have gone up around the planter display between the World of Disney store and the valet parking stand. It would not be surprising if this area is opened up further to make for easier pedestrian access when the new garage opens across the street, as the pedestrian bridge is also near this location. (File)


Landscaping between World of Disney and the new pedestrian bridge to the new paraking garage appears nearly complete.


The stairs connecting the area near World of Disney store to the pedestrian bridge over Buena Vista Drive connected to the new garage appears substantially complete. (File)


The new garage along Buena Vista Drive next to the Speedway gas station. (File)


At the Orange garage, the electronic system that indicates parking space availability is being upgraded. (File)


The system upgrades in the existing garages can result in sections of parking being unavailable to guests. (File)


Even after entering the garages, cars may be directed back out of them to overflow parking elsewhere at Disney Springs.


During busy periods, Reedy Creek Improvement District cast members direct overflow and exiting garage traffic.

Photos (including File photos) by Alan S. Dalinka.

NEW Other Disney Springs News & Views


It appears that Frontera Cocina is expanding its outdoor dining area along the springs. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Love Pop has opened a larger location in the kiosk in the plaza in front of Paddlefish. It has closed its booth inside the Marketplace Co-Op. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Crowd Forecast

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019 7 / 10
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 7 / 10
Thursday, March 28, 2019 8 / 10
Friday, March 29, 2019 8 / 10
Saturday, March 30, 2019 8 / 10
 

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Resort Events

Check here to see if a park event might fall during your next trip to the Walt Disney World Resort. If you know of any in-park events, official or unofficial, that should be listed here, please send us an email.

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2019 Resort Events
  • Disney After Hours:(hard ticket required)
    …at Magic Kingdom (entry at 7 p.m.):
    • March 28, April 4 & 11: event 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.
    …at Disney's Hollywood Studios (entry at 7 p.m.):
    • March 30: event 9 p.m. until midnight
    • April 6 & 13: event 9 p.m. until midnight
    …at Disney's Animal Kingdom (entry at 7 p.m.):
    • March 27: event 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
    • April 3: event 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
  • Disney Vacation Club Moonlight Magic:(registration required)
    …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 18, 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
  • 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
  • Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – March 6 – June 3, 2019
  • Star Wars Rival Run Weekend – April 4-7, 2019
  • Dapper Days at Walt Disney World (Unofficial Events) - April 26-28 and November 16-17, 2019
    April 26: Disney Springs; April 27: Magic Kingdom; April 28: Epcot
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios 30th anniversary – May 1, 2019.
  • Disney H2O Glow Nights at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon (hard ticket required)
    Thursday & Saturday nights from May 30-August 24, 2019.
  • Gay Days at Walt Disney World (#RedShirtDays - unofficial events) - August 15-18, 2019
    Disney's Animal Kingdom: August 15; Disney's Hollywood Studios: August 16;
    Magic Kingdom: August 17; Epcot: August 18
  • Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom (hard ticket required)
    • 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)
  • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom (hard ticket required) — Late Fall/Winter 2019
    (Dates to be announced)
2020 Resort Events
  • Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend - January 8-12, 2020
  • Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend - February 20-23, 2020
  • MORE 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.

View the different areas of the Resort by scrolling horizontally and selecting the one you want to read about.

Magic Kingdom
  • Captain Jack Sparrow's Pirate Tutorial – No longer listed in My Disney Experience (final show was September 29, 2018).
  • 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
  • The SpectacuLAB presented by Murata (in Innoventions) – no longer open or listed in My Disney Experience
  • 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. (New film entitled "Awesome Planet" announced.)
  • 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 – Currently only available during Star Wars Guided Tours
  • 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's Animal Kingdom
  • Conservation Station – Rafiki's Planet Watch – Wildlife Express Train - Closed - announced reopening Summer 2019
Disney Water Parks
  • No known closures.
Disney Springs
  • DisneyQuest – Closed as of July 3, 2017.
    The NBA Experience is scheduled to open August 12, 2019.
  • 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 has been transformed into Jaleo, a restaurant featuring Spanish cuisine.
    A new restaurant, 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

4-Park Magic Tickets

On 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.


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.

Passholders visiting Epcot during the 2019 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival before April 10 can get a complimentary Pluto-themed passholder magnet at MouseGear or Port of Entry by showing your pass and matching photo ID (while supplies last). From April 11 to the end of the Festival on June 3 (or while supplies last), Passholders can also receive a complimentary Daisy Duck-themed passholder magnet at those locations. On April 11 only, Taste Track will sell a Passholder-exclusive Daisy-themed cookie for $4/each (while supplies last).


Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival runs through June 3. The Pluto Passholder magnet is available until April 10 (or supplies run out). File 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).

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 (including restaurants) 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, 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 February 4, 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.

Spring Florida resident hotel rates starting at $88/person per day for a 3-night/4-day package for a family of 4 at a select Disney's All-Star Resort for travel through April 27, 2019, are available on this page of DisneyWorld.com.

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

For Disney Vacation Club Members

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

Disney Cruise Line is offering eligible Members a 30 percent discount off original points chart values for select Bahamian sailings aboard the Disney Dream out of Port Canaveral, Florida: 5-night sailings departing June 28, and July 7 and 12, 2019, each featuring two stops at Disney’s private-island paradise, Castaway Cay, as well as select Mexican Riviera sailings aboard the Disney Wonder out of San Diego, California: 7-night Halloween on the High Seas voyages departing October 20 and 27, 2019. More information and eligible itineraries are on this page of the DVC website. The offer is only valid on reservations made through DVC Member Services.

Adventures by Disney is offering eligible Members 20 percent off original points chart values for select river cruises and land-based trips including Danube River Cruises (featuring eight destinations in four countries – Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary) departing June 6, July 12 and December 15, 2019, and Rhine River Cruises (featuring six destinations in four countries – Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands) departing July 15, 22 and 29, 2019. This Adventures by Disney discount is also available for short escapes in the U.S. (with options in Boston, New York City, the American Southwest and more), and lengthier explorations of Europe, Asia, Central America and South America. Discount applies to reservations made entirely with vacation points, or through a combination of vacation points and cash. More information and eligible trips are on this page of the DVC website. The offer is only valid on reservations made through DVC Member Services.

Call DVC Member Services at (800) 800-9800 to take advantage of these offers.

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

For New England Residents

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort celebrates February's big football game victory by the team from New England by offering the "Champions Package" to residents of New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. For stays through December 24, 2019 (minimum stay of three nights required), the Champions Package includes $100 meal credit, which can be used at Shula's Steak House (named for NFL's winningest coach, Don Shula) or any other restaurant at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. It also includes a "one category complimentary room upgrade that does not include suite upgrades." Guests must have valid state identification at check-in from an eligible state. More information and details of the offer are available at this page of SwanDolphin.com. More information and reservations are available by calling (800)227-1500 and mentioning "CHAMPS."

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!

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