Walt Disney World Resort Update for April 2-8, 2019

by Alan S Dalinka, staff writer
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Walt Disney World Resort Update for April 2-8, 2019

 

Writer's note: Let's immediately get to a recap of the major Disney Parks news for both Coasts for those of you that may have missed it here on MousePlanet last Thursday (or on your local TV news or other news source). Disney Parks Blog summed up all of the changes in a single "know before you go" post from the Moms Panel; Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix provided MousePlanet insights about the Smoking Ban and Stroller Policy Changes that are effective May 1, 2019, and she provided even more details in yesterday's Disneyland Resort Update for April 1-7, 2019 (including a discussion about models of strollers that do and do not fit the new rules). In short:

  • Ice - As of March 28, 2019, loose ice and dry ice are no longer allowed to be brought in to the parks by guests. Reusable ice packs, frozen water bottles, and small sandwich-or gallon-size freezer bags of ice will still be permitted, and, as always, guests may request complimentary cups of ice at quick service food locations. As explained by Disney in response to questions on Disney Parks Blog, the ban on loose and dry ice in coolers is intended to streamline security bag check and park entry.
     
  • Smoking - Currently, smoking (including e-cigarettes/vaping) is only permitted in designated areas within the parks and is prohibited in Disney Resort hotels except for designated outdoor areas. Effective May 1, 2019, Disney will eliminate all of the designated in-park smoking areas and permit smoking only in designated areas outside of the parks. The smoking ban extends to the water parks, miniature golf courses, golf courses, and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
     
  • Strollers - Effective, May 1, Disney Parks will adjust its permitted stroller sizes: strollers may be no larger than 31″ (79cm) wide and 52″ (132cm) long. Disney already officially does not permit wagons in the parks (like the Radio Flyer Red Wagon), and, beginning May 1, Disney is expanding the wagon prohibition to include stroller wagons of any dimensions as well. Disney says the changes "are designed to help guest flow and ease congestion, making the parks more enjoyable for everyone." All Walt Disney World theme parks offer stroller rentals, including double strollers, that meet the guidelines, and those strollers can be rented daily or for Length of Stay.


Stroller wagons, like this Keenz apparently rented from Main Street Stollers and spotted this weekend at Disney's Hollywood Studios, are not permitted in Disney Parks starting on May 1. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

As Adrienne reported yesterday, a Disney spokesperson told MousePlanet, "We have and will continue to work with guests to help ensure an enjoyable visit for all of our guests," and that "Nothing has changed about how we make accommodations for guests with disabilities."

And now on to the rest of this week's News and Views…

News and Views

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Disney's Hollywood Studios Transformation Towards its 30th Anniversary

Disney's Hollywood Studios will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the park's opening on May 1. The park's next round of really big changes come later this year with the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge's Phase One (shops, food and beverage, plus Millenium Falcon: Smuggler's Run, August 29), that land's Phase Two (Rise of the Resistance attraction opening date to be announced), the opening of the Disney Skyliner Gondola transportation system (in the Fall) and Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway (in the fall). In the meantime, the newest entertainment offering, Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy, opened on Sunday in Sunset Showcase next to Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. During this new 10-minute show, Lightning McQueen appears live on stage to share his racing knowledge, and, as you might guess, things do not always go as planned. Mater, Cruz Ramirez, and other friends from Radiator Springs help Lightning get back "on track."


Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy is now open in Sunset Showcase at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Video ©Disney.

With a media event for the new attraction yet to come tomorrow morning, we will probably have more details to share on our social media channels then. Of course, as an Annual Passholder, I had a chance to visit on Sunday to see the new show and its surroundings. The show runs continuously during the park's operating day, without a published schedule (like Voyage of the Little Mermaid). When one show ends and the theater clears, the doors open for the newly-installed rows of benches inside Sunset Showcase to re-fill while Mack and Sally Carrera welcome "rookie racers" and test your Lightning McQueen knowledge. 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 as we previously reported.


The Sunset Showcase is located next to Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and was previously used as a flexible space for private events or to guests for events like the ticketed Club Villain or meet and greets during Star Wars: Galactic Nights events.


Like Lightning McQueen's appearances in Radiator Springs at Disney California Adventure, he has many different facial expressions reflecting a range of emotions during the 10-minute long show geared to all ages.


Lightning McQueen has a rather extensive range of motion during the show and demonstrates his racing training technique with a nearly 180º wrap-around video racing simulator (with larger screens above nearly surrounding the audience as well).


Lightning McQueen and, in my opinion (and many others I have chatted with) is a winner.

File Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Outside Sunset Showcase, "DJ's Ready! Set! Party Time!" is a new, scheduled dance party featuring Lightning McQueen's Pit Crew arriving in the courtyard and leading Cars-inspired dances and games in front of DJ, "the ultimate party on wheels." Nearby, Cruz Ramirez and the Piston Cup are available as a meet and greet location with a Disney PhotoPass photographer in pretty much the same set-up that used to be located in Pixar Place near the former exit to Toy Story Mania.


Recently arriving at the park from Radiator Springs, DJ, billed as "the ultimate party on wheels," is the center of DJ's Ready! Set! Party Time! Dance Party which occurs several times each day near the entrance to Sunset Showcase. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The dance party includes live dancers that interact with the crowd; DJ, himself, did not move during my visit on Sunday, though some of his side-lights blinked with the music. Other than its theme, there is nothing significantly different or innovative about this new dance party. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.


The new meet and greet for Cruz Ramirez is located between DJ and Sunset Showcase. Cruz does bounce a bit in place and, occasionally, talks during the dance party and when meeting guests. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

So far, for the park's anniversary celebration on May 1, itself, we know that there will be a special anniversary ceremony and parade. That night, the park will also debut the new "Wonderful World of Animation" projection show on the facade of the Chinese Theatre. Disney Parks Blog says the new show "will use state-of-the-art projection technology to take guests on a magical journey through more than 90 years of Disney animation, all beginning with Mickey himself." The "Disney Movie Magic" projection show likely will be replaced by the new show, as its final published showing listed in My Disney Experience is at 9:10 p.m. on April 30. We have been invited to media events at the park on April 30-May 1, and will have more to report as the anniversary approaches.

Lightning McQueen
Mickey Mouse represents the beginning of the more than 90 years of Disney animation highlighted in the new "Wonderful World of Animation" projection show debuting on May 1. Concept Art ©Disney.

The ABC Commissary dining location at the park also continues to evolve. Dinner service at the venue became "fast-casual" some time ago—allowing guests to place an order at a register, get a pager, and then sit at a table to await food being brought to the table when ready. As of last week, guests now also can make guaranteed seating reservations for dinner beginning on June 2 (reservations can be made online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE). In the coming months, the venue plans to add self-service beverage stations along with new Art-Deco-inspired elements and furnishings; some interior construction is already apparent inside the restaurant's seating area.


Disney Skyliner gondola testing continues over the Disney's Hollywood Studios parking lot's newly designated Jessie section (which only looks closer to Epcot than it was before because of the trees removed for the installation of cables along Buena Vista Drive. Yesterday (Monday), we also saw testing underway on the cables between the station at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort and Hourglass Lake between Disney's Art of Animation and Pop Century Resorts. We have not yet seen testing along Buena Vista Drive between Disney's Riviera Resort, the turn station, and Epcot's International Gateway. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney Water Parks Offer New "Splash Pack"

Walt Disney World's water parks are now offering a new "Splash Pack" which includes select food entrées and dessert options, a refillable Disney Water Park mug and a Disney-themed towel to take home (choose from "Lilo and Stitch," "Toy Story," "Finding Nemo" or Mickey Mouse. The Splash Packs are $44/person (plus tax) and are available through May 4 at Singapore Sal’s at Typhoon Lagoon or the Beach Haus at Blizzard Beach. The Splash Pack price is designed to be a savings of up to 20% for bundling the selections.

Disney Parks Blog provides a look at some of the new menu items available at the Water Parks this season.

Disney After Hours Adds More Dates and Two Special Events

New dates have been announced for Disney After Hours, the three-hour hard-ticket events (separate admission required) offering theme park access with little-to-no wait for attractions, experiences and character greetings at Magic Kingdom, Disney's Animal Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios. Disney After Hours ticket holders can mix-in with day guests at 7 p.m. on an event night, and the hours of the event itself vary by the park's regular operating hours for the event date. Ice cream treats, popcorn, and some beverages are also included in the event admission, which is $125/person (plus tax) in advance; $129/person (plus tax) for same-day ticket purchases. DVC Members and Annual Passholders can purchase tickets at $95/person plus tax. We have added the dates to our Resort Events section below.


Disney Parks Blog posted a new video borrowing Disney Vacation Club's old marketing pitch that the event may be "Disney's best kept secret!" Video ©Disney.

Disney invited us to experience Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom last July (we wrote about it here), and the event's debut at both Disney's Animal Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios back in December (we wrote about those experiences here). While I personally very much enjoyed all of these experiences, I noted (and repeat here) that they are specifically NOT at a price-point designed or intended for everyone. As someone who has a very limited amount of time in Central Florida, like a business traveler attending a conference, you might think of a night of Disney After Hours like an evening at a concert, theater, or sports event from a price standpoint. For a parks fanatic, someone who wants to ride and re-ride attractions or spend a lot of time with characters, this can also be a special treat kind of experience.

In sum, for those that have planned their visits to Walt Disney World Resort with FastPass+ reservations, with multi-day tickets (or Annual Passes), Disney After Hours retains only its unique aspect: do you want that Disney PhotoPass photo of you alone (or as a couple or family) on a Pirates of the Caribbean boat? Would you like to have Main Street U.S.A. mostly to yourself? Those are all pretty "cool" opportunities that this event can provide. If you hate crowds and hate lines, these events may be just what you have been hoping to find. For Disney Resort Guests, there are times of the year that Extra Magic Hours may provide a similar experience without additional cost (except for the food and beverages).

Two of the newly announced Disney After Hours events at Disney's Hollywood Studios are special celebration nights. On May 1, after the park has its 30th anniversary celebration events for the day guests, the nighttime hard-ticket event will include additional character greeting opportunities plus special anniversary merchandise, food, and beverage to purchase. Then, celebrating "May the Fourth," After Hours ticket holders can attend in their Star Wars attire (subject, of course, to the park guidelines like those in effect when the park hosted its Star Wars: Galactic Nights events) and meet Chewbacca with Rey, Darth Vader, Kylo Ren with Captain Phasma, Ewoks, Jawas, and Imperial Stormtroopers; they will also have the opportunity to purchase specialty treats.

Speaking of Star Wars fans, for those that are also Disney Vacation Club Members (or are friends with one that might be willing to consider you a "special guest"), be sure to see this week's This and That... for an upcoming Members Extras event celebrating the film franchise at World Showplace in Epcot (park admission plus additional event ticket required).

Epcot Concerts News & Calendar

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival includes 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. 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.


Air Supply, celebrating 44 years of performing, returned to Epcot again last week for Garden Rocks Concert Series shows at America Gardens Theatre. Video 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 we have views from all four Walt Disney World theme parks. Disney Springs views, as usual, are in its own section below. There is one more sight before we get started that folks may see right at the edge of the Resort near where Interstate 4 crosses World Drive.


One electric pole has a rather familiar shape and you can see it rather well while sitting in traffic on the ramp from World Drive to Westbound Interstate 4 when departing Walt Disney World Resort in that direction. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Magic Kingdom


In coming months expect to see construction walls in the plaza in front of Magic Kingdom as the Walk Around the World bricks are removed; the former security shade structures likely will be removed as well to open up guest flow.


As the "arrival experience" is enhanced in coming months, we expect there will be changes around the "temporary" shrub walls that have been in place for about two years since security bag check was moved to the former tram loading shelters at the Transportation and Ticket Center.


Next to the ramp leading to the TTC Ferryboat dock, construction is underway on a new structure.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.


Move it! Shake it! MousekeDance it! Street Party stops around the Central Plaza Hub several times each day celebrating Mickey & Minnie's 90th Birthday. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.


Mickey and Minnie continue to celebrate their 90th birthdays at Magic Kingdom through September 30.


As part of the birthday celebration, Citizens of Main Street join the Dapper Dans to perform some numbers saluting the iconic mice.


Refurbishment and expansion continues at Castle Couture in Fantasyland; it remains open.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.


The "Surprise Celebration" for Mickey & Minnie's 90th birthdays includes rare character appearances, like last week's appearances by Honest John Worthington Foulfellow from Disney's "Pinocchio." Video by Alan S. Dalinka.


Gideon from "Pinocchio" also appeared in Town Square last week. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.


Meanwhile, with the Spring Break "season" bringing large crowds, Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant is open as a quick service location several hours each day once again between Main Street U.S.A. and Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor. Photo by Donald Fink.


The moat around the Central Plaza hub has been partially dammed.


The moat has been drained from near the serpent topiary to the waterfalls near the bridge near Cinderella Castle.


Over the weekend, the moat was mostly dry between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.


Tomorrowland Speedway is closed until mid-May for reconfiguration to accommodate the new TRON-themed roller coaster scheduled to open by the Resort's 50th Anniversary in 2021 (note the red crane to the left of the PeopleMover track in this photo).


The guiderail for the Speedway has been removed in many places as track refurbishment is underway along with the reconfiguration.


The PeopleMover passes over many sections of the Speedway track where concrete repair and replacement is underway, much like any other highway.


As the Speedway track gets closer to the TRON-related construction, it is apparent where track changes lie ahead of the attraction's anticipated re-opening.


Lots of rebar, sewer pipes, and earth-moving equipment are on site between Space Mountain and Center Drive, as vertical construction is now well underway for the new roller coaster.


From in front of the park, where the monorail beam crosses Center Drive between Disney's Contemporary Resort and the park, the cranes working on the coaster construction can be seen to the north.


As the express monorail approaches the park entrance, significant earthwork can be seen along the southern berm of the park, as the Walt Disney World Railroad track has been removed in places for reconfiguration, and new curved, terraced earth retaining walls are being built facing the water retention ponds.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Epcot


The flowerbeds of this year's Epcot Intenational Flower & Garden Festival are in full bloom. The Festival continues through June 3.


The topiary stars flanking topiary Daisy recently had a familiar shape added.


Topiary Mater and Lightning McQueen are located in Future World East near Innoventions.


Bo Peep's Playtime Training Grounds (playground) is also located in Future World East near MouseGear.


The biggest construction project in Future World East continues to be the Guardians of the Galaxy-themed attraction that will take over the former Universe of Energy pavilion and the giant new structure behind the trees, just out of frame here to the right of the photo.


Topiary Stitch is located, appropriately enough, near Mission: Space.


At long last, the citizens of the model railroad town at Germany pavilion, are also celebrating Flower & Garden Festival. We last saw mini banners here in 2017.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.


Orange Bird sipper cups were back in stock on Friday at Citrus Blossom Outdoor Kitchen. Purchases are limited to one per person (and online reports suggest that your entire party needs to be present to count each person), while supplies last. Photo by Donald Fink.

Disney's Hollywood Studios


As the park approaches its 30th Anniversary (May 1), more banners and signs note the celebration.


Several retail locations around the park are closed for refurbishment ahead of the major increase in guests expected to come when Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens August 29.


A new billboard for Cuties is now on Sunset Boulevard above Beverly-Sunset.


A little further down Sunset toward the Hollywood Tower Hotel, Anaheim Produce is now presented by Cuties.


Disney PhotoPass photographers have Spring Break props for guests to use in photos.


This winter we noted that Slinky Dog Dash Coaster cars had their tails removed. In the past few weeks, they have returned.


Buzz Lightyear's view from Andy's Backyard to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (and that of guests for that matter) continues to be increasingly obscured by the "forrest" plantings in between the sections of the park.


The spires of Batuu can be seen from the recently-designated Buzz section of the parking lot (well-beyond the Mickey section). To the left of the spires, a construction crane is located in the approximate location of the announced Star Wars-themed hotel that will (at an unspecified date in the future) will be connected to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney's Animal Kingdom


Stella, the youngest elephant in the Red Clay Pits herd at Kilimanjaro Safaris, uses her trunk to get water and spray herself to stay cool.


One of the White Rhinos at Kilimanjaro Safaris had a good coating of mud on its body to act as a sunscreen.


As work on the Tree of Life trails continues, a fairly new sign says the Otter Grotto is "Supported by OtterBox" (which is also a presenter of this weekend's runDisney Star Wars Rival Run events).

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

This and That…

…The #DisneyParksLIVE stream of Epcot's Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, originally scheduled for last Thursday night, has been postponed until next Tuesday, April 9. We will have updated viewing information next week. As you may recall, Epcot plans to retire the show later this year, with a new limited-time show named "Epcot Forever" featuring music from Epcot's history debuting in the Fall, and, at some as yet unspecified point in 2020, with a new permanent nighttime spectacular. We expect the the webcast will include some new information about the new shows planned for World Showcase Lagoon and the continuing evolution of the park itself.


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

…The 2019 Star Wars Rival Run Weekend presented by OtterBox is this weekend. Disney Parks Blog shows off some of the medals as well as some of the merchandise available at the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo that is open to the public at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Thursday, April 4 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.); Friday, April 5 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.); and Saturday, April 6 (9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.). May the Force be with you. Always.

…With Easter a few weeks away, we expect to see Disney's Grand Floridian Resort's lobby install its annual display of the culinary team-created Easter Eggs. (Other Disney hotel resorts may install some as well).


We expect that the annual Easter Egg display will be installed at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort this week. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

…The U.S. Army and Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort signed a partnership agreement last week as part of the U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program, which guarantees soldiers job interviews and possible employment after their service in the Army. The resort, which employs more than 2,000 cast members, is the first Marriott hotel to join the PaYS program and one of the first in Central Florida. Marriott International has more than 6,700 hotels in more than 129 countries. The PaYS program is designed to help soldiers prepare for a career after the Army by connecting them with employers who understand the skills, discipline and work ethic that military service members bring to a business. The program is a strategic partnership between the Army and a cross section of private industry, academia and state and local public institutes and provides America’s youth with the unique opportunity to simultaneously serve their country and prepare for their future. This program is part of a long-term U.S. Army effort to help soldiers forge professional relationships with businesses and encourage business owners to look to the Army as a plentiful and reliable recruiting source. Since PaYS began in 2000, more than 805 employers have partnered with the program.

…As the celebration of Mickey Mouse's 90th birthday continues, Disney Parks Blog shares some of the latest merchandise offerings at Disney Springs including at World of Disney, Sunglass Icon, Havaianas, UNIQLO, and even the return of the Magical Birthday Sundae at Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Ice Cream Shop. Though we have retired our regular publication of "One Passholder's Tip," this Passholder reminds you that if there is a piece of merchandise you see during your visit to Walt Disney World that you would like to own, there is not likely a better time to buy it than when you have it within your sights, as the merchandise offerings change pretty frequently around the Resort (be governed accordingly).

…Reminder: 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 through April 14, 2019, at 11:59 PM Pacific Daylight Time.

…Disney Vacation Club Members and their special guests (up to a party size of six, including the Member who must attend with a Valid Membership Card and photo ID) can join a "Star Wars: Galactic Gathering" in World Showplace at Epcot, on April 10, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., for $225/guest ages 21+; $210/guest ages 3-20 (including tax and gratuity but not admission to Epcot which is required to attend). The event includes photo ops "with rare set pieces and props from the beloved movies," special Character Greetings, a galactic DJ, a buffet of Star Wars-themed heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverages, salads, small bites, a carving station, butter chicken, bean wat and desserts, and then reserved viewing for the nightly presentation of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. Reservations for the unique event are required to be made and paid for online

…Disney has earned a perfect score of 100 on Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index for LGBTQ workplace equality for the 13th consecutive year. Read more about this distinction on this page of The Walt Disney Company website.

…And, finally, a few weeks ago, Osceola News-Gazette shared the story of how, since 2017, more than 2 million boxes for Walt Disney World MagicBands have been built by employees of Lighthouse Works—the largest employment resource for people with low vision in Osceola, Orange and Seminole counties in Florida.

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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.

Wine Bar George

NEW Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 3, from 4:30 until 6 p.m., join Master Sommelier George Miliotes for an afternoon wine tasting featuring Mauritson wines and meet Clay Mauritson, owner and winemaker from Dry Creek Valley.Tickets are available on this EventBrite page for $50/person (plus $3.08 EventBrite fee).

NEW Over the weekend, Wine Bar George introduced its new "Wine Country Brunch" which is now offered every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 3 p.m. Download a PDF of the menu here and reservations are available on OpenTable.

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.

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

NEW For April's Burger of the Month, The Edison is offering its "Prime Pretzel Twist Burger," which features its sinature blend of sirloin, short rib, and brisket topped with sautéed mushrooms and shaved prime rib au jus on a freshly baked pretzel roll. The Edison's recommended adult beverage pairing for the burger is a tall glass of "Booker's Tea," a southern-inspired cocktail featuring Knob Creek Barrel Bourbon, Ketel One Peach & Orange Botanicals Vodka, simple syrup, honey, Woodford Orange Bitters, and fresh brewed herbal tea.


The Prime Pretzel Burger is The Edison's April Burger of the Month. Image courtesy Patina Restaurant Group.

Enzo's Hideaway Tunnel Bar

The Smuggler's Series is offered at Enzo's Hideaway Tunnel Bar monthly through October. 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 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

Status of Parking Availability at Disney Springs

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 parking locations may have available spaces. File 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.


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.


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


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


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


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.

File Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

More NEW Disney Springs News & Views


One of the previously unoccupied shops near Guest Relations and D-Luxe Burger now has a sign designating it as the "Disney Ticket Center."


The newly opened Pepe by José Andrés, the quick serve concept in the same building as Jaleo on the West Side, includes a large mural on the wall in its seating area.


Something Silver has closed on the West Side. Its website says, "We are busy making improvements. Please check back soon. Thank you for supporting small businesses!"


THe Spaceship Earth/Epcot style dress and accessories are now available at The Dress Shop on Cherry Tree Lane in Marketplace Co-Op.


The apparent outdoor expansion continues overlooking the springs at Frontera Cocina.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

NEW Meet Disney Artists in WonderGround Gallery in the Marketplace Co-Op during April
  • Jason Ratner – April 5, 6-9 p.m. and April 6, 12-3 p.m.
  • Caley Hicks – April 12, 6-9 p.m. and April 13, 12-3 p.m.
  • Jasmine Becket-Griffith – April 20, 4-7 p.m.
  • Ashley Taylor – April 26, 3-6 p.m.; April 27 & 28, 12-3 p.m; & April 29, 3-6 p.m.

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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; park entry at 7 p.m., event hours vary by published date)
    …at Magic Kingdom:
    • April 4 & 11
    • May 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
    …at Disney's Hollywood Studios (including two "special" events):
    • April 6 & 13
    • May 1 (30th Anniversary), 4 (Star Wars), 10, 17, 24 & 31
    • June 14, 21 & 28
    …at Disney's Animal Kingdom:
    • April 3
    • May 7, 14 & 21
    • June 4, 11 & 18
  • 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
    Includes an anniversary ceremony, one-day-only parade, and the debut of "Wonderful World of Animation" projection show
  • 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
  • Disney Movie Magic (projection show) – final published scheduled showing April 30, 2019
    Wonderful World of Animation (projection show) scheduled to debut May 1, 2019
  • 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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