- Disney After Hours:(hard ticket required; park entry at 7 p.m., event hours vary by published date)
…at Magic Kingdom:
- April 11
- May 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
- June 6, 13, 20 & 27
- July 1, 11, 18 & 25
- August 1 & 8
- April 13
- May 1 (30th Anniversary), 4 (Star Wars), 10, 17, 24 & 31
- June 14, 21 & 28
- May 7, 14 & 21
- June 4, 11 & 18
- Disney Vacation Club Moonlight Magic:(registration required)
- May 13 & 20, 2019
- Registration filled for Members with Resort Reservations
- Registration opens for all Members: April 10, 2019 at 9 a.m. Eastern
- 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
- 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
- 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 – August 29 - November 23, 2019 (Eat to the Beat Concerts end November 19)
- Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend – October 31 - November 3, 2019
- Epcot International Festival of the Holidays – November 29 - December 30, 2019 (includes Candlelight Processional)
- Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom (hard ticket required) — Late Fall/Winter 2019
- November: 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22 & 24
- December: 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20 & 22
Walt Disney World Resort Update for April 9-15, 2019by Alan S. Dalinka, contributing writer
Walt Disney World Resort Update for April 9-15, 2019
Writer's note: The #DisneyParksLIVE broadcast of Epcot's presentation of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is scheduled for tonight, April 9, 2019, at 8:55 p.m. EDT. Not only will the stream include a presentation of the show that ends its nearly two decade-long run later this summer, it promises a preview of what is ahead at Walt Disney World Resort later this year, including the limited-time run of "Epcot Forever" that is due to debut over World Showcase Lagoon this fall as the nighttime entertainment to fill the time until the 2020 debut of the park's new nighttime spectacular. Visit Disney Parks Blog for the link to the live stream as broadcast time approaches, but, weather may cause another delay, as another round of storms are forecast in the evening (like the one that drenched even those of us sitting under the roof during the second set by Dennis DeYoung and his band that was cancelled part-way through when lightning threatened the area). We will recap whatever news is announced next week and will be sure to keep apprised as to any further weather delays.
Passholders that have not yet picked up the Pluto-themed magnet at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, remember that tomorrow, April 10, is your last chance (if they are still in stock). Starting on April 11, the Daisy Duck-themed magnet becomes available to all Passholders (pass and matching photo ID required) at MouseGear and Port of Entry. April 11 is also the day that Taste Track sells its Passholder-exclusive Daisy Duck-themed cookie (with a very limited supply).
Dates have been published and tickets are now on sale for this year's edition of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, which will be held from 7 p.m. until Midnight on select nights November 8 to December 22, 2019. Tickets start at $99/guest ages 10+ and $94/child ages 3-9 when purchased at least a day in advance, though each night of the party is priced separately and ranges up to a high of $139/adult; $134/child on December 20 and 22 for which no advance discount is available. Disney Vacation Club Members and Annual Passholders can also receive additional advance purchase discounts for all dates except December 20 and 22. Visit this page of DisneyWorld.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
And now on to the rest of this week's News and Views…
News and Views
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Brazilian Runners Win Star Wars Rival Run Half Marathon
Walt Disney World Resort hosted the fourth annual (though recently renamed) Star Wars Rival Run events over this past weekend. Dicson Falcao and Aline Freitas, both from Fortaleza, Brazil, were the respective male and female winners of the 13.1-mile half marathon. Falcao finished in 1:15:25 this year, nearly a minute ahead of second place finisher Angel Reyes Adorno (1:16:21) from Puerto Rico, and third place finisher George Darden of Marietta, Georgia (1:16:27). Falcao came in second place last year, and it is the third year in a row that the race was won by a Brazilian runner.
Freitas lead the female runners from "wire to wire" with a final posted time of 1:28:22. She was followed in second place by Emily Soppe of Decatur, Georgia (1:29:17), and in third place by Victoria Phillippi of New Hope, Minnesota (1:34:14).
In all, more than 41,000 runners took part in the weekend of races, which featured Star Wars-themed merchandise; food and beverages; finisher medals; and popular characters such as Boba Fett, R2-D2, BB-8, and Stormtroopers. The next runDisney race is the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend in November. More race information and registration opportunities are available on runDisney.com.
Disney Villains After Hours Coming to Magic Kingdom
Last week, we shared the details of the latest Disney After Hours coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios (including two special themed nights). On the heels of that, Disney Parks Blog announced that Magic Kingdom will host 10 Disney Villains After Hours events from June 6 to August 8. Like the other Disney After Hours events at the park, folks that purchase the capped-attendance event ticket get low wait times at more than 20 attractions and experiences after the park closes to day guests, park mix-in entry as early as 7 p.m., plus ice cream novelties, popcorn and select bottled beverages included.
The Disney Villains After Hours events include a brand-new Disney Villains Stage Show, "Villains Unite the Night," in which Hades and Meg from Hercules will "set the castle stage ablaze" and which will also feature appearances by Jafar, The Queen, Dr. Facilier, and Maleficent. In addition, the recently returned Maleficent the Dragon Steampunk-style parade float from the daily Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will be out in the park at night for the first time, "breathing fire as she creeps through the park as a one-of-a-kind experience for party guests." Some "villain-inspired additions" will be added at Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain, and specialty merchandise, food and beverage will be available for sale. Even with "Disney Villains" in the event's name, though, villains will not be participating in character greetings during the event.
With the added entertainment comes a higher price tag. Disney Villains After Hours tickets cost $139 plus tax in advance, $144 plus tax on the event night. Annual Passholder and Disney Vacation Club Members can receive a $30 discount, and purchase tickets for $109 plus tax. Tickets for these specific Disney Villains After Hours event nights will go on sale April 29. Villain-inspired attire is encouraged, though the announcement has not detailed the costume policy as yet.
Based on social media response to the announcement, these events may be quite popular. It is likely that the limited number of tickets for these events will be higher than past events, but the attendance cap likely will not approach the high levels we have seen in recent year for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party nights. Stay tuned for additional details as the on-sale date approaches.
Haunted PhotoPass and More
Starting last Tuesday, Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom began offering a new Disney PhotoPass opportunity on-ride to those wearing MagicBand 2.0 (or a MagicKeeper) that have purchased Memory Maker (which is included in most Annual Pass options too). I personally went for a ride over the weekend wearing my MagicBand 2.0, but, despite an obvious flash during the ride, no photo showed up in my My Disney Experience account. I will try again in the coming days.
Since Disney says that this is Florida's 13th attraction photo capture opportunity (and we did not double-check that claim), this Saturday, April 13, Disney PhotoPass is celebrating the occasion with special photo opportunities around Haunted Mansion's exit and hearse, and is bringing the Hatbox Ghost Magic Shot to near the entrance to the Liberty Square Riverboat (presumably where it was located during last year's Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party nights). In the evening, there will be evening-only photo opportunities near Memento Mori. Inside Memento Mori all day on April 13, the 8x10 lenticular image souvenir photo will be available for the special price of $13.13 plus tax (and no discounts or other promotions may be combined with that special).
Special PhotoPass photo opportunities will be in the vicinity of the gates to The Haunted Mansion. (Also, Citizen's sponsorship of the clock at the entrance is now also apparent.) Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
If a photo is not to your taste (or does not satisfy it), Liberty Square Market will offer a special "Midnight Fright Delight Brownie" inspired by the famous clock inside the Haunted Mansion (the one that strikes 13). The Cadaver Dans quartet will also make a special appearance in Liberty Square after sundown.
Disney Parks Blog is encouraging folks to follow along on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #HauntedPhotoPass to share in all the photo fun on April 13.
Bo Peep At Disney's Hollywood Studios This Summer
With Disney-Pixar's Toy Story 4 opening in theaters on June 21, Bo Peep will make special appearances at Disney's Hollywood Studios this summer. Exact appearance location and times have not yet been published. Bo Peep is central to the story of the new film.
Bo Peep will also pay visits to Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim. She will also travel to Disneyland Paris and Disney Parks in Asia.
Epcot Concerts & Candlelight Processional News and Calendar
Last week, Disney Parks Blog announced that this year's Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will debut on August 29 (yes, the very same day that Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens at Disney's Hollywood Studios) and will run a record 87 days, through November 23. The three-times-nightly Eat to the Beat Concert Series will only run August 29 to November 19, to allow the America Gardens Theatre stage to be prepared for the 2019 edition of Epcot's Candlelight Processional. The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays will run November 29 through December 30, including the three-times-nightly retelling of the traditional Christmas story by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a mass choir and live orchestra. Eat to the Beat performers and Candlelight celebrity narrators have not yet been announced.
In the meantime, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival continues its Garden Rocks Concert Series on the America Gardens stage three times nightly through June 3. 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.
72-year old Dennis DeYoung, former lead singer of STYX, returned to Epcot with his band for Garden Rocks Concerts last night (though his second set was greeted by a rainstorm with lightning in the area, cancelling it in the middle). He is scheduled to play three more sets tonight. 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, and we have added placeholder entries for the Eat to the Beat Concert Series and Candlelight Processional. 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 photos from in and around Magic Kingdom, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort, Epcot, and Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Construction walls outside Tomorrowland Power & Light Co. (the gift shop exit to Space Mountain) block access to the former pathway to Fantasyland. It is unknown whether the pathway will reopen in the future. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
The "Surprise Celebration" for Mickey & Minnie's 90th birthdays includes rare character appearances, like last week's appearances by Prince John. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.
Bonnie and Donald Fink found these ducks moving around and through the crowds at the entrance to the Magic Kingdom this weekend and say, "They were fearless, paying little attention to people walking around them, so please be careful as you walk about the parks." Photo by Donald Fink.
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Easter Egg Display
Bonnie and Donald Fink had a chance to get over to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa this weekend to check out this year's Easter Egg display. The following are some of the highlights that they now share:
The bakery team responsible for this year's Easter Egg Display in the lobby of the Grand Floridian is lead by Pastry Chef Kristine Farmer, from Victoria and Albert's. The team has been creating Easter Eggs for the Grand Floridian for 24 years. The eggs are usually 16 to 20 inches tall and weigh in at up to 12 pounds. They're ornamented with edible products like modeling chocolate, fondant, sugar florals, royal icing, and colored cocoa butter. This year the eggs will be on display through Sunday, April 28th.
Here's another scene in the lobby of the Grand Floridian that shows several eggs and egg-related sculptures. In the middle, you can see a scene from "The Wizard of Oz," with the Munchkin houses at the beginning of the Yellow Brick Road, with the Emerald City immediately to the left. (BF)
Dumbo, from the current film of the same name, sits atop an Easter Egg. It's easy to forget that these sculptures are mostly edible chocolate, and were created by a chef instead of a seasoned, skilled, sculptor. (DF)
Another egg with an inside scene; this time from the film, "101 Dalmatians." We're guessing that this particular scene is from the 1961 animation instead of the 1996 live-action movie, mainly because of the style of the television. (DF)
Photos and captions by Bonnie Fink (BF) & Donald Fink (DF).
Speaking of Easter Eggs, now through April 21, the "hoppy-est place on Earth" welcomes "wabbits of all ages" to Egg-stravaganza, a popular scavenger hunt around World Showcase in search of Disney character-themed eggs. Maps are available for $6.99 plus tax which, when completed, can be exchanged for a prize. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
For those seeking an Orange Bird sipper, we spotted them still in stock at Citrus Blossom Outdoor Kitchen last night, April 8. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
Disney's Hollywood Studios
In last week's Update, we shared details of the new Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy that opened on March 31 in Sunset Showcase. This past week, we had one more opportunity to visit the attraction during a hosted invited-media event during the hour before park-opening, so we have a few more photos to share largely free from crowds.
Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.
Slinky Dog Dash Coaster also reveals some of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (though, it is increasingly surrounded by a forest of trees) which is scheduled to open its first phase on August 29. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
With the increasingly reconfigured parking lot, guests may now find themselves parking near cast service buildings with "interesting" views of the spires of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.
This and That…
…Disney's Riviera Resort, Disney Vacation Club's 15th proposed resort, is projected to open on December 16, 2019, and has already begun Vacation Points sales. Members that own points at Riviera can begin making Vacation Points reservations tomorrow, April 10, for stays beginning December 16 and out to 11 months in advance based on Home Resort priority rules. Members who do not own points at Riviera can begin making Vacation Points reservations when their 7 month window opens on May 16, 2019 (but, effective January 19, 2019, DVC Members who acquire their real estate interest from anyone other than Disney will be unable to use Vacation Points for Riviera reservations). Point Charts and Floor Plans are available on this page of DisneyVacationClub.com. Members can currently make cash reservations by calling Member Services (800)800-9800, and the public can make cash reservations by calling (407)827-6430, check online on this page of DisneyWorld.com, or by contacting your travel agent for stays starting December 16. When Riviera opened general reservations to the public, DVC announced that there would be protected inventory for members, but the precise percentage was not disclosed. DVC historically has kept majority voting control of all of its properties.
…A sneak peek preview of Disney's new live-action version of the film Aladdin will debut inside Walt Disney Presents at Disney's Hollywood Studios starting April 19. The limited-run preview will also debut aboard ships of Disney Cruise Line and at the Main Street Opera House at Disneyland in California.
Two of the stars of the film, Will Smith and Mena Massoud, introduce a preview to the preview coming to Disney Parks and Disney Cruise Line on April 19. Video ©Disney.
…Foodies with a sweet tooth visiting Disney Parks in April can get a look at some of the special treats available on both coasts on Disney Parks Blog, including the newest Briar Rose Gold snacks to go along with the latest featured color of merchandise.
The latest Briar Rose Gold merchandise is available at Disney Style on the West Side of Disney Springs.
…Speaking of food, Disney's Animal Kingdom will offer a new three hour dining adventure named "Circle of Flavors: Harambe at Night" on Wednesday nights beginning on June 24 (and currently scheduled through October 2). For $125/guest (ages 10-up) and $99/child (ages 3-9) plus tax and park admission, guests will star with a welcome reception at 6 p.m. at the Wildlife Express Train Station, venture to the train station at Rafiki's Planet Watch, and return to Harambe Market. Disney Parks Blog says that guests will "take in sights, sounds, and scrumptious flavors in celebration of The Lion King and the Big Five game animals: the African elephant, the rhinoceros, the Cape buffalo, the leopard, and our host animal, the lion. Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to learn more about the importance of the Big Five and the challenges they face around the world as well as how Disney is working to protect them." The adventure will include food, beverages (including adult beverages for those of age), music, and character greetings by Timon and Rafiki. Reservations and more information are available by calling (407) WDW-DINE and on this page of DisneyWorld.com.
…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 marked the start of Earth Month with a Disney Parks Blog post by Dr. Mark Penning, Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks, showcasing some of the environmental efforts at Disney Parks. Closest to home for those of us near Walt Disney World Resort is the recently opened 50-megawatt solar facility (which we have been invited to tour later this month and will report on in an upcoming Update). As park-goers (and our regular readers) will note, the parks have already begun reducing the amount of single-use plastics (like limiting beverage cup lids to phasing out plastic straws). Its efforts are intended to help reach its goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2020.
Disney Parks showcases three ways it is using renewable energy in its operations. Video ©Disney.
…Walt Disney World Golf Blog announced that Disney character-themed four-seater golf carts are now available for family use at Walt Disney World Golf courses. Donald and Daisy Duck-themed carts are located at the Palm and Magnolia courses, and the Pluto-themed golf cart is located at the Lake Buena Vista course. Contact the reservations line for more information at (407)WDW-GOLF, as they are available on a first-come, first served basis at check-in. There is a $15/person fee for each non-playing rider.
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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.
Planet Hollywood Observatory
Although not highlighting anything new per se, the folks at Planet Hollywood Observatory hosted a media tasting and invited us last week. Planet Hollywood has had a long history at Walt Disney World Resort and it extensively remodeled its restaurant along with the transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs. Its menu features a selection of appetizers, grille specialties, salads, pastas, "supernova shakes," and Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri's Flavortown creations: big bite burgers and signature sandwiches. All of the images below are NEW to our Update.
For those that visited Downtown Disney before its tranformation into Disney Springs, Planet Hollywood Observatory is the rethemed location for the restaurant, but it is physically located in the same place as it has since it opened.
Images courtesy Planet Hollywood.
Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.
On a less positive note, Orlando Sentinel reports that the Orlando-based parent company of Planet Hollywood, Buca di Beppo, Earl of Sandwich, Chicken Guy and other restaurants may have suffered a credit card data breach between May 23, 2018, and March 19, 2019. Guests who visited the restaurants (including Bucca di Beppo in Maitland, near Florida Mall and in Celebration) are encouraged to keep a close watch on their statements for suspicious activity.
Wine Bar George
Wine Bar George recently 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 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.
Patina Restaurant Group
NEW On Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019, all three of Patina Restaurant Group's venues at Disney Springs will offer brunch options. Maria & Enzo's will serve a buffet of classic Italian dishes from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will include an opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny and receive a complimentary printed photo souvenir. Enzo's Hideaway will begin seating at 10:30 a.m. and will supplement its traditional menu with specialty items. The Edison will also begin seating at 10:30 a.m.with its signature menu and three Easter specials. For more information, visit this page of PatinaGroup.com.
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.
Enzo's Hideaway Tunnel Bar
The Smuggler's Series is offered at Enzo's Hideaway Tunnel Bar monthly through October. Based on our hosted media-invited experience, 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.
►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.
File Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.
More Disney Springs News & Views
File Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.
Meet Disney Artists in WonderGround Gallery in the Marketplace Co-Op during April
- 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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Refurbishments and Attraction Closures
Note: Not all attraction closures have been officially confirmed by Disney, and are all subject to change at any time. All refurbishment schedules are estimates only. We recommend checking for updates as you plan your visit. All information is subject to change without notice. To get the most recent updates, visit DisneyWorld.com or use the MyDisneyExperience App on your iOS or Android device.
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- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – Mizner's Lounge closed for refurbishment; reopening planned for fall 2019.
- 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.
- 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
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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
|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).
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
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.
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For Disney Vacation Club Members
Member Benefits and Discounts may be found on this page of DisneyVacationClub.com. Note: some benefits and discounts are only available to those with a valid Disney Vacation Club Membership Card which is only available to Members owning at least 75 Vacation Points purchased directly from Disney Vacation Development, Inc.
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.
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For U.K. Residents
You can see the latest offers for U.K. residents on Disney World's U.K. packages website. It now features an offer where everyone on your booking dines for FREE during their entire stay when you book a Disney Moderate, Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resort Hotel and Ticket package for a minimum of 5 nights in 2019; also enjoy FREE Breakfast if you stay in a Value Resort Hotel! Plus, enjoy speciality non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages during your stay!
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