Walt Disney World Resort Update for April 30 - May 6, 2019

by Alan S Dalinka, staff writer
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Walt Disney World Resort Update for April 30 - May 6, 2019

 

Writer's note: I would like to take a moment to thank Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, Todd Pickering, and those of our readers that extended birthday wishes to me. As a long-time Disney Vacation Member that knew that scheduling would preclude another visit to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai'i this year, I decided to book a Magic Kingdom view one bedroom villa at Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort, get some Chicago pizzas shipped from Lou Malnati's which was, like Walt Disney World Resort, established in 1971, and still has its flagship restaurant near my childhood home (and no locations in Florida), and invite a bunch of local friends to enjoy them with me while watching the nightly presentation of "Happily Ever After" fireworks. Granted my house here in Central Florida is pretty close to the resort, having a view of Cinderella Castle from my pillow for a night was quite "Magical" and I recommend it!


Lou Malnati's and Magic Kingdom both debuted in 1971 (I did before that). I used to live about as close to the original location (which is still in business) as I now live to Magic Kingdom. No compensation was received for this plug; in fact, I paid for all of the pizzas and the room! Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort, the Disney Vacation Club property, is the closest guests can stay to Magic Kingdom without being invited to stay in the Cinderella Castle suite. As advised by a letter in the room, exterior painting is underway at the Tower.


Cinderella Castle can be seen from the pillow of the bed of this one bedroom vacation club villa.


The colors of the sky beyond Magic Kingdom at sunset seem even more vibrant from the balcony at Bay Lake Tower.


The best cooking arrangement in the oven for cooking Lou Malnati's pizzas in my villa formed a familiar shape.


I captured quite a few close-up shots of the Castle-area fireworks from the balcony (with the assistance of some optical zoom).


Happily Ever After fireworks are launched from near Cinderella Castle and from north of the park which, from Bay Lake Tower, look like they are behind Space Mountain.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

My latest podcast chat with National Radio Hall of Fame inductee Garry Meier was posted yesterday, Monday, April 29, 2019. Starting at 10:05 in the show, we discuss Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, Disney's Hollywood Studios 30th Anniversary, the new solar facility, the upcoming Epcot festivals and its new fireworks show, and more! Thanks for listening!

Remember, the Disney Parks smoking ban inside the parks goes into effect May 1, as do the new rules regarding stroller sizes (and banned styles like wagons)! Be governed accordingly. The newest Summer Resort Discount Offers are now included below too!

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Disney's Hollywood Studios Celebrates 30 Years on Wednesday

With Disney's Hollywood Studios celebrating on Wednesday the 30th anniversary of its May 1, 1989, opening (originally named The Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park), the park today is holding an invited media event to focus on the park's ongoing tranformation which takes its next major leap forward with the August 29 debut of the first phase of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge's 14-acre area and will culminate with next spring's debut of Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway. Today, April 30, we have been invited to media briefings in the park, so keep an eye out on our social media channels for breaking news which may include some new details about the new land and Mickey & Minnie's first-ever ride-through attraction.


Mickey and Minnie appear on the official logo for the 30th Anniversary of Disney's Hollywood Studios. Image ©Disney.


Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway is now expected to open in Spring 2020 inside the Chinese Theatre at Disney's Hollywood Studios (rather than later this year as previously announced). Concept Image ©Disney.

We also expect to get a preview tonight of the all-new "Wonderful World of Color" show that officially debuts tomorrow on the facade of the Chinese Theatre. Disney says the "cinematic nighttime experience ... leverages state-of-the-art projection mapping technology and other effects to take guests on a magical journey through more than 90 years of Disney animation." The show starts with Mickey and will cover the Disney and Pixar library up to Ralph Breaks the Internet


Disney Parks Blog provides a behind the scenes look at the new "Wonderful World of Animation" show that debuts tomorrow, May 1, 2019. The video suggests the show also may have some images representing the upcoming Disney-Pixar animated feature, "Toy Story 4." Video &coppy;Disney.

Tomorrow morning, May 1, we will be back at the park to celebrate its anniversary. A "Star-Studded Cavalcade" is scheduled to step off at 10 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time and head down Hollywood Boulevard. There will be #DisneyParksLIVE streaming coverage of the event on Disney's official social media channels, and Disney has provided the embedded YouTube video below which is scheduled to go live at 9:55 EDT on May 1 with complete coverage (so you can just bookmark our page or keep it open on your device)!


The #DisneyParksLIVE stream is scheduled to begin right here at 9:55 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time tomorrow, May 1, 2019, and will include a "star-studded cavalcade starring Mickey and friends" at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Video ©Disney.

As we mentioned last week, for those in the market for the special edition merchandise, though the park's gates officially open on May 1 at 9 a.m., the special 30th anniversary merchandise goes on sale at 8 a.m. The merchandise will include a new adult T-shirt, baseball cap, Tervis 24-oz tumbler, MagicBand, and an ornament. There will also be Passholder-exclusive merchandise.

At 9:05 p.m. on May 1, the park will officially debut the Wonderful World of Animation show. We expect that it will replace the Disney Movie Magic projection show, and will not alter nightly showings of Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, which is scheduled to follow at 9:30 p.m.

For those that want to celebrate even more, tomorrow night, the park hosts a special edition of its Disney After Hours (separate admission required) event. In addition to the event's usual offering of little to no-wait for many park attractions, the Chinese Theatre Courtyard will host "beloved Disney characters" for meet and greets, and more will be available at Star Wars Launch Bay. After Hours attendees will also be able to catch an encore performance of "Wonderful World of Animation" during the event.

Coverage note, correcting from last week: we have been invited to a media preview of the 30th Anniversary Celebration TODAY, April 30, and to the Celebration itself, TOMORROW, May 1. Since the preview is today, for those looking for the lastest information about the Celebration, be sure to follow @MousePlanet on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. We will provide live streamed and near-live coverage as technology and the events permit.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels to Fly Over Spaceship Earth at Epcot

Yesterday, Disney Parks Blog announced that the U.S. Navy Blue Angels are scheduled to make two flight passes over Epcot this coming Thursday morning, May 2, 2019, on their way to the Fort Lauderdale Air Show. Disney Parks Blog advises that optimal viewing will be between Spaceship Earth and the entrance to World Showcase; it is expected that the jets will fly over Spaceship Earth as they make their pass.


The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are expected to fly over Spaceship Earth on Thursday, May 2. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels flyovers honor Military Appreciation Month. In 2015 and 2017, the Blue Angels flew over Magic Kingdom. In 2017, we presented those flyovers over Cinderella Castle live on our Facebook page including their "Delta Break" maneuver (shown in the video cover screen below). As Thursday gets closer, we hope to get more specific time information which we will share on our social media channels. With some luck and technology cooperation, we will attempt to share the flyovers live on Facebook again (so follow us).


On April 6, 2017, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flew over Cinderella Castle and Main Street U.S.A. They are scheduled to return to Walt Disney World on Thursday, May 2, 2019. File Video by Alan S. Dalinka.

Villains and Halloween Party News

As of yesterday, tickets are now on-sale for the new, limited admission Disney Villains After Hours Event. On select nights from June 6 through August 8, guests that buy tickets may enter Magic Kingdom as early as 7 p.m. on event night and then enjoy the same sort of low or no wait times for at least 20 park attractions (down from the prior versions of the event's "at least 25" open attractions) from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. as the previously offered Disney After Hours events at the park along with complimentary popcorn, ice cream novelties, and select bottled beverages. The new Disney Villains After Hours Event also debuts the new event-exclusive "Villains United the Night" 20-plus minute stage show starring Hades, Meg, The Queen, Maleficent, Jafar and more on the Cinderella Castle stage. Additionally, Space Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean will add "villain-inspired surprises" during event hours, and Maleficent the fire-breathing parade float from the daily Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will make its first nighttime appearances.

Given the live entertainment offering, not surprisingly, the Villains Event caries with it a higher advanced purchase price tag than previous Disney After Hours Events: $139/person plus tax ($30 discount for Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members). The Event will not include Villain meet and greets, however—and that has been a source of some of the complaints we have seen on social media. But, as we wrote after our media-invited opportunities to visit one of Magic Kingdom's previous After Hours events last July, and again in December after being invited to the inaugural editions at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom editions, may miss the point of these hard ticket events: an opportunity to experience the parks closer to the way they were designed in absence of the operational realities of crowds with the freedom to ride and re-ride the attractions to allow you to discover all their details or just for the fun of it. To that end, I have purchased a ticket (at the DVC Members discounted price) to attend the inaugural Disney Villains After Hours event on June 6 and will report on it soon thereafter!

Also new to the Disney Villains After Hours events: specialty food and beverage options available for purchase only during the event inspired by The Queen, Cruella de Vil, Maleficent, Hades, Dr. Facilier, and Emperor Zurg. Disney Parks Blog has a foodie guide complete with photos of the "treats." The Central Plaza hub will also host a dance party during the event that Disney Parks Blog describes as "a killer club scene" that will make way for the arrival of Hades, Lord of the Dead, in a burst of blue flames as he is the "Caretaker" for the evening and the new "Villains Unite the Night" show.

If meeting Disney Villains is what you are interested in, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party will return to Magic Kingdom on select nights starting August 16, and that hard ticket event always brings with it a number of such opportunities. Attendance on those nights, of course, is capped at a much higher level, but attendees are drawn to different things: some to trick-or-treat stations around the park; some to the usual attractions because they have a lower wait time or, like last year, to attractions with special Halloween enhancements. For the youngest attendees, this year's party will include Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam with characters like Doc McStuffins and Vampirina, and the Frontierland Costume Promenade led by Cactus-Flower Cate will encourage youngsters to show off their costumes for candy ahead of each of the twice nightly showings of Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade.

The Sanderson Sisters and Disney villains will again take the Castle stage several times in the "Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular." And, of course, the night will include fireworks. For this year's edition of the Party, the "Hallowishes" show will be replaced by a brand-new Halloween fireworks show at the Party. It has been 14 years since the show has received a complete refresh, and, indeed, with the retirement of the "Wishes" fireworks show a couple of years ago and its replacement with "Happily Ever After" and all of its new lighting and digital projection mapping effects, Hallowishes had been showing its age in the past couple of years. The new show will tell the story of Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy's visit to a mysterious haunted hause where they encounter dancing skeletons, waltzing ghosts and other "troublemaking" Disney villains. The show will employ state-of-the-art projection effects plus lasers and other lighting effects to mix with the fireworks to tell the "not-so-scary" Halloween night story.

With a higher capped attendance level than After Hours, tickets for the Party start at a lower advanced purchase price point too, $79, but vary by date (and with some discounts available on most dates). Tickets are on sale now with more information and purchasing options on this page of DisneyWorld.com or by calling (407)827-7350. We will have more information about this year's edition of the Party later this year as the specialty merchandise, food and beverage and other treats are announced.

Finally, of note, if you are interested in the most intimate Disney one-of-a-kind Halloween celebration, Disney Parks Blog posted a reminder that you can book a Halloween on the High Seas voyage this fall aboard a Disney Cruise Line ship. If you have ever been aboard one of those specialty sailings, we would love to hear about your experience!

World Wish Day Begins #FriendLikeMe Challenge

Yesterday, April 29, was World Wish Day, a day dedicated to celebrating the incredible impact a wish come true can have on a child battling a critical illness. Walt Disney World Resort honored the more than 8,400 wishes granted at its parks and resorts every year by investing $20,000 in Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida to make more children's dreams a reality. Nearly half of the children eligible for wishes through wish-granting nonprofit organizations in the united States choose a Disney-inspired wish, including visits to Walt Disney World.

Walt Disney World Resort has also supported Give Kids the World Village, a nonprofit vacation resort for critically ill children and their families (which we have written about before), since the resort doors opened in 1986. With the help of nearly 40,000 Disney VoluntEARS hours annually, Give Kids the World Village provides unforgettable experiences to 7,000 families each year. Wish families staying at the resort receive expedited attraction entry to Walt Disney World Resort attractions, complimentary stroller and wheelchair rentals, and have exclusive access to the Disney Wish Lounge at Magic Kingdom Park. Families staying at the resort also enjoy weekly visits from Disney VoluntEARS and Disney character favorites.

Further in honor of World Wish Day and its upcoming live-action movie Aladdin, The Walt Disney Company and Make-A-Wish Foundation launched the #FriendLikeMe Challenge. For every public post on Twitter and/or Instagram with #FriendLikeMe from April 29—May 24, 2019, Disney will donate $5 up to $1 million to Make-A-Wish to help grant life-changing wishes all over the world. For more information, visit FriendLikeMe.org. Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products, sits on the national board of directors for Make-A-Wish.


At Disney's Hollywood Studios, an extended preview of the upcoming live-action "Aladdin" is shown in the Walt Disney Theater inside Walt Disney Presents.


Banners outside Walt Disney Presents promote the movie as well.


One of Princess Jasmine's costumes from the new movie is on display in the lobby outside the Walt Disney Theater.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Celebrating Mother's Day

With Mother's Day coming up on May 12, Walt Disney World Resort has a host of ways to celebrate moms on their special day. Some of the highlights the Resort wants you to know about this year include special offerings like floral gift packages, holiday menus at several restaurants, Mother's Day-themed events at select Disney resorts and more. The Resort's suggestions include:

Floral Arrangements

Moms will know how much they're loved with beautiful floral arrangements from Disney Floral and Gifts. Guests can choose traditional roses, an arrangement inspired by a favorite Disney character or work with a Disney designer to create a custom bouquet.

Disney Floral and Gifts also has special gift packages just for Mother's Day. The Mother's Day Family Treats Tote includes an assortment of snacks moms will love.

To learn more, visit DisneyFloralAndGifts.com.

Special Delectable Bites

Special Mother's Day dining options will be available at select restaurants across Walt Disney World, including Terralina Crafted Italian and Paddlefish at Disney Springs, Trail's End Restaurant at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort, Olivia's Café at Disney’s Old Key West Resort, The Wave… of American Flavors at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Whispering Canyon Café at Disney's Wilderness Lodge and Rose & Crown Dining Room at Epcot. Specialty desserts will also be available at select resort hotels and dining locations within the theme parks.

As always, Walt Disney World has numerous brunch options to appeal to many tastes. Or, for the more adventurous, Boma – Flavors of Africa at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge offers traditional African choices such as Cape Malay Lamb Stew or Couscous alongside American favorites. Character breakfasts options include Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast at Trattoria Al Forno at Disney's BoardWalk Inn with characters from Disney's Tangled and The Little Mermaid. On the "fancier" side, the Grand Floridian Café at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa serves American classics or, nearby, guests can enjoy a classic Afternoon Tea at Garden View Tea Room featuring international teas with sandwiches, scones and other tasty delicacies.

For all Walt Disney World dining information, visit DisneyWorld.com/dining or call (407)WDW-DINE.

Special Disney Resort Offerings

Select Disney resort hotels will host special events for Mother's Day. Minnie's Mother's Day Chocolate Party at Disney's Beach Club Resort offers decadent desserts including chocolate fondue, chocolate ravioli and a milkshake station. At Disney's BoardWalk Inn, moms and their families can create a special Mother's Day painting with an Alice in Wonderland theme from 10 a.m. to noon.

As always, for reservations and additional information about Disney resort hotels, call (407) W-DISNEY, your travel agent, or visit DisneyWorld.com/resorts.

And, of course, whether or not staying at one of Disney's resorts that has a full-service spa, moms (or anyone, really) can get massages, facial treatments, body therapies, manicures, pedicures and more at Senses – A Disney Spa at both Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort.

Recapping from last week's update…

As we noted in last week's "This and That…" section, Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort's Garden Grove will present a special brunch buffet featuring Disney character dining. The Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet will be served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Garden Grove's Mother's Day Brunch Buffet is priced at $38.99 for adults and $19.99 for children ages 3-9. Themed after the tranquil gardens of Central Park, guests who step into Garden Grove will immerse themselves under a beautiful 25-foot oak tree adorned with twinkling lights and paper lanterns. For reservations and more information on Garden Grove, please visit https://www.swandolphinrestaurants.com/gardengrove/index.html or call (407)934-1618.

Epcot Concerts & Candlelight Processional News and Calendar

There is just over a month left to catch the Garden Rocks Concert Series on the America Gardens stage, three times nightly through the June 3 conclusion of the Epcot International Flower & Garden 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.

This summer, Guardians of the Galaxy-Awesome Mix Live! returns to the stage. From June 14 to August 18, Star-Lord and Gamora (along with an "alien" band) will take the audience on a "musical journey" that showcases hits from Star-Lord's Awesome Mix tapes. The show will be performed multiple times daily; check the Times Guide and the My Disney Experience app for the daily schedule.


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.

As the summer approaches fall, this year's edition of the 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). It runs a record 87 days this year, through November 23, but its the three-times-nightly Eat to the Beat Concert Series will only run until November 19, to allow the America Gardens stage to be prepared for the 2019 edition of Epcot's Candlelight Processional which debuts November 29 with the return of the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays (through December 30). Three times each night, a celebrity narrator will retell the traditional Christmas story along with a mass choir and live orchestra.

For the convenience of our readers, all of the remaining 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 noted as well. Performers for the Eat to the Beat Concert Series and celebrity narrators for Candlelight Processional have not yet been announced, but those dates are noted on our calendar too. You can add the whole Event calendar to any calendar that supports the iCal format (like iPhone and Mac) by copying this link and, as we get additional information and update the calendar, the calendar will update on your subscribed device as well.

While our Google Calendar of Epcot Events lists announced performers, it is still 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 any last minute changes. The calendar is provided as a courtesy "as is, where is" without any guarantees. We do respectfully request that you do not post our entire calendar on another site without first asking our permission. Walt Disney World Resort does provide schedules in the My Disney Experience app, but does not allow you to add dates to calendars outside the app itself.

Views Around the World

We have views from all around Walt Disney World this week, though some are in other places in the Update, and, as is often the case, there are new ones in the Disney Springs section below too.


Walkways around the eastside of the Epcot parking lot have been reconfigured due to the "entry experience" changes underway at the park.


The tramway closest to the park is no longer served by the trams, as the tram loading and security areas are reconfigured.


The entire center walkway from the parking lot under the monorail station is now closed as part of the current construction project at the park.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.


As Disney continues its elimination of single-use plastic straws, the new "Earth Friendly Paper Straw" has started appearing around Epcot, including the Disney Vacation Club Member Lounge.


Infrastructure construction on the World Showcase Lagoon islands appears to be complete, as the islands have had their landscapes restored. Flower and Garden Festival, of course, continues through June 3.


Pavement renovations are underway at the entrance to The American Adventure.


At Japan pavilion, beyond the Flower & Garden Festival Bonsai garden, construction continues on the new signature restaurant.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney's Hollywood Studios


As the park's 30th Anniversary Celebration is about to get underway, Mickey Mouse once again stands atop the globe just inside the park gates.


Zoomed in, Mickey Mouse looks all shiny and new for the park's celebration.


Like the park's name itself which has changed, the park's "icon" has changed a number of times too. This sign along Hollywood Boulevard is one of the few remaining that includes the former Earful Tower.


The park's dedication plaque shows its original name, Disney-MGM Studios, but is surrounded by a newer frame with the park's current name.


Disney PhotoPass photographers have several different style props featuring the park's name and Mickey.


A new permanent rideshare pickup zone sign has been installed near the future Disney Skyliner station and "Medical Parking."

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney's Animal Kingdom


With the Party for the Planet just lasting the weekend leading up to Earth Day (April 22), the park replaced the 20th Anniversary banners around this 21 year old park.


The 20th Anniversary banners are again over the park gates.


As a cold blooded animal, the nile crocodiles may try to cool their bodies by opening their mouths.


Some of the foliage has been removed and some earth-moving equipment can be seen along the berm that is next to the walkway from Africa to Pandora-The World of Avatar as it approaches Satu'li Canteen.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.


From the ascent of Expedition Everest, some of the extensive construction between the park and Epcot can be spotted - here, including the Gran Destino Tower at Disney's Coronado Resort and the blue building a bit further in the distance to its left is the future Guardians of the Galaxy-themed roller coaster in Future World. More careful examination of the photo will reveal other bits of ongoing projects. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

This and That…

Disney Parks Blog shared a photo of the first white Shetland pony ever born at the Tri-Circle-D Ranch at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Born in March and named Lilly after Walt Disney's wife, her parents are Cinderella's ponies that pull her pumpkin coach for Disney's Fairytale Weddings and some Magic Kingdom parades. Lilly will begin training to pull the coach when she turns two and then could make her debut as part of the coach pulling team a year later. She currently makes appearances in the show pasture near the barn at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground for a few hours daily.

…Fancy Nancy from Disney Channel, Disney Junior and DisneyNOW app, now has a new character greeting location at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Animation Courtyard. Starting today, April 30, she also joins the roster at Disney Junior Play 'n Dine at Hollywood & Vine during breakfest, along with Disney Junior's Vampirina, Doc McStuffins, and Roadster Racer Goofy.

…Looking to try the smoked brisket with chorizo-cheese fondue that is sold at The Smokehouse Outdoor Kitchen during this year's Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival but can't get to Epcot? Disney Parks Blog published the recipe that you can try at home whether or not you own your own smoker.

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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. For even more of the latest news around Disney Springs, follow its official Twitter Feed: @DisneySprings.

The VOID

NEWCelebrating "May the Fourth" which has become known as #StarWarsDay, The VOID at Disney Springs is offering a one day only promotion on May 4, 2019: Groups of four traveling to Mustafar to experience "Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire" can play for the price of three by using the promo code VOIDMAY4 when booking in person or on The VOID website. In fact, the offer is also good for the journey to Mustafar at The VOID in Anaheim, Glendale, Santa Monica and Las Vegas.

More Parking Now Available at Disney Springs

The new Grapefruit Garage on Buena Vista Drive opened to the public April 16, 2019. It is located on the south side of Buena Vista Drive, across the street from the Lime Garage (and, according to Reedy Creek Improvement District Cast Members, Disney Springs Cast Members are required to park in the new garage). The two older Disney Springs garages, Orange and Lime, have been undergoing technology work relating to the systems used to indicate where spaces are available, and, at least, as of last week, both still had some work ongoing that could still interfere with traffic flow and limit the number of spaces available in those garages. We have a few new photos of some of the views available from the new garage's skybridges below the photos we shared last week from Bonnie & Donald Fink.


The stairway to the Grapefruit Garage may seem a bit longer than the stairs to the Lime or Orange garages. That's because it is. Entry to the Grapefruit Garage is on level three. On the other garages, it's on level two. Of course, if you're not interested in the extra climb, there is an elevator just behind the stairs. (BF)


There are two right turn lanes on Buena Vista Drive into the Grapefruit Garage. These lanes are in front of the Racetrack gas station and approach from the west, in the eastbound traffic. There are no left turn lanes from westbound Buena Vista into the garage. The left-most of the right turn lanes will take you into the garage on Level one. The right lane will proceed to the upper levels of the garage without first driving through level one. (BF)


The pedestrian walkway from the Grapefruit Garage crosses Buena Vista Drive and enters Disney Springs near the World of Disney. Guests enter the walkway from the third level of the garage which is different from the Lime and Orange garages. (DF)


Grapefruit Garage is equipped with elevators and escalators. Like the Lime and Orange garages, escalators and elevators service all levels except level five. Level five is accessed by elevator. And of course, all levels can be accessed by stairs. (DF)


The Grapefruit Garage has four charging stations. They're on level three. One of the EV stations is also a Disabled Person parking spot. According to a Reedy Creek Cast Member we spoke with, you can park in the Disabled Person EV charging station whether or not you have a vehicle that needs charging, but if you intend to park there and charge your vehicle, you'll also need a Disabled Person sticker. (DF)

File Photos and Captions by Bonnie Fink (BF) & Donald Fink (DF).


The pedestrian bridge that runs paralel to Buena Vista Drive provides a nice view of the Casting building.


From the Grapefruit Garage, guests first take a long pedestrian bridge paralel to Buena Vista Drive that also provides a view of World of Disney Store in the distance (specifically, the distance the guest must walk before arriving at Disney Springs from the Garage).


With the opening of the Grapefruit Garage, construction around the entrance of World of Disney Store facing toward Buena Vista Drive has concluded and the Mickey Mouse topiary (at right) is no longer surrounded by walls.

NEW Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

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. See the menu online here or download a PDF of the menu here. Reservations are available on OpenTable.

Terralina Crafted Italian

For Mother's Day, May 12, Terralina's menu will have Maine lobster and sweet corn ravioli with mascarpone and chives in a saffron cream ($36).

For Father's Day, June 16, Terralina's menu will include braised osso Bucco in a rich spicy tomato and fennel ragu ($34).

Paddlefish

For Mother's Day, May 12, Paddlefish's menu features Lobster Ravioli ($33) paired with a blush mimosa ($13).

For Father's Day, June 16, Paddlefish's menu includes rib eye, shrimp skewer, bearnaise, whipped potato ($47), and bourbon daddy's ($15). Just ahead of Father's Day, on June 15, the venue is hosting a Father's Day Scotch/Bourbon Tasting and Cigar Rolling event from noon to 3 p.m. ($75) with more details coming soon.

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.

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

NEW More Views Around Disney Springs


The blockbuster "Avengers: Endgame" from Marvel Studios is the current photo backdrop outside the AMC Dine-In Theatres at Disney Springs.


The new Disney Ticket Center is now open near the Welcome Center and Blaze Pizza. The Welcome Center continues to serve general Guest Relations issues, while the Ticket Center can assist with nearly all ticket issues, from picking up tickets ordered online to purchasing new theme park tickets or adding additional days or options.


The former Something Silver store on the West Side is now an "Amazing Photos" location.


This week, we noticed a subtle change to the concept art for City Works (which is in the same building as the NBA Experience which is scheduled to open August 12, 2019): it now says the venue is "Coming Winter of 2019" rather than this summer.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.


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2019 Resort Events
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios 30th Anniversary – May 1, 2019 Tomorrow!
  • Disney After Hours:(hard ticket required; park entry at 7 p.m., event hours vary by published date)
    …at Magic Kingdom:
    • May 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
    …Disney Villains at Magic Kingdom
    • June 6, 13, 20 & 27
    • July 1, 11, 18 & 25
    • August 1 & 8
    …at Disney's Hollywood Studios (including two "special" events):
    • May 1 (30th Anniversary), 4 (Star Wars), 10, 17, 24 & 31
    • June 14, 21 & 28
    …at Disney's Animal Kingdom:
    • May 7, 14 & 21
    • June 4, 11 & 18
  • Disney Vacation Club Moonlight Magic:(registration required)
    …at Epcot
    • May 13 & 20, 2019
    • Registration filled
    …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
  • 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)
  • Dapper Days at Walt Disney World (Unofficial Events) - November 16-17, 2019
  • 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
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.

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Magic Kingdom
  • Captain Jack Sparrow's Pirate Tutorial – No longer listed in My Disney Experience (final show was September 29, 2018).
  • 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 – Final performance: September 30, 2019.
    "Epcot Forever" debuts October 1 for a limited run which will be followed by a new nighttime spectacular in 2020
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 Spring 2020.
Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • Rivers of Light: We Are One – an update to the nighttime show debuts Memorial Day Weekend
  • 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
  • Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – Mizner's Lounge closed for refurbishment; reopening planned for fall 2019 with a new Beauty & The Beast theme.
  • 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

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. To purchase, call (407)939-7646 or visit this page of DisneyWorld.com

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.


NEW Enchanting Summer Room Offer

Save up to 25% for stays most nights in Deluxe Villas and Resorts and Moderate Resorts, or up to 15% for stays most nights in Value Resorts from May 28 through August 28, 2019 when you book through August 28, 2019.

When booking for arrivals between May 28 and June 30, 2019, guests also receive a Disney Gift Card at check-in for a daily amount per room night based upon Resort Category:

  • Deluxe Villas: $25 per room per night
  • Deluxe Resorts: $20 per room per night
  • Moderate Resorts: $15 per room per night
  • Value Resorts: $10 per room per night

The Enchanting Summer Room Offer varies by resort category and the savings depend upon dates which may also have length of stay requirements. The savings is based on the non-discounted price for the same room. In addition to the link, you can call (407)939-7534 for more information and availability, or you can contact your travel agent.


NEW Quick Service Meal Vacation Package Offer

If you are considering a Walt Disney World Vacation Package that includes a room for four nights at select Moderate or Value Resorts and a 5-day theme park ticket, you can receive one free quick-service meal per person in your party (ages 3 and up) for each night of your stay at more than 90 quick-service dining locations around Walt Disney World Resort when you buy the otherwise non-discounted Walt Disney World Travel Co. package. Offer excludes campsites, Disney's Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, Disney's All-Star Movies Resort and The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at Disney's Art of Animation Resort. Meals include soft drinks; at many locations, adults 21 and over may opt for certain alcoholic beverages included in the offer. Children ages 3-9 must order from children's menus where applicable.

Packages for other lengths of stay may also be available. Read more information and check availability this page of DisneyWorld.com, or call (407)939-2745 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 can get a complimentary Daisy Duck-themed passholder magnet at MouseGear or Port of Entry by showing your pass and matching photo ID (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).

Through August 31, Passholders save 15% off lunch or dinner at Maria & Enzo's, Enzo's Hideaway and The Edison (for the Passholder and up to 10 Guests).

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 April 15, 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!

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

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  1. By carolinakid

    I havenít been paying attention, but is there a reason why Gay Days were changed from June to August? Is this permanent or just for 2019? Thanks!

  2. By asdhollywood

    Quote Originally Posted by carolinakid View Post
    I havenít been paying attention, but is there a reason why Gay Days were changed from June to August? Is this permanent or just for 2019? Thanks!

    I am not aware, as it is an unofficial event that we note in the Update due to its impact on crowds (as you may be aware, it draws many folks to Central Florida and the parks). Its official website is gaydays.com and you may find a discussion there.

    Regards,
    Alan

  3. By MidwayManiac

    Quote Originally Posted by carolinakid View Post
    I havenít been paying attention, but is there a reason why Gay Days were changed from June to August? Is this permanent or just for 2019? Thanks!

    hmm. Gay days are usually the first weekend in October in Anaheim if I can recall. Granted youíre asking about WDW. You have to wonder if gay days are obsolete. Gays in the park are ubiquitous. Canít tell gay days from non gay days. A lot of progress Iíd say.

  4. By carolinakid

    Thanks, Alan and Midway.

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