Walt Disney World Resort Update for May 7-13, 2019

by Alan S Dalinka, staff writer
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Walt Disney World Resort Update for May 7-13, 2019

 

Writer's note: It was a very busy news week here at Walt Disney World Resort, with a two-day media event to celebrate Disney's Hollywood Studios reaching its 30th anniversary, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flyover at Epcot, and then a one-day media event kicking off the final month of this year's edition of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. As you will see below, there were all sorts of other announcements by Walt Disney World about tours, food, merchandise, MagicBands, and more.

Believe it or not, I actually intended to post quite a few more photos and videos this week, but a severe thunderstorm knocked out my home's internet connection for nearly 24 hours requiring my provider to install some new cable, broke some of my networking hardware requiring some older pieces be pressed back into service and others be reconfigured, and knocked out power to a bunch of electrical outlets in my house requiring a visit from an electrician. The good news is that no one got hurt, I did not lose any data, and the cost of repairs has been quite minimal (but for taking time that I had planned to do some video and photo editing). All of that is still tempered by the fact I actually got to walk in to and see some of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (no photos allowed, naturally).


Remember: As of May 1, smoking (including e-cigarettes, vaping and the like as well) is now prohibited in all domestic Disney Parks, and new stroller size-limitations and the ban on stroller-wagons are now enforced at the parks' security checkpoints; loose ice is also prohibited to be brought through security checkpoints. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Anyway, as we get into the heart of May, we usually start to see the crowds start building around here with schools letting out for the summer. This year could be different because Galaxy's Edge is a game changer, but, then again, for every guest who says they are delaying their visit to Walt Disney World until Galaxy's Edge is open or until the crowds die down again after that, there are probably guests saying "let's go visit now before the Star Wars crowds come." As Disneyland's Galaxy's Edge opens just three weeks from Friday, we will probably see the news on this coast getting quieter. Stay tuned!

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Extra, Extra Magic Hours For Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and Beyond!

We now know that Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (phase one) will open to all guests at Disney's Hollywood Studios at 6 a.m. on August 29, 2019. That park will also open to all guests at 6 a.m. on August 30 and 31, too.

Unlike the reservation system Disneyland put in place for its May 31 opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (phase one), on those first three days of operation, there are no announced restrictions on which guests with valid theme park admission can visit (except, naturally, that the land and the park will be subject to capacity limitations). After those first three days, it also appears that it will be open to all guests with theme park tickets subject to capacity limits. There will be no FastPass+ reservations for the land or its attractions when the land opens (if ever).

To give Disney Resort Hotel Guests and those at the participating partner hotels (like Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort, Disney Springs and elsewhere) a bit of a head start on Batuu, starting September 1, or other early morning opportunities at Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World announced new Extra, Extra Magic Hours for Disney's Hollywood Studios (including Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge), Magic Kingdom, and Disney's Animal Kingdom (plus a selection of mornings where Epcot will have more traditional Extra Magic Hours) The details are as follows:

  • Disney's Hollywood Studios – Daily from September 1-November 2, the park will have Extra, Extra Magic Hours from 6-9 a.m., including Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, plus Toy Story Land attractions and select other attractions. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and its experiences subject to capacity. There will be no Extra, Extra Magic Hours August 29-31, as the park will open at 6 a.m. for all guests.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Extra, Extra Magic Hours are available August 29-November 2, from 7-8 a.m., featuring Pandora – The World of Avatar and other attractions throughout the park (same as the usual morning selection of Extra Magic Hours offerings).
  • Magic Kingdom – Extra, Extra Magic Hours are scheduled August 29-November 2, from 7-8 a.m., featuring several attractions in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland (same as the usual Extra Magic Hours offerings).

As with all such offerings, the Extra, Extra Magic Hours benefit requires a valid theme park admission and hotel ID (like your Key to the World or a reservation linked to a MagicBand). As you would expect, guests without the Park Hopper Option or Park Hopper Plus Option, will not be allowed to park hop after enjoying the Extra, Extra Magic Hours benefit. Not all attractions operate during Extra, Extra Magic Hours (or regular Extra Magic Hours), and may change without notice.

Disney's Hollywood Studios 30th Celebration Previews the Park's Future

Last Wednesday, Disney's Hollywood Studios (originally named The Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park) celebrated the 30th anniversary of its May 1, 1989, opening. As we previewed in last week's Update and as you hopefully saw on our social media channels, the park invited media on April 30 to hear about the the future of the park while looking pack on its past.


Phil Holmes, Vice President, Disney's Hollywood Studios, addressed the media the day before the park's anniversary to talk about the park's future. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Interview locations were set up all around Disney's Hollywood Studios the day before its anniversary, including in front of the wall that will become one of the two entrances to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at the park starting August 29. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

The very special part of the event for me, personally (and, I would think, theme park and Star Wars fans), was being invited to step in through the doorway to the construction site for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, through the tunnel that now stands at the end of Grand Avenue and into the first vista of the new land! Just inside the tunnel, the Imagineers have temporarily set up a large part of the model of the new land that we all previously saw displayed at the 2017 D23 Expo in Anaheim, as the construction team uses it for color reference for the rockwork of Batuu.

Turning the corner coming out of the tunnel, I was taken on a brief tour of just a few dozen places inside the first area within this 14-acre land, including a glimpse at the exterior of the Rise of the Resistance attraction (which is expected to open after the August 29 opening of the land, but before the end of the year), a view of the entrance to the marketplace and, nearby, the path leading toward Black Spire Outpost and the Millenium Falcon: Smuggler's Run attraction (which was beyond rockwork, out of view in the distance). To say that I was impressed with the level of detail is an understatement—but, since photos were not allowed, the best I can do to describe the land is to use Pandora-The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom as a comparison, since that currently sets Disney's high watermark for immersive theming. From what I saw even in its unfinished state, the new land takes that Pandora-type detailed level of theming to another even higher level of authenticity. Even with construction continuing, the area I experience really gave me the feeling that the land is part of the Star Wars universe as I have come to know it since I was a kid way back in 1977 and first saw Luke Skywalker on Tatooine.


Immediately after being allowed to visit the construction site for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge just beyond the end of Grand Avenue, I interviewed one of the imagineers working on the project about what we should expect when the land is open. Video by Alan S. Dalinka & Disney.


Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is so large that the view of the land from Slinky Dog Dash Coaster in Toy Story Land does not even include the portion of the land media were allowed to tour on April 30. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The media event also included Imagineers discussing Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway, now expected to open in Spring 2020 inside the Chinese Theatre at Disney's Hollywood Studios, but with largely the same information we reported on following last fall's Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse. Concept Image ©Disney.


Walt Disney Imagineers showed off the new concept art for the Chinese Theatre's marquee when the building becomes home to Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway next spring. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka - Concept Image ©Disney.

Phil Holmes, Vice President, Disney's Hollywood Studios announced during the media event that the park will also make a new table-service restaurant addition to Toy Story Land: Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant. While no specific timeframe has been announced yet, this new venue will be located in a new play area where the story is that Andy has set up a rodeo using three cardboard boxes cut and taped together and some of his favorite toys, games, and play sets. The area will be a mix of western-themed pieces and a broad assortment of toys that Disney Parks Blog says will appear to "have been brought together to create a fun, colorful mashup-atmosphere that only a child could create." According to a subsequent Disney Parks Blog post, there will be a "pathway leading from the main promenade of Toy Story Land [that] will lead you to the entry of the restaurant."

Inside the restaurant, guests will be surrounded by all of the rodeo festivities in-action as well as western town and train station play sets. Disney•Pixar characters will be scattered throughout the restaurant in the form of toys and game pieces, including a toy version of Jessie riding on the back of a Trixie pull-toy and unique toy versions of Bo Peep and her sheep, all who appear to be performing in the rodeo together. The table service restaurant will not replace the existing Toy Story Land quick service counter, Woody's Lunch Box, which serves sandwiches, "Lunch Box Tarts," and more.

Phil Holmes also announced that in celebration of the June release of Disney-Pixar's Toy Story 4, Toy Story Land will also host a pop-up merchandise location. It will be located at the exit of Toy Story Mania! and will include products related to the new film.

The media event also provided a preview the all-new "Wonderful World of Animation" show that officially debuted on May 1 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 covers the Disney and Pixar library up to Ralph Breaks the Internet. Unlike the now-retired "Disney Movie Magic" projection show, "Wonderful World of Animation" includes pyrotechnics, fire and lasers, but, unlike a spectacular, it serves more as a pre-show for the night's showing of Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular than a show guests likely will go out of their way to see on its own.


"Wonderful World of Animation" includes pyrotechnics and lasers. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Disney Parks Blog provides a behind the scenes look at the new "Wonderful World of Animation" show that officially debuted May 1, 2019. As the video suggested, the show does, in fact, have some moments representing the upcoming Disney-Pixar animated feature, "Toy Story 4." Video ©Disney.


"Wonderful World of Animation" show begins and ends with Mickey Mouse. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

For the May 1 anniversary itself, the park held a "Star-Studded Cavalcade" down Hollywood Boulevard. The parade included the unveiling of a new logo for the park that features three characters guests encounter in the park: BB-8, Mickey Mouse and Woody.


In the #DisneyParksLIVE stream from May 1, 2019, you can watch the entire "star-studded cavalcade starring Mickey and friends" at Disney's Hollywood Studios and the debut of the park's new logo. Video ©Disney.

Concept Art
The Studio Arch will include the new park logo (but the date of its installation has not been announced). Concept Art. ©Disney.


The park distributed complimentary 30th anniversary posters to guests leaving the park on May 1 (while supplies lasted). Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels Epcot Flyover

On Thursday, in nearly perfect blue skies with white puffy clouds, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels made two flight passes about five hundred feet over Epcot in honor of Military Appreciation Month on their way to the Fort Lauderdale Air Show. In what seems like typical Disney Parks fashion, the morning started out grey and rainy and, yet, around an hour before the scheduled flyover time, the skies starting clearing for the spectacular passes. On the first pass, the jets flew in formation directly over the top of Spaceship Earth from the north to the south across World Showcase Lagoon. For their second flyover, the Blue Angels performed a delta break maneuver just as the came across the top of Spaceship Earth, again from the north. (Within an hour after the flyover, by the way, it was raining again!)


The U.S. Navy Blue Angels first flew over Spaceship Earth in a tight formation from the north. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


On May 2, 2019, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels made two flight passes over Epcot in honor of Military Appreciation Month. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.


The U.S. Navy Blue Angels second flight over Epcot included the execution of a "Delta Break" over Spaceship Earth. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


360° Video by U.S. Navy Blue Angels and posted by Disney Parks Blog.

The Blue Angels previously flew over Magic Kingdom in 2015 and 2017. In 2017, we presented the Magic Kingdom flyovers live on our Facebook page including the Blue Angel's "Delta Break" maneuver over Cinderella Castle (shown in the video cover screen below). .


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.

New MagicBand Options for Resort Reservations and Passholders

Since MagicBands debuted five years ago, resort reservations came with a chance to select a MagicBand for each guest on the reservation from a limited number of color options. New and renewing passholders also have been able to make a similar selection after purchasing or renewing the pass.

Just after their debut, retail locations around Walt Disney Resort began offering other designs that any guest could purchase and link to a My Disney Experience account. With the 2016 introduction of MagicBand 2.0, even more ways to customize the MagicBands became possible by purchasing them at retail locations around the Resort. But as DTech and other customizations options increasingly became available at retail, resort guests and passholders have been left with a limited set to choose from as their "included" (with reservation or pass purchase) band.

This week, Disney Parks Blog announced that there will soon be upgrade options available to those "included" MagicBands at discounted prices. Guests with reservations and new/renewing passholders will be able to select either the "complimentary solid-color" collection or one of more than 30 new pay-to-upgrade pre-arrival options featuring favorite Disney characters and designs. Prices for the upgrades will reflect a $14.99 discount off the regular retail cost when purchased through the My Disney Experience website.


Disney Parks Blog provided a sneak peek. Video ©Disney

Resort reservation MagicBands can be shipped to guests' homes (U.S. addresses only) if ordered 11 or more days ahead of arrival and can be personalized if done so at least 6 or more days ahead of arrival. A credit card will be charged when you place your order and, once personalized, upgraded MagicBands cannot be canceled, returned, refunded or exchanged, even if the hotel reservation is canceled. In fact, if upgraded MagicBands are ordered and have been personalized at the time the reservation is canceled, the MagicBand order will not be cancelable or refundable and the regular, non-discounted retail price of the upgraded personalized MagicBands will be charged.

REMINDER: Celebrate Mother's Day

Mother's Day is this Sunday, 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.

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

According to TMZ, singer and song-writer Peobo Bryson suffered a mild heart attack on Saturday, and was last reported hospitalized but in improving condition. As a result, he has had to cancel several upcoming concerts this month, including his Garden Rocks Concert Series appearances on the America Gardens stage at Epcot on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12, and Monday, May 13. As of publication of the Update, the official FreshEpcot.com website had not yet been updated, but friends of the site say they have seen Lovin' Spoonful as his replacement. We wish Mr. Bryson a speedy recovery.

There is just less than a month left to catch the remaining Garden Rocks Concert Series performances, 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.


Herman's Hermits Starring Peter Noone returned to the Garden Rocks Concert Series again this past weekend. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka

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 just a handful of views this week, but I have also embedded in the Hollywood Studios section immediately below, my interviews with cast members that have been at the park in many guest-facing roles since it opened 30 years ago, as well as an interview about some of the smaller details that have recently been introduced to the park and more that are coming soon, including the costumes for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

Disney's Hollywood Studios


If you have seen a live show at the park over the past 30 years, there is a very good chance that you have seen Kevin perform. Among his roles, he was the first to portray Indiana Jones in the Epic Stunt Spectacular, and, in fact, he occasionally still performs that role in 2019. Video by Alan S. Dalinka and Disney.


From SuperStar Television to the Tower of Terror and soon to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, TJ has been an operations cast member since the park opened. Video by Alan S. Dalinka and Disney.


Some Disney Villain-themed banners celebrating the park's 30th anniversary now line Sunset Boulevard approaching the entrance to Fantasmic! Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


As mentioned last week, Fancy Nancy has a new meet and greet in the Animation Courtyard. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


It is all in the details, including more to come in the costuming in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Video by Alan S. Dalinka and Disney.

You will find even more videos from around the park on our Facebook page!

Disney's Animal Kingdom


It is always a treat to spot the lion awake when visiting Kilimanjaro Safaris, especially this Spring as the park celebrates "The Lion King." Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The latest "Been There Collection" Starbucks mug for Disney's Animal Kingdom represents sights from around the park, but not Pandora-The World of Avatar. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.

Epcot


As The Epcot tram station is now closed. The courtesy trams do not cross under the monorail station right now, as the "guest entry experience" for the park is reimagined.


Over this past weekend, Minnie hosted a Garden Party in the Festival Center, including meet and greets in her garden dress, a floral wall, lots of new merchandise, complimentary buttons, and more. (Much of the merchandise will continue to be available for the remainder of the Flower & Garden Festival).


Donald and Daisy Duck dressed for springtime in the invited media hospitality area during Media Family Day for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival on Saturday.


Disney Vacation Club Members Lounge inside Imagination pavilion now has a photo frame that members and their guests can use for personal photos (there is no PhotoPass photographer in the lounge, at least on any regular basis).


Around the outdoor areas of the China pavilion, as part of the celebration of the Flower & Garden Festival, sculptures celebrating the animals of the Chinese Zodiac calendar have been installed.


2019 is the "Year of the Pig" on the Chinese calendar.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

This and That…

…On May 1, 2019, Disney's Animal Kingdom welcomed the birth of a female baby western lowland gorilla at Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail. The baby has been named Grace after the GRACE gorilla sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which helps gorillas orphaned by poaching. Disney's Animal Kingdom's animal care experts have helped GRACE for over 10 years in its rehabilitation of orphan gorillas. Grace's parents, Kashata and Gino were chosen to breed through the Species Survival Plan program overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to ensure responsible breeding of critically endangered species to help create healthy, genetically diverse populations.


A female baby western lowland gorilla was born on the morning of May 1, 2019, at Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail at Disney's Animal Kingdom. She could be seen bonding with her mother, Kashata, in public later in the day. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

…Yesterday, Walt Disney World Resort announced that it made a $1.5 million investment in the reimagination and relocation of Valencia College's culinary arts and hospitality program. The College, located in Central Florida near Walt Disney World Resort, is building a new shared campus with University of Central Florida in downtown Orlando which will serve as the "heart" of the College's culinary arts and hospitality educational programs, including workforce training, certificate programs, and degree-granting programs.

…The latest "Foodie News" for Magic Kingdom is now on Disney Parks Blog, which notes that guests visiting the park that seek vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes can now pick up a new guide, "Plant-Based Cuisine" at Guest Relations and most major food and beverage locations around the park. The "Foodie News" also highlights special sweet treats available at the park during May and June this year.

…Speaking of Magic Kingdom food and beverage, there is now a new VIP "Behind the Counter" tour offering a "Taste of Magic Kingdom." The new $99/person plus tax tour (valid park admission required and not included) offered every day except Wednesday and Thursday, offers "exclusive and unprecedented access" to backstage kitchens and working areas "never before seen by guests." On the tour, guests will "interact with the creative experts and experience first-hand everything that goes into the production of serving millions of guests each year." Of course, this food tour includes "specially curated" savory and sweet item tastings along the way. For more information and to book the tour, visit this page of DisneyWorld.com or call (407)WDW-DINE.

…Magic Kingdom is now also offering a "Signature Celebration Package at Cinderella's Royal Table" starting in August. For $199/adult and $169/child (plus tax and gratuity, and, of course, valid Magic Kingdom park admission required and not included), guests get to combine dinner at Cinderella's Royal Table with reserved fireworks viewing of the nightly presentation of "Happily Ever After" in the West Plaza Garden and then the After Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace. Exclusive to this offering are a personal greeting from Cinderella and Prince Charming along with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine (for those age-appropriate) or a specialty beverage; the meal concludes with a gift box of Cinderella-inspired confections. During dinner, of course, Cinderella's princess friends will visit your table and be available for photos. The package is only available during one seating time at Cinderella's Royal Table, and reservations are limited. Call (407)WDW-DINE or visit this page of DisneyWorld.com for more information and reservations.

…Jiko-The Cooking Place at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge will begin offering a limited-time Lion King Dining Experience starting June 30. The Prix fixe three-course menu celebrates Simba's story while diners are entertained by musicians playing Africa melodies and music from the movie soundtrack. The Dining Experience is $65/person (tax and gratuity not included) and there are two levels of add-on wine pairings also available for an additional charge. For more details about the special menu, see this Disney Parks Blog post, and the restaurant's regular menu will also be available; for restaurant information and reservations call (407)WDW-DINE or visit this page of DisneyWorld.com.

…Like the Pixar Play Zone at Disney's Contemporary Resort that was a test program that we wrote about last year (and no longer appears on the Resort's website), the new Captain Hook's Pirate Crew provides a new nightly immersive group experience for kids ages 4-12. Now kids can journey "into the world of pirate feasting, treasure seeking and high-energy sailin'." The $55/child (plus tax) experience at Seaside Retreat in Disney's Beach Club Resort, runs 5-8:30 p.m., and gives kids an opportunity to join Captain Hook's crew on a quest for hidden treasure, solving puzzles and gathering clues on land before sailing on a pontoon boat around Crescent Lake. The evening includes "feasting" (which is likely a meal given the time of day, but the Disney Parks Blog post about the new experience does not make that clear) and an opportunity to interact with Captain Hook. For more information or to book a reservation, call (407)824-KIDS.


Video ©Disney.

…Give Kids the World Village has announced its next two speaker series events featuring legendary Disney Cast Members and Voice Actors. On Disneyland's 64th anniversary, July 17, Disney veterans Tom Nabbe, Bill Sullivan and Bill Hoelscher will share stories of their fabled careers, stretching from the Disneyland's launch to the opening of Walt Disney World. On August 3, Paige O'Hara, voice of Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and Linda Larkin, voice of Jasmine from Aladdin, will share stories of the magic behind the scenes of these loved Disney characters. Details:

  • Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at Give Kids The World Village, 210 S Bass Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746
  • July 17: Legendary Disney Cast Members: General Seating $35; Preferred Seating $50
  • August 3: Disney Voice Actors O'Hara & Larkin: General $50; Preferred $75; VIP Package $150

Advanced sales tickets are available for the August 3 event. For more information about these and other GKTW events, visit GKTW.org. Since 1986, Give Kids The World Village has welcomed more than 165,000 families to its 84-acre “storybook” resort in Central Florida. Children with critical illnesses and their families are treated to weeklong, cost-free vacations, complete with accommodations, donated attraction tickets, meals and more.

…On Saturday, through its second annual First Book Family Festival, Walt Disney World Resort placed 40,000 needed books into the hands of Central Florida educators, children and families. During a no-cost shopping experience, educators were able to select up to 50 books and children and families were able to select up to five books per child. The books, donated by Disney Worldwide Publishing, represented both classic and new Disney tales that appeal to readers of a variety of ages. More than 100 Disney VoluntEARS spent hours sorting and organizing the thousands of books by age and genre. They also assisted event attendees in finding perfect-fit books for their needs, helping to provide the resources needed for in-home experiences where families can explore their imaginations together and cultivate a lifelong love of imaginative storytelling. This unique experience was made possible through Disney’s longstanding partnership with First Book, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing new books to educators and organizations serving children from low-income families.

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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.

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.

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.

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

The Edison

NEWAt The Edison during May, the "BBQ Tavern Burger" features the signature Edison blend of sirloin, short rib, and brisket with a BBQ style twist, fully loaded with crispy potato wedges, juicy bacon, lettuce, tomato and served on a toasted, buttery brioche roll. Accompany the May specialty burger with the aromatic "Almond Crusta" cocktail featuring Martell Blue Swift cognac, Tanqueray No. Ten gin, lemon juice, orgeat, and Angostura bitters for an electric pairing.


The May burger of the month is the "BBQ Tavern Burger" at The Edison. Photo courtesy Patina Restaurant Group.

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.


There was recently 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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Resort Events

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2019 Resort Events
  • Disney After Hours:(hard ticket required; park entry at 7 p.m., event hours vary by published date)
    • May 7, 14 & 21
    • June 4, 11 & 18
  • …at Magic Kingdom:
    • May 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:
    • June 14, 21 & 28
    …at Disney's Animal Kingdom:
  • 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 showing was April 30, 2019
    Wonderful World of Animation (projection show) debuted 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.


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.


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.

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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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