Walt Disney World Resort Update for June 25 - July 1, 2019

by Alan S. Dalinka, staff writer

Walt Disney World Resort Update for June 25 - July 1, 2019


Writer's note: With the focus yesterday on Disneyland's debut of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge being open to guests without special reservations but subject to capacity control maintained by a new virtual queue system that, if successful, we may see implimented here at Disney's Hollywood Studios when the land debuts there August 29, it was a fairly quiet week around Walt Disney World Resort with the biggest news being the quietly done but widely noticed increases to the prices of Annual Passports.

With the official start of summer now past, be ready for daily temperatures above 90ºF daily if you are in the area for a visit. As I write this, we have had a few drier days, but we are in the rainy season, so be prepared for that too! As I have written before, you can buy emergency ponchos for under a dollar that fit in a pocket at a big box store, if you plan ahead.

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Annual Pass Prices Increase

Just after we published last week's Update we learned that Walt Disney World Annual Pass prices increased rather drastically. While the timing was a bit of a surprise, it was not a surprise that it was done without a major announcement or, indeed, that it happened at all with Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opening here at Disney's Hollywood Studios in just over two months. As we tweeted on June 18, "The very top Disney Premier Passport for unlimited (but not guaranteed) admission on both coasts is now $2099 plus tax." This is the second Annual Pass price hike this fiscal year, the first one occurring back when it began in October.

Orlando Sentinel reported that Florida resident increases range from 7% increase for the low-end "Epcot after 4 p.m." Passport (from $289 to $309 plus tax) to the high-end Platinum Plus Pass which increased 18% (from $849 to $999 plus tax). Disney Vacation Club Members tend to be eligible for the same pricing as Florida residents for some categories of tickets. All annual pass ticket types can be viewed on this page of DisneyWorld.com, and discounts, including renewal discounts only become visible on the page after you log in with your My Disney Experience account (and, for renewals, only when your existing pass is eligible for renewal).

Cruella's Halloween Hide-a-Way Coming to Tony's Town Square Restaurant

Following the introduction of Tony's Most Merriest Town Square Party during last year's Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party last year, during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party events at Magic Kingdom this year guests can book the all-new Cruella's Halloween Hide-a-Way at Tony's Town Square Restaurant. For $99 per person (plus tax) booked online or by calling (407)939-3463, attendees get come and go privileges at Tony's between 9:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. to meet Cruella and enjoy savory hors d'oeuvres "with a taste from the Witches Cauldron—a kettle of gooey and creamy spinach dip with ciabatta crostini, assorted Halloween flatbreads and more! In addition, there will be sweet treats such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, cheesecake and mini cannoli, Kanine Krunchy cake and Mini De Vil brownies and a variety of beverages including beer and wine selections and more!" The venue will be decorated with themed décor and background music, and those who book reservations will also have special reserved viewing of the 11:15 p.m. edition of Mickey's Boo-To-You Halloween Parade. Those wishing to attend Cruella's must also purchase admission to the Halloween Party itself.

While one commenter on the Disney Parks Blog post about the event claimed reservations had sold out the day the up-charge party was announced, we searched several Halloween Party nights and saw there were reservations available at the time of this Update's publication. Last fall, we were invited to experience "Tony's Most Merriest" party during a Very Merry Christmas Party, and wrote about it in the Walt Disney World Resort Update for November 20-26, 2018.

Painting With A View

Regular readers know that I am a long-time member of Disney Vacation Club, Disney's version of timeshare ownership, with villas located around Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort, at Aulani in Hawaii, in Vero Beach and Hilton Head, and with other exchange privileges at both Disney and non-Disney locations around the world. As a nearly five-year resident of Central Florida, I continue to seek out the different ways to make the most of my DVC Membership by finding the activities have not previously tried on the many vacations I took at Walt Disney World as a vacationer. DVC offers a program collectively called Membership Extras, which allows qualified members and their guests to enjoy different kinds activities and Disney "Edutainment" for an additional cost (which, so far, has been fairly reasonable). In the past couple of years, I have paid for and attended two different beverage tastings at Top of the World Lounge at DVC's Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort. This past week, I paid for and attended Painting with a View.

Painting with a View is offered in the Top of the World Lounge most Tuesday mornings (9:30-11:30 a.m.) and Thursday afternoons (1-3 p.m.) during 2019. As the name suggests, and, indeed, as I have written about before, Top of the World Lounge provides spectacular views of Magic Kingdom, Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay lake from the 16th floor of Bay Lake Tower. At night, the Lounge is open only to DVC Members with resort reservations (and, during very busy times of the year like New Year's Eve, only to Members with reservations at Bay Lake Tower itself). During the day, the Lounge is increasingly open for programming like Painting with A View.

For $50/person (plus tax), Painting with a View offers DVC Members and their guests an opportunity to paint a Disney scene on a 9-inch by 12-inch canvas with basic art supplies under the guidance of local award-winning artist Marla E. Different paintings are created in the Tuesday and Thursday classes, and, indeed, Marla E told me that she leads several of the other painting opportunities around Walt Disney World Resort where guests can paint even more Disney scenes. Water and soft drinks are available, and, for those 21 and over, the class also includes one complimentary alcoholic beverage from a limited selection (and more is available for purchase); morning classes include light breakfast, while afternoon classes include light snacks (we had a several kinds of cheese, vegetables, and fruit). Attendees get to keep their painting as a souvenir at the end of the event.

See all eight photos by Alan S. Dalinka of the Painting With a View session lead by artist Marla E, from blank canvas to final work.

Attendees check in to Painting with a View in the north elevator lobby before class and take the elevators up to 16. Because reservations (and pre-payment) are required, attendees will find a seat where there name is printed on a name tag with a blank canvas on an easel, a "plate" of several colors of paint, several brushes and Sharpies, a pencil, a water container for cleaning brushes, paper towels, a smock, craft paper, and more. Facing the tables set for attendees, the Contemporary Recreation Cast Members and Marla E set up several completed versions of the painting the class was going to work on. Attendees are free to depart from the suggested color choices represented by the finished works in front of the class, but most of Marla E's class-wide guidance was for mixing paints to approach the colors of the examples shown.

Because the class is aimed at attendees of all skill-levels, the challenge for those like me was not drawing the image to be painted - Marla E provided a stencil to set out some of the major outline of the image. Attendees are left to complete many of the lines, creating the possibility for more different individual takes on the painting to be created too. The bigger challenge for those like me who tend more to photography, was the painting itself. While some find painting relaxing, I found it a bit stressful. Even so, the overall experience was fun and the final "artwork" is a nice keepsake (though, of course, as I used to write when we did the One Passholder Tips in this space, your mileage may vary).

For reservations and more information for DVC Members, call Member Services at (800)800-9800 and have your Membership Number handy. Whether you are a Member or not, you can read more information about this particular program on this page of the DVC Website. As each Walt Disney World Resort offers different recreation activities, you may find a painting or other opportunity that does not require you to be a DVC Member or a guest of a DVC Member. If you use online check-in for a resort stay, it probably does still merit a stop in the main lobby of your resort early on during your stay to see what recreation activities are scheduled during your stay.

American Independence Day Celebrations

Magic Kingdom and Epcot will both celebrate American Independence with special fireworks and entertainment again this year.

Magic Kingdom will present Disney's Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky on both July 3 and 4 at 9:15 p.m. We expect that, as in past years, this show will include perimeter fireworks, as well as a launch location from a Seven Seas Lagoon launch location that mirrors the one behind Magic Kingdom to the north. If you cannot make it out to Walt Disney World, Disney Parks Blog will present the July 4th fireworks by live stream (and we will provide a link on our social media and, if we receive it by next week's Update we will include it there as well). In addition, on both nights, DJs will host a Hoedown Throwdown in Frontierland and at a Galactic Gathering in Tomorrowland throughout the night. As with any other day, The Muppets Present … Great Moments in History will present the Muppets' take on American history several times on July 3 and 4 too.

At Epcot, on July 4, Voices of Liberty will perform a cappella concerts of American music inside the rotunda at The American Adventure pavilion at 2 p.m and 3 p.m., and then they will take the stage at America Gardens Theatre for concerts at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. Nearby, Disney characters will appear in their Spirit of '76 patriotic attire nearby at The American Adventure as well (usually near the gift shop and restrooms on the west side of the pavilion and, indeed, they usually also make appearances in the Voices of Liberty shows at America Gardens as well). After the 9 p.m. presentation of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, guests will have their final opportunity to see "The Heartbeat of Freedom" fireworks tag; it is the final opportunity because, of course, Illuminations end its run on September 30, 2019. Throughout the day, there will be special food and beverage options, including special dining packages, available around the park as well.

Epcot Concerts & Candlelight Processional News and Calendar

Guardians of the Galaxy-Awesome Mix Live! continues its run on the America Gardens stage with five performances scheduled daily through August 18 (except, only four on July 4 to make room for Voices of Liberty). Star-Lord and Gamora, along with an "alien" band, take the audience on a "musical journey" that showcases hits from Star-Lord's Awesome Mix tapes. It is the same show that was performed last summer, and each live performance includes the same set list. Check the Times Guide and the My Disney Experience app for the daily schedule.

File Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Cindy Wilson, Show Director & Choreographer discusses the return of Guardians of the Galaxy-Awesome Mix Live! Video ©Disney.

Liberty Inn is offering up some themed food during the run of the Awesome Mix show. The nearby Fife & Drum has some themed beverage and snack offerings too. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

As Labor Day weekend approaches, 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). The Festival runs a record 87 days this year, through November 23, but the three-times-nightly Eat to the Beat Concert Series will only run until November 19. Showtimes on Sundays through Thursdays will be the usual 5:30 P.M., 6:45 P.M., and 8:00 P.M., while on Fridays and Saturdays, the showtimes shift an hour later to 6:30 P.M., 7:45 P.M., and 9 P.M. The Concert Series wraps up on November 19 to allow the America Gardens stage to be prepared for the 2019 edition of Epcot's Candlelight Processional.

So far, Disney Parks Blog has announced just the first four returning Celebrity Narrators for this year's edition of Candlelight Processional: Whoopi Goldberg (12/6-7), Pat Sajak (12/16-18), Steven Curtis Chapman (12/22-24), and Edward James Olmos (12/25-26). Held at the America Gardens Theatre, the Candlelight Processional combines a live orchestra, massed choir and celebrity narrator in the retelling of the traditional Christmas story three times per night (5:00, 6:45, and 8:15 p.m.) during the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays (November 29-December 30). Guaranteed seating is available by booking a breakfast, lunch, or dinner Candlelight Processional Dining Package at select Epcot eateries. Availability is limited and advance reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit. Bookings for Candlelight Processional Dining Packages will begin on July 3. EpcotHolidays.com is the page where you can find Festival information and Candlelight Processional Dining Packages starting July 3 (or call 407-WDW-DINE).

For the convenience of our readers, all of the scheduled Eat to the Beat Concert Series performers and announced Celebrity Narrators for Candlelight Processional 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. 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 few views of Magic Kingdom and Epcot this week.

Magic Kingdom

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.


Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

This and That…

…Disney's Blizzard Beach hosted nearly 200 attendees as part of the 10th annual "World's Largest Swimming Lesson" last Thursday morning, June 20. Three-time Olympic gold medal swimmer Rowdy Gaines kicked off the lesson, where children of all ages learned basic swim strokes. Children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America were among those who participated. 83 sites participated in Florida along with locations in 28 countries throughout the day.

Disney Parks Blog reported that the Minnie Van transportation service has now served over one million guests. In addition, Lyft, the ridesharing service connected to the Minnie Van service, recently was designated "the official rideshare of Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort." This fall, the Lyft app, used to request a Minnie Van, will be enhanced, including improved methods of finding the most convenient pickup locations and the ability to select a wheelchair-accessible vehicle.

…Thirty Central Florida high schoolers on a local FIRST Robotics team named "Exploding Bacon" had a special exclusive early morning experience in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom yesterday, riding Space Mountain before the park opened to guests and speaking with Disney Engineers about the science behind the ride. The team recently won the Chairman's Award at the worldwide 2019 FIRST Championship. FIRST is a nonprofit organization advancing youth STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education by engaging students in mentor-based programs to build skills and inspire innovation. Disney has supported FIRST for more than 20 years. "The FIRST Robotics program builds Florida's high tech workforce by empowering and enabling our youth to be innovative and creative in working together to build a better, more sustainable future for themselves and those around them," said DeAnn Davila, Chair of the Florida FIRST Robotics Foundation.

…Looking for foods to compliment your Imagination Pink items? Disney Parks Blog has a new Foodie Guide for that too.

…While there are no character meet and greets during the new hard-ticket Disney Villains After Hours events at Magic Kingdom (select nights through August 8), Disney Parks Blog lists some of the special Disney Villains magic shots available from Disney PhotoPass exclusively during the event around the park, including Scar, Oogie Boogie, and Maleficent the Dragon.

…Continuing our look toward D23 Expo in Anaheim, D23 announced that The Simpsons will have its own panel presentation on Saturday, August 24 at 10 a.m. in the D23 Expo Arena featuring Matt Groening, Executive Producer Al Jean, Executive Producer Matt Selman, Supervising Director Mike B. Anderson, and stars Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith. D23 says to "[e]xpect lots of surprises, including an exclusive Simpsons collectible item for everyone in attendance." The Simpsons became part of Disney's portfolio when it acquired 21st Century Fox earlier this year and announced that old episodes of the long-running hit animated show will be available on the Disney+ streaming video service when it debuts this fall.

…REMINDER: 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 ticket sales are now available for the July 17 event on this eventbrite.com webpage. Advanced sales tickets are available for the August 3 event on this eventbrite.com webpage. 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.

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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.

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.

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.

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

The Edison at Disney Springs hosts Havana Nights beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays: June 26, July 10, July 24, August 7, August 21, September 4, September 18, October 2, and October 16. The no additional charge nights feature a five piece band from 8 p.m. to midnight (trading the spotlight with a DJ from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.) playing Latin renditions of musical styles from instrumentals to pop. Complimentary salsa lessons will be available at any skill level, 7:30-11:30 p.m. and Havana-inspired specialty craft cocktails will be available to order during the entire night.

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Resort Events

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

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2019 Resort Events
  • Disney After Hours: (hard ticket required; park entry at 7 p.m., event hours vary by published date and park)
    Disney Villains at Magic Kingdom (10 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.)
    • June 27
    • July 1, 11, 18 & 25
    • August 1 & 8
    …at Magic Kingdom (10 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.):
    • August 22 & 29
    • September 5 & 12
    …at Magic Kingdom (9 p.m. to midnight):
    • September 19 & 26
    …at Disney's Hollywood Studios (9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.):
    • June 28
    • July 5, 12, 19 & 26
    …at Disney's Animal Kingdom (9 p.m. to midnight; 7 p.m.):
    • July 2, 8, 15, 22 & 29
    • August 5, 12, 19, & 26
    • September 3, 9, 16, & 23
  • Disney Vacation Club Moonlight Magic(registration required but full)
    …at Disney's Animal Kingdom
    • July 18, August 8 & 22, 2019
    …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
  • 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
  • Star Wars Rival Run Weekend - April 16-19, 2020

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 accommodate TRON construction (reopening to be announced). Guests can visit a Walt Disney World Railroad train at Main Street Station.
  • 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
  • Conservation Station – Rafiki's Planet Watch – Wildlife Express Train - Closed - announced reopening July 11
Disney Water Parks
  • No known closures.
Disney Springs
  • Bongo's Cuban Café– Closing in August 2019.
  • 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.
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, Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood, 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, Three Bridges Bar & Grill, is open, at least on a "soft" basis, on an island in the middle of Lago Dorado with new walkways across the water.
  • 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

Summer One World Ticket

Through August 23, you can purchase the Summer One World Ticket on DisneyWorld.com or from authorized ticket sellers including travel professionals. For $444/person plus tax, it provides one admission to each of the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks and to each of the two water parks. It can be used on any days through August 28, 2019, but, unlike park hopper tickets, it allows only one admission to each park. If you would like to visit more than one park on the same day, that would use each park you visit's admission on that same day. The ticket does not provide admission to separately ticketed park events.

4-Park Magic Tickets

Earlier this year, 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.

More offers may be available at DisneyWorld.com/save

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.
Ticket Deals

Gold, Platinum, Platinum Plus and Premier Passholders can take advantage of the return of the Bring-a-Friend offer starting today, June 18, through August 8, 2019. For $89 plus tax, qualified Passholders can buy one-day Park Hopper tickets at park ticket windows for same-day use. Each qualified Passholder can purchase up to six tickets at this price (either all at once or spread out cumulatively across the length of this promotion).

Passholders without Water Park admissions included that want to visit them this summer, will have the option beginning July 5 to purchase the new Summer Splash Pass that provides unlimited visits to both Disney's Blizzard Beach and Disney's Typhoon Lagoon through September 7, 2019, for the same $69 plus tax cost as a non-discounted, one-day water park ticket. These tickets may be purchased at the ticket windows at the water parks.

H2O Glow Night tickets can be purchased by Passholders for $15 off ticket window prices by purchasing them in advance. The hard ticket, after hours event at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon includes an exclusive experience with Bo Peep from Toy Story 4 during parties held through June 29.

Lunch Table Service Dining Discount Through July 2

Several table service restaurants in each park and several at resort hotels are offering Passholders 20% off lunch through July 2, 2019. Lunch is offered 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. but hours of opperation may vary by location; special events and dining packages are not included. The discount applies for the Passholder and up to 3 guests and the Passholder must present their Annual Pass card and matching photo ID. The following locations are included (though, as always, you should ask at the time of booking to confirm):

Magic Kingdom

Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper CanteenLiberty Tree Tavern
The Crystal Palace
The Diamond Horseshoe
Tony's Town Square Restaurant

Epcot Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Biergarten Restaurant
Coral Reef Restaurant
Rose & Crown Dining Room
The Garden Grill Restaurant
Disney’s Hollywood Studios Hollywood & Vine
Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano
The Hollywood Brown Derby
Disney’s Animal Kingdom  Tiffins Restaurant
Tusker House Restaurant
Resort Hotels Ale & Compass Restaurant at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
ESPN Club at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
Grand Floridian Cafe at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Olivia's Cafe at Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
The Wave... of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

The other usual Passholder discounts and benefits continue as well. The updated list is at DisneyWorld.com/PassBenefits.(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
Expect to be required to show proof of Florida Residency for discounts and benefits.

NEW Get Your Ears On Ticket

This special ticket provides Florida Residents (with proof of residency) 3- and 4-day park ticket options for as low as $55 per day (plus tax) for the 4-day ticket (total price $219 plus tax) and is available through August 25, 2019, and can be used any three or four days, depending on ticket purchased, through August 28, 2019. There are no block out dates.

3-Day Get Your Ears On Ticket

$199 (plus tax) – Less than $67 per day (plus tax)

4-Day Get Your Ears On Ticket

$219 (plus tax) – Less than $55 per day (plus tax)

The Get Your Ears On tickets include admission to one theme park each day. They do not include park hopping, water parks or any separately ticketed park events. Upgrade options are available. More information and tickets can be purchased at this page of DisneyWorld.com.

Florida Resident Discover Disney Ticket

Walt Disney World Resort continues to offer other Florida resident discount ticket programs. 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.

NEW Resort Offers

Florida residents can save up to 35 percent on rooms at select Disney resort hotels for stays most nights now through June 30, 2019, when you book through June 30, 2019, with the Florida Resident Sun & Fun Offer.

Florida residents can also save up to 30 percent on rooms at select Disney resort hotels for stays most nights July 1 through August 28, 2019, when you book through August 28, 2019, with the Florida Resident Summer Offer.

Other Florida Resident Offers

For special tickets, passes and offers available to Florida Residents, visit 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.

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

NEW Walt Disney World Golf now offers a Golf Membership program, exclusively for eligible Disney Vacation Club Members as a part of Membership Magic benefits.

For $99, plus tax, per year, the program provides:

  • Specially priced rounds of golf at Walt Disney World Golf courses throughout the year. These will be available at an average additional savings of $15, in addition to already discounted green fees as a Disney Vacation Club Member.
  • A special-edition Callaway DVC Member logo golf shirt
  • Access to special DVC Member-only events throughout the year
  • Access to special DVC instructional programs with PGA of America golf professionals.
  • A companion pass for 1 DVC clinic, when paying for a clinic session
  • A FootGolf pass for 2 players, one round for each player
  • One complimentary round at Disney's Oak Trail golf course
  • One guest pass for a free round of 9 holes, when purchasing a 9-hole round (Certain terms apply)

The included benefits represent $199 in total value. For more information, call (407)WDW-GOLF or (407) 939-4653. Be sure to mention that you are a DVC Member when you call.

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

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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