Walt Disney World Resort Update for August 6-12, 2019

by Alan S. Dalinka, staff writer
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Walt Disney World Resort Update for August 6-12, 2019

 

Writer's note: Not unexpectedly, it was a very quiet week for news around Walt Disney World Resort. Indeed, some of the Central Florida school districts are already just days away from resuming their students' class schedules. In fact, we are almost ready to head in to the time of year that in the previous five summers that I lived here were always the reliably quietest time of year. When is that, you ask? Well, that week or two after Labor Day.

Oh, wait. Just before that usually quiet time, my big neighbor down the road decided that it will open that "little" 14 acre, biggest single-themed land addition to a Disney park. Yes, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens at Disney's Hollywood Studios on August 29. Like at Disneyland, the land here in Florida will open with the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run attraction, and all of the land's food and beverage offerings and merchandise locations operating. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction is scheduled to open here in Florida on December 5, and then will make its west coast debut in January.


In recent weeks, the wall advertising the new land came down at the end of Grand Avenue at Disney's Hollywood Studios. In the past week, Cast Member Friends and Family Previews got underway inside the new land. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

This past week, Disney Parks Blog provided an overview of the food and beverage options available in the Florida version of the land and highlighted a few adult beverage options that are Florida-exclusives. And, to take the food imaginings into your home, Disney Parks Blog also shared details of a new cook book coming this Fall inspired by the new land and the Star Wars Universe too.

So, because it was such a quiet week for news, and because, yes, I am a friend of a Cast Member and personally got to attend a preview of Batuu (the planet you visit when you go to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge), we will start with a photo tour of some highlights of what MousePlanet's Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix dubbed "Batuu II" or, as I have seen some on social media call it "SWGEFL." I suppose we get to thank Batuu I for already being open that these are the rare (for Disney) Cast Member previews that do not have photo restrictions. (NBA Experience has had Cast Member Friends and Family Previews underway for several weeks, and we are not allowed to share any photos from those until after the venue's Grand Opening next Monday, August 12.)

As Adrienne promised in yesterday's Disneyland Resort Update, in future weeks, I look forward to discussing the handful of differences between the two coasts' versions of the land. I will be back at Hollywood Studios for my Annual Passholder Preview of the land, and, then, I will be out in Anaheim for D23 Expo (with our West Coast Contributor Todd Pickering) and expect to be able to spend some time at Disneyland's version of the land before coming back to Florida in time for the Media preview and official dedication of the land. Stay tuned, especially to our Social Media channels, as that's where we post stuff as close to real time as we can (and, perhaps, I'll even have a live stream chat or two with Todd Pickering)!


A special guide devoted to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge includes a map of the land and an Aurebesh Decoder for uncovering the writing system used in the land (when it is not also translated into English).


As promised by the land's designers, the fighters, droids, props, scenery, and more are life-size and authentic to a Star Wars story.


The Rise of the Resistance attraction is the only part of the new land that is not open during previews and is not scheduled to be open here in Florida until December 5.


Like at Disneyland, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is currently the only "attraction" in the new land operating (both now, during previews and when the land opens August 29).


The queue for Smugglers Run provides views of the "Falcon" from above.


Inside the attraction, Hondo borrows the "Falcon" from Chewbacca and assigns guests a smuggling mission.


Guests are provided boarding passes assigning roles aboard the "Falcon" - there are two pilots, two gunners and two engineers on each run.


As advertised, the specially-designed Coke products are sold in Galaxy's Edge - the Florida price: $6 including tax for Coke, Diet Coke, and Sprite.


The Market is highly detailed and includes the Creature Stall, Toydarian Toymaker, Black Spire Outfitters, and Jewels of Bith.


In addition to the merchandise that is unique to Galaxy's Edge (which we will show off in future social media posts, articles, etc.), the details of Toydarian Toymaker include nods to famous scenes from the Star Wars Saga.


Ronto Roasters is one of the quick service food locations in the new land.


The outside of Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities looks like the overflow stock of an antiques store.


Inside, Dok-Ondar keeps busy and sometimes keeps an eye on his staff and/or the customers.


Oga's Cantina has a posted maximum occupancy of 246 guests, so it is likely that reservations will be required. Admittedly, it was fun to hear Rex again, especially when he shouted, "Lightspeed to Endor!" despite the fact that he is now just a DJ.


A First Order Tie Fighter is "parked" next to First Order Cargo. During the previews held so far, there has been no live entertainment at this location as seen at the similar location at Disneyland; characters do, however, roam the land.


Even with the Earth's moon in the sky, the land is nearly entirely immersive, day or night.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

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Passholder Offerings at 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and Disney's Animal Kingdom Coming Soon

As has been the case for many years, Epcot encourages Annual Passholders to make repeat visits to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival by offering a number of benefits and a few "gift" items. Like recent past festivals, there are two complimentary magnets available to Passholders during the Festival ("while supplies last"). When the Festival starts and through October 14, Passholders (with valid pass and matching photo ID) can get a complimentary Chef Minnie magnet; from October 15 through November 23, Passholders can get a complimentary Chef Remy magnet. Passholders that visit the Festival four times (as tracked by using the AP to enter the park rather than checking in at any particular location inside the park) can also receive a complimentary Chef Minnie wooden coaster set. All of the Passholder "gifts" can be picked up at Mouse Gear or Disney Traders (one of each per Passholder during the specified timeframes).


Passholder gifts are available during the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Images ©Disney.

In addition to the usual 20% Passholder discount available on merchandise purchases in the park, there is also a 10% discount on Eat to the Beat Concert Series dining packages. The Festival will also have an assortment of Passholder-exclusive tee shirts, caps, mugs, pins, and more. For Passholders that purchase a special $100 Chef Minnie Disney Gift Card at Mouse Gear, Disney Traders, the Bridge Kiosk or Port of Entry (with valid pass and matching photo ID), they will also receive a $10 digital bonus to use at select Table Service restaurants at the park including Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Biergarten Restaurant, Coral Reef Restaurant, Garden Grill Restaurant, Le Cellier Steakhouse and Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room (where the usual 10% AP discount also remains available).

Now, if that August 29 start date for the Festival sounds familiar - and it should if you have read this far (or any of our Walt Disney World Resort Updates for the past several months) - it is the same date that Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens over at Disney's Hollywood Studios. So, perhaps to lure Passholders away from that other park that day only, Passholders will also find exclusive character greeting opportunities at Epcot and Disney's Animal Kingdom: Winnie the Pooh at Christopher Robin's room in the United Kingdom at Epcot; Baloo, as well as Tarzan and Jane at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

From August 29 to September 2, Disney's Animal Kingdom will also offer "Passholder-exclusive hidden menus." Visit Dawa Bar, Thirsty River, Restaurantosaurus Lounge and Nomad Lounge from 3-6 p.m. and ask for the special menu.

Finally, Passholders visiting Disney's Animal Kingdom from August 29 to September 5 can get another complimentary magnet. The special Simba magnet will be available at Discovery Trading Company with valid pass and matching photo ID (while supplies last).


The Simba Passholder magnet will be available at Disney's Animal Kingdom from August 29 to September 5. Image ©Disney.

Epcot Concerts & Candlelight Processional News and Calendar

This summer's five times daily performances of the the Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live! on the America Gardens stage continue through the Sunday after next with the final performances on August 18. Passholders can enjoy reserved seating on a first-come, first-served basis for concerts through the end of the run on August 18 when entering the theatre on the Japan pavilion side and showing a valid annual pass and matching photo ID. 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.


Guardians of the Galaxy - Awesome Mix Live! is scheduled on the American Gardens stage five times daily.


As a one time resident of Earth, Star-Lord attempts to teach an alien band music appropriate for Epcot (from the 1970s and 1980s, like on his "Awesome Mix Tapes, Vols. 1 & 2," of course).


Gamora flies through her performance with the band (at least, when she is not annoyed with Star-Lord).

File Photos 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). Recently, Disney Parks Blog provided more details about some of this year's marketplaces, noted that bookings are now open for the Tailgate Tastings hosted by ESPN's Monday Football (on select Sundays Starting September 8), listed some of the Radio Disney headliners coming to this year's edition of the Disney du Jour Dance Party, and noted that the calendar is continuing to filling up for the three-times-nightly Eat to the Beat Concert Series which runs until November 19. Only the act(s) performing November 12-14 have yet to be announced. Concert showtimes on Sundays through Thursdays will be the usual 5:30, 6:45, and 8:00 p.m., while on Fridays and Saturdays, the showtimes shift an hour later to 6:30, 7:45, and 9:00 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. Get even more details and make reservations by visiting TasteEpcot.com or calling (407) 939-3378.

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 to December 30). Neil Patrick Harris, Gary Sinise, Whoopi Goldberg, Pat Sajak, Steven Curtis Chapman, Edward James Olmos, and Lisa Ling are all scheduled as celebrity narrators. 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 opened on July 3. EpcotHolidays.com is the page where you can find Festival information and Candlelight Processional Dining Packages (or call 407-WDW-DINE).


Neil Patrick Harris is scheduled to return to Epcot to narrate Candlelight Procession for the 12th year. File photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

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

Thanks to a few monorail rides this week, we have lots of views of the construction of the guest "entry experiences" at Magic Kingdom (from the Transportation and Ticket Center to the park's gates) and Epcot. Indeed, at both of those parks, we have views of some of the work going on that guests can see within each, as well as the kiosks being set up for this year's rapidly approaching edition of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. We close the Views with a few more from around Disney's Hollywood Studios.


A few weeks ago, Disney announced that Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Pluto and Goofy would start to appear on Resort Busses. They have started to appear around the Resort (and, yes, you may see multiple busses with the same character). Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Park Entry Construction: Magic Kingdom & Epcot


As we noted in recent months, courtesy trams taking guests from parking to the TTC stop before they reach Seven Seas Drive because the tram loading stations are being reconfigured.


The construction at TTC extends from the ticket booths near the tram tunnel (which is currently a pedestrians-only tunnel) nearly all the way to Seven Seas Drive except for narrow pedestrian corridors leading to security bag check.


Landscaping is underway at the reshaped drainage area on the bus loop side of the Walt Disney World Railroad berm at the southeast corner of Magic Kingdom at Tomorrowland near Space Mountain (not shown to the right of the photo).


Removal of the "Walk Around the World" paver bricks at the entrance to Magic Kingdom is underway, and the former security bag check station on the east side of the plaza has been removed.


Like at TTC, guests are funneled into corridors through the entry-area construction.


It appears that the former security bag check station on the west side of the plaza will be removed soon, as the ceiling fans can be seen atop piles of bricks near the fence.


At Epcot, the tramway has been completely removed at the former tram station under the monorail station exit ramp. Courtesy trams currently drop guests off at the edge of the medical parking area.


Deconstruction of the old pavement under the Epcot monorail station appears to be continuing.


Looking back toward the parking lot from the Epcot monorail station, new concrete work and drainage construction appears to be underway.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Magic Kingdom


At the conclusion of one of the trolley shows, the horse was attached to take the car offstage backwards.


The Walt Disney World Railroad remains closed, though guests can still view a train parked at Main Street Station. No reopening date has yet been announced.


The sculpture of Roy O. Disney and Minnie Mouse has been removed from its customary place in Town Square and relocated just outside City Hall. No doubt, Halloween decor will soon be installed, as the first edition of this year's Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is scheduled August 16.


The walkway from Liberty Square to Fantasyland along the Castle moat continues to be closed for widening.


Further to Donald Fink's comments last week, extensive detailed finishes are being installed along the Castle moat below the walkway.


The Fantasyland side of the walkway ends next to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.


Only the corner of Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique next to Mickey's Philharmagic (at right in the photo) is still surrounded by construction walls. The shop/salon is open.


Part of the roof over the queue for The Haunted Mansion has been removed (likely) temporarily.


With the roof of the queue removed, unique views of the exterior of The Haunted Mansion were possible this weekend.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.


A box surround the base where the former Tomorrowland entrance sign stood on the bridge from the Central Plaza hub to Tomorrowland.


Except for the large number of guests, the view from the PeopleMover to the Central Plaza hub through Tomorrowland is currently unobstructed.


Above the PeopleMover (with its entrance below the ride), the Astro Orbiter is currently closed for refurbishment. Nearby cast members say to expect it to reopen around the end of the month but no reopening date is provided in My Disney Experience.


Construction of the TRON-themed roller coaster continues to alter the skyline of Tomorrowland.


The TRON-themed roller coaster is expected to open in time for the park's celebration of Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary in 2021.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Epcot


Odyssey is again being repainted (note the light brown meeting the light blue at the windows just below the sign). It is expected that the site will be used as a temporary home for some Future World merchandise and/or food when the closings around the Fountain begin next month for the reimagination of the center of the land gets underway.


Walkway widening continues on the pathway from World Showcase to Future World West.


With the O Canada! Circle-Vision 360 film now closed, and the theatre expected to be used during the upcoming Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, the pavilion's rockwork is covered by tarps reproducing the look of the rockwork.


Liberty Inn at The American Adventure closed last month for reimagining. No date has yet been announced for the opening of the new Regal Eagle Smokehouse in this location.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.


Epcot International Food & Wine Festival gets underway on August 29. Islands of the Caribbean outdoor kitchen returns this year, located on World Showcase Plaza near the bridge to Odyssey.


The India outdoor kitchen will be located at China pavilion near the bridge to Outpost.


The Africa outdoor kitchen will be located at the Outpost between China and Germany pavilions.


The Italy outdoor kitchen will be located in its usual spot at Italy pavilion.


Three outdoor kitchens will be located in Future World West.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.


Construction continues at the former Universe of Energy pavilion for its incorporation into the Guardians of the Galaxy themed attraction expected to open in time for the Resort's 50th anniversary in 2021.


Viewed from the monorail entering over the park's gates, the entire Guardians-themed attraction apparently will include the former Universe of Energy pavilion at right, which is connected by a "bridge" (the green portion) to the blue building which will house Disney's longest indoor coaster.


The copper color patch on the exterior of the former Universe of Energy pavilion resembles the color shown in some of the released concept art for the new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction. The fountain that once stood in front of the building has been removed.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney's Hollywood Studios


Back inside Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, this photo shows off a water bottle filling station. There are reports of bottle filling stations installed at some other drinking fountains in other Walt Disney World parks too, but this is the first we have seen with a camera handy. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Earth's moon shines over Mickey at the entrance to the park which will see the addition of the planet Batuu when Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge officially opens on August 29.


In Toy Story Land, the view of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is now almost totally obscured by the surrounding tree-line when viewed from "toy" (human) height. This door does lead to a guest entrance to Batuu, but it is not yet clear when guests will be directed to use it.


All guests can visit Mark Hamill's hand prints in the forecourt of the Chinese Theatre at the end of Hollywood Boulevard. For those not familiar with Star Wars (and there must be a reader or two), Mark Hamill is the actor that played Luke Skywalker in Episodes IV-VIII, and is expected to appear in Episode IX later this year.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Resorts


From the monorail entering Disney's Contemporary Resort, it is possible to see land clearing at the former site of River Country where the next hotel and Disney Vacation Club property, Reflections-A Disney Lakeside Resort is now under construction.


Bay Lake Tower, a Disney Vacation Club property at Disney's Contemporary Resort is undergoing some exterior refurbishment above the Top of the World Lounge. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Some land clearing is underway at the Short Take Off and Landing Air strip that has often been used for construction staging since the airport's decomissioning in the early days of Walt Disney World Resort's history. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

This and That…

…This Friday, August 9, Magic Kingdom will join in Disneyland's celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Haunted Mansion by offering special celebratory merchandise at Memento Mori, Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe, and Frontier Trading Post (plus a Pandora charm set at Uptown Jewelers on August 8 and 9). There will also be a themed treat available for sale at the ice cream cart outside the attraction, and Disney PhotoPass will offer special Magic Shots. Special merchandise goes on sale at 7:45 a.m. on Friday, and those heading to the park that early will get access to the attraction that early too. For those attending the final Disney Villains After Hours on August 8, some of the special merchandise will be available to those guests early (but not The Funko Pop items, pins, or Dooney & Bourke bags).

…Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort announced two new quick service food and drink venues will open in the Swan lobby. A new "grab-and-go" dining location named Java will debut later this summer featuring breakfast options, sandwiches, wraps, salads and desserts throughout the day, plus teas, espressos, frappés and coffees, including a special Nitro Brew, cold brewed with liquid nitrogen, as well as wines, beer, juices and more. In the fall, a new frozen drink counter will open as well.

…Lots of restaurants around Walt Disney World Resort will again participate in Visit Orlando's Magical Dining 2019. Including more than 120 restaurants around the Orlando area, the program in its 14th year, runs from August 23 through September 30, 2019. Participating restaurants offer special prix-fixe dinners for $35 per person, and $1 for each meal served benefits local charities. Visit the official website for Magical Dining 2019 for the list of participating restaurants and more details.

…The Jr. NBA Global Championship is gets underway today at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and continues through August 11. The global youth basketball tournament brings together 32 teams featuring the top 13- and 14- year-old boys and girls players from around the world, with more than 300 youth basketball players from 40 countries competing over the six day tournament. Dwayne Wade, Twyman-Stokes, Mike Conley, Breanna Stewart, and Coach Rick Carlisle are all scheduled to attend the event, interact with the youth teams, and to participate in leadership development programs. Admission is free. Learn more about the event at jrnbagc.nba.com/.

…Speaking of ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, in 2020, it is teaming with Electronic Gaming Federation to host the national interscholastic high school esports championship tournament. Teams will earn their way into the June 12-14, 2020, national championship by advancing through a series of regional qualifying events this fall and next spring.

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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.

Disney DescenDANCE Party

Wrapping up on the Marketplace Stage this coming Sunday, August 11, 2019, Disney DescenDANCE Party celebrates the Disney Channel movie Descendants 3 (which debuts on August 3). The venue also includes two photo opportunities and "on-screen shout-outs" from stars of the movie. After the celebration's run at Disney Springs concludes, DescenDANCE Party will take over the stage at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café during the hard ticket Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party event nights starting August 16.

NBA Experience

The new interactive venue's grand opening is scheduled for next Monday, August 12, 2019. Cast member friends and family preview testing has been underway for some time, but guests visiting during the preview have been asked not to share photos until after the grand opening (and I have had the opportunity to visit as a friend of a cast member). NEWThis week, Disney Parks Blog shared a few new views and a recap of the 13 basketball-related activities inside. You can also visit this page of DisneyWorld.com for the pre-opening description and for advance ticket sales which are $34 plus tax for ages 10 and up). The NBA Store has already opened its doors to the public, and we can share those photos. NEW Be sure to watch our social media channels for coverage of the Grand Opening event next Monday morning, and we will have a wrap up in the next Update.


The NBA Store is now open.


NBA Store connects to the NBA Experience itself.


It appears that guests will exit the NBA Experience through the retail store.


In addition to NBA and WNBA merchandise, the NBA Store has an assortment of merchandise featuring Disney characters with a basketball theme and, of course, basketball "ears.""


D-Tech personalized products featuring Disney characters and NBA properties are available as well.


Some of the basketball themed Disney merchandise in the store has been available at other Disney Parks locations in the past (as folks also told us on social media when we posted a photo of these basketballs).


The NBA Experience interior appears largely complete next door and has scheduled its grand opening for August 12.

File Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant

The 8th annual Raglan Road Great Irish Hooley boutique music festival will run Friday, August 30 through Labor Day, September 2. Headliners this year include Billow Wood, Strings & Things, High Time, TradGad, Maca, The Rolling Wave, and Atlantic Bridge. Of course, the Raglan Road Irish Dancers will appear throughout, and the event has no cover charge.

Jaleo

On July 29, Jaleo introduced "Sangria Hour" each day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sangria Hour includes happy hour-style discounts on selected tapas and $6 beverage specials on draught beer, draft wine (white and red), and sangria roja.

Pepe by Jose

Our contributor, Donald Fink, attended an invited media tasting at the quick-service restaurant connected to Jaleo at Disney Springs.


Nearly half of all the ingredients used at Pepe and (and Jaleo) are imported from Spain, and we can confirm that the food is authentic.


Pepe by Jose is located across from Splitsville.


A green salad called Ensalada Verde comes with Piparra, Peppers, Red Onion, Cherry Tomato, Olives, and a dressing.


One of the hot quick-serve sandwiches is this chicken sandwich called Pollo Frito, a breaded Chicken Thigh with Piparra Peppers, Lettuce, Alioli Brava Sauce, and a Sherry Dressing. It's a bit on the juicy side, so keep the napkins handy.

File Photos & Captions by Donald Fink.

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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.

Just click the year you want to expand (or close).

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.)
    • August 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 Animal Kingdom (9 p.m. to midnight; 7 p.m.):
    • August 12, 19, & 26
    • September 3, 9, 16, & 23
  • Disney Vacation Club Moonlight Magic: (registration required but full)
    …at Disney's Animal Kingdom
    • 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
  • MORE EVENTS COMING SOON!


Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

Note: Not all attraction closures have been officially confirmed by Disney, and are all subject to change at any time. All refurbishment schedules are estimates only. We recommend checking for updates as you plan your visit. All information is subject to change without notice. To get the most recent updates, visit DisneyWorld.com or use the MyDisneyExperience App on your iOS or Android device.

View the different areas of the Resort by scrolling horizontally and selecting the one you want to read about.

Magic Kingdom
  • Astro Orbiter – closed for refurbishment
  • 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.
Epcot
  • O Canada! – the film is not being shown and the theatre is currently closed.
    The theatre will be used as a venue during Epcot International Food & Wine Festival; Disney has announced that a new seamless 360º film is in development.
  • Future World "transformation" to result in closings – With major details expected to be announced at D23 Expo in August, so far, My Disney Experience lists closings and relocations to come later this year:
    • Innoventions East, including Colortopia and Nanooze Break will close on September 8, 2019
    • Club Cool will close in its current location on September 8, 2019 (to reopen in "a new capacity at a future merchandise location")
    • Fountain of Nations will close on September 8, 2019
    • Fountain View featuring Starbucks will relocate to a temporary location in late Fall, 2019
    • Meet Disney Pals at the Epcot Character Spot will close on September 8, 2019 (meet characters at other locations throughout the park)
    • Electric Umbrella will close in Winter 2019-20. (New dining options to be announced)
    • Mouse Gear will close in its current location in Winter 2019-20. (It will move to a temporary home to be announced)
    • Art of Disney will operate from a temporary location before eventually relocating to Heritage Manor at The American Adventure
  • 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
  • Liberty Inn - the fast-casual restaurant closed for reimagining starting July 8, 2019.
    Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue will open later in 2019 in its place.
Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • March of the First Order – Captain Phasma commanded her final parade down Hollywood Boulevard on July 6, 2019.
    The First Order will "redeploy" inside Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge upon its opening in August
  • 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
  • UP! A Great Bird Adventure – will go on a "brief hiatus" in mid-September for updates to the show.
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 now testing; it is scheduled to hold its grand opening on 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.
  • Disney's Art of Animation Resort - The Big Blue Pool will close for refurbishment beginning in Fall 2020.
Walt Disney World Golf
  • Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course – closed for refurbishment through August 8, 2019.

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
NEW My First Disney Getaway Package

For a family of three (two adults plus one child age 3-9), this new $999 package includes a two-night stay at a select Disney's All-Star Resort, plus one-day admission to Magic Kingdom and one-day admission to Disney's Animal Kingdom. The package also includes one stroller rental per day, a reusable merchandise bag, a plush toy, an autograph book and pen, and a pair of "My First Visit" Mickey Ears. Bookings must be made now through September 24 for stays most Sundays to Wednesdays between August 11 and September 25, 2019, on this page of DisneyWorld.com or by calling (407)939-2733.


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.

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


Fall & Holiday Season Resort Hotel Offers

Save up to 20% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels in late 2019. Book through September 29, 2019 for stays most nights September 1 through September 28, 2019; and for stays most Sunday through Thursday nights September 29 through November 7, 2019. Also, book through December 24, 2019 for stays most nights November 10, 2019 through December 24, 2019.

Deluxe Villas and Resort rooms are offered at up to 20% off; Moderate Resort rooms up to 15% off; Value Resort rooms up to 10%. Visit this page of DisneyWorld.com for all the details, exclusions, dates and availability, or call (407)939-2727 or your travel agent.


Meal Vacation Package Offers

If you are considering a Walt Disney World Vacation Package that includes a non-discounted 5-night/6-day stay, Disney dining plans are included in the package when include the hotel and tickets with Park Hopper Option for arrivals most nights September 1 to 18, November 17 to 27, and December 8 to 23, 2019. Deluxe Villa and Deluxe Resort packages include the free Disney Dining Plan; Moderate and Value Resort packages include the free Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package and the theme park tickets must be valid for admission on the date of check-in and be used within a limited number of days (which varies by length of stay). Gratuities are not included. Kids between ages 3 and 9 must order from children's menu where applicable. The package does not guarantee access to any specific table-service restaurants.

Read more information and exclusions, and check availability on this page of DisneyWorld.com, or call (407)939-7216 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 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, now have the option 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.

Limited Time Special Promotions
  • Receive a 10% Discount at Fife & Drum and Block & Hans – Passholders will receive a 10% discount on non-discounted food and beverage items, including alcohol, at these locations until August 18. Passholders must present their valid annual pass and photo ID to receive discount. Must use non-cash payment methods including credit and debit cards and gift cards.
  • Try A "Secret" Sunshine Seasons Treat – Head to Sunshine Seasons inside The Land pavilion and ask for the Annual Passholder Secret Treat which is available for purchase until August 28 (or while supplies last).
  • Get a Complimentary Sweet Treat at Coral Reef Restaurant – In addition to receiving a 10% discount at this dining location, Annual Passholders who dine at Coral Reef and purchase an adult entrée through August 28 will receive an exclusive, complimentary dessert: Prosecco Ice Cream on a Graham Cracker Crust with Blueberry Compote, Whipped Cream and Blueberry Sauce. (Limit: one complimentary dessert per adult entrée per passholder. A 10% discount applies to the non-discounted price of food and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding applicable tax and gratuity) during all available meal periods and is valid for the Passholder and up to three (3) guests). Passholders must present their valid annual pass and photo ID to receive dessert and discount.
  • Special Disney PhotoPass Opportunity – Visit Disney PhotoPass photographers at the bridge in the Italy pavilion for Passholder-exclusive props through August 28.
Other Discounts and Benefits

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.


Disney Resorts Cardmember Rates

Cardmembers may be able to book a Gran Destino Tower water view room at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort for $199/night plus tax from July 15 - September 28, 2019. Cardmember rates are also available at select Disney Resorts during that period for most nights. Call (407)939-1313 or your travel agent and ask about the Disney Visa Card offer. (Thanks to Stephanie Wien for a heads-up about this offer!)


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.

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.


Resort Offers

Florida residents can 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.

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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  1. By wdwchuck

    Hey Alan,
    I must have missed it but has anybody talked with you about what they think the other parks are going to be like in late August and September at WDW? Is Hollywood Studios going to be mobbed and Animal Kingdom be quiet?
    What do your sources say is going to happen? What is the forecast for the non Star Wars parks during that initial rush?
    Thanks again for a great report.
    Chuck

  2. By asdhollywood

    Quote Originally Posted by wdwchuck View Post
    Hey Alan,
    I must have missed it but has anybody talked with you about what they think the other parks are going to be like in late August and September at WDW? Is Hollywood Studios going to be mobbed and Animal Kingdom be quiet?
    What do your sources say is going to happen? What is the forecast for the non Star Wars parks during that initial rush?
    Thanks again for a great report.
    Chuck

    If there was something to report, I would. I’ve pointed to the efforts to spread guests around the resort, like starting Food & Wine on the same date at Epcot, getting Halloween underway at Magic Kingdom, etc. September has been fairly quiet in the past few years, but this year is anyone’s guess. At the moment, many promotions end 8/28 - and if things look slow, we’ll see more roll out quickly. Whether the surge won’t happen until Rise of the Resistance is the next question...

    Regards,
    Alan


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