Walt Disney World Resort Update for August 13-19, 2019

by Alan S. Dalinka, staff writer
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Walt Disney World Resort Update for August 13-19, 2019

 

Writer's note: The major news around Walt Disney World this week was the opening of the NBA Experience at Disney Springs. Beyond that, like last week, not unexpectedly, it was a very quiet week for news around Walt Disney World Resort as we await the Disney D23 Expo in Anaheim a few weeks from now when the "Ultimate Disney Fan Event" will certainly yield lots of news.


Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger attended the Grand Opening of the NBA Experience at Disney Springs and was accompanied on stage by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. Also in attendance during the ceremony but not on stage was Bob Chapek, Chairman Walt Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

My latest appearance on The Garry Meier Show podcast is now available for download and streaming. Starting at 21:17, Garry and I discuss Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, Halloween parties, Christmas parties, and, as you might guess, this week's lead news item: NBA Experience. A little off the usual Disney discussion, just before that time index, we discuss the latest Quintin Tarantino film, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood that is now playing in theaters. (We did not discuss it during the show, but do you remember that back in the day, Tarantino's Pulp Fiction was distributed by a Disney subsidiary and it was one of the company's highest grossing films at the time?)

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NBA Experience Opens at Disney Springs

Yesterday, August 12, 2019, the NBA Experience, a brand-new venue on the West Side of Disney Springs celebrated its grand opening and welcomed its first official guests. The venue was developed by Walt Disney Imagineering in collaboration with the NBA, and to celebrate the opening, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger was joined on stage outside the building by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, several current and former WNBA and NBA players, including Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame NBA inductees Kareem Abdul-Jabar and Grant Hill, plus, of course, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.


The Grand Opening Celebration, including looks inside NBA Experience and its activities, was streamed in #DisneyParksLIVE show that you can replay. If your player doesn't advance automatically, note that the program starts at time index 11:06. Video ©Disney


During the Media Event following the Grand Opening Ceremony, Minnie Mouse made a few appearances showing off her basketball uniform. Character meet and greets are not a regular part of the venue. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Built on the former site of DisneyQuest (which closed in July 2017) in a new purpose-built building that will also house City Works Eatery & Pour House (currently scheduled to open this Winter), the NBA Experience spans 44,000 square feet and two floors. The family-friendly venue includes 13 basketball-related activities intended to immerse guests "in the world of professional basketball, both as a fan and a player."

The building's entry has been designed to give guests the feeling that they are "walking through the players' tunnel at an NBA or WNBA arena" which, if you have visited a modern arena like Orlando's Amway Center or even the Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, is akin to waking under the concrete seating bowl on to the floor of playing level of a sports stadium. Guests continue across the arena's center court to visit the various activities located on both floors, as the $34/guests ages 10 and up (plus tax) or $29/child ages 3-9 admission charge includes all the activities in any order (and even repeatedly). All adults and the guardians of minors must sign a participation waiver to enter as well.

Disney describes the 13 activities as follows:

  • Dribble! – Test ball-handling skills with an interactive coach who leads a variety of dribbling routines
  • Dunk! – Execute the perfect slam just like a superstar, captured by cameras surrounding height-adjustable baskets
  • Slingshot – Use an oversized slingshot to launch balls at hoops of varying heights, making as many baskets as possible before the clock runs out in this thrilling timed challenge
  • Shoot! – Step onto the court and hear the roar of the crowd while maneuvering through a series of last-second shots before the clock expires
  • Combine – Compare wingspan and vertical leap to NBA or WNBA players with this series of tests that replicates NBA Combine drills
  • Draft – Experience one of the biggest milestones for a basketball player at the NBA Draft with a photo moment that re-creates the electric atmosphere of the Draft stage
  • Replay – Take a seat at an interactive, multi-screen module to watch replay clips from NBA games and use tools at the station to make the right calls
  • Players – Enter the off-court sanctuary of the locker room and explore current team rosters, records and highlights
  • Champions – Be immersed in the rich legacy and history of NBA and WNBA championship teams and take a photo with replicas of the NBA championship and MVP trophies
  • "Game Time" – Watch a heartwarming film about the in-arena game experience and the impact it has on a young woman and her father
  • "Together" – Discover the amazing on- and off-court story of an NBA superstar in this inspirational, 180-degree cinematic presentation
  • Arcade – Play interactive games, from the fan-favorite Pop-A-Shot to the latest NBA video games
  • Trivia – Demonstrate knowledge of the NBA and WNBA – past and present – during a multi-player, real-time contest

During Cast Member Friends and Family previews last month, with a low crowd level, my group completed nearly all the activities in around two hours. With more people in the facility and wait times for attractions, and, perhaps, more time reviewing player statistics and memorabilia, a full visit could conceivably last 3 or 4 hours. (During the Media Event inside the venue following the Grand Opening ceremony, it was not possible to experience all of the activities as guests will.) Certainly, for avid NBA and WNBA fans, there is ample content and activities to explore. As Bob Iger said at today's Grand Opening, "NBA Experience lets everybody who loves the game, live it."


During the Grand Opening Media Event, activity areas were used for interview opportunities. Here, #DisneyParksLIVE host Mark Daniel (right) asks questions to NBA and WNBA players about their thoughts about NBA Experience. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

For visitors who may not be avid basketball fans or players, but are interested in how Walt Disney Imagineer adopts technology in creating new venues, there are quite a few unique, interactive things to see here. The interior of the venue has a sleek, state-of-the art look and vibe, with lots of digital and video displays, touch screens and high-tech lighting effects. In terms of the interactivity itself, Dunk! for example, provides users the ability to adjust the height of the basket on demand; Combine uses infrared cameras to capture user data and then projectors that show graphically and in data the physical information captured during the experience. Indeed, Walt Disney Imagineering itself was responsible for producing the "Game Time" film, while "Together" was produced by ESPN. (I have not yet had an opportunity to view either film, as my schedule did not permit it during the Cast Members Friends and Family Preview, and the films were not being shown during the Media Event following the Grand Opening).


Guests walk in to NBA Experience across a floor resembling center court of NBA or WNBA arenas, complete with a video "scoreboard" overhead.


The "Draft" activity includes a photo opportunity with a life-size likeness of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.


"Slingshot" give guests a non-traditional way to attempt to shoot baskets.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

This venue will naturally appeal to many of the young athletes that come to Walt Disney World Resort to participate in events at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. For the more casual Resort guest, who does not want to physically exert him or herself, the low impact activities are limited to the trivia, photo opportunities, memorabilia displays, the interactive touch screens and the films, though (at least during my two visits) there appear to be very few places to sit down if that is important to you. Frankly, of course, if a visitor is not interested in basketball and not open to learning about it, this venue may offer no more than its air conditioning, high-energy lighting and video displays, and shelter from a Central Florida thunderstorm.


The NBA Experience at Disney Springs celebrated its Grand Opening on August 12, 2019, at Walt Disney World with Minnie Mouse & Mickey Mickey Mouse, NBA Chairman Adam Silver, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, and NBA and WNBA Stars and Legends including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.

Watch our social media channels later today for a video discussion with NBA Legend Nick Anderson who played for the Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings, and Memphis Grizzlies, about the NBA Experience, and more highlights of the venue showcased by Walt Disney Imagineer Sarah Ramos during the media event. (And, yes, Nick Anderson is, in fact, also a fellow former Chicagoan!)


NBA Legend Nick Anderson was on hand during the Grand Opening Media Event to show off a few skills and to talk about his thoughts about the venue. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney, Universal and More Partners Support Critically Ill Children at Give Kids The World Village

Give Kids The World Village is the Kissimmee-based nonprofit, that fulfills wish vacations for critically ill children and their families. It has an 84-acre storybook resort that first opened in 1989, where children and their families are treated to weeklong, cost-free vacations, complete with accommodations, donated attraction tickets, meals, and more, including unlimited ice cream available from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. daily. We often include notice of its events in our Updates (where ticket sales proceeds benefit the organization), have been hosted media guests of the organization for some events, and MousePlanet has donated use of its Facebook Live stream for fundraising for the organization (and I, personally, have donated funds to the organization). Many Walt Disney World cast members donate their time to the organization, as to Universal team members and others in the community at large.

Last week, we were invited to take a hard hat tour of the construction site where Give Kids The World is building a $2 million ice cream parlor for its visiting children and their families slated to open later this year called Henri's Starlite Scoops. It merits inclusion here in the Walt Disney World Update for numerous reasons, including, interestingly and uniquely enough, it is actually a project where a Disney creative team cooperated with Universal Creative to design and develop the space, and Buena Vista Construction Company is acting as the project's general contractor.

Give Kids The World Village says that its new parlor is possible through the help of twelve community partners and countless individual donors who contributed specifically to the new venue. Henri's Starlite Scoops honors the organization's late Founder, Henri Landwirth, who managed the Starlite Motel in Cocoa Beach during the Apollo era.

"The entire building is designed with our guests' needs in mind," said Michael Bausman, project manager at Give Kids The World. "One accommodation we're particularly excited about is our accessible ice cream chest freezers. The traditional ice cream chest is 34 inches in height, making it difficult for children in wheelchairs to see in to pick out their ice cream. We custom-built ours at 28 inches so everyone can choose their flavor."


The concept art for the new Henri's Starlite Scoops shows off its sign inspired by the sign that once adorned founder Henri Landwirth's Apollo-era Starlite Motel in Cocoa Beach with a roof topped by a spaceship.


Central Florida media were provided a hard hat tour of the construction site for Henri's Starlite Scoops.


Give Kids The World President and CEO Pamela Landwirth discussed the project's goal to continue the tradition of unlimited ice cream for those visiting the Resort.


As the concept art displayed near the construction site demonstrates, the ice cream parlor is just one part of the resort's mission of providing an unforgettable "wish trip" for critically ill children and their families.


Buena Vista Construction Company, with a rather familiar spokes-mouse, is the general contractor for the new ice cream parlor.


Disney Characters regularly visit Give Kids The World Village to provide special opportunities for those visiting the resort. Universal, Sea World, and other attractions and businesses in Central Florida also support the organization in similar ways.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

The organization's legacy of providing unlimited ice cream dates back to its opening as part of its mission of wish fulfillment. "Unlimited ice cream is an important part of giving wish families a week of 'yes' where they can forget the worries of critical illness,” said Pamela Landwirth, president and CEO of Give Kids The World. "Henri's Starlite Scoops is our next chapter and we're so grateful to the partners who are helping us turn this page."

Give Kids The World accepts donations for operational support and added experiences. To donate to the organization (including this project) visit its website. It lists the participating partners on this project as follows (acronyms are those attributed by the organization):

  • AECOM – Architect, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing
  • WDW – Original Design Concept
  • Universal Creative – Creative input
  • BVCC – General Contractor
  • Ardaman and Associates – Original surveys and NESHASP
  • WCCI – Estimator
  • Kern Studios – Flying saucer
  • Cemex – All block and concrete
  • Lo-Temp – Donated HVAC Install, Freezer and Install
  • Peninsular Engineering – Updated mechanical design for HVAC
  • American Panel of Ocala – Freezer
  • Trimark Gill Group – Food Service Equipment
  • Western Florida Lighting Inc. – Donated light fixtures

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 concludes this coming Sunday, August 18. Passholders can enjoy reserved seating on a first-come, first-served basis for concerts 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). Disney Parks Blog provides details about some of this year's marketplaces and in next week's Update, we will report on this year's Media Preview. We already know that reservations are open for the Tailgate Tastings hosted by ESPN's Monday Football (on select Sundays Starting September 8), some of the Radio Disney headliners coming to this year's edition of the Disney du Jour Dance Party have been announced, and the calendar is nearly complete 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

Beyond what we included in the News, we have just a couple of interesting views to share this week.


First, we noted that the exit from the Resort Monorail and the entry's security bag check area in the Grand Canyon Concourse of Disney's Contemporary Resort continues to change. At the end of the elevator corridor that at one time (more than a year ago) led to the Monorail Station, construction walls close the corridor entirely, and those construction walls continue on the other side (the right side) of the elevator ban behind the security stations, leaving just a small pathway leading to and from the escalators and elevator to the platform above. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


At the nearby Magic Kingdom, construction at the future site of the TRON-themed rollercoaster now includes many new concrete footings. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

This and That…

…As the August 29 opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge approaches at Disney's Hollywood Studios, this past week reservations opened for three of its venues: Droid Depot, Savi's Workshop, and Oga's Cantina. If you have been following along our Disneyland coverage of the opening of its version of the new land, you know that these three venues sported quite the wait times out West with same day reservations schemes and then advanced reservations programs being rolled out as the situation warranted. While limited walk-up availability may be available, Disney recommends reservations if you wish to build your own droid or lightsaber, or to visit the Cantina (which will have a 45 minutes and 2-drink per guest limit maximum). The My Disney Experience app or DisneyWorld.com are the places to go for the reservations (which have deposit requirements), and on the day reservations were announced, virtual waiting rooms quickly filled and, as the day went on, spots for the opening day and many others filled. Nevertheless, like all advanced reservations, it never hurts to check more than once in advance of your planned visit to see if there have been cancellations or added availability.

…Speaking of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, Disney held a special preview for Orlando-area Boys & Girls Clubs last week at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Disney also used the opportunity to note that to bring the planet of Batuu to life in Florida contributed more than 7,000 jobs to the region since 2016, including 1,7000 operational roles (such as leadership positions, entertainment performers, attractions engineers, food and beverage and merchandise hosts and hostesses). Disney says that over 5,500 additional local jobs were created at the small and large Florida-based companies that also worked on the project.

…Walt Disney World Resort will host the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games with presenting partner Jersey Mike's Subs from June 5-11, 2022. Last week, the Games Organizing Committee unveiled its logo during a special ceremony at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. For the first time in Games' history, the logo was inspired and designed by nine artistic and talented Special Olympics athletes. "Special Olympics athletes provide inspiration to millions of people around the world,"" said Rena Langley, Senior Vice President, Walt Disney World Public Affairs and Communications. "Competing at this level is an incredible achievement, one that requires tremendous commitment, dedication and leadership skills. As the presenting partner of the volunteer program, we're honored and proud to support the friends, families and fans that will be here cheering on the athletes, and we’re excited to host the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort." Orlando Health and Orange County have committed as Platinum Partners. The Games will feature more than 4,000 athletes, 10,000 volunteers, 1,500 coaches, and 125,000 fans from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, participating in as many as 16 Olympic-type team and individual sports, and as many as five demonstration sports.

Disney Parks Blog has published its August 2019 "Best Bites" around the Resort and shows off the recent grand opening of Takumi-Tei, the new signature table-service restaurant at Epcot's Japan Pavilion. As always, browsing the food photos on the Blog is calorie free, but your mileage varies when you choose to dine on the bites.

…REMINDER: 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.

…As the countdown continues to the December 16, 2019, opening of Disney's Riviera Resort, the next Disney Vacation Club property, Disney Parks Blog has begun showing of the creative efforts that have gone in to creating the new accommodations. If you visit ArtofRiviera.com, in particular, and watch the on-demand show available there through October 8, you can enter for a chance to win a Disney vacation including a five-night stay at Disney's Riviera Resort. (Be sure to see the rules for the sweepstakes which are available online as well - MousePlanet is in no way connected with the sweepstakes, we mention it as part of our effort to bring you the news you can use to plan a Disney Vacation.).


Watch a Behind-the-Scenes video of the creation of the "Tower Slide" which will be a focal point of the feature pool at Disney's Riviera Resort. Video ©Disney.

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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.

NEW Beatrix

Longtime readers of this Update know that I was a long-time Chicagoan before moving to Central Florida and taking over the digital ink in this space. As a long-time Chicagoan, I was well-familiar with the many Chicagoland restaurants (and some in other cities, including Las Vegas) owned by Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises and have often dined at several of them. This past week, Disney Parks Blog announced that the group's Beatrix restaurant will open a new venue at Disney Springs West Side (at an unspecified date or location).

Beatrix is your neighborhood restaurant, coffeehouse and grab-and-go market featuring healthy food options including vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan along with fresh-squeezed juice cocktails. The restaurant will also offer a bakery and full-service bar with a selection of all-American beer and wine.

There are several existing Beatrix restaurants in Chicagoland which you can read about at Beatrixrestaurants.com.

Wine Bar George

NEW Master Sommelier George Miliotes leads a Champagne toast to the start of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Wine Bar George featuring samples of five different sparkling wines including Ruinart Rosé, Dom Pérignon and more alongside cheese and charcuterie on Thursday, August 29, from 4-6 p.m. Tickets are $75/person (must be 21 or older) plus $4.22 EventBrite fee. Visit this EventBrite webpage for more information and tickets.

NBA Experience

As we noted in the News above, the new interactive venue held its grand opening yesterday, Monday, August 12, 2019. You can also visit this page of DisneyWorld.com for the official venue description and for ticket sales which are $34 plus tax for ages 10 and up. The NBA Store has been open to the public for several weeks, but there have been a few changes in recent weeks (see first photo).


Inside the NBA Store, a large overhead piece of decor now spells with basketballs. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


These samples of merchandise available at the NBA Store were displayed for media invited to cover the Grand Opening of NBA Experience on August 12, 2019. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The NBA Store is open.


NBA Store connects to the NBA Experience itself.


Guests 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 held its grand opening on 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

Jaleo offers "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.

NEW ALMUERZO RÁPIDO is Jaleo Disney Springs' new lunch offer available Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. It is lunch in an hour the José way, choosing one item from four sections on a special menu, for $25 per person. Add a glass of Red sangría for an additional $5 or a Cava sangría for $7.

The Edison

The Second Annual "A Gatsby Evening at The Edison" will be held on Sunday, September 1. Guests are invited to get "dolled up in your best flapper attire, donning your 1920s style suits" to celebrate the great novel by "dancing the night away in style." A few glasses of complimentary Moet Champagne will be served and a selection of passed signature appetizers will be available for attendees. The evening's entertainment includes a red carpet arrival, live music, stilt walkers, an aerialist, dancers, a crystal balancer, a magician and a complimentary photo station. Doors open at 7 p.m. but only to guests 21 or older. Tickets are $79/person (plus tax and gratuity) with more information at this Patina Restaurant Group web page.

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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)
    …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):
    • August 19, & 26
    • September 3, 9, 16, & 23
  • Disney Vacation Club Moonlight Magic: (registration required but full)
    …at Disney's Animal Kingdom
    • August 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 opened on the site 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 Magnolia Golf Course – closed for refurbishment through August 12-22, 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
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

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.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Benefits & Promotions

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, August 29, 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).

Passholders will also find exclusive character greeting opportunities at Epcot on August 29, 2019, only: Winnie the Pooh at Christopher Robin's room in the United Kingdom at Epcot.

Limited Time Promotions 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.

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.

On August 29 only, Passholders will also find exclusive character greeting opportunities at Disney's Animal Kingdom: Baloo, as well as Tarzan and Jane.

Remaining Summer 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

    Thanks again Alan for a great report.
    I was surprised to see that they are going to charge $34 for admission to the "NBA Experience". Disney knows how to make money but this price point seems crazy.
    Are there really that many people that would pay that much for that experience? And $29 for kids?

    Oh and did you know what Star Wars World is opening at the end of August at WDW?

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