Walt Disney World Resort Update For November 5-11, 2019

by Alan S. Dalinka, staff writer
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Walt Disney World Resort Update for November 5 - 11, 2019

 

Writer's note: Thanks to Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix for covering both coasts while I was away. It's no small task; I know! Covering Walt Disney World, itself, is no small task and a Thanksgiving season shout out of praise to my predecessors here on the Update that didn't have the technological resources and Disney Parks Blog available to gather the latest news and views.


Whether you are visiting Central Florida or you call it home, among the first sights travelers see in the main terminal of Orlando International Airport is the Magic of Disney Store. HDR Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

So, for my R&R, I used a lot of my Disney Vacation Club points for this year for a week at Aulani, a Disney Resort in Ko Olina, Hawaii. This was my third visit there in just over three years (I enjoy it just that much!), and I recommend it and its many outstanding Cast Members to any traveler and/or Disney fan. I have been sharing some pictures and video of the Resort on our MousePlanet social media channels since I've been back (big shoutout to Uncle Aito: a storyteller, Cast Member, and lightbulb changer), and I will share more in the coming weeks, including more about its luau, Ka Wa'a (which is the only few hours of this vacation I attended as invited media) and its new little show, "The Aulani Players Present Moana."


The main lobby of Aulani sits on the third floor above a lush "valley," all designed by the Imagineering team lead by Joe Rodhe who spent many years of his early life on Oahu. The detailed theming of the Resort includes detail drawn from Hawaiian culture and its islands themselves. Note in this photo, the design on the building's face under the pitched roof on the right with decorative elements inspired by the sea (which, physically, is located behind where I was standing when I took this photo).


At Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, the Hawai'i Marketplace has the same design as the pitched roof on the right above and, indeed, repeated atop all the points of the 'Ewa tower of the Resort. The faux stonework of the kiosk is even similar to Aulani's stonework.


The Disney Skyliner station at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort includes travel posters promoting Aulani, a Disney Vacation Club resort.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

In the meantime, as I have readjusted to Central Florida after the lengthly flights, six hour time difference, and then changing my clock over the weekend again when Daylight Saving Time ended, I have gotten back over to three of the four Walt Disney World parks, ridden the Disney Skyliner again, got over to Disney Springs, and otherwise caught myself up on the news around here so I can share it with you. You'll find I have updated the 2020 Resort Events tab with a bunch of new dates that were recently announced, under another tab, there are some new discounts and benefits for Annual Passholders to take note of, and runDisney fans will find that the 2020-21 schedule has been released.

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Winter Holidays Getting Underway

Though the official kickoff of the 2019 Winter Holidays season at Walt Disney World Resort is this Friday, November 8, pretty much as soon as the last guests departed the November 1 edition of the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom, the season really began in earnest. Of course, winter holiday merchandise had started trickling into stores as Halloween approached, and, indeed, there were reports last week that holiday decor started appearing around the Resort, like the tinsel stars along Sunset Boulevard at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Magic Kingdom already held and live-streamed the first performance of "A Frozen Holiday Wish" on Sunday night. That is the nightly castle-lighting show where Queen Elsa, at the urging of her sister Anna and their friends Olaf and Kristoff, "uses her magical powers to present a gift to everyone in the kingdom by transforming Cinderella Castle into a shimmering ice palace for the holidays." In other words, the Castle's dreamlights are already lit nightly at Magic Kingdom, and, the #DisneyParksLIVE broadcast also showed highlights of the park's quick transition from Halloween to Christmas. The Jingle Cruise holiday overlay at the Jungle Cruise also got underway on Sunday, and continues throughout the season (both during regular park hours and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party).


A Frozen Holiday Wish was presented by #DisneyParksLIVE on Sunday, November 3, 2019, and included the entire castle-lighting show as well as provided a preview of some of the new features of this year's editions of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party which get underway on select nights starting Friday, November 8. Video ©Disney.

The first edition of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party gets underway on Friday night (we have been invited by Disney to attend the event next Tuesday, November 12). This year's hard ticket party includes new music for Space Mountain, lighting and music for the Mad Tea Party, an all-new holiday show at Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, and a "festive freeway" for those driving the cars of the Tomorrowland Speedway. The #DisneyParksLIVE show also highlighted some of the brand new Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks show that lights up the skies over Magic Kingdom on party nights accompanied by holiday songs including "Joy to the World," "Deck the Halls," "Up on the House Top," and "We Wish You A Merry Christmas." As we noted following the Christmas in July media event, the creative team continues to emphasize that unlike the new fireworks show for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, this fireworks show can be enjoyed from all across the park, not just in the Central Plaza hub area; as the preview videos we have seen so far show, there is some use of projections on the castle, but the creative team continues to say that they are not central to enjoyment of this show.


Disney Parks Blog shared a behind the scenes look at "Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks" show preparations. Video ©Disney.

Also returning to the hard ticket party are the Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration stage show at the castle, A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas, Club Tinsel, the Disney Junior Jingle Jam, and Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. Snowfall also returns to Main Street U.S.A. on party nights, and, of course, there are "complimentary treats" for those that have tickets to the event. When we asked at the Christmas in July media event whether holiday entertainment like the castle show and parade would be performed for all guests after the final Party (December 22) and the end of the year, we were told that it would be. As of this publication, those performances are not listed in My Disney Experience, and we do not yet know whether the attraction overlays will be available to all guests at that time (though the Tomorrowland Speedway installation will include physical props that will be visible all day and night). We will try to get further clarification during our upcoming media night at the Party and will report it for those who plan to venture over to the park during the most merriest (busy) time of the year.

Pluto Sorcerer's Card at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.
The Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party-exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card for 2019 is "Pluto's Toppling Popcorn." Party attendees can pick up the complementary card at the Firehouse on Main Street U.S.A. Image courtesy Disney Parks Blog.

Also returning on November 8 at Disney's Hollywood Studios are both of its seasonal nighttime offerings: Jingle Bells, Jingle BAM! the nighttime spectacular centered on the Chinese Theatre and Sunset Seasons Greetings with projections on The Hollywood Tower Hotel (Tower of Terror) and video screens along Sunset Boulevard. Disney's Animal Kingdom's first park-wide celebration of the holiday season also gets underway on Friday, including special holiday nighttime awakenings of the Tree of Life. We have been invited to a media evening in that park on Saturday, so be sure to have a look at our social media channels over the weekend!


Tinsel stars again line Sunset Boulevard for the holiday season, and their lights will change colors along with the nightly Sunset Seasons Greetings shows.


The dancing ornaments are back in the windows along Hollywood Boulevard.


Light-up ugly Christmas sweaters and more holiday merchandise is now available in Mickey's of Hollywood.


Chip & Dale plush have new outfits for the holidays.


Holiday-themed beverage cups are back in the parks.


Have you ever spotted #SantaStitch in the park? #BellhopStitch resides over at the Tower of Terror.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney Springs will also open its Christmas Tree Trail this weekend which, again, will include some ornaments that will be available for purchase for your own holiday celebration. Of course, there will be more shopping and merchandise news on this subject as we get further into the month, with our first few merchandise photos in the Disney Springs section below. And, not to be forgotten, Epcot is the only park that does not move in to the full holidays mode for a bit longer: Epcot International Food & Wine Festival runs through November 23 (though its Eat to the Beat Concerts end on November 18), with the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays (and nightly Candlelight Processional performances) starting on November 29.

Wine, Dine and Run: Results are In

The 10th annual Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend made some runDisney history over the weekend. Twenty-four-year-old Megan Curham from Warren, New Jersey became only the second female runner to be a runDisney race overall first place finisher. Curham was also last year's first female finisher in the race, and was previously the first female to finish the 2016 Walt Disney World Half Marathon. In 2017, Giovanna Martins was the first ever woman to be the overall winner of a runDisney race, finishing that year's Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon with a time of 1:19:16.

Curham completed the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon on Sunday in 1:19:17, and was followed just seconds later (1:19:30) by Jeffrey Schneider of Strongsville, Ohio. Gerald Romero finished third at 1:20:08. Diana Bogantes finished second among the women racers with a time of 1:22:14, and was followed by Leah Foley at 1:29:05.

The weekend also included a 5K race, 10K race, Kids Races, and a health and fitness expo. The weekend culminated with runners and their supporters celebrating their accomplishments at the Post-Race Party at Epcot. Nearly 48,000 runners participated in events throughout the weekend.

The race weekend began with the Disney Fall Feast 5K race on Friday which tragically included the death of a runner who collapsed during that race. Orlando Sentinel reports that the medical examiner's office identified the runner as 58 year old Mark Lockridge, a tourist from Ellis County, Texas, and that he died of natural causes related to hypertension and heart disease. The Sentinel noted that a runner collapsed and died near the finish of the 2017 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon as well. Andrea Finger, a spokeswoman for Walt Disney World Resort, provided a statement to the Sentinel which said, "We are deeply saddened by this heartbreaking loss, and our thoughts and sympathies remain with the runner's family and loved ones throughout this difficult time."

We at MousePlanet echo those sympathies and offer our condolences to Mark Lockridge's family and friends.

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue to Kef Bir

When Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in theaters on December 20, 2019, the final film in the Star Wars Saga, riders aboard the Starspeeder 1000 at Star Tours – The Adventures Continue will also get to visit the ocean moon of Kef Bir which appears in the film's final trailer released last month. The new destination will be on the attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and it will also be added at Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris.

Star Tours-The Adventures Continue.
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue to the ocean moon of Kef Bir starting December 20, 2019. Image courtesy Disney Parks Blog.

Star Tours has previously received updates taking riders to new places in the latest films, from Jakku to Crait, and, back in 2017, even Batuu was added as a "destination" well-before Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opened and allowed guests to visit that planet in-person. At Disney's Hollywood Studios, Star Tours remains one of several "Star Wars Experiences" guests can visit throughout the park outside of the new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land that opened in August.

After Regular Hours in the Parks

For the sake of bringing it all together in one place, the past couple of weeks there have been quite a few announcements about the various ways guests can visit the parks in the evenings after the end of a park's regular operating hours. Extra Magic Hours for Resort hotel guests are no additional charge, "After Hours" events require a separate ticket for admission, and Disney Vacation Club's Moonlight Magic events require advance registration.

Extra Magic Hours

Special extra Extra Magic Hours for Disney Resort hotel guests ended on November 2. Looking through the theme parks' operating calendars in the My Disney Experience app as of this publication, there are some published "regular" Extra Magic hours in mornings and/or evenings rotating around the parks, but even with Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opening in early December at Disney's Hollywood Studios, that park has 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. published operating hours most days throughout the month. In fact, even December 30-31 currently does not have any special published Extra Magic hours as of this writing; in past years dating back as far as I can remember, Magic Kingdom has had Extra Magic Hours that extend the December 30 operating day into the early hours of December 31.

Disney After Hours

For those that want to spend time in the parks outside their regular operating hours, Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom both will offer additional opportunities to attend the hard ticketed Disney After Hours events on select nights which are now published through May 2020 (and we have listed all of them in our Resort Events section for 2020). Tickets to these events are $139 per adult or child (plus tax), and are separate from day tickets or Annual passes, include park entry as early as 7 p.m., plus three hours in the park after its regular close along with complimentary ice cream, popcorn and select beverages. Purchasing tickets a day or more in advance reduces the price by $10/ticket, and Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can purchase tickets in advance for $99 (plus tax).

Disney Villains After Hours

Disney Villains After Hours events also return to Magic Kingdom on 24 nights scheduled between February 7 and July 10, 2020. (For the list of published dates, see our Resort Events section for 2020). The Villains-themed hard ticket events include the "Villains Unite the Night" stage show, Maleficent the Dragon making scheduled appearances on a specified parade route, a DJ-hosted dance party at the Central Plaza Hub, additions to Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain, plus opportunities to purchase specialty food, beverages, and exclusive merchandise. Tickets to these events are $155 (plus tax) for adult or child, with a $10/ticket discount for purchasing a day or more in advance; Passholders and DVC Members receive a $30 discount. Like Disney After Hours, tickets allow entry as early as 7 p.m. as well as the post-closing park hours, complimentary snacks and beverages. These events do not include Disney Villain meet and greet opportunities.

Disney Vacation Club Moonlight Magic

Disney Vacation Club Members interested in visiting the parks after hours should once again pay attention to registration dates for the 2020 slate of Moonlight Magic Events that was recently published by DVC. All four theme parks and Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park will host events in 2020, starting with Disney's Animal Kingdom on January 21, February 11 & 25. Registration for the Animal Kingdom events for DVC Members with Resort room reservations opens on November 20, and for all eligible Members on December 4, 2019. We include the full list and registration dates in our Resort Events section for 2020. Moonlight Magic is a complimentary, after park hours event, where registered DVC Members (and their registered guests) enjoy attractions, special character meet and greets, dance parties and refreshments. For more information and registration (when open), visit this page of DisneyVacationClub.com.

UPDATE: Fuel Rod Continues Free Swaps at Disney Parks

Last week, we reported that the Fuel Rod portable charging system would be requiring customers to pay $3 for its swapping service when visiting a Disney theme park starting Friday, November 1. As Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix reported in yesterday's Disneyland Resort Update, Fuel Rod owners can continue to swap their devices at no charge from kiosks at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World for now. The change came days after a class action lawsuit was filed in Southern California, on behalf of a plaintiff who purchased a Fuel Rod device at Walt Disney World.

Fuel Rod charging kits are sold for $30 from kiosks located throughout the Resort, each containing a rechargeable USB battery rod and an assortment of charging cables to fit most Apple and Android devices. Fuel Rod sells the device for $25 (including shipping) from their website, and other locations sell the kits for as low as $22.

The big selling point had been that once you purchased the initial $30 kit, you could return to any Fuel Rod kiosk on Disney property and exchange a depleted charger for a fresh battery as often as you needed at no additional charge. Updated signs placed on the kiosks in late October notified customers that the "free unlimited swapping" feature would end November 1, and users would pay a $3 fee each time they swapped the device.

As Adrienne reports, Disney would not have been the first Fuel Rod partner to begin charging for swaps – both Sea World and Universal Studios have $3.00 exchange fees. It is unknown if those other locations had ever advertised free swapping, and/or when they began charging for the service. Likewise, it is unknown if the class action lawsuit will proceed now that the company has reversed their fee schedule, or if the ambiguity between "free" and "fee" swapping locations is enough to allow the case to proceed.

Epcot Concerts & Candlelight Processional News and Calendar

American Gardens Theatre continues its presentation of the Eat to the Beat Concert Series three times nightly through November 18 as part of this year's edition of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Eat to the Beat Concert showtimes are scheduled Sundays through Thursdays at 5:30, 6:45, and 8:00 p.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays, an hour later, at 6:30, 7:45, and 9:00 p.m. The entire schedule is published, but, of course, always keep an eye out for signs when you enter the park noting last minute changes. There are even more details and you can make reservations for dining packages including guaranteed concert seating by visiting TasteEpcot.com or calling (407)939-3378. Eat to the Beat Concert Series concludes on November 18 to begin preparing the stage for Candlelight Processional, but the Food & Wine Festival continues until November 23.


Remember, America Gardens Theatre is not a fireworks viewing area. Because of the stage area, the venue really is not a place where guests can see shows on World Showcase Lagoon itself. File Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


The Disney Du Jour Dance Party continues on weekends all the way to the end of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, as shown by the schedule on the stage's screen on the east side of Future World. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

With the November 29 opening of this year's Epcot International Festival of the Holidays three times nightly performances of Candlelight Processional return and continue through December 30. The show combines a live orchestra, massed choir and celebrity narrator in the retelling of the traditional Christmas story. Neil Patrick Harris, Gary Sinise, Whoopi Goldberg, Pat Sajak, Steven Curtis Chapman, Edward James Olmos, Lisa Ling, Isabella Rossellini, Marlee Matlin, Warwick Davis, Chita Rivera, and Ming-Na Wen are all scheduled as celebrity narrators this year. Guaranteed seating for all performances 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 and more information is available on EpcotHolidays.com or by calling (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.

From January 17 to February 24, 2020, Epcot International Festival of the Arts returns and the America Gardens Theatre will again host nightly Disney on Broadway Concerts three times nightly. More information about the Festival and the shows is available on ArtfulEpcot.com or by calling (407)939-5277. From March 4 to June 1, 2020, the park presents the 27th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival with its, as yet unspecified schedule, Garden Rocks Concert Series.

For the convenience of our readers, all of the scheduled Eat to the Beat Concert Series performers and Celebrity Narrators for Candlelight Processional at America Gardens Theatre are shown in our Google Calendar of Epcot Events. We will add the Disney on Broadway Concert Series performers and Garden Rocks Concert Series performers when they are announced. You can add the entire 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

Magic Kingdom


Removal of the pavers continues at the entrance to Magic Kingdom.


Landscaping appears nearly complete around the outside of Tomorrowland where the berm supporting the Walt Disney World Railroad was reshaped and the retaining wall built to address the new drainage design for this area which is related to the construction of the TRON Lightcycle Run coaster.


At the TRON Lightcycle Run coaster construction site, additional vertical construction is underway at the southeastern edge of the park (on the right in the photo).


From aboard the PeopleMover, the newest track installation for TRON Lightcycle Run can be seen.


Tomorrowland Speedway provides an even closer view of the new track for TRON Lightcycle Run.


Inside Mickey's Star Traders in Tomorrowland, a construction wall now blocks off the back part of the store where one of the still listed as "Temporarily Closed" Stitch's Great Escape's attraction exits is location.


Ongoing construction in the former courtesy tram loading area at the TTC leaves a considerable distance between where the trams unload on the other side of Seven Seas Drive and the security screening area for admission to the ticket booths, monorail and ferries.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Epcot


A sticker on the toll booths at parks reinforces a policy that many cast members have enforced for well-over a year now: Passholders must provide photo ID matching their Pass to receive free parking. (The stickers have been appearing over the past several months.) Note also that the "Auto Preferred" fee changes by season. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


As the reimagination of the entry of Epcot continues, the tramway now ends before the monorail station.


Tram loading and unloading is now done before the monorail station and the new tram turn-around curb.


The former tramway beyond the new turn-around is being converted to pedestrian access to the park.


The former tram loading area under the monorail station has been converted to a new security screening area.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

As the Epcot transformation is well-underway now, the monorail's circle tour provides a bird's eye view of the new park entry experience and some of the changes underway as Future World is divided into three new Worlds.


Refurbishment of the entry planter boxes, fountain and plaza continue.


Future World East trees have been removed between Guest relations and the former Universe of Energy pavilion.


Construction fences have taken over much of the Future World east lawns near the reflecting pond.


Demolition work continues around the former Fountain of Nations all the way over to the former Club Cool.


Many trees have been removed around Future World West next to the former Innoventions West.


Construction fences form new "roads" for construction crews and/or cast members.


As the park's entry reimagination is inspired by the original 1982 look of the park's entrance, the park's new logo also harkens back to the park's original logo.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.


The Camera Center is now closed; PhotoPass now has a desk next to Pin Central.


Heritage House closed at American Adventure to make way for a new Art of Disney venue.


DVC Member Lounge provides an interesting view of the on-going construction at the building enclosing the Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind coaster.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.


From the ground in Future World East, much of the land is now enclosed by construction walls. Panoramic Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


A new sign looks like it is ready to be unveiled at the gallery at the Morocco pavilion (which is closed for refurbishment). Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.


Disney Skyliner approaching or departing Epcot International Gateway shows the extensive exterior theming underway at the France pavilion ahead of next summer's opening of Remy's Ratatouille Adventure.


All of these areas appear that they will be "on stage" when construction is complete.


A new wall over the waterway appears complete as well.


Disney Skyliner station provides a view of the construction as well.


The Disney Skyliner line from Disney's Riviera Resort toward Epcot flies into the sunset as it approaches the Tower of Terror (on the left) and the turn station in front of Disney's BoardWalk Resort in the distance. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney's Hollywood Studios


As announced during the park's 30th Anniversary celebration in May, Disney's Hollywood Studios has a new logo. The old logo recently has been removed from the studio arch and its paint scheme has been changed.


More of the queue for Slinky Dog Dash Coaster is now covered.


As we reported in recent weeks, the menu at Docking Bay 7 inside Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge has been updated with food names more reflective of the Earth-bound foods served.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Resorts


Resort refurbishments regularly occur around Walt Disney World. The "Finding Nemo" section of Disney's Art of Animation currently has a building closed for refurbishment. The neighboring "Big Blue Pool" is due to close in 2020, as we have been reporting all year in our Refurbishments section. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

This and That…

…Starting this week, a "sneak peek" of Disney's upcoming film, Frozen 2 begins a limited run inside Walt Disney Presents at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The film itself opens in U.S. theaters on November 22, 2019.


The original "Frozen" still seems to be very popular. This creation by Disney's Art of Animation's Food & Beverage Team was the popular vote winner in that resort's Pumpkin Carving contest. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

…As Epcot's transformation continues into 2020, Mickey's meet and greet at that park will move to the Imagination! pavilion as part of the Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival (that's the theater building just past the jumping fountains). In that attraction, Mickey's short film, "Get A Horse" is among the films shown in the theater.

…The latest Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses featuring, for the first time, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto with Mickey Mouse, were released to Suglass Hut locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World on November 1. The adult frames feature polarized lenses and have a retail price of $243; the junior frames have a non-polarized lenses and have a retail price of $103. The Walt Disney World Sunglass Hut locations are: Singapore Sal's at Typhoon Lagoon; Island Supply in Magic Kingdom's Adventureland; and Sunglass Icon on the West Side of Disney Springs. These sunglasses will also become available to Sunglass Hut loyalty members and the public, though Disney Parks guests had the first opportunity to purchase them.

Disney Parks Blog shared a look at some of the "classic American barbecue" to expect when Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue opens at Epcot later this winter. This new "fast-casual" dining location will occupy the space that was previously The Liberty Inn (which closed back in July) at The American Adventure, and it will also include an outdoor bar featuring craft brews on draft.

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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.

Holiday Merchandise at World of Disney


Holiday-scented pillows are part of this year's holiday collection.


Holiday Crocs are available.


There is a new assortment of Hanukkah merchandise this year as well.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

West Side Construction Projects


Construction walls around the former Something Silver/Amazing Photos shop tell the story of its next tenant: the next Ample Hills Creamery.


The old Something Silver facade is being removed from the shop behind the construction walls.


Windows finally enclose the future City Works Eatery and Pour House.


Signs on the construction walls for City Works still promote the venue's opening this Winter.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Morimoto Asia

Back by popular demand, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto will present holiday-themed beers and gourmet pan-Asian light bites at Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs during the highly-anticipated second annual "12 Beers of Christmas" event.

The event will take place on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Tickets are $64++ per person. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend. In celebration of the craft-beer movement and the most wonderful time of the year, attendees will enjoy 12 specialty beers from local breweries all across Central Florida, such as Crooked Can Brewing Company and Rogue Ales. The brews will be paired with Morimoto Asia's famous pan-Asian cuisine from 12 food stations.

Morimoto himself will host the event and will be autographing copies of his cookbook Mastering the Art of Japanese Home Cooking. The cookbook will be sold at the event, with proceeds going to Give Kids the World Village, a nonprofit resort for critically ill children and their families who visit Florida on their "wish trips."

Tickets are available on the event website.

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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:
    • November 18
    • December 9
    …at Disney's Animal Kingdom:
    • November 5, 13, & 19
    • December 7, 14, & 18
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – August 29 - November 23, 2019
  • (Eat to the Beat Concerts end November 19)
  • Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort Food & Wine Classic – November 8-9, 2019
  • Dapper Days at Walt Disney World (Unofficial Events) – November 16-17, 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)
    • 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
  • Disney After Hours: (hard ticket required; park entry at 7 p.m., event hours vary by published date and park)
    …at Magic Kingdom:
    • January 6, 13, 17, 20, 23, 27 & 31
    • February 3, 10, 17 & 24
    • March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
    • April 5, 13, 20 & 27
    • May 5, 11, 18 & 25
    …at Disney's Animal Kingdom
    • January 9, 16, 22, & 30
    • February 6, 13, 19, & 27
    • March 5, 12, 19 & 26
    • April 1, 7, 14 & 22
    • May 2, 9, 16, 19 & 26
  • Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend - January 8-12, 2020
  • Epcot International Festival of the Arts - January 17 to February 24, 2020
  • Disney Vacation Club Moonlight Magic: (Eligible Member reservations required for wristband entry)
    • Disney's Animal Kingdom: January 21, February 11 & 25, 2020
      Registration for Members with Resort reservations opens: November 20, 2019
      General Member Registration: December 4, 2019
    • Magic Kingdom: March 3, April 21 & 28
      Registration for Members with Resort reservations opens: January 8, 2020
      General Member Registration: January 15, 2020
    • Epcot: May 4 & June 29, 2020
      Registration for Members with Resort reservations opens: March 11, 2020
      General Member Registration: March 18, 2020
    • Disney's Typhoon Lagoon: July 27 & August 10, 2020
      Registration for Members with Resort reservations opens: June 17, 2020
      General Member Registration: June 24, 2020
    • Disney's Hollywood Studios: September 15 & 22; October 6, 2020
      Registration for Members with Resort reservations opens: July 15, 2020
      General Member Registration: July 22, 2020
  • Disney Villains After Hours: (hard ticket required; park entry at 7 p.m., event hours vary by published date)
    • February 7, 14, 21 & 28
    • March 6, 11, 18 & 27
    • April 3, 10, 17 & 24
    • May 1, 8, 14, 22, 29
    • June 5, 12, 19, 26 & 29
    • July 6 & 10
  • Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend - February 20-23, 2020
  • Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival - March 4-June 1, 2020
  • Star Wars Rival Run Weekend - April 16-19, 2020
  • MORE EVENTS COMING SOON!

Looking even further ahead...

Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

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

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Magic Kingdom
  • The Muppets Present...Great Moments in American History – its final scheduled shows were performed October 5, 2019.
  • Move it! Shake it! MousekeDance it! Street Party – two performances scheduled daily only through November 30, 2019.
  • Royal Majesty Makers – no longer has scheduled appearances in Fantasyland as of October 2019.
  • Captain Jack Sparrow's Pirate Tutorial – 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
  • Test Track – Will close for refurbishment January 13-February 26, 2020.
  • Impressions de France – Closed for refurbishment related to sharing the theater with "Beauty & the Beast Sing-Along" which debuts January 2020.
  • Gallery of Arts and History (Morocco Pavilion) – Closed for refurbishment.
  • O Canada! – the film has been retired and the theatre currently is the Appleseed Orchard marketplace during the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival; "Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360" will debut as the new film in January 2020.
  • Reflections of China – the film will be retired and will be replaced with "Wondrous China" presented in a seamless 360° digital format.
  • Future World "transformation" closings – Major transformation announced at D23 Expo 2019.
    Closings and relocations include:
    • Innoventions - all exhibits now permanently closed, effective September 8, 2019
    • Club Cool closed effective September 8 (to reopen in "a new capacity at a future merchandise location")
    • Fountain of Nations closed effective September 8
    • Fountain View featuring Starbucks closed effective September 8 (will relocate to a temporary location in late Fall, 2019)
    • Meet Disney Pals at the Epcot Character Spot - relocated September 8 (look for signs in Future World West)
    • 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 (Heritage Manor is now closed)
  • Ellen's Energy Adventure at Universe of Energy – Permanently closed on August 13, 2017.
    Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind to open in its place in approximately 2021.
  • Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable – Closed February 3, 2018.
    New film entitled "Awesome Planet" will debut in January 2020
  • Illuminations: Reflections of Earth – Show retired: September 30, 2019.
    Epcot Forever debuted October 1 for a limited run which will be followed by a new nighttime spectacular "HarmonioUS" 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 – concluded parades down Hollywood Boulevard on July 6, 2019.
    First Order Stormtroopers have "redeployed" inside Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
  • Star Wars: Path of the Jedi – Currently only available during Star Wars Guided Tours
  • The Great Movie Ride – Permanently closed August 13, 2017.
    The new Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway attraction to open in Chinese Theatre in 2020.
Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • Primeval Whirl – is listed as "temporarily closed" with no further published information
    As of November 4, 2019, no FastPass+ service is available for the attraction through the end of December.
Disney Water Parks
  • Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park is closed for enhancements with no announced reopening date.
Disney Springs
  • Bongo's Cuban Café– Closed in August 2019
    Beatrix from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises coming to the site at a date to be announced.
  • 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 in development with previews to begin March 20, 2020, and its world premiere April 17, 2020.
Disney Resorts & Vicinity
  • McDonald's restaurant near Disney's All-Star Resorts – closed October 30 for an extensive renovation, and is scheduled to reopen in March, 2020.
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo House – Due to Resort construction, the Disney Vacation Club Value category accommodations are not available for stays from December 2019 through early spring 2020
  • Disney's Contemporary Resort and Bay Lake Tower – Road Closures are scheduled near the resort in January and February 2020 which may impact guests when traveling to or from the buildings.
  • Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – Mizner's Lounge replaced with "Enchanted Rose" a larger venue with a 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.
  • Disney's Beach Club Resort – Beaches & Cream Soda Shop will be closed for refurbishment through winter 2019.
Walt Disney World Golf
  • No known closures.

Current Discounts and Promotions

Note: MousePlanet does not edit past Updates to reflect price increases; for up-to-date prices, check the most recent Walt Disney World Resort Update. For your convenience, we have grouped the discount offers based on the intended audience. Check out the category that best matches you, and pick the offer that works best for you. And keep those tips coming—let us know if you find a better or different offer, so we can share it with other readers.

Walt Disney World Resort theme park tickets are rarely offered at deep discounts unless you are a resident of Florida or eligible for U.S. Military Personnel benefits. It is increasingly true that non-Florida residents tend to benefit the most by purchasing tickets in advance (and, of course, being mindful of the rules relevant to those tickets). As prices go up, it becomes even more important to pay heed: Don't get scammed! Never buy tickets from an unofficial or secondary outlet, such as through eBay or Craigslist. Never rent or purchase tickets from people approaching you outside Disney property stating they have remaining days or leftover tickets. This practice is against the terms of use for Walt Disney World Theme Park admissions, and may result in denial of entry. There is no way to determine if these tickets are valid until you try to use them to enter the parks. Only purchase Disney theme park tickets directly from Disney, an authorized seller, or a travel agency like MousePlanet travel partner Get Away Today.

 

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For Everyone

Mid-Day Magic Tickets

Disney has introduced a new park ticket that provides one admission per theme park each day after 12:00 p.m. Visit this page of DisneyWorld.com for more information.


Gift of Magic

For stays most nights January 1 through April 25, 2020, guests can save up to 25% on rooms at select Disney Resort Hotels when booked by January 1, 2020. The offer also includes a $30 Disney Gift Card for each person (ages 3 and up) on the reservation if the reservation is upgraded to a package that includes 6-day or longer theme park tickets. Lots more details are available by visiting this page of DisneyWorld.com or by calling (407)939-2735 or your travel agent.


Fall & Holiday Season Resort Hotel Offers

Save up to 20% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels in late 2019. 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 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.
Holiday Offerings

NEW Passholders now can save 20% on the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party at Disney's Hollywood Studios from November 8-23, 2019. The discount is good for the Passholder plus up to seven guests and, of course, does not include park admission. Call (407)WDW-PASS to book and use the discount.

Passholders can save up to $15/ticket when purchasing Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party tickets in advance. Visit this page of DisneyWorld.com and be sure to log in to your Disney Account that is linked to your annual pass to find the nights the discount is offered.

NEW Passholders can pick up a Chip 'n' Dale Magnet Set at Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, November 29-December 30, 2019 at Mouse Gear. Unlike the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Passholder magnets which required visits on multiple dates to receive each of the perks, this is a "set" that requires only one visit with valid Annual Pass and photo ID.

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"). Through October 14, Passholders (with valid pass and matching photo ID) could have received a complimentary Chef Minnie magnet; from October 15 through November 23, Passholders can also 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 and only while supplies last).


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 has 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).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).

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. NEW For the 2019 Holiday Season, many of the Disney Springs and Bonnet Creek hotels are offering special room rates to Passholders from this page too.

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 September 9, 2019).

Visit the DisneyWorld.com Special Offers page (filtered for Passholders) and log in with a My Disney Experience account linked to your Annual Pass for information, or call (407) 939-4232 to book by phone.

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

For Disney Rewards VISA Credit Card Holders
Reminder to MagicBand users: You must still show your Disney Visa credit card to receive discounts and other benefits. Discounts are not automatically applied even if you have linked your Disney Visa credit card to your MagicBand.

To conserve space, we have eliminated some of the participating location details of the Disney Visa Rewards offers from this section. Visit Disney Visa Rewards website for the latest participating location information.


20 percent off Joffrey's coffee/tea kiosks

Disney Visa cardholders receive 20 percent off their entire purchase at Joffrey's coffee/tea kiosks throughout Walt Disney World, including Tea Traders Café by Joffrey's, and online at Joffreys.com with code: VISABEANS


15 percent off select guided tours

Disney Visa cardholders receive 15 percent off the non-discounted price of selected guided tours for up to 10 people. The cardholder must participate in the tour, and pay with a Disney's Visa Card and/or Disney Rewards Redemption Card. Discounts are not available on Premium VIP tours, programs exclusive to groups, or group team building programs.


10 percent off select restaurants

Disney Visa cardholders receive 10 percent off the check when you pay with a Disney's Visa Card and/or Disney Rewards Redemption Card (be sure to request the discount). Offer excludes alcoholic beverages, merchandise, tobacco, room service, holiday buffets, tax and gratuity. Discount may not be available at all meal times. Visit this page of disneyrewards.com for the latest list of restaurants and restrictions.


10 percent off merchandise

Disney Visa cardholders receive 10 percent off at participating Disney-owned retail location when you spend a minimum of $50 and pay with a Disney's Visa Card and/or Disney Rewards Redemption Card (be sure to request the discount). Read all of the restrictions on the this page of disneyrewards.com.

Cardholders also receive 10% off select merchandise purchases of $50 or more at the following Walt Disney World Resort Operating Participant merchandise locations including Basin, Basin White, Chapel Hats, Good Fortune Gifts and House of Good Fortune, kidsHeritage, Luxury of Time, Marrakesh Emporium Arts & Crafts, Joffrey's coffee/tea kiosks and Tea Traders Café by Joffrey's, Sperry and Volcom.


15 percent off all Disney spa and salon services

Disney Visa cardholders receive 15 percent off the non-discounted price of any salon treatment valued at $45 or greater or any 50-minute or longer spa service most days at the spas and salons at Walt Disney World Resort. Visit this page of disneyrewards.com for participating locations and restrictions.


10 percent off select recreation experiences

Disney Visa cardholders receive 15 percent off the non-discounted price of the recreation experiences listed below:

  • Carriage Rides at Disney's Port Orleans Resort and Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
  • Horseback Trail Rides at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

Free character photos at a private meet and greet location at Epcot

Present your Disney's Visa Card for access to a private character meet-and-greet at Epcot for the cardholder and up to five guests. The event is hosted daily from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Imagination Pavilion at Epcot (enter near the jumping fountains near the exit to the Magic Eye Theater). You'll receive complimentary downloads of your photos (one time per day), which may be accessed in the My Disney Experience smartphone application (or website).


Free character photos at a private meet and greet location at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Present your Disney's Visa card for access to a private character meet-and-greet at the Star Wars Launch Bay in the Animation Courtyard at Disney's Hollywood Studios for the cardholder and up to five guests. The event is hosted daily from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You'll receive complimentary downloads of your photos (one time per day), which may be accessed in the My Disney Experience smartphone application (or website).

For Military Personnel

2019 Military Promotional Tickets

January 1 through December 19, 2019

  • Four-Day Park Hopper Tickets –$241.00
  • Four-Day Park Hopper Plus Tickets – $291.00
  • Five-Day Park Hopper Tickets – $257.00
  • Five-Day Park Hopper Plus Tickets – $307.00

Prices do not include tax and tickets must be used by December 19, 2019.
Prices may be lower at U.S. military base ticket offices.

U.S. military personnel can also purchase the Memory Maker product for $98 through December 19, 2019.

For more information, definitions and details, visit this page of DisneyWorld.com. Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased at participating U.S. military sales outlets by eligible service members or their spouses (but not both), for use by themselves and only family members and friends, as provided by Disney's rules. These tickets may not be otherwise transferred, distributed or resold. Limit six (6) tickets purchased by the military personnel (or spouse), and one ticket must be used by that member of the military (or spouse). Each ticket must be used by the same person on any and all days.

Special pricing for Memory Maker is available at Walt Disney World theme park ticket windows when purchased by eligible service members or their spouses. No more than two Memory Maker products can be purchased by an eligible service member or their spouse. Usual Memory Maker restrictions apply and a MagicBand is required to receive some digital content.

2020 Military Promotional Tickets

January 1 through December 18, 2020

  • Four-Day Park Hopper Tickets –$265.00
  • Four-Day Park Hopper Plus Tickets – $315.00
  • Five-Day Park Hopper Tickets – $283.00
  • Five-Day Park Hopper Plus Tickets – $333.00
  • Six-Day Park Hopper Tickets – $301.00
  • Six-Day Park Hopper Plus Tickets – $351.00

Prices do not include tax. Six-Day Tickets must be purchased by December 13, Five-Day Tickets by December 14, Four-Day Tickets by December 15. Tickets may be used from January 1 through December 18, 2020.
Prices may be lower at U.S. military base ticket offices.

U.S. military personnel can also purchase the Memory Maker product for $98 from January 1, 2020, through December 18, 2020.

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. No more than two Memory Maker products may be purchased at the special price by the service member or 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, 2019, for stays most nights through December 19, 2019. For 2020, discounts are available most nights January 1 through April 4, and April 19 through December 18, 2020, when booked by December 18, 2020. 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. For 2019 rates, call (407)939-4249 for information and reservations, and find 2019 eligibility details listed on this page of DisneyWorld.com. For 2020 information and details, visitthis page or call (407)939-7825.


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.

Seasonal Flex Ticket

Florida residents can purchase tickets for use on most dates through February 29, 2020, without picking a specific start date. The tickets, which can be used on non-consecutive days, must be purchased by December 17, 2019, and used in their entirety by February 29, 2020. The tickets are blocked out November 21-28, 2019, and December 18, 2019, through January 2, 2020.

  • 3-Day 1-Park Per Day Seasonal Flex Ticket – $249 plus tax ($83 per day plus tax)
  • 4-Day 1-Park Per Day Seasonal Flex Ticket – $269 plus tax ($68 per day plus tax)

Visit this page of DisneyWorld.com and click on "Read More" in the Florida Resident Seasonal Flex Tickets section. That page also provides a link where Florida Residents can save 40% on 4-Day Tickets and 30% on 3-Day Tickets compared to the non-resident prices of the same tickets when selecting specific visit start dates.


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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

Until February 2020, Canadian residents can save 20% on theme park tickets. They must be purchased by February 7, 2020, and the offer is NOT available at theme park ticket windows. Visit Disneyworld.ca/tickets for more information.

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. For early 2020 arrivals, the site advertises a package including free dining, $100 gift card, and 14-Day Ultimate Tickets for the price of a 7 Day Ticket with Memory Maker.

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

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