Walt Disney World Resort Update for October 12, 2023

by Alan S. Dalinka, staff writer

Walt Disney World Resort Update for October 12, 2023

 Writer's Note, News & Views

Yesterday, Walt Disney World announced the latest changes to park hopping starting January 9, 2024. If you have a date-specific ticket, you can park-hop at any time during the day. For annual passholders (and, presumably, cast members with main gate passes), it becomes a "kind-of/sort-of," on dates the pass isn't blocked, with the caveat that on days when park reservations are required for passholders (and there will be some "good to go days" where reservations aren't required, but those dates have not been announced yet), passholders still need to enter the park they made their reservation for before they can hop parks. Otherwise, they have to wait until 2 p.m. to enter their first park of the day (which they still cannot do on Saturday or Sunday). Got all that?

Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix provided the full rundown here on MousePlanet yesterday, along with the announced price hikes for new and renewing annual passes that range between $30 and $50 based on category, and the $5 price hike to daily theme park car parking (now up to $30 per car for standard parking), all of which are now in effect. More quietly, Disney also raised the prices of the PhotoPass Memory Maker product, the variably priced Genie+ service and Individual Lightning Lane access, and a host of other offerings grouped under the "Enchanting Extras Collection." That last item includes such things as the Behind the Seeds Tour at The Land pavilion at EPCOT (which went from a before tax $35 flat fee to a date-based fee of $39 to $45), to the Keys to the Kingdom Tour at Magic Kingdom (where prices now vary by date), fireworks dessert parties (now with variable pricing), and more.

Meanwhile, at EPCOT, Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana, has its official grand opening coming up October 16, but it continues to operate in a "soft open" mode daily through October 15. When you visit EPCOT, if you want to visit the new attraction, you ought to check the My Disney Experience to see the hours it is operating and whether a virtual queue is being used for entry. Last night, I saw at least one social media report that a virtual queue was in use yesterday and it filled to capacity quickly; your mileage may vary.

And, as I post this in the very early hours of October 12, if you are in Central Florida, be sure to keep an eye on the weather today. There are severe thunderstorms moving across the region, with several reported tornadoes overnight and tornado watches in place until 9 a.m. (the strongest cells have impacted the Gulf Coast and counties to the west and north of the Orlando metro area). There was also a tornado earlier in the evening near Cape Canaveral on the Atlantic Coast. But, even after the storms moving through before daybreak, there are more storms training behind those: all day Thursday has been designated a Weather Alert Day. Be safe and be prepared to take cover as directed.

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays 2023 Details Include Candlelight Processional Celebrity Narrators

With Halloween almost here and the holiday's nearly three-months-long celebration just weeks from its conclusion, it's finally time for EPCOT to reveal some of the final details for this year's EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, which starts November 24 and runs through December 30. EPCOT is traditionally the last part of Walt Disney World Resort to transition into full winter holidays mode, and that will be true again this year. The other parks and the resort hotels start to get their winter decor in the days just after Halloween, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party starts on select nights on November 9 at Magic Kingdom, and the new Jollywood Nights after hours events start on select nights on November 11 at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival continues until November 18, but its Eat to the Beat concert series ends November 13 to allow the American Garden Theater to fully undergo its transformation into the setting for the Candlelight Processional, the three times nightly retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator and a massive choir, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra, herald trumpets and the EPCOT Voices of Liberty singers. This week, EPCOT announced this year's list of scheduled narrators, more than half of which are new to the event:


  • Chrissy Metz (new) – November 24–25
  • Luis Fonsi (new) – November 26–27
  • Ann-Margret (new) – November 28–29
  • Simu Liu – November 30 to December 2


  • John Stamos – December 3–5
  • Neil Patrick Harris – December 6–8
  • Marlee Matlin – December 9–11
  • Brendan Fraser (new) – December 12–14
  • Eva Longoria (new) – December 15–16
  • Joey McIntyre (new) – December 17–18
  • Sterling K. Brown (new) – December 19–20
  • Jordan Fisher (new) – December 21–23
  • Steven Curtis Chapman – December 24–26
  • Audra McDonald (new) – December 27–28
  • Lisa Ling – December 29–30


Candlelight Processional is scheduled three times nightly at the American Gardens Theater during EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays. File Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

As in the past, guests can get guaranteed seating for a Candlelight Processional performance by purchasing a Dining Package. The packages go on sale on October 17. Seven restaurants are participating this year including character dining option Harvest Feast at Garden Grill Restaurant in The Land pavilion, and signature dining at Le Cellier Steakhouse in the Canada pavilion. There are breakfast, lunch, and dinner options for the dining package; pricing and availability are available on EPCOTHolidays.com.

Guests that want to meet and greet Santa at EPCOT will find him, once again this year, in the Odyssey Pavilion from November 24 through December 24. Around World Showcase, the Storytellers From Around the World Share return during the Festival as well, including Barn Santa at Norway, a Chinese Lion Dancer commemorating the Lunar New Year at China, the magic of special moments as Pere Noel shares the delightful words of a child’s letter at France, and a celebration of Hanukkah around the world. JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season returns to World Showcase Plaza performing Gospel and R&B songs celebrating Christmas and Kwanzaa. The Living with the Land boat tour in The Land pavilion will again have its greenhouses "decked out with twinkling holiday light displays."

More than 15 Holiday Kitchens will serve up food and beverage options from around the world. Disney Parks Blog promises a full foodie guide soon. The Holiday Cookie Stroll also returns, where guests that purchase five cookies from any of the official cookie stroll locations and collect the matching stamp for each cookie in their festival passport can redeem the stamped passport at the Holiday Sweet & Treats Holiday Kitchen to receive a specialty cookie (you don't need to buy all the cookies in a single visit to the park, but the passport needs to be redeemed by December 30 for the completer cookie).

Olaf's Holiday Traditions Expedition Scavenger Hunt also returns. To play, purchase a map and stickers from select festival merchandise locations and seek out the “tradition” that Olaf has found in each pavilion. Redeem the map at Creations Shop, Disney Traders or World Traveler at International Gateway for a special festival holiday keepsake during the festival.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic Coming Up November 10-11, 2023

As we have been reminding you over the summer months and as this fall began, the 14th Annual Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic is coming up on November 10 and 11. The event is open to the public (not just those staying at the Swan or Dolphin), and offers attendees unlimited tastings at more than 25 outdoor stations including more than 25 food dishes and more than 200 wine, beer, and spirits samplings and different menus each night of the event. The event takes place along the scenic causeway between the Swan and Dolphin hotels from 5:30-9 p.m. on both nights, and also includes live entertainment. Tickets are $185/person (plus fees and tax) at swandolphinfoodandwineclassic.com.

The new themed areas join this year's event: For the Love of Florida and The Rosé Room. Full menus for the event are available on the site at swandolphinfoodandwineclassic.com/eat/menus/. MousePlanet was invited to a media preview this week showcasing some of both the new and returning items from the Swan and Dolphin Resort's resident restaurants and lounges, the festival-exclusive pop-ups, and some of the add-on VIP offerings. Later today, we will debut a Reel on Instagram and Facebook with some visual highlights from the media preview.


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Each of the two days of the event also offers specialty food and beverage seminars (each at an additional charge). The seminars take place in the afternoon immediately before the outdoor tasting stations open so that seminar attendees can complete their seminars and then make their way out to the causeway. In addition, on Saturday, November 11, from 2 to 5 p.m., The Grand Tasting offers wine enthusiasts the opportunity to experience high-end wine pairings curated and hosted by Master Sommelier John Blazon and the resort's Executive Chef Dan Herman (limited seating; $425/person plus taxes and fees). Saturday night, after the close of the causeway tasting sessions, guests can also enjoy a VIP Champagne & Dessert Party for $150 per person (plus taxes and fees) for unlimited dessert and beverages up in the Swan Reserve's private event space, The Vue, on the fifteenth floor of the Swan Reserve hotel tower with floor-to-ceiling views of the Walt Disney World theme parks and beyond.

The Vue at Swan Reserve has an outdoor deck that overlooks the causeway between the Dolphin (on the left) and the Swan hotels, with EPCOT in the distance.

Floor to ceiling windows in The Vue provide a view straight down World Drive toward Magic Kingdom, Disney's Contemporary Resort and Bay Lake Tower.

In another part of The Vue, windows provide a view of Expedition Everest and the Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom, with Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in the foreground and Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge off in the distance (at left).

The Vue also provides views of Disney's Hollywood Studios and, in particular, some of the spires of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

Swan Reserve is a separate tower from the Swan hotel; it is actually located across EPCOT Resorts Blvd.

In the distance beyond the Swan, The Vue provides a view of Disney Springs.

The Vue also provides views of Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

With this year's event taking place during Veterans Day, Swan and Dolphin Resort has partnered with Friends of the Fisher House Orlando and is providing the local organization with a charitable contribution from the event. Orlando's Fisher House provides free accommodations and resources for military and veteran families while a loved one is receiving medical treatment. Later today, we'll debut a Reel on Instagram and Facebook highlighting this organization as well. You can read more about the organization at OrlandoFisherHouse.org.

Views of Disney’s Hollywood Studios

This past weekend, I took advantage of one of Central Florida's first fall days where the temperature didn't top 80 degrees to visit Disney's Hollywood Studios. As a holiday weekend, the park was rather crowded, but I took advantage of the large seating capacity of the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular and Beauty and the Beast—Live on Stage shows to take in some afternoon entertainment. Strolling around the park, I made some observations documented by these photos. I also created a Reel with some highlights of my visit which is embedded below.


Beyond the Disneyland logo on the reusable bags, inside Walt Disney Presents, one of the displays now includes the model of Disneyland as it appeared during its first year of operation in Anaheim (1955). This display area was once home to a presentation of Walt Disney's office at the Burbank studio.

As mentioned last week, the golden character statues added for the Resort's 50th anniversary remain, and the "50" plaques have started to be removed from them.

The first night of Hanukkah is December 7 this year, and the new collections are starting to appear in retail locations like Mickey's of Hollywood.

Meanwhile, the Christmas shop over in the Grand Avenue area of the park which used to be open year round remains closed. Of course, plenty of Christmas merchandise is starting to find its way on the shelves around the resort.

Given the labor strikes by actors and writers against the studios over the past several months, it is not surprising that the billboards promoting Disney films on the back of the Chinese Theatre are more than a season out of date.

The new kiosk is rising where part of the Grand Avenue wall separates the street from Muppets Courtyard.

The Miss Piggy fountain is undergoing refurbishment (and her statue was not present this weekend). In the distance, a new kiosk is under construction which may have necessitated turning off the water to the fountain.

The Jedi Temple stage remains unused outside Star Tours.

Trams are, in fact, shuttling guests from the parking lot to the park's security screening area at the front gate once again. This is the first time we've seen this here since early in 2020, and, indeed, now all four parks are running courtesy trams.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Give Kids The World Village to Welcome Guests For 2023 VIP Holiday Tours

Give Kids The World Village, the 84-acre, nonprofit “storybook” resort in Central Florida, provides critically ill children and their families with weeklong, cost-free vacations including accommodations in whimsical villas, transportation, donated attraction tickets, meals and much more. Since the organization was founded in 1986, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 160,000 families from all 50 states and over 75 countries.

Give Kids the World Village is decorating its resort for the holidays. It is inviting the public to see the resort on select nights with VIP Holiday Tours with ticket proceeds benefiting its mission of providing cost-free week-long Central Florida vacations to critically ill children and their families. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Back during the holidays in 2020, when they couldn’t host the kids and their families, they worked with their partners to create the Night of a Million Lights event nights and invited the public to visit the village to see holiday lights and decorations with the proceeds of those events benefiting the village and its mission. They had another set of Night of a Million Lights events back in 2021 at the Village when it had partially reopened, and then, last year the event moved over to Island H2O Water Park because the Village had fully reopened to Wish kids and their families.

For 2023, the Village is back to full force, and, in fact, is hosting more families than ever just this month. They also wanted to get back to sharing the holidays with the public as much as they can while serving their guest families, so this year they are offering VIP Guided Tours on November 17th and 18th, December 1st, 2nd, 15th, 16th, 21st and 22nd only. Timed Tickets are available at GKTW.org/holidayvip for $59.99/person (plus a ticket fee). Ticket sales fully benefit the Village and its mission.

The guided tours will include select venues on the Avenue of Angels lit with 1.6 million lights, vignettes decorated by GKTW partners, props and photo opportunities, and more. If you want to take it to another level, groups of up to 30 can arrange for special Balcony Dessert Parties by contacting the Village.

Give Kids the World Village invited MousePlanet and other media to a preview on October 3, 2023, to help get the word out. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.

This & That & Reminders…

Disney Parks Blog shared the news that Disney's Animal Kingdom now has a bunch of new food and beverage offerings now available around the park.

…runDisney has revealed the 2024 Princess Half Marathon finisher medals.

…REMINDER: The newest Passholder magnet featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is available at Creations Shop at EPCOT through October 23, 2023 (regular rules apply for getting in to the park with a theme park reservation before 2 p.m. or park hopping or Passholder entry after 2 p.m.). Limit one magnet per Passholder (looked for the marked door at the shop for the entrance to the queue for the magnet). Sunshine Seasons over in The Land pavilion is also be selling Passholder-exclusive Oswald-themed treats during these same weeks.

Passholder magnets featuring Oswald are available at EPCOT's Creations Shop through October 23 (or while supplies last). Look for the marked door for the queue for the magnets and be sure to have your photo I.D. handy that matches your Annual Pass (presented by card, MagicBand, mobile device, etc.). File Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

…FINAL REMINDER: Walt Disney World Resort is now celebrating Hispanic and Latin American Heritage Month through October 15. Mirabel, from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Encanto has begun Magic Kingdom meet-and-greets (and she will continue beyond the end of the celebration). Mirabel’s uncle, Bruno, has joined the park's Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade. This week, a new mural was added to the Disney Springs Art Walk as part of the celebration.

…REMINDER: Speaking of Disney Springs, on November 28, 2023, Wine Bar George is offering a new Sparkling Wine Experience: Learn How to Taste Wine with a Master Sommelier. Guests will learn to taste wine like a professional with a "blind" tasting of six different sparkling wines and hear firsthand from George about his journey through the wine world and what it takes to become a Master Sommelier. The 90-minute event led by George with the selection of sparkling wines hand-selected by him includes cheese and charcuterie. Doors and the event open at noon, and the event begins at 1:30 p.m. Tickets, including fees, are $126.97 per person are nonrefundable and are available on this page of eventbrite.com.

…REMINDER: The Edison at Disney Springs is offering up "The Cocktail Archives: A Historic Perspective of Mixology" with a way to "sip and taste your way through the decades" with crafted cocktails representing various eras from Victorian London through 21st century America. The event is October 21, 2023, starting at 11:30 a.m., with era's drinks paired with small bites. Tickets are $75 per person for general admission, or $90 for guaranteed seating with access. Either ticket option can be upgraded to Platinum service for an additional $40. Platinum service includes premium cocktail ingredients at some stations, plus a bonus food and cocktail station featuring A5 Wagyu Tataki. Tickets are limited and can be purchased on this page of Tock. Guests must be age 21+.

The Edison at Disney Springs has an October Mixology Event. Image courtesy Patina Restaurant Group.

…REMINDER: Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party continues on select nights at Magic Kingdom through November 1. The hard-ticket event runs after the park closes early, at 7:00 p.m., and runs through midnight. Party ticket holders can enter the park as early at 4 p.m. on event night (no additional ticket or park reservation required) and may come in costume subject to the park's published guidelines. Many dates are sold out, so if you want to go, be sure to book your tickets in advance.

…REMINDER: Speaking of Halloween, Disney Vacation Club is holding complimentary "Meet & Treat" events inside the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s BoardWalk including Disney Characters and treats from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 30, 2023, and Tuesday, October 31, 2023. There is no registration for this event (though it is subject to capacity limits); DVC Members eligible for Member Extras who have a qualifying Disney Resort hotel reservation (including at Vero Beach) that includes a party date may attend with up to 4 additional guests. No RESORT PARKING is available specifically for this event. Check DisneyVacationClub.com for eligibility and other important information.

FINAL REMINDER: Give Kids the World Village, the non-profit resort that provides week long, no cost Central Florida vacations to critically ill children and their families, is offering an opportunity to win a stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite inside Magic Kingdom. The prize vacation package includes a 1-night stay in the suite for up to four guests (including the winner), two more nights in a Deluxe Resort, three day hopper tickets, and more! Visit GKTW.org/castle for all the details and entrance opportunities. All proceeds benefit Give Kids The World. Open to U.S. residents. Note: Contest ends October 16, 2023.


…REMINDER: Beyond Walt Disney World, but including Orlando next Spring, "Disney Princess – The Concert," the music of Disney’s princesses performed by Broadway stars will return for a 39-city U.S.A. tour. Fans attending the concert are encouraged to dress up "in their best royal attire for an unforgettable evening," as the Broadway stars perform 30 iconic Disney songs, including favorites like “Part of Your World,” “Let It Go,” “A Whole New World,” “Just Around the Riverbend,” and “How Far I’ll Go.” Tickets are on-sale at disneyprincessconcert.com. Tour dates are:


  • 5 – Memphis, TN – Orpheum Theatre
  • 6 – Springfield, IL – UIS Performing Arts Center
  • 7 – Appleton, WI – Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
  • 8 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
  • 9 – Kalamazoo, MI – Miller Auditorium
  • 10 – Chicago, IL – Rosemont Theatre
  • 12 – Fort Wayne, IN – Embassy Theatre
  • 13 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
  • 14 – Indianapolis, IN – Clowes Memorial Hall
  • 15 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
  • 16 – St. Louis, MO – Fox Theatre
  • 17 – Oklahoma City, OK – Civic Center Music Hall
  • 19 – Denver, CO – Buell Theatre
  • 21 – San Jose, CA – San Jose Civic Center
  • 22 – Anaheim, CA – City National Grove Anaheim
  • 23 – Mesa, AZ – Mesa Arts Center
  • 24 – Long Beach, CA – Terrace Theater
  • 26 – Eugene, OR – Hult Center
  • 27 – Spokane, WA – First Interstate Center for the Arts
  • 28 – Seattle, WA – McCaw Hall
  • 29 – Boise, ID – Morrison Center for the Performing Arts
  • 30 – Salt Lake City, UT – Eccles Theater


  • 2 – San Antonio, TX – Tobin Center
  • 3 – Austin, TX – Long Center
  • 4 – New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre
  • 5 – Birmingham, AL – BJCC Concert Hall
  • 6 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
  • 7 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – AuRene Theater
  • 8 – Orlando, FL – Steinmetz Hall at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
  • 10 – Greensboro, NC – Tanger Center
  • 11 – Columbus, GA – RiverCenter
  • 12 – Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium
  • 13 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
  • 14 – Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center
  • 16 – Schenectady, NY – Proctors
  • 17 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Center for the Arts
  • 18 – Providence, RI – Providence Performing Arts Center
  • 19 – Rochester, NY – Kodak Center
  • 20 – Buffalo, NY – Shea’s Buffalo Theatre

"Disney Princess—The Concert" returns for a 39-city U.S.A. tour in Spring 2024. Video courtesy Disney Music.

…REMINDER: Looking for work in the Walt Disney World neighborhood? Caribe Royale Orlando is hosting a job fair for its Stadium Club, expected to open in early 2024. Caribe Royale says, "Stadium Club will be the city’s most high-tech and immersive experiential sports entertainment destination, fusing the energy of a nightclub with the comfort and ease of a neighborhood sports bar." Its first job fair was yesterday, October 11, 2023, and its second one is coming up on November 2, 2023, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Grand Caribe Convention Center at Caribe Royale Orlando Resort, 8101 World Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32821. Parking is complimentary, and directions to job fair parking will be well-marked. Attendees are required to adhere to a professional dress code and are advised to bring along copies of their resumes. Positions Available: Barback, Bartenders, Servers, Lead Cook, Cooks, Lead Steward, Stewards, Host/Hostess, Busser, Food Runner, Floor Supervisor, and Sports Simulator Attendant. For more information and online applications, visit: stadiumclub.com/hospitality-jobs-orlando.

…And, finally, in that way Disney Cruise Line likes to share a new bit of information from time to time about its next new ship, Disney Treasure, scheduled to set sail starting in December 2024, this week DCL revealed that a new musical, "Disney The Tale of Moana" will be one of the Broadway-style shows guests aboard the ship's seven night voyages will be able to enjoy.

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Resort Reservations, Ticket Advice & Special Offers

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The Walt Disney World Resort website lists current offers, deals, and discounts on this page.

There are currently published offers for bookings by December 15, 2023, with savings up to 25% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels for stays select nights through March 24, 2024; stays most nights February 25, 2024 through March 24, 2024 feature savings up to 30%. These early booking discounts are detailed specifically at DisneyWorld.com/Save. As always, there are additional offers for Florida residents, Annual Passholders, U.S. Military members and more when you look at the full list of offers.

For Florida residents that wish to visit only on weekdays, they can now purchase a 4-Day Disney Weekday Magic Ticket for just $59 per day, plus tax (total price: $235 plus tax), or a 3-Day ticket for $72/day plus tax (total price: $215 plus tax), or a 2-Day ticket for $98/day plus tax (total price: $195 plus tax). Tickets are valid weekdays only between October 2 and December 22, which, interestingly enough, has no blockout dates which means that unlike all Annual Passes other than the IncrediPass, these tickets are valid on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. Park hopping can be added to this ticket type for $40 plus tax; the Water Park and Sports Option can be added for $35 plus tax; the Park Hopper Plus option (which is sort of a combo of the prior two) for $55 plus tax. For theme park entry, Disney Park Pass reservations are required, but the tickets do not need to be used on consecutive days; all tickets expire December 22, 2023.

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  1. By wdwchuck

    Thanks again Alan, for those of us who can no longer afford WDW, we appreciate you sharing your knowledge and experience every week. Good job.

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