Celebrity Dining: Walt Disney World Resort Update for September 17-23, 2019

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Celebrity Dining: Walt Disney World Resort Update for September 17-23, 2019

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Walt Disney World Resort Update for September 17-23, 2019

Recently, we soft launched our new format for the Update. The content categories remain the same and are presented in pretty much the same order as always, but we have added enough new readability enhancements that the overall Update has a somewhat refreshed look. The new light green button at the top of the Update lets readers quickly skip ahead (jumping over introductory comments like this and even the Writer’s Note) to the major sections by way of a drop-down menu (these categories used to be listed above the Writer’s Note). Each major section heading highlighted in light green will take you to the next one with a click, and the last one will take you back to the top. Each of the News and Views items highlighted in light blue will do likewise.

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Writer’s note: Another week, another Tropical Storm/Hurricane, Humberto, passed Central Florida without significant impact, and operations around Walt Disney World Resort remained normal. Not surprisingly, Orlando Sentinel confirmed what I suspected last week, Hurricane Dorian did, in fact, prompt a drop in Orlando tourism: Orlando Sentinel says there was a 41.9% drop in hotel stays on August 31 when compared with 2018. But the forecasts of Humberto leading up to this past weekend did not scare off the crowds at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival over the weekend where I attended a Family and Friends Media Day on Saturday.

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As is often the case during weekends of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, lots of guests arrive at the park in the evenings. On Fridays and Saturdays during the Festival, the park is open until 10 p.m. rather than the usual 9 p.m. More photos in the Views Around the World. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

In the Resort Events section below, I have added the additional dates that are now posted for Disney’s After Hours hard ticket events at Magic Kingdom through January and Disney’s Animal Kingdom through March, 2020. Not surprisingly, there are no dates posted for Disney’s Hollywood Studios (because of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge) or Epcot (because of the park’s on-going, multi-year transformation). Note that for events after October 5, the advance purchase price will increase from $125 to $129 and the same-day purchase will increase to $139; DVC Members and Annual Passholders will also see a $4 price increase to $99 (all prices are before tax). Disney still notes that “only a limited number of tickets are available for each event” and that guests will “enjoy little wait times” at available attractions, plus ice cream novelties, popcorn, and select beverages at no additional charge.

Beyond the Resort, it is always fun to find alumni of Pleasure Island’s Comedy Warehouse and other Disney shows still performing around Orlando. On Friday, a group named We Bring the Funny performed “That Variety Show” at Theatre South in the Doctor Phillips neighborhood, playing many of the improv games that those of that ever saw a Comedy Warehouse show (or the Disney’s Hollywood Studios “Holiday Special” versions over the years) are used to seeing.. If you have visited Walt Disney World in the past decade since Pleasure Island’s closing, you may still have seen some of these folks performing around the Resort (and, yes, in the spirit of disclosure, I am friends with more than one of the performers, but I also paid for my ticket to the show).

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Mark Daniel, Jim Doyle, Brian Bradley, Mary Thompson Hunt, and Jake Lockwood perform in “That Variety Show” by We Bring the Funny at Theatre South, Dr. Phillips/Orlando. (You may also recognize the sparkly shoes of Carol Stein on the keys, but her face is behind Jake!) Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Finally, for your listening pleasure, embedded here is my latest chat with Garry Meier about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, D23 Expo 2019, Epcot, Marvel/Avenger’s Campus, Disney Cruise Line (the new ship and Hurricane Dorian relief efforts), and more.



To hear just my segment, jump to time index 18:44, but the whole show is appropriate for most audiences.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom to “Roar in” 2020

For the first time in our memory (and, possibly, ever), Disney’s Animal Kingdom will remain open on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2019, to ring (or, as Disney says, “roar”) in the New Year at midnight. Since the opening of Pandora-The World of Avatar back in 2017, the park has made several attempts at staying open and busy late in to the night. As you might think, it is a delicate balance for the park that is dedicated to caring for a diverse population of animals, including many that are rare and endangered, and providing Disney entertainment to demanding guests with high expectations. Gorilla Falls and Maharajah Jungle Trek both close around sunset, and, though Kilimanjaro Safaris added expeditions after sunset back in 2017, the attraction still often closes earlier than the park for the benefit of the animals.

For New Year’s Eve, the park will have specialty food and beverage offerings as well as DJs providing entertainment in Asia, Discovery Island and DinoLand U.S.A. As midnight approaches, the park will encourage guests to gather around Discovery Island and Asia for a special New Year’s Eve countdown on the Tree of Life which will be followed by “energetic music and lighting displays.” To entice pin traders to visit, the park will also offer a “limited-edition New Year’s Eve” pin for sale starting that evening.

As we have previously reported, this holiday season will also be the first time that all of the lands of the park will be decorated for the holidays, including a display by the “ex-pats living on Pandora.” The Tree of Life’s nighttime awakenings will include new winter projections this year, and the Discovery Island area will feature new animal-inspired lanterns and more. DisneyWorld.com has created a dedicated page featuring the resort-wide New Year’s offerings, which is so far rather sparse on details, but we will summarize what we know immediately below.

Magic Kingdom

Like in past years, Magic Kingdom will celebrate New Year’s Eve on both December 30 and December 31, complete with Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks. DJ dance parties will also take place in Frontierland and Tomorrowland on both nights. In many past years, December 30 also includes late night Extra Magic Hours for Resort guests, but, as of this posting, no nighttime Extra Magic Hours have been posted for December in My Disney Experience.

Epcot

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays wraps up on December 30. On December 31, World Showcase pavilions will celebrate the new year as the clock strikes midnight in each represented country. Disney says “listen for a festive announcement and gaze skyward for a colorful burst of fireworks to appear.”

As in past years, there will also be dance parties at several places around World Showcase and live music at America Gardens Theatre, but the details have not yet been announced.

With Illuminations: Reflections of Earth ending on September 30, the nightly fireworks show on New Year’s Eve will be the new (but temporary) “Epcot Forever” which Disney says will be “followed by a countdown to 2020 and a special New Year’s Eve display.”

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The park has previously announced this year’s return of the nighttime spectacular, “Jingle Bells, Jingle BAM!” during the holiday season. In recent past years, New Year’s has been rung in with a special midnight showing of “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular,” and in years before that, special showings of “Sorcery in the Sky.” All that Disney has said, so far, is to “prepare for adventure culminating in a midnight countdown and a stunning fireworks spectacular.”

Resort Hotels: Rooftops and More

By New Year’s Eve, the Resort will have three resorts with rooftop venues and, therefore, offering entertainment options on New Year’s Eve. Disney’s Riviera Resort, expected to open in December, will host Mezzanotte at Topolino’s: An Italian Masquerade. The recently opened Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will host Bienvenidos 2020! New Year’s Eve at Toledo’s. And, of course, Disney’s Contemporary Resort will offer an Elegant Evening Under the Stars at California Grill (in addition to the previously announced ticketed parties in its ballrooms).

Atlantic Dance at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort will again host a countdown, and a number of restaurants around the resort, including Narcoosee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will have special dinner options.

Coming Soon: Preview Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Starting September 27, Walt Disney Presents at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will begin showing preview scenes from the upcoming Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. The new live action film opens in theaters on October 18, and is a follow up to 2014’s Maleficent, the tale of the villain from Disney’s animated classic Sleeping Beauty who put a curse on baby Princess Aurora. Starting several years after the story told in the original film, Disney says the new film explores “the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within.”




Advance ticket sales are available for the theatrical release of “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” which opens in theaters on October 18, 2019. Video ©Disney.

The preview scenes will also be shown at Disney California Adventure in the evenings at Sunset Showcase Theater (following daily performances of Mickey’s PhilharMagic. It will also be available aboard Disney Cruise Line sailings and, starting September 28, at Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris.

First Look at Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Ride Vehicles

Since last fall, we have known that the Guardians of the Galaxy-themed roller coaster under construction at Epcot on and behind the site of the former Universe of Energy pavilion was going to be a “storytelling coaster” that Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek has described as “family-friendly.” Indeed, his description and slides of the coaster during his keynote at the IAAPA conference in Orlando made it sound like a combination of the elements of one of Disney’s dark rides where your omni-mover ride vehicle is pointed to what the storytellers want you to see with a modern roller coaster.

At last month’s D23 Expo 2019 in Anaheim, he announced that the new attraction would be named Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind and would feature a reverse launch. Disney Parks Blog has released video produced by Walt Disney Imagineering showing off the attraction’s new “OmniCoaster ride system” which is intended to “direct your eyes to the story happening around you” and thereby “fully immerse you in the attraction’s story from the minute you take off.”




Walt Disney Imagineering shows off the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Remix OmniCoaster ride vehicle. Video © Marvel/Disney.

The attraction, which Disney repeatedly has said “will open in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort in 2021” will start in the “Galaxarium,” which it describes as “a planetarium-like exhibition that explores the similarities and mysteries of the formation of Earth’s galaxy and Xandar.” As Epcot’s multi-year transformation continues, the part of Epcot the new attraction is located in will change its name and theme from Future World (East) to World Discovery, featuring attractions themed around, science, technology and galactic exploration. You can guess where the new attraction fits in that. When originally announced, the attraction had a backstory tied to a childhood visit to Epcot by Peter Quill (Star-Lord), but it is unclear whether that story still plays a role.

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The “Galaxarium” likely will be under the roof of the former Universe of Energy pavilion which, as of Saturday, started to take on some of the copper coloring that previously has been shown in concept art released by the park. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Epcot Concerts & Candlelight Processional News and Calendar

The American Gardens Theatre presents 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. 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, but the Food & Wine Festival continues until November 23.

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Joey Fatone will be appearing “With Friends” from November 12-14, 2019, for Eat to the Beat Concerts. File Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

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With the Fountain of Nations closed effective September 8, the Dance du Jour party takes place on a stage on the Future World East side of Innoventions East during this year’s Festival. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

The slightly early end of the Eat to the Beat Concert Series allows for preparation of the theatre for the seasonal return of Candlelight Processional. During the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, 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.), from 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).

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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. We will add the Disney on Broadway 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

As noted above, on Saturday, I was invited to attend Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Family & Friends Media Day at the park. We start with views from that hosted day focused on the the Festival, then move on to the changes going on at the park as a result of its multi-year transformation that is now getting further underway with closings around Future World. I also had a chance to visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom over the past week, and don’t forget that in the Disney Springs section of the Update are some of my latest views around there too.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

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With heavy construction underway in the park’s main entry area, the Festival’s main decor is located between the former location of the Fountain of Nations and World Showcase Plaza, with this year’s focus being cheese.

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The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar is located in the wall-carpeted pre-show area of the former “Circle of Life” film in The Land. While again hosted by Ghirardelli (and you may just get a complimentary square when visiting), the limited space does not include the culinary team’s chocolate sculptures this year.

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Living with The Land boat ride includes Festival Displays as well as information about crops that are ingredients in dishes served around the park.

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The large palm tree that has stood for years in the first greenhouse of the Living with the Land Pavilion has been removed. We were informed during a Behind the Seeds Tour during the 2018 Flower & Garden Festival that the tree was soon going to outgrow the height restriction imposed by the dome.

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Some of the Festival’s decorative elements return from prior years, but in new locations.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

With cheese being a focus of the 2019 Festival, Cheese Seminars are one of the special, limited capacity, separate admission required activities guests can attend for on select Saturdays in World Showplace. Two of the friends that I invited to join me during the Family & Friends Media Day event were able to purchase reservations to attend the ninety minute “New World Cheeses and Old World Wines” session hosted by Max McCalman. The seminar focused on the “unique marriage of Eastern seaboard state cheeses and Western Europe’s most acclaimed wines.” My friends told me that they thoroughly enjoyed the Seminar.

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The first Cheese Seminar offered during this year’s Festival, “New World Cheeses and Old World Wines” was held at World Showplace on September 14, 2019. Six more Cheese seminars, each with a different theme, are scheduled on select Saturdays through November 9. Photo courtesy Karen & Carl Helwing.


Together, we sampled some of the offerings of the Wine & Dine Marketplace. Three Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.






The agriculture video on the Living with the Land boat ride has been updated with new scenes and narration. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.



Walt Disney World invited us to enjoy a dessert party at the conclusion of Saturday’s Family & Friends Media Day, and it included special glasses for viewing Illuminations: Reflections of Earth which ends its nearly 20-year run on September 30. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.

Epcot Construction & Transformation

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With the threat of Hurricane Dorian passed, and Humberto not forecast to threaten Central Florida, the parking toll plaza was returned to its usual look by this past weekend.

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For those that are assigned to park on the far western edge (right-side facing Spaceship Earth) of the parking lot, note that all of the pedestrian paths to the bus loop are now closed due to construction meaning that, like guests parking elsewhere in the lot, you must walk all the way to the only open walkway to the security bag check stations in front of the eastern (left-most) ticket booths.

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Reconfiguration of the International Gateway entrance to the park continues. It is not yet clear whether this construction will be complete when the Disney Skyliner transportation system opens next to this gate on September 29.

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A construction fence blocks the entrance to the former Wonders of Life pavilion which is no longer available as a Festival Center as it is transformed to the new “PLAY!” pavilion in time for the Resort’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2021.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

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With demolition slated for the former CommuniCore/Innoventions West complex, the Fountain View Starbucks is now closed. Starbucks will reopen in a new temporary location later this Fall.

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Construction walls now extend all the way around the western side of the Future World central plaza from the end of the building closest to World Showcase, past the Fountain of Nations and around it to the breezeway which remains open. There is a walkway between the construction wall and MouseGear on the East side of the plaza that is still open.

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Club Cool and the well-air conditioned corridor behind it are now closed, and the Character Spot has been relocated.

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The Character Spot has been temporarily relocated to the area inside Innoventions West which last was publicly home to WreckIt Ralph before he moved to Imagination pavilion. This portion of Innoventions West is also slated to be demolished, so stay tuned for future relocations of Mickey and friends.

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Minnie Mouse has a new backdrop in her current location in The Character Spot.

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Goofy also has a new backdrop. (As does Mickey who did not have an alone moment while we were visiting.)

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While the reverse waterfalls fountain outside Imagination pavilion is on, the reflecting pond has been drained.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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The on-going changes to the “arrival experience” at the park (like the projects still underway at both Magic Kingdom and Epcot and previously completed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios) have temporarily relocated the tram loading and unloading area quite some distance away from the park’s security checkpoint, ticket booths and gates.

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On the edge of Africa near the entrance to Pandora-The World of Avatar, construction work continues on the likely next location for the members-only Club 33.

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As drivers at Kilimanjaro Safaris remind us, the okapi is closely related to giraffe despite looking rather like a zebra.

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Kilimanjaro Safaris must yield the right of way to all animals, like this bongo.

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Stella the baby elephant now looks to be nearly half the size of the adult members of her herd.

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With the recent release of the live action version of “The Lion King,” the park now has a new plush Nala inspired by the film.

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Some shops also offer a Lion King tumbler bonus purchase opportunity ($10) with most purchases.

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Up! A Great Bird Adventure is closed for changes to the show. The next date we have spotted FastPass+ reservations available is September 22, which is likely the official debut of the revised show. Rehearsal could be heard from this vantage point and nearby cast members said a soft opening was possible this week.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

This and That…

Orlando Sentinel reports that felony charges have been filed against ex-Disney employee Patrick Spikes (known on Twitter as @BackDoorDisney and notorious for showing pictures of backstage areas and other things Disney does not permit the public or media to photograph) and his cousin Blaytin Taunton for dealing in stolen property, grand theft, and burglarizing a structure at the Magic Kingdom between July 2018 and January 8, 2019. Orlando Sentinelreports that Spikes is also charged with attempted evidence tampering and burglary of a building at Epcot. The charges relate to alleged thefts of costumes from Haunted Mansion and, apparently, clothes from “Buzzy” the animatronic at the former Wonders of Life pavilion.

…The updating of the look of the Disney Resort bus fleet rolls on. Earlier this summer, the Resort debuted the “sensational six” characters (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto) decorating buses. This month, Disney began rolling out new looks from The Lion King, Monsters, Inc., and Moana. Disney Parks Blog says more are in the works, including Frozen and others. The refurbished buses have new blue seats and laminate floors; some also have USB charging ports. For those wondering: there are multiple buses with the same character (e.g. yes, there is more than one Mickey Mouse bus), and the character decoration of the buses do not provide a clue to its route (you still need to pay attention to the digital signs and listen to the driver and onboard announcements).

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Mickey now decorates many Disney Resort Buses, as do the rest of the “sensational six” and now characters from “The Lion King,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Moana” with more to come. Disney characters also decorate the gondolla cabins of the soon-to-open Disney Skyliner. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

…And, speaking of Disney Skyliner, cast member family and friends previews are about to get underway of the new Disney Skyliner gondola transportation system. (A cast member friend has invited me along, and, if we can share on social media, we will next Monday.) Following those cast previews, we have been invited to a media preview on September 27, and then the lines officially open to guests on September 29. The Disney Skyliner connects Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios with Disney’s Art of Animation, Disney’s Pop Century, Disney’s Caribbean Beach and the upcoming Disney’s Riviera Resort (plus, since the Epcot station is at the International Gateway, I suspect those at Disney’s BoardWalk and Yacht & Beach Club Resorts plus those at Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort may decide to hop aboard at some point, though the route is not a direct connection from Epcot to Disney’s Hollywood Studios).




Preview some views from and of the Disney Skyliner in action. Video ©Disney.

…On the Disney Skyliner line, we have also been invited to a media preview of Disney’s Riviera Resort next week. The next Disney Vacation Club property, located next to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, is due to open to guests December 16 (for those that do not know, you do not have to be a DVC Member to make a reservation to stay at a DVC property). In the meantime, Disney Parks Blog has been sharing more and more little details that we have been passing along from time to time. So, while we expect a more comprehensive discussion of what to expect at Disney’s Riviera Resort in a coming Update following the preview, this week we pass along Disney Parks Blog‘s latest peek: “S’il Vous Play,” the interactive waterplay area for young guests inspired by Disney’s Fantasia.

…With 25 more Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party nights left on the calendar between tonight and its final 2019 edition on November 1, #DisneyParksLIVE presented a live stream of the hard ticket event’s exclusive new fireworks show, “Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular” on Sunday night. You can watch the replay of the new show hosted by Jack Skellington below. Remember that the Party is not included in regular park admission; tickets remain available for all remaining Party dates and range in price based on date from $79 to $135 (per person plus tax; $5 less for ages 3-9) when purchased online in advance. Visit this page of DisneyWorld.com for more information and to purchase tickets.




Watch the #DisneyParksLIVE replay of Sunday’s showing of “Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular” at Magic Kingdom. Video ©Disney.

Disney Parks Blog shared some menu details and the name of the new Beauty and the Beast-inspired lounge replacing Mizner’s Lounge at Disney’s Grand Floridan Resort & Spa this fall. Located on the second floor of the lobby behind the band loft, the new “Enchanted Rose” lounge celebrates the live action version of the film with four unique spaces: a room focused on a chandelier is inspired by Belle’s ball gown; a formal library showcases classical baroque designs and French furnishing; a garden room is inspired by the “enchanted forest surrounding the castle;” and an outdoor patio “will evoke the romance of Beast’s garden terrace.” The menu will include “shareable bites,” cocktails, martinis, spirits, beer, cider, and non-alcoholic options.

…Following last week’s introduction of the Arendelle Aqua merchandise collection, a tribute to Disney’s Frozen, Disney Parks Blog released its Foodie Guide for the treats and beverages available at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts that let you eat up and drink up the color too.

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Merchandise from the new Arendelle Aqua collection can be found in many shops around the Resort, including Discovery Trading Company at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

…As we noted in our Views Around the World sections in last week’s Update and the week before’s Update, two of Disney’s Hollywood Studios retail locations have emerged from long refurbishments: Keystone Clothiers on Hollywood Boulevard now features Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge “commemorative” merchandise (as opposed to the merchandise you can only purchase when visiting Batuu); Legends of Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard (which now extends into the storefronts which used to sell Planet Hollywood branded merchandise) focuses on the “glamour from the golden age of Hollywood” with merchandise from Pandora jewelry and “couture fashion.” Refurbishment of Mickey’s of Hollywood continues.

…REMINDER: Lots of restaurants around Walt Disney World Resort (including several at Disney Springs) are again participating in Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining 2019. Including more than 120 restaurants around the Orlando area, the program in its 14th year, runs 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.

…REMINDER: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort presents the return of its Food & Wine Classic on Friday, November 8, and Saturday, November 9. For its 10th year, the Classic will debut a surf party-themed area called Hang 10 on the resort’s beach, with a live band, decorations, and two new dishes: Fry Basket (clams, shrimp, oysters and fries) and Hearts of Palm Ceviche. The area will also offer new beverage selections, including Spritzes and hard seltzer water. Returning themed areas include The Pig and The Poke, Chinatown, Carnival Corner, The Bubble Lounge, and a beer garden. For information and tickets, visit SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com or call 1-888-828-8850.

…REMINDER: Special extra Extra Magic Hours for Disney Resort hotel guests began September 1, and are scheduled daily through November 2, at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios (including, of course, its Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge area).

Finally, we have noticed in My Disney Experience that there are no performances of Magic Kingdom’s The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History in Liberty Square or The Royal Majesty Makers in Fantasyland after September 30. As September 30 is the end of Disney’s fiscal year, one may speculate whether these entertainment offerings are not in the next budget…

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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 Disney Parks Blog notes that the Disney’s Days of Christmas store in the Marketplace is now offering Halloween Personalization on Halloween decorative items. Some items are pre-personalized, other qualifying items can be customized starting at $3/word or art element.

NEW Views Around Disney Springs

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Halloween merchandise is plentiful in World of Disney store.

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Amorette’s Patisserie has Halloween-themed dome cakes, including Frankenstein Mickey.

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Pumpkin Minnie is another of the $59 dome cakes available.

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Amorette’s is also selling Halloween-themed cups and straws (beverages sold separately).

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A Chewbacca-themed dome cake was also in the display case during a visit last week.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Morimoto Asia

NEW MorimotoFest, a Morimoto Asia celebration in the spirit of Oktoberfest, will be held on Sunday, October 6, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. featuring pairings of Pan-Asian bites from ten food stations featuring sushi, a raw bar, ramen, dumplings, stir fry, and Morimoto’s signature spare ribs, and fall-themed craft beers from Crooked Can Brewing Company, Red Light Red Light, Cask and Larder, Sideward Brewing, Hourglass, Orange County Brewers, Tactical, Bowigens, Motorworks, and The Tank. DJ Jimmy Joslin will be providing live entertainment during the event, and there will be exclusive merchandise available for sale. Tickets are $55/adult and $25/children ages 4-12, with premium seating available for a party of four at a private booth with “dedicated butler-style service” for $500. For more information and tickets, visit MorimotoAsia.com.

Wine Bar George

Join George for a blind tasting of six wines during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Learn to taste wine like a professional on September 21 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Tickets and more information are on this EventBrite webpage. Afterwards, as always, stay for dinner and choose from more than 140 wines by the glass, bottle and ounce alongside small plates and family style entrees.

Beatrix

As announced last month by Disney Parks Blog, Beatrix restaurant by the Chicago-based Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises will open a new venue at Disney Springs West Side (at an unspecified date and location). Now that Bongo’s has closed, that location is a likely site, but we await official news.

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.

The Edison

The Second Annual “A Gatsby Evening at The Edison” has been rescheduled to Thursday, September 19. 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. The Edison is offering Cast Members a 15% discount for the event.

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Resort Events

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Upcoming Events

  • Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend – October 31 – November 3, 2019
  • 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

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2019 Resort Events
  • Disney After Hours: (hard ticket required; park entry at 7 p.m., event hours vary by published date and park)

    …at Magic Kingdom (9 p.m. to midnight):
    • September 19 & 26

    …at Magic Kingdom (10 p.m. to 1 a.m.):

    • November 18
    • December 9

    …at Disney’s Animal Kingdom (9 p.m. to midnight):

    • September 23
    • October 5, 9, 19, & 26
    • November 5, 13, & 19
    • December 7, 14, & 18
  • Disney Vacation Club Moonlight Magic: (registration required)

    …at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon
    • September 18 & October 16, 2019
  • 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
  • Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom (hard ticket required)
    • September 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)
  • Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend – October 31 – November 3, 2019
  • 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 (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.):
    • January 6 & 13

    …at Magic Kingdom (9 p.m. to midnight):

    • January 17 & 20

    …at Disney’s Animal Kingdom (9 p.m. to midnight):

    • January 9, 16, 22, & 30
    • February 6, 13, 19, & 27
    • March 5, 12, 19 & 26
  • Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – January 8-12, 2020
  • Epcot International Festival of the Arts – January 17 to February 24, 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.

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Magic Kingdom
  • Astro Orbiter – closed for refurbishment
  • 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
  • Gallery of Arts and History (Morocco Pavilion) – Closed for refurbishment.
  • O Canada! – the film has been retired and the theatre is 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 in August, 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
  • 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 – Final performance: September 30, 2019.

    Epcot Forever debuts 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
  • UP! A Great Bird Adventure – is on a “brief hiatus” for updates to the show.


    FastPass+ reservations are available starting September 22, 2019.
Disney Water Parks
  • No known closures.
Disney Springs
  • Bongo’s Cuban Café– Closed 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 in development with previews to begin March 20, 2020, and its world premiere April 17, 2020.
Disney Resorts
  • Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – Mizner’s Lounge closed for refurbishment;


    Announced reopening as “Enchanted Rose” in 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.
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort – Beaches & Cream Soda Shop will be closed for refurbishment through winter 2019.
Walt Disney World Golf
  • Disney’s Palm Golf Course – closed for refurbishment through September 19, 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.


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.


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.
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) 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 and only while supplies last).

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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).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.

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.


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.

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.


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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