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Walt Disney World Resort Update for November 13 – 18, 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.

In many Updates, groups of related photos are presented in boxes that scroll horizontally. As always, you can click on any individual photo to view it as well. There are some other format changes too that regular readers will find along the way (and a few more may come along in future weeks).

Hopefully, these enhancements are making it easier for our readers to get the information they want in the something-for-everyone format that has long been the tradition of MousePlanet’s Updates. If you encounter problems on the page, please do let me know so that we can try to track down the bugs, including as much detail as you can about the error (your browser and operating system please too).

Writer’s note: The countdown to the December 5 opening of the much-anticipated Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has dwindled down to just weeks. This week, we received our invitation to its international media event that will run December 3-5, and, as we learn details of that schedule, we will plan some MousePlanet LIVE shows for you to tune into on our social media channels like those we did back when Galaxy’s Edge itself had its international debut out at Disneyland this summer.




Matt Martin, Creative Executive of Franchise Story & Content from the Lucasfilm Story Group, recently visited Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and showed off a look at Poe’s X-wing at Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance which opens at the park on December 5, 2019. Video ©Disney.

In the meantime, the winter holiday celebrations are getting underway around Walt Disney World Resort. Over the past week, we had media-invited looks at Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s new offerings and the latest edition of Mickey’s Very Mery Christmas Party that are in the news below. Reading through the whole Update this week, with my wanderings around the Resort, you will find views from all four theme parks, some of the Resort Hotels, and Disney Springs, including this year’s edition of the Christmas Tree Trail (with more decor due around the neighborhoods by November 18). If there is something around the Resort you would like us to be covering that you are not seeing here in our Updates, be sure to let us know, but, as I wrote last month, I no longer receive email through the envelope icon next to my byline above, so if you have something to say that you want all of our followers to know about, please provide your comments at the bottom of the Update (via MousePad) or under a MousePlanet post with a link to this Update on our Facebook page, or if you want to say or ask something less publicly, send a private message to MousePlanet on Facebook Messenger, or a direct message on MousePlanet’s Instagram or Twitter pages.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Celebrates Winter Holidays More Than Ever

Last Friday, November 8, marked the official start of the Winter Holidays for Walt Disney World Resort. Disney’s Animal Kingdom marked it with the start of its first-ever park-wide celebration of the season. We were hosted by the park for a Media Family & Friends night on Saturday, and we were taken on a tour of some the new elements yesterday. The celebration includes decor in each of the lands in the park and one returning and two new nighttime holiday-themed awakenings of the Tree of Life.

The Christmas tree has returned to its traditional place outside the park gates with its mix of traditional ornaments and animal figures. On Discovery Island, approaching the Tree of Life, the park’s flier for the holiday celebration says, “guests find themselves in the midst of a celebration of winter, hand-crafted by the eclectic community of artists who make the island their home. Life-size, artisan-sculpted animal puppets (including reindeer, foxes and polar bears)” roam around by day while colorful rooftop luminaries light up the night.”

DinoLand U.S.A. and Donald’s Dino-Bash which became its permanent overlay last year has added holiday decor in keeping with the style of the Bash as well as Chester and Hester’s aesthetic. In Asia, the area around the theater has added further decor celebrating Diwali, India’s festival of lights. Harambe in Africa has additional decor this holiday season that the park describes as a blend of “the inspiration and style of Western traditions with the colors and textiles of authentic African celebrations.” Pandora-The World of Avatar also has holiday decor created by “the ex-pats living and working there” around the Pongu Pongu beverage kiosk.

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The park’s main Christmas tree is again outside the park’s gates. The park’s special logo for the winter holidays uses drawings of animals and trees to create a giant snowflake.

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By day, the “inhabitants” of Discovery Island show off winter animal puppets.

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Watch for both the adult penguin puppet and the babies.

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A new photo backdrop across from Pizzafari pays homage to the animal puppets that appear this winter near the Tree of Life.

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Rooftop luminaries atop the buildings of Discovery Island also incorporate animal figures.

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The dinosaur bones at the entrance to DinoLand U.S.A. has been decorated with lights for the holidays.

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Donald’s Dino-Bash character meet and greet areas, like Daisy’s, have been decorated for the holidays.

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As the story goes, Daisy let each of the characters decorate their own meet and greet for the holidays, so, naturally, Scrooge McDuck, decorated his in gold (which answers a question we posed to you on social media on Tuesday).

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Of course, even the snowman in the Dino-Bash has a duck’s bill.

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Diwali, India’s festival of lights, is celebrated in Asia with additional lanterns and decor strung outside UP! A Great Bird Adventure.

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Harambe decor in Africa mixes Western traditions with materials and colors of Africa.

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Acrobats perform in Harambe as part of the holiday celebrations.

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The ex-pats of Pandora mix vintage holiday from earth with Pandoran handcrafted items to celebrate the holidays this year.

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From a Na’vi nutcracker to a Hanukkah Menorah, the ex-pat decorations around Pangu Pangu pay homage to earth holiday traditions and Pandora.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.



Winter-themed Tree of Life Awakenings occur throughout the evening. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.



Donald’s Dino Bash, the permanent overlay of DinoLand U.S.A., has a holiday overlay for the first time this year. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.

As we previously reported, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be open to ring in the new year for the first time this year too. It will feature a special countdown projection on the Tree of Life. The winter holiday celebrations at the park are scheduled through January 1, 2020.

Very Merry Christmas Party Is Underway on Select Nights

The first edition of this year Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party got underway on Friday night at Magic Kingdom, and Disney Parks Blog provided a #DisneyParksLIVE stream of the debut of its brand new Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks show that lights up the skies over Magic Kingdom on party nights accompanied by holiday songs. The drizzly/rainy night made it a bit difficult for the broadcast to show off all the castle projections and fireworks. Indeed, I watched some of the fireworks from the comfort of my car parked in my neighborhood a few miles north of the park, and much of the show disappeared into the low cloud cover and smoke. The creative team has repeatedly said that while this show uses projections on the Castle, the show really can be enjoyed from anywhere in the park.




Replay the #DisneyParksLIVE stream of the new “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks” show from its debut on November 8 at Magic Kingdom. Video ©Disney.

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Photo backgrounds promoting Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are up in some of the hotels, like this one at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

We were invited by Disney to attend last night’s party for a Media event. As the event ran until Midnight, we will have more content on our social media channels later today and in the coming days, but we have the main details online to share at publication time. As for the fireworks, I chose to watch them from near the Partners Statue in the Central Plaza hub for a direct center view and, as you might expect, that is a pretty optimal location to view the show. The projections do add interesting views to the show, but, as suggested, they are not essential to enjoying it. Certainly, there are other places than just the hub where the show can be enjoyed during the party.

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As with any Magic Kingdom fireworks show, the new holiday show is centered behind Cinderella Castle. The projections on the castle, however, are not particularly essential to the story Minnie shares during the show. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

As we have previously reported, this year’s hard ticket party also includes new music and lighting for Space Mountain, lighting and music for the Mad Tea Party, an all-new holiday show at Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, and a “festive freeway” for those driving the cars of the Tomorrowland Speedway. Except for the tea cups which I did not visit, I had a chance to visit the new elements during the party and was pleasantly surprised at how entertaining all these new overlays are. Also returning to the hard ticket party are the Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration stage show at the castle, A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas, Club Tinsel, the Disney Junior Jingle Jam, and Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. Snowfall also returns to Main Street U.S.A. on party nights, and, of course, there are “complimentary treats” for those that have tickets to the event.



Space Mountain has special lighting and music exclusively during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, creating a different “ride” aboard the classic attraction. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.



The “Festive Freeway” lights up holiday decor along Tomorrowland Speedway, but only during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.

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Magic Kingdom displays holiday lighting around the park during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

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The characters of Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor are dressed for the holidays and present a special show exclusively during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

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Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration is presented several times during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (check the schedule), and it will be presented for all park guests starting December 23 through nearly the end of the year (again, check the schedule).

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Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade returns this year, pretty much unchanged from prior years. It will also be performed for all park guests starting December 23 through the end of the year instead of the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.



Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade concludes with Santa led by reindeer. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.

For those looking for the unique food and beverage offerings available only at the Party, Disney Parks Blog has published its Foodie Guide to the 2019 Party (which even includes a few items available even to day guests). Holiday themed specialty items are available at locations around the park. Interestingly, the Foodie Guide says the “Mickey Light-Up Tree Premium Popcorn Bucket” is a party-exclusive, but we found it for sale at Disney’s Animal Kingdom over the weekend as well. Watch our Social Media feed later today for video of one of Magic Kingdom’s chefs talking about the food offerings.

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Special food and beverage is available at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, some of the items are exclusive to the party and other just to the season. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

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The holiday season at Walt Disney World includes a large assortment of merchandise, some of which is party-exclusive. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

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Special photo opportunities are available exclusively during Mickey’s Very Mery Christmas Party.

Race Against The Sun: New Exhibit at Epcot’s Morocco Pavilion

As we noted in the Views around the World last week, a new sign looked like it was ready to be unveiled at Epcot’s Morocco pavilion outside the Gallery of Arts and History which had been closed for refurbishment. Sure enough, last week, a new exhibit, “Race Against the Sun: Ancient Technique to Modern Competition” opened showcasing two modern-day competitions: Marathon des Sables (Marathon of the Sands) and Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc (Rally of the Gazelles). The exhibit also tells the story of the Berber people, ancient inhabitants of the Sahara Desert.

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Between last week’s Update and this, the new exhibit, “Race Against the Sun” opened at Morocco pavilion.

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A video screen simulates race scenes from Rally of the Gazelles in front of the front part of a race car.

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The exhibit also includes displays about the Berber people of the Sahara Desert.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Nearby, Tangerine Café now offers “sellou” that Disney Parks Blog says is “a food highlighed in ‘Race Against the Sun’ that marathon participants commonly eat during their race.” Its ingredients include almonds and seeds.

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“Sellou” is available at Tangerine Café. Image courtesy Disney Parks Blog.

Reservations Still Open for Many New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Back in July, we reported on the rundown of New Year’s Eve celebrations around Walt Disney World Resort. Reservations for some of the celebrations opened around the time we made that report. This week, Disney Parks Blog noted that reservations are now open for all of the celebrations, and recaps them. Note: the December 31 Pixar Party: A New Year’s Celebration at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is sold out, but, as of Monday, reservations remained open for the December 30 edition.

Epcot Concerts & Candlelight Processional News and Calendar

American Gardens Theatre wraps up its nightly presentation of the Eat to the Beat Concert Series next Tuesday, November 19 as part of this year’s edition of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. The remaining Eat to the Beat Concert showtimes are scheduled Sundays through Thursdays at 5:30, 6:45, and 8:00 p.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays, an hour later, at 6:30, 7:45, and 9:00 p.m. As always, keep an eye out for signs when you enter the park noting last minute changes. More details and remaining reservations for dining packages including guaranteed concert seating are online at TasteEpcot.com or by calling (407)939-3378. Eat to the Beat Concert Series concludes before the end of the Food & Wine Festival this year to begin preparing the stage for Candlelight Processional.

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

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

With the November 29 opening of this year’s Epcot International Festival of the Holidays three times nightly performances of Candlelight Processional return and continue through December 30. The show combines a live orchestra, massed choir and celebrity narrator in the retelling of the traditional Christmas story. Neil Patrick Harris, Gary Sinise, Whoopi Goldberg, Pat Sajak, Steven Curtis Chapman, Edward James Olmos, Lisa Ling, Isabella Rossellini, Marlee Matlin, Warwick Davis, Chita Rivera, and Ming-Na Wen are all scheduled as celebrity narrators this year. Guaranteed seating for all performances is available by booking a breakfast, lunch, or dinner Candlelight Processional Dining Package at select Epcot eateries. Availability is limited and advance reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit. Bookings for Candlelight Processional Dining Packages and more information is available on EpcotHolidays.com or by calling (407)WDW-DINE.

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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.

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

For the convenience of our readers, all of the scheduled Eat to the Beat Concert Series performers and Celebrity Narrators for Candlelight Processional at America Gardens Theatre are shown in our Google Calendar of Epcot Events. We will add the Disney on Broadway Concert Series performers and Garden Rocks Concert Series performers when they are announced. You can add the entire Event calendar to any calendar that supports the iCal format (like iPhone and Mac) by copying this link and, as we get additional information and update the calendar, the calendar will update on your subscribed device as well.

While our Google Calendar of Epcot Events lists announced performers, it is still always best to check the My Disney Experience app, Times Guide, and, yes, sometimes even signs posted at the park entrances and at the theater noting any last minute changes. The calendar is provided as a courtesy “as is, where is” without any guarantees. We do respectfully request that you do not post our entire calendar on another site without first asking our permission. Walt Disney World Resort does provide schedules in the My Disney Experience app, but does not allow you to add dates to calendars outside the app itself.

Views Around the World

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Monorail Green has new interior styling as well as newly covered bench seating. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Magic Kingdom

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Christmas decorations now cover Main Street Station with its new seasonal Mickey floral bed. Outside the park gates, new pavement installation continues.

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By November 8, Magic Kingdom completely removed all of its Halloween decor and decorated for the winter holidays.

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The Dapper Dans are dressed for the holidays.

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From Cinderella Castle to Main Street Station and the park’s main Christmas Tree, the park is heavily decorated for the holidays.

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Other parts of the park, like the Fantasyland side of Cinderella Castle, have little bits of holiday decor.

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Gaston’s Tavern has some holiday decor.

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While in Fantasyland, it is fun to take a look at the current extent of TRON Lightcycle Run construction over in Tomorrowland.

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The Tomorrowland Speedway has new holiday decor this year that is lit during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party events.

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The Tomorrowland stage is decorated for A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas, one of the entertainment offerings of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party events.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Epcot

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With the recent opening of Disney Skyliner at Epcot’s International Gateway, the in-park sign directing guests from World Showcase Promenade to International Gateway was updated. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

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A construction crane rises near the Eifel Tower at France pavilion, as the enhancements to that pavilion continue ahead of this winter’s opening of the Beauty & the Beast Sing-Along and next summer’s opening of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and more. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Echo Lake is decorated for the winter holidays and the park’s main Christmas Tree is again on the island in the lake.

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The new Mickey Shorts Theater is expected to open in this location, most recently home to showings of “Path of the Jedi,” in the Spring.

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Early sunsets provide opportunities to see the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular after dark.

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The new park logo is now lit on the Studio Arch.

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A ten minute preview of “Frozen 2” is now shown in Walt Disney Presents.

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Disney “snow” falls on Hollywood Boulevard. Last week, it was for the recording of segments for the upcoming holiday specials.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

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Disney’s Contemporary Resort Gingerbread display has returned to the Grand Canyon Concourse.

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The display, which is larger than 18 by 25 feet, was assembled by a team of 39 Contemporary Resort Bakery Cast Members.

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This is the 10th anniversary of the display which pays homage to the style of Disney Legendary Artist Mary Blair, who designed the murals throughout the Grand Canyon Course, as well as the original artistic concept for “it’s a small world.”

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The display includes some treats which are available for purchase as well.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

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This week, cast members built the large gingerbread house in the lobby just below a new additional seating area for the Enchanted Rose lounge where the lobby bandstand used to be.

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Lights are strung inside and out on the annual display.

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The new Enchanted Rose lounge seating area in the lobby occupies the former bandstand. Although hard to see well in this photo, the current bandstand is located on the first floor of the lobby directly across from this photo under the Basin shop on the second level

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

This and That…

…As of November 8, Disney’s Hollywood Studios saw the return of both of its seasonal nighttime offerings: Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! the nighttime spectacular centered on the Chinese Theatre, and Sunset Seasons Greetings with projections on The Hollywood Tower Hotel (Tower of Terror) and video screens along Sunset Boulevard. We will have more coverage from the park as the winter continues, but you can visit Disney Parks Blog on November 14 at 8:55 p.m. Eastern for a #DisneyParksLIVE stream of Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

…Disney-owned ABC and Disney Channel will again show Disney Parks Holiday Specials this year. ABC starts the holidays schedule with “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration,” Thursday, November 28 (8-10 p.m. EST). Next on the schedule is “Disney Channel Holiday Party @ Walt Disney World,” premiering Friday, December 13 (8-8:30 p.m. EST) on Disney Channel and the DisneyNOW app. As part of the annual tradition, the “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade” airs Christmas morning, Wednesday, December 25 (10 a.m. to noon EST, 9-11 a.m. CST/MST/PST, though airtimes may vary, so check listings for ABC and on the ABC app).

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Disney-owned ABC and Disney Channel will again show three holiday specials this year featuring performances in Disney Parks. Recording got underway last week. Photo by Alan S. Dalinka.

…Doppler, an eland born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom just after Hurricane Dorian passed Central Florida a couple months ago, was introduced to the Kilimanjaro Safaris Savanna last week. (His name, of course, refers to the weather-tracking technology relevant to the storm.) Doppler was born as part of a species survival plan in partnership between the park and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

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Doppler the eland took his first steps on the Kilimanjaro Safaris Savanna last week. Image courtesy Disney Parks Blog.

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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’s new Disney+ video streaming service which launched yesterday, Tuesday, November 12, opened a new pop-up location near Paddlefish. If you are one of our West Coast readers, you can find a similar pop-up location at Downtown Disney District near Disney Home at Disneyland Resort. Everyone, of course, can visit DisneyPlus.com for more information.

Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant

NEW Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant will offer a dinner special for both Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Its butter- and herb-roasted turkey with garlic mashed potatoes, duck fat potato roasties, honey glazed carrots, bacon-braised Brussels sprouts, sausage-and-walnut stuffing, red wine jus and cranberry sauce will be available for order from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. on both holidays, and the complete dinner is $28.95 for adults and $14 for kids (available both inside the pub and on the patio). The regular pub menu will also be available, and from 4:30 p.m. through the wee hours, its holiday celebration includes performances by its live Irish bands and the Raglan Road Irish Dancers.

Holiday Merchandise at World of Disney

NEW Looking further ahead to New Year’s Eve, Raglan Road will ring in the new year twice that night. At both midnight Ireland time (7 p.m. Eastern) and at Midnight at the pub, Raglan will have free Champagne toasts. There is no cover charge for the celebration.

Maria & Enzo’s

NEW Ricotta Gnudi featuring Turkey Bolognese, parmesan cream and charred lemon gremolata, is Maria & Enzo’s “authentic Italian twist” on Thanksgiving this year for $27. Reservations available at its website.

Enzo’s Hideaway

NEW Turkey Sausage “Carbonara,” made with Pappardelle pasta, roasted winter squash, toasted garlic, and rapini is the advertised star of Enzo’s Hideaway’s Thanksgiving gourmet holiday meal for $27. It is also serving a Pumpkinn Pannacotta made with with spiced chocolate crumb, mandarin orage, and cinnamon gelato for $11. Reservations available at its website.

The Edison

NEW The Edison offers a traditional prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu “with all the classic trimmings” all day long for $32/person and $19/child (nine and under). The menu includes oven-roasted turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, house-made stuffing, brown sugar honey glazed baby carrots, and cranberry chutney. Reservations available at its website.

Morimoto Asia

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

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

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

Tickets are available on the event website.

NEW Views Around Disney Springs



The 2019 edition of the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail is open in the Marketplace area’s former bus loop. Santa’s Chalet can be found along the trail where he is available for meet and greets. There is a check-in podium to get a return time for Santa before entering the trail. Video by Alan S. Dalinka.

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More holiday decor and the Town Center Christmas Tree are expected to be installed by November 18.

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An opening is likely soon, as the sign on the new Ron Jon Surf Shop has been lit and the store’s front door now has a “surf board” of the brand’s style. The store is located next to the escalators to the Lime Garage.

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Removal of the old Something Silver store exterior continues at the future site of the West Side Ample Hills Creamery.

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Demolition has begun at the former Bongo’s restaurant to make way for construction of Beatrix, a restaurant concept by Chicago’s Lettuce Entertain You organization.

Photos by Alan S. Dalinka.

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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:
    • November 18
    • December 9

    …at Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

    • November 5, 13, & 19
    • December 7, 14, & 18
  • Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – August 29 – November 23, 2019


    (Eat to the Beat Concerts end November 19)
  • 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: 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22 & 24
    • December: 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20 & 22
2020 Resort Events
  • Disney After Hours: (hard ticket required; park entry at 7 p.m., event hours vary by published date and park)

    …at Magic Kingdom:
    • January 6, 13, 17, 20, 23, 27 & 31
    • February 3, 10, 17 & 24
    • March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
    • April 5, 13, 20 & 27
    • May 5, 11, 18 & 25

    …at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

    • January 9, 16, 22, & 30
    • February 6, 13, 19, & 27
    • March 5, 12, 19 & 26
    • April 1, 7, 14 & 22
    • May 2, 9, 16, 19 & 26
  • Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – January 8-12, 2020
  • Epcot International Festival of the Arts – January 17 to February 24, 2020
  • Disney Vacation Club Moonlight Magic: (Eligible Member reservations required for wristband entry)
    • Disney’s Animal Kingdom: January 21, February 11 & 25, 2020

      Registration for Members with Resort reservations opens: November 20, 2019


      General Member Registration: December 4, 2019
    • Magic Kingdom: March 3, April 21 & 28

      Registration for Members with Resort reservations opens: January 8, 2020


      General Member Registration: January 15, 2020
    • Epcot: May 4 & June 29, 2020

      Registration for Members with Resort reservations opens: March 11, 2020


      General Member Registration: March 18, 2020
    • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon: July 27 & August 10, 2020

      Registration for Members with Resort reservations opens: June 17, 2020


      General Member Registration: June 24, 2020
    • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: September 15 & 22; October 6, 2020

      Registration for Members with Resort reservations opens: July 15, 2020


      General Member Registration: July 22, 2020
  • Disney Villains After Hours: (hard ticket required; park entry at 7 p.m., event hours vary by published date)
    • February 7, 14, 21 & 28
    • March 6, 11, 18 & 27
    • April 3, 10, 17 & 24
    • May 1, 8, 14, 22, 29
    • June 5, 12, 19, 26 & 29
    • July 6 & 10
  • Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend – February 20-23, 2020
  • Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – March 4-June 1, 2020
  • Star Wars Rival Run Weekend – April 16-19, 2020

Refurbishments and Attraction Closures

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

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Magic Kingdom
  • The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History – its final scheduled shows were performed October 5, 2019.
  • Move it! Shake it! MousekeDance it! Street Party – two performances scheduled daily only through November 30, 2019.
  • Royal Majesty Makers – no longer has scheduled appearances in Fantasyland as of October 2019.
  • Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial – Final show was September 29, 2018.
  • Stitch’s Great Escape – My Disney Experience lists as “available seasonally throughout the year”

    Be aware that it is increasingly unlikely it will reopen; the attraction’s lobby is usually used for greeting Stitch
  • Walt Disney World Railroad – Closed as of December 3, 2018 to accommodate TRON construction (reopening to be announced). Guests can visit a Walt Disney World Railroad train at Main Street Station.
Epcot
  • Test Track – Will close for refurbishment January 13-February 26, 2020.
  • Impressions de France – Closed for refurbishment related to sharing the theater with “Beauty & the Beast Sing-Along” which debuts January 2020.
  • O Canada! – the film has been retired and the theatre currently is the Appleseed Orchard marketplace during the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival; “Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360” will debut as the new film in January 2020.
  • Reflections of China – the film will be retired and will be replaced with “Wondrous China” presented in a seamless 360° digital format.
  • Future World “transformation” closings – Major transformation announced at D23 Expo 2019.


    Closings and relocations include:

    • Innoventions – all exhibits now permanently closed, effective September 8, 2019
    • Club Cool closed effective September 8 (to reopen in “a new capacity at a future merchandise location”)
    • Fountain of Nations closed effective September 8
    • Fountain View featuring Starbucks closed effective September 8 (will relocate to a temporary location in late Fall, 2019)
    • Meet Disney Pals at the Epcot Character Spot – relocated September 8 (look for signs in Future World West)
    • Electric Umbrella will close in Winter 2019-20. (New dining options to be announced)
    • Mouse Gear will close in its current location in Winter 2019-20. (It will move to a temporary home to be announced)
    • Art of Disney will operate from a temporary location before eventually relocating to Heritage Manor at The American Adventure (Heritage Manor is now closed)
  • Ellen’s Energy Adventure at Universe of Energy – Permanently closed on August 13, 2017.

    Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind to open in its place in approximately 2021.
  • Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable – Closed February 3, 2018.

    New film entitled “Awesome Planet” will debut in January 2020
  • Illuminations: Reflections of Earth – Show retired: September 30, 2019.

    Epcot Forever debuted October 1 for a limited run which will be followed by a new nighttime spectacular “HarmonioUS” in 2020
  • Liberty Inn – the fast-casual restaurant closed for reimagining starting July 8, 2019.

    Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue will open later in 2019 in its place.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • March of the First Order – concluded parades down Hollywood Boulevard on July 6, 2019.

    First Order Stormtroopers have “redeployed” inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
  • Star Wars: Path of the Jedi – Likely retired.
  • The Great Movie Ride – Permanently closed August 13, 2017.

    The new Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction to open in Chinese Theatre in 2020.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • Primeval Whirl – is listed as “temporarily closed” with no further published information

    As of November 11, 2019, no FastPass+ service is available for the attraction through at least January 1, 2020.
Disney Water Parks
  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park is closed for enhancements with no announced reopening date.
Disney Springs
  • Bongo’s Cuban Café– Closed in August 2019

    Beatrix from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises coming to the site at a date to be announced.
  • DisneyQuest – Closed as of July 3, 2017.

    The NBA Experience opened on the site on August 12, 2019.
  • La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil – Show closed on December 31, 2017.

    A new Cirque du Soleil show is in development with previews to begin March 20, 2020, and its world premiere April 17, 2020.
Disney Resorts & Vicinity
  • McDonald’s restaurant near Disney’s All-Star Resorts – closed October 30 for an extensive renovation, and is scheduled to reopen in March, 2020.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House – Due to Resort construction, the Disney Vacation Club Value category accommodations are not available for stays from December 2019 through early spring 2020
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Bay Lake Tower – Road Closures are scheduled near the resort in January and February 2020 which may impact guests when traveling to or from the buildings.
  • Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – Mizner’s Lounge replaced with “Enchanted Rose,” a larger venue with a Beauty & the Beast theme.
  • Caribbean Beach – The overall construction project at the Resort is expected to be completed 2019–20. The resort’s new lobby, restaurants and other amenities, including Sebastian’s Bistro, Centertown Market, and Banana Cabana are all now open.
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Big Blue Pool will close for refurbishment beginning in Fall 2020.
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort – Beaches & Cream Soda Shop will be closed for refurbishment through winter 2019.
Walt Disney World Golf
  • No known closures.

Current Discounts and Promotions

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

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

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For Everyone

Mid-Day Magic Tickets

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


Gift of Magic

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


Fall & Holiday Season Resort Hotel Offers

Save up to 20% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels in late 2019. Book through December 24, 2019 for stays most nights November 10, 2019 through December 24, 2019.

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


Meal Vacation Package Offers

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

Read more information and exclusions, and check availability on this page of DisneyWorld.com, or call (407)939-7216 or your travel agent.


Memory Maker pre-arrival discount

Disney’s PhotoPass service provides a discount on Disney Memory Maker pre-arrival packages. For $199 plus tax, Walt Disney World guests can digitally download any photos associated with their Memory Maker account, including photos taken on attractions. The advanced purchase price is $169, a $30 savings. Applicable taxes are charged to all orders.

Purchase must be made more than three days prior to arrival at the Walt Disney World Resort for the discount. All sales are final, and not eligible for an exchange or refund. Both the immediate and discount version of Memory Maker can be purchased at this page of DisneyWorld.com.

For Annual Passholders
Expect to be required to show your Passholder Card and matching photo ID to receive a discount and other benefits.
Holiday Offerings

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

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

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

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Benefits & Promotions

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

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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 has an assortment of Passholder-exclusive tee shirts, caps, mugs, pins, and more. For Passholders that purchase a special $100 Chef Minnie Disney Gift Card at Mouse Gear, Disney Traders, the Bridge Kiosk or Port of Entry (with valid pass and matching photo ID), they will also receive a $10 digital bonus to use at select Table Service restaurants at the park including Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Biergarten Restaurant, Coral Reef Restaurant, Garden Grill Restaurant, Le Cellier Steakhouse and Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room (where the usual 10% AP discount also remains available).Other Discounts and Benefits

The other usual Passholder discounts and benefits continue as well. The updated list is at DisneyWorld.com/PassBenefits.(You may need to sign in to see the full list applicable to your pass.) Don’t forget about the dedicated V.I.PASSHOLDER SUPPORT service for questions about Passholder benefits and recommendations. Call (407)WDW-PASS or on-line chat (via chat button on this page of DisneyWorld.com) daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern, by email (via a web form), or in-person at Liberty Square Ticket Office in Magic Kingdom, Ticket Central at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or Ticket Corner at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Many dining locations offer Passholders 10% discounts during some or all meal periods (excluding alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity).

The latest information on this page of DisneyWorld.com lists discounts at many merchandise locations across Walt Disney World Resort, including locations that continue to offer 20 percent discounts off regularly priced merchandise. Remember, not all merchandise locations at Walt Disney World are owned and operated by Disney, but some of the non-Disney participants (including restaurants) offer discounts between 10 and 20% to Passholders as well. Note, the current terms and conditions include, “Discount is for personal use only and may not be used to purchase merchandise with the intent to resell the merchandise.

The latest information on this page of DisneyWorld.com lists discounts for special events and tours at locations around Walt Disney World Resort.

The latest information on this page of DisneyWorld.com lists discounts for sports, recreation, and spas around Walt Disney World Resort.

For the current list of Passholder Extras visit this page of DisneyWorld.com. Passholder Extras include information about V.I.Passholder Perks, discounts on Disney After Hours events, Animal Encounter and tour discounts, Water Park discounts, Golf discounts, and more. For the 2019 Holiday Season, many of the Disney Springs and Bonnet Creek hotels are offering special room rates to Passholders from this page too.

Passholders can also save up to 30% on select Rooms at Disney Resorts through Christmas Eve. See this page of DisneyWorld.com for details.

Passholders can save up to 35% on select Rooms at Disney Resorts on most nights between January 1 and April 25, 2020. See this page of DisneyWorld.com for details.

With the recent changes to stroller and ECV delivery policies around the resort, the Magic Strollers Passholder offer is no longer listed among the available Passholder benefits.

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

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

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

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


20 percent off Joffrey’s coffee/tea kiosks

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


15 percent off select guided tours

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


10 percent off select restaurants

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


10 percent off merchandise

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

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


15 percent off all Disney spa and salon services

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


10 percent off select recreation experiences

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

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

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

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


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

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

For Military Personnel

2019 Military Promotional Tickets

January 1 through December 19, 2019

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

Prices do not include tax and tickets must be used by December 19, 2019.


Prices may be lower at U.S. military base ticket offices.

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

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

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

2020 Military Promotional Tickets

January 1 through December 18, 2020

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

Prices do not include tax. Six-Day Tickets must be purchased by December 13, Five-Day Tickets by December 14, Four-Day Tickets by December 15. Tickets may be used from January 1 through December 18, 2020.


Prices may be lower at U.S. military base ticket offices.

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

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

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

Special Rates at Resort Hotels

U.S. military personnel can enjoy discounts at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels when booking by December 19, 2019, for stays most nights through December 19, 2019. For 2020, discounts are available most nights January 1 through April 4, and April 19 through December 18, 2020, when booked by December 18, 2020. Offer excludes suites in Moderate and Deluxe Resort hotels, 3-bedroom villas, campsites, Cabins at Copper Creek at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. For 2019 rates, call (407)939-4249 for information and reservations, and find 2019 eligibility details listed on this page of DisneyWorld.com. For 2020 information and details, visitthis page or call (407)939-7825.


Read more information at militarydisneytips.com, visit your base ticket office, or when at Walt Disney World, visit Shades of Green.


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

For Florida Residents
Expect to be required to show proof of Florida Residency for discounts and benefits.

Seasonal Flex Ticket

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

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

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


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.

NEW Walt Disney World Golf operated by Arnold Palmer Golf Management offers a Golf Membership program exclusively for Disney Vacation Club Members. As of November 1, 2019, the $99/year (plus tax) program includes discounted rounds of golf (averaging $15 below usual DVC-discounted pricing), access to DVC Member-only golf outings, access to DVC Member instructional clinics and coaching, an exclusive DVC Member hat and bag tag, 4 Companion Passes for DVC Golf Clinics, 6 Guest Passes to play golf at the special discounted member DVC rate, 6 complimentary baskets of driving range balls, 4 complimentary rounds of golf on Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course, 4 Complimentary Twilight rounds of golf, 8 complimentary rounds of FootGolf at Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course. All told, Walt Disney World Golf says that the Golf Membership includes $746 in included benefits. Visit this page of GolfWDW.com for more information.

Call DVC Member Services at (800) 800-9800 to take advantage of most other available offers.

If you know of an offer that you think most Members do not know about, please drop us an email with the details.

For New England Residents

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort celebrates February’s big football game victory by the team from New England by offering the Champions Package to residents of New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. For stays through December 24, 2019 (minimum stay of three nights required), the Champions Package includes $100 meal credit, which can be used at Shula’s Steak House (named for NFL’s winningest coach, Don Shula) or any other restaurant at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. It also includes a “one category complimentary room upgrade that does not include suite upgrades.” Guests must have valid state identification at check-in from an eligible state. More information and details of the offer are available at this page of SwanDolphin.com. More information and reservations are available by calling (800)227-1500 and mentioning “CHAMPS.”

For Canada Residents

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

All adults using Canada resident tickets or passes must present valid proof of Canada residency that includes government-issued photo ID to exchange the certificate for a valid ticket at the theme park ticket window or Guest Relations prior to first use. The offer itself requires advanced purchase; it is not available at Walt Disney World Resort theme park ticket windows. Tickets and options are nontransferable, nonrefundable and exclude events/activities separately priced. Admission is subject to capacity closures and to other restrictions.

Check https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/ca/ for the latest offers from Disney.

If you know of an offer