Disney World Enacts Length of Stay Requirements for Fall

Planning on booking a quick trip to Walt Disney World this fall? It might be a little difficult as the Walt Disney World Resort just enacted minimum length of stay requirements. This affects new bookings and modifications to existing reservations.

Availability across all Disney Resort hotels is now very limited from September through December. Shorter length of stays, or even 1 night room reservations are becoming increasingly difficult to find. For example, Disney’s Pop Century Resort shows available Oct 17 through Oct 26. However, it shows as unavailable for just 1 night - Oct 25 - 26.

Disney World Reservation System

If you have an existing reservation and would like to shorten your trip, you may not be able to do so. Disney will likely offer you 3 options: keep the reservation as-is, cancel it and try to rebook, or try a different resort. While this can be very frustrating, from Disney’s point of view, it doesn’t want holes in its reservation system. Holes are one or two nights scattered around that will likely go unsold. Holes are often created by short stays.

Travel agents who specialize in Disney can sometimes work with Disney on your behalf to get a modification to go through. As a travel agent myself, I know a few different routes to take, but no guarantees of course.

This is a pretty good indication that fall bookings are way up and that Disney World itself is reaching capacity. If you plan on visiting Walt Disney World this fall, the time to book is now!

Darren is a travel agent with Magical Vacations Travel, specializing in Walt Disney World travel.

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2019 Candlelight Processional Dining Packages Coming Soon...

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Held in the America Gardens Theatre inside Epcot, the Candlelight Processional is a cherished part of the Walt Disney World holiday season, combining a live orchestra, a massive choir and celebrity narrator in the retelling of the traditional Christmas story in a heartwarming performance!

This show is extremely popular and I would consider it one of the “must-dos” of the holiday season. The show is general seating, first come, first served, and lines begin forming about 2 hours before each performance.

However if you book a Candlelight Dining Package, you will have guaranteed admission into one of the performances.

I’m told that the 2019 Candlelight Processional Dining Packages at Epcot will be available starting July 3, 2019.

For more information on the types of candlelight Dining Packages, and for package pricing visit the Walt Disney World Website for a complete price list.

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By Darren Wittko

Epcot's Pavilion Icons Will Return

Today I’m excited to share with you a little secret from Walt Disney Imagineering: Epcot’s pavilion icons are returning! Longtime fans of Epcot are familiar with the pavilion icons, like the ones you see here from the 1980s.

Epcot Pavilion Icons ©D23 / Disney

Epcot Pavilion Icons ©D23 / Disney

Recently Disney has hinted that some new icons are in the works. More will be revealed at the D23 Expo so stay tuned!

Epcot is special to me for a lot of reasons – as one of Walt’s final projects, and as an exclusive part of the Walt Disney World Resort, and it’s the park I remember the most from my childhood. I’m excited about the changes coming to Epcot including the transformation taking place inside the park’s entrance, and the new Play Pavilion where Wonders of Life is today. As great as Epcot is, the park lost way over the years.

But the Imagineers in charge of Epcot’s future are working to preserve all the elements that make this park so special while also evolving it to be more Disney, more family, more relevant and more timeless. Soon you’ll hear more about experiences that are uniquely Epcot – for example, the updated films coming to Future World and World Showcase, as well as new dining experiences being added to the menu of ‘the foodie park.

by Darren Wittko

VIDEO: Tour Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland

Taking Control of Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park

Taking Control of Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park

Beginning today at Disneyland Park you can climb aboard the Millennium Falcon and settle into the cockpit to operate “the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy” on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland Park. Let’s take a closer look….

As a reminder, Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge will open Aug. 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.*

For special offers this fall, check out the Walt Disney World Resort Offers Page.

*Reservations required to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge from May 31 to June 23 at Disneyland Park in California. Theme parks, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and its experiences are subject to capacity.

Foodie Guide to Lion King Treats at Animal Kingdom Park

Disney is introducing new treats this summer with offerings that celebrate characters and moments from Disney’s The Lion King.

All of the items listed below begin on May 24, 2019 and will run through the end of summer. From latte art and ice cream sandwiches to special cones and more, there are enough treats here to have a feast fit for a (lion) king.

My personal favorite - Lion King latte art!

By Darren Wittko

For Walt Disney World special offers, check out the offers page

New PhotoPass Feature at Haunted Mansion!

Magic Shots are special photos and video that are taken of you while on select Walt Disney World attractions. And now the 13th attraction to get this feature is, of course, the Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Magic Shots are excellent ways for you to get even more out of your Memory Maker purchase. With Memory Maker, you can take home unlimited digital downloads of all your Disney PhotoPass photos and videos captured at more than 100 Walt Disney World Resort locations for one price.

If you purchase Memory Maker in advance, you’ll get a good discount, but you can also purchase it during your visit.

To capture on-ride photos and videos, just be sure you are wearing your Magic Band. After, check your My Disney Experience app to view your media.

Related:

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by Darren Wittko

Birds Eye Photos & Video Now Part of Disney PhotoPass

New Disney PhotoPass Feature at Magic Kingdom Park

New Disney PhotoPass Feature at Magic Kingdom Park

The PhotoPass team at Magic Kingdom have some new offerings starting today: a bird’s eye photo and video taken with Cinderella Castle as the backdrop.

Birds Eye Photos and Video Now Offered at Magic Kingdom Park

Birds Eye Photos and Video Now Offered at Magic Kingdom Park

Here’s how it works: find a photographer in the East Plaza Garden at Magic Kingdom Park. He or she will assist you with capturing two one-of-a-kind photos and a super-zoom video from a unique angle above the Magic Kingdom.

The photos and video from this limited-time opportunity are included as part of a Memory Maker. If you don’t have Memory Maker, you can purchase the individual photo downloads for $16.95 each, but the video can only be downloaded and shared by those with Memory Maker or Memory Maker One Day.

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Mobile Order Coming to Disney Resort Hotels

Soon Disney will expand its popular mobile order food service to additional restaurants at Disney Resort hotels, including: Everything POP Shopping & Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, The Mara at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Contempo Café at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Mobile order is expanding to Disney Resort hotels.

Mobile order is expanding to Disney Resort hotels.

Mobile order service is already being offered at Centertown Market and Spyglass Grill at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and over 20 other quick-service locations throughout the four theme parks and Disney Springs area.

I use mobile order all the time and it’s a great time saver. There is usually a little wait involved but it’s a nice feature especially during peak times.

And don’t forget,you can now redeem your meal entitlements from the Disney dining plan for meals and snacks through the service. I also notice that Disney recently introduced a new look that makes the ordering experience a lot easier.

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A New Way to Order Food at Walt Disney World

By Darren Wittko

New Walt Disney World Ticket Coming This Summer

Sunrise at Cinderella Castle | Walt Disney World Resort

Sunrise at Cinderella Castle | Walt Disney World Resort

Starting June 4, you will be able to purchase the Summer One World Ticket. For a total price of $444 (plus tax), this ticket includes one admission to each of the Walt Disney World theme parks and water parks.

The Summer One World Ticket is valid from 6/4/19 to 8/28/19 for one admission to Magic Kingdom, one admission to Epcot, one admission to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, one admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, one admission to Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, and one admission to Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park.

Each park may be visited only once.

Combine this ticket with one of many special resort offers from Magical Vacations Travel. Check out the offers page for exclusive offers this summer on Disney Resort hotels.

Reminder! Important ADR Change on Magic Kingdom Party Nights

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park

Has this ever happened to you? You’re searching for a parking spot at the mall hoping for something close to the entrance. Then there it is, the best spot in the entire complex, no one will be parked closer to the mall than you! Everyone else somehow overlooked it! But then as you get closer you notice there’s a compact car parked in it.

A similar experience can occur when trying to find availability at Magic Kingdom restaurants in the fall - Late August through December. Be Our Guest Restaurant, for example, is the most challenging ADR to get at Walt Disney World. You must be online at 6 am, 180 days in advance and even then you have only 2 minutes book it before it sells out.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park

But sometimes you’ll notice a flood of availability appear for dinner reservations at Be Our Guest, Crystal Palace and Liberty Tree Tavern, the 3 most most popular. Especially after 7 pm. How can this be? Is this the parking space syndrome, somehow everyone else overlooked it? Maybe. But chances are the Magic Kingdom is closing early for a party.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party usually begin at 7 pm. Magic Kingdom will close to day guests and only those who have purchased a party ticket can remain inside the park after 7 pm.

Guests who pay for the party have so many activities to explore, many don’t want to spend their time sitting down at a restaurant, thus wide-open availability at places like Be Our Guest Restaurant and Crystal Palace. They will sell out for sure, just not as fast..

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Unfortunately if you’re not a party guest, you cannot stay in the park later than 7 pm even if you have an ADR for a Magic Kingdom restaurant. This can be a moment of frustration for some people and Disney’s website doesn’t make this abundantly clear. For non-party goers the last ADR for Magic Kingdom dining is 5:55 pm.

If you’re already inside the restaurant when the park closes, of course you can stay. But when it’s time to leave, a cast member will escort you to the park’s exit. “You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here” kind of thing.

In the fall, it’s critical for you to know when Magic Kingdom will be hosting evening parties. There are more now than ever before. If you’re thinking of attending one, go for it! They are tons of fun. But don’t waste time at a restaurant - there’s too much to see and do.

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party dates

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party dates

From Disney: Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Dining

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Video Update on TRON Attraction Coming to Magic Kingdom Park

Concept art for the TRON attraction being built at Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World.

Concept art for the TRON attraction being built at Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World.

The steel columns are going up at the site of the new TRON attraction. These columns will support the coaster’s track in Tomorrowland.  Recently, Disney shared with me a special look at the columns and the progress Walt Disney Imagineers, Disney cast members and project teams have made in the past 12 months.

TRON is on track to open by October, 2021 for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary.


Earlier this year, cast members continued a Disney tradition by signing their names on one of the first steel support columns for the new attraction.

Earlier this year, cast members continued a Disney tradition by signing their names on one of the first steel support columns for the new attraction.

New Restaurant Coming to Epcot Summer 2019

Takumi-Tei opens summer 2019 inside Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort

Takumi-Tei opens summer 2019 inside Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort

The Japan pavilion at Epcot has anew restaurant coming this summer. Takumi-Tei, which means house of the artisan will have a design that celebrates the relationship between Japanese craftsmanship and the natural world, while the food is inspired by a collaboration between nature and takumi, the artisan.

Takumi-Tei opens summer 2019 at Epcot

Takumi-Tei opens summer 2019 at Epcot

The upscale dinner menu will feature wagyu beef in a sublime setting, and Guests interested in the ultimate experience will be able to indulge in a multi-course tasting menu featuring traditional tea service. Signature cocktails and premium sake will be available along with a wine and craft beer menu.

Takumi-Tei will open in the Japan pavilion at Epcot this summer and will be operated by Mitsukoshi USA

Explore summer 2019 exclusive discounts for Walt Disney World Resort

Finally! You Can Book Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Online

Book Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Online

Book Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Online

At Walt Disney World has just announced the option of booking Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, The Pirates League and Harmony Barber Shop online through a new online reservation system at DisneyWorld.com.

With the online system, you can quickly search for available dates or make cancelations to existing appointments at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique locations in domestic U.S. Parks, and at The Pirates League and Harmony Barber Shop in Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort.

Advance reservations are strongly encouraged for these experiences as they are quite popular and appointment times fill up quickly.

At Walt Disney World Resort, reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance for the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (ages 3-12), The Pirates League, or Harmony Barber Shop.

Update: New Disney Resort Hotels Opening this Fall + Offers

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To welcome fall travelers, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will open with its new 15-story Gran Destino tower (check out my exclusive offer in August), adding 500-plus guestrooms – including suites and concierge-level services – and crowned by a rooftop restaurant.

New waterfront dining and a retail shopping area have come to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, while a mid-December opening is planned for Disney’s Riviera Resort, a Disney Vacation Club property inspired by the enchantment of the European Riviera.

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Disney’s Caribbean Beach Offer Nov 17 - 30, 2019

2019 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Marks 10-Year Milestone

2019 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Marks 10-Year Milestone

2019 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Marks 10-Year Milestone

This fall’s runDisney race season is a celebration 10 years in the making as the 2019 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend takes place Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2019.

This year’s event includes a 5K, 10K, half marathon and kids’ races. During this year’s Disney Fall Feast 5K, you can run, jog or walk your way around Epcot for the first time during this fall event.

At the Nov. 3, 2019 post-race party, enjoy after-hours access to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, including marketplaces and select Epcot attractions. 

Disney Resort Hotel is already limited during the WIne and Dine Half Marathon, so now is the perfect time to book your stay. Check out my list of current Walt Disney World Offers for October and November 2019.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lights Up at Night

Rivers of Light: We Are One at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Rivers of Light: We Are One at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

As the sun sets earlier and earlier this fall, “Rivers of Light: We Are One” will come to life on Discovery River in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. This nighttime show includes dramatic new imagery and familiar animal characters from Disneynature films along with a colorful tapestry of unforgettable moments from Disney animation.

Check out my current list of fall offers for Walt Disney World Resort