A New Way to Order Food at Walt Disney World

 Satu’li Canteen at Walt Disney World to feature Mobile Order

 Satu’li Canteen at Walt Disney World to feature Mobile Order

Mobile Order will be available at Satu’li Canteen restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park on opening day – May 27 – and then expanding to Pizzafari, Flame Tree Barbecue and Restaurantosaurus during the summer. And better yet, more Mobile Order fast casual and quick service locations across Walt Disney World Resort are on the way.

Mobile Order, which can be found in the My Disney Experience app, offers the added convenience of being able to place orders and purchase meals on-the-go. You can select menu items, customize orders and pre-pay for meals during park visits – all within the app. 

It’s easy to do. After you place your order, pre-pay in the app and arrive at Satu’li Canteen, you'll tap the “I’m here” button. That will notify the kitchen to prepare your meal. When ready, you will be alerted through the app to pick up your meal at the designated window with the Mobile Order pick-up sign.

Please note during the initial launch period of Mobile Order, the only form of payment accepted will be by credit card. Anyone with special dietary restrictions, or those who want to use discounts or redeem dining plan entitlements must place their order with a cashier. 

By Darren Wittko, Specializing in Disney Destinations

Adult Beverage ID Requirements Enforced at Walt Disney World

Disney is reminding all guest to bring the proper identification they’ll need during their stay.  Please note the following ID requirements required to purchase alcoholic beverages at any establishment throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.

Alcohol will not be served to anyone who does not present valid identification upon request.

Visitors from outside the United States are required to present both a valid passport and another form of government-issued photo identification from their country of origin. Foreign driver’s licenses or ID cards are not acceptable by themselves.

The following forms of ID will be accepted as proof of age:

U.S. state driver’s license (includes U.S. territories – Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa)
U.S. state ID (includes U.S. territories)
U.S. military ID
Original passport
Copy of passport (either on paper or captured on a mobile device), along with a government photo ID that verifies the person and birth date show on the copy
NEXUS card issued by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (Canadian Guests only)

 

By Darren Wittko, Specializing in Disney Destinations

2017 Tickets On Sale for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Tickets on sale now for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park. 

Tickets on sale now for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park. 

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will be held Nov. 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26 & 28; and Dec. 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 & 22. The party will feature Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, “Holiday Wishes,” “A Frozen Holiday Wish,” and much more.*

  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – Advance ticket prices starting at $89 for adults and $84 for children (3-9).

Tickets can be purchased directly through your My Disney Experience account. 

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By Darren Wittko, Specializing in Disney Destinations

Tickets for 2017 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party On Sale Now

2017 Tickets on Sale Now for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party! 

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will start earlier than ever in 2017, with parties running on Aug. 25 & 29; Sept. 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 & 29; Oct. 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 & 31; and Nov. 1.

The event will feature trick-or-treating, the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular stage show, Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade and Happy HalloWishes. Guests of all ages are also welcome to dress up for the party (check the park costuming guidelines here).

  • Tickets can be purchased directly through your My Disney Experience account. Exclusive Resort Offers!
  • Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – Advance ticket prices starting at $74 for adults and $69 for children (3-9).

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By Darren Wittko, Specializing in Disney Destinations 

Thanks for keeping me at the top.

Darren Wittko has been rated a "Best of the Best Disney Travel Agent 3 years in a row by readers of the Unoffical Guide to Walt Disney World." 

Helping people save money on Walt Disney World vacations is it's own reward, but recognition is nice, too! I'm humbled to be ranked a "Best of the Best Disney Travel Agent" by readers of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 3 years in a row! To my customers, the Magical Vacations Travel team, and my Disney Cast Member pals, I couldn't have done it without you.

As I honor year number 3, I'd like to share with you some of the heartfelt feedback I've received from those who make my work so much fun. 


"What a wonderful trip! It exceeded my expectations and was worth every penny. How many times in life can you say that? You were without a doubt a very big part of how wonderful this trip was and I thank you for that. You made yourself completely accessible for all questions and concerns and prepared us for the wonderful things Disney World has to offer." Margit M. - Vancouver, Washington

"I just want you to know how much we (all 11 of us) appreciated all of the help you gave us on planning and setting up our trip." William K - West Haven, VT

"Without you and your great rates, we would never have been able to stay at the Polynesian Resort. It's been a dream of ours to stay there and I can't thank you enough for making that dream come true!" Kelly S. - Toms River, NJ

I don't know how you do it but we saved over $1500 by booking with you. Why didn't I know about you years ago? Thanks for being so patient with us while we figured things out. I'm your customer for life!" Jean V, Speedway, IN

Orlando Sentinel's Article on WDW Cable-Cars is Misleading.

In an article on April 18, 2017, the Orlando Sentinel confirmed a rumor that a new transportation system is coming to Walt Disney World. According to the article, the Orlando Sentinel obtained permits filed with Reedy Creek Improvement district that showing that Disney's Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Pop Century Resort, Art of Animation Resort, and Caribbean Beach Resort will be linked by a gondola/cable-car. Disney has not released a statement confirming the project. 

The problem, however, is that the Orlando Sentinel's article is misleading. It suggests that it will be a gondola type system, with pods suspended from a cable but the article uses the terms, "gondola," "cable-car," and "tramway" interchangeably. These are all very different.

In short, a gondola is an enclosed cabin suspended by a wire - similar to a ski lift. A cable car is a car on tracks (similar to a train) and is propelled by grabbing hold of a moving wire. It has no motor of its own. Cable-cars are capable of climbing steeper grades than trains and monorails - like the San Francisco cable cars.

Finally, a "tramway" just refers to the tracks, or line, that cable car rides on.

We can assume that Disney is working on some kind of mass transportation system but without having full details, the Orlando Sentinel should not assume that this will be a gondola suspended from high above.  

By Darren Wittko, Specializing in Disney Destinations

Express Bus Service Change - Walt Disney World

Express Transport Change

Express Transportation service will have a change in operating hours on Sunday, April 23, 2017, with service beginning at 1:00 PM and concluding at park closing. Normal operating hours will resume Monday, April 24, 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you have tickets with the Park Hopper Option (or a Walt Disney World annual pass), adding Express Transportation is a great way to park hop without having to pass through security each time. Disney will take you directly to the drop-off location inside the theme park you want to visit next—with no waiting to reenter at the gate. This is a great option, especially with the new airport-style security system in place at each Theme Park. 

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By Darren Wittko, Specializing in Disney Destinations

Dapper Day - Walt Disney World 2017

Dapper Day Returns April 29-30, 2017

The popular Dapper Day will once again return to Magic Kingdom and Epcot April 29 and April 30, 2017. The event welcomes guests to dress up in sophisticated fashions while touring the Theme Parks.  Read more about Dapper Day on the group's website and on their Facebook Page.

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By Darren Wittko, Specializing in Disney Destinations

Classic Space Mountain Returning to Disneyland

On June 1, 2017, the classic Space Mountain returns to Disneyland Park. Just days after we mark the 40th anniversary of this Tomorrowland favorite, space travelers will blast off once again for their intergalactic adventure.

A variation of a concept Walt Disney developed in the 1960s, Space Mountain first opened at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in 1975, and construction on Space Mountain at Disneyland Park began soon after. The attraction went on to become a Guest favorite, seeing special themed versions such as Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and Hyperspace Mountain.

You are clear for launch starting June 1, 2017 with the return of Space Mountain at Disneyland Park!

By Darren Wittko, Specializing in Disney Destinations

First Look: Collector's Fortress at California Adventure

Today I have a first look at The Collector’s Fortress at Disney's California Adventure Park. This enigmatic building is home to the soon-to-be-unveiled Tivan Collection, where you will get to view the rare items in Taneleer Tivan’s extensive holdings, including his newest acquisitions: the Guardians of the Galaxy.

You can explore The Collector’s Fortress firsthand when Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! opens May 27, 2017 at Disney California Adventure Park.

The fortress shimmers with colorful and sparkling details; pipes cross and climb the exterior, carrying the organic matter the Tivan Group has mined to power the massive generator that powers the entire building, keeping every cage locked and the valuable collection secure. Rising and falling gantry lifts peek out of doors exposed through the corroded, burnt metal, and it even looks as if the structure may have taken laser fire and blasts.  

Another Behind The Scenes Look at Pandora - World of Avatar

Friends at Walt Disney Imagineering recently shared another video on the construction of Pandora - World of Avatar new land, which gives a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how the project team has partnered with Lightstorm Entertainment and many of the original AVATAR filmmakers – including James Cameron and Jon Landau – to bring the new land to life. In this video, several members of the Pandora “Super Team” share what the experience of bringing Pandora – The World of Avatar to life has been like for them, and some of the amazing moments that have exceeded even their imaginations.

Watch carefully at the background footage as the video doesn't explicitly point out new reveals!

2017 Mickey's-Very-Merry-Christmas-Party Dates

Returning favorites for the holidays include Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, Holiday Wishes, A Frozen Holiday Wish and Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration.

For Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas, 21 holiday-tastic dates include:

  • November 8, 9, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26, 28
  • December 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22

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By Darren Wittko, Specializing in Disney Destinations

2017 Mickey's No-So-Scary Halloween Party Dates

Returning to the Magic Kingdom fright-fest are the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular stage show in front of Cinderella Castle featuring the mischievous Sanderson sisters from the hit Disney film “Hocus Pocus;” Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade; and Happy HalloWishes.

For 2017, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, 32 spook-tacular dates include:

August

25, 29

September

1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29

October

1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31

November

1

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By Darren Wittko, Specializing in Disney Destinations

Update on Coronado Springs Expansion Project

Update on Disney's Coronado Springs Resort Expansion Project.

Update on Disney's Coronado Springs Resort Expansion Project.

Recently I shared with you that Disney's Coronado Springs Resort will be expanded. A 15-story tower is being planned that will add 500 additional rooms to this Moderate resort. 

Refurbishment Update

I just received some clarification on the extent of the refurbishment work that will be going on and it's good news! There will be minimal impact on the overall guest experience at Coronado Springs. Some construction fencing will be seen at the resort, with work happening behind the fencing. Additionally, noise will be heard while the Resort is undergoing refurbishments, but noise should not be heard from inside Guest rooms prior to 9 a.m. daily.

During this time, dining and merchandise locations, pools, and the La Vida Health Club, and recreation activities such as beach volleyball, Iguana Arcade, Movies Under the Stars and more, will remain available. 

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By Darren Wittko, Specializing in Disney Parks and Resorts

Cake Decorating Experience Comes to Disney Springs

 Cake Decorating Experience at Amorette’s Patisserie beginning March 31, 2017

Now you can learn how to create your own magic during a new Cake Decorating Experience at Amorette’s Patisserie beginning March 31, 2017. Reservations are now open, and the experience, which must be booked in advance, will be from 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. every Friday through May 5, 2017.

During the experience, you can enjoy complimentary specialty coffee, mimosas and bellinis while you work side by side with the pros at Amorette’s Patisserie to decorate your own Mickey Dome Cake. You'll discover how the team at Amorette's seamlessly blends artistry and storytelling in cake design, starting with the elegant glaçage (that’s French for “mirror glaze”) and ending with the finishing touches such as chocolate sculpted ears, tail, belt and buttons – all edible, of course.

You'll be able to take your cake home to impress their family and friends. Space is limited. The Cake Decorating Experience at Amorette’s Patisserie is another exciting offering from the Enchanting Extras Collection. The cost is $129 plus tax for ages 10 and up, for one to two Guests working on a single cake. A second cake can be purchased for an additional $40

By Darren Wittko, Specializing in Disney Destinations

Disney Resort Guests Have Extra Time to Explore Pandora

Special Extra Magic Hours Available to Disney Resort Hotel Guests. 

Special Extra Magic Hours Available to Disney Resort Hotel Guests. 

For a limited time, May 27-July 4, 2017, Guests staying at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels can explore Pandora – The World of Avatar beyond regular Park hours.  

Nightly Extra Magic Hours will take place from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. only in Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. This offering will provide you with an additional opportunity to enjoy everything Pandora – The World of Avatar has to offer – including navigating a mystical river, flying on a back of a banshee and walking under floating mountains. Please note valid Theme Park admission and a Resort ID will be required.

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FastPass Availability for Pandora | Walt Disney World

When you can begin making FastPass+ selections at Pandora - World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. 

Today Disney announced that Guests staying at select Walt Disney Resort hotels can reserve Disney FastPass+ selections for attractions, including those in Pandora – The World of Avatar, up to 60 days prior to check-in beginning March 24, 2017. Disney FastPass+ service will be available at the two attractions within Pandora – The World of Avatar during regular Theme Park hours. Guests may select only one of these two attractions in their first set of Disney FastPass+ selections, subject to availability. 

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Special Star Wars Event Coming to Walt Disney World

Star Wars fans take note! 7 p.m.–midnight on April 14, you could experience the power of the Force in a brand-new way during Star Wars: Galactic Nights at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

During this first-of-its-kind Hollywood-inspired event, you can celebrate with an entire universe of unique entertainment, favorite attractions and Star Wars Characters. Special Guest Vanessa Marshall (the voice of Hera Syndulla from Star Wars Rebels), will even be on hand to host Inside the Saga: Celebrity Chat Show and take you behind the scenes of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Of course, there will be plenty of surprises in store as well.

Tickets are $129 plus tax per adult (10+) and $124 plus tax per child (3–9).

EVENT OFFERINGS

  • The official debut of BB-8 Catch BB-8 at Star Wars Launch Bay as he makes his Character Encounter debut.
  • Seize the Saga Interactive Scavenger Hunt Collect Star Wars-themed pieces to reveal a surprise!
  • Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Watch the night sky come to life with thrilling fireworks.

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by Darren Wittko, Specializing in Disney Destinations