Disney World Offer Alert: March, April 2019

 New Walt Disney World Agency Exclusive Offers posted today

New Walt Disney World Agency Exclusive Offers posted today

Today I'm happy to share with you that two new Walt Disney World offers have been posted to SaveAtWDW.com from Magical Vacations Travel.

March 4 - 12, 2019 - Disney's Pop Century Resort, Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter, Disney's Port Orleans Riverside, Disney's Beach Club, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort. 

April 13 - 28, 2019 - Disney's Pop Century Resort. More hotels may be added so be sure to keep checking the Resort Offers page. Also, you can follow updates on Facebook, Twitter and Google+

To view all available offers for Walt Disney World, check out the Offers Page

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Select Disney World Hotels will Remain Pet Friendly

I love animals so when I shared with you that some of the Walt Disney World hotels would allow pets, I didn't think twice about it. But then I began hearing from my clients who had raised concerns that I had not thought of. Some even asked to change hotels. Fortunately I was able to address each concern by working directly with Disney. And I have not heard one complaint or negative experience since the program started.

 Dog Friendly Hotels at Walt Disney World

Today Disney announced that they are going to continue with this program and allow pets. In my experience, I have learned a few things that are worth pointing out regarding pet friendly rooms at Walt Disney World: 

  • Rooms that accommodate pets are designated "pet rooms" and are not typically offered to guests without pets. 
  • Disney performs a thorough cleaning of the room after a pet checks out.
  • All pets must be registered at the front desk and no more than 2 pets per room are allowed (more on this below).
  • Rooms that allow pets are confined to one particular area of the resort
  • All dogs must be on a leash - no exceptions. 
  • Disney has a very strict policy regarding animal behavior. Unofficially speaking, I've been told that if Disney receives a complaint about an animal, the pet's owner will likely be asked to board their pet at Best Friends Pet Care or Disney will assist the guest in finding another hotel. This includes excessive barking and aggressive behavior.  I've been told there are no second chances given once a complaint reaches the front desk. 

When a guest registers his/her pet with the front desk they will receive notification of the pet policies they must adhere to. These include reminders about proper care and behavior, as well as the need for the dog to remain on a leash at all times while in public spaces. Guests must be able to provide documentation that their dog’s vaccinations and inoculations are up to date, upon request.

Pet Friendly Hotels at Walt Disney World

  • Disney’s Art of Animation ResortDisney’s
  • Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
  • Disney's Yacht Club Resort

For more information on Pet Friendly hotels at Walt Disney World, call (407) 934-7639

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Work on Tron Coaster Has Begun but Brings These Closures

 Tron Coaster coming soon to Walt Disney World

Tron Coaster coming soon to Walt Disney World

On my last trip to Magic Kingdom it was clear that work has begun on the new Tron-themed coaster in Tomorrowland. This new ride is going just to the left of Space Mountain. Also, Disney has erected a new Tron-themed billboard that’s now visible from Storybook Circus.

 A Tron coaster billboard has been erected at Magic Kingdom Park

A Tron coaster billboard has been erected at Magic Kingdom Park

Ride Closures

Due to the construction of Tron, Disney has announced two new ride closures: 

The Walt Disney World Railroad will temporarily close beginning in December 2018. A reopening date has not been announced.  

The Tomorrowland Speedway will close for a portion of 2019, as the track is adjusted. It will reopen as the same attraction in the summer of 2019. Personally, I'd love to see a total redesign of this attraction as well.

For exclusive offers to Walt Disney World, visit the Offers Page

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Holiday Happenings on Disney Cruise Line 2018

 Holiday Happenings on Disney Cruise Line 2018

Holiday Happenings on Disney Cruise Line 2018

Beginning in early November, the Disney cruise ships will transform to special holiday themed sailings.

During the 2018 holiday season, Disney Cruise Line is offering a lineup of winter parties and themed entertainment including:

  • Mickey’s Tree-Lighting Magic, where Mickey and his pals lead carols and the lighting of the ship’s three-deck-tall Christmas tree.
  • Santa’s Winter Wonderland Ball, a magical welcome party for the guests of honor, Santa and Mrs. Claus, featuring Broadway-style entertainment and favorite Disney characters… including a pair of royal sisters whose appearance causes a flurry of “frozen” fun as a magical snowfall overtakes the atrium!
  • Deck the Deck Holiday Party, a tropical celebration up on deck where Disney friends lead hula hooping, limbo under oversized candy canes and high-energy family dances like the “Yuletide Slide” and a conga line around the pool.
  • Holiday activities for the whole family, like building gingerbread houses, meeting Santa Claus and singing along with Dickens-inspired carolers. Plus, special activities just for kids include decorating stockings and gingerbread men cookies, making holiday cards and creating holiday animation cells.
  • Sea-sun’s greetings ashore at Disney’s private island Castaway Cay, where the celebration continues with “snow flurries,” a decked-out Christmas tree, Disney character meet-and-greets and merry island music.

And Guests sailing on each holiday will have even more festivities to enjoy, like Thanksgiving Day feasts and football games on the ship’s jumbo screen, Christmas morning surprises from Santa Claus and daily Hanukkah services.

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New Dessert Party Coming to Walt Disney World

 VIP Dessert Party at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park

VIP Dessert Party at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park

Starting August 6, 2018, you can book a new Rivers of Light Dessert Party over at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

The party will include a buffet of Disney’s Animal Kingdom-themed desserts, snacks, and drinks followed by VIP viewing of “Rivers of Light.”

Guests start by checking in 60 minutes prior to the main show (8:15 p.m. for a 9:15 p.m. show) at the Rivers of Light Asia Viewing Area Terrace located across from Expedition Everest.

Starting today you can book your reservation by visiting Disneyworld.com, by calling 407 WDW-DINE, or your Disney Travel Agent.  

The price is $79 for adults and $47 for children (tax inclusive) and must be paid for in full at the time of booking.

 Rivers of Light | Disney's Animal Kingdom Park

Rivers of Light | Disney's Animal Kingdom Park

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Exclusive Offers

Save big on these Agency-Exclusive Offers from Magical Vacations Travel.

 

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Special New Years Eve Event & This Special Offer

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To ring in 2019, two New Year’s Eve celebrations are available at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Guests can also save big with a special offer from Magical Vacations Travel at resorts like Disney's Polynesian Village Resort and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Agency Exclusive Offer

DECEMBER 20 - DECEMBER 31, 2018

Magical Vacations Travel - Offer Code XMAS18 - Disney's Pop Century Resort, Disney's Port Orleans Resorts, Disney's Beach Club Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort.

JANUARY 2 -JANUARY 9, 2019

Magical Vacations Travel - Offer EJAN - Disney's Pop Century Resort, Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside, Disney's Port Orleans Resort French Quarter, Disney's Beach Club Resort, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort. 


Pixar Party

A New Year’s Eve Celebration (recommended for families) and Disney Countdown to Midnight, including an option to purchase VIP access to the Ink and Paint Club (recommended for adults without kids). Both celebrations will feature entertainment, music, food and other refreshments, plus a viewing of the New Year’s Eve fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park to cap off the night. Here’s what else to expect at each party:

Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration (8 p.m.-12:15 a.m.)

Family-friendly Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Sarge from Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story films will welcome Guests as they arrive at the second floor of the resort. Once inside, Guests will discover spaces that have been transformed with scenes from beloved Pixar movies.

Highlights of the evening include:

  • Enter the worlds of various Disney•Pixar films, like “Inside Out,” “The Incredibles,” “Finding Nemo” and “Up,” including character meet and greets. 
  • Kids’ activities, including Boot Camp with Sarge, Pixar Face Painting and a balloon artist creating favorite Pixar characters.
  • An interactive DJ spinning Radio Disney hits from his Cars-inspired DJ Rig, complete with tires and road signs from Radiator Springs.
  • A delicious buffet dinner with a build-your-own salad option, desserts, and kids’ favorites like chicken fingers and more.
  • A viewing of the famous Magic Kingdom New Year’s Eve fireworks.

Tickets are $190 per person, including tax and gratuity. To purchase tickets, call (407) WDW-DINE.

Disney Countdown to Midnight (8 p.m.-12:15 a.m.)

An evening of dining, dancing and enchantment in the Fantasia Ballroom at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. A high-energy New Year’s Bash Band and a live DJ providing music all night long.

Other highlights of the evening include:

  • A “cheftainment” station featuring a seasonal menu inspired by some Disney Signature Dining restaurants – with a touch of Disney magic.
  • A special appearance by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.
  • At the end of the night, Guests will be invited out to the porte cochère, where they will receive a Champagne flute and welcome 2019 with a viewing of the famous Magic Kingdom New Year’s Eve fireworks.

Tickets are $275, including tax and gratuity. To purchase tickets, call (407) WDW-DINE.

Ink and Paint Club experience (7 p.m.-12:15 a.m.)

Offered only as a VIP enhancement to the Disney Countdown to Midnight party and located adjacent to the Fantasia Ballroom at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, this special reception begins prior to the opening of the main event. At the Ink and Paint Club, Guests will step back in time into a vintage Disney Animation-inspired room with silver Chiavari chairs, metallic tables and references to classic Disney Animation filling the room. Ticketed Guests can visit the lounge throughout the evening, starting with a featured reception from 7-8 p.m.

Highlights of this special reception include:

  • Photo opportunities with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse with a unique Disney Animation backdrop.
  • A pianist providing live entertainment.
  • Chef stations featuring king crab, tuna tartare, sheep’s milk ricotta gnocchi, cocktails, Champagne, cordials and more – all included with admission.
  • Reserved seating in the Disney Countdown to Midnight Party when it opens at 8 p.m.
  • Disney Ink & Paint Club is only available as a part of an enhanced ticket that includes access to both the Disney Countdown to Midnight and the Ink & Paint Club for $450 total per guest. Access to Ink & Paint Club must be purchased concurrently with the Disney Countdown to Midnight ticket and cannot be added on at a later date. To purchase tickets, call (407) WDW-DINE.

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Candlelight Processional Dining Packages on Sale July 11

 Epcot Candlelight Processional Dates 2018

Epcot Candlelight Processional Dates 2018

Candlelight Processional Dining Packages go on sale Wednesday July 11, 2018.

Here is the lineup of celebrity hosts so far. More names should be announced shortly

  • 11/22 – 11/23 – Chita Rivera
  • 11/24 – 12/2 – TBD
  • 12/3 – 12/6 – Neil Patrick Harris
  • 12/7 – 12/9 – Whoopi Goldberg
  • 12/10 – 12/12 – TBD
  • 12/13 – 12/14 – Blair Underwood
  • 12/15 – 12/17 – Gary Sinise
  • 12/18 – 12/20 – Pat Sajak
  • 12/21 – 12/23 – TBD
  • 12/24 – 12/25 – Edward James Olmos
  • 12/26 – 12/27 – Jodi Benson
  • 12/28 – 12/30 – TBD

Lunch and dinner packages are available at some favorite Epcot restaurants like Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Norway pavilion); Biergarten Restaurant (Germany pavilion); Chefs de France (France pavilion); Coral Reef Restaurant (The Seas pavilion); The Garden Grill Restaurant (The Land pavilion); La Hacienda de San Angel** and San Angel Inn Restaurante (Mexico pavilion); Nine Dragons Restaurant (China pavilion); Restaurant Marrakesh and Spice Road Table (Morocco pavilion); Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room (United Kingdom pavilion); Teppan Edo and Tokyo Dining (Japan pavilion); and Tutto Italia Ristorante and Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria (Italy pavilion).

Breakfast, lunch and dinner options are also available this year at Epcot-area resort restaurants at Ale & Compass at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, with breakfast and dinner options being offered at Trattoria Al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk.

Candlelight Processional Dining Packages start at:

  • For Breakfast: $38 plus tax per person for adults and $22 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9.
  • For Lunch: $50 plus tax per person for adults and $16.99 plus tax per person for children, ages 3.
  • For Dinner: $55 plus tax per person for adults and $16.99 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9.

Epcot provides an extravaganza of holiday entertainment, merchandise, food, beverages and festivities where Guests can celebrate at Epcot throughout the holiday season. Time-honored traditions come alive through the sights and sounds of the countries of World Showcase, and live performances enliven the park throughout the day.

Book a Candlelight Processional dining package by visiting Disneyworld.com/dine.

*Narrators and entertainment are subject to change without notice. Epcot admission is required and not included in the dining package price.

** Candlelight Processional Dining Packages are available for dinner only.

Holiday Happenings at Walt Disney World Resort 2018

 Holidays 2018 at Walt Disney World Resort

Holidays 2018 at Walt Disney World Resort

The return of the holiday season to Walt Disney World Resort starts Nov. 8, 2018. 

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The return of Sunset Seasons Greetings featuring impressive new laser effects and “snow,” holiday magic transforms the famous Hollywood Tower Hotel with spectacular projections of Disney Characters such as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Olaf sharing their favorite seasonal stories.

Another returning favorite is the nighttime spectacular Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! The new Toy Story Land also gets special seasonal fun including holiday songs on Alien Swirling Saucers and more!

Epcot

11 World Showcase nations during Epcot International Festival of the Holidays beginning Nov. 18, 2018. One of my favorite holiday traditions at Epcot is the Candlelight Processional and this year it starts performances on Nov. 22, 2018.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

New this year the magic of nature will receive a holiday touch with the inclusion of Diwali, the holiday Festival of Lights in India, as part of the new live show UP! A Great Bird Adventure.

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Winter 2019 Walt Disney World Offers Now Available

Today I added several new Agency Exclusive offers to the Walt Disney World Resort Offers Page. You can also view the offers below: 

 

JANUARY 2 -JANUARY 9, 2019

Magical Vacations Travel - Offer EJAN - Disney's Pop Century Resort, Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside, Disney's Port Orleans Resort French Quarter, Disney's Beach Club Resort, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort. 

JANUARY 12 - JANUARY 21, 2019

Magical Vacations Travel - Offer MIDJAN - Disney's Pop Century Resort, Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside, Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter, Disney's Beach Club Resort, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

JANUARY 26 - FEBRUARY 3, 2019

Magical Vacations Travel - Offer LJAN - Disney's Pop Century Resort, Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside, Disney's Port Orleans Resort French Quarter, Disney's Beach Club Resort, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort. 

FEBRUARY 11 - FEBRUARY 26, 2019

Magical Vacations Travel - Offer MIDFEB - Disney's Pop Century Resort, Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside, Disney's Port Orleans Resort French Quarter, Disney's Beach Club Resort, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort.

Walt Disney World Bus Times Now Available

 Wait Times for Walt Disney World Buses now in real time. 

Wait Times for Walt Disney World Buses now in real time. 

Walt Disney World Resort in Florida just introduced a new bus time feature in the My Disney Experience mobile app that enables you to view up-to-the-minute estimates for when the next bus will depart from your Disney Resort hotel and when you will arrive at your destination.

The app regularly updates in real time to provide the most current estimates for buses heading to all four theme parks, two water parks and the Disney Springs area. Guests can access this feature by tapping “See Bus Times” when viewing an active Disney Resort hotel reservation.

Currently wait times are only offered for buses departing resort hotels to theme parks, not from theme parks to hotels. 

Disney released this video to demonstrate how it works

Get Started on 2019 Walt Disney World Reservations Now

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Earlier I shared with you that 2019 Walt Disney Travel Company Packages for Walt Disney World Resort will become available on June 19, 2018. I anticipate this to be a very busy day here. If you'd like to begin the process early, you can send me your information in advance by using my Online Quote Request Form. This will allow me to prepare a quote for you faster on June 19. 

Also, special offers may be available for select dates in January and February 2019. Be sure to check the Offers Page for updates. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. 

 

FastPass Strategy at Walt Disney World

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As a travel agent I'm asked all the time about how to maximize Disney FastPass. Today I found a great article from TouringPlans.com that offers a great strategy for obtaining additional FastPasses after the first three selections have been used.

How to Maximize the FastPass System at Walt Disney World

 

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Benefits of Staying Club Level at Walt Disney World

 Club Level Lounge at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort | Walt Disney World

Club Level Lounge at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort | Walt Disney World

Staying Club level can actually have a lot of value even though it costs more. The added benefits are designed to save you time while offering you some VIP treatment. Perhaps the biggest benefit to staying Club Level at Walt Disney World Resort is access to the hotel lounge. But a new benefit has recently been added that allows you to purchase additional FastPass selections making a Club Level stay even more valuable. 

Club Level Instead of the Dining Plan?

If you typically purchase the Disney Dining Plan, you may wish to compare the cost of staying Club Level without it. Having access to the lounge is a terrific benefit and for many, the continental breakfast, snacks and beverages (including unlimited beer and wine) may supplement many of your meals. If you have a larger family, in particular, you can actually save money just by having access to the lounge and forgoing the Disney Dining Plan. 

Lounge Access

You can start your day with a continental breakfast, hot coffee and fresh juice. Breakfast offerings typically include pastries, yogurt, cereals, granola, bagels, oatmeal and fruit. It's a great way to get your day started and can really be a savings compared to dining at a restaurant every day. During the daytime, snacks are provided in the lounge that usually include Gold Fish crackers, cookies, candy, pretzels and beverages like beer, wine, soda and water. Evening service includes a buffet of light appetisers, usually from one of the featured restaurants at the hotel. Once again a wide array of beverages are available. For late-evening you'll find an assortment of desserts and beverages. 

Sometimes Disney will schedule private events like a wine and cheese tasting - all included with your stay. 

Additional FastPass Selections

Earlier this year I shared with you that additional FastPass selections can be made when staying Club Level. When staying Club Level you'll have the option of purchasing a FastPass Premium Option where each member of your party will get to select three additional FastPasses 90-days in advance for a total of six FastPasses per day. I anticipate this being especially valuable once Star Wars comes online over at Disney's Hollywood Studios. 

The cost for the Premium FastPass Option is $50 per day/per person. 

Read more about the benefits of staying Club Level here. 

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How to Find Discounted Walt Disney World Tickets

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If you're traveling to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida this summer and looking to save money on Theme Park tickets, you have a few options. Retailers like Sam's Club, Costco, AAA, and BJ's Wholesale often have discount tickets available.

Also try a trusted ticket wholesaler like Undercover Tourist, a company that is authorized by Disney to sell tickets for less. They usually purchase large quantities of tickets from Disney which results in a lower price. The wholesaler then passes the savings on to you. 

Read about more ways to save and view current ticket offers on Disney World tickets on my Ticket Page

Customers who book a room and ticket package with Magical Vacations Travel can save on Theme Park tickets when booking an Agency-Exclusive Offer. 

Ticket Scams: 

Never purchase tickets from sites like Ebay, Craigslist, or from any agent that is not an authorized ticket seller.

Discount Tickets Through a Time Share Sales Pitch? 

Yes, there are numerous offers from some time-share companies that promise discounted or even complimentary Disney World tickets in exchange for your participation in a sales pitch. These offers are usually held in Orlando and are probably legitimate. However people have reported that the seminars are very high pressure and take much longer than expected. And of course they save the best part for last - handing over your tickets. 

Related

Discounted Theme Park Tickets for Universal Orlando Resort

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Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Refurbishments

Resort-Wide: Children's Activity Centers

Children's Activity Centers - Closing Permanently 
July 31, 2018 will be the last day of operation for the Children's Activity Centers. Kid's Nite Out will remain available for Guests looking for a child or babysitter service.


Disney's All Star Movies

Rooms Refurbishment - Through Early 2019
During this time, it is possible that Guests may see or hear construction, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00am. All resort amenities including dining and merchandise locations will remain in full operation

 Disney Skyliner Resort Transportation

Disney Skyliner Resort Transportation

Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Disney Skyliner - Until further notice
Disney has embarked on creating a new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, which will give Guests a bird's-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time construction noise may be seen or heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9am.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge & Villas

Jambo House - Rooms Refurbishment - Mid-August 2018 - Fall 2019
During this room refurbishment, it is possible that Guests may see or hear construction, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00am.

Jambo House - Uzima Feature Pool - September 2018 - Early December 2018
Uzima Springs Pool and Uzima Springs Pool Bar are scheduled to be closed for refurbishment. During this time Samawati Springs Pool and Maji Pool Bar at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village will be available. Brief rides via shuttle transportation will be provided to and from Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House. During this time, it is possible that Guests may see or hear construction, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00am.

Jambo House - Payment Policy Pilot - February 12, 2018 - TBD
Beginning February 12, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House will participate in a pilot where transactions will be handled with convenient, cash-free options. All purchases and services at the resort will accept MagicBands, credit cards, debit cards, Disney Gift Cards, Disney Rewards Redemption Cards and contactless payments such as Apple Pay, Samsung Pay or Google Pay.

Disney's Boardwalk Resort

FriendShip Boat Service to Disney's Hollywood Studios - May 7, 2018 – Mid-Summer 2018
Refurbishment work is taking place on the bridge near the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels. As a result, there will be no FriendShip boat service to or from Disney's Hollywood Studios. Service to and from Epcot and Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts will not be interrupted. Additional Disney bus transportation will be operating to and from both Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot during this time. The pedestrian walkway across the bridge will remain open.

Disney Skyliner - Until further notice
We have embarked on creating a new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, which will give Guests a bird's-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time construction noise may be seen or heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9am.

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

 Disney's Riviera Resort is being built inside the Caribbean Beach complex and will be added to the Disney Skyliner. 

Disney's Riviera Resort is being built inside the Caribbean Beach complex and will be added to the Disney Skyliner. 

Old Port Royale Food Court, Shutters Restaurant, the pool bar, arcade and gift shop are unavailable. 

There will be a variety of dining options available for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Centertown, a dining location, will serve an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet for breakfast and dinner, and a la carte options for lunch.
  • A selection of grab-and-go meals will be conveniently available for purchase throughout the day in three new island markets, located in the Aruba, Jamaica and Martinique regions of the Resort.
  • Additional a la carte offerings will be available at mobile food vending locations.
  • In-room dining will remain available. The menu includes pizza, sandwiches and pasta.
  • Disney dining plans will be accepted.
  • We will make every effort to assist with dietary needs.

The pools will remain available. Also recreation activities and entertainment will remain available.

During this time, multiple construction projects will be seen and heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00am.

Additional information is available in this 2017 Disney Parks Blog post.

Disney Skyliner - Until further notice
We have embarked on creating a new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, which will give Guests a bird's-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time, multiple construction projects will be seen and heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00am.

 

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

 Construction of a new 15-story tower is underway at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

Construction of a new 15-story tower is underway at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

Pepper Market - Now through Summer 2019
During this time, the quick-service restaurant, Pepper Market, will undergo minor refurbishment work, but will remain in operation. If Guests would like to experience one of the other dining locations, they can visit Maya Grill, Las Ventanas, Café Rix, Laguna Bar, Siestas Cantina and the newly reimagined space, Rix Sports Bar & Grill, featuring a variety of sandwiches, salads and refreshing beverages. All amenities will remain in operation, including the Dig Site pool area, La Vida Health Club, Salon & Spa and the Iguana Arcade.

The Dig Site (including Feature Pool) - September – Mid-December 2018
The Dig Site, home to The Lost City of Cibola Pool, volleyball court, playground, Iguana Arcade and Siestas Cantina, will be closed for refurbishment. While this work takes place, our other exceptional amenities, including three leisure pools, dining and merchandise locations, La Vida Health Club, Salon & Spa and recreation activities, including Movies Under the Stars and Campfires with Marshmallows, will remain available.

General Construction/Rooms Refurbishment - Ongoing until further notice
During this time, amenities including dining locations (such as the newly reimagined Rix Sports Bar and Grill) and merchandise locations, pools, La Vida Health Club with the spa and salon, and recreation activities such as beach volleyball, Iguana Arcade, Movies Under the Stars and more, will remain available. Please note that noise will be heard while our Resort is undergoing refurbishments, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms prior to 9:00am daily.

Additional information is available in this 2017 Disney Parks Blog post.

Disney's Old Key West Resort

Room Refurbishments - Through Spring 2019
Guests may see or hear work in progress and certain pathways may be unavailable. During this time, the Resort will be in full operation with all amenities available including dining and merchandise locations, pools, and recreation activities. It is possible that construction may be seen or heard, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00 am.

Turtle Pond Leisure Pool April - Early July 2018
Turtle Pond Pool, Turtle Shack Snack Bar and Flying Fish Gameroom will be unavailable due to refurbishment. During this time, it is possible that Guests may see construction. In addition, Sandcastle Pool, featuring a waterslide, kiddie pool and a variety of dining and recreation locations, will be available.

Disney's Pop Century Resort

Room Refurbishments - Through Summer 2018
During this time, Guests may see or hear work in progress and certain pathways may be unavailable. To minimize disruptions, we will attempt to limit all work until after 9:00 a.m. daily.

Disney Skyliner Ongoing until further notice
We have embarked on creating a new transportation system, Disney Skyliner, which will give Guests a bird's-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort while traveling via gondolas. During this time construction noise may be seen or heard throughout the resort, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9am.

Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside

Leisure Pool Refurbishment - July 2018 through Fall 2018
One of the Alligator Bayou leisure pools will be closed for refurbishment, but the feature pool, Ol' Man Island, and four other leisure pools will be available. During this time, it is possible that Guests may see or hear construction, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00am. All dining and merchandise locations will remain in full operation.

 A newly refurbished room at Disney's Pop Century Resort

A newly refurbished room at Disney's Pop Century Resort

Room Refurbishments - July 2018 through Early 2019
During this room refurbishment, it is possible that Guests may see or hear construction, but noise should not be heard from Guest rooms between dusk and 9:00am. All dining and merchandise locations will remain in full operation.

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

The Turf Club Bar & Grill – Kitchen Refurbishment - Late July - Early August

Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotels

FriendShip Boat Service to Disney's Hollywood Studios - May 7, 2018 – Mid-Summer 2018
Refurbishment work is taking place on the bridge near the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels. As a result, there will be no FriendShip boat service to or from Disney's Hollywood Studios during this time. Service to and from Epcot and Disney's BoardWalk Resort will not be interrupted, with the exception of May 14 – May 25, 2018, during which time the FriendShip boat dock at these hotels will also be undergoing refurbishment work. Additional Disney bus transportation will be operating to and from both Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot during this time. The pedestrian walkway across the bridge will remain open.

FriendShip Boat Service - May 14 – May 25, 2018
Refurbishment work is taking place on the FriendShip boat dock. As a result, FriendShip Boat Service to and from the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels will be unavailable during this time. Additional Disney bus transportation will be operating to and from both Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot during this time.

Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts

FriendShip Boat Service to Disney's Hollywood Studios - May 7, 2018 – Mid-Summer 2018
Refurbishment work is taking place on the bridge near the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels. As a result, there will be no FriendShip boat service to or from Disney's Hollywood Studios. Service to and from Epcot and Disney's BoardWalk Resort will not be interrupted. Additional Disney bus transportation will be operating to and from both Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot during this time. The pedestrian walkway across the bridge will remain open.

Walt Disney Travel Co. Packages Available June 19, 2018

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Today the Walt Disney Travel Co. announced that 2019 pricing will be available for packages and room-only reservations for the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida on June 19, 2018. Magical Vacations Travel customers can expect that Agency-Exclusive offers should be available by fall 2018.

You can view all current offers on the Resort Offers Page

Darren W. specializes in Disney Destinations

Disney Hints at Star Wars Hotel Location

 Families visiting the new Star Wars-inspired hotel coming to Walt Disney World Resort will board a starship alive with characters and stories that unfold during their voyage through the galaxy – and every window has a view of space. 

Families visiting the new Star Wars-inspired hotel coming to Walt Disney World Resort will board a starship alive with characters and stories that unfold during their voyage through the galaxy – and every window has a view of space. 

Disney has not yet announced where the new Star Wars hotel will be located other than it’s “under development.” We know that it is going to be somewhere near World Drive and on the south side of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We also know that Disney plans to build it near Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to “allow the experience to be seamlessly connected.”

 Disney Star Wars Hotel concept

Disney Star Wars Hotel concept

The Star Wars hotel will be different from other Disney resorts in that families will board a starship that will take them to their destination. While onboard, Star Wars characters will appear, stories will unfold for them, and views outside the “windows” will have views of space. 

 Disney Star Wars Hotel concept

Disney Star Wars Hotel concept

Guests who plan a multi-night stay can participate as a resident of the Galaxy and even dress in Star Wars traditional garb. 

Stay tuned for more information. 

Darren W specializes in Walt Disney World Resort