Resorts

New Images for Disney's Riviera Resort Released

Disney has released more concept art for Disney’s Riviera Resort opening at Walt Disney World Resort Fall 2019.

In this release, Disney shared that the artwork displayed in guestrooms and throughout the hotel will include Disney concept art with European settings, posters of Disney films as released in Europe, archival photography of Walt’s travels throughout the region, and references to the ephemera and book titles Walt gathered on his journeys.

Details on Topolino’s Terrace Coming to Walt Disney World

Topolino’s Terrace coming to Disney’s Riviera Resort at Walt Disney World.

Topolino’s Terrace coming to Disney’s Riviera Resort at Walt Disney World.

Topolino’s Terrace — Flavors of the Riviera, will be a new signature rooftop restaurant at Disney’s Riviera Resort offering 2 special experiences: a character breakfast and views of evening fireworks.

Topolino’s Terrace will be a Disney signature restaurant where you can dine indoors and then step out onto the terrace for a view of the resort down below and if you can time it right, view the fireworks of the nearby nighttime spectaculars at Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Guests can start their morning off with an exclusive Disney character dining experience inspired by the Riviera.

Stay tuned for more information on this exciting opportunity!

By Darren Wittko

Offer Alert! Disney's Gran Destino Tower Late August 2019

Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort | Walt Disney World

Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort | Walt Disney World

Beginning Aug 22 through September 3, 2019 you can save big on stays at the completely reimagined Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, featuring hundreds of new guestrooms and a plethora of new amenities.

The offer includes the 15-story Gran Destino Tower with Standard View and Club Level rooms. Standard View rooms in the original part of the resort are also part of the offer.

Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

By late August, all 1,800 existing rooms at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort will feature updated fixtures, furnishings and lighting. A fresh, sophisticated color palette will tie the entire resort together.

For more information on this offer through Magical Vacations Travel, contact Darren Wittko

Hilton Orlando and Waldorf Astoria Now Official Walt Disney World Hotels

Orlando Hilton Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria now official Walt Disney World Hotels.

Orlando Hilton Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria now official Walt Disney World Hotels.

With Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge opening this fall, Disney is anticipating record attendance and is already sold out for select nights this fall. Running out of hotel rooms appears to be a serious concern for Disney. In 2018 it was announced that Disney would extend benefits to some Disney Springs Area hotels a.k.a, good neighbor hotels, and later added benefits to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotels.

Beginning today, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando are now Official Walt Disney World Hotels. Each guest staying at these hotels in 2019 with valid Walt Disney World theme park admission will have access to the following:

  • Extra Magic Hours access

  • The ability to make FastPass+ selections up to 60-days prior to arrival

  • Complimentary MagicBands

  • Complimentary transportation around the Walt Disney World Resort and standard parking at Walt Disney World theme parks

  • Disney’s Magical Express service The ability to purchase Disney Dining Plan packages.

Beginning April 3, 2019, guests who have reservations at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria can begin linking their reservations to My Disney Experience.

For offers on Walt Disney World Resort hotels, visit the Offers Page

by Darren Wittko

A Look at Disney's Riviera Resort at Walt Disney World

New conceptual renderings of Disney’s Riviera Resort have been released.

The image above showcases the hotel’s feature pool, Riviera Pool, and S’il Vous Play, an interactive water play area.

The image above showcases the hotel’s feature pool, Riviera Pool, and S’il Vous Play, an interactive water play area.

The Beau Soleil leisure pool at Disney’s Riviera Resort

The Beau Soleil leisure pool at Disney’s Riviera Resort

Guests staying at Disney Riviera Resort can hop aboard a Disney Skyline gondola for a bird’s eye view of  Walt Disney World  Resort. Disney Skyliner will provide service to  Epcot  ‘s International Gateway and  Disney’s Hollywood Studios .kyliner

Guests staying at Disney Riviera Resort can hop aboard a Disney Skyline gondola for a bird’s eye view of Walt Disney World Resort. Disney Skyliner will provide service to Epcot ‘s International Gateway and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.kyliner

Why You'll Save Big if You Visit Walt Disney World This Summer

Summer 2019 Offers and Discounts for Walt Disney World Resort

As a travel agent who specializes in selling Disney destinations, I have to admit, I was very surprised when the Walt Disney Travel Company released a free dining offer for summer 2019 back in January. We know free dining is not really free but it is very tempting and it did drive some sales to what is turning out to be a slow summer at Walt Disney World. The slump is likely caused by those who are postponing summer trips to Walt Disney World until after Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge opens this fall at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Some are holding off until in 2020 instead. Some are waiting until the fall.

Speaking of fall travel, I already have an unprecedented number of fall bookings secured. Not just for Galaxy’s Edge, but for the 20th Anniversary of the Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend. Once marathon registration opens, usually in March, hotel bookings really heat up.

But if you want to save big, go to Walt Disney World this summer from June through August, there are several ways to save big with room and ticket offers from the Walt Disney Travel Company and Magical Vacations Travel. If you would like to explore your options with me, you can use the Online Quote Request Form to send me your info. or email me: darren@magicalvacationstravel.com


Special Summer 2019 Offers for Walt Disney World

Ways to save money with Magical Vacations Travel and from the Walt Disney Travel Co.

June 6 through June 16, 2019

  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort

  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Family Suites

  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort French Quarter

  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside

  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort

  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort


June 20 through July 5, 2019

  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort

  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Family Suites

  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort French Quarter

  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside

  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort

  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort


July 13 through July 28, 2019

  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort

  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Family Suites

  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort French Quarter

  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside

  • Disney's Beach Club Resort

  • Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

  • Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort


August 1 through August 11, 2019

  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort French Quarter

  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside

  • Disney's Beach Club Resort

  • Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

  • Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort

  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.


August 14 through September 3, 2019

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort

  • Disney’s Boardwalk Inn

  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort


May 28 through September 30, 2019

(select nights) save up to 30% on select Walt Disney World Resort hotels with the Sun and Fun offer.



For a complete list of Walt Disney World offers, visit the Offers Page.



5 Reasons You'll Love Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort in Orlando, Florida

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort in Orlando, Florida

For the record I’ve got nothing against the classic Disney World resorts. I’m down with Disney’s Polynesian and Contemporary Resorts, Even Yacht and Beach Club. But gosh dang it, I’m sick of seeing hard working families toss aside one of Disney’s most beautiful hotels just because they think it’s too far from the parks. It’s by far the most unique hotel experience you’ll have without leaving the country and it’s right here at Walt Disney World! It’s also one of the cheaper Deluxe Resorts, not much more than some Moderate category hotels. To that end, here are 5 reasons to stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort.


Authentic Africa - Disney Style

From the moment you pass the gates you’re immediately transformed into a whole new world. The lush landscaping has been carefully cultivated to resemble an African savanna. Here’s a Disney secret - the planting started two years before the resort opened so it had time to grow and mature. This gives the illusion that the plants and trees had always been there. Drive a little further and the towering thatched roof of the main lobby comes into view. At that moment you realize this is a very different kind of Disney resort. Upon entering the lobby you’ll discover rich woods, golden tones, and authentic African art throughout. There are over 380 museum-quality pieces throughout the hotel and over 4,000 handcrafted works of art in the guest rooms. A mud fireplace is always warm and giant floor-to-ceiling windows provide spectacular views of the animal savanna.


74 Acres of African Savanna

True, Animal Kingdom Lodge is remote, it’s built on 74 acres right in the middle of its own savanna. Surrounding the resort is an animal sanctuary with over 200 mammals and birds like zebra, giraffe, and impala that live authentically in the recreated African savannas. So the fact that this hotel is remote, is perhaps its very best feature! It’s an escape from the excitement and high energy of the theme parks. Here it’s quiet, tranquil, and relaxing. Yes, it’s possible to feel relaxed on your Disney World vacation! And speaking of location, let’s not forget that it’s very close to Animal Kingdom Theme Park including Pandora World of Avatar, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Blizzard Beach.


Dining is a Culinary Journey

The signature restaurant, Jiko - The Cooking Place, is one of Florida’s most notable restaurants having won numerous awards and has the most South African Wines than any other restaurant in the United States. Boma is one of the most popular restaurants at Walt Disney World - it features an open kitchen, a wood-burning grill (that smells terrific from outside) and an incredible buffet. Victoria Falls is the mezzanine lounge that sits just above Boma and serves up specialty coffee, tea, South African vintage wines, international beers, and cocktails.

Jiko - The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge


Handcrafted Rooms

Each of the lodge’s rooms feature handcrafted furniture and art — much of it made in Zimbabwe.

Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of two Deluxe Resorts that offers the option of bunk beds in many of the guestrooms. Also offered throughout the resort are standard rooms with 2 queen beds or 1 king-bed.

Upgraded room categories include one and two bedroom suites and Club-level (concierge) rooms. It’s worth noting that the Club-level lounge is one of the highest rated among all of the Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts.


Wildlife Reserve

I know, this all sounds great but what about the animals! For the absolute best experience, try to be up just before sunrise (that’s early and you’re on vacation, but trust me it’s worth it). There are over 200 animals that live at Animal Kingdom Lodge and they become vocal and active just as the sky begins to turn brighter. And here’s a secret,  you don’t need to stay in a savanna view room to enjoy views of animals. There are several outdoor overlooks around the resort with prime viewing locations. There are also several animal and authentic cultural experiences and tours that are offered exclusively to Animal Kingdom Lodge guests.


For more on Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, check out this video tour below. And check for special offers on the Resort Offers Page.

Video: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge



View the Offers Page to view special rates for Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Average Nightly Rates for Disney's Gran Destino Tower

Walt Disney World’s newest hotel, Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is set to open on July 9, 2019. Reservations for Gran Destino are now available online, through your travel agent, or by calling 407-W-Disney. To book a room at the Gran Destino Tower online, look under Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.


In addition to several room categories, including Club Level and suites, Gran Destino Tower will also house a restaurant: Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood. According to Disney it will feature beautiful views of Walt Disney World Resort and offer a lounge with indoor and outdoor seating.


Average Nightly Room Rates for Disney’s Gran Destino Tower:


Tower - Standard View $255

Tower - Water View $312

Tower - Standard View - King Bed $324

Tower - Water View - King Bed $334

Tower - Standard View Club Access $363

Tower - Executive Suite - Club Access $632

Tower - One Bedroom Suite - Club Access $1073

Tower - Presidential Suite - Club Access $1503


Most rooms sleep up to 4 adults with 2 queen beds. King bed rooms sleep 2 adults. The Executive Suite and 1-Bedroom suites both sleep 4 adults. The Presidential Suite sleeps up to 6 adults.


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Disney’s Newest Hotel Resembles Aladdin Las Vegas

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Disney's Newest Hotel Lacks Imagination

Disney’s Gran Destino Tower resembles the now defunct, Aladdin Hotel and Casino is Las Vegas.

Disney’s Gran Destino Tower resembles the now defunct, Aladdin Hotel and Casino is Las Vegas.

Disney has recently announced that bookings for the new Gran Destino Tower will become available on November 27, 2019. The resort officially opens in July 2019, but no work yet on an exact date.

I’ve been writing about Disney for over a decade and have always been impressed with Disney’s projects. But I can’t help but think this hotel lacks true Disney imagination. Is it just me or does Gran Destino Tower look like the defunct Aladdin Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas? At the very least, it looks like a Holiday Inn. Is this the best Disney Imagineers could do?

I think Disney is known for building amazing and unique hotels. Think about Wilderness Lodge, Animal Kingdom Lodge, the Polynesian refurbishment, and even Art of Animation. These resorts represent the Disney Difference, truly unique hotels with over-the-top attention to detail, especially in regards to time and place.

So what happened with Gran Destino Tower?

Details on Disney's Riviera Resort Coming to Walt Disney World

Disney's Riviera Resort | Walt Disney World

Details on Disney's Riviera Resort Coming to Walt Disney World ©Disney

Disney’s Riviera Resort is projected to open Fall 2019. As you can see from this newly released rendering, Disney Vacation Club Members and other Guests will have a great view of fireworks spectaculars and easy access to the Disney Skyliner, which will have a station at the resort.

No word on a completion date but stay tuned! Disney’s Riviera Resort is not yet fully registered or available for sale.

by Darren Wittko

Disney Skyliner Opening Date

Walt Disney World Skyliner

Walt Disney World Skyliner

Previously I shared that the new Disney Skyliner gondola system will be operating at the Walt Disney World Resort in the coming year. We now know that it will begin service in the fall of 2019.

The Disney Skyliner will offer a new way to experience Walt Disney World Resort with unique views only available from the sky.

Disney’s new Skyliner system will connect Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot to four resort hotels-

  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort

  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

  • Disney’s Riviera Resort.

By Darren Wittko


Big News for Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Big news for Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort this week! All 1,800 rooms have now been fully updated with new fixtures, furnishings and lighting.

If you’ve ever stayed at Coronado Springs you know it’s a long walk from many of the rooms to the main lobby. Disney announced that new walkways will stretch across the lake will help shorten the trip. Plus a new restaurant is in the works and will be situated on an island in the middle of the lake!

The new tower, to be completed sometime in July 2019, will serve as the new main entrance at Disney’s Coronado Springs resort, and will add 545 Guest rooms and 50 suites, as well as feature a two-story lobby.

A second themed table-service restaurant is also planned for Coronado, this one at the top of Gran Destino Tower, which will offer views of the Walt Disney World Resort.

Finally the Disney Skyliner will be operational sometime in the Fall of 2019.

You’ll be able to book the Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort soon, according to Disney. Stay tuned.

by Darren Wittko

September 2019 Walt Disney World Offer Update

Disney's Beach Club Resort

Disney's Beach Club Resort

SEPTEMBER 14 - SEPTEMBER 27, 2019

Magical Vacations Travel - Offer ESEP19 - Disney's Pop Century Resort, Disney's Port Orleans Resort French Quarter, Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside (Standard View and 5th Sleeper), Disney's Polynesian Village Resort (Standard View and Garden View Club Level), Disney's Beach Club Resort, Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort

>> View All Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Offers

New Character Dinner Coming to Disney's Wilderness Lodge

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Storybook Dining at Artist Point inside Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort will invite guests to venture into an Enchanted Forest-like setting inspired by Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” There, you’ll enjoy a delicious meal of fantastic fare with visits from Snow White, Dopey and Grumpy. Delightful music and activities will help bring the classic fairytale to life, and they’ll even have an opportunity for an encounter with The Queen.

This immersive character dinner takes place amidst the rustic elegance and exceptional dining that Artist Point is known for. You'll enjoy a uniquely themed prix fixe menu, including shared starters, a choice of individual plated entrees and ‘sweet spells’ to finish the meal.

I'll have more information to share soon, including menu offerings, an opening date and when you can book reservations as well as where Guests might be able to find select fan-favorite Artist Point menu items in the future.

Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White is slated to begin this winter.

Darren W. specializes in Walt Disney World Resort travel.

Big News From Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Recently Walt Disney Imagineering shared some details about new dining options coming to Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort. 

Old Port Royale nearly complete and the former Shutters Restaurant will reopen in an all-new location as Sebastian’s Bistro. I am really looking forward to this as Shutters was one of my least favorite restaurants in all of Walt Disney World. 

Sebastian’s Bistro will feature scenic views and a menu that blends Latin and Caribbean flavors from market-fresh ingredients. Decor and theme will be based on a tropical beachfront home. 

Sebastian’s Bistro at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort | Walt Disney World Resort

Sebastian’s Bistro at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort | Walt Disney World Resort

Centertown Market will be expanded to create an indoor street market vibe. The market will feature open shutters, wooden light posts, awnings, ornamentation and unique seating areas. Guests will also have access to the Grab n’ Go market for specialty coffee and quick bites.

Centertown Market at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort - Walt Disney World Resort

Centertown Market at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort - Walt Disney World Resort

If you're looking for a great offer on Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, be sure to check out the Offers Page. You can enjoy special rates Oct 3-7 2018 and Nov 13-23 2018.

Darren Specializes in Walt Disney World Resort Travel

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

Darren specializes in travel to Walt Disney World Resort

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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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. 

Darren W specializes in Walt Disney World Resort

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.

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