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‘IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth’ at Epcot is ending next year!

September 17, 2018

 

After nearly 20 years of delighting Epcot® Guests with the emotional story of humanity told through music, fireworks, light torches and more, “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” will be ending in the second half of next year. The Disney Parks Live Entertainment team is already busy creating new thrills to debut immediately following the conclusion of “IllumiNations,” continuing the tradition of nightly entertainment on the World Showcase Lagoon.

 

“IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” which is currently planned to run to the end of summer 2019, has entertained millions of guests gathered around World Showcase Lagoon sharing the light and a story since it debuted in October 1999 as part of the Walt Disney World® Millennium Celebration. During the coming year, Disney will be celebrating this classic show, so you still have plenty of time to experience it again and again, as excitement builds for what’s next.

 

We know that Disney has got big plans for their multi-year transformation of Epcot, with new experiences that will “Wow!” your while keeping true to the original vision of the park. And the all-new nighttime fireworks spectacular coming to Epcot’s World Showcase Lagoon will be part of the park’s exciting evolution.

 

The new show will join several previously announced experiences coming to Epcot, including the highly-anticipated “Guardians of the Galaxy” roller coaster attraction, a “Ratatouille”-inspired attraction in World Showcase, a new table-service restaurant adjacent to Mission: SPACE, and much more!

 

To book a Walt Disney World Vacation, call 855-434-9397 or request a quote online!

 

Tron Attraction Update Now Loading…

August 14, 2018

 

Last summer, Disney Parks unveiled plans for a thrilling Tron coaster-style attraction to be added in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom® Park. Here’s a look at a new Tron-themed billboard at Magic Kingdom Park that’s now visible from Storybook Circus.

 

The new attraction will occupy an entirely new area next to the land’s Space Mountain, and now, as Disney prepares to welcome Tron into the park, a few modifications will be made to nearby attractions as construction kicks into gear.

 

First, the Walt Disney World® Railroad will temporarily take up residence at the Main Street Station starting in December 2018, pausing its grand-circle tours of Magic Kingdom Park. During this time, you will be able to get an up-close look at the railroad and take advantage of one-of-a-kind photo opportunities.

 

The Tomorrowland Speedway will close for a portion of 2019, as the attraction’s track is adjusted. It will reopen as the same attraction our Guests know and love in the summer of 2019.

 

 

Magic Kingdom’s Tron attraction, which is set to debut in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary in 2021, is based on TRON Lightcycle Power Run at Shanghai Disneyland (pictured above). This coaster-style attraction allows riders to board a train of two-wheeled Lightcycles for a thrilling race through the digital frontier. TRON Lightcycle Power Run debuted on Shanghai Disneyland’s opening day and quickly became the highest-rated attraction at the park.

 

We look forward to sharing more updates with you on the thrilling new addition of Tron as work progresses. Stay tuned for updates!

Joy Through the World! Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort Return November 8!

July 9, 2018

 

It’s Christmas in July! Today we’re announcing the return of the holiday season to Walt Disney World® Resort. Starting Nov. 8, 2018, you will be able to celebrate this magical season with festive parties, captivating holiday décor, delicious treats, spectacular entertainment and enchanting experiences that make this season one of the most wonderful times to visit Disney theme parks, resorts, and more!

 

A Flurry of Fun comes back to Disney’s Hollywood Studios® with 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 beloved 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!

 

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

 

New this year at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, 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.

 

There’s even more holiday fun at the resorts across Walt Disney World Resort with festive seasonal décor as well as life-sized edible creations. And at Disney Springs®, you will find the perfect destination for holiday shopping, dining and entertainment, with the chance to experience holiday magic along the way.

 

Now is the time to play big and start planning your holiday vacation at Walt Disney World Resort!  Call us at 855-434-9397 or request a quote online!

New Course Developments Coming to Disney Golf This Summer

June 13, 2018

Golf at Walt Disney World

 

There are a lot of exciting new enhancements taking place around Walt Disney World® Resort and their golf courses are no exception.

 

Disney upgraded the bunkers at the Magnolia course in 2015 and now they are planning similar enhancements for the Lake Buena Vista, Palm and Oak Trail courses. One of the coolest enhancements will be adding Mickey-shaped bunkers to Lake Buena Vista and Oak Trail similar to the one on No. 6 on the Magnolia course.

 

The Palm course is currently undergoing its regular aeration process and is also getting re-imagined bunkers and improved drainage capabilities. It’ll re-open June 18, 2018.

 

While Disney is creating the Mickey-shaped bunkers, they’re also going to enhance all of the bunkers at the Lake Buena Vista course, including adding new powdery white sand. At Oak Trail, the greens are being restored to their original size and totally resurfaced utilizing paspalum grass for the first time ever on a Disney putting green.

 

The new developments for those two courses begin June 18, 2018 at Lake Buena Vista and June 25, 2018 at Oak Trail. Both courses will be finished by mid-August.

 

In the meantime, there will be special discounted rates at both courses in addition to regular rates at the Magnolia and Palm courses, which are open for play all summer, along with FootGolf, the hybrid soccer and golf game recently added to Oak Trail.

 

To book your Walt Disney World Vacation, call 855-434-9397 or request a quote online!

Minnie Van Service Now Open to all Visiting Walt Disney World Resort

June 1, 2018

Minnie Vans

 

Last summer we shared news of the new Minnie Van transportation service available at Walt Disney World® Resort. Today, we’re excited to share that the service is now available for everyone at Walt Disney World Resort, through the Lyft app.

The service offers a comfy and convenient way for you to travel to and from the Disney theme parks, to dining reservations at our resort hotels, family gatherings, shopping sprees at Disney Springs® and much more in a jiffy.

The private vans are roomy, comfortable, and usually only minutes away. Each driver is a friendly Disney Cast Member trained to take you where you need to be — safely and with a smile.

How does it work? You can download the Lyft app on your mobile device, open it from anywhere at Walt Disney World Resort, and select the Minnie Van service option. Then, you can follow the steps below:

  • Confirm your current pickup location.
  • Enter your Walt Disney World Resort destination and tap “Request.”
  • The app will display a map tracking the vehicle en route and give you an identifying vehicle number to help you spot your car.

With Lyft, you can request their ride from your smartphone and pay right through the app. The Minnie Van service is an easy and friendly way for you to whisk your family off to the magic!

The service is available between 6:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. (Hours subject to change.)

To book your Walt Disney World Vacation, call 855-434-9397 or request a quote online.

Opening Dates for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

May 23, 2018

Opening Dates for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

 

Exciting news for Disney and Star Wars fans!  While Disney is still hard at work creating their largest single-themed land expansions ever, there is big news to share about the opening dates for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open in summer 2019 at Disneyland® Resort and in late fall 2019 at Walt Disney World® Resort, when you will land in the middle of the action as you live your own Star Wars stories.

To book your Disney Vacation and experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for yourself, call 855-434-9397 or start planning online!

In the meantime, take a look at this incredible sneak peek at these new immersive lands!

In addition, we have some additional exciting news about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Walt Disney Imagineering Story Editor, Margaret Kerrison, shared that the name of the village is called Black Spire Outpost. She also shared some of the history behind the name and how this village is closely associated with the geological formations that surround it.

The largest settlement on the planet Batuu, Black Spire Outpost is an infamous stop for traders, adventurers, and smugglers traveling around the Outer Rim and Wild Space. Off the beaten path, this outpost has become a haven for the galaxy’s most colorful — and notorious — characters. Widely known for the petrified remains of its once towering ancient trees, the spires now stand guard across the river valleys and plains and have long captured the imagination of travelers to this planet. To the first settlers, these petrified spires became more than just landmarks; they became the heart of the outpost itself.

 

Black Spire Outpost inside Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

 

To book your Disney Vacation and experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for yourself, call 855-434-9397 or start planning online!

Opening Dates for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Dates For 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays & Candlelight Processional

May 22, 2018

 

Recently, we shared dates for this year’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties at Magic Kingdom® Park. And today, we’re back with another holiday update for  you! We’re happy to share that the 2018 Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays will return to the park Nov. 18 – Dec. 30, 2018. The Candlelight Processional also returns this year and for the first time, the popular holiday tradition will open for Thanksgiving on Nov. 22-Dec. 30, 2018.

 

The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays invites you to discover holiday cheer throughout the park and across all 11 World Showcase pavilions. Special entertainment, storytellers, seasonal favorites at Holiday Kitchens, and eye-catching holiday decor are all part of the fun. Evenings during this time are topped off with a special holiday presentation of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.”

 

The Candlelight Processional, a holiday must-do for many Epcot Guests, is a retelling of the traditional Christmas story read by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a massed choir and live orchestra.

 

Stay tuned for updates on this year’s Candlelight narrators and dining package information.

 

To book your Walt Disney World Vacation, call 855-434-9397 or request a quote online!

 

Play Big and Save Up to 25% on Rooms at Select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

April 24, 2018

 

Spend quality time together in the middle of the magic before the laid-back days of summer fade away! With so many new and exciting things for you to experience at all 4 theme parks — including the larger-than-life Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios — it couldn’t be a better time to book your Walt Disney World Resort enchanted escape.

 

Jump on the chance to save up to 25% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels for stays most nights, August 2 through October 7, 2018 when you book through September 7, 2018!

 

To book your Walt Disney World Resort Vacation, call 855-434-9397

or request a quote online!

 

This special offer is valid for the Disney Resort hotels listed below. View the chart to explore savings within each Resort Category.

 

Resort Category

Resort Savings

Select Disney Deluxe Villas

Save up to 25%

For stays most nights 8/2/18 – 10/7/18

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
Disney’s Beach Club Villas
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

25%

Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Copper Creek Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows – Studios Only

15%

Select Disney Deluxe Resorts

Save up to 25%

For stays most nights 8/2/18 – 10/7/18

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

25%

Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

15%

Select Disney Moderate Resorts

Save up to 25%

For stays most nights 8/2/18 – 10/7/18

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

25%

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

10%

Select Disney Value Resorts

Save up to 20%

For stays most nights 8/2/18 – 10/7/18

Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Family Suites Only
Disney’s Pop Century Resort

20%

 

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Length of stay requirements may apply. See Important Details below.

Campsites included at 20% discount for Sunday through Thursday stays, August 12 through September 13, 2018. Moderate and Deluxe suites may be available for a lesser discount.

 

To book your Walt Disney World Resort Vacation, call 855-434-9397

or request a quote online!

 

 

Important Details:

  • Additional per adult charges may apply if there are more than 2 adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts.
  • Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.
  • Advance reservations required.
  • Offer excludes the following room types: 3-bedroom villas, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.

Walt Disney World Free Dining 2018

April 24, 2018

Free Dining 2018

 

The Free Dining Offer for Fall of 2018 has been released.  To book a Walt Disney World Vacation Package, call 855-434-9397 or request a quote online!

 

Savor the chance to experience an unforgettable stay in the middle of the magic! Enjoy a FREE dining plan when you purchase a non-discounted 5-night/6-day Magic Your Way package that includes a room at a select Disney Resort hotel and a ticket with a Park Hopper® Option.


 

Book through July 7, 2018 for arrivals most nights August 20 through September 29, November 24 through November 27 and December 7 through December 23, 2018.

 

Explore Disney Resort hotels included in this non-discounted 5-night/6-day room and ticket package and the eligible Disney dining plan.

 

Note: Packages for other lengths of stay may be available. Minimum 4-night length of stay and 4-day ticket with Park Hopper Option required.

 

Resort Category

Dining Plan

Select Disney Deluxe Villa Resort Hotels
Valid for arrivals most nights: 8/20/18 – 9/29/18, 11/24/18 – 11/27/18, 12/7/18 – 12/23/18

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

FREE Disney Dining Plan

Select Disney Deluxe Resort Hotels
Valid for arrivals most nights: 8/20/18 – 9/29/18, 11/24/18 – 11/27/18, 12/7/18 – 12/23/18

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

FREE Disney Dining Plan

Select Disney Moderate Resort Hotels
Valid for arrivals most nights: 8/20/18 – 9/29/18, 11/24/18 – 11/27/18, 12/7/18 – 12/23/18

  • The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

FREE Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan

Select Disney Value Resort Hotels
Valid for arrivals most nights: 8/20/18 – 9/29/18, 11/24/18 – 11/27/18, 12/7/18 – 12/23/18

  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Family Suites Only
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort

FREE Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package. Advance reservations are required. Tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use. First use must be on or before December 31, 2019. Some table-service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase.

Important Details:

  • Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.
  • Additional per adult charges may apply if more than 2 adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts.
  • Offer excludes the following room types: campsites, 3-bedroom villas and Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.
  • Gratuities are not included.
  • Children ages 3 to 9 must choose from the children’s menu, if available.

To book a Walt Disney World Vacation Package, call 855-434-9397 or request a quote online!

New Art Exhibition Coming to Epcot American Adventure Gallery

April 2, 2018

American Adventure

 

One of the hallmarks of the Epcot® World Showcase pavilions is their ongoing mission to bring authentic cultural experiences to Guests.

From live entertainment, to cultural representative Cast Members, to film experiences showcasing majestic vistas of the countries, Disney strives to give guests a glimpse of the people, culture and history of the country through art, dining and architecture.

For some countries, that includes an exhibition of authentic cultural art. There have been recent updates to the art gallery in Mexico, and more exciting work is underway to refresh the gallery in Norway.

Also coming this summer to the American Heritage Gallery at The American Adventure is a brand new exhibition called “Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art”.

“Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art” is made possible through the collaboration of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington, D.C.

Among the featured artists with works on display are fashion designer Loren Aragon (Acoma Pueblo), noted doll maker Glenda McKay (Ingalik-Athabascan), and Juanita Growing Thunder (Assiniboine Sioux) from the Growing Thunder family of Montana.

As with other exhibitions that have graced the American Heritage Gallery, this new exhibition will feature interactive elements, where some of the artists will share the creative process and inspirations behind their works in their own words.

Stay tuned for updates to the art exhibitions at Epcot, including an opening date for “Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art.”

To book your Walt Disney World Vacation, call 855-434-9397

or request a quote online!