Disney Cruise Line® Issues Travel Advisory for Tropical Storm Erika

Last Update: 8/29/15 9am Eastern

As of 9am on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, Disney Cruise Line has issued the following update regarding Tropical Storm Erika:

Disney Cruise Line is monitoring the current weather conditions and path of Tropical Storm Erika. At this time, we have made no changes to our itineraries. Should weather conditions change, we can alter the itinerary of our ships to ensure the safety and comfort of our Guests.

 

‘Star Wars™ Half Marathon – The Dark Side’ Announced for Walt Disney World® Resort

After a successful first Star Wars™ Half Marathon Weekend this past January at the Disneyland® Resort, runDisney participants have been hoping for a similar event to hit the East Coast. This morning, runDisney announced a second Star Wars™ Half Marathon Weekend would be added, but this time things will be focused on the dark side!

Star Wars™ Half Marathon – the Dark Side Weekend will take place April 14-17, 2016, at the Walt Disney World® Resort. In addition to the Half Marathon, the weekend’s events will include a Star Wars™ 10K, Star Wars™ 5K, Kids Races, and the Dark Side Challenge (Star Wars™ 10K on Saturday and Star Wars™ Half Marathon on Sunday). Participants can also accept the Kessel Run Challenge by completing the Star Wars™ Half Marathon missions on both coasts earning them a commemorative “Coast to Coast” medal inspired by the Millennium Falcon starship.

The original Star Wars™ Half Marathon Weekend, which will return in January at the Disneyland® Resort, will be rebranded as the Star Wars™ Half Marathon – the Light Side but registration for that event has already sold out.

Race registration for Star Wars™ Half Marathon – the Dark Side Weekend opens Sep. 22! Like all runDisney events, this one is expected to sell out quickly so mark your calendars!

Contact your Magic Maker® for additional details!

 

Upcoming runDisney Event and Registration Dates

If you aren’t familiar with runDisney races, they are family-friendly running events that are held at the Walt Disney World® and Disneyland® Resorts. Ranging from 5K to marathons and even kids runs, the races are a creative way to bring new runners to the sport by utilizing the popularity of Disney Parks. It’s a perfect match! So perfect, in fact, that runDisney has become one of the largest race organizers in the United States – both in terms of the number of races and runners. In 2014, over 209,000 runners participated in a runDisney event!

Below is a listing of the upcoming runDisney events. Planning for registration is just as important as planning for the event itself; the 2014 Disneyland® Half Marathon Weekend sold out in just over 12 hours while the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon and the Star Wars™ Half Marathon each sold out in about two hours!

Disneyland® Half Marathon Weekend
September 3-6, 2015 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration: SOLD OUT

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
Nov. 6-7, 2015 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration: SOLD OUT

Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend
Nov. 12-15, 2015 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration Opened: April 7, 2015 – Limited availability left for Avengers Half Marathon event

Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend
Jan. 6-10, 2016 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration Opened: April 28, 2015 – Limited availability left for Walt Disney World® Marathon and runDisney Kids Races

Star Wars™ Half Marathon – the Light Side Weekend
Jan. 14-17, 2016 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration: SOLD OUT

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
Feb. 18-21, 2016 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration: SOLD OUT

Star Wars™ Half Marathon – the Dark Side Weekend
Apr. 14-17, 2016 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration Opens: Sep. 22, 2015 at noon Eastern

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend
May 5-8, 2016 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration Opened: Aug. 11, 2015 – Limited availability left for Tinker Bell Half Marathon and Pixie Dust Challenge

Contact your Magic Maker® for additional information!

2015 ‘Night of Joy’ at Magic Kingdom® Park

This September, the sounds of Christian rock, pop, and gospel will fill Magic Kingdom® Park as the 33rd annual Night of Joy takes place at the Walt Disney World® Resort. Happening after regular park hours on Fri. Sep. 11 and Sat. Sep. 12, the event will feature a mix of new and returning performers. The entertainment schedule for this year’s event is:

Friday, September 11, 2015:

  • 7:30p – Francesca Battistelli (Galaxy Stage)
  • 7:40p – Jeremy Camp (Castle Forecourt Stage)
  • 8:10p – Josh Wilson (Rockettower Plaza Stage)
  • 8:50p – Francesca Battistelli (Galaxy Stage)
  • 9:40p – I Am They (Rockettower Plaza Stage)
  • 9:45p – MercyMe (Castle Forecourt Stage)
  • 10:25p – Colton Dixon (Galaxy Stage)
  • 11:15p – Rend Collective (Rockettower Plaza Stage)
  • 11:55p – TobyMac (Castle Forecourt Stage)
  • 12:05a – Big Daddy Weave (Galaxy Stage)

Saturday, September 12, 2015:

  • 7:30p – Jamie Grace (Galaxy Stage)
    7:40p – for King & Country (Castle Forecourt Stage)
    8:10p – Veridia (Rockettower Plaza Stage)
    8:50p – Jamie Grace (Galaxy Stage)
    9:40p – LeCrae (Castle Forecourt Stage)
    9:40p – 7eventh Time Down (Rockettower Plaza Stage)
    10:25p – Matt Maher (Galaxy Stage)
    11:15p – 7eventh Time Down (Rockettower Plaza Stage)
    11:50p – Skillet (Castle Forecourt Stage)
    12a – Mandisa (Galaxy Stage)
    Artist lineup subject to change without notice.

Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend. Tickets cost $65 +tax per night or $115 +tax for both nights.

For additional information please contact your Magic Maker®.

Disney Visa® Cardmember-Exclusive Star Wars™ Imperial Meet ‘N’ Greet Coming Soon

Disney Visa® Cardmembers have always received a host of amazing vacation perks when visiting the Walt Disney World® and Disneyland® Resorts as well as other Disney Destinations. But now, that list of perks is getting longer!

Soon, Disney Visa® Cardmembers on both coasts will be able to experience the Star Wars™ Imperial Meet ‘N’ Greet! Inside, Cardmembers and up to 5 guests will feel the force as they meet favorite Star Wars™ characters at a private location. The Star Wars™ Imperial Meet ‘N’ Greet will be available in addition to the Disney Character Meet ‘N’ Greet photo opportunities that already take place inside Disney California Adventure® Park and Epcot®.

Star Wars™ Imperial Meet ‘N’ Greet will open in Disneyland® Park this Fall and inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios® in early 2016. Cardmembers can also explore three new Star Wars™-themed card designs now available to order.

Separate Theme Park admission required for each Meet ‘N’ Greet Opportunity. Must present a valid Disney Visa® Credit Card for entry for up to 6 people per cardmember account (each cardmember account may be used for entry only one time per day). Operating times, days of the week, locations and appearance of Characters may vary and are subject to restrictions and change or cancellation without notice. Please contact your Magic Maker® or visit your cardmember page for additional information.

‘Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package’ Now Available

Magic Kingdom® Park has announced a new premium event that will take place during this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties.

Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package, which will be available on most party nights, will provide guests with some VIP experiences at an additional charge. You’ll receive:

  • Preferred viewing inside Town Square for the first Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade
  • Preferred viewing for Happy HalloWishes Fireworks spectacular at Tomorrowland® Terrace where a dessert party will also be provided featuring:
    • Themed desserts
    • Non-alcoholic drinks

Pricing for the Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package is $69 per adult and $39 per child (ages 3-9). Space is limited, so please contact your Magic Maker® to check on availability for your party date. Here are a couple important reminders about the experience:

  • Admission to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a special ticketed event and is not included with admission to Magic Kingdom® park or this package.
  • The Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package is available on the following nights: Sep. 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27; Oct. 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31; and Nov. 1.
  • Entertainment is subject to change or cancellation without notice. In the event of inclement weather, the parade and/or fireworks may be delayed or cancelled. However, the dessert party will occur regardless of the weather.
  • Reserved viewing for Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade is for the early performance only. Seating is not provided at the preferred parade viewing. Wheelchairs and Electronic Conveyance Vehicles (ECVs) can be accommodated.
  • Disney dining plan entitlements may not be redeemed for this event.
  • Offer may not be combined with any other discounts or promotions. There are a limited number of tickets available for this event.

New Lands, Experiences and Entertainment Coming to Disney Parks

Earlier today, we told you about a new Star Wars™-themed land that is coming to both Disneyland® Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios® (Click here for more details). Well, we have more exciting news to share about other new lands, entertainment, and experiences coming soon to the domestic Disney Parks.

Here’s a brief recap of what’s to come:

Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

Get ready to head “to infinity and beyond” as you step into the world of one of Disney•Pixar’s most famous films, Toy Story! As you enter Toy Story Land, you’ll be shrunk to the size of Woody and Buddy as you wander through Andy’s oversized toys.

The new land will feature two new rides and an expansion of a guest favorite:

  • A family-friendly roller coaster enjoyed on the back of Slinky Dog.
  • Alien saucer attraction in which the little green aliens take guests around for a spin.
  • Addition of a 3rd track for the current Toy Story Mania® attraction!

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom® After Dark and Pandora – The World of AVATAR

As announced previously, work continues on the largest expansion in the park’s history. Soon, guests will be immersed into the world of Pandora, and the entire park will transform after dark with new nighttime entertainment experiences!

Details of the expansion include:

  • Scheduled to debut in Spring 2016, “Rivers of Light” will bring the Discovery River to life with live music, floating lanterns, swirling animal imagery and water screens unlike anything ever seen in a Disney Park.
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris® will be expanded next Spring to include a new nighttime adventure. Keep watch for two new species to the attraction – African wild dogs and hyenas!
  • Work continues on Pandora – The World of AVATAR. This new land will include floating mountains, a bioluminescent forest, and a new E-ticket attraction called AVATAR Flight of Passage.

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Soarin’ Around the World in Florida and California

Renew your passport because Soarin’ Around the World is replacing Soarin’® in 2016 at Epcot® and Disney California Adventure®! Your journey will take you above some of the world’s most unique natural landscapes and man-made wonders.

Here’s a behind the scenes look at the making of Soarin’ Around the World!

There’s so much magic in store for Disney Parks in the years to come! We can’t wait to bring you all the details as they are announced and help you plan your vacations to experience it all!

Star Wars™-Themed Lands Coming to Disneyland® and Walt Disney World® Resorts

The Walt Disney Company announced that a galaxy far, far away would be coming to a Disney Park near you!

In what is being called Disney’s largest single themed land expansion in history, these new Star Wars™-themed lands will bring 14 acres of fun to both Disneyland® Park in Anaheim and Disney’s Hollywood Studios® in Orlando.

Plans call for the land to transport guests to a never-before-seen-planet feature two signature attractions. Inside the land, every store and restaurant will be run by the “locals” of the planet!

No date has been announced for the launch of these new Star Wars™-themed lands. But in the meantime, new Star Wars™ fun is on the way!

  • Stars Tours® – The Adventures Continue – Later in 2015, Star Tours® – The Adventures Continue attractions in both Disneyland® Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios® will include a new adventure with locations and characters from the upcoming Star Wars™: The Force Awakens.
  • Jedi Training Academy – A current favorite of young Padawans, Jedi Training Academy, will soon be reimagined with a new experience that includes new characters and a new villain to battle from the popular Disney XD series, “Star Wars Rebels.”
  • Star Wars™ Launch Bay – Also coming in 2015, this new interactive experience will take guests on both coasts into the upcoming film, Star Wars™: The Force Awakens. The experience will feature special exhibits, visits with new and favorite Star Wars™ characters, and specialty food and merchandise offerings. Star Wars™ Launch Bay will be located in Tomorrowland® at Disneyland® Park and inside the Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.
  • Season of the Force – Inspired by the success of Star Wars™ Weekends, Season of the Force will be a new season event, beginning early 2016, bringing more intergalactic fun into Disneyland® Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. At Disneyland® Park, Space Mountain® will be reimagined into Hyperspace Mountain. Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, they will feature a new fireworks spectacular on weekend nights set to the iconic scores of Star Wars™ movies. Much more fun is in the works as well.

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We’ll bring you more information as it becomes available on all these out-of-this-universe announcements!

runDisney Event Registration Tips

Every runner is aware of the preparation needed to compete in a race. You can’t just lace up your shoes and go run a marathon! You have months worth of preparation to make sure you are conditioned both mentally and physically and have everything you need to compete.

With runDisney races, that preparation starts with registering for your event. Because these events are so incredibly popular, it’s not uncommon for some races to sell out within hours of registration opening! Your window of opportunity to register for these events can be small, so we have a few tips for you to make it as pain-free as possible.

  • View our listing of upcoming runDisney events and note the registration date and time for the race you are interested in.
  • Because registration requires an active.com account, we suggest you visit the site before registration opens and create one if needed.
  • Because the registration process asks some personal details, it’s easiest for you to fill out the form for yourself. Even if you are participating as a group, it’s best (and quickest) for each of you to register on your own.
  • On registration day, keep an eye on runDisney’s twitter account (@runDisney) for the registration link to be posted as soon as registration opens. This will be your quickest way to access the registration form.
  • If you’re lucky enough to make it right into the queue, you only have 15 minutes to complete your registration before your spot is given up to another person. If you receive an “on hold” message, the queue is full but continue to check back as spots may still open up.

After you receive your registration confirmation, then you can focus on your race preparations and let our expert Magic Makers® handle all the rest of your planning!

Soak Up the Savings at Aulani

Get ready to soak up the savings at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai‘i!

Inspired by the wonders of Hawai‘i and built with the perfect touch of Disney magic, Aulani is a beautiful beachfront escape that’s designed for families. Named the “Best Family Hotel in the US” by Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards in 2014, Aulani is a resort like no other.

Here’s your chance to ‘sea’ what all the talk is about:

For a limited time, the longer you stay, the more you save! Save 30% off stays of 5 consecutive nights or more* or 25% off a 4 night stay.* And if you book before Sep. 28, you’ll receive one complimentary meal per person per night stay at the Ulu Café!

Booking Window:

  • Book now – Feb. 8, 2016

Travel Window:

  • Jan. 4 – Mar. 17, 2016

Contact your Magic Maker® today for more details!

Request a Quote

*Save 25% offer for stays of four (4) consecutive nights. Save 30% offer for stays of five (5) or more consecutive nights. All stays must be booked between now and 2/8/16, inclusive, with all nights between 1/4/16 and 3/17/15, inclusive. The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited, and room availability may vary by dates of stay. Savings based on the non-discounted price of the same room. Savings excludes Resort fees and taxes. Offer excludes suites and 3-bedroom Grand Villas. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and subject to room occupancy limitations. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than 2 adults per room. Advance reservations required. Subject to additional restrictions and change without notice. Package booked before Sep. 28, 2015 includes one (1) daily meal (breakfast, lunch, or dinner) for all guests (ages 3+) booked per room per night of your package stay. Meal is only redeemable at ‘Ulu Cafe during normal operating hours and includes one (1) entree and one (1) non-specialty beverage. Meal entitlements may not be redeemed for cash in whole or in part, sold separately, transferred or refunded. All entitlements will expire at midnight on package departure date.