Walt Disney World News

Home/Walt Disney World News

Spring 2018 Walt Disney World Room Discounts

Create Family Memories at the Walt Disney World® Resort

2018 is the year for you to make new family memories at “The Most Magical Place on Earth!” From discovering what’s new at the Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival to exploring the new land of Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® theme park, there’s truly something for everyone inside this magical Vacation Kingdom! When you pair these all-new experiences with the following special savings, now is the time to work with our Magic Makers® to plan the storybook vacation of your dreams!

For a limited time, save up to 20% at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights Apr. 15 – Jun. 10, 2018. Plus, when you upgrade to a room and ticket package that includes a minimum 5-day theme park ticket with the Park Hopper® Option or Park Hopper Plus Option, you’ll get one more day added to the ticket, FREE!*

Not only will you enjoy staying closer to the magic, your stay will also include an array of special Disney touches and magical extras that only on-property guests receive.

Travel Dates:

  • Book a room at select Walt Disney World® Resort Hotels and save up to 20% on stays most nights Apr. 15 – Jun. 10, 2018 when you book by Apr. 7, 2018

Contact your Magic Maker® today for pricing and availability!

Request a Quote

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes 3-bedroom villas, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms, and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter. 20% savings based on the non-discounted price of the same room for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts. Lower savings may be available for other select Disney Resort hotels. Campsites included at 10% discount for Sunday through Thursday stays, Apr. 29 through May 24, 2018. Moderate and Deluxe suites may be available for a lesser discount. Tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use. First use must be by 12/31/18

8 Things We’re Excited About in 2018 at Disney Destinations

While it’s hard to believe that 2017 is almost over, we are overflowing with excitement and anticipation of what’s coming in 2018 for Disney Destinations!

Here’s 8 things (in no particular order) that we can’t wait to experience!

1 Toy Story Land- In Summer 2018 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, the all-new Toy Story Land will open to guests. Shrinking guests to the size of a toy, three attractions and a new quick-service dining location will await guests in the 11-acre play space. Slinky Dog Dash (a family-style coaster) and Alien Swirling Saucers will be the new attractions joining the already existing guest favorite Toy Story Mania!®. Woody’s Lunch Box will offer several meals and old-fashioned soda floats. No exact opening date in 2018 has been announced.

2 Disney Springs™ Additions- When you’re visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney Springs™ is your place to eat, drink, and shop! And in 2018, the list of options is growing! Eight new dining concepts will open in 2018! The Edison will open as a lavish “Industrial Gothic” restaurant, bar and nighttime destination. Adjacent to that is a trio of modern Italian restaurant and bar concepts – Maria & Enzo’s, Enzo’s Hideaway, and Pizza Ponte. Terralina Crafted Italian will feature dishes inspired by “Top Chef Master” Chef Tony Mantuano ‘s adventures in Italy. Master Sommelier George Miliotes’ Wine Bar George will offer more than 100 wine selections by the bottle and glass along with shareable plates, cheese and charcuterie. Jaleo, a Spanish concept by world-renowned Chef José Andrés’ and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill are also slated to open in 2018.

3 Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park Celebrates 20 Years- Opening its gates for the first time on Earth Day in 1998, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park will celebrate 20 years in 2018! As part of the celebration, the Flights of Wonder show is being retired to make room for the debut of a new show featuring Russell and Dug from Disney•Pixar’s film UP! The new show will feature species of birds from around the world at the Caravan Theater in Anandapur Village. We’re sure that more special events will be announced before the big day, so stay tuned to our Facebook page for more details!

4 Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Transformation- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is currently receiving some major enhancements that are set to be completed late Summer 2018! For our guests that have stayed at the resort before, the biggest change will be the elimination of the Customs House! Old Port Royale will act as a centralized location for check in/out as well as merchandise and dining. Other updates include an all-new Centertown Market for casual eats, waterfront dining at an all-new Shutters restaurant, a new Banana Cabana outdoor bar and lounge, and an refurbished Calypso Trading Post for shopping.

5 Return of Disney on Broadway Much to our delight, the Epcot® International Festival of the Arts will return from Jan. 12 – Feb. 19, 2018! Also returning is what we believe to the highlight of the festival, the Disney On Broadway performances which happen each weekend (Fridays through Mondays at 5:30p, 6:45p and 8:00p) in the America Gardens Theatre. This years performers include:

  • Jan. 12-15 and 19-22: Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey
  • Jan. 26-29 and Feb. 2-5: Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White
  • Feb. 9-12 and 16-19: Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland

The concerts are included with standard Epcot® admission but because of popularity, we suggest experiencing Disney on Broadway with a dining package that includes preferred seating!

6 Pixar Fest and Pixar Pier For over 20 years, the beloved characters of Pixar Animation Studios have found a special place in our hearts. And in 2018, they’ll come to life like never before with the addition of Pixar Fest and Pixar Pier at the Disneyland® Resort! Pixar Fest, the biggest theme park celebration of stories and characters from Pixar, will feature a new “Together Forever—A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” plus the return of ‘Paint the Night’ and ‘Pixar Play Parade.Pixar Pier will transform the area that is now Paradise Pier inside Disney California Adventure® Park with the thrilling, reimagined Incredicoaster, four new imaginative neighborhoods, plus entertainment, themed food and beverage, and more! CLICK HERE for more details on everything Pixar coming to Disneyland® Resort.

7 Downtown Disney® District Additions- There’s no doubt that the west end of the Disneyland® Resort’s Downtown Disney® District will see a lot of changes in the next 4 years with the construction of a new Disney-owned Four Diamond hotel that is set to open in 2021! But in 2018, you’ll see a few new locations open for your enjoyment. Splitsville Luxury Lanes will open in early 2018 with 20 bowling lanes, four dining areas, and much more. The New York-based Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer will open its first California location offering award-winning burgers and signature CrazyShake™ milkshakes that boast whimsical and over-the-top decorations and flavors. And in early 2018, D-Street will be re-imagined into a Disney-themed home goods store with products that change with each season.

8 Enchanting Enhancements for Disney Magic- Exciting new spaces and new experiences are coming to the Disney Magic in March 2018! An all-new enchanting dining experience will be created for families at Rapunzel’s Royal Table! Guests will be treated to live entertainment during their dinner, and maybe even an appearance by Princess Rapunzel herself. A redesign is coming for the Vibe, the space on the ship reserved for teens ages 14-17, which will be transformed into a trendy urban loft environment. And Cove Café, an adult-exclusive retreat located near the Quiet Cove Pool, will be redesigned in a sophisticated tropical style. The new enhancements debut on the Disney Magic’s Mar. 9, 2018 sailing.

What new addition at Disney Destinations are you excited about? Contact your Magic Maker® today and start planning your next getaway!

Request a Quote

Disney World Dining Caters to Everyone – Special Needs Dining

Anyone who has visited the Walt Disney World® Resort in the past can tell you about their excellent dining options. From the ethnic restaurants in the World Showcase at EPCOT®, to the class act dinner theater like Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, and the one-of-a kind restaurants like 50’s Prime Time Café, there is something for everyone. But if you are one of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, you may think that your choices are limited. With the MAGIC of Disney, it is actually quite the opposite.

When traveling with someone with a food allergy, they’ll be pleasantly surprised with the quality of service provided. When your Magic Maker® makes you advance dining reservations (ADRs), they’ll notify them of the allergy to alert the staff of the extra care needed.

Once you get to your table service meals, you’ll want to remind the host/hostess of your allergies. At most locations, they will have a special allergy-friendly menu with options for you to choose from. If not or if you have any further questions, they can notify the chef to come out and talk about our particular dietary need. Each chef will go to great lengths to ensure your meal is made without any allergen contamination. If it is a buffet meal, the chefs often have a listing or will escort you around to identify “safe” foods.

For counter service, you’ll notify the cast member at the order podium of your restrictions. At most locations, they will have a special Allergy Menu that you’ll be able to order off of. If not, they’ll notify a manager to come and consult you on what your available options were. For snacks, you’ll find a selection of allergy friendly options at many of the food & merchandise locations!

Visiting one of the other domestic Disney Destinations? No worries! Disneyland® Resort, Disney Cruise Line, and Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa all have programs that function similarly and are equally as safe and efficient!

The Special Dietary program at Disney Destinations is just another example of how they continues to exceed expectations of their guests. In fact, in December 2017 the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) recognized Walt Disney Parks and Resorts as an industry leader in providing safe, quality dining experiences to guests with allergies and special diets! So sit back and enjoy your meal!

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. Each year more than 200,000 runners participate in a runDisney event!

NOTE: Due to construction, all runDisney race weekends at the Disneyland® Resort have been placed on hiatus beginning in 2018 – including the associated Coast to Coast Race Challenges.

Below is a listing of the upcoming runDisney events. Planning for registration is just as important as planning for the event itself as some races sell out within hours!

Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend
Jan. 3-7, 2018 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opened – limited availability exists for Kids Races

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
Feb. 22-25, 2018 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration sold out

Star Wars™ Half Marathon – the Dark Side Weekend
Apr. 19-22, 2018 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opened – limited availability exists for First Order Challenge, Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon, Star Wars 5K, and Kids Races

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
Nov. 1-4, 2018 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opens – Mar. 13, 2018

Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend
Jan. 9 – 13, 2019 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opens – Apr. 17, 2018

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
Feb. 21 – 24, 2019 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opens – Jun. 12, 2018

Star Wars™ Half Marathon – the Dark Side Weekend
Apr. 4 – 7, 2019 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opens – Aug. 7, 2018

Contact your Magic Maker® for additional information!

Atlanta Braves 2018 Spring Training

Take me out to the ball game!

For the 21st (and sadly final) year, the Atlanta Braves will start their Spring Training at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World® Resort. Taking place inside Champion Stadium, this year’s lineup includes several marquee Major League Baseball teams including two games against the New York Mets and a game with the World Series Champion Houston Astros!

Each Braves spring training game has unique Disney touches from in-game entertainment to Disney character appearances. After every game, kids are invited onto the field for the running the bases!

Here’s a rundown of the 2018 schedule:

  • Mon. Feb. 26 – vs. Washington Nationals @ 1:05p
  • Tue. Feb. 27 – vs. Pittsburgh Pirates @ 1:05p
  • Wed. Feb. 28 – vs. New York Mets @ 1:05p
  • Thu. Mar. 1 – vs. Washington Nationals @ 1:05p
  • Sat. Mar. 3 – vs. St. Louis Cardinals @ 1:05p
  • Sun. Mar. 4 – vs. Miami Marlins @ 1:05p
  • Mon. Mar. 5 – vs. Pittsburgh Pirates @ 1:05p
  • Thu. Mar. 8 – vs. Houston Astros @ 1:05p
  • Fri. Mar. 9 – vs. New York Yankees @ 6:05p
  • Mon. Mar. 12 – vs. Philadelphia Phillies @ 6:05p
  • Tue. Mar. 13 – vs. Toronto Blue Jays @ 1:05p
  • Wed. Mar. 14 – vs. Philadelphia Phillies @ 1:05p
  • Thu. Mar. 15 – vs. Detroit Tigers @ 1:05p
  • Sat. Mar. 17 – vs. St. Louis Cardinals @ 1:05p
  • Mon. Mar. 19 – vs. Toronto Blue Jays @ 1:05p
  • Wed.  Mar. 21 – vs. Detroit Tigers @ 6:05p
  • Fri. Mar. 23 – vs. Detroit Tigers @ 1:05p
  • Sat. Mar. 24 -vs. New York Yankees @1:05p

Schedule subject to change

Ticket go on sale Dec. 11, 2017 and start at just $15 per person, so enjoy a day at the ballpark! Contact your Magic Maker® for more details.

Play, Stay, Dine, and Save at Walt Disney World® Resort

For a limited time, you can save on your upcoming adventure at the Walt Disney World® Resort. You’ll feel like royalty when you experience the world-class amenities of your Disney Resort hotel, enjoy Extra Magic Hours at the Parks, and receive complimentary transportation between Orlando International Airport and your hotel and throughout the entire Walt Disney World® Resort. Plus, you’ll receive advance opportunity to make FastPass+ reservations for your favorite attractions a month before regular day guests!

Save when you purchase a Walt Disney Travel Co. Magic Your Way Vacation package that includes room, tickets, and dining for stays most nights Jan. 1-Mar. 10, 2018.

Booking Window:
Book now – Dec. 22, 2017

Contact your Magic Maker® today to start exploring the “The Most Magical Place on Earth” with this promotion.

Request a Quote

Click here for details on Walt Disney World® Resort’s Early 2018 Room Discount!

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Savings based on a non-discounted price for the same package. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package. Tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use. First use muse occur on or before December 31, 2018. Some table-service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase. Advance reservations required. Length of Stay Requirements of Minimum – 3 nights to Maximum – 14 nights exists. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Offer excludes the following room types: campsites, 3-bedroom villas, The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.

‘Epcot® International Festival of the Arts’ Returns in 2018

After a successful first year, the Walt Disney World® Resort has announced the return of the Epcot® International Festival of the Arts!

Taking place from Jan. 12-Feb. 19, 2018, you’ll enjoy world-class cuisine, visual arts, and live Broadway entertainment. New for 2018, the Festival will remain open all week long, creating plenty of happenings for you and your family to explore! While all details haven’t been announced yet, here’s a look at what you can expect:

  • Performing Arts – from local bands to Broadway stars and more!
  • Culinary Arts – delightful fare is waiting for you at themed food studios, eateries and dining events
  • Visual Arts –
    • Curated Exhibits
    • Art in Action
    • Seminars and Hands-on Workshops with Pros

We’ll keep you updated as details are announced!

Contact your Magic Maker® for more details!


Epcot® admission required. Events are subject to change or cancellation without notice

‘Disney After Hours’ returns to Magic Kingdom® Park

Walt Disney World® Resort have announced the return of an event giving guests after-hours access to some of Magic Kingdom® Park’s favorite attractions and character experiences.

On select nights, Magic Kingdom® Park will remain open 3 extra hours for those with special event tickets or Disney After Hours. Admission, which begins early at 7p, includes select attractions and character meet & greets as well as food and beverage offerings like ice cream novelties and select bottled beverages. A limited number of tickets will be sold for each night of the event.

Event details:

Dates / Times: (admission begins at 7p)

  • Fri., Jan. 19, 2018 (8:00p – 11:00p)
  • Fri., Jan. 26, 2018 (8:00p – 11:00p)
  • Tue., Jan. 30, 2018 (8:00p – 11:00p)
  • Thu., Feb. 8, 2018 (8:00p – 11:00p)

  • Thu., Feb. 15, 2018 (9:00p – midnight)
  • Thu., Mar. 1, 2018  (9:00p – midnight)
  • Thu., Mar. 8, 2018  (9:00p – midnight)

Attractions/Character Greetings:

  • Astro Orbiter
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad®
  • Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin®
  • Disney Princess Greetings at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Haunted Mansion®
  • “it’s a small world”®

  • Jungle Cruise®
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic®
  • Peter Pan’s Flight®
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain®
  • And much, much more!

Price: $119 per Guest (plus tax) or $89 (plus tax) for Annual Passholders and DVC Members

Contact your Magic Maker® for more details and to secure your tickets!

Magic Kingdom® park will officially close to Guests who haven’t purchased Disney After Hours tickets. Number of tickets available is limited. All tickets are non-refundable, non-transferrable and are only valid for admission during the special event date and hours. All attractions, entertainment and experiences are subject to change without notice.

By | 2017-09-14T12:47:56+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Categories: Disney News, Walt Disney World News|2 Comments

The Magic of the Holidays at Walt Disney World® Resort

There are very few who can ‘deck the halls’ like Walt Disney World® Resort does! Bringing together the traditions, excitement and yuletide fun of the holidays, Walt Disney World® Resort creates quite the backdrop to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!

Here’s a look at what’s to come this holiday season!

Magic Kingdom® Park

One of the grandest ways to dive into the magic of the season is to experience Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Not only will you get to experience a magical snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.® and enjoy complimentary cookies and hot cocoa; you will enjoy live holiday entertainment like no other! From Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season fireworks spectacular to Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration stage show, you will be rocking around the Christmas tree all through the night!

Fans of Frozen will also be excited to know that Magic Kingdom® Park has allowed Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf to bring a little magic to the park with A Frozen Holiday Wish where they turn Cinderella Castle into a glimmering ice Palace!


If you enjoy the rich traditions of Christmas then you do not want to miss visiting Epcot® where their former Holidays Around the World is transforming into Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays from November 19 to December 30, 2017. Throughout World Showcase, costumed performers will share the holiday heritage of the nations represented. If you ever wanted to experience Christmas around the world, here is your chance! New this year, you’ll also find Holiday kitchens offering seasonal food & beverage.

Also new in 2017 is Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree, a fun scavenger hunt throughout World Showcase that ends with a special prize. Maps will be sold at select merchandise locations.

To keep in tune with the true meaning of the season, Epcot® is also home to Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season and the amazing Candlelight Processional where the biblical account of Jesus’ birth is retold by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

Disney’s Hollywood Studios® is getting back into the Christmas spirit with a new offering this year – Sunset Seasons Greetings! The park’s Sunset Boulevard will be turned into an enchanted winter wonderland from November 9 – December 31, 2017. As the sun sets, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ attraction magically transforms to tell several different holiday character stories.

Also, Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! returns for 2017 providing a Santa-sized nighttime spectacular to guests. The show will run nightly from November 9 – December 31, 2017.

Disney Springs™, Resort Hotels and more…

Even the Walt Disney World® Resort hotels join in with the holiday magic, bringing larger than life gingerbread creations and decorations to select resort hotels. And with the chance to meet Santa Claus, feast on festive flavors and enjoy seasonal shopping, there’s no doubt that Disney Springs™ is the place to be this holiday season!

The best news is, there is still time to experience the beauty of the season at Walt Disney World® Resort! Contact your Magic Maker® today to start planning your last-minute celebration!

Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

Starting Sep. 8, 2017, Disney’s Hollywood Studios® will begin offering a new Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP viewing experience. This new offering will provide guests with tasty treats and some of the best seats for that evening’s show.

Upon check in for the package, each guest will receive a special light up credential for their preferred viewing location as well as a snack box. Snack boxes will include:


  • Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
  • Cheesecake
  • Chocolate Cupcake
  • Apple Crisp
  • California Trail Mix
  • Cheese and Crackers
  • Bottle of Water
  • Specialty Alcoholic or Non-alcoholic Beverage in a light-up keepsake Fantasmic! cup

Children (ages 3-9)

  • Chocolate Pudding with Crushed Chocolate Cookies and Gummy Worms
  • Confetti Popcorn
  • Grapes
  • Sorcerer Mickey Vanilla Cake Bite
  • Bottle of Water
  • Specialty Non-alcoholic Beverage in a light-up keepsake Fantasmic! cup


Pricing is $39 per adult  and $19 per child (ages 3 to 9). Availability for this package will be limited, so contact your Magic Maker® today!

By | 2017-08-17T14:33:24+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Categories: Disney News, Walt Disney World News|0 Comments