Disney News

Exclusive ‘Sorcerers’ Card Available to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Guests

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom 2015 Halloween Party Exclusive CardAttending one of the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties this fall? Don’t forget to pick up your event-exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game card!

For the past three years, party guests were treated to a special card –  “Chip ‘N’ Dale’s Bag of Tricks” in 2012, a Hitchhiking Ghosts card from the Haunted Mansion® attraction in 2013, and the Helmsman pirate from the Pirates of the Caribbean® attraction in 2014! This year’s card will be called “Minnie Mouse’s Costume Chaos” and will feature Minnie, Clarabelle Cow and Daisy Duck dressed as witches.

Obtaining your card is easy. Simply visit the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom recruitment center inside the Magic Kingdom® Firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A.®. After registering with the Cast Member using your party ticket and wristband, you will receive this year’s special card along with a regular card pack if needed. Supplies are limited for each party, so make sure to visit the recruitment station early in the evening!

Not familiar with Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game? Click here to view our previous article that explains the interactive experience that launched back in 2012.


‘Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant’ Tests Breakfast Offerings

Beginning November 1st, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios® will begin testing breakfast service at their location. Guests can kick their “solar day” off right by enjoying an out-of-this-world breakfast in one of the park’s most popular dining locations.

Breakfast service will include breakfast pastries to share in addition to a choice of appetizer, entrée and non-alcoholic beverage. The complete menu is not yet available, but here is a preview of some of the offerings:


  • Fresh Fruit
  • Yogurt Parfait


  • Puff Pastry filled with Scrambled Eggs, Crab, Asparagus and Gruyère Cheese with Roasted Tomatoes
  • Grilled Beef Tenderloin on Baby Spinach, with Bacon and Cheddar Custard on a Roasted Tomato and Cheesy Horseradish potatoes
  • Scrambled Eggs, Crispy Bacon, Sausage Links and Breakfast Potatoes
  • Macadamia Crusted Brioche French Toast with Mascarpone and Fresh Berries
  • Mickey Waffle with side of Bacon or Sausage
  • Kids Offerings:
    • Scrambled Eggs with Sausage, Bacon and Potatoes
    • French toast or a mini-Mickey waffle

Menu offerings subject to change.

The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant breakfast is available for a limited time – from Nov. 1, 2015 until Jan. 23, 2016. Pricing is $23.99 +tax for adults and $12.99 +tax for kids ages 3 to 9 or (1) Table Service entitlement on the Disney Dining Plans.

Contact your Magic Maker® with additional questions or to request your Advance Dining Reservation!

Florida Residents Sail and Save on Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line has announced special rates exclusively for Florida Residents on select sailings. Experience fantastic shows, onboard activities for the entire family, delectable dining, and visits to the most exciting ports in the cruise industry – including Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

Booking Window: Monday, Aug. 31 – Sunday, Sep. 6, 2015

Available Sailings:

Sailing From Itinerary Ship Sailing Date Category Available
Port Canaveral, FL 7-Night W. Caribbean Disney Fantasy 10/31/2015 5B


Request a Quote

Offer limited to 50 staterooms and is subject to availability. Other discounts do not apply. Proof of Florida resident is required for at least one adult member on the reservation within 48 hours of booking. Failure to submit complete identification will result in a cancellation with applicable cancellation fees. Florida resident must be at least 18 years of age. Other stateroom types may be available at varying rates. Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses not included. See Disney Cruise Line brochure for applicable terms and conditions.

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!