Disney News

Garden Grill Restaurant Introduces Breakfast and Lunch

This fall, character dining options inside Epcot® are expanding!

Starting Nov. 8, 2015, The Garden Grill Restaurant inside the Land Pavilion of Epcot® will offer breakfast and lunch reservations daily. While the complete breakfast menu has yet to be released, you can expect many breakfast favorites like biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, Mickey waffles, and Chip’s Sticky Bun Bake. For lunch, you’ll find favorites from their dinner menu like sliced filet of beef, roasted slice turkey, “Living with the Land” Harvest-inspired Farmer’s Salad, and various side dishes. Just like dinner, the two new meals will be served all-you-care-to-eat right at your table. And of course, Chip ‘n’ Dale and some of their Disney pals will make rounds all day long greeting guests.

Bookings are open now, so be sure to contact your Magic Maker® to place you dining request or for additional information.

2015 Epcot® Food & Wine Festival Premium Events

Summer is flying by! Before you know it, the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival will be upon us! And this year, there’s more ways than ever to experience it! Every year, the festival hosts some events that are included with standard Epcot® theme park admission and some additional “over-the-top” premium events that require a separate fee.

Here’s a look at some of this year’s premium events!

  • Culinary Demonstrations – Join some of the most celebrated chefs in the World as they share some of their cooking tips and offer a sample of their dishes and paired beverages. $15 per person. Daily at 1p, 3p, and 5p
  • Mixology Seminars – Skilled mixologists will provide a mouthwatering lesson on some common and also original libations. $15 per person. Daily at 6p
  • Beverage Seminars – Sample an assortment of wines and beverages as you pick up a few fresh skills from the experts. $15 per person. Daily at 12p and 4p with added 2p seminar on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Beverage Boot Camp – Step it up behind the bar with this 2-hour seminar providing an intense basic beverage training that will sharpen you skills in the worlds of cuisine and libation. $119 per person. Select Sundays at 1p
  • What’s Cooking with… – Dine with some of the most famous faces of the culinary world as they share their favorite dishes, offer amazing insight, and sit down for a Q&A segment. $129 per person. Select days at 10a. Scheduled guests include:
  • 10/2 – Amanda Freitag
  • 10/4 – Bryan Voltaggio
  • 10/9 –Andrew Zimmern
  • 10/10 – Jamie Deen
  • 10/11 – Carla Hall
  • 10/16 – Gale Gand
  • 10/18 – Cat Cora
  • 10/23 – Allan Susser
  • 10/25 – John Ash
  • 10/30 – Robert Irvine
  • 11/1 – Erika Davis
  • 11/6 – Buddy Valastro
  • 11/8 – David Guas
  • 11/13 – TBD
  • 11/15 – Sarah Fioroni
  • Cheese Seminars – Taste a robust selection of international cheeses that have been paired with wines, beers, and other beverages by world-class Fromagers. $79 per person. Most Saturdays at 10a. Theme varies by week.
  • Food & Beverage Pairings – Enjoy a one-of-a-kind tasting experience at select World Showcase dining locations. Various offerings are available within the following cuisines: Italian, Japanese, Mediterranean, and Moroccan. Pricing and dates vary by experience. Contact your Magic Maker® for more details.
  • Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining – Resident Chefs from some of your favorite Walt Disney World® Resort Signature Restaurants invite you savor their specialty creations during an unique dining experience inside their restaurant. Locations include Flying Fish Cafe, EPSN Club, Fulton’s Crab House, The BOATHOUSE, Yachtsman Steakhouse, Jiko, Trattoria al Forno, California Grill, The Hollywood Brown Derby, Le Cellier, The Wave, Portobello Country Italian Trattoria, Artist Point, Narcoosee’s, and The Dining Room at Wolfgang Puck Grand Café. Dates, times, pricing, and experience varies by location. Contact your Magic Maker® to see what experiences will be happening during your travel dates.
  • Mexican Tequila Lunch – Experience tequila selections that have been paired with flavorful regional dishes from Mexico. $85 per guest. Thursdays – Saturdays at 12p.
  • The Hibachi Experience – This 6-course dinner, prepared before you eyes by a Teppan chef, is guaranteed to be as memorable as it is delicious! $150 per guest. Varies dates at 4:30p
  • Party for the Senses – After enjoying reserved seating at the evenings Eat to the Beat Concert, you’ll head to the World ShowPlace Pavilion where you will experience a party with awe-inspiring acts and over 50 food and beverage stops! $169 – $319 per guest. Parties run every Sunday in October starting at 7p with some dates featuring a special theme.
  • Rockin’ Burger Block Party – Party to some of the best music of the century while exploring a mouthwatering menu of incredible specialty sliders. $99 – $199 per guest. 7p on Sep. 15, Oct. 8, and Nov. 6

All guests will enjoy the new Back to Basics series, special book signings, Eat to the Beat concerts, and the Marketplace Discovery Passport which are included with their standard Epcot® admission.

Bookings for the Premium events open on Jul. 30, 2015. Contact your Magic Maker® today for additional information!

Entertainment and Events are subject to change without notice. Event may require a separate Epcot® theme park admission not included.

Late 2015 Walt Disney World® Room Discounts

Vacation Wishes Come True at the Walt Disney World® Resort

Why not make new family memories at “The Most Magical Place on Earth?” From thrilling twists and turns on the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom® Park to the great seasonal events like the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, your upcoming trip is a dream come true in the making!

For a limited time, you can save up to 30% at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights Aug. 15 – Nov. 24, 2015 and Nov. 28 – Dec. 23, 2015. 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:

  • Save up to 30% most nights Aug. 15 – Oct. 3, 2015 (when booked before Aug. 31, 2015)
  • Save up to 25% most nights Oct. 4 – Nov. 24 and Nov. 28 – Dec. 23, 2015 (when booked before Sep. 18, 2015)

Contact your Magic Maker® today for pricing and availability!

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The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package. 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 campsites, 3-bedroom villas, and other Resort/Room type combinations. 30% savings for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts; lower savings may be available for other Resorts.

‘Spooks and Chills’ Coming to Disneyland Resort®

Friday, Sep. the 11th will be the official start of Halloween Time at the Disneyland® Resort! That’s right, get ready for “The Happiest Place on Earth” to get spookier!

The ever popular Mickey’s Halloween Party is returning this year to Disneyland® Park. A separate-ticket event, the party turns the park into a celebration of the season as guests wearing their Halloween costumes join Disney characters dressed up in their own festive attire. The 17-nights of trick-or-treating fun at Mickey’s Halloween Party are:

  • Fri. Sep. 25
  • Mon. Sep. 28*
  • Wed. Sep. 30*
  • Fri. Oct. 2
  • Mon. Oct. 5*
  • Wed. Oct. 7*
  • Fri. Oct. 9
  • Mon. Oct. 12*
  • Wed. Oct. 14*
  • Fri. Oct. 16
  • Mon. Oct. 19*
  • Thu. Oct. 22*
  • Fri. Oct. 23
  • Sun. Oct. 25*
  • Tue. Oct. 27*
  • Thu. Oct. 29*
  • Sat. Oct. 31
* = Party runs from 6p – 11p instead of 7p – midnight.

Highlights of this year’s party include:

  • “Halloween Screams” Fireworks Spectacular
  • Paint the Night Parade
  • Meet and greets with Disney villains and other Disney characters
  • Opportunity for Adults and children to trick-or-treat in costumes throughout the park
  • Access to many of your favorite Disneyland® Park rides and attractions including Haunted Mansion® Holiday and Space Mountain® Ghost Galaxy

Tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party may be purchased in advance by contacting your Magic Maker®. Tickets go on sale for the general public starting Jul. 29th with advanced pricing starting at $69 per person. Disneyland® Resort Annual Passholders, Disney Rewards Visa® Cardmembers, and Disney Vacation Club members are able to start purchasing their tickets on Jul. 22nd.

Day guests to the Disneyland® Park can still take part in the Halloween Time fun too! As you walk down Main Street, U.S.A.®, admire the Pumpkin Festival with hundreds of unique pumpkins. You will also enjoy holiday overlays on two of your favorite park attractions – Space Mountain® Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion® Holiday.

Halloween Time runs at Disneyland® Park from Sep. 11-Nov. 1, 2015.


Late Summer 2015 Disneyland® Resort Savings

Be dazzled by savings!

The Disneyland® Resort Diamond Celebration is in full swing – celebrating 60 spectacular years since the opening of the Disneyland® Park! And now, you can save on your upcoming stay at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa or the Disneyland® Hotel!

Save up to 20% on select Premium rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa or the Disneyland® Hotel on most weekday stays (Sun.–Thu.) between 8/16 – 9/24/2015

Booking Dates:
Book now – Sep. 3, 2015

Travel Dates:
Stays most Sun. – Thu. nights Aug/ 16 – Sep. 24 with travel completed by Sep. 25, 2015. Some blockout dates apply.

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Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel for most Sun. – Thu. nights. Valid for travel between 8/16 – 9/24/15. Book from 7/15 – 9/3/15, with travel completed by 9/25/15. Savings on Premium rooms are available on Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms; select Concierge rooms; and Paradise, Artisan and Regal Suites. Savings on other hotels and room types may be available. Not valid on previously booked rooms. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Excludes applicable fees and taxes. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people maximum per room. Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Separate Theme Park admission required to enjoy the Parks.

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 Weekend
Jan. 14-17, 2016 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration: SOLD OUT

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
Feb. 18-21, 2016 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration Opens: July 14, 2015 – Noon ET

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend
May 5-8, 2016 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration Opens: Aug. 11, 2015

Contact your Magic Maker® for additional information!

2015 Epcot® Candlelight Processional Dinner Packages Now Available

Advance Dining Reservations (ADRs) for the 2015 Epcot® Candlelight Processional Dinner packages opened to the public this morning. These dinner packages pair a delicious lunch or dinner at select Epcot® table service restaurants with 2 holiday shows that will leave you in awe!

After enjoying your meal, you will receive a pass for reserved seating for one of that evening’s Candlelight Processionals showings. The Candlelight Processional – a joyous retelling of the Christmas story performed by a celebrity narrator, a 50-piece orchestra, and a mass choir – is one of the most beloved holiday traditions at the Walt Disney World® Resort. Show times take place 3 times each day, except on December 6, 2015 when show times take place at 6:45 PM and 8:15 PM only.

Dinner packages are available for the following Epcot® restaurants:

  • Biergarten Restaurant
  • Chefs de France
  • Coral Reef Restaurant
  • The Garden Grill Restaurant
  • La Hacienda de San Angel (Dinner Only)
  • Nine Dragons Restaurant
  • Restaurant Marrakesh
  • Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
  • San Angel Inn
  • Spice Road Table
  • Teppan Edo
  • Tokyo Dining
  • Tutto Italia Ristorante
  • Via Napoli

All packages include a 3-course meal and non-alcoholic beverage (or buffet where applicable). Prices start at $37.99 for lunch and $51.99 for dinner (pricing varies by location) but all will use (2) table service entitlements per person if using the Disney Dining Plan. Separate park admission is required. While purchasing the Candlelight Processional Dinner Package is not required to see the show, we recommend it as the Candlelight Processional shows tend to fill up quickly due to popularity.

A full listing of Celebrity Narrators has not been released, but here is a listing of those confirmed:

  • 11/27-11/29 – TBD
  • 11/30–12/3 – Neil Patrick Harris
  • 12/4–12/5 – Whoopi Goldberg
  • 12/6-12/8 – Joe Morton
  • 12/9-12/11 – TBD
  • 12/12-12/14 – Meredith Vieira
  • 12/15-12/23 – TBD
  • 12/24-12/26 – Edward James Olmos
  • 12/27-12/28 – TBD
  • 12/29-12/30 – Amy Grant

Celebrity narrators and dates are subject to change without notice

If you have already planned a holiday visit to the Walt Disney World® Resort, you’ll want to contact your Magic Maker® today to check on availability of the Candlelight Dinner Package during your stay.

Disney Visa® Cardmembers: Save at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

It’s time to discover the signature ambiance and tranquil spirit of Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows! And for a limited time, Disney Visa® Cardmembers can save when they stay at one of Walt Disney World® Resort’s original hotels!

Save 35% on Deluxe Studio – Standard View accommodations at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows at the Walt Disney World® Resort for stays most nights Jul. 5, – Oct. 3, 2015 just for being a Disney Visa® Cardmember.

Just like any other Walt Disney World® Guest, you’ll enjoy a tidal wave of Magical Extras like complimentary transportation, advanced FastPass+ planning, and more time in the parks with Extra Magic Hours!

Travel Dates: most nights Jul. 5 – Oct. 3, 2015

Book by: Sep. 22, 2015

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Offer subject to availability. Number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length of stay requirements may apply. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Additional per adult charges apply if more than two adults per room. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Deposit must be made at the time of booking with your Disney Visa® Card or Disney Rewards® Redemption Card. Offer subject to change without notice.

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Nighttime Skies on the 4th of July

The Walt Disney World® Resort will pixie dust the night skies in celebration of America’s Birthday! Whether watching the patriotic display at Magic Kingdom® Park, the rock ‘n’ roll spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, or one of the shows, you can celebrate the holiday with a real BANG – Disney-style!

  • Magic Kingdom® Park in Florida will present “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.” This patriotic fireworks spectacular pays homage to the hopes and dreams of America’s forefathers. The spectacular happens twice – July 3rd & 4th at 9p.
  • At Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, the “Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party leads up to a “Rockin’ Fourth of July Celebration” fireworks show, a pyrotechnic, rock ‘n roll trip across America, where the DJ kicks things off at 5:45p and keeps the party going until fireworks time at 10:15p on July 4th.
  • In Epcot®, the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth show will be enhanced with a special finale – an overture of traditional Americana themes displayed in a pyrotechnic and laser light event. Please note the special showtime for July 4th is at 10 pm.

Other patriotic activities will be taking place around the Parks and Resorts. Consult your Times Guide for complete details of these various activities including the “Voices of Liberty 4th of July Concert,” performances by “Don’t Look Back – A Boston Tribute Band,” and your special opportunity to meet patriotic characters at Epcot’s® American Adventure pavilion.

All activities are weather permitting and subject to change without notice.

‘Frozen Summer Fun’ Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

The coolest event of the Summer is back at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®!

Frozen Summer Fun – Live at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® takes place through Sep. 7, 2015. Running daily, the event hosts activities themed after Disney’s popular movie, Frozen. Activities include:

  • Frozen Royal Welcome – Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf appear in a special procession down Hollywood Blvd twice daily – 10:30a, 1:30p
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration FP+Anna, Elsa, and historians from Arendelle tell of their kingdom’s history through tales and some help from the audience in the form of sing-alongs. This show takes place several times daily and is presented in a new home at the Hyperion Theater – 9:30a, 11:30a, 12:30p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p, 5:30p, 6:30p, 7:30p, 8:30p
  • “Frozen Fever” – Catch a special screening of the new animated short “Frozen Fever” inside the ABC Sound Studiocontinuously 10:00am – 30 minutes before Park closing
  • Olaf’s Summer Cool Down – Several times each day Olaf and his friends are welcomed to the Event Stage to have some fun with everyone “In Summer” – 11:30a, 12:30p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p, 5:30p
  • “Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party – The party really gets started each evening as DJ Chill takes the Event Stage – 5:45p-9:30p
  • Frozen Fireworks Spectacular* – What better way to end your day than with fireworks? Each evening, Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf take the party into the sky! And you guessed it – the spectacular will be set to the music of Frozen!9:30p (through Aug. 20) 9:00p (Aug. 21-Sep. 7)
    *Frozen Fireworks Spectacular will not be shown on 7/4 and 7/15.
    All events and times subject to change – please refer to Daily Times Guide for more info

Frozen Summer Fun – Live” is included with standard park admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. Throughout this special event, Anna and Elsa will also continue to meet and greet guests at Princess Fairytale Hall in Magic Kingdom® Park.

Here’s a look at all the fun the royal sisters have planned for you: