Disney’s Animal Kingdom “unwrapped” and introduced the biggest holiday season in the park’s two-decade history, with festive new entertainment and holiday décor in every land!
Here’s the new adventures that await you:
Discovery Island will play host to life-sized animal puppets during the day. As the sun sets, the Tree of Life will boast a shimmery new look and will periodically “awaken” with a series of wintry tales accompanied by a holiday musical score.
Over in DinoLand, U.S.A., all of Donald Duck’s friends gathering for Donald’s Dino-Bash! get into the spirit with colorful holiday decorations that they have each chosen in their own style.
The Asia section of the park is celebrating Diwali, the Holiday Festival of Lights in India. Here, guests can see glowing lanterns and more illuminating the main square that leads to the waterfront stage – home to authentic and colorful cultural performances.
The Africa section of the park will welcome guests with a unique holiday presentation that fuses Western traditions with the colors and texture of authentic African celebrations.
Guests can also find out-of-this-world holiday fun at Pandora – The World of Avatar. Ex-pats living and working on the moon of Pandora have rolled out holiday cheer with a display of whimsical holiday décor, pairing vintage pieces from Earth with items handcrafted from Pandora.
There’s never a better time to enjoy the holidays in Walt Disney World!
Good news! Due to overwhelming demand, Disney has increased availability for the 2019 Ultimate Disney Christmas Package and extended the booking window for this special offer!
This package is a great way for you to experience all the holiday fun of a Walt Disney World® Resort vacation, with an itinerary full of Yuletide offerings – including a five-night stay at a select Disney resort hotel from Dec. 21-26, 2019. Also included are four-day theme park tickets with the Park Hopper® Option, plus some exclusive holiday experiences just for Guests taking advantage of this magical offer.
Some highlights include:
Saturday, Dec. 21: Exclusive nighttime access to experience Avatar Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey and Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. Plus, you can catch an exclusive showing of the park’s new “Rivers of Light: We Are One” show on Discovery River.
Sunday, Dec. 22: Tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, where you can see the brand-new “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks” nighttime spectacular.
Monday, Dec. 23, or Tuesday, Dec. 24 (one night per reservation): Access to an exclusive reserved viewing area to watch “Epcot® Forever,” the new nighttime spectacular at Epcot. Plus, each Guest (ages 3 and older) receives a digital $50 Epcot Theme Park Dine Promo Card to use at participating locations in the park.
Wednesday, Dec. 25: An Ultimate Disney Christmas gift delivered to your resort hotel room!
The holiday season is a special time at The Most Magical Place on Earth, from snow dancing above along Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom® Park to sumptuous smells wafting out of Holiday Kitchens in Epcot, or new festive décor at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to high-tech projection shows at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. These are just a few of the holiday happenings taking place across all four theme parks, just waiting for you to discover!
The Ultimate Disney Christmas Package now can be booked through Nov. 23, 2019. Contact us for more information or to book and give the gift of magic this holiday season! When you book your vacation with us, our services are free and you’ll receive our expert advice on where to go, what to see and do, where to eat as well as tip sheets, park maps and more! https://vacationswithcharacter.net/disney.html
We know many of you have been looking for an update on Disney Skyliner and are glad to share that it has reopened to Guests today!
Disney has asked us to share the following information:
“Following a complete review with the manufacturer, we’ve made adjustments to our processes and training, and we are improving how we communicate with Guests during their flight with Disney Skyliner. We again offer our deepest apologies to Guests impacted by the malfunction that resulted in extended operating delays on Oct. 5, 2019.
Beginning today, you may travel aboard Disney Skyliner from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. However, system updates later this week will result in the following modified operating hours for Oct. 16-18:
Oct. 16: The Disney Hollywood Studios® line will be closed while the other two lines will be available from 1 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Oct. 17-18: All lines will be open from 1 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Similar to ski lift systems, Disney Skyliner may slow or come to some stops during the ride, particularly when we need to accommodate Guests who require additional time to load their cabin. We want to assure you that the comfort of every Guest is important to us.
As a reminder, Disney Skyliner connects Epcot® and Disney’s Hollywood Studios to four Disney resort hotels: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort (and the forthcoming Disney’s Riviera Resort, set to open Dec. 16, 2019).
We greatly appreciate your ongoing patience and understanding, and we look forward to welcoming you back aboard Disney Skyliner.”
We’re happy to see the Skyliner up and running and can’t wait to be back aboard as well!
A Walt Disney World® Resort Vacation is THE Perfect Holiday Gift for Loved Ones to Create Memories that Last a Lifetime and We Have Some New Special Offers to Tell You About!
Enjoy a Kids Delicious Dining Offer: Free Dining Plan for Kids (Ages 3-9) ~ Plus an Extra Dash of Magic!
You can get a FREE dining plan for kids (ages 3 to 9) when you buy a non-discounted 3-night/3-day package for yourself and your child(ren) that includes theme park tickets, a dining plan, and a room at a select Disney Value Resort hotel.
All 3 dining plans—Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan, Disney Dining Plan and Disney Deluxe Dining Plan—are eligible with this offer, but everyone in your reservation must be on the same package. For instance, if you purchase a package with the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan, then your kid(s) (ages 3 to 9) on that package will receive the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan.
With this offer, you’ll also receive the Frozen Welcome Pack, including:
Voucher for one stroller rental for the length of your stay
Voucher for one in-park 5×7 photo print per room
One merchandise bag per room including a plush, book and 2 treats
This offer is valid for arrivals most nights from January 1 – March 7, 2020 when you. book through January 1, 2020.
Give the Gift of a Magical Stay at a Disney Resort Hotel – Save Up to 25% on Rooms in Early 2020
Save up to 25% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels – valid for stays most nights Jan. 1 through April 25, 2020 when you book by Jan. 1, 2020. Or save up to 20% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels – valid for stays most nights Jan. 2 through April 25, 2020 when you book through March 7, 2020.
Plus, receive a $30 USD Disney Gift Card* per person (ages 3 and up) on the reservation when you upgrade to a package by adding 6-day or longer Theme Park tickets*. Gift cards can be used at participating locations in your resort hotel, in the theme parks, at restaurants and more!
Florida Residents: Spring into 2020 with Great Rates at Select Disney Resort Hotels
Are you a Florida Resident? You too can save up to 30% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels at Walt Disney World® Resort for stays most nights Jan. 1-April. 25, 2020 when you book through April 25, 2020!
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. Additional per adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts and Studios at Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Valid admission is required to enjoy theme parks and special events and is not included in this offer. Offer excludes the following room types: campsites, 3-bedroom Grand Villas, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. Proof of Florida residency required at check-in.
*One Disney Gift Card will be given per reservation. If you complete online check-in in advance, the Disney Gift Card will be emailed to you on the day of your arrival. Otherwise, you’ll be asked for your email address when you check in at the Front Desk of your Disney Resort hotel – and the Disney Gift Card will be sent to that email address. The email will contain a bar code for using the Disney Gift Card. If you don’t receive your Disney Gift Card in your inbox, please check your spam folder or stop by the Front Desk for assistance.
Start your Week off Great and Take Advantage of this NEW Offer from Disney for Visa Card Members!
Enjoy this special Cardmember offer! Save up to 40% on room rates at the all-new Disney’s Riviera Resort for stays most nights December 16, 2019 through March 31, 2020.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to take in the majesty of Disney’s Riviera Resort, the newest Disney Vacation Club Resort—opening December 16, 2019! Influenced by the grandeur of Europe, this enchanting escape offers beautiful scenery, a wide variety of comfortable rooms and convenient transportation to Walt Disney World Resort theme parks!
Must mention this offer and use a valid Disney Visa Card or Disney Rewards Redemption Card to pay the deposit.
Disney® Visa® Cardmember must stay in room.
Offer is nontransferable.
Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than 2 adults per room at Deluxe Resorts and Studios at Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts.
Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required.
Booking Information: Contact your favorite Vacations with Character® Travel Agent to book or request a quote by clicking here! We’d love to help you celebrate life with a vacation at this beautiful resort!
Don’t delay! The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Note: Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Length of stay requirements may apply.
Fall is a Favorite Time of Year to Visit the Walt Disney World® Resort. There’s Simply so Much Fun to be Had! Here’s a List of our Top Fav’s!
Courtesy of Disney DestinationsIndulge in spooky thrills at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is already delighting Guests with the “treat” of a new fireworks show this year – “Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular.” Other must-sees at the event are the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” stage show and “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade,” which features Disney characters in new Halloween costumes – and the spectral bride from the Haunted Mansion.
Indulge your taste buds at the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival – Where else but at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival can you sample mouthwatering international fare at more than 30 Global Marketplaces, watch live culinary demonstrations, and learn tips and tricks from celebrity chefs? Eat to the Beat concerts also keep the fun going in the evening, bringing the sounds of pop, rock, R&B, country, Christian, swing and Latin artists to the America Gardens Theatre, three times nightly. Pop down for a long weekend or add this to your vacation plans — it’s a must do for my family and friends!
Catch “Illuminations: Reflections of Earth” at Epcot one last time – While you’re visiting Epcot for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, be sure to stay for “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.” The show will take its final bow on Sept. 30, in order to make way for the park’s new nighttime show, “Epcot Forever.”
Make out-of-this-world memories at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Named one of Time Magazine’s world’s greatest places, become part of your own Star Wars story at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. Try galactic food and beverages, craft your own lightsabers, build droids and even help fly the “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy” at Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. TIP: Now through September 30, Guests can interact with an exclusive Snapchat filter that’ll put you inside a realistic hologram – start your transmission from the planet of Batuu today! (Available in certain U.S. regions only.)
Dive into a Disney water park – With cooler temps and smaller crowds, it’s the perfect time to cool off and relax in the Cross Country Creek lazy river at Disney’s Blizzard Beach® or jump the waves in the Surf Pool at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon®. Adding this option to your vacation package is a great way to enhance your trip and grab some R & R!
1) The annual Epcot® International Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World® Resort invites Guests to immerse themselves in the visual, culinary and performing arts in ways that only Disney can offer, including live concerts and art performances, workshops, art signings and much more. Today, we’re happy to share that this popular festival will return to the park Jan. 17-Feb. 24, 2020.
2) One highlight of the festival is the Disney on Broadway Concert Series, in which Disney on Broadway stars pair up to perform their favorite songs from award-winning productions at the America Gardens Theatre. We’re happy to confirm that the Disney on Broadway Concert Series will again return to the park nightly during the festival.
In addition to EpcotInternational Festival of the Arts offerings, you’ll also be able to enjoy fun new experiences in World Showcase!
3) As previously announced, the new “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” will debut in January 2020 in the France pavilion in addition to Impressions de France. This new sing-along adventure is directed by Don Hahn, producer of both the animated and live-action versions of this tale as old as time.
4) “Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360” will debut in January 2020 in the Canada pavilion with new scenes and a new story.
5) And The Land pavilion will welcome a new film, “Awesome Planet,” in January 2020 showcasing the beauty, diversity and dynamic story of the planet.
Fall is an amazing time to visit Walt Disney World® Resort and one of our absolute favorites!
Here are five reasons YOU need to visit!
1) Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is back!The spookiest event of the year has returned to Magic Kingdom® Park, and this year, there’s a new fireworks show – “Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular”. Party nights also feature returning favorites, such as “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade,” the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” stage show, Disney characters in their finest Halloween costumes and much more. Don’t miss out!
4) NBA Experience is open at Disney Springs®! This newly opened venue allows you to experience what it’s like to be selected in the NBA Draft, and step onto the court to make clutch shots and highlight-worthy slam dunks. NBA Experience also provides ample opportunities to learn more about the NBA and WNBA via interactive displays, films and trivia. It’s a “must do” for basketball fans!
5) Enjoy the Hakuna Matata Dance Party one last timeat Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park – head to the Discovery Island Stage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the party, a family-friendly event that features music, dance, games and some favorite Disney friends. The show ends its run on Sept. 30, 2019.
There’s never been a better time to visit and we’d love to help you with your plans! As Authorized Disney Vacation Planners, we know how to make your vacation a magical one — and we never charge a fee for our services. Stress-free planning, peace of mind, and helping you create priceless vacation memories are what we are all about! Contact us for a free quote today!
The 24thEpcot® International Food & Wine Festival – starts today and runs through Nov. 23, 2019 with irresistible bites, sips and non-stop family fun. That’s 87 delicious days of Festival-exclusive edibles and entertainment, such as a Candy Sushi-making experience, Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt, the rockin’ Eat to the Beat Concert Series and Disney du Jour Dance Party.
Opening week is set to thrill foodies at more than 30 global marketplaces, filled with eats like the warm raclette Swiss cheese debuting at The Alps Global Marketplace, a brand-new location for this year’s event. Guests can follow their nose to the jerk-spiced chicken grilled on site for all to savor at the Islands of the Caribbean Global Marketplace. And get ready for a taste of autumn at the Appleseed Orchard Global Marketplace near Le Cellier Steakhouse, where a chill vibe plus charcuterie and cheese nibbles pair well with fresh apple-enhanced libations plus fanciful flights with spice and kick.
Toast the Festival kickoff at Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar, where mimosas will be served individually or as a flight for those who can’t choose between vibrant fruity flavors like key lime and blood orange.
Bust some moves this opening weekend when Radio Disney ‘Next Big Thing’ artist alum Meg Donnelly (“With U,” Disney Channel’s “Zombies”) ratchets up the fun factor at the Disney du Jour Dance Party, Aug. 30 and 31 in Future World. The Dance Party runs daily, with Disney Characters and Radio Disney artists appearing each Friday and Saturday. More new artists will be announced this week, adding to the concert series’ smorgasbord of family fun!
Also this weekend, guests can groove with the Plain White T’s (“Hey There Delilah”) at the debut of this year’s Eat to the Beat Concert Series, Aug. 29-31. Or, celebrate with new Festival act Sawyer Brown (“Thank God for You”) who’ll take the stage and round out Labor Day weekend of top tunes Sept. 1 and 2 (weather permitting).
The outdoor concerts are included with theme park admission and located at America Gardens Theatre, running Sundays to Thursdays at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m. from Aug. 29 – Nov. 19. There’s still time to book an Eat to the Beat Dining Package at select Epcot table-service restaurants to secure guaranteed concert seating as well!
Make a date to catch one or more of the other big-name artists live in concert:
Plain White T’s
August 29 through 31
Sawyer Brown – NEW!
September 1 through 2
September 3 through 4
Grace Kelly – NEW!
September 5 through 6
Zach Williams – NEW!
September 7 through 8
Lauren Daigle – NEW!
September 9 through 10
Jimmie Allen – NEW!
September 11 through 12
September 13 through 15
September 16 through 17
September 18 through 19
STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
September 20 through 22
September 23 through 24
September 25 through 26
September 27 through 29
September 30 through October 2
October 3 through 4
INDIA – NEW!
October 5 through 6
October 7 through 9
Boyce Avenue – NEW!
October 10 through 11
Southern Avenue – NEW!
October 12 through 13
October 14 through 15
October 16 through 17
October 18 through 20
October 21 through 22
October 23 through 25
October 26 through 27
October 28 through 30
October 31 through November 1
Kris Allen – NEW!
November 2 through 3
Boyz II Men
November 4 through 6
November 7 through 8
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
November 9 through 11
Joey Fatone and Friends, featuring Chris Kirkpatrick and Ryan Cabrera – NEW!
November 12 through 14
BBMak – NEW!
November 15 through 16
Spanish Harlem Orchestra – NEW!
November 17 through 18
This weekend’s D23 Expo 2019 will showcase dozens of exclusive reveals and announcements for Disney parks and resorts across the globe.
And to kick things off, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek shared exciting news from Anaheim as a preview of what’s to come this weekend!
An all-new Star Wars vacation experience is coming to Walt Disney World® Resort!
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be a new, first-of-its-kind vacation experience where Guests will check in for a two-night adventure aboard a glamorous starship. Once onboard, Guests will interact with characters and become active participants in stories that unfold around them on their galactic journey.
Inside the Disney Parks “Imagining Tomorrow, Today” pavilion at D23 Expo, visitors will be able to see a new model and incredible visuals of the starcruiser – called the Halcyon.
Also at Walt Disney World Resort, there are big plans for the multi-year transformation of Epcot®, with new experiences that will make the park more Disney, more family, more timeless and more relevant to the millions of Guests who visit each year.
The reinvention of Epcot will include Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana.” This first-ever attraction based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios hit film, “Moana,” will let Guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting.
And this October, you’ll be able to visualize all of the exciting plans for Epcot at a new experience center in the Odyssey Events Pavilion, called Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience. Inside this first-of-its-kind offering within a Disney park, you’ll discover engaging and interactive exhibits that allow you to step inside the relentless innovation, energy and excitement and see some never-before-revealed details driving the future of Epcot all throughout this unprecedented period of transformation.
At Disney California Adventure® and Disneyland Paris, announcements were already made about the immersive Super Hero themed lands. Today, we have learned these fantastic lands will be called Avengers Campus.
When you visit Avengers Campus, you’ll become part of an interconnected, global story that spans from California to Paris to Hong Kong with the Avengers recruiting new extraordinary people to join them.
Inside the pavilion at D23 Expo, Guests will be able to see an in-story experience where they’ll learn why the Avengers are building these campuses. And on Sunday, more details will be revealed about what Guests will be able to experience when they open.
The pavilion will also feature many of the attractions and lands coming to our sites around the world including TRON Lightcycle Run coming to Magic Kingdom® Park, as well as additional expansions in Tokyo and Hong Kong. Here’s a quick look inside:
We can’t wait for more details to come on Sunday, and we’ll be posting them here, so stay tuned!