Archive for July, 2017

New Fall Discounts for the Walt Disney World Resort

by on July 17, 2017

Save on your next Walt Disney World vacation

Save on your next Disney vacation ©Disney

Thanks to Sue Pisaturo at Small World Vacations for the heads up on these new Disney discounts.

Today, Disney announced a few new specials that are available for travel to Walt Disney World for those traveling this fall and the holiday season!

If you were planning to enjoy the great holiday events that Walt Disney World offers each year, such as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom or Holidays Around the World at Epcot, these discounts may help you! Guests who take advantage of these great offers can also have the opportunity to experience the all-new Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Room Only Discount

First, is the room only discount where Guests can save up to 20% on select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for most nights from October 8 through December 24 with the “Magical Holidays Room Offer” offer. When you book a room only discount at a select Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you’ll still be able to enjoy helpful benefits like accessing FastPass+ 60 days prior to your vacation, complimentary MagicBands, Extra Magic Hours, complimentary transportation, standard parking, plus more!

Exclusions may apply at the following room types and Disney Resort hotels:

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Ask A Travel Agent: What Happens When Free Dining Is Released?

by on July 17, 2017

We are truly lucky to get know some fantastic travel agents through our work here at TouringPlans. When the latest Disney Free Dining promotion was released, we heard stories from many of our friends in the industry about how busy Disney’s reservation systems were that day. That got us thinking: what’s it really like for a travel agent on the day a big promotion is released. Here’s one anonymous agent’s story:

Free Dining.

Two simple, innocuous little words that put together have created a cult-like response in the Disney community. Over the years, they’ve also created a bit of a sense of dread in the hearts of Disney-focused travel agents. Allow me to share with you what free dining is really like for a TA.

Years ago, free dining was a different beast. From the first release in 2005, popularity grew and grew, and as it grew the scope of requirements increased (like minimum ticket requirements), availability decreased (more date and resort blackouts), but guests were as starved as ever for this promotion. It was becoming somewhat of a holy grail, a unicorn if you will, for Disney vacationers. And TAs became Unicorn Hunters. And a vicious hunt it has become.

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New Super Hero Experience Coming to Disney California Adventure

by on July 17, 2017

Disney California Adventure


Looks like Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT was just the start. Disney announced during the D23 Expo that there will be a new super hero experience headed to Disney California Adventure in the near future.

Not many details were released, however, DIsney did let out the nugget that the Guardians of the Galaxy will be joined by Spider-Man and the Avengers in what will become a completely immersive Super Hero universe at the park. They stated that these new stories will help to build on the success of the already popular Guardians of the Galaxy attraction and create a place where you can team up with your favorite Super Heroes like never before.

Stay tuned to the blog for more information about Marvel at Disney California Adventure as it comes online!


Toy Story Land to Open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Next Summer

by on July 17, 2017

Who else is excited to finally get to experience Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Well, beginning in the summer of 2018, Guests will be able to be shrunk down to toy size and experience this all new land.

Toy Story Land



As a reminder, Toy Story Land will feature two brand new attractions. The first is called Slinky Dog Dash and is a roller coaster that the whole family can enjoy.  During Slinky Dog Dash, you’ll zip around many turns and drops that Andy has created to really make Slinky and his coils stretch to his limits.

The second attraction is the Alien Swirling Saucers. It’s designed as a toy play set that Andy got from Pizza Planet. In this ride, Aliens are flying around in their toy flying saucers and trying to capture your rocket toy vehicle with “The Claw.”

So, looks like we only have one year left before we can experience this exciting new land!

New Pixar Fun Coming to Disneyland Resort

by on July 17, 2017

Disneyland Resort will soon be getting lots of Pixar love.

First things first, at Disney California Adventure, Paradise Pier will become Pixar Pier as more of the Pixar stories join Toy Story Midway Mania in 2018.



This retheming will feature a brand-new look for the area. Guests will discover new neighborhoods filled with characters from The Incredibles, Inside Out and Toy Story.

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Disney Cruise Line to add Three New Ships

by on July 16, 2017

Disney Cruise Line

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We knew that Disney was in the process of increasing its cruise line fleet by adding two additional cruise ships, but during the D23 Expo, they dropped a bombshell. Instead of two new ships, Disney Cruise Line will be adding THREE! This means that Disney will be almost doubling their fleet!

The Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany is building the ships and the scheduled completion dates of the original two announced were 2021 and 2023. This additional ship will be built at the same shipyard and is scheduled to be completed in 2022.

All Disney Cruise Line ship names, design plans and itineraries are still in development, but you can be sure that each of the ships will have its own unique and incredible experiences.

According to Disney, the three new ships will be powered by clean-burning liquefied natural gas and be the same size – approximately 135,000 gross tons with about 1,250 guest staterooms planned. That is slightly larger than the newest Disney Cruise Line ships, the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.

We cannot wait for these new additions. These new ships will usher in the next generation of innovative cruise experiences designed especially for families. Anchors away!


Disney Introduces New Ride-sharing System – Minnie Van Service

by on July 16, 2017

Minnie Van Service


One of my favorite ways to get around the Walt Disney World Resort as of late has been using ride-sharing systems, such as Uber and Lyft. It’s a lot easier to use sometimes around the resort, especially when going from hotel to hotel.

Well, of course, Disney was listening to us when we said that we were using these services, so they have decided to introduce the all-new Minnie Van service! This new transportation option will provide  point-to-point transportation service in a way that only Disney can do, giving guests an even more seamless resort vacation from start to finish.

The name comes from the theme of the vehicles, as they are themed around the themed to the one-and-only Minnie Mouse. The Minnie vehicles will take you everywhere you want to go at the Walt Disney World Resort, and you’ll ride in Minnie’s classic style.

Stay tuned for more information about this new service that should be rolling down the roads of Walt Disney World soon.

Disney Announces Gondola System Called Disney Skyliner

by on July 16, 2017

A few months ago, we got word that Disney was going to be introducing a new gondola system. Well, at the D23 Expo, Disney made the whole thing official and even gave us the name of this new transportation method!

Disney Skyliner Gondola System



Disney Skyliner will soon give Guests a birds-eye view of the resort. Of course there will be a Disney touch, so many of the gondolas with Disney Skyliner will feature favorite Disney characters.

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Walt Disney World to Add 15th Disney Vacation Club Resort – Disney’s Riviera Resort

by on July 16, 2017

This week will see the opening of Walt Disney World’s newest Disney Vacation Club Resort, Copper Creek Villas, but Disney isn’t slowing down yet. At the D23 Expo, Disney announced their 15th Disney Vacation Club Resort called Disney’s Riviera Resort.

Disney's Riviera Resort




This resort will be located near Epcot and Guests will be able to see the nighttime spectaculars at both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and at Epcot courtesy of a rooftop restaurant with sweeping views.

This new resort experience will feature approximately 300 units spread across a variety of accommodation types. In addition, the new skyway transportation system will connect the new resort to other areas on Walt Disney World property.

Disney’s Riviera Resort will open in the fall of 2019, so stay tuned for more details.

Magic Kingdom to add an all-new Theater

by on July 16, 2017

A brand new entertainment space is coming to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

The performance space is coming to Main Street U.S.A. and will be based on the iconic Willis Theater in 1920s Kansas City. This new theater gives Disney many more options in live entertainment in the park. The design of the theater looks right at home on Main Street!

Magic Kingdom


Details about the theater were few and far between. We don’t know what shows will be performed at this new venue. It is expected that it will feature Broadway-style entertainment like Aladdin and Frozen at Disney California Adventure.

One thing is for sure and that is that you can bet that as soon as I learn more information, I’ll make sure to share it with you!