Today, Disney launched its new program for Disney Vacation Club members called “Membership Magic” – an unprecedented batch of membership enhancements, exclusive experiences, and special offers. Among the new additional perks are Walt Disney World experiences created for DVC members, discounts, a new online location for exclusive merchandise, and more.
Among the new perks are a new or better discounts for certain Annual Pass purchases. Starting on February 6 and lasting through April 30, DVC members can save off the regular price of three different Disney Annual Passes. They are:
Walt Disney World Premium Annual Pass
This pass offers unlimited park hopping at all four Walt Disney World Theme Parks, two Water Parks, DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park, Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course, parking, and no blackout dates. The discounted cost is $484. This is a savings of $245 off the regular price.
Hi, and welcome to another Observations post. Before I jump into my trip on January 27, I want to look back at the prior night. I mentioned previously that Fantasmic! is currently down for refurbishment, and because of that the Mark Twain Riverboat is running later than usual. Not only do you get to take some fantastic nighttime rides on the Mark Twain, but you can also view the fireworks from the boat when it is docked. It’s a great place to catch the fireworks and avoid the insanity of Main Street during fireworks time. And, I mean, come on, you’re on a giant steam boat watching fireworks. How cool is that?
So if you see a Disney blogger sitting quietly on the Mark Twain at night, it’s probably me.
Kirk Wall (aka Billy Hill) and the Hillbillies are back at Knott’s Berry Farm
After over 20 years of entertaining faithful fans in Frontierland, Billy Hill and the Hillbillies recently played their last show at Disneyland. As big fans of the Billys, we here at Touring Plans were heartbroken to see our favorite Anaheim performers unceremoniously “retired” by the Mouse after the 2013 holiday season. Now, we are thrilled to report that Billy Hill and the Hillbillies – aka Krazy Kirk Wall and the Hillbillies – have found a new home at nearby Knott’s Berry Farm.
According to the schedule posted on Kirk Wall’s website, the Hillbillies will perform at Knott’s every Saturday and Sunday (plus an occasional Monday and Friday) afternoon, starting Sunday, January 18, and continuing at least through April. We don’t give much coverage to Knott’s Berry Farm, but the Billys may make it worthwhile to take a day detour from Disneyland on your next trip!
I started off Monday with a ride on the Greatest Disney Attraction of All Time, the Omnibus! You can see the crowds on Main Street were thin; that’s because Disneyland is currently enjoying a bit of an off season. Unfortunately, the light crowds won’t last long, because the Tinker Bell Half Marathon is coming up this weekend.
Riding on the top level of the Omnibus gives you some great views of Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Disney has brought back some rare characters for meet and greets in the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree area of Disneyland. The area is set up similar to the Long Lost Friends promotion from last April, but this time they appear as the Frontierland Troupe. Six groups of characters from classic Disney movies are brought out three at a time and then rotated every 20 minutes. Frontierland Troupe will run every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until May.
List of Frontierland Troupe characters:
Robin Hood and Friar Tuck (Robin Hood)
Anastasia, Drizella, and Lady Tremaine (Cinderella)
Mary and Perla (Cinderella)
Honest John and Gideon (Pinocchio)
Pinocchio and Gepetto (Pinocchio)
Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow
Anastasia, Drizella, and Lady Tremaine
More pictures of the rest of the characters after the jump:
Disneyland annual pass discounts extended through 2014
One of the great benefits of being a Disneyland Resort Annual Passholder is the generous discounts offered on food and merchandise in and around the Anaheim theme parks. But if you read the fine print on your Passholder agreement, or stumbled across Internet news reports circulating last week, you may have been concerned that Disneyland Annual Pass discounts were officially scheduled to expire on December 31, 2013.
We are happy to report that the resort rang in the new year by updating its Disneyland annual pass discount webpage. The expiration date on discounts has been extended to December 31, 2014, for all the same venues that previously participated, at the same savings percentages. The last-minute renewal appears to be an annual tradition that we expect should continue next year.
The new design celebrates the Disney Mountain Ranges and features Splash Mountain on the $1.00 bill, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad on the $5.00 bill, and Space Mountain on the $10.00 bill.
So what are Disney Dollars? They work just like cash and are essentially a gift certificate that can be spent towards many different items at Walt Disney World or Disneyland. These can be redeemed at various locations on property. Many people also collect them as a souvenir of their trip.
Keep in mind that supplies are limited. This new version of currency will be sold at Guest Relations in Disney theme parks, at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort Hotels, and at World of Disney in Downtown Disney on both coasts.