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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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Disney Introduces New Ride-sharing System – Minnie Van Service

by on July 16, 2017

Minnie Van Service

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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

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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

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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.

Disney Officially Unveils New Star Wars Themed Hotel Experience

by on July 16, 2017

A few months ago, you may have seen the rumors that were floating around about a survey that was done relating to a Star Wars-themed hotel. This hotel would be an utterly innovative experience that immerses Guests right into the story.

Star Wars Themed Hotel

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Official Name for Star Wars Land

by on July 15, 2017

Star Wars Land has been announced previously for both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, but we didn’t know what these lands would actually be called. That is until today.

Both Star Wars lands will officially be called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a remote trading post found on the edge of wild space.

These new lands will feature two major attractions that will put guests in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. Both the attractions, as well as the land itself, will offer guests the chance to immerse themselves in the Star Wars universe like never before. The story will truly come alive for guests who visit.

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One attraction will make you feel like you’re on a Star Destroyer inside a hangar bay. It will be built on a scale that hasn’t been done before.

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The SATURDAY SIX Has an IN-DEPTH Look at the 2017 D23 Expo (So Far)

by on July 15, 2017

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at the 2017 D23 Expo!  Coming along once every two years, the D23 Expo is not just a Disney Convention, it is THE Disney Convention. With blockbuster brands Marvel and Star Wars now in the Disney family, D23 Expo actually competes with the much larger San Diego Comic Con for pop culture attention. Already big news is coming out of the Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center, including the public display of the incredible scale model of Star Wars Land, giving us a glimpse of what will soon be coming to Disney Hollywood Studios. It is here at the Expo where we will find out what is coming to the Disney parks across the world. We here at the SATURDAY SIX are going to cover what happened during the first two days of the Expo, and let’s kickoff the countdown with…

# 6 – Star Wars Land

We’ve all been on pins and needles waiting for more details on the upcoming Star Wars Land (rumored to be called Star Wars: Galaxy Edge) and Disney blew our collective minds with a 1/2 inch-to-1 foot scale model that is so good that it makes the Pandora: World of Avatar model look like the Metal Earth thing I tried to put together. While we won’t get the full details on what is exactly is contained in this model until several hours after this posting, we here at the SATURDAY SIX have made our guesses as to what we’ll see when it finally debuts in DHS.

Star Wars Land model. (copyright Disney)

A more accurate representation of the crowds we’ll see at Star Wars Land. (photo by @AvoidTIMtation)

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D23 Expo 2017’s Insane Star Wars Land Model

by on July 14, 2017

One of the most impressive exhibits at D23 Expo 2017 is the Parks & Resorts pavilion, home to the massive model of the Star Wars land coming to Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Lets take a look.

The entrance to the Parks & Resorts pavilion.

A view of Star Wars land from the far left.

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Walt Disney World Resort Preview – Week of July 15th

by on July 13, 2017

I’m starting a new column ya’ll!

Every week, I’ll be giving you the 411 on all the happenings going on at Walt Disney World!

Park hours? Check. Crowd Levels? Check. Special events? Check!

All you need to do is meet me here every Thursday for your weekly preview. Now let’s get started!

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