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Jambo House Testing Cash-Free ProgramJambo House Testing Cash-Free Program
February 15, 2018
REMINDER: As of Feb. 12, Jambo House at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge will participate in a pilot program in which transactions will be handled with cash-free options only, including: MagicBands, credit cards, debit cards, Disney Gift Cards, Disney Rewards Redemption Cards and contactless payments such as Apple Pay, Samsung Pay or Google Pay. No end date for this pilot program has been announced.

 

Two New MagicBand Colors Added to CollectionTwo New MagicBand Colors Added to Collection
February 13, 2018
This month, Walt Disney World will introduce two more MagicBand colors, as well as several new designs based on some favorite Disney films. With Walt Disney's timeless classic "Peter Pan" marking its 65th anniversary this month, the latest color, navy blue, comes in a design that features the London night sky -- plus a bit of pixie dust. This MagicBand is currently available for purchase online and will be in stores Feb. 9. It retails for $22.99 plus tax. A second new color, cream, will be available on a limited release Dooney and Bourke MagicBand that will come in specialty suitcase-themed packaging and may be purchased exclusively in the theme parks for $48 plus tax. Another Dooney and Bourke-branded MagicBand, with a limited edition size of 500, will be offered at the 10th Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend expo beginning on Feb. 22 while supplies last for $48 plus tax. The highly anticipated Marvel Studios film, "Black Panther," hits theaters on Feb. 16. Its release is marked with a super new MagicBand that has a limited edition size of 2,500. It will be available for purchase while supplies last online and in stores beginning Feb. 16 for $32.99 plus tax. Other new MagicBand releases for February feature designs inspired by "The Lion King," "The Little Mermaid" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas," including a glow-in-the-dark Oogie Boogie-themed black MagicBand. These MagicBands will be available for purchase beginning Feb. 12 online and in stores Feb. 16.

 

Star Wars Hotel to connect to Galaxy's EdgeStar Wars Hotel to connect to Galaxy's Edge
February 12, 2018
On Sunday at the D23 Expo Japan, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Bob Chapek revealed more details about the much-anticipated Star Wars-themed hotel being built at Walt Disney World.

 

D23 Expo Japan Announcements for Disney Parks WorldwideD23 Expo Japan Announcements for Disney Parks Worldwide
February 12, 2018
At the D23 Expo Japan 2018, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek shared exciting new details about the many ambitious projects underway around the world, from reimagined favorites to entirely new ways that guests can encounter Super Heroes, Jedi, classic characters and life-long Pixar pals.

 

Camp Dolphin Child-care Center to Remain OpenCamp Dolphin Child-care Center to Remain Open
February 07, 2018
The recent news that Walt Disney World will be closing three of its children's activity centers this summer has left some guests worried about their vacation plans. If you're among those guests, know that there is another fun and comparable alternative on Disney property.

 

Senses Spas Offering Valentine's Day PackageSenses Spas Offering Valentine's Day Package
February 03, 2018
Senses - A Disney Spa is offering an exclusive Valentine's Day couple's massage package, available at both Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa from February 10-18, 2018. The "Part of Your World" package includes a couple's massage with apricot-infused body oil, a chocolate hand-hydration treatment, sparkling wine served in a chocolate champagne glass and a take-home, custom-blended bath salt. Regular price is $340 (plus tax) for 50 minutes and $450 (plus tax) for 80 minutes. (A 20 percent gratuity is added automatically, with any additional gratuity paid at your discretion.) Disney Vacation Club Members can receive a 15 percent discount (call Member Services for reservations).

 

Celebrate Super Bowl with Offer from Walt Disney World Swan and DolphinCelebrate Super Bowl with Offer from Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
January 26, 2018
Fans can celebrate this year's football championship with a special offer from the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Residents of either Pennsylvania or New England will be able to celebrate with the exclusive Champions Package.

 

Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings Showcase Coming to ContemporaryDisney's Fairy Tale Weddings Showcase Coming to Contemporary
January 20, 2018
Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings Showcase, a one-day event dedicated to helping guests plan their perfect Disney wedding, will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on February 3 at the Contemporary Resort's Convention Center. The event offers the opportunity to meet with Disney wedding consultants, tour Franck's Bridal Studio at Disney's Wedding Pavilion, and see a variety of floral creations, view Disney Fine Art Photography and sample specialty dishes. There is even an option to attend a special dessert party at the Contemporary or enjoy a five-course wine dinner in the resort's catering kitchen. Register for one of the event's options, which range from $45 to $95 up to $250 for the dinner, HERE.

 

All Star Music Offering Pre-Order ServiceAll Star Music Offering Pre-Order Service
January 20, 2018
All Star Music Resort's Intermission Cafe is now offering a pre-order service. Select menu items can be ordered in advance so that they will be ready for you when you arrive at the food court. To order, speak to one of the cashiers at the food court.

 

2018 Disney Parks Mom Panel Announced2018 Disney Parks Mom Panel Announced
January 19, 2018
The 2018 Disney Parks Mom Panel has been announced. The 11 new panelists, selected from thousands of applicants, aim to make the Disney vacation planning process easier by offering personalized guidance and by providing honest and relatable vacation tips. The Disney Parks Moms Panel is an online resource that can be found at www.disneyparksmomspanel.com.

 

Free Quick Service Package Available for SummerFree Quick Service Package Available for Summer
January 17, 2018
A free Quick Service Meal vacation package has been announced for summer travel dates. These packages include one FREE meal (either breakfast, lunch or dinner) per person ages 3 and up, per night at certain Walt Disney World Resort quick-service dining locations when you buy a non-discounted 5-night/6-day room and theme park ticket package at a select Disney Value Resort hotel. For more details visit Walt Disney World's special offers page or contact your favorite Disney travel agent, like AllEars.Net's preferred travel provider, MouseFanTravel.com.

 

2018 Dining Discounts Summary2018 Dining Discounts Summary
January 14, 2018
Summaries of Walt Disney World dining discounts for DVC Members, Annual Passholders, and others have been updated for 2018. Thanks to Gary Fisher for the update.

 

Follow the Dots: The New Minnie Van ServiceFollow the Dots: The New Minnie Van Service
January 13, 2018
The new Minnie Van Service uses the ride-share app Lyft to take guests around Walt Disney World property. Guest Blogger Scott Lopes recently used the service and describes how it works.

 

Coronado Springs to Host February Pin Trading EventCoronado Springs to Host February Pin Trading Event
January 01, 2018
A Pin Trading Night Event will be held on February 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. in Veracruz A at the Convention Center at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. Meet avid and novice traders, make friends and share stories about your collections. Admission to the Pin Trading Event is $15 per person and includes the following: entrance to the Pin Trading Area; one edible treat; preview of upcoming pin releases; first opportunity to pre-purchase select themed pins from the Peter Pan 65th Anniversary Collection via the Random Selection Process. Space is limited; for more information or to register visit https://www.eventswithdisney.com/profile/332558.

 

2018 Brings More Magic Than Ever!2018 Brings More Magic Than Ever!
December 31, 2017
The year 2018 promises to be a great one for Walt Disney World, which will open Toy Story Land in the spring, celebrate the 20th anniversary of Animal Kingdom in April, and debut several new restaurants at Disney Springs, and much more!

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Select Disney Restaurants Now Booking on Open TableSelect Disney Restaurants Now Booking on Open Table
December 29, 2017
Guests can now book dining reservations at many Walt Disney World restaurants using the website OpenTable.com, or its app. Among the locations available for booking are Flying Fish and Big River Grill at Disney's BoardWalk; Boatwrights at Port Orleans Riverside; Olivia's Cafe at Old Key West; Sanaa at Kidani Village; Artist Point at Wilderness Lodge; and the Grand Floridian Cafe at the Grand Floridian. Many Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel restaurants, along with a number of those located at Disney Springs, have been available on OpenTable for some time. OpenTable does not charge any penalties for missed reservations; while Disney requires a credit card guarantee and charges a $10 fee per diner for failure to cancel 24 hours in advance.

 

Tables in Wonderland Discounts Blocked Dec 31-Jan 1Tables in Wonderland Discounts Blocked Dec 31-Jan 1
December 28, 2017
All Tables in Wonderland discounts are blocked out December 31-January 1. On these dates, the 20 percent meal discount is not offered, and all valet and parking perks are suspended.

 

MagicBands Now Available in New ColorsMagicBands Now Available in New Colors
December 23, 2017
Several new MagicBand 2 colors have been introduced. A solid black MagicBand 2 debuted last month. This month, MagicBand 2 has added soft pink (or rose) and brown to its color palette. The new brown band features the 7 Dwarfs.

 

DVC Member Updates for 2018DVC Member Updates for 2018
December 22, 2017
2018 Plans for Disney Vacation Club Members.

 

Disney Springs Area Hotels Offer Extra Magic HourDisney Springs Area Hotels Offer Extra Magic Hour
December 18, 2017
Guests of the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels in Central Florida, beginning with stays on January 1, 2018, and continuing throughout 2018, will enjoy an Extra Magic Hours benefit at Walt Disney World Theme Parks, with valid theme park admission. In addition, beginning Jan. 10, guests at these hotels will be able to link their reservations to My Disney Experience, if certain conditions are met.