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Post-Hurricane Updates for WDW Area and BeyondPost-Hurricane Updates for WDW Area and Beyond
September 20, 2017
After Hurricane Irma passed through the Walt Disney World area on September 10, all Disney theme parks and Disney Springs reopened on Tuesday, September 12. Most attractions and facilities are back up and running normally, with a few exceptions. Walt Disney World/My Disney Experience app/Park and Resort Notices are reporting the status of other areas as follows: -- Fort Wilderness is expected to reopen tomorrow, Sept. 20. -- Aerophile, the World Leader in Balloon Flight at Disney Springs is closed. -- The Jungle Cruise in the Magic Kingdom is closed until further notice. -- Splash Mountain is closed for its scheduled refurbishment. -- Disney's Hilton Head Resort reopened yesterday, Sept. 18. -- The Disney Fantasy's September 23 and October 7 sailings in the Eastern Caribbean are being modified to include ports of call in the Western Caribbean. These two revised sailings will now visit Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Falmouth, Jamaica. -- Disney Cruise Line's Western Caribbean sailings will continue as scheduled. The Walt Disney Company announced a commitment of $2.5 million to aid those impacted by Hurricane Irma. The funds will help the response and recovery efforts of the American Red Cross, UNICEF, Save the Children, and other nonprofits. In addition, eligible Disney employee donations to qualified organizations involved in the Hurricane Irma relief effort are being matched dollar for dollar by Disney Employee Matching Gifts: A Program of The Walt Disney Company Foundation. During Hurricane Irma, Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line donated meals, provided storage for supplies and power-utility vehicles, donated bedding to shelters, and made rooms available for first responders. As the recovery from Hurricane Irma's effects continues, we are now keeping an eye on Hurricane Maria, which as of this writing is a Category 5 storm in the Caribbean. For the latest on severe weather, be sure to consult with the National Hurricane Center, The Weather Channel, and Orlando news outlets. Our thoughts remain with those affected by the recent hurricanes, not only Irma, but also Harvey, Jose, Katia and Maria.

 

Staying at WDW During a HurricaneStaying at WDW During a Hurricane
September 15, 2017
Did you ever wonder what it's really like to stay at a Walt Disney World hotel during a hurricane? AllEars.Net reader Sarah Rodenbeck was kind enough to share her family's experience at the Art of Animation hotel.

 

Hurricane Irma Affects Parks and ResortsHurricane Irma Affects Parks and Resorts
September 13, 2017
Hurricane Irma went through the Walt Disney World area on September 10 as a strong Category 2 hurricane. All theme parks, water parks, Disney Springs, and some resorts were closed on September 10 and 11. All theme parks and Disney Springs re-opened on Tuesday, September 12, though not all attractions and entertainment may be available. Big shout out to the First Responders and Utility works. Huge shout out to the cast members who worked during the Hurricane Irma ride-out and for making the resort guests as comfortable and entertained as possible. These are the official Disney links for Hurricane Irma updates: Disney's IRMA Updates | Disney Vacation Club IRMA Updates | Disney Cruise Line Updates Anecdotal reports on Twitter indicate overall the resorts fared well but did sustain fallen trees and some flooding. Reports this morning indicate some rides are closed while any potential damage is assessed. Walt Disney World/MyDisneyExperience/Park and Resort Notices are reporting the status of other areas as follows: -- The Jungle Cruise, in the Magic Kingdom, is closed until further notice. -- Kilimanjaro Safaris and Kali River Rapids, in Animal Kingdom, are temporarily closed. -- Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon will reopen later this week. -- Fort Wilderness Campground remains closed until further notice. With this extended closure, Hoop-de-Doo Revue and Mickey's Backyard BBQ remain closed. -- Epcot Resort Friendship boats are currently not operating. There is bus or foot transportation. -- All September 12 shows at The Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue and Mickey's Backyard BBQ will be canceled. Existing reservations will be automatically canceled and refunded. -- The Treehouse Villas are scheduled to re-open on Thursday, September 14. -- Disney's Vero Beach Resort is expected to open on Thursday, September 14. -- Disney's Hilton Head Resort remains closed.

 

Artist Renderings, Model for Coronado Springs TowerArtist Renderings, Model for Coronado Springs Tower
September 05, 2017
A 15-story tower is being built at Coronado Springs that will feature roof top dining. This gallery contains artist renderings and model photos.

 

My Disney Experience EnhancementsMy Disney Experience Enhancements
August 24, 2017
The latest updates to the My Disney Experience app include the ability to track your Disney Dining Plan credits, as well as the expenses charged back to your Disney hotel room. AllEars.Net's Deb Koma takes a quick look at the app's enhancements.

 

DVC Member Pirate-Themed Parties Available to Book Aug 24DVC Member Pirate-Themed Parties Available to Book Aug 24
August 23, 2017
Disney Vacation Club members and their guests can book reservations at special pirate-themed parties to be held on October 31 from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. in the Ballroom of the America's at Disney's Contemporary Resort. Participants are invited to wear costumes and will receive a "Buccaneer Booty Bag" at the party, which will also include meeting a Walt Disney World Ambassador, a DJ dance party, a pirate-themed selfie station, carnival-style games with prizes, face-painters and a complimentary character photo, along with Halloween desserts, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. The cost is $25 per person. Reservations are required and can be made through Member Services on August 24.

 

All Walt Disney World Discounts in One Place!All Walt Disney World Discounts in One Place!
August 20, 2017
Discounts across Walt Disney World are consolidated in one place. Check out both our PDF files for easy viewing!

 

Learn About Projects Announced at D23 Expo!Learn About Projects Announced at D23 Expo!
August 14, 2017
We've consolidated all the projects announced at the D23 Expo in one place with links to more information. We will keep you updated as projects take shape.

 

WDW Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic DiscountWDW Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic Discount
August 13, 2017
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin is getting ready for its Food and Wine Classic, October 27-28. Right now, use the code SUMMER to get $10 off new reservations for one of the event's Beverage Seminars.

 

Orlando Magical Dining Month Part 1Orlando Magical Dining Month Part 1
August 08, 2017
It's that time of year again -- the time when a number of Orlando-area restaurants band together to offer patrons a chance to experience fine dining at a bargain price while benefiting a good cause, or causes.

 

Vegan Option Added to Landscapes of Flavor Breakfast MenuVegan Option Added to Landscapes of Flavor Breakfast Menu
August 06, 2017
The Landscapes of Flavor at the Art of Animation Resort now features a new, VEGAN breakfast option: Vegan Seitan Scramble - delicious plant-based saute of edamame, diced tofu, chipotle seitan, arugula, peppers, and onions for $7.49.

 

My Disney Experience Now Offering Online Check-In ServiceMy Disney Experience Now Offering Online Check-In Service
August 05, 2017
Guests staying at Disney Resort hotels are now able to use Disney's Online Check-In service on the My Disney Experience mobile app. The feature enables you to start the check-in process up to 60 days before your arrival, bypassing the need to visit the front desk. You can complete check-in by unlocking your room, when it is ready, using the MagicBands sent to you prior to arrival. With just a few taps of the screen, you can make room requests, add credit card information and authorize charges, submit an estimated arrival time to help prompt room access, receive a notification when your room is ready and more. (Note that room requests are not guaranteed and guests must provide consent to receive notifications.) You can begin the check-in process at any point up to 60 days prior to your arrival date - even minutes beforehand as you're transported on Disney's Magical Express to your resort hotel. To take advantage of the Online Check-In service and other features, be sure to download the latest version of My Disney Experience, now available in the App Store for iOS devices and Google Play for Android devices.

 

Tables in Wonderland Offering Increased Discount at Select RestaurantsTables in Wonderland Offering Increased Discount at Select Restaurants
August 03, 2017
For a limited time, Tables in Wonderland members can receive a 30 percent discount at the same Walt Disney World table-service restaurants offering the discount to Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members. This special discount is available through September 30, 2017, at the following restaurants, before 6:30 p.m. or after 8:30 p.m.: Artist Point at Disney's Wilderness Lodge; Jiko at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge; Citricos and the Grand Floridian Cafe at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa; Flying Fish at Disney's BoardWalk; The Wave of American Flavors at Disney's Contemporary Resort; Olivia's Cafe at Disney's Old Key West Resort; Boatwright's Dining Hall at Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside; The Turf Club Bar and Grill at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa; and Captain's Grille at Disney's Yacht Club Resort (which is currently being served at Ariel's in the Beach Club Resort). The discount is valid on regular price food and beverages (excluding applicable tax and gratuity). Discounts cannot be combined and special events are excluded. The Tables in Wonderland 20 percent discount is available as usual between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. or other meal periods where available.

 

PREVIEW: 2017 Holiday Shows and MerchandisePREVIEW: 2017 Holiday Shows and Merchandise
July 26, 2017
Walt Disney World shared some details for the upcoming holiday season at a recent media preview. Here are the highlights, including a video of just merchandise!

 

Dining Discounts Increased for DVC and AP MembersDining Discounts Increased for DVC and AP Members
July 26, 2017
For a limited time, Disney Vacation Club Members and Annual Passholders can receive a 30 percent discount at some of Walt Disney World's most popular table-service restaurants. This special discount is available through September 30, 2017, at the following restaurants, before 6:30 p.m. or after 8:30 p.m.: Artist Point at Disney's Wilderness Lodge; Jiko at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge; Citricos and the Grand Floridian Cafe at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa; Flying Fish at Disney's BoardWalk; The Wave of American Flavors at Disney's Contemporary Resort; Olivia's Cafe at Disney's Old Key West Resort; Boatwright's Dining Hall at Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside; The Turf Club Bar and Grill at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa; and Captain's Grille at Disney's Yacht Club Resort (which is currently being served at Ariel's in the Beach Club Resort). Discounts cannot be combined, and alcoholic beverages are not eligible for discounts.

 

First Look Disney's Minnie Van ServiceFirst Look Disney's Minnie Van Service
July 26, 2017
Deb gets a look at the new Disney Minnie Van Service still in a test phase.

 

Copper Creek Grand Villa Photo GalleryCopper Creek Grand Villa Photo Gallery
July 23, 2017
Photo gallery of the newly opened Copper Creek Grand Villa at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

 

New Experiences Coming to Disney around the GlobeNew Experiences Coming to Disney around the Globe
July 15, 2017
Today at D23 Expo 2017, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts announced an extraordinary line-up of brand new attractions and experiences coming to its parks and resorts around the world as it continues to revolutionize the guest experience, starting from before guests even arrive for a Disney vacation to the many memories that last a lifetime.

        Related Links:
         -- D23 Expo Video Playlist
         -- "Minnie Van" Service Starts at Walt Disney World
         -- VIDEO: Changes at Epcot Announced
         -- Disney Skyliner, Minnie Vehicles to Transport Guests
         -- Disney Vacation Club Announces Disney Riviera Resort; New Skyway
         -- Disney Planning Three, Not Two, New Cruise Ships
         -- Space Restaurant Coming to Epcot
         -- D23 WDW Announcements: Recap by Deb Wills

 

2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival - BOOKING NOW!2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival - BOOKING NOW!
July 13, 2017
Details of the 22nd annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival were announced today. The 75-day event, which runs from August 31 to November 13 this year, will celebrate Epcot's 35th anniversary with a record number of Festival Marketplaces -- 35 -- as well as food and wine pairings, tasting events and premium dining experiences across the Walt Disney World Resort.

        Related Links:
         -- Epcot Food and Wine Festival Preview, Part 1
         -- Epcot Food and Wine Festival Preview, Part 2
         -- Culinary Demos, Beverage Seminars, Mix It Make It!
         -- Marketplace Menus for 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival
         -- Special Ticketed Food and Wine Festival Events
         -- 2017 Eat to the Beat Concerts Announced!
         -- The Chew Returns to Food and Wine Festival; Launches Sweepstakes

 

Contemporary Resort Opens Reservations for New Year's EveContemporary Resort Opens Reservations for New Year's Eve
July 12, 2017
Reservations opened July 11 for three New Year's Eve celebrations that will be held at Disney's Contemporary Resort: "Disney Countdown to Midnight"; "Pixar Party: A New Year's Eve Celebration"; and "Down in New Orleans: A Disney New Year's Eve Dining Experience." For reservations for any of these events, call 407-WDW-DINE.