This Halloween season, a special event is brewing at Magic Kingdom Park. Float on over to Disney After Hours BOO BASH for a special three-hour event that begins when the Park closes! It’s going to be a ghostly good time! With party music, decorations and character cavalcades galore, guests young, old and immortal can dress in costume for the occasion and get their fill of Halloween candy, exclusive culinary offerings, spooktacular entertainment, favorite attractions, and more. Disney After Hours BOO BASH runs select nights August 10th through October 31st.
Book an enchanting summer escape at The Most Magical Place on Earth and take advantage of this great room offer!
You can experience the same legendary detail, service and storytelling found in Disney parks when you book a stay at a Disney Resort hotel. From unique accommodations to distinctive dining options, themed rooms and more, the Disney Resorts Collection offers Guests a variety of options that exemplify the Disney difference.
And now you can save up to 25% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels for stays most nights July 11, 2021 through September 29, 2021.
The health and well-being of Disney Guests and Cast Members continues to be a top priority and Disney has implemented new measures to promote enhanced cleaning, physical distancing and reduced contact.
|Resort Category||Resort Savings|
|Select Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts||Save Up to 25%|
|For stays most nights July 11 to September 29, 2021|
|Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge|
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
Disney’s Riviera Resort
|Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort|
Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows (Deluxe Studio Only)
|Select Disney Deluxe Resorts||Save Up to 25%|
|For stays most nights July 11 to September 29, 2021|
|Disney’s BoardWalk Inn (Opening July 2, 2021)|
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
|Disney’s Beach Club Resort (Opening May 30, 2021)|
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (Opening June 6, 2021)
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
|Select Disney Moderate Resorts||Save Up to 20%|
|For stays most nights July 11 to September 29, 2021|
|Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort|
The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
|Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort||10%|
|Select Disney Value Resorts||Savings|
|For stays most nights July 11 to September 29, 2021|
|Disney’s Pop Century Resort||15%|
|Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort||10%|
|Disney’s Art of Animation Resort (Family Suites)||20%|
|Campgrounds||Save Up to 10%|
|For stays most nights July 11 to September 29, 2021|
|The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort||10%|
- Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than 2 adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts and Studios at Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts.
- Advance reservations required.
- Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.
- Offer excludes the following room types: 3-bedroom villas, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, The Little Mermaid Standard Room at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.
- Valid admission and a park reservation are required for the same park and same day to enjoy theme parks and special events and are not included in this offer.
- Resort hotel reopening dates are subject to change.
Today was a special day for Disney Cruise Line and Walt Disney Imagineering, as we unveiled a first look at the incredible spaces and experiences coming to the Disney Wish. I could not be more proud of our teams for the hard work and dedication they’re putting into making Disney’s newest ship unlike anything on the seas.
If you saw the video we released last week — the first in our “Designing the Disney Wish series” — you already know what a special passion project this has been for me. Leading the creative team for Disney’s fleet expansion truly is a dream come true, and I am so excited to share the details of our grand reveal with you.
When the Disney Wish sets sail in summer 2022, you’ll be immersed in Disney’s rich legacy of enchanting storytelling. We’re bringing to life the stories and characters of Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars adventures like never before. While I won’t be able to share every ounce of magic we’re putting on this ship (we’re saving some to reveal over the coming months!), I hope the details I do share get you every bit as excited as I am to cruise on the Disney Wish.
To “Swim”-finity and Beyond
We’re taking fun in the sun to the next level on board the Disney Wish with a brand-new family water attraction and three themed districts that offer dedicated space for families, children and adults alike.
You’ll be immersed in “The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse” animated shorts aboard the first-ever Disney attraction at sea, AquaMouse. Complete with show scenes, lighting and special effects, and splashtacular surprises, this wild water ride is sure to delight everyone in the family as they zig, zag and zoom through 760 feet of winding tubes suspended high above the upper decks.
Families will have more pools, more deck space and more dining than ever before in an expansive district themed to Mickey and friends. In addition to AquaMouse, the area will feature six pools — spaciously staggered among tiered decks and surrounded by lounge chairs — and a fresh take on quick and casual fare with a festive character twist.
Little ones will delight in an all-new Toy Story-themed district designed especially for families with toddlers and young children. This whimsical water wonderland will include a splash zone, wading pool, family waterslide and smoothie bar.
Adults will indulge in sun-drenched serenity at Quiet Cove, a peaceful refuge dedicated to lounging, sipping and soaking. Set away from the bustle of family activities, this secluded adults-only district will feature a luxurious infinity pool, poolside bar and chic cafe.
Prepared and Served with Flair – A Culinary Cabaret
With the debut of three brand-new family dining concepts ranging from theatrical entertainment to cinematic adventure to sophisticated elegance, dinner on board the Disney Wish will be so much more than a meal – it will be a chance to interact with favorite Disney stories in exciting new ways.
Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure is Disney’s first “Frozen”-themed theatrical dining experience that will bring the world of Arendelle to life through immersive live entertainment — featuring favorite characters like Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf — and world-class cuisine infused with Nordic influences.
Worlds of Marvel is the first-ever Marvel cinematic dining adventure, where you’ll play an interactive role in an action-packed Avengers mission that unfolds around you, complete with a worldly menu inspired by the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
1923, named for the year The Walt Disney Company was founded, is an elegant celebration of the company’s legacy, paying homage to the golden age of animation and offering a tasteful tribute to its Californian heritage with dishes inspired by the state’s unique fusion of cultural flavors.
A Whole New World of Family Entertainment
We’re combining innovative design, technology and storytelling to create immersive entertainment environments that will surround guests in Disney stories in new and unexpected ways on board the Disney Wish.
The Grand Hall will evolve from a fairytale gathering space into an environmental theater through the magic of built-in special effects and the first-ever atrium stage on a Disney ship. Dedicated shows and interactive entertainment will come to life all around the hall, putting you front and center as you play a special role in the magic.
Luna is a brand-new entertainment hub that will transition from a daytime setting for family fun into an elegant evening venue for adult-exclusive entertainment, offering a variety of live shows and interactive programming throughout the day.
Hero Zone is a futuristic sports arena where physical activity will blend with imagination during action-packed challenges and game show-style competitions for families to take on together.
The Walt Disney Theatre is an opulent show palace that will come alive with original Broadway-style stage productions developed exclusively for Disney Cruise Line.
The Wonderland and Never Land Cinemas are intimate screening rooms that will provide you more options than ever to watch classic and first-run films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and more.
In true Disney Cruise Line fashion, the Disney Wish will offer a robust menu of world-class entertainment throughout every voyage, including spectacular stage shows, exhilarating deck parties, one-of-a-kind character experiences, fun family activities, contemporary cabarets and more.
Imaginations, Assemble! Cool Clubs for Kids of All Ages
Children ages 3 to 12 will enter the captivating worlds of favorite Disney stories in the reimagined Disney’s Oceaneer Club, a real-life wonderland featuring more spaces and stories than ever before.
- Marvel Super Hero Academy is a high-tech Avengers headquarters where young “recruits” will train to be the next generation of Super Heroes with the help of their own heroes, like Spider-Man, Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp.
- Fairytale Hall is a royal trio of activity rooms where princesses and princes will let their creativity shine at Rapunzel’s Art Studio, read and act out stories at Belle’s Library, and test newfound icy powers at Anna and Elsa’s Sommerhus.
- Walt Disney Imagineering Lab is a first-of-its-kind opportunity for kids to discover the secrets of Disney Imagineers with hands-on activities and inventive experiments.
For the littlest cruisers ages 6 months to 3 years, It’s a Small World Nursery will offer babysitting services in a whimsical environment inspired by the beloved Disney attraction of the same name.
Edge (ages 11 to 14) and Vibe (ages 14 to 17) are trendy hangouts where tweens and teens will chill and play in their own way, with dedicated programming designed to engage the unique interests of these age groups.
A Trove of Untold Treasures Exclusively for Adults
For the first time on a Disney ship, you will embark on a space-jumping tour of the Star Wars galaxy at Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge, a high-end bar styled as a luxurious yacht-class spaceship. This richly themed, immersive experience will be reserved for adults every evening, offering interactive tasting experiences and signature beverages inspired by destinations such as Batuu, Tatooine and Mustafar.
You’ll savor gourmet meals and exceptional beverages at an upscale suite of epicurean excellence exclusively for adults, inspired by the elegant icons of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Beauty and the Beast.”
- Palo Steakhouse is an evolution of the Palo restaurant that Disney cruisers know and love, now combining the relaxed sophistication of authentic Italian dining with the classic refinement of a modern steakhouse in a genteel setting inspired by Cogsworth, the tale’s majordomo-turned-enchanted-clock.
- Enchanté by Chef Arnaud Lallement will offer the most luxurious dining experience on board, featuring a gourmet menu crafted by the three-Michelin-starred chef. This romantic and intimate venue evokes the dazzling spirit of the film’s candelabra maitre d’, Lumiere.
- The Rose is a chic lounge at the entrance of Palo Steakhouse and Enchanté. Inspired by the fateful flower at the heart of the story, The Rose will be an idyllic setting for a pre-dinner aperitif or after-dinner cocktail.
Senses Spa is a tranquil oasis offering indulgent spa and beauty treatments, drawing on the serenity of natural elements to promote pampering and relaxation. The spa will feature private treatment rooms, lavish spa villas, and steam and aromatherapy rooms, while the reimagined Senses Fitness will offer state-of-the-art exercise and wellness facilities.
Other adult-exclusive spaces on board the Disney Wish will include the Quiet Cove pool district; a variety of gourmet cafes, relaxed bars and upscale lounges; and more.
Artful Accommodations Where Dreams Do Come True
With an all-new look and feel steeped in enchantment and inspired by dreamy Disney stories, every stateroom on board the Disney Wish will be a luxurious, peaceful retreat designed with ample room for families, plenty of storage and upscale amenities. Most will feature Disney Cruise Line’s signature split-bathroom concept for utmost comfort and function.
Most of the ship’s 1,254 staterooms will offer an ocean view — including 877 (70%) with a spacious verandah — and there will be 451 connecting doors that adjoin rooms to accommodate larger families.
The Disney Wish will elevate the concierge experience with more than double the number of premium concierge staterooms and suites, including Disney’s first-ever staterooms located above the bridge, boasting floor-to-ceiling windows that reveal breathtaking ocean views overlooking the bow of the ship. An exclusive lounge with private sun deck will be the perfect place for concierge guests to relax, sip a cocktail, and enjoy a premium level of dedicated service throughout the voyage.
The Disney Wish will also debut four royal suites – richly adorned, lavishly appointed suites that accommodate up to six guests and feature extravagant details and first-class amenities. These include a pair of two-story suites, the first of their kind within the Disney fleet, which will feature stunning statement pieces like an elegant spiral staircase and a spectacular two-deck-high stained-glass frieze.
Setting Sail Summer 2022
The Disney Wish will sail its maiden voyage — a five-night cruise to Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay — on June 9, 2022, followed by an inaugural season of three- and four-night cruises to the same destinations from Port Canaveral, Fla. Bookings open to the general public on May 27, 2021.
More details about the Disney Wish are on the horizon. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog to be among the first to see our exciting updates!
Universal Orlando Resort is known for action and thrills, but did you know that they also have 8 amazing resorts you can stay at, right in the middle of the action? Plus all guests staying at onsite resorts get Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one-hour before the parks open, whether you’re staying in one of the most luxurious rooms onsite at a Premier Resort, or staying in a family-suite at one of the budget-conscious Endless Summer Resorts in the Value category. When you shop in the parks, guests at any of the onsite resorts can send the packages back to your resort so you don’t have to carry around your purchases all day.
With theming and room types to suit all groups and budgets, there’s a resort for everyone at Universal Orlando Resort. How would you like to stay in an Italian fishing village? Or maybe you’d prefer to stay somewhere where the latest technology is? When you visit Universal Orlando Resort, these are just two of the several amazing resort options you’ll have to pick from… let’s check them all out!
Universal Orlando Premier Resorts
When you stay at one of the three Premier Resorts, you’ll get a few added perks that you won’t receive at the other resorts onsite. The biggest benefit to staying is having access to the Unlimited Express Pass which allows you to bypass the regular line at Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida. Another advantage to staying at a Premier Resort is the proximity of these resorts to all that Universal Orlando has to offer. They are within walking distance and have a water taxi that drops you off in CityWalk near the gates of Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.
For an extra perk, stay in a club level room at a Premier Resort for complimentary continental breakfast, afternoon snacks, hot and cold Hors d’oeuvres, coffee, water, and soft drinks and more!
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
Want to come back to a relaxing Italian fishing village after a day at the parks? Portofino Bay will be just the place to come back after a fun packed day at the parks. This resort will make you feel like you’re actually spending time in Portofino, Italy with sports cars, Vespas, outdoor cafes and shops on the breathtaking piazza. Portofino Bay has 3 separate pools to choose from; you can have your choice of lively or calming pools, depending on your mood. There are 9 different restaurant options to choose from including one serving gelato to help enhance your Italian experience. For a unique experience to treat the kids while still enjoying the Premier Resort experience, you can book a Minion-themed kid suite.
Loews Royal Pacific Resort
Immerse yourself in a Polynesian paradise when you stay at Loews Royal Pacific Resort. From the recently updated lobby to the island themed rooms, you’ll feel like you are actually in the South Sea. Royal Pacific has 5 different restaurants to choose from that will offer a variety of food to enjoy including a market to grab your food on the go. The pool has cabanas to rent for a day if you’re looking for something different on your day off from the parks. The pool area has a stationary boat with a fun splash area for families to enjoy. The pool area at this resort does not have a slide.
Hard Rock Hotel
Stay where the rock stars stay and live like royalty. At Hard Rock Hotel, you can feel like a rock star with great service and memorabilia all over the place. The theming even extends to the pool where you can listen to the tunes underwater while you swim. The pool offers cabana rentals to relax and recharge in during the day and has a slide for the kids (and you!) to enjoy. Hard Rock has 5 great options for dining including The Kitchen which you will not want to miss; The desserts here are some of the best! Hard Rock Hotel is the closest of all of the resorts to the parks. It’s about a 5-10 minute walk to the entrance of Universal Studios Florida.
This level currently has only one resort, Loews Sapphire Falls Hotel. A short walk from Royal Pacific, Sapphire Falls also has water taxis as a perk for staying here. Another perk is you won’t need to worry about hopping on a shuttle to get to Volcano Bay — you’ll be able to walk there in just a few minutes.
Loews Sapphire Falls Hotel
Step foot into the Carribean while staying at Loews Sapphire Falls Hotel. From the moment you enter the lobby, you feel like you are walking into a Carribean island ready to relax and recharge. Beginning May 19, this hotel will be open to guests again. Here, you can spend a day at the 16,000 square foot pool. This pool has a water slide, cabanas to rent and a sandy beach to enjoy. There are four different restaurants at Sapphire Falls, including Strong Water Tavern which serves rare vintage rums.
Does the thought of being able to walk to an amazing water park sound like something that would peak your interest? When you stay at a Prime Value Resort, you won’t need to worry about hopping on a shuttle to get to Volcano Bay — you’ll be able to walk there in just a few minutes. From these resorts, you will be able to grab a shuttle to CityWalk where you can shop, eat, and enter Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida.
Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Take a step back in time to the 1950s and 60s at the Cabana Bay Beach Resort. There are many different activities to do at this resort, from bowling to picking time at your favorite pool, there’s enough for everyone to enjoy. There are two different pool experiences you can choose from, the lazy river and the Cabana Courtyard. The Cabana Courtyard pool Sihas a slide to enjoy and cabanas you can rent for the day. At Cabana Bay, there are six different restaurants, but the star of the show is Bayliner Diner where there is something for everyone.
Universal’s Aventura Hotel
Experience all the latest technology at the Aventura Hotel. Starting on July 1st when it reopens, take a look at the amazing views this resort has to offer of all three of the Universal Orlando theme parks. Aventura Hotel has four different dining experiences including Bar 17 Bistro which boasts amazing views from the rooftop of the hotel. This modern resort may be more suited for older kids and adults and has the smallest pool on property. It does however offer a small splash pad for younger children.
Looking for a little extra space on a smaller budget? Staying at one of the two hotels within the Value Resort category can accommodate families with up to 6 people without breaking the bank. And you’ll still have the complimentary shuttle around Universal Orlando Resort and Early Park Admission to get you into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter one-hour before the parks open.
Endless Summer- Surfside Inn and Suites & Dockside Inn and Suites
If you love the water and a good deal, these resorts will be a perfect fit for you. Surfside is a smaller surf-style resort, while Dockside is a larger beach-themed resort. At Dockside, you can find two different pools, a children’s play area, and beaches. Surfside has one surfboard-shaped pool. The biggest benefit of these resorts is the two-bedroom family suites. They offer one room for the parents, a mini kitchen with a picnic table to eat at, and two other queen beds for the kids. They each offer one main quick service restaurant, pool bars and pizza delivery. An added bonus at Surfside is the amazing view of the lake. Surfside is set to re-open on May 4.
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The past year has brought a lot of changes for our everyday lives… and there have been a lot of changes at Walt Disney World too. With some of these changes, I’ve heard a lot of people ask what the benefits are to staying on Disney property. As things continue to change and evolve with the times, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share some key reasons to (still) stay at a Walt Disney World Resort.
Reason #1: Location, location, location!! This one is a no-brainer. You can’t beat the location of the Disney Resorts to the parks. You can take advantage of all that the resort has to offer without worrying about how you’re going to get to and from the parks, being on a tight schedule to catch a bus, or get lost trying to follow signs (especially if you’re not a seasoned Disney guest that knows your way around) … which brings me to…
Reason #2: Disney Transportation. Yes, your off-site resort may offer transportation to/from the parks daily for you. But does that shuttle come every 20 minutes (or less)? When you stay at a Walt Disney World Resort, you know even if you
just saw your resort bus pull away, there will be another coming right behind it. No need to keep an eye on the time and worry about a bus schedule. Disney has buses, the monorail, the skyliner, and boats to help you get around property. Plus, the buses will run until every last guest has exited the parks to ensure nobody gets left behind.
Reason #3: Some resorts are actually WALKING distance to parks!! Some people may not want to walk to/from the resort since there’s already a fair amount of walking on a Disney vacation, but some people absolutely love to have this option. Where can you walk to/from?
- You can walk to the Magic Kingdom from Disney’s Contemporary Resort
(including Bay Lake Tower), Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and Disney’s
Polynesian Village Resort (though I will caution that the walk would be a bit
longer to/from the Polynesian).
- You can walk to EPCOT and Hollywood Studios from Disney’s Beach and Club
Resorts, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, and the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin.
- You can also walk to Disney Springs from Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort &
Spa. If you love the shopping and dining (especially in the evening), this is a great
resort to consider!
Reason #4. Parking. By now, you have probably heard that Disney charges a daily
parking fee at the parks (as most theme parks do). But if you’re staying on-site at a
Disney Resort and want to drive to the parks, you don’t need to pay an additional fee to
park at the parks. Your Resort parking fee covers that! So if you’re staying off-site at a
resort that’s charging you to park, you’ll be paying for parking at your resort PLUS at the
parks when you drive to Walt Disney World, whereas you’ll only pay to park once when
staying at a Walt Disney World Resort.
Reason #5: Early Park Entry. Earlier this year, Disney announced that Extra Magic Hours (EMH) will not be returning. However, instead of adding an extra hour before or after regular park hours for on-site guests, all guests staying on-site will be able to access ANY park 30-minutes early EVERY DAY. I think this is an awesome trade-off, and here’s why… Normally on a day that a park offered EMH, that park would be more crowded since most guests would take advantage of that extra hour. Now on-site guests will still get a jump start at their preferred park each day, but without the extra influx of everyone wanting to go to the same park on the same day. Hopefully this will better balance the crowds each day across all four parks.
Reason #6: Mid-Day Breaks. Do you like to take mid-day breaks from the parks to rest or swim before heading back into the parks at night? Staying at a Walt Disney World Resort makes this SO much easier, especially when utilizing Disney’s transportation. Hop on a bus back to your resort. Take a nap. Go for a swim. Get refreshed, and go back for the evening festivities (and hopefully fireworks!)
Reason #7: Charging Privileges. Love to keep your vacation on one bill? You still have charging privileges to your room via your Magic Band (or Key to the World if you choose to forego the Magic Bands). No need to worry about carrying cash or credit cards with you. Just charge everything to your room and you’re all set!
Reason #8: Book All Your Dining at Once. Currently, dining reservations can be made 60-days prior to your check-in date (and for up to 10 days into your vacation) when staying at a Walt Disney World Resort. If you’re staying off-site, you won’t have access to book all of your dining at once – in other words, you’ll need to book each day’s dining reservations separately when that respective day is 60 days away. This means you run the risk of not landing that coveted dining reservation at the hard-to-get restaurants as Walt Disney World Resort guests will get the first chance to snag those reservations.
Reason #9: Bundle Your Room and Tickets into a Package. This sounds straightforward, but let me explain. Disney offers some of its best deals when you package tickets and your resort stay together. Plus, when you book your vacation as a
package (especially with a Travel Agent), you only need to pay a $200 (refundable!) deposit for your vacation package. The balance is due 30 days prior to your arrival, but you can also make payments in any amount at any time through your Travel Agent if you prefer to pay for your vacation in increments ahead of time. This makes it much more manageable for many to not feel overwhelmed paying for their vacation all at once. Buying tickets separately when you’re staying off-site means paying for them in full at the time of purchase and they are non-refundable. And since Disney is currently requiring you to make park reservations for entry into the parks each day, you’ll want to have those tickets linked to your account as far ahead of time as possible to be sure you are getting into the park you’d like each day.
Reason #10: Be Fully Immersed in the Disney Magic. I’ve stayed off-site before. There’s nothing wrong with it. But there’s nothing like staying in the middle of the Disney Magic! If you’re planning to visit the parks more days than not, staying at a Walt Disney World Resort gives you that full Disney Experience that you won’t get anywhere else. The theming at every resort is amazing, and there’s truly something for everyone when you’re picking amongst all of the incredible resort options at Walt Disney World.