Disney After Hours BOO BASH

Disney After Hours BOO BASH

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.

Save Up to 25% on Rooms at Select Disney Resort Hotels This Summer

Save Up to 25% on Rooms at Select Disney Resort Hotels This Summer

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 CategoryResort Savings
Select Disney Deluxe Villa ResortsSave 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 ResortsSave 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 ResortsSave 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 Resort10%
Select Disney Value ResortsSavings
 For stays most nights July 11 to September 29, 2021
Disney’s Pop Century Resort15%
Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort10%
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort (Family Suites)20%
CampgroundsSave Up to 10%
 For stays most nights July 11 to September 29, 2021
The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort10%

Important Details

  • 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.
10 Reasons to (Still) Stay at a Walt Disney World Resort

10 Reasons to (Still) Stay at a Walt Disney World Resort

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.
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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.

Aly Hirst

Walt Disney World Updated Face Covering Requirement

Walt Disney World Updated Face Covering Requirement

Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members, including those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Please bring your own face coverings and wear them at all times, except when dining or swimming. You may temporarily remove your face covering while actively eating, drinking or taking an outdoor photo*, but you must be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing during this time. (*Beginning April 8)

All face coverings (whether disposable or reusable) must:

-Be made with at least 2 layers of breathable material

-Fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin

-Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face

-Be secured with ties or ear loops and allow the Guest to remain hands-free

At this time, based on guidance from health authorities, neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings.

Costume masks are also not considered appropriate and are prohibited from being worn, in alignment with our existing rules.

Face coverings may have an integrated transparent plastic panel to aid in viewing the wearer’s mouth. These face coverings must:

-Be a fabric face covering featuring a solid plastic panel containing no openings that is attached to the fabric on all sides using tight knit stitching

-Meet all face covering requirements listed above

The use of face coverings is not a substitute for physical distancing.

Disney MagicMobile Service

Disney MagicMobile Service

 Disney MagicMobile service is a convenient and contactless way to access MagicBand features like theme park entry through the power of your iPhone, Apple Watch or other smart device. Guests will be able to create a Disney MagicMobile pass through the My Disney Experience app and add it to their smart device’s digital wallet. It works like magic – most features will be available by just holding up your smart device near an access point, just like you do with a MagicBand. Disney MagicMobile service and its features will roll out first on Apple devices

Available now on iPhone and Apple Watch and coming soon to other smart devices, Disney MagicMobile service is a fun, easy-to-use new way for guests to experience The Most Magical Place on Earth. The service is offered in addition to other options such as the MagicBand, the colorful, all-in-one bracelet, which will continue to be available and introduced in even more colors, designs and limited-edition fan favorites into the future. 

Here are a few helpful tips to get started with Disney MagicMobile service: 

  • Create A Customized Digital Pass: Guests can create a Disney MagicMobile pass through the My Disney Experience app and add it to the Wallet app on iPhone or the digital wallet on other smart devices. Guests can customize their pass by choosing from several Disney-themed designs that animate upon use (including special designs just for Annual Passholders and DVC Members)! For added ease, they may also store multiple passes on a single device, a great option for families.
  • Easily Enter the Parks and More: Guests can simply hold their iPhone, Apple Watch, or other smart device near an access point when entering the parks or using other available features, just like they do with a MagicBand. With Express Mode on iPhone and Apple Watch, guests do not even need to wake or unlock their Apple device, or open up the app, to use their Disney MagicMobile pass. As a reminder, valid park admission and a park reservation are required for park entry and must be linked to an account.
  • Discover Other App Enhancements: We’ve also added a new feature in the My Disney Experience app that allows guests to automatically link their Disney PhotoPass attraction photos and videos to their profile through a smartphone. Just confirm the settings in advance of riding at participating attractions. The My Disney Experience app also enables Disney Resort hotel guests to unlock their room door using our current digital room key feature.

Guests may use Disney MagicMobile service, a MagicBand or a card interchangeably for added flexibility. Disney Resort hotel guests can purchase MagicBands at a special, pre-arrival price. Guests can also pick up a Key to the World card at their convenience at the front desk.

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Disney to end Magical Express in 2022

Disney to end Magical Express in 2022

Disney has announced the end to Magical Express in 2022.

Disney's Magical Express Luggage Delivery Service at Orlando International  Airport Suspended Beginning July 16th - WDW News Today

Vacationers have more options to choose from than ever for transportation, including ride-share services that save time and offer more flexibility to go where they want, when they want. In light of this shift, when Disney Resort hotel bookings open for stays in 2022, we will no longer offer Disney’s Magical Express service for airport transportation, starting with arrivals Jan. 1, 2022. We will continue to operate the service for new and existing reservations made at Disney Resort hotels for arrivals throughout 2021. Additionally, complimentary transportation options – such as buses, monorails and Disney Skyliner – will continue to be available within Walt Disney World Resort for Disney Resort hotel guests, including to and from all four theme parks.