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NEW ‘Disney Junior Dance Party!’ Show Opens December 22 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Today Disney announced the all-new “Disney Junior Dance Party!” show will open December 22 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  This rockin show will feature high-energy songs, dazzling special effects, new friends and beloved characters including Mickey Mouse himself.

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In the show, DJ Deejay and host Finn Fiesta invite everyone in for the party, creating an incredible interactive atmosphere for kids to sing, dance and play along with favorite Disney Junior stars like Doc McStuffins, Timon from “The Lion Guard,” and Vampirina from the hit Disney Junior series, “Vampirina.” And of course, Mickey Mouse races in from “Mickey and the Roadster Racers,” just in time for the big finale!

And for Vampirina fans at Disneyland Resort, look for Vee in the  “Disney Junior Dance Party!” show at Disney California Adventure park starting February 1, 2019!


Walt Disney World Resort Will Open Completely Reimagined Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in 2019

In summer 2019, Walt Disney World Resort will unveil a completely reimagined Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, featuring hundreds of new guestrooms and a plethora of new amenities. Walt Disney Imagineering is reinvigorating the resort with fresh storytelling and functional enhancements that will make a dramatic impact on the experience for guests.

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The biggest addition to the property will be a 15-story tower offering a two-level entrance lobby, 545 guest rooms (including 50 suites), a themed and unique rooftop table-service restaurant, two presidential suites and more.

A second new restaurant will be located on an island in the middle of the resort’s 14-acre lake, Lago Dorado. New walkways will stretch across the lake, allowing quick and convenient passage to and from all areas of the resort.

All 1,800-plus existing rooms at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort feature updated fixtures, furnishings and lighting. A fresh, sophisticated color palette will tie the entire resort together when the tower opens, with a total room count of more than 2,400.

To learn more about Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort or any of the other resort hotels at Walt Disney World, visit WaltDisneyWorld.com.


Sneak Peek of Toy Story Land Characters Dressed Up For the Holidays

Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will get a special holiday makeover this year including new seasonal decorations, attraction overlays and Toy Story characters dressed up for the holidays.  Today Disney gave us a sneak peek of what to expect this holiday season.

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Guests visiting during the holidays can expect to see Woody in a holiday vest adorned with a Christmas tree and presents, as well as a candy cane accessory for his holster. Jessie will also trade in her cowgirl vest for a red holiday vest trimmed in a peppermint pattern, while Buzz Lightyear will add a sparkly Santa hat to his out-of-this-world ensemble.

Check out the video below for a sneak peek:

Be sure to check the My Disney Experience app on the day of your holiday visit for the latest character greeting times and locations.

In addition to holiday character greetings, guests visiting Toy Story Land beginning November 8, can enjoy the land’s new holiday decor, including oversized cranberry-and-popcorn garland, a holiday card “selfie” of “Toy Story” pals, an oversized Hamm sugar cookie, Green Alien ornaments and more. The land’s attractions will also be plussed up for the season with new holiday audio or music: guests will hear sleigh bells ringing on Slinky Dog Dash, while Alien Swirling Saucers will offer two holiday tracks, plus themed lighting.


Parking, Annual Pass and More Price Increases at Walt Disney World Resort

Today Walt Disney World Resort launched a new online vacation-planning destination featuring date-based tickets and pricing which you can read all about here.

Also effective today are several other price increases including parking, Annual Passes, and MagicBands.  Take a look at the changes below:

PARKING

  • Automobile – $25.00 (previously $22)
  • Oversized – $30.00 (previously $27)
  • Preferred –  $50.00 (previously $45)

WALT DISNEY WORLD ANNUAL PASS

  • Disney Platinum Plus Pass now $994 (previously $949)
  • Disney Platinum Pass now $894 (previously $849)
  • Gold Pass now $609 (previously $589)
  • Silver Pass now $479 (previously $439)

MAGICBANDS

  • Solid color now $15.97 (tax included), previously $12.99 plus tax
  • Graphic Open Edition MagicBands up $2 to $24.99
  • Graphic Limited Release MagicBands up $2 to $29.99

These price changes come on the heels of significant price increases on food and beverage items which took place a couple weeks ago at Walt Disney World Resort.

New Online Planning Tools and Date-Based Tickets Launches Today at Walt Disney World Resort

As Disney previously announced, Walt Disney World Resort has launched a new online vacation-planning destination and has begun offering date-based tickets and pricing starting today.

According to Disney, tickets may be purchased on DisneyWorld.com, in the My Disney Experience app, over the phone, upon arrival at any of Disney’s four parks or through authorized travel professionals and ticket sellers. Guests can now access several new online planning tools including park offering overviews, travel tips from Disney Parks Moms Panelists and customized suggestions based on each guest’s personal preferences – helping them make more informed decisions on DisneyWorld.com.

Guests will also able to purchase tickets using an interactive online calendar, which displays different ticket prices based on the dates they choose to visit. Check out the video below for a quick overview on how this works.

 

Compared to previous pricing*, some tickets have decreased, increased or stayed the same, depending on the start date and length of the ticket. For example, a guest purchasing a 3-day ticket with a start date of Feb. 10, 2019 will now actually pay $4 less per day than they would have before. A Guest purchasing a 6-day ticket with a start date of this Thanksgiving will now pay a little more – an average of $5 per day – since it’s one of the most popular times of year to visit.

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The change is due to Disney’s efforts to better spread attendance throughout the year, and is intended to help them improve and deliver a great experience for guests.

Once your ticket is purchased, you are able to continue planning your visit with the newly-refreshed My Disney Experience, the one-stop shop for your Walt Disney World Resort vacation, where you can view or change your tickets, book dining reservations, make FastPass+ selections and more.

For more information on date-based tickets and pricing, please visit Disney’s FAQs page.

*Usage windows differ between previous and new tickets. Prices are for 1 Park Per Day Tickets, effective Oct. 16, 2018 and are subject to change.