Disney Travel News Disney Travel News Wed, 15 Jul 2020 02:49:25 +0000 Zend_Feed_Writer 2 (http://framework.zend.com) https://www.disneytravelagents.com Magic Is Here at <em>Walt Disney World</em> Resort as Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Theme Park Reopen Today This morning marks another milestone in the phased reopening of Walt Disney World Resort, as Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park welcome guests for the first time in several months. Our cast members have been eagerly anticipating this moment and are looking forward to making magic today as only they can. 

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Sat, 11 Jul 2020 17:29:04 -0400 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8255 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8255 (Disney Destinations) Disney Destinations This morning marks another milestone in the phased reopening of Walt Disney World Resort, as Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park welcome guests for the first time in several months. Our cast members have been eagerly anticipating this moment and are looking forward to making magic today as only they can. 



Enjoy some photos from opening day! And be sure to check back with us on Wednesday for the reopening of EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

















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#DisneyMagicMoments: Go Behind the Magic and Back into the History of <em>Walt Disney World</em> Resort In honor of the reopening of the Magic Kingdom, check out the video below where former Imagineer Maggie Elliott takes us back in time through the planning, design and original opening of Walt Disney World Resort. She shares some personal stories and reminisces about the people who made it all possible, including some Disney Legends.

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Sat, 11 Jul 2020 07:35:13 -0400 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8254 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8254 (Disney Destinations) Disney Destinations In honor of the reopening of the Magic Kingdom, check out the video below where former Imagineer Maggie Elliott takes us back in time through the planning, design and original opening of Walt Disney World Resort. She shares some personal stories and reminisces about the people who made it all possible, including some Disney Legends.

You’ll hear first-person (and funny!) details about the creation of Cinderella Castle, see some incredible archival footage and photos going back five-plus decades, and learn more about the life of this amazing Imagineer. Take a look!  

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Virtual Queue Update for <em>Star Wars</em>: Rise of the Resistance at <em>Disney’s Hollywood Studios</em> As we look forward to reopening Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park tomorrow, our Cast Members are also preparing for the reopening of EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15.

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Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:03:25 -0400 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8253 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8253 (Disney Destinations) Disney Destinations As we look forward to reopening Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park tomorrow, our Cast Members are also preparing for the reopening of EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15.

For guests with upcoming Disney Park Pass reservations to visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we wanted to share an update about Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, which will once again be using virtual queue in the My Disney Experience app. You will want to note a few changes to the process beginning July 15. Most importantly – as availability allows – guests will have an opportunity at 10am, 1pm and 4pm to request to join the virtual queue. This means there is no need to arrive early to the park to check the virtual queue.  

There are a few important details to know before arriving: 

  • First, make sure to download the My Disney Experience app. Once your clients enter the park, they'll need to log in to their account at one of the distribution times (10 a.m., 1 p.m. or 4 p.m.). 
  • Once logged in, select “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Virtual Queue” on the home screen. This is where guests will be able to view the current status and next steps for joining the virtual queue.
  • The app will indicate when there is no availability for a specific distribution time. 
  • As long as a guest's My Disney Experience account is linked to park tickets for themselves and the others in their group, a guest can enroll their entire party in the virtual queue at the same time. In order to give as many guests as possible the opportunity to join the Resistance, each guest can enter the virtual queue no more than once per day.
  • Guests should make sure push notifications are turned on for My Disney Experience so they will be alerted if their group is called to return. Guests will have up to an hour from the time of the alert to go to the entrance of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. 
  • Please note that joining the virtual queue does not guarantee the ability to experience Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.  

If your clients have any questions or need assistance with joining the virtual queue, Cast Members at Guest Experience Team locations throughout the park are available to assist. While waiting for a virtual queue group to be called, guests can enjoy other experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios including our newest addition, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. 

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is one of the most popular attractions at Walt Disney World Resort, and we know many of our guests are familiar with using virtual queue to experience this one-of-a-kind adventure. For other attractions at Walt Disney World Resort, we plan to use our regular standby queues to manage capacity and to maintain physical distancing. 

We can’t wait to welcome your clients back to the magic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Walt Disney World Resort!

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Welcome Back to Downtown Disney District, Phased Reopening Begins Today at <em>Disneyland</em> Resort Today, Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort begins its phased reopening with a variety of specialty shopping and dining experiences.

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Thu, 09 Jul 2020 14:18:34 -0400 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8250 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8250 (Disney Destinations) Disney Destinations Today, Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort begins its phased reopening with a variety of specialty shopping and dining experiences.

The health and safety of guests, operating participant employees and Disney cast members are at the forefront of our planning. Several operational changes have been implemented based on guidance from health authorities to promote physical distancing and enhanced cleanliness throughout the Downtown Disney District.

To help guide guests through these new measures, cast members from our Guest Experience Team are walking throughout the Downtown Disney District to help explain our new health and safety measures and answer any questions. They, along with other Downtown Disney cast members, are on hand to encourage everyone to follow these measures for the health and safety of us all.



This one-of-a-kind Disney experience has reopened with a mix of family-friendly restaurants, favorite snacking stops and shopping boutiques guests know and love. The flagship World of Disney store reopens, offering the largest selection of Disney toys, souvenirs, accessories, collectibles and more at the Disneyland Resort.

Down the way, The Disney Dress Shop has vintage-style apparel perfect for summer, and Disney Home can give a touch of Disney for every room in your house. Other shops to find great items include Sugarboo & Co., Curl Surf, Sephora, The LEGO Store, Rinse Bath & Body Co. and WonderGround Gallery, to name a few.



After shopping, relax and dine at one of the Downtown Disney District’s lovely patios and outdoor seating areas, such as Naples Ristorante e Bar or UVA Bar & Cafe. Enjoy a hearty meal or a gourmet treat! Savor something sweet at Salt & Straw scoop shop, or try the signature Strawberry Shortcake CrazyShake from Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes outdoor order window.

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A Message from Claire Bilby About New Health and Safety Measures I’m sending you this short video message to share more about our new health and safety measures. Thank you for your support as we prepare to welcome Guests back to our Walt Disney World® theme parks!

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Thu, 09 Jul 2020 17:47:11 -0400 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8249 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8249 (Claire Bilby, Senior Vice President, Sales, Services and Events, Disney Destinations) Claire Bilby, Senior Vice President, Sales, Services and Events, Disney Destinations I’m sending you this short video message to share more about our new health and safety measures. Thank you for your support as we prepare to welcome Guests back to our Walt Disney World® theme parks!

 

   

 

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Claire Bilby
Senior Vice President, Sales, Services & Events
Disney Destinations

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2020 Theme Park Tickets and Disney Resort Hotel Bookings Now Available for <em>Walt Disney World</em> Resort As we shared yesterday, we are resuming Disney Resort hotel bookings, packages and ticket sales for 2020 today. You are now able to purchase new tickets and plan future visits throughout this year with the Disney Park Pass system, which we are using to help manage attendance.

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Thu, 09 Jul 2020 10:32:27 -0400 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8246 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8246 (Disney Destinations) Disney Destinations As we shared yesterday, we are resuming Disney Resort hotel bookings, packages and ticket sales for 2020 today. You are now able to purchase new tickets and plan future visits throughout this year with the Disney Park Pass system, which we are using to help manage attendance. 

All guests with valid admission are required to make a reservation in advance for each park entry, so be sure to have your guests check the park reservation availability calendar before purchasing any new tickets. Guests should then go to www.StartYourDisneyExperience.com (www.CommencezVotreExperienceDisney.com in Quebec) after purchase to link their tickets and make park reservations. Reservations are limited and subject to availability. 

When adding theme park tickets to a new 2020 package, your clients will now have the option of choosing tickets for 2 to 7 days in length. Certain ticket and package options, such as the Park Hopper option, Minnie Van Airport Service and Disney Dining Plan packages, are currently unavailable. For more details click here

A new digital flyer and Facebook graphic are now available on DisneyCopyright.com.

Please note that, during this phased reopening, some tickets, ticket options and Disney Resort hotels are unavailable, but there are still a variety of options to choose from. 

When planning a visit for this year, we recommend checking out our “Know Before You Go” page on the Walt Disney World microsite, which features tips and information, including how to make park reservations after purchasing tickets. 

Changes have been made to the Walt Disney World Resort Commission Policy, which changes include increased commissions on certain theme park tickets that are now available for 2020. Click here for more information.

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Update to Disney’s Magical Express Service at <i>Walt Disney World</i> Resort Complimentary airport transportation via Disney’s Magical Express service for Guests arriving and departing from Orlando International Airport is continuing to operate during this period, with some modifications.

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Thu, 09 Jul 2020 09:06:21 -0400 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8247 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8247 (Disney Destinations) Disney Destinations Complimentary airport transportation via Disney’s Magical Express service for Guests arriving and departing from Orlando International Airport is continuing to operate during this period, with some modifications.

Beginning July 16, 2020, luggage delivery service will not be provided for those arriving to and departing from Orlando International Airport. Guests who choose to use Disney’s Magical Express will be responsible for picking up any of their checked luggage from the airport’s baggage claim area and taking it to the motor coach, so that it can be loaded for transport to their Disney Resort hotel. Please know that Guests’ luggage will travel with them to their Disney Resort hotel. 

Luggage assistance will be available at the front of Disney Resort hotels, including luggage storage and/or transport to the room. Upon their departure, Guests should ensure their luggage is with them and loaded onto the motor coach so they can check it in with their airline once they reach the airport. The resort airline check-in service will not be offered at this time.

Guests will be notified of these changes prior to departing their home locations. Stay tuned to Disney Travel News for any additional updates at a later date. 

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Florida Residents: Enjoy Great Rates on Rooms at Select <em>Walt Disney World</em> Resort Hotels – With Savings of Up to 35% in September Florida Residents can enjoy great rates on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for stays most nights July 9 – Sept. 30, 2020 when they book through Sept. 30, 2020. See other important offer details on the Disney Travel Agents website.

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Thu, 09 Jul 2020 07:59:26 -0400 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8243 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8243 (Disney Destinations) Disney Destinations Florida Residents can enjoy great rates on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for stays most nights July 9 – Sept. 30, 2020 when they book through Sept. 30, 2020. LINK>>

* The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Savings based on non-discounted price a non-Florida resident pays for the same room. Length of stay requirements may apply. 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. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Proof of Florida residency required at check-in. Offer excludes the following room types: campsites, 3-bedroom Grand Villas, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. Displayed room savings are for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts; lower savings may be available at other select Resorts. Valid admission is required to enjoy theme parks and special events and is not included in this offer.

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Disney Communication to Your Clients for Disney Park Pass System Your Clients may be receiving email communication from us regarding the Disney Park Pass system if they have a room reservation at a Disney Resort hotel for a stay in 2020. Please see an example of that Guest communication below.

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Thu, 09 Jul 2020 07:40:37 -0400 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8245 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8245 (Disney Destinations) Disney Destinations Your Clients may be receiving email communication from us regarding the Disney Park Pass system if they have a room reservation at a Disney Resort hotel for a stay in 2020. Please see an example of that Guest communication below.

Since we cannot reach all of your Clients, we request that you contact them regarding the most recent updates. As a reminder, you and your Clients can find the most updated information on the dedicated Know Before You Go section of the Disney Travel Agents website, Disney Site Builder and the microsite at DisneyTravelTradeInfo.com/wdw. You can send this link to your Clients, and you can post it on your agency’s website.

SAMPLE GUEST COMMUNICATION – THEME PARK RESERVATION SYSTEM EMAILS

We continue to keep the health and wellbeing of our cast and Guests top of mind, so as we take this measured approach to reopen our Theme Parks, we will manage attendance through our new Disney Park Pass system. This new Theme Park reservation system will require all Guests to make advance reservations for Theme Park entry. And in order to make your reservations, you will need a My Disney Experience account and valid Theme Park ticket linked to it. If you haven’t already, be sure to link your Resort reservation to your My Disney Experience account as well. 

THEME PARK RESERVATIONS
To enter a Theme Park, both a reservation and valid ticket for admission to the same Park on the same date are required. You must make a separate reservation for each date you plan to visit, even with a multi-day ticket. If you have a room reservation at a Disney Resort hotel for a stay in 2020, you can contact your Travel Professional to upgrade to a vacation package by purchasing theme park tickets, then you’ll be able to access the Disney Park Pass system. Please note that Park reservations are limited in capacity, subject to availability and are not guaranteed until confirmed. Click here for more information.

Remember to check the Disney Park Pass system from time to time as Theme Park reservation availability can change.

PHASED REOPENINGS
To stay informed about phased reopenings as your trip gets close, please click here. 

We know your next visit will be different. But together, we can find new ways to enjoy magical moments and create memories to last a lifetime. Before you arrive, please check out some things to Know Before You Go online or contact your Travel Professional to learn more.

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Cinderella Castle is Ready to Welcome Guests Back to Magic Kingdom Park As previously shared, Cinderella Castle is currently in the process of receiving a royal makeover and the work is nearly complete! The treasured icon at the heart of Walt Disney World Resort is being made over with bold, shimmering and regal enhancements befitting The Most Magical Place on Earth.

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Thu, 09 Jul 2020 06:09:21 -0400 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8244 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8244 (Disney Destinations) Disney Destinations As previously shared, Cinderella Castle is currently in the process of receiving a royal makeover and the work is nearly complete! The treasured icon at the heart of Walt Disney World Resort is being made over with bold, shimmering and regal enhancements befitting The Most Magical Place on Earth.

Walt Disney Imagineering helped select the new royal color scheme to give Cinderella Castle its glistening new look. Special elements, such as a sapphire dusting on the blue rooftops and gold trim, were added to make the iconic spires sparkle in the sun. Here is a sneak peek at the regal new look, which you might see our painters applying the final coats of paint and adding the finishing touches to if you’re planning to visit Magic Kingdom Park over the next several weeks:


Cinderella Castle looks more stunning than ever!

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