‘What’s New’ and ‘What’s Next’

Exciting Attractions & Experiences Crisscross Walt Disney World Resort

“What’s New”

Magic Kingdom

New Fantasyland Takes Flight (May 2014) - The largest expansion project in Magic Kingdom history features attractions and experiences in an area that doubles the size of Fantasyland. Among the novelties, guests are able to fly high with The Great Goofini or with Dumbo, the Flying Elephant. The grand opening took place Dec. 6, 2012 for Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Be Our Guest Restaurant, Gaston’s Tavern and Ariel’s Grotto followed by Princess Fairytale Hall, which opened September 2013. A May 28, 2014 opening is planned for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, taking guests on a musical ride into the mine “where a million diamonds shine.”

Princess Fairytale Hall (Sept. 2013) - Princess Fairytale Hall is the new home for Disney royalty to meet their loyal subjects in the Magic Kingdom. Guests can choose between two queues to meet the Royals: one for Cinderella and Rapunzel or one for Anna, Elsa, and another visiting princess. The castle-like entrance features walls of stone and stained glass windows opening up into a large gallery – an airy space with a high ceiling – where portraits of the Disney princesses adorn the walls. Besides the standby queue, guests using FastPass+ will be welcome as loyal subjects to Princess Fairytale Hall.

Festival of Fantasy Parade (Mar. 2014) - Magic Kingdom’s daily Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade brings the magical stories of New Fantasyland to Main Street, U.S.A. through fantastic and innovative parade floats, vibrant costumes and an original soundtrack that features beloved songs from favorite Disney films, plus a new parade theme song. A Steampunk-inspired Dragon as the wicked Maleficent stretches 53 feet in length and 26 feet tall with a prickly spinning wheel dead center of the float. With fiery eyes and glowing effects the spectacular dragon was built on an articulating chassis allowing the float to bend and flex as it moves along the parade route – a first for Disney parades. Ariel and friends grace a larger-than-life music box showcasing a colorful musical party “Under the Sea” while Scottish dancers and a float shaped like an enormous bagpipe announce the arrival of Merida. Other floats celebrate Disney Princesses; Peter Pan and Wendy soar above a pirate galleon; Rapunzel and Flynn Rider appear on a longship in search of another “Best Day. Ever.”

A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas (May 2013) - ”A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas” is an interactive adventure inviting Magic Kingdom guests to set a course for swashbuckling fun with Captain Jack Sparrow. At the Enlistment Quarters (near the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction), adventurers sign on to join Captain Jack’s crew, choose one of five pirate “raids” (with accompanying treasure map) and set out on their journey to find the Treasures of the Seven Seas hidden around Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom.

Starbucks Coffee (Jan. 2013) - Starbucks locations are now open at two parks within the Walt Disney World Resort. At Magic Kingdom, Main Street Bakery kept its name and theming and continues to serve Disney favorites like cookies, brownies and seasonal cupcakes, in addition to Starbucks signature beverages and other menu items. Fountain View at Epcot now also serves Starbucks products. Each Starbucks location inside a Disney Park reflects the theme of its surroundings.

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom (February 2012) - Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom features an interactive experience enabling guests to defeat the Disney Villains. Armed with magic spells in the form of special cards, players must search for the symbols that lead them to the animated villains’ hiding places. Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is included as part of park admission.

Enchanted Tiki Room (reopened Aug. 2011) - The enchantment continues with a version reminiscent of the original show (called Tropical Serenade). The attraction has been entertaining guests since the theme park’s opening day Oct. 1, 1971. Its winged hosts — Jose, Fritz, Pierre and Michael — led 200 other birds, tikis and flowers in an entertaining Polynesian revue. The Adventureland attraction was inspired by Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, which opened at Disneyland Park in 1963.

Town Square Theater (Spring 2011) – Dressed in his finest magician duds and working on new magic tricks, Mickey Mouse now greets Magic Kingdom guests in his rehearsal room at Town Square Theater. The greatest magic of all happens when Mickey Mouse speaks with guests before helping them create even more memories with photos, autographs and hugs. Besides the standby queue, guests can elect to reserve a time to meet Mickey Mouse using FastPass+.


New Nighttime Experiences at Epcot (April 2014) - While enjoying the nightly fireworks spectacular, guests sample decadent desserts from around the world paired with the perfect international sparkling wines in an intimate and exclusive environment during the IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party. After IllumiNations, guests can sample, sip and stay awhile longer with the Epcot After Hours Wind Down. Award-winning Epcot chefs and sommeliers pair a beverage flight with cultural cuisine; guests can choose from four locations. For reservations to both of these experiences: www.Disneyworld.com/spring.

Spice Road Table (Jan. 2014) - Inspired by the outdoor cafes along the Mediterranean, Spice Road Table in Epcot World Showcase features a variety of Moroccan small plates and specialty drinks. With seating for 120 guests on the outdoor terrace and seating for 60 inside, the waterfront eatery showcases light fixtures, tile work, tapestries and art representing Morocco’s indigenous Berber tribes and is perfect for “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” viewing or relaxing with a selection of Moroccan flavors and cocktails.

The Kinsey Collection (March 2013) - The American story of determination, courage, hope, struggle and inspiration is told through more than 40 pieces of art, artifacts, books, sculptures and documents on display at the Walt Disney World Resort. The American Adventure pavilion is home to the Kinsey’s personal treasures of African-American art and history, amassed from their travels to 90 countries and dating back to the 17th century. The Kinsey Collection is the intersection where art and history meet, a virtual history book opened wide, giving voice to untold stories of accomplishment and contribution. The Kinsey Collection, at the American Heritage Gallery, is included in Epcot admission.

Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie (Summer 2013) - Located in the France pavilion, the expanded Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie offers delightful French sweets and savories for Epcot guests throughout the day. Menu items include espressos, pastries, soups, sandwiches, salads and authentic French dishes. The bakery opens daily at 9 a.m., ahead of the 11 a.m. opening of World Showcase.

L’Artisan des Glaces (Summer 2013) – L’Artisan des Glaces, a new artisan ice cream and sorbet shop in the France pavilion, features 16 yummy flavors, all made in-house with fresh ingredients. For grown-up tastes, a shot of liquor can be added on top – served in a martini glass.

Test Track Presented by Chevrolet (Dec. 2012) - The re-imagined, design-centric Test Track presented by Chevrolet features a sleek new “Chevrolet Design Center at Epcot” where guests create their own custom concept vehicles prior to buckling into their 6-person “SimCar” ride vehicle and putting their design through its paces on the exhilarating hills, switchbacks and straight-aways of the Test Track circuit.

Monsieur Paul Restaurant (Dec. 2012) - Replacing the Bistro de Paris in the France pavilion at Epcot, the new decor captures classic French architecture with bright colors and a touch of modernism. The menu includes dishes such as Soupe aux Truffles V.G.E. (black winter truffle and beef broth soup), Homard du Maine à L’Armoricaine, riz Pilaf (Maine lobster, vegetable brunoise, bisque, rice Pilaf) and Carré d’Agneau en croute d’herbes, pissaladière Niçoise, cassolette de flageolet (herb crusted rack of lamb Niçoise style tart with goat cheese, onions, arugula cassoulette of flageolet beans). For a sweet finish, Soufflé chaud au grand Marnier  (warm Grand Marnier soufflé) and Entremet au trois chocolats (triple chocolate cake) are just two of the desserts.

Disney Phineas & Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure (Summer 2012) - Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure is based on the wily secret-agent alter-ego of Perry the Platypus – faithful pet to the title characters from Disney’ Channel’s animated series “Phineas & Ferb.” Transforming into secret agents, Epcot guests use a “high-tech secret agent device” to scour World Showcase for clues, evil “Inators” and – with a little bit of luck – help Agent P defeat his nemesis Dr. Doofenshmirtz.

Tutto Gusto (May 2012) – Located adjacent to Tutto Italia Ristorante in the Italy pavilion, Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar is a more intimate space complete with stone walls, vaulted ceilings and a fireplace in the dining room. Inspired by an atmospheric Italian wine bar, Tutto Gusto features a small-plate menu plus more than 200 Italian wines, as well as beers, grappa and other libations.

Katsura Grill (December 2011) - Katsura Grill replaces the former Yakitori House located in the Japan Pavilion. The new exterior is inspired by the strolling gardens at the historic Katsura Imperial Villa outside Kyoto, Japan. New items on the menu include Okonomiyaki, a veggie, pancake-like patty and a cold ramen noodle dish with shredded crab in a sweet soy dressing. The re-imagined quick-service restaurant is located amidst tranquil gardens and includes indoor and outdoor dining.

La Hacienda de San Angel and La Cantina de San Angel (September 2010) – The Mexico pavilion opened two restaurants under one roof – La Hacienda, a 250-seat restaurant serving romantic dinners beside World Showcase Lagoon, and La Cantina, a 150-seat quick-service restaurant serving both lunch and dinner.

Innoventions (continual updates) –  Discover tomorrow’s technology today at this hands-on exposition of the world’s newest products and inventions. Guests visit the house of the future, explore cyberspace, test the latest developments in computers and discover the latest breakthroughs in virtual reality and communications.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Meet Minnie Mouse at The Magic of Disney Animation (Fall 2013) – Guests are invited to step backstage and sneak a peek into Minnie Mouse’s “Star Dressing Room” as she gets ready for the limelight. While Minnie Mouse takes a break from screen tests, she greets guests for photos and autographs in her space decked out in old-style Hollywood glamour.

Meet Sofia from “Sofia the First,” a popular “Disney Junior” show (Aug. 2013) - Sofia the First joins other stars of Disney Junior at the meet-and-greet location in Animation Courtyard. Walt Disney World Resort guests can also meet Jake from “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” at the same location.

“Disney Junior-Live on Stage!” (April 2013) - Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins join “Playhouse Disney-Live on Stage!” Since the show premiered in 2001, it has been a chance for younger guests to experience Disney Channel friends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. As that circle of TV friends has grown and changed, the Disney entertainment gurus have endeavored to make those new friends part of the vacation fun, too. The show also includes current favorites from Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow (Dec. 2012) - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow immerses Walt Disney World Resort guests in all the action and adventure of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film series. Aspiring pirates experience the story of Jack Sparrow like never before to discover if they have what it takes to join Captain Jack’s crew. The attraction is located in Soundstage 4, former space of Journey Into Narnia: Prince Caspian.

“Star Tours – The Adventures Continue” (May 2011) - Based on the iconic Lucasfilm Star Wars films, the new 3-D version of the popular Star Tours attraction includes immersive new elements, allowing guests to experience more than 50 story combinations to many familiar places in the Star Wars galaxy. Among the locations that might provide haven from the Empire’s pursuit are the icy planet of Hoth, the lush jungles of Kashyyyk and the underwater Gungan world of Naboo. And along the way guests may encounter Star Wars characters that offer to help (or hinder) their journey, including Yoda, Admiral Ackbar, Darth Vader and Boba Fett. “Skytroopers,” a legion of stormtroopers created just for the attraction story, might even join in the chase.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Wilderness Explorers (June 2013) - Disney’s Animal Kingdom invites guests to become Wilderness Explorers and experience the park in engaging ways to deepen their understanding of animals and the natural world we live in. Inspired by Russell, the wilderness explorer in the Disney-Pixar film “Up,” park guests can earn approximately 30 badges as they learn about habitats and animal nutrition at Conservation Station, to identifying fossils and signaling in DinoLand U.S.A.

New Meet-Up with Mickey and Minnie (May 2013) – Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse welcome Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests to their new exploration headquarters, Adventurers Outpost, on Discovery Island. The all-new indoor retreat is the perfect spot for guests to meet the globetrotting duo as they get ready to set off on their next adventure.

Wild Africa Trek (Jan. 2011) – Guests wanting to venture off the beaten path at Disney’s Animal Kingdom have the chance during an immersive add-on experience that takes a small group of adventurers on personalized, guided excursions that include a bushwalk through unexplored areas of the forest along with over-landing in customized vehicles across an animal-filled savanna. On these expert-led treks, extended time is spent observing and learning about the wildlife.

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Magic (Oct. 2013) - Disney Cruise Line’s flagship vessel, the Disney Magic, sets sail with new spaces, re-imagined areas and exciting additions for the whole family. From a new grand atrium lobby and children’s area of “super hero” proportions to a three-story water thrill ride and a space to stimulate the “Senses,” there are plenty of new and magical surprises in store for cruise guests. The ship features fun new experiences with Marvel characters – the first time Super Hero icons from the Marvel Universe have been introduced on a Disney Cruise Line ship.

Disney Fantasy (March 2012) – The Muppets leading guests in an interactive detective adventure game around the ship. Guests’ own drawings springing to life and dancing with animated Disney characters. Two new Broadway-caliber, spectacular musical stage shows. A Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for magical princess and pirate makeovers. A fanciful water play area called AquaLab. Disney Fantasy, the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, brings to life these innovations and more, offering a cruise experience from stem to stern that caters to every member of the family. The 4,000-passenger Disney Fantasy sails week-long Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, Fla.

Disney Dream (January 2011) – Disney Cruise Line launched Disney Dream, a 4,000-passenger ship. Like the other ships in the fleet (Disney Fantasy, Disney Magic and Disney Wonder), the Dream provides a cruise vacation where adults find relaxation and indulgence, children engage in immersive, magical adventures with favorite characters and families enjoy quality time together. Featured are original Disney musicals and entertainment, unique dining experiences, customized children’s spaces and areas just for adults. And Disney’s private island paradise – Castaway Cay – provides something for every member of the family.

Downtown Disney

As work continues on the re-imagining of Downtown Disney to Disney Springs, a multi-year transformation into a high-energy destination that will double the retail and offer innovative new dining options, Walt Disney World guests continue to enjoy more than 70 themed and immersive shopping, dining and entertainment venues day and night.

Splitsville (Dec. 2012) - Splitsville, located in Downtown Disney West Side, reinvents bowling for America with 50,000 square feet of fun and 30 lanes on two floors. Guests come for the bowling but stay for the food. Between strikes and spares, guests feast on menu items including hand-tossed pizza, fresh-rolled sushi and hand-cut filet sliders served right at the lane. Beyond a great hangout for friends and families, the all-new day-and-nighttime venue also is available for birthday parties and corporate events.

AMC Dine-In Theatres (summer 2011) – AMC Theatres® has put a new twist on the date-night concept of “dinner and a movie” at AMC Downtown Disney 24: “a movie with dinner.” Six auditoriums at the Downtown Disney West Side location have been transformed into Fork & Screen dine-in theatres where guests can watch the latest movies while dining from a menu including quesadillas, burgers, flatbread pizzas, grilled sandwiches and house specialties as well as appetizers and desserts. Reserved seating and table-top dining is offered.

Orlando Harley-Davidson (Relocated July 2011) – The largest and most interactive Harley merchandise store of its kind, it draws guests in with a 40-foot tower and massive LCD/LED screens showing specially produced footage of motorcycles in action. Guests are also able to see and sit on some of the latest Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and a brand new production studio lets guests be pictured in their favorite riding spot or transformed into real bikers. Guests can even design biker vests of their own. The expanded 3,635-square-foot store  is located at Downtown Disney West Side.

littlemissmatched (Relocated April 2011) – A colorful and playful setting filled with fashionable accessories, beach bags, flip flops and mismatched socks. Relocated to Downtown Disney Marketplace.

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Hewlett-Packard Photo Creation Center (March 2011) – The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex continues to add more athlete enhancements with the addition of the Hewlett-Packard Photo Creation Center inside the renamed HP Field House at the complex. The creation center will allow athletes, coaches and fans to create and design an assortment of uniquely customized posters, photo albums and materials to commemorate their sports experience.

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (February 2010) – A leading sports and entertainment venue that hosts more than 180 events a year, Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex was re-themed with the ESPN brand, providing guests with an immersive ESPN experience that is unique to the complex.

Walt Disney World Speedway

Piston Cup Junior Ride-Along Cars (May 2014) – Petty Holdings, LLC and Pixar Animation Studios are bringing to life two characters from the Academy Award-nominated 2006 animated feature film “Cars” – Aiken Axler and Sage VanDerSpin at the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World Speedway. The cars will be used in the new Piston Cup Junior Ride-Along program, which gives children ages 6 to 13 (and at least 48 inches tall) the chance to experience real-life racing excitement as they ride shotgun with a professional driving instructor for three thrilling laps in a specially equipped Piston Cup race car. Junior Ride-Alongs do not require reservations and are given on a first-come, first-served basis for $59.

The Exotics Course featuring “supercars” (January 2012) — Have the need for speed? Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World Resort now features a brand-new adrenaline rush, the “Exotic Driving Experience.” The “Exotics Course” at Walt Disney World Speedway, a new one-mile circuit custom-built for the attraction, is home to a riding experience for guests in “supercars” by Ferrari, Lamborghini, Audi, and Porsche. Thrill-seekers can get behind the wheel of these epic vehicles and navigate a circuit offering rapid-acceleration straight-aways with a skill-testing course of turn-on-a-dime maneuvers. The drive-yourself option (alongside a professional driver) starts at $199 for six laps around the circuit. Thrill rides with a professional driver behind the wheel are available for $99. Reservations can be made at www.exoticdriving.com.

Indy Racing Experience (November 2008) - Race fans and thrill seekers alike have the opportunity to buckle up and ride in IndyCar series race cars at the Walt Disney World Speedway. Both drive and ride options are available with the experience, which uses actual open-cockpit racing machines that were used in the Indy Racing League. The Indy Racing Experience shares track hours with the popular Richard Petty Driving Experience. For more information, including rates, hours of operation and corporate packages: 888/357-5002 or www.indyracingexperience.com.

Pet Resort

Best Friends Pet Resort (September 2010) – This one-of-a-kind facility provides pet hospitality services that include boarding, grooming and doggy day camp, and amenities such as luxury suites with television and raised bedding. Pet activities feature nature walks and playgroups, and pampering services range from ice cream treats to bedtime stories. The facility is operated by Best Friends Pet Care.


The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (Oct. 2013) - The grandeur of one of the premier properties at the Walt Disney World Resort will meet the family vacation style that only Disney Vacation Club can provide at The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.  The property features deluxe studios and one-bedroom villas that sleep five guests, as well as two-bedroom villas that sleep nine guests. Additionally, expansive grand villas sleep 12 guests and feature multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as a media room with a home theater system.

California Grill (Sept. 2013) - The iconic California Grill that started a dining evolution at Walt Disney World Resort in 1995 has been completely transformed with a design inspired by mid-century modern California design, and a new menu showcasing seasonal ingredients and a lighter touch.  The reimagined restaurant features dishes such as baked local prawns with charred lemon and wild Columbia River salmon with Zellwood sweet corn pudding.

Senses, A Disney Spa (July 2013) - The opening of Senses – A Disney Spa at Saratoga Springs Resort followed the opening of its sister spa, Senses – A Disney Spa at the Grand Floridian Resort that opened in December, 2012. Each treatment is guided by one of the spa’s core themes – relax, renew or imagine – each of which will create a custom experience.

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort (May 2012) - A new resort hotel inspired by Disney animation features 1,120 family suites themed after “The Lion King,” “Cars” and “Finding Nemo,” and 864 themed rooms in “The Little Mermaid” wings. Animation themes carry throughout building exteriors and room interiors and feature larger-than-life icons from the animated films in courtyard areas. Crowned by a 35-foot-tall model of King Triton, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is located next to Disney’s Pop Century Resort.

Royal Guest Rooms (March 2012) – When Walt Disney World guests stay in the Royal Guest Rooms at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-Riverside, they’ll discover special treasures left behind by the stars of favorite animated films such as “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Princess and the Frog.” In quarters befitting not only the young Princes and Princesses of the family but also their grown-up King and Queen parents, guests can unwind amid remarkable décor. They’ll be able to watch “fireworks” swirl as they recline in ornate beds, curl up in custom linens and more. It’s majesty and fun, all rolled into one. Each of the 512 Royal Guest Rooms sleeps up to four guests in two queen beds.

“What’s Next”

Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows (2015) - A sweeping renovation at the iconic Disney’s Polynesian Resort is underway with plans for a 2015 completion. The resort also has returned to its opening day name – Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, plus refurbished guest rooms, an all-new childcare area rebranded as Club Disney, a completely renovated Nanea Volcano feature pool area, a new children’s water play area, and an enlarged deck to accommodate poolside seating. The Great Ceremonial House lobby area will be completely renovated with bright, open areas, plus the new Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, a highly themed lounge area with handcrafted tiki cocktails and Polynesian-themed “small plates.” An enhanced Captain Cooke’s quick service restaurant, all-new Polynesian Pool Bar & Grill, and a Pineapple Lanai kiosk featuring the world-famous Dole Whip round out the new dining options.

Disney Vacation Club has announced that it proposes to include innovative bungalows on Seven Seas Lagoon at its planned next project, Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. When this resort is completed, currently estimated to be in 2015, Disney Vacation Club will have destinations at all three resorts on the monorail system, allowing easy access to Magic Kingdom Park. The planned development project at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, when completed, will join Disney Vacation Club’s 12 other properties, including The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, which opened in October 2013.

Disney Springs (2016) - The multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs, a unique destination that will treat guests to significantly more shopping, dining and entertainment amid beautiful open-air promenades, meandering springs and waterfront charm is currently underway. Disney Springs will feature an eclectic and contemporary mix from Disney and other noteworthy brands in a setting inspired by Florida’s waterfront towns and natural beauty.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort (August 2014) – The 900-acre luxury resort residential community of Golden Oak is anchored by the prestigious Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. The development, along the northeast border of the property, also includes an 18-hole championship golf course, single- and multi-family vacation homes and fractional ownership vacation homes.

AVATAR - Walt Disney Imagineering in collaboration with filmmaker James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment is bringing to life the mythical world of Pandora, inspired by Cameron’s AVATAR, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. The awe-inspiring land of floating mountains, bioluminescent rain forests and soaring Banshees will become real for Disney guests to see, hear and touch. Construction began in 2014 on this multi-year project.

Annual Events

Walt Disney World Marathon (January) – This annual event features a 26.2-mile adventure race through all four Disney theme parks – Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom and a half marathon. Also included in the weekend is Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, which combines Saturday’s half marathon and Sunday’s full marathon for 39.3 miles of fun, a two-day health expo and a 5K.

Atlanta Braves Spring Training (February-March) – The Atlanta Braves return to Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex for spring training.

Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend (February) - The predominantly women’s half marathon brings women of all ages together to celebrate all the qualities a princess possesses. The weekend features a two-day health and fitness expo geared towards women, a family fun run 5k and kids’ races. New in 2013 are the Disney Enchanted 10K and Glass Slipper Challenge, where participants run the 10K and half marathon over the course of 2 days.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (March-May) - Future World and World Showcase are blooming with more than 30 million colorful blossoms, interactive garden activities for kids and workshops with national gardening experts during this annual spring festival at Epcot. While exploring the themed gardens, guests can taste sweets and savories from about a dozen food-and-beverage marketplaces surrounding the World Showcase Lagoon.

Star Wars Weekends (May-June) – For several weekends each summer, Disney’s Hollywood Studios turns into a giant Star Wars fan-fest with up-close meet-and-greets for guests with their favorite characters and actors from the film series as well as interactive games, parades, music and fun for the whole family.

Night of Joy (September) – Top contemporary Christian music performers headline this annual celebration throughout Magic Kingdom. The long-running series has played to a combined audience in excess of a million.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (September-October) – A family-friendly fright-fest in Magic Kingdom featuring a children’s parade, trick-or-treating throughout the park, face painting, and more.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend (Fall) - This newly created 10-mile race takes place in and around Disney’s Hollywood Studios and features your favorite Disney villains.  The weekend includes the Disney Villains Hollywood Bash, kids’ races and a family fun run 5K at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (September-November) – Savor fine wines and delectable cuisine during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival featuring live entertainment, guest chefs, culinary demonstrations, seminars and winemaker dinners.

Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend (November) – The ultimate “Runners’ Night Out” features a half marathon at night.  After finishing, runners and their guests can celebrate their accomplishment at an exclusive after hours party inside the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.  The weekend also includes kids’ races, a family fun run 5K and a health and fitness expo.

Car Masters Weekend (June) - Car Masters Weekend at Downtown Disney West Side is a classic car show with a modern twist. Featuring all things “Cars,” the event showcases more than 150 classic, muscle and exotic cars; a chance for guests to meet “Cars 2″ stars Lightning McQueen, Mater and Finn McMissile; and special appearances.

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights (November-January) – This holiday light display on the Disney’s Hollywood Studios backlot features millions of sparkling holiday bulbs designed by Arkansas businessman and philanthropist Jennings Osborne as a gift to his daughter and the guests of Walt Disney World Resort.

Holiday Splendor (November-January) – Walt Disney World Resort is all aglitter during the holiday season with dazzling lights, spirited song and even snow flurries. Here’s what’s in store: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom; Candlelight Processional at Epcot; plus caroling, tree lighting ceremonies and visits by Santa.

“Vacation Innovations”

MyMagic+ - MyMagic+ is a fantastic new way to experience even more of the magic of a Walt Disney World vacation. Guests are able to design the Disney World vacation they want – customizing everything from their at-home planning to their in-park experiences to capturing memories to share and relive. Guests have the confidence of locking in their “must-do” experiences while having the flexibility to make updates on the go thanks to the My Disney Experience app. MyMagic+ takes renowned Disney guest service to a new level – more seamless and aimed at delivering the best Disney World experience ever. – See more at: http://wdwnews.com/releases/2014/04/30/a-rockin-lineup-of-new-magic-at-walt-disney-world-resort-in-2014-2/#sthash.tmxSIhvR.dpuf

Disney’s Magical Express  - The innovative service offers airport shuttle, luggage delivery and airline check-in for Disney hotel guests. Guests of 24 Disney owned-and-operated hotels at Walt Disney World Resort using Disney’s Magical Express service can check their bags at their hometown airport, bypass baggage claim at Orlando International Airport (OIA) and board state-of-the-art motor coaches to the Vacation Kingdom, where their bags “magically” appear in their room upon check-in. The complimentary service is designed to give Disney hotel guests the stress-free vacation they want. With the service, a family of four can save more than $80 (based on round-trip taxi transportation, plus tip, between OIA and Walt Disney World Resort).

Magic Your Way - Magic Your Way ticketing and packages allow guests to create their own magical Walt Disney World vacation. Ticket-holders can customize their Walt Disney World theme park visits by adding components to the base ticket such as park-hopping or building on water parks or other vacation fun. The savings grow the longer a guest stays.

Disney’s PhotoPass - Using the latest digital equipment and Disney-engineered technology, photographers take photos of guests throughout the theme parks. Instead of receiving a paper claim ticket, guests receive a Disney’s PhotoPass card that links all of their vacation photos taken by Disney photographers together into one online account. Guests can go online to www.disneyphotopass.com to easily view, share and order their photos, order a CD of all their Disney’s PhotoPass images, and more.




Last updated: 5-1-14