New Super Hero-themed Lands Coming to Disneyland Resort, Disneyland Paris & Hong Kong Disneyland

Today, Walt Disney Company released the following teaser video unveiling three new super hero-themed lands at Disneyland Resort, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland:

Disneyland Resort, California


The new Super Hero-themed land at Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure park will open in 2020, and will be anchored by Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT, and feature other immersive experiences including Spider-Man and The Avengers. The adjacent Bug’s Life attraction has already closed, and other attractions will close by the end of 2018 to develop this new land.

Disneyland Paris


As part of the expansion announced at Disneyland Paris, a new Marvel-themed land at Walt Disney Studios Park will open in 2020, anchored by a reimagined attraction featuring Iron Man and The Avengers.

Hong Kong Disneyland


Hong Kong Disneyland will add new attraction featuring Ant-Man and The Wasp, which will join the Iron Man Experience, which opened in 2017.

Marvel Themed Entertainment


These new experiences are being developed in partnership with Marvel Studios and Marvel Themed Entertainment, which previously produced The Marvel Experience, which has been described as a “traveling theme park”, which these experiences seem to be an evolution of.

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Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Parking Fee

Effective for reservations made on or after March 21, 2018 Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests will be charged an overnight self-parking fee.

Overnight Parking Charges by Resort Category:

  • Value Resorts: $13 per night
  • Moderate Resorts: $19 per night
  • Deluxe and DVC Deluxe Villa Resorts: $24 per night

Complimentary parking will continue to be offered at the Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.

Valet Parking will continue to be offered at select Deluxe Resorts and DVC Deluxe Villas for $33 per night.

All prices include sales tax.

Disney Vacation Club Members

DVC Members will not be charged for self-parking when staying at a DVC Deluxe Villas, regardless of whether they use vacation points or cash.  DVC Members will not be charged for self-parking at other Walt Disney Resort hotels when staying on points.

Day Guests

Complimentary self-parking is available while enjoying select dining, shopping, entertainment, and recreation experiences at Disney Resort hotels.

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Disney World & Disneyland Ticket & Annual Pass Price Increase

Disney has updated Disney World and Disneyland Ticket and Annual Pass Prices for 2018 as of today.

Walt Disney World

Annual Passes

Standard Platinum and Platinum Plus Annual Passes increased 9% across the board.  DVC Annual Passes increased 7% on average, ranging from 5% (Gold Annual Pass)-8% (Platinum Plus Annual Pass).  Water Park Annual Passes increased 4%.

DiscountAnnual Pass2018 Price2019 PriceIncrease
NonePlatinum - New$779$8499%
NonePlatinum - Renewal$662$7219%
NonePlatinum Plus - New$869$9499%
NonePlatinum Plus - Renewal$738$8059%
DVC/Florida ResidentGold - New$559$5895%
DVC/Florida ResidentGold - Renewal$475$5005%
DVC/Florida ResidentPlatinum - New$679$7297%
DVC/Florida ResidentPlatinum - Renewal$577$6197%
DVC/Florida ResidentPlatinum Plus - New$769$8298%
DVC/Florida ResidentPlatinum Plus - Renewal$653$7048%
Single-Day Tickets

1-day Magic Kingdom Base Tickets increased an average of 3%, ranging from 2% (Value)-4% (Regular/Peak Season).  1-Day Epcot/DHS/DAK tickets increased an average of 4%, ranging from 3% (Value/Peak Season)-7% (Regular Season).  Park Hopper option remained the same for 1-Day tickets during Value and Regular periods and increased during Peak period.

Ticket2018 Price2019 PriceIncrease
1-Day Magic Kingdom Value$107$1092%
1-Day Magic Kingdom Regular$115$1193%
1-Day Magic Kingdom Peak$124$1294%
1-Day Epcot/DHS/DAK Value$99$1023%
1-Day Epcot/DHS/DAK Regular$107$1147%
1-Day Epcot/DHS/DAK Peak$119$1223%
Multi-Day Tickets

Multi-day Tickets increased an average of 4%, ranging from 1% (for 7-10 day tickets) to 9% (4-day tickets).  Park Hopper option remained the same for 4-10 Day tickets and increased for 2-3 Day tickets.

Ticket2018 Price2019 PriceIncrease

See our Walt Disney World Annual Tickets & Passes spreadsheet for all  Annual Pass, Ticket, and Option prices.


Annual Passes

Disneyland Annual Passes increased an average of 15%, ranging from 9% (Southern California Select Annual Pass and Premier Annual Pass, which is valid for Disneyland and Disney World) to 18% (all other Annual Passes):

Annual Pass2018 Price2019 Price Increase
Southern California Select Annual Pass$339$3699%
Southern California Annual Pass$469$54917%
Deluxe Annual Pass$619$72918%
Signature Annual Pass$849$99918%
Signature Plus Annual Pass$1,049$1,1499%
Premier Annual Pass$1,439$1,5799%

Single and Multi-Day Tickets

Disneyland 1-Day tickets increased an average of 5%, ranging from 0% (1-Day 1-Park Value Season) to 9% (1-Day 1-Park Peak Season).  Multi-day tickets increased an average of 5%, ranging from 4% (3-Day 1-Park Ticket) to 6% (2-Day 1-Park Ticket):

Ticket2018 Price2019 PriceIncrease
1-Day 1-Park Ticket Value Season$97$970%
1-Day 1-Park Ticket Regular Season$110$1176%
1-Day 1-Park Ticket Peak Season$124$1359%
2-Day 1-Park Ticket$199$2106%
3-Day 1-Park Ticket$270$2804%
4-Day 1-Park Ticket$290$3055%
5-Day 1-Park Ticket$305$3205%

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Children’s Activity Centers Closing at DVC Deluxe Villa Resorts

DVCinfo has confirmed with Disney sources that Children’s Activity Centers located at Walt Disney World DVC resorts will be closing for good effective July 31, 2018:

Children’s Activity Centers provide secure, supervised childcare for children ages 3 to 12.  Children can enjoy arts, crafts, movies, toys, video games, and board games.  Dinner, snacks, and themed activities are also provided.

According to Disney, the service is not being utilized enough to maintain it , and they are “seeking other ways to offer other services to children under 12.”  In-room Childcare Services is still available, provided by Kid’s Night Out.  DVC Community Halls will still be available at DVC resorts as well.

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Disney Resort Restaurants Added to OpenTable

Disney has added the following resort area restaurants to Open Table, the leading provider of free, online reservations: 

Interestingly, all have same day availability as of being added, despite Advance Dining Reservations being booked 6 months in advance through, indicating Disney is either holding back tables for Open Table reservations, or they have been unable to fill all the reservations themselves.

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Minnie Van Service Now Available at all DVC Deluxe Villa Resorts

At the end of July, Disney and Lyft launched the Minnie Van Service to provide private transportation driven by a Disney Cast Member to and from anywhere at Walt Disney World for a flat $20 including tip for up to 6 passengers.

The Minnie Van Service was first made available to guests of  Disney’s BoardWalk and Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, and has gradually been expanded since then.  The service is now available to guests of all Disney Vacation Club Resorts, with pickup and drop locations at any location within Walt Disney World.

How to Sign Up for the Minnie Van Service
  1. Download the Lyft app
  2. Activate the Minnie Van Service – When staying at an eligible resort, you will receive a notification in the Walt Disney World (AKA My Disney Experience) app with a link to activate the Minnie Van Service.  If you missed the notification or want to activate the service in advance you can click the link above.Minnie Van Invite
  3. Launch the app and receive confirmation– once you enter your phone number and click Download & Claim, open the Lyft app and you’ll see the following splash screen after searching for a location within Disney World, indicating the Minnie Van Service is now enabled:Minnie Van Welcome Screen
How to Use the Minnie Van Service
  1. Search for a Pickup Location – anywhere within Walt Disney World
  2. Select Minnie Van Service – click circle in lower left that says Lyft and select Minnie Van Service:Lyft App - Minnie Van Service
    Lyft - Minnie Van Service
    The circle should now show the Minnie Van Service logo:
  3. Select an available Pickup Location – indicated by blue dots on the map, e.g. here are all the pickup locations shown for every DVC resort:Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas
    Minnie Van Service - Animal Kingdom
    Disney’s Beach Club Villas
    Minnie Van Service - Yacht & Beach Club
    Disney’s BoardWalk Resort  & Villas
    Minnie Van Service - BoardWalk
    Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
    Minnie Van Service - Contemporary Resort
    Copper Creek Villas and Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
    Minnie Van Service - Wilderness Lodge
    Disney’s Old Key West Resort
    Minnie Van Service - Old Key West
    Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
    Minnie Van Service - Polynesian
    Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
    Minnie Van Service - Saratoga Springs
    The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
    Minnie Van Service - Grand Floridian
  4. Set Pickup and Confirm Location –  drag the screen to move big blue pickup pin to one of the blue dots on the map then confirm the pickup location:Lyft - Set Pickup Location
    Lyft - Confirm Pickup Location
  5. Add Destination – once you Confirm the Pickup Location, click Add destination, search for a destination (e.g. Bus Stop – Magic Kingdom), then click Request Minnie  Van Service.That’s it!  You’ll receive the name of the driver and their license plate number to look for and can track their location on the map.  You will receive an app and text notification when they arrive, and the driver will confirm your name for the reservation when you get in their vehicle, then automatically drive to your drop-off location.  Your credit card linked to your Lyft account will automatically be charged (tip included).
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Disney After Hours Returns in 2018

For the past two years, Disney Parks has held Disney After Hours ticketed events in the spring at Magic Kingdom Park, opening the park after hours to a limited number of guests to have the park to themselves, including complimentary ice cream, popcorn & select bottled beverages at carts throughout the park.


8:00 PM to 11:00 PM on the following dates:

  • Friday, January 19, 2018
  • Friday, January 26, 2018
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018
  • Thursday, February 8, 2018

9:00 PM to Midnight on the following dates:

  • Thursday, February 15, 2018
  • Thursday, March 1, 2018
  • Thursday, March 8, 2018

Disney After Hours nights do not replace Extra Magic Hours (EMH) for resort guests and are held on non-EMH dates. Tickets include park entry one hour before the event. Tickets are $119 in advance or $124 the day of the event. Tickets for DVC Members and Annual Passholders are $89. Tickets can be purchased online.

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Disney Hurricane Irma Closures & Cancellations

Updated 5:00 AM EDT 9/10/17

Resort Closures

Disney World Closures

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Closing Saturday, September 9 at 7 PM – Monday, September 11; Saturday, September 9 Rivers of Light performance canceled
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Closing Saturday, September 9 at 7 PM – Monday, September 11; Saturday, September 9 Fantasmic! and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular performances canceled
  • Epcot: Closing Saturday, September 9 at 9 PM – Monday, September 11; The Saturday, September 9 Illuminations Reflections of Earth performance is canceled
  • Magic Kingdom: Closing early on Saturday, September 9 at 9 PM; The Saturday, September 9 Happily Ever After fireworks performance is canceled
  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach: Closed Friday, September 8 – Monday, September 11
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon: Closing Saturday, September 9 at 5 PM – Monday, September 11
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports: Closed Saturday, September 9 – Monday, September 11
  • Disney Springs: Closing Saturday, September 9 at 9 PM – Monday, September 11
  • Disney Dining: Will not enforcing dine reservation cancellation policies through Monday, September 11; Pre-paid dining and premium experiences will be automatically canceled and refunded


  • Disney Resort transportation from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park will end Saturday, September 9 at 8 PM
  • Disney Resort transportation from Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot and Disney Springs will end Saturday, September 9 at 10 PM

Event Cancellations

  • Night of Joy performance has been cancelled Saturday, September 9; Guests with tickets for Saturday can attend Friday’s event instead by exchanging their tickets at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Box Office; Requests for a full refund for either event night will be honored
  • Mickey’s Not-so-Scary Halloween Party has been cancelled Sunday, September 10; Guests are invited to exchange their event tickets for another Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or upcoming Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, or a 1 Day Magic Your Way Tickets with Park Hopper Option, to be used within the next 2 years
  • To receive a full refund for event tickets or redeem these offers, Guests should call (407) 939-7818 by January 31, 2018 between the hours of 7:00 AM and 11:00 PM or email [email protected]

DVC Resort Reservations

You are eligible for a full or partial refund of your points or cash reservation for Hurricane warnings issued by the National Hurricane Center within 7 days of your arrival for an Orlando, Vero Beach, or Hilton Head DVC Resort or your place of residence.


  • Reservation with an arrival date within 7 days of an active Hurricane Warning can be cancelled online
  • Email Member Services with the following information once you cancel online to have your Vacation Points restored from Holding Account points:
    • Your name
    • Reservation number
    • Description of your request
  • Member Services will make the adjustment within 4 weeks
  • Points will be restored based on their type when originally applied (Banked, Borrowed, or Current Year)
  • If you have questions or concerns about how points will be returned, call Member Services at (800) 800-9800 or (407) 566-3800

Early Departures

  • At check-out, a Cast Member will refund remaining nights on reservations directly for cash reservation or will communicate to DVC Member Services to credit your points for reservations made using Vacation Points
  • Member Services will make the adjustment within 4 weeks
  • Points will be restored based on their type when originally applied (Banked, Borrowed, or Current Year Points)
  • If you have questions or concerns about how points will be returned, call Member Services at (800) 800-9800 or (407) 566-3800


If your return flight or travel plans are impacted, and you wish to extend your stay, contact the front desk to extend your stay, based on availability.


In the event of a Resort evacuation, the same refund policy will apply. Check with the front desk to check out and request your refund.


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Convention Center Expansion at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Many people have hoped for a DVC expansion at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. However, the resort always seemed busy enough with conventioneers to think about the need for converting any Yacht Club Resort rooms to DVC units.

Today, Disney filed a notice of commencement to expand the 73,000-square foot convention center. The expansion will be in an existing parking lot at the resort.

In my mind, this seems to cement the idea that a DVC is not in the cards for Disney’s Yacht Club Resort – at least, not any time soon.

Yacht Club Convention Center Expansion Plan
Yacht Club Convention Center Expansion Plan

Here is a view from above showing the location.

Yacht Club Convention Center Expansion View
Yacht Club Convention Center Expansion View

Fencing and Signs go up along Shorelines at Disney World

With temporary fencing and signs going up along shorelines at Walt Disney World in the wake of the unfortunate tragedy of a 2-year old child getting killed by an alligator, one wonders what the permanent solution might be.

The fencing looks like this:

Temporary Fence and Signs along the shoreline
Temporary Fence and Signs along the shoreline (click for larger image)

The new signs:

Temporary fence and signs along shoreline
Temporary fence and signs along shoreline (click for larger image)

Disney Statement on the fencing and signs

Disney released the following statement:

“We are installing signage and temporary barriers at our resort beach locations and are working on permanent, long-term solutions at our beaches. We continue to evaluate processes and procedures for our entire property, and, as part of this, we are reinforcing training with our Cast for reporting sightings and interactions with wildlife and are expanding our communication to Guests on this topic.”

Temporary fence and signs along shoreline
Temporary fence and signs along shoreline (click for larger image)

There have been reports of guests feeding alligators from the decks of the new Polynesian bungalows which are over the Seven Seas Lagoon. If true, this could have contributed to the tragic loss of life. I wonder if Disney is going to install cameras to watch the bungalow decks like they do at the Animal Kingdom Villas?

Temporary fence and signs along shoreline
Temporary fence and signs along shoreline (click for larger image)

What do you think of this? What options should Disney consider for the permanent solution? What about doing something like this?

Rocks along the water edge
Rocks along the water edge

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Thanks to WilsonFlyer (Bob) for the photos.