It’s clear the Force is strong with Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Since its debut last year, this spectacular experience inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has proven to be one of the most popular attractions at Walt Disney World. Disney has just released a major Rise of the Resistance update! Beginning November 3, 2020, Hollywood Studios will be piloting a new approach to the virtual queue system.
Universal Orlando Resort
Halloween Horror Nights
A haunted house planned for NEXT year’s Halloween Horror Nights has been announced! Get ready for Puppet Theater: Captive Audience!
Based on a terrifying original story created exclusively by Universal Orlando’s Entertainment team, Puppet Theater: Captive Audience will bring the demented side of puppetry and theater into the spotlight. Fall 2021 is already available for booking at Universal Orlando Resort, let's get you there!
Walt Disney World
Some of the infamous Enchanting Extras are available for booking again! Droid Depot, Savi's Workshop, and Wilderness Back Trail Adventure are all currently available. Contact me to add these to your magical vacation!
Welcome Sign Makeover
The main entrance to Walt Disney World is getting some pixie dust! The arches stretching over the roadways are getting a new color palette that complements the recent makeover of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom.
EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays
Get ready to enjoy holiday festivities from around the world this year! The Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays will take place Nov. 27-Dec. 30, 2020.
In addition to the Holiday Kitchens (and my personal favorite activity, the Holiday Cookie Stroll), you can also spot some of your favorite characters AND Santa Claus himself! The Voices of Liberty will be singing Christmas carols, Mariachi Cobre will bring Las Posadas to life, and the JAMMitors will be drumming. JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season will bring you R&B, gospel, contemporary and traditional Christmas and holiday music. Plus, kids of all ages will also be able to participate in “Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition,” a scavenger hunt activity around the World Showcase!
Buena Vista Street at California Adventure
Beginning in November, there will be even more Disney dining and shopping to enjoy at the Disneyland Resort, when the Downtown Disney District extends to Buena Vista Street! Buena Vista Street at Disney's California Adventure will soon open select shopping and dining experiences! These will include Elias & Co.; Julius Kataz & Sons; Kingswell Camera Shop; Trolley Treats; Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe; Carthay Circle Lounge; and Smokejumpers Grill! Only the shopping and dining experiences along Buena Vista Street will be accessible from the Downtown Disney District at this time, as Disney California Adventure park is currently closed.
What a week it's been! There has been a whirlwind of news in the past week out of your favorite destinations. Discounts and reopenings and updates, oh my! Let's dive in!
Walt Disney World
ALL of 2021 is OPEN for booking!
The rest of 2021 dates are finally available! On Thursday, Walt Disney World finally released the remainder of 2021 dates for booking! For now, dining plans still aren't available, but stay tuned for any updates on the dining front!
This morning, Disney finally released October-December 2021 dates! This means that ALL of 2021 is available for booking! SO much is in store for 2021...including Walt Disney World's 50th Anniversary! Who's excited?
Let's cut right to the chase: a private VIP tour is a better value than ever.
"A VIP tour? Value????? Are you crazy?" (You already know how I feel about the stark difference between value and cheap.) Pricing on VIP tours varies by time of year, whether you add additional hours, etc., so COST can vary significantly. Today, though, we're talking VALUE
Value #1: Park-Hopping
There is no park hopping allowed in Walt Disney World right now, and it's not coming back anytime soon. The ONLY way to park hop for the foreseeable future is to take a VIP tour.
Buy 2 Days, Get 3 Free!
Now through January 6th, buy two park days, get three FREE at Universal Orlando Resort. Better yet, there are NO blockout dates! Purchase a 2-Day, 2-Park ticket and receive THREE EXTRA DAYS FREE. The parks included are Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. Travel must be completed by August 31, 2021 to take advantage of this offer!
Volcano Bay Closure
Universal’s Volcano Bay will begin a seasonal closure on November 2, with a current planned reopening time frame of on or before March 1, 2021. The closure will be used to conduct annual maintenance on several attractions and areas of the park.
Walt Disney World
Frozen Ever After Refurbishment
Frozen Ever After will undergo refurbishment November 2-6, 2020. Anna and Elsa will still appear in a cavalcade around the park!
Breakfast Returning to Chef Mickey's
Mickey Mouse and friends are returning to breakfast at Chef Mickey’s in Disney’s Contemporary Resort on December 16! Breakfast will feature some new yummy dishes, as well as your traditional favorites! (Like those iconic Mickey Waffles!) Instead of a buffet, Chef Mickey's now operates as an all-you-care-to-eat family style feast! The experience will look different than the last time you visited, but you can still wave at some of your favorite characters as they parade through the restaurant! Reservations will open on October 17.
Winter Summerland Mini-Golf Opening!
Winter Summerland Miniature Golf course will open for a limited time Nov. 6-Jan. 30! During that time, Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf will temporarily close from Nov. 6.-January 31. While walk-ups are welcome, guests are encouraged to book a tee time for their visit to the Winter Summerland Miniature Golf course.
Halloween Merchandise Coming Soon to Stage 17 in Downtown Disney District
Downtown Disney at Disneyland is full of Halloween and fall fun! A brand new spot in Downtown Disney is the Disneyland Resort Backlot Premiere Shop! This will feature Halloween items, including the ever-popular mini backpacks by Loungefly, as well as ears, plush, mugs, and trading pins. They'll even have apparel and accessories from “The Nightmare Before Christmas", “Coco”, and the Haunted Mansion!
To promote physical distancing, some Downtown Disney District shops may use a mobile wait list at times. Guests will receive a text message for a two-hour window in which they may return to shop.
More Details About Aulani's Reopening
As I previously shared, Aulani Resort is beginning a phased reopening starting November 1, 2020! Additional important information is included below.
Adventures by Disney
Call Center Updates
Beginning the week of October 4, 2020, the Adventures by Disney Contact Center will operate Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. and will be closed Saturday and Sunday. Deposits and final payments due on a weekend will now be due on the following business day.