This week we had a chance to swing by two of our favorite Value Resorts — Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Art of Animation Resort. Both resorts received some menu updates in their food courts, but first let’s check in on the progress of that Skyliner Station!
This weekend we’ll be celebrating 90 years with MICKEY MOUSE!
Suffice it to say, our favorite Mouse has had a HUGE effect on pop culture over the years, so what better place to mark the decades with Mickey than at Pop Century Resort, where we’re checking out What’s New!
Mickey’s Birthday Activities
Pop Century will be celebrating the Main Mouse with Mickey’s A-Mouse-ing Birthday Bash on Mickey’s birthday, November 18th! Special activities will include Character Greetings, Place the Party Hat on the Mouse, and a Hot Diggity Dance Party. [Read more…]
Look who we found! Mickey Mouse is the center of attention right now, even more so than usual, for his 90th birthday year. And everything seems to be taking the form of the main mouse these days!
Over at Pop Century’s Everything Pop, we spotted him (and his bae, Minnie) as a whoopie pie!
The chocolate Mickey whoopie pie has two chocolate cakes shaped like Mickey and dusted with sparkly edible glitter. Inside you’ll find sprinkle-decorated frosting!
This week we were in search of seasonal treats and menu updates in the Art of Animation, Pop Century, All Star Music, All Star Sports, and All Star Movies resorts. Time to take a look at some spooky and seasonal updates and eats!
Disney World All Star Sports Updates and Menu Changes
We were so excited to find some of these fall-themed baked goods that we already wrote a post dedicated to them! They look super fun, but they actually taste pretty good, too!
A Walt Disney World employee was killed in an accident at Disney’s Pop Century Resort. According to reports, 33-year-old Juan Alberto Ojeda was unresponsive at the hotel property and declared dead after 9 a.m.
In a statement, Walt Disney World Resort president George A. Kalogridis said, “All of us at Walt Disney World Resort are deeply saddened today by the loss of one of our Cast Members. Our thoughts and concerns are with his family, friends, and fellow co-workers.”
We’re back with What’s New at Disney’s Hollywood Studios this week, and it includes several menu changes, tons of cool merchandise, and a peek at current Toy Story Land and Skyliner construction (read more about the Disney World Skyliner here!)! Then, we’re skipping over to Art of Animation and Pop Century for a quick look at What’s New at the resorts! So put on your fancy pants, and let’s get our glamour on!
TODAY’S THE DAY! Walt Disney World’s Free Dining Offer is officially coming back and will be offered to guests for select dates in August, September, November, and December 2018 (NOTE: There are no October dates this year, but if your check-in date is in late September, you can obviously take your stay into October).
Disney World Free Dining 2018 Travel Dates
August 20* – September 29, 2018
November 24 – November 27, 2018
December 7 – December 23, 2018
UPDATE: The booking window — which originally closed on July 7th — has been extended to August 1, 2018!
(See below for participating resorts. Please note that the offer excludes several resorts this year, including campsites, 3-bedroom villas, and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Little Mermaid Standard Rooms.)
Disney Resorts For Disney World Free Dining Offer
If you stay at a participting Value or Moderate Resort, you’ll receive the Quick Service Dining plan for FREE. (Note that you can upgrade to the standard or deluxe dining plans by paying the difference in cost per night.)
Participating Value Resorts include:
- All-Star Music
- All-Star Sports
- Art of Animation Resort (Family Suites only)
- Pop Century
Participating Moderate Resorts include:
- The Cabins at Fort Wilderness (campsites excluded)
- Caribbean Beach Resort
- Coronado Springs Resort
If you reserve a participating Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resort, you will receive the standard Dining plan for FREE. (You can upgrade to the deluxe dining plan by paying the difference in cost per night.)
Participating Deluxe Resorts include:
- Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Beach Club Resort
- BoardWalk Inn
- Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Yacht Club Resort
Participating Deluxe Villas include:
- Animal Kingdom Villas — Jambo House
- Animal Kingdom Lodge — Kidani Village
- Beach Club Villas
- BoardWalk Villas
- Old Key West Resort
- Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Minimum/Maximum Days for Disney World Free Dining Offer
You must book a minimum stay of 4 nights/maximum stay of 14 nights at a participating Disney-owned resort. You also need to purchase AT LEAST a 4-day Magic Your Way Disney World ticket with a Park Hopper AND/OR the Park Hopper Plus Option.
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More big news today regarding the Free Dining Offer that has been released for guests traveling to Disney World!
This batch of news is specific to Canadians who can book the 2018 Disney World Free Dining Offer now for arrival dates starting on August 2nd. (Arrival dates for U.S. Residents begin August 20th.)
So, for Canadian guests, eligible arrival dates to book Free Dining are as follows:
- August 2 – September 29, 2018
- November 24 – November 27, 2018
- December 7 – December 23, 2018
All other details as released this morning remain the same for Canadians (including that the offer must be booked by July 7th).
You know it! You love it! You have to have it! It’s Dole Whip (affectionately called Pineapple Soft Serve a lot of the time), and it’s been a staple of Walt Disney World for years. Of course you know where you can find it in Adventureland at Aloha Isle (Disney World) and the Tiki Juice Bar (Disneyland) in the shadows of the Tiki Room (you can even bring your sweet treat inside to eat during the show!).