Disney Announces 2017 Eat to the Beat Concert Line-Up

With a record number of days (75) and a record number of Global Marketplaces (35), we are also amping up the Eat to the Beat concert series with 11 new artists including Jazz Legend Kenny G, and pop superstars like 10,000 Maniacs and Squeeze.

Returning favorites like Taylor Dayne, Christopher Cross, .38 Special and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy welcome the newcomers – with performances every night of the Festival.

Lauren Alaina

Here’s the full line-up:

  • 8/31 – 9/1 – Delta Rae (“Bottom of the River”)
  • 9/2 – 9/3 – The Hooters (“And We Danced”) NEW
  • 9/4 – 9/5 – Baha Men (“Who Let the Dogs Out”) NEW
  • 9/6 – 9/7 – Fuel (“Shimmer”)
  • 9/8 -9/20 – STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas (“We Built This City”)
  • 9/11 – 9/12 – Lauren Alaina (“Road Less Traveled”) NEW
  • 9/13 – 9/15 – Plain White T’s (“Hey There Delilah”)
  • 9/16 – 9/17 – Sister Hazel (“All For You”)
  • 9/18 – 9/20- Air Supply (“All Out Of Love”)
  • 9/21 – 9/22 – David Cook (“Light On”)
  • 9/23 – 9/24 – Everclear (“Santa Monica”)
  • 9/25 – 9/27 – Sugar Ray (“Every Morning)
  • 9/28 – 9/29 – .38 Special (“Hold On Loosely”)
  • 9/30 – 10/1 – Mark Wills (“19 Somethin’”) NEW
  • 10/2 – 10/3 – American Authors (“Best Day of My Life”) NEW
  • 10/4 – 10/5 – Christopher Cross (“Sailing”)
  • 10/6 – 10/8 – Devon Allman (“Rugged ad Dirty”) NEW
  • 10/9 – 10/11 – Dennis DeYoung: The music of STYX (“Come Sail Away”)
  • 10/12 – 10/13 – Taylor Dayne (“Tell It To My Heart”)
  • 10/14 – 10/15 – Jeffrey Osborne (“On The Wings of Love”)
  • 10/16 – 10/17 – Postmodern Jukebox (Various Hits) NEW
  • 10/18 – 10/20 – 10,000 Maniacs (“Because the Night”) NEW
  • 10/21 – 10/22 – Toad The Wet Sprocket (“Walk on the Ocean”)
  • 10/23 – 10/24 – Kenny G (“Songbird”) NEW
  • 10/25 – 10/26 – Billy Ocean (“Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car”)
  • 10/27 – 10/29 – Tiffany (“I Think We’re Alone Now”)
  • 10/30 – 11/1 – Hanson (“MMMBop”)
  • 11/2 – 11/3 – Blue October (“Into The Ocean”) NEW
  • 11/4 – 11/5 – Living Colour (“Cult of Personality”)
  • 11/6 – 11/8 – Boyz II Men (“End of the Road”)
  • 11/9 – 11/11 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (“Go Daddy-O”)
  • 11/12 – 11/13 – Squeeze (“Tempted”) NEW

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival opens Aug. 31 and runs through Nov. 13.

Performances are 5:30, 6:45 and 8:00 p.m. daily, and included in Epcot admission. (Lineup is subject to change; songs listed are for artist recognition only and may not be included in the concert play list.)

Two Walt Disney World Chefs Among 2017 ‘Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America’

Pastry Chef Stefan Riemer and Pastry Chef Olivier Saintemarie are among Dessert Professional Magazine’s “Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America.” Both chefs were invited to showcase their exquisite desserts at an event honoring winners on June 5 in New York City.

Two Walt Disney World Chefs Among 2017 ‘Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America’

Riemer, executive pastry chef on the Culinary Development team for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, was classically trained in Europe and joined the Disney Culinary team in 1999 after traveling the world as a certified master pastry chef. In his current role he develops and implements pastry menus and new pastry brands such as Amorette’s Patisserie and The Ganacheryat Disney Springs. He is the recipient of the prestigious Walt Disney Legacy Award, recognition for outstanding achievement, selected by leaders and peers.

“I am so honored to be recognized, but a chef is nothing without a great team and the influence of the people surrounding him,” said Riemer.

Two Walt Disney World Chefs Among 2017 ‘Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America’

Saintemarie is executive pastry chef for Chefs de France restaurant in the France pavilion at EpcotWorld Showcase. Also classically trained in Europe after a year in the French Navy, he relocated from Paris to London, then joined Disney Cruise Line in 1999 where he was executive pastry chef. He moved to the French pavilion at Epcot in 2014 to open the new bakery and production kitchen, where he oversees bread and pastry production for Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie, Les Chefs de France, Monsieur Paul and L’Artisan des Glaces.

“Stefan and I met when we both joined the Disney company in 1999, and it was such an honor to be there together in New York receiving the award, in the company of such notable chefs,” said Saintemarie.

This is the 24th year the Dessert Professional magazine has honored pastry chefs based on talent, creativity, contributions to the industry and dedication to creating high-quality confections.

Walt Disney World Announces Dining Plans for 2018

Walt Disney World has announced details for the 2018 Disney Dining Plans. Guests will have new beverage options including alcohol with the new plans.

For guests that are 21 and older, beer, wine and cocktails will be available.  Also included for all ages will be non-alcoholic specialty beverages, such as milkshakes, smoothies and premium hot chocolate.

Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan

What’s Included

All guests in the party ages 3 and over will receive the following each night of their package stay:

  • 2 Quick-Service Meals
  • 2 Snacks

Each Guest ages 3 and over will receive a refillable drink mug, which is eligible for refills at self-service beverage islands at Quick-Service locations at any Disney Resort hotel.

New for 2018 vacation packages! Guests have several new beverage options available including non-alcoholic specialty beverages and, for Guests 21 and older, beer, wine and cocktails.

Each Quick-Service meal includes (for breakfast, lunch or dinner):

  • 1 Entrée
  • 1 Non-alcoholic Beverage (or Alcoholic Beverage, for Guests 21 and older—2018 plan only)

Snacks:
At Quick-Service restaurants, most Outdoor Carts and select merchandise locations, snacks may include a single serving of items such as:

  • Frozen ice cream novelty, popsicle or fruit bar
  • Popcorn scoop
  • 12 oz. coffee, hot chocolate or hot tea
  • Prepackaged milk or juice
  • Piece of whole fruit
  • Bag of snacks
  • 20 oz. bottle of Coca-Cola®, Sprite® or Dasani® water
  • 20 oz. fountain soft drink

Beverages (2017 plan only):
Guests can choose one non-alcoholic beverage within their meal entitlement.

A single-serving non-alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Soda
  • Coffee
  • Tea

Beverages (2018 plan only):
Guests under 21 years of age can choose one non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered). Guests 21 and older can can choose either one non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered) or one single serving mixed cocktail, beer, or wine (where offered) within their meal entitlement.

A single-serving non-alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Artisanal Milkshakes
  • Fresh Smoothies
  • Premium Hot Chocolate
  • Soda, Coffee or Tea

A single-serving alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Beer or Cider
  • Wine or Sangria
  • Mixed Drinks and Specialty Cocktails

Most beer, wine and mixed drink beverages included, some exceptions apply. Guests must be age 21 or older and present valid ID to be served alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages may only be redeemed with a Quick-Service meal entitlement.

What’s Not Included

  • Alcoholic and specialty beverages (2017 plan only)
  • Items that are more than a single serving (such as a box of doughnuts or a jar of peanut butter)
  • Items (such as popcorn or drinks) that are served in a souvenir container
  • Items sold from recreational rental counters
  • Items considered to be merchandise (such as bottle toppers, glow cubes and bottle straps)
  • Special dining events offered at certain Table-Service locations

 

Disney Dining Plan

Dine at more than 50 Table-Service restaurants, in addition to enjoying on-the-go meals and snacks.

What’s Included

All guests in the party ages 3 and over will receive the following each night of their package stay:

  • 1 Quick-Service Meal
  • 1 Table-Service Meal
  • 2 Snacks

Each Guest ages 3 and over will receive a refillable drink mug, which is eligible for refills at self-service beverage islands at Quick-Service locations at any Disney Resort hotel.

New for 2018 vacation packages! Guests have several new beverage options available including non-alcoholic specialty beverages and, for Guests 21 and older, beer, wine and cocktails.

Each Quick-Service meal includes (for breakfast, lunch or dinner):

  • 1 Entrée
  • 1 Non-alcoholic Beverage (or Alcoholic Beverage, for Guests 21 and older—2018 plan only)

Each Table-Service meal includes (for breakfast):

  • 1 Entrée
  • 1 Non-alcoholic Beverage (or Alcoholic Beverage, for Guests 21 and older—2018 plan only)

-OR-

  • 1 Full Buffet** or Family-Style Meal

Each Table-Service meal includes (for lunch or dinner):

  • 1 Entrée
  • 1 Dessert*
  • Non-alcoholic Beverage (or Alcoholic Beverage, for Guests 21 and older—2018 plan only)

-OR-

  • 1 Full Buffet** or Family-Style Meal

*Ask your server about potential substitutions, but substitutions are not guaranteed. **If available; buffet excludes specialty beverages that are sold separately (2017 plan only).

Snacks:
At Quick-Service restaurants, most Outdoor Carts and select merchandise locations, snacks may include a single serving of items such as:

  • Frozen ice cream novelty, popsicle or fruit bar
  • Popcorn scoop
  • 12 oz. coffee, hot chocolate or hot tea
  • Prepackaged milk or juice
  • Piece of whole fruit
  • 20 oz. bottle of Coca-Cola®, Sprite® or Dasani® water
  • 20 oz. fountain soft drink

Beverages (2017 plan only):
Guests can choose one non-alcoholic beverage within their meal entitlement.

A single-serving non-alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Soda
  • Coffee
  • Tea

Beverages (2018 plan only):
Guests under 21 years of age can choose one non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered). Guests 21 and older can choose either one non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered) or one single-serving mixed cocktail, beer, or wine (where offered) within their meal entitlement.

A single-serving non-alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Artisanal Milkshakes
  • Fresh Smoothies
  • Premium Hot Chocolate
  • Soda, Coffee or Tea

A single-serving alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Beer or Cider
  • Wine or Sangria
  • Mixed Drinks and Specialty Cocktails

Most beer, wine and mixed drink beverages included, some exceptions apply. Guests 21 and older must present valid ID to be served alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages may only be redeemed with a Quick-Service or Table-Service meal entitlement.

Other Dining Experiences to Redeem Table-Service Meals

Character Dining:
Dine with some of your favorite Disney Characters! Have your camera ready for this experience that adds a little extra magic to your Table-Service meal.

Cinderella’s Royal Table requires 2 Table-Service meals will be redeemed per person.

Merchandise or photo imaging products that may be offered for sale at Character Dining Experiences are not included. Gratuities are not included unless otherwise noted.

Signature Dining Restaurants: 

Experience an elegant Table-Service option with a wide selection of cuisines ranging from traditional African, Indian and Mediterranean to premium steaks and fresh seafood.

Each meal from a Signature Dining restaurant includes:

  • 1 Entrée
  • 1 Non-alcoholic Beverage (or Alcoholic Beverage, for Guests 21 and older—2018 plan only)
  • 1 Dessert

2 Table-Service meals for each Signature Dining restaurant meal ordered will be redeemed from each person’s meal plan balance.

The dress code for Signature Dining restaurants is Resort casual. Not permitted in dining room: tank tops, swimsuits or swimsuit coverups, hats for gentlemen, cutoffs, torn clothing of any kind or T-shirts with offensive language and/or graphics.

Dinner Shows:
Enjoy family-style dining with live entertainment at a themed dinner show.

The Disney Dining Plan can be used for Category 2 or Category 3 seating at all Dinner Shows (subject to availability) and Category 1 seating at the 8:30 PM Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue (subject to availability). Please pick up your Dinner Show ticket at the Concierge Desk in your Disney Resort hotel prior to arriving at the show. All Dinner Shows require advance reservations.

2 meals for each Dinner Show meal ordered will be redeemed from each person’s meal plan balance.

Private In-Room Dining:
Indulge in the comfort and convenience of dining in your room at select Disney Resort hotels.

Each Private In-Room Dining meal includes:

  • 1 Entrée
  • 1 Dessert (lunch and dinner)
  • 1 Non-alcoholic Beverage (or Alcoholic Beverage, for Guests 21 and older—2018 plan only)

2 meals for each Private In-Room Dining meal ordered will be redeemed from each person’s meal plan balance. Gratuities are included.

Pizza Delivery:
Each Pizza Delivery meal includes:

  • 1 Pizza Entrée Item
  • 2 Single-serving Non-alcoholic Beverages (or Alcoholic Beverages, for Guests 21 and older—2018 plan only)
  • 2 Desserts

A total of two 2 adult meals will be redeemed from your meal plan balance for each Pizza Delivery meal. Gratuities are included.

What’s Not Included

  • Alcoholic and specialty beverages (2017 plan only)
  • Items that are more than a single serving (such as a box of doughnuts or a jar of peanut butter)
  • Items (such as popcorn or drinks) that are served in a souvenir container
  • Items sold from recreational rental counters
  • Items considered to be merchandise (such as bottle toppers, glow cubes and bottle straps)
  • Special dining events offered at certain Table-Service locations

Disney Deluxe Dining Plan

The most comprehensive dining plan that gives you the most meals with appetizers, in addition to snacks.

What’s Included

All guests in the party ages 3 and over will receive the following each night of their package stay:

  • 3 Meals
  • 2 Snacks

Each Guest ages 3 and over will receive a refillable drink mug, which is eligible for refills at self-service beverage islands at Quick-Service locations at any Disney Resort hotel.

New for 2018 vacation packages! Guests have several new beverage options available including non-alcoholic specialty beverages and, for Guests 21 and older, beer, wine and cocktails.

Each Quick-Service meal includes (for breakfast, lunch or dinner):

  • 1 Entrée
  • 1 Non-alcoholic Beverage (or Alcoholic Beverage, for Guests 21 and older—2018 plan only)

Each Table-Service meal includes (for breakfast):

  • 1 Entrée
  • 1 Non-alcoholic Beverage (or Alcoholic Beverage, for Guests 21 and older—2018 plan only)

-OR-

  • 1 Full Buffet** or Family-Style Meal

Each Table-Service meal includes (for lunch or dinner):

  • 1 Appetizer
  • 1 Entrée
  • 1 Dessert*
  • 1 Non-alcoholic Beverage (or Alcoholic Beverage, for Guests 21 and older—2018 plan only)

-OR-

  • 1 Full Buffet** or Family-Style Meal
    *Ask your server about potential substitutions, but substitutions are not guaranteed. **If available; buffet excludes specialty beverages that are sold separately (2017 plan only).

Snacks:
At Quick-Service restaurants, most Outdoor Carts and select merchandise locations, snacks may include a single serving of items such as:

  • Frozen ice cream novelty, popsicle or fruit bar
  • Popcorn scoop
  • 12 oz. coffee, hot chocolate or hot tea
  • Prepackaged milk or juice
  • Piece of whole fruit
  • Bag of snacks
  • 20 oz. bottle of Coca-Cola®, Sprite® or Dasani® water
  • 20 oz. fountain soft drink

Beverages (2017 plan only):
Guests can choose one non-alcoholic beverage within their meal entitlement.

A single-serving non-alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Soda
  • Coffee
  • Tea

Beverages (2018 plan only):
Guests under 21 years of age can choose one non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered). Guests 21 and older can choose either one non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered) or one single-serving mixed cocktail, beer, or wine (where offered) within their meal entitlement.

A single-serving non-alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Artisanal Milkshakes
  • Fresh Smoothies
  • Premium Hot Chocolate

A single-serving alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Beer or Cider
  • Wine or Sangria
  • Mixed Drinks and Specialty Cocktails

Most beer, wine and mixed drink beverages included, some exceptions apply. Guests must be 21 or older and present valid ID to be served alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages may only be redeemed with a Quick-Service or Table-Service meal entitlement.

Other Dining Experiences to Redeem Table-Service Meals

Character Dining:
Dine with some of your favorite Disney Characters! Have your camera ready for this experience that adds a little extra magic to your Table-Service meal.

Cinderella’s Royal Table requires that 2 Table-Service meals will be redeemed per person.

Merchandise or photo imaging products that may be offered for sale at Character Dining Experiences are not included. Gratuities are not included unless otherwise noted.

Signature Dining Restaurants:
Experience an elegant Table-Service option with a wide selection of cuisines ranging from traditional African, Indian and Mediterranean to premium steaks and fresh seafood.

Each meal from a Signature Dining restaurant includes:

  • 1 Appetizer
  • 1 Entrée
  • 1 Non-alcoholic Beverage (or Alcoholic Beverage, for Guests 21 and older—2018 plan only)
  • 1 Dessert

2 Table-Service meals for each Signature Dining restaurant meal ordered will be redeemed from each person’s meal plan balance.

The dress code for Signature Dining restaurants is Resort casual. Not permitted in dining room: tank tops, swimsuits or swimsuit coverups, hats for gentlemen, cutoffs, torn clothing of any kind or T-shirts with offensive language and/or graphics.

Dinner Shows:
Enjoy family-style dining with live entertainment at a themed dinner show.

The Disney Deluxe Dining Plan can be used for Category 2 or Category 3 seating at all Dinner Shows (subject to availability) and Category 1 seating at the 8:30 PM Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue (subject to availability). Please pick up your Dinner Show ticket at the Concierge Desk in your Disney Resort hotel prior to arriving at the show. All Dinner Shows require advance reservations.

2 meals for each Dinner Show meal ordered will be redeemed from each person’s meal plan balance.

Private In-Room Dining:
Indulge in the comfort and convenience of dining in your room at select Disney Resort hotels.

Each Private In-Room Dining meal includes:

  • 1 Appetizer
  • 1 Entrée
  • 1 Dessert (lunch and dinner)
  • 1 Non-alcoholic Beverage (or Alcoholic Beverage, for Guests 21 and older—2018 plan only)

2 meals for each Private In-Room Dining meal ordered will be redeemed from each person’s meal plan balance. Gratuities are included.

Pizza Delivery:
Each Pizza Delivery meal includes:

  • 1 Pizza Entrée Item
  • 2 Single-serving Non-alcoholic Beverages (or Alcoholic Beverages, for Guests 21 and older—2018 plan only)
  • 2 Desserts

A total of two 2 adult meals will be redeemed from your meal plan balance for each Pizza Delivery meal. Gratuities are included.

What’s Not Included

  • Alcoholic and specialty beverages (2017 plan only)
  • Items that are more than a single serving (such as a box of doughnuts or a jar of peanut butter)
  • Items (such as popcorn or drinks) that are served in a souvenir container
  • Items sold from recreational rental counters
  • Items considered to be merchandise (such as bottle toppers, glow cubes and bottle straps)
  • Special dining events offered at certain Table-Service locations

Reservations Open Today for Frozen Ever After Sparkling Dessert Party

Starting July 17, there will be a delicious new way to experience “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” at Epcot. Reservations open today for the brand-new Frozen Ever After Dessert Party, the coolest dessert party with reserved seating to an amazing fireworks spectacular, delicious desserts and a special opportunity to enjoy the Frozen Ever After attraction!

The party, which takes place in World Showcase Plaza East, overlooking World Showcase Lagoon, will feature décor, drinks, desserts and snacks inspired by the beloved film, “Frozen.” Don’t worry about staking out the perfect spot to view the fireworks, because Frozen Ever After Dessert Party guests will have reserved seating. Sip on specialty cotton candy lemonade or “melted snow” and other non-alcoholic beverages, which will delight guests of all ages. Adults 21 years and older can enjoy alcoholic beverages such as a piña colada, margarita or “Summertime Punch,” a refreshing blend of prickly pear syrup, vodka, lemonade and ginger ale.

Desserts and snacks will be served on three buffet stations, check out the menus below!

Hot & Cold

  • Olaf’s Warm Double Chocolate S’mores Pudding Cake
  • Elsa’s Warm Cottage Pudding with Salted Caramel Glaze
  • Hand-dipped Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Small Bites

  • Wandering Oaken’s Eclairons
  • Hans’ Key Lime Tarts with Red Glitter Glaze
  • Living Rock Crispy Bonbons
  • Anna’s Blue Velvet Cupcakes
  • Kristoff’s No Sugar Added Lemon Curd with Blueberry

Not So Sweet

  • Sven’s Fresh Fruits & Berries
  • Grand Pabbie’s Winter-spiced Snack Mix
  • Duke of Weselton’s Cheese Fondue served with Country Bread Cubes, Broccoli, and Grilled Flatbread

After “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” guests of the Frozen Ever After Dessert Party will be escorted to the Norway Pavilion for a special ride on the popular Frozen Ever After attraction.

The Frozen Ever After Dessert Party is another exciting offering from the Enchanting Extras Collection, which allows guests to enhance their vacation with one-of-a-kind Disney experiences. Cost is $79 for guests ages 10 and above, $47 for ages 3 to 9—tax and gratuity included. Reservations are now open for dates beginning July 17 and can be made by visiting DisneyWorld.com/dine or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

Tables in Wonderland Offering Sneak Peak of 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

If you have Tables in Wonderland and plan of attending the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, registration is now open for the sneak peak of the event! Be one of the first Guests to experience some of the new Marketplace items and learn about the various offerings during this 75 day event!

Where: World ShowPlace Pavilion at Epcot®

When: Saturday, July 15, 2017

Time: 12:00p.m. – 2:00p.m.

Price: $145 per person, plus tax, gratuity included

To register for this event, please visit the following website:

http://disneyurl.com/TIWFW2017

Mobile Order to Expand to Magic Kingdom

Mobile Order will be expanding to five Magic Kingdom restaurants this summer.

The Magic Kingdom restaurants getting the new phone-based ordering system will be Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café, Pinocchio Village Haus, Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn & Café and Columbia Harbour House.

These restaurants are extremely busy and should significantly benefit from the new system which allows guests to pay for meals on-the-go within the My Disney Experience app, bypassing the queue to order at the restaurant.

Disney to Enforce FastPass+ Usage Terms and Conditions Effective Today

Effective today Disney will be strictly enforcing the FastPass+ terms of usage to make the system fairer for everyone.

What should be of note to guests is the rule regarding FastPass+ reservations only being made on tickets used for admission into the park will be enforced.

According to the official Disneyworld.com website, the rule is:

The valid theme park admission associated with your Site/App account and used to make FastPass+ selections must be the same valid theme park admission that you will use for entry into the park on the day the FastPass+ selections are redeemed.

FastPass+ selections made on tickets not used for theme park admission that same day, the My Disney Experience app may be temporarily locked, and the app will prompt guests to speak to guest relations or call the My Disney Experience Support Center.

Continued attempts to make FastPass+ reservations with tickets not used for admission that day may result in permanent loss of access to FastPass+.

You can read the full FastPass+ terms and conditions here.

The enforcing of this rule results from the abuse of FastPass+ has becoming more widespread.  Visitors have been using friends tickets, expired tickets, and other methods to obtain more than the allowed amount of FastPass+ allocation per day.

Express Transportation Summer Pass Now Available for WDW Annual Passholders

The all-new Express Transportation Summer Pass is now exclusively available for Walt Disney World Annual Passholders for $59.  The pass will offer the Express Transportation service between theme parks through August 10th.

The Summer Pass will give a significant discount over regular pricing of $19 for a single day ticket, or $29 for a 7 day multi-day ticket.

Applicable annual passes must be valid for admission to all 4 Walt Disney World theme parks on all applicable dates between June 5th and August 10th. The Summer Pass is non-transferable.

Express Transportation service:

  • departs approximately every 30 minutes.
  • is available each day from 10:00 AM until park closing.
  • travels directly between each of the theme parks—with no other stops along the way.
  • lets you off inside the main gate, so you’re in the middle of fun from the moment you arrive!
  • gives you unlimited transfers between all 4 theme parks—for as long as your Express Transportation ticket is valid.

Check-In Locations

  • Magic Kingdom park: near the exit of Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Epcot: the east side of Spaceship Earth
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: the courtyard in front of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom park: near the entrance to Dawa Bar

Where to Buy Express Transportation Tickets

  • All 4 theme park ticket windows and Guest Relations
  • Disney Springs ticket window
  • Disney Resort hotel concierge locations
  • Walt Disney World Swan Hotel and Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel ticket desks
  • Kiosks at Express Transportation check-in locations

Mobile Order Expanding to Pizzafari June 6th

Disney is continuing with the rollout of Mobile Order at its quick service restaurants with the addition of Pizzafari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom set to go live on June 6th.

Mobile Order allows guests to pay for meals on-the-go within the My Disney Experience app, bypassing the queue to order at the restaurant. Using the app, guests can select menu items, customize an order and pre-pay for a meal.

When guests arrive at the restaurant all they have to do is tap an “I’m here” button in the app, which will notify the kitchen to prepare the meal. When ready, guests are alerted through the app to pick up the meal at a designated window. Only credit card payments will be accepted via Mobile Order, Disney Dining Plan guests will have to use the regular line.

Three New Dining Concepts to Open by Year’s End, Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill Along With Jaleo by José Andrés to open in Disney Springs West Side in 2018

Three new dining concepts are expected to open by year’s end at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort, with two more on tap for 2018.

This fall, Chicago-based Levy Restaurants is introducing a new Italian concept at Disney Springs, with James Beard award winner and “Top Chef Master” Chef Tony Mantuano leading development. The new restaurant replaces Levy’s Portobello Country Italian Trattoria and will feature dishes inspired by Mantuano’s adventures in Italy.

Also opening in late 2017 is Wine Bar George, with Master Sommelier George Miliotes bringing his expertise to Disney Springs with an unparalleled wine list including more than 100 selections by the bottle and glass in a range of varietals, vintages and prices. Shareable plates, cheese and charcuterie will complement the wine list, featuring local artisans and seasonally relevant dishes. Look for some fun wine education, including special events and visits from winemakers. Miliotes is widely regarded as one of the industry’s foremost wine experts, and is one of only 236 professionals certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers.

And The Edison, a lavish “Industrial Gothic” restaurant, bar and nighttime, is expected to open by year’s end. A collaboration of Patina Restaurant Group and Kinetescape’s Andrew Meieran, The Edison is noted for classic American food, craft cocktails and live entertainment including cabaret. (The Disney Springs location is inspired by its sister location in Los Angeles.) With Old World sophistication and romance, The Edison will be themed to a 1920s-era electric company, recalling an exuberant era of invention and imagination with entertainment that includes contortionists, aerialists, DJs and more.

Looking ahead to 2018:

Jaleo Coming to Disney Springs

  • Jaleo, a concept by world-renowned Chef José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup, will open on the West Side, bringing the spirit and flavors of Spain, with an extensive menu of tapas that reflect the rich regional diversity of traditional and contemporary Spanish cuisine. Think paella cooked over a wood fire, hand-carved Jamon Iberico de Bellota and wood-grilled Iberico pork. With five locations in the United States and Mexico City, this will be the first location in Florida. The first floor of the multi-level restaurant will feature a “grab-n-go” storefront with Spanish-style sandwiches.

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill Coming to Disney Springs

  • And a new Wolfgang Puck concept will open in a new location in Town Center. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, will modernize the traditional “bar and grill” concept in a setting inspired by traditional farmhouses with a touch of elegance. The restaurant will capture the essence of laid-back California dining made popular by Puck at Spago, his flagship restaurant in Los Angeles. The menu will highlight the best of Puck’s signature dishes with Mediterranean influences, innovative takes on comfort food classics and handcrafted specialty cocktails, beer and wine.
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