‘Return to Sleepy Hollow’ Comes Back to Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

Disney’s Fort Wilderness and Campground will once again be offering the ‘Return to Sleepy Hollow’ experience this fall.  The experience will include a group viewing of the 1949 Disney animated classic film “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” inside the resort’s historic Tri-Circle-D Ranch stables.

During the event guests will be able to see galloping ghosts and experience an up close and personal encounter with the Headless Horseman.

“Return to Sleepy Hollow” will begin on September 28 at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground: September 28-30, October 3-7, October 10-14, 17-21, 24-31 at 8 and 10 PM and is now available to book.

New this year will be a dessert party that will be held at 9 PM.  Guests can attend the party after the movie if they are attending the earlier show or before the show if they are planning on attending the later show.

The experience can be reserved by calling 407-WDW-TOUR. General seating costs $22 per person.  There is also a premium seating option for $38.   Premium seating includes a priority photo opportunity with the Headless Horseman and a Halloween treat bag. The dessert party costs $60 per person.

If you are one of the many fans of the classic movie this has to be a “must attend” event.  Space for this event is extremely limited, so if you’re interested in attending, you might want to book this soon.

 

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Walt Disney World to Welcome Dogs at Select Hotels

Soon Fido will be able to meet Mickey and the gang.

Beginning Oct. 15, guests will be allowed to bring dogs if they stay at select hotels at Walt Disney World. Travelers will be limited to two dogs per room, and dogs will be required to be leashed in public areas and have the proper vaccinations.

Guests who choose to bring their furry companions will pay a $50 fee per night at three of the hotels (Art of Animation Resort, Port Orleans Riverside Resort and the cabins at Ft. Wilderness Resort) and $75 nightly fee at the Yacht Club Resort. The fee will go towards extra cleaning for the rooms.

To make dogs’ stay more comfortable, Disney provide amenities for their four-legged guests, including a mat, bowls for food and water, an ID tag and puppy pads. Guests will also receive plastic disposable bags and maps of green spaces for dogs to walk around. The rooms will also come with a specific “Do Not Disturb” sign to alert hotel staff if a dog is in the room.

The move was likely driven by Disney’s competition with other Orlando-area resorts, said Melissa Halliburton, president and founder of pet-travel website BringFido.com. In particular, three on-site hotels at nearby Universal Studios which is pet-friendly. Halliburton said Orlando is in the top five most-searched destinations on her site.

“For years, families have struggled with the decision whether to bring their four-legged companions along on vacation to the Most Magical Place on Earth,” Halliburton said. Previously, visitors who wanted to stay on Walt Disney World property could bring dogs to the campgrounds at its Ft. Wilderness Resort. Service dogs are also allowed in the parks, and there are pet rest stations throughout.

The news was met with mixed reactions. Dog-lovers celebrated the change, while those with allergies and aversions to dogs were concerned about the implications.

Though Disney did not specify its plans, Halliburton said it’s likely the company will take precautions to ensure other guests are comfortable. “Most hotels set up a particular floor for pets, so people with allergies are never assigned a room on that floor and don’t deal with any residual dander,” she said.

Pet-friendly accommodations are a growing trend in the travel industry. Some 53% of travelers vacation with their pets, according to travel news site Skift, citing a TripAdvisor survey.

Millennials are driving this trend, Halliburton said. “They are choosing to have children later in life — but their dogs have taken that spot in their hearts, and they want to travel with them,” she said. For those looking to travel to Walt Disney World with their animals, Halliburton recommended they plan ahead to ensure they get a pet-friendly room and bring a copy of their vet’s records and a photo of their animal in case it gets sick or goes missing.

Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground Re-Opens

After a lengthy clean-up job of the resort’s landscaping and uprooted trees  which meant a longer closure than the rest of Walt Disney World, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground re-opened today.

Also reopening today is Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ.

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground along with Disney Saratoga Springs Treehouses Remain Closed

All Walt Disney World Resorts will resume normal operations today with the exception of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Treehouse Villas.

Fort Wilderness will remain closed until further notice while assessment of the damage to the property is completed.

In order to allow Fort Wilderness to prepare the property following Hurricane Irma, all shows at The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ have been cancelled up to and including September 15th.  Any existing reservations will be or have been cancelled and refunded.

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Treehouse Villas will re-open on Thursday September 14th.

 

Disney Announces Cancellations and Closures Due to Hurricane Irma

Due to the impending arrival of what appears to be a very severe storm, Disney has announced some closures and cancellations due to Hurricane Irma…

Night of Joy

Disney has canceled the Night of Joy event for Saturday September 9th.

Friday night’s show at ESPN Wide World of Sport will continue as planned.

Disney has stated that guests with tickets for Saturday can attend Friday’s event instead by exchanging their ticket at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Box Office starting at 4 PM Friday.

Refunds can be processed by calling (407) 939-7818 by January 31, 2018 or email at Ticket.Inquiries@DisneyWorld.com.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party has been cancelled for this weekend.

The ticketed event that was planned for Sunday September 10th will no longer take place. Tonights party, September 7, will go ahead as scheduled.

Disney is offering a variety of options for guests who hold tickets.

  • Tickets to attend another Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
  • Tickets to attend an upcoming Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
  • 1 Day Magic Your Way Tickets with Park Hopper Option, to be used within the next two years.
  • Receive a full refund for event tickets.

You can call (407) 939-7818 or email Ticket.Inquiries@DisneyWorld.com to process an exchange.

Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

Disney will be closing its Vero Beach Resort on the east coast of Florida.

The closure will begin at 2pm on Friday September 8th.

Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will begin closing on Saturday afternoon, September 9th.

In addition, Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ will be canceled on September 9th, 10th and 11th.

New ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Event Coming to Fort Wilderness This Halloween

Walt Disney World has announced a brand new event coming this Halloween to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground at Walt Disney World with the Headless Horseman.  The new seasonal event is inspired by The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

The cost of the event is $22 per person for standard admission and $38 per person for premium admission.  The current dates for the event are as follows:

  • September 29 and 30
  • October 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29, 30 and 31

The special event that will take place from 8 – 10 PM. Guests attending the event will enjoy:

  • Exclusive limited edition event pin
  • Meet-and-greet with the Headless Horseman
  • Screening of the 1949 animated classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at the Tri-Circle D Ranch

Tickets can be booked for dates 180 days in advance.

Guest with premium admission will be allowed to sit in the first five rows for the film, will get priority access to meet the Headless Horseman, and also receive an additional goodie bag.

Guests can call 407-WDW-PLAY to reserve their tickets for this special Sleepy Hollow event.

Walt Disney World is Asking Fort Wilderness Campground Guests to Leave by Thursday Morning

Walt Disney World says guests staying at its Fort Wilderness campground have to leave by 11 AM on Thursday as Hurricane Matthew approaches.

Disney said it is working with guests on an individual basis, accommodating requests for relocating when necessary but also encouraging those who are able to leave the area to do so.  A Disney spokeswoman said it would make more sense for people to leave the property with their RVs than to risk damage to their vehicles.

There has been no word from Walt Disney World about whether its theme parks will close as the hurricane approaches. SeaWorld has announced  it will close early Thursday and that it will be shut down all day Friday. Universal Orlando also has not yet announced any closure plans.

Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground to Add New Dining Pavilion

Walt Disney World’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground is in the process of putting together plans to add a new dining pavilion.

Walt Disney Parks & Resorts has filed for a permit with the South Florida Water Management District for a project that involves more than 3.65 acres of infrastructure “to serve a new dining pavilion building and associated pargo (golf cart) parking at Fort Wilderness,” according to reports.

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The new dining pavilion will be located near Bay Lake and the Settlement Trading Post according to plans.

There’s no clear construction timeline, but filing for a water-management district permit means that Disney is taking steps to begin work soon.

Walt Disney World Ends Fishing after Gator Attack

Walt Disney World has made more changes in the wake of an alligator attack that killed a toddler at Walt Disney World this month: It is cracking down on fishing.

“No fishing” signs have been posted in areas including Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, the Fort Wilderness campground and Old Key West Resort. Fishing is no longer allowed unless it is part of an excursion.

Netting has also been added to the rope fences that were installed last week.

 

Walt Disney World to Begin Renovations at Fort Wilderness

Walt Disney World’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground will undergo some renovations soon, according to new permits filed by the theme park.

General construction work will begin on more than 10 campground sites — with more than 40 lots each — at Fort Wilderness. The type of renovation work was not revealed, but typical work at Disney’s resorts include upkeep of utilities, design and regular maintenance.

The general contractor on that work is CEC General Contractors Inc. from Lake Buena Vista.

Other permits filed by the theme park include improvements to cast/employee parking lots at Disney’s Yacht Club, Disney’s Beach Club, Disney Springs, Wilderness Lodge and the Grand Floridian, among others.

From the Orlando Business Journal