Disney World Enthusiast Weekly Round Up June 17, 2018

Here’s the Disney World Enthusiast Weekly Round Up for June 17, 2018!

Latest Disney World Enthusiast Articles

Free WaterTip Of The Week

Instead of paying the high prices for bottled water or soda while touring Disney World, ask for a free cup of ice water at any counter service restaurant instead.

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Disney Did You Know

Nearly 300 Walt Disney World buses transport guests around the Vacation Kingdom, making the Walt Disney World fleet the third largest in Florida behind Miami and Jacksonville.

Walt DisneyWalt’s Words

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ”

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501 WaysFeatured Book

UPDATED FOR 2018! The difference between an average and an outstanding Walt Disney World trip is in the details. Kristi Fredericks helps make your dream vacation a reality with her numerous tips and tricks to save money, time, and sanity while at the happiest place on earth in her new book “501 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Walt Disney World Vacation”. For more information, to read an excerpt, or to purchase, please click here.

Considering A Disney World Vacation

Book Your Disney VacationJennifer Hardy, a Disney Vacation Planner with Destinations in Florida, is the official travel partner of Disney World Enthusiast. She can help you book your next Disney vacation whether it is to Disney World, Disneyland, or aboard the Disney Cruise Line. Currently Jennifer has some incredible deals for discounted travel to Walt Disney World. For more information about Jennifer’s amazing and absolutely free services or to get a free no-obligation quote, please click here!

You’re Invited

Next Disney VacationJennifer Hardy, from Destinations in Florida, and I have teamed up to create a brand new Facebook Group called Next Disney Vacation! It is the perfect place to talk about your next Disney vacation, voice your opinions, ask your questions, get them answered, and share the magic. Whether it’s Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World, or the Disney Cruise Line, Jennifer and I are ready to help. Everyday you’ll find posts, photos, trivia, tips, and more that we find all throughout the Disney Universe. If you’re counting the days until your next Disney vacation or just dreaming of one, we would love to have you join in the fun and conversation! Please click here to be a part of our group!

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Next week I’ll have some planning information plus all of the latest Disney World news!

Have a wonderful week!

Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels Offering Special “Summer Is Incredible” Rates Through September 3, 2018

If you’re looking for a fantastic way to enjoy a summer getaway this year, check out the amazing deal being offered by the Disney Springs Resort Area hotels now through September 3, 2018!


Looking for a fun family vacation? Then you should consider a visit to Central Florida, which has something to please everyone in the family. Take advantage of the special “Summer is Incredible” rates being offered by the seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels. Available for stays from now through September 3, 2018, the special room rates provide the opportunity to take in the incredible new offerings at the Walt Disney World Resort this summer.

This includes the wonderful new 11-acre Toy Story Land, opening June 30, 2018 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where guests will “shrink” to the size of a toy to explore the adventure and fun of Andy’s backyard, such as the new family coaster Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers. Visiting also provides the chance to take in the Incredible Summer at Walt Disney World, with new experiences throughout all four Theme Parks. Exciting new offerings include the Incredible Tomorrowland Expo where favorite Disney-Pixar Supers, including Mrs. Incredible, Mr. Incredible and Frozone, have taken over Tomorrowland to celebrate all things super through September 3, 2018, at Magic Kingdom Park; and The Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live! Concert Series, through August 19, 2018, at Epcot. You also can celebrate the astounding feats of nature during the 20th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

Visiting also provides the opportunity to experience the new venues at Disney Springs, which now features more than 130 establishments, with a diverse mix of shops, an unprecedented collection of menus inspired by award-winning chefs, and exceptional live entertainment.

Featuring an ideal location in the Walt Disney World Resort, the seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels are within an easy walk to Disney Springs and also provide shuttle transportation every 30 minutes to all four Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks, two Disney Water Parks, and at night to the Disney Springs area.

Through December 31, 2018, guests at the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels, who have a stay at one of the hotels and theme park admission, are also able to link their hotel reservation on My Disney Experience, and with a linked, valid theme park ticket, these guests will have the ability to make FastPass+ selections up to 60 days prior to arrival. Guest should connect with their travel provider to ensure the provider can give the guest the necessary ticket confirmation and hotel reservation number needed to utilize the benefit.

Guests at the seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels can also enjoy Extra Magic Hours benefit at Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parkswith valid theme park admission. Now through June 30, 2018, guests at the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels can enjoy Extra Magic Hours access to the most popular experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, including the newest attractions in Pandora – The World of Avatar, as well as guest favorites like Expedition Everest and Dinosaur. Plus, in July and August guests at these hotels can access Extra Magic Hours daily to experience favorite attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, including the attractions in the all-new Toy Story Land.

Guests can view the Extra Magic Hours calendar by clicking here or request a copy of the printed Times Guide, available in each hotel’s lobby. To use the Extra Magic Hours benefit, guests can create a Disney account and either link their hotel reservation number and theme park ticket or confirmation number on MyDisneyExperience.com, or each guest will need a valid Extra Magic Hours voucher from the hotel and a valid Walt Disney World theme park ticket. Guests who need to purchase a Walt Disney World Resort theme park ticket may do so at the Guest Service Desk or the Disney Merchandise store located in each hotel.

As a bonus, guests at these hotels also receive the “2018 Disney Springs Passport” booklet that features discounts and specials from Disney Springs merchants on entertainment, shopping and dining. Among the coupons featured in the booklet are discounts and special offers at House of Blues Restaurant & Bar, T-REX Café, Rainforest Café at Disney Springs Marketplace, The Polite Pig, STK Orlando, Wolfgang Puck Express at Disney Springs Marketplace, Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop, Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company, Dino Store at T-REX, Rainforest Café Retail Village, and Orlando Harley-Davidson® at Disney Springs.

The “‘Summer is Incredible’ Rates” for stays from now through September 3, 2018 are:

  • B Resort & Spa – rates from $110 per room, per night
  • Best Western Lake Buena Vista – rates from $101.99 per room, per night
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando – rates from $129 per suite, per night
  • Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace – rates from $143 per room, per night
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – rates from $123 per room, per night
  • Holiday Inn Orlando – rates from $95 per room, per night
  • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista – rates from $85 per room, per night.

For information on the special hotel rates, or to make a reservation, please click here. The room rates are available for stays now through September 3, 2018, based on availability. Some blackout dates may apply, and availability may be limited. The rates do not include the Resort Services Fee or daily parking fee (if applicable), taxes or gratuities. The offer is not valid with any other special offers, promotions, existing reservations, or for groups.

Other benefits of staying at one of the seven hotels include:  advance tee times and discounts at all Walt Disney World Resort golf courses; and the ability to book advance dining and dinner show reservations for all restaurants across the Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels includes:

  • B Resort & Spa – this lifestyle resort opened in June 2014 with 394 newly renovated guest rooms, the full-service B Indulged AVEDA Spa, and features American Kitchen Bar & Grill
  • Best Western Lake Buena Vista – the resort has spectacular views of the Walt Disney World Resort and offers two restaurants, a lounge and heated outdoor pools
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando – the luxurious resort hotel features 229 spacious and modern one- and two-bedroom suites, and is the only all-suite resort hotel in the Disney Springs Resort Area
  • Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace – just steps from Disney Springs, this contemporary oasis features 2 outdoor pools, beach-entry Float Lagoon, kids’ splash pad, 4 new restaurants and lounges, and Disney Character breakfast
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – connected to Disney Springs via Pedestrian Skybridge, the resort features 2 heated pools with Jacuzzi, 7 dining options (including Benihana), exclusive Disney perks, Disney Character Breakfast and more.
  • Holiday Inn Orlando – located steps away from Disney Springs, the hotel offers the ideal setting to stay and play, featuring kids eat free and complimentary Wi-Fi in all guest rooms and public areas
  • Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista – featuring a Disney Character Breakfast 3 days a week, 394 guest rooms, six dining options, and the Oasis Aquatic Pool Playground with interactive water features.

With nearly 30 food and beverage outlets and restaurants, over 3,700 rooms and an array of amenities, the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels offer a rate, space and menu to please every guest. Located in the heart of the Disney Springs area, these properties are within walking distance of exceptional shopping, dining and entertainment venues.

For more information on the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels, or to make a reservation, please click here.


501 WaysHeading to Disney World soon?

If you are planning a vacation to Disney World, be sure to check out these valuable resources to help you save time and money:

Considering a summer getaway?
Which Disney Springs hotel do you like best? Please leave a comment!