Disney has shared details with travel agents for 2016 Magic Your Way packages. Magic Your Way is any package that includes a room at a Disney-owned and operated resort, the Swan or Dolphin, a Good Neighbor hotel, or a Disney Springs area hotel; and park admission. Packages can be booked through your travel agent or the Walt Disney Travel Company. This also includes all dining plans, which have their own extras. Thank you to Sue Pisaturo at Small World Vacations for the heads up.
Let’s start with the good news: The vouchers for mini-golf have been increased from 2 per room to 4 per room, and are good for play before 4PM at Fantasia Gardens and Winter-Summerland. If you’re an Annual Passholder, remember you get a discount on admission already and it’s good all day and night. Also, under the category of things that make you scratch your head, MYW packages now include 4 vouchers for one day admission at ESPN Wide World of Sports. There’s really not much to do there if you’re not participating in a sporting event. If you have made the trip out, let me know in the comments. Every time I go out there to see what’s up, there’s nothing going on. If your tickets include the Water Park Fun and More option, you already have the option for ESPN WWoS admission, so there’s no real benefit for you unless you’re using all your entitlements for water parks, Oak Trail golf, or DisneyQuest (while it lasts, see below) already and somehow still have time to visit Wide World of Sports too.
Here’s what’s changing: the discount at Splitsville Luxury Lanes (which has a 100% thumbs up rating from Unofficial Guide readers) has been reduced from 20% to 10%, but is now good all day, seven days a week instead of just weekdays before 4PM. Be aware that Splitsville is often booked for corporate events, so if you want to visit, plan ahead. Also at Disney Springs, the discount at Planet Hollywood is now 15% instead of $15.
The following benefits have been removed from Magic Your Way packages:
- Arcade game card (was a 100 point card per room)
- Dining discounts at Bongos (was 15%), Fulton’s Crab House (was 10%), and Paradiso 37 (was 20%)
- Children’s Activity Center Discount (was 15%)
- Disney Tours discount (was 15% for most tours)
- DisneyQuest admission vouchers (was 2 per room)
- Recreation discounts for horseback riding (was 15%), guided bass fishing (was 15%), and marina rentals (was 10%)
- Spa and salon services discount (was 15% for services 50 minutes or longer)
The elimination of the DisneyQuest vouchers is further indication that facility is on borrowed time. Yes, people have been saying that for years, but believe it this time. It is generally accepted that the DisneyQuest building will be the new location of the NBA Experience coming to Disney Springs. Portobello Yacht Club and Wolfgang Puck Cafe were not listed as losing their discounts for 2016, but they are run by Levy Restaurants, the same company that operates the eliminated restaurants.
Many of the eliminated discounts are available to Annual Passholders, Disney Visa holders, and Disney Vacation Club members, so check your perks if you qualify for one of these.
Booking terms were also changed:
Effective today, packages can be booked up to one day in advance online and by phone. Deposits are $200 (as opposed to one night’s stay for room-only bookings), and final payment in full is due 30 days prior to arrival (was 45 days). Room-only booking balances are still paid in full at check-in. Packages can now held without a deposit for three days unless you’re within the 30 day final payment window. Packages can be cancelled without penalty 31 days before arrival. Packages cancelled 30 to 2 days before will be charged $200. If you cancel 1 day ahead or don’t show for your vacation, all payments are forfeited.