Walt Disney World News — Week of January 5, 2019

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With 2019 off to a fresh start, free dining promotions and room discounts have already been announced! For more information, start scrolling.


  • The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, Presented by Cigna, “runs” from January 9 – 13. If you’re racing, what events will you be taking part in?
  • In a great start to 2019, Disney announced their Free Dining promotion months earlier than ever before. With the purchase of select multi-day Walt Disney World room and ticket packages (with Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus), guests are eligible for a free dining plan. These are for arrival dates July 5 – September 30, 2019, and you must book by February 10, 2019.
  • But wait, there’s more! Disney has also come out with Summer room discounts. Check the Disney website for more resort details!
    • Book through May 27, 2019 and save up to 25% for arrivals April 28 – May 27, 2019.
    • Book through March 24, 2019 and save up to 30% for arrivals May 28 – September 30, 2019.


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Crowd Levels

For more information about crowd levels, click here.

Park Hours

Attractions Closed For Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom:

  • Walt Disney World Railroad – Fantasyland
  • Walt Disney World Railroad – Frontierland
  • Walt Disney World Railroad – Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Peter Pan’s Flight (Closes 1/7)

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Wildlife Express Train: Africa Station
  • Wildlife Express Train: Rafiki’s Planet Watch Station
  • Kali River Rapids (Closes 1/7)

Typhoon Lagoon (Closes 1/6)

What resorts have you stayed at during these promotions? Let me know below!

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Angela Dahlgren

Angela is cohost of the TouringPlans Podcast and regular contributor to the TouringPlans YouTube channel. When she's not talking about the happiest place on earth, she spends her time entertaining her own little Minnie and Mickey Mouse. You can find her on twitter @AngelaDahlgren or via email - angela@touringplans.com

2 thoughts on “Walt Disney World News — Week of January 5, 2019

  • January 4, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    Might be helpful to mention Disney’s Marathon Weekend because that brings an influx of people, especially since the 5 k begins on Wednesday. 🙂

    • January 4, 2019 at 12:54 pm


      That’s a good point. I didn’t mention it because while it does bring an influx of crowds, it doesn’t change the wait times significantly on any attractions. I’ll add it just the same 🙂

      – Angela


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