Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 5/9/16

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I’m back with the Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes! These are little things that I’ve come across over the past few days that have piled on my desk, and I want to make sure to share them with you! If you’re heading to Walt Disney World soon, you may want to be aware of some of these news bites!

  • The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique has introduced an update to the Castle Package. The Castle Package will now include a Disney Princess necklace. Due to this change, Disney PhotoPass photographic prints will no longer be included in the Castle Package. Guests will still be able to purchase prints as an add-on to any package for $34.95, plus tax. The photo add-on will include one 6×8 and four 4×6 photos in a special photo holder.In addition, pricing will change:
    • The Castle Package – $199.95 plus tax
    • The Courtyard Package – $99.95 plus tax
    • The Crown Package – $59.95 plus tax (no change)
    • The Knight Package – $19.95 plus tax (no change)

  • The Happy Hallowishes Dessert Party Premium Package will be returning for this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. The cost is $69 for adults and $39 for children gets you into a reserved viewing location for Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade and a dessert party viewing of Happy HalloWishes. Guests will meet at the parade viewing area (and can do so beginning at 7:30 p.m.) located by the flag pole in Town Square to watch Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade. Then following the parade, Guests will be escorted to Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant, for the the dessert party. The dessert party includes Halloween-themed cupcakes and desserts, like chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate mousse, ice cream, cheeses and fresh, seasonal fruits.
  • The Diamond Horseshoe’s table service lunch and dinner option has been extended through July 4.
  • Pluto is now meeting at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the Animation Courtyard. He can be found in the former location of Minnie Mouse, now that Minnie is meeting at the new Hollywood themed meet and greet.
  • Currently, a limited-time test is taking place within My Disney Experience which offers Guests staying at a Moderate or Deluxe Walt Disney World resort will have the opportunity to schedule a Disney Vacation Club Open House Tour at the Walt Disney World Vacation Club Preview Center. Guests who sign up for the tour through My Disney Experience and completing and Open House Tour will be offered three additional FastPass+ selections. Guests can choose the option of conducting a Live Chat or calling Disney Vacation Club directly to schedule their Open House Tour. Guests who complete the Open House Tour will be offered three FastPass+ selections for each member of their party, up to six Guests, which can be used even if all the FastPass+ slots for the attraction have been distributed for the day. Keep in mind that some attractions are excluded from the DVC FastPass+ selections. This test is currently taking place through September 30.
  • For the month of May, a selection of grab ‘n’ go breakfast items will be available for purchase in the lobby of The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Guests will be able to purchase items daily from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Items include: Nilla Wafers Cookies, Donut Holes, Cinnamon Roll, Blueberry Muffin, Coffee Cake, ZBar, Cliff Bar, fresh fruit, as well as assorted beverages (water, milk, apple juice, and orange juice).

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Rikki Niblett

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5 thoughts on “Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 5/9/16

  • May 9, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    What rides are excluded for the extra fast passes?

  • May 10, 2016 at 12:55 am

    Anybody have a clue as to how long a DVC Open House Tour sales pitch may take?
    We’re actually interested in hearing about it, just don’t think i want to use hours during my vacation for details.

    • May 10, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      It took about 2 hours for us I think. Be prepared for a hard sell. We were promised that this would not be the pressure of other timeshares, but that was not true. It kind of left us with a bad taste in our mouths. Also, we learned later that you can get much better deals by buying out someone else’s membership than by buying through Disney directly.

      • May 10, 2016 at 2:14 pm

        If you think DVC does a hard sell, you obviously haven’t been to any other timeshare presentations.

        As for resale vs direct, there are many benefits to buying direct that are no longer offered to resale purchasers. Be sure to see if these features are important to you before purchasing.

      • May 10, 2016 at 2:31 pm

        I have actually been to a few timeshare presentations. Perhaps my experience was different than others, but we felt a lot of pressure to buy right then. At one point, we tried to leave and the salesman stood between us and the door and said “the next time you see this face it will be more expensive.” I imagine that would not bother everyone, but I was personally uncomfortable. We ended up not taking our typical yearly trip to WDW last year because we were so soured by the experience.

        Anyway, good to know about the resale issues. Thank you. I’ll look that up should I consider DVC again.

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