Walt Disney World Preview — Week of September 8, 2018

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With crowd levels at a 1/10 ALL WEEK, it’s a great time to head to Walt Disney World. Check out this weekly preview for more Disney details!

Special Events

  • Here are your artists for this week’s Eat to the Beat Concert Series:
    • 9/8 – 9/9: Tauren Wells (New)
    • 9/10 – 9/11: Postmodern Jukebox
    • 9/12 – 9/13: Vertical Horizon (New)
    • 9/14 – 9/16: Baha Men
  • Friendly reminder that Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre is now closed. Once located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Sammy Duvall’s was a place to participate in watersports activities such as parasailing, tubing, water skiing, and other watercraft rentals.
  • Walt Disney World’s Minnie Van service can now transport guests to and from Orlando International Airport. The cost is $150 each way; plus tax.
  • The Gardens course at Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf will be closed from September 4 to September 28 due to maintenance. During this time, the Fantasia course as well as Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf will remain open.


For the most current weather conditions, click here.

Crowd Levels

For more information about crowd levels, click here.

Park Hours

Attractions Closed For Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom:

  • Liberty Square Riverboat

Would you take a Minnie Van to or from the airport? Is the cost worth it? Leave your thoughts 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

5 thoughts on “Walt Disney World Preview — Week of September 8, 2018

  • September 6, 2018 at 11:17 am

    I guess the Minnie Van from the Airport is a nice idea for really busy times of the year at the parks – but I personally don’t see the benefit of it when Magical Express is there an a free service if you’re at a Disney Resort. And that price tag – ouch!

    • September 7, 2018 at 11:17 am


      It would definitely be a splurge, but I can see some wanting to do it to save taking the bus three hours before their flight…especially if it’s an international flight. Then it’s four hours early!

      Thanks for the comment!


  • September 7, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Yes, I would definitely consider taking a Minnie Van to the airport!

    As Angela wrote, for an international flight, Magical Express is very early. The CMs at our resort said “don’t take it” for that reason.

    We took a taxi from our resort to the airport. The seatbelts were wonky. At the end, the driver said he only took cash because his machine was broken. I figured out how to use his machine a different way so that I could use my card. (I only had $50 US cash on me at the end of the trip.) I’m glad it worked out, but it was less than optimal.

    I am so glad there are Minnie Vans. I was planning on using Lyft next time. I like knowing it’s a Disney Cast Member.

    • September 7, 2018 at 1:57 pm

      Edit: I was planning on using Lyft next time, but I like knowing it’s a Disney Cast Member in the Minnie Van. (And that the seatbelts are good!)

    • September 16, 2018 at 2:08 pm

      Thanks for sharing your experience Lily! It’s helpful to see why people prefer one form of transportation over another.

      – Angela


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