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DISNEY NEWS ROUNDUP: Huge Announcements About Future of WDW; Free Dining Promo; Special Halloween Treats Revealed; Passholder Previews; New Disney Ship Revealed

It was a big week for Disney news! The semi-annual D23 is taking place now and there were a ton of announcements made regarding the future of Disney parks around the world. We have new attractions coming, entire lands being re-themed, opening dates and more. There is a new promo at Disney World that includes a free dining offer. Disney also unveiled full details on its newest ship, the Disney Treasure, and revealed some special Halloween treats. All this and more below in this week’s news roundup.





 

1 – HUGE Announcements Made at D23 Event About the Future of Walt Disney World

Destination D23 2023, a fan event, is underway at Walt Disney World. What fans were most interested in was the “A Celebration of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” presentation where Disney teased that new information would be shared about future projects. During the presentation, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro and other Disney Cast Members shared a lot of news, including opening dates, new offerings, reimagined attractions and lands, and more! Catch all the big news at the link below.

Click here for “Disney Makes Huge Announcements of Land Re-themes, New Attractions, Opening Dates & More at Destination D23 2023 Event.”

Concept Art for re-themed Dinoland USA. Credit: Disney

2 – Free Dining Promo Card Offer Announced at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney has announced an enticing offer for guests to stay at a Walt Disney World resort this holiday season and early 2024. Guests can receive up to a $1000 Disney Dining Promo Card when you purchase a non-discounted 5-night, 4-day vacation package. Catch all the details at the link below.

Click here for “Disney Announces Free Dining Promo Card for Holiday Season & Beyond.”

3 – Halloween Treats Found at Disney Resorts and Disney Springs

The fall season is in full swing at Walt Disney World and Disney has unique fall and Halloween treats for guests at Walt Disney World resorts and at Disney Springs. Learn more at the link below.

Click here for “Disney Reveals Special Halloween Treats at Disney Springs & Disney World Resorts.”

Click here for the line-up of special food and beverage items at Magic Kingdom and to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.


 

4 – Annual Passholder Previews Coming to EPCOT

As announced at D23, Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana, officially opens on October 16, 2023. Ahead of that will be annual passholder and DVC member previews. Read below for details on the passholder previews from the Passholder Buzz.

Hei Hei Passholders!

The time has come for all you voyagers and wayfinders out there to find your way over to the newest experience at EPCOT! That’s right, Passholder Previews for Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana are coming to EPCOT 9/24-9/29 and 10/1-10/4/23.

Passholders with an EPCOT theme Park reservation on a preview date can enter the preview experience and be among the first to connect with water in new and unexpected ways just like Moana, discovering the importance and beauty of this living, overflowing, invaluable part of nature.

Stroll down the lush pathways and watch water spring to life all around you, making its natural cycle from rain to sea and back, and engage with its playful and sometimes mischievous personality along the way. You may even spot some familiar faces from the film throughout vour journey. (What can we say? You’re welcome.)

A uniquely EPCOT experience, Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana is located in World Nature and brings you closer to the water cycle than ever before, reminding Guests of the connection we all share with water and the power we have to protect it.

As part of the ongoing EPCOT transformation and Disney100 Celebration honoring the Disney stories we love, we invite you to celebrate the newest story coming to Walt Disney World Resort at Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana.

And don’t forget to make an EPCOT theme Park reservation on a preview date to participate in this special experience!

Credit: Disney

Important Information

      • Registration will not be required for this event.
      • Passholders with a theme Park reservation to
      • EPCOT will be able to check-in and join the standby queue during normal operating hours (subject to capacity). To participate in the preview, Passholders must have valid admission and a theme Park reservation to EPCOT on the date of the preview. Check-in will take place at the Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana entrance, across from the Coral Reef Restaurant in World Nature.
      • Passholders who enter EPCOT without a theme Park reservation to EPCOT for that date will not be eligible to participate in the preview. To check Theme Park reservation availability or make a Park reservation, visit link.
      • Limit one preview per Passholder.
      • Valid Walt Disney World Resort Annual Passholder card, Disney MagicMobile pass, MagicBand, or MagicBand+ and photo ID required at preview check-in. Entry is not transferable.
      • Offering and operating hours are subject to availability, closures and change or cancellation without notice or liability. Entry is not guaranteed.

5 – Disney Cruise Line Reveals the Disney Treasure, the 6th Ship, Coming in December 2024!

This week, Disney Cruise Line revealed its newest ship, the Disney Treasure. The new ship will unlock the far-reaching realms of Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel and embrace dynamic tales from beloved Disney Parks attractions through captivating and immersive experiences on the high seas.

The Disney Treasure, the sister ship to the Disney Wish that launched in 2022, will embark on its maiden voyage, a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise from Port Canaveral, Florida, on December 21, 2024, followed by an inaugural season of seven-night itineraries to the Eastern and Western Caribbean from Port Canaveral. Disney Cruise Line Castaway Club members can book a Disney Treasure cruise as early as September. 12, 2023, and bookings will open to all guests on September 20, 2023.

Learn more about the Disney Treasure at the links below.

Click here for “BIG REVEAL – What’s New & Coming to the Disney Treasure – Disney Cruise Line’s 6th Ship Coming in 2024.”

Click here for “The Disney Treasure – An Overview of Disney Cruise Line’s Sixth Ship Coming in December 2024!”

 


 

What’s New and Happening Now at Walt Disney World Resort

Now Through November 1, Select Nights – Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Click here for “The 2023 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – Our Review and What You Need to Know.”

Click here for “Can’t Miss Entertainment at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.”

Click here for the line-up of special food and beverage items coming to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Now Through November 18 – EPCOT Food & Wine Festival

Click here for “What’s New at the 2023 EPCOT Food & Wine Festival and Why You Don’t Want to Miss It!”

Click here for the full menu lineup for this year’s Food & Wine Festival.

Click here for photos of all of the menu boards with pricing for easy planning! 

Click here to view our Instagram Story with photos of our time in Brew-Wing Lab at the Odyssey.

Now Open – Tron Lightcycle Run – Magic Kingdom

Click here for our review and what you need to know about TRON Lightcycle / Run.

Click here for everything you need to know about the story behind TRON Lightcycle / Run.

Click here for the first look at TRON Lightcycle / Run merchandise.

Now Open – Roundup Rodeo BBQ – Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Click here for our review and what you need to know about Roundup Rodeo BBQ.

Click here for our Instagram Story highlight showing the interior of Roundup Rodeo BBQ.

Click here to see the menu items at Roundup Rodeo BBQ.

Click here to learn about the story behind Roundup Rodeo BBQ.

Coming Soon to Walt Disney World

September 22 – December 31, 2023 – Disney100 Celebration at EPCOT

Click here for dates and details on the Disney100 Celebration coming to EPCOT.

2023 Holiday Season

Click here for dates and details for 2023 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and other holiday offerings at Walt Disney World.

Click here to learn more about the new hard-ticket holiday event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Late 2024 – Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

Click here for storyline details of the upcoming Tiana’s Bayou Adventure.


 

New & Coming Soon to Disney Cruise Line

Coming to Disney Cruise Line

Click here for “BIG REVEAL – What’s New & Coming to the Disney Treasure – Disney Cruise Line’s 6th Ship Coming in 2024.”

Click here for “The Disney Treasure – An Overview of Disney Cruise Line’s Sixth Ship Coming in December 2024!”

Click here to learn about new port options and an update, including concept art, of Lighthouse Point.

The Disney Wish

Click here for an overview of the Disney Wish, including our thoughts and a review of our recent experience.

Click here to learn more (and watch) the Christening Ceremony Celebration of the Disney Wish!

Click here to learn about staterooms and our room review on the Disney Wish.

Click here to learn about upper deck fun and the AquaMouse – the first Disney attraction at sea!

Click here for an overview of family dining on the Disney Wish!

Click here to learn more about stage show entertainment on the Disney Wish!

Pixar Day at Sea on the Disney Fantasy – Spring 2024

Articles with Cruising Tips and Tricks 

Learn more about the Disney Cruise line and our Pixar Day at Sea Cruise on the Disney Fantasy!

TRAVEL LOG: Our Pixar Day at Sea Cruise on the Disney Fantasy – Getting Ready to Sail!

TRAVEL LOG: Our Pixar Day at Sea Cruise on the Disney Fantasy – Day 1

TRAVEL LOG: Our Pixar Day at Sea Cruise on the Disney Fantasy – Day 2

Click here for a full review of the Hey Howdy Breakfast with Woody and Friends to learn more and get tips and tricks for the best dining experience.

TRAVEL LOG: Our Pixar Day at Sea Cruise on the Disney Fantasy – Day 3 – Part 1

TRAVEL LOG: Our Pixar Day at Sea Cruise on the Disney Fantasy – Day 3 – Part 2

TRAVEL LOG: Our Pixar Day at Sea Cruise on the Disney Fantasy – Day 4

TRAVEL LOG: Day 5 of Our Pixar Day at Sea Cruise on the Disney Fantasy – San Juan, Puerto Rico

TRAVEL LOG: Day 6 of Our Pixar Day at Sea Cruise on the Disney Fantasy – Sea Day

TRAVEL LOG: Day 7-Part 1 of Our Pixar Day at Sea Cruise on the Disney Fantasy – Castaway Cay

TRAVEL LOG: Day 7-Part 2 of Our Pixar Day at Sea Cruise on the Disney Fantasy – Final Evening on the Ship

TRAVEL LOG: Day 8 of Our Pixar Day at Sea Cruise on the Disney Fantasy – Debarkation Day

Instagram Story with Photos and Video of Our Cruise

Day 1 – Instagram Story Highlight – Arrival Day

Day 2 – Instagram Story Highlight – Sea Day

Day 3 – Instagram Story Highlight – Pixar Day at Sea

Day 4 – Instagram Story Highlight – Tortola, British Virgin Islands, and Pirate Night

Day 5 – Instagram Story Highlight – San Juan, Puerto Rico

Day 6 – Instagram Story Highlight – Sea Day

Day 7 – Instagram Story Highlight – Castaway Cay

Itineraries in 2023 and 2024

Click here for details on Disney Cruise Line Fall 2023 Itineraries.

Click here to learn more about 2023 offerings on Very Merrytime Cruises on Disney Cruise Line.

Click here for details on Disney Cruise Line Early 2024 Itineraries.

Click here for details on Pixar Day at Sea and Marvel Day at Sea, Coming Spring of 2024

Click here for details on the sailings to the new private island destination and family vacations around the world in summer 2024!

Click here to learn more about 2024 Halloween and Holiday Cruises on Disney Cruise Line.

For a no obligation, FREE Quote on a Disney vacation package, please contact our travel partner Magical Vacation Planner at 407-442-0227 (407-442-0215 for Spanish). You can also request a FREE quote online by Clicking HERE.



 

Chad & Cindy Nykamp

After years of multiple Walt Disney World vacations, Cindy and Chad's dream of living in Orlando came true in 2010. After friends and family made them their go-to-people for Walt Disney World advice, Cindy and Chad launched DisneyLists.com in August 2015 to share their knowledge and love of Disney. Chad and Cindy have been Disney World Annual Passholders for years, DVC members, together have raced more than 70 runDisney races, and particularly love cruising on the Disney Cruise Line. Chad and Cindy also regularly represent DisneyLists.com at Walt Disney World media events. While attending these events, they get an insiders view of all the new things that have come to Walt Disney World. These experiences have helped them gain knowledge and expertise they happily pass on to their followers. They still can't believe how lucky they are to have such an amazing opportunity and will continue to share Disney with anyone who will listen!
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