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.
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.
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.
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!
- 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.
What’s New and Happening Now at Walt Disney World Resort
Now Through November 1, Select Nights – Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
Now Through November 18 – EPCOT Food & Wine Festival
Now Open – Tron Lightcycle Run – Magic Kingdom
Now Open – Roundup Rodeo BBQ – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Coming Soon to Walt Disney World
September 22 – December 31, 2023 – Disney100 Celebration at EPCOT
2023 Holiday Season
Late 2024 – Tiana’s Bayou Adventure
New & Coming Soon to Disney Cruise Line
Coming to Disney Cruise Line
The Disney Wish
Pixar Day at Sea on the Disney Fantasy – Spring 2024
Articles with Cruising Tips and Tricks
Instagram Story with Photos and Video of Our Cruise
Day 5 – Instagram Story Highlight – San Juan, Puerto Rico
Itineraries in 2023 and 2024
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