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Monday, November 20, 2017

A Few Walt Disney World Special Events and Other Discounted Rates Have Debuted For Disney Destinations - Disneyland and Aulani!


by: guide4wdw - Collin

After a fairly quiet few weeks for news at Walt Disney World, a few new details for special events at Walt Disney World have been shared. Also, along with the release, a new series of discounts have rolled out for Disney's Aulani resort in Hawaii and Disneyland out in California.

In regards to Walt Disney World events, Star Wars Galactic Nights will return December 16th and will debut a series of new experiences for guests to enjoy to accompany the release of the next film in the growing Star Wars franchise. Of course, this event was previously announced, but a few more details have been shared about other WDW events to welcome the New Year on New Years Eve later this year. 

At the Contemporary Resort, guests are invited to dine "Down in New Orleans!" The event, which can be booked by calling (407)-WDW-DINE or by contacting your preferred travel agency (a quote request form for our favorite agency is listed below), will begin with a specially themed entrance decked out in New Orleans flair accompanied by food including: smoked salmon mousse cones and Kobe beef tartar, sheep’s milk ricotta gnocchi and oyster beignets fried on stage. As you transition into a new dining area, also decked out in New Orleans elements, a Jazz band will play as herb-crusted Louisiana redfish, crayfish étouffée, Black Angus beef cooked two ways, braised short ribs and roast filet of beef with truffled celery root silk are served to guests. To end out the night, guests will be invited to step outside and enjoy a private viewing area for the Magic Kingdom's special fireworks spectacular. 

This impressive event will be offered on December 31 from 7:00 PM to 12:15 AM in the Grand Republic Ballroom of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The cost of the experience is $450 per guest, but will not require theme park admission as many other events do. Also worth noting is that all guests must be 21 years of age or older. 

Over at the Boardwalk, the Atlantic Dance Hall is showcasing a New Year's Eve Bash. The venue will open at 9pm and, as usual for this location, all guests must be at least 21 years of age. This is also a reservation based event and will cost significantly less at $50 per person while still providing food for guests. However, the dining for this event appears to be more appetizer focused and much less involved in the overall experience.

Also over at the Boardwalk, Flying Fish is offering Dinner and Dancing Under the Sea. This event is also for guests 21 and older, and will cost $372 per adult. The dining offerings here will range from specialty cocktails and themed drinks to an extensive seafood display. Throughout the meal a Jazz band will be on site and as the night draws to it's climax, guests will be ushered over to Atlantic Dance Hall for a special viewing of Illuminations complete with a champagne toast. Throughout the night, an electronic (iPad) character artist will be making rounds throughout the room drawing guests if they so desire. Again, this can be booked using the above number or by contacting a travel agency. 

Last but not least, over at Fort Wilderness, guests of all ages can participate in Mickey's New Years Eve BBQ. The event will cost $95 for adults and $75 for children. The event will offer the largest lineup of food of the events listed and will feature a vast variety of meats, macaronis, desserts and side item options (here's the full list). The New Year's Eve celebration begins at 8:30pm and will feature live bluegrass music, a DJ, a live feed of Times Square, and special fireworks viewing. At a family reasonable price this could be a great option for families looking to avoid the big crowds of the park (if you want to brave the parks, here's our recommend ticket option, found in our 2017 Discount Disney World Ticket Buying Tips - What is the Best Option For Your Situation?). 

Amazingly, those fun events aren't where today's news ends. If you're consider a Disneyland vacation, Disney has just released the following offer: 
  • Book a 2 night 3 day vacation package at any Disneyland Resort hotel with tickets for as low as $144 per person per day. 
  • Your stay must be between Jan. 7th and Feb. 2nd (select nights) of 2018 
  • guests will receive a 3 day 1 park per day ticket with MaxPass, Disneyland resort dining certificates for select dining locations upon check-in, souvenir Mickey ears for the whole family and an autograph book for each child.
Out at Aulani, when booking before May 9th, 2018 guests can save 30% on Ocean and Partial Ocean Views, and 25% off other rooms for travel dates April 9th - June 7th. 
You can also save up to 25% on 4 consecutive nights on ocean and partial ocean views and 20% off standard, island, and pool views. Also, if you book through a Disney travel agent, you will receive a $150 resort credit to use during your stay. However, that offer must be booked through a Disney Travel Agent (I cannot guarantee all travel agency's can offer the same but Destinations to Travel is included in this Disney offer - quote request form below).

(Photo: normal night crowds - not New Years Eve)

Well, that about wraps up the biggest news of the day. Hopefully, this helps you out in some way in the booking process, or maybe even adds a special event to your list of "must-do" experiences on a New Year's Eve trip. If you plan on touring the parks that day, pack your patience and expect incredible crowds. The park will likely close to additional admission, due to certain capacity issues, around 10:00-12:00am. I've been there and experienced this one first hand. It was an incredible experience that we really enjoyed, but you really do have to go into it expecting insane crowds. Last time we went, lines throughout the day for top attractions easily topped 3-4 hours. It's an excellent way to spend the holiday, but just go prepared and you'll have a great time! The New Year's Eve fireworks are truly second to none!

As always we are partnered with Destinations to Travel and the Official Ticket Center, but many of these offers and events are open to any Disney guests. However, we do appreciate you supporting the groups that help support us. Thanks for reading and have a great rest of the day!                        

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