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General Disney related news and information.

Overnight Parking Fee at Disney Hotels

All Walt Disney World Resort hotels will implement an overnight parking fee as of March 21, 2018.  The parking fee will appear on the guest room charge account, which charges to the credit card on file at the end of the trip.

Disney Value Hotel – $13 per night
Disney Moderate Hotel – $19 per night
Disney Deluxe Hotel – $24 per night
Disney Villa Hotel – $24 per night

The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness do incur the overnight parking charge.  Only the Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness campgrounds are excluded from the parking charge.

Valet parking at deluxe hotels is $33 per night.

foggy morning from bay lake tower

Bay Lake Tower parking lot with Magic Kingdom in the foggy distance

Who is excluded from the overnight hotel parking charge?
– Guests who booked their Disney hotel stay BEFORE March 21, 2018
– Guests with a valid disability parking permit
– Disney Vacation Club members staying in a villa
– Day guests visiting a hotel to eat, shop, and experience entertainment and recreation options

Theme park parking remains free for Disney hotel guests.  If you’re using Magical Express and do not rent a car during your trip, you will be unaffected by these changes.  If you use Magical Express and rent a car during your stay, you will be charged for overnight parking.

2018 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tickets

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets are now on sale!  Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party takes place on select dates in August, September, and October,.  The party features themed entertainment, characters, trick or treating, a unique parade and fireworks.  These parties take place in the Magic Kingdom from 7 pm to midnight.  The Magic Kingdom closes entry to non-ticketed guests at 6 pm.

train station during halloween party

Spooky Train Station during MNSSHP

Save time and money by purchasing your tickets in advance.  Parties can sell out, especially the most popular dates, so be sure to purchase in advance.

There are three options for free ticket delivery.  Print at home is quick and easy.  Standard domestic US delivery is free via USPS. Will call allows you to pick up a ticket on property.

2018 party dates and prices are listed below.  Prices do not include tax.  Party tickets are purchased separately from vacation packages and are non-refundable.  Party tickets can be linked  in My Disney Experience.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018

August 28; September 3,9,11,16,18,23 – $75/adult, $70/child 3-9 advance purchase

August 17,24,31; September 7, 14,21,25 – $79/adult, $74/child 3-9 advance purchase

September 28,30; October 2,4 – $89/adult, $84/child 3-9 advance purchase

October 8,9,11,14,16,18,21,23,25 – $99/adult, $94/child 3-9 advance purchase

October 5,12,19,26,28,30 – $119/adult, $114/child 3-9 advance purchase

October 31 – $125/adult, $120/child 3-9 advance purchase

If you’re planning to visit Walt Disney World this fall, don’t delay in booking your package to secure your preferred hotel.  Submit your quote request today!

Ticket Price Change

Admission prices for Walt Disney World and Disneyland were adjusted on Sunday, February 11, 2018.  This price change takes effect immediately for stand-alone ticket purchases.

Ticket prices will be updated on vacation packages by February 21, 2018.  Right now is the perfect time to jump on booking your 2018 Disney vacation package.  By booking before the package ticket price change, you lock in your ticket prices!  If you make a change to your tickets after booking, your ticket prices take on prices at the time the change is made.

Booking your 2018 Walt Disney World package early can be one of the best ways to save money on your trip.  The earlier you book, the more hotels and room types there are to choose from.  The closer to your travel dates you book, the more likely your preferred hotel and room choices will be sold out.

Request your free, no-obligation Walt Disney World quote today!

Travel Insurance Temporarily Unavailable

Beginning December 29, 2017 travel insurance will not be available to add to packages for Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Aulani.  Previously purchased policies remain in effect.  A new policy will be available sometime in the new year, insurance provider and price to be determined.  This was a sudden announcement from Walt Disney Travel Co., so it may be a few weeks before a new travel insurance option is in place to bundle with your vacation package.

Trial Allows Dogs in Rooms at 4 Walt Disney World Hotels

In your news today, Walt Disney World will now allow dogs to stay in 4 select hotels on property.  This trial opportunity is currently available for hotel stays October 15, 2017 to October 15, 2018.  The four hotels included are Art of Animation, Port Orleans Riverside, Yacht Club, and the Cabins at Fort Wilderness.

There is a nightly charge of $50 at the value, moderate and cabin options.  The charge is $75 per night at the deluxe option.  Two dogs per room are permitted.  Rooms will have easy access to green space, which likely means first floor rooms at the hotels.  Rooms with dogs receive Pluto’s Welcome Kit with special items for your furry friends.

Among the requirements for this trial are that dogs must be well behaved, on a lease in public spaces and up to date on vaccinations.  Special door hangers indicating dogs are in the room are required and housekeeping will only occur upon request with the owner of the pets present.

Read below for more information about this four legged friendly trial.

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What to Expect: 2018 Walt Disney World

Picking the dates of your Walt Disney World vacation is one the first decisions you’ll make.  If you’re not sure when you’d like to travel and would like an easy overview to help you decide, you’re in the right place!  Already selected your trip dates and want a little more insight into that time of the year?  Scroll down to find out more!

(Event dates accurate as of March 2018. Updates will be made as more info becomes available.)

January

  • Marathon Weekend January 3-7
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 15
  • Pro Bowl in Orlando Jan 28
  • Festival of the Arts in Epcot starting January 12. New for 2018, this occurs all week with special entertainment on the weekends.
  • Crowds higher through the first weekend after New Year’s and around MLK Day
  • Ride and hotel pool refurbishments common.  One water park closed for annual maintenance.
  • Blizzard Beach closed through January 6.  Typhoon Lagoon closes January 7.
  • Weather can vary, be sure to check forecasts and pack accordingly.  Cold weather, 50s and below, can close the only open water park.

February

  • Mardis Gras February 13
  • President’s Day February 19
  • Princess Half Marathon February 22-25
  • Festival of the Arts in Epcot ends February 19. New for 2018, this occurs all week with special entertainment on the weekends.
  • Epcot Flower & Garden Festival begins February 28
  • Crowds higher around Mardis Gras and President’s Day, otherwise a slow month.
  • Ride and hotel pool refurbishments common.  One water park, Typhoon Lagoon, closed for annual maintenance.
  • Weather can vary, be sure to check forecasts and pack accordingly.  Cold weather, 50s and below, can close the only open water park.

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My High and Low of 2017 D23 Expo Announcements

If you haven’t heard, more announcements than I can count on two hands were made at 2017’s D23 Expo.  Many of these have been floating around as rumors for some time, but some took me by complete surprise.  If you need a refresher on the announcements, here is a recap post from the Disney Parks Blog.

Out of all the announcements made, here are the highs and lows I can’t stop thinking about!

High
Third ship added to Disney Cruise Line expansion
Last year Disney Cruise Line announced two new ships (similar in size to the Dream and Fantasy) that would launch in 2021 and 2023.  DCL has been quiet since the announcement, so a surprise third ship due in 2022 is icing on my I’m-excited-by-the-idea cake.  So little is known about this expansion it’s hard to be excited about specifics.  I remember when the Dream and Fantasy launched in 2011 and 2012 and I’m ecstatic to see more ships expand the line.  I can’t wait to see what destinations and experiences this brings to Disney Cruise Line!

Space restaurant in Epcot
Normally I give a big eye roll to restaurant announcements for Epcot, but the new space themed restaurant near Mission Space has me pumped.  The kid inside me, who wished to go to space camp, who watched Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century more times than you could guess, cannot wait for opening day!  I don’t care what space food they feed me, I’m ready to make my reservation!

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Book 2018 Walt Disney World Vacations

2018 Walt Disney World rooms and packages are now available for booking!  From the initial release, rooms are only available 499 in advance.  By August 19, 2017 all 2018 Walt Disney World hotel rooms will be available to book.

There are some changes to the Magical Extras included with Magic Your Way Packages.  Changes to these discounts are normal.

The big news for 2018 packages is a change to all Dining Plans.  New for 2018, your beverage credit at quick service and table service meals may be redeemed for alcoholic drinks (age 21 and over, photo ID required, where available.)  Here are the new options for meal beverage redemption-

  • Soda
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Hot chocolate
  • Smoothie
  • Milkshake
  • Beer or cider*
  • Wine or sangria*
  • Mixed drinks*
    *Must be 21 and over, photo ID required

Note that these new drinks options are only for meal credits.  You cannot redeem a snack credit for an alcoholic beverage.  Redeeming your meal drink for an alcoholic beverage results in 1 single serving drink.

One change that is not unique to 2018, but will affect all 2018 packages, is the new ticket structure.  Ticket add-on options have been streamlined, allowing you to select Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus.  The new Park Hopper Plus ticket includes admissions to Disney’s two water parks.

Another prior change that continues for 2018 is that 1-Day theme park tickets cannot be included in a Magic Your Way Package.  If you need only a 1-Day ticket you will buy your ticket separately from your room accommodations.

Memory Maker can currently be added with an advance purchase discount at $169.  Adding Memory Maker to your package is a great way to lock in the price while benefiting from package payment policies.  Memory Maker that is added within 3 days of usage is priced at $199.  Memory Maker allows you to download all of your Photopass photos, including on-ride photos!

We’re ready and waiting to send you a free, no-obligation quote for your 2018 Walt Disney World vacation!  It’s ideal to book 6 months or more in advance for best hotel availability, so now is the perfect time to start planning your next Disney vacation!

Reviews for Mouse Unlimited

It’s been a while since we’ve shared the good things you have said about our service, and that’s only because we’ve been busy planning vacations!  We strive to treat your vacations just as we treat our own, with care and thoughtfulness.  Nothing makes me happier than hearing back after you’ve completed your vacation!  Here are just a few of your recent responses…


I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for such a wonderful trip.  Our family made memories while at Disney that will last a lifetime!  Your guidance was amazing, as if you knew us personally and exactly what we wanted and needed.  We look forward to another Disney trip in the future and will turn to you again when that time comes.

Danielle and Tucker H.


We had a fantastic time at Disney World.  Thank you so much for doing such a great job planning it for us.  We are already thinking about our next trip!

Cynthia G.

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50% off Disney Cruise Line Deposit for Limited Time

It’s one of my favorite offers of the year!  For a limited time you can book select Disney Cruise Line voyages with 50% off your deposit!  This is not a discount offer, it’s more like a deferred payment.  The other 50% of your deposit becomes part of your remaining balance due by your final payment due date.  This can be a considerable deferment for a 7-Night Cruise, so it’s worth checking out if you’re thinking about cruising in 2017.

Read through the basics of the offer below, and request your cruise quote on our site today!  We offer Onboard Credit for you to use toward your stateroom charges after you set sail!

50% Reduced Cruise Deposit Offer
Now’s the moment! Book a magical voyage by February 15, 2017, and only put down half of the required deposit on the day you reserve the itinerary.

Offer valid on any new reservation for a 7-night or longer Disney cruise departing between June 17, 2017 and December 30, 2017. Remaining balance due at time of final payment. See Important Details below.

You can embark on a tropical 7-night cruise to the Caribbean or Bahamas – or choose from one of our other fun-filled sailing itineraries throughout Europe, Alaska and beyond. With departures from a variety of ports – including Florida, Texas and New York – there are so many convenient options to explore!

  • 7-Night Caribbean Cruises from Florida
  • 7-Night Bahamian and Canadian Coast Cruises from New York
  • 7-Night Bahamian and Caribbean Cruises from Texas
  • 7-Night and Longer European Cruises
  • 7-Night or Longer Alaskan Cruises

Booking Window: December 28, 2016 – February 15, 2017

Important Details

  • Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses, Gratuities and Port Adventures are not included
  • Not valid on Categories with Restrictions (IGT, OGT, VGT), Suites or Concierge Level Staterooms.
  • Valid on all 7-night or longer sailings that do not require final payment at time of booking and take place between June 17, 2017 and December 30, 2017.
  • Rates in U.S. dollars.
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.
  • Offer subject to Disney Cruise Line Terms and Conditions.