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by Military Diva

Hello Readers-I hope you have had an enjoyable summer making memories with your favorite people.  The Disney Travel Company has been busy reopening guest-favorite experiences, gearing up for festivals, and expanding cruise itineraries.  Read on below for a complete list of Disney News & Updates for July 2022!

Walt Disney World

Disney News & Updates

  • Park Pass Reservations are still required at Walt Disney World theme parks. It is recommended that guests check the Park Pass Availability Calendar prior to purchasing tickets or booking a Resort Package. Once you have tickets, link to your “myDisneyexperience” account and make your Park Pass Reservations. Guests can adjust their schedule at any time, as long as there is availability.
  • Resort and Recreation Refurbishments
    • Magnolia Golf Course is getting a fresh upgrade!  Holes 14-17 are being redesigned, all 18 greens are being refreshed, and a new cart bridge is being built between holes 16 and 17. The refurbishment should be completed later this year.
    • The BoardWalk Bakery is being transformed into the all-new BoardWalk Deli. During the transition, guests can find their favorite bakery treats at Pizza Window, AbracadaBar, and Bellevue Lounge. Consider a visit to Disney’s Boardwalk for more dining, shopping, and entertainment during your stay!
    • 2024 travelers-the following pools will be closed for refurbishment from January to April. Guests will still have access to other quiet pools.
      • Doubloon Lagoon at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-French Quarter
      • Fantasia Pool at Disney’s All Star Movies Resort
      • Fuentos del Morro Pool at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney 2021 Military Discounts

Magnolia Golf Course is a public Golf Course located near Shades of Green on Walt Disney, a Military Resort

  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is returning to Disney’s Magic Kingdom on August 25!  Stay posted for more details!!
  • Magic Band+ is finally here!! The new interactive band, launching on July 27, will offer all the capabilities of traditional Magic Bands-unlock resort door, act as ticket, offer access to scheduled Ligntning Lanes, and allow guests to charge food and merchandise to their resort room folie. But the new Magic Bands will also activate the Fab 50 Statues, light up, and interact with Harmonious at Epcot and Disney Enchantment at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Guests will also be able to join Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters via the Disney Play App.
Magic Band+

Disney World’s NEW Magic Band+ is now available!

  • Disney Springs Flavors of Florida is celebrated in Disney Springs from July 5-August 14. Guests can enjoy “Florida-inspired” treats, drinks, and meals from over 30 participating Disney Springs restaurants. A few examples include…
    • Blood Orange Eclairs and Blue Citrus Sauvignon Blanc Slushies from Amorette’s Patisserie
    • Florida Sunshine Shake from Chicken Guy!
    • Lime or Orange Burgers from D-luxe Burger
    • Citrus Dream and Orange Lemonade donuts from Everglazed Donuts
    • Voodoo Shrimp from House of Blues
    • And much, much more!!
  • Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival presented by Corkcirle is in full swing now until November 19. Guests can enjoy delicious culinary treats, merchandise, entertainment, and classes from around the world!
  • The lineup for this years Eat to the Beat Concert Series at Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival presented by Corkcicle has been announced! Guests can visit for more details or to book their own Eat to the Beat Dinner Package.
      • July 14-15 – Baha Men
      • July 16-18 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
      • July 22-23 – Tonic (NEW)
      • July 24-25 – Jeremy Camp (NEW)
      • July 29-30 – Taylor Dayne
      • July 31-Aug. 1 – Tiffany
      • Aug. 5-8 – Joey Fatone & Friends
      • Aug. 12-13 – The Devon Allman Project
      • Aug. 14-15 – Christopher Cross
      • Aug. 19-20 – Journey former Lead Vocalist Steve Augeri
      • Aug. 21-22 – Air Supply
      • Aug. 26-27 – Blanco Brown (NEW)
      • Aug. 28-29 – 98°
      • Sept. 2-3 – Southern Avenue
      • Sept. 4-5 – Kris Allen & David Cook
      • Sept. 9-10 – Hoobastank (NEW)
      • Sept. 11-12 – Jimmie Allen
      • Sept. 16-17 – Los Amigos Invisibles (NEW)
      • Sept. 18-19 – American Authors
      • Sept. 23-24 – BBMAK
      • Sept. 25-26 – Postmodern Jukebox
      • Sept. 30-Oct. 1 – Stokley (NEW)
      • Oct. 2-3 – Sheila E.
      • Oct. 7-8 – Mark Wills
      • Oct. 9-10 – 38 Special
      • Oct. 14-15 – Robert Randolph Band (NEW)
      • Oct. 16-17 – Newsboys (NEW)
      • Oct. 21-22 – Ray Parker Jr. (NEW)
      • Oct. 23-24 – Billy Ocean
      • Oct. 28-31 – Hanson
      • Nov. 4-7 – Boyz II Men
      • Nov. 11-12 – Kenny G
      • Nov. 13-14 – Sugar Ray
  • Character Dining Updates
    • The Crystal Palace: A Buffet with Characters featuring Winnie the Pooh and Friends returns September 20
    • ‘Ohana Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo and Stitch returns September 27
    • Cape May Café Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast returns October 4



Disneyland News & Updates

  • Park Pass Reservations are still required at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure theme parks. It is recommended that guests check the Park Pass Availability Calendar prior to purchasing tickets or booking a Resort Package. Once you have tickets, link to your “myDisneyexperience” account and make your Park Pass Reservations. Guests can adjust their schedule at any time, as long as there is availability.
  • Discounts, Promotions, and Benefits
    • Save up to 25% off of rooms at Disneyland Resort. Book now through September 22 for stays from August 7-September 29, 2022.

Exclusive discounts and benefits for guests of Disneyland Resort Hotel guests!

  • Onsite Resort Benefits
    • Early Theme Park Entry-beginning August 8 guests of Disneyland Resort HOtels will be able to enter both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure 30 minutes early.
    • Summer Pool Parties will be offered at the 3 official Disneyland Resort Hotel pools fromm July 1-August 31, 2022.
    • Dining Delivery-order direct from your room and receive Disney Springs food delivery!  Scan the QR code from your room TV to see the list of participating Disney Springs Restaurants, menu, and to place your order.
    • Package Delivery resumes on August 8!
    • In Room Celebrations available nowffor guests of Disneyland Resort Hotels! Three themed gift baskets/bags are available for purchase and delivery via Disney’s Floral and Gifts department-Mickey’s Magical Birthday Celebration, Minnie’s Magical Birthday Celebration, and A Pluto Welcome Amenity.
    • NEW Preferred Dining Access-guests of Disneyland Resort Hotels will soon have priority dining access!
  • Reopenings
    • The Lagoon of Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage reopened on July 25.
    • The Red Car Trolley returned to Disney California Adventure park on July 17.
  • Refurbishments and Closings
    • “Main Street Electrical Parade” will end on September 1, 2022
    • “Disneyland Forever” is also ending on September 1, 2022


Disney Cruise Line

Disney News Updates

  • Covid-19 Updates-guest should visit the Disney Cruise “Know Before You Sail” site for the most up to date Covid protocols
    • At this time, all guests over age 4 must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, register for a Safe Passage account beginning 15 days prior to sailing, and upload Proof of Vaccine
    • For US Sailings, all guests must take a Covid test, at their own expense, prior to sailing. Guests may take test at their convenience within two days of sailing or take a test at the port.
  • Itinerary Updates
    • Disney Wonder is offering a one time 8-night Alaskan sailing departing, on September 11, 2023.
    • Disney Dream is making it’s first ever sailings from New York to Bermuda in the Fall of 2023.Sailings are available for 4, 5, and 6 nights with a special 4-night sailing to St. John (Canada).  Disney Dream will then set her sights for her new port, Ft. Lauderdale FL!
    • Disney Magic will set sail out of San Diego in mid-October 2023, heading to Mexico
    • Halloween on the High Seas sailings are available for Fall 2023; Very Merrytime Cruises are available from early November to December 2023. Bookings opened on July 28…
      • Platinum Castaway Club Members, Golden Oak and Club 33 Members: Monday, July 25, 2022
      • Gold Castaway Club Members: Tuesday, July 26, 2022
      • Silver Castaway Club Members, Disney Vacation Club and Adventure Insiders: Wednesday, July 27, 2022
      • Bookings open to all Guests: Thursday, July 28, 2022
  • Gratuity Updates-Disney Cruise Line is increasing their recommened gratuities for select positions.The total recommended gratuity for guests is $14.50/guest/day; recommended gratuity for concierge guests is $15.50/guest/day
    • Assistant Dining Room Server-increase $0.25/guest/day
    • Dining Room Server-increase $0.25/guest/day
    • Dining Room Head Server-increase $0.25/guest/day
    • Stateroom Host/Hostess-increase $0.25/guest/day
    • Concierge Assistant Stateroom Host/Hostess-increase $0.25/guest/day


Adventures by Disney

Disney News & Updates

Disney themed and specialty River Cruises offered by Adventures by Disney

  • Adjustments to Minimum Age
    • Beginning June 30, 2022 all Adventures by Disney Experiences previously requiring minimum age of 4 now require a minumum age of 5 years old (Land Adventures, Escape Adventures, River Voyages. Private Excursions Excluded from requirement)
    • Guests booked prior to June 30 will still be able to participate