Welcome the new Donald's Dino-Bash to Chester & Hester's Dinorama at Disney's Animal Kingdom! Beginning Memorial Day weekend, this large character meet-and-greet area features Donald, Daisy, Scrooge McDuck, Chip, Dale, Goofy, and Pluto! In the evenings, you can enjoy dance parties with DJs and characters! This is a permanent overlay to the DinoLand, U.S.A. section of Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
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Disney's Animal Kingdom marked its 20th anniversary on April 22, 2018 (Earth Day) and is celebrating with a two-week-long Party for the Planet. This park event offers entertainment, limited-time food and merchandise, and special hard-ticketed dining events, such as the "Tiffins Talks" which feature conservation activists who are working to reverse the decline of at-risk animals around the planet.
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The free Disney Dining Plan offer is back for select Disney resort hotels when you purchase a Magic Your Way package including a Park Hopper pass. The offer is valid for select dates between August 20 and September 29, November 24 through November 27, and December 7 through December 23. You must book by July 7, 2018. Very limited availability. Contact your favorite travel planner -- we recommend MouseFanTravel!
Disney's Pixar Fest debuted last week at the Disneyland Resort in California, kicking off a resort-wide celebration that lasts the whole summer. The Pixar Play Parade and the Paint the Night Parade are both back, along with the brand-new "Together Forever - A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular" show.
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"UP! A Great Bird Adventure" officially opens on April 22, but the new show is currently in soft opening at Disney's Animal Kingdom. The UP-themed show features Russell and Dug from the Disney-Pixar film, a new host, and lots of awesome birds!
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Guests staying at Disney resorted hotels can now make FastPass+ reservations for Toy Story Land, which opens on June 30. Guests who are up to 60 days from their Walt Disney World Resort hotel check-in can choose one FastPass+ reservation for one of the Toy Story Land attractions, plus two other attractions in the park such as Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and more, depending on availability.
According to the Disney Parks Blog, a new mobile ordering service will soon be available at the Disneyland Resort. Mobile ordering allows guests to place orders at select fast casual and quick-service restaurants using the Disneyland App from anywhere across the resort. You'll be able to select an arrival time window for pickup, choose items from the menu and place your order, all from the app. Also, Annual Passholders will be able to apply their discount to meal purchases using the app. Guests will notify the restaurant of their arrival on the app and an app notification will indicate the meal is ready to pick up at a designated window. No exact release date was announced.
Something new is coming to Pandora at Disney's Animal Kingdom! The Pandora Conservation Initiative (PCI) has engineered a 10-foot-tall Exo-Carrier, a "Pandora Utility Suit," used to study the wildlife, collect plant samples, and survive Pandora's terrain. The design of the exo-carrier suit is inspired by the Amplified Mobility Platform (AMP) suits of power armor from the "AVATAR" movie. You will be able to interact with its pilot, who is strapped into the cockpit of the exo-carrier and controls its powerful movements. Check the Times Guide or the My Disney Experience App the day of your visit for the latest information.