The 10 BIG Updates From Walt Disney World (and Beyond) This Week (January 2-8)By Amanda Kondolojy, Saturday, January 7, 2017 20:35
5. New and improved Florida Resident Discover Disney ticket returns for 2017 with a lower price
Though it isn't offered every year, periodically Disney will allow Florida residents to purchase special "Discover Disney" tickets that offer deep discounts on regular theme park admission during a specific period. And though we assumed this deal would come back in 2017, it has now been confirmed that Florida residents with valid state identification (such as a driver's license) can purchase the following multi-day tickets at some very lucrative prices:
- 3-day ticket: $139.00 ($166.50 with the Park Hopper add-on) for all guests 3 and older
- 4-day ticket: $159.00 ($193.50 with the Park Hopper add-on) for all guests 3 and older
Not only is does this new ticket deal offer a huge savings over the traditional Magic Your Way tickets (which normally cost $345.00 for three days with park hopper for regular guests and $394.00 for four days with park hopper) but it is also a substantial markdown from last year's Discover Disney tickets, which did not offer the park hopper option, and costed $201.00 for a 3-day ticket and $220.00 for a 4-day ticket.
6. Pandora - The World of Avatar rumored to be opening around Memorial Day weekend
Interestingly, eagle-eyed guests have noticed that the Discover Disney ticket mentioned above is able to be used at any Walt Disney World park through the first half of the year, on any day with one notable exception. Disney's Animal Kingdom is blocked out beginning at the end of may May through the first weeks of June. And while we don't know for sure, these dates line up with the vague "Summer 2016" opening for Pandora- The World of Avatar. While dates are always subject to change, these blackout dates seem to hint strongly that we'll be seeing an opening for this new land sometime around the Memorial Day weekend this spring. Then again, as we've seen with Rivers of Light, plans can change, so don't take this blackout window as gospel quite yet.
7. New annual passholder discount now available for Joffrey's coffee kiosks
Joffrey’s coffee kiosks are now offering Annual Passholders a pretty sweet 20% discount on both food and beverages (excluding alcohol), effective immediately. It is unknown how long this discount will last, but this most recent announcement coincides with the in-park locations introducing a number of new and returning menu items for Valentine's Day, which you can learn more about here.
8. Choza Tequila watering hole officially announced for the Mexico Pavilion
Earlier this week Disney confirmed that a new dining establishment was coming to the Mexico pavilion: Choza Tequilla. This new grab and go spot is being billed as “an authentic outdoor tequileria” which will serve refreshing hand-crafted margaritas as well as classic Mexican cuisine like tacos, empanadas, chips and fresh guacamole.
No official opening date for Choza Tequila has been confirmed yet, but Disney has said that they are targeting an “early 2017” launch, which likely means we will be seeing this new location welcome its first guests in just a few weeks.