This week at Walt Disney World, one of the most reviled attractions in the resort's history is confirmed to be going seasonal, an out of the way Disney's Hollywood Studios dining location is closing forever, plus a new deal debuts for non-Disney hotel guests and Joffrey's offers guests a $1 cup of coffee in celebration of a special day this week!
Outside Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens Tampa kicks off its annual Howl-O-Scream event, SeaWorld looks forward to the opening of its Halloween Spoooktacular, plus Universal Orlando Resort officially opens its newest dining location!
1. Stitch’s Great Escape is confirmed to be moving to seasonal operation beginning next month
Undoubtedly, the biggest news this week was that Stitch’s Great Escape, one of the most reviled attractions in Disney history, would be discontinuing daily operation as of October 2, 2016. However, instead of simply shuttering this attraction for good this fall, it was instead confirmed that Stitch's Great Escape would be operating seasonally for the remainder of this year and the beginning of 2017. According to Walt Disney World's official calendar, after the attraction closes on October 2nd, it will only operate for just over three weeks, during the following two "peak" time periods at the Magic Kingdom:
- November 19th-26th, 2016
- December 17th, 2016 through January 2nd, 2017
You can read more about this development (and what is likely replacing it once it closes for good) here.
2. Writer's Stop to officially close this week
The Writer's Stop is a unique snack location at Disney's Hollywood Studios that was famous for its comfy chairs, coffee house vibe, and of course its iconic Carrot Cake Cookies. And while this out-of-the-way spot was originally scheduled to close as part of the massive Disney's Hollywood Studios closure earlier this year, the Writer's Stop got a bit of a reprieve, and functioned as a lounge for the nearby Sci-Fi Dine in Theater for the summer.
However, it looks like the stay of execution for the Writer's Stop has finally ended, as this location will be officially closing on September 26, 2016. And while this is certainly sad for fans of this lesser-known spot at Disney's Hollywood Studios, the good news is that the iconic carrot cake cookie will continue to be available at the Sweet Spells snack location on Sunset Boulevard.
3. Walt Disney World Good Neighbor quick service dining discount offered
Beginning this week, guests who book a Walt Disney Travel Company package at a Disney affiliated hotel with a minimum 3-day ticket, will be able to access a special new deal that allows them to purchase Quick Service dining cards at a discount rate.
For each day of theme park admission, adults in the party will receive $40, and children will receive $15 in quick-service dining gift cards, but will only have to pay $35 per adult/per day and $12.50 per child/per day. So for instance, a party of four with two adults and two children with a 3-day ticket included in their package would qualify for $330 in Disney Quick-Service Dining Gift Cards, but will only need to pay $285, using this discount.
This new deal is available for guests staying at the following hotels:
- Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
- Four Seasons Resort Orlando
- Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels
- Walt Disney World Good Neighbor Hotel
Guests can book this offer now through April 1, 2017 and is valid for travel dates between September 26, 2016 and April 4, 2017.
4. Joffrey’s Coffee kiosks offer $1 coffee deal for one day only
National Coffee Day is September 29, and to celebrate Joffrey’s kiosks throughout Walt Disney World Resort will be offering allowing guests to purchase a hot (16 oz.) or iced (24 oz.) cup of coffee for only $1 on this special day!