10 Reasons to visit Walt Disney World Resort on your 2017 Holiday
Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando remains one of the world’s premier destinations for a magical family holiday; offering experiences and fun times that will live long in the memory. And from new attractions, old favourites, amazing hotels and places to eat and drink, plus some fantastic holiday offers available for the new year, here are 10 reasons why you should be considering Walt Disney World for your 2017 holiday.
New to Disney’s Animal Kingdom is Pandora – The World of Avatar
Announced back in 2011, this year sees to the grand opening of the latest themed zone at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Based on the ground-breaking James Cameron blockbuster Avatar, this promises to be a new immersive world into wich guests can explore the bioluminescent world of the Na’Vi. With the Flight of Passage ride offering a chance to fly through the strange planet in a Soarin’ style projection ride. Pandora is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2017.
Speaking of Soarin’…
The Soarin’ ride has been one of the centrepiece attractions at Epcot for years, and one of the most popular rides across the whole of Walt Disney World. And if you’ve ever experienced the ride, you’ll know why. A spectacular projection ride – suitable for the whole family – taking you on an exhilherating journey across the USA. Well, now the iconic ride has gone global. 2016 saw the ride get a major overhaul, with the new and improved ride taking in some of the great landmarks of the world on a stunning immersive journey that will no doubt be a major attraction for visitors in 2017.
Annual Events throughout the year
As well as the year round attractions and rides on offer across the 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, golf, hotels, shopping and dining areas, Walt Disney World Resort is also host to some amazing annual events throughout the calendar. These include: a range of Disney after-hours events, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party, Christmas attractions, Star Wars half-marathon, summer concerts, and other surprises across the year. And in the early part of 2017, there’s a brand new Epcot event in the International Festival of the Arts.
New Dining & Entertainment at Disney Springs
Disney Springs – born out of the old Disney Marketplace area – was fully launched in 2016 and quickly established itself as a prime spot for eating, drinking, shopping and being generally merry. A great place to dine and have some fun after the parks have closed with a huge range of shops, restaurants and cafes. And the expansion continues into 2017 with more restaurants set to open. Highlights include: The Polite Pig, Wine Bar George (both scheduled for early 2017), alongside popular existing favourites such as Bongo’s Cuban Cafe, the Boathouse and House of Blues Restaurant & Bar. Add in cinemas, music venues, family entertainment and a wide range of shops and Disney Springs will be a fully-fledged addition to the Disney holiday experience in the coming years. Also coming to Disney Springs in 2017 will be the re-vamped Planet Hollywood Observatory. Replacing the old restaurant with a new, ultra-modern dining experience packed with attractions and memorabilia from the movies plus a state of the art observatory to enjoy stars of a more celestial variety.
The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History
The Muppets continued popularity will be brought to the fore at Magic Kingdom in 2017, which is great for fans of Jim Henson’s furry creations (and who isn’t?) as the’ve always been underserved slightly at Disney in the past. Their take on great American moments is going to be new for 2017 with multiple performances held throughout the day at the Liberty Square are of Magic Kingdom (which, in our humble opinion, also happens to be a charming part of the park for a chill out and some food).
20 Hotel Resorts to meet all tastes and budgets
Walt Disney World has 20 different hotels and other forms of accommodation (from camping to luxury villa) to make for a dream holiday exactly as you would want it. Resorts are banded into 3 categories: Value, Moderate and Deluxe (along the lines of 3, 4 and 5 star), and come in a range of different styles and themes. From family favourites that are chock full of classic Disney characters, to the replendent Animal Kingdom Lodge or the elegant charm of Old Key West, the resorts have something to match whatever your personal tastes, desires and budget. And, as guests staying at each resort you are privy to some exceptional added bonuses, such as: free transfers to and from the airport, free parking across the parks, extra hours in the parks
New Rides at Typhoon Lagoon
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park opens up a new raft ride for all the family – the longest of its kind at the Disney water parks – to add to to the rapids, flumes, speed slides and giant wave pool that already makes the park such a popular spot for a day of water based fun.
Fastpass+ remains one of the great tools to make your park visits mroe pleasurable. And, by staying on site at a Disney Resort Hotel or Villa, you can book times on your favourite rides up to 90 days before you arrive, ensuring that you can enjoy all the attractions you want without over-long times in the queues. NOTE: There is a knack to getting the best out of Fastpass+ – we’re always happy to share when you book through us.
Free Days & Nights Offer
For UK holiday-makers there’s an incentive to book now for their Disney stay in 2017. Booking on selected dates in the year offers the opportunity to enjoy up to 4 Free Nights on a 2 week holiday. There’s a chance to save on your holiday with between 1 & 3 Free nights at value and moderate hotels at Walt Disney World Resort, while you can enjoy between 2 & 6 nights Free (dependent on length of stay) when booking a Deluxe hotel or villa. You can find out more details and enquire here.
PLUS up to 25% on Park Tickets
Early booking (between now and March 2017) of Walt Disney World Resort park tickets can also help with the budgeting, allowing savings of up to 25% on Disney’s Ultimate Tickets (as well as the chance to buy a 14 Day Ultimate Ticket for the Price fof 7 Days).
Interested in a Disney Holiday in 2017?
Why not get in touch and let us see if we can help make your 2017 Disney dream a reality.