Special rates are being extended to U.S. Police Officers, Firefighters, EMTs, Doctor and Nurses providing a great way to experience the Sounds Like Summer Concerts at Epcot® during the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival, and the many exciting new additions and enhancements in the Downtown Disney® area as it transforms into Disney Springs.
If you are a U.S. police officer, firefighter, emergency medical technician (EMT), paramedic, 911 dispatcher, doctor, or nurse, you should consider taking advantage of the “First Responders Rates” that are being offered by the seven Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels in the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida. These seven Official Walt Disney World® Hotels are ideally located within an easy walk to more than 75 themed and immersive shopping, dining and entertainment venues at the Downtown Disney® area. Available for stays June 15-November 30, 2015, the special rates provide the opportunity to take in such special events as the Sounds Like Summer concerts at Epcot®, Frozen Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, and the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival. It also provides a great way to experience the many new offerings in the Walt Disney World® Resort including the many exciting additions and enhancements to the Downtown Disney® area as it evolves this Fall into Disney Springs.
In addition to the hotels having an ideal location, the seven hotels also provide complimentary shuttle transportation every 30 minutes to all four Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, two water parks, and to the Downtown Disney® area. As a bonus, guests at these hotels also receive the “Downtown Disney Deals” booklet that features exclusive discounts and special offers from over 30 merchants in the Downtown Disney® area for dining, entertainment and shopping.
Among the many coupons featured in the “Downtown Disney Deals” booklet are discounts at Rainforest Café®, T-Rex CaféTM, Wolfgang Puck® Express, Steve Baker Caricatures, The LEGO® Store, Planet Hollywood®, House of Blues®Restaurant, Splitsville Luxury LanesTM, Bongo’s Cuban CaféTM, and Ghirardelli® Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop.
The Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels’ “First Responders Rates” are:
- B Resort & Spa – rates from $89 per room, per night
- Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel – rates from $79 per room, per night
- Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa – rates from $93 per room, per night
- DoubleTree Suites by Hilton – rates from $109 per suite, per night
- Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – rates from $71 per room, per night
- Holiday Inn Orlando – Lake Buena Vista – rates from $99 per room, per night
- Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort – rates from $77 per room, per night.
Taking advantage of the special rates also will enable you to enjoy such other benefits of staying at one of the seven Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels as:
- Disney tickets available to purchase at each hotel
- Advance tee times and discounts at all Walt Disney World® golf courses
- Disney Merchandise store located in each hotel
- The ability to book advance dining and dinner show reservations for all restaurants across the Walt Disney World®Resort.
For more information on the “First Responders Rates,” or to make a reservation, visit DowntownDisneyHotels.com , specifically http://www.downtowndisneyhotels.com/special-offers/limited-offer/first-responders/ (or http://bit.ly/1stRES ). The “First Responders Rates” are available June 15-November 30, 2015, based on availability. Some blackout dates may apply, and availability may be limited. The rates do not include the Resort Services Fee or daily parking fee (if applicable), taxes or gratuities. The offer is not valid with any other special offers, promotions, existing reservations, or for groups. To take advantage of the special “First Responders Rates,” you must show your appropriate supporting ID upon check-in.
Special events at the Walt Disney World® Resort include:
- Sounds Like Summer Concert Series – June 7-July 25, 2015, at Epcot®
- Frozen Summer Fun – June 17-September 7, 2015, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®
- Night of Joy – September 11-12, 2015, at Magic Kingdom® Park
- Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – select nights September 15-November 1, 2015, at Magic Kingdom® Park
- Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival — Sept. 25-November 16, 2015, at Epcot®.
What’s more, in 2015 the Downtown Disney® area will continue to evolve into Disney Springs® – adding new shopping, dining and entertainment venues for your enjoyment. This one-of-a-kind reimagined and reinvented destination will overflow with the sights, sounds and flavors that come together in a beautiful outdoor environment with a charming waterfront setting. An experience only made possible by the imagination of Disney, this vibrant destination will offer a mix of unique retail, distinct Disney shopping and incomparable dining offerings. Set amid beautiful open-air promenades and meandering springs, it will feature four distinct outdoor neighborhoods: The Landing, Town Center, Marketplace, and West Side.
Well underway in the transformation, the Downtown Disney® area already has many enticing new offerings that are already open, which includes the upscale waterfront restaurant The Boathouse (from the creator of T-Rex CaféTM and Rainforest Café®), which specializes in steaks and seafood. Featuring an array of nautical-themed rooms, The Boathouse also has three bars and Amphicars that look like vintage convertibles but also can drive into the water and around the lake.
Almost a dozen shops also have recently opened, including Erwin Pearl Jewelry, Super Hero Headquarters store, Apex by Sunglass Hut, Chapel Hats, Havaianas shoe store, Sanuk, Sound Lion, Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC (which specializes in gluten-free and vegan baked goods), and men’s grooming store The Art of Shaving.
Also recently opened is Exposition Park, the permanent home to four Disney-owned food trucks, with delicious offerings from each of the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks. Plus, there is a new five-level parking garage with 4,000 spaces, and the new Village Causeway which provides guests another path of travel through the area.
In 2015, the pan-Asian restaurant Morimoto Asia, from “Iron Chef” favorite chef Masaharu Morimoto, is slated to open, as is the chic STK modern steakhouse restaurant from New York City.
Plus, a pedestrian bridge from the Downtown Disney Resort® Area Hotels to the Downtown Disney® (Disney Springs) area will be complete this fall, which will make it even easier for guests.
“The special ‘First Responders Rates’ are simply a way of thanking our nation’s outstanding first responders, who work so hard and do such a great job,” said Doug Smith, chairperson of the Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels’ marketing committee. “With the wonderful special events at the Walt Disney World® Resort this summer and fall, and the many new offerings, it is a great time to visit.”
Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels (DowntownDisneyHotels.com) is a consortium of seven Official Walt Disney World® Hotels that includes: the stylish B Resort & Spa, opened in June 2014 with 394 newly renovated guest rooms and suites, the full-service B Indulged® AVEDA Spa, and American Q signature restaurant; the 18-story, 325-room Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel, overlooking Lake Buena Vista and the Walt Disney World® Resort, and offering two restaurants, lounge, and wireless internet; Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa, offering 1,014 guest rooms and suites, three pools, tennis, basketball and sand volleyball courts, five restaurants/lounges and a full-service spa; the luxurious and spacious 229-suite Doubletree Suites by Hilton, the only all-suite resort hotel in the Downtown Disney® Resort Area;Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, walking distance to Downtown Disney® and the only Downtown Disney® Area Resort offering Extended Theme Park Hours; the Holiday Inn Orlando – Lake Buena Vista, the only Holiday Inn located in the Walt Disney World® Resort Area and featuring elegant rooms with modern Florida décor; and Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort, featuring 626 guest rooms (which each feature a refrigerator), the Oasis Aquatic Playground with two pools and interactive water features, and six dining options.
With nearly 30 food and beverage outlets and restaurants, over 3,700 rooms and an array of amenities, the Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels offer a rate, space and menu to please every guest. Located in the heart of the Downtown Disney® area, these properties are within walking distance of exceptional shopping, dining and entertainment venues. Visit DowntownDisneyHotels.com.