We’ve shared some big news over the past few weeks (always an incredibly fun thing to do), and just in case you didn’t hear, let me fill you in. First of all, if you have a little free time this fall, scribble September 30th and October 1st on your calendar. We’re having a couple of things.
DIS Con, the new iteration of last year’s DIS Family Reunion, will take place September 30 – October 1st, and will be held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. In addition to DIS Con, we’ll be having an After Hours Party in EPCOT on October 1st, which just happens to be the park’s 40th anniversary! The After Hours Party will be a separately-ticketed event, and $80 of the purchase price is a tax-deductible direct donation to Give Kids the World.
At DIS Con, we’ll have tons of panels, talented vendors, and exclusive moments that you won’t want to miss. But unlike other conventions you may have attended in the past, the proceeds from DIS Con will help impact the lives of critically ill children and their families. All proceeds will benefit Give Kids the World Village, the largest wish granting organization in Central Florida. It’s a dream-filled week for children who need it most, and we’re excited to be a part of a two-day event that will help shine a light on this amazing organization.
Coronado Springs has a TON of convention space (hello, NBA bubble), food options, and resort rooms to choose from. We’ll have a Vendors Hall that’ll be twice the size of last year’s with the most creative souvenirs and memorabilia being offered for Disney fans by Disney fans. Last year’s Vendors Hall (and the vendors themselves!) was amazing; I’m gonna have to start saving up my pennies now.
There will be something for every Disney fan at DIS Con; from conversations with Disney Legends like Tony Baxter, who will lead an EPCOT-centric panel to celebrate the park’s 40th, to iconic performances by Disney favorites and reunions galore. You’ll also have the chance to attend the Aladdin 30th Anniversary Reunion, the Phineas & Ferb Reunion, Bear in the Big Blue House 25th Anniversary Reunion. Pat Sajak, Stacey J. Aswad (Must Do Disney, anyone?!), Disney artist Shag, Disney Legend Tom Nabbe, and Imagineer Brian Collins are just some of the personalities that’ll make appearances during DIS Con. And more will be added by Steven Amos and his amazing team at Give Kids the World in the days ahead!
The DIS Con auction will offer the unique opportunity to bid on hundreds of Disney collectibles and memorabilia – including one-of-a-kind vintage items.
Tickets for DIS Con are priced as follows:
Day 1 Convention Pass: Friday, September 30th $49.99
Day 2 Convention Pass: Saturday, October 1st $59.99
2-Day Convention Pass: Friday and Saturday $99.99
VIP Pass | $749.99 Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1: Exclusive VIP access to all DIS Con events, including reserved seating near the front of the main stage and vendor hall stage, breakfast buffet with select talent at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort on Saturday, October 1st, access to the VIP Lounge (includes complementary snacks and drinks, front of the line access during autograph and photo sessions, admission to the After Hours Event at EPCOT on October 1st, and a limited edition VIP credential and exclusive VIP gift bag. Each VIP Pass ticket includes a $159 tax deductible donation to Give Kids The World. Click here to purchase tickets.
The EPCOT After Hours Party will take place on October 1st from 10:30pm-12:30am. We’ll have the France, Morocco, and U.K. pavilions all to ourselves on EPCOT’s 40th anniversary! Enjoy admission to Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, exclusive entertainment, character meet and greets, special dessert offerings and more. You do not need to purchase tickets to DIS Con in order to purchase a ticket to the EPCOT After Hours party. The After Hours ticket price is $199 per person, and as I mentioned earlier, $80 of the ticket price is a direct donation to the Village.
In the meantime, if you’re wanting to secure a resort room for DIS Con, the agents at Dreams Unlimited Travel are ready to help you. We don’t have a block of rooms reserved for the weekend, so you have your pick of where to stay. With Coronado’s large offering of rooms and the All-Star Resorts just down the street (not to mention the EPCOT area resorts down the street in the opposite direction), you have some great options available.
Deni loves all things Disney, and, in 2013, moved to the Magic from Maryland. Walt Disney World is her happy place, and she loves getting to share it with others. Deni and her husband of almost 26 years have 2 grown children. Her favorite WDW snack? A Mickey Bar, of course. Is there any other?!