Should you believe the rumor that Walt Disney World is a ghost town this summer? Guests have been reporting that the park feels empty and posting pictures on social media showing what looks like a ghost town during what should be the busiest season of the year. It turns out that Disney's plan to make extra space in the park in anticipation of long lines and crowds may have worked a little too well.

Disney actually widened walking spaces and got rid of blockage-causing items like benches and flower pots throughout the park in order to make room for the influx of guests heading to the park for the opening of its new Star Wars attraction beginning August 29, 2019.

It's okay if you aren't able to make it to the new Star Wars attraction in Orlando for its debut at the end of August. Disney is actually already offering some pretty incredible deals for the fall and winter. In addition, some very fun things will be happening in the park once the peak summer travel season is over. That includes the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at the end of August and the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays that will run from Nov. 29 through Dec. 30 this year.

Guests who snag five-night packages at select Disney hotels will be receiving free dining plans when they book non-discounted reservations before Sept. 29. Date blocks are available for September, November and December when you take advantage of this offer. Here are the arrival dates for the offer:

  • Sept. 1 through Sept. 18
  • Nov. 17 through Nov. 27
  • Dec. 8 through Dec. 23

In addition, guests can save up to 20 percent when they book select rooms at Disney hotels now through almost the end of the year. Offerings ranging from villas to value stays are on the table. That includes favorites like Copper Creek Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge, Disney's BoardWalk Villas, Disney's Beach Club Villas, Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney's All-Star Movies Resort and Disney's Art of Animation Resort.

Scott Dylan is a contributing writer at and has been to (almost) every country in North, Central and South America with nothing more than a backpack, a laptop and the desire to explore. He speaks Spanish fluently and has logged enough time in planes, trains, rideshares, buses, taxis and rickshaws to know how to rack up rewards and points to get anywhere his heart desires for pennies on the dollar. Email: