Register for WDWNT March Madness 2019 Tournament, Play Along for Prizes!

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This year we picked 64 Walt Disney World counter-service restaurants to battle it out for the honor of being named the best counter-service at the Vacation Kingdom of the World! The full brackets will be revealed on WDW News Tonight on March 7th.

Join us for some heated debates, as you root for your picks (or favorite restaurant) to make it all the way and collect some great prizes from WDWNT in the process. And of course, YOU can affect the results with your vote! Here’s how it all works:

Pre-tournament registration for the 2019 March Madness Tournament starts NOW. The form is below. The form must be submitted before 11:00 PM EST on Wednesday, March 6th.

We will in return send you an email with 4 randomly assigned Walt Disney World restaurants that will be yours in the tournament. You will be assigned one restaurant that is a 1-4 seed, one that is a 5-8 seed, one that is a 9-12 seed, and one that is a 13-16 seed.

We then encourage you to watch WDW News Tonight and ParksCenter over the next two weeks, where we will debate the winners of each match-up. All shows will be broadcast live on

Bracketology Special: ParksCenter, Wednesday March 6th, 9 PM EST
Round 1: WDW News Tonight, Thursday March 7th, 9 PM EST
Recap of Round 1 and Preview of Finals: ParksCenter, Wednesday, March 13th, 9 PM EST
Final Rounds: WDW News Tonight, Thursday March 14th, 9PM EST

The four attractions you will be assigned will accumulate points for each victory they gain in the tournament. The point distribution is as follows:

1st Round Win – 1 Point
2nd Round Win – 1 Points
“Swell Sixteen” Round Win – 2 Points
“E-Ticket Eight” Round Win – 2 Points
“Fantasmic Four” Round Win – 3 Points
Championship Round Win – 3 Points

The winner of each match is decided by the illustrious panel constructed from the finest members of the WDWNT staff (or whoever can show up that night). Each panelist counts for three votes. The Walt Disney World attraction that receives the majority of the votes will win that round and advance to the next round.


REGISTERED PLAYERS who have filled out the registration form can call in to change the matchup scores once in the tournament. This “call-in” counts for two points added to the panelist point totals. A panelist’s vote is worth 3 total points for an attraction. The attraction with the most points in the matchup wins and moves on in the tournament. The call in number is 832-7-WDWNT-7. Your call MUST come in within 5 minutes of the conclusion of the round or it will not be counted.

IF YOU ARE NOT A REGISTERED PLAYER you can still try to sway the vote. During the live broadcasts, use the live chat at to try and sway our panelists while they are discussing the matchup.

At the end of the tournament, the top 16 players in terms of points amassed throughout the tournament will receive a prize pack from WDWNT. The top player will receive a grand prize package and be declared the WDWNT March Madness 2019 champion.

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Jason Diffendal

Jason has been a lifelong fan of the Disney parks since his first visit at age 2. His biennial pilgrimages during his childhood accelerated into semi-annual visits by the year 2000, when he also Joined the Disney Vacation Club. Luckily, Jason’s bride-to-be was also a Disney fan, which allowed his infatuation with the Disney parks to continue, and ultimately culminated in their wedding at Disney's Wedding Pavilion in September 2003. Early in 2007, Jason began his involvement with the planning for what became Celebration 25, the unofficial fan gathering to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Epcot®. Soon thereafter, Jason met Tom Corless at a pin trading meet in New Jersey, and became part of the WDW News Today podcast starting with Episode 17. Jason has been involved with the WDWNT Network ever since, and can't seem to escape no matter how hard he tries.
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