For the first time since reopening, Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld theme parks all hit their maximum capacity for both days of the weekend.
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The theme parks are all currently running at a reduced maximum capacity of 30% from that of pre-covid maximum capacity. Since reopening they have seen relatively low guest numbers and have not reached the 30% level until this weekend. Continue reading
Following the earlier announcement that Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort will not reopen until Summer 2021, it has been reported that Disney will be enhancing Guest Rooms and the Great Ceremonial House.
Currently the guest rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort have a green and brown colour scheme and this will be changed to a more Pacific Ocean inspired colour palette with patterns and textures inspired from Disney’s animated film ‘Moana’ which is set on the fictional Polynesian island of Motunui. Continue reading
Anyone that has been following the reopening changes that have been implemented at Walt Disney World will know that one of the changes Disney made was to introduce a new theme park reservation system.
©Disney Mickey and Friends Cavalcade (Kent Phillips, photographer)
Disney’s park reservation system requires guests to prebook the park they wish to visit on any given day. Annual Passholders are able to book 3 park days at a time and Disney hotel guests are guaranteed entry into one park per day of their stay. Continue reading
It seems that Visitors are returning to Universal Orlando faster than they are returning to Walt Disney World.
According to reports, Universal Orlando, which reopened their theme parks on 5th June are seeing an upturn in attendance, although attendance is still down 64% from 2019. In comparison Walt Disney World, which reopened their theme parks in mid July seems to have attendance levels down by 80% from 2019.
Disney CEO, Bob Chapek acknowledged that Disney World had a higher than expected number of reservation cancellations when he spoke during a quarterly earnings call.
One simple theory is that Universal Orlando is attracting an older audience that feel more confident to enjoy the parks. Families with younger children that would normally visit Walt Disney World for the character experiences, etc, are probably less confident to visit at this time.
The general feeling though is that confidence is growing and as the COVID-19 cases decrease Walt Disney World will see ongoing improvements in attendance.
Disney has not only been welcoming guests back to their theme parks, they have also been welcoming a new colourful addition to the animal family at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Baby Mandrill at Disney’s Animal Kingdom ©Disney
Disney’s animal care team shared the news that on Saturday 25 July, a Mandrill baby was born to mother Scarlett and father Linus. Continue reading