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
Disney is regularly updating their policies to give clear clarification on the health and safety measures for cast members and guests within the theme parks.
Disney Guests Wearing Face Coverings (Caitie McCabe, photographer)
The latest update shows that Disney has added additional clarification to their face coverings guidelines. They now specifically exclude the use of certain types of face coverings such as bandanas, neck gaiters and those with valves, holes or made of mesh material.
Mickey & Minnies Runaway Railroad is the first Walt Disney World attraction to see a 100+ minute wait time since the Walt Disney World theme parks reopened.
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railroad ©Disney
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railroad at Disney’s Hollywood Studios only opened on 4th March this year, less than two weeks before the coronavirus pandemic shut the parks. So it’s no real surprise that with today’s reopening of the theme park that this attraction is seeing long wait times. Continue reading