Disney Week In Review-Sunday, January 24th

by Ed Pizza
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Welcome to our first weekly review of the theme park world, focused heavily on Disney.  There have been some interesting changes recently, both good and bad.  If you want to hear the week in review, check out our Clubhouse chat on Monday, January 25th at 4pm.  P.S. we have a few Clubhouse invites if you need one. OK, let’s get started on the review:

The big news of the week was really just at the end of last week. But, since it’s our first weekly update and it’s big news, we’re leading with Disneyland canceling their annual pass program.  It’s not gone forever, and Disney World hasn’t ended their annual pass program.  But, big changes are probably coming, especially when you look at the surveys Disneyland is sending out.

While Disneyland annual passes are out, one of our favorite live shows is back in!  Festival of the Lion King will be making a return to Animal Kingdom and not a moment too soon!

As the holiday season comes to a close, it’s clear things are much slower in the parks.  Wait times are way down (the folks at Touring Plans have great visibility on this).  Heck, even the most popular ride, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is seeing boarding groups hang around for hours.  That’s never happened before.  Note: Park Hoppers still can’t grab an afternoon Rise boarding group.

It’s why we’re not surprised to see some really good room discounts at Disney World right now.  These discounts run through July and even cover the (normally) busy spring break period.  Not to be left out, Universal Orlando has started dipping their toe in the room discount pool.  They’ve already offered discounted ticket packages.

What’s New?

After the abrupt unannounced closure of Hall of Presidents, Disney World has confirmed the attraction will reopen and will feature an animatronic of the new president, Joe Biden.  And, for fans of a spin on the traditional Dole Whip, the Kakamora Float is back!  Lastly, there are actual pics of the interior of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Hotel.  You better be saving up your pennies if this one is in your future.

Did COVID-19 Ruin The Theme Park Experience?

Diehard Disney fans are disappointed to see some parts of the traditional Disney experience disappear.  Theme Park Insider does a great job laying out why these changes were probably inevitable.  It’s worth a read, trust me.

That’s a full wrap on our Disney week in review.  Stay tuned for more updates on the parks.  We have so much to cover!

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