Has the Global Supply Chain Crisis Impacted Disney World? Here’s What We’re Seeing

You’ve likely noticed the shelves at your local stores looking emptier than usual over the past several months. The global supply chain crisis has resulted in dwindling stock across a wide variety of industries, resulting in your favorite items potentially being low in supply.

World of Disney

While this may be resulting in low inventory in your hometown, has the global supply chain crisis impacted Disney World at all?

While Disney itself has not come out with any sort of statement regarding how the global supply chain crisis has impacted its operations, there are a couple of observations we have made over the past few moths that indicate the parks could be impacted.

Minnie Ears

In the fall of 2021, Beverly Sunset Shop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios closed its doors, citing low inventory. At the time, we were told by Cast Members that the store would hopefully reopen in a couple of months.

Closed in Disney World

While we’ve seen Disney World merchandise appear in Disneyland and vice versa over the years, it’s usually few and far between. But we have noticed Disneyland products showing up on the east coast more and more.

Disneyland cup spotted in Animal Kingdom!

There are several other signs that the global supply chain crisis could eventually impact Disney World’s food service. We learned that chicken tenders were in jeopardy of running low in supply nationwide, though as of this writing we have not seen a direct impact on the parks’ inventory.

Chicken Tenders

In general, food operations at Disney World seem to be stable. Supply was limited initially when the parks reopened in July of 2020 due to social distancing measures and limited operations overall. But the global supply chain crisis, if it is impacting Disney, hadn’t seemed to reach the shelves of their gift shops until just recently.

World of Disney

Perhaps the most glaring example of the supply chain issue impacting Disney World has been felt at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Over the past few months, we had noticed that some of the legacy lightsabers would come in and out of stock, but nothing major.

Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities

In recent days, we noticed that Galaxy’s Edge was running low on the carrying cases that guests would receive along with their custom-built lightsaber at Savi’s Workshop. The $220 experience typically includes the case with the cost of building the lightsaber, but Disney changed the policy due to the shortage.

Lightsaber carrying case at Dok Ondar’s

Now, guests had to pay an additional $50 at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities if they wanted a carrying case for their lightsaber — otherwise, guests would be given a plastic bag for the lightsaber on the way out.


Since this first happened, Disney has offered guests impacted by the shortage a 10% discount off the experience (which is $219.99) until the carrying cases are back in stock — but the upcharge for the carrying case remains as of this writing if you still wish to purchase one.

Guests carrying new lightsabers in plastic bags.

More recently, we noticed that the cardboard box carrying cases given out at Droid Depot were also out of stock. Instead of the box, guests would receive plastic shopping bags to place their newly-built droid in at the time of purchase. Note that as of this writing, Droid Depot is not offering any discount from the lack of carrying box availability.

Plastic bags being offered at Droid Depot while the cardboard box carrying cases are out of stock.

We will of course keep a close watch on the continuing crisis into the new year, and we will let you know if we hear of any additional updates or announcements!

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One Reply to “Has the Global Supply Chain Crisis Impacted Disney World? Here’s What We’re Seeing”

  1. We saw this with the ornaments for the holidays there. I went to the Christmas store in Disney Springs and was floored when I walked in and saw pretty much no ornaments. My husband and I asked the cast member and she told us all their stock was sitting on a ship in the Pacific. She was very apologetic but it wasn’t her fault and she seemed just as sad as we were. Unfortunately that wasn’t the only time we couldn’t get what we wanted. Cast member in World of Disney told me they were having to fill shelves with out of date older stock because they weren’t getting in shipments in time. It’s everywhere right now sadly.