The Disney parks are always changing, and we do our best to keep you updated with the latest news.
Usually those changes are pretty spread out, with various ride refurbishments, new projects, and ever-shifting menus. But somehow a LOT of Disney park changes landed on one day — today! Here are all of the things happening today (January 10th) in the Disney parks.
We’ll start on a delicious note with a bunch of 50th Anniversary snacks that are changing in Disney World.
For Disney World’s 50th Anniversary, Disney announced that more than 150 new snacks would be coming to the four parks.
We’ve already tried a lot of these eats and treats, but now several of the current snacks are leaving to make room for a new round of treats.
The treats that you won’t be able to find in Disney World starting January 10th include the following:
- Pecos Bill Widow Maker Sandwich from Golden Oak Outpost
- Seven Dwarfs Specialty Cone from Storybook Treats
These treats are making way for even more new ones, many of which will be replacing these snacks at the same restaurants.
Starting January 10th, you can find these new 50th Anniversary treats in Disney World:
- 50th Anniversary Cinnamon Roll at Main Street Bakery
- Slue Foot Sue Fish Sandwich at Golden Oak Outpost
- Always Tea Time Slush at Cheshire Cafe
- Donald Duck Dome Cake at Gaston’s Tavern
- Croque Monsieur Flatbread at Pinocchio Village Haus
- Crooning Flowers Float at Aloha Isle
- Cranberry and Orange Tart at Pinocchio Village Haus
- Cheers to 50 Years Sundae at Plaza Restaurant — This sundae isn’t new, but Disney revealed that the massive snack will be getting an update with a new look and new flavors, including cookies.
- Chilling Chamber Push Pop at Sleepy Hollow Refreshments
We can’t wait to try these new treats, all of which can be found in Magic Kingdom.
Attraction Refurbishments, Reopenings, and Changes
Splash Mountain will be closing for a month-long refurbishment from January 10th through February 10th, 2022.
Disney said that this closure is for scheduled maintenance on the ride.
Another popular attraction is changing how it operates. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is switching from a virtual queue to a standby line starting January 10th.
The Rise of the Resistance ride in Disney’s Hollywood Studios made this change last year and continues to be a standby line now. It seems like Disney will continue to use the virtual queue for new attractions and then switch back to standby later on.
We’re expecting a pretty long wait for the standby line for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, but remember that you can still pay to skip the line using the ride’s Lightning Lane. This attraction is one of the Fancy Rides, which means that you will need to pay a separate fee if you want to skip the line (it is not included with Genie+).
Splash Mountain is also closing on the West Coast, but the closure in Disneyland Park will last a little longer than the one in Disney World.
According to Disneyland’s website, Splash Mountain will be closed until Spring 2022.
Haunted Mansion is closing for a brief refurbishment from January 10th through January 21st, 2022.
This closure is likely to take down the Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay, since the holiday season is over now.
Disney California Adventure Park will see the closure of The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. But this closure won’t last long! The Little Mermaid ride shows opening times on January 14th — just a few days after its closure on January 10th.
In happier news, the Mickey’s Mix Magic Show is returning to Disneyland for a limited time starting January 10th.
The show was put on hold while holiday fireworks took over the park.
A big change is happening for Disney World transportation starting January 10th. This is the last day that guests can take Magical Express from their Disney World hotel to the Orlando International Airport.
Disney discontinued the free Magical Express service last year, and the changes officially took effect on January 1st, 2022. After January 10th, no Magical Express buses will be running (although one of the replacement services uses buses that look very familiar).
There are a couple of different options if you need transportation between the Orlando Airport and your Disney World hotel. The Mears Connect service is run by the same people who operated Magical Express.
Or you can check out the new Sunshine Flyer, which uses buses that are painted to look like 1920’s trains.
Mears Connect is operating now, and Sunshine Flyer will begin service on February 1st, 2022. Both of these services are paid, meaning that there is now no free option for transportation between the Disney World hotels and Orlando International Airport.
You can also use a ride-share service, such as Uber or Lyft to get where you need to go from the airport.
Disney World announced a LOT of price increases at the parks, hotels, and Disney Springs, starting January 10th. DOLE Whips from Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom went from $4.99 to $5.99, and a DOLE Whip float went from $5.99 to $6.99.
Those are a few examples of the price increases, and we’ll be bringing you a FULL list of the changes later today.
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Which of the January 10th changes are you most surprised by? Let us know in the comments.