Why Today Is a BIG DEAL for the Disney Parks

The Disney parks are always changing, and we do our best to keep you updated with the latest news.

Magic Kingdom

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.

New Treats

For Disney World’s 50th Anniversary, Disney announced that more than 150 new snacks would be coming to the four parks.

It’s the 50th Anniversary season!

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.

Leaving

The treats that you won’t be able to find in Disney World starting January 10th include the following:

Mickey Mouse Dome Cake
Seven Dwarfs Specialty Cone

These treats are making way for even more new ones, many of which will be replacing these snacks at the same restaurants.

Coming

Starting January 10th, you can find these new 50th Anniversary treats in Disney World:

©Disney
©Disney
©Disney

We can’t wait to try these new treats, all of which can be found in Magic Kingdom.

Click Here to See 50 Things You Have to Try for Disney World’s 50th Anniversary

Attraction Refurbishments, Reopenings, and Changes

Disney World

Splash Mountain will be closing for a month-long refurbishment from January 10th through February 10th, 2022.

Splash Mountain

Disney said that this closure is for scheduled maintenance on the ride.

Splash Mountain entrance

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.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Instead of going on the My Disney Experience app to reserve your spot in the virtual queue for this ride, you’ll need to physically stand in line.

Waiting in line at Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

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.

Standby Line at Rise of the Resistance

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+).

Remy’s Ratatouille Entrance

The cost to skip the line for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is usually $15 per person, but that price can change depending on crowd levels and the time of year.

Click Here to Learn More About Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure’s Switch to Standby

Disneyland

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.

Splash Mountain

According to Disneyland’s website, Splash Mountain will be closed until Spring 2022.

Splash Mountain at Disneyland Park

Haunted Mansion is closing for a brief refurbishment from January 10th through January 21st, 2022.

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion

This closure is likely to take down the Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay, since the holiday season is over now.

Haunted Mansion Holiday

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.

Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

In happier news, the Mickey’s Mix Magic Show is returning to Disneyland for a limited time starting January 10th.

Mickey’s Mix Magic Show

The show was put on hold while holiday fireworks took over the park.

Click Here to Learn About Four BIG Disney World Ride Transformations that are Coming Soon

Transportation Changes

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’s Magical Express

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).

Mears Connect bus

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.

Mears Connect

Or you can check out the new Sunshine Flyer, which uses buses that are painted to look like 1920’s trains.

©The Sunshine Flyer

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.

Guests boarding the bus

You can also use a ride-share service, such as Uber or Lyft to get where you need to go from the airport.

Click Here to See What You NEED to Know About the Magical Express Replacement Services

Price Increases

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.

Aloha Isle at Magic Kingdom

Mickey Premium Bars increased in price from $5.69 to $5.99, and Mickey Pretzels with cheese sauce from Anaheim Produce in Disney’s Hollywood Studios jumped from $6.79 to $7.19.

Anaheim Produce

Those are a few examples of the price increases, and we’ll be bringing you a FULL list of the changes later today.

Click Here to See 8 Price Increases to Plan For in Disney World in 2022

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Click Here to Learn About the Most Controversial Changes in Disney World History

Which of the January 10th changes are you most surprised by? Let us know in the comments.

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2 Replies to “Why Today Is a BIG DEAL for the Disney Parks”

  1. Hold on, Splash Mountain is still open on both coasts? Hadn’t Disney announced they are gonna be replacing it with a Princess and the frog ride?

  2. The new treats disappointed some foodies. Cheshire Cat wasn’t open so that treat is unavailable. The Donald Duck dome cake disappointed people with the taste and it being over $8. Additionally, many of the food items are not as pictured, example the ham flatbread at Pinocchios. Disney Food Blog did not notice that the item wasn’t as pictured (they used a cheaper diced ham) and liked it anyway. Many of the treats didn’t have all the necessary items to make it look like the picture, example haunted mansion treat, Jose’s dole whip. Disney doesn’t seem to be interested in quality or customer satisfaction.