July will be over before we know it, but it feels like it’s been a long month because SO much has happened.
We’ve had some big news this week, too, including details about an exclusive dining deal in Disney World, an update on the Toy Story Land gift shop, and comments made by Bob Iger on choosing Bob Chapek as his successor as Disney’s CEO. If you missed some of Disney’s biggest news stories this week, never fear! We’ve got a list of the major updates so that you can get caught up.
MagicBand+ Release Date
Although we got our hands on a MagicBand+ early in Disney World when a few were released accidentally, the new MagicBand+ hasn’t officially been released yet. BUT we now know when it WILL be released. Guests will be able to use MagicBand+ in Disney World beginning on July 27th. The new bands come with a lot of cool interactive features, including special effects and lighting during nighttime shows at Disney World PLUS special games that can be tracked on the Play Disney Parks app.
So what will it cost? The price will start at $34.99, depending on the style of band you choose. If you need to know more, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide on how to set up your MagicBand+ when you get it!
Car Locator Service Is Live
Here’s how it works: when you park in a parking lot, you’ll see the option come up in the app with a “Save Vehicle Location” button. Click on that, and the app will use your phone’s BlueTooth and location services to remember where you’re parked and help you get back to that exact location at the end of the day. You can also manually enter your parking location.
The service will also be eventually rolled out to Disneyland, although Disney has not said when.
New Restaurant Opening at Disney’s BoardWalk Soon
Disney previously announced that BoardWalk Bakery at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn would soon be closed down to become a new sandwich shop. Now we have an opening timeline for the new restaurant, called the BoardWalk Deli: late summer 2022.
We also have some new details. Disney describes the deli as a “Northeastern-style deli with a brand-new menu that will include fresh deli sandwiches, fresh-baked breads, and a selection of bakery items.” Guests can expect the deli to serve house-made bagels, an “overstuffed warm pastrami Reuben,” and hand-made cannolis.
Disney Cruise Line Updates
We also have a few Disney Cruise Line Updates. First, booking dates and itineraries have been announced for fall 2023 cruises! These cruises include new ports and new destinations. Plus fall means Halloween on the High Seas or Very Merrytime Cruises will be available.
We also got new booking details for an exclusive 2023 cruise on the Disney Wish just for Disney Vacation members. DVC members can begin booking these cruises at 10AM EST on July 23rd for a 4-night cruise from Port Canaveral to The Bahamas.
We’ve got a LOT of big Disney+ news, so here we go. You can now watch Logan, Deadpool, and Deadpool 2 on Disney+. These are the first R-rated movies on the streaming subscription service. You’ll also be able to watch Pixar’s latest movie, Lightyear, on Disney+ beginning August 3rd.
Finally, another star has joined Loki season 2. Blindspotting‘s Rafael Casal has officially joined the cast of the Marvel series. Marvel has not announced who he will play yet, though.
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