There were some massive Disney news drops this week.
Disney released its Q3 2022 earnings report and held its earning call, which yielded some important updates. Disney Parks are gearing up for Halloween as well. If you happened to miss any of the big news, though, don’t worry — we’ve got you covered with the five biggest stories.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has returned this year and we were there LIVE reporting on everything! If you plan on going and want to have a meal during the party, those dining reservations are now open. This year’s party also brought some new stuff in, including Max dressed up like Powerline and a new Zombies-inspired dance party!
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Guests can also get new reusable treat bags with a Halloween-themed 50th Anniversary celebration design. You can check out exclusive Halloween merchandise or visit the new 3D photo backdrops for photo ops. The party runs on certain days through October 31st, but many dates are already sold out — get your tickets soon if you’re hoping to go!
Halloween Is Here
Even before the first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, though, Halloween had already arrived in Disney World. We first spotted decorations in Disney World on August 7th, but even MORE arrived over the next two days.
Halloween merchandise also started arriving in both Disney World and Disneyland. And there were new collections online as well, including Halloween costumes. We even discovered a customizable Halloween souvenir you can get in Disney World.
Theme Park Updates
As we previously mentioned, The Walt Disney Company released its Q3 2022 earnings report and held its earnings call this week. That means we got a lot of financial information about how the Disney Parks are doing. First, we learned that Disney Parks revenue is up to over 50% — the Q3 revenue at Disney Parks Experiences and Products increased to $7.4 billion this year as compared to $4.3 billion this time last year.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek also revealed that close to 50% of park guests purchased Genie+ this past quarter. He also spoke about the park pass reservation system, suggesting it’s not going away anytime soon. Speaking of which, park demand is still healthy — Disney is still seeing demand in EXCESS of the reservations being made available to guests.
However, Disney noted in its earnings report that Disneyland was seeing “an unfavorable attendance mix.” Although no specifics were given as to what this unfavorable mix might be, this probably has to do with how much revenue certain guests spend when they’re in the parks.
Disney World Ride Updates
We’ve got a few ride updates to share, too. First, Soarin’ in EPCOT is starting to embrace the single rider line. So far the attraction has been seen testing the single rider line a couple of times, although it’s not always available. If you’re looking to hop on Soarin’ a little faster, check to see if single rider is available when you’re there!
The construction for the upcoming Journey of Water — Inspired by Moana attraction in EPCOT is coming right along. We’ve been seeing an increase in the number of rock formations coming up over the past week.
In Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Feathered Friends in Flight will be temporarily closed from September 11th to September 24th for a routine refurbishment.
We also had a LOT of streaming updates during the Q3 2022 earnings report and earnings call. First, we learned that Disney+ currently has 152.1 million subscribers, which exceeded some analysts’ predictions. On the heels of that news, Disney announced it was raising the price of an ad-free subscription to the service from $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year to $10.99 per month or $109.99 per year. The price increase will go into effect on December 8th, 2022.
Disney also released more details about its ad-supported tier of Disney+, Disney+ Basic, which will become available on December 8th. That service will cost $7.99 per month.
A Hulu subscription will also cost more soon. Hulu with ads will increase from $6.99 per month ($69.99/year) to $7.99 monthly ($79.99/year), while Hulu without ads will increase from $12.99 per month to $14.99 per month. These changes will take place on October 10th, 2022.
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