Well, it’s been another week of big Disney news.
We’ve been busy celebrating World Princess Week, which means we’ve been checking out special princess merchandise and snacks in the parks. But a lot more is going on this week, too, so here are the five biggest Disney news stories in case you missed them.
Park Pass Reservation Changes
Disney World changed up its park pass reservation system this week. Guests no longer have to cancel a park pass reservation before changing the park or date. Before, guests had to cancel a park pass reservation to switch their reservation to a different park or day.
Guests can now modify park pass reservation dates, park, and party members, rather than having to cancel and rebook. This makes the process a lot more streamlined. To modify a reservation, just open the My Disney Experience app and click on “Make or Modify Park Reservations.” You can also modify reservations on the Disney World website.
If you’ve ever stayed in a Disney hotel or been on a Disney Cruise, you’ve probably noticed the bath and body products in the room. Those are supplied by H20+, which announced that the brand would be retiring at the end of the year.
You can still buy H20+ products on Amazon while supplies last, but once everything is gone, that’s it. Some products are also still available on shopDisney. For the time being, the products will still be available in Disney hotels.
We’ve also got some updates about upcoming attractions. Over in EPCOT, progress is being made on the Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana attraction. Right now, Imagineers are sculpting the rockwork for the attraction, which they are referring to as an “immersive exploration trail.” You’ll find some familiar shapes and faces in the rockwork, too, like Moana.
Disney also shared a photo of a work in progress at the attraction, a “sample from the mountain-like forms that will soon mark the entrance to the attraction.” As you can see, this form features the spiral design from the Moana film.
We also got to see some new art that will inspire a scene in The Princess and the Frog re-theme of Splash Mountain called Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. The new artwork, by artist Sharika Mahdi, shows a “jazz club scene with an ensemble of affable amphibians.”
Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is expected to open in both Disney World and Disneyland in 2024.
We’ve got some reopening news to share. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland has finally reopened its doors after being closed for more than two years. The experience, which is for kids ages 3-12, is very popular, so we highly recommend making reservations for your child if you’re wanting to give them a princess or prince makeover.
Three exclusive EPCOT tours, Behind the Seeds tour, EPCOT Seas Adventures – DiveQuest, and EPCOT Seas Adventures – Dolphins in Depth, will also be returning on October 2nd.
If you’re wanting to book a tour, reservations are now open!
Update on Disney World’s Reedy Creek Situation
As you may know, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and other politicians in the state moved to dissolve the Reedy Creek Improvement District, which was set up to allow Disney World to function as its own governmental entity. Governor DeSantis and other state departments are being named in a lawsuit that concerns the dissolution.
The lawsuit was filed by several Osceola and Orange County residents over the possibility that the dissolution of the Reedy Creek district could raise those counties’ taxes due to the $1 billion in bond obligations that the district currently holds. The state of Florida has filed to dismiss the case.
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