The 11 BIG updates from Walt Disney World (and beyond) this week (May 9-15, 2022)

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This week at Walt Disney World, Disney confirms the future of the Parks Pass system, demand remains strong for the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser experience, and TRON Lightcycle/Run reaches another testing milestone.

Outside of Walt Disney World, SeaWorld is giving fans a taste of this year’s Howl-O-Scream event and a fan-favorite restaurant at Universal Orlando Resort is closing forever.

1. Guest spending at Walt Disney World is up from 2019

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During a presentation after Disney released its quarterly results, CEO Bob Chapek revealed that customer spending increased by more than 40% compared to 2019. As expected, the Genie+ system, which was introduced l last year and continues to be a popular add-on for guests who want to skip the lines at most attractions when visiting Walt Disney World theme parks.

2. The Disney Parks Pass Reservation System Remains In Place

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Since its introduction as part of its 2020 reopening, the Disney Parks Pass system has been dividing fans. However, during the aforementioned earnings call, it was reiterated that Disney has no plans to get rid of this system at all and that it will continue to be used for the foreseeable future as Disney continues to focus its efforts on controlling crowd levels in its parks.

3. Demand for Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser is strong

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Despite being one of the most expensive experiences ever created for a theme park, on the same conference call Disney CEO Bob Chapek said there was still strong demand. for the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, with reservations expected to continue to sell out. this experience in the next financial quarter. While we’ll have to wait and see what the long-term future of this experience will be, for now, it looks like this ultra-exclusive, super-pricey experience has been a real hit for Disney.

4. Disney Enchantment moves to a slightly later time slot for the summer

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Disney Enchantment, the Magic Kingdom’s nighttime spectacle is changing its performance time for the summer from its usual 9:00 p.m. to 9:20 p.m. start until at least July 23, the latest date available on the calendar. This change is likely due to longer daylight hours in the summer, and we suspect the show will likely return to its original schedule in the fall.

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