Hello, and welcome to another weekly summary of this week’s BIGGEST Disney news!
Whether you’re planning to visit Disney World soon or are curious about what’s happening in the world of Disney parks and beyond, we’ve got you covered. From a great announcement about another replacement service for Disney’s Magical Express to COVID-19 upgrades, keep reading for all the Disney news you need!
1 – New Disney Magical Express replacement service
First of all, we have great news about a NEW replacement service for Disney’s Magical Express has been announced. As many of you know, Disney’s Magical Express will be discontinued in 2022. We’ve already shared many details about Mears Connect, a new service from Mears (the company that operates Disney’s Magical Express), that is, in many ways. , was intended to be a replacement for the service itself. We even saw a Mears Connect bus at Disney World this week!
But now another replacement service has been announced. The Sunshine Flyer comes from the Transportation Management Service (TMS). Like the Magical Express, The Sunshine Flyer will transport guests to and from their Disney World Resort hotels and Orlando International Airport. The coaches used by The Sunshine Flyer will be themed around “passenger cars and train engines.”
Staff will be dressed as railroad drivers and engineers of the 1920s.
Frank Sherman, CEO of TMS, shared that “through The Sunshine Flyer, we can give guests a chance to start their vacation from the moment they get off the plane. ” The service will be available in February 2022.
Click here for more information on The Sunshine Flyer!
2 – The parking trams are back!
In more interesting news about transportation, Parking trams return to the Magic Kingdom car park (also known as the parking lot of the transportation center and tickets).
Currently, trams have only returned to the Magic Kingdom car park, but are expected to return to other parks in 2022.
Click here for more information on the return of parking trams to Disney World!
3 – Reopening news
In recent months, many things have reopened at Disney World. From restaurants to hotels, we’ve seen a number of fan favorites available once again. Now, one more thing has been added to the list and another will be added soon.
First, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular has finally reopened!
Even though the show has changed in some ways, it’s incredibly exciting to see the team performing these fantastic stunts!
Click here for more information on the reopened Indiana Jones Stunt Show!
Soon to join the “officially reopened” list is another Disney World hotel: Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort! All-Star Sports originally had an earlier reopening date, but was eventually delayed.
All-Star Sports is now scheduled to reopen in March 2022 i reservations can be booked for the hotel. Once opened, all Disney World hotels will be officially reopened.
Click here for more information on the reopening of All-Star Sports!
4 – Limited time updates you need to know
If you go to Disney World early, there are a number of time-limited benefits you may want to take advantage of and / or something last-minute that you may want to pick up. First of all, the The Christmas parade is now available for all guests to see at Magic Kingdom, but it won’t be available for long!
If you want to try to get a good place to watch the parade, consider booking a Genie + Lightning Lane for the parade display area.
Rechargeable holiday mugs also return to Disney World hotels, so you’ll want to catch them before they leave.
For a limited time, a special Disney World hotel advantage has also improved! From today until January 3, 2022, all Disney World hotel guests (and guests staying in other selected hotels) can enter any Disney World theme park any day for ONE HOUR before the park’s official opening time. This is an increase of 30 minutes over the typical advantage of early entry to the theme park.
Too, From now until January 3, 2022, some pay-per-trip selections are available through Genie +. This means that you can book a return hour to use the Lightning Lanes of these attractions using the $ 15 Genie + service per ticket per day, instead of having to pay for these trips individually.
These are great benefits that you will want to enjoy while you can!
Speaking of time-limited stuff, a number of special treats are available as part of Disney World’s 50th anniversary. But some of these delights will come out soon! That’s right people, some of these delicacies don’t stay for the full 18 months of the celebration.
Disney has announced that a number of 50th anniversary snacks, including the Specialized cone seven dwarfs by Storybook Treats, the Showtime with Jose The Dole Whip float from Aloha Isle and others will depart after January 9, 2022.
Click here to see which snacks are coming out soon!
If you’re hoping to try one of these delicacies, you’ll want to make sure you grab them before they go away. But there is good news: new snacks will soon be added to the 50th anniversary celebrations. We will update you when we have more details.
Click here to see how the Disney World holiday crowds are this week!
5 – COVID-19 updates
Finally, we will close our big news of the week with some COVID-19 updates. To ensure that we are equipping our readers with all the information they need, we have continued to report all news related to travel, security and COVID that could affect a visit to Disney parks.
This week, Orange County, Florida, where much of Disney World is located, was placed in the “high-risk” category of COVID-19 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC recommends it All members of a county with a substantial or high risk category wear masks in indoor public spaces. This is in line with Disney World’s current mask policy.
Click here for more information on this “high risk” designation.
Shortly after sharing the news about this “high-risk” designation for Orange County, Florida, Universal Orlando has announced that it will change its mask policies. From December 24, all guests (regardless of vaccination status) will be forced to wear masquerades in all public places inside.
There will also be masks mandatory at all attractions from the moment the guest enters the queue until he leaves the experience.
Click here for more information on the new facial mask rules for Universal Orlando
And finally, this week we shared that some experts have indicated the The Omicron COVID-19 variant could slow down international tourism in Florida. We look forward to further updates on COVID-19 and the Omicron variant and we look forward to sharing this news with you.
Omicron and Disney World: Click here to see what you need to know
Of course, other news has been shared this week as well. Check out the links below to read more!
That’s all for this week! Be sure to check back with us for more updates.
$ 10 for Disney World 50th Anniversary Character Statues? We will take 5 thanks!
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