Over the past few weeks all eyes have been on Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as closing after closing has been announced for this park in preparation for work to begin on several projects, including Toy Story Land, Star Wars Land, and the strongly-rumored Muppets Land.
However, in addition to all the big moves that have been going on at the resort lately, there have also been some other, more subtle changes happening recently as well that you may not have noticed. From the end of a popular shuttle service, to some interesting new features for My Disney Experience plus menu changes at some of Disney’s Animal Kingdom's popular quick service kiosks, here’s everything you need to know that is happening at Walt Disney World that you might have missed over the past few weeks!
1. The end of the Disney Springs parking shuttle service
Though traffic and congestion have gotten a lot better at Disney Springs since the first parking garage was completed last year, Disney still routinely directly guests to park at the Team Disney and Speedway parking lots when the garage hits capacity (which often happens on weekends).
Though Disney used to provide a complimentary shuttle for guests to and from this overflow parking area to Disney Springs' Marketplace, guests are now being directed to cross Buena Vista Drive using the new pedestrian bridge instead, and it has been confirmed that the shuttle service has been permanently discontinued as of last week. Though having a shuttle to this auxiliary parking area was certainly convenient (and certainly beats walking), Disney likely doesn't want to spend the extra money to run this shuttle since construction on the pedestrian bridge was completed some weeks ago.
2. My Disney Experience improvements
My Disney has gotten two interesting updates in the past few weeks that guests might not immediately notice the next time they use this service, but are important nonetheless. First up, frequent Disney diners will be happy to know that My Disney Experience now allows changes to be made to existing dining reservations directly from the tool's web interface. Though guests had previously been able to cancel reservations, they can now modify date, time and even number of guests on the fly via the website, without having to call Disney directly. And in even better news, guests have until 20 minutes before the reservation time to make changes, meaning if your plans suddenly change, you can just update your dining plans just about anywhere.
While the dining change was a feature that has been requested by fans essentially since the debut of My Disney Experience, another change happened earlier this week that might not have been highly sought-after, but is still pretty useful for guests. Previously, when guests logged in to their My Disney Experience account and viewed the MagicBands associated with their account, they could only see the color of their band, and were not able to see Band IDs for specific designs. However, Disney now displays the actual design of each Band with the corresponding ID, which should make it easier for guests to retrieve Band ID numbers for specific MagicBands they have, which is great for those who have amassed quite the collection of MagicBands and need to keep their IDs straight without actually having to look at the bands themselves.