This week at Walt Disney World, Disney confirms plans for its D23 Expo, a big MyMagic+ loophole is closed, plus a Disney Springs closure is confirmed and a stealthy price hike takes effect!
Outside Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort expands its virtual queue system, the Aventura hotel is detailed, plus LEGOLAND announces a new free pass offer.
1. Star Wars Land to get extensively detailed at D23 Expo
Though we already figured Disney would use the upcoming D23 Expo to give us a first look at its plans for Star Wars Land, it looks like Disney will actually be providing the first real look inside this new land during this event, as it was announced this week that guests attending this year's event will be able to explore an entire pavilion dedicated to the Star Wars-themed lands coming to both Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which will have artwork, models, and more based on these under construction lands.
2. Disney cracks down on unauthorized FastPass+ usage
This week Disney closed a MyMagic+ loophole that was allowing guests to book FastPass+ reservations through My Disney Experience using an unexpired ticket or a MagicBand without any attached admission, and then use those FastPasses in the park. However, Disney has now added a stipulation that guests must use the same account to both make FastPass+ selections and gain entry into the park on the day the FastPass+ selections are to be used.
Guests who have previously made FastPass+ selections on tickets not used for theme park admission on same day may see their My Disney Experience app temporarily locked, and the app will prompt them to call the My Disney Experience Support Center to solve the issue.
3. Disney Pixar Short Film Festival gets short refurbishment this week
The Disney Pixar Short film festival will be going on a quick hiatus this week, as a last-minute refurbishment was confirmed to be beginning Monday June 12th. However, this refurbishment won't last long, as this attraction will reopen to guests on June 19th. It is unknown what, if any, changes are being made to this attraction during this weeklong temporary closure.