This week at Walt Disney World, the mystery surrounding the status of Rafiki's Planet Watch takes another turn, prices go up for tickets at Walt Disney World, plus an upcharge gets a price hike and a popular Magic Kingdom eatery begins serving breakfast!
Outside Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando announces an opening date for its newest attraction, plus Busch Gardens Tampa begins construction on its newest roller coaster!
1. Future of Rafiki's Planet Watch once again in doubt
Earlier this month we reported that Rafiki's Planet Watch was going seasonal as part of Walt Disney World's sweeping budget cuts. And then we were shocked when just a few days later it was revealed that this attraction would actually be closing forever after next month. However, in the past few days Disney has seemingly walked back this decision, and some Cast Members have said they have been told that the plan is once again to open this attraction back up next spring.
Unfortunately, when an attraction goes seasonal it often means a full closure is on the way, and this situation is not unlike the one we saw several years ago when Disney couldn't seem to decide whether or not it was going to close Captain EO at Epcot. But of course, this attraction did eventually close forever, and even though Disney might bring back Rafiki's Planet watch next year, it seems like only a matter of time before this attraction also closes for good, even if it survives in the short term past its seasonal closure this fall.
2. Ticket price changes coming to Walt Disney World next month
Disney has changed its pricing structure yet again, which will result in higher prices for many visitors who come to the resort this fall.
Though Disney has offered demand-based pricing for one-day tickets in the past, beginning on October 16th, Walt Disney World will be expanding this pricing model to apply to all ticket types, with prices now determined by the start date when the guest chooses to visit the theme parks. These prices are set in advance, and are based on Disney's own internal attendance projections.
Also as part of this new pricing scheme, all parks will be the same price, with the cost for single-day tickets for Disney's Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney's Animal Kingdom rising to the level of Magic Kingdom tickets, which will cost between $109 and $129, depending on how popular the day is expected to be. This is a slight increase for guests who visit during the value period, as the lowest-cost single day tickets used to cost $102.