This week at Walt Disney World, Disney announces the end of both Extra Magic Hours and Disney's Magical Express, Gideon's Bakehouse sees 12 hour waits upon reopening, plus...
Outside Walt Disney World, a Universal favorite reopens after refurbishment plus a slimmed-down Mardi Gras event is announced for 2021!
1. Disney's Magical Express service to end in 2022
The biggest news this week was the announcement that Disney’s Magical Express service, which provides guests with transportation between Orlando International Airport and the Walt Disney World, will be ending on January 1, 2022.
In a statement, Disney confirmed that the service will continue to operate for all Disney hotel stays through the end of 2021, but added that "As consumer needs and preferences change, we will no longer offer Disney’s Magical Express service starting with arrivals in 2022"
You can learn more about this story here.
2. Extra Magic Hours discontinued permanently
Though Extra Magic Hours have not been offered at Walt Disney World since early 2020, it was confirmed this week that this hotel perk would not be returning to the resort, and will eventually be replaced by a 30-minute early entrance program that will debut later this year. You can read more about that here.
3. Gideon's Bakehouse reopens to 12-hour waits
After a two week unannounced closure, Gideon's Bakehouse reopened at Disney Springs on January 16, 2021, and it looks like guests were more excited than ever to check out this treat stop, as lines formed around Disney Springs, stretching from the West Side all the way through the Town Center area, with wait times hitting 12 hours at one point. Guests who were among the first to visit this shop were able to score free art prints of this location's iconic gargoyle, stickers, and even free peanut butter buttercream dip.
Gideon's Bakehouse looks like it is going to be immensely popular for the foreseeable future, so guests who want to grab one of this bakery's signature sweets will definitely want to arrive early at Disney Springs.