This week at Walt Disney World, Disney enacts a new parks pass cancellation policy, an amenity that hasn't been available in over a year makes a return to Disney hotels and Epcot cancels a character cavalcade!
Outside Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort begins removing social distancing markers, plus technical rehearsals for the VelociCoaster begin!
1. Disney cancelling Park Pass reservations for guests without admission
As we head into what is expected to be a VERY busy summer travel season, Walt Disney World is implementing a new policy regarding theme park pass reservations, which are still required for entry. Under the new policy, Walt Disney World will be automatically cancelling Park Pass reservations not connected to theme park tickets, which should help free up reservations for those with tickets.
2. Valet parking returns to Walt Disney World hotels
Valet parking is making a return to Walt Disney World Resorts for the first time since last year's reopening with guest staying at the Contemporary Resort, Disney's Riviera Resort and the Grand Floridian now able to take advantage of this returning amenity, and other moderate and deluxe resorts adding valet back to their options later this month.
3. New backstory for updated "Trader Sam" scene inside the Jungle Cruise released
Over the past few weeks, several scenes from the Jungle Cruise have been removed while Disney prepared for the reimagining of this attraction to debut later this year, and now we have some more information about a new scene revolving around the Trader Sam character, who was removed a few weeks ago. Here's an official description from the Disney Parks Blog:
Word on the stream is that Alberta Falls, proprietor of the Jungle Navigation Company Ltd., has entrusted her longtime friend, Trader Sam, to manage the new Lost & Found location. But, with Trader Sam being Trader Sam, there’s always an opportunity to make some extra money. After all, all the best rides end with a gift shop, right?