This week at Walt Disney World, Disney confirms the future of the Parks Pass system, demand remains strong for the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser experience, plus TRON Lightcycle / Run hits a new testing milestone.
Outside Walt Disney World, SeaWorld gives fans a taste of this year’s Howl-O-Scream event and a fan favorite eatery at Universal Orlando Resort shuts down forever.
1. Guest spending at Walt Disney World is up from 2019
During a presentation following Disney’s release of its quarterly results CEO Bob Chapek revealed that guest spending grew by more than 40%, versus 2019.A big driver of this increased spending, as expected, was the Genie+ system, which was introduced last year and continues to be a popular add-on for guests looking to skip the line at most attractions during a visit to Walt Disney World’s theme parks.
2. Disney park pass reservation system staying put
Ever since it was introduced as part of its reopening in 2020, the Disney Parks Pass system has been divisive amongst fans. However, during the aforementioned financial results call, it was reiterated that Disney has no plans for getting rid of this system at all and it will continue to be in use for the foreseeable future as Disney continues to focus its efforts on controlling crowd levels in its parks.
3. Demand for Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser going strong
Though it is one of the most expensive experiences ever created for a theme park, during the same earnings call Disney CEO Bob Chapek said that there continues to be strong demand for the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, with reservations expected to continue to sell out for this experience through the next financial quarter. Though we’ll have to wait and see what the long-term future of this experience will be, for now it looks like this ultra-exclusive and super expensive experience has been quite the success for Disney.
4. Disney Enchantment moves to a slightly later timeslot for summer
Disney Enchantment, the Magic Kingdom’s nightly spectacular is changing its performance time for the summer, shifting from its usual 9:00 PM start to 9:20 PM through at least July 23, the farthest date available on the calendar. This change is likely due to longer daylight hours in the summer, and we’d guess the show will likely move back to its original timelot in the fall.