Shannon and Pete discuss DVC Disneyland Tower concept art, WDW annual pass sales temporarily paused, another Disneyland Magic Key sold out, updated Disney Cruise Line vaccination requirements, and announcements from Destination D23. Episode N062
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D23 event releases new images of Disneyland Tower rooms
At the Destination D23 event held at Walt Disney World today, Imagineer Bhavna Mistry and Disney Parks President Josh D’Amaro presented some additional concept art for the DVC Disneyland tower rooms and pool area. The rooms will be themed to the colors of Sleeping Beauty, while the pool will have the theme of an artist's palette. No further details on opening were provided, but the concept art did indicate a 2023 opening date was still the target.
Disneyland and Disney World annual pass sales are restricted
Bad news if you’ve been waiting to buy your annual pass.
On Monday, November 22nd, Disney quietly removed sales of three of the four annual passes from their website. Only the $399 Pixie Dust pass for Florida residents and very limited is still available. DVC members are not allowed to buy passes either at this time. When the new pass program was rolled out, Disney indicated that pass sales could be suspended at any time, but this is the first time that it has occurred. It appears pass renewals are still an option for existing passes.
Then on Wednesday, November 24th, Disneyland announced that the ”Believe” Magic Key was sold out, making the top two tiers at Disneyland unavailable.
Disney Cruise Line Requiring Full Vaccinations for All Guests Ages 5 years and Older Starting January 13, 2022
Currently, Disney Cruise Line continues to require all vaccine-eligible Guests (based on US eligibility requirements) to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as defined by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at the time of sailing. This will be a requirement for all Guests (US and international) ages 5 and up for sailings beginning on or after January 13, 2022. Guests who are not vaccine-eligible because of age must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (paid for by the Guest) taken between 3 days and 24 hours before their sail date. Guests ages 5 through 11 may complete this testing requirement in lieu of being fully vaccinated for sailings that depart before January 13, 2022. Guests 4 years of age and under must complete the testing requirements. The test should be a NAAT test, rapid PCR test or lab-based PCR test. Rapid antigen tests are not accepted.
Source: Disney Cruise Line Blog
Other D23 Announcements
Following announcements were made around US parks:
- Fantasmic and Festival of Fantasy Parade will return to Walt Disney World in 2022
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind opens at Epcot Summer 2022
- Fantasmic, Main Street Electrical Parade, and World of Color return to Disneyland Resort in 2022
- Mickey’s Toontown closing in Disneyland Resort in March 2022, and will reopen with redesign in 2023
- Downtown Disney re-imagining starting in January 2022
- Connections Cafe name of new Epcot Quick Service eatery
- TRON Lightcycle run still in the works, but no opening date provided
- Disney Wish will have two new shows – Seas the Adventure and The Little Mermaid
- A few more details on Galactic Starcruiser – entertainment, lightsaber training demonstration, and castmember costume reveal
Source: Disney Parks Blog
Today's show was edited by Jennifer Wagner. Show notes by Jennifer Wagner.
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