This Week Disney – Episode 4

Published: June 4, 2017 / Last Updated: June 4, 2017 / By: Arvid Bux

Disney Parks Attendees in decline and Banshee Toys sold out. This and more in a new episode of This Week Disney. Make sure you subscribe to our channel and like the video!


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Welcome back to a new episode of This Week Disney. If you like our videos, please hit the thumbs-up button and make sure you subscribe to our channel! This week we feature stories about visitor decline for Disney parks, Banshee toys are sold out and scammers calling Disney Resort guests in their rooms. This and more in This Week Disney.

From last Thursday, guests have the ability to use preferred parking at Disney Springs. For 10 dollars, the Lemon or Grapefruit lots can be used. These lots are situated next to West Side and Marketplace!

Walt Disney News Today is reporting that the Banshee Toy which can be purchased at Windtraders is sold out. Apparently this toy turned out to be more popular than Disney was expecting. It is not clear when new stock will hit the shelves. Hopefully guests who can’t buy one now, will have the opportunity to get one later.

On June 6th, it will be 73 years that the invasion on the beaches of Normandy took place. Therefore this Monday at 5pm a special Flag Retreat Ceremony will take place, honoring those who fought during D-Day and afterwards. Soldiers from the Orlando VA Medical Center at Lake Nona nursing home facility will be the ceremony’s honorees. These veterans have served in multiple wars, including World War II.

New resort in-room TV channels are now available in all Walt Disney World Resort hotels. “Your Disney Resort” on channel 3 now displays helpful information like pool hours and weather forecast to better assist hotel Guests in their planning during their stay. Specific to each on-site resort, the topics that are covered on this channel also include dining locations, merchandise shops, recreation activities, transportation, and more.

Disneyland Paris will having a new hard ticket event on New Year’s Eve. Where previously all guests with a valid park entrance were allowed in, this year from 7p until 1a guests require a New Year’s Eve Party ticket. Apparently the New Year’s Eve party will feature floats from Stars on Parade, Magic on Parade, Stars ‘n Cars, Halloween and Christmas. The rest of the offerings isn’t known yet. Prices will be €29 for hotel guests, €41 for Infinity AP and €44 other APs. Tickets would go on sale as early as June 15.

At Disneyland, California Adventure, Magic Kingdom and Hong Kong Disneyland, Disney has began selling light up Cotton Candy. A flashing illuminated wand is using to hold the cotton candy and it for sure makes for an amazing display.

TEA and Aecom have published their annual Amusement/Theme Park attendance numbers for 2016 across the world. Overall there was a 1.1% decline of guests visiting Amusement/Theme Parks. Unfortunately Disney took a hit across the board. Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris saw the biggest decline with 14.2%. This mainly due to the unrest in the Paris region of the last year. Hong Kong Disneyland also saw a decline of about 10%. Shanghai Disneyland, a new comer on this list contributed positively to the attendance numbers at Disney parks, adding 5.6 million visitors, basically evening out any loss of visitors Disney had at any of the other parks. In total the number of visitors for Disney parks grew with 1.8%, bringing it to a whopping 140 million worldwide. Let’s hope that the addition of Avatar land, Star Wars land, Toy Story land, the 25th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris and the proposed massive overhaul at Hong Kong Disneyland will counteract the increase of ticket prices and competition. Still, Disney holds 7 out 10 spots in the top 10, including number 1, 2 and 3.

After Mobile Food Ordering was premiered at Satu’li with the opening of Pandora, Disney is getting ready to expand this service. Starting next week, Mobile Ordering will be available at Pizzafari at Animal Kingdom. More restaurants will be added later this year. When it will happen and which restaurants aren’t clear yet.

Star-Lord, Gamora and Groot will be joining Marvel Day at Sea. Giving guests aboard the Disney Magic the ability to meet their Guardians of the Galaxy Super Heroes. Marvel Day at Sea cruises kick off this fall.

According to Streaming the Magic, a guest received a phone call at night asking for their credit card details. When the guest mentioned she would resolve it in the morning and visited the front desk, she was made aware that everything was fine with here credit card on file, and that the front desk would never call a guest after 10.30p. Subsequently the front desk CM also mentioned that they have experienced it before where random people call the front desk to be patched through to a room number in the hope they can lure guests into giving out their credit card details. When such a thing happens, visit the front desk and resolve it with the staff there. This not only applies to Disney Resort hotels, but any hotel you might be staying at.

On Thursday June 22, both Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach will participate in the “World’s Largest Swimming Lesson”. This event will take place in an estimated 500 water parks, pools and other facilities around the world. The goal of this event is of course to raise awareness for drowning prevention.

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins are officially scheduled to open to guests starting July 17th.  These new villas and cabins are located at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and are the newest Disney Vacation Club (DVC) resort options at Walt Disney World. The new accommodations have different sizes, with 1, 2 or 3-bedroom villas and cabins. The 3-bedroom villas, also known as the Grand Villas will be able to accommodate up to 12 guests. Cascade Cabins are located along the water.

That was This Week Disney for now. Let us know what you think of this episode. Make sure to hit that like button and subscribe to our channel to get notified when we upload new videos. See you next week!

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