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Disney World, Disneyland Dining and Resort Reservation System Outage Planned Starting at Midnight

According to Disney, multiple reservations systems will experience an outage beginning at midnight (12am) eastern time tonight until the early morning hours of Thursday, August 11th. Here’s the announcement, which is being pushed through the My Disney Experience app and other platforms this evening: Please be advised, some of our digital experiences will be undergoing maintenance beginning August 11th at 12am ET, and continuing through early morning. During this time, there will be an outage impacting Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Aulani dining, room only, and package reservations. We apologize for any inconvenience.Disney Parks As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com as we continue to bring you the latest news, photos, and info from around the Disney Parks! Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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Number of Guests Purchasing Disney Genie+ Remains Steady

On an investor call this afternoon, Disney CEO Bob Chapek spoke briefly about the paid Disney Genie+ product that allows guests to skip the line at many attractions and experiences. In this latest update, Chapek said that “about 50% of the people who come through the gate buy up to the Genie product”. This figure remains steady with comments that Chapek made in February 2022 where he said that between one-third and 50% of guests buy Disney Genie+. In an investor call in May, Disney praised Genie+ as one of the revenue drivers for its domestic theme parks. Disney Genie+ is certainly a strong product for Disney, financially, but remains a controversial product among fans who are either unhappy with the usability of the product or are disgruntled that they have to pay for something that was free before with the Disney FastPass+ offering. As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com as we continue to bring you the latest news, photos, and info from around the Disney Parks! Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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Average Attendance Below 2019 Levels at Disney Parks, But Revenue and Income “Significantly Higher” Due to Park Pass, Annual Pass Blockout “Levers”

On an investor call this afternoon, Disney CFO Christine McCarthy gave some more information about attendance at the domestic Disney theme parks. McCarthy noted that attendance on many days tracks ahead of 2019 levels, but that average daily attendance at the domestic theme parks is “slightly below 2019”. That doesn’t mean that Disney is losing money, quite the opposite. McCarthy praised the Disney Park Pass reservation system, noting that it one of the “levers” that Disney can adjust if demand or economics were to shift. Another lever McCarthy noted was allowing more Annual Passholders into the parks during slower times of year. As it stands, per capita spending at the domestic theme parks increased by 10% versus Q3 of fiscal 2021. This percentage increase represents a slowing in recent quarterly earnings reports, but this quarter is also the first quarter that has been compared to a previous quarter that was profitable. While the 10% bump in per capita spending is relatively modest, the metric that shows how well the Disney Park Pass system works for Disney is represented in a comparison to 2019. Again, attendance is slightly lower than 2019, but per capita spending in the past quarter was up more than 40% when compared to 2019 – even with lower attendance. This all amounts to more than $7 billion in revenue last quarter within the Disney Parks division. Looking forward, McCarthy said that demand remains strong with a third-quarter hotel occupancy rate of 90% and bookings and intent

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Disney Points to “Unfavorable Attendance Mix” at Disneyland in Latest Earnings Report as Magic Key Passholders Await Renewal News

In their latest earnings report, the Disney Parks division recorded over $7 billion in revenue. As we await an investor call by Disney CEO Bob Chapek, it looks like the Walt Disney World Resort propped up the domestic theme park revenue as Disney said that profits were “partially offset by an unfavorable attendance mix at Disneyland Resort”. Chapek has been candid – Annual Passholders spend less at the theme parks. This is particularly prevalent at Disneyland, which is considered more of a “locals’ park”. Reading between the lines, Disney calling out an unfavorable mix means that more Passholders were in the parks than they’d like. This comes at a time when Magic Key Passholders are left in limbo about the ability to renew their passes in late August when the first passes begin expiring. Passholders have recently taken to the Disneyland social media accounts to express their displeasure with Disneyland’s silence about Magic Key renewals. Disneyland Magic Key Social Media Accounts Flooded With Angry Passholder Comments as Renewal Deadline Looms, Disneyland Remains SilentWalt Disney World news, photos, and reviews! We provide you with daily news from the Walt Disney World theme parks and beyondblogmickey.comAs always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com as we continue to bring you the latest news, photos, and info from around the Disney Parks! Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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Disney Parks Records $7.4 Billion Revenue in Third Quarter 2022

The Walt Disney Company has released its third-quarter earnings report for the quarter ending [date]. During the quarter, the Disney Parks division of the company posted $7.4 billion in revenue and $2.2 billion in income. Here’s the announcement: Disney Parks, Experiences and Products revenues for the quarter increased to $7.4 billion compared to $4.3 billion in the prior-year quarter. Segment operating income increased $1.8 billion to $2.2 billion compared to $0.4 billion in the prior-year quarter. Higher operating results for the quarter reflected increases at domestic parks and experiences and, to a lesser extent, at international parks and resorts.Operating income growth at our domestic parks and experiences was due to higher volumes and increased guest spending, partially offset by higher costs. Higher volumes were due to increases in attendance, occupied room nights and cruise ship sailings. Cruise ships were operating during the entire current quarter while sailings were suspended in the prior-year quarter. Guest spending growth was due to an increase in average per capita ticket revenue and higher average daily hotel room rates. The increase in average per capita ticket revenue was due to the introduction of Genie+ and Lightning Lane in the first quarter of the current fiscal year and a reduced impact from promotions at Walt Disney World Resort, partially offset by an unfavorable attendance mix at Disneyland Resort. Higher costs were primarily due to volume growth, cost inflation and new guest offerings. Our domestic parks and resorts were open for the entire current quarter, whereas Disneyland

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‘ZOM-BEATZ BASH!’ Coming to 2022 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

In addition to a new Boo To You pre-parade, Disney has also announced that a new ZOM-BEATZ BASH dance party is coming to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in 2022. Here’s the announcement: New this year, we’re doing it like the Zombies do at the ZOM-BEATZ BASH! Join Zombies and Cheerleaders at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café as they BAMM out to music inspired by the ZOMBIES original movies on Disney Channel. As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com as we continue to bring you the latest news, photos, and info from around the Disney Parks! Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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Groot Magic Shot Now Available in Avengers Campus to Celebrate “I Am Groot” Debut on Disney+

Disney has announced that a Disney PhotoPass Magic Shot is now available in Avengers Campus to celebrate the debut of “I Am Groot” on Disney+. In the past, Disney has debuted new characters within the land for the debut of new series such as Loki and Moon Knight. About last Knight…#MoonKnight pic.twitter.com/7wUrbe2FPh— BlogMickey.com (@Blog_Mickey) April 22, 2022Here’s a look at the Magic Shot. As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com as we continue to bring you the latest news, photos, and info from around the Disney Parks! Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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Walkway from Tomorrowland to Storybook Circus Takes Shape Under TRON Lightcycle Run

With a lot of the big things for TRON Lightcycle Run built and being finalized, Disney is able to turn their attention to some of the finishing details such as pathways and other projects. Earlier today, we rode the Tomorrowland PeopleMover to check in on the pathway that will connect Tomorrowland and the TRON Lightcycle Run courtyard to Storybook Circus. First, here’s a look at the concept art, showing the walkway to Storybook Circus passing under a walkway that will serve as the main entrance to the attraction. Here’s a look at the walkway as it sits today. Other vantage points appear to show the pathway has been largely completed towards the Storybook Circus side of the construction site. As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com as we continue to bring you the latest news, photos, and info from around the Disney Parks! Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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Amos Mouse from “Ben and Me” Added to Liberty Tree Tavern at Magic Kingdom

Continuing a trend of adding relevant characters into scenes and spaces around Magic Kingdom, Amos the mouse from the “Ben and Me” short has been added to Liberty Tree Tavern. We’ve recently seen Figaro the Cat added to Pinocchio’s Village Haus and Dalmatians to the Main Street Firehouse. Let’s go find Amos! Amos can, fittingly, be found near a portrait of Ben Franklin and amongst the Poor Richard’s Almanack. As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com as we continue to bring you the latest news, photos, and info from around the Disney Parks! Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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Max Goof Dressed as Powerline Coming to “Boo to You” Pre-Parade During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Disney has announced that Max Goof will be cosplaying as Powerline as he leads a 90’s-themed crew down Main Street USA as part of a special pre-parade entertainment offering before the start of the Boo To You Parade each night during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com as we continue to bring you the latest news, photos, and info from around the Disney Parks! Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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