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Disney World Will Increase Staffing at Guest Support Locations for Rollout of New Lightning Lane Pass Service

As we prepare to cover a new era in skip-the-line access at Walt Disney World, Disney is making a few adjustments for the debut of Lightning Lane Passes next week. As you may know, Disney Genie+ will be retired and replaced by Lightning Lane Passes on July 24th. There are a number of changes to the skip-the-line system that will significantly change how you plan, such as the ability to pre-plan and the ability to hold up to three Lightning Lane Multi Pass selections at a time. For a rundown on what’s changing, check out our earlier article. To prepare for the upcoming change, Walt Disney World has sent out emails to guests with a vacation booked for next week. On launch day, Disney Resort hotels and Guest Relations locations will have extra support available to assist guests through this new process. On July 24, guests may be able to purchase Lightning Lane Passes in the My Disney Experience app for use that day, and can immediately plan their Lightning Lane experiences for the rest of their trip. Until then, Disney Genie+ service and Individual Lightning Lane entry may still be available to purchase for use through July 23. Guests should download the latest version of the My Disney Experience app prior to July 24 to purchase Lightning Lane Passes. For more information about Lightning Lane Passes, including a few FAQ articles and the latest news, check out our page below! Lightning Lane Multi Pass &

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No, The Country Bears Didn’t Catch on Fire

It’s a story that has escaped the confines of just the Disney fandom. As the story goes, a bear caught on fire during a performance of the Country Bear Musical Jamboree at Magic Kingdom, and there’s a video to prove it. A video posted online appears to show smoke emitting from one of the Audio-Animatronic bears on stage as the house lights come on and guests are evacuated from the attraction. At first glance, it looks like the bear has caught on fire. Of course, that’s not true, but it does make for great social media fodder. What began as a misinformed social media post has now been picked up by TMZ. So, what really happened? In what can only be described as one of the most unfortunate show stops in Country Bear Jamboree history, the show was stopped at the exact moment that a smoking fiddle gag was taking place. With the Audio-Animatronic bear frozen, the smoke effect continued to pour out of the fiddle as if the show was continuing on. In the new Country Bear Musical Jamboree, one of my favorite gags is that a bear named Ernest is playing so vigorously that his fiddle starts to smoke. This is a 100% intentional gag and it’s even set up in the lobby of the attraction where a “burnt” fiddle is on display – a foreshadowing of what guests will see in the show when Ernest absolutely shreds a version of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Here’s a

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Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Creation of EPCOT’s Neighborhoods

As part of a new series taking a behind-the-scenes look at the behind-the-scenes EPCOT Becoming National Geographic documentary, we have a look at how Imagineers redrew the EPCOT map to create the idea of neighborhoods. The Redrawing the Map episode takes a look at the concept of EPCOT’s new neighborhoods, and what guests can find inside of each neighborhood. The YouTube series will include additional behind-the-scenes content from the EPCOT Becoming documentary, including footage that didn’t make the final cut. EPCOT Becoming: Redrawing the Map Go behind the scenes with the Walt Disney Imagineering teams on their multi-year quest to redesign the classic park map. As the neighborhoods expand and change to make room for new attractions and out-of-this-world storytelling, their vision goes from inspiration and innovation to transformation. 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!

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Early August Date Next to Sell Out for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Following the sellout of Halloween night for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, a second date has now sold out. According to the Walt Disney World website, August 13th is the next date to sell out for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. The date is the first on the calendar of the “cheap” dates in early August, following the blogger surcharge for night one – August 9th, which remains available as of press time. Here’s an updated look at the dates, pricing, and availability for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party so far! DateEvent Price(Ages 10+/Ages 3-9)AnnualPassholderPricingAug. 9$149/$139$139Aug. 13 (SOLD OUT)$119/$109$109Aug. 16$119/$109$109Aug. 20$119/$109$109Aug. 23$119/$109$109Aug. 27$119/$109$109Aug. 30$129/$119$119Sept. 2$129/$119$119Sept. 6$129/$119$119Sept. 8$129/$119$119Sept. 10$129/$119$119Sept. 13$129/$119$119Sept. 15$129/$119$119Sept. 17$149/$139$139Sept. 20$149/$139$139Sept. 22$149/$139$139Sept. 24$149/$139$139Sept. 26$149/$139$139Sept. 27$149/$139$139Sept. 29$149/$139$139Oct. 1$169/$159–Oct. 3$169/$159–Oct. 4$189/$179–Oct. 6$179/$169–Oct. 8$179/$169–Oct. 10$179/$169–Oct. 11$189/$179–Oct. 14$179/$169–Oct. 15$179/$169–Oct. 17$179/$169–Oct. 18$189/$179–Oct. 20$189/$179–Oct. 21$189/$179–Oct. 24$189/$179–Oct. 25$199/$189–Oct. 27$199/$189–Oct. 29$199/$189–Oct. 31 (SOLD OUT)$199/$189– For our event guide to 2024 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, check out our article below! GUIDE: 2024 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (Dates, Prices, Attractions, Entertainment, Characters, and More)Here’s everything you need to know about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in 2024 including dates, prices, entertainment, and more!blogmickey.com 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!

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UPDATE: Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Will Not Be Available During Extended Evening Hours at Magic Kingdom

The frustrating on-again, off-again saga of trusting the Walt Disney World website for information continues. Earlier this week, Walt Disney World published an update to the Extended Evening Hours webpage showing Tiana’s Bayou Adventure as being available during the after-hours perk for Deluxe Resort guests. According to information available on the Disney World website yesterday morning, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure would be available during Extended Evening Hours, and guests would need to join a Virtual Queue to be able to ride – similar to how TRON Lightcycle Run or Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind operate during EEH. At the time, operating hours were not updated for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, but its inclusion in two separate spots on the Extended Evening Hours webpage had to be intentional. It’s worth noting that the Virtual Queue webpage was not updated with information for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure during EEH. Two nights ago, guests attending Extended Evening Hours informed us that Tiana’s Bayou Adventure was not operational during the event and that the Virtual Queue was never opened for guests to join. Yesterday morning, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure was still listed as an available attraction, although it has been removed from the Virtual Queue information block. This morning, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure has been completely removed from the Extended Evening Hours website. Disney World did not respond to a request for comment. At this point, I think it’s safe to assume that Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will not be part of Extended Evening

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My Disney Experience App Updated to Version 8.0 Ahead of Upcoming Genie+ Changes

Ahead of next week’s retirement of Disney Genie+ and the debut of Lightning Lane Passes, Walt Disney World has pushed an update for the My Disney Experience app. Guests opening the app should see the message below, advising them to update to take advantage of Lightning Lane Passes when they debut July 24th. My Disney Experience 8.0 Two of the big changes with Lightning Lane Passes are the ability to purchase up to 7 days before your Disney World vacation, and the ability to pre-book up to three Lightning Lane passes at that time. Throughout the day, you will be able to hold up to three Lightning Lane Passes standard, instead of needing to use advanced techniques to plan your day like afternoon stacking. For more on the switch from Genie+ to Lightning Lane Multi-Pass and Lightning Lane Single Pass, check out our Lightning Lane Passes page below! Lightning Lane Multi Pass & Single PassWe have everything you need to know about Lightning Lane Multi Pass and Lightning Lane Single Pass at Walt Disney Worldblogmickey.com 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!

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DVC Member Gathering Space & Riviera Model Rooms Now Open at Disney Springs

Earlier this year, the “Gateway to Discovery” Disney Vacation Club Welcome Home Center opened at Disney Springs. The Gateway to Discovery is located in the Town Center section of Disney World’s shopping and dining district and is open to all guests during normal Disney Springs operating hours. When it opened, DVC teased that a gathering space would also be part of the offering, but said that it was still receiving the finishing touches. Now, the gathering space and Riviera Resort model rooms are open on the second floor of the Gateway to Discovery. We stopped by Disney Springs to check it out! DVC Member Gathering Space & Model Room at Disney Springs While the first-floor Gateway to Discovery is open to all guests visiting Disney Springs, the upper-floor gathering space is reserved for Disney Vacation Club Members only. The upper-floor gathering space and model rooms are open from noon to 7:30pm, daily. For non-members looking to learn more about Disney Vacation Club ownership, head to the first-floor Gateway to Discovery to speak with a Cast Member. Informational sessions (noon to 7:30pm) do take place in breakout rooms in the second-floor space, but none of the member perks such as unlimited snacks and soda are available to prospective members (as you’d imagine). After checking in with a Cast Member, guests will be invited up to the second floor via the golden elevator next to the Gateway to Discovery. Once upstairs, photos line

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Disney Executives to Discuss 2024 Q3 Results on August 7th; Change in Format Announced

Disney has announced that they will discuss FY2024 Q3 earnings on August 7th. The announcement also appears to reveal a change in format, from a primarily statement-driven webcast to a Q&A webcast with remarks delivered via a prepared statement. Typically, Disney CEO Bob Iger verbally delivers the remarks, with a small Q&A session at the end of the call. The webcast will also keep the pre-market timing introduced last quarter. Here’s the statement: The Walt Disney Company will host a live audio Q&A webcast to discuss fiscal third quarter 2024 financial results beginning at 8:30am ET / 5:30am PT on Wednesday, August 7, 2024. Disney will release results and post prepared written management remarks at www.disney.com/investors before the opening of regular trading on August 7, 2024. To listen to the Q&A webcast, please visit www.disney.com/investors. 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!

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Reconstruction of Gertie the Dino’s Tail Nearly Complete at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Over the past couple of weeks, there has been a different kind of construction project taking place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The popular Gertie the Dinosaur has been getting some reconstructive surgery of the tail, for unknown reasons. While visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios today, we noticed that the work is nearly complete, with just some additional paint left to be applied on the top. Kind of like when you purchase paint for touch-ups around the house years after you purchased the house, the green of the tail doesn’t exactly match the body, but I’d be surprised if Disney ends up repainting the entire dino. Here’s to hoping!

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Walt Disney Imagineering Files Permit for Installation of Show Scenes for New Test Track 3.0 at EPCOT

As Disney works to create the next version of Test Track (3.0), Walt Disney Imagineering has filed a new Notice of Commencement permit for the installation of set elements. The permit was filed today, and lists the Jon Richards Company as the contractor for the work. As with all Notice of Commencement filings, details are scarce, but we can see that the work is listed for an address that resolves to the Test Track building. Jon Richards Company has done a lot of work with both Disney and Universal over the company’s 30+ year history. Most recently, the Jon Richards Company was listed as the contractor for the installation of signage at the new Country Bear Musical Jamboree at Magic Kingdom. Imagineering has been pretty tight-lipped about the changes for the 3.0 version of the ride, but they have said that “teams are reaching back into history for inspiration—from the original World of Motion—and bringing that spirit of optimism to the next iteration of the Test Track attraction”. Imagineering has only released one piece of concept art for the interior of the ride, showing a forest scene in the former Responsiveness Test section. This section is where your vehicle makes a series of s-turns as it climbs up some 20 feet or so. The concept art above would be roughly located where a sliver of sign is visible past the trees in the Test Track 2.0 photo below. Walt Disney

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