Walt Disney World has issued an official statement about the third-party payment issues that we told you about last week. Here’s the statement: Thank you for being a part of the Passholder community.We wanted to make you aware that a technical issue with our third-party payment vendor caused a delay in processing preauthorized payments made through the monthly payment program from November 18-27, 2023. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.We will resume processing monthly payments this week, including charging payment cards for those payments that were due between November 18-27, 2023. Depending on the financial institution issuing your payment card, it could take up to 5 business days for this charge to appear in your account.Please note this did not affect Passholders who paid for their Annual Pass in full. For those on the monthly payment program whose payments were affected by this issue, your payment schedule will resume and continue moving forward, and you can expect your next payment to be charged on your normal monthly payment date.We appreciate your understanding and patience. We look forward to seeing you real soon!Disney World statement 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! The post Disney World Issues Statement About Third-Party Payment Issues Affecting Passholders appeared first on BlogMickey.com – Disney World News, Photos, and Info.
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Florida State Senator Linda Stewart has proposed a bill to repeal Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ takeover of the Reedy Creek Improvement District. State Senator Stewart is a Democrat who represents the eastern portion of Orange County, Florida. The bill, which will be introduced into the 2024 session of the Florida Senate aims to fully repeal the bill that allowed DeSantis to take over the Reedy Creek Improvement District. If Chapter 2023-5 cannot be repealed, the bill then aims to readopt the 1966 establishing act that originally created the Reedy Creek Drainage District. The terms of the charter would then be as they existed on February 26, 2023 before DeSantis’ takeover. The proposed bill would then remove the current Central Florida Tourism Oversight District Board of Supervisors once a replacement has been found. The proposed bill also reaffirms that any contracts or bonds would not be impacted. Senator Stewart will comment further about the proposed bill at a press conference tomorrow. proposed-bill-repealing-cftod 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! The post Florida State Senator Proposes Bill Repealing DeSantis Takeover of Reedy Creek Improvement District appeared first on BlogMickey.com – Disney World News, Photos, and Info.
Disney World has announced that World Celebration and Dreamers Point will open to the public on December 5th, which is Walt Disney’s birthday. Here’s the announcement: In celebration of Walt Disney’s birthday on Dec. 5, guests visiting EPCOT will be able to visit Dreamers Point in the newly-opened World Celebration neighborhood and see our company’s original dreamer in a completely new light. Everyone is invited to imagine alongside Walt himself and look out over World Celebration Gardens together. This new statue, entitled “Walt the Dreamer,” represents Walt later in his life when he was dreaming up the overall Florida Project and the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. He sits with a sense of fulfillment, enjoying the beauty of his realized dream: a park that represents pure optimism and truly celebrates the magic of possibility. This new statue of Walt is one of many areas to visit as a part of World Celebration Gardens where guests will be able to relax, unwind, and connect – to EPCOT, to nature and to each other. Each of the gardens found in the center of World Celebration, including Dreamers Point, will connect back to the areas surrounding them, drawing on the architectural legacy of EPCOT, modern lighting elements and a variety of natural textures. Dreamers Point is named not only for the dreamer that has and continues to inspire us, but also for all of us who visit EPCOT every day to celebrate the endless potential and possibility of our world. The post World Celebration &
While we’re anxiously holding our breath for news about the future of the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser immersive hotel, there has been a recent change at Docking Bay 9 – the portal that guests would use to travel between the Starcruiser and the planet Batuu (aka Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge). Unfortunately, the latest change is likely unrelated to any future plans for the experience. While visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios today, we noticed new barricades at the gate that prevent guests from wandering too deep into Docking Bay 9. When the Starcruiser was operating, this gate would be open and guests would tap their M-Band to gain access to the shuttle that would take guests back to the ship. Since the closure of the Starcruiser back in late September, fans of the experience have been tying ribbons with messages on them to the gate. The gate is actually out of view from the main portion of Batuu, so unless you knew what to look for, it’s quite hidden. Recently, Disney took down the ribbons and blocked off access to the gate. Credit: Behind the Ears WDW Here’s a look at the area today, with themed crates blocking off the gate. 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! The post Access to Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Gate Blocked on Batuu appeared first on
Crews are hard at work to create a bayou feel for the upcoming Tiana’s Bayou Adventure attraction, and we stopped by Magic Kingdom this morning to watch the impressive theming taking place. As you may know, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is set to open next year, and Disney is transforming the former Splash Mountain attraction into the new Princess and the Frog-themed ride. The ride itself will remain the same, including the iconic 50-foot drop near the end of the ride. What is changing substantially is the theming of the attraction – both inside and out. Here’s the only concept art released for the current iteration of the exterior of the ride. As you can see, there will be a lot more grass on the face of the mountain (now rethemed to a salt mine), and bald cypress trees will be found in the pool that the drop passes beneath. Back in late October, we saw the first of the bald cypress trees arrive at the site. Because they sit in a concrete pool, Disney obviously can’t use the real trees, so they turned to Themeworks to create faux trees to scatter throughout the ride. Themeworks has a long history with Disney, including projects such as the retheming of Star Tours at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios back in the early 2010s, Pandora – The World of Avatar and the Flight of Passage attraction, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, and the Star Wars: Galactic
The Disneyland Resort has announced a special ticket offer for eligible Southern California residents that starts as low as $75 per day for select dates in the first 6 months of 2024. Here’s the announcement: The Disneyland Resort is announcing a special ticket offer, where eligible guests may experience the magic of Disneyland park or Disney California Adventure park for as low as $75 per day on select days for a limited time with the purchase of a three-day, one-park per day weekday ticket, subject to park reservations. These multi-day tickets, which are a terrific value, go on sale Dec. 5, 2023, for visits Jan. 2 through June 2, 2024, so you may join us again and again to experience new and timeless Disney stories, and create wonderful memories with your family and friends! If you’re from outside the Southern California area, keep reading for more special offers below that you may be able to take advantage of for your visits in 2024! Disneyland Ticket Deals in 2024 From winter into spring, it’s a great time to visit the Happiest Place on Earth and smile from ear to ear enjoying world-class service, signature entertainment day and night, beloved Disney characters, fun foods and festivals, heartwarming classic attractions and thrilling adventures. Southern California residents, since Disneyland Resort is close to your own backyard, this three-day ticket can be spread out on separate dates for you to make the most of these seasons! No two visits are the same, so you may delight
The Walt Disney Company and its many Twitter accounts have quietly gone silent after pausing ad spending on the platform after blowback over anti-Semitic Tweets from site owner Elon Musk. The company has continued to post on other platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Threads, and more, but has not sent a Tweet since last Friday, November 17th. The Walt Disney Company has millions of followers across many accounts that span topics such as Marvel, Animation, Pixar, Theme Parks, and more. Some Disney accounts are still posting on Twitter such as ABC News, but the majority of Disney’s accounts have stopped posting altogether on Twitter. 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! The post Disney World & Other Disney Accounts Quietly Stop Posting on Twitter Following Ad Spending Pause appeared first on BlogMickey.com – Disney World News, Photos, and Info.
While riding the Walt Disney World Railroad, we noticed something a bit more colorful than what we’re used to in the Native American village. Now, we can’t exactly say that this find is “new” because a bit of research shows that the change took place sometime this summer, but if a tree falls in the forest… What did we spot? Peppers. Why does this matter? A princess is moving in just around the river bend and she has an employee-owned cooperative called Tiana’s Foods that relies on peppers. Back in February, Disney announced that part of the Tiana’s Foods brand was a line of original hot sauce, and released the following logo. As the story goes, Tiana received the help of her mother Eudora, Naveen, Louis and fellow owners of the cooperative to revive the old salt mine and the surrounding land, growing a wide array of vegetables, herbs, and spices for her recipes. The multi-faceted enterprise turned the aging salt mine into a space that has come alive. Complete with a boutique farm and both a working and teaching kitchen, Tiana’s Foods is where Tiana and her colleagues create all sorts of new products that they are bringing to the world, including a line of original hot sauces. In fact, if we look at the poster below from the Tiana’s Bayou Adventure construction walls, we’ll see the four types of peppers that recently returned to the Native American Village. While doing a bit of research
The gingerbread holiday tradition continues this year at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge with the return of Ginger and Debra – the giraffe and zebra gingerbread display! Ginger the GINGERaffe is back for her third year and Disney says that she is about the size of Humphrey the giraffe. At least, she is the height that Humprey was in November 2021, just a few months after he was born. Debra the Zebra is back for her second year and is similar in size to Raden, who guests can see on the Sunset Savanah experience. We stopped by Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (Jambo House) recently to take a look at the display! 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! The post Ginger & Debra Return to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge for 2023 Holiday Season appeared first on BlogMickey.com – Disney World News, Photos, and Info.
Recent aerial photos from friend of the site bioreconstruct reveal that the World Celebration section of EPCOT will open soon. Officially, Disney has only said that World Celebration and the Dreamers Point subsection will open in December 2023, but we think it might be within the first week. In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at what you can expect when it opens, and when we would open it if we were in charge. World Celebration Opening Date We don’t have an official opening date for World Celebration, but if we were in charge at Disney World, there is only one date on the calendar that should be circled: December 5, 2023. As you may know, December 5th is when Luminous: The Symphony of Us officially debuts at EPCOT, but that date is important for a different reason. December 5th, 1901 is when Walt Disney was born, and the perfect date to open up World Celebration and the Dreamers Point section of EPCOT. Dreamers Point Dreamers Point concept art Within World Celebration is a subsection called Dreamers Point. Disney World calls Dreamers Point an area where guests can “behold live entertainment in a picturesque viewing area that celebrates dreamers – like Walt Disney himself”. Disney World says that there will be lush gardens, stirring musical performances, and a place to delight in festival fun at Dreamers Point. Guests will also find a statue of Walt Disney called Walt the Dreamer within the area.