Overlaying Disney information is like attending a household vacation social gathering — it’s largely enjoyable, often unhappy, and occasionally the police become involved. We at The DIS want to take the time to reminisce with our circle of relatives — meaning you — about among the Disney-related information tales that gained essentially the most consideration over the course of 2018.
We did our greatest to maintain this listing to purely park-planning information tales, however Disney information isn’t all the time about what impacts your trip, so we’ll point out just a few of the extra widespread tales from this yr that didn’t make it on our high 10 on the backside.
10. Artist Level Rumored to Turn into a Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Character Dinner
Whereas this ceaselessly seen story could have began out as a rumor again in August, we not solely received affirmation of the change fairly shortly thereafter later within the yr, but additionally noticed the total transition of Artist Level into a brand new character meal. If you happen to haven’t had the chance, try Pete Werner’s full evaluation of the brand new character eating choice HERE.
9. Walt Disney World Raises Costs of Tickets and Annual Move
Effectively, this one absolutely doesn’t qualify as shocking. Whereas these worth will increase had been fairly an enormous deal once they had been introduced in February, later in September, Walt Disney World introduced a brand-new date-based ticket worth construction, full with an interactive calendar to assist visitors work out the more and more complicated pricing system. We are able to in all probability count on many extra pricing tales to return in 2019, so be sure that to maintain an in depth eye on our Ticket Costs Web page.
eight. Kids’s Exercise Facilities at Walt Disney World to Shut July 31
Manner again to start with of 2018, Walt Disney World introduced that they might shut kids’s exercise facilities at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney’s Yacht & Seaside Membership Resorts. Whereas Disney cited a scarcity of visitor use for his or her August 1st closures, the recognition of this story means that fairly just a few people on the market nonetheless cared about these kids’s facilities. The brand new Pixar Play Zone opened at Disney’s Up to date Resort to fill the hole.
7. Disney Designs New Lightsaber That Extends and Retracts Simply Just like the Movie Variations
Disney Enterprises, Inc. printed quite a few patent functions that might relate to the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge lands in Hollywood Studios and Disneyland Park, however none of them received almost as a lot consideration as this lightsaber design. Utilizing a easy idea in a classy manner, this new mannequin lightsaber might be essentially the most film-accurate tackle the long-lasting weapon so far. Whether or not Disney simply retains it for reside stage reveals or sells them to followers, collectors, and cosplayers is anybody’s guess, however we’d like to get out robotic prosthetic hand on one in all these.
6. Disney Confirms Plans to Construct New Resort Resort on Outdated River Nation Grounds
The defunct River Nation water park sat idle for years, gathering mud and serving solely to be included in “secret Disney” lists making the rounds on the web. As soon as rumors started to flow into a couple of new resort resort being deliberate for the placement, anticipation started to construct. Walt Disney World lastly confirmed in October that they might be creating a brand new Disney Trip Membership property on the location to open in 2022 — a nature-themed DVC resort with “900 resort rooms and proposed Disney Trip Membership villas unfold throughout a wide range of distinctive lodging sorts.” A month later, we realized that the identify of this new resort could be Reflections: A Disney Lakeside Lodge.
5. New Resort Confirmed for Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
As you possibly can guess by the final entry, Walt Disney World visitors are extremely concerned about any information on new resort motels. Whereas rumors of a New Swan & Dolphin tower had been circulating for a bit, it was the affirmation that garnered essentially the most consideration. The resort’s house owners — actual property agency Tishman and Metlife Funding Administration — made a press release in September asserting the brand new 14-story, 349-room resort tower which shall be constructed on the present website of the resort’s tennis courts. A later replace from Marriot Worldwide in November confirmed that The Cove shall be completed in beneath two years. For the total particulars of the brand new resort try the story, in fact.
four. runDisney Releases 2018-2019 Occasion Calendar
Whereas not ending in first place, runDisney’s new calendar of occasions managed to select up a major quantity of consideration. It looks like Disney’s listing of annual marathon and half-marathon occasions is retaining a robust quantity of enthusiasm amongst health inclined Disney fans. Whereas technically printed on the finish of 2017, this story nonetheless held at quantity 6 for views in 2018.
three. Walt Disney World Providing Free Eating Bounce Again Provide for Choose Dates in 2019
The recognition of this story is not any shock. Did you miss free eating? Do you continue to need free eating? What if we simply maintain repeating the phrases “free” and “eating”? Reserving availability for this supply ended on Halloween, however keep tuned for extra information sooner or later about these two magical phrases.
2. Disney Confirms In a single day Parking Charges for Their Resort Friends Starting March 21
And now we get to new prices. The recognition of this information story on our website was a direct results of how unpopular the idea of resort resort parking charges was to the overall Disney group. What is finished is finished, although, and it looks like these charges are right here to remain. For the present and ever-updated charges for in a single day parking at Walt Disney World Resort motels, test HERE.
1. 2018 Disney Eating Plan Will Embrace Specialty Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Drinks
Our website is at the beginning about planning, so it ought to come as no shock that now we have this Disney Eating Plan story within the high spot. Keep in mind, we even have this data and every little thing else you have to know concerning the Disney Eating Plan conveniently positioned proper HERE.
Sadly, Disney information isn’t simply confined to the adjustments that happen within the theme parks. 2018 had its justifiable share of tales that strayed in the direction of the unfavorable not only for The Walt Disney Firm, however for forged members and visitors as effectively. Listed here are among the extra widespread, however much less optimistic, tales that made the rounds:
A new child child was reported to have been handed to a visitor by an nameless girl on the Animal Kingdom Lodge, just for investigators to find that the visitor who reported the incident was truly the kid’s mom, who had fabricated the story.
Simply in time for the vacations, this mid-December story reminded us all to deal with individuals nicer, be extra optimistic, and never steal over $48,000 from our employers. Kissimmee resident Jamaica Corridor was charged with grand theft after he allegedly “issued fraudulent bank card refunds to resort visitors, which he transferred to his checking account” whereas working as a concierge host at a number of Walt Disney World Resort motels. Fortunately, no Disney visitors had been financially affected.
A lady is going through little one abuse and felony mischief prices after Epcot visitors reported that she had been dragging her little one in one of many park’s restrooms; she was aggressive and uncooperative with cops through the November incident.
Two widespread tales centered round a girl suing Walt Disney Parks & Resorts for an incident in 2016 by which one other visitor allegedly hit her with a motorized scooter whereas in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. She later requested video to establish the opposite visitor.
Lastly, we came upon in October man had determined to sue Disney for negligence and false arrest relating to an incident in 2015 by which a forged member requested him to maneuver to accommodate a parade route. On the time of his arrest, the forged member mentioned the person had “grabbed her shirt collar and threaten[ed] to punch her within the face,” a declare that he’s now contesting.
So right here we’re — the New 12 months is upon us and it’s time to look ahead to one other 365 days of Disney information. The Disney Parks and Resorts will look fairly a bit completely different by the tip of 2019, and we’ll be right here with you to report on all the adjustments that come their manner. Have a secure, completely satisfied, and hopefully non-newsworthy New 12 months.