All Walt Disney World Resorts Are Back in Business
The Disney Wish has passed its first significant test! We’ll talk about that, a triumphant moment for Walt Disney World resorts, and more today.
I Don’t Understand It, But It Sounds Good
Folks, I won’t lie and pretend like I have any idea what a river conveyance is. Dad was in the Navy, but I’ve never really been a boat guy.
So, I must take the word of The Maritime Executive when it states that the Disney Wish has done something impressive.
The 144,000 gross ton vessel has completed the Ems Conveyance. It’s apparently a 20-mile sea voyage.
Their website describes it as “a complex maneuver to move the 1,119-foot cruise ship down the river and to the ocean for the first time.”
I don’t know what any of that means, but the boat didn’t sink. So, that’s good. There’s also a video of the journey:
To me, as a non-nautical expert, that clip looks like two small boats pushing a massive one, but what do I know?
I’m joking here because this whole subject makes me feel ignorant. (Sorry, Dad.)
However, the article includes some fascinating details about what’s involved with the Ems Conveyance. It’s no small feat.
For a vessel as gigantic as the Disney Wish to pass easily is an impressive feat of shipbuilding.
The ship remains on schedule to host its maiden voyage on July 14th.
A Momentous Occasion at Walt Disney World
Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort has reopened after a two-year absence. Here’s a video that highlights all the modest changes at the resort:
Obviously, this news doesn’t impact DVC members much, but it matters a great deal to Walt Disney World officials.
For the first time since the pandemic started, all Walt Disney World resorts are simultaneously operational.
Also, due to the opening of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, the Orlando campus is now hosting more resorts than at any previous point in Disney history.
Given everything that has transpired, that has to be a satisfying thought for Disney’s dedicated cast members. They have endured the worst and come out better for it.
Speaking of which, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort continues to receive updates. Some guests hadn’t enjoyed the generic brown colors of the pillars in the Porte-cochere.
Well, Disney has added new graphics to these poles to make them appear more decorative and thematic. It’s a modest addition, but it does make a difference.
By the way, I have one other DVC resort update that sounds like an April Fool’s Day joke but isn’t.
At 12:30 a.m. on April 1st, Disney’s Riviera Resort performed a two-hour planned power outage.
Yes, this power loss impacted hotel rooms as well. Some guests wondered whether it was a weird prank…but no.
Someone at Disney simply had a weird sense of timing. Thankfully, the power returned after two hours as planned.
Oscar Isaac won’t be entirely sure about the whole thing, but the Moon Knight has appeared at Disney California Adventure.
Since the various Marvel series started broadcasting on Disney+, Avengers Campus has included these character interactions.
The Moon Knight one even got a TikTok hype video:
That’s an excellent clip. It legitimately makes me want to hop on a flight. Here’s a video of the character sighting, and it gets bonus points for occurring at night:
So, the hype video exceeds the real thing, but that white costume and flowing white cowl are spectacular!
At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, rehearsals are underway for Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…and Beyond!
We probably shouldn’t know that, but we do. A pair of former Broadway performers posted on social media that they’d earned roles in the show.
They added that they’re rehearsing for it already. The couple deleted the posts soon afterward, hinting that someone at Disney felt they had said too much.
Finally, I’ve got one other update about Toy Story Midway Mania! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
As work speeds up on Jessie’s Trading Post, the exit for the Toy Story ride has changed. The new exit takes you by a temporary batch of construction walls.
You shouldn’t be surprised if the new ride exit takes you through the Jessie’s Trading Post gift shop in a few months.