Annual Passes Now on Sale
After a prolonged absence, Walt Disney World has started selling annual passes again.
Meanwhile, some rides are undergoing refurbishment, and new character meetings are available at the Happiest Place on Earth.
Here’s what we know.
Annual Passes Return
I previously discussed the impending return of annual passes at Walt Disney World.
As you may recall, people outside the state of Florida really have only two options, one if you’re in the Disney Vacation Club.
DVC members can buy the Disney Sorcerer Pass, which costs $899 plus tax or $63 per month after a $205 down payment.
Those of you who want to max out your Disney experience may purchase the Disney Incredi-Pass instead. For $1,399 plus tax, you will avoid all blockout dates.
Well, annual passes went on sale the other day, and events unfolded the way they usually do at Disney these days.
Some would-be buyers reported snafus. Online users faced a picture of Goofy and a message that the system was undergoing maintenance.
Some guests reportedly waited for an extended period for their spot to come in the online digital queue as well.
However, guests who purchased annual passes at the Transportation and Ticket Center did so without incident.
The most important fact here is that you can finally purchase or renew annual passes again, albeit in the new format.
Speaking of which, if you have the old version of the annual pass, I have some good news.
Disney has added a new feature called Bonus Reservations. These apply to specific parks on certain dates.
When you notice a Bonus Reservations listing, you can book it without it counting toward your maximum allotment of Park Passes. More is better, right?
Closures and Planned Refurbishments
Several Disney attractions are either currently closed or will undergo planned refurbishments soon.
At Disneyland, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad just went offline for its planned Fall renovations.
Management hasn’t indicated how long this particular refurbishment will take, but it expects the roller coaster to return later in the Fall.
Meanwhile, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will temporarily close two of its most popular attractions in relatively quick succession.
On November 1st, Kali River Rapids will close for its usual winter repairs. This attraction always needs some clean-up due to lingering behind-the-scenes issues.
Presuming all goes well, it’ll return during the first quarter of 2022. Speaking of which, Expedition Everest is shutting down on January 4th.
Park officials indicate it’ll stay offline for a while, which usually means months, not weeks.
Don’t get your hopes up about Disco Yeti repairs, though. That would require structural fixes that would require extensive work.
New Character Greetings
Okay, this update only applies to our Disneyland Resort fans. But, even then, 60 percent of it requires you to attend Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party.
Still, some of you will be thrilled to learn about three new exclusive character greetings at this event!
Agatha Harkness from WandaVision is making her Disneyland debut! She joins Cruella de Vil and Sid from Toy Story as new villains holding court at the event.
Yes, you can catch the live show of this!
Okay, not really, but I post that clip whenever I can. Another pair of characters appear throughout the day at Disney California Adventure.
You won’t need after-hours tickets to watch Shang-Chi square off against Death Dealer in mortal combat.
Avengers Campus previously did this with Black Widow, and it proved to be a real crowd-pleaser.
Since Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is decimating Black Widow at the box office, the Death Dealer showdown is likely to be that much more popular.