Disney Updates for June 13 2021
Boo Bash tickets are now on sale, but if you tried to buy them, you’re probably angry.
Also, we’ve got a confirmed date for the Grand Californian’s 2020 Condominium Association Meeting, and it’s soon. Let’s catch up on the DVC Updates that matter right now.
Boo Bash Ticket Debacle
On the morning of June 8th, I sincerely hope that you didn’t wake up and try to book tickets for Disney After Hours Boo Bash.
I say this because I watched DVC members slowly lose their minds over the course of last Tuesday.
DVC and Disney support services remain woefully understaffed due to the pandemic. The company is thankfully in a drastic hiring phase right now.
That information didn’t help guests who wanted to book the Halloween event, though. They frequently received “all circuits are busy” messages.
Some managed to leave a contact phone number, and a lucky few had Disney contact them to book tickets.
Friends suggested that this experience threw under the opening day of Park Passes, which is difficult for me to imagine.
DVC officials didn’t have much they could do here, as angry members learned that Halloween night has sold out.
The best solution for Disney involved adding more Boo Bash nights. You may now book reservations for five more Sundays. Here are the dates:
- September 5th
- September 12th
- September 19th
- October 10th
- October 17th
The pricing that I previously mentioned applies. The tickets cost $129/$139 for September and $159/$169 for October. Card-carrying members can still get the $10 discount for September.
Thankfully, after a shaky 48 hours, Boo Bash ticket sales have turned uneventful, with complaints dissipating.
For whatever reason, Disney tech struggles with opening day demand. We witnessed this with A Touch of Disney tickets and Disneyland Park Passes, too.
Most importantly, Disney has rescheduled the date for the 2020 Condominium Association Meeting…and it’s soon!
Disney will host the event exclusively for owners at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa on June 24th at 11 a.m. PST.
This property couldn’t participate in 2020 due to its pandemic-caused closure. So, DVC is catching everyone up next week.
In other member news, earlier in June, Disney Cruise Line received CDC permission for a two-night sailing on the Disney Dream. This cruise will take place on June 29th.
For this reason, I hadn’t expected the following announcement. Disney has canceled another batch of cruise dates.
Excepting that test run, the Disney Dream won’t sail through August 6th. The Disney Fantasy has refunded all cruises through August 28th.
Meanwhile, the other two vessels in the fleet won’t return until the Fall. The Disney Wonder will remain offline through September 19th, while the Disney Magic has canceled through November 4th.
Overall, that’s 20 itineraries that Disney just shut down. However, the two-night trial run remains on the docket. Disney has a lot riding on this cruise, too.
Royal Caribbean just suffered a PR black eye when two passengers came down with COVID during the first cruise out of North America since the pandemic began.
Everyone on the cruise had fully vaccinated themselves. So, the patients were blessedly asymptomatic. But still.
In happier news, I’ve got a welcome update about Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa. Laniwai, A Disney Spa, will reopen on June 15th!
Obviously, Disney has modified the spa experience somewhat to account for the pandemic. The official site hasn’t clarified what those changes are yet, though.
Still, DVC members should be thrilled to learn that spa days are back on the menu at Aulani! It’s the first DVC resort to operate a spa since the start of the pandemic.
I’m not in Orlando today, but My Disney Experience and some social media posts that Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has returned to Magic Kingdom.
Disney had closed it for a few days for refurbishments. This choice caused some concern, as the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover did the same thing last January. We didn’t see it again until last month.
Loki fans at Disneyland Resort, take note! Avengers Campus has already introduced its first new character interaction.
Loki now appears in his Time Variance Authority prisoner jumpsuit for some photo ops! I’m dubious this one will remain long-term. So, get some pictures while you can!
Finally, the other strange story involves Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which experienced significant power outages twice in a matter of days.
When this loss of power happened each time, most park attractions closed, along with some restaurants, shops, and restrooms. Obviously, some interconnected power sources feed all these places.
Disney hasn’t commented on the why of it. However, if you’re visiting Animal Kingdom this month, you should be aware of potential issues. Have a Plan B just in case, my friends.