Early Registration for Cosmic Rewind Comes and Goes
Disney has screwed up again, and this one will bum you out if you’re visiting the parks in May. So, through clenched teeth, I’ll explain what has happened.
Cosmic Rewind Previews Sell Out
Yesterday, a weird rumor circulated. It seemed so unlikely that even the most respected name in DVC news didn’t trust the story. But, sadly, it was true, and that’s terrible news for all of us.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosm
ic Rewind sneak previews for DVC members went on sale last Wednesday …and sold out by 10:15 a.m.
I feel like I failed you on this one, which is frustrating. So, I owe you an explanation. Here’s what happened.
Wednesday, rumors surfaced on social media that DVC members could book their preview reservations today.
However, only one source had this scoop, which led to tweets like this one:
Earlier today we picked up on info from a number of Disney sites related to previews of the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction. The validity of this info has since been cast in doubt. We removed the story and would advise not using the link. We apologize for the confusion.
— DVCNews.com (@DVCNews) April 14, 2022
The first reply to this tweet tells the story. Disney added a link for guest registration overnight and then opened the booking window on Wednesday.
With little notice, DVC members suddenly scrambled to reserve a spot in line for the upcoming EPCOT roller coaster. Only 75 minutes later, all openings had sold out.
Tim Krasniewski’s frustration in this tweet mirrors my own:
Yup. After sending no advance notice directly to members and denying that registration was taking place today, they post the link 15 minutes before it starts. Nice job, DVC. https://t.co/PszjfmcfHO
— DVCNews.com (@DVCNews) April 14, 2022
Disney initially posted that it would accept reservations from May 9th through May 18th. Then, the site’s language updated to show May 9th and May 18th as the only dates.
Here’s where I drop some additional bad news. Annual passholder previews also went on sale this morning and quickly sold out.
Disney listed dates of May 8th-10th, 15th-16th, and 18th-21st. But, unfortunately, all of them are gone now.
I have no idea how this debacle unfolded this way. However, it does speak to the limited supply of previews combined with the power of social media.
I’m operating under the assumption that more booking windows will appear in the coming days. Still, I count on nothing after the events of the past 24 hours.
Disney dropped the ball here.
Happy Holy Week, everyone!
So, the Easter Bunny has appeared at Walt Disney World. In fact, Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny are holding court at a photo op across from Crystal Tavern and The Plaza Restaurant.
I should mention that social distancing rules remain in place through Monday. For this reason, cast members won’t allow you to hug either of them.
Still, you can take some cute pictures and videos of the duo hiding Easter Eggs.
Speaking of character greetings, Disneyland Resort will bring them back next week as well.
Park management just confirmed that these interactions will remain first come, first served. As a result, Disneyland won’t employ Lightning Lane reservations for the encounters.
For budget-conscious guests, that’s good news. You don’t need to pay extra to skip the long lines. Instead, it’s a free-for-all.
This news may come as a surprise to some. As a reminder, Walt Disney World has added character greetings to its Disney Genie+ service.
For whatever reason, the two Disney parks are taking dramatically different approaches to character greetings.
Speaking of which, Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A. is hosting the Easter Bunny right now, too.
By the way, while we’re on the subject of social distancing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has dropped many guidelines recently.
However, the rule about face-coverings on public transportation will remain in place for another two weeks.
As such, you must continue to wear a mask on some forms of Walt Disney World transportation through May 3rd.
Currently, the rules are that you must use a face-covering on monorails and buses. However, you don’t need to use one on the Disney Skyliner or various boats.