Thursday Theme Park News Roundup: MagicBands for WDW passholders, Illuminations dessert party, and a new Ferrari park in Europe
Written by Robert Niles
Walt Disney World's annual passholders soon will be getting MagicBands and access to the park's new Fastpass+ ride reservation system. The resort has begun emailing its passholders, inviting them into the new system. Once they have their MagicBands, WDW annual passholders will be able to book attraction and show reservations up to 30 days in advance, compared to the 60-day advance window for booking that Disney's on-site hotel guests will get.Tweet
Here's another option for Walt Disney World visitors: The resort is now offering a dessert party for the Illuminations show at Epcot. Disney started offering these events with the Fantasmic! show at Disneyland, providing a selection of desserts with a reserved viewing area to watch the show. The Illuminations dessert party will include sweets from various World Showcase pavilions, along with reserved space to watch the show, for $49 for adults and $29 for children. The parties start Saturday night and are available for booking now at 407-WDW-DINE.
Finally, Port Aventura in Spain has announced plans for a major new Ferrari-themed development.
Concept art courtesy PortAventura
From the press release [PDF]:
The new branded site (expected to open during 2016) will be the sole Ferrari theme park in Europe and will envisage a total investment of more than €100 million. Ferrari Land will be built on a total surface area of 75,000 square meters and benefit from several rides (including the highest and fastest vertical accelerator in Europe), a new premium hotel with 250 rooms and 5 star service, restaurants, shops and large simulation areas for car racing.
Ferrari is said also to be considering a new park in Asia, to go with the PortAventura development in Europe and the existing Ferrari World Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Update: A PortAventura spokesperson replied to me that it hasn't yet been decided whether the new Ferrari Land will be a separate ticket from the PortAventura Park or included in that park's admission.
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