Insider's Update: A whole lot of shaking going on
Written by Robert Niles
Walt Disney World visitors who aren't staying at a Disney hotel and who aren't annual passholders will get their chance to make advance reservations for Disney World attractions, starting Monday. On March 31, Fastpass+ reservations become available to "day visitors." You'll have to create a MyMagic+ account by following the "My Disney Experience" link at the top of disneyworld.com, then register a WDW admission ticket with that account, but once you do, you'll be able to make Fastpass+ reservations up to 30 days in advance of your visit, the same as annual passholders. (Disney World hotel guests get to make Fastpass+ reservations up to 60 days in advance.) Disney will be selling MagicBands to day guests for $13 each, but you can use Fastpass+ without a MagicBand, though you might have to upgrade to an RFID-chip-embedded ticket if you've been using an older WDW ticket card. You can make that switch at any WDW ticket booth or guest relations office. And if you don't make your reservations in advance, you can continue to make or change Fastpass+ reservations at kiosks inside the park.Tweet
Using a new chip-embedded ticket at Walt Disney World to enter a park.
Tokyo Disney is giving its hotel guests a way to make ride reservations before its "day guests," too. But Tokyo's taking a significantly more old-school approach. It's letting hotel guests into the park 15 minutes early. [Google Translate link. You've been warned.] That's not much of an early entry, compared with the extensive early entry benefits available to hotel guests at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, but with Fastpass reservations disappearing so quickly at the Tokyo Disney parks on most days, that extra 15 minutes can help get hotel guests a coveted Fastpass to one popular attraction and place at the front of the line of another before the mass of the crowd gets into the park.
The big news in Souther California last night was the 5.1-magnitude earthquake that shook everyone in the area, up and down the coast and halfway to Vegas. Disneyland's standard operating procedure is to close all rides for inspection after a significant quake, and with little quake damage to show, many local TV stations decided to focus on closed rides at Disneyland for their earthquake coverage. If you'd like a smarter take on what to do if an earthquake hits Disneyland, we've created a discussion thread. If you've been in a theme park during an earthquake or other natural disaster, your comments are appreciated!
In other Disney news:
Because everything is better with bacon, Busch Gardens Tampa has created a pretzel-wrapped bacon snack as the "signature" food item for its new Pantopia land, opening around the new Falcon's Fury drop ride this spring. I joked on Twitter about Busch Gardens deciding between pretzel-wrapped bacon and a bacon-wrapped pretzel, and a Busch Gardens representative responded that, yes indeed, they did try both! The pretzel-wrapped bacon won because it allowed for crispier bacon. Skip to 2:30 in the video below for the bacon goodness, or just watch the whole thing to learn more about what'll be for sale in Pantopia.
Finally, if you're a fan of the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal's Islands of Adventure, head over to Goddard Group's Facebook page to see some early concept art from the attraction. Did you know that the first concept was for a Superman ride, before Universal secured the Marvel Comics rights instead of getting the rights to DC characters? You can see the early storyboards for the attraction, as well as a ride map for when Spider-Man was going to be an omnimover-style attraction, before the switch to its current motion-base system. Click the "download" link on those photo pages to download the files so you can zoom in on your own computer for better detail.
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