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Friday round-up: Where's my water?

June 24, 2016, 10:05 PM · Holidays extras on top of extras

Walt Disney World today announced that it is now taking reservations for its upcharge dessert parties at its hard-ticket after-hours holiday parties this year. The HalloWishes Fireworks Dessert Premium Package at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party includes reserved seating at the parade and private viewing and desserts for the fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom's Halloween party. The price is $79 for adults or $47 for children (ages 3 to 9), plus tax... on top of the $72-and-up price to get into the party. At Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, the Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party gets you the same deal. Reservations are available at the links above.

The Secret Life of Movie Promotions

No, it's not the new ride we've been awaiting, but Universal Orlando has announced some Secret Life of Pets stuff that's happening at Universal Studios Florida in advance of the movie's premiere. Between now and July 10, USF will be showing an exclusive trailer before the Animal Actors on Location! performances. There also will be a trailer before the nightly Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular show, and Secret Life of Pets photo booth outside the Animal Actors theater.

Living the dry life at Universal Orlando

But it's not what Universal is adding that's getting its fans' attention so much as the stuff it's taken away. The Universal Orlando Annual Passholder Facebook group blew up today when passholders noticed that the Coke Freestyle machines at Universal no longer have an option to dispense plain ol' water.

Some fans report that this is an issue with Freestyle machines elsewhere, too, while others are just having fun suggesting things such as bringing their mugs to the Jurassic Park splash zone for refilling. Some also report that using an interactive wand while casting an aguamenti charm in front of drinking fountains can yield free water, as well.

Construction's in the air

Finally, Disneyland fans noticed height-testing balloons in the air over the Star Wars land construction site today, giving us a rough idea of the scale of the new land.

Of course, Disneyland fans can match Universal fans for smack-talk, too.

Replies (4)

June 24, 2016 at 10:44 PM · If I had to guess, Universal would rather keep soda drinkers in the soda line, but that is still pretty ridiculous and poor customer service IMO.
June 25, 2016 at 7:27 AM · My guess is it was an oversight and once it's pointed out they will correct it. That is unless people waiting to get free water and ice are depleting the amount of ice in the machine thus causing a problem for people who have paid a sum close to a home mortgages for 24oz of sugar water.
June 27, 2016 at 9:02 AM · I have to agree somewhat with the move by UOR (or Coca-Cola) to limit access to water at the Freestyle machines. It absolutely has been depleting the ice at the machines and causing longer lines while people are filling up their bottles and containers brought from home.

With that being said, I disagree with UOR on two points. (1) don't give disingenuous reasons like "we removed the water to make way for new and exciting products we can't wait to tell you about." No one believes that for one second and it just reinforces distrust among APs. (2) access to water from the Freestyle machines should be available to those who have paid for a Freestyle activation for the day.

Anecdotally, the Freestyle machines in Orlando at places like WaWa still have access to "free" water ... as well as a special WaWa flavor (just like UOR has Gamma/Celebrity.)

June 27, 2016 at 9:48 AM · The removal of access to free water is protect guests from the alligators.

Is it me or does the height test ballon on the left seem REALLY HIGH? Curious to what the non-park view of these buildings will be.

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