Alas. On to the news, but we'll start with the west coast, just because.
The Disneyland Resort is changing its Fastpass ride reservation system, putting both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure on the same "grid," meaning that you can no longer hold a Fastpass return time for each park at the same time. As far as Disney's concerned, it's all just one big resort now. In addition, Fastpasses are now available for Toy Story Midway Mania at Disney California Adventure, which should inflate the stand-by wait times for that shooter ride to the hours-plus levels common at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida before the addition of its third track. We'll have to wait a while to see how early in the day the Fastpass return times for this ride disappear — and how it will rank next to current early-shut-out champion, Radiator Springs Racers.
On the east coast, the Walt Disney World Resort today announced the dates for this year's Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parties. The hard-ticket events happen after-hours at the Magic Kingdom, so day guests should expect early closes on these days. The Halloween part runs 32 nights this year:
And the Christmas party goes for 21:
That's right, the holidays start in August, and there's pretty much no break between Halloween and Christmas. Will Thanksgiving ever be avenged? Anyway, tickets go on sale next month. No prices yet.
Also at the Magic Kingdom, the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels flew over the park, in a repeat of their 2015 performance.
Disney today also announced the Disney Legends Class of 2017, who will be enshrined during the D23 Expo in Anaheim this July. This year's inductees are:
And in the categories of "did their work for other creative businesses that Disney later acquired,"
Finally, in unplanned news, Don Rickles, the legendary insult comic who won a new generation of fans as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the Disney-Pixar Toy Story franchise, has passed away at the age of 90. Rest easy, hockey puck.Tweet
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