Disney update: New Disney World app, Electrical Parade extended
Here are a couple of news items from the Walt Disney theme parks. First, the Walt Disney World Resort has updated its official "My Disney Experience" smartphone app.
The new version brings the MDE app more in line, design-wise, with the other official Disney theme park apps in use for its resorts around the world. The new version opens directly to the park maps and includes a new "My Resort Dashboard" feature for people staying on-site at one of the official Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Here's the official overview of the new features:
Over on the west coast, the Disneyland Resort today announced that it has extended the run of the Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland Park.
The light parade now will close August 20, instead of June 18 as originally planned. That allows the MSEP to run through the entire summer season. It also means that the parade won't "glow away" again the week after the SoCal Select AP block out for the summer, but will run until the day before they come back. That should help with the crowd management quite a bit.
The SoCal Select passholders will all rush to see it before their blockouts, of course, but everyone else wanting to see the parade at Disneyland one last time can do so through the rest of the summer, when the SoCal Select AP holders won't be around.
What about PTN? I got so spoiled watching it multiple times for the Diamond Anniversary Celebration. MSEP just doesn't cut it for me anymore. I sure hope they aren't planning on shipping PTN down the 10 freeway!
It'll be back in the fall, I hear. It's the MSEP that will make the cross country drive to WDW.
The MSEP is going back to WDW? Any idea when? We are planning to be in Orlando at the end of October.
TPI says MSEP to WDW, and PTN at DCA?
After watching the Main Street Electrical Parade for the first time in 10+ years last night, I'm glad to hear that it will be sticking around for a bit (and hope it will remain indefinitely as an "off-season" nighttime parade). No, it is not the spectacle that Paint the Night is, but there is a lot more to it and it fits in Disneyland Park much, much better. I just wish they still had the classic soundtrack, as the current version is severely lacking.
Paint the Night is such a great parade, was hoping it was coming east. Saw it last year at Disneyland.
The last day for the SoCal Select AP is Thursday, June 8th.
MDE is almost perfect. It doesn't integrate Disney Dining with Dining Reservations. You shouldn't have to confirm with a credit card if you already have Disney Dining. Assuming you have Disney Dining with a confirmed reservation, any cancellations for dining should be linked with the credit card from your confirmed reservations.
"You shouldn't have to confirm with a credit card if you already have Disney Dining."
Russell: The abuses you mentioned can easily be remedied by having the DDP have the same restrictions for ADR and be linked up with the same accommodations reservation that was confirmed with the credit card like I already said. You can't get DDP without staying on-site. The added bonus and service is the restriction to trip stay and the limitations of DDP. They won't be reserving more than what they plan offers. I prefer DDP get priority over ADR. The standard plan has one table service reservation per day. That's all they will reserve per day. They can change it, but they lose their original reservation and start over. DDP should not be able to reserve ADR separately and you can track that via MDE. If you really care about abuses, let's restrict ADR if you don't have a pre-purchased ticket. Then they will know you're shopping around to different park restaurants or notice a scheduling conflict. They can say due to high demand, only one reservation per day per park.
That's an interesting idea Anton, but could be complicated for large groups/families sometimes dining together and sometimes dining apart. Does everyone have to book ADRs separately, or can one "master" user on the MDE reservation book for the whole group? Can individuals in the group override the master user and book their own ADR? Also, what if a user has the standard DDP, but wants to book all 3 of their table service meals in a single day assuming they're staying on property for 3 nights? What if a user wants to book ADRs for meals beyond what they get on the DDP and are planning to pay out of pocket? If the DDP were an all-you-can-eat program like cruise ships and all-inclusive resorts, you could do what you're suggesting, but there are varying levels of the DDP, and the most basic version does not even include table service restaurants.
I'm no DDP expert. I assume most people who have the plan are traveling together with an all inclusive package. Reserve a large group outside of DDP and pay separately with DDP. This is an unique situation that requires calling the customer call center instead of using MDE and ADR.
I think it is easier to reverse a credit card charge than reverse a meal credit. I know that sounds insane.
The penalty for DDP no shows should be the loss of that one dining credit. Currently, there is no such loss since DDP is not linked to reservations. If you wish to dine in more places without DDP, I assume this is possible since the standard plan only allows the equivalent of one table service credit a day in the length of stay.
That penalty is far too stiff - loss of a credit. Sometimes stuff happens, and while you want to discourage no-shows, you can't take away the equivalent of a meal (in some establishments over $60). I think the highest you can go is $50, and only for the highest demand restaurants. Also, how damaging is that to a resort guest that got DDP for free as part of a promotion? A value-conscious person like myself would scrape every last penny of value out of something, even if it were given to me for free, but others don't have the same approach, and would gladly give up their credit to not rush to make a reservation for a meal they were getting for free.
I agree it's a severe penalty to lose a credit. An alternative is they show up when they can and the restaurant can try to accommodate them or find another equivalent restaurant. Otherwise it gets downgraded to a quick service credit so they can still eat. The thing is they can't just skip out of their responsibilities and fix the situation.
That's why I think it should be a monetary deposit that is applied to the meal (only refunded if the guest is on the DDP). Hit people in the pocket, even DDP users, and make them show up.
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