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  1. RonAnnArbor

    News Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser coming to Walt Disney World 2021

    Except that the transportation to the park is part of the experience - from space port to space port the riders will never see WDW in between.
  2. RonAnnArbor

    Return to normality tracker

    Fantasmic and the Parades are plagued by labor shortages right now. They simply don't have the actors and live show folks to make them functional. Many of the folks who do those shows have moved on to other jobs in Orlando, or they moved home during the pandemic to Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin...
  3. RonAnnArbor

    News Disney Park Pass System announced for Walt Disney World theme park reservations

    Its because you can park hop there without a reservation. Throughout most of the reservation debacle, Epcot is available except on weekends, and even then you check in the afternoon and there are reservations available. It's the last park anyone currently picks because you go to a different park...
  4. RonAnnArbor

    Disney After Hours BOO BASH

    I live literally three minutes away from Walt Disney World and I see what happens there from night to night. Almost all my neighbors work for Disney (I do not). Above and beyond general post hours events, there are a lot of people locally who have normally had annual passes who haven't stepped...
  5. RonAnnArbor

    Disney After Hours BOO BASH

    This is not a previous after hours party. They've had trouble selling tickets to previous after hours parties.
  6. RonAnnArbor

    Disney After Hours BOO BASH

    I think you are grossly misestimating the ticket sales for a sold-out night at Boo Bash. MNSSHP has historically been one of their best-selling evening events. Entire families and friends groups book resorts to go specifically for the costume party, and I suspect the same thing has happened for...
  7. RonAnnArbor

    News Magic Kingdom and Epcot Fireworks to Resume July 1st

    While I am not sure exactly when the nighttime shows are coming back, I know that almost all the nighttime staff at all 4 parks have been recalled to work - there is a minimum two week gap between re-onboarding them and actually doing the shows. I think the July 1 estimates to bring the...
  8. RonAnnArbor

    Chicken Guy to open new location with drive-thru in Winter Park near to Walt Disney World

    Not for nothing, I think these articles are written by folks who do not live in Florida -- Winter Park is NOWHERE near WDW.
  9. RonAnnArbor

    Just a northern transplant living in Horizon West and loving Disney.

    Just a northern transplant living in Horizon West and loving Disney.
  10. RonAnnArbor

    News Disney mask policy at Walt Disney World theme parks

    I have never seen Universal as packed as it has been the past month -- and the same for SeaWorld (a particular favorite place of mine) -- and part of that is because they don't have any mask rules in place and it has increased the local attendance there specifically because you DON'T need masks...
  11. RonAnnArbor

    News Disney mask policy at Walt Disney World theme parks

    Just from a locals point of view - I live in a very highly Disney-oriented affluent area about 5 minutes from the parks. Disney's reluctance to remove the indoor mask requirement is absolutely driving business away from the parks until they do -- and with that, it means a lot of money normally...
  12. RonAnnArbor

    Boardwalk Inn - Reopens July 2nd

    Port Orleans French Quarter and Riverside also remain closed
  13. RonAnnArbor

    News Goodbye to The Grand Floridian Society Orchestra

    I know its always sad, but I think people just don't get what's happening at WDW right now. Except for a few rare days, the parks are near-empty. Even with caps, they are getting terrible turnout. The "live shows" that have been added have been pulling in maybe 20-25 people per show...the...
  14. RonAnnArbor

    Would you visit Walt Disney World with these health-based operational restrictions in place?

    Not to mention that Orange County has no mask rules, so nobody here wears them unless you are inside a grocery store, and then only because they make you wear them. This system won't work at WDW.
  15. RonAnnArbor

    Would you visit Walt Disney World with these health-based operational restrictions in place?

    Because of the very limited number of guests that will be able to enter you won't get that normal crowding in. Most likely they won't be opening all of the resorts, just the ones that they can best accommodate transportation needs to the parks, with limited bus occupancy and drop off's timed...
  16. RonAnnArbor

    Riviera gift shop selling remote controlled boats, did Disney forget about gators?

    Your comment is pretty ignorant. It's a French-themed hotel - French people sail remote control boats in public fountains all over the country - and places like Luxembourg Gardens in Paris. That's why they are selling them -- because it's a very french-themed souvenir they can charge a lot of...
  17. RonAnnArbor

    News Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Standby Line and Boarding Groups at Disney's Hollywood Studios

    Glad you got to ride. We were also there this morning and checking the app every minute and when the app opened boarding groups at 7:15 it was impossible to access the app without it crashing on ANY of our six phones, and we did NOT get a boarding group even though we were in the parking lot at...
  18. RonAnnArbor

    Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

    I do not see that changing anytime soon --- by the way, being at the park at 4 am DOES NOT guarantee a boarding group...this morning they started boarding groups at 7:15 and they were filled by 7:30 (some say 7:40 but mine would not permit further access after 7:30)...when all 8000 people...
  19. RonAnnArbor

    News New Gondola Transportation - Disney Skyliner - Every Possible What If ....? Has Been Discussed.

    At this point, they have done physical testing on the lines with special test gondolas - although real gondolas are nowhere to be seen (except for the "show" gondolas they have used at public exhibits)...BUT...they aren't going to open just because the ride is built -- they have to also have at...
  20. RonAnnArbor

    Magic Band Purchase

    Beware that across the board they are deactivating older bands now -- but you can easily just reactivate them. It looks to me like they are deactivating anything older than 2 years -- so that bands from 2017 through 2019 are currently active but anything from Dec 31 2016 or older have been...
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