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Disney Parks Latest Updates for 2022

Walt Disney World News as of today:


โ˜… Park pass reservations required in addition to admission. Officially, the park pass reservation system is here to stay.

๐˜•๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜š๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜š๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ ๐˜š๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ด

โ˜… The new permanent fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom is Disneyโ€™s Enchantment.

โ˜… During Magic Kingdom Firework: Disneyโ€™s Enchantment, - dessert parties and fireworks cruises have returned.

โ˜… The new permanent fireworks show at Epcot is Harmonious.

โ˜… During Epcot โ€“ Harmonious show - private dessert parties and fireworks cruises have returned.

โ˜… Special fireworks dining packages at Epcot โ€“ Harmonious are offered at California Grill, Rose and Crown, and Spice Road Table.

โ˜… At Hollywood Studios - Disney Movie Magic nighttime show is presented running each night

โ˜… Disney Hollywood Studios - Fantasmic will return in 2022; the theater is currently undergoing major renovations.

โ˜… At Disneyโ€™s Animal Kingdom Park - KiteTails, live daytime entertainment, is being performed.

๐˜“๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜Œ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜›๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ด

โ˜…Starting February 11th, Magic Kingdom will debut a new Super Sized Cavalcade that will be running multiple times a day.

โ˜… Park Tours: Enchanted Extras Keys to the Kingdom, Caring for Giants, Wild Animal Trek, Up Close with Rhinos, Savor the Savanna returned February 6.

โ˜… Adapted versions of live stage shows currently operating include: The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, Celebration of the Festival of The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast Live On Stage.

โ˜… โ€œMickeyโ€™s Magical Friendship Faireโ€ on the castle stage in the Magic Kingdom will debut on February 25.

โ˜… Magic Kingdomโ€™s โ€œFestival of Fantasyโ€ Parade to return to Magic Kingdom on March 9.

โ˜… Other live stage entertainment currently operating throughout the parks: Feathered Friends In Flight!, Monsters Inc Laugh Floor, Turtle Talk with Crush.

โ˜… Other continuing and returning live entertainment throughout the parks includes: Dapper Dans on Main Street USA; the piano in front of Caseyโ€™s Corner in the Magic Kingdom; the JAMMinators and Alberta Bound on the Mill Stage in Canada; Voices of Liberty in the rotunda; Mariachi Cobre in the American Gardens Theater; Sergio, the juggler in Italy; drummers in Japan in Epcot; live music in Africa and Asia in Animal Kingdom park; Yeehaw Bob (and Mickey Beignets) at Port Orleans; Jellyrolls. DiVine at Animal Kingdom; Tam Tam drummers in Harambe in Animal Kingdom.

โ˜… Drawn to Life presented by Cirque du Soleil & Disney is now being presented at Disney Springs.

โ˜… A reimagined โ€œFinding Nemoโ€ musical โ€œThe Big Blue and Beyondโ€ is coming in 2022, taking place in the timeline of the film Finding Dory over at Disneyโ€™s Animal Kingdom Park. The theater will be themed as the Marine Life Institute and the show will feature the fish from Dr. P. Shermanโ€™s office. Still puppetry.

โ˜… Distanced character greetings continue instead of photo and autograph sessions with characters. Some adapted, still distanced, personal character greetings have returned.


โ˜… Disney Genie service began October 19, 2021. This is currently replacing the old FastPass system.

โ˜… Remyโ€™s Ratatouille Adventure is open in EPCOT.

โ˜… Construction on the new Journey of Water attraction in EPCOT is well underway.

โ˜… Josh Dโ€™Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, officially announced on November 20, 2021, that Guardians of the Galaxy Galactic Rewind roller coaster will open Summer 2022.

โ˜… Construction on the Tron roller coaster continues, with no announced opening date or year. The Magic Kingdom Railroad is currently not operating due to Tron construction.

โ€ฃโ˜… Expedition Everest is down for a major refurbishment through mid-April. Splash Mountain is down for routine maintenance until February 10. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will undergo a short refurbishment February 14-18, 2022.

โ€ฃโ˜… Typhoon Lagoon has reopened as Blizzard Beach went down for its annual refurbishment.


โ˜… The EPCOT Festival of the Arts will run January 14 through February 21.

โ˜… The EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival will run March 2 through July 4.

โ˜… My wild guess for the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival is July 14 through November 19.


โ€ฃโ˜… Flying Fish at Disneyโ€™s Boardwalk reopened January 27. Turf Club at Disneyโ€™s Saratoga Resort & Spa reopened February 3. Jiko at Disney Springs reopens February 17.

โ˜… Boatwrights at Disney Springs has reopened.

โ˜… Adapted character dining experiences may be found at Garden Grill, Chef Mickeyโ€™s, Topolinoโ€™s Terrace (breakfast only), Hollywood and Vine, Tusker House, Storybook Dining at Artist Point. At Cinderella's Royal Table and Be Our Guest, a single character does an occasional greeting to the whole dining room.

โ˜… Space 220 Lounge and La Crรชperie de Paris in Epcot are now offering reservations for full-service dining.

โ˜… Several restaurants have resumed self-service buffets: Boma, Biergarten, Crystal Palace. Ale & Compass breakfast buffet returned on January 31. Cape May Cafe returns to a full buffet service on February 15.

โ˜… The dining plan will be offered again but Disney has said nothing else about that for over six months.

โ˜… Roundup Rodeo BBQ, a new full service restaurant in Toy Story Land, will open in 2022.


โ˜… All monorails are operating. All monorail stations are open.

โ˜… Boats to and from Disney Springs on the Sassagoula River are operating.

โ˜… Parking lot trams are operating at the Magic Kingdom, and will return to other parks in 2022.

โ˜… Buses ๐™›๐™ง๐™ค๐™ข ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ข๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ง๐™ ๐™จ to Disney Springs are not operating at all at this time. (Buses between Disney resort hotels to Disney Springs are operating.)

โ˜… Mears Connect replaced Disney's Magical Express: $16 for adults, $13.50 for children, one way. Mears shuttles can be added to vacation packages at this time. In February, Sunshine Flyer will compete with it: $17 for adults, $12.50 for children, one way. Still waiting to hear if Sunshine Flyer will be able to added to packages as well.

๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ ๐˜‰๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ด

โ˜… All parks now open 30 minutes early for Disney resort guests. Not all Good Neighbor hotels are eligible.

โ˜… Select parks on select nights will remain open for Deluxe Disney resort guests. (Of the Good Neighbor hotels, only Swan and Dolphin, and Shades of Green, are eligible.)

โ˜… The Grand Floridian spa reopened January 26, 2022. No other Disney resort hotel spas have reopened or are scheduled to reopen.

โ˜… All Club levels at participating resorts have reopened

โ˜… All-Star Sports Resort reopens March 31, 2022.

โ˜… Souvenir Pick-Up (at the front of the park) and Resort Hotel Delivery for purchases of park merchandise are both currently unavailable. Home Delivery shipping service is available for a fee.

๐˜—๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜š๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ด

โ˜… Harmony Barber Shop, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, etc., have not yet reopened.

Disneyland News as of today:

๐˜•๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜š๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ด, ๐˜“๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜Œ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ Events

โ˜…Fantasmic at Disneyland and World of Color will at Disney California Adventure have been confirmed to return in 2022.

โ˜…Main Street Electrical Parade will be returning by Spring 2022 at Disneyland Park

โ˜… Disneyland After Dark - Disneyland will see the return of special ticketed events in 2022 with the Disney After Dark series, Three themed nights have been announced, with Sweethearts Nite, on five different nights beginning Feb 1 at Disneyland. Villains Nite will take place March 8 and 10 at Disney California Adventure. Then Star Wars Nite will happen at Disneyland May 3, May the 4th, and May 27, to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the release of the original Star Wars.

โ˜…Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival begins March 4 and runs until April 26.

Resort and Theme Park Updates

โ˜… Park pass reservations required in addition to admission. Officially, the park pass reservation system is here to stay.

โ˜… Disney Genie service began October 19, 2021. This is currently replacing the old MaxPass system.

โ˜… Park hopping has returned but after 1pm.

โ˜… MagicBand+ coming to Disneyland in 2022. The new MagicBand+ will have all the functionality of the original version, with some fun new additions like LEDs that will light up along with nighttime spectaculars.

โ˜… Alexa coming to Disneyland Resorts. Thanks to a partnership with Amazon, Alexa units will be available in Disneyland Resort hotel rooms beginning in 2022. In addition to all the normal things Alexa can do, these special units will be able to speak to you in the voice of Disney characters and provide specific resort information to make your stay more enjoyable.

โ˜…Disneyland Resort Hotel Guests Can Step Into Fun New Fitness Classes at Disneyโ€™s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa!

โ˜… Downtown Disney Redesigned. Construction will begin in 2022.

โ˜… Mickeyโ€™s Toon Town at Disneyland Park construction / redesign will be completed in 2023 which will include Mickeyโ€™s Runaway Railroad attraction.

Disney Cruise Line News as of today:

โ˜… Disneyโ€™s Wish maiden voyage moved to July 14, 2022

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