So Much Disney News! - September 30th Update

Apparently it just takes me heading out of town for a few days for a torrent of updates to come out of the Walt Disney World Resort. As Disney Destinations and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida are among my most frequent client requests, I wanted to give you all a run-down of the latest news.

Disney’s New Skyliner Transportation System Is Open For Business!

Disney executives and Cast Members came together yesterday for a special dedication of this brand new complimentary transportation option. As stated in the press release we received yesterday:

Disney Skyliner connects Epcot® and Disney’s Hollywood Studios® to four Disney resort hotels – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and the forthcoming Disney’s Riviera Resort, set to open Dec. 16, 2019. The system serves as a magic carpet, floating Guests through the air aboard approximately 300 gondolas, nearly half of which are wrapped in whimsical Disney scenes of beloved characters, fan-favorite movies, theme park attractions and more.

Personally, I can’t WAIT to check out this new system in a couple weeks. It should be an absolute game-changer for guests of the four resorts currently connected to the system.

Third Party Stroller/Mobility Aid Rental Policy Changes

This hasn’t been officially announced yet by the Walt Disney World Resort but a number of third-party providers have made statements regarding an upcoming change to third-party stroller and mobility aid rentals. Up to now, strollers, ECVs, wheelchairs and more were delivered to bell services at the resort on the day of your arrival and you would either retrieve the items yourself at your leisure or call to have them delivered to your room, depending on the hotel.

Throwback to 2013! Look at my little guy in his big ol’ stroller!

Throwback to 2013! Look at my little guy in his big ol’ stroller!

As reported by TouringPlans.com, Kingdom Strollers (our preferred provider) announced on Saturday:

Disney has changed their policy for service providers starting October 1st. All orders PLACED after October 1st will need to meet with a representative for the delivery and return pick up of their rented item.

Orders placed before October 1st will still be allowed to be delivered and picked up through the resorts luggage desks.

So any order for Oct, Nov, Dec, etc that was placed before Oct 1st will continue to go through the luggage desks. 
Any future orders placed after Oct 1st will need to meet with us for delivery and pick up.

So third-party rentals are still allowed to be delivered to your resort but will require some coordination at the beginning and end of your trip. Obviously, we are there to help make this planning process as smooth as possible for our clients.

Disney Cruise Line Returns to New Orleans for a Limited Time

We love Castaway Cay!

We love Castaway Cay!

The Disney Wonder will return to the port of New Orleans from late January through February 2021. From Disney’s release:

A pair of four- and five-night cruises to the Western Caribbean kick off the season from New Orleans. The five-night voyage includes a visit to Progreso, Mexico, a new port of call for Disney Cruise Line on the Yucatan Peninsula. This quaint town is filled with treasures for families to explore together, from ancient Mayan ruins to hidden swimming holes filled with crystal-clear water.

Three seven-night sailings to the Bahamas with a stop at Disney Castaway Cay, plus a 14-night Panama Canal cruise, round out the departures from the Crescent City in early 2021…

…Platinum, Gold or Silver Castaway Club members, can take advantage of the opportunity to book early 2021 itineraries before they go on sale to the general public on Oct. 3, 2019.  You can book either online or by phone during the designated booking window:

  • Sept. 30, 2019: Platinum Members

  • Oct. 1, 2019: Platinum and Gold Members

  • Oct. 2, 2019: Platinum, Gold and Silver Members

  • Oct. 3, 2019: all Guests

Disney will also be releasing early 2021 itineraries from Galveston, San Diego, Port Canaveral and Miami. Be sure to get in touch with us soon to book your first or next Disney Cruise!

Epcot Forever Begins on Oct. 1st

Everyone visiting the Walt Disney World Resort this Fall and Winter will have the opportunity to enjoy the limited run of the nighttime spectacular “Epcot(c) Forever,” which promises to combine familiar features of past Epcot shows with a few new surprises. For a behind the scenes look, check out the video link. I will also be checking out this new show in a few weeks and will be posting my thought either in a different blog or over on the Facebook page, depending on how much free time I get.