Walt Disney World News Round-up For Friday June 21st, 2019

Things have been poppin' down at Walt Disney World this week, so let's take a look at the news! We'll start off with the exciting announcement that Advance Dining Reservations are now open for Topolino's Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera! The restaurant to be located at the top of Disney's Riviera Resort opens on December 16th.

Fruits of the Forest at Topolino's Terrace Fruits of the Forest at Topolino's Terrace " Flavors of the Riviera

Annual Passholder Price Increases hit hard this year with an up to 25% increase on certain types of AP tickets. In addition to the raise in Annual Pass prices, overnight parking at Walt Disney World Resorts has also gone up in cost at all levels of resort. Disney Deluxe Resort Parking is now $25 per night. One more price increase you may want to be aware of, Disney's Reusable Shopping Bags available in stores across property have also gotten a bump in cost.

Annual Passholder Price IncreasesAnnual Passholder Price Increases

Disney launched its official partnership with Lyft this week by announcing new enhancements coming. The cute cars with character have been operating at Walt Disney World since 2017. "Lyft and Disney will be updating the app to make it easier for guests to request a Minnie Van ride, find the most convenient pickup location, and even select a wheelchair accessible vehicle.

Disney Launches Official Partnership With LyftDisney Launches Official Partnership With Lyft

Cruella's Halloween Hide-a-Way at Tony's Town Square Restaurant is an a new add-on package to boost your Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party experience. This party-long experience allows guests to come and go from Tony's where they will be able to indulge in a party buffet of savory hors d'oeuvres, sweet bites, beer and wine. The add-on package also includes reserved viewing for "Mickey's Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade.

Cruella's Halloween Hide-a-Way 2019Cruella's Halloween Hide-a-Way 2019

Farewell IllumiNations Merchandise has popped up in Epcot ahead of the show's "retirement" on September 30th this year. Say good-bye to the popular long running nighttime spectacular with commemorative merchandise.

IllumiNations: Reflections Of Earth Farewell 2019IllumiNations: Reflections Of Earth Farewell 2019

Fans of Fort Wilderness should be aware that a new campsite category has been created when making your resort reservations. The coveted spots closest to the Meadows Trading Post recreation area have been cleaved off of the previous Premium Campsite group to create the "Premium Meadow Campsites" that appear to run about $20 more per night.

Those are the highlights from Disney news this week! Keep traveling my friends.

Lisa B. wrote on Fri, 06/21/2019 - 16:59:

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Is it me or is anyone else feeling the crunch on their wallet for their next Disney vacation? I thought Universal was bad with their ticket and hotel prices. What's next? Paying for the Magical Express and tacking on resort fees to your room reservation.....We have annual passes this year but won't be buying them next year. Now they announce a new Cruella de Vil event inside the MNSSHP event. So you pay for your MNSSHP ticket then tack on another $99+tax for the Tony's Town Square (whose food is terrible) event. This is absolutely preposterous. Look, I love the mouse as much as the next guest but next year might be a hard pass. While their attempts to thin the herd for Star Wars GE are very noticeable, they are thinning our wallets.

Kristen K. wrote on Sat, 06/22/2019 - 00:01:

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If there is one thing you can count on year after year Lisa, it's going to be price increases. No, you aren't alone in feeling the crunch in your wallet. The past 5 or so years I've been adding more and more non-park days to my trips and still manage to have just as much fun.

wdwizbest wrote on Sun, 06/23/2019 - 13:43:

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Unfortunately, I predict when Disney sees how insanely popular Galaxies Edge is we will see an unprecedented level of price increases. We'll look back at the last few years with a nostalgic fondness.

Mcheal wrote on Wed, 06/26/2019 - 15:31:

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This is supply and demand in its purest form. Economic classes could use this as a case study. Demand is at an all time high, supply is limited so prices go up until demand matches supply. This is also why we are seeing more and more "add ons" to events, like special viewing areas, special access. Until demand flattens prices will increase in all kinds of ways. Party of the Senses is the perfect example. I believe prices have gone to the point of demand matching what they can supply. Will supply being all reserved seating. I haven't seen the prices for this years POTS but I expect prices will be similar to last year because this event has finally reached the equilibrium of supply and demand. Regardless of the economics, it still provides a pinch for sure.

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