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When Will Disney Park Pass Reservations End?

“When will Walt Disney World stop requiring Park Pass reservations?” is a common question among guests frustrated about the extra step to visit Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom–or with problems when fully booked. This post tries to answer that question, covering official statements, reasons for reservations, and crowd control goals. (Updated May

When Will Fantasmic Return?

“When will Fantasmic return?” is a question Walt Disney World vacation planners and fans have been asking for over a year. There’s been a ton of speculation and rumors about the nighttime spectacular coming back to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to help with crowds. (Updated April 13, 2022.) In fact, there was a point early last

When Can 2023 Disney World Vacations Be Booked?

“When can I book a 2023 Walt Disney World vacation package?” and “will WDW release rooms for dates next year?” are becoming increasingly common reader questions, especially among planners. We’ll try to answer based on historical precedent, while covering recent anomalies and quirks to how this works. We’ll preface this by noting that in the

Housekeeping “Hassles” at Disney World

Earlier this year, we addressed issues with “Modified Mousekeeping” and housekeeper shortages in What’s Up with Housekeeping at Walt Disney World? That prompted a lot of questions about security checks and other policies. Between those and another recent development, we thought it worthwhile to delve deeper into concerns about “hassles” guests are having in resort rooms right

Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Review

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is a new “resort” at Walt Disney World, offering 2-night voyages aboard a simulated space cruise. The controversial Star Wars hotel has polarized and puzzled fans, two reactions that are unlikely to change anytime soon. This resort review covers the good, bad, and ugly of our experience aboard the starship Halcyon.