Commentary Archive

When Will FastPass+ Return to Disney World?

Wondering when FastPass+ will come back at Walt Disney World or if it’ll be replaced by another ride reservation system? This post covers dates FastPass could return, how virtual queues reduce park capacity, and the possibility of Premier Access, Standby Pass, and the Genie app as long term replacements. (Updated July 25, 2021.) Walt Disney

When Will Disney Park Pass Reservations End?

“When will Walt Disney World stop requiring Park Pass reservations?” has been a common question as frustration grows about difficulties visiting Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom when the parks are fully booked. This post tries to answer that question, covering statements made by Disney leaders, similar systems in use elsewhere, and long-term

When Will Disneyland Allow Out of State Guests?

“When will Disneyland and California Adventure reopen to out of state guests?” and “when will the parks allow non-California residents?” are common questions now that the parks are both open. This covers Orange County’s improving metrics, the state’s plan for summer, and more. (Updated May 26, 2021.)  Let’s start by recapping where things presently stand.

Pent-Up Demand Fueling Florida Travel

With spring break season nearly over and summer fast approaching, it’s time to return to one of our favorite topics: “Revenge Travel” at Walt Disney World in 2021. This isn’t the first…second…or even third time we’ve broached the subject, which has significant implications for crowds, attendance, and pricing for travel to Orlando later this year.

Inconsistent Bus Wait Times at Disney World

We have a love-hate relationship with Walt Disney World transportation. When it’s firing on all cylinders, the system of monorails, boats, gondolas, and even buses is unparalleled–the best exemplar of mass transit of any major “city” in the United States. In the past, we’ve gone entire trips with only great experiences from start to finish,