Commentary Archive

The Dawn of a Temporary Disney Era

The changes and health safety protocol implemented during phased reopening of Walt Disney World’s parks and resorts–no nighttime spectaculars, parades, or meet & greets, reduced hours, advance reservation system for attendance, and more–will transform the guest experience this summer and beyond. You could even say it’s the dawn of a new Disney era. We wouldn’t

When Will Disney World Reopen?

“When will Walt Disney World really reopen?” and “will the parks stay closed until [insert date/season]?” have become frequently asked questions. This is due to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and the resort hotels all currently closed. (Updated June 1, 2020.) With so much uncertainty in the air and people wanting to plan

The Duffy Phenomenon at Tokyo DisneySea

Duffy the Disney Bear is a divisive character. At Walt Disney World and Disneyland, he has a small and loyal fanbase, but was largely unpopular and rejected by guests. It’s fairly easy to see why: Duffy is representative of the complaint that Disney is driven by consumer products and marketing. (Updated May 4, 2020.) By

Will Disney World Stay Closed Until 2021?

“Will Walt Disney World reopen before 2021?” and “will the parks stay closed through summer/Halloween/Christmas/[insert month, year or specific date]?” have become increasingly common thanks to one already infamous expert opinion. With so much uncertainty in the air about when Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and the resort hotels will reopen, these questions

Mellow Music from Disney World & Beyond!

If you’re stuck at home and want some relaxing music that’ll help you focus on work, studying, or just decompress. If you want a way to mentally transport yourself back to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or the international parks, this list of mellow background music is for you! This might already sound familiar. We have

Fight Back Against Hotel Resort Fees

Resort fees are a scourge that has spread from Las Vegas to other popular tourist destinations, namely to hotels in Orlando and Anaheim near Walt Disney World and Disneyland. These surcharges range from $5/night to over $40, and are hidden in travel booking engines so consumers don’t see them when comparison shopping. (Updated April 21,