Walt Disney World Archive

Country Bear Jamboree Reimagining News

Walt Disney World is replacing Country Bear Jamboree with a reimagined stage show at Magic Kingdom. This post shares everything we know about changes to the iconic attraction: CBJ’s opening timeframe, concept art, song list, and a sneak peek. Plus comprehensive commentary and our conflicted feelings about the Bear Band doing a new act. (Updated

Ride Reservation Refill Rules at Disney World

As crowds increase, so does “competition” for Lightning Lanes due to more guests buying Genie+ line-skipping. Despite surge pricing that can cause the paid FastPass service to cost around $40 on busy days, demand is highest when attendance and wait times are at their worst. (Updated May 28, 2024.) Accordingly, you need advanced-level Genie strategy

2024 Disney World Refurbishment Calendar

This Walt Disney World ride refurbishment calendar lists the closure schedule for 2024 and 2025 at Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios & Animal Kingdom. Attractions close for routine maintenance, safety upgrades, improvements, and reimaginings. (Updated May 27, 2024.) While no one wants attraction downtime during their trip to Walt Disney World, refurbishments are necessary to

Best Shoes for Disney World

Finding the best shoes for Walt Disney World and Disneyland is difficult. In our pursuit of perfection, we’ve learned that there’s no one-size-fits-all ‘favorite’ footwear. Nevertheless, we’ve gained tons of experience and worn out dozens of soles at the parks and share our findings with you here. (Updated May 26, 2024.) Again, there is no

What Went Wrong with Disney’s Star Wars Hotel?

One year ago this week, Walt Disney World made the surprise announcement that it would be permanently closing Galactic Starcruiser, its “Star Wars hotel.” This came amidst struggles filling ‘voyages’ despite discounting, but was nevertheless surprising that it happened so fast. The closure of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser itself was not a shock–we predicted that

Top 10 Ride Reimaginings Needed at Disney World

During the next decade, Walt Disney World is going to reimagine rides in Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, and Magic Kingdom. Probably several that are overdue for replacement as well as opening day originals in need of updates. This lists the attractions that are prime candidates to be overhauled and what we’d like to see if