Not even a once-in-a-century pandemic could stop Disney World from raising ticket prices — sort of.
Since Disney World introduced its date-based pricing structure in 2018, ticket prices were best summarized in ranges for single-day tickets. With 2022 vacation packages now available, that range hasn’t changed; the cheapest one-day ticket will be $109 and the highest will be $159. However, the number of dates available at those lower ticket prices have been reduced, meaning the average price for a one-day ticket will increase next year.
Past Disney price hikes have been worse. In 2019, for example, Disney World increased prices for annual passes by up to 25 percent.
The release of 2022 packages also confirmed that the Disney Park Pass reservation system will remain in place until at least January 2023.
Disney Swan Reserve hotel reservations available Sept. 1
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotels will be joined by a smaller neighbor, the Swan Reserve, this summer.
The 14-story, 349-room tower is now accepting reservations for Sept. 1, but is currently on track for an opening in July, according to resort spokesperson Katie Neumann. The property is meant to cater to business clients and complement the Swan and Dolphin’s existing convention business, adding 21,000 square feet of meeting space. Suites in the hotel will feature access to a conference table and built-in audio/video systems.
The hotel will also feature a top floor event venue, restaurant, lobby lounge, and a grab-and-go food market, as well as offer guests access to the existing Swan and Dolphin amenities.
The new hotel is not owned or operated by Disney, despite being firmly entrenched within Disney World property. Just like the Swan and Dolphin, the Swan Reserve will be owned by New York-based real estate firm Tishman and MetLife Investment Management and operated by Marriott International.
Disneyland recalling employees for DCA food event
In preparation for next month’s dining event at Disney California Adventure, food and beverage workers are being recalled.
According to a Facebook post from Workers United Local 50 president Chris Duarte, said the park’s dining operations “will be expanding into Cars Land, Pacific Wharf, Pixar Pier and Grizzly Peak.” Booths will also open elsewhere in the park, and the event is expected to include the existing operations available at DCA’s Buena Vista Street.
Disneyland president Ken Potrock announced the DCA event was coming in mid-March in a recent letter to employees. It will be the first time areas like Cars Land and Pixar Pier have been open to guests in nearly a year, as Disneyland’s theme parks have been closed since March 14, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Like other theme park food events in the pandemic era, such as those hosted by Knott’s Berry Farm, no attractions will be open. California’s current reopening rules won’t allow theme parks to fully reopen until their home counties report less than one new COVID-19 case daily per 100,000 people and have a test positivity rate of under 2 percent. As of Tuesday, Disneyland’s home of Orange County reported 21 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people and had a positivity rate of 7.8 percent.
Correction: The original version of this article inaccurately stated that the Swan Reserve is opening on Sept. 1. The hotel is opening in July, according to a spokesperson, but reservations are currently being accepted for Sept. 1.
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