In a change from recent Disney World policies, the resort is bringing back a free service without making it an extra charge.
Disney announced via Twitter that parking lot trams will return to the Magic Kingdom this month, saving guests from walking from their cars to the Transportation and Ticket Center, where they then have to board a ferry or monorail to get to the park. Trams will return to other Disney World in 2022.
Driver you are clear…to spread a little holiday cheer! Parking trams will be returning to Magic Kingdom Park later this month and other Walt Disney World theme parks throughout 2022!✨ pic.twitter.com/KpJyBZfTBu
— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) December 2, 2021
Both Disney World and Disneyland have suspended tram service since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Disneyland announced in October that its trams would return early in 2022.
Report: It’s a Small World will reopen at Disneyland next week
The Orange County Register is reporting that the Disneyland version of It’s a Small World will reopen next week.
The ride missed the scheduled debut of its holiday overlay when, on Nov. 10, a flood filled electrical equipment and ride operation controls in a maintenance room under the attraction’s loading station. Disneyland ride systems manager Jason Tomlin gave more details about the fix to the OC Register, saying crews used an industrial-strength dehumidifier and then asked other Disney parks for help for replacement parts.
“We’re reaching out to the other Small Worlds and other rides around the world at Disney parks and saying, ‘Hey, do you guys have this part and can you have it here by tomorrow?’” Tomlin said.
Go read more at OCRegister.com.
Susan Arnold to replace Bob Iger as Disney board chair
With Bob Iger set to make his final departure from the Walt Disney Company at the end of the year, the Mouse has picked his replacement as chair of the board of directors.
The role will be filled by Susan Arnold, a board member since 2007 and former president of global business units at Procter & Gamble. She is also the first openly gay board chair in Disney’s history.
Iger stepped down as CEO in February 2020, ceding that position to Bob Chapek, then the head of the company’s Parks, Experiences, and Products division. Multiple news outlets have reported friction, to varying degrees, between Iger and Chapek since the transition began, but Iger is leaving on schedule.
It’s important to note Arnold’s selection as chair is not a sign that Chapek’s position is insecure. While Iger was both CEO and chairman, he wasn’t awarded the latter title until 2012, seven years into his tenure as boss.