Disney California Adventure’s new Spider-Man attraction will only offer a virtual queue when it opens on June 4.
Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure is the only new ride being added with the delayed opening on Avengers Campus. Like Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at neighboring Disneyland Park, a virtual queue will be the only way to experience the attraction, with guests being able to secure ride times at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the Disneyland mobile app.
Guests will also be forced to pick between the two virtual queue attractions — they won’t be allowed to secure reservations for both Spider-Man and Rise of the Resistance. The Indiana Jones Adventure virtual queue is not subject to the same restriction since Disney considers it a test.
Carowinds follows other Cedar Fair parks in raising starting wages to attract workers
Seasonal workers at Carowinds will now be paid a starting wage of $15 per hour as the park scrambles to find enough employees to fill its available positions.
Most seasonal roles at the park straddling the North Carolina-South Carolina border had previously paid between $10 and $13 per hour.
“We want to be sure we are delivering fun and memorable experiences to our guests, and our associates play a critical role in delivering on that promise,” Manny Gonzales, Carowinds vice president and general manager, said in a statement. “As we’re seeing across a wide range of industries, the availability of labor continues to be a challenge. In order to attract and retain our associates, it has become clear that we need to raise our starting pay for these roles. We view this as an investment in our future, as these jobs offer attractive growth opportunities all the way through college and beyond.”
Richard Zimmerman, CEO of Carowinds parent company Cedar Fair, had recently called the current labor environment the “most challenging” he’s ever seen. Kings Island in Mason, Ohio has also raised its starting wage to $15 per hour to attract more interest from workers. Cedar Point took the drastic step of cutting operating days in June due to a lack of staff while boosting its starting hourly pay to $20.
Universal Orlando makes Hot Butterbeer available year-round
Hot Butterbeer is no longer seasonal at Universal Orlando.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter beverage has traditionally been offered only in the fall and winter months in both Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. Now it will be a permanent part of the drink menu alongside its frozen and cold counterparts.
Universal Orlando describes Hot Butterbeer as a “smooth, hot beverage reminiscent of shortbread and butterscotch served with a whipped topping.”