Annual Passholder Park Pass Availability after One Day

Yesterday was the first day that Disney World Annual Passholders without hotel reservations could make Park Pass reservations. Here is a high-level summary of some of the results (as found on Disney’s Park Pass Availability Calendar):*

  • There are 19 days where no parks have any annual pass availability.**
  • There are 20 days where Epcot has no availability (the 19 “no parks available” days, and July 24.)
  • There are 21 days where Animal Kingdom has no availability (the 19 “no parks available” days,” August 2, and August 16.)
  • There are 25 days where the Magic Kingdom has no availability (the 19 “no parks available” days, plus 6 other days.)
  • There are 36 days where The Studios has no availability (the 19 “no parks available” days, plus 17 other days–including a day in September (which no other park has).)

Again, these numbers are only for Annual Passholders that do not have a resort reservation. Resort guests continue to have availability for all parks after the first week of opening. (This also confirms Disney’s statement that Resort Guests and Annual Passholders will be pulling park pass reservations from different pools of availability.)

It will be interesting to see what happens when reservations for regular ticket holders open up. Specifically, I am interested to see how many reservations Disney is holding back just for them. (I would not be surprised if Disney has a small percentage of reservations held back for ticket holders so they can have a full “green” calendar at the outset, but I suspect that the number is relatively low. I could see Disney re-allocating availability from resort guests to ticket holders as time passes, and it becomes clear that resort guests are not going to use all of their allocated reservations.)

Regular ticket holders can start making reservations tomorrow (June 28, 2020), so we will not have to wait long to see how it goes.

*Results as of 7:00 am on Saturday, June 27, 2020. They will likely change frequently on Disney’s Availability Calendar

** These 19 days include July 11th-14th, where only the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom are scheduled to be open.

Disney World Park Pass Availability Calendar
Disney World Park Pass Availability Calendar

Pick your favorite Disney waiting page!

This morning was the opening of Disney’s “Park Pass” Reservation system. I managed to get a couple of reservations, and I (might?) write about that process later. In the meantime, what is your favorite Disney World waiting page:

What is your favorite Disney World waiting page?

Pink Castle Wait Page
Pink Castle Wait Page

Millennium Falcon Wait Page
Millennium Falcon Wait Page

Space Mountain Wait Page
Space Mountain Wait Page

NBA at Disney World – Proposed Hotel Room Trade

With the NBA officially restarting its season at Walt Disney World, there had been a lot of discussion about where the players would be staying. Shams Charania of The Athletic reported those answers yesterday:

  • Gran Destino: Bucks, Lakers, Raptors, Clippers, Celtics, Nuggets, Jazz, Heat
  • Grand Floridian: Thunder, 76ers, Rockets, Pacers, Mavericks, Nets, Grizzlies, Magic
  • Yacht Club: Blazers, Kings, Pelicans, Spurs, Suns, Wizards

This led to an amazing tweet from known Disney World fan, Robin Lopez:

(To be fair, I would rather stay at Yacht Club than in Gran Destino, too.)

Things then continued to spiral out from there, including discussions about the value of Stormalong Bay and whether or not people at Destino get full access to Blizzard Beach. You can see some of that fall out in this summary from Bleacher Report.

Relatedly: I am so ready to have some live sports back on tv.

UPDATE: Here’s a nice summary from Axios of all the procedures in place for the NBA at Disney World: [ LINK

Gran Destino Tower at Disney World
Gran Destino Tower at Disney World

A Little Springs in Summer

Disney Springs
Disney Springs

Since Disney World’s closure, I have been trying to figure out what I think about…well…all of it. Honestly, though, I still have not been able to figure it out. At some point, I will probably finish that post. Until then, here is something about a few hours I spent at Disney Springs last week.

I never had any intention of going to Disney Springs before the re-opening of the Disney World parks. Some family health issues force Elyssa and I to Florida, however, and—after a lot of driving, and a lot of work—I wanted to take just a few hours and be at Disney World.

I had a general idea of what to expect when I pulled into the Orange Garage (though I was not prepared to have the entrance I usually use for said garage be blocked off.) I put on my mask, got my temperature taken, and then took the escalator down to Disney Springs itself.

It felt weird.

I expected things to feel different or somewhat off, but it felt much weirder than I anticipated. Maybe it was the people in masks; perhaps it was all the sandwich board signs reminding everyone about everything going on, but—whatever it was—it was weird.

Boathouse Rolls
Boathosue Rolls

Boathosue Steak
Boathosue Steak

BOATHOUSE was quite pleasant. I sat out on the dock that houses the bar (which had no bar stools.) I was the only one out there. (I was the only person eating outside at all.) I had a beer, rolls, and a steak. Sitting there, enjoying my wheels, waiving to people in the amphicars, I could almost forget (if just for a moment) that things are not normal.

I walked the Westside (the lack of Bongo’s gives a clear view of Jaleo now that wasn’t there before). I walked by Homecomin’ (there might have been some people inside, but I could not tell if it was anyone I know from through the tinted windows.) I went to BOATHOUSE.

After my meal, I walked through the rest of Disney Springs. There was no queue for World of Disney, and I walked around with the 15 other people in the store. Maybe one other person was in the Marketplace Co-Op (The Dress Shop and Art Gallery have switched places.) Once Upon a Toy and the Lego Store had one other person each while I was there. Nothing else that I was interested in was open. (No Elyssa meant Uniqlo didn’t make the cut.)

I continued to just walk around for another hour before I picked up an ice cream sundae from Ghirardelli and sat by the water and ate it. Again, I could always forget (ignore?) everything as I enjoyed my Sunday.

About three hours after I got there, I ended up taking the escalator back up to my car. More people were coming in, but it was not “crowded” in any sense of the word. Before heading back to Elyssa’s home town, I drove by the Riveria and Boardwalk. I drove up by the Beach Club and Yacht Club. I thought about driving out past the Magic Kingdom, but decided I had seen enough for the day. I was already feeling a little twinge of pain I get whenever one of my Disney trips ends, and I decided I did not need anymore.

I had my little taste of the Springs in this strange, strange summer.

John at Disney Springs
Peace