Welcome back, friends! It’s time for our monthly Disney World news recap. It was a BUSY month in Disney World! We learned SO much, welcomed back several long-awaited experiences, and got some exciting updates on a few upcoming projects.
There’s a lot to catch you up on, so let’s get right to it!
1. Entertainment Updates
For those of you who love meeting Disney characters, watching parades, and singing and dancing with friends, we’ve got some GREAT news! Disney’s classic Festival of Fantasy Parade is returning on March 9th, 2022 (and rest assured, the Maleficent dragon is coming back, too). Not only that, but the Frontierland Hoedown and the newest character cavalcade will begin on February 11th, 2022!
Oh, and did we mention that an updated version of the Magic Kingdom castle show is coming back on February 25, 2022, too? We told you, there’s a lot to look forward to over the next few months!
2. Flower and Garden Festival Updates
The 2022 Flower and Garden Festival is right around the corner! So far, we learned that some fan-favorite festival food booths will join the festival, and we’re already imagining some of the new treats we might eat this year!
Although there aren’t any new food booths this year, Disney did share a preview of some other FUN new experiences that will debut during the festival!
3. Star Wars hotel Updates
The Star Wars hotel is just a few months away from opening, and we learned a LOT about what to expect during your stay on the Galactic Starcruiser! First, the full schedule of events was revealed on Disney’s Play Disney Parks app, as well as an image of the map. Around the Disney parks, we’ve been seeing little hints here and there that the hotel is almost ready! Cast Members showed off their new costumes, and we spotted some road signs with Galactic Starcruiser titles. How exciting!
Not only that, but during our investigation on the Play Disney Parks app, we discovered that guests will be treated to a “fireworks” show while onboard the ship.
4. The Grand Florian Spa Has Reopened
The Grand Floridian Spa officially reopened on January 26th, 2022. Of course, we had to go and see what was new, and yes, we got our nails done.
If you were wondering, it was a relaxing and delightful experience!
5. Genie+ Update
Disney made a BIG update to the character meet and greet process; starting in January, select character meet and greets were added to Genie+ in Disney World. This means that if you pay for Genie+ and book a time, you can now use the Lightning Lane instead of waiting in the standby line. Currently, guests can meet the princesses in Princess Fairytale Hall, Mickey in Town Square Theater, and Olaf at The Celebrity Spotlight with a Genie+ reservation.
Be sure to check those wait times before you snag a Genie+ reservation, though! Sometimes, the wait time to meet the characters is only 20 minutes or less.
6. Character Meet and Greets Finally RETURN to Disney World
We’re so happy to see more characters returning to the parks — it’s always fun to stop in and say hello!
7. Park Pass Update
It looks like park pass reservations are now available for Disney World all the way through 2024. This means that park pass reservations could stick around for a while!
Luckily, it’s pretty easy to make (and modify) those reservations, so you don’t have to feel locked into your plans!
8. JIKO, Flying Fish, and the Turf Club are BACK!
Reservations are now open for all three locations! That list of closed restaurants keeps shrinking; we’re hoping EVERYTHING will reopen by the end of the year. Fingers crossed!
9. Woody’s Roundup Rodeo BBQ Update
We FINALLY got some more information on Woody’s Roundup Rodeo BBQ in Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Truthfully, we were worried for a while there that Disney had just forgotten about this restaurant.
Disney announced that Woody’s Roundup Rodeo BBQ will open in 2022. Yee-haw!
10. Price Increases
Most foods and snacks only increased in price by a few cents, but those little costs can add up quickly!
With that, we have officially covered ALL the changes and updates in Disney World from January! Be sure to stay tuned as we continue to share more Disney news!
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What are you looking forward to the most in Disney World? Let us know in the comments!