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I tweet about Disney, theme parks, Marvel, travel, and some politics. News guy at Nexstar.
14 Oct
Let’s talk about Genie+ Lightning Lane and the 120-minute rule.

If the next Genie+ LL time for a ride is 120+ minutes away, you are eligible to book a second LL attraction 120 minutes after it was booked. But what happens when you book a Genie+ LL before park opening? (thread)
The "120-minute rule" allows you to book a Genie+ LL for later in the day -- but if it's more than 120 minutes away, you don't have to wait to redeem that LL. You simply wait 120 minutes and can book another Genie+ LL.

Both MaxPass and FastPass+ had similar policies.
To be clear: Disney has confirmed the 120-minute rule for Genie+ LL -- but there is nothing that really addresses booking a Genie+ LL *prior to park opening.* With MaxPass, it wasn’t possible to book prior to park open - so this is a new wrinkle.
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12 Oct
Update: The Disability Access Service (DAS) pre-arrival registration is now live on the Disney website.

Live chat is listed as available 7am to 11pm ET. Must be done between 2 to 30 days before park visit. Also - you can still register in person at Guest Relations in the park.
Here are all of the rules/terms for the live chat pre-arrival process.
If you pre-register, you’re eligible to pre-select up to 2 experiences (subject to availability) as early as 30 days (but at least 2 days) prior to park visit. These are in addition to in-park return times you will receive during your visit (similar to current system).
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8 Oct
NEW: Disneyland made a small change to the virtual queue process for WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure.

Disneyland may now opt to pause virtual queue enrollment from time to time and open the standby queue for the remainder of an operating day.
Disneyland updated the wording on its website to reflect the policy change. The site now says "may require guests to join a virtual queue" vs. the old phrasing that said "join the virtual queue to experience it."
What does it mean? This basically means Disneyland can choose to open up the standby queue during the afternoon -- and guests can check the Disneyland app for the attraction status. If it says virtual queue, join. If it doesn't, you can join standby queue.
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8 Oct
NEW: Disney Genie, Genie+ and Lightning Lane will launch at Walt Disney World on Oct. 19.

At launch, Individual Lightning Lane attractions will be priced at $7-$15 per attraction per person. Everest will be the cheapest and Rise of the Resistance being the most expensive.
The Lightning Lane Individual Attractions at WDW will be:

Magic Kingdom:
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Space Mountain

EPCOT:
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
Frozen Ever After

Hollywood Studios:
Rise of the Resistance
Runaway Railway

Animal Kingdom
Flight of Passage
Everest
Here is some sample pricing for Individual Lightning Lane purchases at WDW:

On Oct. 19:
Everest: $7
Mine Train: $10
Ratatouille: $9
Rise of the Resistance: $15

On Oct. 23:
Everest: $7
Mine Train: $12
Ratatouille: $11
Rise of the Resistance: $15
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7 Oct
Disney Cruise Line just announced "Star Wars: Cargo Bay” and "Fairytale Hall” for the #DisneyWish.

disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2021/10/i…
Honestly, I’m not quite sure what to make of this Star Wars experience - but it involves "augmented reality-enabled datapads to track and study the creatures on a series of special assignments."
Based on what we’ve heard about the Disney Wish so far, this ship is going all in on augmented reality.

That sound you hear is me sighing the loudest sigh ever sighed.
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18 Aug
BREAKING: Disney officially reveals Genie, Genie+, and Lightning Lane coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland this fall. Genie+ and Lightning Lane will replace FastPass+ and MaxPass.

Genie+ will be priced at $15 pp/day at WDW, $20 pp/day at Disneyland

A breakdown thread -
Disney is introducing Lightning Lane -- the replacement for the FastPass “line.” Genie+, for a flat fee $15 at WDW and $20 at DL, gets you LL access to *most* attractions (ex: Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain). Genie+ includes 15+ attractions at DL, 40+ at WDW.
High demand attractions, like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Radiator Springs Racers, will be available as “individual attraction selections”. These will be priced per person per ride (pricing tbd) and get you access to LL on those rides. Max two Lightning Lane purchases pp/per day.
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16 Aug
BREAKING: The NBA Experience at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World will not reopen and is permanently closed. Image
Disney says this will not impact their other partnerships with the NBA or their business relationship with the Orlando Magic.

Disney will share an update about the future of the NBA Experience location at a later date.
The NBA Experience officially opened on August 12, 2019.

After two years and a pandemic, Disney is moving in another direction. Image
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13 May
FLASH: A source tells the Associated Press the CDC will issue guidance Thursday allowing fully vaccinated people to ditch masks indoors in many instances.
UPDATE: The new guidance will still call for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters, but could ease restrictions for reopening workplaces and schools.
MORE: The new guidance will also no longer recommend that fully vaccinated people wear masks outdoors in crowds.
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12 May
WDW has updated its physical distancing policy, saying they will "reduce physical distancing measures" across some areas -- however six-feet distancing measures will continue in dining locations, merchandise stores "and in areas where Guests can temporarily remove masks."
Say goodbye to the Runaway Railway outdoor queue madness (via @bioreconstruct).
Another example I expect to see soon - the Peter Pan queue.

The extended queue currently uses Columbia Harbour House. If you reduce spacing in that queue, then Disney can actually use the restaurant as a restaurant - which means more food options and higher park capacity.
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8 Jul 20
If you are going to Walt Disney World tomorrow for the AP preview or this weekend for the official opening (or both!), here's what you can expect (a thread):

When you arrive, you'll get your temperature checked. Masks on! And when scanning your ticket, no fingerprint required.
Here's what social distancing on attractions will look like:
A reminder traditional neck gaiters are not an approved face covering at WDW. Disney says the face covering must have loops and/or straps that secure the mask to the face.
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7 Apr 20
Just stop what you’re doing and enjoy listening to the #AvengersEndgame opening night crowd react to Captain America wielding Thor's hammer.

CHILLS.
And of course the theater reaction to PORTALS was bonkers.
America's Ass
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10 Nov 18
The @FoxNews Twitter account has been silent for over 24 hours. A Fox News employee tells me Fox is choosing to stay silent while protesting how Twitter handled posts targeting Tucker Carlson — specifically the ones that included his address. address.
According to source, Facebook was prompt when alerted to posts that included his home address. Twitter support reportedly told Fox to "open a ticket" and did not remove the posts.
Fox already released a statement condemning the Tucker protesters but there has been no official statement on the Twitter protest/blackout. Source says the Twitter blackout decision came "from the highest level" of the company.
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