When Disney drops news, they seriously drop news! If you weren’t paying attention Tuesday because you were, well, at school, at work, shopping, parenting, cleaning, doing laundry, and just living life … we’ve got some HUGE NEWS for you.
In fact, it’s our JOB to pay attention, and even we couldn’t keep up!
We’re rounding up EVERY news bomb Disney dropped on us yesterday, and … Disney World and Disneyland fans, have we got NEWS for you!
End Date for Harmonious in EPCOT
EPCOT’s current nighttime spectacular — Harmonious — is going away. Disney has announced that the LAST performance of Harmonious will be April 2nd, 2023!
An all-new nighttime spectacular will be debuting at EPCOT later this year, but Disney has been keeping the details and timing of the new show pretty under wraps.
That’s right! The closing of Harmonious means those view-blocking barges and platforms in World Showcase Lagoon will be leaving in “a phased removal,” according to Disney.
Even most folks who loved Harmonious didn’t enjoy the site of these barges, which housed custom-built LED panels, moving fountains, lights and lasers, and some pyrotechnics for the show.
EPCOT Forever is Returning
So what’s going to go on at night in EPCOT without Harmonious? Disney has shared that a former nighttime spectacular — EPCOT Forever — will be returning for a limited run starting April 3rd!
During the D23 Expo in 2022, Disney announced that EPCOT would be getting a NEW nighttime spectacular in 2023. EPCOT Forever is returning until Disney is ready to introduce the new show.
TRON Lightcycle / Run Opening Date
We now know when you will be able to ride TRON Lightcycle / Run — the new roller coaster in Magic Kingdom at Disney World! The opening date will be April 4th, 2023!
TRON will be one of the fastest coasters at any Disney theme park in the world!
We also know that the BRAND NEW TRON roller coaster will be holding some previews! Click the links for more details!
- Annual Passholder Previews for TRON Lightcycle / Run
- Disney Vacation Club Member Previews for TRON Lightcycle / Run
- Cast Member Previews for TRON Lightcycle / Run
End Date for Disney Enchantment in Magic Kingdom
It’s not just EPCOT’s nighttime spectacular that is changing in 2023. We also now know the end date for the Magic Kingdom show, Disney Enchantment.
The last performance of Disney Enchantment will be April 2nd, 2023!
Opening Date Announced for Happily Ever After
But don’t worry — you will still be seeing fireworks in Magic Kingdom after Disney Enchantment closes. Happily Ever After — a fan favorite nighttime spectacular — is returning!
The first night for Happily Ever After’s return is April 3rd, 2023! The classic show is coming back with all-new projections that will be seen down Main Street, U.S.A.
Changes to Park Pass Reservations for Annual Passholders
Disney World is making some changes to its Park Pass Reservations sytem that will result in less work — and less planning — for annual passholders!
On weekdays, passholders will be able to enter the parks without a Park Pass Reservation — after 2PM. Disney has not said WHEN this change will go into effect, and we’re sure there will be some exceptions, but it is a rollback that many passholders have been asking for.
FREE Overnight Hotel Parking
We have not seen Disney World LOWER very many prices, but Tuesday, they did just that. Overnight self-parking is now FREE again for Disney World hotel guests.
That’s right — this change took effect immediately after it was announced, so the parking is already free again!
FREE PhotoPass Downloads with Genie+
More free stuff? Yep! Disney announced that in the coming months, it will become free for guests who purchase Disney Genie+ to download attraction photos taken that day.
That means you can download photos from Space Mountain, Slinky Dog Dash, Test Track, Expedition Everest and more for FREE if you have Disney Genie+ that day! We don’t have a start date for this new perk yet.
Florida Resident Room Discounts
Disney World also dropped a new discount for Florida residents on Tuesday!
The deal is valid for up to 30% off of your hotel stay at a Disney World resort, available most nights from May 1st-July 10th, 2023.
Free PhotoPass Downloads at Disneyland
Disneyland lovers, we have news for you, too! ALL guests at Disneyland will be able to download attraction photos for free!
This perk will be included with your park ticket beginning February 4th, 2023. Disney says this deal is part of the Disney100 celebration — so it looks like it will only be around for a limited time.
More $104 Ticket Offers at Disneyland
Disney has announced that throughout 2023, there will be nearly two months’ worth of dates where a one-day, one-park ticket is just $104 at Disneyland Resort. That’s the lowest ticket price currently offered.
Keep in mind that the ticket price will increase on days that are projected to be busier and you’ll have to pay more if you want to get a Park Hopper ticket.
Whew. That was a HUGE news drop, Disney! We’re exhausted — and excited — about the changes!
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