When I see reports of big changes for the Disney Parks on other blogs I rarely take them as fact without doing some major research since very often these “breaking news rumors” do more harm than good. They create a frenzy of discussion on rumors that chances are won’t be true in the end. There are 3 rumors circulating this week that I have yet to be able to confirm.
RUMOR NO. 1 – Disney Dining Plan Snack Credit No Longer Covers Dole Whip
The first rumor has you no longer being able to use one of your Disney Dining Plan snack credits to purchase a Dole Whip. All Dining Plan information states very clearly that changes can be made at any time – the Dole Whip has a cult like following (something I’ll never understand since I’m not really a fan). People are up in arms over this rumor. One blog has posted that the information was given to them by a “concierge level cast member.” What everyone forgets is that Disney is a business so in reality I can see this happening. I can see those in charge seeing the cash registers ringing up all those Dole Whips, all day long. They could very well be banking on all those cult like Dole Whip followers handing over wads of cash instead of swiping their Disney Dining Plan snack credit for their treat. I personally think it would be a huge mistake since most people visiting the parks are on a budget and if they have purchased the dining plan (or more importantly if they received it for free) they will snack on what they get through their snack credit. Time will tell if this is true or not. The same blog is reporting they will visit Aloha Isle in the Magic Kingdom today to see what the Dole Whip/Snack Credit status is. It should be noted that the blog with this news is also reporting that the concierge cast member informant also tells them that the Disney Dining Plan is readily accepted at all Disney owned and operated areas and that Aloha Isle is operated by Dole – not Disney.
Disney has made a big show this week of reporting about the “enhancements” made to the use of Disney Dining Plan credits and it’s possible that this change has been sort of hidden in with those enhancements so it doesn’t get any huge attention.
RUMOR NO. 2 – Tiered Park Pricing
OK – this rumor is being reported on multiple blogs but has also found it’s way to multiple major news sources such as the Orlando Sentinel, LA Times, Orange County Register and other newspapers and television news stations located in the areas of both Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
Recently Disney Parks sent out surveys. From these surveys news sources are reporting there is a large chance a tiered pricing system will go into place for Disney Parks. This was just an on-line survey sent to guests that has set off a major rumor. Some sources are saying it is Disney’s way of controlling over-crowding during peak periods. Disney’s response to the rumbles: “this is one of several surveys sent out to guests on a variety of topics. We frequently survey guests on possible changes, some that come to fruition and some that don’t.”
A screen shot from people who said they received the emailed survey shows a pricing structure that includes charges of up to $125 for one-day Magic Kingdom tickets.
In an online survey sent to annual pass holders, the Walt Disney Co.’s theme park operation asked for opinions on a pricing schedule for daily tickets to both Orlando and Anaheim parks. A three-tiered pricing system would mark daily tickets as Gold, Silver and Bronze. Under the scenario shown in the survey, one-day, one-park admission prices for Disneyland would range from $115 for Gold tickets, $105 for Silver and $99 for Bronze tickets. The online survey seems to be an attempt to ease crowding at the park by charging higher prices for peak demand days. The survey asks the annual pass holders if they would visit more often or less often under the proposed pricing scheme. The chart below that was included in the survey shows dates the different tiers would apply.
RUMOR NO. 3 – Another 24 Hour Event
Multiple blogs are reporting another 24 hour even taking place on July 17 of this year with notice that Disney will make the announcement in late June regarding this event. I haven’t been able to confirm this rumor at all but find it possible since July 17 marks the date that Disneyland opened 60 years ago. Disneyland is celebrating their 60th anniversary all year so this makes sense to me. What doesn’t make sense is that Disney has already heavily publicized the events and celebrations for the 60th anniversary – so why keep this a secret? Most likely crowd control. The 24 hour event held in May on both coasts was a crowd nightmare. Disneyland closed their gates twice during the 24 hour period.
I will keep trying to confirm all these rumors for you. I am a firm follower of this rule: I believe it when it comes from Disney. This sometimes means I get the news later than others – but as soon as I confirm a rumor as fact or fiction I’ll let y’all know!
What we all have to remember is Disney is a business. Businesses want to and need to make money. Disney has found through the years that no matter how much they raise prices, people still come. In large numbers.