Disney News This Week

There have been a few things going on at Disney this week that we thought y’all would be interested in. Here we go!

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1. The Haunted Mansion themed gift shop, Memento Mori, opened this week in Liberty Square. This will be “the” place to get your favorite Haunted Mansion souvenirs. It is expected to be so popular that as of right now guest have a purchase limit of 6 items per style, per guest, per day. Meaning, they don’t want everything bought up in the store and then resold online, if I had to guess. There are new Haunted Mansion trading pins available now too. And here is a free trivia tidbit for you: Memento Mori means “Remember Death” in Latin. See if you can stump your family with that one! MMO88575-613x401

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2. New discounts are out right now if you are traveling to Disney January 5, 2015 – March 28, 2015 if you are a Disney Visa cardholder. These discounts will open to the public on Thursday of this week. Keep this in mind if you are thinking about planning a trip to Walt Disney World in the next few months.

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3. There has been a lot of upset guests this week at Hollywood Studios. This week only, Toy Story Mania was completely closed to standby and Disability Access Service guests, and instead opened only to FastPass + reservations. WDW wants to see if they have enough FastPass + guests to fill the attraction to capacity.  This may be in line with recent rumors we’ve heard about opening a new ride line at Toy Story Mania, which feasibly could be a FastPass + reservation line OR could be a test run for making it a FastPass + only ride. In a very un-Disney like mindset, cast members weren’t allowed to bend the rules at all to disgruntled park visitors. If you don’t have FastPass + reservations, you will not be riding Toy Story Mania this week. As a huge TSM fan, this would make me so upset. There aren’t many kid friendly rides in HS, and knowing that you can’t give TSM a try at all unless you managed to snag a FastPass + would have me very unhappy Momma. I’m hoping that Disney isn’t considering doing away with standby lines in favor of FastPass + entry to rides. I don’t like the idea of everyone not having equal access to rides and attractions with park entry tickets, and I don’t think that would be in line with Walt’s vision of the parks. What are your thoughts?

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Let’s chat in the comments! ~A ºoº