In Case You Missed It: News and Rumors – Week of October 11, 2019

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What a week! Is anyone else feeling that way? It’s just been one of those weeks that has flown by…I can barely believe today is Friday! So, I know I’m looking forward to relaxing a bit this weekend. What about you?

This week, you might have missed the news of a new Disney+ show that’s definitely right up my alley….or what’s right and what needs improvement in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge….or just what is going on with the Disney Skyliner. Read about all of it and more below!

In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors

Well, it lasted not even a week. If you have questions about the Disney Skyliner accident, the Orlando Sentinel sheds some light on it.

I love this. This is what Disney and vacation is truly about courtesy of this viral video that came out this week.

Congratulations to Disney Cruise Line which has been named as the #1 Cruise Line in the World for the eighth consecutive year by Conde Naste Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Award. Having sailed DCL multiple times, I can understand why. What’s your favorite part about sailing on Disney Cruise Line?

There’s been a lot of talk about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge since it opened on both coasts. About what the land did well and what it can improve on. This article addresses those issues well. What do you think is done well in the land and what could use some tweaking?

Cute!!! A new special-edition Alaska Airlines plane was created to pay tribute to Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure.

If you are in the Orlando area, on October 17, you may want to catch the premiere of the film, “Walt Disney: Master of Dreamers“.

This is something that irks me….so I’m glad to see that Congress may be attempting to do something about it. Especially since the Walt Disney World Resort started tacking on these unnecessary parking fees. The Hotel Advertising Transparency Act of 2019 seeks to do away with the practice of tacking on extra charges that aren’t shown in the upfront room rate for hotels.

Karen Pendleton, one of the original Mouseketeers on The Mickey Mouse Club, died at the age of 73. Our thoughts are with her family.

Did you see the trailer for the new Pixar film, Onward? What do you think about it?

Freeform has shared it’s kickoff to Christmas movies. Which movie are you most excited about?

Well if I hadn’t purchased Disney+ before, I would have now. There will be a new show called Behind the Attraction, which will be a 10-episode, hour-long series that will feature Dwayne Johnson and will give viewers an exclusive glimpse “behind the curtain” of some of Disney’s most popular attractions by speaking directly with Disney’s Imagineers and other creative minds involved in bringing each to life. #TakeMyMoney #WaitTheyAlreadyDid

Want to know what it’s like to be a scare actor at Halloween Horror Nights? Take a look at the scary fun!

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Rikki Niblett

I am a co-host of the Be Our Guest Podcast and do lots of other fun Disney stuff all around the interwebs! You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram at @RikkiNibs or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/rikkinibs

One thought on “In Case You Missed It: News and Rumors – Week of October 11, 2019

  • October 12, 2019 at 11:49 am
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    “This is something that irks me….so I’m glad to see that Congress may be attempting to do something about it. Especially since the Walt Disney World Resort started tacking on these unnecessary parking fees. The Hotel Advertising Transparency Act of 2019 seeks to do away with the practice of tacking on extra charges that aren’t shown in the upfront room rate for hotels.”

    You (and many others) may or may not agree about the necessity of Disney’s decision to charge parking fees. I personally think the math (and offside effects) is more complicated than most are willing to give credit for. However, those parking fees are precisely the kind of charge that is *not* covered by this bill — it is a non-mandatory fee that is paid only by those choosing to utilize a specific service of the hotel, in this case the parking lot.

    Personally, I find it hard to credit the idea that Disney was unable to continue to absorb the cost of guest parking within their existing room rates and hotel margins. But if their stance is that a charge for parking was necessary to balance the books, then I do applaud the decision to charge parking only to those who use it, rather than a one-size-fits-all resort fee or a rise in the rack rate that is applied to all rooms no matter what the average guest does or does not use. And I say this as someone who routinely arrives at Disney World with a car, but understands that if 75% of guests do not then those guests may be better served by not having to pay for my parking.

    Ultimately, what services hotels choose to include in their standard fee is a matter of balancing what the average guest will actually use, keeping room rates competitive, and not leaving guests feeling nickeled and dimed. It is not an offense against transparency for Disney to remove “free overnight guest parking” from their list of amenities covered by the room rate. And you know, they used to charge $10 / day for internet service … which is now included for free, but when they made that change there were in fact people posting on message boards that they were upset by the change because of course the cost of this would be silently absorbed into the room rate and in their opinion the majority of guests would not be using it.

    Everyone can hold their own opinion on whether Disney should charge separate parking for overnight guests, but I am pretty tired of seeing Disney — *who is actually doing the ‘right’ thing that those fighting against resort fees and hidden mandatory costs that are not part of the advertised rate that you are shown when booking want to see* — getting lumped into this argument as an example of hotels behaving badly. Beat them with a stick all you want, but do it for something they are actually guilty of.

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