How Are Disney Parks Changing?
- Patrick Hunter
New Attractions Coming to Disney World in 2022 – One of the 2022 Disney World changes is actually quite exciting. New rides are still in the planning phase. In 2021, EPCOT introduced one new attraction, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. There could be two in 2022.
What changes are Disney parks undergoing?
To tell you the truth, we are still recovering from the 2022 D23 Expo. We have heard SO MANY major announcements in such a short period of time, and we are still attempting to comprehend what they all mean. If you feel similarly, perhaps we can figure it out together.
Magical Land From teasing a massive Magic Kingdom expansion to announcing the opening date for a forthcoming roller coaster, Disney did NOT hold back at the Expo.or did it? Let’s take a look at all the projects that are currently underway at Disney World, from confirmed updates to attractions that Disney seems to have forgotten about.
You will not be surprised to learn that EPCOT is the site of numerous ongoing projects. The expansion of the France pavilion in World Showcase, the opening of the new Space 220 restaurant, and the opening of the new Connections Café and Eatery are just a few of the major changes that have already taken place in this park.
Sustainable Production – Every year, our studios produce hundreds of film and television productions, including “The Mandalorian” from the Star Wars franchise. Our focus is on reducing waste, switching to low-emissions energy sources, and educating cast and crew on environmental best practices.
- In FY21, tons of operational waste were diverted from landfills at Walt Disney World® Resort.
- Since 2009, Disney has had a long-term goal of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions.
- We are addressing our carbon footprint by avoiding emissions first, and then by reducing emissions whenever possible, including by investing in low-carbon fuel innovation and powering our operations with zero-carbon electricity.
We will offset any remaining emissions with investments in high-quality, verifiable emission reductions (carbon credits) from worldwide projects that promote improved land management, reforestation, and the protection and restoration of natural ecosystems.
- We are committed to reducing our Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions, which extend beyond our direct operations to include the production and delivery of our products and services.
- By the end of 2022, we intend to establish a science-based reduction target for The Walt Disney Company’s Scope 3 emissions footprint.
Carbon neutrality for direct operations by 2030 100% carbon-neutral electricity by 2030 Innovation pertaining to low-carbon fuels Invest in natural climate solutions At Disney, we recognize that water is a valuable resource for our company and the communities in which we operate.
In addition, we acknowledge that water is a highly local issue, with distinct geographical considerations. Each of our high water impact sites around the world will implement localized watershed stewardship strategies, focusing on both water conservation within our operations and investments to conserve and protect local natural water systems, in accordance with the most recent science and standards.
Since 2014, the Disney Conservation Fund has granted over $2,000,000 to non-profit organizations supporting these water stewardship initiatives. Responsible Seafood: The responsible selection and sourcing of seafood is vital to the future of our business, the global fishing industry, and the health of the planet for future generations.
- Beginning in 2022, 100% of the seafood served in our US parks, resorts, and cruise ships will be sustainably sourced.
- We are also aligning the culinary practices of our international parks and resorts with regional best practices for the responsible procurement of seafood, which will help to advance the fishery industry in communities where we operate.
Apply localized watershed management strategies Source sustainably harvested seafood Since 2009, Disney’s operations have been guided by a long-term goal to achieve zero waste. Significant progress has been made towards this objective, including through a series of waste management initiatives to reduce, reuse, recycle, donate, and encourage behavior change initiatives with our Guests and employees, to divert as much material as possible from landfills.
- While we are pleased with our accomplishments to date, we are committed to doing more.
- By 2030, we will strive to send zero waste to landfills from our owned and operated parks and resorts.
- We have a duty to move closer to our goal of zero waste in order to protect the ecosystems and communities that host us, as well as to reduce our global environmental footprint.
Cast Members and Guests alike will need to work diligently to bring us one step closer to a world without waste. Zero landfill waste for our owned and operated parks and resorts by 2030 The Walt Disney Company brings stories and characters to life through innovative and engaging merchandise, including toys, T-shirts, books, and video games.
We are committed to reducing the environmental impact of the materials used in the manufacture and packaging of these products. By evaluating the impact we can have across our company-branded product portfolio, we identified a set of materials that are consistently used in high volumes across multiple product categories and/or are known to have significant environmental impacts associated with their production and/or use: forest products, including paper, wood, and palm, textiles, and plastics.
Our material goals will focus on reducing the environmental impacts of these materials while simultaneously enhancing the sustainability of our entire manufacturing network. By 2030 Use recycled paper and wood, or paper and wood that has been certified as coming from a sustainable source.
Plastic in branded products and packaging will contain at least 30 percent recycled material or a lower impact substitute. Create packaging for reuse, recycling, and composting. Use recycled, sustainably sourced, or alternative low-impact materials in textiles. Monitor/use environmentally responsible production methods for branded products.
In collaboration with our company’s various design teams and utilizing the creative expertise of our Disney Imagineers, we have established a new, stringent set of design standards that will guide the development of all new building projects. Whether it is an office building, resort, film set, or attraction, we will design all new buildings to minimize waste, water, and energy during construction and operation.
- As an illustration, our new corporate campus in New York City, which comprises over 1 million square feet of office and production space, is being designed to LEED Platinum standards and evaluated for employee wellness certifications.
- Through the use of high performance facades, an on-site solar plant, waste heat recovery systems, demand control, and electric heat pumps, the building will be designed to be entirely powered by electricity.
Through the use of low-flow fixtures, on-site water capture and reuse for industrial purposes, and irrigation, significant water savings are being realized. In addition to supporting zero-waste operations, the project will divert at least 95% of construction waste.
Is Disney’s capacity back to normal?
As soon as Walt Disney World and Disneyland reopened to the public following a temporary closure due to the ongoing pandemic, the theme parks implemented a new reservation system called the Park Pass system to help monitor Park capacity. In order to enter a Walt Disney World or Disneyland theme park, visitors must possess both valid park admission and a valid Park Pass reservation.
As we continue to combat the ongoing pandemic, more families are eager to travel again. As a result, Park Passes continue to sell out quickly, leaving guests disappointed and unable to visit certain theme parks on certain days. In recent months, the number of visitors to Walt Disney World, for example, has increased dramatically.
In fact, many claim that Walt Disney World is operating at a pre-pandemic level of attendance, but we now have confirmation that this is not the case. Related: A guest deems Disney World a “absolute zoo” due to the overwhelming number of visitors. Interior of the Magic Even though the Parks are crowded, they continue to operate below capacity.
- At the time of publication, we have not yet received an exact number for the Park’s capacity; however, the last confirmed number, 35%, was released in early 2021.
- Due to the current crowd levels at the theme parks, which have prompted some guests to express displeasure, it is evident that the park’s capacity exceeds 35%.
Disney recently confirmed that despite the current crowd levels at the Parks, they are still not operating at full capacity, and it appears that this will never change. Interior of the Magic Disney CFO Christine McCarthy stated at the Morgan Stanley’s 2022 Technology, Media & Telecom Conference that Park’s capacity would never return to normal because Disney is “managing things differently now.” She went on to explain that they “do not want the parks to be bursting at the seams” and that by maintaining a lower capacity, guests will have a more enjoyable experience.
- One of the major drawbacks of full Park capacity never returning is that prior to the implementation of reduced capacity, guests rarely experienced a “at capacity” Park.
- Now, however, Disney Park Passes are selling out extremely quickly, indicating that Parks are frequently at capacity.
- We recently reported that during one week in March, when many students are on spring break, Disney is nearly already at capacity, which quickly eliminates the option to visit.
Interior of the Magic Due to the fact that not all of Walt Disney World’s attractions have yet reopened, it may appear to be more crowded than it actually is, given the current number of guests in the Parks. Chris, an Inside the Magic reader, brought this to our attention, stating, “I believe they should maintain the current maximum capacity, but bring back all attractions, shows, restaurants, etc., including all attractions currently under construction.” The maximum number of people allowed in the parks should not increase until construction begins and is completed on an unannounced or not-yet-under-construction attraction.
This will further disperse the crowds. And let’s face it, prior to COVID, the maximum capacity in every park was far too high. Therefore, avoiding a return to that would be desirable. Due to: ITM The phrase ‘Kelly C. Another Inside the Magic reader, Kelli, is becoming dissatisfied with Disney and has stated that she will soon be spending her money at Universal.
Recent return from there If they are not at maximum capacity, I would detest seeing them at maximum capacity. With two-hour wait times for rides and multiple rides breaking down while we were in line, Disney is no longer able to handle full capacity. If their machines cannot even handle the number of people who were present (which, in my opinion, was far too many), then they need to reconsider the number of people who are permitted to enter.
After 25 years of annual trips to Disney, the park is no longer what it once was. The experience used to be marvelous and enchanted. Clearly, the almighty dollar has dominated their priorities, as evidenced by their actions. Guests and their experiences are no longer a priority. The company has lost one Disney fan.
Universal will receive my funds. Due to: ITM The phrase ‘Kelly C. Another Inside the Magic reader, Josylin, recently visited Disney World and felt the amount of people in the Parks was too much and ruined the magic: Well, I was just there last week, and in my opinion, it was difficult to have a great time in this magical place due to the number of people.
- Two hours of line-waiting with a five-year-old is absurd.
- Removes the enjoyment from it.
- Second, I had to rent an ECV.
- None available.
- For the number of people allowed into the park, you really need more.
- Our hotel was wonderful, and we had a wonderful time there.
- Overall, the experience was somewhat disappointing.
Let’s discuss the prohibition of trams and buses from the pushing lot. Yes, the first day I walked despite having to ride. The following few days I paid the ridiculous premium parking fee, but there were no ECVs. I wish it were magical, but I believe Walt and Roy Disney are turning in their graves.
Sorry. For the price I paid, I expected a bit more magic. Due to: ITM The phrase ‘Kelly C. Regarding wait times for rides, many hoped that Disney World would reinstate its FastPass+ option, which allowed guests to select a time window to bypass the standby line for certain attractions. However, it was announced last year that FastPass+ would be discontinued and Lightning Lane would be implemented via Disney Genie.
Lightning Lane is essentially a paid FastPass+ system, which many individuals dislike. In fact, according to some, Lightning Lane doubled their wait time. According to Inside the Magic fan Kent, the Disney Parks already consider riding three attractions in a single day a bargain for $100.
Plexiglass has been installed at attraction entrances. Plexiglass separates guests in line queues Disney employed ingenuity by affixing plexiglass to the booster seats of rides such as Soarin’ and Star Tours. Disney has begun installing plexiglass and plastic barriers on rides to reduce wait times.