- 05 Dec
BOB IGER – FIRST WEEKS BACK AS CEO
Time flies when you’re having fun! Bob Iger has been back in charge as the reappointed Disney CEO for nearly three weeks! He hasn’t made any huge changes or adjustments just yet (at least none that are going to impact the Guest and Disney fans), but here are a few things he has done since his return:
- Quickly fired some of Chapek’s right hand leaders in the Disney organization (making room for fresh faces and new ideas!)
- He held a town hall with Cast Members where he answered questions and addressed concerns. There was nothing groundbreaking said, he’s still newly back on the job, so it may take a bit of time before we see bigger changes (if we do at all). Here’s a solid recap of the townhall and what was discussed.
- He made a surprise appearance (with Josh D’Amaro) at Disneyland’s Candlelight Processional over the weekend. He greeted and talked to fans as he made his way up Main Street U.S.A. He made more of an impact in this one public appearance than Bob Chapek ever did in over two years. He was met with applause and big smiles.
Fans are happy about Iger being back and optimistic about the future of Disney.
GENIE+ UPDATES – COMING SOON!
Sometimes the most seemingly small updates become the most important ones. Disney announced just this week that updates to Genie+ are soon coming that will allow you to modify Genie+ Lightning Lane reservations.
You will no longer need to cancel and rebook a reservation, as you do now. This always caused issues because, by the time you canceled a reservation and searched for a new time, the attraction you wanted was often (or always) gone and no longer available. Guests were very frustrated by this.
With these updates, you will now be able to make modifications without canceling the reservation first. So, if what you are looking for is not available, you won’t lose your original reservation. You will also be able to make changes to your party size during modification.
It’s important to note, you will only be able to modify a Genie+ Lightning Lane to another Genie+ Lightning Lane at the same park where the original reservation was made. If you want to modify a Genie+ Lightning Lane reservation at a different park, you will have to cancel and rebook.
This will not impact Individual Lightning Lane purchases. Guests will not be able to modify those bookings.
These changes will be implemented in a week or two with the next My Disney Experience update for both Apple and Android.
EPCOT FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS CONCERT SERIES
Disney just announced the full DISNEY ON BROADWAY Concert Series lineup coming to the Festival of the Arts in January! These shows are highly anticipated and very popular.
While you can certainly wait to stand by to see any of the shows, if you want a guaranteed seat at one of the scheduled performances, your best bet is to reserve an Orlando VIP Tour.