Top 10 Announcements I’d like to Hear from Disney in 2013

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As the New Year is upon us, many of us have been making lists of things we want to get accomplished in 2013.  Why don’t we come up with a list, however, of things we’d like to see Disney do in 2013 on our behalf?  Yes, the heirs of Walt have to worry about a lot of things (costs, the economy, construction permits, etc.) when planning new awesome enhancements to their product line, but we don’t!  Sure we could worry about those things as well if we wanted to, but this is a “Blue Sky” brainstorming session unconstrained by such particulars!

So there are probably a lot of things Disney could announce this year that would make me happy, but I’m going to try to narrow this down to 10.  In case you haven’t read any of my previous blog posts, this post is coming from someone who loves Disneyland, Disney World, and the Disney Cruise Line, and regularly visits all three.  Disneyland, however, holds a special place in my heart, and therefore it will get the majority of my attention in this list.

1. Star Wars Something – The night it was announced that Disney had purchased Lucasfilm, everyone in my household was grinning from ear to ear all night long.  Oh, the possibilities for Disney!  Can you imagine a Star Wars-themed Land at Disney Hollywood Studios?  Disneyland doesn’t have as much room, of course, but surely they could take advantage of this too.  As a minimum, how about just some Star Wars Weekends for the West Coast or Star Wars themed rooms in the Disney hotels?

2 The Dragon is Staying in the U.S.A. – Yes, that Dragon.  Have you seen the video?  He’s amazing.  The rumors are strong that he’s headed overseas, and while I don’t begrudge any Disney park getting something awesome, man I’d like to see that dragon stay here so I could see him.  I was at Disney World the night he flew, but not in the Magic Kingdom unfortunately.  I would have loved to see him.  C’mon, Disney!  Keep him here and let him make some appearances on both coasts!

3. New Itineraries for Disney Cruise Line – Disney Cruise Line recently announced part of their 2014 itineraries, and most people were fairly underwhelmed by the thought of more trips to the same places.  Here’s hoping when they announce the rest of 2014 they’ll throw in some new, exciting, destinations like the Southern Caribbean!  Of course I’m sure you’ll catch me on a cruise or two no matter what the announcement ends up being, because Disney cruises are nothing short of fabulous, but Disney sure could up the ante for many repeat cruisers!

4. Disney Dining Plan at Disneyland – I know the Disney Dining Plan at Disney World has some serious critics who make excellent points about its limitations, but I’m a fan.  Even if my family doesn’t purchase it on every trip (and in fact I’ve been twice this fall without purchasing it), it’s something many visitors want.  I’d venture to say that 90% of my clients add the dining plan onto their package at Disney World.  90%!!  People like dining plans.  They like to pay for things up front, feel like they’re saving a little (understanding that is totally dependent on individual dining styles and preferences), and for that matter, have a better idea of how much their total cost will be.  Care to guess how many of my Disneyland clients purchase Disneyland’s version of a dining plan?  Zero.  Yep, that’s right, zero.  Occasionally clients will add on character meal vouchers, but that’s really it.  Buying the dining plan at Disneyland doesn’t save you any money.  It doesn’t give you a better idea of how much your total cost will be, because you’re essentially just adding on whatever amount you are guessing you will spend.  You can pay up front, but you can easily spend more than you pay for up front.  Disneyland’s dining plan just doesn’t have the same appeal.  So here’s my plea to Disney:  bring the Disney Dining Plan to Disneyland!!

5. Exchange of What’s Best between the Two Coasts – I’d like to see Disney World and Disneyland exchange some things.  I’m not talking about duplicating every attraction on both coasts.  I do think there is value in them having differences.  I would, however, like to see Disney add some things to existing rides and shows at both resorts that would make them better.  For instance, at Disney World they need to add Disneyland’s dragon to Fantasmic!  The dragon in Disneyland’s Fantasmic! puts Disney Worlds’ to absolute shame.  It seems like a no-brainer to plus it up at Disney World.  Disney World could also use the addition of Dumbo to its fireworks.  Dumbo flying at Disneyland is an amazing sight.  It actually makes me tear up a little.  Disney World’s fireworks are great, but they could be even better with Dumbo!  How about the handheld laser guns from Disneyland’s Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters making an appearance at Disney World?  On the other hand, Disney World was lucky enough to keep the PeopleMover through the years!  Bring back the People Mover at Disneyland!

6. Building a Value Hotel at Disneyland – Disneyland has a lot of good value type resorts offsite within walking distance (or at least an easy shuttle bus ride), but I for one would love a true Disney value resort on the West Coast.  I think the three Disneyland resorts are great, and I’ve stayed at all of them.  On other trips, though, I’ve stayed offsite simply to save money.  So, I’d love Disney to add a more economical option to its line up at Disneyland.  Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort may seem a bit garish to some, but if you want to stay onsite and save some money, or just be a hero to your young children, they are perfect options.

7. Candlelight Processional Dinner Packages at Disneyland– Disneyland was so close this year.  At one point, the Disney Parks Blog actually announced that there would be a Candlelight Processional Dinner Package option for 2012 (and there was great excitement in the online Disney communities).  Unfortunately, it never materialized and tickets were given to Annual Passholders through a lottery type system.  This left most people, including a lot of Annual Passholders who weren’t among the lucky ones, out in the cold.  So, my New Year’s wish for Disneyland this year is that Disneyland will finally offer Candlelight Processional Dinner Packages in 2013.

8. Disney’s Magical Express at Disneyland – I know I’ve said it before, but Disneyland needs a Magical Express type option.  Dealing with your luggage when you land, trying to find the correct bus, paying for said bus – these are not the most magical ways to start your vacation!  Do it Disney!  Give us Magical Express at Disneyland!

9. More Disney Vacation Club Options – Full disclosure, I’m a DVC owner so I am certainly biased.  The Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian (the only DVC option at Disneyland Resort) is just not very big, and it can be pretty difficult to get a room during busy seasons.  Disneyland could flat out use some more DVC rooms.  How about another tower at the Disneyland Hotel!?!

10. Cars Land is Coming to Disney World – It’s probably just a matter of time before an official announcement is made that Cars Land is going to be built at Disney Hollywood Studios.  Disney went all out with Cars Land at Disneyland.  They did an incredible job.  Perhaps Cars Land will remain one of Disneyland’s unique treasures not replicated at Disney World, but I would like Cars Land to be replicated at Disney World.  It’s truly a special place that will be a magical destination for kids of all ages for decades to come.  But, my wish is that it’s done right, not on the quick or on the cheap.  If Disney World is going to get it too, do it justice!

So I know you can think of some more!  What announcements would you like to hear?

 

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Posted on December 28, 2012

41 Responses to “Top 10 Announcements I’d like to Hear from Disney in 2013”

  • I would love to see the Indiana Jones ride show up at DHS.. While I appreciate the stage show it is a little boring after you have seen it once or twice. The ride at DL is amazing and I wish we could have it on the East Coast!!

  • In terms of Disney World, I think #1 and #10 would contradict each other. Since they are almost certainly bringing Cars Land to DHS, I don’t see them adding any Star Wars there. I am holding out hope they’ll remove Stitch and Monster’s Inc. from Tomorrowland and go with Star Wars, but I don’t expect it. I’m not that excited about #5 since I’d rather see new things. However, the Peoplemover at Disneyland again would be great! I have mixed feeling about Cars Land at Disney World. While it will help DHS a lot, it also would be great to see something different instead of just the same thing.

    After going to Disneyland for the first time this May, I really don’t want the Dining Plan there. It’s been awful to Disney World restaurants and made them too similar, and it would do the same thing. I really hope this doesn’t happen.

    • by Tammy Whiting on December 28, 2012, at 8:03 pm EDT

      It would be very difficult to bring both, I agree. If I had to pick, I would probably pick Star Wars for the reason you said – it’s different.

      I know a lot of people don’t like the dining plan at Disney World and that one wouldn’t be very popular. :)

  • I’d love to see Disney come up with some accommodation for kids 10-13 (who are technically ‘adults’ at Disney) who want to eat off of the kids menu (either because they have small appetites or because they don’t like ‘adult’ food). It’s horrible to be in a restaurant with a 10 year old who is forced to order from the adult menu! Maybe they could have a ‘big kid’ price/portion on the kids’ menu, and a ‘transitional’ price at the buffets (something between kids’ price and adult price).

    It would also be great if (at WDW) they could just bring out the X-Pass or go back to the old system of ignoring FP return times. Right now it’s like the worst of both worlds!

  • My wish list: For the Disney World Deluxe resorts NOT to share a bus to the theme parks!!!

    • by Tammy Whiting on December 28, 2012, at 8:05 pm EDT

      Oh my word, Susan. I could not agree more.

    • Susan, Exactly!!! I really dislike paying a premium price and not being able to have a nonstop ride to the parks! “HEY DISNEY, LISTEN TO SUSAN!!”

      • Oh…I did my annual complaint to Disney again after our November trip. No Deluxe resort needs to share a bus when people are paying upwards of $400 a night!! I usually stay at the Poly or GF but would love to do the EPCOT resorts but won’t. It’s bad enough I have to share a bus with 4 resorts, there’s no way I would do it with 7 (including villas). It’s funny….I travel everywhere and $400 plus a night buys me so much more worldwide than what Disney offers. They need to start making staying at the Deluxe Resorts more appealing.

  • Animal Kingdom expansion, Avitar or otherwise, to move forward.

  • Can’t wait for Cars Land at HS. ;) Hope the rumors are true.

  • I agree with an expansion to Animal Kimgdom, and a return of 3 hour evening Extra Magic Hours instead of cutting them to 2 hours. Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios both sorely need additions.

  • by Sherry Schumacher on December 28, 2012, at 11:09 pm EDT

    Totally agree with the suggestion of having a value hotel at Disneyland along with a Magical Express.

  • Would not like Cars Land at WDW, but would love to see a Star Wars land at DHS instead. I think the dining plan is long overdue at DLR and even though I never fly to DLR, think the Magical Express is in order. One other crossover is I would love to see WDW get the photo ID system at the turnstile in DLR and get rid of the fingerprint business. Fantasmic at WDW also needs to change the Pocohantas segment to something more exciting ala the Peter Pan/Captain Hook like DLR has. I am all for a value resort &/or DVC rooms at DLR whatever more room options are needed. Also would love to see a Disney built water park in DLR!

  • I’ve always hoped that the Tomorrowland Speedway at Magic Kingdom would be re-themed to “Cars”. Some rockwork behind the new Dumbo tent could really help separate the theming clash that exists now. However, since the Star Wars acquisition, maybe a Star wars theme would be better. ?

  • A new video for Soarin- Soarin over (fill in the blank)…

  • Howard The Duck dark ride at DHS.

  • A bigger budget for maintenance/updating of existing attractions. For starters, digital projection for Soarin’, a yeti that moves, consistently working animatronics in Splash, and content updates for Future World attractions (come on, Ellen’s Energy Adventure is 15+ years old and it shows!).

    • by Tammy Whiting on January 2, 2013, at 9:30 pm EDT

      Yes!! Fix the Yeti!!

      • I’ve given up on ever seeing a moving Yeti at WDW. You’re more likely to see an actual Yeti riding Expedition Everest.

      • I remember seeing promotional videos about the attraction, where they were showing Imagineers working on the yeti and talking about how it was going to be the heart of the attraction. IMO, Walt would never have stood for it not working, and he would have already ripped down the mountain to fix it. He must be spinning in his grave (or cryogenic tube, if that’s what you believe).

  • While I have never been to WDW, We visit DLR every year (we are resident Californians) but from what I am reading, I think it would be cool to add The Pocahontas from WDW’s Fantasmic and let them borrow Peter Pan/Captain Hook and switch out seasonally (just a thought) and Soarin over California wamrs my heart because all of the locales are familiar, but adding a lane in Soarin to allow you to Saor over the world without losing California would be awesome..maybe extend the flight a few minutes to soar parts of the world?

    • by Tammy Whiting on January 3, 2013, at 11:57 am EDT

      I don’t know if Disneyland would like the “gift” of Pochohantas! Lol. It may be a good idea though!
      I agree, I love Soarin over California, especially IN California, but it would be nice to add something.