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  • On Feb 24, 2021
    Steve from NY Asked

    is Disney fully functional

    Hey there, Steve!

    Thanks for bringing your question to planDisney!

    Let me start by saying that I love your question so much I'm going to answer it twice. But first I need to add a quick note of context. Here at planDisney, as a Panelist, I'm really quite simply a Guest. I often joke that I aspire to be a Permanent Disney Guest, yet still I'm a Guest like all those who are always looking to put together the best possible plans for a Disney Destination vacation. I'm neither travel agent nor Cast Member, neither Guest Relations nor park operations, neither restaurant manager nor resort manager. I'm simply someone who loves taking Disney vacations with his family, and who loves sharing all those experiences to help others plan their own Disney vacation get-aways. I take delight in sharing my experiences (my own personal opinions, really), and I take even more delight in learning from my fellow planDisney Panelists who are always sharing something new and cool about their own experiences. 

    Now to your question. Is Disney fully functional? I'll answer first by noting that there are attractions, entertainment, and experiences that are currently paused and temporarily unavailable. For example, the nighttime fireworks shows and theme park parades are currently paused. Some services like the FastPass+ service are also currently paused. I always encourage a "Know Before You Go" approach to planning, and my best suggestion is to check out the updates for each of the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks to learn about all you can look forward to in parks. I also recommend checking out updates for the Enchanting Extras Collection as some of these offerings are temporarily unavailable while others are currently accepting reservations. When you take a look at all that's available to enjoy, I think you'll find that there's lots of magic to do across each of the theme parks and all around Walt Disney World Resort. Whether new attractions like Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, or new entertainment experiences like Mickey and Friends Cavalcade, there are fresh surprises and delights to relish.

    Steve,  I mentioned I'd offer two answers to your question, and here's my second answer. The magic is in the moment. In my view -- and again, these are just my views -- the function I long to see working in any Disney Destination where I vacation is to be transported to some other place and immersed in that space. Those places and spaces -- whether theme park, Resort hotel, or restaurant -- are awaiting. I think they're fully functioning -- if I may say -- magically. I'm so looking forward to my next visit when I first step onto Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park and feel my feet wanting to do a little dance. And to that sense of awe that thrills me every time I launch from Space Mountain and I remember first riding the attraction with my dad in 1975. And to that sublime contentedness when I dine with my family at one of  my favorite restaurants like California Grill. The magic is in the moment. And there are so many moments ahead. Just like my favorite song playing in the recent Walt Disney World Resort commercials you might have spotted, there truly is a great, big, beautiful tomorrow that's just a dream away.

    Steve, if you have questions about vacation plans you're making, please do ask away. Each of us at planDisney is here for you and happy to help.

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Meet the Panelist: Jerry, Pennsylvania

The playful and creative optimism of all things Disney has enthralled me since I was a kid. I loved watching "The Wonderful World of Disney" on Sunday nights, seeing all the live-action and animated classics in theaters, and — of course — visiting "The Most Magical Place on Earth" for the first time 45 years ago. These days, the big kid in me still loves to play Disney. As a long-time Disney destinations vacationer, I'm looking forward to helping you play Disney starting here at planDisney! Learn More About Jerry

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