Walt Disney World has a Problem with Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser (and no solution)
Plus EPCOT Garden Rocks Concert Line-up 2023 and a Lengthy Disney Hotel Pool Closure
Walt Disney World has a serious problem in Star Wars Galaxy's Edge and there's no easy solution. Our take on this, plus a lengthy Disney pool closure and top picks for Valentine's goodies at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
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Does Walt Disney World Have a Star Wars Problem?
There's trouble brewing in Galaxy's Edge and it's not coming from the Dark Side. After months of persistent rumors and speculation about the value and experience of Disney's Galactic Starcruiser, Disney has announced that it was forced to cancel several Galactic Starcruiser dates in the summer and fall months due to low occupancy, which could be a troubling sign for the hotel's future. People who had booked were offered half-off to book again on a future date.
Speculation has been everything from the cost, to the characters involved to the repeatability of the experience. For me, it's also an issue of the guest experience, or rather the pricey and intended immersive experience being ruined by obnoxious and other annoying guests who typically ruin things for others on virtually any Disney attraction. This type of behavior has gotten worse since Covid as the entitled few have been frequently ruining it for all--so much so that Disney has changed its acceptable guest behavior policies and publicized the fact.
No matter what the reason, is there any way to fix the problem? For us, it's not the price alone: it's the experience. If you're paying that kind of money for an immersive experience, the risk of having it jeopardized by someone filming all the time and not taking part, is a no-go. In my opinion, Disney should ban all guests from bringing phones or any kind of devices, except in your room. Anyone acting out of accepted standards should be jettisoned through the airlock. Make this clear up front.
Garden Rocks Concert Lineup for the 2023 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival
The Garden Rocks Concert Series Line-up is coming into view for the upcoming EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival in March. Garden Rocks features well-known artists performing Friday-Monday and showcases local Orlando talent on Tuesday - Thursday at the America Gardens Theater!
Who's Playing at Garden Rocks Concert Series EPCOT 2023?
As of February 9, you can reserve a spot in the theater with a Garden Rocks Dining Package. Find out more by visiting FreshEPCOT.com.
Pool Closure alert for Disney's Vero Beach Resort
The feature pool at Disney's Vero Beach Resort and the Pirate’s Plunge Pool Slide will be closed for refurbishment from January 8, 2024 through late March 2024. The Tiger Lily Wet Play Area, Port Holes Miniature Golf and the whirlpool spa will also be closed while the pool is being refurbished.
Refurbishment work will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Disney Eats Foodie Guide to Lovely Valentine’s Day Delights 2023
Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort are celebrating the Valentine's season with sweet and savory food and drink across virtually all parks, resorts and entertainment areas. The complete Disney Valenatine Foodie Guide, plus our top picks.
Walt Disney World Resort
Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
Available at Various Resorts (Available through Feb. 28; mobile order available)
Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, and Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
World Premiere Food Court, Intermission Food Court, and End Zone Food Court (Available through Feb. 14; mobile order available)
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Boma – Flavors of Africa (Available Feb. 10 through 14)
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Landscape of Flavors and Everything POP Shopping & Dining (Available through Feb. 14; mobile order available)
Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Beach Club Marketplace (Available through Feb. 14; mobile order available)
BoardWalk Deli (Available through Feb. 14)
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Centertown Market (Available through Feb. 14; mobile order available)
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
California Grill (Available Feb. 14 only)
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Barcelona Lounge (Available through Feb. 14)
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Gasparilla Island Grill (Available through Feb. 14; mobile order available)
Disney’s Old Key West Resort and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Good’s Food to Go and The Artist’s Palette (Available through Feb. 14; mobile order available)
Disney’s Riviera Resort
Le Petit Café (Available Feb. 10 through 14)
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Kona Island (Available Feb. 9 through 14)
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter and Riverside
Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory and Riverside Mill Food Court (Available through Feb. 14; mobile order available)
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Roaring Fork (Available Feb. 10 through 14; mobile order available)
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
The Market at Ale & Compass (Available through February 14; mobile order available)
Amorette’s Patisserie (Available February 10 through 14)
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Tiffins Restaurant (Available Feb. 14 only)
Connections Café (Available Feb. 14 only)
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The Hollywood Brown Derby (Available Feb. 10 through 14)
Red Rose Taverne (Available through Feb. 28; mobile order available)
Disney California Adventure Park
Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream (Available Feb. 10 through 14; mobile order available)
Downtown Disney District
Ballast Point Brewing Co. (Available Feb. 14 only)
Hotels of Disneyland Resort
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
GCH Craftsman Bar (Available through Feb. 26)
Coffee House (Available Feb. 10 through 20; mobile order available)
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