Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort announced they have officially joined Snapchat.
“Today, we’re excited to announce a new way to connect with us – on the photo-sharing service Snapchat,” Thomas Smith, Social Media Director for Disney Parks, posted on the Disney Parks Blog on Friday. “If you haven’t used it yet, it’s easy to get started. We’ve created a quick guide showing exactly how to add Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort to your list of Snapchat friends.”
To find Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort on Snapchat, click “add friends” in the app and search for “waldisneyworld” and “disneyland.”
Snapchat is a photo messaging application that allows users to take photos, record videos, add text and drawings and send them to a controlled list of recipients. The “snaps” have a set time limit for how long they can be viewed.
Disney will begin testing “charging lockers” at the Magic Kingdom on April 25.
Charging lockers at Disneyland were added in 2012. (Credit: TouringPlans)
Gary Buchanan, who works in PR and social media for Disney Parks, first reported the news on Sunday.
According to Buchanan, the charging lockers will be located in Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe and the Tomorrowland Light and Power Company.
To activate the charging locker, the guest will swipe their credit card, which acts as an ID for the locker. The door opens and several charger cables are located inside the locker.
Once charging is completed, the door glows green. To open the chamber, the guest will swipe their credit card.
Disneyland has had charging lockers for two years. Those lockers cost $2 per hour and $2 for each additional hour.
The service will be provided by BrightBox. Here’s a video showing the BrightBox charging stations being used in New York:
George A. Kalogridis, President of Walt Disney World Resort, acknowledged “challenges” that have come with the MyMagic+ rollout in a recent video shown to Walt Disney World Cast Members.
Kalogridis compared the rollout of MyMagic+ to the opening day at Magic Kingdom, where Disney faced several major “challenges” that made opening day a rough day for Disney.
“The takeaway is that we have faced and overcome more challenges than I can count throughout the history of this resort. We have risen to the challenge each time by simply putting the guest first, having a great attitude, staying flexible and working together,” Kalogridis said in the video.
On Tuesday, Disney shared a few updates to the MyMagic+ and FastPass+ program. Here are the highlights:
- The ability to reserve FastPass+ attractions in advance is now open to all guests (as of March 31). All guests with a valid ticket can now reserve FastPass+ attractions at MyDisneyExperience.com at least 30 days in advance (Walt Disney World Resort guests can reserve 60 days in advance).
- Guests not staying on property can now purchase a MagicBand on property for $12.95.
- 3.5 million guests have participated in testing of the MyMagic+ program, according to Tom Staggs, Chairman Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
- Right now, guests can reserve three FastPass+ attractions in advance. Coming soon: “We’re working on providing (guests) with the ability to add and enjoy additional entitlements on the day of their visit. Once they’ve used the three (attractions) they’ve booked, we’ll enable them to select another at kiosks in the parks. And once they’ve used the fourth, they can select another, and so on.” – Tom Staggs, Chairman Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
- Also coming soon: “We also heard that other guests liked the fact that with the FastPass+ service they could use FASTPASS when they park hopped. So we’re working on a service enhancement to add that feature to FastPass+ as well.” – Tom Staggs, Chairman Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
No timeline was given for the new enhancements announced Tuesday.
A 5.1 earthquake hit near Los Angeles on Friday night. All rides at Disneyland were temporarily closed as a precaution and the Fireworks show was canceled.
The earthquake happened during Fantasmic! immediately after The Sailing Ship Columbia fired its cannon. The show was stopped and canceled.
The shaking could be felt for about 15 seconds, and was followed by multiple aftershocks. The USGS had earlier reported it as a 5.4-magnitude, but later downgraded it to 5.1
As of 11 p.m. PT Friday, most rides had reopened. The second showing of Fantasmic! went on as planned.
Guests at Disneyland took to social media to react to the earthquake: