1. Dog-Friendly Resorts
WDW is currently allowing guests with dogs (two per room) to stay in select rooms at four resorts.
- Art of Animation
- Port Orleans
- Yacht Club
- Fort Wilderness Cabins
When this test program was announced in the fall, there was an incredible amount of backlash. Disney fans were outraged at the thought of dogs on property at Disney resorts. The general consensus is that Disney was not expecting this type of reaction and will most likely make major changes after the pilot program ends.
2. "Room Occupied" Replaces "Do Not Disturb"
Disney resorts are replacing Do Not Disturb signs with those stating Room Occupied. The following is noted on the signs: "staff reserve the right to enter your room for any purposes including, but not limited to maintenance and repairs, or checking on the safety and security of guests and property." It appears that either housekeeping or maintenance will enter each resort room once a day. This has currently been rolled out at the three monorail resorts - Polynesian, Grand Floridian and Contemporary.
Why the change? Disney will not say exactly but many believe this is related to the tragic Las Vegas shooting.
3. Purchase of Additional FastPasses
Starting last week, guests staying in club-level rooms with at least three day park tickets (or annual passes) are able to purchase two additional FastPasses per day. The two additional FP cost $50 per day per person and can be booked 90 days in advance. If you are staying on Disney property, FP can be booked 60 days in advance.
It will be interesting to see how this affects the pool of available FastPasses. There is a concern that hard-to-get FP will fill up faster than ever now. Others argue that not many guests will take advantage of this and availability will remain static. If you're a family of four with four day park tickets and you decide to purchase these two additional FP per day, your cost will be $800. Perhaps guests will only purchase additional FP for certain days of their stay and we won't see much change in availability.