To celebrate Disney+ Day on September 8, 2022, the company announced new benefits for guests at Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Paris, Hong Kong and Disney Cruise Line. This article takes a look at special theme park perks and everything you need to know about Disney+ Day.
This comes ahead of the third anniversary of Disney’s streaming service, to thank fans for their support in helping Disney+ reach over 152 million homes. To celebrate, Disney+ subscribers can enjoy special perks, including extra time at Disney Parks around the world, exclusive offers, access to fan-favorite content, first previews on the platform, and more.
The Walt Disney Company hasn’t announced full details of this year’s Disney+ Day, but last year saw a slew of new content debuting and there was a limited-time subscription deal for the service. streaming. The event also occurred in mid-November, the real anniversary of the launch of Disney Plus.
Our guess is that Disney+ Day moved forward for several reasons. Firstly, it puts it one day before the start of Expo D23, which means that any promotional subscription released for the day can also encompass this event. Same with surprises and other announcements – the company could effectively turn Disney+ Day into Disney+ Weekend.
Second, it puts Disney+ Day in this fiscal year and gives the company a chance to dig in numbers before the end of the current fiscal year. As the money-losing streaming service is a huge driver of the company’s share price, this matters.
Finally, moving Disney+ Day to September puts some distance between it and Cyber Monday. Streaming services have always offered deals for this shopping “holiday” after Thanksgiving. (We’ve paid $0.99/month for Hulu several years in a row!) This gives the company the ability to run promotions in September and November and capture new subscribers in separate quarters/years, all without the streaming service having a perpetual discount.
More details on Disney+ Day are expected to be released very soon. For now, here’s what we know will happen at the theme parks…
Disney+ day in the parks
To celebrate Disney+ Day, Disney+ subscribers with a valid ticket or annual pass and theme park reservations on September 8, 2022 will receive special park benefits. Disney+ Subscribers and their travel party are encouraged to enter all Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort theme parks 30 minutes prior to regular park opening.
This essentially extends early entrance to Walt Disney World to offsite guests who are Disney+ subscribers. If you’re not already, we highly recommend subscribing to Disney+ just for this access 30 minutes in advance. It’s worth the cost of a month’s subscription for your travel party to get a 30-minute head start.
On-site guests are not disadvantaged during Disney+ Day. Early entry for eligible hotel guests will begin 30 minutes before Disney+ subscribers gain access to the parks, or 1 hour before official opening time.
This means on-site guests can enter Magic Kingdom at 8:00 a.m., Epcot at 8:00 a.m., Disney’s Hollywood Studios at 8:00 a.m. (be there earlier – Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance may start operating before then), and Disney’s Animal Kingdom at 7:00 a.m. h.
Speaking of which, Disney+ subscribers are the “real stars” of Disney Studios Hollywood and Disneyland, with Disney+ character encounters and cavalcades, “plus” more surprises throughout the day, including including special photo opportunities in the parks.
For Disney+ subscribers, there will be free Disney PhotoPass digital downloads through the My Disney Experience and Disneyland apps at select locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland Resort theme parks that day. Disney+ Day will conclude with a special screening of Disney+ at Movie Under the Stars for guests staying at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels.
In California, at the Disneyland Resort, be on the lookout for chalk memorial art in the Downtown Disney District and at the Disneyland Hotel, ways to “more” your photos, and fun, festive food and drink throughout the Disneyland Resort.
Strike a star-studded pose in Hollywood Land with a photoshoot featuring Mater and Lightning McQueen before heading to Cars Land to meet the four-wheeled stars themselves. To end the evening, guests staying at Disneyland Resort hotels are invited to stop by Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa for a special film screening.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with sprinkled blue churros at the Disneyland Resort theme parks this Disney+ Day on Buena Vista Street and Grizzly Peak at Disney California Adventure Park, near Sleeping Beauty Castle and Astro Blasters at Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park . At the Downtown Disney District, choose from three real cocktails: an Ocean Breeze at Naples Ristorante E Bar, a Blue Hawaiian at Uva Bar & Cafe and a Tropical Margarita at Tortilla Jo’s.
Fans are also invited to join the celebrations digitally by stepping up their selfie game with Disney PhotoPass Lenses for Disney+ Day. Don festive Mickey ears or invite Groot to make an appearance through these limited-time lenses, available to those celebrating in the parks or at home in the US via Snapchat and the My Disney Experience app.
Disneyland Paris will offer a dedicated entertainment program developed for Disney+ Day, in addition to photo opportunities with Disney PhotoPass and a blue-themed chocolate hazelnut donut.
Additionally, Disney+ subscribers and their party with theme park tickets and reservations are invited for the first time to enter Disneyland Paris at 9:00 a.m. (30 minutes before the park’s regular opening) only on September 8, 2022.
Hong Kong Disneyland will also be celebrating Disney+ Day… two days later… with guests visiting the park on September 10. No details on how this will happen. Let’s hope for a takeover of the park by Albert Mystic.
During the Disney Vacation Club Members Cruise departing August 29 through September 5, members aboard the Disney Wonder will receive special Disney+ gifts and 9 exclusive shows and experiences supporting current and upcoming Disney+ programming .
Ultimately, Disney+ Day looks like it’s going to be a good time with loads of new content and in-park fun at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, plus whatever else is happening a few days later at Hong Kong Disneyland. . It’s hard to be ‘anti-fun and novelty’, but we’re Disney fans… there’s always a way to turn a positive into a negative! 😉
As I look forward to Disney+ Day, it bothers me a bit to see the focus the Walt Disney Company is putting on the streaming service that lost over $1 billion (it’s billion with ab) in the last trimester. From the sounds of it, Disney+ Day is going to be a bigger one-day celebration than Walt Disney World on October 1 of last year for the 50th anniversary or this year for the 40th anniversary of EPCOT. (We’re not expecting anything at all for that last one. Maybe a speech from the vice president of the park.)
We saw something similar at Disneyland Resort with Avengers Campus, where tons of cool characters keep popping up (e.g. Wanda Harkness, Loki, Zombie Captain America), but only thanks to Disney+ marketing budgets. Theme parks are once again the revenue engines of the Walt Disney Company, but are often treated like cash cows, there for milking.
Don’t get me wrong, I love that there are Disney+ Day deals, and a lot of that seems like a nice thing. We’ll be at Disneyland on September 8 and definitely plan to take advantage of the extra hours, characters, PhotoPass and more. I just wish there were more celebratory offers in the parks just because– without the need for a link or funding from another division of the company. The days of Limited Time Magic, Year of a Million Dreams, Summer Nightastic, One More Disney Day and AP Events are not that far in the past. Still, it feels like they were an eternity ago, from a bygone era of how Disney operated its theme parks.
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