What's New and Changed

This week we have 3 news bulletins:

FastPass+ Changes As of April 10, 2016, guests will notice significant changes to the FastPass+ system at Walt Disney World.

- Guests will now be able to choose individual FastPass+ experiences and times, and will no longer need to make all selections for the same day at the same time.
- While guests will continue to be able to select up to three experiences in advance, they now will be able to book fewer than three selections, if desired.
- In addition, when guests have used their pre-selected FastPass+ , they will now be able to make an additional FastPass+ selection via the My Disney Experience mobile app, in addition to in-park kiosks.
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'Early Morning Magic' Added to Magic Kingdom on Select Mornings For an extra $69 per person ($59 per child, age 3-9), guests can get access to parts of the Magic Kingdom early on select Tuesday and Saturday mornings, beginning April 26, 2016. (These are non-Extra Magic Hour mornings.) The price includes breakfast at Pinocchio Village Haus and access to select attractions in Fantasyland - Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan's Flight, and the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Unlike the "Disney After Dark" event, park admission is required in addition to the fee for the event.
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Disney Cruise Line Announces Summer 2017 Itineraries In summer 2017, Disney Cruise Line will sail on new itineraries and to new ports, including first-time visits to new destinations in Alaska and Europe. Other familiar stops include Norway, Iceland, the British Isles, the Mediterranean, and of course, the Caribbean and the Bahamas.

In Alaska, one special 9-night and one 5-night itinerary have been added to the regular line-up of 7-nighters. Both "specials" feature a stop at Icy Strait Point (Hoonah) and the longer cruise heads north to Hubbard Glacier.

In Europe, the cruise line adds first-time visits to Amsterdam and Portland, England (near Stonehenge). The rest of the European schedule includes Baltic and Norwegian Fjord sailings from Copenhagen, and British Isles and Norwegian Fjords/Iceland sailings from Dover, England. Barcelona hosts five 7-night Mediterranean cruises, plus one 5-nighter and a 10-nighter.

Back in the Western Hemisphere, the Disney Fantasy will, for the first (and second) times, sail from Port Canaveral for more than 7 nights – one 10-night and one 11-night cruise to the Southern Caribbean. Plus, in June and early July 2017, Disney Dream sailings from Port Canaveral will be one night longer (4- and 5-night sailings), to allow for a second stop at Disney Castaway Cay (the "Double Dip" returns!).

West Coast DCL fans may be happy to learn the Disney Wonder will again pause in San Diego on her way north to Alaska, this time offering three sailings ranging from 2 to 5 nights.

Overall, the cruise line added far fewer new ports of call than we've seen in recent years, but is still mixing things up a bit (variety is the spice of life). We were wondering whether the cruise line would send the larger Fantasy to Alaska, considering the new Panama Canal locks will be opening later this year, but Alaska still seems to be a place of Wonder, rather than Fantasy for now.

Bookings opened to Platinum and Gold Castaway Club Guests April 13 and to all other Guests April 14. For more information, visit www.disneycruise.com.
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This updates page 050 of PassPorter's Disney Cruise Line guidebook

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