BIG Updates on Disney World Parking Trams, COVID-19 Travel Restrictions, and More Breaking News!

To ensure we are equipping our readers with all the information they need, we will continue to report on all travel, safety, and COVID-related news that could impact a Disney Parks visit.

It has been another busy week for Disney news!

Magic Kingdom

From a BIG update on parking lot trams, to news about former Disney CEO Bob Iger, and restaurant reopening information — we’ve got quite a bit to cover. Ready to dive in and check out all of the Disney news you might have missed from this week? Let’s begin!

1 — Parking Trams Are Coming BACK

Though restaurants, hotels, and rides have reopened, many Disney fans have long been awaiting the return of one big thing…parking lot trams.

These trams have been unavailable since Disney World reopened, meaning guests have had to make the (sometimes quite long) trek to and from their cars and the front of the park by foot. Well, soon that’ll be changing!

The Trams Are Coming BACK

Disney recently announced that parking lot trams will be coming BACK to Magic Kingdom later this month, and will be returning to the other parks throughout 2022! (And the crowd rejoiced!). Stay tuned for more updates on this!

Click here to see more about the return of parking lot trams!

2 — COVID-19 Omicron Variant

Over the last few days, we’ve heard quite a bit about the new Omicron COVID-19 variant and it has started to impact a number of things. First, the U.S. is restricting travel from select countries due to the COVID-19 variant.

The WHO has also recommended that select individuals postpone their travel due to the Omicron variant.

Airport Crowds

As the situation with this new variant continues to change and develop, we’ll be working to provide you with the biggest updates.

Be Sure to Stay Updated on All the Latest Travel Rules and Restrictions

Recently, we also noted that Orange County, Florida (where much of Disney World is located) is now in the “substantial” category when it comes to COVID-19 community transmission. The county had previously been at a lower level of transmission, but it seems the situation has changed.

Click here to see more updates about COVID-19 and travel to Disney World and Disneyland.

3 — More Reopenings

While many things have reopened in Disney World, some are still closed. But, very soon a few more spots will be available for guests to enjoy again! In mid-December Story Book Character Dining will be reopening at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. When it reopens it will feature an updated menu.

Storybook Dining at Artist Point

Also in mid-December, Boatwright’s Dining Hall will be reopening at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort. The menu will look a bit different when this spot reopens as it appears to have gotten some price increases, new additions, and other changes.

Mardi Gras Fritters

We can’t wait to try out these restaurants once they open. Reservations for both are now available, so be sure to reserve your spot.

Click here to see more about the return of Story Book Dining!

4 — Bob Iger’s Replacement Has Been Named

Bob Iger is set to retire from his position as chairman of the board of the Walt Disney Company at the end of this year.

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While that’s something that has been in the works for a while, this week we learned some NEW information — who will be Bob Iger’s replacement.


Iger will be replaced by Susan Arnold, who most recently served as independent Lead Director and has been on the Walt Disney Company board for 14 years.

Click here to learn more about the individual who will replace Bob Iger.

5 — Other Restaurant Changes

This week we also got news about more restaurant changes. For those who are hoping to get a few photos with the characters during a character meal, we’ve seen that the character dining photo policy has changed in Disney World at one restaurant at least. Previously, guests had to remain seated when taking photos with the characters at Tusker House, but during a recent visit, guests were allowed to actually stand up and get a bit closer to (though still distanced from) the characters.

Mickey posing for a picture with a guest at Tusker House

Also, if you’re looking to eat at one of Disney World’s newest spots, Space 220, things have changed a bit. Previously, guests could join a walk-up list to eat at the Space 220 lounge, but now the Space 220 Lounge is taking reservations and it appears reservations will be required for the lounge space from now on.

Inside Space 220

Of course, all of these things are subject to change again in the future, so be sure to check and see what the process is like during your visit.

Click here to see the 5 BEST things to do in Disney World in December.

6 — Two Disneyland Festivals Are Coming Back!

If you’re a big fan of festivals in the parks, then you’ll be thrilled to know that 2 popular Disneyland festivals will be returning in 2022. Recently, Disney announced the dates for the return of the Lunar New Year Festival at Disney California Adventure Park.

Lunar New Year 2020

The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival will also be returning and we’ve got the dates and other information for those festivities.

California Food and Wine Festival entertainment stage

We’ll be on the lookout for more details about both of these festivals, so stay tuned!

Click here to see more about the return of the Food & Wine Festival to Disneyland Resort!

Other news was shared this week too. Check out the stories below for more:

Pure perfection

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

That’s it for us this week. Be sure to check back with us for more Disney news!