New lighting shines from a Monorail train at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., as it travels through EPCOT. In honor of the resort’s 50th anniversary celebration, each train received a lighting color matching its painted stripe. (David Roark, photographer)

Weekly Disney Roundup For October 3 – October 10, 2021

In this edition of the Weekly Disney Round-Up: the monorail receives new lighting, character meet and greets return, plus booking dates for Galactic Starcruiser announced.

This is your Disney news round-up for the week of October 3, 2021.

Disney Resorts and Hotels

Booking Dates for Star Wars Resort Hotel Released: Looking for an out-of-this-world getaway?  To the Star Wars universe?  Soon, you can book your Galactic Starcruiser voyage. We know that Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will welcome its first guests on March 1, 2022.


runDisney Shows Off 2022 Finisher Medals: If you’re a runner and you’re missing Disney’s marathons, you can strap on your best running shoes because runDisney will be welcoming runners back for the Wine and Dine marathon in early November as part of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. Let’s take a look at the medals runDisney runners will see this year!

Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

50th Anniversary Celebration

MCO Trams Now Featuring 50th Celebration Wraps: The Orlando International Airport (MCO) is celebrating  Disney’s 50th Anniversary celebration. Airport trams now feature gold “statue” decals on the air-side terminal tram stop!

The Disney World Monorail Receives New Lighting: Disney debuted EPCOT’s new nighttime spectacular, Harmonious, they treated guests to a beautiful sight with new Monorail lighting!

Character Meet and Greets Will Return With New Rules: In November, Disney will once again offer indoor meet and greet opportunities – but they will be a bit different. You won’t be able to get a hug and an autograph, but you will get some one-on-one time with characters at indoor locations where you can take photos with the character in the background.

Business of Disney

Disney announced sample pricing for Lightning Lane rides. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Disney announced sample pricing for Lightning Lane rides. Photo credits (C) Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane:  Disney announced that Genie, Genie+, and Lightning Lane at Walt Disney World will launch on October 19.  Disney also announced specific Lightning Lane pricing samples for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Expedition Everest, and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.  Prices varied from $7 – $15 per person per ride.

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Wish Spaces For Tweens and TeensThe Disney Cruise Line released concept art of new spaces designed specifically for teens and tweens – Vibe, Edge, and The Hideaway.  It looks like it will be a great time to be a kid on a Disney Wish voyage!

Biggest Disney news this week: Galactic Starcruiser booking opens, or Lightning Lane pricing revealed?