PODCAST: Disney annual passes return and theme parks balance Halloween & COVID-19 (Ep. 109)

Orlando Sentinel tourism reporters Dewayne Bevil and Katie Rice discuss this week’s theme park news. Walt Disney World will resume selling annual passes — at an increased price — for its theme parks Sept. 8. The park will continued to require date-specific, park-specific reservations. Also, area parks are gearing up for Halloween after the pandemic forced many to cancel or scale back last year’s spooky offerings. Katie discusses how the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the transmission of the Delta variant could spell more tricks than treats for tourism as some visitors reconsider their plans. She also touches on precautions Universal Orlando is taking to allow for safe interactions between scare actors and guests at Halloween Horror Nights. And, finally, Dewayne previews Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure ahead of his first ride. Listen to this episode of Theme Park Rangers using the player below or download wherever you get your podcasts.