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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — So much is happening at Walt Disney World and Disneyland this summer as resorts continue to expand their offerings following post-COVID reopening. Classic nighttime fun is back and returning to Disneyland, while an all-new Guardians of the Galaxy-themed roller coaster debuts at Walt Disney World.

San Francisco bestselling author and founder of Disney’s Mickey Visit guide and Disney Dose site, Gavin Doyle has joined ABC7’s Getting Answers to share insider tips and new developments at Disney theme parks.

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At Disneyland California, the “Main Street Electrical Parade”, “Disneyland! Forever” fireworks and “World of Color” fountain shows are all back for a limited time. “Fantastic! — the nighttime show, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this month, also returns later this month on May 28.

At Walt Disney World in Florida, the destination is celebrating its 50th anniversary. In addition to the 50th entertainment, the resort is launching the new “Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind” themed roller coaster later this month. Doyle previewed the storytelling ride and called the coaster “the best new Disney attraction in ten years” and something he wanted to “do again and again.”

Doyle also shared tips on the new Disney Genie Plus service now at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. The service is a paid version of the classic FastPass system. He shared that “even with service, it’s important to have a strategy” when planning your day at the parks.

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Here are some key tips for Disney Genie Plus that Doyle shared with us:

  • Start early! Be sure to arrive at the parks at least 30-45 minutes before opening so you’re ready for the rope jump and have a morning plan.
  • Park Hop to take full advantage of the Disney Genie Plus service at all attractions available at both parks.
  • You can only use Genie Plus once per attraction per day.
  • Enjoy unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads included with Genie Plus! This works for on-the-ride photos and PhotoPass photographers at all parks.
  • Doyle grew up in San Mateo County and turned his love for Disney into an online media business while still in high school. He has the latest Walt Disney World and Disneyland vacation tips on Disneyland Genie Plus and Walt Disney World Genie Plus tips.

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