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25% of Disney’s layoffs are coming from Disney World

Last week Disney announced they would be laying off 28,000 employees. At least a quarter of the layoffs planned will come from Florida according to a letter the company filed with state and local officials last week.

At least 6,390 nonunion Disney employees in Florida will be laid off starting in early December. The number of Florida layoffs, though, could grow as the company negotiates terms with a coalition of unions that represents 43,000 employees at Walt Disney World.

“Due to the continuing business impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the very difficult decision to reduce our workforce,” Jim Bowden, a Disney vice president of employee relations said in the letter.

Two-thirds of the planned layoffs involve part-time workers and they range from salaried employees to hourly workers.

Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, Experience and Products, sent a letter to employees last week as well regarding the layoffs. He cited California’s “unwillingness to lift restrictions that would allow Disneyland to reopen” as exacerbating the company’s situation that led to the layoffs.

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First look at a few of the yummy donuts you’ll find from Everglazed Donuts in Disney Springs

This morning Disney has shared with us a first look at a few of the yummy donuts you’ll find from Everglazed Donuts opening soon at in Disney Springs.

While these donuts look amazing they do however remind us of the donuts at Voodoo Donuts in Universal Studios Citywalk.

No official opening date has been announced yet other than “Opening Soon.”

To see the latest construction at Everglazed Donuts click here.

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Cast Member Pantry extends their support to those laid off at Disney World

Cast Member Pantry extends their support to those laid off at Disney World
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The Cast Member Pantry, a charity organization that offers groceries to furloughed Disney cast members, is now offering its support to cast members that were recently laid off.

The Cast Member Pantry was started back in March by Emily Lartigue, a furloughed Walt Disney World cast member. Cast Member Pantry makes it quick and easy to receive free food essentials once a month per Cast Member. Cast Members receive a reusable grocery bag filled with foods that are easily put together to make meals for 4, with breakfast and snack options as well.

Now that Disney has laid off 28,000 employees, Cast Member Pantry is including those cast members in their services. The organization posted the following on Facebook:

“Lots of questions coming our way! As many of you know we are working to serve cast members affected by furloughs and reduced hours from COVID-19 with bags of groceries.
We will now be including those that are impacted by layoffs as well, and will have an adjustment to our current process to ensure that cm’s impacted by layoffs will have access to our services.
Thank you to all who continue to support our mission. Without the community of love we have seen none of this would be possible.
Hang in there friends. ♥️”

If you are a furloughed or laid off cast member and need some support, you can email castmemberpantry@gmail.com. If you’d like to donate to the organization you can do so via Venmo (@castmemberpantry) or check out their Amazon Wish List.

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Over 300,000 sign petition to stop Disney from building on Lighthouse Point

Over 300,000 sign petition to stop Disney from building on Lighthouse Point

Disney Cruise Line is working on a second tropical destination in The Bahamas, which will be located on the beautiful island of Eleuthera at a place called Lighthouse point. Disney completed the purchase of the privately-owned Lighthouse Point last year and signed an agreement with the Government of The Bahamas.

The plan is to develop less than 20 percent of the property; employ sustainable building practices, including an open-trestle pier that eliminates the need to dredge a ship channel; establish environmental monitoring programs during construction and operation; and donate more than 190 acres of privately owned land to Government, among other commitments.

Over 300,000 sign petition to stop Disney from building on Lighthouse Point

Despite all of that, a petition has been started on change.org to stop Disney from building on Lighthouse Point.

The petition states:

“There are plenty of places in the Bahamas where Disney can dock its cruise ships. There is only one Lighthouse Point.

We are deeply concerned about Disney’s plans that threaten this unique natural place treasured by generations of Bahamians and visitors from around the world. The seas surrounding the point are so biologically rich that they have been formally proposed as a Marine Protected Area.

This is NOT the place where an environmentally responsible corporation would choose to construct a massive private cruise ship port – the centerpiece of which is a half-mile-long pier cutting across coral reefs including endangered staghorn coral. The port’s construction and operation would seriously harm the environment, while the economic benefits to communities in South Eleuthera are still unclear and very questionable.

Our planet’s oceans are already facing unprecedented pressures. Their future depends on the choices we make today to protect places like the proposed Lighthouse Point Marine Protected Area. Disney should follow the lead of other cruise companies that have chosen instead to rehabilitate already degraded areas for their cruise facilities.

This is our last chance to protect Lighthouse Point for generations to come. Sign the petition to call upon Disney to secure a different, more suitable site for their cruise ship port and instead work with Bahamian citizen groups on a sustainable development alternative for Lighthouse Point.”

There are over 300,000 signatures on the petition. We’re not sure if the petition will make a difference though. Disney has already purchased the land and started the process of preparing to build.

The Disney Cruise Line Blog is reporting that Lighthouse Point Project’s environmental impact assessment (EIA) is close to becoming a finalized document. The Director of the Department of Environmental Planning and Protection says the EIA is expected to be released for public review “in a matter of weeks”.

If you’d like to sign the petition, you can do so here.

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Chef de France Will Offer A Prix Fixe Meal When They Reopen

Chef de France Will Offer A Prix Fixe Meal When They Reopen chef de france prix fixe menu

Recently we announced that Chef de France will reopen this weekend at Epcot! And now to make it even better, they’ll be offering a prix fixe meal!

This new option was not available on their menu before but we are so happy to see this new addition now.

Chef de France Will Offer A Prix Fixe Meal When They Reopen
Chef de France Will Offer A Prix Fixe Meal When They Reopen

It will be available for lunch and dinner for $49.50 and it will include:

  • One appetizer
  • One entree
  • One dessert
  • A glass of Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon
  • A soda or Ice Tea or Coffee or Tea

Chef de France Will Offer A Prix Fixe Meal When They Reopen

The operating hours for this weekend are 11am – 9pm and starting Monday they will go back to 11am – 7pm.

Reservations are now available on My Disney Experience, so hurry up and get yours!

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Disneyland layoffs include Imagineers and Restaurant & Hotel Workers

Disneyland layoffs include Imagineers and Restaurant & Hotel Workers

Disney recently announced that it was laying off 28,000 workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today the Orange County Register is reporting that thousands of those employees are restaurant & hotel workers as well as Imagineers.

The massive layoffs cost nearly 3500 Disneyland restaurant and hotel union workers their jobs and put over 400 Imagineers out of work.

Josh D’Amaro, chairman of the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products division, sent a letter to cast members explaining the difficult decision regarding these layoffs. Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Walt Disney Imagineering Disney Cruise Line, and Disney’s travel planning, retail, gaming and publishing divisions were all affected.

“We initially hoped that this situation would be short-lived, and that we would recover quickly and return to normal,” D’Amaro said in the letter to employees. “Seven months later, we find that has not been the case.”

So far it is estimated that over 5,000 cast members have been laid off from Disneyland with that number expected to rise. 2765 of those are non-union layoffs.

Workers United Local 50, which represents 7850 Disneyland cast members, expects 2500 of its food and beverage workers to be laid off.

“There is a lot of information we don’t know now and we are scheduled to meet with Disney in the coming days to get more information and bargain over the effects,” Workers United Local 50 president Chris Duarte wrote on the union’s Facebook page. “Here is what we know now: Who will actually be subject to layoff is still to be determined. The contract and bargaining will determine this.”

Another local union, Unite Here Local 11, expects 950 of its 3000 Disneyland employees to be laid off. Most of them are hotel workers.

“The union will engage in bargaining with the company over issues including job security and healthcare coverage,” Unite Here said in a statement.

One can assume that many of the layoffs are from Disneyland due to the parks and hotels not being allowed to reopen. Here’s hoping they will reopen soon so more layoffs won’t happen!

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The Grand Floridian Society Orchestra share last photo from the Grand Floridian

The Grand Floridian Society Orchestra share last photo from the Grand Floridian Grand Floridian Society Orchestra

Many Disney Park enthusiasts are still sad over the news about recent layoffs. A significant number of Disney entertainers and musicians, such as the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra, are being dismissed. The wonderful group shares a photo of their last time gathered together at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. The orchestra group played at the Disney Resort for a total of 32 years.

The Grand Floridian Society Orchestra has released the following statement on their Facebook page:

“We are truly overwhelmed, very grateful and humbled at the massive number of heartfelt comments and sentiments you all have shared. We heard that someone started a petition to bring us back and there are over 1800 signatures on it so far. We can’t thank you all enough for showing your love and support… Unbelievable! Thank you so much! We need to clarify… our last day of performances, October 3rd, will be at the Theater of the Stars at Hollywood Studios… NOT the Grand Floridian. We have not played at the Grand Floridian since March 18th! For those of you asking… we do have CDs available. Please message us for details. We have so many great memories of our time at the Grand Floridian… our thanks to you all!”

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Empire Strikes Back Tops the Weekend Box office for first time in 23 years

Empire Strikes Back Tops the Weekend Box office for first time in 23 years Empire Strikes Back

For the first time since its 1980 release, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is at the top of the box office because of a theatrical re-release. The release is at both movie theaters and drive-in theaters.

So far the Star Wars film earned over $611,000 for the 3-day weekend gross, and a total of $644,000 for the 5-day gross. That’s impressive considering the limited number of movie theater options right now! After all, it’s estimated that only 1,500 movie theaters are open in the nation. The film ran against other classic movie re-releases such as Ghostbusters and Jurassic Park.

The second installment of the Skywalker Saga is held in high regards by the Star Wars community of fans. The movie introduced creative new worlds and creatures for viewers to see back in 1980. The film celebrated its 40th anniversary on May 21st this year. It’s incredible the movie resonates so strongly with movie goers even 40 years later. However, the version playing in theaters is based on the 23-year old remastered movie version. So don’t expect the original 1980 version prior to editing.

Lastly, if you are unable to find Empire Strikes Back playing locally at a movie drive-in near you, then don’t fret. Star Wars fans can watch the movie at home by streaming it on Disney+ streaming service, too!

Source: Deadline

 

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Governor of Hawaii not ready to open up the state to tourism

Governor of Hawaii not ready to open up the state to tourism

If you are wanting to visit Hawaii without being required to quarantine, you’ll have to wait until September. The Governor of Hawaii, David Ige, just extended the mandatory 14-day quarantine through the end of August.

Beginning September 1st, visitors to the islands will have the option to quarantine or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. This traveler pre-testing program was set to begin Aug. 1, but because COVID-19 outbreaks in several states are “not in control” the governor has delayed the launch of the program.

“This was not an easy decision to make. It really was a choice between two difficult options,” he said.

This decision will hit Hawaii’s tourism businesses hard. The Hawaii Tourism Authority said that the industry wants to “welcome back our visitors once our state is ready to do so in a safe manner that will hopefully avoid the need to backtrack in the future.”

“We did believe it would be in the best interests of everyone here in Hawaii to delay the start of the program,” Ige said, in a news conference. “I also want to make it clear that we still believe in the pre-travel testing program. We will continue to take actions necessary to implement it safely.”

The pre-travel testing program will require passengers to produce a negative coronavirus pre-test taken within 72 hours of departure to Hawaii.

Aulani, Disney’s resort in Hawaii, still has not identified a reopening date but will most likely remain closed through August.

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Annual Passholders to recieve 30% off merchandise for a limited time

Annual Passholders to recieve 30% off merchandise for a limited time Annual Passholders

There’s good news for Annual Passholders who plan on shopping at Walt Disney World. For a limited time, Passholders can enjoy a discount of 30% on Disney merchandise! This new sales promotion is only available for a limited time. It runs from July 14th to August 14th at Walt Disney World.

We are quite surprised and thrilled with the news of this temporary Passholder discount. The standard merchandise discount is 20% for Annual Passholders. Given the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the additional discount is quite helpful. Cast Members are letting customers know about the new 30% discount today at Disney World. For those who like to budget their Disney expenses, this discount is quite helpful.

The news of this discount was revealed on the eve of the public reopening of Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Many are looking forward to visiting these theme parks over the next few days. We’ll be going ourselves to witness the changes added for guests to experience. In the meantime, this discount is quite beneficial for Passholders visiting over the next month.

What do you think of the new temporary discount? Will you be using it to shop at the Disney theme parks or at Disney Springs anytime soon?

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According to NBA 2 players test positive for COVID-19 while at Disney World

According to NBA 2 players test positive for COVID-19 while at Disney World NBA

Of the 322 players tested for COVID-19 since arriving on the NBA Campus July 7, two have returned confirmed positive tests while in quarantine. Those players never cleared quarantine and have since left the Campus to isolate at home or in isolation housing.

According to NBA 2 players test positive for COVID-19 while at Disney World

Since July 1st, during in-market testing, 19 NBA players newly tested positive. These players are staying in their home markets and recovering until they are cleared under CDC guidelines and NBA rules for leaving home isolation and joining the Campus.

In case you missed it the NBA players in Disney World to receive special perks for playing at Disney.

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What do the Relaxation Stations look like at the Magic Kingdom

What do the Relaxation Stations look like at the Magic Kingdom Relaxation stations

The Magic Kingdom reopened to guests this weekend at Walt Disney World. They set-up new safety and health guidelines setup to help guests enjoy their Disney visit. The new physical distancing practices were working well when we were there. Another new feature the Magic Kingdom offers now are relaxation stations for guests. These zones give guests a chance to take a break. We checked out all the new relaxation stations set up for guests at Magic Kingdom. You can see what they look like below.

What do the Relaxation Stations look like at the Magic Kingdom

Tomorrowland Terrace in Tomorrowland

The first relaxation station we visited is located at the end of Main Street while heading towards Tomorrowland.

What do the Relaxation Stations look like at the Magic Kingdom

What do the Relaxation Stations look like at the Magic Kingdom

It’s nice to have seats in a shaded area to escape the sun during hot, summer days.

What do the Relaxation Stations look like at the Magic Kingdom

Golden Oak Outpost in Frontierland

The second location is at the Golden Oak Outpost. It’s found on the walkway between Splash Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean.

What do the Relaxation Stations look like at the Magic Kingdom

Pete’s Silly Sideshow in Storybook Circus

The third and final relaxation station we visited is at Pete’s Silly Sideshow in Storybook Circus. You can find it near the Dumbo attraction in Fantasyland.

What do the Relaxation Stations look like at the Magic Kingdom

Whats great about this location is that it offers a spot to cool off in an air-conditioned room.

Let us know if you visit these locations when you go to Magic Kingdom.

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Florida reports single-day record of 15,300 new COVID-19 cases

Florida reports single-day record of 15,300 new COVID-19 cases state of emergency

Florida reports single-day record of 15,300 new COVID-19 cases

The State of Florida has just reported a record-breaking spike in new coronavirus cases on Sunday according to WESH.

The Florida Department of Health reported 15,300 new cases, which shatters the record for single-day cases from last month.

Orange County which Disney World resides has reported more than 1,300 new COVID-19 cases.

Florida now has a total of 269,811 cases of COVID-19 and reporting a statewide death toll of 4,346.

Gov. Ron DeSantis provided an update at his press conference from yesterday.

Gov. Ron DeSantis provides an update on the coronavirus pandemic in Florida.

Gov. Ron DeSantis provides an update on the coronavirus pandemic in Florida.

Posted by ABC7 Sarasota – WWSB on Saturday, July 11, 2020

Disney World has in place Health and Safety Procedures which include:

  • Appropriate Face Coverings – All guests 2 years of age and older, along with cast members, will be required to wear an appropriate face covering while visiting the theme parks. They must be worn over the nose and mouth at all times, except when eating and drinking while dining.
  • Transportation – Capacity and guest density is limited for complimentary Walt Disney World guest transportation, and guests are required to wear appropriate face coverings at all times during their journey. Buses and Monorails will implement a combination of physical distancing and physical barriers to provide separation between guest parties. Party groups will be required to maintain physical distancing while aboard Disney watercraft. Disney Skyliner will load one party per gondola when it returns to operation July 15, 2020. For those arriving in their own vehicles, auto plazas will offer cashless payment; parking lot trams will not be available at this time.
  • Temperature Screenings – All guests will be required to undergo temperature screenings prior to entering a theme park. Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, anyone displaying a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will be directed to an additional location for rescreening and assistance. Those who again measure 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will not be allowed entry, nor will those in their party.
  • Physical Distancing and Capacity Measures – To maintain appropriate physical distancing, a limited number of guests will be able to visit each theme park each day; limits will also be in place for indoor locations within the parks, such as retail shops and dining locations. Ground markings will help promote proper physical distancing throughout the parks, including attraction queues. Physical barriers will be in place in select locations where maintaining a proper physical distance from others may be difficult.
  • Cleanliness – High-traffic areas will receive increased cleaning. Guests will be encouraged to frequently use hand-washing stations and hand sanitizer available in the theme parks.
  • Cashless Transactions – Guests are encouraged to use cashless options whenever possible, including MagicBands, debit cards, credit cards, Disney gift cards and mobile payment methods.

Disney Cast members have gone through extensive new training to prepare for the theme parks’ reopening in this new environment. Cast members in the Incredi-Crew will wear brightly colored, easily identifiable attire and walk through the parks to explain the new procedures and answer any guest questions while encouraging everyone to follow these new health and safety measures.

Click here to see the most recent Health & Safety update from Disney’s Chief Medical Officer.

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NBA players in Disney World to receive special perks

NBA players in Disney World to receive special perks NBA Players

All 22 NBA teams playing the remainder of this year’s basketball season have assembled at Walt Disney World. However, don’t expect to see NBA players at Magic Kingdom anytime soon. The league is preparing to restart their basketball season in a controlled environment. But the NBA has made arrangements with Disney to provide after-hours access to attractions.

The NBA informed teams of “bookable experiences on the NBA campus at Disney” in a memo to basketball players. A list of their options for after-hours access includes access to Expedition Everest, Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster, and Test Track.

“Players will have the first opportunity to select experiences on a first come first serve basis and are recommended to book experiences at least 48 hours in advance,” the memo said. “Open slots for experiences will be released 24 hours prior to the beginning of the event, during which period other members of the team travel party may book available inventory.”

The NBA’s season will resume on July 30, 2020. They’ll play at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida. Besides the after-hours Disney attractions, NBA players can utilize other amenities.

Golf and other amenities 

Players and staffers will have access to three golf courses with tee times for foursomes throughout the day, six days a week.

Disney’s Palm Golf Course, Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course and Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course are the three courses to play.

Players can also utilize bowling opportunities at Splitsville in Disney Springs on select nights. Meanwhile, their resort lounges include pool tables, table tennis and video games, swimming pools, tennis courts and bikes.

 

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The Princess Bride: The Guilder Frontier LEGO Idea

The Princess Bride: The Guilder Frontier LEGO Idea The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride: The Guilder Frontier LEGO Idea

The 1987 classic, ‘The Princess Bride,’ is a beloved tale about a young woman and the love of her life trying to find and save her. One fan, LEGO IDEAS User “FSLeinad,” decided to submit a LEGO set idea complete with 1,000 pieces featuring “the three classic duels and the journey through the fire swamp.”

The project features six characters- Vizzini, Inigo Montoya, Fezzik, The Man in Black, Princess Buttercup, and An R.O.U.S (rodent of unusual size) – brick built.

The Princess Bride: The Guilder Frontier LEGO Idea The Princess Bride

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To be considered by the LEGO Group to produce this idea as a set, The Princess Bride: The Guilder Frontier needs 10,000 supporters. The idea currently has 4,277 supporters! If you would like to see this set come to life, click here to make a LEGO IDEAS account and become a supporter!

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Avatar Wishables And Banshee Shoulder Pets Now At Animal Kingdom

Avatar Wishables And Banshee Shoulder Pets Now At Animal Kingdom

Fans of Avatar will be happy to know that some very beloved goodies are now available once more. The Avatar Wishables which sold out quickly online have appeared in Animal Kingdom upon opening. In addition to the much sought after Wishables, you can now find the Banshee shoulder pet too!

Avatar Wishables

Avatar Wishables And Banshee Shoulder Pets Now At Animal Kingdom Avatar Wishables

When these Wishables first debuted on shopDisney, they sold out almost instantly! They were even restocked and still sold out again. They’ve been hard to find online, so it’s exciting to see them finally available at the Parks again! The collection features plush versions of the fascinating inhabitants of Pandora – The World of Avatar. Each blind bag includes one of four known designs from the Series or one of the two mystery designs, but you won’t know which one you have until you open the bag!

Avatar Wishables And Banshee Shoulder Pets Now At Animal Kingdom Avatar Wishables

Also available is Shaman of Songs Wishable. She is not apart of the mystery bags, you can pick her up separately! She is inspired by the Shaman we see while sailing down the Na’vi River Journey attraction. Both the Shaman and the Mystery Bags retail for $9.99.

Banshee Shoulder Pets

Avatar Wishables And Banshee Shoulder Pets Now At Animal Kingdom

The Banshee shoulder pet is also back! This is a cute little plush that looks just like the epic Banshees from the movie, and Flight of Passage. A little magnetic disk allows this to clip onto your shirt’s fabric, so you can wear it like a little shoulder pet. These retail for $19.99 apiece.

Are you excited that the Avatar Wishables and Banshee Shoulder pet have returned?

Special thanks to our friend Susan for the fun pics!

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All New Character Experiences Debut At Walt Disney World Reopening

All New Character Experiences Debut At Walt Disney World Reopening All New Character Experiences Debut At Walt Disney World Reopening

Walt Disney World officially reopened yesterday and we spent the past two days in the parks. Both Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom opened to the public yesterday following some cast and annual passholder previews. Our favorite part of both parks just might be the brand new character experiences! Since we can’t have traditional character meet and greets right now Disney has made some fun ways to still see your favorite friends.

Magic Kingdom Characters

Friday we attended Magic Kingdom’s passholder previews. We couldn’t believe all the characters we got to see. At random times during the day they have a character float come down the parade route! There are no times set for these so people won’t gather and wait but I found it more enjoyable. It was really exciting each time the music came on to see which characters were on the floats. The fact it happened all day and not just for one parade was amazing too.
All New Character Experiences Debut At Walt Disney World Reopening
As soon as we walked in we were greeted by princesses and Fairy Godmother. These characters also change throughout the day and show up at random times. It was such a fun way to be greeted entering the park.

There were also surprise characters around. Like Chip and Dale down in Frontierland on a raft and some Winnie the Pooh friends by the Crystal Palace.

All New Character Experiences Debut At Walt Disney World Reopening

Several times during the day different floats come out with characters. Gaston and Merida join them at times on horseback.

Also be on the lookout for Stitch and Buzz Lightyear at the Tomorrowland Stage and Captain Jack Sparrow across from Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

The Evil Step-Sisters from Cinderella were up at the castle. They were hilarious as usual and I recommend paying them a visit.

No visit to the Magic Kingdom is complete without seeing Mickey! He makes several trips down Main Street. It was so great to see him again.

Animal Kingdom

Magic Kingdom wasn’t the only park with fun new character experiences. Animal Kingdom also reopened and we went yesterday on the official opening day to check out what characters they had. We absolutely love the character cavalcades at Animal Kingdom. They are so fun and we really hope they stay. They characters at Animal Kingdom ride by in boats in the water that connects Africa and Asia. Listen for the music to tell when the boats are coming.

Chip, Dale, and Goofy may have been my favorite. Chip and Dale in their dinosaur costumes are adorable!

Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto also drove by. Pro tip: the best spot to watch the boats drive by and relax is at the relaxation station across from the UP! Great Bird Adventure show. You can go take your masks off at that location and have an excellent view of the water.

The Discovery Island Drummers also had a boat and it was fun to listen to them rock out. They were amazing and so upbeat.
All New Character Experiences Debut At Walt Disney World Reopening All New Character Experiences Debut At Walt Disney World Reopening

It was really fun to see the boats ride by randomly with the characters we missed so much on them. I really hope these experiences stick around even when the rest of the parks return to normal. They are really fun and happen throughout the day. Overall it was amazing being back in the parks. Disney has done such an amazing job. Thank you to all the Cast Members working so hard so we can experience Disney magic again.

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Social Distancing Measures for Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom

Social Distancing Measures for Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom splash mountain

Walt Disney World theme parks are beginning to reopen and with that comes new safety measures and guidelines. These measures will make experiencing attractions and rides different than we are used to. One of our writers was at Magic Kingdom recently and we’re here to tell you all about the new measures for experiencing Splash Mountain.

Social Distancing Measures for Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom

Throughout the ride queue, there are markings showing guests where to stand so they can follow physical distancing guidelines. There’s also plexiglass separating the would-be FastPass line and the standby line.

Social Distancing Measures for Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom

Social Distancing Measures for Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom

Social Distancing Measures for Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom

Cast members only load one party per log. So, if you are a single rider, you will get the log to yourself!

Social Distancing Measures for Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom

Social Distancing Measures for Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom

Cast members working Splash Mountain were wearing masks as well as face shields. Guests are also required to wear their masks on this ride, even though you could get wet. Bring an extra mask or two just in case!

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Make This Magic Kingdom Purple Wall for Your Home

Make This Magic Kingdom Purple Wall for Your Home purple wall

The walls at Disney theme parks are trending these days and Disney fans are figuring out how to bring the magic of these walls into their own homes! Chip & Co fan Natalie Hayes shared with us how she painted Magic Kingdom‘s Purple Wall in her daughter’s room.

She credited her niece, Jayde Lickenbrock, with helping design their wall. Here’s how they did it:

Make This Magic Kingdom Purple Wall for Your Home

First, they painted the entire wall white.

Make This Magic Kingdom Purple Wall for Your Home

Then, using the thinnest painters tape, they made the design. They free-taped straight lines that met at angles. After the tape was up, they adjusted to add the circles that the wall at Magic Kingdom has.

Make This Magic Kingdom Purple Wall for Your Home

Next, they numbered the shapes on the wall one through four for the colors. They tried to match Disney’s purple shades but had to improvise a little as the store wasn’t able to match them exactly.

Make This Magic Kingdom Purple Wall for Your Home

After painting each space, they removed the tape and then “sharpened up” the white lines. If you decide to paint your own Purple Wall, you can choose which purple to paint in which space.

We love how this wall turned out! Check out the comparison to the wall at the Magic Kingdom below (left is the DYI and right is Magic Kingdom’s wall):

Make This Magic Kingdom Purple Wall for Your Home  Make This Magic Kingdom Purple Wall for Your Home

Special thank you to Natalie Hayes and her niece, Jayde Lickenbrock, for sharing this Disney wall makeover with us! Are you enough of a Disney addict to paint a Disney wall in your house?

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Give Kids the World Announces Virtual Fun Run

Give Kids the World Announces Virtual Fun Run

Give Kids the World, a nonprofit resort that offers weeklong, cost-free, dream vacations to critically ill children and their families, recently announced they are hosting a virtual fun run!

Registrations are now open for Give Kids The World Village’s fourth annual Challenge for Hope fun run. This year’s event will be entirely virtual. For the past three years, the Central Florida-based nonprofit had hosted more than 1,000 participants at their 84-acre resort for the event resulting in nearly $400,000 raised.

“The safety of our wish families, supporters, staff, and volunteers is always our top priority, so this year our Challenge for Hope fundraiser will be completely virtual,” said Pamela Landwirth, Give Kids The World president & CEO. “We’re thrilled that with this change our supporters around the world will have the chance to participate, bringing the spirit of Give Kids The World to wherever they are.”

Participants can register to become a “Challenger” for $39 and are encouraged to fundraise to reach incentives. They will receive a kit in the mail with everything needed in order to complete their challenge from home, including a commemorative medal featuring wish kid art and a race bib.

Past events hosted at the Village boasted an inclusive and accessible fun run where all were welcome to “walk, run, roll, or stroll.” They say this year’s event will feature the same inclusivity but from home.

“The virtual challenge you complete is up to you. Walk, roll, run, stroll, swim – or even jump rope your way to complete your event,” said Landwirth.

Give Kids The World announced an extended closure due to COVID-19 in early June. They say that fundraising events like Challenge for Hope will allow them to reopen as soon as possible.

“While our resort is temporarily closed, more than 700 children each month wait for their life-changing wish. By participating, you’ll join a community of supporters who will help us emerge from these challenging times and resume fulfilling these wishes as soon as possible,” said Landwirth

To register for Challenge for Hope and to learn more about Give Kids The World visit www.challengeforhope.org.

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Impressionist Creates Act I ‘Hamilton: A Muppet Musical’ Parody

Impressionist Creates Act I ‘Hamilton: A Muppet Musical’ Parody

Impressionist Creates Act I ‘Hamilton: A Muppet Musical’ Parody. Comedian and impressionist, Ricky Downes III, became inspired to create a Muppets parody of Hamilton after watching the famed musical after its debut on Disney+ at the beginning of July.

Less than 4 days after the films launch on Disney+, Ricky shared his creation via YouTube and Twitter along with the caption: “Hey [Lin-Manuel Miranda] and [Kermit the Frog], I was so inspired by [Hamilton] on Disney+ I recorded Act 1 as all of The Muppets. You BOTH are truly the most sensational, inspirational, celebration, Muppetational AND non-stop!”

Ricky assigned his own character roles along with the roles within the musical and the cast list includes:

  • Alexander Hamilton – Kermit the Frog
  • Aaron Burr – The Great Gonzo
  • Eliza Schuyler – Miss Piggy
  • Marquis de LaFozette – Fozzie Bear
  • George Washington – Sam the Eagle
  • Angelica Schuyler – Camilla the Chicken
  • John Laurens – Beaker
  • Hercules Mulligan – Rowlf the Dog
  • King George III – Animal
  • Peggy Schuyler – Janice
  • Samuel Seabury – The Swedish Chef
  • Charles Lee – Elmo
  • Congressional Delegates – Floyd and Zoot
  • Crazy Patriot – Crazy Harry
  • Statler and Waldorf – Themselves

You can check out the impressive “Hamilton: A Muppet Musical” in the video posted below:

Hamilton is now available to stream on Disney+, and the all new Muppets Now series will premiere on Disney+ July 31st. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Co. for all things Muppets and Disney!

Featured Photo Credit and Source: Ricky Downes III YouTube

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Entire Star Wars Movie Collection Now Available to Stream Exclusively on Disney+

Entire Star Wars Movie Collection Now Available to Stream Exclusively on Disney+

Entire ‘Star Wars‘ Movie Collection Now Available to Stream Exclusively on Disney+. Star Wars fans rejoice! With the final addition of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Disney+ subscribers can now enjoy every title from the Star Wars Galaxy in one place.

Currently streaming on Disney+ are Star Wars Titles:

  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Star Wars Episode V: Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  • Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
  • Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • The Mandalorian

as well as numerous animated shorts, behind the scenes documentaries, and more. Check out the all new video featuring every Star Wars title to date now on Disney+:

Be sure to check back here at Chip and Co. for all things Star Wars and Disney+!

Featured Photo Credit: Lucasfilm/Disney

Source: Disney+

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Entire Star Wars Movie Collection Now Available to Stream Exclusively on Disney+

Entire Star Wars Movie Collection Now Available to Stream Exclusively on Disney+

Entire ‘Star Wars‘ Movie Collection Now Available to Stream Exclusively on Disney+. Star Wars fans rejoice! With the final addition of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Disney+ subscribers can now enjoy every title from the Star Wars Galaxy in one place.

Currently streaming on Disney+ are Star Wars Titles:

  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Star Wars Episode V: Empire Strikes Back
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
  • Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
  • Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • The Mandalorian

as well as numerous animated shorts, behind the scenes documentaries, and more. Check out the all new video featuring every Star Wars title to date now on Disney+:

Be sure to check back here at Chip and Co. for all things Star Wars and Disney+!

Featured Photo Credit: Lucasfilm/Disney

Source: Disney+

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Social Distancing Measures In Place On Pirates Of The Caribbean

Social Distancing Measures In Place On Pirates Of The Caribbean pirates of the caribbean

Yo ho, Yo ho, a pirate’s life for me! Pirates of the Caribbean is back!

Magic Kingdom reopened yesterday! So now you can set sail past haunted Dead Man’s cove, navigate cannon fire between a Caribbean fort and a striking 12-gun gallon gun and keep an eye out for Captain Jack Sparrow!

But of course, in order to keep everyone safe, there are some healthy measures that must be followed, take a look:

Social Distancing Measures In Place On Pirates Of The Caribbean
Social Distancing Measures In Place On Pirates Of The Caribbean
Social Distancing Measures In Place On Pirates Of The Caribbean

Right outside the entrance of the attraction you will see some social distancing signs on the floor and they will continue throughout the queue area. Some hand sanitizers were also installed in different areas inside.

Social Distancing Measures In Place On Pirates Of The Caribbean
Social Distancing Measures In Place On Pirates Of The Caribbean
Social Distancing Measures In Place On Pirates Of The Caribbean

As for the loading area, you will notice that they are only loading the first and last row in order to keep with social distancing measures.

Once you exit the attraction and head towards the gift shop, you will see signs telling guests to not touch any merchandise unless they intend to buy it and also more hand sanitizers right before you enter the store.

So there you have it mateys, next time you go on Pirates of the Caribbean, it might look a bit different but still super fun!

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Social Distancing Measures In Place On Pirates Of The Caribbean

Social Distancing Measures In Place On Pirates Of The Caribbean pirates of the caribbean

Yo ho, Yo ho, a pirate’s life for me! Pirates of the Caribbean is back!

Magic Kingdom reopened yesterday! So now you can set sail past haunted Dead Man’s cove, navigate cannon fire between a Caribbean fort and a striking 12-gun gallon gun and keep an eye out for Captain Jack Sparrow!

But of course, in order to keep everyone safe, there are some healthy measures that must be followed, take a look:

Social Distancing Measures In Place On Pirates Of The Caribbean
Social Distancing Measures In Place On Pirates Of The Caribbean
Social Distancing Measures In Place On Pirates Of The Caribbean

Right outside the entrance of the attraction you will see some social distancing signs on the floor and they will continue throughout the queue area. Some hand sanitizers were also installed in different areas inside.

Social Distancing Measures In Place On Pirates Of The Caribbean
Social Distancing Measures In Place On Pirates Of The Caribbean
Social Distancing Measures In Place On Pirates Of The Caribbean

As for the loading area, you will notice that they are only loading the first and last row in order to keep with social distancing measures.

Once you exit the attraction and head towards the gift shop, you will see signs telling guests to not touch any merchandise unless they intend to buy it and also more hand sanitizers right before you enter the store.

So there you have it mateys, next time you go on Pirates of the Caribbean, it might look a bit different but still super fun!

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