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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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Testing Out Face Coverings for Your Vacation (Part 2)

In part 1 of this blog post series, I described the masks to be included in our in-park mask testing.

This blog post is intended to be fun, and not medical advice. No masks in this test are not intended to replace Surgical Masks or N95 Respirators.

Confession time, I have been watching my share of YouTube videos. I have been enjoying seeing Brian in parks, but I also have been hooked on watching Adam Savage from MythBusters fame.

Testing Out Face Coverings for Your Vacation (Part 2)

With some encouragement from my family and TouringPlans staff, I decided to do some MythBusters-style mask testing before the parks open.

As a reminder, here’s the CDC face-covering guidelines for being out in public:

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Cloth face coverings may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.
  • Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.
  • Cloth face coverings should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

The main purpose of wearing a mask is to limit people from infecting others. There might be some benefit for mask wearers to minimize exposure.
Testing Out Face Coverings for Your Vacation (Part 2)

Testing Out Face Coverings for Your Vacation (Part 2)

Brian suggested doing a test to see what distance a candle can be blown out. Since Brian is 500 miles away, I had to find a different test subject. A styrofoam head, a hairdryer, and a few holes will have to be my Brian. Meet Brian.

With no mask, Brian can blow out a candle 14 inches away with the hairdryer set on low. All masks prevented Brian from blowing out a candle even with the hairdryer on high.

The scarf/gaiter style masks the candle did flicker when the flame is held directly in front of the masks

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The second test required simulating droplets in the air, and to see how efficient each mask was at blocking those droplets. I used flour as a stand-in for droplets. Flour is about 1 µm. Viruses are 0.5 µm and below. If flour can get through the mask, so can COVID-19.

For this test, we need a subject to try to inhale flour. Since my kids would not let me throw flour in their faces, I have a second styrofoam head with a vacuum to simulate inhaling. I’ll call the head Derek. Hi, Derek!

Testing Out Face Coverings for Your Vacation (Part 2)

With Brian blowing and Derek sucking, I sift flour between the two. At the end of the vacuum (and inside the mask), I added a black filter to catch any flour that Derek inhales.

Testing Out Face Coverings for Your Vacation (Part 2)

Below are the images of each filter from the flour tests.

1. VTER Cotton Breathing Mask

Testing Out Face Coverings for Your Vacation (Part 2)

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Testing Out Face Coverings for Your Vacation (Part 2)

2. Mission Neck Gaiter

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Testing Out Face Coverings for Your Vacation (Part 2)

3. Athleta Athletic Face Masks (5-Pack)

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Testing Out Face Coverings for Your Vacation (Part 2)

4. Onzie Mindful Mask

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Testing Out Face Coverings for Your Vacation (Part 2)

5. Jiyye Neck Gaiter

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Testing Out Face Coverings for Your Vacation (Part 2)

6. Tough Outfitters 12-in-1 Cooling Scarf

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Testing Out Face Coverings for Your Vacation (Part 2)

7. StringKing 3-Layer Face Mask

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8. Purple Face Mask

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Testing Out Face Coverings for Your Vacation (Part 2)

9. Eliel Face Masks

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10. Thompson Tee

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11. Kini Bands

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Testing Out Face Coverings for Your Vacation (Part 2)

As all the masks were selected for comfort, not medial use, flour did get through each mask. The force of suction is likely higher than a human mouth, and the filtration is being focused on the intake of the vacuum. Most of the flour did not go through the masks. The filter images are sufficient for comparing masks but is not scientifically conclusive.

We’ll be testing out the masks in the parks when the parks reopen to see which of the masks wins for overall comfort.

Do you have any questions about this experiment so far? Let us know in the comments.

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California Governor Shuts Down all Bars, Restaurants and More

California Governor Shuts Down all Bars, Restaurants and More

Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in California, the California Governor has shut down indoor operations at bars, restaurants, and other businesses. Bars are the only business that must close all operations.

Counties in California that have been on the County Monitoring List for 3 days or more are required to move certain operations outdoors or close completely.

The following business are impacted by this decision:

  • Restaurants
  • Wineries & Tasting Rooms
  • Movie Theaters
  • Family Entertainment Centers
  • Zoos and Museums
  • Cardrooms
  • Bars (must close all operations)

The Office of the Governor of California posted on Twitter today:

#COVID19 cases are spreading at alarming rates in some CA counties.

Effective immediately, @CAPublicHealth is requiring counties that have been on the County Monitoring List for at least 3 days to move certain sectors outdoors or close. pic.twitter.com/NZv7cUHf9L

— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) July 1, 2020

This will mean businesses in the Downtown Disney District will need to move operations outdoors or remain closed. No official statement from Disney has been released regarding this change.

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List of Guest Experiences and Tours Returning to Walt Disney World

List of Guest Experiences and Tours Returning to Walt Disney World experiences and tours

Disney World is opening select experiences and tours to guests who had to cancel due to the COVID-19 closure.

Guests who had an active experience reservation between May 28 and September 2, 2020 that was cancelled due to the temporary closure of Walt Disney World Resort will have the opportunity to make a new experience reservation beginning June 30 up to 60 days in advance of their arrival.

Eligible Guests with experience reservations previously cancelled due to the closure can call (407) 939-6690 to make reservations for available offerings. Eligible Disney Vacation Club Members can call Member Services at (800) 800-9800 for reservations.

The following experiences will be available:

Magic Kingdom Park:

  • Capture Your Moment photo experience

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

  • Droid Depot

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels:

  • Ft. Wilderness Archery Experience
  • Horseback riding
  • Wilderness Back Trail Adventure
  • Fishing excursions
  • Private pool cabanas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Will you be making reservations for one of these experiences?

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Disney Postpones Theatrical Release of ‘Mulan’ for a Second Time Over Coronavirus Concerns

Disney Postpones Theatrical Release of ‘Mulan’ for a Second Time Over Coronavirus Concerns

Disney Postpones Theatrical Release of ‘Mulan‘ for a Second Time Over Coronavirus Concerns. After already being postponed 4 months from its original release date of March 27th to July 24th, Disney is officially moving the release date for the film a second time.

“Making this films has been one of the most satisfying and exhilarating experiences of my entire career, and I’ve been so fortunate to be on this journey with some of the best cast and crew in the business,” director Niki Caro shared via Instagram following the initial release date change from March to July. “We are so excited to share this film with the world, but given the current ever-shifting circumstances we all are experiencing, unfortunately, we have to postpone the worldwide release of Mulan for now. Our hearts are with everyone the world over who is affected by this virus, and we hope that Mulan’s fighting spirit will continues to inspire those who are working so hard to keep us all safe,” Caro added.

Disney Postpones Theatrical Release of ‘Mulan’ for a Second Time Over Coronavirus Concerns

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The latest Disney live-action remake will now premiere in theaters on August 21st, instead of July 24th as previously planned. The primary reason, according to the Wall Street Journal, is the lack of attendance as theaters are beginning to re-open. Any film company would be hesitant to release a new film when audiences are at minimal capacity in theaters, so this doesn’t really come as a shock to those in the industry, but on the other side of the coin, a highly anticipated film could be just what audiences need to draw them back in to the theaters.

Most theaters, such as AMC Theatres, Cinemark, and Regal Cinemas, that have begun to re-open their doors have put new safety and cleanliness procedures in place to help moviegoers feel more at ease returning to public places,  but that hasn’t stirred much confidence among potential audience members as confirmed COVID-19 cases begin to spike in many states that were the first to re-open. Most theaters that have resumed operation are not even featuring relatively new titles yet, and have begun showing iconic films such as Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, E.T., the original Star Wars trilogy, Lord of the Rings, and Jaws to help draw in crowds.

Disney Postpones Theatrical Release of ‘Mulan’ for a Second Time Over Coronavirus Concerns

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We can’t wait to see Mulan when it finally reached theaters this fall!

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Face Masks will be Required for Guests Visiting Disneyland

Face Masks will be Required for Guests Visiting Disneyland

With Disneyland‘s reopening coming up next month, Disney fans have been wondering what the health and safety requirements will be. Disney puts the health and safety of both Cast Members and guests as its number one priority.

A recent update shows that Disney is working hard to make sure that there are detailed protocols and procedures to protect the well being of all who will be at the parks. One of those includes all guests and Cast Members are required to wear face masks while at the Disneyland Resort.

You can read the health and safety statement from Disney below:

Enhanced Health and Safety Measures

“We recognize that the COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving, which is why our reopening approach is deliberately fluid and phased, and there are many factors that are helping us determine the timing of when various aspects of our business will reopen in a responsible way. In addition to following existing state and local guidelines, which continue to evolve, we currently are working with our unions to responsibly and thoughtfully implement new health and safety measures for Cast Members. These enhanced health and safety measures include:

  • Enhanced Protective Measures: We will require mandatory face coverings for both Cast Members and Guests, with the addition of hand-washing stations and physical barriers, where appropriate.
  • Physical Distancing: We will reduce theme park capacity to enable physical distancing and add appropriate signs to help Guests move responsibly throughout the property.
  • Temperature Checks: All Guests will undergo temperature screenings prior to entering the Downtown Disney District or the theme parks; in addition, health screenings and temperature checks will be required daily for Cast Members.
  • Limited-Contact Enhancements: We are recommending cashless transactions and we will reduce Cast Member and Guest interactions with helpful technology, including the expansion of Mobile Order in our Disneyland app, Apple Pay and more.
  • Enhanced Cleaning and Sanitation: We will build upon our existing standards of cleaning with heightened protocols.

While it may be a bit different from the last time you visited, we’ve come up with new ways to create magical moments together—and memories to treasure forever.”

Will you visit the Disneyland Resort with these enhanced health and safety measures?

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Disneyland is Sending Emails to Guests with Reservations Through July 22

Disneyland is Sending Emails to Guests with Reservations Through July 22

Disneyland Resort has announced a phased reopening of its theme parks next month. Pending state and local government approvals, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will plan to reopen on July 23. The Disneyland Hotel will open at a later date.

Guests with an upcoming Disneyland reservation from June 28-July 22, 2020 are receiving notifications that their stays will be impacted by the current closure and they may modify or cancel their Disney Resort hotel reservations or Walt Disney Travel Company packages.

Below is a sample of the email guests are receiving:

“Dear Guest:

We are sorry to inform you that your upcoming visit with us will be impacted by several closures.

While there is still much uncertainty with respect to the impacts of COVID-19, the safety and well-being of our Guests and employees remain Disneyland Resort’s top priority.

Pending state and local government approvals, we currently plan to reopen Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel on July 23. The Disneyland Hotel will reopen at a later date.

Unfortunately, this means we are unable to accommodate your upcoming hotel room reservation. If you have already modified or canceled your upcoming Disneyland Resort hotel room reservation or Walt Disney Travel Company vacation package, no further action needs to be taken.

If you’re interested in modifying your existing travel dates, reservations are currently available for travel dates July 23, 2020 and later.

To provide additional flexibility, we are waiving Disney-imposed change and cancellation fees up to the date of check-in for reservations with arrivals through July 22, 2020.

If you are unable to reach us before your check-in date for such time period, you will not be penalized or assessed Disney-imposed fees for cancelling your Disneyland Resort hotel room reservation or Walt Disney Travel Company vacation package after your check-in date.

Note that some package components are nonrefundable and subject to third-party operator cancellation policies. You should work directly with any third-party operators you have used to book any parts of your vacation package that were not booked through the Walt Disney Travel Company, including flights, travel protection and car rentals.

To cancel or modify your reservation, please contact the Walt Disney Travel Company at (714) 520-5050 between the hours of 8:00 AM PST and 7:00 PM PST, 7 days a week. If you are a Canada resident, please call (800) 496-6337.

If you originally booked through a Travel Professional, please reach out to them directly if you have questions or would like to reschedule.

We do anticipate heavy call volume and appreciate your patience as we work hard to respond to all inquiries.

Sincerely,
Disney Destinations LLC”

If you have a Disneyland reservation and you booked through a third party, you will need to contact them to modify or cancel your reservation.

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Face Masks not Required in Orange County California but Recommended

Face Masks not Required in Orange County California but Recommended orange county

The Orange County Register is reporting that Orange County California is no longer requiring face masks to be worn in public. While masks are no longer required, they are still “strongly recommended”.

Orange County Health Care Agency Director Dr. Clayton Chau said that while he believes wearing cloth masks helps slow the spread of COVID-19, the county wanted to be consistent with state guidelines, which don’t mandate face coverings.

“This will give our business community and individuals the ability to make the most appropriate decision for them and their situation,” he said.

When asked about the rule change, Chau said, “This decision is not because of the public pushback on it and we are not taking the masks away. We strongly recommend that people wear masks.”

Masks are still required for workers who deal with the public like at grocery stores and gas stations.

While Disneyland announced their reopening plans, there’s been no word if guests will be required to wear masks while at the park.

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Travelers Entering Florida from Connecticut, NJ, or NY must Self-Isolate for 14 days – Extended

Travelers Entering Florida from Connecticut, NJ, or NY must Self-Isolate for 14 days – Extended florida travel

Travelers from Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York who are wanting to visit the state of Florida must self-isolate for 14 days once they arrive in the state. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has extended the self-isolate order for travelers from those states.

This Executive Order does not apply to individuals involved in commercial activity and students traveling for the purpose of academic work, internships, sports training, and any other activity or program approved by the educational institution.

All persons isolating or quarantining will be responsible for all costs associated with their isolation or quarantine. This includes transportation, lodging, food, medical care, and any other expenses to sustain the individual during their period of isolation or quarantine.

Roadside checkpoints are set up on interstates to check for potential COVID-19 cases coming into Florida from areas with substantial community spread of the virus. The checkpoints do not apply to commercial drivers or health workers.

Extended in Executive Order 20-139, travelers entering the state of Florida from Connecticut, New Jersey, or New York must self-isolate for 14 days from their entry into Florida or the duration of their stay, whichever is shorter. Visit https://t.co/E7UM7vX9fk for more. pic.twitter.com/Kw806IOhZo

— Florida Dept. Health (@HealthyFla) June 11, 2020

There is no specific end date for this order so if you are wanting to travel to Florida, make sure you do some homework before planning your travel.

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Chairman of Disney Parks Experiences and Products Josh D’Amaro issues a statement on reopening of Disneyland

Chairman of Disney Parks Experiences and Products Josh D’Amaro issues a statement on reopening of Disneyland josh d'amaro

We are getting closer to the Disneyland Resort reopening as Disney proposed a phased reopening beginning July 9th. Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks Experiences and Products, issued a statement today. Check it out below:

“With the announcement of the proposed reopening dates for the Disneyland Resort, we are one more exciting step closer to reopening all of our Disney parks and experiences around the world. Throughout the past few weeks, we have reopened Shanghai Disneyland, Disney Springs and several Disney stores, and set dates for both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, with more announcements coming soon.

We are purposefully taking baby steps during this very intentional phased approach. As one of the first major theme parks to close our operations and the last to reopen, we have been deliberate about keeping the health and safety of our cast, guests and local communities top of mind. And as we look forward to bringing our cast members back to work, and welcoming you back as cherished guests – we know it will take all of us working together responsibly to recapture the magic.

We’re fortunate to be guided by a talented team of professionals who’ve helped us implement a variety of new health and safety measures reflecting the guidance of local health and government authorities. These are designed with both the cast and guests in mind for the unique environments of each of our parks, resorts and stores.

While certain aspects of your visit may change, I assure you the quality of our storytelling, magic of our experiences and the caliber of our cast members has not. We recognize the trust that you have in the Disney brand, and we will continue to earn your trust every day.

My confidence comes in part from all of the hard work our teams have been doing behind the scenes in the past few months… as well as by the early successes we have seen at Shanghai Disneyland, the first of our theme parks to reopen. Guest satisfaction has been extremely high, and we will continue to make sure that as we bring back experiences, our attention to promoting your safety, maintaining your trust and providing unique ways for you to come together with family and friends to create new memories remains high as well.

Walt Disney once said that it takes people to make the dream a reality, and as we prepare ourselves to reopen his original park, I want you to know how eternally grateful I am for all of you who have made Disney parks, stores, hotels, cruise lines, guided tours and vacation properties part of your lives, as well as for the cast members, crew members, Imagineers, and employees who have brought them to life for the past 65 years.

I know this has been a difficult year due to the impacts of COVID-19, but I can’t help but feel a great sense of hope and optimism. And like many of you, I look forward to hearing the laughter and seeing the joy of families making memories together… and I can’t wait to see you when the magic returns to all of our parks and resorts.

Be well,
Josh”

Who else is super excited for Disneyland Resort to reopen?!

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Give Kids the World Village Remains Closed Indefinitely

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Give Kids The World, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fulfilling the wishes of children with critical illnesses, announced that they will remain closed indefinitely due to COVID-19.

Their website has an update from the president and CEO:

“Dear Village Family,

It is with a heavy heart that I must share some devastating news both for me personally and for our entire Village family.

Unforeseen circumstances directly related to COVID-19 have resulted in Give Kids The World having to remain closed. The Make-A-Wish Foundation, our majority wish-granting partner, unexpectedly notified us that due to COVID-19, it would not be scheduling any wishes that involve travel or large groups, until a vaccine is in wide use. In addition, although the theme parks are reopening, we are uncertain as to when they will be able to welcome vulnerable guests, including our wish children.

The Village, therefore, will remain closed for an undetermined period of time. Unfortunately, this means we must lay off the majority of our staff effective Saturday, June 27, 2020. A small team will remain to ensure the safety and security of the Village and to nurture our relationships with you – our alumni families, volunteers, wish granting organizations, donors and other partners as well as prepare for our eventual reemergence. We will continue to honor our commitment to never turn a wish child away. If there is a rush wish prior to our reopening, we will work with our wish granting partners to fulfill that wish.

I can promise you that I will work tirelessly to find a way to reopen our beloved Village as soon as possible.

With love,
Pamela Landwirth
Give Kids The World Village CEO & President”

Village Update from our President & CEO: https://t.co/C30Haguv5Z pic.twitter.com/mlYGp6Gjg3

— Give Kids The World (@GKTWVillage) June 9, 2020

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Is Disneyland Opening This July?

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The Disneyland Resort remains closed due to COVID-19 but there was recently a change to the resort website that might give us a glimpse at when the parks could reopen.

Disney has not made an official announcement or even submitted reopening plans, however, tickets are now available to purchase online for dates starting July 16, 2020!

July 17 is Disneyland’s 65th anniversary so it would be great timing if the parks reopened on the 16th. The website also states that reservations are available beginning July 15th.

Keep in mind this is pure speculation and we will continue to update our readers as information is released.

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Virgin Atlantic to Resume Flights to Orlando

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Virgin Atlantic, a UK-based airline, will resume flights to Orlando International Airport on July 20, 2020. Virgin Atlantic is the main carrier from the UK to Orlando. Prior to COVID-19, the airline operated multiple direct flights per day to Orlando from both London and Manchester.

The airline will now fly its London routes from Heathrow as it has permanently discontinued its London Gatwick operations. Along with returning to Orlando, the airline will also resume flights to Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York JFK, and Los Angeles. The airline will also be implementing new health and safety measures.

These new health and safety measures include:

  • Health questionnaires before check-in
  • Electrostatic spraying of high-grade disinfectant onboard in all cabins and lavatories
  • Supply of a personal Health Pack which will contain medical-grade face masks as a requirement to be worn onboard, surface wipes and hand gel
  • A simplified hot food service onboard to minimize contact

While the airline will be resuming flights, it’s unknown when non-US citizens will be allowed back into the US. Travel restrictions are still in place and non-essential international travel is advised against.

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Helpful Virtual Chat With a Walt Disney World Resort Cast Member Feature Coming Soon

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A helpful virtual chat with a Walt Disney World Resort Cast Member feature is coming soon! With the phased reopening of the Walt Disney World Resort, many measures are being set in place to reduce interactions while COVID-19 concerns are still present. These are to keep guests safe while enjoying the Disney magic we miss so much.

One of these new features- a virtual chat with a Resort Cast Member- will allow any assistance for guests’ hotel stays without having to wait in the lobby for help. This feature will be available on the My Disney Experience App beginning June 22.

To reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, Walt Disney World will offer the virtual chat feature, online check-in, automatic checkout, enhanced cleaning, and much more! For more information on all of the steps Walt Disney World will be taking to keep guests safe, click here.

We can’t wait to be back at the “happiest place on Earth” while staying safe, of course!

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Disney’s Electrical Water Pageant Will Be Temporarily Unavailable When WDW Reopens

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Disney’s Electrical Water Pageant will be temporarily unavailable when Walt Disney World reopens!

The Electrical Water Pageant is a 15 minute nighttime aquatic parade at the Magic Kingdom that Disney describes as a show with “whimsical sea creatures sailing across the Seven Seas Lagoon to classic Disney tunes.”

Unfortunately, with the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, many shows, experiences, and parades, including the Electrical Water Pageant, will be unavailable upon reopening. These unfortunate delays in the opening of shows is to limit the gathering of crowds while COVID-19 concerns are still in place.

While the phased reopening of Walt Disney World won’t be exactly how we’re used to enjoying the parks, we’re just ready to be back at the “happiest place on Earth!” We’ll also be looking forward to the shows and experiences coming back at a safer time, including this “Underwater World of Mystery” (Electrical Water Pageant).

To learn more about the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, click here.

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Governor Ron DeSantis announces Florida will move to Phase 2 in its reopening process

Florida Phase 2 Reopening

In a Press Conference, today at Universal Studios Orlando Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida will move to Phase 2 in its reopening process effective Friday, June 5th, 2020!

WATCH LIVE: Press conference in Orlando

Posted by Governor Ron DeSantis on Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Phase 2 means that bars, movie theaters, and concert venues can now operate at 50% occupancy, retail stores, restaurants, and gyms can now operate at full capacity, and gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted.

Schools and organized youth activities can now reopen as well.

Phase 2 reopening

The state of Florida was required to have two weeks of a sustained drop in COVID-19 cases before moving to Phase 2 reopenings.

In case you missed it Disney Annual Passholder Preview has been announced for Walt Disney World Theme Parks Reopening starting on July 11th!

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Josh Gad and GMA Surprise COVID-19 Heath Care Worker and Her Daughter

Josh Gad and GMA Surprise COVID-19 Heath Care Worker and Her Daughter. Ashley and her daughter Paige have sacrificed several months of time together as Ashley works hard in Pittsburg, PA to help COVID-19 patients and has not had a single day off since February 2020.

Good Morning America caught wind of Ashley’s story and wanted to help bring a little Disney magic to their day by organizing a conversation with Josh Gad after finding out Paige is a HUGE fan of Olaf and the Frozen franchise.

Photo Credit: GMA

Between reading bedtime stories on weeknights to help kids sleep, recording Olaf shortsfrom home to share with fans, and preparing for his busy future film schedule, Josh has been juggling all his tasks and still manages to make appearance on talk shows, news programs, and appearances in the Disney Family Singalongs! Whew, don’t forget to take a break once in a while Josh.

In the video, GMA host T.J. opens the video by first interviewing Ashley, then Paige, about all the hard work Ashley is doing for her patients About midway through their conversation T.J. brings up Paige’s love for Olaf and then surprises the pair with an appearance by Josh Gad himself! Gad shared a supportive message for Paige and Ashley and the two are left rather speechless during the whole exchange. At the end of the segment, Ashley shared a recorded video of Paige after the interview was over and she is simply bouncing with joy!

You can watch the adorable exchange in the video shared by Good Morning America below:

Oh. M. Goodness, isn’t Paige the cutest?!? She was clearly very excited to get to talk to Olaf and is supportive of her mommy’s hard work to help keep people safe and healthy! We loved seeing the joy on her face after months of sacrificed time together. Thank you Ashley for your dedication and work.

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Featured Photo Credit/Source: Good Morning America

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Disney Cruise Line Extends Future Cruise Credit

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Disney Cruise Line just announced that the future cruise credit being offered to guests affected by COVID-19 is now extended to early 2022.

Guests who had their cruise canceled were originally offered the choice of either a future cruise credit equal to 25%, 125% or 150% of their original voyage fare to be used within 15 months of their original sailing or a full refund. Disney is now extending the use of the future cruise credit to sailings that depart by March 31, 2022.

The credit has been automatically added to guests’ accounts. Once guests’ modified reservation is paid in full, any remaining future cruise credit will be applied to their shipboard account as a non-refundable onboard credit. Sailings are currently available through summer 2021. Additional eligible sailings will be released later.

If you need any assistance with applying your cruise credit towards your reservation, feel free to call Disney Cruise Line or your travel agent.

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Disneyland sends out survey over masks and temp checks

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The Orange County Register is reporting that Disneyland is sending annual passholders a survey about protective face masks, temperature checks at park entrances, and pre-arrival health questionnaires.

This survey asks for feedback on how likely passholders would be to visit the Disneyland Resort if certain health and safety measures were implemented. One series of questions focused on three potential reopening options with regards to masks, temperature checks, and health questionnaires.

In all three scenarios, operational changes at the parks included: Reduced attendance, social distancing, enhanced cleaning protocols and COVID-19 employee training.

Option 1 presented a scenario in which visitors were encouraged but not required to wear face masks. Option 2 required masks for visitors ages 3 years and over as well as temperature screenings before entering the park. Option 3 was identical to the second option, except the mask age was boosted to 10 years and over.

All three options included pre-arrival COVID-19 health questionnaires for visitors.

The Disneyland Resort remains closed and there’s no update on when they might submit reopening plans. California theme parks can reopen during California’s stage 3 of reopening and the governor says that could be as early as this month.

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New Disney World Website “Experience Updates” Now Available

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Disney has released a lot of news and updates lately regarding their reopening plans for Walt Disney World. You can visit a new “Know Before You Go” hub, “Experience Updates“, to help keep informed on what changes will be made.

The new page explains how cleanliness, physical distancing, and reduced contact is only the start of the measures that will be implemented when Walt Disney World reopens.

The page also mentions a new Park Reservation system that will be in place at the start of the reopenings. Guests will need to have a park reservation and valid admission to the theme park in order to be allowed inside.

At this time, ticket sales and new Resort hotel reservations are put on hold to honor reservations that have already been made. If you have already purchased a ticket or are an Annual Passholder, you will be able to make reservation requests before sales open again.

The site also gives guests a list of top things to know before going to the parks. Just like at Disney Springs, guests going to the parks will need to wear face coverings, go through a temperature check, and practice social distancing.

At the end of the page is a COVID-19 warning. Even with all of the health and safety measures Disney implements, there’s still a risk of exposure. Guests who visit Walt Disney World Resort voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to the virus.

This site will continue to be updated as Disney makes changes and updates its policies.

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Tom Hanks Presents Special Pandemic Diploma for 2020 Graduates

Tom Hanks Presents Special Pandemic Diploma for 2020 Graduates. First and foremost: Congratulations to ALL the 2020 Graduates! Wether you are graduating from College, High School, and even to the 8th Grade, Elementary, Kindergarten, or Preschool graduates, the entire team at Chip & Co. is very proud of your dedication to education. We know you may feel robbed on the symbolism of going through a tradition graduation, but YOU DID IT! And THAT is worthy of celebration, even if we have to do it at a safe distance.

It seems Disney Legend Tom Hanks (Toy Story), who himself beat COVID-19 this year, wants to help you celebrate this major accomplishment too. Hanks shared a tweet with a photo of a special Diploma he had created for 2020 Graduates that worked hard and managed to finish their education despite the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Tom shared, ” To all the Grads of 2020, you Chosen Ones! Print this up on sheepskin! Hanx”

Clearly he is not serious about the sheepskin part, but the intention is clear. 2020 Grads deserve to celebrate this major accomplishment and be commended on their efforts to pursue their degrees despite the craziness going on in the world.

To the Class of 2020, hang this Honorary Diploma up with pride and we would love, Love, LOVE, to see your photos and hear your stories about how you celebrated your well deserved graduation in the comments! Be sure to check back here at Chip and Co. for all things Disney and congratulations Class of 2020! You DID it!

Featured Photo Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Source: THR

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Passholders are being emailed invites to the reopening of Universal Studios Florida

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Emails are being sent out to Annual Passholders inviting them to experience the awesomeness of Universal Studios Florida before they open to the general public on June 5th!

Here are the details…

Welcome Home Passholders

We’re reopening! And you’re invited to be among the very first to come enjoy the awesomeness before Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay open to the general public on June 5th. Special Passholder experiences will be announced soon.

As we have previously shared, your Pass will automatically have the number of days we were closed added to the end of your term. We will be sending out communication with additional details about how your expiration date is impacted and when FlexPay monthly payments will resume, if applicable.

This carefully managed reopening comes with stringent new health, safety and hygiene procedures in place. So, as we enjoy our parks and hotels together again, everyone will need to follow CDC guidelines and the recommendations of health officials, and Universal Orlando’s policies.

Yes, there are more rules to follow now—but to play together, we also need to work together for the safety and health of all our guests and team members.

Note that any public location where people are present provides an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 and we cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit.

For more information click here.

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It’s official Legoland Florida reopening on June 1st

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LEGOLAND® Florida Resort will officially reopen on June 1st. As the health and safety of guests and employees at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort continues to be paramount, the Resort’s extensive plan of enhanced health and safety measures includes reduced capacity, cashless payments, social distancing practices and enhanced cleaning regimes. The Resort will initially open with adjusted operating hours.

Along with the park and waterpark’s reopening, the all-new LEGOLAND® Pirate Island Hotel will debut on June 1. Reservations are available for travel dates June 1 or later for both LEGOLAND® Pirate Island Hotel and LEGOLAND® Hotel.

Here is a look at what guests can expect with the reopening of LEGOLAND Florida Resort on June 1.

PEACE OF MIND POLICY FOR NEW LEGOLAND® FLORIDA BOOKINGS & ANNUAL PASS PURCHASES

We want you to have the most vacation ever — starting with your LEGOLAND Florida vacation planning experience with us.  With the Peace of Mind planning, we hope to make it a little easier for your family to assemble the pieces of your next vacation so we can build those fun, exciting and special memories together. For that reason, we have launched our “Peace of Mind Policy” with timing flexibility for booking vacation packages and for our existing Annual Passholders and ticket holders.

You can continue to book your LEGOLAND Florida vacation with the peace of mind that there is the option to change your hotel or vacation package reservation date up to five (5) days before your trip without incurring a fee.

For our new Annual Passholders, we want you to join our passholder family with the opportunity to redeem and launch your year with us during an extended period of time. You can now visit our theme park up to 100 days after your purchase to activate your new annual pass.

For our existing Annual Passholders, we will be extending the validity of your pass based on the duration of our closure period or, in the case of our Annual Passholders using monthly pay, reinstating your pass payments starting June 1 as we welcome you and your families back to experience our parks.

For Guests who had a dated ticket that was valid during our closure dates, we will be extending the validity window of your ticket through the end of 2020 so that you have the flexibility to visit us later in the year.

The Peace of Mind Policy applies to new LEGOLAND® Florida Vacation Packages & new LEGOLAND Florida Annual Pass purchases from March 9:

For a limited time, all reservations can be rescheduled up to 4 P.M. Eastern Time five (5) days prior to scheduled arrival date free of charge. Any changes to your reservation are subject to availability and new room rates may apply. If you made your booking within five (5) days of arrival, no cancellations, changes or refunds are allowed. In the event of no-show, all monies are forfeited. Tickets and Extras are non-refundable once issued, but may be used up to one year from the original reservation date. Restrictions may apply.

This policy applies only to reservations made directly through LEGOLAND® Vacations.  If your travel plans were arranged by a third-party, including travel agents, travel-booking websites, or other businesses independent of LEGOLAND® Parks and Resorts or LEGOLAND® Vacations, please contact those suppliers directly to understand their policies and any applicable fees for changing or cancelling a reservation.

The extension of the redemption window for all new LEGOLAND Florida Annual Pass purchases (current pass purchases must be activated/redeemed at the LEGOLAND Florida Front Gate within 60 days of purchase) to 100 days from date of purchase is available to guests who purchase a valid Annual Pass product between March 11 and July 31, 2020. Regular Annual Pass terms & conditions apply per pass type as outlined in the terms & conditions specific to each pass type.

The Peace of Mind Policy applies to existing LEGOLAND Florida Annual Passholders and LEGOLAND Florida tickets purchased for closure dates through the duration of closure:

All active Annual Passholders, who are not currently enrolled in Monthly Pay, will receive an extension of one month for every month that the Park is closed based on the valid dates for their existing pass. All active Monthly Pay Passholder’s monthly payments were suspended starting April 1, 2020 and will be reinstated as of June 1, 2020 based on the park’s announced reopening date. Regular Annual Pass terms & conditions apply per pass type as outlined in the terms & conditions specific to each pass type.

Any unused tickets that were valid for specific dates during the announced closure period (excludes FLEX tickets) of March 16 – through the duration of closure will be valid to use as regular admission on any valid day (based on the ticket type purchased) for the rest of 2020, upon reopening, with no additional fee. Regular terms & conditions for tickets, as outlined during purchase, still apply.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

GENERAL

Are the hotels open? / What is LEGOLAND Hotel doing to ensure guest health and safety during coronavirus concerns?

Along with the park and waterpark’s reopening, the all-new LEGOLAND® Pirate Island Hotel will debut on June 1. Reservations are available for travel dates June 1 or later for both LEGOLAND® Pirate Island Hotel and LEGOLAND® Hotel.

For more information about our enhanced health & safety measures specific to our on-site hotels, please click here.

ANNUAL PASSES

How will the closure of LEGOLAND Florida Resort impact Annual Passes?

All active Annual Passholders, who are not currently enrolled in Monthly Pay, will receive an extension of one month for every month that the Theme Park was closed based on the valid dates for their existing pass (up to three (3) months). Blackout dates by Annual Pass type still apply.

All active Monthly Pay Pass Members in good standing will have their April and May monthly payments suspended. The number of suspended months will be deducted from the number of required contracted monthly payments. For example, the suspended months of April and May reduce the required payments from 12 to 10. Although the contract allows them to continue month-to-month after the revised required 10 monthly payments. Monthly payments will be reinstated as of June 1, 2020 with the announced reopening of the park. Billings will continue until they cancel.

Standard terms and conditions for annual passes still apply.

Are the Awesomer and Awesomest Annual Passes valid at Madame Tussauds and SeaLife Orlando since they have reopened before LEGOLAND Florida Resort?

Yes, these passes will be valid for use at both attractions for the rest of May 2020 preceding the LEGOLAND Florida Resort reopening on June 1, 2020.

TICKETS

What should I do with my unused tickets if I was planning to visit during the closure?

Any unused tickets that were valid for specific dates during the announced closure period (excludes FLEX tickets) will be valid to use any day for the rest of 2020 with no additional fee. You did not need to request a date change; this will be automatically applied to all valid tickets.

I had Parking, Souvenir bottles, or Fastrack add-ons to my tickets, will those be extended?

All of the above will be automatically extended with your tickets for use on the day when you choose to visit LEGOLAND Florida Resort.

I had a Water Park Cabana, VIP Tour, ECV, Stroller or Wheelchair rental for my visit, will those be extended?

Yes, these items will be extended for your visit but will need to be rebooked by our team due to availability. When you’ve decided to visit again, just email llf.experience@legoland.com and we will be happy to rebook them free of charge.

RESORTS

Questions about your upcoming reservation?  

If you have made a reservation through LEGOLAND Vacations with an arrival date through May 31, 2020, you will receive an email from our Reservations Team at least 5 days prior to your scheduled arrival. This email will provide details and instructions on your booking options (it will arrive in your email inbox or folder from LEGOLAND@legoland.com).

Please be advised that we are currently experiencing heavy call volume and prioritizing guests with arrivals within the next 5 days. We ask that you use the contact options in the above email for the most expedited service from our team. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

What if I booked my vacation from another seller/website?

If guests’ travel plans were arranged by a third-party, including travel agents, travel-booking websites, or other businesses independent of LEGOLAND® Parks and Resorts or LEGOLAND® Vacations, they will need to contact those suppliers directly to understand their policies and any applicable fees for changing or cancelling a reservation.

When will the new Pirate Island Hotel open? / What should I do if I have a vacation already booked for Pirate Island Hotel based on the previous opening date?

New reservations are now available for travel dates June 1 or later for the all-new LEGOLAND® Pirate Island Hotel, as well as LEGOLAND® Hotel and LEGOLAND® Beach Retreat. For the most recent updates, visit: legoland.com/operations-update

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200 Disney Cruise Line Crew Members Test Positive for COVID-19

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Around 200 Disney Cruise Line Cast Members from the Disney Wonder recently tested positive for COVID-19, according to a half-dozen employees on the ship who wish to remain anonymous.

The Disney Wonder is currently docked in San Diego. It arrived there March 19th after sailing from New Orleans. Some passengers from that cruise developed COVID-19, and at least 3 died from the virus. Six weeks ago the captain of the Disney Wonder announced over the ship’s intercom that 38 crew members tested positive for the virus.

Last week the crew was re-tested and around 200 came back positive. Only crew members who tested negative were sent back to work. Yesterday, the captain informed the crew that only those crew members who are essential to the operation of the ship, and who tested negative, will be assigned work. Crew members are still required to social distance, wear masks outside of their cabins, and return to their cabins after work.

Only around 30 crew members have been repatriated from the Disney Wonder so far. There are many hundreds of Disney Cruise Line crew members who are uncertain when or how they will be repatriated.

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Disney is requiring guests and cast members to wear Face Masks while at Disney Springs

Disney is requiring all guests and cast members to wear Face Masks while visiting and working at Disney Springs.

In signs posted all over Disney Springs an at the entry points, Disney is requiring Facemasks for everyone.

There are even new Disney cast members in easily identifiable, brightly colored shirts that will be walking throughout Disney Springs to answer guest questions about new health and safety protocols.

Even on the Disney Springs website, Disney officially states the face mask are required for entering on Walt Disney World Resort property:

Face Coverings: All Guests ages 3 and older are required to wear face coverings when visiting Walt Disney World Resort.

All face coverings should:

  • Fully cover an individual’s nose and mouth and allow the Guest to remain hands-free
  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Be made of breathable material, either disposable or reusable

Costume masks are not considered appropriate and are prohibited from being worn, in alignment with our existing rules.

Guests are required to wear face coverings at all times, except while dining. The use of face coverings should not be seen as a substitute for physical distancing. Guests must provide their own disposable or reusable face covering.

Even the Walt Disney World President Josh D’Amaro is wearing one as seen in this photo with Chip and Co writer Julie!

To see live video from the reopening of Disney Springs just click here.

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