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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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First look at the Discovery River Character Cruise in the Animal Kingdom

First look at the Discovery River Character Cruise in the Animal Kingdom Discovery River

Today, Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened for a special preview day for Cast Members to visit the theme park. Due to the new social distancing procedures, Disney has temporarily changed how we will see popular Disney characters in the park. For instance, those visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom will now see characters aboard watercraft in Discovery River instead of the former meet and greet opportunities for guests.

Below you can watch a demonstration of the new character cruises at Discovery River. A visitor, Tradzak, shared a video of their experience today on Instagram. We see popular Lion King characters Timon and Rafiki saving to passengers as they journey down the river.

More characters!!  Swipe to see both videos! #discoveryriver #discoveryrivercharactercruise #charactercruise #discoveryisland #reopenwaltdisneyworld #castmemberpreview #castmemberpreviews #covid19 #facemasksrequired #dak #animalkingdom #disneysanimalkingdom #disneyanimalkingdom22 #dak22 #treeoflife #thetreeoflife #wdw #waltdisneyworld #disney #disneyboy #disneyparks #disneyside #disneyworld #passholderlife #ilivewhereyouvacation #disneygram #instadisney #nowmorethanever #disneymagicmoments #disneymagicalmoments

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Seeing the characters from afar is certainly both entertaining and great for Disney fans who missed seeing their favorite characters. This new procedure helps ensure the health and safety of Disney guests by maintaining an appropriate social distance.

First look at the Discovery River Character Cruise in the Animal Kingdom

We also see Mickey Mouse and his friends are cruising down the river as well! Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto were joyfully greeting guests as they walked through the park.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom officially reopens to the public on July 11, 2020. We hope our fans stay tuned as we provide coverage on the reopened theme park!

Photo Credit: Tradzak

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Disney World wins Lawsuit over Mom’s Fight for Autistic Son to Ride Attractions Without Wait

Disney World wins Lawsuit over Mom’s Fight for Autistic Son to Ride Attractions Without Wait disney world

Disney has won a lawsuit that an Orlando disability advocate filed against them on behalf of her adult autistic son to get him immediate access to the FastPass lines at the Disney World theme parks.

Donna Lorman, president of the Autism Society of Greater Orlando, sued Disney in 2014 after Disney World changed its policy regarding guests with disabilities.

Before, Disney’s Guest Assistance Card allowed guests with disabilities and their families to enter the FastPass line an unlimited number of times. That card became heavily abused by guests.

In 2013 Disney created a new system, the Disability Access Service Card, or DAS, that lets people with disabilities get return times for rides, similar to a FastPass, so they don’t have to wait in a line.

Lorman wanted 10 passes to the Magic Kingdom for her son so he could ride his favorite attractions by going directly into the FastPass line. She said the extra waiting was hard for her son who didn’t understand the concept of time.

She testified that her son, who was 22 when she filed the lawsuit, has moderate to severe autism that made communication difficult and following a routine essential. She said her son needed to visit rides in a particular order at Disney.

Disney argued it isn’t required to provide unlimited, front-of-line passes for every ride under the Americans with Disabilities Act. If they did, the general public in the stand-by lines would wait longer.

Disney’s defense team also said Lorman should have planned her visit better to adjust to the new rules.

The two sides went to trial in February and a decision was reached on June 22. U.S. District Judge Anne Conway sided with Disney, ruling it was “unreasonable” for Disney to give such access to Lorman’s son. If Disney allowed him special access, others would demand it too.

“Requiring the modification, based on the history of the former system, would lead to fraud and overuse, lengthen the wait times significantly for non-disabled guests, and fundamentally alter Disney’s business model,” Conway wrote.

Conway also said Disney could “recover its cost of action.” It’s unclear how much Disney’s legal bills are, but the fight lasted over 5 years.

“To say that I am disappointed would be an understatement. I really truly believe in what I was fighting for,” Lorman wrote about the loss.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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M&M’s Store constuction update for Disney Springs

M&M’s Store constuction update for Disney Springs Disney Springs

The construction work continues on the upcoming M&M’s store at Disney Springs. The chocolate shop will showcase the Mars Candy product line with a focus on the M&M brand. Guests can see construction walls are now surrounding the upcoming retail space and that the project is still moving forward. Check out the photo below to see how much has work has been done in the past two weeks.

M&M’s Store constuction update for Disney Springs

The upcoming store is located on the West side of Disney Springs. Visitors will find it by the Orange Garage near the NBA Experience and Splitsville Luxury Lanes. Being such a beloved sweet treat, many Disney fans are excited to see the candy and retail products available within the upcoming M&M store.

M&M’s Store constuction update for Disney Springs

The Florida Mall located in the Orlando area currently has an M&M’s World store, but it will close later this year when the Disney Springs location is ready to open. Soon, the Disney Springs location will be the vibrant center for the Mars candy brand in Orlando!

M&M’s Store constuction update for Disney Springs

Stay tuned for more news and updates regarding Disney Springs. Even though we don’t have an open dated scheduled yet for the opening of the M&M’s store, we will provide a release date once the information is known.

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New Picnic Punch now available at Starbucks in Disney Springs

New Picnic Punch now available at Starbucks in Disney Springs Starbucks Picnic Punch

If there’s one thing Starbucks knows how to do, it’s creating beautiful and tasty new drinks that everybody has to try (and Instagram!). Well, they’ve done it again! On our last trip to Disney Springs, we were lucky enough to try the colorful new Picnic Punch.

New Picnic Punch now available at Starbucks in Disney Springs

Picnic Punch starts off as a pineapple matcha drink and is topped with strawberry sweet cream cold foam. Wow, it’s pretty! It reminded us of a reversal of last year’s Millenial Falcon drink (a pink drink topped with matcha foam) and had that same level of refreshment. The initial flavor hit is strong with strawberry, which is sweet and fruity, then as the drink mixes, the tea flavor comes up more. The best part is definitely the cold foam where the taste of strawberry purée is clearest. But the whole beverage is refreshing and on the delicate side of Starbucks flavors.

New Picnic Punch now available at Starbucks in Disney Springs

It costs $7.40 before tax, so hopefully, you’ve been saving up some of those rewards from your morning fix. Whether you like coffee or not, this one is a great choice because it’s cool and light. However, if you really hate matcha or tea, steer clear. The matcha flavor gets strong towards the end.

The new Picnic Punch at @starbucks is super refreshing and a great beverage to try on your next trip to Disney Springs! It’s a pineapple matcha with strawberry purée cold foam. #disneysprings #waltdisneyworld #starbucks #disneyfood

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Picnic Punch is now being mixed up at Starbucks in Disney Springs. Try it while the summer flavors last!

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Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort is now offering up to a 30% discount for Annual Passholders

Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort is now offering up to a 30% discount for Annual Passholders swan and dolphin

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is now offering up to a 30% discount from their unrestricted best available rates exclusively for Walt Disney World Annual Passholders.

The rate can be booked at www.swandolphin.com or by calling the resort at 1-800-227-1500.

For online reservations: under the Special Rates drop down menu, select “Promo” and enter the code QWH.

A valid Walt Disney World Annual Pass must be presented at check-in to redeem the rate.   The hotel is currently accepting reservations for July 29 and beyond.

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Face Masks now Required in Anaheim Citywide

Face Masks now Required in Anaheim Citywide anaheim face masks

Anaheim has now issued a citywide face mask requirement for when people are in public. The Anaheim requirement makes state guidance for wearing face coverings mandatory in Anaheim and went into effect yesterday, June 30.

The order requires the use of face masks:

  • Inside and in line for any indoor public space
  • At any healthcare setting
  • Using public transit or rideshare
  • At workplaces in common areas
  • For any food service, packaging or distribution
  • In any room or enclosed area where you’re unable to distance from those outside your own household.
  • Outside when within six feet of others

Those with special considerations are exempt, and face coverings are not required in certain situations:

  • Children younger than 2
  • Those with health, mental or developmental considerations
  • Those who face workplace risks from wearing a face covering
  • Medical treatments where removal is necessary
  • While eating or drinking
  • While exercising outdoors or indoors when distanced from others
  • While working outdoors when distanced
  • Those who are incarcerated

Disneyland will be following city and state guidelines when the theme parks reopen. All cast members and guests age 2 and older will be required to wear face masks when visiting the Disneyland Resort.

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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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Arendelle Aqua Punch is a Summer Treat at Disney Springs

Arendelle Aqua Punch is a Summer Treat at Disney Springs Arendelle Aqua Punch

Are you ready to head ”Into the Unknown”? If you don’t know already, we’re talking about a drink that would satisfy Queen Elsa herself: Arendelle Aqua Punch! This drink is available at The Daily Poutine at Disney Springs, so whether you are in the mood for some fries or just looking to cool down, this is a great time to stop over!

Arendelle Aqua Punch is a Summer Treat at Disney Springs

The beverage is an adults-only alcoholic cocktail, so don’t get your kids too excited about the pretty new Elsa drink (think Olaf’s ”When I’m older”). It’s filled with Coconut Rum, Peach Schnapps, Blue Curaçao, and fresh fruit juices. The taste is very light overall, almost like a flavored lemonade, and it is very fruity! It’s not overly sweet, nor does it taste heavily of alcohol. The abundance of ice makes it a great choice for cocktail-lovers who also want a reprieve from Orlando’s summer heat (”Some Things Never Change”). Olaf would approve.

Arendelle Aqua Punch is a Summer Treat at Disney Springs

The most fun part about this drink may just be the marble effect that it has. Though tricky to catch in photographs, the Arendelle Aqua Punch is shiny like a calming bottle and the color is bright blue, giving the impression that it mimics Elsa’s famous dress. This is definitely one for your Instagram account!

Try the Arendelle Aqua Punch over at The Daily Poutine in Disney Springs! It’s got coconut rum, blue curaçao, and fresh fruit juices, besides which it’s a beautiful color! #disneysprings #disneylife #waltdisneyworld #chipandco

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The drink costs $13 before tax and is a great icy treat for anyone over 21. Head on over to Disney Springs and enjoy responsibly!

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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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DVC Moonlight Magic events cancelled for 2020

DVC Moonlight Magic events cancelled for 2020 Moonlight Magic

The Walt Disney company released an update to let DVC members know that the rest of this year’s Moonlight Magic events will be canceled. Disney Vacation Members were notified months ago that the previous Moonlight Magic event nights would be delayed until this summer. The rescheduled dates were listed for the months of June through August, but now Disney confirms how we won’t see the DVC events return at all for 2020.

We have attended some of these Moonlight Magic events in the past and they were quite a blast! You can read the following description to see what was offered during these DVC events:

Enjoy an evening of enchantment, entertainment and more as a theme park becomes your playground.

During a Moonlight Magic event, Members can visit a select theme park for an after-hours celebration. While attendees may get a jump start on the fun by mixing in with the regular crowd earlier in the evening, the real magic happens after the park has closed to the public.

It’s then that privileged partiers can:

  • Enjoy shorter-than-usual wait times on popular attractions
  • Meet some Disney Characters
  • Savor complimentary refreshments
  • Let loose at high-energy dance parties

Hopefully we will return to see these event nights in 2021!

Source: Disney Vacation Club

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Registration for Cast Member Previews at Walt Disney World coming July 1st

Registration for Cast Member Previews at Walt Disney World coming July 1st Chip and Dale Cinderella Castle

Registration for Cast Member Previews at Walt Disney World coming July 1st

Eligible Cast Members currently working or furloughed will soon have the opportunity to visit one theme park of their choice on select days before Guests officially return to Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

Starting July 1st, Cast Members will be able to register to visit ONE park per day on the following dates:

  • July 7th-8th: Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
  • July 13th-14th: Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT

During these previews, Cast Members will be able to experience many of their favorite attractions and multiple entertainment offerings. As a reminder, some experiences may be modified, limited in capacity, or subject to closure.

Eligible Cast Members will have the opportunity to register for themselves and up to three (3) additional Guests, or the total number of eligible dependents on their Main Entrance Pass, whichever is higher. There is limited space available for each preview. Sign-ups will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

In case you missed the news Annual Passholders also got a chance to sign up for previews earlier today. Click here to learn more.

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Disney World Annual Passholder Preview Dates and info

Disney World Annual Passholder Preview Dates and info Disney World Annual Passholders

Disney World Annual Passholder Preview Dates and info

Disney World Annual Passholders preview registration is now open for Walt Disney World!  Annual Passholders are being asked to register for the AP Previews at this link.

Weekday Select, Theme Park Select, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Platinum Plus and Premier Passholders will have the opportunity to register for a special preview at the Magic Kingdom or Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park on July 9th or 10th.

Reservations are required and limited they will be on a first-come,  first-served basis. An eligible activated annual pass is required to register.

If a Passholder would like to register a Guest to accompany them, that Guest must also have a valid Weekday Select, Theme Park Select, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Platinum Plus or Premier annual pass, be listed on your Family & Friends list and have opted to share “All My Plans” with you.

We expect an additional Passholder Preview for Epcot & Hollywood Studios to come in very soon, so stay tuned to Chip and Co for details.

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Tokyo Disneyland Considers Changing Theme of Splash Mountain

Tokyo Disneyland Considers Changing Theme of Splash Mountain Splash Mountain

Rumor has now become fact as the iconic Splash Mountain will be soon transformed into a reimagined ride at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland California. Instead of Briar Rabbit and friends, a theme that has been seen as problematic due to racial elements in ”Song of the South, ” guests will be greeted with the familiar faces of characters from “The Princess and the Frog,” Disney’s 2009 animated musical. Taking their cue from the United States, Tokyo Disneyland may now follow suit and give their Splash Mountain a makeover.

The log flume ride has been a staple in Tokyo Disneyland since it’s opening in 1992. It, like it’s American counterparts, is based on a 1946 film, “Song of the South,” which has long been accused of racist stereotypes that are incompatible with modern audiences. Oriental Land Co. is the operator of Tokyo Disneyland and they have now been involved in discussions about changing the theme of their Splash Mountain as well.

While many park enthusiasts are disappointed at the proposed change to a classic Disney ride, others have expressed an understanding of the complexity surrounding cultural depictions on Splash Mountain. While the story in “Song of the South” is purely American, representing African American issues, the Japanese have seen this as an opportunity to demonstrate anti-discrimination and unity.

While the final announcement has yet to be made, it seems like it’s only a matter of time until Splash Mountain has turned a new leaf all over the world.

Photo courtesy of Disney

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Cast Members Celebrated National Yoga Day!

Cast Members Celebrated National Yoga Day! national yoga day

Cast members celebrated National Yoga Day with a special guest: Mickey Mouse!

Last Sunday was “National Yoga Day” and in honor of this, Shanghai Disneyland hosted a yoga event for it’s cast members in order to promote self-care and wellness.

The event took place in front of the Enchanted Storybook Castle, where over 200 cast members enjoyed a relaxing morning, following local health and safety measures of course, in company of Mickey and the Shanghai Disney Ambassadors, Eleven and Fiona.

“It’s a day to slow down, take a deep breath and focus your mind” said Cici Li, Vice President of Human Resources at Shanghai Disney Resort. “Im so happy to be able to celebrate International Yoga Day here in front of the Enchanted Storybook Castle. I hope that today’s cast can learn a couple of poses that they can practice at home to stay fit and healthy.”

Cast Members Celebrated National Yoga Day!
Cast Members Celebrated National Yoga Day!

Cast Members at the other parks around the world were also able to celebrate National Yoga Day virtually!

At Disneyland Paris, yoga instructor Tara Stiles was in charge for hosting a class. Over at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, yoga classes were available all weekend online and at Hong Kong Disneyland, the class was lead by a cast member named Mandy.

It’s important to remember to take a little time off and relax and work on our mindfulness, specially during these times. Namaste!

Credit: Disney Parks

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Disney World Cinderella Castle Update

Disney World Cinderella Castle Update

We previously reported on how Cinderella Castle is receiving a magical makeover this year. We saw Disney start work on the castle back in March, and it’s amazing how much the appearance has changed already. In recent days, we went to explore the monorail resorts and caught a glimpse of Cinderella Castle from Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The great news is it looks like the magical makeover is almost complete!

Disney World Cinderella Castle Update

The castle’s paintwork is the first sign of progress we’ve seen so far. The blue spires show the most noticeable paintwork so far. It went from a baby clue to a vibrant royal blue color. This bold color choice gives a vibrant appearance to the top of the castle. Also, the inner curtain, which is what we call the interior section of Cinderella Castle, is getting a rose gold paint treatment. It’s a subtle color choice, but it definitely adds a pop of color to a traditionally grey castle.

The last time we saw Cinderella Castle up close inside Magic Kingdom was in March. But now other Disney fans have observed signs that the magical makeover is still being worked on at Magic Kingdom. We can see that the crew has advanced in painting and that we’re getting closer to seeing the finished product!

What do you think of the new blue and pink paint on Cinderella Castle? It’ll be exciting to see the finished product once the magical makeover is complete.

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2021 Disney World Standard Theme Park & Florida Resident Tickets go on sale TODAY

2021 Disney World Standard Theme Park & Florida Resident Tickets go on sale TODAY 2021 Theme Park Ticket

Starting today Disney World is now offering Standard Theme Park Tickets for 2021.

Here is the info:

Receive admission to one theme park per day for each day of your ticket. You can pick a different park each day.

Choose from 4 amazing theme parks:

  • Magic Kingdom park
  • Epcot
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park

Upgrade Options

Park Hopper option:
Visit multiple theme parks on the same day

Water Park and Sports option:

Visit one theme park per day, plus enjoy a certain number of visits to a water park or other Walt Disney World fun. A 1-day ticket allows one visit, a 3-day ticket allows 3 visits and a 4-day ticket allows 4 visits. For each visit, you can choose one of the following:

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park
  • NBA Experience (available for purchases after February 11, 2020)
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course
  • Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course – FootGolf
  • Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course
  • Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course

Park Hopper Plus option:

Visit multiple theme parks on the same day, plus enjoy a certain number of visits to a water park or other Walt Disney World fun. A 1-day ticket allows one visit, a 3-day ticket allows 3 visits and a 4-day ticket allows 4 visits. For each visit, you can choose one of the following:

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park
  • NBA Experience (available for purchases after February 11, 2020)
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course
  • Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course – FootGolf
  • Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course
  • Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course

Tickets start at $109 per day.

2021 Disney World Standard Theme Park & Florida Resident Tickets go on sale TODAY

Also released today is Florida Resident Tickets for 2021.

Here are the details.

Receive admission to one theme park per day for each day of your ticket. You can pick a different park each day. Choose from 4 amazing theme parks:

  • Magic Kingdom park
  • Epcot
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park

Upgrade Options

Park Hopper option:
Visit multiple theme parks on the same day.

Water Park and Sports option:

Visit one theme park per day, plus enjoy a certain number of visits to a water park or other Walt Disney World fun. A 1-day ticket allows one visit, a 3-day ticket allows 3 visits and a 4-day ticket allows 4 visits. For each visit, you can choose one of the following:

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park
  • NBA Experience (available for purchases after February 11, 2020)
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course
  • Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course – FootGolf
  • Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course
  • Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course

Park Hopper Plus option:

Visit multiple theme parks on the same day, plus enjoy a certain number of visits to a water park or other Walt Disney World fun. A 1-day ticket allows one visit, a 3-day ticket allows 3 visits and a 4-day ticket allows 4 visits. For each visit, you can choose one of the following:

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park
  • NBA Experience (available for purchases after February 11, 2020)
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course
  • Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course – FootGolf
  • Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course
  • Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course

Check Disney Park Pass Availability before Purchasing to see if your desired theme park reservation is available before purchasing your ticket, Annual Pass or package.

Later this summer, Disney will resume sales of 2020 tickets and Disney Resort hotel arrivals, based on the availability of park reservations, while they continue to provide guests with existing tickets and Annual Passholders the opportunity to make park reservations for 2020 dates

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AMC Theatre in Disney Springs Reopening July 15

With the news of the Walt Disney World Resort making progress towards reopening, Disney fans are getting a feeling of some normalcy. The Disney Springs area was among in the first at the resort to begin a phased reopening. However, when Disney Springs reopened on May 27th, something was noticeably still closed. Not to worry, because we just got word that everyone’s favorite AMC Dine-In Theatre will be reopening very soon!

AMC Theatre in Disney Springs Reopening July 15 AMC Theatre in Disney Springs Reopening Soon

As the world gets used to a new kind of normal, AMC is also adapting to create a positive and safe experience for their guests to enjoy. AMC theatres have partnered with cleaning brand Clorox to ensure they have the best methods of keeping their space clean and sanitary. They have also implimented a new initiative that is named, AMC Safe & Clean. This initiative ensures that intense measures of cleanliness are being taken daily to ensure the health and safety of AMC staff and guests.

With implementing these new methods of health and safety, AMC in Disney Springs is ready to start showing plenty of new films and classic films we all know and love! They are more than excited to welcome their guests back just in time for the premier of Disney’s live action Mulan!

Also to help keep patrons safe, AMC will have capacity restrictions. This will be in order to keep up with social distancing efforts. Contactless ticketing methods will be encouraged. Mobile ordering for food and beverages at this dine-in location will be encouraged as well.

Starting July 15th, Disney Springs AMC Dine-In location will be in full operation with the aforementioned safety measures in place. By the end of July, AMC is expecting all of their locations to be reopened with the AMC Safe & Clean initiative. We can’t wait to head back and catch a movie with AMC!

For tickets and more information, please visit: AMC Theatres

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Disney H2O Glow Nights at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Cancelled through 2020

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Disney H2O Glow Nights at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Cancelled through 2020

Disney H2O Glow Nights, the nighttime special ticket event at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, will not take place for the remainder of 2020. Guests who have already bought tickets to these events will be assisted with refunds over the coming weeks.

This news is on the heels of a change to Epcot Food & Wine Festival, cancelation of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and updates to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

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Update on Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and other Holiday Events

Update on Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and other Holiday Events Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Disney has just shared the news with us on Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and other Holiday Events…

Looking ahead to the holiday season, this may spark questions about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, which includes the Candlelight Processional.

We are monitoring our new environment closely and will make a decision on these events as we continue to learn more from government and health officials.

As always, our goal is to explore every option and look at ways in which we can still host events and festivals full of Disney magic, while still operating responsibly with the health and safety of our guests and cast members in mind.

Earlier we shared the news on Epcot International Food & Wine Festival that will be starting on July 5th. Also, Disney canceled Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party as well.

To see some of the other changes that are happening at Disney World when they reopen click here.

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Officially Cancelled

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Officially Cancelled

Disney has just announced that Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party that happens annually in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is cancelled.

Disney determined that many of the party’s hallmarks – stage shows, parades and fireworks – are unable to take place in this new, unprecedented environment. With the new social distancing policies in place, there would be no “Boo to You” parade, no “Not So Spooky Spectacular”, and no “Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular”.

For guests who have already purchased tickets for the Halloween party, refunds will be given over the coming weeks.

Here’s the statement from Disney:

“While assessing another fall special event, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, we determined that many of its hallmarks – stage shows, parades and fireworks – are unable to take place in this new, unprecedented environment. With that in mind, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

Additionally, Disney H2O Glow Nights, the nighttime special ticket event at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, will not take place for the remainder of 2020. Guests who have already bought tickets to these events will be assisted with refunds over the coming weeks.”

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A Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival starts July 15th

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A Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival starts July 15th

Many fans have questions on the upcoming festivals at Walt Disney World. With the many changes that are changing the way we visit the theme parks today, Disney has just announced a change to Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival.

As we prepare for the reopening of our theme parks next month, Disney is taking a measured and deliberate approach to their planning that applies appropriate new health and safety measures. They will continue to follow guidance from government and health officials for responsibly operating their theme parks, so they can make the right adjustments to their offerings, including the upcoming fall events.

One staple of the fall season at the Walt Disney World Resort is the annual EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. Today, we’re pleased to share that not only have we cooked up a creative, modified festival experience, it will also be our longest festival yet – giving you plenty of time to enjoy “A Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival!”

A Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival starts July 15th

This new take on the foodie festival will debut July 15 and continue through the fall, offering over 20 signature global marketplaces like Hawaii, Hops & Barley, and Islands of the Caribbean, spaced out around the park. And, if you’ve ever imagined a world where the floral fun of Flower & Garden is sprinkled in with the global goodies of Food & Wine, here’s your chance – guests will be able to see our newest topiary, Remy, in the France pavilion and find Flower & Garden merchandise. For scavenger hunt fans, Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak scavenger hunt returns. And stay tuned as Food & Wine merchandise joins the fun later on after the festival begins.

We know the popular musical acts during the “Eat to the Beat Concert Series” often pack the house and, in an effort to accommodate proper physical distancing, we will not be able to host these concerts this year. There will be plenty of music to enjoy at America Gardens Theatre with local EPCOT entertainment such as Mariachi Cobre, the JAMMitors and more. These fan favorites will spread out their performances throughout the day, giving audiences more options to enjoy them.

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Are Some Disney Restaurants Changing from Buffet to Family Style?

Are Some Disney Restaurants Changing from Buffet to Family Style? disney restaurants

We reported earlier today that more Disney Cast Members will be returning to work and which locations they are returning too. Most are Disney restaurants. We noticed that some of those restaurants which are buffet style had the words ‘family style’ in parenthesis next to the restaurant name.

Two of the restaurants listed were Chef Mickey’s and Biergarten. These restaurants are normally buffet style where guests serve themselves. The ‘family style’ next to them could mean that they will no longer allow guests to serve themselves. Cast Members would bring guests food to their table on platters much like restaurants such as Ohana and Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue.

Disney has already shared that self serve changes will be implemented at Disney World. It was previously announced that beverages and other items that are usually self-serve will instead be served by Cast Members.

Keep in mind this is all speculation as Disney has not released an official statement regarding these restaurants switching from buffet style to family style.

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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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