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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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#DisneyMagicMoments: Meet Phoenix, the Zebra Foal Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

On May 6, the animal care team at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge welcomed a new female Hartmann’s mountain zebra foal to the herd. I’m so happy to share with you photos of little Phoenix as she recently made her first appearance on the resort’s Sunset Savanna.

#DisneyMagicMoments: Meet Phoenix, the Zebra Foal Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
#DisneyMagicMoments: Meet Phoenix, the Zebra Foal Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Phoenix the Zebra Foal Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

The name Phoenix was chosen by our team as a symbol of strength and renewal. Phoenix was born to mom Peebles, and she’s already quite active and enjoying bonding time with her mother. This is the second Hartmann’s foal born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge this year.

#DisneyMagicMoments: Meet Phoenix, the Zebra Foal Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Phoenix the Zebra Foal Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
#DisneyMagicMoments: Meet Phoenix, the Zebra Foal Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Phoenix the Zebra Foal Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
#DisneyMagicMoments: Meet Phoenix, the Zebra Foal Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Phoenix the Zebra Foal Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Phoenix was born as part of the Species Survival Plan program, overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The program ensures responsible breeding and genetic diversity of thousands of animal species. As part of this program, Phoenix is the fourth zebra born at Walt Disney World this year, and 13th overall since we began participating in the breeding program.

Please join me in welcoming Phoenix to our Disney family, and follow along on Instagram for more on #DisneyAnimals and our animal care team. We look forward to you seeing her real soon!

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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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NEWS: Afternoon Tea, Jiko Wine Tasting, Dessert Parties, and MORE Will Not Be Available When Walt Disney World Reopens

ICYMI, yesterday delivered a LOT of news about special events at Walt Disney World Resort.

NEWS: Afternoon Tea, Jiko Wine Tasting, Dessert Parties, and MORE Will Not Be Available When Walt Disney World Reopens

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

With decisions made to promote safety in light of the current global health situation, it was announced, for instance, that Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party has been canceled for the fall. The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, however, will return — and SOON! (You can read all about it here.)

Of course, these are just two examples of Special Events and unique experiences that are typically available to guests, either as seasonal offerings or year-round enhancements.

NEWS: Afternoon Tea, Jiko Wine Tasting, Dessert Parties, and MORE Will Not Be Available When Walt Disney World Reopens

Afternoon Tea at The Grand Floridian

And — even though we have known for some time that experiences will be modified, with many not offered upon the initial reopening of Walt Disney World — a full list of experiences that will NOT be available upon reopening has been added to the Walt Disney World website. Of course, standing reservations have been canceled for experiences, and the ability to book these experiences has been unavailable since. But we thought this specific list would be helpful for those currently in the planning stages.

Walt Disney World Dining Experiences

Offerings that will not be available include select special Dining Events — ranging from Afternoon Tea at The Grand Floridian to Jiko Wine Tasting and more (such as Dining Packages for select shows and spectaculars) — as listed below:

  • Afternoon Tea at the Garden View Tea Room
  • Cake Decorating Experience at Amorette’s Patisserie
  • Circle of Flavors: Harambe at Night
  • Dine with an Animal Specialist
  • Dining with an Imagineer – Cítricos
  • Dining with an Imagineer – The Hollywood Brown Derby
  • Disney Early Morning Magic – Fantasyland
  • Epcot Forever Dining Package
  • Fantasmic! Dining Package
  • Festival of the Lion King Signature Dining Package
  • Highway in the Sky Dine Around
  • Jiko Wine Tasting
  • Rivers of Light Dining Package
  • Savor the Savanna: Evening Safari Experience
  • Sense of Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Signature Celebration at Cinderella’s Royal Table
  • Taste of Magic Kingdom Park VIP Tour
  • Tiffins Talks
  • Victoria & Albert’s Chef’s Table Dinner
  • Wanyama Safari
  • Wonderland Tea Party at 1900 Park Fare

Walt Disney World Dessert Parties

Of course, we have also known that — upon the initial reopening — nighttime spectaculars and parades (essentially, in-park events which lend themselves to large group gatherings) will not be part of the park experience. This naturally affects the availability of Dessert Parties and Dining Packages, which are add-on offerings that include reserved viewing areas for these popular shows.

The Dessert Parties that will NOT be available upon reopening include:

  • Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience
  • Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise
  • Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrowland Terrace
  • Fireworks Dessert Party with Plaza Garden Viewing
  • Frozen Ever After Dessert Party
  • Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage
  • Rivers of Light Dessert Party
  • Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

As a reminder, Disney has already stated that previously booked experiences that are affected by cancellations will be refunded, and you can read about that here.

We will be taking a look today at additional experiences that will not be available upon the reopening of Walt Disney World, which includes select Tours, Nature Experiences, and more.

In the meantime, to learn more about the upcoming reopening of Walt Disney World Resort — which begins with select Disney Resort hotels on June 22nd, followed by the theme parks starting with Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11th and EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15th — you can visit any of the links below.

What do you think of these modifications? Please let us know with a comment.

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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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Update on Seasonal Events at Walt Disney World Resort

As we prepare for the reopening of our theme parks next month, we’re taking a measured and deliberate approach to our planning that applies appropriate new health and safety measures. We continue to follow guidance from government and health officials for responsibly operating our theme parks, so we can make the right adjustments to our offerings, including our 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!”

Update on Seasonal Events at Walt Disney World Resort Pork Tostada: Fried Corn Tortilla topped with Chipotle Black Beans, Roasted Pork, Fresh Salsa Verde, Onions, and Cilantro

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.

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.

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.

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Multi-Award-Winning Local Bakery Gideon’s Bakehouse to Open Location at Disney Springs

Like most people I know, I try to eat healthy the majority of the time but treat myself to occasional indulgences when they’re worth the splurge! One of my favorite places to find some sweet treats here in Orlando is Gideon’s Bakehouse, which is why I’m so excited to share this small, award-winning bakery is opening a new location in The Landing at Disney Springs!

Multi-Award-Winning Local Bakery Gideon’s Bakehouse to Open Location at Disney Springs Cookie from Gideon’s Bakehouse

Anticipating to open later this year, Gideon’s is best known for small-batch, handmade, almost half-pound cookies (yes, you read that right, half-pound) and cakes. Not only does their size make these cookies so special, Gideon’s brings its own spin to cookie flavors like Peanut Butter Crisp, Cookies & Cream and my absolute favorite, Pistachio Toffee Dark Chocolate.

“This opportunity is truly a dream come true and will allow us to flex all of our creative muscle in both desserts and décor. We’re passionate, inspired, and ready,” said Steve Lewis, owner and creator of Gideon’s Bakehouse.

Multi-Award-Winning Local Bakery Gideon’s Bakehouse to Open Location at Disney Springs Cookie from Gideon’s Bakehouse
Multi-Award-Winning Local Bakery Gideon’s Bakehouse to Open Location at Disney Springs Cookie from Gideon’s Bakehouse

Gideon’s plans to bring an expanded menu of cookie and cake slices to Disney Springs, plus add its own line of unique iced coffees, like the Original Peanut Butter Iced Coffee. Of course, guests can expect to find their favorite cookie flavors along with new and limited editions offered during special daily releases. The ever-popular Coffee Cake Cookie (previously only available one month a year) will be on sale every morning, with a Hot Cookie Hour each evening for those looking to cure a sweet tooth after dinner.

“We’re also excited to bring more cake flavors to our new location, offering never-before-seen creations like our special line of Double Frosted Cakes.” Steve said. “There are more than a few secrets we have up our sleeves that you’ll just have to wait to see. It’s not Gideon’s if it isn’t a little dark and mysterious.” We aim to even make the wait in line entertaining by immersing everyone in a transformative environment that will share our story as guests progress toward the counter.”

Multi-Award-Winning Local Bakery Gideon’s Bakehouse to Open Location at Disney Springs Cake from Gideon’s Bakehouse

Guests can also look forward to collectible art becoming a part of the product packaging at the new bakery, which will be located in The Landing across from Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar. The new Gideon’s location is being created with health-and-safety considerations in mind and its operation will model similar guidelines in use elsewhere in Disney Springs.

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future updates. In the meantime, be sure to follow Gideon’s Bakehouse on Instagram at @gideonsbakehouse for drool-worthy desserts!

Multi-Award-Winning Local Bakery Gideon’s Bakehouse to Open Location at Disney Springs Cookie from Gideon’s Bakehouse

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Disney World suing Orange County over property taxes

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Taxes! Taxes! Beautiful, lovely taxes!

Those who watched Disney’s animated Robin Hood movie might remember this particular Prince John quote. Unfortunately, taxes are something Disney is not excited about these days. The Walt Disney Company is suing Orange County’s Property Appraiser, Rick Singh, over their Walt Disney World property taxes. Disney argues that their 2019 property tax appraisals are too high.

In the past week, Disney filed a dozen lawsuits in the Orange Circuit Court over the property tax assessments for their theme parks, resorts, employee buildings and other structures on its sprawling property. However, Beth Watson, spokeswoman for Rick Singh’s office, disagrees with Disney’s complaints. Her office believes that Walt Disney World Resort was previously undervalued for decades by property appraisers.

“Again this year, the Disney organization has chosen use the court system to dispute the value of its property in Orange County and thereby pay reduced property taxes that would benefit area infrastructure and public schools,” Watson said. “The Orange County Property Appraiser looks forward to defending these values in court on behalf of the citizens of Orange County, so that Disney’s responsibility to the community is upheld.”

According to the Orange County appraisers, the assessed value for the four theme parks includes:

  • Magic Kingdom – $504 million
  • Epcot – $539 million
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – $394 million
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom – $435 million

Even though Disney argues that the assessed property values are excessive, the company hasn’t stated what they believe the true values should be for the Orlando area theme parks. It’ll take time before any determination is made regarding the disputed property taxes and assessed values.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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Walt Disney World Reaches Out to Annual Passholders with a Special Message

Recently, Annual Passholders received an e-mail message from Walt Disney World Resort with information regarding some of the changes that will be implemented — such as the new theme park reservation system — when the parks begin a phased reopening on July 11th.

Walt Disney World Reaches Out to Annual Passholders with a Special Message

2020 Annual Passholder Magnet

And now, Annual Passholders have started to receive a new e-mail communication. This time, it’s a word of thanks… along with some Disney magic.

The message begins: “Soon it’ll be time to return to the enchantment. To laugh. To wish. To dream…”

Walt Disney World Reaches Out to Annual Passholders with a Special Message

Annual Passholder email screenshot

Before that time begins, the email goes on to say that “we wanted to offer our most sincere thanks. For your patience. For your trust. For always keeping the magic in your hearts. And for being some of our most cherished fans.”

Walt Disney World Reaches Out to Annual Passholders with a Special Message

Annual Passholder email screenshot

It’s noted, of course, that changes will be in place, recognizing that the experience of visiting the parks “will understandably be different” upon the return. But it also assures that “the magic will still be there.”

As we await further details on the new reservation system for Annual Passholders and ticket holders to enter the theme parks, as well as any new information for guests preparing to re-enter Walt Disney World when its phased reopening begins this summer, we will be sure to keep you posted. In the meantime, you can find all the latest information regarding the reopening of Disney Parks (which, as of yesterday, includes a proposed reopening date for Disneyland Resort) by visiting any of the links below.

Are you a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder? Please let us know with a comment!

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An Update on Disney Resort Hotels from Katie Kelly, Vice President of Worldwide Safety Services

Dear Guests,

As we look towards reopening our parks and resorts around the world, your wellbeing – and the wellbeing of our cast members – is one of our top priorities. In March, we began the phased reopening of Shanghai Disney Resort, and on May 20, we took another step as guests returned to shop and dine at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort. Just as we’ve started making plans for our theme parks, we are also making plans for our domestic hotels and Disney Vacation Club resorts. With that in mind, we wanted to share what you can expect when you book a stay at a Disney Resort hotel.*

As Disney’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pamela Hymel shared in her previous update, our health and safety team has taken a close look at the experiences at our hotels, from resort and room cleaning to check-in, dining and entertainment, so you can have a magical visit with peace of mind. During your stay, you’ll find updates and enhancements made with health and safety in mind, in line with the guidance of health and government authorities.

At the Resort 

Staying with confidence starts at check-in, with options to use Online Check-in service at select locations and meet your luggage at your room with redesigned bell services.

Throughout Disney Resort hotels, we’re increasing cleaning in high-traffic areas such as elevators and escalators, handrails, benches, tables, handles, restrooms, and more. We’ve also expanded the number of hand sanitizer locations across the property.

At our restaurants, lobbies, pools, fitness centers, and other public areas, we’re looking at adjusting services to enable preventive measures and physical distancing, including reducing capacity where appropriate and implementing enhanced cleaning measures.

We’re using technology to aid us in these efforts, with limited-contact services in place at our shopping and dining locations, with Mobile Order, cashless options and Magic Bands.**

In Your Room

Before arrival, every room will be given an enhanced cleaning. During your stay, a light cleaning service (including removal of trash and replenishment of towels and amenities) will be offered every other day.***

Our housekeeping cast members will receive training on increased cleaning measures throughout the resort hotel and for each guest room, including updated practices for cleaning tools and managing in-room amenities, linens, luggage, and more.

An Update on Disney Resort Hotels from Katie Kelly, Vice President of Worldwide Safety Services

Of course, we all have an important role to play in promoting health and safety. We are asking our guests to help, by washing your hands frequently with soap and water; following physical distancing and other guidelines when you visit; and rescheduling your visit if you or a member of your party feel ill or are subject to quarantine or other travel restrictions.

We’ll share more information about the health and safety measures at Disney Resort hotels with you ahead of your visit – and continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as appropriate.

While our new experience may be a little different from the last time you stayed with us, a magical and memorable visit awaits you at our Disney Resort hotels. We’re looking forward to welcoming you – see you real soon!

Katie Kelly

Vice President of Worldwide Safety Services
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**Available at Walt Disney World Resort only.
***Disney Vacation Club members will receive their traditional housekeeping service.

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Governor DeSantis Announces Mandatory Quarantine For Visitors from the New York Tri-State area

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Governor DeSantis is taking extra health precautions before Walt Disney World Resort reopens in July. He’s requesting visitors from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to self-quarantine for 14 days upon entering the state. of Florida. Those planning Disney trips can continue reading to learn the official details.

Governor DeSantis directed all individuals entering the state of Florida from the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York) to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into Florida or the duration of the individual’s presence in Florida, whichever is shorter. This includes persons entering Florida by roadways.

  • This order was extended in Section 3 of Executive Order Number 20-139.
  • 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.

Source: Florida Health COVID19

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Stormalong Bay Closed but Beach Club Guests will have Access to Disney’s BoardWalk Pool

When select Walt Disney World Resort hotels reopen later this month, not all amenities will be available to guests.

Stormalong Bay at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts will not be available during the initial reopening period. Guests of Disney’s Beach Club Villas may use the resort leisure pool, and may also use the Luna Park Pool and leisure pool at Disney’s BoardWalk Villas.

Stormalong Bay features three lagoon areas — including one specifically designed for younger water-lovers, with a depth of 2 to 3 feet.

A spiral stair on board the life-sized shipwreck ascends to a 150-foot mast, broken and askew to serve as a flume plummeting toward a rocky outcropping where another 150 feet of spins complete a fast-moving thrill slide.

If you’ll be staying at Disney’s Beach or Yacht Clubs and you’d like to have some pool time, you can check out the pool at Disney’s BoardWalk Villas.

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Will Disney adopt new cleaning strategies for their resorts when reopening

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The latest trend among hotels is the renewed focus on brand-name cleanliness. Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic started, more than two dozen major hotel chains have announced new partnerships with cleaning product companies, academic scholars, and health organization leaders. Florida hotel chains are following this example to reassure tourists how it’s safe to travel again. Will Disney adopt new cleaning strategies for their resorts when reopening?

On April 21st, Marriott announced its new Global Cleanliness Council, which includes advisory members from Ecolab, Cornell University, and Perdue University. Arne Sorenson, the president and CEO of Marriott International explained his reasoning for the company’s new partnerships in response to the pandemic.

”We are living in a new age, with COVID-19 front and center for our guests and our associates. We want our guests to understand what we are doing today and planning for in the near future in the areas of cleanliness, hygiene and social distancing.”

In the coming months, expect to see hotel cleanliness initiatives transform into a primary marketing tool. Many hotel chains are seeking brand-name partnerships to enhance their message to the public. For instance, Hilton launched their “Hilton CleanStay with Lysol” initiative that has them paired up with Lysol and experts from the Mayo Clinic. The tourism industry wants to ensure the safety of travelers by showing proof of how they are committed to new health practices.

With so many major hotel chains announcing their new health and safety agendas, we might see Disney follow suit with their own special initiatives. Time will tell if they do announce similar partnerships for their resorts.

Source: Orlando Weekly

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Drone pilot received tresspassing warning for trying to get photos of Disney World

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Looks like Dumbo and Peter Pan are not the only ones flying in the sky above Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Last month, Disney security observed a drone the size of a frisbee flying within 100 feet of Cinderella Castle. It surprised the Disney workers when they witnessed an unauthorized drone passing through Walt Disney World Resort. The incident happened on May 20th, 2020.

According to the incident report, the man who owned the drone was issued a trespass warning. An off-duty Orange County deputy found the 40-year old Minneola man piloting the drone from the parking lot of an apartment complex. The name of the drone pilot has not been released since he wasn’t charged with a crime. Several sheriffs cars arrived on the scene when they found the drone pilot near Reams Road. He didn’t live at the apartment complex, but he traveled there so he could get close enough to pilot his drone. The man thought there would be no harm in him filming. Since then, he deleted the footage he filmed and apologized for his actions.

“I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong,” he said. “I don’t want to get into more trouble with Disney.”

Walt Disney World Resort does not permit unauthorized drones, and the FAA authorizes a no-fly zone for the property. The good news is that no harm came from this incident, but it is a reminder that Disney security is looking out for the safety of guests on the resort premises.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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Check Out this Disney World Emporium Lego Ideas

Here at Chip and co we love creative Lego ideas and we are especially loving this Disney World Emporium LEGO ideas! Here developer André Blix has created the “greatest emporium located in the happiest place on earth!”, creating the famous Emporium shop at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World.

Disney World Emporium Lego ideas

André Blix’s Disney World Emporium features a two-story modular building functioning as a store on the first floor, and then a showcase on the second floor! The Disney World Emporium Lego ideas were made out of 2558 lego bricks. The designer mentioned that he hopes one day to complete the entire “Main Street USA” with shops, scenery and ride tributes (we love a good easter egg!).

According to the description, the two floors contain:

1st Floor store:

  • 2 x Product shelves
  • Check out area
  • Mickey Mouse wall decoration
  • Gift shop display
  • Entrance to adjacent modular building

2nd Floor attraction:

  • “Pirates of the Caribbean” boat ride (not affiliated with the movie franchise)
  • Scenery and figures complimenting ride
  • Fun

We adore the attention to detail from the developer, including Mary Poppins and of course, the large Mickey Mouse behind the till! We really hope he continues developing to complete “Main Street USA!”

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Don’t Expect to See NBA Players at Disney World Theme Parks!

With plans to finish the NBA season at Walt Disney World, it has been announced that guests will not be able to see NBA players at Disney World theme parks this year! Whilst there has been confirmed news that 22 professional NBA teams will be convening at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, with games due to begin on the 31st of July, ending by October 12th.

NBA Players at Disney World

With this in mind, many guests will be hoping to see NBA players at Disney World theme parks over the next couple of months. However, due to the current situation, (COVID-19), sources have confirmed that players will not be “roaming the parks and getting on rides”. This rule will also extend to their families as well.

Check out the tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski below:

Further to this, news has just been released that NBA players will be housed in three specific resorts on the Walt Disney World site. Click here to read more about this.

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Disney World Resort has just updated information on Resort Reservations, Experiences, Transportation, Dining, and more

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As part of Disney’s plans for a phased reopening of Walt Disney World Resort, select Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will begin to reopen to Guests on June 22, 2020.

Guests may be receiving email communication from Disney if they have a Resort hotel booking between June 22, 2020, and July 4, 2020. Guests will need to confirm, modify, or cancel their reservations by June 12, 2020.

For guests wishing to confirm their reservations:

  • Contact the Disney Reservation Center to notify Disney of Guest’s confirmation.
  • As needed, guests will be moved from closed to open resorts during this time. This move will be at no additional cost to guests. Note that they won’t have an option to modify to another resort of their choosing for this reservation.
  • As previously communicated, for Guests who had a dining plan, Disney will be modifying their package to remove the dining plan.
  • If guests staying in Disney resorts before park opening on July 11, 2020, want to keep their reservation, they will be downgraded out of the ticket package and the package price will be reduced. Alternately, they can move their reservation to new dates, or cancel.

For Guests wishing to modify their reservations to a future date in 2020:

  • Contact the Disney Reservation Center to modify the booking to a later date in 2020.
  • If guests would like to modify to a date on or after July 11, 2020, they may only modify to one of the announced opened resorts, based on availability. Guests will be responsible for any higher rates.
  • Travel protection may be moved to a new reservation in 2020. The Guest will be responsible for any difference in price.

For Guests wishing to cancel their reservations:

  • Contact the Disney Reservation Center to notify Disney of the cancellation.

Below is a sample email being sent to guests:

“Returning to a World of Magic

Though some of our experiences have changed, the magic never fades. It never wavers. And it’s still waiting for you to come and experience it. That’s why we are excited about your upcoming stay at a Disney Resort hotel.

But to help you confirm if now is still the right time for your visit, please review the following operational updates and contact your Travel Professional to confirm, modify or cancel your upcoming visit.

Here are a few of the changes:

HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES

While visiting Walt Disney World Resort, all Guests ages 2 and older—along with all Cast Members—will be required to wear face coverings. To learn more about this and other measures we have put in place, visit here.

THEME PARKS & EXPERIENCES

Our Theme Parks and Water Parks will still be closed during your travel dates. We will begin a phased re-opening on July 11. However, Disney Springs is currently in a phased re-opening with many retail and dining locations ready to welcome you. For more information on locations open at Disney Springs, please visit here.

RESORTS

Many Disney Resort benefits and amenities may be temporarily unavailable. Select Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground will be open during your travel dates but other Disney Resort hotels will remain closed. Check here for the latest details.

If you have a reservation at a Disney Resort hotel that won’t be open during your travel dates or if you have a room and theme park ticket package, you can choose to modify your plans by contacting your Travel Professional.

DINING

During your stay, dining locations and experiences may be limited to manage capacity and foster physical distancing. To learn more about available dining options, visit here.

TRANSPORTATION

Resort transportation around the property will be available in a limited capacity to allow for physical distancing. Also, if you are arriving via Orlando International Airport, you may still take advantage of Disney’s Magical Express Service. Details here.

We know a stay here during this time will be different. But the world needs magic now more than ever. And we can’t wait to have you here with us. Hope to see you real soon!

Contact your Travel Professional to learn more about your reservation options and next steps.

Response requested by June 12, 2020.”

For other changes coming to Disney World next month click the links below.

Source Walt Disney World website

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Land West of Animal Kingdom being prepped for new development

Animal Kingdom

A recent report released by Growth Spotter indicates that a real estate developer is planning a future project west of Walt Disney World Resort. A Chicago-area company led by real estate developer and advisor Kimm Dodaro is under contract to purchase land west of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Kimm Dodaro leads a company called the Walter Joseph Group, which specializes in helping charities accept gifts of real estate.

You can see the area of consideration in the above image. Their specific Land Use Plan application states that Dodaro is hoping to develop 260 short-term rental units and a nine-story hotel with up to 240 suites. The tentative real estate project would be done through a company she manages called Walter Blake Inc. The land area they are seeking is approximately 119 acres in size. It’s located north of U.S. 192 and west of Avalon Road.

The area would permit a mix of real estate services for future use. Specifically, it will present short-term rental and time-share opportunities for visitors. The real estate developer’s plans would present fun new options for where to stay while visiting Central Florida’s theme parks! We will provide updates when new information becomes available for the development of this land area west of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Photo Credit: Growth Spotter

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NEWS! Disney Springs Updates Operating Hours

Disney Springs started Disney World’s phased reopening on May 20th by opening select third-party shopping and dining experiences.

Disney Springs

Disney-owned locations like World of Disney and Marketplace Co-Op joined in on May 27th. Disney Springs has been open from 10AM to 10PM, but this schedule just got an update.

According to the Disney Springs website, Disney Springs will now be closing each day at 7PM beginning today, May 31st, and continuing “until further notice.”

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Restaurants such as Morimoto Asia are seating their last reservations at 6PM to accommodate the new hours.

Our last reservation will be at 6:00 pm to comply with Orange County’s 10 p.m. curfew, effective today, Sunday, May 31st. This will allow our employees and guests time to return home. We apologize for any inconvenience.

— Morimoto Asia (@MorimotoAsiaFLA) May 31, 2020

We will keep updating this page if Disney Springs releases any additional information.

You can read more about Disney World’s reopening here or at the links below!

Do you have plans to visit Disney Springs soon? Let us know in the comments!

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Spotted: Sequined Minnie Mouse Loungefly in Disney Springs!

A few days ago, we showed you one of the newest (and cutest) Minnie Mouse accessories.

Minnie Mouse Loungefly

And now you don’t even have to wait for shipping because Disney Springs has you covered!

The sequined Minnie Mouse Loungefly has officially made its in-store appearance at World of Disney!

Minnie Mouse Loungefly

The bag is bright red and features Minnie’s classic polka dots on the sequined bow (AND there’s a matching polka dot pattern inside).

Minnie Mouse Loungefly

In the corner of the front pocket, Minnie Mouse even signed her name for you to carry around proudly!

Minnie Mouse Loungefly

The back of the bag is made of the same red material and the backpack is available at World of Disney for $80.

Minnie Mouse Loungefly

If Minnie Mouse wasn’t already precious enough — now we can MATCH her?? If you aren’t able to hop over to Disney Springs, we also spotted this bag on shopDisney!

Check out what else we’ve spotted recently in Disney Springs here!

Do you own any Minnie Mouse-inspired Loungeflys? Let us know in the comments!

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Disney Springs Is a Little Busier Today With a Short Virtual Queue in Place

We brought you along with us to see the reopening of Disney-owned locations in Disney Springs this week.

Disney Springs

In the days before these locations opened, Disney Springs was consistently pretty quiet. But the morning World of Disney reopened, things were bonkers. We’re talking a six hour wait bonkers. But we’re back in Disney Springs again today to see if crowds are still steady.

The new reopening procedures at Disney-owned locations such as World of Disney and the Marketplace Co-Op brought about a virtual queue system to manage crowds. Similar to the virtual queues in the parks for things like Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Rise of the Resistance, guests sign up to be part of a virtual line at the front of the attraction (or store, in this case). Once your name is on the list, you can stroll through Disney Springs until you receive a text that it’s your turn to shop.

Virtual Queue

As we mentioned, reopening day was BUSY, but it seems as though crowds are winding down each day. Even on a weekend, we were able to walk right in to World of Disney with no wait.

Inside World of Disney

By the time we visited Marketplace Co-Op, the store was at capacity and a virtual queue was in place. BUT, it took less than five minutes to receive a text that we were cleared to return and shop.

Marketplace Co-Op Virtual Queue

We’ll keep you updated as crowd levels are continually in flux, but compared to opening day — Disney’s stores are much less busy today.

Check out where we spotted a Baby Yoda plush today in Disney Springs here!

Have you visited Disney Springs since it reopened? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Terralina Crafted Italian Is Back OPEN in Disney Springs!

The past two weeks have been filled with lots of Disney Springs merchandise and food, since the shopping and dining district has re-opened!

Terralina Crafted Italian

Although we’ve taken you to see spots like the World of Disney and Ghirardelli, we’ve got some great news for all you Spaghetti and Meatball fans out there!

Terralina Crafted Italian has re-opened to greet guests! Along with the other dining locations, Terralina will be following extra health and safety protocols during this time.

Hostess

Similar to other Disney Springs locations, Terralina is using distance markers on the ground noting where to stand and they were accepting reservations and walk-ins during our visit.

Distancing Sticker

The indoor and outdoor bars were both open when we visited, but only for to-go drinks.

Indoor Bar

After you are seated, your server offers you a little bag to store your face mask while you eat!

Paper Menu

They are offering a QR menu, disposable paper menu, AND you can check out the limited menu on a board outside. They are even offering a special discount right now that you can check out here!

QR Menu

The restaurant currently has a limited menu and capacity right now — but they still have some delicious eats!

Rigatoni Calabrese

We’ll be bringing you a full review of some of these Italian eats and drinks (and dessert, of course) from Terralina Crafted Italian soon!

Find out how you can get a DISCOUNT at Terralina in Disney Springs here!

What is your favorite thing to eat at Terralina Crafted Italian? Let us know in the comments below!

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Complete Update on all of the Disney World Changes

Disney World Castle

Disney has released a lot of updates and information this week regarding the Walt Disney World Resort. It can be a bit overwhelming and confusing keeping it all straight, so we put it all in one place.

Disney submitted and received approval to begin the phased reopening of Walt Disney World Resort. Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom will reopen on July 11th with Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios reopening on July 15th.

Park hours will be reduced and capacity limited. Extra Magic Hours are also suspended.

Some experiences, like parades and nighttime spectaculars, will return at a later date. In addition, “high touch” experiences such as makeovers, playgrounds, and character meet & greets will remain temporarily unavailable. Characters will still be in the parks to entertain and delight guests during their visit.

Park attendance will be managed by a new theme park reservation system. To enter a park, both valid admission and a park reservation will be required. Disney hasn’t released any more specific information regarding this new system.

As a result of the new limited capacity regulations, Disney has decided to cancel the following: dining reservations, FastPass+ reservations, offerings and experience bookings (like behind the scenes tours), and Disney Dining Plans. When dining reservations are able to be booked again, they will only be allowed 60 days in advance instead of 180.

As for Walt Disney World Resort hotels, DVC properties and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will reopen on June 22nd. DVC properties in Vero Beach, Florida, and Hilton Head South Carolina will reopen June 15th.

At this time, ticket sales and new resort hotel reservations have been temporarily paused while Disney focuses on guests with existing reservations.

Disney will be implementing extra health and safety protocols upon reopening. All guests ages 2 and up will be required to wear a face covering, temperature checks will be done when entering the parks, and physical distancing measures will be implemented throughout the parks.

We will continue to provide updates as Disney releases more information.

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NBA To Vote Thursday On Resuming Season At Disney World

The National Basketball Association suspended its 2019-2020 season earlier this year as a response to the recent global events.

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Since the season was paused, the NBA has been in talks with potential locations to resume games including Las Vegas and Disney World. And next week, the NBA will make its decision on how the season will proceed.

Disney World was recently referred to as the “front-runner” with the potential to host the remainder of the season at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the NBA commissioner and other league officials have notified the Board of Governors of their goal to resume the season on July 31st. The board will vote on Thursday, June 4th, to determine the specific date and setting for the remaining games.

NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, has reportedly recommended finishing the games in Orlando and the board is expected to approve this proposal.

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The league will continue to work with the National Basketball Players Association to determine the schedule and safety protocols if the season is to resume. We will continue to keep you updated on this developing story.

You can read more about Disney World’s reopening plan here!

Were you following the 2019-2020 NBA season? Let us know your thoughts about resuming the season below!

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Everything Disney World is Refunding Right Now!

Things have been shaken up in Disney World and we are here to help you sift through it all.

Epcot Monorail

Quick recap: Disney World closed in March, kept accepting reservations, announced reopening dates, then wiped out existing dining and FastPass+ reservations. Now what? Disney is still sorting our their plan of action for the reopening, but let’s take a look at each part of your vacation to see what they are currently refunding!

Disney World plans to open Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom on July 11th followed by Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15th. To help limit the parks’ capacities, Disney is rolling out a new reservation system. But what does that mean for guests who already booked resort reservations?

Disney World Resort Hotels

As the closure has been extended, Disney has been cancelling and refunding hotel reservations that were scheduled during the closure automatically.

Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney retracted their previous announcement that Resort Hotels (Other than Disney Vacation Club and Disney’s Fort Wilderness) would be reopening and have not released a reopening date for these other hotels. However, in order to accommodate guests with existing reservations, Disney World placed a hold on new hotel and ticket reservations. Guests with existing Resort reservations will have priority access to the new park reservation system.

Disney World Tickets

As we mentioned, you can’t purchase a new ticket right now, because Disney is focusing on guests with existing tickets for the time being. But with all the different types of Disney tickets available, Disney World is handling each one a little differently.

Park Tickets

Unexpired multi-day park tickets or date specific park tickets that would have been valid on March 12th are still being extended through December 15, 2020. Or, you can apply the value from an unused ticket towards a ticket at a later date.

Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom

At this time, park-hopper add-ons will NOT be automatically refunded. According to a Cast Member we spoke with, “It will not happen automatically do to the fact that we currently do not have information on if our Guests will be able to park hop.”

You can read more about Disney World’s Ticket extension policy here!

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway sign

Disney’s new reservation system will require guests to book a ticket for a specific date, similar to how Shanghai Disneyland reopened. Guests with resort reservations will have priority access to this new system. Guests will also be required to have a valid park reservation and admission before they can book dining or other experiences. We will keep you updated when we hear more details about this new system!

You can read more about the reservation system here!

Florida Resident Discovery Disney Tickets

Florida Resident Discovery Disney Tickets are currently valid through September 30, 2020.

Disney World Annual Passes

Disney stated that Annual Passholders might have access to special experiences and priority booking once the parks reopen. However, the website is still reflecting the same cancellation policy from the closures.

You can read more about Disney World’s Annual Pass refund process here!

Special Ticketed Events

During the closure, Disney has been refunding event tickets for cancelled events including Disney’s After Hours, Villains After Hours, Early Morning Magic, and H20 Glow Nights.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in Magic Kingdom

Disney has discontinued ticket sales for upcoming events such as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, but a Cast Member confirmed that — as of now — the tickets are still valid. We will keep you updated as we learn more about these parties.

You can read more about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets here!

Disney World Dining

In anticipation of the reopening, Disney has canceled all existing dining plans and dining reservations “including Disney dining plans included in packages.”

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So if you grabbed an advance dining reservation, you booked a Disney Dining Plan with your trip, OR you received a free Dining Plan with your vacation package — these will be automatically canceled and refunded. This cancellation applies to plans from May 28, 2020 through September 26, 2021.

All pre-paid dining or dining experience reservations will be automatically refunded and you will not be charged a cancellation or no-show fee.

Be Our Guest

Note: This does not mean Disney will not have dining plans or reservations by 2021, they are just clearing their current bookings to make way for a new system.

Once the new reservation system is live, the traditional 180 day booking window will change to a 60 day booking window prior to the reservation date. Additionally, if you are a Tables in Wonderland member, your membership will be extended by the number of days the parks are closed.

Cinderella’s Royal Table

Similar to the park reservation system, once the new dining reservation system goes live, guests with existing reservations will receive priority access to rebook dining reservations.

You can read more about the dining cancellations here!

Now What??

A LOT has changed in the past several hours, so things are very much up in the air. Take a deep breath and know that you aren’t alone in this. We’re tracking down as much info as we can and will keep you posted here at DFB with the most up-to-date news we have!

If you have questions about your booking, you can call (407) 934-7639 for Disney Customer Support or use the chat feature to message with someone on the Disney World website. To cancel or change your reservation, you can do so online using My Disney Experience.

As you can imagine, Disney World is receiving a high volume of calls and messages, so there might be a bit of a wait. If you booked your trip with a travel agent, you can contact them for more details and for next steps. We’re in this together and please let us know your questions so we can help you out as much as possible!

If Disney World adds or changes any refund policies, we will keep updating this post with the newest information!

Click here to learn more about Disney World’s CONFIRMED reopening dates!

What questions do you have for us about the reopening? Let us know in the comments and we’ll do our best to get the answer to you!

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