Disney World Opens Its Gates Amid Virus Numbers Rising

Walt Disney World Resort has begun to reopen in Florida despite a Covid-19 surge across the US state.

Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom opened on Saturday. Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are expected to restart their operation from 15 July.

In addition, Disney has resumed limited operations at its four parks in Asia, and at Disney Springs – an outdoor shopping mall in Orlando.

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Disney Florida launches three-story high Skyliner gondolas

Disney World officially opened its Skyliner service to the public, giving Orlando guests high-flying transportation.

Disney World has introduced the Skyliner, an aerial cable car system with 300 colorful gondolas that whisk visitors from hotels to theme parks. Six miles of cable and five stations link Walt Disney World’s resorts with Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at Epcot Center. 

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Amazing Drone Footage Unveils How Disney New Star Wars Lands are Taking Shape

Disney shows sweeping new drone footage unveiling construction of the new Star Wars, Galaxy’s Edge, against music composed for the attraction.

A video of the London Symphony Orchestra playing John Williams’ rousing music created for the attractions as Star Wars fans are taken on a brief tour of Galaxy’s Edge. The video includes incredible sweeping aerial shots that reveal how construction is progressing. Continue reading “Amazing Drone Footage Unveils How Disney New Star Wars Lands are Taking Shape”

Disney Reveals Details about Animal Kingdom’s 20th Anniversary

Disney’s Animal Kingdom will mark 20th anniversary with Party for the Planet.
Walt Disney World is planning special events and activities to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Animal Kingdom theme park, starting with two weeks of Party for the Planet festivities.

Guests will be able to attend conservation talks by animal-care experts and enjoy interactions with some animals of the park’s attractions.

The festive activities will start on April 22, which is Earth Day and the anniversary of Animal Kingdom’s official opening in 1998.


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Disney Unveils More Details about ‘Star Wars’ Hotel

The “Star Wars”-themed hotel coming to Disney World will be seamlessly connected to the upcoming Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge land being built at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and opening in 2019. Opening date for the hotel has not been revealed though.

The hotel is designed to be a multiday adventure, with guests being active citizens of the galaxy. The Star Wars fans staying at the hotel will be immersed into movie’s theatrics as if traveling on a starship. The hotel will be filled with Star Wars characters and storylines in progress and every window of the resort will show images of space.


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Disney Names the Hippo Born at Animal Kingdom

Park officials at Animal Kingdom in Orlando announced Wednesday their baby Nile hippopotamus is a male and his name is Augustus.

The calf was born on January, 13. This is the first hippo born at Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista in more than 13 years, Disney officials say.

Disney didn’t know Augustus’ sex until this week. Usually, a newborn calf weighs between 50 and 110 pounds and a hippo’s sex isn’t known immediately after the birth.

Augustus currently weighs 168 pounds and is often seen staying close to his mom, named Tuma. A video went viral showing Augustus in action, swimming, snoozing and walking around with his mother. Continue reading “Disney Names the Hippo Born at Animal Kingdom”

Disney World’s Long-Awaited Toy Story Land to Open June 30

Toy Story is coming to life at Walt Disney World this summer and it’s official!

Disney finally revealed opening date for the highly anticipated Toy Story Land. The new area created for Disney’s Hollywood Studios will officially open to guests on June 30. Some of the Disney Pixar trilogy’s beloved characters, Woody, Buzz, and Jessie, announced the news on Disney-owned ABC during its “Good Morning America” broadcast on Friday.

The latest addition to Disney’s Hollywood Studios will rest on 11 acres of land. Inspired by Pixar’s Toy Story films, the expansion will include family-friendly roller coaster Slinky Dog Dash, the twirly Alien Swirling Saucers ride and an expanded version of 3D-shooting ride Toy Story Mania with three tracks. Continue reading “Disney World’s Long-Awaited Toy Story Land to Open June 30”

Disney Resorts Remove ‘Do Not Disturb’ Signs from Rooms

Disney hotels eliminate ‘Do Not Disturb’ signs from rooms as part of new security policy.
Disney has started rolling out new security measures at several of its resorts in Walt Disney World.
The change took effect last week at some of the Disney monorail hotels – the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Polynesian Village Resort, Contemporary Resort and its connected Bay Lake Tower. Guests experienced the updated security policies which include the removal of the “Do Not Disturb” door markers. They have been replaced by “Room Occupied” signs that will alert maintenance or housekeeping workers that guests are currently in their rooms but will not stop the hotel staff from coming in. Continue reading “Disney Resorts Remove ‘Do Not Disturb’ Signs from Rooms”

Disney World’s Cirque du Soleil Show Closes This December

Cirque du Soleil closes La Nouba at Walt Disney World after a 19-year run and thousands of performances.
The final performance will be held at Disney Springs on Dec. 31, according to the Disney Parks Blog.
La Nouba premiered in late 1998 and was the first Cirque show to have a permanent residence in a city outside of Las Vegas. There have been more than 8,500 performances of the show and more than 10 million guests have enjoyed it, according to Disney.
The future of the distinctive, especially designed theater on the far west end of the complex was not immediately announced. No further information on what will replace La Nouba at Disney Springs. Continue reading “Disney World’s Cirque du Soleil Show Closes This December”