The 2020 Fall DCP program at Disney World and Disneyland was Canceled Today

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Disney World Fall 2020 DCP cancellation notice

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Disneyland Fall 2020 DCP cancellation notice

The 2020 Fall DCP program at both Disney World and Disneyland was canceled today.

Fall 2020 Program Arrival Dates: August 2020 – January 2021 (Canceled)

    • 8/3/2020 – 1/7/2021
    • 8/3/2020 – 1/14/2021
    • 8/3/2020 – 1/21/2021
    • 8/10/2020 – 1/7/2021
    • 8/10/2020 – 1/14/2021
    • 8/10/2020 – 1/21/2021
    • 8/17/2020 – 1/7/2021
    • 8/17/2020 – 1/14/2021
    • 8/17/2020 – 1/21/2021
    • 8/24/2020 – 1/7/2021
    • 8/24/2020 – 1/14/2021
    • 8/24/2020 – 1/21/2021
    • 8/31/2020 – 1/7/2021
    • 8/31/2020 – 1/14/2021
    • 8/31/2020 – 1/21/2021

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July 1, 2020:  Disneyland is no longer reopening July 17, 2020 and will remain closed indefinitely now.  California is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases and the state did not approve their reopening plans.

Disney World’s planned reopening for July 11/15 is in jeopardy with the surge in COVID-19 cases happening in Florida this month.  They are experiencing over 10,000 new confirmed cases daily.

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The virus spread is uncontrolled in Florida and 33 other states today.

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We miss the Magic Kingdom.

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Have a magical day!

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Reopening mid-July 2020  (MAYBE!)

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The Disney World Restaurants NOT Reopening in July

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Yum!

Here’s the current list of park restaurants NOT reopening at Disney World in July when the parks reopen:

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Cinderella’s Royal Table

Magic Kingdom – Not Reopening

The Diamond Horseshoe

Casey’s Corner

Cheshire Cafe

Cinderella’s Royal Table

Columbia Harbor House

Cool Ship

The Crystal Palace

The Friar’s Nook

Gaston’s Tavern

Golden Oak Outpost

The Lunching Pad

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

Prince Eric’s Village Market

Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant

Tortuga Tavern

Westward Ho

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Lotus Blossom Cafe in Epcot China pavilion

EPCOT – Not Reopening

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

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Chefs de France

Cool Wash

Joy of Tea

Kingla Bakeri Og Kafe

L’Artisan des Glaces

Las Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie

Les Vins des Chefs de France

Lotus Blossom Cafe

Monsieur Paul

Nine Dragons

Restaurant Marrakesh

Sommerfest

Space 220 (opening this fall, maybe?)

Takumi-Tei

Teppan Edo

Tokyo Dining

Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar

Tutto Italia Restorante

Yorkshire County Fish Shop

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Woody’s Lunchbox

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Not Reopening

ABC Commissary

Catalina Eddie’s

Dockside Diner

Epic Eats

Fairfax Fare

Hollywood Scoops

Hollywood & Vine

Kat Saka’s Kettle

KRNR The Rock Station

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Neighborhood Bakery

Tune-In Lounge

Woody’s Lunch Box

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Not Reopening

Dino Diner

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Eight Spoon Cafe

Kusafiri Coffe Shop & Bakery

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The Smiling Crocodile

Terra Treats

Tusker House Restaurant

Warung Outpost

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We miss the Magic Kingdom.

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Reopening July 2020  (MAYBE!)

Splash Mountain Will Be Reimagined with ‘The Princess and the Frog’ Theme

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We love the music from The Princess and the Frog movie!  ♫♪♫♪♪ You got to dig a little deeper…♫♪♫♪♪.

Splash Mountain is getting a new look!

The company announced on Thursday that they would be reimagining the fan-favorite ride at both Disneyland in California and the Magic Kingdom in Florida with a theme based on the 2009 Disney film ‘The Princess and the Frog’, which features the company’s first Black princess, Tiana.

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Princess Tiana

According to a Disney press release, this rebranding is “a project Imagineers have been working on since last year.” The ride’s storyline will pick up “after the final kiss, and join Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure – featuring some of the powerful music from the film – as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance.”

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Be prepared to get wet!

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Brier Rabbit, Brier Bear, and Brier Fox are all leaving! All new critters will take their place.

splash-mountain1“The retheming of Splash Mountain is of particular importance today,” the release explains. “The new concept is inclusive – one that all of our guests can connect with and be inspired by, and it speaks to the diversity of the millions of people who visit our parks each year.”

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Disney executive chairman Bob Iger.

At a shareholder meeting in March, Disney CEO Bob Iger addressed its exclusion from the Disney+ streaming platform, stating, “I’ve felt as long as I’ve been CEO that Song of the South — even with a disclaimer — was just not appropriate in today’s world. It’s just hard, given the depictions in some of those films, to bring them out today without in some form or another offending people, so we’ve decided not to do that.”

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The announcement comes weeks after several petitions began garnering attention on the site Change.org urging Disney to reimagine the theme of the log-flume ride. It is currently based on the 1946 Disney film Song of the South, which has long been criticized for its problematic portrayal of the post-Civil War South and for employing racist stereotypes.

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Disney Fact: The actor James Baskett was not allowed to attend premiere of Walt Disney’s Song of the South in which he starred as Uncle Remus, in Atlanta, Georgia because Atlanta was racially segregated by law in 1946.

The petition titled “Re-theme Splash Mountain to Princess and the Frog,” gained particular traction, receiving over 21,384 signatures upon closing.

The petition read in part: “Disney parks should be a home for all to enjoy regardless of race, age, whatever your background may be . . . While the ride is considered a beloved classic, its history and storyline are steeped in extremely problematic and stereotypical racist tropes from the 1946 film Song of the South. There is a huge need for diversity in the parks and this could help fill that need.”

While no timeline for the update has been shared just yet, the press release indicates that “conceptual design work is well underway and Imagineers will soon be able to conduct preliminary reviews and develop a timeline for when the transformation can start to take shape.”

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March 2019:  Princess Tiana is wearing her winter gown for Mardi Gras!

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Mardi Gras fun at Disneyland

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Tiana and Prince Naveen.

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Disney Bounding ideas for Princess Tiana. So pretty in pale green!

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She is so pretty and her gown is gorgeous!

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She signed Caroline’s autograph book.

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Meeting Princess Tiana in New Orleans Square.

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We miss the Magic Kingdom.

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Reopening July 2020  (MAYBE!)

 

‘A Taste of 2020 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival’ Opens July 15th

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Welcome to the 2020 ‘A Taste of Epcot International Food & Wine Festival’!

Epcot will be offering a modified version of its Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival starting on July 15th – the very first day of its grand reopening!

“A Taste of Epcot International Food & Wine Festival” will feature 20 signature global marketplaces spaced throughout the park.

fw1The festival is scheduled to be Epcot’s longest-held festival ever, running from July 15th through November 22nd.

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Popular food booths from Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival will be returning including Hawaii, Hops & Barley, and Islands of the Caribbean!

FWThere will be elements from the 2020 International Flower and Garden Festival – which was cut short in March just 2 weeks after opening when Disney World closed for the pandemic – “sprinkled in” with the International Food and Wine Festival.

Some of the 70 wonderful toparies from the International Flower and Garden Festival will be brought back to the park and 2020 Flower & Garden merchandise will be for sale alongside the 2020 Food and Wine Festival merchandise. This year’s festival will be a hybrid of the two best festivals at Epcot.

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Remy is coming back for the Food and Wine Festival!

Unfortunately, the Eat to the Beat Concert Series will not be part of the modified festival, Disney said.

The previously announced “Sugar Ray, Boyz II Men, Billy Ocean, Smash Mouth and Plain White T’s musical lineup will not happen in 2020”, said Disney. “There will be plenty of live music to enjoy at America Gardens Theatre with local Epcot entertainment such as Mariachi Cobre, the JAMMitors and more.”

But, Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak scavenger hunt is returning for 2020.

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There’s a Remy hidden outside at each country.  Remy + Garlic

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Hi Remy! Found you!!! Remy + Zucchini

You follow the map and find Remy in each country.  He’ll be with one of the sticker items like a zucchini, so you’ll peel off that sticker and place it in the circle on the map.

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We think he’s cute!  Remy + Eggplant

When you’re finished, take it back to the shop and you get your choice of a 2020 limited edition pin.

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Don’t forget to pick up your LE pin! (You get to keep your treasure map.)

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The treasure maps for the hunt cost $6.99, and for that you’ll receive a map and a sheet of stickers. The stickers are pictures of Remy with various food items.

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That’s what I call chalk art!

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Our mini gift card!

Load up a festival mini gift card!

Even with only 20 food booths, plan on spending $30 – $50 per person trying all the different food and drinks while walking around Epcot’s World Showcase.

Note:  The food and drink portions are very small, more like snack size, with full size prices.

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Lobster Roll and Carrot Cake! See how small the portions are???!!! That Lobster Roll was A+ good.

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Walking around eating a tiny Shrimp Taco. Very good!

 

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It’s always good to start with dessert!

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Best hamburger slider! The portions are very small, so you can try a lot of different foods.

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Eat, drink, eat, drink…….Orange dreamsickle drink with a cherry on top. Can get it with or without alcohol.

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Cronuts.  So tender and flaky…yum! We always get a cronut – or two! – when we spend the afternoon at Epcot.

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International Food & Wine Festival

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Epcot is reopening July 15th

Disney’s theme parks, which have been closed since mid-March because of the coronavirus, are set to reopen next month. Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom are scheduled to reopen on July 11th, followed by Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15th.

To visit a park, guests will have to first register with the Disney Park Pass System, which is not yet available, at www.disneyworld.com. Those that have a park ticket or annual pass will also need a My Disney Experience account to secure reservations. Once registered, visitors will find a calendar with available dates for each Disney World theme park. Tickets between family members and friends can be tied together. Those with multi-day tickets must make reservations for each day of the visit.

New health and safety measures will be in place when the theme parks reopen, including mandatory face masks, reduced capacity and social distancing protocols. Character meet-and-greets, as well as parades and firework shows will be temporarily suspended.

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We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Attractions that Won’t Open when Disney World Reopens in July

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Disney World is reopening July 2020, but not all the attractions will reopen.

When Disney World reopens July 11th/July 15th – which is now a Big ‘IF’ it reopens with the current COVID-19 spike Florida and specifically Orlando is experiencing – some shows will remain on hiatus.

Disney has already announced that all parades, firework shows, and nighttime spectaculars have been cancelled for the foreseeable future, which we take to mean at least until January 2021.

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No Beauty and the Beast shows for now.

These attractions will not open when Disney World reopens:

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Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station

Enchanted Tales with Belle

Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade

Main Street Vehicles

Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor

Stitch’s Great Escape

EPCOT

Advanced Training Lab

Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along

Bruce’s Shark World

Turtle Talk with Crush

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Star Wars Launch Bay

Indiana Jones Stunt Show

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage

Frozen Sing-Along

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The Boneyard

Primeval Whirl

Finding Nemo – The Musical

UP! A Great Bird Adventure

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Each park is losing its #1 live show…Festival of the Lion King at DAK, Beauty and the Beast and Frozen Sing Along at DHS, the Indiana Jones Stunt Show at Epcot, and Enchanted Tales with Belle at the Magic Kingdom.

These are literally our favorite, “never miss”, shows at each park!!!

But, if you’ve seen these shows, you know the seating is on long benches in amphitheater venues that can seat over 1,000 people, so it’s impossible to maintain 6-foot social distancing.  And, for the cast member performers, singing is considered a high risk COVID-19 activity.

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Jungle Cruise

Yup, the Jungle Cruise will be operating with limited loading capacity.

Wondering what WILL be open for guests?  Here’s the list that Disney released today:

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“it’s a small world”

Astro Orbiter

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Country Bear Jamboree

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Jungle Cruise

Liberty Square Riverboat

Mad Tea Party

Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Peter Pan’s Flight

Pirates of the Caribbean

Prince Charming Regal Carousel

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

Space Mountain

Splash Mountain

Swiss Family Treehouse

The Barnstormer

The Hall of Presidents

The Haunted Mansion

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Tom Sawyer Island

Tomorrowland Speedway

Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover

Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

EPCOT

Awesome Planet

Canada Far and Wide

Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival

Friendship Lagoon Boats

Frozen Ever After

Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros

Impressions de France

Journey Into Imagination with Figment

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Living with the Land

Mission: SPACE

Reflections of China

Soarin’ Around the World

Spaceship Earth

Test Track

The American Adventure

The Seas with Nemo & Friends

Turtle Talk with Crush

Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Alien Swirling Saucers

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

Muppet*Vision 3D

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Slinky Dog Dash

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™

Toy Story Mania!

Vacation Fun (at Mickey Shorts Theater)

Walt Disney Presents

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Avatar Flight of Passage

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Discovery Island Trails

Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain

Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail

It’s Tough to be a Bug!

Kali River Rapids

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Maharajah Trail

Na’vi River Journey

The Animation Experience at Conservation Station

The Oasis Exhibits

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Wilderness Explorers

Wildlife Express

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The Magic Kingdom is reopening July 11th

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castle two girlsWe’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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We’ll miss seeing the 4th of July celebration and special fireworks show this year.

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These really cute Mickey and Minnie 4th of July dolls are available at our Walmart for only $6.98.

 

When the Cinderella Castle Looked Different

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August 2020:  It will be all trimmed in gold with a new paint job.

With the Cinderella Castle getting an updated golden look this summer ahead of the 50th anniversary celebration next year, we thought we would take a look back at the different looks the Castle has had throughout the years, not all of them popular with guests.

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February 2020: Current look.

The Pink Castle

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The most famous – and most unpopular – change to the Cinderella Castle:  Pink!

The most dramatic change was for the 15 month-long celebration of WDW’s 25th Anniversary (October 1996 – January 1998).

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At the pink Cinderella Castle with my mom, October 1996

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of WDW on October 1, 1996, Disney transformed the front of Cinderella Castle into an 18-story “birthday cake.” Complete with red and pink “icing,” giant candy canes and 26 glowing candles, the castle served as the centerpiece for the celebration. This was no small undertaking.

Aladdin7 GenieIt took more than 400 US gallons of pink paint to cover the castle, which was then decorated with multicolored “sprinkles,” 26 candles, ranging in height from 20–40 feet tall, 16 two-foot long candy stars, 16 five-foot candy bears, 12 five-foot gumdrops, four six-foot stacks of Life Savers, 30 three-foot lollipops, and 50 two-foot gumballs. Additionally, more than 1000 feet of pink and blue inflatable “icing” was needed to finish it off.

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It was the most beautiful shade of pink.

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January 2020:  You can even buy a t-shirt of the pink castle!

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So pretty in the morning sunlight!

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But, it’s been changed other times too:

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Happiest Celebration on Earth look in 2005

We were there in 2005 for the castle’s redecoration commemorating the Happiest Celebration on Earth in honor of Disneyland’s 50th anniversary.

The castle’s exterior was adorned with polished gold trim and accents, swags, banners and tapestries. Golden statues of Disney characters were also added to the exterior, including Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and Wendy circling the tallest spire.

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Stitch is King!  Awful!

The least appreciated Castle transformation – which only lasted 1 day (November 16, 2004) – was when the Cinderella Castle was modified to appear as though it was strewn with toilet paper and marred by graffiti.  😦

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Stitch hiding out in the Castle’s turret.

“Stitch is King” was posted on a turret as faux graffiti to mark the grand opening of ‘Stitch’s Great Escape!’ ride in Tomorrowland that day. The material was removed after the park closed that evening.

Disney got a lot of complaints over that decor!  Wildly unappreciated and unpopular!!!

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Castel repairs, January 2014

Castle repair happen every January.

Every January, the gorgeous Cinderella Castle Dream Lights come down and Disney maintenance starts an in-depth sprucing up of the Castle’s exterior.

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All the Dream Lights are removed by the end of January.

They repair any roof leaks, re-seal the exterior, clean all the Castle windows (a big job!), and touch up any Castle paint which got scratched from the Dream Lights.

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On Main Street USA in January.  Note the big Disney crane removing the Dream Lights in the background.

For most of January when you walk down Main Street USA, you’ll see the large cranes moving maintenance people and supplies back and forth.

It photobombs everyone’s Main Street photos!  😦

Spring/Summer 2020 Update

This year, Disney decided not to tarp the Cinderella Castle as it undergoes it golden transformation.

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March 5, 2020:  The repainting of the Castle begins.

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You can see the difference between the older lighter blue on the turrets and the new bold Royal Blue color.

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May 2020: All construction work has stopped with the closing of the Magic Kingdom, but the cranes are still there waiting.

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The Magic Kingdom is reopening on July 11th!!!

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New look coming late summer 2020: We can’t wait to see it!

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We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Throwback Thursday, Then & Now

May 1994

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Disney World Submitting Reopening Plans on May 27th!

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Phased reopening begins July 11th!!!

BREAKING NEWS!

July 11th for reopening Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom

July 15th for reopening Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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A phased reopening starting July 11th!

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May 27th.

Walt Disney World is preparing to unveil their reopening plans this week.

Orlando Mayor Demings revealed that Disney will give their presentation this week after the Memorial Day Weekend. Their presentation will include reopening plans as well as a date with which they plan on allowing guests back into the parks.

“Disney has given an indication that they will submit their plans, and once they do, then we will schedule that for a full briefing before our Economic Recovery Task Force, as well. So, at this point, it’s an undefined time or date, but we do look forward to seeing it.”

Currently, the next meeting of the Economic Recovery Task Force is scheduled for the morning of Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

Last week, Universal Orlando announced their plans for a reopening date of June 5, 2020 for the general public. Their plans have been approved by Orange County and the mayor, but Governor Ron DeSantis must still sign off on them for the final say.

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Social distancing at Shanghai Disneyland.

Disney reopened Shanghai Disneyland in China on May 11th and they’re using that park’s phased reopening as a guideline on how to reopen the other Disney parks worldwide.

Peak park capacity in the Shanghai park is 80,000 visitors a day, but the government cut that to 30%, or about 24,000 guests a day allowed, said CEO Bob Chapek. And guests must now make a reservation.

During a roundtable discussion, Disney executive George Kalogridis said the company is considering reopening its U.S. parks with 20% to 30% capacity to begin with. Note that Phase 1 Reopening sets the theme park capacity at 50% with Phase 2 set to 75% capacity.

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We’re currently expecting a phased park reopening starting around July 1st.

If the capacity were set to 30%, maximum guest admission would be:

Park Normal Capacity* Capacity at 30%
Magic Kingdom 57,000 people 17,100 people
Epcot 34,093 people 10,227 people
Hollywood Studios 30,843 people 9,252 people
Animal Kingdom 37,671 people 11,301 people

*Normal capacity on a summer day.  Peak capacity experienced on the 5 heaviest days of the year (Christmas Day, New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day, etc.) is actually higher, nearing 80,000 guests at the Magic Kingdom.  Disney World already has a Crowd Phase Playbook for handling busy holiday operating days that they could use as a starting point for reopening.

At a 20% daily guest capacity, it would be:

Park Normal Capacity Capacity at 20%
Magic Kingdom 57,000 people 11,400 people
Epcot 34,093 people 6,819 people
Hollywood Studios 30,843 people 6,169 people
Animal Kingdom 37,671 people 7,534 people

Any park at 20 – 30% guest capacity would mean very minimal wait times.  Even if Disney used their maximum capacity numbers for each park, 30% of 80,000 MK guests is just 24,000 guests at the Magic Kingdom.

Disney Springs reopened to shoppers last Wednesday, and the retail district is limiting guest capacity. Visitors also must undergo temperature checks and wear masks as part of the complex’s phased reopening plans.

“A lot of it has to do with guest behavior as much as it has to do with Disney operations,” he said. “Everyone knows COVID-19 is a serious manner. Therefore, we’re all playing a part in this ecosystem of safety. We’re going to do our part and we need our guests to do their part too.”

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It will be years before crowds like this are allowed at the Magic Kingdom again.

One way to deal with the capacity issue is to expand the park hours to almost round the clock park operation with different entrance tickets throughout the day.   This greatly increases the daily admission rate while keeping crowd levels low.

Disney has extensive experience with using hard ticket events in conjunction with normal operating hours.

Imagine this scenario at the Magic Kingdom to spread out the daily attendance crowds:

6am – 9am:  Mickey Pass ticket, $79 ticket for resort guests only, with entrance tied to resort Magic Band, limit: 5,000 guests

9am – 6pm:  Regular guest ticket, $99 special, limit:  12,000 guests + 5,000 annual passholders

7pm-12am:  Disney After Dark ticket, $79 ticket, limit:  8,000 guests

12am – 3am:  Midnight Madness ticket, $59, limit: 5,000 guests

The Magic Kingdom would still be getting 30,000+ visitors a day (considered a “light” crowd day), but greatly spread out to relieve crowds with lots of Fast Passes available.

All attractions will need a Fast Pass, minimal outside ride queuing allowed.

Spreading guests out like this also relieves crowding in merchandise stores and at restaurants. No fireworks shows, no castle stage shows, all character appearances will consist of waving from a distance or from a moving vehicle.  No character hugs.  No pin trading with cast members.

You won’t see any Park Hopper tickets and you’ll probably need reservations.

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All characters will maintain social distancing guidelines.

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We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Making a wish at Cinderella’s Wishing Well.

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Construction Update at Epcot’s World Celebration

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World Celebration is the new entrance into Epcot.

Epcot is in the middle of a $1 billion dollar renovation ahead of next year’s big 40th anniversary celebration.

Disney has secured $11 Billion in new debt to carry the company through the next year in dealing with the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic. As of March 28, 2020, Disney had around $14.3 billion in cash on hand, with the effects of the pandemic costing the company about $1 billion so far.

celebration1Epcot’s entrance plaza is being transformed with a new fountain, new pathways, and lots of green spaces.

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The new fountain entrance area.

Until it all came to a screeching halt in mid-March 2020 when Disney World closed. We think that Disney will complete all construction projects going on at Disney World that  are at least 50% complete.  Any projects not started yet won’t be started in 2020 and maybe not in 2021.

Then:

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November 2019: Epcot’s Fountain of Nations

Now:

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March 2020: Construction demolition stopped.

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May 2020: The fountain area is all cleared out. Not much going on.

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May 2020

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May 2020

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Coming in 2021!

The new design will pay homage to the origins of Epcot.

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World-Celebration

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A new statue of Walt Disney is going in at Dreamers Point.

Behind Spaceship Earth, as part of World Celebration will be the breathtaking views courtesy of Dreamers Point. In this section of World Celebration, there will be new lush gardens, a wishing tree in an enchanted forest, water elements, an interactive new story fountain that celebrates the power and music of iconic Disney storytelling, and, best of all, a new statue of Walt Disney!

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The new 3 story pavilion.

One of the coolest aspects of World Celebration will be new pavilion that will be the perfect place for live events and the home base for Epcot’s signature spring and fall festivals. This location will provide a stunning elevated view of World Showcase and will be an ideal spot to witness the park’s nighttime spectacular. This beautiful new pavilion will be three stories tall and will feature a plaza level, a middle expo level, and a park that sits on the top level.

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Note “park” on 3rd story.

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Epcot Wishable, so cute!

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Ready for a fun – and long – day at the Magic Kingdom!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Have a magical day!

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Ahhhhhh…..the perfect drink for an afternoon break.

Starbucks at Disney Springs is Serving a Bright Pink ‘Welcome Back’ Drink to Celebrate Its Reopening

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The new Starbucks Welcome Back drink.

The ‘Welcome Back’ bright pink drink is an icy, blended drink made with Dragonfruit Refresher, coconut milk, strawberries, blueberries, and pineapple ginger syrup, that’s then topped off with golden ginger whipped cream.

The drink is the exact shade of pink of Princess Aurora’s dress.

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Now that’s pink!

Would you like to try it while walking around Disney Springs???

It’s very sweet, but guests seemed to like it.

mickey starbucksNationwide, to kick off the unofficial start of summer Starbucks has added a Pink Drink to their menu.

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The Pink Drink.

The Pink Drink is an iced Guava Passionfruit Drink, mixing the flavors of pineapple, ginger, passionfruit, and guava juice. It’s all shaken up with coconut milk and a scoop of ice to create a creamy, smooth drink. There’s no doubt this smooth sipper will be a refreshing beverage on the hottest of summer days.

We think we might the Pink Drink better.

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Memorial Day 2020 Weekend: Presenting the Mango Dragonfruit cold drink.

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Yum!!!

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Celebrating with an icy cold S’mores frappuccino

To celebrate the last day of this trying school year, Caroline treated herself to a Starbucks drink here in Colorado today.

No pink drinks were on the menu, so she settled for one of her favorite drinks, the iced S’mores frappuccino.  Delicious!

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Goodbye to school year 2019-2020. It was one for the record books!

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Day 2 of summer vacation: Iced Vanilla Latte (decaf)

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We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Once upon a time…

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Yes, we did!!! 🙂

We certainly have enjoyed our fair share of Starbucks drinks all over Walt Disney World, from the Magic Kingdom to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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So many times, a delicious Starbucks drink in the late afternoon has gotten us through long, long days at Disney World!

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Having a caramel chocolate frappuccino.

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Their teas are pretty good too!

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Ahhhhhh…..

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It’s going to be a great day!  Just enough cream in my drink.

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A cool icy drink on a hot day at the Magic Kingdom! ❤

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Getting a Starbucks drink at Disney Springs to start my day.

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Having a delicious Starbucks after work. Yum!

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Sharing a drink with friends

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Stopping in at the Trolley Car at DHS.

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2019:  Having a Starbucks PSL – first one of the season!!!

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Cheers!

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Same.

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Love these pins!

And our all time favorite cold drink: McDonalds Iced Coffee with extra cream!!!
Delicious!!!

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#1 favorite drink.

Disney Springs, Phase 1, Re-opens Today!

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Phase 1 of Disney Springs’ reopening begins today, May 20th!

According to Disney, “On May 20th, Disney Springs will reopen in a way that incorporates enhanced safety measures, including increased cleaning procedures, the use of appropriate face coverings by both cast members and guests, limited-contact guest services, and additional safety training for cast members.”

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May 20, 2020: The Boathouse reopens.

Dining – Where to eat starting on May 20th

4 Rivers Cantina Barbacoa Food Truck

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza

The BOATHOUSE

Chicken Guy!

Earl of Sandwich

Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC

Frontera Cocina

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company

Paradiso 37 Entertainment

Planet Hollywood

The Polite Pig

STK Orlando

Sunshine Churros at Disney Springs Marketplace

Sunshine Churros at Disney Springs West Side

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Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

Wine Bar George – A Restaurant & Bar

YeSake Kiosk

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World of Disney won’t reopen until next week.

Shopping – Where to shop starting on May 20th

Anthropologie

The Art Corner by Artistic Talent Group

Basin

Chapel Hats

Columbia Sportswear

Crystal Arts by Arribas Brothers

Edward Beiner Purveyor of Fine Eyewear

Free People

Happy Hound

Lucky Brand

Luxury of Time by Diamonds International

Pandora Jewelry

Pelé Soccer

Pop Gallery

Ron Jon Surf Shop

Royally Yours by Arribas Brothers

Sanuk

Savannah Bee Company

Sosa Family Cigars

Sugarboo & Co.

UGG

UNIQLO

UNOde50

Volcom

Vera Bradley

ZARA

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Disney Springs COVID-19 warning

Yikes.

Read more:  Disney Springs Reopening

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Six new health guidelines.

Disney Springs will have guest capacity limitations to reduce sidewalk crowding as it reopens, as well as reduced parking and operating hours.

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Face masks are required at Disney Springs starting today Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

Limited Contact

Some new protocols have been put in place to help keep guests and cast members safe during this time, including:

Face Coverings: All guests ages 3 and older, cast members and operating participant employees are required to wear an appropriate face covering (face mask). Guests must bring their own and wear them at all times, except when dining. Disposable masks may be available, but those without masks will not be allowed to enter Disney Springs.

Physical Barriers: Physical barriers have been added in select places where it is difficult to maintain strict physical distancing guidelines. You might seen them in areas around cash registers or at Guest Relations.

Cashless Transactions: It is recommended that all guests use cashless or contactless payment options, like credit cards, debit cards, Disney Gift Cards, Disney Rewards Redemption Cards, and mobile wallets like Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay.

Physical Distancing and Capacity Measures

To implement physical distancing guidelines based on recommendations from health authorities and government officials, the number of guests and cast members in a location at any given time will be limited.

Other measures to manage guest capacity include:

Signage: Directional signage has been installed to help guests responsibly move through Disney Springs. In addition, ground markings will help with social distancing when queuing is needed at a location.

Training: Cast members will be trained to engage with guests and promote social distancing in common areas and queues.

Cleanliness and Sanitization

Disney Springs has increased cleaning and disinfection in high-traffic areas like public elevators and escalators, handrails, benches, tables, handles, and restrooms. Disney Springs will also open with hand sanitizer and hand-washing locations for guests to use while visiting.

Cast Training

Disney Springs will continue to provide new training and reinforcement for cast members and operating participant employees through this phased reopening period.

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Phase 1 reopening on May 20th!

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World of Disney is reopening May 27th.

Disney Springs Phase 1 opens May 20th, and Disney Springs Phase 2 opens May 27th.  There are a lot of new health guidelines to follow.

The 3rd party businesses at Disney Springs will reopen on Wednesday, May 20th – not all, it’s up to their parent company! – and the Disney-owned businesses will start to reopen on Wednesday, May 27th.

springsUpdate from Disney on Phase 1 and Phase 2 reopening:  As we begin to reopen Disney Springs with a number of shopping and dining locations beginning May 20th, we are looking ahead to May 27th when we will begin to reopen more of our Disney-owned shops and restaurants, including World of Disney, D-Luxe Burger (mobile order) and the Marketplace Co-Op.

For Cast Members, Operating Participant employees and Guests, there are 6 Key Things to know before arriving at Disney Springs.  They include:

1. Limited parking and reduced entrances into Disney Springs

2. Temperature screenings prior to entry (no one with a temperature above 100.4 degrees allowed in!)

3. Face coverings required for everyone

4. Physical distancing practices including physically-distanced queues and physical barriers

5. Temporary operation modifications, including reduced hours at select locations and no scheduled entertainment offerings or high-touch interactive areas

6. An increased focus on disinfecting and sanitation, including the addition of hand-washing stations and hand sanitizers in key areas

The rest of Walt Disney World will continue to remain closed until further notice including the theme parks and Disney Resort hotels. We are expecting some resorts to reopen in June and the theme parks to reopen in late July.

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Welcome back to Disney Springs!

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We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Once upon a time…

Two Disney Sisters

Yes, we did!!! 🙂