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BREAKING NEWS Walt Disney World Extends Closures

This evening, after the stock market closed, the @DisneyParksNews twitter account released a statement that the Walt Disney World and Disneyland closures would be extended until further notice and Disney cast members (not including operating partners) would be paid through April 18, 2020.

Details Revealed For Reflections - A Disney Lakeside Lodge

Amongst the plethora of news that came out of Disney's D23 Expo last weekend Bob Chapek, Chairman of Parks, Experiences and Products for the Walt Disney Company gave guests an all too brief look at the next Deluxe Resort and Disney Vacation Club property to be built at Walt Disney World - Reflections - A Disney Lakeside Lodge.

An Exciting New Stories For The Disney Cruise Line

Bob Chapek took the stage at D23 Expo to share his thoughts about the exciting projects coming to the Disney Cruise Line. He told the massive audience gathered before the D23 stage and shared his belief that every Disney moment a guest has should bring their favorite stories to life in thrilling ways. The Disney Cruise Line is reaching for that vision with new ships, and a brand new port destination that is pure magic.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening Date

Details are trickling out about the highly anticipated Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios as part of the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge expansion. Read on to discover why this new attraction is seriously ambitious, and worth every moment of anticipation as it readies to open on December 5th, 2019.

Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway Opening in 2020

At Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney Imagineers are getting ready to open Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway in 2020! You'll be invited to the Chinese Theatre where Mickey and Minnie will be hosting the premier of their newest film "Perfect Picnic." The theater serves as the magic portal through which guests will step from the human world directly into the cartoon world for one Goofy adventure aboard Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway.

Cherry Tree Lane Coming To Epcot's United Kingdom Pavilion

Visitors to Epcot's United Kingdom pavilion will can look forward to expanded adventures, as construction on a whole new neighborhood will bring guests to Cherry Tree Lane. None other than Disney Legend Dick Van Dyke announced the expansion coming to World Showcase at the 2019 D23 Expo and fan gathering. The UK pavilion will be home to Disney's first ever attraction inspired by Mary Poppins.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Celebrates The 2019 Winter Holidays In Every Land

Winter fun will spread across every part of Disney's Animal Kingdom in 2019 as the Park introduces "festive new entertainment and holiday decor in every land" for the first time ever. Starting with specialty Christmas tree covered in traditional decor and hidden animals that towers over the park entrance. Guests will be able to experience all new seasonal magic beginning November 8, 2019.

2019 Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Tickets On Sale Now

Updated! There's no better time to be planning your 2019 winter holiday travel to the Walt Disney World Resort. With a wide range of celebrations that take place all across the property, November and December are fantastic times to celebrate with a vacation. This year the party is even bigger with 23 nights of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.

Walt Disney World News Round-up For Friday May 17th, 2019

Thank God It's Friday! Let's hop right on in to the latest news from the Walt Disney World Resort. After a year of construction work on the edge of Tomorrowland the TRON Coaster has hit a milestone by going vertical. Cast members continued a Disney tradition by signing their names on one of the first steel support columns raised for the new attraction, which is set to open in time for Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary in 2021.

Options To Upgrade Your MagicBand From Home Coming Soon

Customized MagicBands let Walt Disney World Guests accessorize their trip with a personality all their own. From purchasing official Disney styles, to painting your own, or bedazzling with bling, planning what your MagicBand looks like has become an integral part of Disney vacation prep. It's no surprise that Disney is stepping up the options, and has a brand new offer coming our way.

When it comes to Disney World, trip planning is huge undertaking. In fact, many a first visit to Disney World is marred by a lack of planning. While it might be tempting to think that it's "just a theme park," and that you can show up and have a blast by winging it, the size and complexity of the resort is daunting even for experts. These articles will help you make the most of your Disney trip, and might even introduce you to some activities and attractions you haven't heard about!

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Walt Disney World Reservations Cleans The Slate To Move Forward

Walt Disney World Reservations put out some pretty heavy information last night laying out the beginnings of their plans to move Parks and Resorts forward with a brand new reservations system. As a result of the COVID-19 impact they have had to re-evaluate a slew of existing operational systems including hotel packages, park ticket sales, advanced dining and experience reservations, fastpass+ systems, and extra magic hours.

Top Mask Wearing Tips For A Disney Summer

Face masks are a barricade to particles released into the environment, and during the current health environment they are a requirement for both guests and cast members returning to the Walt Disney World Resort. While wearing a mask in the Florida sun may sound like a difficult prospect it is not an impossible one. This important piece of safety equipment is key to slowing the spread of COVID-19.

July 11th Reopening Proposed For Florida Disney Parks

The Walt Disney Company submitted its reopening proposal to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force this morning laying out the process for moving forward. Jim McPhee, Senior Vice President of Operations Walt Disney World, made the presentation of guidelines and protocols that was required by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis before reopening could occur.

Disney To Present Reopening Plans For Walt Disney World Today

The Walt Disney Company is set to make its reopening proposal to Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force today May 27th, 2020 at 10:00 AM EST. These plans with cover the guidelines and protocols which will be in place to keep both guests and cast members safe as operation resumes, as well as the highly anticipated reopening date. Once approved my Mayor Demings the proposal with move forward to the office of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for approval.

Take A Look At Disney Springs New Health and Safety Measures

Disney Springs re-opened this week and we sent Katie V. over to check things out. Be sure to read our previous article Health and Safety Policies For The Reopening of Disney Springs for specific details, but for now take a look at the new health & safety measures.

Before You Head Back Read Disney's COVID-19 Disclaimer

In today's society the sad fact is that people will sue for just about anything. Taking a beat before Walt Disney World's phased reopening period, The Walt Disney Company has published a disclaimer reminding us all that safety is never 100% guaranteed and that viruses are going to do, what viruses are going to do.

Health and Safety Policies For The Reopening of Disney Springs

Disney fans are looking forward to the reopening of Disney Springs beginning on May 20th, 2020 with many of the third-party operating participants. Then on May 27, three of the Disney-owned and -operated stores and venues will reopen. Safety and well-being for all is chief in the minds of The Walt Disney Company, so as this is exciting news there are some very important new procedures for cast members and guests that you should know about.

May 20th Begins The Phased Reopening Of Disney Springs

As the State of Florida loosens restrictions on stay-at-home orders businesses are keen to reopen and get back to a little bit of normalcy. The Disney Parks Blog announced that Disney Springs will begin to reopen a limited number of third party stores and restaurants on May 20, 2020.

Updates On Disney Parks From Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pamela Hymel

Yesterday Disney Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pamela Hymel shared a message regarding our plans in consideration as The Walt Disney Company prepares to reopening parks and resorts and stores. The company is consulting with experts around the world to come up with plans that put safety of Cast Members and Guests at the forefront of operations.

Updating Your Walt Disney World Travel Plans? Read This First!

Walt Disney World closures continue to change to suit the recommendations of government and health officials. With an eye towards the safety of both guests and employees Disney theme parks, Disney Resort hotels, and Disney Springs remain closed until further notice. If you need to update your Walt Disney World Travel Plans. Read This First!