This week, Shanghai Disneyland prepares to open, what that means for Disneyland, a new Disney+ show, Disney music for mothers day, a free ebook, an unorthodox arbor dar tradition, a new droid app, we talk about Disney props, and more!

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News:

Shanghai Disneyland has announced they will be re-opening to the public next week! The official re-opening date is set for Monday, May 11th. According to their official website “During this initial reopening phase, the park will institute new measures and procedures, including opening with limited attendance and required advanced ticketing and reservations, accommodating social distancing in queues, restaurants, ride vehicles and other facilities throughout the park, and implementing increased frequency of sensitization and disinfection.” – https://www.shanghaidisneyresort.com/en/

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Pamela Hymel shared a plan for re opening Disney Parks. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/05/a-message-about-disney-parks-from-chief-medical-officer-dr-pamela-hymel/

A fun new series debuted on Disney+ this past Friday, May 1st. Prop Culture is a fun and unique show that takes you on a unique journey to find artifacts from some favorite Disney films. Join host Dan Lanigan while he shares the story behind film props and costumes, and prepare yourself for some wonderful emotions when he reunites actors and crews from the film with these iconic pieces. More to come later in our discussion topic! – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10162496/

This weekend ABC will be airing the Disney Family Sing-a-long Volume 2! Join Shakira, Josh Gad, Rebel Wilson, Idina Menzel, plus many others as they perform some of our favorite Disney tunes. The Disney Family Sing-a-Long Volume 2 will air on Sunday May 10th, at 7pm EDT on ABC. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/04/disneymagicmoments-the-disney-family-singalong-volume-ii-to-air-this-mothers-day-on-abc/

Calling all Star Wars fans! Disney Books is offering a free e book that will take you to a galaxy far far away. Queen’s Shadow gives us a closer look into Padme, the young queen and later Senator of Naboo. This book is available for free download until May 8th. Link is in our show notes. – https://books.disney.com/book/queens-shadow-ebook/ and https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/05/celebrate-star-wars-day-with-an-ebook-download-of-star-wars-queens-shadow-free-for-a-limited-time/

Every year, the Disneyland horticulture team celebrates Arbor Day by planting a tree at a local school in Anaheim. Due to the current closures, they had to improvise. To keep the tradition alive, the horticulture team planted a special tree next to the Alice in Wonderland Cathedral located in the Storybook Land. – https://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2020/04/29/heres-how-the-disneyland-horticulture-team-celebrated-arbor-day/#more-334189

Disneyland president, Rebecca Campbell, took a trip to Norco CA to visit some of Main Street USA’s four legged friends at Circle D Ranch. On her Instagram page, Rebecca said she went to visit the ranch to thank the amazing Cast Members there and to see how the horses were adjusting to “working from home” She said her time was wonderful and that she did not want to leave! – https://www.micechat.com/258614-disneyland-update-bright-suns-at-last/

Disney began pre-selling cloth face masks this week. The masks come in a four pack and prints include Mickey and Minnie, Star Wars, Pixar, Princesses, Marvel, and character faces. Disney also announced that they will be donating 1 million face masks to underserved and vulnerable communities across the United States. Due to high demand, Disney has already met their goal and will be donating $1 million in profits from the sales of the face masks. The donation will go to MedShare. – https://www.shopdisney.com/face-masks/

To help celebrate Star Wars Day, a new Droid Depot app is now available. For those of you that built your own droid at the Droid Dept in Galaxy’s Edge, this app allows you to bring your BB or R series unit to life at home! For those of us that have not built a droid yet, the app also has a virtual droid building experience! You can find the free app on the App Store of Google Play. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/05/all-new-droid-depot-app-brings-star-wars-galaxys-edge-to-life-at-home/

The Disney Parks Blog released a new episode of Disney Cast Life. During this 5 minute video, the Disney Ambassadors feature cast members and how they are keeping Disney magic alive in their communities. – https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/05/disney-ambassadors-highlight-cast-member-magic-in-new-episode-of-disneycastlife-%ef%bb%bf/

Discussion Topic:

Prop Culture on Disney+ – https://www.disneyplus.com/series/disney-prop-culture/3vXywewCCYr5