This week, Downtown Disney is reopening, but what will be available?, an unexpected permanent closure, more face mask requirements, build your own Main Street and Magic Happens parade at home, a college program update, we finish our discussion about the Walt Disney Archives, and more!
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Downtown Disney will reopen this Thursday, July 9th at 10am, following a Cast Member preview on July 8th. The modified hours will be from 10am to 8pm for the time being. If you are planning on going, be aware that the Simba parking lot will be the only lot open. – https://www.mouseplanet.com/12694/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_July_6__12_2020#news1
Downtown Disney will have a cast member preview on Wednesday, July 8th. Cast Members can register on the HUB portal to attend. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/07/downtown-disney-district-reopening-cast-member-preview-to-be-held-july-8th-at-the-disneyland-resort/
Orange County was placed on the monitoring list by the State of California and has been required to close indoor operations for the next three weeks. How will this effect the reopening of Downtown Disney? Businesses in the categories of restaurants, wineries, movie theaters and family entertainment, zoos, museums, and cardrooms must close all indoor locations, and bars must close all operations. Much of Downtown Disney is indoors, but retail was not included on the list, so World of Disney and similar stores can reopen. We suspect that outdoor seating at establishments like Napoli will be available. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/07/orange-county-shutting-down-all-indoor-operations-due-spike-in-covid-19-cases-downtown-disney-district-reopening-potentially-impacted/
The VOID VR experience in Downtown Disney has been permanently closed. Disney has posted a “Notice of Event Default and Lease Termination” and cites a breach of the Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture license. The VOID must cease all use of the Disney Intellectual Property, including Star Wars and Ralph Breaks the Internet, which the company had VR versions of in their experience. – https://www.micechat.com/262810-disneyland-update-partial-reopening-aerial-photos/ and https://wdwnt.com/2020/07/the-void-at-downtown-disney-district-permanently-shut-down-due-to-license-agreement-breach-disney-springs-location-potentially-affected/
Disney has expanded on their face mask requirements this week. Masks are required on anyone 2 and older, fully cover the nose and mouth and remain hands free, fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, be secured with ties or ear loops. and be made of breathable material, either disposable or reusable. Costume masks are not allowed. – https://www.micechat.com/262810-disneyland-update-partial-reopening-aerial-photos/
For those of you listening who have been out and about recently, you may have noticed that mask wearing is considered by some as something optional. With that in mind, how is Disneyland going to enforce the mask wearing requirement? The resort plans to deploy a team of cast members whose job will be to enforce this rule and other safety requirements. The new team will be the “Guest Experience Team” and will be throughout the parks to answer questions and to remind guests to comply with the measures. – https://www.ocregister.com/2020/07/01/how-disneyland-will-enforce-mandatory-mask-rule-when-park-reopens/
I’m sure everyone listening is missing the Disney parks, so why not download, print out, and make your own at home? The Disney Parks Blog posted “Disney Paper Parks” sheets online, created by Imagineers Stephanir Jazmines and Amy Young. Simply go to the link in our show notes to download and print these fun sheets. When completed, they form a 3-d version of Main Street, USA and floats from the new Magic Happens Parade. – https://dlnewstoday.com/2020/07/walt-disney-imagineering-presents-new-disney-paper-parks-printable-3d-model-activity-sheets/
MiceChat posted some aerial images this week that show the work on the walkways around the hub appear to be nearing completion. These projects must be completed before guests return to the parks, whenever that may be. – https://www.micechat.com/262810-disneyland-update-partial-reopening-aerial-photos/
Disney released an update to the College Program suspension that was put in place shortly after the parks closure back in March. They have postponed the program until further notice and are in the process of refunding program fees and contacting the members of the program. They also state that the program will continue in the future, and are amending the eligibility requirements to allow graduates that were accepted to re-apply when it does start up again. – https://www.mouseplanet.com/12694/Disneyland_Resort_Update_for_July_6__12_2020#news2
New retro designs from the 70’s, 80’s, and 2000’s are available on shopDisney for some Disneyland and Walt Disney World t-shirts! There is an 80’s inspired DIsneyland Resort “Where Dreams Come True” design with Mickey in front of a stylized Sleeping Beauty Castle, a 2000’s themed animated and attraction characters shirt with a selection characters in front of the castle with “The Happiest Place on Earth”, and a 70’s design “Fab 4” Disney World shirt with Cinderella Castle and a rainbow in the background. Each shirt is $24.99. – https://wdwnt.com/2020/06/shop-flash-back-through-the-decades-with-new-retro-inspired-disneyland-resort-and-walt-disney-world-t-shirts-on-shopdisney/
Temperature screening tents setup at Downtown Disney – https://www.ocregister.com/2020/07/06/disneyland-installs-covid-19-temperature-tents-for-downtown-disney-reopening/
Walt Disney Archives – Rebecca Cline Interview – https://archivesaware.archivists.org/2020/03/03/theres-an-archivist-for-that-interview-with-rebecca-cline-the-director-of-the-walt-disney-archives/