It was just announced on the Disney earnings call that Disney plans to release Mulan on Disney+ Labor Day weekend, but for an additional cost. To be able to see the film you MUST be a Disney Plus subscriber but then have to pay an additional $29.99 to purchase the film.
It is a PVOD exclusive to a streaming service and I think that is a very interesting way to release movies for the time being. I wonder if other major Disney movies such as Black Widow will be doing the same thing if the situation does not improve in November? What do you think?
Disney today updated their face mask policy for Downtown Disney and the rest of the Disneyland Resort. Disneyland now matches Disney World with the mask restrictions that include the banning of neck gaiters and bandannas. Guests must also be stationary while eating and drinking. This avoids people walking around without their mask on and will be enforced when the parks reopen as well.
On some other news, two restaurants reopened in the shopping district with takeout and limited patio dining available. Those restaurants are Ballast Point and Tortilla Jo’s. Disney has plenty of seating set up in the AMC courtyard for guests on the West side of Downtown Disney to enjoy their food. Guests on the East side will struggle a bit with limited seating and to solve I suggest Disney set up tables in the Esplanade so guests can enjoy their meals while looking inside their favorite theme parks!
What do you guys think of the updated mask policy? What do you think of the outdoor seating situation at the district?
After an underwhelming response for existing ticket holders on the Parks Pass Reservation System, Disney has just announced that they will be resuming new ticket sales and hotel bookings starting July 9th.
There is high demand from Annual Passholders, suggesting that for potentially years to come Walt Disney World and Disneyland will have to focus on the local market as much as possible. Disneyland should have no problem with that, but Disney World may see a bit of an issue.
I also think they should only sell park hopper tickets at least in Disneyland or allow park hopping for annual passholders. What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments below!
Disney has gotten approval to reopen Downtown Disney on July 9th. The Grand Californian and Paradise Pier Hotels have gotten approval to reopen July 23rd.
Disney has stated that all guests visiting Downtown Disney starting July 9th will have to only enter and exit through the Simba Lot and undergo temperature checks.
Not all stores and restaurants will be open July 9th, but Ballast Point and World of Disney have confirmed reopening dates of July 9th with more announcements I am sure that will come soon.
According to several sources and cast members Disney will not be using virtual queues for attractions at Disney World and most likely Disneyland upon reopening. This includes the mega popular Rise of the Resistance attraction where at both parks spots for the attraction in the virtual queue would fill up in mere seconds.
Disney has stated that they will also be temporarily eliminating Fastpass+, Fastpass (Disneyland), and Single Rider queues upon the reopening of the theme parks. Disney will use the Fastpass + and Fastpass queues as extended space for the Standby queue to practice social distancing.
What do you think of this decision? How long will it be before you visit the theme parks? Disney World will open in phases between July 11th and July 15th and Disneyland is proposed to reopen July 17th in time for its 65th anniversary.
Disney has finally announced some reopening dates for the Disneyland Resort. According to the announcement Downtown Disney will reopen July 9th. Disney’s Grand Californian and Paradise Pier Hotels will reopen July 23rd. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are proposing to reopen July 17th.
There will be a temporary pause on new annual pass and ticket sales as existing ticket and passholders will be given priority just like as Walt Disney World. There will also be a reservation system that Disney says they will explain at a later date. Face coverings will be required, although I am not sure if there will be cool down areas like at Walt Disney World.
I made a video speculating this date about a week ago based on rumors from cast members. I hope this gets approved because I really miss my theme parks! Will you be going?
Gov. Newsom has announced today that forty-seven of the fifty-eight counties in California are now able to enter Phase One of Stage 3. This initial phase includes hair salons, barbershops, in-store retail, and religious services.
In those counties if hospitalizations and ICU numbers are stable or decreasing, they can move further into Stage 3. Deeper into Stage 3, higher risks services like movie theaters and theme parks will be able to reopen. That includes Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, Knott’s, Legoland, Sea World, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Six Flags Magic Mountain. This also includes all water parks and theme parks in Northern California.
So far Disney has not announced a date about when any of the Disneyland Resort will be open, nor have any of the other theme parks announced reopening dates. Stay tuned to this blog for continuing updated information!
Today Orange County received approval to move forward with the full phase 2 reopening plan from Gavin Newsom. This plan includes open air shopping malls such as Downtown Disney.
Disney has made no announcement regarding the opening of the Disneyland Resort, but things are definitely heading in a positive direction. When Downtown Disney does reopen expect the same procedures that are being done in Orlando such as the temperature screenings and face masks.
Will you be heading out to Downtown Disney on opening day?
According to the O.C Register, “essential work” has resumed on some projects throughout the Disneyland Resort. Over at Avengers Campus, crews have begun protecting the site from the outside elements and consist of third party contractors and Walt Disney Imagineers.
Over at Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, crews will be receiving steel for the start of vertical construction on that attraction. That is fantastic news because many were speculating that the attraction would be the first to be cut at the resort.
Elsewhere around the resort, the refurbs of Snow White and Haunted Mansion are still on hold as of this point.
Until recently, the Disneyland Resort was accepting reservations for hotel rooms and dining packages on June 1st and afterward. That date has now been pushed back to July 1st as we are in May and rapidly approaching the initial June date.
It is widely believed that Disney and Universal are going to open in Orlando first due to looser restrictions from the state government. It was even reported that Universal Citywalk will be opening May 11th after people spotted trucks delivering supplies to some of the shops and team members getting an email that they would be returning to work next week.
Shanghai Disney is reopening May 11th with some very strict restrictions. It is believed that other Disney parks are going to follow the same protocols when they reopen later this year. Hong Kong Disneyland looks to be the next Disney park to be opening its doors fairly soon.
When do you think Disneyland will be open again?