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Update 2: Disney has announced that their theme parks “will remain closed until further notice.” You can read the full statement below:

While there is still much uncertainty with respect to the impacts of COVD-19, the safety and well-being of our guests and employees remains The Walt Disney Company’s top priority.

As a result of this unprecedented pandemic and in line with direction provided by health experts and government officials, Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort will remain closed until further notice.

The Walt Disney Company has been paying its cast members since the closure of the parks, and in light of this ongoing and increasingly complex crisis, we have made the decision to extend paying hourly parks and resorts cast members through April 18.

Update: Hours after Disneyland announced its closures due to the coronavirus, Disney has announced (via WDWMagic) that Disneyland Paris and Florida’s Walt Disney World theme park are closing their doors from March 15 until April 1, 2020.

In an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of our theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Paris Resort, beginning at the close of business on Sunday, March 15, through the end of the month.

Disney Cruise Line will suspend all new departures beginning Saturday, March 14, through the end of the month.

The Walt Disney Company will pay its cast members during that closure period. The hotels at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris will remain open until further notice. The retail and dining complexes, Disney Springs at Walt Disney World and Disney Village at Disneyland Paris, will remain open.

Our original article follows.

For just the fourth time in history, Disneyland will fully suspend its operations. The closures, which also apply to the neighboring Disney California Adventure park, will begin the morning of March 14 and last for the rest of the month, due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. But it seems as if Knott’s Berry Farm is staying open for business…at least for now. Read More »

Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway Songwriters Interview

It took more than 90 years, but Mickey Mouse finally got a theme-park attraction at the beginning of March 2020. (Ah, the beginning of March 2020, when the Disney theme parks were…y’know, open. It was a simpler time, two whole weeks ago.) Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, currently at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the Walt Disney World Resort (and currently in construction at Disneyland Park, arriving in 2022), takes guests on a wild ride themed to the modern, Flash-animated Mickey Mouse shorts that can be found on Disney XD and Disney+. One of the crucial elements of the new attraction is its linchpin song, “Nothing Can Stop Us Now”. The song’s co-writers, husband-and-wife team Christopher and Elyse Willis, talked to Slashfilm recently via phone about writing for theme parks, working as a married couple, and more.

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Super Nintendo World's AR binoculars

It’s unclear what the new timeline might be for the opening of Universal Studios’ highly-anticipated Super Nintendo World land, since the coronavirus will almost certainly prevent its scheduled unveiling at Universal Studios Japan later this summer. But while we wait to find out more, let’s look ahead to what the park has in store for its visitors.

Specifically, a recent patent has revealed how Super Nintendo World’s AR binoculars will work, with a real-world interactive component which sounds like a blast. Read More »

disney parks hotels closing

Even the most magical place on Earth is not immune to the coronavirus pandemic. Four days after Disney Parks fully suspended operations at Anaheim’s Disneyland, Disneyland Paris and Florida’s Walt Disney World theme park, the company announced that its Disney Parks hotels and stores will be closing until further notice, starting March 17. This includes all resort hotels and Disney-owned and operated locations at Disney Springs, as well as the Disney-operated locations at Downtown Disney.

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Universal Studios Hollywood coronavirus

When Disneyland announced earlier today that it was closing its doors for just the fourth time in an attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus, Universal Studios Hollywood remained open. But now that park has announced its own closures due to COVID-19…though it may be trying to one-up Disney by planning to reopen a few days earlier than its biggest rival. Read More »

Disneyland Avengers Campus Food - Pym's Test Kitchen and Terran Treats

Today brought a massive update on the forthcoming Disneyland theme park expansion Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure. The Marvel Cinematic Universe-inspired world will open to the public this July, but a major sneak preview of what’s to come was unveiled today. While the rides and the land itself is still being kept under wraps, a first look at the food that will be offered was unveiled, and it looks delicious and fun.

Avengers Campus will primarily bring food to families by way of Pym’s Test Kitchen, a dining experience inspired by the shrinking and growing powers of Ant-Man, thanks to technology created by Hank Pym. This also includes a bar called Pym’s Test Lab for adults who need a little extra spirit for the day. But you’ll also find some “Terran Treats” near the Guardians of the Galaxy ride, and a specific food inspired by a certain credits scene from The Avengers. Get the lowdown on the Disneyland Avengers Campus food below. Read More »

Avengers Campus Details

Avengers Campus will officially open at Disney California Adventure (right next to Disneyland) on July 18, 2020. Along with news of the official release date, new details on the park expansion from Marvel have come to light after an early press preview, including details on the following:

  • Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure ride
  • Doctor Strange’s sanctum
  • Pym’s Test Kitchen and more treats
  • Training with the Dora Milaje
  • Taskmaster’s stunt show
  • Story-driven character encounters

Get all the new Disneyland Avengers Campus details and see some new concept art below. Read More »

avengers campus opening

Disney Park-goers, assemble. Avengers Campus will open to the public this summer, and finally, Disney has revealed an official opening date for the Marvel Cinematic Universe-themed land in Disneyland. At the annual Disney shareholders meeting, the company announced that the Avengers Campus opening date has been set for July 2020.

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Secret Life of Pets - Off the Leash

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to walk through The Secret Life of Pets: Off The Leash ride at Universal Studios Hollywood as it was still being constructed and learn new details about the upcoming attraction. Universal Studios is known for its screen-based rides, and it makes sense – their Hollywood theme park is built in a confined space and there isn’t a lot of room for big roller coasters.

But for The Secret Life of Pets: Off The Leash, I was surprised to find that they are changing up their playbook. Gone are the 3D glasses and the screens. Instead, we are getting more of a traditional dark ride with practical animatronics more akin to what we see at the Disney parks..

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