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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Disneyland’s opening is delayed.
  • Walt Disney World reopening information is being revealed.
  • Universal comments on laying off Orlando staff members.
  • And more!

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bourne stuntacular virtual sneak peek

Universal Orlando has released a virtual sneak peek of The Bourne Stuntacular, a stunt show that shows why it is “the most technologically advanced action stunt show ever.” The theme park held the soft opening for the show earlier this month, giving guests a glimpse at the technical rehearsals, but The Bourne Stuntacular virtual sneak peek allows a look behind the scenes at how the show came together.

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Bourne Stuntacular Virtual Sneak Peek

Universal Studios Florida is currently open, and earlier this month, they held a soft opening for The Bourne Stuntacular, which promises “a cutting-edge fusion of stagecraft and film” featuring a stunt show designed around the Bourne Identity franchise. While the park is open, there are still safety measures to consider, since the coronavirus is still around. With that in mind, Universal is hosting a Bourne Stuntacular virtual sneak peek tonight.

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Super Nintendo World logo

We’ve been waiting for this news to break since the middle of March, but now it’s finally happened: a new report says Universal Studios Japan is delaying the opening of its new Super Nintendo World indefinitely. The new land, which has been in the works for years, was originally going to open next month, but the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has seemingly put those plans on hold. Read More »

Disney parks coronavirus updates

The Walt Disney Company is losing millions of dollars every day that its theme parks are closed, and the company has encountered a few roadblocks along its path toward reopening. Amid a record number of coronavirus cases in Florida, Walt Disney World still aims to reopen in July, and a new report has a list of the attractions that should be open and available to guests who choose to go back as soon as the gates open back up. Meanwhile, over in California’s Disneyland, Disney has reached a new agreement with one of its biggest unions about health and safety protocols that will be implemented for workers at the park.
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Splash Mountain, one of the most iconic and beloved of all Disney theme park attractions, will soon be “completely re-imagined.” But this isn’t just an ordinary plus-up. The log flume water ride, while lauded for its brilliant storytelling and wild but family-friendly thrills, has roots buried deep within the 1946 Disney film Song of the South, a movie so problematic that the company has chosen to bury it entirely and never make it available on modern home video formats or streaming.

As for the new theme? The retooled Splash Mountain will center around the 2009 animated film The Princess and the Frog.

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Disneyland reopening

The happiest place on earth will keep its gates shut a little longer. Or maybe a lot longer. Because the reopening of the Disneyland resort in Anaheim, California has been delayed indefinitely. The news was announced on Wednesday evening and follows widespread reports of skyrocketing coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in California and beyond. The decision was made by the Disney company itself following pushback from its employees and their unions, who feared for their safety if they were to return to work in the middle of a pandemic.

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tokyo disneyland re-opening

Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are the latest Disney theme parks to set a July re-opening date. Both parks, operated by the Oriental Land Company, are set to re-open on July 1, 2020 with new ticket sales set to begin at midnight local time on June 25.

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Disneyland Paris Reopening

Even though we’re seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases in some states across the US, many businesses are still reopening in an attempt to get the economy back on track. Whether it’s a good idea or not, that not only includes the forthcoming return of movie theaters, but also the reopening of theme parks.

Following in the footsteps of the reopened Shanghai Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland, as well as the forthcoming reopening of both Disneyland and Disney World, this summer will also see Disneyland Paris reopening starting on July 15Read More »

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Disney World reservations

If you’re heading to Walt Disney World, things are about to get a bit more complicated than they’ve been in the past. The company has announced details of its new reservation system, which it has implemented in the era of COVID-19 in an effort to better control park attendance. Find out what you need to know about Disney World reservations below, and learn why this might be the beginning of the end for the park’s MagicBands. Read More »