Masks Are Coming Back to The Disney Theme Parks

masks are coming back to disney parks

Yes, friends, it’s true. You may wish that this was one of those clickbait-y headlines, but it’s no lie: face masks are once again going to be required at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, starting on Friday, July 30. There’s no fun spin on this news, and nothing terribly clever to note at the top. Consider this a sign that whatever the “new normal” is, it still includes face masks.

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In just over three months’ time, Walt Disney World will mark its 50th anniversary. And while the Orlando resort continues to slowly ease back to something approaching normality, they’ve just announced some very big entertainment options that will premiere this fall.

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Fireworks Returning to Disney Parks

If you live in the Anaheim or Orlando areas of the country, you’ve no doubt gotten used to – slightly, perhaps – the sound of silence every night over the last 15 months. That’s because fireworks spectaculars at locations like Disneyland and Walt Disney World haven’t been taking place since the early spring of 2020.

But as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to abate, nature continues to heal. Today, Disney has confirmed that fireworks spectaculars are returning to the theme parks this July.

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galactic starcruiser

Walt Disney World’s Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel is billed as an all-immersive experience. But just how immersive is that? Disney Parks has unveiled new Galactic Starcruiser details, including the “exquisite dining experiences inside the Crown of Corellia Dining Room” and the very “real” lightsaber wielded by Rey.

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jungle cruise revamp

Disney Parks’ Jungle Cruise attraction is getting a major revamp. The classic Disney theme park attraction has long trafficked in somewhat backwards stereotypes about tropical locales — including the “Trader Sam” character, a “dark-skinned man outfitted in straw tribal wear” — but Jungle Cruise is making significant steps to add more diverse characters. The first of which is the centering of the entire ride around a woman of color, Alberta Falls. A familiar character to many Jungle Cruise fans, Alberta is now being reframed as the fictional heroine of the renovated Jungle Cruise attractions at the Anaheim and Florida theme parks.

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Jungle Cruise ride updates

Yesterday, Disney announced that its beloved Jungle Cruise ride would be undergoing some updates. Naturally, speculation arose that some of those updates might involve adding depictions of Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, the stars of the studio’s upcoming live-action Jungle Cruise film – but in a new interview, an Imagineer executive threw cold water on those assumptions. Read More »

disney world's magical express

On January 1, 2022, the western world will turn the page on a new calendar year. But for visitors to Walt Disney World, that date will also mark a significant change: the official shutting down of Disney’s Magical Express. Could that date mark be the end of the so-called “Disney bubble” for good? Read More »

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in 5 Minutes

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see how the official Star Wars Kids YouTube channel for kids attempts to tell the story of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in just five minutes. Plus, see what a casino boss thinks about gambling scenes in movies like Casino Royale, The Hangover, Rounders, and more. And finally, get in the holiday spirit with an epic Christmas fireworks show hosted by Minnie Mouse at Walt Disney World. Read More »

Star Wars hotel photos

A virtual edition of IAAPA, a global theme park expo, kicked off today, and several new photos and videos have emerged showcasing some of the most highly anticipated new rides and hotels which will soon be unveiled at Disney parks. See the first Star Wars hotel photos below, along with video of the Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster and photos of the new Spider-Man ride vehicle. Read More »

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polynesian resort

Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Resort, one of the best and most popular hotels in the Disney stable, was slated to reopen this October. But now Disney says the resort is staying shuttered until next summer, and it’s all because of Moana.
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