Disney World Closed Indefinitely

Friday afternoon, March 27, 2020, Disney finally made the official announcement that we all knew was coming…Walt Disney World is now closed indefinitely.

WHAT DOES DISNEY HAVE TO SAY?

On Walt Disney World’s official closure page it reads:

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 the direction provided by health experts and government officials, Walt Disney World will remained closed until further notice.

WHEN WILL DISNEY WORLD REOPEN?

While this situation continues to change by the moment and no one knows for sure how this will all play out, we can try to make an educated guess based on the information we have so far. Many medical experts and scientists have shared that they estimate the Coronavirus spread should peak in approximately eight to ten weeks. If that does turn out to be true, and we begin our countdown from when places across the country began trying to “flatten the curve” as March 16, 2020, the day President Trump released his “15 Days to Slow the Spread,” then we can estimate the peak to be around mid to late May 2020.

If we notice as a country that the number of new cases of the Coronavirus are starting to decline, then we could slowly see businesses begin to reopen and restrictions to be lifted. If cases of the Coronavirus do start to decline in May as optimistically predicted and Disney begins to slowly reopen at that time, we could hopefully see the Walt Disney World resort back up and operational at some point during the summer season.

WHAT WILL DISNEY WORLD BE LIKE WHEN IT REOPENS?

In China, where Shanghai Disneyland closed on January 25, Disney has been slowly resuming normal operations since March 9 by opening a limited number of restaurants and shops. All guests are having their temperatures taken prior to entry and are being required to wear masks during their visit. It would be safe to anticipate that Disney may take a similar approach here in the states, slowly coming back on line with restrictions for guests.

Rumors abound about what these restrictions may be from not allowing guests from outside the United States initially, or possibly not even outside Florida. There is also much speculation about how the Disney World experience will be impacted once it reopens. I’ve seen talk about limiting attendance, implementing more virtual queues like Rise of the Resistance for the more popular attractions, keeping character greetings and character dining closed, only opening certain attractions that allow for social distancing while keeping things like Carousel of Progress, The Enchanted Tiki Room, and similar shows shuttered, and only allowing mobile ordering at counter service restaurants with tables spaced six feet apart. While no one knows exactly what a Walt Disney World vacation will look like once this passes, probably not even top Disney officials at this point, I think it is safe to assume that we will see some adjustments and limitations at least initially.

WHAT I AM DOING ABOUT MY UPCOMING TRIPS

In my recent posts Disney World Is Closed – Now What? and When Will Disney World Reopen, I shared what I am doing about my upcoming Walt Disney World vacations that I have scheduled throughout the rest of 2020.

As a quick update, I am still hanging on to my early summer trip for now. I did receive an email from Frontier Airlines recently offering me $200 in vouchers in addition to the credit I would get if I would go ahead and cancel my summer flights. While that is a fantastic offer, I am not willing to give up hope quite yet.

WHAT’S NEXT?

In the meantime, while we wait for things to get back to normal, I will continue to share the latest Walt Disney World news and information here. You can still expect to see several posts a week, filling you in on all of the fun things coming up at the most magical place on earth once it reopens!

Please stay safe and well, and I will see you in the parks real soon!

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Check Out Facebook Live Tonight For Kingdom Classics By Peter Alden

If you’re like me and going a little stir crazy while sheltering in place and missing Disney, please join us tonight for a Facebook Live preview party of Kingdom Classics by Peter Alden – a CD that combines not only favorite Disney tunes, but classic 1950’s – 1960’s style music.

Peter Alden As ElvisIf you’re not familiar with Peter’s work, he is a talented singer that has showcased classic golden age music across the country and around the world. Many nights, you can catch him performing as one of the most highly respected Elvis tribute artists in central Florida.

So what’s Peter’s connection with Disney? And why did he choose Disney songs for his CD? Well, not only did he grow up in Florida, he was a frequent visitor to Walt Disney World, and once he was old enough, he landed a job working at several park attractions including as a hilarious Jungle Cruise Skipper!

Peter says, “Lately I have found myself wondering what some of the Disney classic songs I loved as a child, as well as some of the new songs, might sound like in a more retro rock & roll sound.”

Well, how they sound is fabulous! I love the new twist that Peter has incorporated into each of the songs to make them uniquely his own. My favorite has to be his version of “The Bare Necessities”.

Kingdom ClassicsHere’s the complete song list for you:

  • Pinocchio’s Boogie
  • The Bare Necessities
  • Kiss The Girl
  • Let’s Get Together
  • Cruella De Ville
  • I Just Can’t Wait To Be King
  • Rock Around The Mouse
  • A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes
  • Hakuna Matata
  • When You Wish Upon A Star

So if you would like to enjoy a free preview tonight and get the Disney fix you’ve been missing, please join my group Disney World Enthusiast by clicking here and join us for the Facebook Live tonight, Thursday March 26, 2020 at 9pm Eastern, 8pm Central, 7pm Mountain, 6pm Pacific.

If you love what you hear and want to purchase the full digital version of Kingdom Classics for just $10 or the CD for only $15 plus $5 for shipping, please click here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

A special thank you to Krista Joy of DisneyWays.com, and of course, Peter Alden of Peter Alden Entertainment for allowing me the opportunity to host the Facebook Live Kingdom Classics Preview Party! To keep up with Peter, you can find and follow him across social media on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram!

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First Look At Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

While we hunker down at home, trying to stay healthy and waiting for Walt Disney World to reopen, it’s fun to escape the Coronavirus news for awhile and think about all of the new things we will be able to enjoy in the parks later this year. One of the experiences I am most excited about is the opening of the new attraction, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at the France Pavilion in Epcot‘s World Showcase. Slated to open this summer, here’s what we know so far:

Based on Disney and Pixar’s hit film, “Ratatouille,” this family-friendly attraction will invite you to shrink down to the scale of a rat for a culinary adventure with Chef Remy. You’ll race across Gusteau’s kitchen floor aboard special trackless ride vehicles, through the sights, sounds and smells of the famous restaurant while being chased by Chef Skinner.

So in the meantime, while we wait for Walt Disney World to resume normal operations and for the grand opening of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, you can always enjoy the film “Ratatouille” on Disney+ to get your Remy fix. Bon Appetit!

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