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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When Will Disney World Reopen

Now that the reality of Walt Disney World along with much of the country being closed is starting to sink in, and we all have some time on our hands as we hunker down at home, the obvious question among Disney fans with upcoming vacations is, when will Disney World reopen?

While no one knows for sure, probably not even top Disney officials at this point, there are some clues that might give us some indication on when we might be able anticipate Walt Disney World reopening.

WHAT DOES DISNEY HAVE TO SAY?

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

In line with state and federal guidance, Walt Disney World theme parks and Disney owned-and-operated hotels are currently closed through March 31. All locations at Disney Springs are also temporarily closed.

WILL DISNEY WORLD REOPEN ON APRIL 1?

Based on Walt Disney World’s website, optimistic guests might be hopeful that the resort will reopen on April 1, 2020. Although, no official statement has been released yet, and this is pure speculation on my part, I find it extremely unlikely that this will be the case. Given what is currently happening with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the country and around the world, it is difficult to imagine that Disney World would reopen so quickly.

If we take a look at what is happening currently in the state of Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency on March 9, schools are closed across the state until at least April 15, and now public beaches, bars, nightclubs, and restaurant dining areas have been closed indefinitely. Each day as the number of diagnosed cases of the Coronavirus rises in Florida, more restrictions are being put in place and more establishments are closing. With this current trend in the state as well as the country as a whole, I would be shocked if Walt Disney World opened on April 1, 2020.

IF NOT APRIL 1, THEN WHEN WILL DISNEY WORLD REOPEN?

So if it is unlikely Walt Disney World will reopen on April 1, then when might it reopen? While this situation continues to change by the moment, we can 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 weeks. If that does turn out to be true, and we conservatively begin our eight week 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 May 2020.

If we notice as a country beginning in mid May 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. 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. It would be safe to anticipate that Disney may take a similar approach here in the states, slowly coming back on line, in case another outbreak occurs and they need to shut down again quickly.

Optimistically, if cases of the Coronavirus start to decline in mid May as predicted and Disney begins to slowly reopen at that time, we could hopefully see the entire Walt Disney World resort back up and operational for the busy summer season.

WHEN WILL DISNEY MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT?

Disney is still slammed with people cancelling and rescheduling vacations that were scheduled during this initial closure period that runs through the end of March.

Disney will most likely make an announcement sometime in the next few days that will extend the closure for another couple of weeks possibly through the Easter holiday. Don’t expect Disney to say they will be closed for more than a two or three weeks at a time. It is much easier for them to manage shorter incremental closures, not to mention, they are undoubtedly wanting to remain optimistic and reopen as soon as possible.

WHAT I AM DOING ABOUT MY UPCOMING TRIPS

In my recent post Disney World Is Closed – Now What?, 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 have now rescheduled my spring trip to early fall 2020. It was a difficult decision, I didn’t want to give up hope, but realistically I couldn’t imagine Walt Disney World would reopen at a time the Florida schools were scheduled to still be closed. It took a couple of hours on the phone, but Disney moved my reservation and kept my bounce back offer to later in the year, and Frontier Airlines allowed me to reschedule my flights without having to pay any change fees or difference in fare. So while I am disappointed that my trip was postponed, it didn’t cost any extra to make the changes for which I am very thankful.

I am still hanging on to my early summer trip for now. I did receive an email from Frontier Airlines this weekend 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 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 for the rest of the year and beyond!

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

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