Disneyland is reopening, but Texans can't go. Here's why
Handout/Getty ImagesIf you're thinking of ways to spend your stimmy, you're going to hold off on spending it at Disneyland, as least for now. Disneyland announced they will reopen on April 30, according to Forbes. But, it really is going to be a "small world after all" in the theme park as they will only open at 15 percent capacity and to California residents only. LATINO SPOTLIGHT: Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'In the Heights' coming to the big screenchron.com
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure to reopen April 30
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure to reopen April 30 Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park will reopen with limited capacity starting April 30 after being closed for more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. CBS Los Angeles reports.cbsnews.com
Disneyland to reopen on April 30, Disney CEO Bob Chapek says
California's two Disney theme parks will reopen on April 30, CEO Bob Chapek said Wednesday on CNBC's "Squawk Alley." "We've seen the enthusiasm, the craving for people to return to our parks around the world," Chapek told CNBC's Julia Boorstin. "We've been operating at Walt Disney World for about nine months, and there certainly is no shortage of demand." The Vacation Club Villa at the Grand Californian will reopen on May 2, and Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel and the Disneyland Hotel will reopen at a later date. All theme parks in California have been closed due to Covid-related restrictions for the past year.cnbc.com
Disney shares pop on promise of California Disneyland reopening
Shares of Disney rose more than 6% in late-day trading Monday after California provided new guidance allowing amusement parks to reopen in the state on April 1. The rally is set to add more than $23 billion to Disney's market cap, bringing it to around $368 billion. Disneyland and other parks in California have been closed for about a year due to coronavirus-related restrictions, even as other states, such as Florida, have allowed parks to reopen with limited capacity. Disney has not yet provided a reopening date for its California parks, but Disney and other theme park owners, including Universal Studios owner NBCUniversal, have pleaded with California officials to allow for a limited reopening. While its California parks have remained closed to visitors, Disneyland recently began aiding the public health effort by serving as a vaccination site for state residents.cnbc.com
The Latest: Ireland reaches half million vaccinations
(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)LONDON — Ireland has given out half a million coronavirus vaccinations about two months after the first inoculation. Evidence suggests this variant can spread more easily than most currently circulating strains of the coronavirus, health officials say. State health officials urge people to maintain precautions, particularly during spring break and Easter gatherings, as the state tries to ramp up vaccinations. Sri Lanka has so far received 1 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured in neighboring India, which donated half of the doses. The Missoulian reported Friday that in Missoula County, Granite Pharmacy has enough vaccine doses to vaccinate all 2,000 county teachers.
California OKs reopening of ball parks, Disneyland
Amusement parks also will be permitted to reopen in counties that have fallen from the state's purple tier — the most restrictive — to the red tier. The move followed a week of milestones, with California ramping up vaccinations for the poorest neighborhoods, counties reopening more businesses and Gov. Outdoor sports will be limited to 100 people in the purple tier but will increase up to 67% in the yellow tier. Teams and event organizers can only sell tickets regionally in the purple tier. No concessions will be allowed in the purple tier, while in others, concession sales will only be available at seats.
Mass vaccination centers pop up in unusual locations across the world
Mass vaccination centers pop up in unusual locations across the world As coronavirus cases continue to rise, U.S. health officials have turned stadiums, fairgrounds and even Disneyland into mass vaccination sites, while elsewhere in the world people are getting vaccinated at food courts, museums and racetracks. CBS News foreign correspondent Roxana Saberi reports on one unusual location in England and other unconventional places around the globe.cbsnews.com
The Latest: China says COVID-19 hospitalizations above 1,000
(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)BEIJING — China says it is now treating more than 1,000 people for COVID-19 as numbers of cases continue to surge in the country’s north. ___AUSTIN, Texas — Texas has distributed more than 1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. State health officials say Texas had more than 14,000 COVID-19 patients in hospitals and its death toll has passed 30,000. ___COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina will now allow medical students, retired nurses and other qualified professionals to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. ___MADRID — Spain reported 35,878 confirmed coronavirus cases and 201 new deaths from the coronavirus.
Disneyland to host COVID-19 vaccination site
Disneyland to host COVID-19 vaccination site The theme park, which has been closed since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, is set to host the first mass-vaccination site in Orange County, California, as the state faces a record number of COVID-19 deaths. CBS Los Angeles' Tina Patel reports from Anaheim.cbsnews.com
Disneyland to become "super" COVID-19 mass-vaccination site
Now, the theme park is set to become the first mass-vaccination site in Orange County, California, as the state faces record COVID-19 deaths. Government officials announced late Monday that Disneyland will be the first "Super Point-of-Dispensing" (POD) site in the county when it begins operations later this week. The county plans to open more Super POD sites soon, with five regional sites having the capacity to vaccinate thousands of people daily — making the vaccination process much more efficient. "With this super site, we will begin to overcome both. Those who meet the criteria must schedule an appointment at a Super POD site to be vaccinated, officials said.cbsnews.com
Disney's Space Mountain is going to blast off into the feature film frontier (report)
1997's "Tower of Terror" was the first Disney ride to be given the feature film treatment, followed by the 2003 film "Haunted Mansion." A poster for the Disneyland ride Space Mountain. He's also been tapped to produce “Space Mountain” with Tory Tunnell, his working partner and wife, under their Safehouse Pictures shingle. A mural of the final frontier at Disneyland's Space Mountain. The indoor, dual-tracked Space Mountain attraction first shot riders into the starry abyss at Florida's Walt Disney World Resort back in January of 1975.space.com
Disney said Covid-related costs shaved $2.4 billion from parks' operating income in latest quarter
Views of the Disneyland theme park, still closed due to COVID-19 on July 11, 2020 in Anaheim, California. While the majority of Disney's theme parks were open during the company's fiscal fourth quarter, the continued closure of Disneyland in the U.S. resulted in a big financial hit. The state has said it will not permit theme parks to reopen until coronavirus cases have fallen substantially in the surrounding community. On Thursday, Disney said the Covid-19 outbreak cost its parks, experiences and products segment around $2.4 billion in lost operating income during its most recent period. In the second quarter, the company had reported it lost $1 billion in operating income due to the pandemic, and in the third quarter, the pandemic cut its operating income by $3.5 billion.cnbc.com
California's Covid rules mean lengthy Disneyland closure and more pressure for Disney earnings and local economy
Around 50% of Afram's business was in the Anaheim resort area where Disney's two California parks and its Downtown Disney shopping center is located. His shuttle company traveled to local airports, hotels, theme parks, restaurants and other local tourist destinations in the area. Without the tourism boost from Disney's parks, Karmel Shuttle Service's revenue is down more than 95%, Afram said. With its California parks unable to open, Disney laid off 28,000 workers across its parks, experiences and consumer products division in September. Then earlier this week, the company announced additional workers at its California theme parks, including executive, salaried and hourly employees, will face furloughs.cnbc.com
California rolls out strict reopening guidelines for Disneyland and other theme parks
Major theme parks will only be allowed to reopen in the yellow tier, and even then, with only 25% capacity and other health restrictions. Smaller theme parks will be able to open outdoor attractions if and when their home counties reach the orange, or "moderate," tier of the reopening roadmap. The decision to reopen Disneyland, located in the city of Anaheim in Orange County, has been a struggle. If its numbers continue to improve, it could move into the orange tier very soon, according to CBS LA. Some sports can resume once their county moves into the orange tier, but capacity will be limited to 20%.cbsnews.com
Wakanda Forever: Houston artist, Imagineer pays tribute to Chadwick Boseman in mural at Disneyland
Houston native Nikkolas Smith is paying tribute to late actor Chadwick Boseman with a new mural at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. The mural displayed in the Downtown Disney District pictures Boseman who played T’Challa in Marvel’s “Black Panther” and a children’s hospital patient wearing the hero’s mask, both doing the Wakanda salute. “To millions of kids, T’Challa was a legend larger than life, and there was no one more worthy to fill those shoes than Chadwick Boseman,” Smith said. “I’m so thankful to be able to honor Chadwick’s life and purpose in this way.”The art installation is titled “King Chad" in the late actor’s honor. What do you think about the mural?
The Latest: Honolulu to allow some activities to resume
(AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)HONOLULU -- Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city plans to allow some activities that were shut down last month to control the spread of the coronavirus to resume under new guidelines. Gary Herbert will increase pandemic restrictions in two Utah cities as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the state. The county accounted for 42% of the state’s cases despite having only 20% of state’s population. Eric Holcomb’s statewide mask mandate and other coronavirus restrictions poses a possible disruption to his reelection campaign. But the real toll is thought to be much higher, in part because many COVID-19 deaths were probably ascribed to other causes, especially early on, before widespread testing.
In case you missed it: Disney’s Splash Mountain to be re-themed to ‘Princess and the Frog’
It’s transformation central at Disney Parks in the U.S., as Disney officially announced that it has big plans for Splash Mountain at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. MORE: Petition calls for Disney Parks to change theme of Splash MountainIf you haven’t heard of the film, you’re not alone. If you’re unfamiliar with Splash Mountain, here’s a little background. Splash Mountain follows happy-go-lucky Br’er Rabbit as he looks for his “laughing place.” All the while, Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox are in hot pursuit of Br’er Rabbit. “Many adults and children ride this attraction because it brings back childhood memories,” the “Keep Splash Mountain” petition said.
Create Disney’s famous Dole Whip at home in less than 10 minutes
If you’re like us and are no longer following your quarantine diet, Disney’s favorite frozen snack can be yours to make at home. Dole Whip has become a must-eat for families and Disney fans alike. The theme parks remain closed, however, you can bring the park magic home by creating your own Dole Whip treats. There are two ways to create a Dole Whip: Dole’s recipe and Disney’s recipe. Share your Dole Whip creations with us in the comments below!
Helicopter pilot shares breathtaking view of Disneyland Resort during coronavirus closure
But one man in California went a step further and was lucky enough to get a birds-eye view of Disneyland Resort without pixie dust, a magic carpet or a lucky feather. Disneyland has a temporary flight restriction that restricts pilots from flying anywhere near the park, within 3,000 feet. During his flight, Muzio visited much of Orange County, which included stops at Angel Stadium, El Dorado Park and Long Beach Airport, to name a few. However, our favorite sight was that of a closed Disneyland park without a single person to be seen. While the view from above is great, anyone who’s been there would likely agree: nothing beats the view from the ground.
This Disney playlist will take any day and make it practically perfect
Disney tunes have a way of getting us out of the rut we’re in and putting a smile on our face. Each music provider has a Disney playlist filled with hundreds of songs from every Disney film known to man. Having the right playlist is an important task -- and choosing the right playlist shouldn’t be taken lightly. Everyone should have a Disney playlist saved, ready to be played at any moment. The playlist is a melting pot of classic Disney hits, Disney covers and songs you can hear when visiting a Disney theme park.
Stalled by coronavirus pandemic, American Dream rethinks its future and retail becomes an afterthought
Source: American DreamIt is becoming even harder to call American Dream a megamall. Now, the project will be roughly 70% entertainment and 30% retail, according to its developer, Triple Five Group. American Dream shifting its leasing strategy amid this pandemic could serve as the most damning evidence we have seen against the retail industry to date. The only retail at American Dream, so far, had been a towering IT'SUGAR candy store. But the one silver lining in the situation if there ever was one has been being able to rethink the future of American Dream, the co-CEO said.cnbc.com
Disney to shut California park starting Saturday over coronavirus
FILE PHOTO: The Disneyland logo of Dow Jones Industrial Average stock market index listed Disney is shown near the entrance to Disneyland in Anaheim, California April 13, 2016. REUTERS/Mike BlakeLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) will close its Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks in Anaheim, California, starting on Saturday amid the global outbreak of coronavirus, a company spokesperson said in a statement on Thursday. No cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, have been reported at the parks, the statement said.feeds.reuters.com
Disney's choice of parks boss as new CEO confuses the company's Wall Street narrative
Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Experiences, stands for a photograph at an unveiling event of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney Co.'s Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California, U.S., on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. That's why Tuesday's announcement that Bob Chapek , chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products , is taking over as CEO for Bob Iger is surprising and confusing. Mayer has been running Disney's streaming services as the company's chairman of direct-to-consumer and international. Disney 's Wall Street narrative the past two or three years has been very straightforward: We're leaning into streaming video. Watch: Disney CEO Bob Iger to step downcnbc.com
Celebrities rally to send Quaden Bayles to Disneyland after bullying video goes viral
Bullied at school for his dwarfism, 9-year-old Quaden Bayles sobs uncontrollably in the back of his mother's car -- saying to the camera: "Give me a knife, I want to kill myself." His mother, Yarraka Bayles, from the Australian state of Queensland, posted the heartbreaking Facebook Live video this week to raise awareness of the impact of bullying. "This is what bullying does," she said in the video. Among them is Australian actor Hugh Jackman, who posted a video message to Twitter telling Bayles: "No matter what, you've got a friend in me." "Let's show Quaden and others that there is good in the world and they are worthy of it."
Disney just raised one of its key ticket prices to more than $200
Disney fans looking to party with Mickey, Minnie and the rest of the gang in California could have to pay more than $200 per ticket. Disney Parks on Wednesday revised its demand-based pricing structure for its California theme parks. Disney now offers five pricing tiers, up from three. Going forward, a solo "hopper" ticket, which allows guests to visit both Disneyland and the Disney California Adventure Park in one day, will cost between $159 and $209, Disney told CNN Business in an emailed statement. Two- to five-day hopper ticket prices now range from $290 to $415, the company said.