4 springtime activities we love at Walt Disney World
The resort is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary celebration, and now is the perfect time to celebrate the season and upcoming Easter holiday. If you plan on visiting, we have uncovered a number of fun activities for families to experience while out exploring the theme parks and nearby resort hotels.
What’s that delicious juice concoction Walt Disney World serves?
Stitch juice, jungle juice, POG juice -- the names go on and on. Rumor has it, there is a popcorn stand in Animal Kingdom called Mahindi that even serves up a Jungle Juice Slushy. Combine 21 ounces passion fruit juice, 21 ounces guava juice and 14 ounces orange juice (pulp-free). If following a recipe isn’t your forte, Welch’s Guava Pineapple juice is the closest thing to POG juice in a carton. Whether you make it, buy it, or order it, be sure to have yourself a glass of POG juice the next time you sit down for breakfast.
What could Disney crowds look like when the park reopens? We take a guess at the numbers
ORLANDO, Fla. – Walt Disney World is set to once again open its gates to the Magic Kingdom following a lengthy closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. But with most families staying inside and not traveling, how crowded will the theme parks really be when they reopen? Park Capacity Capacity at 25% Magic Kingdom 57,000 people 14,250 people Epcot 34,093 people 8,523 people Hollywood Studios 30,843 people 7,710 people Animal Kingdom 37,671 people 9,417 peopleA park at 25% capacity would mean very minimal wait times. As we can all imagine, visiting a Disney theme park when it reopens will be a new experience for all -- no matter how many times you’ve visited. The Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom parks will open first July 11, with Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios reopening July 15.
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.
Splash Mountain, a Disney ride based on a controversial film, will be completely reimagined
Splash Mountain one of Disney's most popular but problematic rides will be "completely reimagined," the company announced on Thursday. The log flume ride which is based on the controversial 1946 film "Song of the South" isn't going anywhere. Splash Mountain has been a mainstay at Disney parks since its creation in 1989. The move comes amid fans urging Disney to retheme Splash Mountain because of the racial stereotypes from the film it is based upon. Disney did not give a date for the new Splash Mountain, but noted that "conceptual design work is well underway."
Disney fans get creative, make homemade magic during coronavirus pandemic
This meant that families were unable to experience the magic or thrill of the Disney theme parks, however, that didn’t stop families and friends from making the best of a bad situation. Since the closures, Disney fans from around the globe have been posting videos of their DIY Disney attractions. From nighttime fireworks to swashbuckling pirates, it's clear that when Disney fans are bored, something good is sure to come out of it. Once Upon a TimeWho needs to go back to the parks when you can have this at home? Pirates of the CaribbeanWhen will they ever learn that the dog is never going to give them the key?
Watch Walt Disney World cast members create magic from their homes during COVID-19 closure
Disney cast members have officially been away from their jobs for about two months now -- and some are taking their skills and talents to social media to give those bored at home a taste of the Disney magic everyone has been missing. Walt Disney World furloughed its approximately 43,000 workers in April after the theme park closed in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Only about 200 workers remain on the job performing “essential duties" during the closure, officials said. For the cast members not working, the only way they have been able to “make magic” is from inside their own homes. If you’re missing your favorite attractions, you might want to check out how these Disney fans created their favorite rides at home.
You can fly: Get a bird’s eye view into a deserted Walt Disney World
But one Central Florida pilot was given the opportunity to fly over the happiest place on earth and give us the view we’ve been waiting on. Disney parks have a temporary flight restriction that limits pilots from flying within 3,000 feet of any of the parks. But with Disney parks in the U.S. closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, some pilots have been granted permission by local air traffic control to fly over the deserted theme parks. “I hope this will bring some joy to everyone currently in quarantine and missing the beloved parks.”Seeing an empty Disney World has become a common sight to most of us during quarantine. [MORE: Helicopter pilot shares breathtaking view of Disneyland during coronavirus closure]Walt Disney World has been closed since March 15 after rising concerns about spreading COVID-19.
Dreaming of a theme park Christmas? This advice will help you plan your whole trip
Eat Christmas cookies until you feel like you’re going to burst, see a special Christmas parade roll down Main Street U.S.A. -- and did we mention there will be tons of cookies? Visit Disney’s website for more info. Insider tip: Want to catch the Christmas parade but avoid paying for a special ticket? Some resorts also will have special holiday presentations, such as a walk-through gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian. Other festivities include the Sea of Trees, which is a show filled with synchronized Christmas trees shimmering and twinkling set to holiday music.
SeaWorld killer whale Tilikum dies
ORLANDO, Fla. – Tilikum, SeaWorld Orlando's infamous killer whale linked to three human deaths, has died, the park says. READ THE ORIGINAL STORY AT WKMGTilikum dragged SeaWorld Orlando trainer Dawn Brancheau underwater in 2010 during a "Dine with Shamu" show, killing her. Tilikum was profiled in the documentary "Blackfish," which helped sway popular opinion against keeping killer whales in captivity at SeaWorld parks. “My heart goes out to our team who cared for him like family.”The killer whale was also linked to two other human deaths. The park obtained the killer whale from Sealand of the Pacific in Canada.
Schlitterbahn founder 'Mr. Bob' dies
HOUSTON – Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts founder Robert Ray Henry, often known as Mr. Bob, died Monday night. Henry was born in 1927. Bob was a brilliant businessman as well as a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. “But it all started with family.”Fans and friends are asked to share any memories they have of Mr. Bob on the company’s Facebook page. “My father, from the very start, hoped to have a family business where he and his children could work together,” said Gary Henry, president of Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts, and eldest son.
Video shows Dopey taking big fall during Disney show
ORLANDO, Fla. – A video posted on social media Sunday night shows the Disney character Dopey landing on another costumed character after falling from one deck of a boat to another at Hollywood Studios. The video, posted on Twitter by @ariipariee, shows Dopey falling beneath a rail on the second deck of a river boat during the finale of Fantasmic, a nighttime show at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Dopey lands on top of Goofy while other characters continue dancing. Disney said an ambulance was called for two injured employees, both of whom were treated at the scene and released. Well...Dopey was quite in character during Fantasmic holy moly pic.twitter.com/PkYxJA02Kv— aria (@ariipariee) August 8, 2016
Youth coach groped children in Disney resort pool, deputies say
ORLANDO, Fla. – A man has been arrested by the Orange County Sheriff's Office in connection with the groping of children at Disney’s Pop Century Resort over the Fourth of July holiday. A 7-year-old boy told police that a man grabbed him three times while he was swimming in a pool at the Walt Disney World resort, according to authorities. According to an Orange County Sheriff's Office incident report, the boy and his parents told deputies that Groth grabbed the boy's buttocks. The boy told authorities that he told the man to stop and leave him alone after his buttocks were touched the first time, the report said. The Sheriff's Office said the children identified Groth from a photo and also spotted him after being taken to a baseball field at Disney.
New restaurant coming to Universal CityWalk
Toothsome Chocolate Factory and Savory Feast Emporium will open later this year at Universal CityWalk. The restaurant joins Emeril's Restaurant Orlando, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville and the Hard Rock Cafe. The restaurant is replacing NBA City, which closed in August. The 19th century Steampunk-inspired restaurant has a lineup of unique menu items. "You’ll even be able to watch chocolate creations being made—and purchase your very own from the restaurant’s retail shop to take home and enjoy, " Modesto Alcala vice president of revenue operations said in company blog post.