WDWNT Weekly Recap: Phased Reopening Hope, Cast Member Furloughs, Company Losses, and More

Every week is a busy week when it comes to Disney news. To help you keep up with all the updates coming out of Walt Disney World and other Disney resorts, here’s WDWNT’s weekly recap of the Disney news from April 13-19!

If you have been following our news coverage over the past few weeks, you will be aware that currently all six Disney resorts across the world are closed due to concerns over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Here’s our WDWNT Weekly Recap of all the news we’ve brought you this week, along with some extra fun things to keep Disney spirits high through these difficult times. Stay safe, readers!

Walt Disney World

  • This week, President Trump unveiled new guidelines to help states reopen their businesses in phases through the easing of social media restrictions. This has paved the way for the eventual return of Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort, read more here.

Parks

The EPCOT topiaries are still being maintained through the park closures

Hotels & Resorts

Around Walt Disney World

The renovated McDonald’s is near completion

Other Walt Disney World News

orlando police donation
Pallet-loads of tasty treats were delivered to Orlando Police this week

Disneyland Resort

  • This week, President Trump unveiled new guidelines to help states reopen their businesses in phases through the easing of social media restrictions. This has paved the way for the eventual return of Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort, read more here
  • Official details have been released for Annual Passholders on how to receive partial refunds during the extended park closures
  • All Disneyland Grad Nite 2020 parties have been cancelled at the resort through June 13th due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Disneyland Paris

Shanghai Disney Resort

  • Now parts of the resort are starting to re-open, Shanghai Disney have been expanding their use of Health QR Code checks, with only guests with a green code permitted to enter the resort

Tokyo Disney Resort

A new security structure in Tokyo Disney Resort

Disney Cruise Line

  • It has been reported that the shipbuilding firm responsible for the creation of the Disney Wish and two more “Triton” class ships are anticipating massive losses from the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning that the new additions to the Disney Cruise Line could be significantly delayed
  • Mediterranean voyages aboard the Disney Magic have been cancelled through June 7th
  • Guests booked on cancelled or modified cruises through May 17th are being offered an additional 25% cruise credit 

New Merchandise

The new droid Minnie Ears by Her Universe
A selection of new Alex and Ani bangles has arrived

Entertainment and Media

Disney+

The Walt Disney Company News

Other Disney News

  • Disney fans were invited to “stay in, in style”, for the first ever Dapper Day At Home event this weekend
  • The Disney Bedtime Hotline has returned for a limited time through April, where you can get a free special message from Mickey
  • We were saddened to hear of the passing of actor Brian Dennehy, who appeared in “Ratatouille” and “Tommy Boy”
  • Registration is now open for the runDisney Virtual Series 2020, and the medals have been revealed to feature Mad Tea Party, Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion and a Vintage Disney Ticket Book
  • ESPN has asked top commentators and hosts to take voluntary pay cuts in order to mitigate the financial burdens from COVID-19
The latest collection of runDisney medals

Fun Stuff from WDWNT

Blue Milk Copycat Recipe
Our copycat Blue Milk

Editorials

WDW News Today

Make sure you catch up on the News Today episodes from this week!

Phased Reopening Guidance/Economic Committees Give Hope for US Disney Parks Opening – NewsToday 4/17

Shanghai Disneyland Require Health QR Codes, WDW Cast Members Protest Unemployment – NewsToday 4/15

Bob Iger Resumes CEO Responsibilities While Chapek Remains CEO – NewsToday 4/13

That’s all the Disney news for this past week! Make sure you check back at the end of each week for our weekly recaps!

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