The United States Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron flies over Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., May 2, 2019. Flying just 500 feet above the ground, the elite squadron — en route to an airshow in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.— thrilled Epcot guests. Support for the U.S. Armed Forces is a long-standing Disney tradition. The flyover of Walt Disney World Resort was in honor of National Military Appreciation Month. With the addition of new attractions, entertainment, dining and shopping, Epcot is undergoing its largest transformation since it opened in 1982. (Cappy Surette, photographer)  

WDWNT Weekly Recap: Walt Disney World Issues New COVID-19 Liability Disclaimer as Disney Springs Prepares to Reopen, Required Face Masks and Screening Policies, Exciting Disney+ Content Announcements, 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 May 11-17, 2020 .

Last week, Shanghai Disneyland became the first Disney resort in the world to reopen it’s gates, following the COVID-19 pandemic closures. Whilst no official opening dates have been specified for the other parks and resorts, hopes of reopening are beginning to surface. Most notably, Disney Springs in Walt Disney World is set to begin a phased opening from next week. 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

Parks

Disney Springs (Image Credit: Jonathan Michael Salazar)

Disney Springs

Will you be visiting Disney Springs upon its reopening next week?

Hotels & Resorts

Around Walt Disney World

Other Walt Disney World News

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The US Navy Blue Angels flying over EPCOT

Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Paris

Hong Kong Disneyland

The temperature screening tents at Hong Kong Disneyland

Shanghai Disney Resort

  • The former Laughing Monkey Traders store looks like it’s now under new chipmunk management, and has been taken over as Chip & Dale’s Trading Post
Chip and Dale’s Trading Post is open for business!

Tokyo Disney Resort

Matcha White Chocolate popcorn

Disney Cruise Line & Adventures by Disney

New Merchandise

A selection of the new “The Haunted Mansion” merchandise

Entertainment and Media

Disney+

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A new behind-the-scenes documentary is coming to Disney+

The Walt Disney Company

Other Disney News

  • Fred Willard, the beloved comic actor known for his work on “Wall-E”, “Kim Possible”, “Milo Murphy’s Law” and more, has passed away aged 86
  • Jaquelin T. Robertson, the creator of the master plans for Celebration, Florida and Euro Disney’s Val d’Europe has passed away aged 87
  • Comedian Jerry Stiller, known for his work on Disney’s “Teacher’s Pet”, “Heavyweights” and “The Lion King 1 1/2” has passed away aged 92
  • We were saddened to hear of the passing of Bob Smith, who was the architectural supervisor for Disneyland Paris
  • Disney has filed a patent for a system that will decipher individual guest preferences using scannable apparel and accessories

Fun Stuff from WDWNT

Merchandise

Editorials

Park History & Throwbacks

Our Disney Parks Copycat Recipes

Thai Coconut Meatballs
Our Thai Coconut Meatballs

WDW News Today

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

Shanghai Disneyland Reopens, All Disney Parks Will Require Face Masks – News Today 5/11

Disney Stores and Restaurants Return This Month at Walt Disney World – News Today 5/15

Disney World Cast Members Called Back to Work, More Springs Restaurants Reopening – NewsToday 5/13

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!

Featured Image: Jonathan Michael Salazar