PHOTO REPORT: Disney’s Hollywood Studios & Disney Springs 5/30/21 (Holiday Weekend Crowds, More Physical Distancing Changes, 2021 Disney Cruise Line Merchandise, “Cruella” Treats, and More)
Welcome to Disney’s Hollywood Studios as we reach the halfway point of Memorial Day weekend. Naturally, it’s a popular time for guests to visit, and Orlando International Airport advises that travel will be at 90% of pre-COVID levels.
As part of those changes to CDC guidelines, masks were allowed outdoors starting just over two weeks ago. At the Black Spire Outpost market, guests are being allowed to go mask-free until entering the individual shop stalls.
One tenant of the marketplace has yet to reopen—Kat Saka’s Kettle. The service area for the popcorn shop is now being used to house extra tables for diners at Ronto Roasters.
By late morning, lines had grown for some of the more popular attractions. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith just had the distancing markers removed from its outdoor queue, preventing the line from spilling out onto Sunset Boulevard. Because indoor distancing markers currently still spaced 6 feet apart, lines will continue to be longer in length for a given wait time than during normal operations.
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway had a longer line than usual on account of increased park capacity, but neither its indoor nor outdoor queues have had distancing markers reduced or removed.
While the line for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run did grow as the day progressed, like Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster the removal of distancing markers helped keep the waiting guests from spilling out too far into the land and blocking the entrances to things like Oga’s Cantina and First Order Cargo.
On our way out of the park, we caught Goofy on top of Hyperion Theater, home to the Frozen Sing-Along Celebration.
In honor of the release of “Cruella”, a couple sweets shops in Disney Springs had limited-time offerings themed to the movie. The Ganachery had these cookies & cream ganache pops for $7.
Not to be outdone, Amorette’s Patisserie had a new petite cake available which also represented the title character of the movie. Like their other cakes, this one is a dynamic combination of design and flavors and we’ve given it a full review.
That’s going to do it for our day at Walt Disney World. Now that things are beginning to look more like ‘normal’ at the resort, will you be planning a summer trip down to Orlando? Let us know in the comments!