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For Travel to Walt Disney World Resort Be Sure to Update “My Disney Experience” App Before You Arrive

The Walt Disney World Resort Hotels and Theme Parks will be reopening soon. If you have a trip planned in the near future, note that new policies and procedures are in place due to COVID-19. It is important that you link upcoming hotel reservation and ticket information to My Disney Experience as soon as possible.

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Once these items have been linked to your account, you will be able to receive important information and communication from Walt Disney World resort which will help you in the next steps and important dates for planning, including the Theme Park reservation system that was announced recently.

If you live in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec), you can find more information here. Due to COVID-19, information changes frequently, so it is best to visit the Walt Disney World “Know Before You Go” website for the most current information.

We hope you enjoy your upcoming visit to the Walt Disney World resort!

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A Phased Reopening of Disney Springs is Scheduled for May 20

I am cautiously optimistic and excited to hear this news coming from out from Disney. Our family enjoys exploring all the dining and entertainment that can be found at Disney Springs. Whenever we can, we try to stay in a resort that is within walking distance or a short boat ride to it. We are scheduled to visit in October and have our fingers crossed that things will be open…even if it means with restrictions in place for the safety of cast members and guests.

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Disney has announced that they will begin reopening Disney Springs in phases beginning May 20, 2020. They are looking to health and government officials for guidance on the best way to reopen. There will be a limited volume of dining and shopping businesses operated by third-party operators allowed to open during this first phase. The remainder of Walt Disney World (including hotels and theme parks) will continue to be shut down.

Disney announced:

As we continue to monitor conditions, and with the health of Guests and Disney Cast Members at the forefront of our planning, we are making several operational changes. Disney Springs will begin to reopen in a way that incorporates enhanced safety measures, including increased cleaning procedures, the use of appropriate face coverings by both Cast Members and Guests, limited-contact Guest services and additional safety training for cast members.

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Disney says they will continue to listen to and apply what they learn from the leaders in both the travel and health industries. They are also working with the unions to prepare some Cast Members to return to work at Walt Disney World.

For the time being, there will be limited capacity, hours of operation, and parking at Disney Springs. Disney gave their thanks and appreciation during this time as they try to open in a responsible manner. They also noted that there may be further protocols and procedures announced once we get closer to the opening date. I look forward to hearing what they may be as they may be seen as a standard for travel throughout the theme park industry.

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‘Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!’ Dessert Party is Returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the 2019 Holiday Season

The elves from Disney’s animated holiday special Prep & Landing are returning this holiday season for a popular nighttime spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” is festive and more than just fireworks–it includes projections, lights, and lasers, too. “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” will be happening every night from November 8, 2019, through January 5, 2020. In addition, you will find holiday decorations and special offerings during the season.

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With this fun and popular show returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we see that the “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” Dessert Party is also returning. If you’re headed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios this holiday season and looking for a fun and delicious way to end your day, this festive experience is the perfect way to go.

You can head on over to the Echo Lake area and enjoy some decadent desserts, holiday-themed snacks, and an assortment of beverages including non-alcoholic beverages, beer, wine, and specialty cocktails. Some of the items you’ll find on the menu this year include caramel apple verrine, roasted onion dip with kettle chips, warm cheese fondue with pretzel bread, winter-spiced trail mix, Yule log, and more. You can also find festive holiday cookies and assorted beverages such as a gingerbread martini and hot chocolate. As a special experience during the festivities, Chip and Dale will be around for some fun character greetings and interactions!

As the time for the show gets close, you will be escorted to a reserved viewing area where you can enjoy Wonderful World of Animation. Wonderful World of Animation is a beautiful projection show that will take you on a journey through more than 90 years of Disney and Pixar animation. The Wonderful World of Animation will be followed by “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” – a show jam-packed with dazzling state-of-the-art projections, fireworks, holiday music, and special effects.

Reservations have now opened for the “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” Dessert Party for shows starting on November 18, 2019. This show is scheduled to occur nightly from November 8, 2019 to January 5, 2020. The party will begin approximately 1.5 hours before the night’s showtime. The party times are subject to change without notice and will vary throughout the season.

You can find out more information and make reservations online at the Walt Disney World Resort website, by calling (407) WDW-DINE (407-939-3463), or by contacting your travel agent.

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The Disney Skyliner Transportation System is Now Open at the Walt Disney World Resort

We are so excited to hear that the Disney Skyliner transportation system has officially opened. The new magic in the skies can be found at the Walt Disney World Resort. The official dedication was held September 29, 2019, at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. The dedication was hosted by Disney executives as well as selected cast members. The new transportation system will be complimentary.

The day’s festivities honored the “most magical flight on Earth” and featured fireworks, Disney characters, and more. Take a look at the video released by Disney to see the fun.

The Disney Skyliner will connect Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot to four Disney resort hotels–Disney’s Art of Animation, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Resort and Disney’s Riviera Resort (scheduled to open mid-December 2019). The system will fly guests through the air aboard approximately 300 gondolas–many of which are wrapped in beloved Disney characters, fan-favorite movies, theme park attractions, and more.

While you ride in the Disney Skyliner, you will be treated to fantastic views of the Walt Disney World Resort as never seen before. You will float along the treetops and waterways and be provided with a bird’s-eye view of famous Walt Disney World Theme Park icons such as Epcot’s Space Ship Earth and Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s Hollywood Tower Hotel.

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New Restaurant Named Takumi-Tei Has Opened in the Japan Pavilion at Epcot

Takumi-Tei has officially opened at Epcot in World Showcase at the Japan pavilion. The restaurant will appeal to guests looking for a unique place to dine. It is a new signature table-service restaurant. Guests are able to enjoy an upscale dining experience within a unique atmosphere.

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The dining experience at Takumi-Tei is meant to give guests an understanding of Japanese culture presented by Japanese cast members. As guests enter the restaurant, they can feel like they have been transported to the island nation and can learn about Japanese traditions and how they connect to the world.

Takumi-Tei will offer an prix fixe multi-course tasting menu as well as a chef’s table experience. Dinner menu will include items such as wagyu beef, sushi, sashimi, desserts, signature cocktails, sake, and much more.

As of July 5, 2019, Takumi-Tei is open 4:00 p.m. daily for dinner in the Japan pavilion at Epcot. Walk-ups are being accepted and reservations will be available beginning July 16, 2019, with bookings starting that same day.