Disneyland and Disney California Adventure to reopen April 30
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure to reopen April 30 Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park will reopen with limited capacity starting April 30 after being closed for more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. CBS Los Angeles reports.cbsnews.com
Disneyland to reopen on April 30, Disney CEO Bob Chapek says
California's two Disney theme parks will reopen on April 30, CEO Bob Chapek said Wednesday on CNBC's "Squawk Alley." "We've seen the enthusiasm, the craving for people to return to our parks around the world," Chapek told CNBC's Julia Boorstin. "We've been operating at Walt Disney World for about nine months, and there certainly is no shortage of demand." The Vacation Club Villa at the Grand Californian will reopen on May 2, and Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel and the Disneyland Hotel will reopen at a later date. All theme parks in California have been closed due to Covid-related restrictions for the past year.cnbc.com
Disney shares pop on promise of California Disneyland reopening
Shares of Disney rose more than 6% in late-day trading Monday after California provided new guidance allowing amusement parks to reopen in the state on April 1. The rally is set to add more than $23 billion to Disney's market cap, bringing it to around $368 billion. Disneyland and other parks in California have been closed for about a year due to coronavirus-related restrictions, even as other states, such as Florida, have allowed parks to reopen with limited capacity. Disney has not yet provided a reopening date for its California parks, but Disney and other theme park owners, including Universal Studios owner NBCUniversal, have pleaded with California officials to allow for a limited reopening. While its California parks have remained closed to visitors, Disneyland recently began aiding the public health effort by serving as a vaccination site for state residents.cnbc.com
The Latest: Ireland reaches half million vaccinations
(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)LONDON — Ireland has given out half a million coronavirus vaccinations about two months after the first inoculation. Evidence suggests this variant can spread more easily than most currently circulating strains of the coronavirus, health officials say. State health officials urge people to maintain precautions, particularly during spring break and Easter gatherings, as the state tries to ramp up vaccinations. Sri Lanka has so far received 1 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured in neighboring India, which donated half of the doses. The Missoulian reported Friday that in Missoula County, Granite Pharmacy has enough vaccine doses to vaccinate all 2,000 county teachers.
California OKs reopening of ball parks, Disneyland
Amusement parks also will be permitted to reopen in counties that have fallen from the state's purple tier — the most restrictive — to the red tier. The move followed a week of milestones, with California ramping up vaccinations for the poorest neighborhoods, counties reopening more businesses and Gov. Outdoor sports will be limited to 100 people in the purple tier but will increase up to 67% in the yellow tier. Teams and event organizers can only sell tickets regionally in the purple tier. No concessions will be allowed in the purple tier, while in others, concession sales will only be available at seats.
Mass vaccination centers pop up in unusual locations across the world
Mass vaccination centers pop up in unusual locations across the world As coronavirus cases continue to rise, U.S. health officials have turned stadiums, fairgrounds and even Disneyland into mass vaccination sites, while elsewhere in the world people are getting vaccinated at food courts, museums and racetracks. CBS News foreign correspondent Roxana Saberi reports on one unusual location in England and other unconventional places around the globe.cbsnews.com
Disneyland ending annual pass program with parks closed
Disney officials said in a statement that extra hand sanitizers were being placed throughout its four parks and more than two dozen hotels. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)ORLANDO, Fla. – Looking to buy an annual pass at Disneyland Resort? The California theme park resort said last week that it's ending its passholder program. Disney officials would not say how many people hold these passes or how much the move will cost the company, adding it would begin issuing pro-rated refunds to eligible passholders. The Florida resort implemented a moratorium on new annual passes last summer, though it will honor those from existing passholders.
The Latest: China says COVID-19 hospitalizations above 1,000
(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)BEIJING — China says it is now treating more than 1,000 people for COVID-19 as numbers of cases continue to surge in the country’s north. ___AUSTIN, Texas — Texas has distributed more than 1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. State health officials say Texas had more than 14,000 COVID-19 patients in hospitals and its death toll has passed 30,000. ___COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina will now allow medical students, retired nurses and other qualified professionals to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. ___MADRID — Spain reported 35,878 confirmed coronavirus cases and 201 new deaths from the coronavirus.
Disneyland to host COVID-19 vaccination site
Disneyland to host COVID-19 vaccination site The theme park, which has been closed since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, is set to host the first mass-vaccination site in Orange County, California, as the state faces a record number of COVID-19 deaths. CBS Los Angeles' Tina Patel reports from Anaheim.cbsnews.com
Disneyland to become "super" COVID-19 mass-vaccination site
Now, the theme park is set to become the first mass-vaccination site in Orange County, California, as the state faces record COVID-19 deaths. Government officials announced late Monday that Disneyland will be the first "Super Point-of-Dispensing" (POD) site in the county when it begins operations later this week. The county plans to open more Super POD sites soon, with five regional sites having the capacity to vaccinate thousands of people daily — making the vaccination process much more efficient. "With this super site, we will begin to overcome both. Those who meet the criteria must schedule an appointment at a Super POD site to be vaccinated, officials said.cbsnews.com
Disney's Space Mountain is going to blast off into the feature film frontier (report)
1997's "Tower of Terror" was the first Disney ride to be given the feature film treatment, followed by the 2003 film "Haunted Mansion." A poster for the Disneyland ride Space Mountain. He's also been tapped to produce “Space Mountain” with Tory Tunnell, his working partner and wife, under their Safehouse Pictures shingle. A mural of the final frontier at Disneyland's Space Mountain. The indoor, dual-tracked Space Mountain attraction first shot riders into the starry abyss at Florida's Walt Disney World Resort back in January of 1975.space.com
Disney said Covid-related costs shaved $2.4 billion from parks' operating income in latest quarter
Views of the Disneyland theme park, still closed due to COVID-19 on July 11, 2020 in Anaheim, California. While the majority of Disney's theme parks were open during the company's fiscal fourth quarter, the continued closure of Disneyland in the U.S. resulted in a big financial hit. The state has said it will not permit theme parks to reopen until coronavirus cases have fallen substantially in the surrounding community. On Thursday, Disney said the Covid-19 outbreak cost its parks, experiences and products segment around $2.4 billion in lost operating income during its most recent period. In the second quarter, the company had reported it lost $1 billion in operating income due to the pandemic, and in the third quarter, the pandemic cut its operating income by $3.5 billion.cnbc.com
California's Covid rules mean lengthy Disneyland closure and more pressure for Disney earnings and local economy
Around 50% of Afram's business was in the Anaheim resort area where Disney's two California parks and its Downtown Disney shopping center is located. His shuttle company traveled to local airports, hotels, theme parks, restaurants and other local tourist destinations in the area. Without the tourism boost from Disney's parks, Karmel Shuttle Service's revenue is down more than 95%, Afram said. With its California parks unable to open, Disney laid off 28,000 workers across its parks, experiences and consumer products division in September. Then earlier this week, the company announced additional workers at its California theme parks, including executive, salaried and hourly employees, will face furloughs.cnbc.com
California wavers on theme park opening rules amid pressure
But following industry criticism of the proposed rules, state health officials said no announcement was coming Friday as negotiations continue. Amusement park leaders saw a draft of the new rules Thursday and urged state officials to change them, said Erin Guerrero, executive director of the California Attractions and Parks Association. A Disney official said there have been no major reported outbreaks in Florida associated with the company’s theme parks and declined to say whether any cases have occurred there. Ian Henderson, a spokesman for Steel’s office, said county health officials have worked closely with Disney to prepare for the reopening of its parks. ___Taxin reported from Orange County, California.
Gov. DeSantis: Pandemic continues to hurt small businesses
Ron DeSantis expressed concern during a Cabinet meeting Tuesday that the coronavirus pandemic will continue to hurt small businesses and may disrupt commercial real estate even after it’s over. “People are going to look and say, ‘Gee, do I need this expensive downtown office space?’” DeSantis said. The special school board meeting began Monday, but the final vote was delayed by more than 18 hours of public comment. The school board said it does not need a quorum during public comment. Miami-Dade County Public Schools is the fourth-largest school district in the United States, comprised of 392 schools, 345,000 students and more than 40,000 employees.
The Latest: Honolulu to allow some activities to resume
(AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)HONOLULU -- Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city plans to allow some activities that were shut down last month to control the spread of the coronavirus to resume under new guidelines. Gary Herbert will increase pandemic restrictions in two Utah cities as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the state. The county accounted for 42% of the state’s cases despite having only 20% of state’s population. Eric Holcomb’s statewide mask mandate and other coronavirus restrictions poses a possible disruption to his reelection campaign. But the real toll is thought to be much higher, in part because many COVID-19 deaths were probably ascribed to other causes, especially early on, before widespread testing.
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.
Create Disney’s famous Dole Whip at home in less than 10 minutes
If you’re like us and are no longer following your quarantine diet, Disney’s favorite frozen snack can be yours to make at home. Dole Whip has become a must-eat for families and Disney fans alike. The theme parks remain closed, however, you can bring the park magic home by creating your own Dole Whip treats. There are two ways to create a Dole Whip: Dole’s recipe and Disney’s recipe. Share your Dole Whip creations with us in the comments below!
Helicopter pilot shares breathtaking view of Disneyland Resort during coronavirus closure
But one man in California went a step further and was lucky enough to get a birds-eye view of Disneyland Resort without pixie dust, a magic carpet or a lucky feather. Disneyland has a temporary flight restriction that restricts pilots from flying anywhere near the park, within 3,000 feet. During his flight, Muzio visited much of Orange County, which included stops at Angel Stadium, El Dorado Park and Long Beach Airport, to name a few. However, our favorite sight was that of a closed Disneyland park without a single person to be seen. While the view from above is great, anyone who’s been there would likely agree: nothing beats the view from the ground.
This Disney playlist will take any day and make it practically perfect
Disney tunes have a way of getting us out of the rut we’re in and putting a smile on our face. Each music provider has a Disney playlist filled with hundreds of songs from every Disney film known to man. Having the right playlist is an important task -- and choosing the right playlist shouldn’t be taken lightly. Everyone should have a Disney playlist saved, ready to be played at any moment. The playlist is a melting pot of classic Disney hits, Disney covers and songs you can hear when visiting a Disney theme park.
Disneyland & Walt Disney World to remain closed because of coronavirus
Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World resort in Florida will remain closed until further notice as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread in the United States, the company said. Disney earlier this month announced the closure of Disneyland and Walt Disney World — the only two of Disney’s eleven parks around the world that still remained open amid the global pandemic. "The safety and well-being of our guests and employees remains The Walt Disney Company's top priority," the company said in its Friday statement. Last month, Bob Iger stepped down as the company’s CEO, naming Bob Chapek as his replacement, whose previous role was chairman of Disney Parks. The company has urged its domestic employees at Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Television, ESPN and at its direct-to-consumer, parks and products divisions to work from home amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Disneyland guests warned of measles exposure
Tuxyso via Wikimedia Commons(CNN) - A Los Angeles County resident visited Disneyland last week while infected with measles, health officials said late Tuesday, potentially exposing hundreds of other people to the highly contagious disease. The individual went to Starbucks at 3006 S. Spulveda Boulevard in West Los Angeles early on the morning on Oct. 16 before going to Disneyland from 9.15 a.m. onwards, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said in a statement. Measles can spread through coughing and sneezing and can live for up to two hours in the air where an infected person coughs or sneezes. "Measles is spread by air and by direct contact even before you know have it. There have been 19 measles cases among Los Angeles County residents in 2019.
Megan Fox Posts Rare Photos With Husband Brian Austin Green and Their 3 Kids at Disneyland
Megan Fox and her family added some magic to their weekend with a visit to Disneyland. #disneyland," Fox jokingly captioned the images of her costumed kids, which show Journey dressed as a dinosaur while Bodhi sports what appears to be a skeleton bodysuit. "But I sound so similar, and the sentiments that I'm expressing are similar. Two things: I am eccentric, [but] sometimes I'm surprised at how eccentric I am. I'm also surprised at how deep I always was even as a young, young kid.
Ronnie Ortiz-Magro Brings Daughter to Disneyland After Protective Order Is Lifted
After his recent legal troubles, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, headed to the Happiest Place on Earth. The Jersey Shore: Family Vacation star took his 1-year-old daughter, Ariana, to Disneyland on Saturday, just hours after a protective order against him from his on-again, off-again girlfriend and his daughter's mother, Jen Harley, was lifted, ET can confirm. That order followed Ortiz-Magro's Oct. 4 arrest following an alleged physical altercation with Harley. In a statement to ET following the alleged incident, the reality star's attorney, Scott E. Leemon, said, "The reporting of the alleged incident relating to Ronnie Magro yesterday is based upon pure speculation and innuendo. RELATED CONTENT: Ronnie Ortiz-Magro Arrested for Alleged Domestic Violence: What We Know Embed Code RestartRonnie Ortiz-Magro and Jen Harley Are 'Over for Good' After His Recent Arrest, Source SaysRonnie Ortiz-Magro Tasered and Arrested for Alleged Domestic ViolenceRonnie Ortiz-Magro and Jen Harley Reportedly Call It Quits Again
The emptiest Disneyland on Earth
It was a sad scene, and it's been like that most of the summer as Disneyland became the latest casualty of the Hong Kong protests. The pro-democracy protests have been raging since June, and have hit Hong Kong's economy hard. Meanwhile, the Hong Kong International Airport saw 12.4% fewer passengers in August compared to the same time last year. For Afaizul Ashari, a tourist from Malaysia, this was his second visit to Hong Kong's Disneyland. Photos on social media and local media showed similar scenes of near-empty rides and streets in Ocean Park, Hong Kong's other theme park.
Disneyland honors woman's free admission ticket from 1985
ANAHEIM, California (CNN) - A lot of things have changed at Disneyland since 1985. In August 2019, the park honored visitor Richardson's free entry pass from 1985. The mom of two first visited Disneyland in 1985 when she was 14 years old. In 1985, admission tickets cost $16.50. These days, the most basic single day admission ticket costs $90.
This Disney Halloween party sounds way too good to pass up
But we should keep chatting about the party anyway, because this is truly next-level. So, the event is hosted by Oogie Boogie, of the 1993 Tim Burton movie, along with some other choice Disney villains. Twenty exciting nights are on the table to choose from -- and Disney warns, this is expected to sell out fast. Its a nighttime spectacular exclusive to Oogie Boogie Bash. A few days, including Oct. 31, already appeared to be sold out.
Britney Spears Shares Adorable Pic at Disneyland with Sons Sean and Jayden
Britney Spears spent some family time in the happiest place on Earth! Also in the post was a video of the group getting on a ride, a shot of Walt Disney and a pic of Britney's sons at a restaurant. It's been a busy few weeks for Spears' family! Watch the video below for more on the Spears family. RELATED CONTENT:Jamie Lynn Spears Shares Video of Sister Britney's Kids Enjoying a 'Cousins Vacation'Jamie Lynn Spears Shares Photo of Britney's Sons All Grown UpBritney Spears Gushes Over 'Hot' Boyfriend Sam Asghari: 'I Can't Believe I Wake Up Every Morning to This Man'
'Universal's Epic Universe': Universal Orlando announces new theme park
ORLANDO, Fla. - Universal Orlando officials said Thursday that the resort is doubling in size with plans for an "epic" fourth theme park, but they offered almost no information on when the new park will open, what it will hold or how much they are spending. The announcement is the latest salvo in the war for dominance between Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando in America's theme park capital. Despite the lack of details, officials with the theme park resort promised the new park would be epic. The fourth park will be the biggest investment the Comcast NBCUniversal has made in its theme park business, Robert said. pic.twitter.com/zmacNkTkbJ Universal Orlando Resort (@UniversalORL) August 1, 2019Copyright 2019 The Associated Press.
Disney: Abigail Disney's undercover investigation is stunt
CNN image(CNN) - The Walt Disney Co. strongly disputed allegations from family heiress Abigail Disney, who said she found workers struggling when she recently visited Disneyland undercover. Abigail Disney, in an interview with Yahoo, said Disneyland workers told her they are forced to sift through "other people's garbage" for food, and they are struggling to stay happy. Abigail Disney said she went to Disneyland incognito to observe worker conditions and was "so livid" at what she saw. In a statement, the company told CNN Business that Abigail Disney's account is "particularly egregious" hyperbole. "We strongly disagree with this characterization of our employees and their experience at Disney."
Abigail Disney visits Disneyland undercover after worker complaints
Disneyland calls itself "The Happiest Place on Earth," but family heiress Abigail Disney said she found workers struggling when she recently visited the park undercover. (CNN) - Disneyland calls itself "The Happiest Place on Earth," but family heiress Abigail Disney said she found workers struggling when she recently visited the park undercover. In an interview with Yahoo this week, Abigail Disney said she decided to check out Disneyland's worker conditions after a worker sent her a Facebook message. Abigail Disney has frequently spoken out about Iger's salary. In May, Abigail Disney addressed Congress on Capitol Hill.