Disney workers lose jobs, free college education vanishes
Laid-off employees learning a trade, English or getting their GEDs through Disney Aspire will be allowed to complete their program. At Valencia College alone, 511 Disney Aspire students are studying English as a second language, according to the school. HELP AVAILABLEA short 30-minute drive from Disney World, UCF has nearly 1,000 students enrolled through Disney Aspire this semester. And if laid-off Disney workers want to pay their own through Disney Aspire, they are offered a tuition discount or can transfer schools, Finger said in a statement. Through Disney Aspire, Stofferahn, 33, was studying psychology online at Wilmington University in pursuit of her goal to become a school counselor.
What could Disney crowds look like when the park reopens? We take a guess at the numbers
ORLANDO, Fla. – Walt Disney World is set to once again open its gates to the Magic Kingdom following a lengthy closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. But with most families staying inside and not traveling, how crowded will the theme parks really be when they reopen? Park Capacity Capacity at 25% Magic Kingdom 57,000 people 14,250 people Epcot 34,093 people 8,523 people Hollywood Studios 30,843 people 7,710 people Animal Kingdom 37,671 people 9,417 peopleA park at 25% capacity would mean very minimal wait times. As we can all imagine, visiting a Disney theme park when it reopens will be a new experience for all -- no matter how many times you’ve visited. The Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom parks will open first July 11, with Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios reopening July 15.
2 furloughed Disney World musicians keep playing and playing
DAVENPORT, Fla. Disney World was supposed to shut down for only two two weeks. Kathy and Jeff Thomas, a married pair of professional musicians with long ties to Orlando and Disney, decided to start playing from their Davenport home. And then they kept playing, and playing, and playing. Every day, Kathy plans the theme and the outfits to match. It gives us a purpose every day, Kathy said.
Disney to roll out new reservation system when parks reopen
ORLANDO, Fla. When Walt Disney World reopens its Florida theme parks next month after shutting down during the coronavirus pandemic, they'll be introducing a new reservation system. The company announced Friday that the new Disney Park Pass System will operate through disneyworld.com on either a desktop or mobile device, and registration through a My Disney Experience account will be required. The system is not yet available, but will be rolled out before the parks reopen starting July 11. Disney, and Orlando's other theme parks, closed in mid-March to help curb the spread the coronavirus. The Disney Park Pass System, which is not yet available, will operate through disneyworld.com (desktop or mobile), and registration via a My Disney Experience account will be required.
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.
‘See you real soon’: Walt Disney World is a ghost town
ORLANDO, Fla. – Magic Kingdom is said to be the “The Most Magical Place On Earth,” but right now, that’s not how it appears. WKMG, a New4Jax sister station, flew SKY 6 over the parks in Orlando on Monday. It looked like a ghost town. Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando and Legoland announced last week that all of its respective parks will be closed, starting Monday, through the end of the month. The decision marks the longest closures ever for the theme parks, which have previously shut down for hurricanes and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.