As of today, Walt Disney World has implemented a stricter new rule for table service restaurants. The language of the old rule on the webpage was that face masks “must be worn in all public areas of the restaurant—including while entering and exiting—and can be removed while eating or drinking.”
The new rule states:
“Face coverings for each Guest age 2 and up, which must be worn in all public areas and can only be removed while actively eating or drinking. Face coverings must be worn while standing, waiting or sitting in dining locations.”
The previous rule was enforced so that guests could remove their face masks upon being seated, and leave them off for the duration of the meal, so long as they were at their table.
Even with this rule, some guests chose to leave their masks on while waiting or when interacting with Cast Members.
In my opinion the change is pretty minor. The new rule, would appear that with this clarification Disney will now require guests to stay masked except while actively eating their food or drinking, which is consistent with the regular in-park signs and announcement. I don’t think that the change will necessarily mean putting the mask back on in between bites, but it probably does mean being masked while ordering and waiting for drinks and appetizers or entrees to be delivered, and when waiting for the bill.
In a email sent out to Disney Vacation Club Members, Disney Vacation Club has announced that The Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa will re-open to members on May 2nd.
In the email DVC said –
Our Cast Members on the West Coast are excited to make their magic once again and “welcome home” Members with enhanced health and safety measures based on guidance from health authorities and appropriate government agencies.
It is important for guests to note that while the Disney Vacation Club Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will open for Members and their guests, the rest of the hotel, as well as the Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, remain closed for normal operations and will re-open at a later date.
The Downtown Disney District is currently open with select shopping and dining experiences.
DVC pointed out that it has successfully re-opened Disney Vacation Club resorts and other Disney hotels at destinations around the world since last June, with each of them prioritizing the health and well-being of our Cast Members and those who visit us.
Guests will need to remember that during the initial re-opening period of The Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, most dining, amenities, activities and services will be modified, limited in capacity or unavailable based on physical distancing and health guidelines. In addition, some areas and offerings will remain temporarily closed or unavailable.
Yesterday Jeff Valle, Walt Disney World President announced on Instagram that former Disneyland and Walt Disney World President, George Kalogridis will serve as the Global Ambassador for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.
In the Instagram post Valle stated –
So happy for my hometown friend and longtime colleague, George A. Kalogridis as he’s going to celebrate a major milestone this year. He started his 50-year Disney career as an opening day Cast Member here at WDW in 1971. In addition to currently serving as president of Disney Park’s Segment Development and Enrichment team, he is also Global Ambassador for our upcoming Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration that kicks off Oct. 1st. He is about to become an even busier man!
Kalogridis previously served for six years as president of Walt Disney World, leading a cast of more than 75,000. He is also a past president of Disneyland Resort. He began his Disney Parks career in 1971, at the age of 17, as a busboy at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, helping to open Walt Disney World.
Currently, Kalogridis is President of Segment Development and Enrichment for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.
If you’re either a Marvel fan or a Star Wars fan (or both!) and like to cruise, then Disney Cruise Line gave you some very good news a few days ago. Recently DCL announced that two fan-favorites are returning to the Disney Cruise Line ships in 2022!
Disney Cruise Line announced that both Marvel Day at Sea and Star Wars Day at Sea will be returning in 2022 for select cruise itineraries. These special itineraries include a day during the sailing that features everything Marvel or Star Wars, depending on the itinerary.
The Marvel Day at Sea intineraries will take place on the Disney Magic, and will embark from Miami.
The Star WarsDay at Sea cruises will sail from Port Canaveral, and will take place on the Disney Fantasy.
Earlier today on Good Morning America Disney announced the first details of Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration that will begin on October 1, 2021 and run for 18 months.
In honor of the 50th anniversary, Disney will be bringing new experiences to the four theme parks and beyond. Disney has even coined a new word – “EARidescence” to describe what guests will see when they visit.
As part of the celebration, Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom will add to its royal makeover from last year. As seen in this new artist rendering, the castle will feature golden bunting and a 50th anniversary crest as part of its festive new look.
At EPCOT, new lights will shine across the reflective panels of Spaceship Earth, connecting to one another and resembling stars in a nighttime sky. This new lighting will become permanent and will continue beyond “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” as a defining feature of the park.
The Hollywood Tower Hotel at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will receive new touches that will give it a brilliance evoking the golden age of imagination and adventure.
At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the Tree of Life will see magical fireflies gathering to usher in the magic of nature.
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse haven’t been left out. They will have sparkling new looks for the celebration. As hosts of the event, they’ll be dressed for the occasion in custom-made fashions of EARidescent fabric with gold highlights.
As Disney began the transformation of the EPCOT main entrance area, the original Legacy sculpture were removed. Leave A Legacy now lives on in a beautiful new setting just outside of the park. As we can see in these images, they are in a bright new color.
The newly designed panels are the first of many that will be installed outside of the EPCOT entrance touch points. The panels feature vibrant hues from the park’s new color palette. The new look of the panels goes along with the beautiful fountain and gleaming pylons and further illustrate the park’s transformation and the magic of possibility.
For guests who wants to search for a tile at the new location, they can use their smart device to scan the QR code at the Leave a Legacy display. This opens up the tile finder search feature, which can provide the coordinates for a tile’s location. Guests can also visit the EPCOT guest Relations team for assistance.