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Theme Park Bits: Carthay Circle Menu Unveiled, Holiday Plans at the Parks, and More

In this edition of Theme Park Bits: See how the Carthay Circle Restaurant menu will be different when it reopens. Learn about Universal Orlando’s 2020 holiday plans. And more! November 19 is going to be something of a banner day for the Disneyland Resort. That’s when parts – only parts, though – of Disney California Adventure will be reopened to the general public. As you’re no doubt aware, the rides and shows won’t be open, but some of the dining and shopping spots in Buena Vista Street ...
Tags: Movies, Disney, Harry Potter, Theme Parks, Santa, Orlando, Macy, Anaheim, Disney Springs, Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando, Buena Vista Street, Disney California, Carthay Circle Restaurant, Disney Springs West Side Everglazed, Disney Parks Blog Everglazed


Would you take a rapid COVID-19 test to get into Disneyland?

Industries and institutions around the globe have begun administering rapid COVID-19 tests as a way to more fully reopen businesses and societies inside coronavirus-free bubbles while continuing to track the virus in real time. Which raises the question: Would you be willing to take a rapid COVID-19 test in order to get into a theme park? Rapid COVID-19 testing poses a potential solution for Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood or other California theme parks that have remained shuttered for ...
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Disney and Universal urge Newsom to ‘stop delaying’ and let California theme parks ‘open now’

A new petition from Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and other California theme parks urges Gov. Gavin Newsom to stop delaying COVID-19 health and safety guidelines and allow the major tourist destinations to open now after seven months of coronavirus closures. California Attractions and Parks Association launched the new Reopen California Amusement Parks website aimed at encouraging state residents to demand Newsom reopen California theme parks. “Governor, we urge you to use the science ...
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SYFY Announces Spooktacular October Halloween Lineup

SYFY Announces Spooktacular October Halloween Lineup SYFY is getting into the Halloween spirit with the premiere of original horror film Tales from the Hood 3, debuting October 17, along with a slew of spooky and fun marathons airing all October. Additionally, SYFY WIRE will kick off a new shoppable editorial web series ith a specially-curated online hub featuring Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights-themed merchandise! PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone...
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Theme parks’ billion-dollar game of chicken

Disney, Universal and every other company that owns and operates theme parks have been playing a multi-billion-dollar game of chicken this year. Do you go ahead and open your new attractions in the middle of a pandemic, or do you hold them until the travel industry recovers? New capital drives attendance in the theme park business. But if an external circumstance such as a pandemic is going to keep people from visiting, is now the best time to roll out an expensive new investment? Or is now the ...
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Universal Orlando Will Open Two Haunted Houses This Weekend, Despite Halloween Horror Nights Being Canceled

This past July, Universal Orlando canceled its annual Halloween Horror Nights event for the first time in 30 years – but the theme park remains hellbent on letting guests participate in some Halloween-themed scares. Two of the haunted houses that were part of this year’s Halloween Horror Nights lineup are being opened to visitors as part of what the park is calling “Halloween Seasonal Experience Testing,” and as of right now, the houses will only be open this coming weekend. Get the details bel...
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ETW #75 Disney World Reopens: What It’s Really Like to Visit Now

Walt Disney World recently reopened after months of closure and this week we talk about what it’s really like to visit a theme park today. Whether you’re just curious or are planning a trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth, in this episode we talk about all of the changes to Disney World from new health measures to favorite attraction updates and much more. You can listen to the podcast here on this page or on any of these services: iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher. ...
Tags: Travel, Virginia, Disney, Earth, New Jersey, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Disneyland Paris, Disney World, Anaheim, Seth, Universal Orlando, ETW, Explore the World Travel Podcast, Seth Kubersky


Parents not ready to take their kids to Disneyland, poll finds

More than two-thirds of American parents are not interested in taking their kids to Disneyland right now amid the pandemic as California experiences a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, according to a new survey. A new poll by the Morning Consult research company and the Hollywood Reporter found that 68% of American parents aren’t ready to take their kids to the Happiest Place on Earth once the Anaheim theme park reopens. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new a...
Tags: California, Disney, Sport, Earth, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Legoland Florida, Southern California, Disney World, Anaheim, Hollywood Reporter, Knott, Dollywood, Downtown Disney


Disney theme parks forecast to take $2 billion hit, report says

Disney’s theme parks are expected to take a big hit from the COVID-19 pandemic with a $2 billion loss forecast for the latest latest quarter following a $1 billion loss in the previous quarter, according to a new report. Disney’s theme park division is forecast to report a $2 billion quarterly loss in its fiscal third-quarter 2020 results compared to a $1.7 billion profit a year earlier, according to Reuters. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting every wee...
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Universal Orlando Temporarily Closing Several Attractions During Phased Reopening

Universal Orlando theme parkreopened back in June, but it’s still in the process of getting the park back to normal operations. As part of their phased reopening, Universal has decided to place more attention on their marquee attractions, so they’ll be temporarily closing a handful of attractions. These are the Universal Orlando attractions closed temporarily during the park’s phased reopening: A Day in the Park with Barney Fast & Furious: Supercharged Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl Fear Fact...
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‘The Bourne Stuntacular’ Virtual Sneak Peek Takes You Behind the Scenes of the Newest Universal Orlando Experience

Universal Orlando has released a virtual sneak peek of The Bourne Stuntacular, a stunt show that shows why it is “the most technologically advanced action stunt show ever.” The theme park held the soft opening for the show earlier this month, giving guests a glimpse at the technical rehearsals, but The Bourne Stuntacular virtual sneak peek allows a look behind the scenes at how the show came together. The Bourne Stuntacular Virtual Sneak Peek The Bourne Stuntacular officially opens toda...
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There’s no telling the future for the theme park industry

When will people feel safe going to Disneyland again? Or getting on an airplane? Or staying in a hotel? As the travel industry prepares to reopen, these are the billion dollar questions that will determine whether the industry recovers quickly … or faces a years-long slump. Early signs are not encouraging for a quick recovery. Universal’s theme parks in Orlando have reopened, and initial crowds were not, well, crowds. Social distancing was no problem as only a small fraction of the number of vis...
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Universal Orlando is first big Florida theme park to reopen after virus

Tourists donned masks Friday and visited the attractions at Universal Orlando, the first of the major theme parks in Florida to open since the COVID-19 pandemic shut them down almost three months ago. Universal Orlando resort and the other theme parks in this central Florida city closed on March 15 to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Universal Orlando is only reopening at 35 percent capacity and has launched a system of virtual lines in which space can be reserved, to avoid queues and crowds...
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Watch How Universal Orlando Will Reopen With New Guidelines and Restrictions for Guests

Universal Orlando is prepped and ready to re-open to the public. But as one of the first major theme parks to re-open in the U.S. following weeks of closures amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, all eyes are trained on how Universal Orlando Resorts will conduct itself to ensure the health of its staff and guests. The first few days of June saw the park opened to team members and some annual passholders, which helped the park test social distancing measures and prep for its general public o...
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Universal Studios Hollywood and Six Flags Magic Mountain want to reopen by July 1

Universal Studios Hollywood and Six Flags Magic Mountain want to reopen by July 1 and are ready to begin the reopening process immediately following nearly three months of coronavirus closures. A plan for reopening the Universal, Six Flags and Pacific Park theme parks was presented to the Economic Resiliency Task Force of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, June 2. “We would like approval to begin the reopening process immediately,” Universal Studios Hollywood president Karen...
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Disney World Cancels All Ride and Dining Reservations, Universal Plans Hotel Reopening

As we near the summer re-openings of Disney Parks and Universal Orlando, we’re getting more information about how the theme parks will change procedures to protect the health and safety of their guests amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. When the Walt Disney World Resort reopens next month (depending on Florida governor approval), it will debut a new theme park reservation system that requires all guests to make a new reservation to visit in advance, effectively canceling all prio...
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First California theme park targets post-COVID-19 reopening date

Legoland became the first California theme park to target a post-COVID-19 reopening date as the state moves closer to allowing thrill seekers of every age to once again climb aboard roller coasters, water slides and kiddie rides this summer. Legoland California has set a target reopening date of July 1 following an extended coronavirus closure of the Carlsbad kiddie park. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting every week at Southern California’s theme parks...
Tags: Florida, California, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego, Seaworld, Jurassic World, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, San Diego County, Epcot, Legoland Florida, Legoland California


Walt Disney World Reveals Plans For Reopening Parks

Walt Disney World reveals plans for reopening parks A week after Universal Orlando Resort submitted its plans for a phased reopening to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force, Walt Disney World has followed in its competition’s footsteps and submitted its plans to reopen its Magic Kingdom, Disney Animal Kingdom, Epcott and Disney Hollywood Studios in July, according to Deadline. RELATED: BlizzCon 2020 Cancelled Due To Global Pandemic Jim MacPhee, Senior Vice President of Operations...
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What could Disney World’s reopening plan mean for Disneyland?

Disney will wait at least six weeks before reopening its Florida theme parks at the Walt Disney World resort in a move that suggests Disneyland will likely follow a similar conservative course when the company reopens its Anaheim theme parks amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Walt Disney World resort plans to fully reopen in mid-July after extended coronavirus closures of its four Florida theme parks. Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom theme parks will reopen on July 11 while the Epcot and D...
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Will fans come back when theme parks reopen?

While theme parks in California remain closed indefinitely, parks on the East Coast are preparing to return. Legoland Florida reopens on June 1, and Universal Orlando’s three parks will welcome back guests starting June 5. In the Midwest, Indiana’s Holiday World returns on June 17. In Europe, some parks have reopened even earlier, including Germany’s Europa Park and The Netherland’s Efteling, both of which rank among the top 25 theme parks in the world for annual attendance. Sign up for our Par...
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Universal Orlando announces reopening date

Universal Orlando has presented a plan to reopen to the public on June 5. Find out what requirements visitors will be expected to follow.
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What's the future for Disney, Universal and other theme parks around the US?

Now that Universal Orlando has set a reopening date, a number of other theme parks in Florida and across the country need to prepare for theirs.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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The Latest: South Korea reports 20 new virus cases, China 4

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.TOP OF THE HOUR:— South Korea reports 20 new coronavirus cases, China announces 4.— Denver mail distribution centre closed after employees test positive.— Trump to order U.S. flag flown at half-staff over next 3 days as COVID-19 deaths approach 100,000.— Michigan governor...
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Universal Orlando Planning Phased Reopening In June

Universal Orlando planning phased reopening in June As various states begin to try and slowly start reopening businesses and public places across the country, Universal Orlando Theme Park is looking to begin a phased reopening of the park beginning on June 5, according to Deadline. RELATED: Disney World & Universal Orlando Reopening Strategies Unveiled The goal is to reopen the park for testing on June 1 and 2, with June 2 and 3 being devoted to opening the park to invited guests and some ...
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Universal Orlando, Legoland Florida Officially Re-Opening in June With Social Distancing Restrictions

Universal Orlando and Legoland Florida are planning to re-open as soon as this June — but with social distancing restrictions put in place to ensure the safety of their guests. Universal Orlando plans to re-open the park to team members on June 1 and June 2 before opening to invited guests and annual passholders on June 3 and June 4, and finally, the public on June 5. Meanwhile, Legoland Florida is cutting right to the meal, opening its Legoland Pirate Island Hotel on June 1. Both theme parks a...
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First Florida theme parks set post-coronavirus reopening dates in June

Florida theme parks are preparing to reopen in June after extended coronavirus closures in a move that is certain to put pressure on California to allow Disney, Universal and other theme parks to swing open their gates in the coming weeks. Disney, Universal, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Legoland theme parks in Central Florida have presented reopening plans to local governments with proposed reopening dates or are preparing to do so in the coming days. Theme parks in Florida, California and across...
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Universal Orlando Wants to Reopen on June 5

Universal Orlando hopes to reopen its doors to the public on June 5. The Florida theme parks, which is seeking approval of its reopening plan from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, proposed a “slow ramp up” of the popular tourist attraction, which has been closed since March. All employees and guests will be required to wear […]
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Universal Orlando reveals proposed reopening date

Universal Orlando has presented a plan to reopen to the public on June 5.
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Universal’s Epic Universe Theme Park Has Been Delayed; New Permit Reveals Full Park Layout

Universal Orlando Resort’s ambitious new theme park, Epic Universe, was originally supposed to open its doors in 2023. But the company has reportedly “paused” development on the park, and while no one from Universal or its parent company Comcast has provided an updated opening date, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings says senior officials at Universal told him the project would be “delayed by a year.” To make the wait a bit more bearable, one site has received permit plans which reveal the entir...
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Disney World & Universal Orlando Reopening Strategies Unveiled

Disney World & Universal Orlando reopening strategies unveiled According to Deadline, the Orange County Economic Task Force has issued preliminary guidelines as theme parks like Disney World and Universal Orlando consider a phased approach to reopening. RELATED: Universal Studios To Remain Closed Through May The recommendations, which will be assessed and updated as needed, include suggestions that larger theme parks should begin Phase 1 by operating at a 50% capacity with the potential to in...
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