A trip that we have been planning for almost 18 months has been wiped out.
I had the unadmiral task this morning of cancelling our flights and our car rental for what was supposed to be our last family Disney trip. My oldest daughter is heading off to college in September and with her little sister still in high school and my wife being a teacher, our vacations will no longer line up. So this was going to be the last time that we all went to Disney World as a family. We had reservations for Cinderella’s Royal Table, something that my daughter has been dreaming of since she was 5. We had FastPasses for all the new rides, including Mickey’s Runaway Railroad. All of this is gone as of right now.
Disney is still planning on opening the parks on April, 1. I think that is an extreme long-shot at best, more on the line that they are dreaming. Even if the parks were open during the time that we were supposed to go, both my girl’s and wife’s April vacation has been cancelled here in Rhode Island (as well as pretty much everywhere else.), so there would be no way to go.
I know that these are unprecedented times with the Covid-19 virus, and the fact that we had to cancel a vacation is a minuscule issue. I truly understand the scope of this pandemic and how many lives have been lost, but I still feel the disappointment that my daughters are feeling and there is nothing that I am able to do about it.
I am hopeful that the reports of late April for this virus to start dying down are correct and the world can get back to some form of normalcy.
There is still a very slim shot that we may be able to go in July, definitely crossing our fingers.
Disney delays the release of the Live Action “Mulan”
Due to concerns of the Coronaviris, Disney Studios has announced that it is delaying the release of the live-action version of Mulan.
The movie was originally slated to open nation-wide on March 26. This delayed opening is among many Hollywood releases that have been delayed do to the current world-wide situation.
Although no release date was mentioned, rumors are hinting at a mid-May release to coincide with the Summer Blockbuster Season.
Check back with DisneyDawgs and we will let you know as soon as information is released.
Disney Cruiseline, Walt Disney World Resorts and Disneyland CLOSED!!!
For the first time in the history of the parks, both Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland in California and the Disney Cruise Line will be temporarily suspending operations this weekend.
Due to the Coronavirus, both parks and the cruise line will suspend public operations on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Disney Springs and ALL Disney Resorts will be cleared of visitors. Disney is reporting that there have been no reports of the Coronavirus at any of the properties and that they are suspending operations due to overwhelming public safety concerns.
Some reports are claiming that this shutdown will last until March 30, 2020 at the earliest, although there is no confirmation from Disney on that date.
Here at DisneyDawgs, we will keep you updated with the latest information as soon as it is available.
Below is the official statement from the Disney Company regarding the closures.
Disney releases statement clarifying cancellation policies
The following is a statement released by the Walt Disney Company reguarding the closure of both Disneyland and Walt Disney World parks, hotels and resorts.
In an abundance of caution, and in the best interest of our Guests and Cast Members, we are proceeding with the closure of our theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort, beginning March 16, through the end of the month.
The Walt Disney Company will pay its Cast Members during that closure period.
Disney Resort hotels and Disney Springs will remain open until further notice.
We will continue to stay in close contact with appropriate officials and health experts.
Below, you’ll find information on impacts to current and upcoming plans. Please continue to check this page for additional updates.
May I get a refund on my ticket?
Unexpired multi-day theme park tickets with unused days, or date-specific theme park tickets with a start date on or before March 31, 2020 will automatically be extended to use any date through December 15, 2020. If you are unable to visit by December 15, 2020 you may apply the value of a wholly unused ticket toward the purchase of a ticket for a future date.
Florida Resident Discover Disney Tickets may be used through July 31, 2020.
Guests who have purchased tickets for Disney After Hours, Disney Villains After Hours and Disney Early Morning Magic from March 16, 2020 through March 31, 2020 will be automatically refunded.
How does the closure of Walt Disney World impact annual passes?
Walt Disney World annual passes will be extended by the number of days the parks are closed, March 16, 2020 through March 31, 2020.
I have a future stay at a Disney Resort hotel while the park is closed. What does that mean for my vacation?
Guests who have not checked in for stays between March 16, 2020 through March 31, 2020 may modify or cancel their Disney Resort room reservation or Walt Disney Travel Company package up to their original check-in date. If no action is taken, Disney will automatically process a refund to the original form of payment within seven days of the original check-in date. If you did not book through Disney directly, please contact your travel professional.
What if I want to cancel a Disney Resort hotel reservation after the parks reopen?
We will waive all Disney imposed change and cancellation fees up to the date of check-in through June 30, 2020.
DINING & OTHER EXPERIENCES
I have a pre-paid dining reservation or experience reservation like Droid Depot during the time when the parks are closed. Will I receive a refund?
Yes. All pre-paid dining and experience reservations will be automatically refunded if scheduled between March 16, 2020 through March 31, 2020.
What happens to dining reservations that required a credit card at the time of booking?
Reservations made at locations impacted by the closure will not be charged a cancellation or no-show fee.
Walt Disney World Releases Statement on Coronavirus
Walt Disney World has released its first public statement regarding the coronavirus and the steps that they are taking for Walt Disney World. Currently three Disney parks world-wide are closed (Shanghai, Hong Kong and Japan) due to the coonavirus.
The following statement was given to People magazine by a Disney spokesperson:
“We know there is new information this week about coronavirus in Florida.
“We have very stringent sanitation procedures in place at Walt Disney World Resort. We are in close contact with health agencies for information and guidance, and at this time, we are continuing to communicate to our Cast the importance of preventative measures such as frequent hand-washing and rigorous cleaning processes.
“For guest convenience, we have placed additional hand sanitizers throughout our parks and resorts and will adjust our protocols as the situation warrants.”
Currently, there are two confirmed cases of coronavirus in Florida
We are really getting down to the homestretch for our 2020 Disney Vacation
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Top 5 Quick Service Restaurants in Walt Disney World
Below is a list and description of what DisneyDawgs considers the top-five Quick Service Restaurants that are within one of the four theme parks. Those quick-service restaurants located in Disney Springs or either of the waterparks were not considered for this list.
Located on Commissary Lane in Hollywood Studios, the ABC Commissary offers a quick and inexpensive meal. They offer a menu of quick food. Ribs, Fish, Chicken and Burgers. The service is usually quick and the restaurant is clean. This is a great place to jump into if you want to grab a quick, inexpensive meal and still make it in time for your FastPass for Slinky Dog Rollercoaster.
This location offers order ahead on the MyDisney Mobile App and also offers Reservations after 4PM. From the Disney World website: ”
Enjoy your dinner at this Fast Casual dining location—now accepting reservations! This gives you priority entry at your booking time.
Starting at 4:00 PM daily, you can enjoy a fast-casual dinner experience allowing you to place an order at one of the cash registers, take a pager and find a comfortable place to sit. Then, when the order is ready, we’ll bring the food right to your table.
Feast on scrumptious dinner fare like our Southwest BBQ Burger or Fish and Shrimp Platter paired with a Watermelon Margarita or Happy Daze cocktail. And don’t let the credits roll on your meal before enjoying a delectable dessert like our Apple Almond Tart.
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café
Located in Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café is one of the, if not the busiest Quick-Service Restaurants on all of Disney property. With a menu of basically Burgers and Chicken, the food is good. The thing that makes this restaurant so busy is the entertainment. Sonny Delight, the alien animatronic from Yew Nork City on Planet Zork has been entertaining guests with his lounge-style act and playing the Astro-Organ at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café since 1995.
As of the time of this post, Sonny is currently down for refurbishment. We hope that this is only temporary.
This location offers Order ahead on the My Disney Experience App on your cellphone. Like I said, Cosmic Ray’s is extremely busy at all hours of the day. Seating can be at a premium, so be patient. Also, if you are done with your meal, please be courteous and clean your table and make room so that some that is trying to eat their meal, has a place to sit.
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café
Located in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café offers a variety of Mexican and Southwestern style meals. From Chicken Fajitas to Taco Trios to the Southwest Burger. Prices here are reasonable and the food is good. Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café has one of the largest dining rooms for a quick-service restaurant in all of Disney World and for the most part, finding a seat is usually not a problem.
One of the big draws to Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café is the secret menu item that they offer. For those that do not know, some of the Disney World restaurants have a “secrete menu”. These are items that are not on the regular menu, but can be ordered if asked for. Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café secrete menu item is Nachos Rio Grande. This item can only be ordered between the hours of 3 and 6PM and will feed 6-8+ people. When ordered, you will have a special table reserved for you and your group. Once the Nachos Rio Grande is ready, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café cast members make a production bringing your order out in a covered wagon styled cart and a parade of every cast member ringing cowbells and hooting and hollering. Once you have finished the Nachos Rio Grande, your party is treated to a special ceremony where you are taught about Pecos Bill’s Code of the Wild West and each member receives a sheriff’s badge and cowboy hat. The price tag for this experience is pretty steep though, $90+ for nachos. But it would be an experience that everyone in your party would not soon forget.
This location offers Order ahead on the My Disney Experience App on your cellphone.
Pinocchio Village Haus
Located in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom, Pinocchio Village Haus serves more of an Italian style menu with chicken parmesan sandwiches to pizza, pasta and salads. Themed, as you would imagine, to the story of Pinocchio, the restaurant is quaint and may seem quite small. The hidden gem of this restaurant is the outdoor seating, but few know of the hidden seating here. There are stairs that lead to an upstairs dining room that is quiet and not many people visit. This alone would be a big plus for a quick-serve restaurant, but if you look around upstairs, there are window that view into the It’s a Small World ride loading area. While you eat your meal, you are able to watch other guests embark on their journey through It’s a Small World.
This location offers Order ahead on the My Disney Experience App on your cellphone.
Located in DinoLand USA at Animal Kingdom, Restaurantosaurus offers an American style menu featuring burgers, chicken and seafood. The restaurant is styled as the quarters of a paleontology dig site. The humor of the students can be seen throughout all of the rooms of the restaurant. As with Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café, the dining room of this restaurant is quite large,not as large as Cosmic Ray’s, so you should not have any problems finding a seat inside the air conditioned restaurant. If seating is at a premium, there is plenty of outdoor seating.
This location offers Order ahead on the My Disney Experience App on your cellphone.
There you have it. This is DisneyDawgs pick of the top 5 quick-service restaurants in Walt Disney World. Do you agree with us? If not, let us know. Leave a comment below and let us know what you think are the best quick-service restaurants on Disney property.
Leap Year #ExtraDayForMagic
An #ExtraDayForMagic does not come around very often, as a matter of fact, it only comes once every four years.
This year on Leap Day (February 29) Disney World is celebrating its Cast Members and the incredible job that they do.
Spaceship Earth Attraction in Epcot Closing for Refurb.
Disney announced this week that the Spaceship Earth attraction in Epcot will be closing for refurbishment. The ride, which is in what has become affectionately known as the Epcot Ball, will be closing on May 26, 2020.
This will be the attraction’s fourth refurbishment. This time will be the largest update that the ride has seen since it opened on Epcot’s opening day on October 1, 1982. The update is said to include an Egypt area and new state of the art lighting.
There is no word on how long the refurbishment is going to take, but I am pretty sure that it should be completed before Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebration in 2021.
Getting close to the home stretch!!!
Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
The Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros is a cute, slow, dark ride located within the pyramid in the Mexican Pavilion at Walt Disney World’s Epcot. It originally opened on April 6, 2007 and replaced “El Rio del Tiempo”.
The ride begins as a boat ride through the Myan pyramids in Mexico on one side and the “San Angel Inn Restaurante” on the other. Soon you enter a tunnel where you meet Panchito Pistoles and José Carioca of the Three Caballeros in where they are looking for the third member of their group, Donald Duck. ¿Dónde es Donald? is often heard.
This spectacular voyage takes you through sights, locations food and the culture of Mexico via video screens along both sides of the boat route. The music and the colors are splendid and this is an exceptional slow, air conditioned ride for all members of the family.
The ride includes a with a view of Mexico City and a Mexican Festival that reminds you of the “Its a Small World” ride and concludes with full animatronic figures of Panchito, José and Donald all together saying good-bye, adios and come back and see us again.
Discover A Message from Mickey Mouse After Your Walt Disney World Resort Vacation
If you stay 3 nights or longer at a Disney Resort Hotel during 2020, you will receive a letter thanking you for visiting. This is no ordinary letter. Within the letter there will be a QR code that will unlock a hidden screen on the Play Disney Parks app. This screen will allow you to access an animation, augmented reality Mickey Mouse that will appear on your phone.
I am looking forward to seeing this once me and my pups come back from our upcoming trip.
Discover A Magical Message from Mickey Mouse in the Play Disney Parks App
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Cinderella Castle Makeover Scheduled
A major refurbishment is scheduled to take place on Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World within the next couple of weeks and is expected to last until mid-Summer.
With Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary scheduled for 2021, most of the parks have been seeing major changes and new rides. Magic Kingdom has pretty much been spared other than construction of the Tron Rollercoaster in Tomorrowland (Disney World Railroad and Tomorrowland Speedway have taken the brunt.).
Disney announced today that the Icon of all Disney World parks, Cinderella Castle, will start refurbishment within the next couple of weeks. Disney claims that the work on the castle will not interrupt any of the shows or fireworks that are held at Cinderella Castle daily.
Disney released an artist’s rendering of what the completed work will look like. The majors change will be the pinkish hue added to the structure along with golden highlights very similar to Disneyland in California’s Castle.
We are disappointed with the extremely late notice of this construction by Disney. Most of those that will be visiting Walt Disney World this Spring and Summer had booked trips months ago knowing that there was MAJOR construction throughout Walt Disney World. To have Disney spring this upon guests that may not be able to view the icon on of the Disney Empire is not leaving many long time fans of the Mouse too happy.