Monthly Archives: May 2020

Secrets of Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney has released a video celebrating the third anniversary of Pandora: The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Behind the Magic Pandora

Two of the lead creative partners responsible for developing the land: Joe Rohde, portfolio creative executive for Walt Disney Imagineering, and Jon Landau, producer of “Avatar” and its sequels. These two visionaries assembled a team of thousands to turn a wondrous cinematic digital world into a complete physical environment that inspires and thrills.

Pandora: The World of Avatar is the newest themed land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. The land is inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar film and is set a generation after the events in the Avatar film.

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Universal Orlando To Reopen Select Hotels Beginning 2 June

As part of the phased reopening after the covid-19 shutdown, Universal Orlando has announced that select resort hotels will reopen beginning 2 June.

Universal Orlando

The full announcement is below.

Beginning June 2, 2020, select Universal Orlando Resort hotels will reopen to guests. The reopening of the hotels will be carefully managed and phased, and includes a wide range of new and enhanced best-practice health, safety and hygiene procedures.

The phased reopening of the hotels will include Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal’s Aventura Hotel and Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites.  Guests staying in these hotels will be able to visit the theme parks on June 3 and 4, prior to the public reopening on June 5.

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Disney Cancel Dining, FastPass+, Experiences and Extra Magic Hours

Disney recently announced its planned opening dates for Walt Disney World, now Disney has announced that due to the phased reopening and the requirement to adhere to social distancing it has unfortunately had to take the decision to suspend FastPass+ and cancel existing dining reservations and experiences.

As a result of limited capacity and some experiences remaining closed, all existing dining reservations including dining plans and experiences will be cancelled.

The 180 day booking window has been changed to a 60 day booking window for all dining and experience bookings. Dining and experience bookings will reopen with limited numbers closer to the theme park reopening date.

FastPass+ has been suspended with all existing FastPass+ selections being cancelled.

Extra Magic Hours have been removed from theme park operating schedules, these are expected to return at a later date.

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Theme Park Hours Shortened After Reopening Announcement

Walt Disney World has been altering their theme park hours regularly to reflect the ongoing covid-19 situation. Yesterday Disney submitted their theme park reopening plans and has subsequently released the new schedule of operating hours for their theme parks for the months ahead.

Park Hours

Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT have all had their operating hours changed through to the end of October.

Click the “discuss in Forums’ button to see the full list of changes.

If you wish to notified of future changes the DIBB has for many years ran a free notification service where you can enter the dates you intend visiting the theme parks and receive a notification of any changes to the theme park hours.

You can see the theme park hours and enter your dates at this link : Theme Park Hours

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