San Antonians snubbed from going to Disneyland
Handout/Getty ImagesIf you're thinking of ways to spend your stimmy, you're going to hold off on spending it at Disneyland, as least for now. Disney theme park employees have seen significant cuts as the company laid off 32,000 employees in the U.S. parks division. News of the park's reopening comes on the cusp of Disney announcing closures of its Disney stores including three in San Antonio. According to USA Today, the company said it was reducing the number of stores to focus on its e-commerce business. As a millennial who grew up going to Disney stores inside San Antonio mall, I probably speak for most folks when I say, "you'll be in my heart."mysanantonio.com
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure to reopen April 30
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure to reopen April 30 Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park will reopen with limited capacity starting April 30 after being closed for more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. CBS Los Angeles reports.cbsnews.com
Disneyland to reopen on April 30, Disney CEO Bob Chapek says
California's two Disney theme parks will reopen on April 30, CEO Bob Chapek said Wednesday on CNBC's "Squawk Alley." "We've seen the enthusiasm, the craving for people to return to our parks around the world," Chapek told CNBC's Julia Boorstin. "We've been operating at Walt Disney World for about nine months, and there certainly is no shortage of demand." The Vacation Club Villa at the Grand Californian will reopen on May 2, and Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel and the Disneyland Hotel will reopen at a later date. All theme parks in California have been closed due to Covid-related restrictions for the past year.cnbc.com
Disney shares pop on promise of California Disneyland reopening
Shares of Disney rose more than 6% in late-day trading Monday after California provided new guidance allowing amusement parks to reopen in the state on April 1. The rally is set to add more than $23 billion to Disney's market cap, bringing it to around $368 billion. Disneyland and other parks in California have been closed for about a year due to coronavirus-related restrictions, even as other states, such as Florida, have allowed parks to reopen with limited capacity. Disney has not yet provided a reopening date for its California parks, but Disney and other theme park owners, including Universal Studios owner NBCUniversal, have pleaded with California officials to allow for a limited reopening. While its California parks have remained closed to visitors, Disneyland recently began aiding the public health effort by serving as a vaccination site for state residents.cnbc.com
The Latest: Ireland reaches half million vaccinations
(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)LONDON — Ireland has given out half a million coronavirus vaccinations about two months after the first inoculation. Evidence suggests this variant can spread more easily than most currently circulating strains of the coronavirus, health officials say. State health officials urge people to maintain precautions, particularly during spring break and Easter gatherings, as the state tries to ramp up vaccinations. Sri Lanka has so far received 1 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured in neighboring India, which donated half of the doses. The Missoulian reported Friday that in Missoula County, Granite Pharmacy has enough vaccine doses to vaccinate all 2,000 county teachers.
California OKs reopening of ball parks, Disneyland
Amusement parks also will be permitted to reopen in counties that have fallen from the state's purple tier — the most restrictive — to the red tier. The move followed a week of milestones, with California ramping up vaccinations for the poorest neighborhoods, counties reopening more businesses and Gov. Outdoor sports will be limited to 100 people in the purple tier but will increase up to 67% in the yellow tier. Teams and event organizers can only sell tickets regionally in the purple tier. No concessions will be allowed in the purple tier, while in others, concession sales will only be available at seats.
Mass vaccination centers pop up in unusual locations across the world
Mass vaccination centers pop up in unusual locations across the world As coronavirus cases continue to rise, U.S. health officials have turned stadiums, fairgrounds and even Disneyland into mass vaccination sites, while elsewhere in the world people are getting vaccinated at food courts, museums and racetracks. CBS News foreign correspondent Roxana Saberi reports on one unusual location in England and other unconventional places around the globe.cbsnews.com
The Latest: China says COVID-19 hospitalizations above 1,000
(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)BEIJING — China says it is now treating more than 1,000 people for COVID-19 as numbers of cases continue to surge in the country’s north. ___AUSTIN, Texas — Texas has distributed more than 1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. State health officials say Texas had more than 14,000 COVID-19 patients in hospitals and its death toll has passed 30,000. ___COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina will now allow medical students, retired nurses and other qualified professionals to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. ___MADRID — Spain reported 35,878 confirmed coronavirus cases and 201 new deaths from the coronavirus.
Disneyland to host COVID-19 vaccination site
Disneyland to host COVID-19 vaccination site The theme park, which has been closed since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, is set to host the first mass-vaccination site in Orange County, California, as the state faces a record number of COVID-19 deaths. CBS Los Angeles' Tina Patel reports from Anaheim.cbsnews.com
Disneyland to become "super" COVID-19 mass-vaccination site
Now, the theme park is set to become the first mass-vaccination site in Orange County, California, as the state faces record COVID-19 deaths. Government officials announced late Monday that Disneyland will be the first "Super Point-of-Dispensing" (POD) site in the county when it begins operations later this week. The county plans to open more Super POD sites soon, with five regional sites having the capacity to vaccinate thousands of people daily — making the vaccination process much more efficient. "With this super site, we will begin to overcome both. Those who meet the criteria must schedule an appointment at a Super POD site to be vaccinated, officials said.cbsnews.com
Disney's Space Mountain is going to blast off into the feature film frontier (report)
1997's "Tower of Terror" was the first Disney ride to be given the feature film treatment, followed by the 2003 film "Haunted Mansion." A poster for the Disneyland ride Space Mountain. He's also been tapped to produce “Space Mountain” with Tory Tunnell, his working partner and wife, under their Safehouse Pictures shingle. A mural of the final frontier at Disneyland's Space Mountain. The indoor, dual-tracked Space Mountain attraction first shot riders into the starry abyss at Florida's Walt Disney World Resort back in January of 1975.space.com
Disney said Covid-related costs shaved $2.4 billion from parks' operating income in latest quarter
Views of the Disneyland theme park, still closed due to COVID-19 on July 11, 2020 in Anaheim, California. While the majority of Disney's theme parks were open during the company's fiscal fourth quarter, the continued closure of Disneyland in the U.S. resulted in a big financial hit. The state has said it will not permit theme parks to reopen until coronavirus cases have fallen substantially in the surrounding community. On Thursday, Disney said the Covid-19 outbreak cost its parks, experiences and products segment around $2.4 billion in lost operating income during its most recent period. In the second quarter, the company had reported it lost $1 billion in operating income due to the pandemic, and in the third quarter, the pandemic cut its operating income by $3.5 billion.cnbc.com
California wavers on theme park opening rules amid pressure
But following industry criticism of the proposed rules, state health officials said no announcement was coming Friday as negotiations continue. Amusement park leaders saw a draft of the new rules Thursday and urged state officials to change them, said Erin Guerrero, executive director of the California Attractions and Parks Association. A Disney official said there have been no major reported outbreaks in Florida associated with the company’s theme parks and declined to say whether any cases have occurred there. Ian Henderson, a spokesman for Steel’s office, said county health officials have worked closely with Disney to prepare for the reopening of its parks. ___Taxin reported from Orange County, California.
The Latest: Honolulu to allow some activities to resume
(AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)HONOLULU -- Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city plans to allow some activities that were shut down last month to control the spread of the coronavirus to resume under new guidelines. Gary Herbert will increase pandemic restrictions in two Utah cities as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the state. The county accounted for 42% of the state’s cases despite having only 20% of state’s population. Eric Holcomb’s statewide mask mandate and other coronavirus restrictions poses a possible disruption to his reelection campaign. But the real toll is thought to be much higher, in part because many COVID-19 deaths were probably ascribed to other causes, especially early on, before widespread testing.
Disneyland is not moving to Texas from California despite rumor
In case you missed it: Disney’s Splash Mountain to be re-themed to ‘Princess and the Frog’
It’s transformation central at Disney Parks in the U.S., as Disney officially announced that it has big plans for Splash Mountain at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. MORE: Petition calls for Disney Parks to change theme of Splash MountainIf you haven’t heard of the film, you’re not alone. If you’re unfamiliar with Splash Mountain, here’s a little background. Splash Mountain follows happy-go-lucky Br’er Rabbit as he looks for his “laughing place.” All the while, Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox are in hot pursuit of Br’er Rabbit. “Many adults and children ride this attraction because it brings back childhood memories,” the “Keep Splash Mountain” petition said.
Create Disney’s famous Dole Whip at home in less than 10 minutes
If you’re like us and are no longer following your quarantine diet, Disney’s favorite frozen snack can be yours to make at home. Dole Whip has become a must-eat for families and Disney fans alike. The theme parks remain closed, however, you can bring the park magic home by creating your own Dole Whip treats. There are two ways to create a Dole Whip: Dole’s recipe and Disney’s recipe. Share your Dole Whip creations with us in the comments below!
Outlook for Disney World and Disneyland reopenings: What will it be like? And when will parks be running?
CNN – Fans of Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California are already dreaming of the parks' eventual reopening down the distant road. After all, masks and wipes and social distancing were not part of the Disney experience before the March closures. Thomas Mazloum, senior vice president of Walt Disney World Resorts and Transportation Operations, is a member of the task force. The task force also gave suggested guidelines for Orange County hotels, including the encouragement of mobile check-ins, limited housekeeping services and self-parking by guests. Until the parks are actually up and running again, it's hard to know exactly what the experience for guests will be like.
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.
This Disney playlist will take any day and make it practically perfect
Disney tunes have a way of getting us out of the rut we’re in and putting a smile on our face. Each music provider has a Disney playlist filled with hundreds of songs from every Disney film known to man. Having the right playlist is an important task -- and choosing the right playlist shouldn’t be taken lightly. Everyone should have a Disney playlist saved, ready to be played at any moment. The playlist is a melting pot of classic Disney hits, Disney covers and songs you can hear when visiting a Disney theme park.