Theme Park News
Avengers Campus, the entirely new land dedicated to discovering, recruiting and training the next generation of Super Heroes, will open June 4, 2021 at the Disneyland Resort! At this fully immersive land inside Disney California Adventure park, guests will be invited to team up with the Avengers and their allies and live out their Super Hero dreams. Avengers Campus is comprised of several heroic locations, each hosted by a different Avenger to share their unique powers, technology and knowledge with recruits.
Sling webs with Spider-Man and unite with the Guardians of the Galaxy
Power up with tiny treats and massive meals
Team up with the Avengers and their allies like never before
Suit up with the latest Super Hero gear
The Worldwide Engineering Brigade (WEB) will house the new WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure, the first Disney ride-through attraction to feature the iconic friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
Pym Test Kitchen is a food innovation science lab where the food and drinks tell a story. Just as Ant-Man and The Wasp use “Pym Particles” to grow and shrink just about anything, Pym Technologies applies this science to the creation of shareable bites, inventive entrees and sweet treats.
Shawarma Palace and Terran Treats are two new food carts in the land which will provide eats fit for a super hero.
Guests may have heroic encounters with Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, the Dora Milaje, Black Widow, Ant-Man and The Wasp, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor and even villains like Loki. Guests may even have the chance to witness Spider-Man swinging into action high above Avengers Campus with gravity-defying, acrobatic feats never seen before in a Disney theme park.
At a nearby ancient sanctum, Doctor Strange will train recruits in the mystic arts by bringing this ancient sanctum to life with powerful spells. At night, the area glows even more vividly with majestic colors and lights, pulsating with mystic energy.
Avengers fans can find their favorite gear at the WEB Suppliers Store and the Campus Supply Pod.
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The Disneyland Resort has released further information regarding their pending opening on April 30th. When the theme parks reopen, they will have enhanced health and safety measures, and will limit capacity through a new theme park reservation system that requires all guests to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance. Theme park reservations will be available online, in advance only, for a specific date, subject to availability.
Theme Park Reservations: To enter Disneyland park or Disney California Adventure park, both a theme park reservation and valid admission ticket for the same park on the same date are required for guests ages 3 and up. Guests must have a valid theme park admission ticket in order to make a reservation. Theme park reservations will be limited and subject to availability and, until further notice, only California residents may visit the parks, and in groups no larger than 3 households, in line with current state guidelines. The theme park reservation system will launch on April 12, and guests with existing valid theme park tickets can begin making park reservations for the days that their ticket is valid. Theme park ticket sales will resume on April 15, and guests without park tickets may begin purchasing tickets and making park reservations. As a reminder, ticket expiration dates were extended for many outstanding tickets. To accommodate as many types of ticket holders as possible, park reservations for select dates may be made available on a rolling basis. Ticket calendars will be updated on a rolling basis. Check for updated availability. Here are some key dates to remember:
April 9: Guests who currently hold a theme park ticket can check available days for 1-day ticket type beginning April 9 on Disneyland.com/ParksUpdates.
April 12: The theme park reservation system will open no earlier than 8 a.m. PT on April 12 and guests who already have valid theme park tickets may begin making park reservations.
April 15: Theme park ticket sales will resume no earlier than 8 a.m. PT on April 15, and guests without park tickets may begin purchasing tickets and making park reservations.
Guests should be sure to log in to their Disney account first to link valid theme park tickets prior to accessing the park reservation system.
Guests with valid theme park admission tickets who are planning a stay at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will also need to book a theme park reservation, as a hotel stay does not guarantee a theme park reservation. It is recommended that guests who plan to visit the theme parks during their stay should get their theme park reservation prior to making a hotel reservation.
Guests with Park Hopper tickets may choose, pending availability, which theme park to start their day when making their theme park reservations, and then will be able to visit the other park beginning at 1 p.m. that day. Guests with multi-day tickets will be required to make a separate park reservation for each day they plan to visit the theme parks.
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Park Hours: Upon reopening, daily park hours for Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park are currently planned to be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit Disneyland.com for operating hours on the day you wish to visit, as they are subject to change.
Parking: Theme park parking will be available at the Mickey & Friends and Pixar Pals parking structures, located off Disneyland Drive.
Dining: For a contactless and cashless experience, our mobile order service is available exclusively on the Disneyland App. Bookings for dining at select locations will reopen on April 22, with limited capacity. Guests will be able to book dining reservation 60 days in advance on Disneyland.com or with the Disneyland App, subject to availability.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance: Upon reopening, they will continue leveraging a virtual queue system for one of the most popular experiences at Disneyland Resort, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. The attraction’s virtual queue is only accessible via the Disneyland mobile app, and guests may only experience the attraction by joining the virtual queue.
Beginning April 30, 2021, distribution times for virtual queue enrollment will be twice daily, one in the morning, and one later in the day. Specific times and details will be shared at a later date on Disneyland.com.
Guests with a valid ticket and theme park reservation who will start their day at Disneyland Park will be able to access the virtual queue system and check for an available boarding group in the morning on the day of their park reservation. Guests will need to have their park tickets linked to their Disney account.
To access the second virtual queue opportunity for later that day, guests must have a valid ticket and park reservation, and have entered Disneyland Park, or Disney California Adventure Park with a Park Hopper ticket by the second enrollment time. Guests beginning their day at Disney California Adventure Park may then enter Disneyland Park with their Park Hopper ticket after 1 p.m. for their boarding group.
Access to a Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance boarding group is subject to availability and not guaranteed. In order to give as many guests as possible the opportunity to join the Resistance, each guest can enter the virtual queue no more than once per day.
As a reminder, only guests with a valid admission into Disneyland Park will be able to experience Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, subject to availability. Distribution times are subject to change or cancellation.
Savi's Workshop may be available to guests when Disneyland Park reopens, and reservations will be limited. Reservations will be open as of April 22nd.
Droid Depot may be available to guests when Disneyland Park reopens, and no reservations will be required.
Disneyland Resort VIP Tours will be available to guests when Disneyland Park reopens. However, Disney's Happiest Haunts Tour, the Grand Circle Tour, and Walk in Walt's Disneyland Footsteps guided tour will not be available.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Fantasyland will remain closed upon reopening.
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will reopen on April 29, 2021 with limited capacity, and room reservations may be booked starting April 15, 2021! The Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will reopen at a later date.
Guests may check-in online before they arrive at the hotel, up to five days in advance.
Guests should review the new Health & Safety Acknowledgement prior to their arrival.
Guests may receive a text message when their room is ready if they have completed online check-in and agreed to receive text messages. They may pick up their key at the front desk. Guests can pay for purchases at Disney-operated locations throughout the Resort using their hotel room key with a valid credit card on file.
Guests are encouraged to download the Disneyland app.
The morning of check-out, there is no need for guests to visit the Front Desk, unless they receive a message or if they have a question. Guests will be automatically checked out for their convenience.
Guests ages 2 and older must wear an appropriate face covering in public areas at the hotel, including those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Guests may remove their face covering while swimming or actively eating or drinking, but must be stationary when consuming food or beverages, and maintain proper physical distancing.
For other health and safety guidelines, visit the Disneyland Resort “Know Before You Go” information at Disneytraveltradeinfo.com/dlr.
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Walt Disney World
In EPCOT, the new flagship merchandise location, Creations Shop, will be unveiled this summer. Creations Shop features a bold, sleek design that creates a perfect showcase for the rich variety of items guests will find as part of their EPCOT experience. It will be an open, bright, welcoming environment with huge glass walls that allow sunlight to pour in and make guests feel like they’re in touch with nature even while indoors. They are using color, materials and light in new ways with some unique EPCOT touches that connect back to this park’s storied past while looking to the future.
Guests will discover original homages to Mickey Mouse throughout the space, including large, dynamic murals and new artist expressions that showcase the global, contemporary icon that Mickey has become for generations around the world.
The products guests will find here will extend Disney storytelling and allow them to bring that experience home with them, all while encouraging them to explore their own expressiveness and creativity.
Adjacent to the shop will be a revitalized Club Cool Hosted by Coca-Cola, which will also open this summer. This will celebrate Coca-Cola in a fresh new way, while keeping the fan-favorite experience that invites guests to explore tasty drinks from around the world. This space will also have some new magic to bring the global experience of Coca-Cola to life for guests.
Opening Creations Shop and Club Cool will be an important milestone in our ongoing transformation of the park. These fun and energetic locations will continue the reimagining of what will soon be a new neighborhood at the entrance and center of the park, called World Celebration.
photo credit: Disney Destinations
This artist concept rendering does not represent current operational guidelines or health and safety measures such as face covering and physical distancing requirements
This summer, guests can join in celebrating six years of the runDisney Virtual Series as they honor the timeless majesty of “The Lion King” with three wild and wonderful 5Ks. From The Pride Lands to their very own neighborhood, guests can be prepared to rule the road (or sidewalk, or treadmill).
Running a runDisney virtual event truly means having no worries! Not only do guests get to decide when they run, they also get to decide where they run. Plus, when they register, guests can add even more ferocious fun to their miles by downloading a themed bib and at-home kit that includes a start line, finish line and mile markers.
They can be the talk of The Pride Lands and test their endurance by registering on runDisney.com for the runDisney Virtual Challenge that includes all three 5Ks and they’ll receive four marvelous medals total.
Universal Orlando Resort
It has finally been announced that Universal's Islands of Adventure will be debuting a new species of roller coaster, Jurassic World VelociCoaster, on June 10th. This attraction is sure to put thrill ride fans to the test with two intense launches, four inversions, speeds up to 70 mph in 2.4 seconds, a 360 degree barrel roll, and a 155' top hat hill.
Step into Jurassic Park and stand in awe and wonder at a land transformed by science after 65 million years. But don’t be deceived by the island’s beauty because danger lurks behind every corner. Only here can you live the adventure of coming face to face with giant creatures of the Earth’s past, encounter raptors roaming every day, or take a daring raft expedition through jungles teeming with dinosaurs. For those brave enough to visit the raptor paddock, you may be able to carefully approach one of these deadly predators. Then feel the rush of the hunt as you race through the jungle alongside raptors on the Jurassic World VelociCoaster.
Due to continued popular demand, the good times will keep rolling as Universal Orlando Resort extends its dynamic celebration of flavor and entertainment, Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval, through Sunday, May 2, 2021.
Enjoy this unique global food fest at Universal Studios Florida, featuring more than 100 food and beverage items inspired by Carnaval celebrations from around the world.
The Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida has announced that the state filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over the "unlawful" shutdown of the cruise industry. The Governor is demanding that cruise ships be allowed to begin sailing from U.S. ports immediately.
Florida’s lawsuit claims that other industries such as airlines, hotels, restaurants, theme parks, casinos, and bars have successfully reopened with Covid-19 protocols. Therefore the restrictions by the CDC for cruise lines are now "obsolete."
The CDC originally issued their "No-Sail Order" in March 2020 and then introduced their "Conditional Sailing Order" in November 2020. It was almost six months later when the CDC gave further instruction for the path to return to sailing. The CDC has not given clarity as to when cruising will be reinstated so many cruise lines have announced they will begin sailing again from international ports.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody stated that 60% of the nation's cruises come out of Florida. Governor DeSantis advised that businesses local to ports will lose revenue as cruise passengers travel to other countries to board ships. Florida has three of the world’s largest cruise ports: PortMiami, Port Canaveral, and Port Everglades. The cruise industry employs thousands of workers and generates billions of dollars for the state’s economy each year.
Disney Cruise Line
Disney Cruise Line extends the suspension of all departures through June 2021, and Disney Magic European sailings through Sept. 19, 2021. The team at Disney Cruise Line remains focused on the health and well-being of guests and team members. They are carefully reviewing the recently released guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and working toward resuming operations. As they continue to refine their protocols for their eventual return to service, they are cancelling all sailings departing through June 2021. They have also made the decision to cancel Disney Magic European sailings from Barcelona, Dover and Copenhagen through September 18, 2021.
Disney Cruise Line is offering affected guests that have paid their reservation in full the choice of a 125% future cruise credit to be used for a future sailing on or before September 30, 2022, or a full refund. The credit has automatically been added to their account and can be applied as a payment option when booking a new reservation online. Guests that have not paid their reservations in full will automatically receive a refund of what they have paid so far.
Guests with embedded Adventures by Disney packages on the impacted sailings will automatically be refunded the cost of their Adventures by Disney Embedded package.
Captain Minnie Mouse will take the helm of the newest addition to the Disney Cruise Line fleet, Disney Wish. Minnie will be proudly adorned on the bow of the Disney Wish in whimsical artwork.
photo credit: Disney Destinations
The Disney Wish reached a significant construction milestone marked by the traditional keel laying ceremony. During a ship’s construction, when the first block, or section of a ship, is lowered into the building dock, a newly minted coin is placed under the keel for good fortune. The coin created for the Disney Wish features none other than… you guessed it, Captain Minnie!
photo credit: Disney Destinations
With Captain Minnie at the helm of the Disney Wish, their hope is to continue inspiring girls and young women around the globe!
Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line will restart in July and August with three ships to three spectacular destinations. The itineraries have been carefully selected to support a gradual and successful return to service plan while prioritizing the health and safety of their guests, crew, and the communities they visit around the world.
Norwegian Jade will operate 7-day cruises to the Greek Isles from Athens (Piraeus), Greece from Jul 25, 2021, through Nov 7, 2021.
Norwegian Joy will operate 7-day cruises to the Western Caribbean from Montego Bay, Jamaica from Aug 7, 2021, through Oct 9, 2021.
Norwegian Gem will operate 7-day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean from Punta Cana (La Romana), the Dominican Republic from Aug 15, 2021, through Oct 10, 2021.
photo credit: Norwegian Cruise Line
In support of a gradual return to service approach, Norwegian is also announcing the suspension of the following global cruise voyages:
All sailings through and including September 1, 2021 on Norwegian Epic
All sailings through and including November 7, 2021 on Norwegian Pearl
All July and August 2021 sailings across the balance of the fleet (with the exception of Norwegian Bliss and Pride of America)
All guests with current and active bookings affected by the suspension will receive a 100% refund of the fare paid, back to the original form of payment. Affected guests may also receive a 10% off discount on their next NCL cruise, valid for all published sailings through and including December 31, 2022.
Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Cruise Line has announced additional cruise cancellations and the extension of its pause in all operations from U.S. ports through June 30, 2021. To provide flexibility for guests booked on July itineraries that remain in the schedule, Carnival is extending final payment deadlines for all July sailings to May 31, 2021, with the ability to cancel without penalty.
The industry continues its discussions with the Canadian government officials about returning to service in the summer, including the potential to operate their Alaska season. While they work at securing options for a return to guest operations, they are giving guests two choices so they can select what works better for them.
Maintain the reservation and automatically receive a $100, per stateroom, On Board Credit (OBC) should the cruise operate.
Cancel any time between now and May 31, 2021, and receive a full refund.
If guests opt to cancel, they may complete the form on line, alleviating the need to call in. Guests who wish to remain on the sailing do not need to complete a form to receive the OBC.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
Royal Caribbean announced the Navigator of the Seas will have the newest homeport in Los Angeles, California. This will be Royal Caribbean's return to the west coast after a decade-long hiatus. Navigator of the Seas will now begin sailing year-round from Los Angeles as of November 2021. These new itineraries will open for sale the week of April 12, 2021.
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To ensure full preparedness for a healthy and safe return to cruising, Royal Caribbean has made the tough decision to further extend their operational pause through June 30, 2021. Exceptions to this include Singapore sailings onboard Quantum of the Seas, China sailings departing after May 27, 2021, Israel departures on their newest game-changer - Odyssey of the Seas, and also Adventure of the Seas from the Bahamas and Vision of the Seas from Bermuda.
Affected guests may choose a full refund of funds paid for their sailing or 125% Future Cruise Credit for bookings by April 30, 2022 and sailing by September 30, 2022. They may choose on or before April 22, 2021 to move their reservation to a qualifying 2022 sailing on the same itinerary sailing length, embarkation port, stateroom category and departing within 2 weeks of the original sail date. If the new sailing meets this criteria, then the original fare or promotion will be protected.
Viking Ocean Cruises
As part of Viking's restart, in June 2021 there will be sailings from Bermuda and Iceland, as well as sailings featuring England's Scenic Shores itinerary. The Welcome Back cruises will be available exclusively for vaccinated guests and are subject to Viking's new health and safety protocols. Viking has installed a full-scale laboratory on every ocean ship. All guests and crew will receive quick and easy non-invasive saliva PCR tests at embarkation and throughout the itinerary. A new air purification technology have been installed on all ships, which have always featured independent air handling units for all guest staterooms. Additional health checks, sanitization and physical distancing measures will provide further protection for Viking guests and crew at all points of the journey.
Viking Orion will homeport in Hamilton for the new Bermuda Escape itinerary featuring eight-day round-trip itineraries. Viking Sky will homeport in Reykjavik for the Iceland’s Natural Beauty eight-day round-trip itineraries. Both will be a available for a limited time this summer.
Viking had announced that it was restarting initially with domestic sailings for U.K. passengers out of England on the Viking Venus in May 2021.
Riviera River Cruises
Riviera River Cruises will require all guests boarding their ships to be fully vaccinated (had all doses of a Covid-19 vaccines a minimum of seven days before departure) or present a negative test prior to embarkation. Guests who aren't vaccinated will be offered a complimentary Covid test to allow them to depart on their cruise.
All crew members are required to have been tested and hold a medical certificate. In addition, there will be daily temperature checks and ongoing health screenings for all crew members. Face coverings will be worn where necessary and social distancing observed throughout all crew-only areas of the ship.
Guests who test positive for COVID-19 before their cruise will be allowed to transfer their departure to another date for free.
Riviera has implemented an enhanced hygiene policy for all ships. This includes deep cleaning and ventilation of all cabins, suites and public areas during and between cruises; public areas and customer touch points are cleaned and disinfected throughout the day; restaurants are cleaned and disinfected between meals; all shared facilities such as bicycles, cleaned and disinfected after use and all goods are disinfected prior to being brought on-board. Social distancing regulations will be adhered to throughout the cruise.
Sailings are currently suspended through May 2021.
Virgin Voyages has cancelled all sailings from U.S. ports for the Scarlet Lady through September 17, 2021. It is scheduled to sail from Miami starting September 22, 2021.
In preparation for the restart of sailing, Virgin has crafted detailed plans around how to improve all health and safety standards on board. They have established the Voyage Well Expert Advisory Group to review and guide their decisions. This team is helping them to develop enhanced protocols and health screenings, implement new technologies on board, and guide their approach to quick and effective COVID-19 testing. This team is composed of their partners at AtmosAir, EcoLab, Dr. Heymann at Vikand, Global Public Health Services, and close collaboration with the CDC as well as frequent reviews of WHO best practices and guidelines.
The Scarlet Lady will make its debut and sail from Portsmouth, England. Two itinerary choices in the Summer Soiree Series which will be offered in August to residents of the U.K. All passengers and crew will be required to be vaccinated.
Celebrity Cruises will now be suspending global operations for all sailings departing on or before June 30, 2021 (excluding recent Celebrity Millennium St. Maarten and Celebrity Apex Greece itineraries). This suspension includes U.S. homeports: Fort Lauderdale, Seattle, Cape Liberty, NJ, and more. Affected guests may choose to receive a 125% Future Cruise Credit (FCC) or a 100% Refund of funds paid.
Guests may also choose to "Lift & Shift" their existing reservation to a sailing in 2022. The original cruise fare price and promotion will be protected when selecting an alternative sailing to the same destination, itinerary type and stateroom category within 4 weeks of the original sailing date. Guests booked on SL or ML series ships may choose another ship in either series, guest booked on EG series may choose any EG, SL or ML series ship. Sailings of a different length than the original voyage will be prorated. This offer expires on April 22, 2021.
Silversea will debut their new ship, Silver Moon, starting on June 18, 2021. The ship will host 10-day itineraries to the Eastern Mediterranean from Greece. The itinerary will include stops in Santorini, Paros, Mykonos, and Crete, as well as Haifa (Israel) and Cyprus. The new itineraries will be available to reserve as of April 15th.
Silversea will require all embarking crew and guests to have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to embarking on any of its cruises starting from the 18th of June. This requirement is for all Silversea cruises, with the exception of sailings departing from Australia.
All crew and guests will be required to take a COVID-19 test prior to boarding. Only those who test negative will be permitted to board their ships. All guests will undergo pre-embarkation health screening including an enhanced health questionnaire and touchless temperature check. Guests will be required to wear masks in all indoor public areas, terminals, and during shore excursions.
The ships will be set for physical distancing, and the ships might sail at reduced capacity. Ships will also feature increased air filtration, high-quality onboard medical care, enhanced medical teams, and extensive cleaning and sanitation measures. Itineraries have been revised to include only low-risk destinations. Guests wishing to go ashore in port will only be allowed to do so with a verified shore excursion party.
In the World News
United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson made an announcement regarding travel and outlined the plan for England to return to international travel. Johnson said the data suggests a gradual reopening can begin, but “We can’t be complacent.”
The Prime Minister stated England will introduce a system for international travel beginning as early as May 17, 2021. The system will be similar to a traffic light.
Passengers coming from countries classified as green will not need to quarantine on their arrival, but they will have to pay for tests, including PCR tests, upon arrival in England.
Travelers from countries classified as yellow or red will still need to quarantine. There are currently 39 countries in Asia, Africa, and the Americas that are part of the travel ban. The U.S. is not currently on that red level list. Only British residents will be allowed in from those countries, and they will still have to quarantine in a hotel.
There will be a green watchlist to help identify countries that are at risk of moving from the green level to yellow.
The government says it is too early to say which countries will be in each list by the summer. However, in May they expect to have a preliminary list and hope to confirm when international travel will begin. Which list a country will fall under will depend on several factors: the percentage of the population which has been vaccinated, current infection rates, and the prevalence of Covid variants.
This announcement only applies to England at this time.
At Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa, Dine with Disney Friends Character Breakfast is returning to Makahiki Restaurant on May 7, 2021. At the character breakfast, Mickey Mouse and his friends will join Aunty or Uncle for fun songs and entertainment while guests enjoy a delightful three-course breakfast. Upon arrival at Makahiki, and throughout the breakfast experience, guests will have an opportunity to take photos with Disney friends to mark the occasion.
A bountiful breakfast will be available seven days a week at Makahiki Restaurant, with characters appearing on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays. During the month of May, character dining will be exclusive to resort Guests.
Breakfast reservations will open on April 26, 2021 and can be made by calling Aulani Resort at (808) 674-6200. Reservations are available through 2022. Just like what they have done with other resort experiences, they have made some adjustments to the experience with the health and safety of cast and guests in mind.
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Adventures by Disney
Adventures by Disney has suspended select departures through June 2021. In light of this cancellation, they are offering Guests impacted by this change the choice of a future travel credit to be used for a 2021 or 2022 Adventures by Disney trip, or a full refund. They currently have over 35 trips available, including Private Adventures to destinations like Costa Rica, Peru, Egypt, Greece and Italy. On Monday April 12th, 2022 vacations will be available for booking for guests who have been displaced due to cancelled Adventures.