Wow, the past week has pretty much been a whirlwind of Disney news!
Health and safety measures are changing, attractions are reopening, and new events are coming soon. Even if you followed along with this week’s news, there’s still the chance that you missed some very important details — and that’s what we’re sharing with you today!
Fireworks for Halloween?
One of the BIG announcements we got recently is that Disney will be hosting an After Hours event called BOO Bash this year for Halloween. It’s a toned-down version of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party with some modifications to fit current health and safety measures.
As part of the details announced for the event, we learned that there will be Halloween cavalcades for guests to watch and that the Cadaver Dans will perform again. However, there was no mention made of fireworks or any other stage shows for BOO Bash.
Fireworks and stage shows weren’t noted as outright canceled, but they also weren’t specifically named anywhere in the announcements or on the new BOO Bash webpage. It looks like we’ll have to wait and see if Disney announces any more entertainment options for the event — that would likely influence many guests’ decision to attend!
Face Masks Will Be Sticking Around
And in addition to the fireworks confusion, the BOO Bash announcements also included a second tidbit of information — face masks will be required to attend. This event begins in August and lasts until the end of October, so that means that at this time, Disney plans to keep face coverings as a requirement at least until then.
This isn’t too surprising, considering Disney CEO Bob Chapek already shared that he expected some level of mask-wearing in the parks through the end of the year. However, with recent changes in face mask rules for outdoor photos, some guests have been wondering what the future of this requirement is in the parks.
Of course, it’s important to note that these rules and regulations could change at any time. But right now, Disney World is planning to keep face masks around for a few more months at least!
Entertainment is Changing Quite a Bit
If you’ve been following along with the big news, then you likely saw that Festival of the Lion King reopened at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. This is a big deal for entertainment options in the parks (and especially in this park!), considering there aren’t many shows open at this time.
However, the show didn’t open exactly as it was before. The choreography had to be rewritten so that the dancers weren’t too close to one another and some elements were left out, like the flying birds, the tumble monkeys, and the audience participation.
If you’re headed to watch this show, you can expect to hear the music you love and get a stunning performance from the cast, but don’t expect that everything will be the same as it was before. To help communicate the differences, Disney has even temporarily retitled the show “A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King.” (Think like the “A Taste of” phrases that they used to add in front of the festival names when EPCOT reopened.)
So there you have it, three news details that you may not have noticed but will probably want to know about anyway! Stay tuned to AllEars for the latest updates from Disney World and the best planning advice for your next trip.
What piece of Disney news surprised you the most this week?