Disneyland gives Loki his Disney + outfit, Halloween Horror Nights and more: Theme Park News
Hello! After a couple of pretty intense weeks, we’re back with some major theme park updates. Like an autumn basket filled with festive squash – let’s dream of November, as summer in Florida is upon us – we’ve got a cornucopia of news for you from coast to coast. From Jungle Cruise changes to clowns galore, here is this week’s abundance of theme park news:
JUST LOTS OF DISNEY UPDATES
Let’s start with the good news, which is that starting this week, all Disney parks around the world are open for the first time in 17 months. It’s a welcome sign that we’re getting back to normal, even though the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t quite over yet.
I’ve written at length about my feelings about theme parks and mask removal, but two new revelations came in last week. It appears that while the directions are now mirrored between Disney theme parks in Florida and California, mask requirements for employees continue to vary due to local government mandates. As of this week, Walt Disney World employees are no longer required to wear masks outside if they are vaccinated. In California, Disneyland staff were offered the option to switch to an N95 mask on June 15, the day attendees were allowed to go mask-less.
For greater clarity, the parks are continue to require masks indoors for unvaccinated guests, but this is a self-certified status which, as mentioned earlier, is rather unnecessary in practice. Think of it as a big-wheel-sized loophole, especially given the number of young children, still unable to get vaccinated, roaming the parks. without face cover.
As for employees, that could change soon too. On June 17, California confirmed that fully vaccinated employees would no longer have to wear masks at work, but individual company rules could override that. (Disneyland has yet to announce any changes to its employee mask policies.)
With all of that out of the way, let’s focus on what’s worth expecting at Disney parks this summer. Nightly entertainment returns in July at Magic Kingdom and Epcot at Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland Park in California. And, call it the pandemic brain or just this year it’s moving too fast, but the updated version of Jungle Cruise has officially arrived at Magic Kingdom, which has surprised guests with updated scenes over the past few weeks. The California version of the ride will reopen at Disneyland Park on July 16.
And then there is Avengers Campus. As expected, the initial crowds bottleneck has dissipated and the pitch is now widely accessible – for better or worse, given the increased capacity – but the new must-see show is now n It’s not Spider-Man or giant Bavarian pretzels. Disney delivers on its multiverse promise almost immediately, with Loki appearing in costumes straight from Disney + two weeks in a row. following LOKIIn the first episode of, the God of Mischief appeared in his TVA jumpsuit, and after the second episode, donned his âVariantâ office jockey jacket. Without wanting to extrapolate too much, but in a broader sense, it bodes well for the future of this land and the park as a whole. If Disney can align their entertainment with media offerings from the get-go, that’s a standard they’ll likely maintain going forward.
The longevity and tradition of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and, well, the fact that it continues to produce record hits) provides a unique opportunity to mirror what is currently happening on screen in the parks, giving it a new level of relevance no other theme park has been able to emulate … ever. Without going into the comparisons with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which hasn’t really incorporated a lot of The Mandalorian, Disneyland is already cashing the checks he wrote for the Avengers Campus backstory and I can’t wait to see what happens. Who can we expect to synergize in the flesh from upcoming properties like Ms. Marvel and The Eternals? One time – forever, ever – will say.
HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS ARRIVES
Yes, despite the summer sun scorching the earth, Halloween is on us. Universal Orlando Resort started hinting last week and people were more than happy. And, in fact, a bit hazy, given the static in the ad. Seriously, horror stans watched a live stream (!) Of static and VHS input screens, according to Introduced to the theme park, hoping for a reveal a day later: that tickets were on sale and that Jack the Clown, a staple from previous years, will return.
For anyone who hasn’t experienced the majesty that is Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort, the whole park basically spawns with refreshing experiences after the sun goes down, with over a dozen themed houses. and walking experiences dripping with fear. views filled for an ultimately transporting experience, made all the more impressive by its temporary status.
HHN is more important than, perhaps, any other theme park event that takes place throughout the year, and its cancellation in 2020 due to the pandemic has been a blow to the horror community. . Now, with high vaccination rates, a decrease in the number of COVID-19, and the promise of a strong comeback of the event, it is likely to meet a pent-up level of demand unlike any other park rally in theme this year. If Universal’s announcement didn’t make it clear, HHN is back – and it’ll be bananas.
AND, IN PARIS …
Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel has officially opened at Disneyland Paris, and … it’s extremely cool !? I won’t lie, having only seen the same renderings circulating since the hotel’s theme change was announced at D23 Expo 2017, I wasn’t sure what it would look like, but color me in amazement.
Nods to New York City are intriguing yet still subtle, with an elegant lobby reminiscent of a clean take on the signage in Hall 30 Rockefeller, details inspired by Grand Central Terminal, and a hotel bar Skyline inspired by Disney Cruise Line’s similar watering hole for a skyline which includes the Stark tower:
Looking for something more exciting than Marvel shampoo and accessories throughout the property? There is also a Manhattan themed restaurant and restaurant in the city center, with dim sum at will, but the place to be is Bleecker Street Bar, whose cocktail inspired by levitating Dr. Strange puts Pym Tasting Lab’s reverse-draft beers to shame. (Although, uh, one complaint: everything that mixes up New York subway stations with swimming pool is … no thanks.)
Beyond that cave swimming snafu, it’s extremely cool and Approved by the Russo Brothers. Looks like Avengers Campus has some competition!
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