In this edition of Amusement park Bits:
- Disney Cruise Line is making more sailing cancellations.
- Universal Studios might add a gondola system of its own.
- And more!
Let’s discuss cleanliness. No, wait, don’t go. Listen, if the theme parks of the world are going to resume soon, whether they’re Disney, Universal or somewhere else, there are going to need to be major overhauls in terms of how those parks are cleaned up, from the greatest flights to the 3D glasses you wear on certain trips and films. Universal Studios has trademarked a brand-new method for sterilizing things like those glasses, and they may even be able to do it on the flight cars themselves. There are a variety of options they’re checking out, and they’re clearly attempting to do so rapidly so they can get prepared for resuming as numerous destinations as possible. (And since lots of Universal flights are 3D-enabled, they need to get ahead of the curve.) Hopefully Disney has similar strategies in the pipeline too.
Over at Walt Disney World, a lot of the resort’s building and construction projects have actually not surprisingly been paused. That’s particularly problematic at Epcot, which remains in the middle of a park-wide overhaul that can’t get completed on its current timeline due to the pandemic. That does not indicate Imagineering is being peaceful, though; they have actually just recently submitted permits for transforming the Wonders of Life pavilion– ask your parents what that was like, kids– into something called the Play! Pavilion. (You know it’ll be enjoyable because of the exclamation point.) Even with these strategies in place, it’s likely that the brand-new structure will not be opening as planned– next year, to connect the 50 th anniversary of Walt Disney World. You never know.
One of the recent additions over at Walt Disney World, as you might remember, is the Disney Skyliner system. This system of gondolas takes guests from Epcot to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, with some resort stops in between. In spite of some hiccups, visitors take pleasure in the experience enough that Universal Studios Orlando may be pursuing a gondola system of its own. It’s difficult to understand for sure what the system would wind up appearing like, but considering the distance in between the present parks and the planned Impressive Universe park, these brand-new gondolas could quickly be utilized as transportation for guests.
Throughout a pandemic, it’s hard to think of a location less ideal to be than a cruise. Though the Disney Cruise Line has seldom– if ever– been the topic of one of those “Cruise from Hell”- style stories that cable television news likes to breathlessly cover when something goes wrong, it’s for the very best that they’ve continued to cancel some approaching cruisings with the Disney Magic ship. All of their Mediterranean cruisings through July 2 are now canceled, and guests impacted by this choice have the chance to move their appointment to another cruise within the next 15 months. It’s certainly not what those guests might want, but … well, probably most of us don’t much enjoy the existing scenario. Much better to stay healthy.
Let’s end today with something even mildly upbeat. To wit: you might desire to check out the video above, the very first part of a virtual tour of Walt Disney Imagineering.
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