Today Renée was able to head to Disney's Animal Kingdom for their Cast Menu preview as they prepare for their reopening on Saturday.
The park has really gone all out with the precautions and social distancing guidelines to hopefully keep everybody safe. Let's head into the park and see what it looks like!
Hello from Disney’s Animal Kingdom!
Social distancing shouldn’t be an issue here today.
An open trash can and some safety reminders welcome you to Pandora.
Flight of Passage has been walk on all morning.
Social distancing lines are on the ground for the entire queue.
Lots of plexiglass barriers added throughout the queue for Flight of Passage.
You walk through the first preshow right into the second one where your party stands on larger dots rather than the usual numbers.
No wait for Navi River Journey. More social distancing lines and plexiglass.
One of the relaxation stations in Asia at Animal Kingdom.
No wait on Expedition Everest. Similar queue spacing and plexiglass here too.
Characters are appearing from a distance on boats.
Social distancing rules go out the window when afternoon storms roll in.
Current menu at Yak and Yeti. Sad to see the fried green beans didn’t make the cut!
Let’s go get that dino! Everyone has been very respectful of distancing and masks for the most part today.
Dinoland is a ghost town.
Lots of dividers in the queue and on the trucks at Kilimanjaro Safari.
Some more of the socially distant entertainment passing by along the water.
Gotta take advantage of absolutely no one in line at Flight of Passage one more time.
Pretty sure I’ll never see it like this ever again.
Solo ride on Flight of Passage.
This was magical.
Thanks for following along on our preview day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom! I have to say that I felt completely safe, and I was definitely apprehensive going in. It was a little weird with CMs in masks and face shields, and yes, it’s hot, but the crowds were non existent.
I was going to wait a while before going to Disney Springs, but seeing low crowd reports and craving Earl of Sandwich, I decided to venture out! Yes, it’s a bit weird with all the new signage, but it was also comforting to be back. -Renée
The Disney owned stores are still closed but getting ready to open up shortly. It’ll be interesting to see how things go once these locations are open again.
I think I stayed at Disney Springs for a total of an hour. I’m not into high end shopping or ready to go to table service restaurants, but I happily got my favorite Joffrey’s iced coffee and Earl of Sandwich!
Today we have a rather large update from Disneyland and Disney California Adventure for you to feast your eyes on. During our visit last weekend we were kind of all over the place, which was a good thing.
So this update has a bit of construction stuff, some Galaxy's Edge stuff, and some food and wine stuff (which we WILL get back to soon). Enjoy!
Written by Gregg Condon
Me: My kids are grown, I avoided ever getting a mini van!
Disneyland: Hold our Moof Juice.
Our first stop in the morning was to get the Indy pop. I have to be 100% honest, I didn't realize it was a big one. When we walked into Wunderland Gallery in Downtown Disney to get ours I was shocked, as you can see below.
Before taking Indy back to the car for the day, had to take him around the park a bit.
After getting our Rise boarding group (18 FTW) I had to actually leave to run an errand. We made it to Rise with 5 minutes to spare.
I also had to try out my new iPhone 11 Pro, rather impressed with the results. Check out a Rise of the Resistance Slide Show below.
Video of the amazing ROTR Pre-Show and "transport"
Jake and I also had some fun and did a reverse POV
The extensive rehab for The Haunted Mansion is continuing
Apparently some of these scrims have come down since Saturday
Over at DCA we took a quick look at the Food and Wine festival. Didn't try any treats, but we'll be back.
Avengers Campus construction is continuing as well.
As well as the admin building next to Luigi's.
They're still claiming "Summer" for this to open. We'll see.
There was some cone'struction going on in Cars Land
Back over at Disneyland, couldn't remember if we had a shot of this during our last update
And there was this thing.
If you've followed our site for any length of time you'll know we are huge fans of single rider lines. That said, not sure it really works for Star Tours. I think our wait was pretty much the same as the stand-by line.
No lie, I don't think I'd ridden "regular" Space Mountain since 2012. So yay!!
Wonder if they'll bring back the Dick Dale soundtrack for 90's night? That would be worth the admission alone.
After saying goodbye to Jake (he had woof'ers to take care of) I went and did some other single rider things. Like Indy!!
Look into my eyes
Mark Twain ... Maaaaark Twaaaiiiin
It was a beautiful late afternoon, so decided to do a POV of the Mark Twain
Sunset over Galaxy's Edge
Did single rider on the Falcon. I had only done this once before, as a pilot. I will say, there is definitely a difference between being a pilot and an engineer. The ride itself was still a ton of fun, more a difference in the movement of the cockpit.
Another slideshow, because why not. :)
What a piece of junk
There was some kind of lightsaber meet in Galaxy's Edge. This was super cool. These photos aren't watermarked so if you participated and want to use any of them, feel free to do so. :)
I had never noticed all of the hidden mickey's before
Over in Fantasyland, some work going on with the Carousel and Snow White
It's going to look amazing when it's done
Goodnight sweet Disneyland. We'll be back soon!!