Hey there readers, Renee was back out at Walt Disney World today for the CM preview of Disney's Hollywood Studios.
We should point out, this is a Cast Member preview. So your experience at the parks may not match what you see in the pictures below.
But I have to be honest, for the first time in almost 6 years of this website, I'm conflicted about posting a park update, and even if it's socially responsible at this point to do so. I'm 3000 miles away, our parks in CA won't be opening any time soon, and even if they did, I don't think I'd be visiting any of them as soon as they open.
Just know, you may not see too many in-park updates from us until things start getting a bit better. We are definitely conflicted.
Written by Renée Girard
Good morning from Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
Lines are long for temperature check but moving quickly.
Everyone else must be headed to Batuu.
I’ve never seen Toy Story land this empty!
Social distancing plexiglass at Droid Depot.
Chewie, we’re home.
Lunch at Docking Bay 7. Like all restaurants, your mobile order has to be ready before entering the building.
20 minute wait posted for Smuggler’s Run. Some sections of the queue have caution tape instead of plexiglass.
The preshow is running. Socially distanced, of course.
No cards are given out for flight positions and you can’t freely wander while waiting to board.
No one taking photos at the table today. You then are verbally told your position and each party has their own ship.
Socially distant storm troopers.
Not sure if this will continue to be the procedure, but we made an in person reservation for Oga’s Cantina this morning and was given a return time a few hours later, which we’re currently in line for.
Actually got a table at Oga’s for the first time ever. And there’s so much space! This is wonderful. The server also reminded us that masks need to remain on till drinks arrive.
Just enjoying some refreshing Toniray wine at Oga’s.
Mickey! I kinda love seeing him cruising around Studios in a car.
Currently in line for Rise of the Resistance, with a 90 minute wait posted. People are respectful and hopefully it’ll move quickly.
RotR went down for quite some time so we bailed and hopped over to Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Both RotR and MMRR have the longest wait times in the park. MMRR had some down time for cleaning, which is what we like to see!
No preshow and more plexiglass at Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
This ride is the cutest!
There she is!
Tower of Terror is walk on with no preshow running and only one side open. Still one of the best rides!
Empty Rock N Roller Coaster, no preshow, and plexiglass for days.
Back on Batuu to attempt RotR again.
The queue for Rise of the Resistance takes you indoors for a bit and then you’re next to the entrance of Muppet-Vision 3D!
So this is the extended queue for Rise of the Resistance.
I can’t wait to check out this new Star Wars ride.
Sadly Rise of the Resistance went down, so they finally dumped the queue and we didn’t get to ride. It was still great to spend some time at DHS today, and I wish them a safe and successful reopening this week.
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!