AUTHOR: Tom Bell

Aulani Resort to Begin a Phased Reopening on November 1

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii is working toward a phased reopening on November 1st. The gradual reopening comes on the heels of Hawaii’s announcement of a new pre-arrival testing program for visitors coming from other states. Our gradual, phased approach to reopening considers the guidance of local and national government and health Aulani Resort to Begin a Phased Reopening on November 1







Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro Says “It’s Time” to Reopen Disneyland

Today, Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock made his voice heard again, expressing his frustration on the lack of guidelines from the state to the editorial board of the Southern California News Group. Without those guidelines, we’re quite honestly in limbo. We are ready to open responsibly, it is the time to open responsibly and it’s Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro Says “It’s Time” to Reopen Disneyland



Walt Disney World Passholder 30% Discount at shopDisney.com Returns

Starting today, Walt Disney World Resort Annual Passholders can once again receive 30% off select purchases at the shopDisney website. This latest offer is good through October 11th. Passholders should make sure their Annual Pass is linked to their Disney Parks account and that they are using the same login on the shopDisney website. Passholders Walt Disney World Passholder 30% Discount at shopDisney.com Returns



Walt Disney World Marathon and Princess Half Marathon Weekends Converted to Virtual Races

As they did with the 2020 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, runDisney has cancelled in-person events for the 2021 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend and 2021 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend and will convert both to virtual events. While we share our Guests’ disappointment that we will not be running together in person, Walt Disney World Marathon and Princess Half Marathon Weekends Converted to Virtual Races



New Weekday Dining Discounts at Disney Springs Locations

Starting today, guests at Disney Springs will find new discounts at 20 different food locations that could save them 20% off of select menu items. These offers are good weekdays (Monday-Thursday) through October 29th. Be sure to mention “Weekdays at Disney Springs” to get your discount! Here’s where to look for these special offers: Blaze New Weekday Dining Discounts at Disney Springs Locations



Epcot and Animal Kingdom Extend Operating Hours on Select Days

UPDATE 09/25/20: Those weekend park hour extensions just keep on coming, with extra hours added through mid-October. Check our park hours page for complete information, but here is the new updates we’re seeing. October 2nd-4th: Magic Kingdom 9am-7pm Epcot 11am-9pm Disney’s Hollywood Studios 10am-8pm Animal Kingdom 8am-6pm October 9th-11th: Magic Kingdom 9am-8pm Epcot 11am-9pm Disney’s Epcot and Animal Kingdom Extend Operating Hours on Select Days



Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Merchandise Heading to Disney Springs and shopDisney.com

Earlier this week, we told you that a shipment of merchandise from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge had landed in Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort. Now we have word that, for a limited time, merchandise from Batuu will also be available in Disney Springs and online at shopDisney.com. Starting September 22nd, head over to Star Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Merchandise Heading to Disney Springs and shopDisney.com



Walt Disney World Water Parks Closed Until at Least March 7, 2021

Walt Disney World has updated their website to indicate that they don’t plan to open their water parks until March 7, 2021. Disney says that, pending government approval, either Disney’s Blizzard Beach or Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, will open in March. In light of the extended closure, Disney is processing a partial refund to Annual Passholders Walt Disney World Water Parks Closed Until at Least March 7, 2021