WDWNT Weekly Recap: Coronavirus Park Closures, Rise of the Resistance Boarding Changes, Stuntronic Spider-Man, Super Bowl LIV, Cinderella Anniversary Desserts, and More

Every week is a busy week when it comes to Disney news. To help you keep up with all of the updates coming out of Walt Disney World and other Disney resorts, here’s WDWNT’s weekly recap of the Disney news from January 27 – February 2!

Walt Disney World

  • The Disney PhotoPass service has been celebrating its 15th anniversary, offering limited-time photo opportunities around the resort
  • More fun, themed bus wraps have been spotted around the resort this week, including an Aladdin design, and a polka-dotted Minnie Mouse design
  • It was announced that Walt Disney World will host the annual Epilepsy Awareness day Purple Day Every Day, with a free expo at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and an evening at EPCOT with Spaceship Earth lit up in purple
  • A full list of the locations across the resort which will screen Super Bowl LIV was released
  • Prices increased at numerous character dining experiences across Walt Disney World this week, including ‘Ohana and Chef Mickey’s
  • The Walt Disney World website is now offering new CoBrowse screen sharing technology, in order to improve guest service and platform ease of use
Have you spotted this new Aladdin bus wrap yet?

Magic Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Two new babies in Animal Kingdom


Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney Springs

Cinderella’s Carriage Cake looks fit for royalty

ESPN Wide World of Sports

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort

Have you tried these Red Hot Beignets?

Disney’s Riviera Resort

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

  • Rolling refurbishments, which will be taking place at Wilderness Lodge over the next six months, will be affecting multiple guest areas at the hotel, including the Old Faithful Club concierge lounge

Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Park

Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox Disneyland After Dark: 80's Nite
We had a great, nostalgic time meeting rare characters at 80s Nite

Disney California Adventure

Downtown Disney District

Tokyo Disney Resort

Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo DisneySea

Disneyland Paris

Hong Kong Disneyland

New Merchandise

The grooviest of footwear?
The Sporks are back!

Entertainment and Media

  • It was revealed that Isla Fisher and Jillian Bell will be starring in a new Disney+ original movie Godmothered, while it was announced that Emilio Estevez will reprise his role as Coach Gordon Bombay in The Mighty Ducks series
  • A list of new reality and documentary series offerings have been announced for Disney+, including a PIXAR docu-series
  • Apple Maps has updated their platform with new 3D models of park icons and attractions at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World
  • PIXAR is being sued over the unlawful use of a van mural featured in the upcoming movie Onward
  • Disney’s live-action Pinocchio movie will be directed by Robert Zemeckis, and it has been reported that Margot Robbie has been offered the role of Tinker Bell in the live-action Peter Pan

Other Disney News

  • In a recent interview with Orlando Business Journal, the President of Walt Disney World Josh D’Amaro shared his vision and plans to improve Cast Member morale and working spaces in the resort
  • runDisney has revealed the logos and attraction themes for its 2020 Virtual Series races, and the pricing, tiered benefits and additional details have been released for the Club runDisney membership program

WDW News Today

Make sure you catch up on the News Today episodes from this week!

News Today 1/31/20 – Flying Spider-Man Animatronic, Coronavirus Closures, Classic Animation Merch

News Today 1/29/20 – Baymax Ride Vehicle Revealed, Simba Popcorn Bucket, Avengers Campus Construction

News Today 1/27/20 Coronavirus Closes Hong Kong Disneyland, Affects Tokyo Parks, Space Sporks Return

That’s all the Disney news for this past week! Make sure you check back at the end of each week for our weekly recaps!