WDWNT Weekly Recap: Shanghai Disneyland Tests Social Distancing, shopDisney Faces Big Issues With Merchandise Releases, Re-Open Florida Task Force Meetings, and A “Frozen Ever After” Lawsuit

Every week is a busy week when it comes to Disney news. To help you keep up with all the updates coming out of Walt Disney World and other Disney resorts, here’s WDWNT’s weekly recap of the Disney news from April 20-26.

If you’ve been following our news coverage over the past few weeks, you’re probably aware that currently all six Disney resorts across the world are closed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Here’s our WDWNT Weekly Recap of all the news we’ve brought you this week, along with some extra fun things to keep Disney spirits high through these difficult times. Stay safe, readers!

Walt Disney World


Baby Asha has joined the savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Hotels & Resorts

  • Following the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been revealed that online check-in will be required for future resort room reservations

Around Walt Disney World

  • It has been reported that AMC Theaters, such as the one in Disney Springs, won’t be reopening until July, as they wait for the summer blockbuster movies to be released

Other Walt Disney World News

  • A cast member has started a donation-based pantry for the benefit of furloughed Walt Disney World employees
  • PhotoPass has released free “Happily Ever After” mobile and desktop wallpapers, which will be available for download through June 8
  • A 27-year-old guest with Spina Bifida has sued Disney over the unexpected “intense” drop on the EPCOT Frozen Ever After ride
  • The friend and co-worker of a furloughed cast member who sadly lost his wife to cancer is rallying the power of community through a GoFundMe page, set up to raise money for the family

Disneyland Resort

A look at Disney California Adventure during the extended parks closure

Disneyland Paris

Shanghai Disney Resort

New floor markings across Shanghai Disneyland indicate changes in queue protocol post-COVID

Tokyo Disney Resort

Tokyo DisneySea was lit up in blue this week

New Merchandise

The new Mickey Ear Hat, designed by Joe Rohde
How adorable is this “A Bug’s Life” collection by Loungefly?

Entertainment and Media


The Walt Disney Company News

Other Disney News

Fun Stuff from WDWNT

Walt Disney World Guides

Park History & Throwbacks

Our Disney Parks Copycat Recipes

School Bread Copycat Recipe
Have you tried one of our copycat recipes yet?

WDW News Today

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

Shanghai Disneyland Tests “Social Distancing” Queues, FL Committees Plan WDW Opening- NewsToday 4/24

Disney Execs Work with Officials on Reopening, Shanghai Testing Guest Distancing – NewsToday 4/22

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!