WDWNT Weekly Recap: Disney Springs Reopens, Josh D’Amaro Announced as Chairman of Disney Parks, and Guest Surveys Hint at Park Reopening Regulations

Welcome to our WDWNT Weekly Recap! Last week marked the reopening of Shanghai Disneyland, the first of all the parks to do so following COVID-19 closures. Keep reading on to see a full summary of the latest breaking news this week: May 18-24, 2020.

Walt Disney World


Babirusa Piglet
An adorable newborn babirusa piglet has arrived at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney Springs

  • Disney Springs reopened to the public on May 20th, however, only a limited number of shops and restaurants are currently open at this time. For a full list of all the stores and dining, locations click here.
  • There are quite a few safety precautions in place, including guest temperature screenings, signs reminding guests about face mask requirements, floor markings encouraging social distancing and a new team of cast members to monitor the area.

Tented temperature screening areas are in place at all of the Disney Springs entrances

We were thrilled to be back at Disney Springs this week

Hotels & Resorts

Other Walt Disney World News

covid-19 my disney experience warning
A new COVID-19 alert can be found on My Disney Experience

Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Paris

  • Disneyland Paris shared a professional recording of the spellbinding “Mickey and the Magician” musical show as part of their “Watch Parties” this week.
mickey magician show paris
Guests can watch an officially-released performance of “Mickey and the Magician” as part of Disneyland Paris’ Watch Parties

Hong Kong Disneyland

  • It has been reported that Hong Kong Disneyland was testing a soft reopening with Cast Members this week.

Shanghai Disney Resort

Tokyo Disney Resort/Universal Studios Japan

Disney Cruise Line & Adventures by Disney

New Merchandise

Loungefly’s adorable new Loungefly Chewbacca collection

Entertainment and Media


The Walt Disney Company

Josh D’Amaro has been named as the new Chairman of the Disney Parks

Other Disney News

Universal Orlando

Fun Stuff from WDWNT


Park History & Throwbacks

Our Disney Parks Copycat Recipes

Guinness Baileys Shake
Our copycat Guinness Baileys Shake is a delicious boozy treat

WDW News Today

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

Disney World To Submit Opening Plan, Flower & Garden Removed, TRON Work Resumes – NewsToday 5/22

Disney Springs Reopens, Florida Parks Presenting Opening Plans Starting May 21 – NewsToday 5/20

Safety Procedures Revealed for Disney Springs, Disney World to Submit Reopening Plan -NewsToday 5/18

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!