WDWNT Weekly Recap: Historic Company Losses, a Sinking Boat, a Stuck Car, “Haunted Mansion” Crocs, and More

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 August 3-9, 2020.

Walt Disney World

Magic Kingdom

The Diamond Horseshoe has reopened… as Liberty Tree Tavern?

Disney’s Animal Kingdom


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The Three Caballeros were reunited this week!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Chewie and Rey out to greet guests in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Disney Springs

  • Sweet-toothed fans rejoiced as Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop reopened at Disney Springs this week
  • Body store Origins reopened this week with every guest receiving a free charcoal mask, and MAC Cosmetics also reopened with new social distancing measures in place
  • Sprinkles Cupcakes are once more welcoming guests inside their bakery, with new social distancing measures in place
  • Rustic Cuff has reopened in a new kiosk location
Ghirardelli has reopened in Disney Springs

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

The walkway connecting the Magic Kingdom to Disney’s Contemporary Resort has received a well-needed renovation

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Four Seasons Resort Orlando

  • Check out this cool Plum wine dispenser, which we found inside our room at the Four Seasons

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

  • Preparations are underway for the expected reopening of Tambu Lounge next week

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Other Walt Disney World News

Have you spotted any face mask vending machines at Walt Disney World yet?

Disneyland Resort

  • Check out this week’s photo report for the Disneyland Resort, including weekend crowds, disposable face masks, temperature screenings and more
  • Care packages have been provided for all cast members returning to work, containing face masks, hand sanitizer and more
  • Guests with reservations through August 29 are now receiving cancellation emails from Disneyland
  • Surveys were sent to Downtown Disney District guests this week, asking for opinions on the new health and safety measures, and guests’ likelihood to visit the theme parks

Disneyland Paris

  • The Eurostar has resumed their direct train service from London to Disneyland Paris

Tokyo Disney Resort

Shanghai Disneyland

Disney Cruise Line

New Merchandise

The new Haunted Mansion Crocs
How cute is this Remy shoulder plush?

Entertainment and Media

  • The Disney Parks Moms Panel has now been replaced with “planDisney”, a planning panel featuring a variety of guests both with and without children
  • As the original cast of “The Proud Family” reunited for a virtual gathering, it was revealed that Keke Palmer has been added to the cast of “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder”, which is now in development
  • It has been reported that Nia DaCosta has been hired to direct “Captain Marvel 2”
  • Tom Hanks is reportedly in talks to portray Geppetto in the live-action remake of “Pinocchio”


The Walt Disney Company

WDW News Today

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

Car Crashes on Steps of Disney World Hotel, New Haunted Mansion Memorabilia Released – NewsToday 8/7

The Briar Patch Boarded Up at the Magic Kingdom – NewsToday 8/5

Splash Mountain Log Sinks with Guests Inside at Magic Kingdom – NewsToday 8/3

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