Weekly Disney Roundup For April 24 – May 1, 2021

In this edition of the Weekly Disney Round-Up: Orange County Florida sets new COVID-19 guidelines, details on DCL’s newest ship The Wish released, plus Disney is set to make a huge donation to the Make-A-Wish foundation.

This is your Disney news round-up for the week of April 24, 2021.

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Magic Kingdom

New Jungle Cruise Concept Art Released: The future of Trader Sam seemed a bit uncertain with the makeover of the Jungle Cruise, but it now seems that he will still play a role in the attraction – at least by name. Disney has announced a new story point for the reworked Jungle Cruise:

The Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover Returns: On Sunday, April 25, 2021, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover reopened after begin shut down for more than a year.  The PeopleMover shuttered before the COVID-19 pandemic, likely due to a combination of maintenance issues and control system upgrades.The PeopleMover is back, and it is great to once again ride the highway in the skies.

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Disney Cruise Line

Disney Releases Information on DCL’s Newest Ship, The Wish: The Disney Cruise Line announced some details about the Disney Wish, the fifth ship coming to the company’s fleet and setting sail in the summer of 2022.

CDC Will Allow Cruise Lines to Start Sailing in Mid-July: Cruise lines around the world have been shuttered for the past year, but we now have news from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) stating that they can restart operations by mid-July under the organization’s most recent set of guidelines.

Business of Disney

Star Wars Food Headed to Your Galaxy on May the 4th: It’s almost Star Wars Day – May the 4th (be with you).  In honor of all things Star Wars, Disney World is offering some specially-themed treats for a limited time.

Disney Set to Donate $1 Million To Make-A-Wish Foundation: Today, April 29, is World Wish Day.  It is fitting that today, and during the announcement of details on the new Disney Wish cruise ship, Disney announced they will donate $1 million to the Make-A-Wish foundation.

Orange County, Florida Says Temperature Checks No Longer Needed: Sources report that Dr. Raul Pino, Director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, has announced that temperature checks are not necessary. It seems that the health department official believes that temperature checks waste resources and do not make a difference in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Orange County Announces Plans to Eliminate Masks: Jerry Demings, the Mayor of Orange County, Florida, announced changes to the local government’s executive orders concerning COVID-19.

Biggest Disney news this week:  Orange County’s ease of COVID-19 restrictions, or details on The Wish?