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Weekly Disney Roundup For May 2 – May 9, 2021

In this edition of the Weekly Disney Round-Up: Halloween is quickly approaching (what?!), Disney partners with AdventHealth on a new ER, plus some changes to WDW’s COVID-19 procedures are in store.

This is your Disney news round-up for the week of May 2, 2021.

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Halloween Fun

Disney Parks Teases New Halloween After Hours: The Disney Parks social media accounts were filled with creepy and “not so scary” posts, all teasing some updates of what to expect this Halloween season. Let’s take a look:

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Business of Disney

Disney and AdventHealth Partner to Open New ER: Disney announced that AdventHealth will build an emergency room in Flamingo Crossings Town Center, the new retail and hotel development just west of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  Flamingo Crossings is the new home for Disney College Program housing.

Walt Disney World to End Temperature Checks: Disney World has announced they will stop temperature checks at their parks, resorts, and Disney Springs, first starting with cast members on May 8 and then for guests on May 16.

Disney College Program Set to Make a Return: Disney suspended the Walt Disney World College Program in 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the College Program is now back! Starting this summer, new Disney College Program participants will live in the new Flamingo Crossings Village complex, located on the western side of Disney property near the intersection of Western Way and the 429 toll road.

DeSantis Ends FL’s Emergency Orders: Ron DeSantis, Florida’s Governor, said that he is suspending all local COVID-19 emergency orders, effective immediately. The governor said that the local emergency orders are suspended as of today and Florida emergency orders will be formally invalidated on July 1, 2021, through an executive order.

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Disney Cruise Line

New Video Showcases DCL’s Newest Ship- The Wish: Last week the Disney Cruise Line provided more details on the Disney Wish, and today they provided a new video in the “Designing the Disney Wish” series.  It provides even more behind-the-scenes footage that shows how Disney is building the new ship.

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Disney Resorts and Hotels

Four Seasons at WDW Sells for Double Industry Average: One of the most luxurious hotels on Disney World Property, The Four Seasons Resort, sold for $610 million.  The hotel is located near Disney’s Golden Oak luxury housing development.

Chef Mickey’s, Cape May Cafe to Reopen May 2021: Chef Mickey’s (Contemporary Resort), Cape May Cafe (Beach Club Resort), are both set to reopen May 16 and 18th respectively.

Details on Disney’s Star Wars Hotel Released: Disney has released new details on the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser experience! These new immersive, two-night Star Wars vacation experiences promise to take hotel stays and interactive Disney entertainment to a new level.

Biggest Disney news this week:  return of Disney’s College Program, or the new Halloween After Hours Party?