Weekly Disney Roundup For October 3 – October 9, 2020

In this edition of the Weekly Disney Round-Up: Disney Pixar’s long-awaited film Soul gets a release date, more sad news out of the Parks with additional layoffs being announced, and Winter Summerland will once again be open for golfers.

This is your Disney news round-up for the week of October 3, 2020.

COVID- 19 Updates

It’s a Christmas Summerland! Mini Golf To Reopen at WDW: Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf, located next to Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park, will reopen on November 6, 2020. The Winter Summerland mini-golf course offers two different 18 courses – one inspired by all things wintertime, and the other inspired by all things summertime.

Winter Summerland Miniature Golf entrance sign

New Signs Explain Proper Mask Wear – And Consequences:  New signs have appeared in the Magic Kingdom showing that guests must wear masks that cover their nose and chin.  The signs include this text: “Guests not properly wearing an approved mask will be asked to leave.”

Over 8,000 Part-Timer Cast Members Laid Off: Disney Parks has announced its general plan for 28,000 layoffs, and in time we have received more specifics, including the layoff of the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra, Imagineers, Yehaa Bob, and non-union Cast Members.

Resort Hotels

Chef Mickey is coming back!
Chef Mickey is coming back!

Mickey and the Gang Set To Return To Chef Mickey’s: Starting on December 16, 2020, Chef Mickey’s restaurant at Disney’s Contemporary Resort will once again include Mickey Mouse and his friends. In addition, Disney will serve up some new breakfast offerings in addition to traditional dishes.

Magic Kingdom

Auto Toll Plaza Gets New Paint Colors:  Disney is applying a new color scheme to the auto toll plaza at the entrance to the Ticket & Transportation Center, which serves as the main parking lot for the Magic Kingdom.  In are deep blue and rose gold, and out is light blue.

The new colors include deep blue and a rose gold gradient.
The new colors include deep blue and a rose gold gradient.

Film

Disney Pixar’s film Soul Arrives Christmas Day: Disney and Pixar’s will release their latest full-length animated film, “Soul,” direct to Disney+ on Christmas day – December 25, 2020. This is similar to what Disney did with the release of the latest Mulan remake (direct to Disney+), but is also different in that Disney+ subscribers will get to watch the movie for free (vs. paying an additional fee).

Disney+ subscribers will get to watch the latest Pixar film on Christmas Day without extra fees.
Disney+ subscribers will get to watch the latest Pixar film on Christmas Day without extra fees.

Noteworthy

  • Of the 28,000 Cast Members laid off from Disney, approximately 25% of them are from Walt Disney World.
  • Cast Members at Beaches and Cream receive new costumes/uniforms.
  • Joffrey’s begins to reopen locations around the property.
  • Shops online and around the Parks begin to add Christmas merchandise.

What do you think was this week’s biggest news story?