PHOTOS: Disney Parks Shares Inspiration and Design Process Behind New Cast Member Face Masks

At the Disney Parks, you may have seen Cast Members wearing a similar starry face mask. Now, the Disney Parks Blog has given us an inside look at the design process behind them! From the Disney Parks Blog: Today we’re excited to share a peek behind the magic and an innovative way our cast members are helping their fellow cast stay comfy and protected with stylish and functional new face coverings, designed for cast, by cast.  Designed in partnership across […]

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For Cast, By Cast – New Face Coverings Roll Out Across Domestic Disney Parks

Wearing a face covering has become part of our new normal. It’s also an important piece of Disney’s multi-layered approach to health and safety, and one of the ways to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. 

Today we’re excited to share a peek behind the magic and an innovative way our cast members are helping their fellow cast stay comfy and protected with stylish and functional new face coverings, designed for cast, by cast. 

Designed in partnership across the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World costuming teams – Disney Parks Live Entertainment, Worldwide Safety Services and Global Applied Technology – these face coverings were developed remotely through a bi-coastal effort between cast members at both resorts.

“Over the past several months, we’ve spent significant time and brainpower to provide our cast members with face coverings that are both functional and comfortable, and I’m proud of the incredible results,” said Dr. Pamela Hymel, Disney Parks Chief Medical Officer. “They fit well, feel great and can last for more than 50 washes.” 

Drawing from their own experience, the project stemmed from a need for a more unified and breathable face covering. With the full support of their leaders at Disney, this group seized the opportunity to create the unique, reusable face covering, specifically made for cast members at Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort and Aulani – a Disney Resort & Spa.

“The unified design speaks to the fact that we are still one unified Cast, one Disney ‘world,’” shared Yonit Olshan, Costume Designer, Disneyland Resort Costuming. “As a creative team, we gained so much from each other’s experience and exposure to different types of problems and projects.”

Offered exclusively for cast members in two styles, pleated and contoured, and in multiple sizes, the design team sourced and tested a wide range of fabrics, styles and features with a focus on comfort and function. Both styles feature adjustable spandex over the ears, extended nose pinch to the face, contoured shape under eyes, and lightweight, quick-drying material.

Drawing inspiration from classic Disney characters, films and television shows, the pattern unifies what every dreamer and cast member have in common – joy, magic, and a little pixie dust. They sparkle with pixie dust and Mickey constellations, recalling that the second star to the right shines in the dreamy night and reminds us to keep wishing upon that evening star.

Together, as a Disney family, there are many important ways that we can all help promote each other’s safety. We want to thank our guests and cast members for all they do to care for one another and doing their part.

BEST TIME TO GO TO HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS TO AVOID THE CROWDS!

BEST TIME TO GO TO HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS TO AVOID THE CROWDS!

This year is set to be a crazy one for theme park goers. With all the attractions opening backup, it’s almost guaranteed that there will be many guests trying to swarm the parks. Exciting as it is, during these hard times we still need to keep our distance from people and stay away from larger groups of people. For some guests visiting these parks is sometimes normal but for others this is a dream vacation and we are here to show you the best times to go to these parks. Join us as we share with you the best time to go to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to avoid the larger crowds!

WAIT TIMES IN THE AFTERNOON

When coming to these spectacular Disney parks, the biggest thing people try and watch out for is the outrageous wait times for rides. But, since the parks did just open back up due to COVID-19 some people are hesitant to come out and there may not be as many people as the Disney usual. Starting this test, we arrived at Disney’s Hollywood Studios around 4 P.M in the afternoon on a rainy day. Making our way throughout the park we stopped by The Tower of Terror and it was only a 20 minute wait. Heading over to Rockin’ Roller Coaster was only a 20 minute wait and last time we came in the morning it was a 45 minute wait. Then we stopped over by Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway which wasn’t crowded at all and it was only a 20 minute wait. The last we were here which was in the morning once again, it was a 70 minute wait. Making our way into Galaxy Edge, we found the first ride which was Millennium Falcon with only a 20 minute wait and it almost looks like a ghost town! Heading into Toy Story land we stopped at the infamous Slinky Dog with only a 20 minute wait.

CROWD LEVELS IN THE AFTERNOON

Crowd Levels are the most important thing to think about when coming to the reopenings of the Disney Parks during these times. We all want to have our fun and get back to normal, but we still do need to ensure our safety to stop the spread of the virus. That’s why we’re here showing you the best times to head out to the parks. Upon arrival, the mainstreet of Hollywood Studios was definitely a lot more crowded than usual. Looking down Sunset next to Tower of Terror the park does feel more crowded than any of the other parks I’ve been to. But after wandering for a bit and then heading back over to Sunset, there were a lot of gaps and not so many people! Adventuring through Hollywood Studios I noticed a lot of people just sitting around the park and not so much walking around the park itself. We made our way over to Galaxy Edge and the last time we came which was in the morning, this part of the park was the busiest of them all! Upon arrival, Galaxy Edge was busy yes but it wasn’t as crowded as last time and it was very easy to maintain socially distanced from others. Finally coming to an end we finished the day off with Toy Story land and last time we came it was just as busy as Galaxy Edge but after 4 P.M it was not crowded at all and very easy to stay socially distanced from others!

MORNING V.S AFTERNOON

It is said that Hollywood Studios is the busiest park especially in the morning and we are here to put it to the test. We arrived at Hollywood Studios at 4 P.M on a rainy afternoon. Upon arrival, looking down the main street it definitely looks a lot more crowded. Reasoning behind that may be because people are trying to get their boarding passes for Rise of the Resistance. But we did find out that after 4 P.M is an amazing time to arrive at the park, as long as you’re not trying to get a boarding pass for Rise of the Resistance. As of now you can only try for a boarding pass at 10 A.M and 2 P.M. Generally, as long as that’s not on your list of things to do at the park you can come later and enjoy a much lighter crowd all around the park. After investigation of the wait times and crowd levels, the best time to come out to Hollywood Studios is around or after 6 P.M, the crowds start to thin out dramatically!

With reopenings of Orlando’s greatest theme parks, they are expected to draw in a lot of attention and people. Though it’s not easy to completely avoid the crowded theme parks every second of your trip, we hope these tips help to provide you with an improved, yet overall enjoyable theme park experience. After testing everything from wait times, crowd levels, and just watching the park, we found that coming to the park after or around 6 P.M is the best time to come out to Hollywood Studios for a faster and less crowded experience. We hope these tips helped you out, and we hope to see you out at the parks!

In Case You Missed It: News and Rumors – Week of August 14, 2020

Can you believe that under normal circumstances, Halloween would be here at Walt Disney World beginning this week? I know I certainly can’t! So, I guess with that being said…Happy Halloween season!!

This week, find out more about a new Star Wars Holiday special, learn who isn’t coming back to EPCOT, and more.

In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors

Actors who had objected to Walt Disney’s proposed coronavirus safeguards at Walt Disney World have reached an agreement to return to work. Disney has committed to providing Covid-19 tests for those who cannot wear masks while performing.

The executive chef of EPCOT’s France Pavilion has retired.

Did you know that an alum of SNL used to work at the Adventurer’s Club as Pamelia Perkins? She recently talked a little about her run in this article. (Also, she is partially behind the Debbie Downer skit….you know, the first one that was set in Walt Disney World where the cast lost it.)

Have you caught the Disney+ film, Howard? What do you think? Don Hahn talks about the film here.

A new “Star Wars” holiday special produced with Legos will debut on Disney+ this November. Who else will be watching?

Disney has rebranded 20th Century Fox Television, as 20th Television. It’s the end of an era.

In Case We Missed It

What did we miss? Attach your ideas to a Haunted Mansion Ghost Host Mini Backpack and send it to [email protected] with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line.

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PHOTOS: Sparkly New Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights Playing Cards Glow Into Tokyo Disneyland

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Tokyo Disneyland proudly presents our most spectacular pageant of nighttime playing card fantasy! That’s right, at Tokyo Disneyland, there’s now a playing card set themed to everyone’s favorite nighttime parade – Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights! Get ready for the most electrosynthemagnetic games of Go Fish or Poker the world has ever known! The deck retails for ¥1300, or $12.19, and come in these delightful boxes that feature pictures of units throughout the parade, […]

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Discovery Cove Reopens Shark Swim Program With Limited Capacity

Discovery Cove in Orlando has reopened their exclusive Shark Swim Program with further limited capacity. Guests of the all inclusive Resort can now upgrade their day to include this once-in-a-lifetime experience. What’s Happening: Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida has announced that their exclusive Shark Swim Program has reopened to guests. The up close experience has […]

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PHOTOS: New “MLS is Back” Commemorative Merchandise Arrives at Walt Disney World

With Major League Soccer resuming their 2020 season at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, new merchandise is making its way around Walt Disney World property. Today, we spotted two new customizable merchandise items to show off your love of soccer. “MLS is Back” Customized MagicBand – $24.99 By using the “D-Tech On Demand” kiosk, you’ll find MagicBands featuring the design of a soccer ball. The MagicBand also features the logos for both MLS and Walt Disney […]

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PHOTOS: New Ursula Desk Plaque and Disney Villains Lanyard Unleashed on Walt Disney World

Somehow, the Disney Villains make being bad look so good. Now, you can bring home some devilish new decor inspired by Disney Animation’s most memorable baddies from Walt Disney World. “The boss is on a roll!” Show everyone who’s in charge with this new desk plaque themed to Ursula from The Little Mermaid. The sign features the sea witch’s sinister gaze, while Flotsam and Jetsam float around the phrase “Welcome all unfortunate souls.” The back and bottom have a basic […]

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