Get ready for more live entertainment changes at Walt Disney World Resort.
First the good news for fans: Disney is bringing back the For the first time ever: a frozen celebration in chorus show, from October 5th. This is part of the return of live musical performances to the station, after the two Disney agreement with the Actors’ Equity Association union which represents the station’s performing artists as well as increase in attendance in parks.
In addition to the return of the popular Frozen show to Disney Studios Hollywood, the park will host an outdoor version of the Disney Junior Dance Party, called Disney Junior Play & Dance!, in the Animation Courtyard. The park will also hold three character processions on Hollywood Boulevard at different times of the day: a Motorcade of Mickey and Friends, a Motorcade of Pixar Pals and a Motorcade of Disney Junior Stars.
Now for the bad news: The Disney Society Orchestra, formerly The Grand Floridian Society Orchestra, has announced on Facebook that its last day will be October 3.
The orchestra had performed at the Beauty and the Beast Theater since moving from the Greater Floridian this summer. Their dismissal suggests that perhaps the Beauty and the Beast show could return soon. However, while attendance appears to be increasing from low summer capacity levels immediately after reopening, attendance at Walt Disney World Resort remains well below traditional levels. The Society Orchestra seems to be the final cut that inevitably occurs in this sector when attendance falls below the level expected when the budgets for the year were drawn up.
Yes, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis this week ordered theme parks clear to resume normal operations “with limited physical distancing,” but Disney retains the final call on what’s happening at its parks. In a press release, Disney said: “We have received the Governor’s Executive Order and are evaluating it to determine what it may mean for our business. We are not making any immediate changes. As a reminder, face coverings are always needed at Walt Disney World. Resort.”
Based on the initial reaction on social media, it appears that DeSantis’ “everything is fine” order could lead to fewer people visiting Florida rather than triggering the rush of visitors the governor may have hoped for. . Ultimately, visitor numbers determine how much Disney spends on resort entertainment and future attraction development.
While park capacity will continue to be limited by the number of people Disney can seat on rides and shows while maintaining safe physical distancing (and Disney will rely on stricter standards from the CDC and its medical advisors in the absence of state of Florida guidelines), Disney’s current average daily attendance still has room for growth before these limits are reached. Expect to see more changes in entertainment and attraction availability as Disney gets its attendance expectations under control for the coming months.
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