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Joe Biden ‘28,000 Families’ Political Ad Highlights Disney Layoffs

A new ad by Former Vice President Joe Biden called 28,000 Families tells the story of a former server at Disney who lost her job as part of the 28,000 domestic theme park Cast Members who were laid off. In the ad, which you can watch below, Bessie says that she does not believe that she would have been laid off had President Trump taken the proper precautions in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. The ad highlights the struggles that many families are facing now as more than 18,000 Cast Members in Florida and roughly 10,000 Cast Members in California are jobless. Disney CEO Bob Chapek has been in a public back-and-forth with United States Senator Elizabeth Warren over decisions The Walt Disney Company made surrounding the restoration of executive pay to pre-pandemic levels before implementing mass layoffs of Cast Members. While Chapek fired back at Warren saying that her letter was “ill-considered and misleading”, Chapek failed to address the allegations about executive pay. As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com as we continue to bring you the latest news and photos from around the Disney Parks. Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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VIDEO: Disney Research Introduces Humanoid Animatronic With Realistic Eye Movements

Disney Research Hub has released a video introducing an animatronic with realistic and interactive eye movements. Here’s what Disney said in the video’s description: “This video describes the development of a system for lifelike gaze in human-robot interactions using a humanoid animatronic bust. We present a general architecture that seeks not only to create gaze interactions from a technological standpoint, but also through the lens of character animation where the fidelity and believability of motion is paramount; that is we […] The post VIDEO: Disney Research Introduces Humanoid Animatronic With Realistic Eye Movements appeared first on WDW News Today.

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PHOTOS: New Limited Release Wishes Come True Blue MagicBand Arrives at Walt Disney World

The newest addition to the Wishes Come True Blue collection is a MagicBand, now available at Walt Disney World Resort. This blue MagicBand is covered in subtle stars and Mickey heads. A small Sorcerer Mickey hat charm adorns one side of the strap. We found this MagicBand in Mouse Gear at EPCOT for $34.99. A portion of every Wishes Come True Blue purchase will go to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Check out more Wishes […] The post PHOTOS: New Limited Release Wishes Come True Blue MagicBand Arrives at Walt Disney World appeared first on WDW News Today.

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Thanksgiving Dinner Is Coming To These Disney Springs Restaurants

With Halloween already here, the end of the year is quickly approaching (even though it felt like it would never end)! Before we know it, Thanksgiving will be upon us…and lucky for you, these select Disney Springs restaurants have your dinner plans all figured out on Thursday, Nov. 26: Maria & Enzo’s/Enzo’s Hideaway “Experience an authentic rustic Italian twist on Thanksgiving offerings at Maria & Enzo’s or Enzo’s Hideaway for a gourmet meal starring their Roasted Turkey Breast and Pancetta. Stacked high with all of the fixings, enjoy the main course along with a plateful of Polenta Stuffing with mascarpone cream, Cranberry Squash Caponata, and green beans for $37 per adult and $19 per child nine and under at each restaurant just the way Nonna used to make it.” The Edison “From slow Oven-Roasted Turkey and creamy Mashed Potatoes with Gravy to savory House-made Stuffing, brown sugar honey glazed baby carrots, and fresh Cranberry Chutney, The Edison offers a traditional prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu with all of the classic trimmings. The feeling of a home-cooked meal is guaranteed with these comfort food favorites prepared from scratch. Guests can indulge in these dishes for $35 per person and $19 per child nine and under.” Morimoto Asia “A pan-Asian feast awaits visitors this Thanksgiving with a menu full of inventive cuisine at Morimoto Asia. Including everything from their highly acclaimed

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PHOTOS: Werther’s Original Caramel Popcorn Now Available at Walt Disney World Outside of EPCOT

There’s some sweet news for caramel lovers at Walt Disney World: Werther’s Original caramel popcorn is now available outside EPCOT. We spotted bags of Werther’s Original Caramel Popcorn with Chocolate Flavored Drizzle at the Main Street Confectionery in the Magic Kingdom. It’s currently unknown if they’re available at other locations, but this is the first time we’ve seen it in another park. Typically, the products have been available exclusively at Karamell-Küche in the Germany Pavilion, but it seems one place […] The post PHOTOS: Werther’s Original Caramel Popcorn Now Available at Walt Disney World Outside of EPCOT appeared first on WDW News Today.

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Disneyland App Rolls Out Chat Feature, Operations Updates

Great news for Disneyland Resort Guests! Beginning tomorrow, the Disneyland app has a massive new update. The app will allow users to chat with a Disney representative who can answer any and all of their questions pertaining to their Downtown Disney visit, including operational updates and more. @DisneylandToday announced on Twitter that the Disneyland app will be the new place for all operational updates for Downtown Disney. That means that parking updates will no longer be on the Disneyland Today Twitter account and will instead be moved to the Disneyland app. The Disneyland app is where it’s at! Operational updates for #DowntownDisney are moving to the app. You can now chat with us in the app or check Disneyland.com for the latest details before your visit. Follow @Disneyland for official updates on Disneyland Resort news! The Disneyland app is where it’s at! Operational updates for #DowntownDisney are moving to the app. You can now chat with us in the app or check https://t.co/RGUUoEx830 for the latest details before your visit. Follow @Disneyland for official updates on Disneyland Resort news! — Disneyland Today (@DisneylandToday) October 30, 2020 Disneyland officials confirmed with Inside the Magic that the Disneyland app is truly the hub for all Disneyland-related updates and details that Guests will need for their day at Downtown Disney (and, of course, their day at Disneyland and Disney California adventure when the parks reopen their gates). Disney also confirmed that Guests should have the latest version of the app

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PHOTOS: Even More New Christmas Holiday 2020 Apparel and Decor Arrive at Walt Disney World

As we made our way around Walt Disney World today, we found several new Christmas items, including apparel and decor. Keep reading for each item, its price and where it’s located! Gingerbread House Cookie Jar – $49.99 We found this cookie jar at both Marketplace Co-op in Disney Springs and Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in Magic Kingdom. Star Wars Santa Hat – $29.99 We found this Santa hat in Star Wars: Galactic Outpost in Disney Springs. Light-up Sign – $39.99 […] The post PHOTOS: Even More New Christmas Holiday 2020 Apparel and Decor Arrive at Walt Disney World appeared first on WDW News Today.

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Must-See Christmas Trees at Walt Disney World in 2020!

In just one short week, the holiday festivities will be in the full swing of things at the Walt Disney World Resort. As the Disney villains finish out their celebrations this weekend and make their way into hibernation until the next spooky season, Disney prepares for a more joyful holiday spirit to fill the chill of the air. Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort Okay, so it’s probably not going to be all that chilly over in Orlando, Florida. But we do know that the iconic Magic Kingdom Christmas tree was already spotted yesterday getting ready to be installed, and it’s already beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Each of the Disney Properties at the Walt Disney World Resort brings its own unique quality to the Christmas season, but one constant still remains, the gorgeously decorated Christmas trees that you can find all over. Disney holiday photos are typically so special with characters and their cute Christmas outfits, but the Christmas trees are easily one of the other most photogenic scenes at the Disney Parks. This year you won’t be able to hug your favorite Disney character during a photo, but don’t worry, because they’re still coming through in Christmas cheery Cavalcades through EPCOT and other spots at Disney World. So where can we find all the Disney Christmas trees this year for your perfect holiday family photo? The answer is everywhere! Photos are from previous years, but we know the Christmas trees will be just

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CDC Allowing No-Sail Order to Expire and Establishing Framework for Passenger Cruises to Resume

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced their intent to allow the current no-sail order to expire on October 31, 2020. In doing so, they will be establishing a framework for passenger cruises to eventually resume safely. Phases of the CDC’s plan include testing for crew members, ensuring cruise ship operators have adequate health and safety measures, simulated voyages to test operations, and certification for ships that meet requirements before a phased return to passenger sailings will begin. […] The post CDC Allowing No-Sail Order to Expire and Establishing Framework for Passenger Cruises to Resume appeared first on WDW News Today.

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