Disney+ to Livestream ‘Harmonious Live!’ Hosted by Idina Menzel June 21

In honor of World Music Day, Disney+ in the United States and Canada will livestream “Harmonious Live!,” a special performance of the EPCOT nighttime spectacular at Walt Disney World on June 21 at 6 p.m. PT/ 9 p.m. ET.

Hosted by Tony Award-winning performer, actress, singer-songwriter and philanthropist Idina Menzel (Frozen, Frozen 2) with guest Auli’i Cravalho (Moana), the live event from Disney Branded Television “celebrates the transcendent power of music with a medley of classic Disney music reinterpreted by a culturally diverse group of 240 artists from all around the world, all performed by a live orchestra and ensemble of international vocalists,” according to a Disney+ release.

“Harmonious Live!” is one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created at Disney Parks, according to Disney.

“Through a combination of innovative floating giant screens, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics and lasers, audiences can enter the amazing worlds inspired by Moana, Aladdin, Coco, The Lion King, Mulan, and other classic stories,” according to the release. “Colorful animations and effects dance and transform as Harmonious weaves familiar Disney music and stories together in brand new ways. Through unique perspectives as diverse as the world itself, the soundtrack embraces multiple languages as the show brings cultures from around the world together to unlock the magic of possibility, showing Disney music and stories have the power to inspire and unite us all.”

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Following the livestream, “Harmonious Live!” will be available on Disney+ in the United States and Canada for subscribers to stream anytime. “Harmonious Live!” is a Film 45 production.

 

Walt Disney World Orlando Still on Schedule to Re-Open in July — Despite Florida Shutting All Bars Due to COVID-19 Spike

The Walt Disney Co.’s high-profile Walt Disney World resort near Orlando remains on schedule to re-open in July despite increases in coronavirus infections in the state of Florida. Indeed, the sunshine state June 25 saw a record 9,000 new single-day infections recorded.

Halsey Beshears, secretary of the Department of Business & Professional Regulation, early June 26 announced on social media that, “Effective immediately, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation is suspending on premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide.”

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Disney, which has delayed re-opening Disneyland and Disney California Advernture theme parks in Anaheim, Calif., after state officials refused to give the green light, could soon reverse policy in Florida.

“I wouldn’t rule it out at this stage. I wouldn’t rule anything out,” Rick Niles, editor of ThemeParkInsider.com, told Fox 13 News.

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Niles said that with virus infections spiking in parts of the country, people should wear masks when outdoors and around other people.

“We need everyone to wear a mask in public because this pandemic is so widespread in so many communities that containing it immediately must be our top national priority,” Niles wrote in a June 25 post. “Until we have universal and frequent testing to know exactly who is, or is not, infectious at any given moment, we need to just assume that everyone might be. So everyone should wear a mask when near others outside their household.”

Walt Disney World Cancels All Reservations, ‘FastPass’ Access, Behind-the-Scenes Tours Through End of the Year

Disney’s rush to re-open shuttered theme parks in Florida has run into the reality that is social distancing.

With all of the media giant’s domestic theme parks shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic, Disney had been taking reservations 180 days out for dining, behind-the-scenes tours and other events for a phased re-opening of Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., on July 11.

With consumer demand escalating, Disney realized it could no longer accept reservations and still meet its own and CDC-recommended social distancing guidelines.

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“As a result of the limited capacity, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all existing dining reservations and experience bookings, including Disney dining plans included in packages, through the end of the year,” Disney wrote on the DisneyWorld.com website.

Disney said it was switching from a 180-day booking window to 60-day to give consumers better control of planning for their visit. In addition, the park’s popular “FastPass” feature giving holders easier access to rides and attractions has been suspended.

“Our focus remains on the health and well being of the entire Disney community — including ‘cast members’ who are caring for and securing our parks and resorts during the closure,” Disney said.

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