This week at Walt Disney World, Fireworks return to the Magic Kingdom, an upcoming EPCOT attraction gets a new sneak peek, plus hours are extended for the holiday season.
Outside Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort hits capacity over the Thanksgiving holiday, plus refurbishments are announced for early 2021 including fan favorite attractions like Revenge of the Mummy, Jurassic Park River Adventure and more.
1. Nightly fireworks return to Magic Kingdom for the holiday season
Though there have not been any nighttime spectaculars performed at Walt Disney World since the theme parks reopened in July, it looks like Disney has found a way to bring back fireworks in a limited capacity at the Magic Kingdom.
Throughout the evening, guests at the Magic Kingdom will now experience “pyrotechnic pixie-dust moments” that include low-level fireworks that will go off every 15 minutes or so as projection effects transform Cinderella Castle with a flourish of holiday fun.
2. New behind-the-scenes video released for Remy's Ratatouille Adventure
Disney has released a brand new behind-the-scenes video showcasing Remy's Ratatouille Adventure, which is almost ready to open at EPCOT. You can check out several portions of the ride in the video above, and hear more about what the ride experience will be like when the attraction opens sometime next year!
3. 4000 more Cast Member layoffs confirmed
In the late evening hours the day before the Thanksgiving holiday, Disney has quietly disclosed an updated figure for the total number of Cast Members that will be laid off due to the COVID-19 Pandemic that includes approximately 4,000 additional layoffs, bringing the total since the start of fall 2020 to 32,000. According to a business filing with the SEC, these additional layoffs will take effect in the first quarter of 2021, and will be complete by March 2021.