Miley Cyrus has been through a lot of ups and downs in her life and career. As Disney’s Hannah Montana, she was a golden child. As a solo artist, she rebelled and got salacious in her performance, and earned a reputation for parting. Her personal life has faced divorce from Liam Hemsworth and other breakups, so Cyrus jokes that it may have been this incident at Disneyland that sent her on a downward spiral.
Sang and Cyrus have a history together. Sang also interviewed Cyrus’s sister recently. Usually they talk in person, but Zooming with Sang reminded Cyrus of seeing behind the curtain.
“I forgot my microphone,” she told Sang. “It is like seeing Mickey mouse behind the gates of Disneyland one time.”
When she was Hannah Montana, Cyrus was part of the Disney family. That included perks at Disneyland, but some of those perks revealed how the sausage was made.
“One of the greatest things about growing up on Disney, I don’t know if I’m allowed to say this but I’m going to,” she said. “That’s how I always get in trouble. I always got backstage passes at Disneyland and one time I saw Peter Pan smoking a cigarette.”
A new petition on Change.org is calling upon Disney to change the name of the Carnation Cafe so that it honors former chef Oscar Martinez.
Nearly three years ago, Chef Oscar Martinez retired after working at Disneyland Resort for 60 years. The Disney Cast Member was always a smiling face at Carnation Cafe, a Guest-favorite restaurant located on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park. Since 1967, he greeted Guests with a smile, cooking up delicious dishes at the original Disney Park.
Now, fans are petitioning for Disney to change the name of Carnation Cafe so that it honors Chef Oscar and his legacy. Called “Change the name of Carnation Cafe in Disneyland, to honour Oscar!” the petition asks Disney to change the name of the Main Street restaurant to “Oscar’s Carnation Cafe” instead.
Disneyland Resort appears to be one step closer to a reopening announcement as Cast Members have placed health and safety signage outside of both the Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure entrances.
Instagram user @dev_is_the_dis shared images of the new Disneyland signage with Inside the Magic. As you can see from the above photo, the signs outside of Disneyland Park remind Guests of the mandatory face mask policy, social distancing requirements, hand-washing protocols, and other important health and safety measures.
Here, the signs are visible lined-up outside of the Disney California Adventure theme park entrance, where plexiglass barriers were installed several weeks ago ahead of reopening.
It is important to note that, while this an exciting step in Disneyland’s reopening prep, identical signs have been posted throughout the Downtown Disney District since it began its phased reopening process.
The sign installation is recent, as the Disneyland entrance looked like this [below photo] when an ITM team member visited Downtown Disney recently.
In a recent news briefing, California Governor Gavin Newsom said the state is getting closer to providing a much-anticipated update on the reopening of state theme parks, including OC’s top employer, Disneyland Resort.
“We will be making announcements soon as it relates to theme parks and amusement parks. I am not here today to make that presentation, but want folks to know we are actively working in a number of sectors," Newsom said.
The resort, along with local businesses and leaders, have been urging for new guidelines regarding a potential reopening of theme parks in Orange County. Current government guidance does not address theme parks in business reopening rules.
The Governor’s recent message comes six months after Disneyland Resort temporarily closed on March 14. In June, Disney proposed plans to reopen in stages starting July 9, but those plans were quickly nixed after a worsening COVID-19 situation in Orange County.
The resort, which includes two theme parks, three hotels and the Downtown Disney retail area and employs about 32,000 locally, has said it is ready to reopen once it gets the green light.
“As soon as a date and those guidelines are set, I can tell you, we’re ready,” Disney Parks Chairman Josh D'Amaro said last month in an interview with the U.S. Travel Association.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Society Orchestra announced Saturday afternoon that after playing for 32 years at Walt Disney World its last day would be Oct. 3.
“It’s hard to find the words but, sadly, our days at the Grand Floridian are over,” the ensemble posted on its official Facebook page. “In fact, as of Oct 3, 2020, our days at WDW will come to an end as well.”
The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, where the orchestra generally played, had been closed for months but reopened last week.
In August, after months of furlough, Disney rebranded the group as the Disney Society Orchestra and installed the musicians in the Hollywood Studios theater formerly home to “Beauty and the Beast — Live on Stage.” There, they played multiple short shows of Disney music each day that ended with appearances by “Beauty and the Beast" characters.
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Disney spokespeople could not immediately be reached on Saturday afternoon, but fans expressed outrage and dismay as word spread quickly on social media. Within an hour, the orchestra’s Facebook post had been shared nearly 500 times while generating hundreds of comments.
“This breaks my heart,” wrote one commenter. “Thank you so much for being part of our most favorite Disney memories. Wishing you all the best.”
The news comes just weeks after Disney World canceled many of its annual Christmas events, including Epcot’s Candlelight Processional concert. The Candlelight Processional also featured an orchestra and employed many local musicians.
The Grand Floridian Society Orchestra message did include a small bit of hope: “As we all know, these are very uncertain times and can’t say what will happen from one day to the next.”