JoJo Siwa cuddles up to girlfriend Kylie Prew in a series of photos she shared on Instagram, while spending time together at Disney World. JoJo first publicly shared her relationship with Kylie back in February, after coming out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
Standing at the Disneyland gates at 8:30 on Friday morning, we heard a sound in the distance. A sound no one had heard in more than 400 days: a long, friendly whistle, followed by the chugging of a steam train engine.
A rousing cheer erupted from the thousands of people waiting in line. The Disneyland railroad emerged from the trees and pulled into the Main Street Station.
Some waved and whooped. Some cried. Some held up phones to take pictures. But we all knew one thing at the same moment: This was really about to happen.
“It’s really special to be here,” a total stranger said to the person behind her at the next distancing marker.
Like countless others, I’ve often used Disneyland as a marker of milestones in my life. Going there for the first time crystallized in my mind as an important life event, and I’ve celebrated plenty of birthdays and special occasions there in the years that followed.
I never expected to use the park as a marker of something truly terrible — but that’s what happened last March. When Disneyland announced that it would be closing because of the pandemic, that was the moment when it hit me. Things were about to get really, really bad.
Just days after Disneyland has reopened with an update to its Snow White attraction, the move is already receiving backlash.
According to Disney, Snow White's Enchanted Wish takes guests aboard a wooden mine cart as they accompany the princess as she escapes the clutches of the Evil Queen.
"Begin your fairytale journey in the cozy cottage of the Seven Dwarfs, then visit dazzling mines filled with glowing gems. Soon you’ll be riding into the Queen’s sorcery chamber and discovering a magic mirror just as Snow White bites into a poisoned apple!," a description on the theme park's website reads. "When all looks lost, will Snow White find her own happily ever after?"
The ride is enhanced with new music, LED back lighting, laser projections, an animation system, and new scenes, including Snow White dancing and the evil Queen's collection of spell books and bubbling potions.
"The Snow White attraction has such a rich history," Kim Irvine, creative executive for Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney Imagineering, said in a statement. "We wanted to take into account the beautiful scenic work that has always existed and retell the story in a special way. We believe guests will enjoy this sweet storyline in a stunning experience."
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in Disneyland Park will be closing for refurbishment on July 5.
Disneyland has not revealed the exact nature of the refurbishment or how long it will be closed.
Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure only reopened at the end of last month. Like most attractions, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is currently operating with special physical distancing measures.
Jungle Cruise is also currently closed for a large-scale refurbishment involving the removal of culturally insensitive elements.
Disneyland is taking yet another step towards returning to a pre-pandemic world.
The theme park just announced that starting on June 15, it will begin allowing out-of-state guests to visit the park again. When the park reopened on April 30th, only California residents were allowed to make reservations to visit the theme park.
In a statement released on the official Disney Parks Blog, the company announced the return of out-of-state guests.
The announcement states, "Today, we’re pleased to announce that beginning June 15, 2021, we will once again be able to welcome travelers from outside the state of California back to our theme parks! Out-of-state visitors may now begin booking their return to the parks on Disneyland.com. Until June 15, all guests visiting the Disneyland Resort must be California residents visiting in groups no larger than 3 households."