Sunday, 7 June 2020

318 Seth Kubersky's Guide to Universal Orlando Re-opening

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 318, for Sunday 7th June 2020. If you want to listen, whilst reading these notes, just click the player below or alternatively find us on iTunes, Libsyn, Stitcher Radio, or via any good podcast catching apps.
On this week's show, we celebrate BBC television coming back on the air - after World War 2 and share the Disney connection to this, remember the birthdate of a Disney Legend and welcome back to the show Seth Kubersky to talk about the next level of theme park openings in Orlando.  

Mickey's Gala Performance
On 7th June 1946, British Broadcasting Company came back on air following World War 2 and on this day in history, this cartoon was shown. 
It was directed by Burt Gillett, produced by Walt Disney and the music was by Frank Churchill. It was originally released on 1st July 1933 and runs for seven minutes, twenty-one seconds. What makes this special is that this feature was the final item shown on the BBC on 1st September 1939 as it then stopped broadcasting.  

Milt Albright
Born on this day in 1916, Milt went on to be the first Disneyland employee.
Hear us on the show share his legacy was much more than that. We detail some of his achievements on the show but invite you to visit the Disney Parks Blog and read this fascinating piece about his life - Milt Albright.
Seth Kubersky
We are joined once more by the travel writer - Seth Kubersky. He joins us to review opening day at Disney Springs and then in detail share his experiences of visiting Universal Orlando on their re-opening day. We end our discussion looking ahead to what we can anticipate when Walt Disney World starts to re-open from the 15th July 2020. 
Photo Credit Seth Kubersky Unofficial Guides
On show 315, Seth spoke about the parking and it appears to be running just as smoothly now the main theme parks are open. 
Photo Credit Seth Kubersky Unofficial Guides
As he walked in, there were no park maps. He urges everyone to ensure they have the Universal Orlando app downloaded and ready to go prior to visiting. 
Photo Credit Seth Kubersky Unofficial Guides
He details the ride reservation system and shared the ease he found in obtaining on the day passes to ride his favourite attractions. 
Photo Credit Seth Kubersky Unofficial Guides
Mask compliance was good: all staff wore them however, he did see guests with lowered masks during his visits. Characters were able to be seen in the park but there were no photo opportunities and they wore themed/co-ordinating masks.

Top Tips:
Consider the ages of your family grouping - there isn't very much for younger children to do as they play areas are not currently opening. 
Travel light - lockers have been seeing a delay as much as 30 minutes to store and then to retrieve items. 
Arrive early and once in the are you should be able to obtain your first ride reservation 15 minutes prior to park opening. 

We urge you to keep up to date with the theme park news by visiting https://theunofficialguides.com/also, follow them on Facebook. Seth can be found on Twitter @Skubersky 

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