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WATCH: Walt Disney World Continues Flag Ceremony at Magic Kingdom

While Walt Disney World Resort is currently closed until further notice due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the security team remains on-site and is helping keep an important tradition alive.

Despite the lack of guests, the essential team members continue to raise and lower American flags throughout the park, like the one at Town Square in Magic Kingdom, each and every day.

“Continuing that tradition is a reminder to never forget the debt of gratitude that Americans owe to veterans and active-duty military service members around the world,” Walt Disney World News said in a statement, calling it “a reminder of how we’ve overcome adversity throughout history and we’ll do so again in the weeks ahead.”

“While our world looks very different today, one thing endures…the American flag still flies over Walt Disney World. I’m inspired how our Security Cast Members continue to raise it each and every morning at Magic Kingdom while they are on duty protecting the magic,” added Walt Disney World Resort President Josh D’Amaro in an Instagram post on Wednesday. “It’s a symbol that we’re still here and will not falter. I hope this inspires you as well. We will be back. Thanks to all our incredible Cast Members who continue to maintain the magic until that day. Until then, please take care of yourselves and your families. We will see you soon.”

Disney temporarily shut down theme parks and its cruise line last month in response to the global impact of COVID-19 and recently informed travel agents that bookings will only be accepted for dates after June 1, 2020.

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Disneyland, Walt Disney World and Aulani Resorts Taking Bookings After June 1

Disney resorts issued a statement last week notifying guests that its “parks are closed until further notice” and, now, the parks have advised travel agents that bookings will only be accepted for dates after June 1, 2020.

The statement from Disney read: “At this time, the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort call centers will not be taking any new bookings for the months of April and May. New bookings for Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and Aulani Resort will be available for stays starting June 1, 2020.”

Despite this announcement, there has been no update on when the parks will be reopened.

As previously stated, travelers with hotel reservations that take place while the parks are closed can cancel or postpone their trips without penalty, and the resorts are working with guests to rebook stays that are affected by the closure.

For those who just can’t wait for the parks to reopen, relive the experience through the eyes of others with virtual videos.

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WATCH: Family Recreates Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean Ride at Home

A Utah family is going viral after hilariously recreating Disney’s iconic Pirates of the Caribbean Ride at home while the theme parks remain closed as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Inspired by a homemade Splash Mountain video posted to Facebook by Chip and Co. last week, the Thornock family went to work while practicing responsible self-isolation, using costumes, props and even the family dog to recreate their favorite ride.

“We already had some pirate stuff from Halloween and such. We are very familiar with the ride, so we picked out some of the key parts and brought it to life using items lying around the house,” the family’s second-oldest daughter, Brin Thornock told SYFY WIRE.

“It only took us about an hour-and-a-half to put everything together. We shot it on our phones and I edited in my phone as well,” she added. “The hardest thing was trying not to break character and laugh.”

As of Monday morning, the Thornocks’ video has been viewed more than 1.7 million times on Twitter, racking up more than 92,000 likes and nearly 31,000 retweets.

California’s Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and other Disney parks around the world have been temporarily shut down as officials aim to slow the spread of COVID-19. In the meantime, all you need is a bit of ingenuity to bring your favorite rides to your doorstep.

“Just enjoy your time together as a family. Get creative,” Thornock told SYFY WIRE.

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