See Disneyland as You’ve Never Seen It Before: Completely Empty

Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

With the novel coronavirus spreading through California, Disneyland in Anaheim closed its gates on March 14, 2020. It marked the park's fourth closure since opening day, and now approaching week five, it's the longest one by far. You may not be able to experience this bizarre moment in theme park history in person, but as Time Out reports, you can explore Disney's abandoned attractions from your computer.

This aerial video shot by KABC Los Angeles depicts Disneyland in the age of COVID-19. Main Street has become a ghost town. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, which reached max capacity within an hour of its grand opening less than a year ago, is now empty in the middle of the day. You can watch the footage below.

While guests may never see the park this desolate in real life, dense crowds at Disney may still be a rarity when it eventually reopens. When Disney partially reopened its Shanghai resort in March, capacity was limited, temperatures were taken upon entry, and masks were mandatory except for meals.

If you'd rather be transported to a Disneyland that's bustling with life, you can do that from your computer as well. Here are some virtual ride tours you can watch to bring some Disney magic into your living room.

[h/t Time Out]

Blue Apron’s Memorial Day Sale Will Save You $60 On Your First Three Boxes

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Scott Eisen/Getty Images

If you’ve gone through all the recipes you had bookmarked on your phone and are now on a first-name basis with the folks at the local pizzeria, it might be time to introduce a new wrinkle into your weekly dinner menu. But instead of buying loads of groceries and cookbooks to make your own meal, you can just subscribe to a service like Blue Apron, which will deliver all the ingredients and instructions you need for a unique dinner.

And if you start your subscription before May 26, you can save $20 on each of your first three weekly boxes from the company. That means that whatever plan you choose—two or four meals a week, vegetarian or the Signature plan—you’ll save $60 in total.

With the company’s Signature plan, you’ll get your choice of meat, fish, and Beyond foods, along with options for diabetes-friendly and Weight Watchers-approved dishes. The vegetarian plan loses the meat, but still allows you to choose from a variety of dishes like General Tso's tofu and black bean flautas.

To get your $60 off, head to the Blue Apron website and click “Redeem Offer” at the top of the page to sign up.

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Watch: This Crashing Wave Art Installation in South Korea Brings Seaside Tranquility to a Busy City

These waves won't unexpectedly soak your beach towel when the tide comes in.
These waves won't unexpectedly soak your beach towel when the tide comes in.
d'strict, YouTube

Since residents of Seoul, South Korea, can’t exactly enjoy the sight of ocean waves breaking on the shore during their lunch hour, a design house is bringing them the next best thing: An enormous screen that plays realistic waves on a loop in the middle of the city.

Travel + Leisure reports that the installation, titled WAVE, is an anamorphic illusion, a distorted image that the viewer must observe from a specific angle for it to appear multi-dimensional. It’s on display in K-Pop Square at the Coex Convention and Exhibition Center in the district of Gangnam, but you don’t have to book an international flight to check it out—the creator, a design company called d’strict, shared a mesmerizing video of the work on YouTube.

Over about two months, developers molded two LED displays together to create a screen approximately 262 feet by 65 feet, with a resolution of 7840 pixels by 1952 pixels—almost twice the resolution of ultra-high-definition. In other words, the waves on this screen look more convincing than footage of the actual ocean would on your state-of-the-art living room TV.

For 18 hours a day, locals can watch icy blue swells slosh against the sides of the virtual tank, complete with the tranquil sounds of crashing waves (though they’ll have to rely on their imaginations to catch a whiff of salty sea spray).

Looking for other immersive displays? Dive into 15 awe-inspiring virtual tours here.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]