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Disney Gets Patent to Take Pictures of People's Feet

It could track theme park guests by their shoes

(Newser) - Disney has received a patent to take pictures of visitors' feet at its theme parks, the Los Angeles Times reports. Specifically, the patent titled System and method using foot recognition to create a customized guest experience would scan guests shoes when they enter the park then track them as the... More »

10 Most Popular Amusement Parks in the World

Disney dominates, but Universal cracks top 5

(Newser) - A new list of the world's most popular amusement parks shows just how pervasive the Disney brand is. Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Florida tops the AECOM Index with 20.5 million visitors in 2015, and the brand dominates the top 10. It was a good year for... More »

US Bans UK Muslim Family From Disneyland Visit

Man says US authorities 'think every Muslim poses a threat'

(Newser) - A Muslim family of 11 had a major hiccup in their Disneyland vacation plans last week when US authorities barred them from boarding a flight from London to Los Angeles without explanation. The British family had been given travel authorization online prior to the Dec. 15 flight, but Homeland Security... More »

Major Theme Parks Around US Are Beefing Up Security

You'll have to pass a metal detector to enter the happiest place on Earth

(Newser) - With the Department of Homeland Security publicly worrying about potential attacks on crowded places, the three major theme parks in Orlando—Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Orlando—added metal detectors on Thursday, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The security devices are also being installed at Disneyland and Universal Studios in Los... More »

The Unhappiest Place on Earth: Banksy's Dismaland

Artist calls his creation 'a festival of art, amusements, and entry-level anarchism'

(Newser) - Cinderella's carriage has crashed, she and the horses are dead, and the paparazzi are hovering over their bodies, snapping away. That's just one attraction in Dismaland , the new Banksy art show in the English resort town of Weston-super-Mare, the Guardian reports. Nearly 60 artists built what Banksy calls... More »

Disney Parks Reveal Biggest Expansions Ever

Disney promises two 14-acre fully populated areas

(Newser) - Nothing like piloting a "hunk of junk" or joining an epic sci-fi battle on your family vacation, right? Then Walt Disney Co. has you covered: CEO Bob Iger announced yesterday that Walt Disney World and Disneyland will each add a 14-acre Star Wars expansion, CNN Money reports. "We... More »

Going to Disneyland? It Just Got Pricier

What measles outbreak?

(Newser) - Visiting Mickey and Minnie just got more expensive. The Walt Disney Co. raised ticket prices to attend Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and the rest of its US theme parks, effective yesterday. A one-day ticket for either Disneyland or California Adventure in Anaheim, Calif., is now $99 for anyone 10 or... More »

Couple Visits 3 Disney Parks Around World in One Day

Diane and Michael Greening hit Tokyo, Anaheim, and Orlando on Valentine's Day

(Newser) - If you were impressed by these two guys riding every ride in one day at Orlando's Walt Disney World in November, this couple has them beat. In 1999, Michael and Diane Greening of San Diego celebrated their first wedding anniversary at Anaheim's Disneyland, and every anniversary since they'... More »

CDC: Measles Outbreak Has Overseas Source

It probably began with infected Disney tourist, experts say

(Newser) - It's a small world after all: The measles outbreak that has spread from Disneyland probably began with a foreign visitor to the California park or an American who became infected overseas, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials. The chief of the CDC's National Center for... More »

Stay Away From Disney: Calif. to Unvaccinated

Those not immunized should avoid parks where outbreak started: health officials

(Newser) - From 1988 to 1990, California was slammed with a measles epidemic that affected at least 16,000 people, per the Western Journal of Medicine . Now public health officials are trying to avoid a similar scenario, encouraging people in the Golden State to a) get vaccinated, and b) stay away from... More »

5 Disneyland Workers Diagnosed With Measles

Measles-hit school sends unvaccinated kids home

(Newser) - The measles outbreak traced to Disneyland visitors is continuing to spread, and steps are being taken to stop it both inside and outside the California park. Five Disney workers—two of them vaccinated—have been diagnosed with measles, and the park says that workers who came in contact with them... More »

Measles Outbreak Traced to Disneyland

Anaheim visitors may have been exposed

(Newser) - A rare measles outbreak has been traced to Disneyland, and people who visited the Anaheim theme park between Dec. 15 and 20 may have been exposed, health officials in California warn. Nine cases have been confirmed in people ranging in age from 8 months to 21 years, most of whom... More »

Christina Aguilera Flips Out at ... Mickey

Calls the poor mouse an 'asshole,' source says

(Newser) - Do not mess with Christina Aguilera, even if you're Mickey Mouse. The singer was celebrating her 34th birthday at Disney's California Adventure recently, but when she and her friends tried to take a picture with Mickey, they were told he was taking a break and they'd have... More »

Guy Visits All 13 Disney Parks, Turns 'Disneyphile'

Brooks Barnes finds 'quirky surprises' from Hong Kong to Paris

(Newser) - Brooks Barnes once thought only the "zip-a-dee-doo-deranged" made an effort to visit all 13 Disney amusement parks around the globe. Hired to report on Disney in 2007, however, he began visiting several of the parks on business. Soon, a burning curiosity made him visit the full set as only... More »

Disney's Hot Attraction: Jumbo Turkey Legs?

'Caveman pops' have become part of the park experience

(Newser) - Sure, there are the rides, sights, and costumed characters—but a decidedly low-tech wonder has become all the rage at North American Disney parks: turkey legs. "It’s a chance to channel my inner cave woman," one visitor tells the New York Times , which reports that by year'... More »

Disney Tweaks Rules on Disabled to Curb Line Cheats

People were hiring guides with disabilities to avoid long waits

(Newser) - People with disabilities will no longer go straight to the front of lines at Disneyland and Walt Disney World after growing abuse of the system. Under the change, visitors will be issued tickets with a return time and a shorter wait similar to the FastPass system that's offered to... More »

Disneyland Vendor Arrested in Dry-Ice Blast at Park

22-year-old accused of setting off explosion in Toontown

(Newser) - Police have arrested one of Disneyland's own employees after yesterday's dry-ice explosion in the Toontown section of the park, reports the Los Angeles Times . Christian Barnes, a 22-year-old vendor who sold soda and water from a cart, is being held on $1 million bond. Police say he filled... More »

Explosion Scare Empties Disney's Toontown

Nobody hurt in dry-ice blast

(Newser) - Visitors were hustled out of Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland yesterday evening after a loud explosion that turned out to be a dry-ice blast in a trash can. An police spokesman says the device, made from a water bottle, resembles other that have gone off around Anaheim in the last... More »

Calif. Man Pretended He Was Disney Heir: Police

Cops say Stephen Urquidez even had bogus W-2 forms

(Newser) - He might have claimed to be from the happiest place on Earth, but police say Stephen Urquidez was living in his own little bogus world. The California man was arrested Tuesday on burglary charges, and the story is an odd one: Police say Urquidez went by the name "Stephen... More »

Man Trapped on 'Small World' Ride Wins Payout

Disabled man was stuck as song played repeatedly

(Newser) - A disabled California man who spent a hellish half-hour stuck on Disneyland's "It's a Small World" ride as the theme song blared over and over again has been awarded $8,000 in damages. The man, who is in his early 50s and is paralyzed from a spinal... More »

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