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At Disney Parks, 'HEPA Cleanup' Is Creepy Code

Wall Street Journal: It means that custodians need to clean up human ashes. Again

(Newser) - It's all fun and games until someone finds the ashes—which is disturbingly not that hard to do at Walt Disney parks. Confirming what Gizmodo says has been an urban legend for years, current and former custodians tell the Wall Street Journal that ashes of loved ones, often big... More »

Guy's Disney Proposal Didn't Get Fairytale Ending

Marc Rubin claims employee started altercation that ended up getting him arrested, sues Disney

(Newser) - A Long Island man thought July 8, 2015, was going to be "one of the most important" days of his life, but now he's suing Disney World for ruining it. Fox News reports on Marc Rubin's lawsuit, which the 57-year-old filed Sept. 27 in Florida's Orange... More »

1 Worker Killed, Another Injured at Disney World

2 separate accidents occurred on Monday in Florida

(Newser) - Sheriff's officials say a man was injured in an industrial accident at Walt Disney World in Florida, hours after another man was killed in a separate accident. An Orange County Sheriff's spokeswoman says the man fell near Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge late Monday. He called 911 and... More »

Pulse Shooter Meant to Attack Disney World: Prosecutors

But was scared off by police presence there, they say

(Newser) - Omar Mateen meant to go on his shooting rampage at Disney World in June 2016—but was scared off by the police presence there and instead attacked Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., killing 49, according to prosecutors in the case against Mateen's wife, Noor Salman. Salman, 31, is accused... More »

Disney Unveils New Animatronic Trump

He's the latest addition to the Hall of Presidents

(Newser) - Disney World's revamped Hall of Presidents is set to reopen Tuesday, with Barack Obama shifted to the side and a new robot with an extra-long tie center stage. The animatronic President Trump figure, which stands between Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses Grant, moves its hands as it recites dialogue Trump... More »

Soccer Star's Attempt at Epcot Drinking Game Ends Badly

Police say Alex Morgan was 'screaming' and 'highly impaired' at Disney World

(Newser) - If Alex Morgan's goal* was to get kicked out of Disney World, then consider Sunday night a raging success. The Guardian reports the famous soccer player and member of the US women's national team was escorted from the park by Orange County sheriff's deputies following an argument... More »

Disneyland Will Lose Its 'Wench'

Pirates of the Caribbean ride gets an apparently unwanted update

(Newser) - The scene shows a redheaded female tied up in rope, about to be sold under a banner reading, "Auction, Take a wench for a bride." But if the sight at Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean attraction hasn't yet offended some, the park apparently worries it soon... More »

How Disney World's Hall of Presidents Will Handle Trump

Inside source says Trump unlikely to get speaking role

(Newser) - Disney World may end a 24-year tradition by silencing animatronic President Trump when he's added to the Hall of Presidents. The imminent addition of Trump to the 46-year-old attraction hasn't been without controversy—multiple petitions garnering thousands of signatures want the current president excluded altogether—but neither Disney... More »

Dad's Vacation Timing Broke the Law: Court

UK's highest court upholds his $150 fine

(Newser) - A trip to Disney World has sparked a battle in Britain's highest court, the AP reports. In a case with implications for millions of parents, the UK Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a father broke the law by taking his daughter on vacation to Florida during school time. Jon... More »

Disney Characters Had to Pay for Costumes, Problematically

Florida theme park wasn't paying all workers minimum wage

(Newser) - Disney World hasn't been paying all its employees minimum wage, an investigation by the US Department of Labor has found. Theme park employees who play Mickey and other Disney characters saw a "uniform or 'costume' expense" deducted from their paychecks, causing some of those workers' hourly rates... More »

Terrifying Final Moments of Toddler Snatched by Gator Revealed

Lane Graves' father stuck his hands in the animal's mouth

(Newser) - The Orange County Sheriff's Office released a report Monday officially declaring the death of 2-year-old Lane Graves, who was grabbed by an alligator at Florida's Walt Disney World in June, an accident. The report also reveals the terrifying details of the toddler's final minutes of life: Lane,... More »

After Fatal Gator Attack, Disney Builds a Wall

Part of its safety plan after toddler was killed this year

(Newser) - It might be too little and it's definitely too late, but workers are building a stone wall around a Walt Disney World lake where an alligator killed a toddler earlier this summer. The barrier wall is part of the new security plan following the death of 2-year-old Lane Graves,... More »

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 »

Disney World Surprise Ends in DUI Disaster: Cops

Suspected drunk driver plows into Colorado family on way to airport for dream vacation

(Newser) - A Colorado dad who'd planned to surprise his family with a trip to Disney World was headed to the airport with them early Thursday when an alleged drunk driver crashed into their minivan, dashing the Disney plans and putting all four family members in the hospital, CBS Denver reports.... More »

Family of Boy Killed by Gator: We're Not Suing Disney

Instead, they're focusing on 'future health of the family'

(Newser) - The parents of Lane Graves, the toddler killed by an alligator at Disney World last month, will not sue Disney, they announced in a statement released to People . "Melissa and I are broken," Matt Graves said of himself and his wife. "We will solely be focused on... More »

Disney Fires Worker After Gator Tweet, Thinks Again

Shannon Sullivan tweeted photo of sign asking workers to play dumb about alligators

(Newser) - "If a Guest asks if we have gators in the water around Tom Sawyer's Island (or any other bodies of water), the correct and appropriate response is, 'Not that we know of, but if we see one, we will call Pest Management to have them removed.'... More »

Mile From Where Boy Died, Disney Firefighters Fed Gators

Nearby staffers feared 'becoming alligator food'

(Newser) - Firefighters at Disney World were warned to stop feeding alligators two months before a gator killed 2-year-old Lane Graves , according to employee emails. Emails from employees of Reedy Creek Emergency Services—which operates inside the park—show firefighters had been feeding at least one of two gators apparently living in... More »

Disney Wipes Itself of Reptile Characters After Tragedy

Crocodile, alligator references, jokes dumped by theme park after toddler death

(Newser) - A tragedy at Orlando's Disney World last month has led the theme park to get rid of references to the reptile that caused a toddler's death , the New York Daily News reports. Two weeks after 2-year-old Lane Graves was dragged to his death outside of the Grand Floridian... More »

Gator That Killed Boy at Disney Has Been Euthanized

Fla. officials 'confident' it is no longer a threat

(Newser) - The alligator that dragged 2-year-old Lane Graves to his death near a Disney resort in Florida last week is no longer at large, authorities say. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says it has completed its investigation into the attack and has suspended trapping in the area because it... More »

There's a Secret Club at Shanghai Disneyland

Club 33 is for Magic Kingdom's elite

(Newser) - Unless you've got close connections to Mickey or Mao, you're going to have a hard time getting into Club 33. A private members-only club by that name exists at the Disneylands in Anaheim and Tokyo, and the Los Angeles Times has discovered that the brand-new Disney park in... More »

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