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Disney Is Laying Off 28K Theme Park Workers

Company blames COVID restrictions

(Newser) - Squeezed by limits on attendance at its theme parks and other restrictions due to the pandemic, The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday it planned to lay off 28,000 workers in its parks division in California and Florida. Two-thirds of the planned layoffs involve part-time workers but they ranged from...

Disney Rethinks Ride Based on Film It Pulled

Attraction's new theme will be 'the Princess and the Frog'

(Newser) - Disney hasn't shown or broadcast Song of the South for decades, but a log flume ride based on the film has still been in operation at the company's parks. That will change, Disney said Thursday in announcing that the once-popular Splash Mountain will be transformed into something else...

Disneyland Has Bad News for Fans

Reopening originally planned for July 17 has been delayed

(Newser) - Disney is postponing the mid-July reopening of its Southern California theme parks until it receives guidelines from the state, the company announced Wednesday. Disney had hoped to reopen Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in Anaheim on July 17 after a four-month closure due to the coronavirus, the AP reports. But...

What Disney May Need to Do Once the Parks Reopen

Executive Chair Bob Iger says it's possible temperature checks may be done for virus

(Newser) - If you've ever been to a Disney theme park, you know the rigmarole you have to go through to get past the security gates. Soon there may be an additional step: having your temperature taken. In a Tuesday interview with Barron's , Disney Executive Chair Bob Iger, who recently...

Disney Plans Rare Closures

All Disney and Universal theme parks will close

(Newser) - For just the fourth time ever, Disneyland is closing its gates. The California theme park will close Saturday morning and will be shut down for the rest of the month because of the coronavirus outbreak. Disneyland's resort hotels in Anaheim will stay open until Monday to give visitors time...

$475K Was Raised for His Disney Trip. He's Not Going

Quaden Bayles, who has dwarfism, intends to donate the funds instead

(Newser) - Quaden Bayles, the subject of a viral video showing the toll of relentless bullying, won't be going to Disneyland after all. Though comedian Brad Williams launched a GoFundMe page with that goal in mind—it has since raised $475,000—the family of the Australian 9-year-old with dwarfism instead...

Disney-Loving Vegans, Rejoice

More than 400 plant-based options coming to US parks

(Newser) - Plant-based dishes are coming to all 602 eateries at Disney's US theme parks. More than 400 dishes "made without animal meat, dairy, eggs or honey"—including cauliflower tacos, fried tofu, and carrot gnocchi—will arrive early next month at Florida's Walt Disney World, and in early...

Disneyland Visitors, Health Officials Have Bad News

Girl infected with measles visited earlier this month

(Newser) - A New Zealand teenager hit Southern California on a vacation earlier this month, and she hit lots of the usual hot spots—including Disneyland, Universal Studios, and Madame Tussauds. The reason the world now knows about her trip is that it turns out she was infected with one of the...

Disneyland Pay Brings Complaint—From a Disney

Member of founding family visits park undercover

(Newser) - Bob Iger, the chief executive of Walt Disney, was paid $66 million last year. Disneyland employees start at $15 an hour. That bothers Abigail Disney, of the founding family. After a park employee complained to her in a Facebook message, she made an undercover visit to the park, per CNN...

See Disney's New Star Wars Land

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge media preview was held Wednesday

(Newser) - From animatronic aliens to droidprints in the ground, Disneyland's latest addition immerses visitors in a brand new locale in the Star Wars universe, the AP reports. Every detail of the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land is meant to look and feel like it was plucked from a Star ...

Disney Parks Are Getting Rid of Smoking Areas

Large strollers are also banned

(Newser) - Disneyland may no longer be the "Happiest Place on Earth"—if you're a smoker. Disney Parks announced in a blog post Thursday that as of May 1, there will no longer be smoking areas "inside Walt Disney World or Disneyland theme parks, water parks, ESPN Wide...

Man With Trump Banner Kicked Out of Disneyland

He was already banned from Walt Disney World

(Newser) - A New York man has been kicked out of another Disney park after another goofy stunt. Dion Cini—who was banned from Disney properties last year after riding down Splash Mountain with a "Trump 2020" sign at Disney World in Florida—unfurled another pro-Trump banner on the side of...

Woman 'Butchered' by Bedbugs Sues Disneyland Hotel

Lawyer for Ivy Eldridge says family was covered in bites

(Newser) - A not-so-happy happening at the Happiest Place on Earth: A woman is suing over bedbugs at the Disneyland Hotel. Ivy Eldridge, whose lawsuit names the Walt Disney Co., Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and the hotel itself, says she was bitten by bedbugs while staying at the California hotel with...

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...

Disneyland Makes a Big Change—Involving Booze

For first time, theme park will sell alcohol to general public

(Newser) - Some 85 years after the Volstead Act was repealed, Disneyland is joining the party. Come 2019, any visitor to the park of legal drinking age will be able to grab an adult beverage, CNN reports, noting that, currently, the only place to booze it up at Disneyland is at the...

Survey: Most Calif. Disney Workers Can't Afford Living Expenses

73% of Disneyland workers don't make enough to cover rent, food; Disney calls survey 'inaccurate'

(Newser) - Disneyland may be deemed the "Happiest Place on Earth," but that joy apparently dissipates for the majority of employees when they leave the park and have to come up with rent in the real world. The Los Angeles Times points out that even though the Walt Disney Co....

Disneyland Gang Accused of Running Protection Racket

Inside lawsuit between biker-vest-wearing Disneyland social clubs

(Newser) - There's a gang war brewing at the happiest place on Earth, reports the Los Angeles Times in a fascinating look at a lawsuit between two of Disneyland's burgeoning social clubs. The clubs resemble motorcycle gangs in their sartorial choices (matching biker vests covered in Disney pins) and some...

Disneyland Visitors Diagnosed With Legionnaires' Disease

Park shuts down 2 cooling towers after 12 people sickened

(Newser) - Disneyland shut down two cooling towers this week after 12 people contracted Legionnaires disease in September, including one person who died, the Los Angeles Times reports. Health officials say of the dozen cases, found in individuals between the ages of 52 and 94, nine had visited Disneyland and the other...

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...

Disneyland Fan Visits Theme Park for 2,000 Days—in a Row

Jeff Reitz says it gives him something to look forward to every day

(Newser) - If Disneyland really is the happiest place on Earth, as it claims, then truly few people could possibly be happier than Jeff Reitz. On Thursday, the Air Force veteran made his 2,000 daily visit to the theme park—in a row, according to a press release . The impressive streak...

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