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With Some Attractions Closed, Disneyland Raises Prices

Park stands to make money even if attendance briefly dips

(Newser) - If you want to go to the happiest place on Earth, be prepared to spend a lot of money. And no, we aren’t talking about Finland . Disneyland introduced tiered pricing, raising the cost of a ticket on high-demand days, in 2016. And it raised prices on all five tiers...

Disneyland Faces Suit From 25K Employees Over Pay

Legal argument is tied to whether the city is subsidizing the company

(Newser) - More than 25,000 Disneyland employees, many of whom say they can't get by on what they're paid, have joined a class-action lawsuit seeking a living wage. According to a 2018 study, 11% of Disneyland employees said they had experienced homelessness in the past two years, 68% said...

Disney Replaces Free FastPass With, Essentially, a Paid FastPass

California and Florida theme parks are bringing in a new service this fall

(Newser) - Disney's FastPass and MaxPass are officially things of the past, the company announced Wednesday . In their place, California's Disneyland theme park and Florida's Walt Disney World resort will be introducing a new service this fall: Disney Genie, which will be built into the existing theme park mobile...

Mask Policy Updated at Disney World, Disneyland

They're once again required indoors at US theme parks

(Newser) - Masks are back at Walt Disney World and Disneyland—indoors, at least. As COVID-19 cases surge in Florida, the Orlando theme park will require masks on all visitors ages 2 and up, regardless of vaccination status, when indoors or on Disney transportation. The policy takes effect Friday, WESH reports. Orange...

Disney Brings Back Fireworks, With a Significant Change

No more 'ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls'

(Newser) - Fireworks are back at Disney World after more than a year without the iconic nightly event, but the show is a bit different now. Rather than starting off with the familiar greeting: "Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, dreamers of all ages," viewers at the Florida...

Disneyland Cheerfully Reopens
Disneyland
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Disneyland Cheerfully Reopens

Visitors make emotional return after 13-month shutdown ends

(Newser) - Employees and visitors cheered each other Friday as Disneyland reopened after a 13-month pandemic shutdown. Crowds lined up before dawn, the Los Angeles Times reports, and some visitors were crying as they walked through the gates. "It's been a long year," one woman said. "This is...

Man's 2.8K-Mile, 14-Month Run Is a Big First

Don Muchow, an Ironman with diabetes, ran from California's Disneyland to Florida's Disney World

(Newser) - It was an endurance run that was supposed to take just under 100 days. It ended up taking 14 months, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but Don Muchow's ultramarathon from California to Florida is still a big first. Per WESH , the 59-year-old Texas man is said to be the...

Disney Park Guests May Have to Use Their Indoor Voices

Trade group advises no shouting or singing when Disneyland reopens April 30

(Newser) - Disneyland and California Adventure plan to end their lockdown of more than a year on April 30. "It's been a long, long time since we've been able to create magic for our guests," said chief executive Bob Chapek, "and put our cast members back to...

Disneyland to Redo Offensive Scenes on Jungle Cruise

Theme park says it will remove 'negative depictions of native people'

(Newser) - The Jungle Cruise, a Disneyland staple since 1955, has regularly undergone tweaks. It's now in for a broader rethinking, the Walt Disney Co. announced Monday. The goals are to make the ride more inclusive and racially sensitive, the Los Angeles Times reports. That will be achieved partly by eliminating...

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 Fans, We Have Bad News
Disneyland Has
Bad News for Fans

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...

Disneyland Plans Rare Closure
Disney Plans
Rare Closures
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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
Disney-Loving
Vegans, Rejoice

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
See Disney's New
Star Wars Land
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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...

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