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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... More »

'Take This Virus Seriously,' Quarantined NBA Star Says

Russell Westbrook tested positive but reports he's feeling fine

(Newser) - The Houston Rockets have arrived in Orlando to prepare for the resumption of the NBA season, but without Russell Westbrook. The league's 2017 MVP tested positive for the coronavirus before the team left for Florida, the Guardian reports. Westbrook tweeted that he feels fine and is "looking forward... More »

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... More »

Here's How Disney World Plans to Reopen

It'll take six weeks and face coverings will be required

(Newser) - The Walt Disney World Resort fully intends to open its parks this summer. Park officials on Wednesday proposed a plan to reopen Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11, followed by Epcot and Hollywood Studios on July 15, per WESH . Guests will be required to reserve park entry in... More »

Man, 34, Dies of COVID-19 Weeks After Disney Trip

He visited Florida theme parks before getting sick

(Newser) - A 34-year-old California man has become the state's latest coronavirus fatality—weeks after he visited Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. Relatives say Pasadena-area resident Jeff Ghazarian flew to Orlando from Los Angeles for a work trip on March 2 and stayed longer to visit the theme parks with... More »

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... More »

Grandma, Mom, 2 Kids on Disney Vacation Killed in Crash

4 other family members survive crash near Orlando, Fla.

(Newser) - A family vacation to Disney World came to an unimaginable ending Tuesday night when four members of the Massachusetts family were killed in a crash on a Florida highway. Grandma Josephine Fay, 76, mom Julie Smith, 41, and daughter Scarlett Smith, 5, died at the scene; son Jackson Smith, 11,... More »

4 Deaths Rock Florida's Disney-Developed Community

Bodies found in Celebration home; officials say deaths are 'suspicious'

(Newser) - "We live in Celebration. It's where dreams come true basically, right? And this has happened." Those were the words of a resident of Celebration, Florida, the Disney-developed community in Walt Disney World's backyard, after four bodies were found in a home there Monday. Says another resident... More »

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... More »

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... 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 »

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 »

Hundreds Honor Birthday of Boy Killed by Alligator

'You'll always be Mommy's loving, sweet, baby boy'

(Newser) - The parents of the toddler who was killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World in Florida say they will always remember their sweet little boy. Melissa and Matt Graves spoke to a group of several hundred people gathered at a high school football stadium Saturday to remember Lane Graves... 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 »

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 »

Family of Boy Killed by Gator at Disney World Is 'Devastated'

Disney says it will install signs warning visitors of alligators

(Newser) - The family of Lane Graves, the 2-year-old killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World on Tuesday, released a statement Thursday, staying it's "devastated" by his death. "Words cannot describe the shock and grief our family is experiencing over the loss of our son," ABC News... More »

Body of Boy Snatched by Gator at Disney World Found

It appears alligator drowned Lane Graves, left his body

(Newser) - The body of a 2-year-old Nebraska boy who was snatched off a Walt Disney World beach by an alligator and dragged underwater was recovered Wednesday, ending a ghastly search at one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, the AP reports. Divers found the body of Lane Graves of... More »

Sheriff: Boy Grabbed by Disney Gator Is Dead

The family 'will no question lose a 2-year-old child'

(Newser) - Fifteen hours after a boy was grabbed by an alligator and dragged underwater Tuesday night at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Orange County sheriff Jerry Demings says the family "will no question lose a 2-year-old child." "We’re working on recovering the body of the child at... More »

Gator Drags Boy, 2, Into Lagoon at Disney Resort

Dozens search overnight for Nebraska toddler

(Newser) - Authorities spent the night searching for a child who was dragged into the water by an alligator near Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando, Fla. An Orange County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman says the 2-year-old boy was dragged into the Seven Seas Lagoon about 9:30pm Tuesday.... More »

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