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After Disney Arrest, Grandma Wants $18M

Hester Burkhalter says 15-hour ordeal over the CBD oil in her purse was 'humiliating'

(Newser) - Mickey Mouse had grandma arrested, and now she wants payback. Hester Burkhalter of Hickory, NC, is seeking $6 million in compensatory damages and $12 million in punitive damages, plus several million more for her family, following her April 2019 arrest at Disney World, per CNN . The Orange County Sheriff's... More »

Earth's 'Most Magical Place' Reopens Amid Virus Surge

Disney World opens its doors, with a few rules

(Newser) - "The Most Magical Place on Earth" has reopened after nearly four months with new rules in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the AP reports. Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom are reopening Saturday, while Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios will follow four... More »

Man Caught Quarantining in Disney's 'Tropical Paradise'

Richard McGuire says he never heard deputies or noticed 'no trespassing' signs

(Newser) - Florida deputies arrested a man who had been living out his quarantine on a shuttered Disney World island, telling authorities it felt like a "tropical paradise." Orange County Sheriff's deputies found Richard McGuire on Disney's Discovery Island on Thursday, the AP reports. He said he'd... More »

Disney World Furloughing a Massive Number of Workers

Orlando amusement park comes to an agreement with 43K employees

(Newser) - Walt Disney World plans to stop paying wages to 43,000 workers in about a week while allowing them to keep their benefits for up to a year in what is the largest wave of furloughs since the theme park resort closed in mid-March because of the new coronavirus spread.... More »

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... 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 »

Jungle Cruise Boat Sinks at Disney World

Theme park says all passengers were safely rescued

(Newser) - Disney World describes the Jungle Cruise ride as a "journey you won't soon forget"—and that was especially true on Thursday, when one of the boats sank. Passengers, who stood on the seats as water slowly rose inside the boat, were safely rescued within about 20 minutes... 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 »

Tears Abound as Disney's Unpaid Experts Are Crowned

12th time's the charm for one applicant

(Newser) - "My American dream was to go to Walt Disney World," Aena Drone, who came to the US from Pakistan as a child, tells the New York Times . As of this month, it's safe to say she has long surpassed that dream. The 36-year-old is one of 14... More »

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... More »

She Uses CBD Oil for Pain, Was Arrested for It at Disney

CBD oil found in purse at bag check caused a problem for Hester Burkhalter

(Newser) - Hester Burkhalter says she's never had so much as a speeding ticket. But while on a trip to Disney World, the 69-year-old great-grandmother spent 12 hours in jail and faced a felony charge stemming from a bottle of CBD oil, reports the Tampa Bay Times . An arrest warrant describes... 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 »

Disney Bans Man Over Trump Banner

He couldn't keep his politics off Splash Mountain

(Newser) - A man banned from Disney World for unfurling a huge pro-President Trump banner on Main Street, USA, in September was given a reprieve—until he came back with more Trump signs. New Yorker Dion Cini, 49, had his annual pass revoked and was banned from all Disney properties last week... More »

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 »

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