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This Small Group Has Worked at Disney World Since Day 1

About 2 dozen employees are members of the 50-year club

(Newser) - George Kalogridis, Chuck Milam, and Forrest Bahruth were among the 6,000 employees who opened the Magic Kingdom at Disney World to the public for the first time on Oct. 1, 1971. Now, they are among two dozen from that first day still employed at the theme park resort as...

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...

After 9-Year-Old Loses Family, Detectives Chip In

Brooklyn girl who hid in closet during triple murder is getting a trip to Disney World

(Newser) - It's one small grace note after a hard-to-fathom tragedy. Brooklyn detectives have chipped in to send a 9-year-old girl who lost her family in a triple homicide to Disney World, reports the New York Post . The murders made national headlines in April because the girl hid in a closet...

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 World Tourist's Defense: the Prices

Visitor objected to trespassing arrest after refusing temperature check

(Newser) - Kelly Sills spent a lot of money on his Disney World vacation last month, but he wasn't interested in the complimentary temperature check. He was stopped after skipping a temperature screening tent, part of the park's coronavirus protocols, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Sills was asked to go back...

Cops: Disney Worker in Fla. Helped Victim of Assault in Pa.

Employee alerted police after woman calling for Disney tickets indicated she was in trouble

(Newser) - A quick-thinking Disney World worker may have helped save a life nearly 1,000 miles away. According to Northern York County Regional Police, the Orlando employee got an alarming phone call close to midnight on Jan. 9, with the Pennsylvania woman on the other end at first making a normal...

It Started With a Cough, Ended With Rapper's Arrest at Disney

Incident involving Spectacular Blue Smith happened Monday night at Animal Kingdom

(Newser) - Rapper and social media entrepreneur Spectacular Blue Smith's visit to Disney World on Monday ended in his arrest. People reports the 35-year-old allegedly faked a sneeze while passing by a Disney employee at Animal Kingdom and said the word "coronavirus." According to the arrest affidavit from the...

Disney Says 32K Will Lose Jobs by March

Company announces another 4K layoffs

(Newser) - More bad news from Disney: The company announced in a Thanksgiving Eve filing that it plans to lay off 32,000 workers by March of next year, 4,000 more than previously announced . Most of the laid-off workers will be employees at the company's theme parks in Florida and...

Grandma Arrested for CBD Oil at Disney Wants $18M
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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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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,...

4 Bodies Found in Town 'Where Dreams Come True'
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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...

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...

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