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    Guests on Walt Disney World's Splash Mountain were reprimanded by a park employee for getting out of a sinking boat because it was a 'safety hazard.' The incident took placed Sunday evening when five amusement park visitors boarded the ride in Orlando, Florida.   Footage shared by Skyelar Ingrsoll on Twitter shows a single boat completely submerged in water. 
    Splash Mountain is known for its daring drops, which leave riders soaked. Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images Disney World parkgoers said they evacuated themselves from a sinking Splash Mountain boat on Monday. Disney visitor Skyelar Ingersoll captured a clip of the moment and shared it on Twitter. Ingersoll said a Disney cast member told her and the Splash Mountain riders that they should have stayed seated on the boat. Speaking to Insider, Ingersoll said that while she and others on the ride originally felt their safety "didn't come first," she later spoke with "very apologetic" cast members and now feels confident in riding Splash Mountain again. Disney confirmed to Insider that five parkgoers were on...
    Some unlucky riders on Disney World’s Splash Mountain almost ended up “under the sea.” Passengers on the log flume tweeted late Sunday about a harrowing experience in which their boat took on water mid-ride at the Florida theme park. “so we got out of our boat because it was sinking while we were stuck there,” wrote one rider, along with a video clip of the water-logged vessel. “the disney world employee decided to tell us that we should’ve stayed in the boat but it went under as soon as we all stepped out… nice” Another passenger aboard the doomed trip tweeted a pair of before-and-after photos , the first showing her and her boyfriend seated in the ride with water...
    Some unfortunate riders on Disney World’s Splash Mountain nearly ended up “beneath the ocean.” Passengers on the log flume tweeted late Sunday a couple of harrowing expertise during which their boat took on water mid-ride on the Florida theme park. “so we obtained out of our boat as a result of it was sinking whereas we have been caught there,” wrote one rider, together with a video clip of the water-logged vessel. “the disney world worker determined to inform us that we should always’ve stayed within the boat however it went beneath as quickly as all of us stepped out… good” One other passenger aboard the doomed journey tweeted a pair of before-and-after pictures, the primary displaying her and...
    An iconic aquatic attraction at Walt Disney World is making a different kind of splash on social media after a guest claimed that they were told to remain inside a sinking boat at Splash Mountain. In a now-viral video that hit Twitter on Sunday, a user name Sky shared footage of submerged seats at the log flume ride at Magic Kingdom. GEORGIA MOM CAUGHT WITH GUNS IN DIAPER BAG AT DISNEY'S EPCOT, AUTHORITIES SAY “So we got out of our boat because it was sinking while we were stuck there and the Disney World employee decided to tell us that we should’ve stayed in the boat but it went under as soon as we all stepped out... nice,” Sky captioned...
    Virtually every Disneyland ride and attraction will change in some way to accommodate the new normal of COVID-19 health and safety protocols when the Anaheim theme parks reopen following an extended coronavirus closure. Visitors returning to Disneyland will find social distancing measures stretching from attraction queues to the rides themselves with extensive sanitization measures throughout the park. Disney’s Anaheim theme parks remain closed until further notice while they await still-unreleased reopening guidelines from the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are expected to follow the lead of Disney’s recently reopened Florida parks and implement many of the same changes — with some variations due to unique circumstances in Anaheim. In some cases, the changes to Disneyland...
    A Florida school district shared a video of its reopening. Some parents call it apocalyptic. McDs CEO: Workers may call cops over masks Hate Cleaning The Toilet? Never Scrub Another Toilet Again Ad Microsoft 17 Ways These $20 Lights Will Upgrade Your Home Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/12 SLIDES © Handout/Getty Images Disney, distanced Slowly but surely, America's Disney parks are reopening. Walt Disney World began allowing guests back to Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11, and to Hollywood Studios and Epcot on July 15. Public pressure—and a...
    NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 30: A person wears a protective face mask outside the NBA store on Fifth Avenue as New York City moves into Phase 2 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to curb the coronavirus pandemic on June 30, 2020. Phase 2 permits the reopening of offices, in-store retail, outdoor dining, barbers and beauty parlors and numerous other businesses. Phase 2 is the second of four phased stages designated by the state. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)DraftKings NBA picks July 31: Giannis will dominate Disney WorldWe have six games for our DraftKings NBA tournaments today in the bubble. Late swap is your friend on DK since the first game starts at 1:30 eastern and the last one...
    During a six-week sprint to the restart of the season, ABC/ESPN, in partnership with the NBA and Turner, has tried to turn what has long been billed as the “Happiest Place on Earth” into the safest. In creating the NBA’s bubble at Disney World in Orlando, the league and the networks hope to shield players and personnel from the coronavirus. But they have done more than that — they have attempted to transform ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex into something of a state of the art, hopefully pandemic-proof TV studio. As ESPN approaches its first broadcast Friday night, it has tried to create a big-time feel without fans present. To do this, the network has in just a month-and-a-half...
    During a six-week sprint to the restart of the season, ABC/ESPN, in partnership with the NBA and Turner, has tried to turn what has long been billed as the “Happiest Place on Earth” into the safest. In creating the NBA’s bubble at Disney World in Orlando, the league and the networks hope to shield players and personnel from the coronavirus. But they have done more than that — they have attempted to transform ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex into something of a state of the art, hopefully pandemic-proof TV studio. As ESPN approaches its first broadcast Friday night, it has tried to create a big-time feel without fans present. To do this, the network has in just a month-and-a-half...
    Getty The NBA is utilizing several courts at the Disney property. One of the reasons the NBA selected Disney to be the host-site for their “bubble” restart was there were already regulation size basketball courts. According to NBC Sports Chicago, the NBA will be utilizing three courts to play games, but practice facilities are a bit more complicated. Practice courts were laid out at some of the different hotel venues with each facility hosting three teams’ hardwoods. Disney’s Wide World of Sports has several on-site arenas including the HP Field House which has a history of hosting a number of sporting events including college basketball holiday tournaments. Disney describes it as a more than 70,000 square-foot facility...
    It hardly resembled the league that abruptly adjourned its season at the onset of the pandemic 141 days ago, but the NBA made its return inside the Disney World bubble on Thursday night as members of the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz protested racism during the national anthem.  On a court emblazoned with the words 'Black Lives Matter,' players in BLM warmups, coaches, and even officials knelt and locked arms in a demonstration that technically violated a 39-year-old league rule requiring everyone to stand for the American and Canadian anthems. But as NBA commissioner Adam Silver explained during a Wednesday-morning interview with Good Morning America, things have changed in the wake of George Floyd's killing in Minneapolis police custody...
    Splash Mountain at Disney World and Disneyland will be revamped into a "Princess and the Frog" attraction. The concept art for the new ride is on the right versus the attraction in Disney World. Kirsten Acuna/Insider, Disney Parks Disney World and Disneyland's Splash Mountain log-flume ride will be rethemed into a "Princess and the Frog" attraction. The change was announced after a viral online petition asked Disney to rethink the ride's original inspiration from "Song of the South." Disney Parks said the renovations have been planned since last year. It's not the only attraction at the parks to get revamped. A lot of these refurbishments have been done in recent years to incorporate newer Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Disney...
    He loved America until America learned to love him back: John Lewis funeral held The Secret Reason Many Fast Food Dining Rooms Wont Open Anytime Soon Yahoo Sports partners with NBA to bring the Disney bubble to fans in virtual reality Yahoo Sports has partnered with the NBA to virtually bring fans inside the Disney bubble. The partnership, in coordination with virtual reality production company RYOT, will transport fans inside the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for 13 seeding games between now and mid-August, via Oculus devices. The experience will include integrated fantasy basketball and sports betting content. [Create or join a 2020 Yahoo Fantasy Football League for free today] “RYOT’s powerful VR capabilities will deliver a truly...
    COVID-19 : In a promotional spot like in a movie, the music is absolutely essential. Change the melody and suddenly the message is not the same at all. Demonstration with this video supposed to promote the reopening of Disney World in Florida. A smart kid had fun changing the music, and really, that changes everything. Closed since March due to coronavirus, Disney World has announced its reopening in a reassuring spot. In the images, we can see a whole bunch of health protection measures and barrier gestures. Only here, if you replace the original music of this commercial by that of the film Shining then, suddenly, what was meant to be reassuring becomes frankly scary. Nelson Carvajal gave it...
    NBA The two Los Angeles teams, Lakers and Clippers, and the Bucks start as favorites Lamp genius LeBron James and Peter Pan Luka Doncic. Juan Carlos Fernndez When at 0030 hours of the next morning the ball is thrown into the air at the Pelicans-Jazz, the NBA will end 141 days without official games. It is the time that has passed since Rudy Gobert, powerhouse of the Utah franchise, tested positive for coronavirus and the competition stopped. It has been an eternity during which The League has done an incredible exercise in imagination to devise a plan that would allow the season to resume, return the best basketball in the world and minimize the already heavy economic losses. The...
    Back in 1995, Disney decided to dip a toe in the world of NASCAR and IndyCar. To achieve this, they partnered with Indianapolis Motor Speedway designer, Kevin Forbes. The Walt Disney World Speedway was located in Florida on a plot of land near the Magic Kingdom parking lot. The circuit was a 1.6 km track with 16 km of safety restraint cabling, and 5,200 tons of asphalt for the track surface. While it mostly played host to IndyCar races, there were a couple of NASCAR Truck Series races held at the track. Joe Ruttman and Ron Hornaday Jr won the 1997 and 1998 editions of the Truck Series. However, that would be the only 2 times that NASCAR visited the...
    Coronavirus is a government tool created for population control, according to an unproven theory posited by 22-year-old Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr., who claims he's never been vaccinated in his entire life. 'Personally, I think that the coronavirus is being used obviously for a bigger agenda,' Porter said during a Snapchat question-and-answer session with fans on Tuesday. 'It's being used for population control in just terms of being able to control the masses of people. 'Because of this virus, the whole world is being controlled,' he continued. 'You're required to wear masks, and who knows what'll happen when this vaccine comes out. You might have to have the vaccine in order to travel. That'd be crazy.' And that could...
    Jim and Jane Henson rolled out the first Muppets in 1955, and the ensuing 65 years have given the franchise time to expand into virtually every medium, from film and TV to music and theater, and on to internet memes, Vines, and an AR app. There’s an awful lot of Muppet history to sort through, but inevitably, we all have our favorite Muppet moments. As the newest Muppet TV series, Muppets Now, heads to Disney Plus on July 31, News Brig’s entertainment writers are spending the week looking back on the Muppet creations that have meant the most to us over the years. I did not grow up as intimately acquainted with the Muppets as some of my colleagues. (Some...
    Walt Disney Worlds guests and cast members must now wear only certain kinds of face masks while they are visiting the Florida theme park, according to guidance released on Disneys Know Before You Go page. Visitors and guests are no longer permitted to use neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas, or "face coverings containing valves, mesh material, or holes of any kind," the corporation said in its guidelines for all guests ages two and older, reports Fox Business. Disney said, citing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all face masks, whether disposable or reusable, that people wear at the Orlando theme park must consist of at least two layers of material, cover the wearers nose and mouth,...
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Attendance at Disney theme parks was flat last year as it limited the number of people allowed in to improve the experience and faced tourism disruptions in Hong Kong, while visits jumped at Universal parks, driven by Harry Potter-themed rides, according to a new report released this month. The report by the Themed Entertainment Association and the Economics Practice at AECOM said that overall attendance at the 10 biggest theme park operators in the world grew by 4% last year and climbed to 521 million visits, according to the report. The report only looked at attendance in 2019 and didn’t take into account the disruptions in the industry this year caused by the spreading coronavirus, which...
    ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) – The coronavirus pandemic has upended Orlando’s status as the most visited place in the U.S. It has not only impacted the area’s theme parks and hotels, but also the people who work in them. In 2018, more than 75 million visitors came to Orlando, mostly due to its reputation as a theme park mecca, which includes Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld Orlando. In the week that Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom started welcoming back visitors, occupancy of hotel rooms in the Orlando area was down more than 60% from the previous year, a much deeper drop than the state as a whole, which declined more than 41%, according to STR,...
    Showtimes New Releases Coming in August 2020 Converting a One-Bedroom to a Two-Bedroom: What You Need to Know Explore the NBA Disney World bubble in augmented reality The NBA is poised for a monumental undertaking: restarting the 2019-2020 season inside Disney World amid the coronavirus pandemic. Shocking, this idea could work. Ten days before games are set to begin on July 30, the NBA announced they were zero positive COVID-19 tests in the so-called “bubble” and it looks like the season will continue without a hitch. The bubble itself sits inside Disney World’s massive 40-acre Orlando campus. Teams will play all of their games at three venues at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in the southern...
    Yunique Smith, 27, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of marijuana after Disney World security guards allegedly found the items in her baby's diaper bag while she and her family were trying to enter Epcot Center on July 18 A Georgia woman was arrested and charged after Disney World security guards at Epcot Center found two handguns and marijuana inside her child's diaper bag.  Yunique Smith, 27, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis on July 18 at about 6.40pm.  Her arrest report stated that Smith was stopped while she was going through Epcot's security check line, along with an adult male, their...
    Opinion: This index tracks economic uncertainty — and it’s pretty clear about what’s in store for stocks through Election Day Incredible 1992 Range Rover Two-Door Restomod Literally Has Jamiroquai Funk A single 34-year-old woman who has been on more than 25 dates at Disney World shares how its different to dating anywhere else © Provided by INSIDER Casey Maute shares her Disney dating stories in weekly episodes of "Single Rider Podcast." Courtesy of Casey Maute Casey Maute, who lives in Orlando, Florida, has been going on dates at Disney World for more than two years. Insider spoke with Maute, who shares her Disney dating stories in weekly episodes of "Single Rider Podcast."  Dating at Disney can be magical...
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Every week, it seems, Kaila Barker, her husband and their five children change their minds about whether to travel from their home in Connecticut to Florida’s Walt Disney World as planned in September. On the one hand, the lack of crowds means more opportunities to go on rides without long waits. On the other hand, Connecticut and Florida have implemented pandemic-related quarantines for each other’s residents and visitors, and the Barkers worry whether the Disney “magic” will get lost with mandatory mask-wearing for visitors and workers, temperature checks and no parades, fireworks shows or up-close “meet-and-greets” with costumed characters. “We keep going back and forth. It’s such a hard decision to make,” Barker said last Tuesday....
    By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Every week, it seems, Kaila Barker, her husband and their five children change their minds about whether to travel from their home in Connecticut to Florida's Walt Disney World as planned in September. On the one hand, the lack of crowds means more opportunities to go on rides without long waits. On the other hand, Connecticut and Florida have implemented pandemic-related quarantines for each other's residents and visitors, and the Barkers worry whether the Disney “magic" will get lost with mandatory mask-wearing for visitors and workers, temperature checks and no parades, fireworks shows or up-close “meet-and-greets" with costumed characters. “We keep going back and forth. It's such a hard decision to...
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It’s hard to scare the bejesus out of someone in a haunted house while socially distancing, which may explain the decision by Universal to cancel its Halloween Horror Nights this year at its U.S. theme parks. The company said Friday it wouldn’t be hosting the celebration of all things scary at its Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood so that it could focus on operating its theme parks for daytime guests under pandemic restrictions. “We know this decision will disappoint our fans and guests. We are disappointed too. But we look forward to creating an amazing event in 2021,” the company tweeted. Halloween Horror Nights typically lasts more than a month starting in September, but...
    Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It's hard to scare the bejesus out of someone in a haunted house while socially distancing, which may explain the decision by Universal to cancel its Halloween Horror Nights this year at its U.S. theme parks. The company said Friday it wouldn't be hosting the celebration of all things scary at its Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood so that it could focus on operating its theme parks for daytime guests under pandemic restrictions. “We know this decision will disappoint our fans and guests. We are disappointed too. But we look forward to creating an amazing event in 2021," the company tweeted. Halloween Horror Nights typically lasts more than a month starting in...
    PARENTS claim they have found the 'world's cutest outfit' and it's available in Primark. Taking to a bargains Facebook group, one mother couldn't resist sharing a snap of the adorable Disney garment. 3Parents are raving about this adorable outfit from Primark The two-piece outfit consists of a white long-sleeved top with a photo of Simba the lion cub and his name written in gold, and a teeny tiny pair of mustard-coloured leggings. The Facebook user captioned the picture: "This is the worlds cutest outfit! £8 FROM PRIMARK!! They had other lion king outfits and lots more Disney! defo a bargain!" 3Parents think Primark are selling the 'world's cutest outfit'Credit: Kenny Ramsay - The Sun Glasgow She later added: "UPDATE… this...
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Georgia woman was arrested at Walt Disney World after security for the Florida resort found two guns and some marijuana in her child's diaper bag, according to court documents. Yunique Smith, 27, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, was arrested July 18 on misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon and marijuana possession, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Smith was going through the Epcot security line with an adult man, their 7-month-old daughter and her 7-year-old son when the guard spotted a 9mm handgun and a plastic bag containing marijuana, an arrest report said. Orange County deputies responded. A search of the diaper bag revealed a .45 caliber handgun on the bottom, deputies said. Park rules state no...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- When it comes to breaking news, no one covers it better than Eyewitness News reporter Chris Cristi. He has one of the more unique jobs at ABC7. To see just what it's like to fly Air7HD every day, the Disney+ series "One Day at Disney" spent time with our high in the sky reporter.Cristi worked through college as a traffic reporter in Florida; then after putting in a full day, would commute to Disney World and pilot the monorail."It was one of the most fun jobs I'd ever had," said Cristi.Cristi says it's been a long path to get to this point. But he's always been inspired by KABC in Los Angeles."It was to me the...
    ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff went on a globetrotting adventure with his son. It's all captured in "Rogue Trip," which is now streaming on Disney+."Rogue Trip" is a six-part series from National Geographic, and it's available on Disney+ starting Friday.Woodruff, a former war correspondent, and his son Mack travel to countries mostly known for their histories of conflict."It's about going to countries that have been defined by wars or conflicts in the past, and they've sort of been depicted as these dangerous countries. And we went back, and my dad has been reporting from them for a really long time, but we wanted to go there and show them with a little bit more balance and show the beautiful places...
    If you're planning to visit Walt Dinsey World or Downtown Disney, mask requirements are getting slightly more strict.Both the Florida theme park and California shopping district reopened earlier this month but visitors can no longer wear neck gaiters and bandanas. Masks must fit comfortably but snugly against the side of the face and should be closed with earloops or ties.The revised policy appears to close a loophole that allowed people to walk around mask-less while drinking or eating.Now, guests will be encouraged to sit or remain stationary for meals and snacks.EMBED More News Videos Downtown Disney reopened to the public Thursday with new health protocols, but the full reopening of Disneyland is still pending state approval for theme parks. Mandatory...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- When it comes to breaking news, no one covers it better than Eyewitness News reporter Chris Christi. He has one of the more unique jobs at ABC7. To see just what it's like to fly Air7-HD every day, the Disney+ series "One Day at Disney" spent time with our high in the sky reporter.Christi worked through college as a traffic reporter in Florida; then after putting in a full day, would commute to Disney World and pilot the monorail."It was one of the most fun jobs I'd ever had," said Christi.Christi says it's been a long path to get to this point. But he's always been inspired by KABC in Los Angeles."It was to me the...
    TEEN Mom star Briana DeJesus has been criticized for enjoying a date at crowded Disney World in Florida during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Florida has been one of the worst-hit states in recent weeks, with nearly half a million cases and over 5000 deaths, but the mom-of-two chose to hit the theme park with her ex-boyfriend Dre. 13 Briana and Dre hit Disney WorldCredit: Reddit She shared several pictures on Instagram Stories of the pair at the Magic Kingdom but fans were not impressed, especially because her youngest daughter Stella had a heart condition making her incredibly vulnerable. "How the f**k are you going to go to Disney in the middle of a pandemic with a little girl at home...
    Disney World's Florida parks are predicted to face a drop of 100 million visitors over the next two years due to the coronavirus pandemic, new research shows.  Walt Disney World's four theme parks - Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom - could see 97.7 million fewer visitors in fiscal years 2020 and 2021, according to the report's predictions from Wall Street analysts Cowen and Company.  'With the spread of COVID-19 having accelerated in the US, we expect a prolonged impact to Disney’s parks,' the report reads.  The lasting impact on Disney could last until about 2025, the year analysts believe the company will finally bounce back from the pandemic and return to profitability.  In fiscal year 2020, Disney's...
    The NBA's new 'Black Lives Matter' court paint and socially distanced bench chairs have been unveiled at Disney World in Orlando as the league prepares to restart its season next week amid the coronavirus pandemic. ESPN's Malika Andrews posted pictures on social media from inside the NBA's bubble, which is aimed at keeping players and staff safe from the outbreak while 22 of the 30 league teams attempt to finish the 2019-2020 season. The paint job had previously been reported, but had gone unseen until Tuesday. Players will also have the option of having social justice messages, like 'Black Lives Matter,' emblazoned on the backs of their jerseys. SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO  ESPN 's Malika Andrews posted pictures on social...
    Be our guest — with some exceptions. That seems to be Disney World’s pandemic motto, as the beloved theme park struggles to keep visitors safe and socially-distanced while still providing a fun and memorable experience after partially reopening on July 11. Some restaurants and attractions remain closed in the Walt Disney Co.’s DIS, +1.87% Orlando, Fla. resort, for example, and guests can’t hug and take selfies with the costumed characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse anymore. Guests must also get their temperatures checked before entering the park, and face masks are required at all times — except when a guest is actively eating or drinking. Related:Will wearing a face mask protect you from COVID-19? It’s complicated. Here...
    The NBA said Monday that there have been zero positive coronavirus cases amongst players in the latest batch of tests.  The basketball players have been staying in their bubble-like campus at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. while waiting for the NBA to resume its season on July 30, without spectators.   The previous batch of test results had been released on July 13, when two of the 322 players who had arrived at the campus between July 7 to 13 tested positive for coronavirus.  The NBA said zero players tested positive for coronavirus since July 13. Indiana Pacers' Malcolm Brogdon (left) wore a mask during practice on July 19, while Houston Rockets' P.J. Tucker (right) wore one while arriving at...
    As Daily Kos previously covered, Disney World reopened its Orlando, Florida, location on July 11. The Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks reopened that Saturday, with Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios a few days behind on July 15. Mind you, Florida’s coronavirus cases have been surging. Just today, the state reported more than 10,000 new cases. Even still, Disney’s Florida location reopened with additional safety measures: limiting how many people can enter the park at once, for example; using apps to order food and drinks; and canceling crowd-heavy events, like parades and fireworks. What else? All guests over 2 years old and employees are instructed to wear masks while in the park, with some exceptions. And it seems that those exceptions had to be tightened up...
    PHOTO VIA DISNEYThe only thing worse than someone chewing on a meal with their mouth open is when someone infected with coronavirus does this, while walking past you, at Walt Disney World. That's why Disney executives closed a loophole at its four Orlando parks this past weekend, one that had allowed eat-walking tourists to roam mask-free, as long as they were chomping while clomping. On Saturday, park-watcher blogs lit up with excited shares of reports that guests would no longer be able to defy mask orders while walking, just by biting into a jumbo turkey leg. Disney learned that some guests were using the loophole as an excuse to disregard the requirement for facial coverings, a particularly shitty thing to...
    Disney World has closed a mask loophole, banning park visitors from eating and drinking while they walk as a means to encourage attendees to wear masks. “Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members,” reads Disney World’s official policy. “Please bring your own face coverings and wear them at all times, except when dining or swimming.” The policy only allows eating and drinking as long as guests remove their masks while standing still and socially distant from others. “You may remove your face covering while actively eating or drinking, but you should be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing,” the policy reads. Previously, the theme park’s visitors were able to avoid wearing a mask by using...
    ORLANDO, Fla. -- Forget munching on Mickey pretzels while strolling through Disney World in Orlando, Florida.Eating or drinking while walking has been banned to ensure people are wearing masks while moving around the park.Now, in order to eat or drink, people have to be stationary and 6 feet away from other guests.RELATED: Disney World reopens after nearly 4 months with new rules to prevent COVID-19 spreadThe only other time guests are allowed to have their masks off is at special "relaxation stations" set up around the parks."The Most Magical Place on Earth" reopened in mid-July after nearly four months with new rules in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.Disney's new rules include mandatory masks and social distancing. Visitors...
    DISNEY World has banned guests from eating and drinking while walking around the park after people were using the loophole to avoid wearing face masks. Less than 10 days after reopening, the theme park has updated its face mask policy which now explicitly warns people to stay in place and away from others if they remove their mask to eat. 3Disney World guests must stop to eat or drink after guests were found to avoid the face mask rulesCredit: AP:Associated Press The policy explains: "Please bring your own face coverings and wear them at all times, except when dining or swimming." It has since been updated to warn: "You may remove your face covering while actively eating or drinking, but...
    The snack loophole has been closed. Less than 10 days after reopening, Disney World has had to update its face mask policy to close a glaring loophole: Patrons are now explicitly required to stay in place and away from others if they remove their mask to eat. “Please bring your own face coverings and wear them at all times, except when dining or swimming,” Disney World’s official policy stated, now updated to clarify that “you may remove your face covering while actively eating or drinking, but you should be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing.” Disney Parks blog Walt Disney World News Today asked a Disney cast member at the Epcot park about the new rule this weekend and...
    Disney World has banned eating and drinking while walking around the theme park to promote the use of face masks.  Previously, it had ruled that face masks must be worn at all times unless eating or drinking.  But visitors found a loophole to this by tucking into beverages while on the go.  The Florida park's updated rules state that guests may only remove masks when eating and drinking while stationary and socially distanced.   Guests wait in line to ride Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway attraction on the second day of the re-opening of Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista, on July 16 The Walt Disney World News Today blog reports that guests are being...
    NBA The Lakers’ center shows his ignorance about the coronavirus Dwight Howard protests to a referee during a match. . Dwight Howard made it clear last Sunday that not all players found in the Disney World bubble have a basic understanding of COVID-19. The Lakers’ center, who was already attracted by do not wear a mask Inside the complex where the 22 NBA teams are located, he assures that he does not carry it because he is not close to anyone who enters and leaves Disney World and that he cannot contract the virus inside. First mistake: Players, coaches, and other team personnel can’t get in and out, but Disney World employees can. AND Florida is now the global...
    Selling Sunset Star Chrishell Stauses Mother Dies After Battle With Cancer Opinion: There is more to picking a place to retire than low taxes — avoid these 5 expensive mistakes After NBAs warning, Dwight Howard calls concern about wearing mask pointless After his open flouting of the NBA’s mask guidelines in Disney World led to a warning from the league, Dwight Howard is questioning why players need to wear a mask at all in the so-called bubble. The Los Angeles Lakers backup center expressed annoyance with the NBA’s mask guidelines while talking with reporters remotely on Saturday. From USA Today: “I personally don’t see a risk of us getting it during the time period that we’re here,” Howard said....
    KATY, Texas -- "Welcome to the world-famous Jungle Cruise!" The Stuckey family in Katy, Texas, was disappointed when Disney parks shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But after watching another family's viral video where they recreated some of the Disney World experience, the Stuckeys were inspired to make their ride in the backyard!Clint Stuckey captured everything all on his iPhone as his family used items they already had and an inflatable boat to recreate the Jungle Cruise ride.Disney World reopened some of its parks on July 11, 2020, and the Stuckey family said they can't wait to go back soon.
    Record number of LGBTQ candidates running for US office, report finds America’s abandoned diners, restaurants and supermarkets Carmelo Anthony looks dramatically slimmer at Disney World than his pre-hiatus days “Skinny Melo” has the people buzzing at Disney World. Carmelo Anthony joined the Portland Trail Blazers in Orlando this week looking dramatically slimmer than what he looked like before the NBA shut down its season. For reference, here’s what Anthony looked like in late February: © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Carmelo Anthony pre-hiatus. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) And here’s what he looks like now: Skinny Melo is really a thing now pic.twitter.com/eAwVb3tWAN— Mr. Knicksman (@Knicksman780) July 13, 2020 That appears to be quite the difference. Anthony told ESPN’s Royce...
    As Disney influencers return to the beloved Magic Kingdom, they have to manage followers' concerns and expectations. @itsdarlingnikki/@michaeldoesdisney/Instagram Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, reopened its theme parks this month for the first time since March, a decision that has sparked intense debate as coronavirus cases increase in the state. Disney influencers who have built their brands on their devotion to the parks are now grappling with how to approach the reopening. Some have already returned and taken followers along for the ride, while others are holding off because of safety concerns. One influencer said he felt a responsibility to attend reopening events and share the reality with his audience. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. After...
    The United States’ top law enforcement official slammed Hollywood studios and American tech firms for “kowtowing” to Beijing on Thursday, the latest in a coordinated series of speeches from senior US officials attacking the actions and ambitions of the Chinese government. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was seeking to “extend its influence around the world, including on American soil,” said US Attorney General William Barr during a China policy-related address at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Michigan. “All too often, for the sake of short-term profits, American companies have succumbed to that influence, even at the expense of freedom and openness in the United States,” said Barr. Singling out Marvel Studios, a Disney subsidiary, Barr pointed to its...
    The US lawyer normal, William Barr, has assailed the Walt Disney Business and Hollywood studios, accusing them of “kowtowing” to the Chinese Communist social gathering. Barr’s allegations are part of a sustained diplomatic and community relations offensive by the Trump administration in opposition to Beijing, which the legal professional common accused of participating in “economic blitzkrieg – an aggressive, orchestrated, total-of-federal government (in truth, entire-of-modern society) marketing campaign to seize the commanding heights of the worldwide financial system and to surpass the United States as the world’s pre-eminent superpower”. In a speech in Michigan, Barr railed versus US company leaders whom he accused of abetting China’s hegemonic aims, particularly in the film field. He said Disney experienced to begin with...
    US coronavirus: More than 71,000 new cases were reported Thursday, the most ever 21 Shocking Secrets Restaurant Workers Know—and You Dont James Harden joins Rockets at Disney World, says family issues held him back The Houston Rockets have one half of their MVP backcourt back on the court. James Harden officially joined the Rockets in practice on Thursday after a delayed entry to Disney World, arriving in Orlando on Tuesday and self-isolating for the required two days. #13 hasn’t lost a step! pic.twitter.com/DExUbfZdgH— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) July 16, 2020 Harden’s return is obviously welcome news for Houston, which is still without Russell Westbrook after the star’s positive coronavirus test. The only reason for his delay that Harden would...
    According to people who made it into the park, Disney handled reopening the right way. Disney World in Florida recently reopened after closing in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. While many people wondered what the new park would look like and if Disney could properly implement new health and safety features, reports from inside the park seem positive. Theme park blogger John Saccheri said it felt weird to be in Disney World and not feel like he was on top of other people, Fox 35 reports. (iStock) “I can’t see them doing anything better,” said theme park blogger John Saccheri, who visited the park, according to Fox 35. FORMER DISNEY WORLD 'POCAHONTAS' ACTRESS REVEALS BIZARRE QUESTION VISITOR ASKED IN...
    If you’ve ever found yourself belting “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid while in the shower, or crooning to Beauty and the Beast’s “Be Our Guest” while setting the table, then you have Howard Ashman to thank. A new documentary entitled Howard explores the life of the lyricist and the magic he brought to some of the most famous Disney melodies. Ashman was responsible for the words behind some of the most iconic Disney Renaissance songs, from “Under the Sea” to “Beauty and the Beast.” He fought to keep “Part of Your World” in The Little Mermaid and pitched the idea of a musical adaptation of Aladdin. Ashman died of complications from AIDS in 1991, before even...
    Really? A former Walt Disney World cast member is amusing TikTok with her candid confessions of the bizarre questions that she claims parkgoers asked during the years she played classic characters like Pocahontas and Mulan. TikTokker Kahnjunior recently went viral on the video-sharing platform for discussing a particularly absurd incident that allegedly happened in the most magical place on Earth about a decade ago. The clip has been viewed 1.1 million times. @kahnjunior Plenty more of these tales if you want them ##waltdisneyworld ##pocahontas ##disney ##fyp ##foryoupage ##obsessedwithit ##trending ##castmember ♬ original sound - kahnjunior DISNEYLAND PARIS REOPENS FOLLOWING CORONAVIRUS CLOSURE Kahnjunior explained that a lone visitor approached her in the Animal Kingdom after experiencing what Yahoo Lifestyle reports was the...
    Walt Disney World's Epcot and Hollywood Studios welcomed back visitors on Wednesday, completing a rolling opening of Disney World's theme parks that started last weekend with Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. The parks were the last of Orlando's major theme parks to reopen. Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando opened their doors last month. The opening comes as coronavirus cases are surging in Florida, and all of the parks have new health and safety restrictions. The number of visitors being allowed in has been capped to allow for social distancing. Visitors and employees must wear masks and get their temperature checked upon entering. Amusement park experts predicted Disney would take those steps. Disney will be operating at a loss immediately after...
    ORLANDO (CBSMiami) – For the first time since mid-March, all four of Disney World Orlando’s theme parks are open. Despite surging coronavirus cases statewide, Epcot and Hollywood Studios reopened Wednesday, joining Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, which opened Saturday. The parks are operating at reduced capacity and social distancing protocols are in place. Guests must have a reservation, submit to a temperature check before entering and wear masks. Disney employees won’t be allowed to take photos of visitors in front of Cinderella’s Castle since it involves touching the tourists’ cameras. Disney World posted on its website that “an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.” There will be no live shows at...
    By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Days after reopening two theme parks amid a spike in coronavirus cases in Florida, Walt Disney World on Wednesday welcomed back visitors to two more theme parks that had been shuttered since March because of the new coronavirus. The Florida theme park resort reopened Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, completing a rolling opening of Disney World's theme parks that started last weekend with Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom welcoming back visitors. The parks were the last of Orlando's major theme parks to reopen after being shuttered since March. Both Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando opened their doors last month. All of the parks have new restrictions. The number of visitors being...
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Days after reopening two theme parks amid a spike in coronavirus cases in Florida, Walt Disney World on Wednesday welcomed back visitors to two more theme parks that had been shuttered since March because of the new coronavirus. The Florida theme park resort reopened Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, completing a rolling opening of Disney World’s theme parks that started last weekend with Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom welcoming back visitors. The parks were the last of Orlando’s major theme parks to reopen after being shuttered since March. Both Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando opened their doors last month. All of the parks have new restrictions. The number of visitors being allowed in has been capped...
    Town in North Carolina approves reparations for Black residents The Best Bacon In Every State Does LeBron James Deserve a Private Hotel in the Disney Bubble? Austin Rivers was on Instagram Live yesterday when he walked by a Disney property and said that LeBron James had the entire building to himself. He was likely joking, but LeBron should probably have his own building. © Provided by The Big Lead LeBron's crib in the bubble is HUGE. My guy @AustinRivers25 had jokes on our IG live today. ? pic.twitter.com/pZZcNpge1G— SLAM (@SLAMonline) July 15, 2020In addition to being the face of the league, he's also the only guy with enough money to pay for his own small hotel at...
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Days after reopening two theme parks amid a spike in coronavirus cases in Florida, Walt Disney World on Wednesday welcomed back visitors to two more theme parks that had been shuttered since March because of the new coronavirus. The Florida theme park resort reopened Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, completing a rolling opening of Disney World’s theme parks that started last weekend with Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom welcoming back visitors. The parks were the last of Orlando’s major theme parks to reopen after being shuttered since March. Both Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando opened their doors last month. All of the parks have new restrictions. The number of visitors being allowed in has been capped...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Union and the Sixers share a home, but not Philadelphia – Disney World. Both teams are living in a bubble and the coaches are trying to keep it loose. “That’s one thing we can control is how positive we stay in what are unique and a little bit uncertain times. So its brought our group strong together I would say, so we need to utilize that best we can,” said Union head coach Jim Curtin. Off the pitch, the activity calendar is full with many, like Alejandro Bedoya, playing video games. The group also hit the pool, the pool table and the links. For the Sixers, Brett Brown says it’s imperative that the staff help the players feel comfortable. “There’s a cadence, there’s some level of how you’re going to do...
    Formulating a plan to get a team ready for the restart of the NBA season wasn’t as difficult as one might expect for Indiana coach Nate McMillan. Turns out, he’s been through something similar to this before. Spending an extended stretch away from home during the summer, while unprecedented as part of an NBA season, isn’t exactly a foreign concept for those with USA Basketball experience like the Olympics and the World Cup. Plenty of players and coaches at Walt Disney World see parallels between those experiences and this challenge. “I had that opportunity to work with the Olympic team and preparation was very similar to what we’re going through here,” said McMillan, who was an assistant under Duke’s Mike...
    Kill Bills Vivica A. Fox Wants Zendaya to Play Her Daughter in Third Film: I Love Her If you’ve started day trading, you have until July 15 to get this ‘fire insurance’ for next tax season A long summer of basketball isnt new for everyone in NBA LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Formulating a plan to get a team ready for the restart of the NBA season wasn’t as difficult as one might expect for Indiana coach Nate McMillan. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Indianapolis. Formulating a plan to...
    The Daily Show host Trevor Noah lambasted the thousands who visited Walt Disney World over the weekend as the Florida theme park reopened in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s crazy that we’re in the middle of a pandemic that’s killed hundreds of thousands of people and there are still folks out there like, ‘Life isn’t scary enough. Let’s go on a rollercoaster,'” said Noah. “What dad is so cheap that this vacation is worth the risk?” added the Comedy Central host of those who chose to attend Walt Disney World over the weekend.  Watch below: Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park reopened on Saturday, with the rest of the resort — including EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios — scheduled...
    A view of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom in 2019. Disney Parks Since Disney World opened in 1971, Cinderella Castle has become a landmark of the Orlando, Florida, theme park. Though its always maintained its regal structure, the landmark has changed quite a bit over the years. In 1996, for example, the castle temporarily resembled a pink birthday cake. And starting in 2007, Disney World began to celebrate winter holidays by decorating the castle with thousands of sparkling lights. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Nothing says you've arrived at Disney World quite like seeing Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom. Since the theme park first opened in 1971, the iconic landmark has welcomed both longtime parkgoers and...
    Hong Kong Disneyland is once again closing its doors following an increase in coronavirus cases. The announcement comes as Walt Disney World in Florida continues its phased reopening despite a surge of cases in the state. Hong Kong's park, which reopened on June 18, will close on Wednesday until further notice. The city recently banned public gatherings of more than four people to combat newly spreading COVID-19 infections. "As required by the government and health authorities in line with prevention efforts taking place across Hong Kong, Hong Kong Disneyland Park will temporarily close from July 15, 2020," says a statement on the park's website.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox On the same day, two parks at Disney...
    Disney is a hell of a drug—and few experiences better demonstrate this than a trip to Disney World. Feel free to time it: Within 15 minutes of crossing the threshold, you’re bound to run into at least one family reunion in matching shirts, celebrating a shared pilgrimage to the Sunshine State’s closest approximation of a Promised Land. Cheerful, flute-forward music plays from invisible speakers to give you the sense that you’re wandering through your own private fantasy, even as hordes of sweat-soaked bodies lean on banisters and shift weight from one foot to the other in endless lines. It’s the Happiest Place on Earth, you’ve been assured. Never mind the screaming toddlers who reliably throw heat-induced temper tantrums in...
    Body of Glee actress Naya Rivera found at Lake Piru in California, authorities believe The recipe tweak that ruined McDonalds fries An NBA player has to quarantine for 10 days after momentarily leaving the NBA bubble to pick up his food delivery © Sergio Estrada/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters Richaun Holmes. Sergio Estrada/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes has to quarantine for 10 days after leaving the NBA's "bubble" to pick up a food delivery. According to the NBA's protocols, players who leave the Disney World campus will be quarantined and subjected to the more invasive nasal swab COVID-19 testing. The NBA world had plenty of jokes to make about Holmes' infraction. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories....
    Richaun Holmes. Sergio Estrada/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes has to quarantine for 10 days after leaving the NBA's "bubble" to pick up a food delivery. According to the NBA's protocols, players who leave the Disney World campus will be quarantined and subjected to the more invasive nasal swab COVID-19 testing. The NBA world had plenty of jokes to make about Holmes' infraction. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The NBA was not kidding about its strict policies for leaving the Disney World "bubble." On Monday, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported that Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes has to quarantine for 10 days after accidentally leaving the "campus" borders. Holmes was picking up a food...
    Cruel, abrupt and unlawful: States sue Trump administration over college student visa rule As Americans go back to work, these are the 9 riskiest jobs to have in the middle of the pandemic NBA: 19 more players, two at Disney World tested positive for coronavirus On June 23, 16 NBA players tested positive for coronavirus. Between June 24-29, nine more NBA players tested positive. © Photo Illustration by Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images But that downward trend took a sharp reversal in July. At least 19 more players, two after arriving at Disney World, have tested positive for coronavirus NBA release: Of the 322 players tested for COVID-19 since arriving on the NBA Campus July 7, two have...
    The Disney fanatics live-streamed their visit to the park, which included a health scare. That Crazy Disney Lady/YouTube A YouTuber and her friend are facing backlash after posting footage of a health scare at the newly-reopened Walt Disney Resort.  YouTuber 'That Crazy Disney Lady' streamed her Disney visit with a friend who she says experienced an allergic reaction. In the stream, the woman experienced shortness of breath, elevated blood pressure, and "severe vomiting," ultimately ignoring a medic's advice to go to the hospital. Commenters immediately wondered whether her symptoms were consistent with COVID-19 and several critics called the pair's behavior "irresponsible." The YouTuber fired back at commenters, insisting that the incident was caused by an allergic reaction.  Visit...
    Heather and Terry Dubrow on the Proud Parent Moment of Their Daughter Maxs Coming Out (Exclusive) Opinion: For Nasdaq-rally skeptics, remember that momentum doesn’t die easily Report: Gary Harris, Torrey Craig and Michael Porter Jr. not with Nuggets at Disney World Nikola Jokic was delayed in joining the Nuggets after testing positive for coronavirus in Serbia. © AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images Gary Harris, Torrey Craig and Michael Porter Jr. apparently aren’t with Denver, either. Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports: Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, forwards Michael Porter Jr. and Torrey Craig have not made the trip to Walt Disney World, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. — Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 13, 2020 The Nuggets closed...
    Giannis Antetokounmpo said it will be tough to be without his family for months at a time. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports NBA players who entered the Disney "bubble" last week to resume the season expressed sadness to be leaving their families for two-plus months. Players cannot bring their families until after the first round of the playoffs, and after months at home, the goodbyes stung more than usual. Several players said they had to weigh their decisions with the financial rewards, the chance to use their platforms to spread messages about social justice, and the chance to compete again. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. When NBA players and their teams descended upon Orlando, Florida, last...
    Walt Disney is temporarily closing its Hong Kong Disneyland theme park from July 15 amid rising coronavirus cases in the Chinese-ruled city, the company said Monday. The announcement came two days after Disney reopened its biggest resort, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., as coronavirus cases surged in the state. “As required by the government and health authorities in line with prevention efforts taking place across Hong Kong, Hong Kong Disneyland park will temporarily close from July 15,” a Disney spokeswoman said in a statement. The Hong Kong Disneyland Resort hotels will remain open with adjusted services. They have put in place enhanced health and safety measures, the company said. Hong Kong recorded 52 new cases of coronavirus on...
    Matt NovakAn hour ago•Filed to:coronaviruscoronavirushong kong disneylandwalt disney worlddisneycovid-19hong kongworld health organizationpandemicschinashanghaifloridatheme parksdisneylandSARS-CoV-28SaveVisitors take a selfie at Hong Kong Disneyland on June 18, 2020.Photo: Anthony Wallace (Getty Images) Hong Kong Disneyland announced on Monday that it would close its gates to visitors again due to a recent spike in novel coronavirus infections, according to a statement obtained by CNN. Hong Kong identified 41 new cases on Monday, and 38 cases on Sunday—a concerning outbreak by the standards of most wealthy countries. By contrast, Walt Disney World in Florida reopened over the weekend while the state broke a new record for most cases in a single day: 15,299 new covid-19 infections. “As required by the government and health authorities in line...
    Guests attending the Magic Kingdom theme park in Walt Disney World will be required to wear protective face coverings if they are over the age 2-years-old. According to CNN, guests who do not comply with the rule will not be able to retrieve photos taken on rides. The controversial decision made by Disney to reopen some of their parks has been met with a great deal of backlash online. So far, both Magic Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom have opened their doors once again. To try and mitigate the risk, the company has implemented new rules and restrictions, such as the aforementioned mask rule. Losing out on receiving ride photos is not a new policy at the parks. CNN spoke...
    Disneyland Hong Kong will be closing its doors for a second time due to COVID-19, as reported by Forbes. The park was the second Disney resort to reopen, following Disneyland Shanghai which opened at 30 percent capacity in April, according to CNBC. The park is now the first to close again as the pandemic continues. The resort initially closed for five months due to the coronavirus pandemic and is due to close again for the foreseeable future on July 15. This comes after a reported increase in cases of the virus in the region. The decision is believed to have been a government mandate, and not made by Disney themselves. When Disneyland Hong Kong reopened, in order to keep staff...