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    Disney World removed its famous sorcerer's hat in 2015. Tony Ranze/Stringer/Getty Images Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, has gone through tons of changes and renovations since first opening for business in 1971. Over the years, a number of beloved rides and attractions have been removed from the park's grounds. The Maelstrom ride in Epcot, for example, was renovated in 2014 with a new theme inspired by the animated film "Frozen." Other attractions, like the giant sorcerer's hat at Hollywood Studios, were removed to keep up with the changing atmosphere of the theme park. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Whether you're a frequent Disney World traveler, or have only visited once, there's a good chance that...
    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 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...