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    Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Almost two months after reopening, Universal Orlando is laying off an undisclosed number of workers. Universal spokesman Tom Schroder said in an email Monday that the Florida theme park resort was reducing its workforce “to reflect current priorities and needs." Universal has put the construction of a new theme park, Epic Universe, on pause because of the pandemic. Comcast, Universal Orlando's owner, reported last week that the company’s theme parks division shrank to $87 million in revenue from $1.46 billion a year ago. “We are prioritizing daily operations and shorter-term projects and continuing our pause on longer-term projects such as Epic Universe as we allow the tourism industry to recover," Schroder said. Like theme...
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Almost two months after reopening, Universal Orlando is laying off an undisclosed number of workers. Universal spokesman Tom Schroder said in an email Monday that the Florida theme park resort was reducing its workforce “to reflect current priorities and needs.” Universal has put the construction of a new theme park, Epic Universe, on pause because of the pandemic. Comcast, Universal Orlando’s owner, reported last week that the company’s theme parks division shrank to $87 million in revenue from $1.46 billion a year ago. “We are prioritizing daily operations and shorter-term projects and continuing our pause on longer-term projects such as Epic Universe as we allow the tourism industry to recover,” Schroder said. Like theme park operators...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY HELEN COSTER AND LISA RICHWINE For Walt Disney Co , the ability to sell “Frozen”-themed water bottles at the Magic Kingdom theme park while selling ads during the NBA playoffs has historically been its greatest strength. But since the coronavirus pandemic forced theme parks and cinemas to shutter and live sporting events to be canceled, that exposure has made Disney one of the most vulnerable of its peers. When Disney announces its third-quarter results on Tuesday, investors will gauge how significantly the pandemic has hurt the company’s theme parks, TV networks and studios, while boosting streaming services like Disney+. PARKS,...
    Months of closures amid the COVID-19 pandemic have forced California theme parks to find creative ways to reopen without one key ingredient: rides. California theme parks are returning with innovative solutions like zoo exhibits, food festivals, walk-through installations, shopping esplanades and possibly even haunted events while roller coasters, parades, fireworks and other activities that draw large crowds are prohibited. California theme parks remain closed indefinitely while they await still-unreleased state guidelines for safely reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Legoland California became the latest theme park in the state to swing open its gates — albeit on a limited basis. The Carlsbad kiddie park has opened the New York, Las Vegas and New Orleans sections of Miniland U.S.A. to annual passholders,...
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    THE best theme parks in the UK have been revealed - with one even being voted one of the best in the world. According to the 2020 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards, Paultons Park has been named the best amusement park in the country. 10Paultons Park is the best UK theme park - and 10th best in the world It also came in 10th place in the top theme parks in the world, beating Disneyland Park in California and Disneyland Paris. The 2020 Travellers’ Choice Awards analyses both the quantity and quality of millions of reviews and ratings to determine the winner - this year analysing reviews pre-pandemic. Paultons Park is a favourite of British tourists, featuring Peppa Pig land - and...
    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...
    By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press 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...
    Following the theme of 2020 and numerous canceled events, Universal announced Friday that its major tourist attractor, Halloween Horror Nights, will not be happening this year. According to a news release, Universal Orlando Resort will be focusing exclusively on operating its theme parks for daytime guests. Universal Studios Hollywood continues to face ongoing business restrictions and is uncertain when the park will be able to open. “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. This year would have marked Halloween Horror Night’s 30th anniversary. If you haven’t been, we’ll explain what you might have missed at the theme park’s celebration...
    ORLANDO (CBSMiami) – State health officials are not seeing any COVID-19 cases associated with the reopening of the theme parks in the Orlando area. Walt Disney World opened its parks earlier this month, while Universal Orlando and SeaWorld reopened in June. Download The New CBS4 News App Here Orange County public health officials are working with the parks to monitor any cases or outbreaks. They say they have yet to see a rise in cases from people going to the parks. The health department said there were some complaints about the use of face coverings, but only at a few attractions.
    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...
    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...
    Halloween Horror Nights, a hugely-popular special-ticket event at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, has been canceled, The Orlando Sentinel reported. The after-hours event is the latest victim of the coronavirus pandemic, which has hit the theme park and tourism industries particularly hard. Halloween Horror Nights (or “HHN” as it’s known in the theme-park community), for those not familiar, is a series of events that takes place very year between late September and early November at the two U.S. parks. On a handful of nights before and briefly after Halloween, the parks shut down early and allow in customers, who purchased a special ticket, to come in and go through so-called “scare zones,” effectively haunted-house attractions more often than...
    As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Halloween Horror Nights has been officially canceled. This is the first time in 30 years that the event will not go as planned Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood made the decision and indicated in a network post that the iconic event will return. Universal Orlando Resort will focus exclusively on the operation of its theme parks for daytime visitors, using the improved health and safety procedures that are already in place. “We know this decision will disappoint our fans and visitors. We are disappointed, too. But we hope to have an incredible event in 2021, ”said the company. Note: Comcast owns NBCUniversal, parent company of Telemundo and Universal theme...
    A general view of the atmosphere during Halloween Horror Nights opening at Universal Orlando Resort on September 14, 2018 in Orlando, Florida.Gerardo Mora | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty Images Halloween Horror Nights won't be coming to Universal's parks this year.  On Friday, the theme park, which has locations in California and Florida, announced that its annual Halloween event had been canceled due to operating restrictions linked to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. "Universal Studios Hollywood continues to face ongoing business restrictions and uncertainty around its opening timeframe," the park said in a statement. "Universal Orlando Resort will be focusing exclusively on operating its theme parks for daytime guests, using the enhanced health and safety procedures already in place." While Universal's...
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities found a 9-year-old boy unresponsive on a thrill water ride at Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay less than two weeks after the theme park reopened following a shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The child was taken to a hospital for treatment on June 14 and was released the next day, Universal spokesman Tom Schroder recently told the Orlando Sentinel. The incident happened at the Kala and Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides, according to a quarterly report in which the major theme parks voluntarily disclose whether their visitors were hurt on a ride and hospitalized for at least 24 hours. The report covers the period from April through June, when most of the state’s theme parks...
    ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) — A 9-year-old boy was found unresponsive on a water thrill ride at Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay a couple of weeks after the theme park reopened after a shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The child was taken to a hospital for treatment and was released the following day, Universal spokesman Tom Schroder told the Orlando Sentinel. The incident happened June 14 at the Kala and Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides, according to a quarterly report in which the major theme parks voluntarily disclose whether their visitors were hurt on a ride and hospitalized for at least 24 hours. The report covers the period from April through June, when most of the state’s theme parks were closed. Universal...
    Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities found a 9-year-old boy unresponsive on a thrill water ride at Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay a couple of weeks after the theme park reopened after a shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The child was taken to a hospital for treatment and was released the following day, Universal spokesman Tom Schroder told the Orlando Sentinel. The incident happened June 14 at the Kala and Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides, according to a quarterly report in which the major theme parks voluntarily disclose whether their visitors were hurt on a ride and hospitalized for at least 24 hours. The report covers the period from April through June, when most of the state's theme parks...
    The axe is about to fall at media large NBCUniversal to offset losses introduced on by the coronavirus pandemic, The Publish has realized. The New York-based broadcaster, residence to “This Is Us” and “The Tonight Present Starring Jimmy Fallon,” is getting ready broad-based layoffs that may hit its community workers particularly arduous, sources mentioned. The dimensions of the layoffs couldn’t but be decided, however insiders described the job cuts as “sweeping”and “important.” NBCU declined to remark. The corporate, which owns cable information networks  MSNBC, NBC Information, CNBC, in addition to Hollywood studio, Common Footage and theme park, Common Studios, has been struggling to deal with the influence of the coronavirus pandemic, which has crimped advert gross sales, sources mentioned....
    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...
    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...
    People visit Disney World's Magic Kingdom on Saturday. Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images As Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom opened for the first time since March on Saturday, Walt Disney World released a reopening advertisement on social media. In the video, masked employees are seen preparing the parks and cleaning fan-favorite rides, all while saying "welcome back" to fans. Though some people loved the video, others were critical of the theme park's plan to reopen in the midst of a pandemic. Some Twitter users edited the advertisement with scary music borrowed from "The Shining" and "Stranger Things" and new dialogue to suggest it might not be safe to visit the theme parks just yet. Visit...
    A locked gate is seen after the Hong Kong Disneyland theme park has been closed, following the coronavirus outbreak in Hong Kong, China January 26, 2020.Tyrone Siu | REUTERS Hong Kong Disneyland will once again shutter its gates after the country reported a spike of new coronavirus cases.  The park had reopened less than a month ago after closing in January during the first surge of Covid-19 cases in the region. Guests and staff were required to wear face masks, social distance and submit to temperature screenings upon entering the park.  "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," Disney...
    Miami, Jul 11 ​​(EFE) .- The magic of Disney and characters like Mickey Mouse and Jack Sparrow shines again in Florida this Saturday with the reopening of two of Orlando’s theme parks, although it is overshadowed by the growing threat of COVID-19. Under strict security measures the doors of the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom will open this Saturday for the general public, while those of EPCOT and Disney Hollywood Studio will do the same on July 15 following “a phased strategy” derived from the experience gained in the parks of Shanghai and Hong Kong. The most staunch fans of the Disney world with an annual pass were able to access the two parks on Thursday, July 9. Before Disney,...
    The love for Disney Parks is common! Celebrities are simply as obsessive about Disney World and Disneyland as anybody else, as evidenced by their professions and visits to the theme parks. “I grew up in Orange County, so I grew up going to Disneyland on a regular basis,” Milo Ventimiglia defined throughout a February 2018 look on Jimmy Kimmel Stay!, noting that he spent an eventful 12th birthday on the park. “Rising up at Disneyland, I imply, it was a kind of locations that you just’d go and also you’d fall in love, however you’d additionally like go and like get in actual bother.” Drew Barrymore skilled one thing most dad and mom are acquainted with when she took her...
    While universally beloved and an innovative feat when it first came out, Jurassic Park was also a film clearly ahead of its time. We’re almost constantly on the edge about the potential of bringing dinosaurs back to life—something that the Jurassic Park franchise showed us is an absolutely terrible idea—but it also seemed to uncannily predict just how theme parks would respond to the idea of reopening a park when it’s still unsafe to do so. Hide Fortunately, Jurassic Park Updates, a recently created parody Twitter which provides updates from within Jurassic Park for visitors, gives us the best of both worlds. Run by a group of comedians, it imagines not only a world where Jurassic Park exists but also...
    VIDEO3:0603:06Disney still a buy as Florida theme park reopens: TradersTrading Nation Disney is facing a double-edged sword. Shares of the entertainment giant climbed Friday as the company prepared to reopen parts of its Disney World theme park in Florida. Public concern has grown around the reopening, which is scheduled for Saturday, as coronavirus cases in the state continue to rise. Florida saw its largest one-day spike in virus-related hospitalizations on Friday. But Disney is facing a dilemma: Theme parks were its biggest profit maker, and with operations stalled, revenues are put at risk — so, despite calls from employees to delay the reopening, the company is plowing forward. As for the stock, which climbed nearly 2% on Friday and roughly 6%...
    Annual passholders have been exploring the reopened Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom theme parks at Walt Disney World ahead of the general public being let loose inside on Saturday. And they've been revealing what the experience is like with the new coronavirus rules in place...    Socially distant car parking Annual passholders have been exploring the reopened Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom theme parks at Walt Disney World. And the parking was the first change they noticed One of the first differences that visitors noticed on the preview day, on Thursday, was when they pulled into the parking lot. One annual pass holder, Giovanna Gorra, told News 6 in Orlando: 'They parked you really quick, there is social distancing with...
    My father, Irving Kaufman (1910 – 1982), was a professional photographer who started in Brooklyn in the mid 1930s working for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. He captured thousands of images of Brooklyn through the 1950s. I have recently digitized a great many of them. My father’s profile can be found here. This week’s theme: This week’s theme continues from last week’s: “Parks and Recreation.” Summer has arrived and with it, even with the limits necessary in our awful situation, we’ll be getting out to use the parks (very broadly defined) available for many forms of recreation. I’ve got lots of pictures for you of what some of that looked like in Brooklyn long ago.
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (KABC) -- Downtown Disney reopened on Thursday - but fans will have to wait longer before they can enjoy the full Disneyland theme park.After months of closure, some people lined up as early as 5 a.m. for the outdoor shopping district's 10 a.m. opening.For some, it was about being able to buy Disney merchandise.For others, it was simply a way to get out of the house.Joselyn McCutcheon drove 90 minutes from Lake Elsinore so her young daughter could be at the Downtown Disney reopening"She's bored at home. She can't wait to get out and about. That's why she's excited to be here."The business district filled with shops and restaurants outside Disneyland reopened with new protocols meant to promote...
    Hundreds of anxious shoppers wearing face coverings and keeping their physical distance lined up overnight to be the first to shop at the reopened Downtown Disney mall on Thursday four months after closing due to the coronavirus pandemic. The outdoor shopping center near the Disneyland theme park welcomed its guests at 10am local time on Thursday after they went through temperature checks at the entrances to the complex. The public appeared eager to resume business as usual despite the newly implemented health protocols that were mandated as part of the reopening of public spaces, according to The Orange County Register. A couple enters Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California, on Thursday as the outdoor shopping complex near the Disneyland theme...
    Two executives from the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park silently ride the the Fujiyama coasterScreenshot via Fuji-Q Highland Official/YouTubeA viral video of two top executives from Fuji-Q Highland amusement park silently riding their famed Fujiyama roller coaster with face masks on, ends with the unusual request to "Please scream inside your heart." It references the park's no-screaming policy, put in place after reopening from a four-week closure, and it's an attempt to prevent riders' hot, virus-carrying droplets from misting their neighbors and entering their face holes. Fuji-Q, located southwest of Tokyo, is not alone. They are joined by Tokyo Disneyland and other Japanese parks in this bold suppression of free screech. After the rules were announced by the parks, many would-be travelers reacted online...
    New York (CNN Business)Cinderella Castle has sat silent for 116 days. That's how long Walt Disney World has closed its doors because of the coronavirus pandemic. On Saturday, Disney will welcome guests back to its flagship theme park in Orlando, Florida, and reopen a cornerstone of its business.The Disney (DIS) resort plans to begin a phased reopening on Saturday for its Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks, followed by EPCOT and Hollywood Studios on July 15. Although Disney is implementing several measures to reopen safely, the reopening of a dense theme park roughly the size of San Francisco comes with risks, questions and criticisms as cases are spiking in Florida.Even in normal times, operating Disney World is no easy feat....
    With Minnie, Mickey and friends, Walt Disney World President Josh D'Amaro waves to guests gathered on Main Street USA, in the Magic Kingdom in the final minutes before the park closed, Sunday night, March 15, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.Joe Burbank | Orlando Sentinel | Getty Images Walt Disney World will reopen in Orlando, Florida on Saturday amid a growing number of Covid-19 cases within the state. The pandemic has devastated Disney. The company has been forced to shutter its theme parks, push back its film openings and run ESPN without any live sports since mid-March. One bright spot for Disney has been its streaming service Disney+, which saw its number of app downloads jump 74% ahead of its...
    Two executives of the Fuji-Q Highland theme park in Japan demonstrated a no-scream ride on one of their rollercoasters. Fuji-Q/YouTube Japanese theme parks are telling visitors not to scream when they go on the rides, as a measure against the coronavirus, the Wall Street Journal reported. The rule, which most parks are following, is not being strictly enforced but was encouraged by two theme park executives who demonstrated taking a ride without screaming, the paper reported.  The video they took has sparked a "serious face challenge," where people film themselves trying not to scream on rides, according to the WSJ. Nonetheless, they told the paper how difficult the rule is to stick to.  Visit Insider's homepage for more...
    Japan’s theme parks banned screaming when they reopened after the coronavirus pandemic. A recent video showed Fuji-Q Highland amusement park CEO Daisuke Iwata and his boss, chief executive Koichiro Horiuchi, riding the popular Fujiyama roller coaster in silence while wearing masks, the Wall Street Journal reported. A message was displayed at the end that read, “please scream inside your heart.” (RELATED: Japan To Lift State Of Emergency, Says Economy Is Now Top Priority) WATCH: A social media trend, called the “serious face challenge,” emerged because of the video, according to the WSJ. People posted pictures of themselves sternly riding roller coasters while wearing masks. Japanese theme parks released guidelines when they reopened in May that told guests they weren’t...
    Is it safe to visit a theme park? The answer to that question will depend greatly upon the work of the employees. Disney is reopening its theme parks in Florida next week, and it’s implementing what has become an industry standard for new health and safety procedures. Temperature checks. Physical distancing in queues, on rides and in theaters, restaurants, and shops. Hand sanitizer dispensers everywhere. And, yes, everyone’s gotta wear a mask. But these new rules won’t make a bit of difference if they are not enforced. That’s the latest responsibility for the cast members, team members, ambassadors, associates and model citizens who work the nation’s theme parks. They are the ones who must step forward to demand that park...
    ORLANDO (CBSMiami) — The doors to Disney will be back open soon. Two theme parks, Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, are set to reopen Saturday for the first time since coronavirus-related closures in March. The resort’s two other theme parks, Epcot and Hollywood Studios, are opening four days later. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was asked Monday during a news conference in The Villages, one of Florida’s largest retirement communities, about the safety of reopening theme parks amid the spike in cases in the Sunshine State. DeSantis said he was not concerned about the increasing positivity rate in Florida and theme parks welcoming guests again. “Disney, I have no doubt is going to be a safe environment. I think that where...
    My father, Irving Kaufman (1910 – 1982), was a professional photographer who started in Brooklyn in the mid 1930s working for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. He captured thousands of images of Brooklyn through the 1950s. I have recently digitized a great many of them. My father’s profile can be found here. This week’s theme: This week’s theme continues from last week’s: “Parks and Recreation.” Summer has arrived and with it, even with the limits necessary in our awful situation, we’ll be getting out to use the parks (very broadly defined) available for many forms of recreation. I’ve got lots of pictures for you of what some of that looked like in Brooklyn long ago.
    THEME parks, cinemas, campsites and hotels reopened on a rain-soaked Super Saturday.  Torrential downpours failed to dampen spirits as families ventured out and Britain bounced back after a four-month lockdown.  ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 13Families braved the drizzle to head to Legoland in Windsor 13A family enjoyed being back at Legoland while wearing face masks Super Saturday, dubbed the UK’s Independence Day, saw coronavirus lockdown restrictions eased to kick-start the economy and boost morale. Thrillseekers flocked to seafront amusement arcades and the Adventure Island theme park in Southend on Sea , despite the gloomy weather.  And queues formed early at Alton Towers after the theme park opened its doors for the...
    In early 2020, the Six Flags theme park chain found itself facing extinction for the second time in about decade, this time due to the coronavirus pandemic. But investors say a recent influx of needed cash and a renewed focus on its core business have given it a solid chance of survival, and perhaps some good years ahead.  Often overshadowed by the massive and famous destination parks run by Disney and Universal, Six Flags is the biggest player in the business of regional theme parks, with 26 locations across North America.  Since its beginnings in Texas in 1961, Six Flags enjoyed a successful, though sometimes tumultuous rise, only to find itself bankrupt in the midst of the financial crisis. The...
    ARLINGTON, Texas — The COVID-19 pandemic sent amusement parks on a wild ride. “Before the pandemic hit, they were pretty much business as usual, they really didn’t do any social distancing things until after they reopened.” Matt Roseboom with Attractions Magazine said. “They first shut down overseas and I thought ‘they are never going to do that here’ and then, of course, they all starting going one after another until they all shut down.” The editor and publisher of the Orlando-based magazine said he can only remember a handful of times that amusement parks closed, but never for this long. “Maybe a day or two for a hurricane and they closed briefly after 9/11, but nothing like this,” Roseboom said. More...
    The reopening implies limitations to access to the two Disney parks in Tokyo from the entrance and to each of the attractions, shops and restaurants Theme parks Disneyland and DisneySea of ​​Tokyo reopened its doors after four months closed by the pandemic of coronavirus, although with special measures to avoid contagion among its visitors. Tokyo Disneyland, northeast of the Japanese capital, is the third theme park of the Disney chain by the number of visitors, about 18 million in 2018, only behind those of Florida and California. In addition, it was the first to be raised with the Disney seal outside the United States, in 1983. Photo by tokyodisneyresort.jp Since January 31 last, those responsible for the theme park...
    ALTON Towers may be one of the UK’s most popular family days out but if you want to go this summer, you’ll need a temperature check first. The Staffordshire theme park should have celebrated its 40th birthday back in March with the launch of Gangsta Granny, a new ride based on the popular children’s book by David Walliams - but was put on hold due to coronavirus. 6Alton Towers prepares to reopen - what can you expect when you return? Now, the Merlin Entertainments-owned attraction is getting ready to open its gates again with the first visitors being welcomed back on Saturday, July 4. But how will social distancing measures work in a place known for its long queues,...
    Disney will fly a helicopter a few hundred feet above the deserted walkways and vacant promenades of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure to collect aerial footage during the coronavirus closures of the Anaheim theme parks. Aerial views captured during a helicopter flyover on Monday, June 29 of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are being collected for future use, according to Disneyland officials. The helicopter will fly as low as 500 feet over the Disney theme parks between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, according to an email sent by Disneyland to area Anaheim residents. “A helicopter will fly over the Disneyland Resort to collect footage for future use,” according to the Disneyland notice. “You may hear or see the...
    A few hours after activating the reservation system, Walt Disney World fans sold out the tickets for the company’s theme parks in Orlando, Florida, and they will open on July 11 after more than three months closed to the public because of the pandemic. It only took half an hour until the beneficiaries of an annual pass – the first to be able to book – completed the capacity of the first five days of the Magic Kingdom and Disney Animal Kingdom parks, which will be the first to welcome visitors and they will operate with reduced capacity. Both EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will open on July 15, a date by which reservations have also run out, while...
    LOS ANGELES – After four months of closing its doors due to pandemic concerns, Disneyland parks in Anaheim have decided to postpone the planned reopening date for July 17. The parks were planning a gradual reopening, awaiting government approval, but company officials said Wednesday that the date would be delayed. This is because, according to the park, the state said it was not releasing theme park reopening guidelines until after July 4. The theme parks were already planned to open with various restrictions, but authorities said Disneyland and California Adventure would no longer reopen on July 17. It was not immediately clear what the new reopening date would be. Still, Downtown Disney District is willing to reopen...
    The Splash Mountain attraction at Disneyland Resort in Southern California and the Magic Kingdom park in Florida will be transformed to align with "The Princess and the Frog" film, Disney officials announced Thursday.The rides will now center around the characters and theme of the 2009 animated film, including Princess Tiana. The story will pick up after the final kiss in the movie and follows Tianna and Louis and they prepare for their first Mardi Gras performance."It is really exciting to know that Princess Tiana's presence in both Disneyland and Magic Kingdom will finally be fully realized! As passionate as I am about what we created, I know the fans are going to to be over the moon. The Imagineers are...
    The Splash Mountain attraction at Disneyland Resort in Southern California and the Magic Kingdom park in Florida will be transformed to align with "The Princess and the Frog" film, Disney officials announced Thursday.The rides will now center around the characters and theme of the 2009 animated film, including Princess Tiana."It is really excited to know that Princess Tianna's presence in both Disneyland and Magic Kingdom will finally be fully realized! As passionate as I am about what we created, I know the fans are going to to be over the moon. The Imagineers are giving us the Princess and the Frog Mardis Gras celebration we've been waiting for, and I'm here for it!," the actress who voices Princess Tiana, Anika...
    The Splash Mountain attraction at Disneyland Resort in Southern California and the Magic Kingdom park in Florida will be reimagined to align with the "Princess and the Frog" film, Disney officials announced Thursday.The rides will now center around the characters and theme of the 2009 animated film, including Princess Tiana."It is really excited to know that Princess Tianna's prescense in both Disneyland and Magic Kingdom will finally be fully realized! As passionate as I am about what we created, I know the fans are going to to be over the moon. The Imagineers are giving us the Princess and the Frog Mardis Gras celebration we've been wating for, and I'm here for it!," the actress who voices Princess Tiana, Anika...
    By MIKE SCHNEIDER and TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A day after Disney said it would delay reopening its California theme parks, the union representing actors at Walt Disney World said Thursday that the company should also postpone welcoming back guests at its Florida parks which are scheduled to reopen next month after being closed since March because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Actors’ Equity Association said that it was unclear how Disney World could “responsibly" reopen as coronavirus cases continue to soar in the Sunshine State. Florida reported having more than 114,000 confirmed cases on Thursday, a jump of about 5,000 cases over the previous day. The state has had at least 3,327 coronavirus-related deaths. Disney...
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A day after Disney said it would delay reopening its California theme parks, the union representing actors at Walt Disney World said Thursday that the company should also postpone welcoming back guests at its Florida parks which are scheduled to reopen next month after being closed since March because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Actors’ Equity Association said that it was unclear how Disney World could “responsibly” reopen as coronavirus cases continue to soar in the Sunshine State. Florida reported having more than 114,000 confirmed cases on Thursday, a jump of about 5,000 cases over the previous day. The state has had at least 3,327 coronavirus-related deaths. Disney World’s four theme parks are slated to start...
    Disneyland will not reopen as scheduled on July 17, Disney announced Wednesday, citing a lack of guidance from California officials. The announcement comes as the company moves forward with plans to reopen the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida — despite local concern that it could exacerbate the spread of the coronavirus.   "The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4," Disney said in a statement. "Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government...
    Disney on Thursday announced it was postponing its planned phased reopening of two of its Disneyland theme parks in Anaheim, Calif., originally slated for July 17, due to state officials saying they will not issue reopening guidelines until after July 4. “Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials,” Disney said in a statement. The delay of the Anaheim parks comes as Disney workers in its larger Florida location of Disney World have petitioned the company and local and state officials to reconsider its reopening in July as coronavirus cases...
    Disneyland has been forced to postpone the proposed July 17 reopening of its Anaheim theme parks and delay the planned July 23 reopening of two Disneyland resort hotels while it awaits theme park reopening guidelines from the state. “The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4,” according to a statement from Disneyland. “Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials.” California Gov. Gavin Newsom has been in contact with Disney and other California...
    Disneyland Resort employee unions are staging a protest over the rapid reopening plans. The Anaheim, California theme park, along with all other theme parks in the state, has been shut down since the middle of March. At first it seemed they would only be down for a week or two, but that definitely was not the case. Since then, the Walt Disney Company has been hemorrhaging cash, just waiting for things to get back to some kind of normal so they can open up their theme parks again. As of this writing, Disneyland plans to reopen on July 17th. The Coalition of Resort Labor Unions previously sent an open letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom over concerns about Disneyland opening...
    Coronavirus — Disney reported that its theme parks in California, United States, will not reopen on July 17 due to the upturn in COVID-19 cases in the state. The theme parks Disney in California -the original Disneyland park and the new Disney California Adventure– finally they will not open on July 17 as they had announced, since the authorities will not enable the activity protocols until after July 4. The news comes after this state, like other areas of the United States, has registered a rebound in infections of coronavirus with 7,149 cases a day as of Tuesday, equivalent to an increase of 69 percent in the last two days. “The state of California has now indicated that...
    As cases of novel coronavirus spike in several places throughout the U.S., Disney announced on Wednesday that they would be delaying the phased reopening of Disneyland and Disney Adventure California, CNN reported. Disney said in a statement released Wednesday that California had not yet given guidelines for reopening theme parks and they were not expecting to receive guidelines from the state until after the Fourth of July weekend. The theme parks located in Anaheim, California were set to reopen on July 17, but with guidelines from the state still forthcoming, Disney indicated they wouldn’t have enough time to reach that target date, according to CNN. “Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work...
    Disneyland Resort will not reopen its theme parks on July 17. In a statement, Disney Parks said California will not issue reopening guidelines for theme parks until after July 4. The resort's downtown area, which includes shops and restaurants, still plans to reopen July 9. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Disneyland Resorts will no longer reopen its theme parks on July 17. "The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4," said Disney Parks in a statement provided to Insider. "Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to...
    ANAHEIM (CBSLA) — Disneyland Resort announced Wednesday it is delaying plans to reopen Disneyland and Disney California Adventure pending government approval. “The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4. Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials. Once we have a clearer understanding of when guidelines will be released, we expect to be able to communicate a reopening date,” the park said in a statement. Downtown Disney is still scheduled to reopen on...
    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Disneyland Resort announced on Wednesday that it will delay the reopening of the theme parks and hotel. There was no new date given."The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4. Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials," Disneyland said in a statement.Disneyland employee unions had asked the state to delay the park's expected reopening in July out of concerns for health and safety.EMBED More News Videos Disneyland employee unions...
    DISNEYLAND has postponed reopening its California theme parks on July 17 after a 70 percent spike in coronavirus cases in-state. the phased reopening of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will be delayed and no new date has been given as of June 24. More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The Sun is your go to destination for the best celebrity news, football news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Download our fantastic, new and improved free App for the best ever Sun Online experience. For iPhone click here, for Android click here.  Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSunUS  ...
    The Sleeping Beauty Castle at the Disney California Adventure Park on January 12, 2016.Eric McCandless | ABC | Getty Images Disney is delaying the opening of its California-based theme parks. On Wednesday, the company said its proposed phased opening of its two parks in Anaheim for July 17 would be postponed as state officials will not be issuing theme park reopening guidelines until after July 4. "Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials," the company said in a statement. "Once we have a clearer understanding...
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (KABC) -- Disneyland Resort announced on Wednesday that they will delay the reopening of the theme parks."The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4. Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials," Disneyland said in a statement.Disneyland employee unions had asked the state to delay the park's expected reopening in July out of concerns for health and safety.EMBED More News Videos Disneyland employee unions are asking the state to delay the...
    New York City Marathon canceled amid COVID-19 concerns The 101 best home organizers you can buy for less than $100 Walt Disney World employees petition to delay reopening as coronavirus cases surge in Florida As the number of coronavirus cases surge in Florida, more than 7,000 people have signed an online petition urging Disney and government officials to reconsider the opening of Disney World next month. Load Error "This virus is not gone, unfortunately it's only become worse in this state," the petition, which was posted on MoveOn.org on Sunday, states. "Having our theme parks remain closed until cases are steadily decreasing would keep our guests, our employees and their families safe. Re-opening the theme parks is only...
    A day at Disneyland could be very different for seasoned visitors if the Anaheim theme parks follow the lead of other Disney resorts around the world and suspend the use of FastPasses, single rider lines and park hopping. Annual passholders and longtime locals who have mastered Disneyland and Disney California Adventure may face a new set of obstacles to their ride navigation wizardry once the parks reopen. Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disney and Disneyland Paris have all temporarily suspended their FastPass services — which allow visitors to book return times in advance for their favorite attractions and wait in a shorter line at a prescribed time. Single-rider lines — which parks use to fill empty seats on rides and typically...
    By Marine Strauss BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium will further ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions on July 1, allowing swimming pools, theme parks and party venues to reopen, Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes said on Wednesday, although social distancing measures will remain. Belgians will be allowed to go to the cinema or theatre again while respecting social distancing rules, and up to 200 people will be allowed to attend indoor events such as religious services, she said. Up to 400 people will be allowed to attend gatherings outside, including demonstrations, but are not supposed to move around while doing so. Belgians will be able to meet as many as 15 friends a week - an increase from 10 currently. Social distancing and hygiene...
    Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will be the last Disney parks to reopen worldwide following the extended coronavirus closures of all 12 Disney theme parks around the globe. Disney has proposed reopening its Anaheim theme parks on July 17 pending government approval. The Downtown Disney outdoor shopping mall will resume operations on July 9. Disney’s Grand Californian and Disney’s Paradise Pier hotels will reopen on July 23. Disneyland has been closed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tokyo Disney became the last Disney resort to announce a reopening date. The Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea theme parks will reopen on July 1. All of the other Disney theme park resorts around the globe have reopened or announced reopening plans....