4 springtime activities we love at Walt Disney World
The resort is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary celebration, and now is the perfect time to celebrate the season and upcoming Easter holiday. If you plan on visiting, we have uncovered a number of fun activities for families to experience while out exploring the theme parks and nearby resort hotels.
Disney guests evacuated at Magic Kingdom after small fire breaks out near Cinderella Castle
Jon Shirey, president of the Reedy Creek Firefighters Association, said the call initially came in to the fire department around 6:45 p.m. as an electrical fire on a junction box outside the castle.sun-sentinel.com
Animatronic Biden joining Hall of Presidents at Disney World
Forget an inauguration ceremony. The true indicator of having made it as president is being added to the Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World in Florida, an honor President Joe Biden will soon receive. Disney World officials said Monday that they were putting the finishing touches on the animatronic Biden replica ahead of its debut next month at the Magic Kingdom attraction that features a tableau of the nation's presidents.news.yahoo.com
Biden to meet DACA recipients in immigration overhaul push
President Joe Biden is scheduled to meet Friday with six immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children who benefited from an Obama-era policy that protected them from deportation. The Oval Office meeting comes as Biden looks to press Congress to pass legislation codifying the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that then-President Barack Obama instituted by executive action in 2012, providing limited protections for immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. As a candidate, Biden promised to protect those often described as “dreamers” and their families by reinstating DACA.news.yahoo.com
Disney 1Q profit falls but beats expectations due to Disney+
FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2019, file photo, guests watch a show near a statue of Walt Disney and Micky Mouse in front of the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. But the results Thursday surpassed Wall Street's expectations thanks to subscribers flocking to Disney+ and other of the entertainment giant's streaming services. Disney+ subscribers totaled 94.9 million at the end of the quarter, more than double the subscriber base a year ago, when the service had been operating for only about two months. For Disney's fiscal first quarter, net income totaled $17 million, or 1 cent per share, compared with $2.1 billion or $1.16 cents per share a year earlier. Excluding one-time items, net income totaled 32 cents per share, compared with $1.53 per share in the prior-year quarter.
4,000 more Walt Disney Co. employees are losing their jobs
The notice said about 32,000 employees primarily in the company’s Parks, Experiences and Products division will be laid off in the first half of the 2021 fiscal year, which started in October. This number comprises nearly 21% of the 155,000 reported employees of the Walt Disney Co.’s theme parks division as of Oct. 3.sun-sentinel.com
Disney to lay off 28,000 at its parks in California, Florida
FILE - In this March 16, 2020, file photo, the entrance to the parking lot at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is closed in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Squeezed by limits on attendance at its theme parks and other restrictions due to the pandemic, The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, it planned to lay off 28,000 workers in its parks division in California and Florida. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
Report: Attendance flat at Disney parks, grows at Universal
Attendance at the parks could be anywhere from a third to half of normal business volume, according to the report. Attendance at Disney theme parks around the world fell less than 1% in 2019 from the previous year. It was followed by Disneyland in California with 18.6 million visits, Tokyo Disneyland with 17.9 million visits and Tokyo DisneySea. Competing in many of the same markets as Disney, Universal Parks and Resorts had an attendance jump of 2.3%, with 51.2 million visits. Rides based on Harry Potter intellectual property continued to drive growth at the Universal parks, the report said.
What could Disney crowds look like when the park reopens? We take a guess at the numbers
ORLANDO, Fla. – Walt Disney World is set to once again open its gates to the Magic Kingdom following a lengthy closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. But with most families staying inside and not traveling, how crowded will the theme parks really be when they reopen? Park Capacity Capacity at 25% Magic Kingdom 57,000 people 14,250 people Epcot 34,093 people 8,523 people Hollywood Studios 30,843 people 7,710 people Animal Kingdom 37,671 people 9,417 peopleA park at 25% capacity would mean very minimal wait times. As we can all imagine, visiting a Disney theme park when it reopens will be a new experience for all -- no matter how many times you’ve visited. The Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom parks will open first July 11, with Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios reopening July 15.
NBA teams at Disney had tough travel-party decisions to make
Walt Disney Worlds Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom are reopening Saturday, while Epcot and Disneys Hollywood Studios will follow four days later. (Gabrielle Russon/Orlando Sentinel via AP)The 22 teams participating in the NBA restart were all at the Disney campus together for the first time Friday. Some teams left player development coaches behind, some even left assistant coaches, and all teams traveled with only one media relations staffer and one equipment manager. In normal circumstances, some teams travel with as many as three people to handle media requirements and two for equipment. That left 20 spots for coaches, assistant coaches, player development, video, security, strength and conditioning, athletic training, media relations and content creators.
Disney to start reopening its Florida theme parks with Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom on July 11
Disney said Wednesday it has proposed a phased reopening of its Florida-based theme parks in July. Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom are expected to be the first to reopen on July 11. He did say the company would adhere to the CDC's 6 foot social distancing guidelines when limiting attendance. Disney's Florida parks will have additional hand washing stations, temperature checks and social distancing measures throughout, including at restaurants and lines for rides. Contactless payments via Apple Pay, Google Pay and Disney Magic Bands will be encouraged.cnbc.com
Disney, SeaWorld announce plans for Florida parks to reopen
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. SeaWorld and Walt Disney World will reopen in Orlando, Florida, in June and July after months of inactivity because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to plans a city task force approved Wednesday. Disney plans a tiered reopening, with Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom opening on July 11, followed by Epcot and Hollywood Studios on July 15. Disney World also plans smaller, soft openings prior to July 11, but no specifics were provided. When Disney Springs, a complex of restaurants and shops near Disney World, reopened, the company formed social distancing squads," which McPhee said have been popular with guests. Disney employees will be required to do temperature checks before heading to work, McPhee said.
NBA says it is talking with Disney about resuming season
The National Basketball Players Association is also part of the talks with Disney. Games would be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, a massive campus on the Disney property near Orlando. Space wont be an issue, even if Major League Soccer which is also in talks to resume its season at Disney is there at the same time as the NBA. The entire Disney complex is roughly 40 square miles, with nearly 24,000 hotel rooms owned or operated by Disney within the campus. The list of NBA players who were known to test positive eventually grew to 10 not all were identified and Commissioner Adam Silver said last month that the actual total was even higher.
All masks, no fireworks: Shanghai Disneyland in muted reopening after coronavirus closedown
Thousands of visitors streamed into Shanghai Disneyland on Monday for the first time in three months as the Chinese park became the first reopened by Walt Disney after the coronavirus pandemic brought the Magic Kingdom to a standstill. Among the crowd on Monday was Shanghai Disneyland passholder Kay Yu. The reopening may provide a glimpse of how Disney can begin to recover from closures set to strip $1.4 billion from the company's profit. Visitors wearing face masks take selfies at Shanghai Disney Resort after the coronavirus pandemic on May 11, 2020 in Shanghai, China. Riders wearing face masks are seen on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Shanghai Disney Resort after the coronavirus pandemic on May 11, 2020 in Shanghai, China.cnbc.com
What to expect when Disney and Universal theme parks reopen in Florida
The entrance to the Magic Kingdom at Disney World is seen on the first day of closure as theme parks in the Orlando area suspend operations for two weeks in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)New guidelines provided by a local government task force in Florida offer theme park fans a glimpse of what to expect when Disney and Universal are finally able to open to the public once the coronavirus pandemic eases. The Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force suggested a two-phase plan for allowing visitors back into theme parks that includes recommendations and mandates. Theme park staff will be required to wear face masks and regularly wipe down surfaces and railings throughout the park. The Florida task force that devised this plan is made up of 44 people, including Disney, Universal and SeaWorld executives and members of the local business community.cnbc.com
Disney might check visitors' temperatures when theme parks reopen, chairman says
REUTERS/Gregg NewtonLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) might require theme park visitors to have their temperatures checked when they reopen after coronavirus restrictions on public gatherings are lifted, Executive Chairman Bob Iger said in an interview published on Tuesday. The company is considering the idea as one way to make the public feel safe about returning to Disneys parks once they are allowed to open again for business, Iger told Barrons. Disney operates Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California as well as theme parks in China, Hong Kong, Japan and France. Walt Disney World, the most-visited theme park in the world, attracted 58.4 million visitors in 2018, according to the Themed Entertainment Association. Iger said Disney is studying Chinas efforts to let people return to everyday activities.feeds.reuters.com
Dreaming of a theme park Christmas? This advice will help you plan your whole trip
Eat Christmas cookies until you feel like you’re going to burst, see a special Christmas parade roll down Main Street U.S.A. -- and did we mention there will be tons of cookies? Visit Disney’s website for more info. Insider tip: Want to catch the Christmas parade but avoid paying for a special ticket? Some resorts also will have special holiday presentations, such as a walk-through gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian. Other festivities include the Sea of Trees, which is a show filled with synchronized Christmas trees shimmering and twinkling set to holiday music.
6 free things to do on your next Disney World vacation -- yes, really
Well show you how to have fun on Disney property without ever scanning a MagicBand or swiping your credit card. Rooftop fireworks Walt Disney World ResortIf the "Happily Ever After" fireworks are on your bucket list, consider watching them from high above Cinderella Castle. Nothing can top a view of the Magic Kingdom at night. We recommend having breakfast at Trails End then climbing aboard one of its boats for a ride to the Magic Kingdom. Head to the docks and beaches of the Magic Kingdom resort hotels to watch.
Walt Disney World to close ahead of Dorian's arrival
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Even Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck will be hunkering down ahead of Hurricane Dorian. Walt Disney World announced late Monday that its theme parks will be shutting down early Tuesday afternoon in order to keep guests safe. The Magic Kingdom and Epcot will close at 3 p.m., while Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom will cease operations at 2 p.m. Both of the resort's miniature golf courses will also close at 3 p.m, along with Disney's Typhoon Lagoon water park. Copyright 2019 by WPLG Local10.com - All rights reserved.
Stocks making the biggest moves midday: Disney, CVS, Weight Watchers
Weight Watchers International Shares of Weight Watchers soared 42.7% after the company raised its full-year outlook. The company estimates full-year earnings per share between $1.55 and $1.70, above the estimated $1.52 The company also beat on second-quarter earnings per share. It earned 78 cents per share, higher than the 64 cents per share expected on the Street. However, revenue fell short of estimates at $190.8 million, compared to a Refinitiv estimate of $193 million. Analysts had expected earnings per share of 17 cents on revenue of $439.9 million, according to Refinitiv.cnbc.com
Downed ticketing system causes waits at Disney World
@brett_milam / TwitterORLANDO, Fla. - A ticketing system at Walt Disney World is down, forcing hundreds of people to wait outside at least one park. Disney World said in a statement Monday there was an interruption in its ticketing system, and it was working to bring it back online. Video from a waiting visitor posted by Orlando television station WESH shows hundreds of people waiting outside the Magic Kingdom. A Disney spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to inquiries for further details. Planning documents show that on any given day the Magic Kingdom can host up to 50,000 visitors.
Disney World discount: Offer lets passholders bring friends for over 50 percent off
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – If you know a Walt Disney World passholder, now's the time to get on their good side. The resort is offering its "Bring a Friend" discount this month, allowing passholders to buy 1-day Park Hopper tickets for just $79. The offer is a good one as non-discounted 1-day park hopper tickets bought at the gate will run you $174 a pop. So the "Bring a Friend" discount is over 50 percent off. Gold, Platinum, Platinum Plus and Premier passholders can purchase up to six of the "Bring a Friend" tickets at ticket windows at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom.