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Massive Disneyland Dragon Animatronic Goes Up in Flames

'Fantasmic' has been canceled for a while after the incident

(Newser) - A scary moment at Disneyland was caught on video—many videos, in fact—when, during the second Fantasmic! show of the night on Saturday, the Maleficent dragon animatronic went up in flames. Sources tell WDW News Today that future performances of the show have been canceled, and that the earliest...

Fan Completes a Truly Bonkers Disney Challenge

Nathan Firesheets rode every available ride at all 12 Disney theme parks in 12 days

(Newser) - It's fair to call Nathan Firesheets a Disney superfan, especially after he ventured to all 12 Disney theme parks, spread across the globe from Paris to Tokyo, in exactly 12 days. And not just to take a quick look at each. To prove his dedication, Firesheets made it onto...

Disneyland Yanks Decades-Old Song From Its Parade

'Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah' is out, a tune from 'Peter Pan' is in

(Newser) - One of the catchiest songs from any Disney movie is “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah"—but Disneyland paradegoers will no longer be singing along. The Los Angeles Times reports that the soundtrack for park's "Magic Happens" parade—which since its Feb. 24 reopening has been staged twice a day—no...

Guy Scores a Disneyland Record 8 Years in the Making

Even little kids might get sick of happiest place on Earth after 2,995 days in a row

(Newser) - You know how sometimes some guy wins the Super Bowl and screams, "I'm going to Disneyland!" Well, sometimes some guy finds himself out of a job and with some time and an annual pass to Disneyland on his hands, so he just starts going. Every day. It...

Suit: She Fell Off Disney Ride as Workers Laughed. She Later Died

Family of disabled woman says she broke leg on Disneyland's Jungle Cruise, eventually died of infection

(Newser) - A lawsuit claims Disneyland employees snickered at a disabled woman struggling to get off a Jungle Cruise boat before she fell and broke a leg, leading to her death from an infection five months later, per the AP . The lawsuit was filed in federal court in November by the family...

Man Jumps to His Death at Disneyland Garage

Police say he jumped from parking garage, hadn't entered theme park

(Newser) - Police say a man jumped to his death from a parking garage at Disneyland on Saturday. A witness called police to report the incident just before 9pm, the Los Angeles Times reports. The man, who was in his 50s, reportedly jumped from the seven-story Mickey & Friends parking structure and...

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Man Solves 15-Year-Old Disneyland Riddle

But first, Chris Provost cracked a skeleton code with help from Sherlock Holmes

(Newser) - Chris Provost is an expert on Disneyland, with a YouTube channel filled with tips and tricks for uncovering the park's secrets . But even some secrets come as a surprise to this Disney fan. In a video , Provost says one of his 164,000 subscribers gave him a hint that...

At Disney, No More 'Fairy Godmothers in Training'

Theme parks will use the gender-neutral 'apprentice'

(Newser) - Employees who help transform children through the magic of makeup and costumes into Disney characters at the company's theme parks will have a new job title, in an attempt to be more inclusive. The cast members at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutiques will be called "Fairy Godmother's Apprentices"...

After 2-Year Ban, Happiest Place on Earth Opens Its Arms Again

Hugs, character interactions make their return

(Newser) - It's been more than two years since Disney characters mingled with theme park guests—rubbing noses, whispering secrets, and perhaps most importantly, offering hugs. When Disneyland reopened last April after a 14-month closure triggered by a global pandemic that made physical interaction risky, visitors could only glimpse Mickey and...

With Some Attractions Closed, Disneyland Raises Prices

Park stands to make money even if attendance briefly dips

(Newser) - If you want to go to the happiest place on Earth, be prepared to spend a lot of money. And no, we aren’t talking about Finland . Disneyland introduced tiered pricing, raising the cost of a ticket on high-demand days, in 2016. And it raised prices on all five tiers...

Disneyland Faces Suit From 25K Employees Over Pay

Legal argument is tied to whether the city is subsidizing the company

(Newser) - More than 25,000 Disneyland employees, many of whom say they can't get by on what they're paid, have joined a class-action lawsuit seeking a living wage. According to a 2018 study, 11% of Disneyland employees said they had experienced homelessness in the past two years, 68% said...

Disney Replaces Free FastPass With, Essentially, a Paid FastPass

California and Florida theme parks are bringing in a new service this fall

(Newser) - Disney's FastPass and MaxPass are officially things of the past, the company announced Wednesday . In their place, California's Disneyland theme park and Florida's Walt Disney World resort will be introducing a new service this fall: Disney Genie, which will be built into the existing theme park mobile...

Mask Policy Updated at Disney World, Disneyland

They're once again required indoors at US theme parks

(Newser) - Masks are back at Walt Disney World and Disneyland—indoors, at least. As COVID-19 cases surge in Florida, the Orlando theme park will require masks on all visitors ages 2 and up, regardless of vaccination status, when indoors or on Disney transportation. The policy takes effect Friday, WESH reports. Orange...

Disney Brings Back Fireworks, With a Significant Change

No more 'ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls'

(Newser) - Fireworks are back at Disney World after more than a year without the iconic nightly event, but the show is a bit different now. Rather than starting off with the familiar greeting: "Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, dreamers of all ages," viewers at the Florida...

Disneyland Cheerfully Reopens

Disneyland Cheerfully Reopens

Visitors make emotional return after 13-month shutdown ends

(Newser) - Employees and visitors cheered each other Friday as Disneyland reopened after a 13-month pandemic shutdown. Crowds lined up before dawn, the Los Angeles Times reports, and some visitors were crying as they walked through the gates. "It's been a long year," one woman said. "This is...

Man's 2.8K-Mile, 14-Month Run Is a Big First

Don Muchow, an Ironman with diabetes, ran from California's Disneyland to Florida's Disney World

(Newser) - It was an endurance run that was supposed to take just under 100 days. It ended up taking 14 months, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but Don Muchow's ultramarathon from California to Florida is still a big first. Per WESH , the 59-year-old Texas man is said to be the...

Disney Park Guests May Have to Use Their Indoor Voices

Trade group advises no shouting or singing when Disneyland reopens April 30

(Newser) - Disneyland and California Adventure plan to end their lockdown of more than a year on April 30. "It's been a long, long time since we've been able to create magic for our guests," said chief executive Bob Chapek, "and put our cast members back to...

Disneyland to Redo Offensive Scenes on Jungle Cruise

Theme park says it will remove 'negative depictions of native people'

(Newser) - The Jungle Cruise, a Disneyland staple since 1955, has regularly undergone tweaks. It's now in for a broader rethinking, the Walt Disney Co. announced Monday. The goals are to make the ride more inclusive and racially sensitive, the Los Angeles Times reports. That will be achieved partly by eliminating...

Disney Is Laying Off 28K Theme Park Workers

Company blames COVID restrictions

(Newser) - Squeezed by limits on attendance at its theme parks and other restrictions due to the pandemic, The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday it planned to lay off 28,000 workers in its parks division in California and Florida. Two-thirds of the planned layoffs involve part-time workers but they ranged from...

Disney Rethinks Ride Based on Film It Pulled

Attraction's new theme will be 'the Princess and the Frog'

(Newser) - Disney hasn't shown or broadcast Song of the South for decades, but a log flume ride based on the film has still been in operation at the company's parks. That will change, Disney said Thursday in announcing that the once-popular Splash Mountain will be transformed into something else...

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