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Popular Disney Ride Has Closed, and It's Getting 'Weird'

People are hawking water they say is from Magic Kingdom's Splash Mountain for thousands of dollars

(Newser) - Splash Mountain has officially gone dry, at least for now. The popular log-flume ride in Disney World's Magic Kingdom, which opened in 1992, transported its last fans on Sunday, with the theme park shuttering the attraction to work on a reimagining of it. The new incarnation, set to open...

Ousted Disney CEO's Exit Pay Revealed in Filing

Bob Chapek's package is worth about $20M

(Newser) - Bob Chapek may be out at Disney, but he's definitely not down and out. A Tuesday regulatory filing shows he's slated to walk with a severance package worth about $20 million. Insider gives the breakdown: It's $6.5 million in base salary tied to the scheduled end...

Disney Revives Character After Nearly a Century

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, who preceded Mickey Mouse, stars in new animated short

(Newser) - Mickey Mouse's rabbit forefather just came back from the Disney dead. Considered Walt Disney's "first breakout animated star," Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was first introduced to audiences in the 1927 short Trolley Troubles, per Variety . Disney went on to create 26 shorts starring the plucky rabbit...

That Cute Minnie Outfit You Bought May Be Chock-Full of Lead

Bentex recalls 87K Disney-themed clothing sets sold on Amazon, in TJ Maxx

(Newser) - A manufacturer of children's apparel has issued a recall of 87,000 Disney-themed outfits due to a risk of lead poisoning. The clothing sets made by Bentex—which feature characters such as Minnie Mouse, Baby Yoda, and Winnie the Pooh—were sold on Amazon and at TJ Maxx and...

Man Solves 15-Year-Old Disneyland Riddle
Man Solves
Disneyland Riddle
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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...

Clue to Disney Surprise Can Be Found in 2020 NYT Article

Clue to Disney
CEO Stunner
Lies in 2020
NYT Article
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Clue to Disney CEO Stunner Lies in 2020 NYT Article

Just a few months after stepping down back then, Bob Iger seemingly regretted his decision

(Newser) - This weekend brought a bombshell in the world of business: Disney ousted CEO Bob Chapek and brought back former CEO Bob Iger to replace him. How surprising is it? Consider that Disney's board gave Chapek a three-year extension in June, notes the Washington Post . So what's behind what...

In 'Disney Shocker,' an Erstwhile CEO Returns

Bob Iger back in as Bob Chapek, criticized for his leadership, is abruptly out

(Newser) - Bob Iger abruptly stepped down as CEO of Disney in 2020, and less than three years later, he's just as abruptly stepping back in. The board announced to employees Sunday night that Iger would return to the position effective immediately, which means Bob Chapek, who took over for Iger...

Shanghai Disney Visitors Just Got an Unpleasant Surprise

Park closed indefinitely on Monday, and guests inside can't leave till they show negative COVID test

(Newser) - An NPR headline from early Monday morning notes that, due to COVID, Shanghai Disney and its adjacent shopping community will be closed indefinitely from Halloween on forward. What that headline fails to mention is that all the visitors at the theme park when officials decided to abruptly close the gates...

Disney+ Subscribers, You May Be Looking at a 38% Rate Hike

If you want to continue watching without ads

(Newser) - Walt Disney Co. said Wednesday it is raising prices for streaming subscribers in the US who want to watch Disney+ without ads, as more viewers switch to what CEO Bob Chapek described as the “best value in streaming.” The price increases are tied to a new tiered service...

Yes, They're 'Disney Adults.' Deal With It
Yes, They're
'Disney Adults.'
Deal With It

Yes, They're 'Disney Adults.' Deal With It

EJ Dickson makes his case on behalf of this reviled group on the internet

(Newser) - EJ Dickson admits he is what many would consider a "Disney adult." He likes taking his family to the parks, and he's seen all the movies. And, yes, he is well aware of the disdain directed at people like him, as he explains in a piece at...

Robot Cat Steals Buzz Lightyear's Show
What Critics Think About
the Buzz Lightyear Movie

What Critics Think About the Buzz Lightyear Movie

'Lightyear' is a solid addition to the franchise, but Sox the cat steals the show

(Newser) - Buzz Lightyear breaks out of the Toy Story franchise to showcase the adventure that led to him becoming an action figure in Lightyear , the Disney-Pixar film in theaters Friday. From director and co-writer Angus MacLane, it finds Buzz (voiced by Chris Evans, not Tim Allen) and friends trapped on a...

A Kiss Gets Pixar Movie Banned Overseas

UAE does not look kindly on lesbian show of affection

(Newser) - The United Arab Emirates on Monday banned the upcoming Pixar animated feature Lightyear from showing in movie theaters after its inclusion of a kiss between two lesbian characters, per the AP . The decision by the UAE comes as Malaysia also reportedly will ban the film, raising the possibility other Muslim-majority...

Senator Moves to Strip 'Woke' Disney of Copyrights

Josh Hawley wants to reduce protection term from 95 years to 56 years

(Newser) - Sen. Josh Hawley has taken the Republican attacks on Disney to a new level: The senator introduced a bill Tuesday that would undo decades of copyright law for large corporations, retroactively stripping Disney of its rights to many characters, the Hill reports. In a press release, Hawley made it clear...

Disney District Says Florida's Move Might Be Illegal

1967 law that created district says it can't be dissolved before bondholders are paid

(Newser) - Florida's government has passed a law repealing the self-governing district Disney has had in the state for 55 years—but since the two-page law fails to address some very complicated issues, the Reedy Creek Improvement District says business will continue as usual for now. Reedy Creek has told investors...

Florida Lawmakers Pass Bill to 'Remind Disney It's a Guest'

Move would strip Walt Disney World of self-governing status

(Newser) - Update: Florida's full legislature has now passed a bill to repeal a law granting Walt Disney World's properties self-governing status. The move could have huge tax implications for Disney, per the AP . The vote escalates the clash between Disney and Republican Gov. Ron De Santis over what critics...

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...

After 20 Years, Ice Age Squirrel Gets His Acorn
Congratulations, Scrat

Congratulations, Scrat

Final video from Blue Sky Studios allows 'Ice Age' squirrel to get his acorn after 20 years

(Newser) - Scrat finally got his acorn. If that sentence doesn't make sense, you maybe haven't seen any of the animated Ice Age films over the last 20 years. Scrat is the squirrel who emerged as a mascot of sorts for the franchise, thanks to short clips that showed him...

A Disney Heir Comes Out as Transgender

Family launches effort to fight 'Don't Say Gay' bill and similar efforts

(Newser) - An heir to the Walt Disney Co. has come out as transgender, announcing a family effort to support LGBTQ rights and oppose new legislation that threatens them. Charlee Disney came out publicly last month at the Human Rights Campaign's annual gala after coming out privately four years ago, NBC...

Calling Disney Too 'Woke,' Outlet Will Make Own Content

Conservative Daily Wire says entertainment giant is pushing 'radical' ideology to children

(Newser) - The conservative media outlet Daily Wire is launching an entertainment division for children to counter what it calls a "woke" ideology of Disney. The company—best known for its podcast featuring Ben Shapiro—says in a release that it will spend $100 million over three years to develop DW...

Disney Workers Among 108 Arrested in 'Operation March Sadness 2'

Florida sting operation targeted prostitution, human trafficking

(Newser) - A sheriff's office in Florida says 108 people were arrested, including a retired judge and several Disney employees, during a sting operation to combat human trafficking, prostitution, and child sexual abuse. Most of those busted in "Operation March Sadness 2" were arrested for seeking a prostitute or "...

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