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Disney refuses to cut ‘gay moment’ from Beauty and the Beast

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Walt Disney World Company has refused to remove a scene involving a “gay moment” from its “Beauty and the Beast” release in Malaysia, a country that has laws against homosexuality. Instead, Disney has decided to withdraw the film from the Malaysian market, rather than censor the scene. Malaysia’s Film Censorship Board approved “Beauty and the Beast” for a “P13” rating after requesting cuts of about 4 1/2 minutes from the subplot with a “gay moment,” according to Film Board Chairman…

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New character breakfast coming to Disney’s Boardwalk

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Disney is offering a chance to dine with royal couples to its character experiences, some so popular they have to be booked six months in advance. Breakfast with characters from Disney films, “Tangled” and “The Little Mermaid,” will debut this spring at Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s Boardwalk. This adds another option to the 14 character dining opportunities offered at Walt Disney World Resort. The character dining experiences are so popular that Disney recommends booking two months in advance. The…

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Critics don’t even want animatronic Donald Trump to speak

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Some critics of President Donald Trump are so adamant in their opposition that they don’t even want a fake version of him to speak. An online petition was started last week, asking Walt Disney World to keep an animatronic Trump silent in its Hall of Presidents attraction. The attraction has animatronic figures of all U.S. presidents. Recent incumbent presidents have recorded speeches for their animatronic doubles. The Change.org petition says Trump ran a campaign filled with hateful speech and he…

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Pulse nightclub massacre is Florida’s top story of 2016

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The massacre of 49 patrons of the Pulse nightclub in Orlando has been voted Florida’s top story of 2016. The state’s newspaper editors said in an Associated Press poll that the second-biggest story of the year was Florida resident Donald Trump‘s defeat of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Florida by 1.3 percentage points in the presidential race. Florida’s two hurricanes, the impact of Cuban leader Fidel Castro‘s death and an outbreak of the Zika virus tied for third place. In…

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Disney gives employees a peek at New Water Show

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Walt Disney World’s employees, their friends and family were given a preview Sunday of their newest water light show. “Rivers of Light” was originally scheduled to open in April but was delayed because of technical problems. The 18-minute show did require a reboot when two floats stopped during the show but the technology worked for the high-shooting water projections at Animal Kingdom, according to Disney blogger John Frost. Audience members were not allowed to photograph or video the water pageant.…

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Disney World gives sneak peeks on Avatar, Star Tours update

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Walt Disney World Parks & Resorts revealed a peek behind the curtain with construction updates on Pandora-The World of Avatar at Animal Kingdom and Star Tours-The Adventure Continues at Hollywood Studios. The tease by WDW Chairman Bob Chapek came just days after SeaWorld announced major additions to three of its theme parks and two weeks after Universal Orlando unveiled plans for a new water park. The announcements were made Saturday at a fan event called D23: Destination D. The attraction…

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Disney World using 300 drones in new holiday light show

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Walt Disney World is using 300 drones in a new Christmas light show. A dress rehearsal was held Wednesday night, but Disney has not announced dates for the show. The Orlando Sentinel reports it is believed to be the first time drones will be used in a performance of this magnitude in the U.S. Disney is collaborating with Intel on the project. The show will take place at Disney Springs. Intel’s drone weighs less than a volleyball and are equipped…

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