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Disney releases dates for Halloween and Christmas parties

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Walt Disney World Resort announced the dates for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, stretching nearly four months with a one-day break for Thanksgiving. The two events expand the holidays to 53 days of special events at the Magic Kingdom. The hard ticket events will close the park early so a new group of guests can enjoy the private parties. Ticket go on sale next month. Prices have yet to be released. Entertainment returning this year are: The Hocus…

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Disney moves Magic Kingdom metal detectors to ticket center

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Walt Disney World is moving its metal detectors to an earlier entry point at its most popular park, Magic Kingdom. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the detectors will now by located at the Transportation and Ticket Center starting next Monday. Visitors staying at three resorts along the monorail route, meanwhile, will go through security at the monorail stations there. The metal detectors currently are located at the entrance to Magic Kingdom. Visitors typically park at the Transportation and Ticket Center…

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Walt Disney World pulling plug on famed Electrical Parade

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Disney Parks says the famed Main Street Electrical Parade will end its run at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom park in October. The parade has dazzled visitors with floats covered in colorful lights featuring Disney characters since it first debuted at the Florida resort in 1977. The Orlando Sentinel reports the parade went on an eight-year hiatus at Disney World beginning in 1991. It ran again from 1999 to 2001 before the current version began rolling down Main Street nightly…

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Sheriff: Charges unlikely after 2-year-old killed by gator

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A sheriff said charges are unlikely against a Nebraska couple after an alligator killed their 2-year-old son by snatching him out of shallow water at a Walt Disney World beach, but the entertainment giant is reviewing whether to add gator warning signs. Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings told The Associated Press after a news conference Wednesday there was no indication Will and Melissa Graves of suburban Omaha, Nebraska, committed any crime that contributed to the reptile grabbing their son, Lane…

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Report: Magic Kingdom world’s top theme park, drawing 20M

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Disney World’s Magic Kingdom continues to be the top amusement park draw in the world with 20.5 million visitors in 2015, according to a report released Wednesday. Disneyland in Anaheim, California, was No. 2 with an estimated 18.3 million visitors, followed by Tokyo Disneyland, which had an estimated 16 million, according to a report from AECOM and the Themed Entertainment Association. Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld all saw a jump in attendance in 2015 over the previous year, according to…

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When it comes to theme parks, Florida reigns supreme, no-brainer study says

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Florida, particularly the Orlando area, could be accurately named the theme park capitol of the world, according to findings in an AECOM study released Wednesday. Out of 25 top theme parks worldwide, Florida is home to seven of them. That’s more top-ranking theme parks in one place than anywhere else in the world. The fact that they are all within just a few miles of one another makes it all the more spectacular for theme-park-goers. The top-ranked theme park is…

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Disney World tells riders to stop using selfie sticks

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Disney World is looking to crack down on guests who use selfie sticks on rides at the park. The Orlando Sentinel reports a spokesman said Monday guests can bring selfie sticks on the rides but must securely store them. Disney policy forbids visitors from using the sticks, which can be used to extend cameras out up to 3 feet. One ride, Thunder Mountain, has had a number of incidents in which the ride had to be stopped because of selfie-stick…

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