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Star Wars Guided Tour added to Disney upcharge list

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Banking on the popularity of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and well ahead of the opening of a Star Wars land at Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World today launched Star Wars Guided Tours. The seven-hour tour will set guests back $129 plus the $102 price of admission. The private tours are offered on Mondays and Saturdays only. The tour includes VIP access to stars at the screening of Star Wars: Path of the Jedi and reserved seating for the…

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Hong Kong Disneyland plans $1.4 billion expansion

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The Walt Disney Co. announced plans for a $1.4 billion expansion at Hong Kong Disneyland. The company’s first venture into the Chinese market opened in 2005 and never thrilled locals. The plan signals Disney’s commitment to the theme park’s success by adding more attractions to lure bigger crowds. “We are more excited than ever about the future of Hong Kong Disneyland,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “This proposed expansion brings the best of The Walt…

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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts reports fourth quarter earnings up 6 percent

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Guest spending at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts helped boost fourth quarter earnings for the Walt Disney Company by 6 percent to a record $55.6 billion. Higher average ticket prices and room rates, along with increased food and beverage spending caused Walt Disney Parks and Resorts’ revenue to increase 5 percent to a record $17 billion, according to the report. Operating income jumped 9 percent to a record $3.3 billion. Both Disney World and Disneyland’s domestic hotels reported occupancy rose…

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Memorial Day is brought to you by these lobbyists, associations and, of course, Publix

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Summertime is here — well, unofficially. While Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who died while serving in the country’s armed forces, the holiday also marks the unofficial start of summer. That means baseball games and cookouts; road trips to the state’s theme parks; and a plethora of tourists visiting restaurants, beaches and hotels. More than 38 million travelers were expected to travel this holiday weekend, according to the AAA 2016 Memorial Day travel forecast. The motor group estimated…

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