Disney ‘VoluntEARS’ recognized for contributions to Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign
ORLANDO, Fla. — The United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation surprised local Disney “VoluntEARS” Saturday with a special ceremony recognizing the company’s decades-long commitment to their mission. Personal friend Walt Disney was one who answered the call, designing the first Toys for Tots poster featuring the toy train design still used today. Disney VoluntEARS recognized for contributions to Toys for Tots In 1948, Walt Disney designed the first Toys for Tots poster, featuring the toy train design still used today. Another 10,000 toys were donated at Walt Disney World Resort this year as hundreds of Disney VoluntEARS helped collect, sort, and distribute donated toys at area Toys for Tots warehouses, collectively providing more than 2,000 volunteer hours. READ: Local musician, Port Orange City Council member raises thousands for Toys for TotsThe current President and CEO of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, retired Marine Lt. Gen. Jim Laster, joined Disney cast members at a special recognition ceremony held inside one of the distribution warehouses.wftv.com
2 new shows including Broadway-style ‘Little Mermaid’ to debut on Disney Wish cruise next summer
ORLANDO, Fla. — Disney Cruise Line has announced new details about two brand-new theatrical productions coming to the Disney Wish, which sets sail on June 9, 2022. The shows were first announced over the weekend at Destination D23. The shows are a Broadway-style take on Walt Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” and an embarkation day celebration helmed by Captain Minnie, Goofy an an all-star cast of Disney and Pixar characters. The embarkation celebration “Disney Seas the Adventure” will follow Goofy after Captain Minnie hands over the helm to him, and his journey to discover his own inner captain, Disney said. READ: Disney addresses new legislation that would fine companies for enforcing vaccine mandatesThe two recently announced shows join the already announced reimagined version of “Disney’s Aladdin -- A Musical Spectacular” and the Pirate’s Rockin’ Parlay Party.wftv.com
Disney, Cirque du Soleil open new show ‘Drawn to Life’ to standing ovation
The highly anticipated new collaboration from Cirque du Soleil and Disney, Drawn to Life, premiered Thursday night at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort to a full house of enthusiastic fans who demonstrated their appreciation with a lengthy standing ovation.
Asian shares advance after modest gains on Wall St
South Korea Financial Markets A woman wearing a face mask walks past near a money exchange office in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Friday after Wall Street benchmarks managed to close mostly higher. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) (Lee Jin-man)Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Friday after Wall Street benchmarks managed to close mostly higher. In Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 jumped 1.1% to 29,589.43, while the Kospi in South Korea added 1.4% to 2,966.09. Higher inflation raises expectations that the Federal Reserve and other central banks will raise short-term interest rates deployed during the pandemic to encourage lending and spending.wftv.com
Asian shares open higher after modest gains on Wall St
South Korea Financial Markets A woman wearing a face mask walks past near a money exchange office in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Friday after Wall Street benchmarks managed to close mostly higher. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) (Lee Jin-man)Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Friday after Wall Street benchmarks managed to close mostly higher. In Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 jumped 1.2% to 29,631.86, while the Kospi in South Korea added 1% to 2,954.57. Higher inflation raises expectations that the Federal Reserve and other central banks will raise short-term interest rates deployed during the pandemic to encourage lending and spending.wftv.com
Stocks edge higher on Wall Street, led by gains in Big Tech
Financial Markets Wall Street FILE - Pedestrians pass the New York Stock Exchange as it operates during normal business hours in the Financial District, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in the Manhattan borough of New York. Stocks are opening mostly higher on Wall Street Thursday, Nov. 11, a day after a surge in inflation knocked the market lower. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, FILE) (John Minchillo)Stocks edged higher in morning trading on Wall Street Thursday a day after a surge in inflation tripped up major indexes. Smaller-company stocks outpaced the broader market in a sign that investors were feeling confident about economic growth. The inflation concerns pushed bond yields broadly higher on Wednesday, though the bond market was closed for Veterans Day on Thursday.wftv.com
Stocks open lower on Wall Street, led by weakness in tech
(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) (Lee Jin-man)Stocks are off to a weak start on Wall Street Wednesday, pulled down by losses in big technology companies. Consumer prices rose 6.2% in October over a year ago, the highest inflation rate since 1990. Shares opened higher in Europe after mostly falling in Asia on Wednesday as China reported that inflation surged in October. Chinese markets initially fell following the report, though Hong Kong's Hang Seng recovered from early losses, gaining 0.7% to 24,996.14. On Tuesday stocks ended moderately lower on Wall Street, breaking an eight-day winning streak that had been fueled by strong company earnings and economic data.wftv.com
Magic Kingdom’s silhouette artist returns to work alongside thousands after pandemic furlough
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A familiar face to decades of Disney visitors just got the call to return to the job she knows she was cut out for. For almost two years, artist Beth Pray has been ready for the callback that finally came: To reopen her silhouette cart at Magic Kingdom. “I’m going to cry like a baby right on Main Street,” Pray said. Pray kept busy during the pandemic by selling custom online orders. You can find Pray along Main Street or Liberty Square in Magic Kingdom.wftv.com
Tacky, unofficial Disney shirts spark debate over dress code at theme parks
It's rare that a terrible, touristy shirt can spark a whole day of outrage, but Disney parks fans are pretty easy to rile up. Theme park aficionados spent some of their precious time on Earth raging over a pair of tacky shirts spotted at Disneyland by former Disney employee Sam Carter. The couples' shirts read "I wanted the D" and "I gave her the D," with the letter being stylized as the iconic D in Walt Disney's signature. When Carter posted the offending shirts to Twitter, it set off a day of in-fighting between three camps, who either scolded, cringed or laughed. We haven't seen Disney heads this mad since their fireworks weren't quite as good as before.photos.orlandoweekly.com
Hundreds gather for PEN America gala, hosted by Awkwafina
2021 PEN America Literary Gala Corporate honoree Robert Iger, left, playwright Wole Soyinka, actress Jodie Foster and PEN/Audible Literary Service Award recipient Dr. Henry Louis Gates pose together at the 2021 PEN America Literary Gala at the American Museum of Natural History on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, in New York. PEN, the literary and human rights organization, required everyone to present proof of vaccination and proof of a negative test within 72 hours of the event. But PEN President Ayad Akhtar, the author and playwright, called the gala a kind of civic duty. According to PEN, around 500 people came to the gala, hundreds less than in recent years. Hosted by the actor-rapper Awkafina, the PEN gala was a defense of freedom of expression and a warning against the spread of lies.wftv.com
Disney World opened 50 years ago; these workers never left
Applying to be one of the first workers at Walt Disney World, high school graduate George Kalogridis made a split-second decision that set the course for his life: he picked a room where prospective hotel workers were being hired. Chuck Milam got a tip about a job opening from a transplanted Disney executive whose new house he was landscaping. Earliene Anderson jumped at the chance to take a job at the new Disney theme park in Florida, having fallen in love with the beauty of Disneyland in California during a trip two years earlier.news.yahoo.com
Disney World’s early years & the 1970s energy crisis
BAY LAKE, Fla. — In October 1971, Disney opened Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, and it was a success. In fact, the main reason Walt Disney chose to build in the area is because of its proximity to the interchange of Florida’s Turnpike and Interstate 4. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 13 Space 220 opens at EPCOT Space 220 has officially opened at EPCOT, "transporting" guests 220 miles above Earth for a truly outta-this-world dining experience. (Walt Disney World/Walt Disney World)Those roads would be important, because unlike Disneyland, which drew its guest from the huge population centers of Southern California, Walt Disney World would need people to drive to it. Read: For Disney’s workers, the magic doesn’t stop at the gateIn that time, Disney saw attendance and its stock price drop.wftv.com
Disney has the land, but will it build a 5th theme park?
ORLANDO, Fla. — Walt Disney Disney opened its fourth theme park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, in 1998. Since the opening of Animal Kingdom, one question has continued to bubble up -- “Will Disney eventually build a fifth theme park?”Read: Disney hotels helped ensure Central Florida growth“Oh, absolutely. I think we will see a fifth theme park,” author Rick Foglesong said. We have got a lot of property.’ Michael Eisner did a study to identify property that would never be used for a theme park,” Foglesong said. But he said as the tourism market continues to grow, he expects a fifth theme park will eventually become a reality.wftv.com
Here’s how Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival started
BAY LAKE, Fla. — When Walt Disney unveiled his ambitious plans for Central Florida, one of the main components was EPCOT -- which stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. For Disney, EPCOT represented a chance for people to live and work on the cutting edge of technology and innovation. In 1996, the park launched its International Food & Wine Festival, a 30-day event during which the countries represented in the World Showcase feature special dishes and drinks. The special event originated as a way to boost park attendance during the slower season, bridging the gap between summer vacation and the holidays. The special event later expanded to three months long.wftv.com
Animatronic Biden joining Hall of Presidents at Disney World
Forget an inauguration ceremony. The true indicator of having made it as president is being added to the Hall of Presidents at Walt Disney World in Florida, an honor President Joe Biden will soon receive. Disney World officials said Monday that they were putting the finishing touches on the animatronic Biden replica ahead of its debut next month at the Magic Kingdom attraction that features a tableau of the nation's presidents.news.yahoo.com
How many times has Walt Disney World had to close for a hurricane?
ORLANDO, Fla. — When Walt Disney flew over Florida in 1963, he was looking for three things: land, roads and protection from hurricanes. That left Orlando -- located at least 60 miles from either coast, with open land at the interchange of Interstate 4 and Florida’s Turnpike. Walt Disney World opened in 1971 and remained open until Sept. 14, 1999, when it had to close early for Hurricane Floyd. Read: ‘Field of Dreams’ site to finally welcome MLBFive years later, the park would close three times in two months when Florida was hit by hurricanes Charlie, Francis and Jeanne. Since then, the park has been forced to close by a hurricane three more times -- Hurricane Matthew in 2016, Hurricane Irma in 2017 and Hurricane Dorian in 2019.wftv.com
Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary party starts Oct. 1
Disney 50th Anniversary This undated photo provided by Walt Disney World shows Disney characters at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Walt Disney World is planning an 18-month celebration in honor of its 50th anniversary, starting in October 2021. (Matt Stroshane/Walt Disney World via AP) (Matt Stroshane)ORLANDO, Fla. — (AP) — Walt Disney World is planning an 18-month celebration in honor of its 50th anniversary. All four parks at the Lake Buena Vista, Florida, resort will take part in “The World's Most Magical Celebration," beginning Oct. 1, Disney announced Tuesday. Since then, the vacation destination has expanded from Magic Kingdom, to include EPCOT, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. At Animal Kingdom, “Disney KiteTails" will feature performers flying windcatchers and kites at the Discovery River to the beat of favorite Disney songs.wftv.com
Fireworks returning to Disney World in July
Walt Disney World announced Tuesday that fireworks will return to July 1 at Magic Kingdom and Epcot, just in time for the Fourth of July. “A Disney tradition since 1957, fireworks shows are what Walt Disney called the perfect ‘kiss goodnight’ at the close of a magical day, and this summer the skies above Disney theme parks will sparkle with color once more,” Disney said in a blog post. READ: Walt Disney World no longer requires face masks for fully vaccinated guestsAt Magic Kingdom, the Happily Ever After fireworks show, presented by Pandora Jewelry, will transform Cinderella Castle with lights, projections and pyrotechnics “as moments from favorite Disney stories encourage you to grab hold of your dreams and make them come true,” Disney said. READ: Central Florida theme parks returning to normal following COVID-19 pandemic woesSee an announcement video below:The nighttime spectaculars have been on pause since the parks reopened last summer due to the pandemic. Fireworks will also return to Disneyland in California beginning July 4.wftv.com
Biden to meet DACA recipients in immigration overhaul push
President Joe Biden is scheduled to meet Friday with six immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children who benefited from an Obama-era policy that protected them from deportation. The Oval Office meeting comes as Biden looks to press Congress to pass legislation codifying the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that then-President Barack Obama instituted by executive action in 2012, providing limited protections for immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. As a candidate, Biden promised to protect those often described as “dreamers” and their families by reinstating DACA.news.yahoo.com
Disney reveals new details about immersive Star Wars resort, shares video of real-world lightsaber for Star Wars Day
In celebration of Star Wars Day, Walt Disney World announced new details about its intergalactic, immersive 2-day vacation experience, including a new light saber reveal...orlandoweekly.com
Disneyland reopens after COVID-19 forced year-long closure
ANAHEIM, Calif. — When Walt Disney opened the gates to Disneyland on July 17, 1955, he said to the throngs of people who wanted to see the park in person “To all who come to this happy place, welcome. pic.twitter.com/VxyWrVCL0I — Robert Iger (@RobertIger) April 30, 2021So much love from Cast Members today pic.twitter.com/jcLjp7Pl8Y — Disneyland News Today (@dlnt) April 30, 2021Rides have sat unmoving and empty for 412 days, KABC reported. Like Walt Disney World’s opening last year, there will be no fireworks shows and the normal parades have been canceled. Capacity is capped at 25% for Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, KABC reported. Fans will also get their first full look at the new Avengers Campus that had been set to be opened last July, CNBC reported.wftv.com
‘It was just nothing’: 99-year-old recounts Orlando’s transformation from sleepy town to tourist destination
There was no decent store to go to to buy clothes, people would actually go to Georgia to buy clothes. “There was a Woolworths and there were a couple little boutique stores and they would carry maybe eight or nine dresses. Ad“Oh, very involved, because this man gave everything to Winter Park, everything,” said Polasek. “And there are people in Winter Park that have never been there, they drive by it. When she’s not day trading, she’s doing yoga, jazzercise and swimming, and she’s working on plans for her 100th birthday party this summer.
Stocks making the biggest moves in the premarket: Intel, GameStop, ViacomCBS & more
Intel shares rose 4% in premarket trading, while shares of competitor Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM) fell 2.1% following Intel's announcement. GameStop (GME) – GameStop reported quarterly earnings of $1.34 per share, missing forecasts by a penny a share. ViacomCBS (VIAC) – The media company's shares fell another 7% in the premarket after sinking 9.1% Tuesday on news of a $3 billion stock offering. General Mills (GIS) – The food producer fell 2 cents a share shy of Wall Street forecasts, with quarterly earnings of 82 cents per share. Adobe (ADBE) – Adobe beat estimates by 35 cents a share, with quarterly profit of $3.14 per share.cnbc.com
Shares mostly lower in Asia after tech-led drop on Wall St
A man wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index in Hong Kong, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. Stocks were mostly lower Thursday in Asia after weakness in technology companies shares led an overnight decline on Wall Street. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)Stocks were mostly lower Thursday in Asia after weakness in technology companies’ shares led an overnight decline on Wall Street. Benchmarks fell in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney but edged higher in Shanghai. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index slipped 0.5% to 26,364.51 and the Nikkei 225 index in Tokyo gave up 0.3% to 26,735.63.
In seismic shift, Warner Bros. to stream all 2021 films
This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Timothee Chalamet, left, and Rebecca Ferguson in a scene from the upcoming 2021 film "Dune." The move follows Warner Bros.' decision to put “Wonder Woman 1984” on HBO Max in December, along with a concurrent theatrical run. Warner Bros.' move amounts to an acknowledgement that any full rebound for theaters is still a year or more away. Warner Bros. confirmed the films will be available to subscribers with no further charge. After a rocky rollout, HBO Max said in October that nearly 9 million people were using HBO Max, though 29 million had access to the streaming service as part of their HBO subscriptions.
Book Review: Disney fans will enjoy Snow's 'Disney's Land'
Disney knew the importance of characters in storytelling and so does Snow, examining many of the people who helped Disney on his passage from idea to game-changing park. One such character is Buzz Price, who completed some early research on the economic feasibility of Disney’s park. Disney’s focus and self-confidence allowed him to push on despite family and friends who told him that an amusement park was folly. He leveraged everything he owned to build an amusement park the likes of which the world had never seen. Disney fans will enjoy this rendering of the founder and entrepreneurs will find their time well spent inside the covers of Snow’s book.