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News Brief: Updates for November 5

Maelstrom's displaced trolls file grievance Union officials representing trolls displaced by the reworking of Epcot's Maelstrom ride into Frozen Ever After have filed a formal grievance against the Walt Disney World Resort. The grievance lists several issues, including that the new attraction is not actually about Norway (the pavilion in which it is located), and that non-union trolls were brought in for the Frozen ride. No arbitration date has been set. Test Track rider ticketed for speeding Orange County deputies issued a traffic citation for "Unsafe ... Read more
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12 annoying things people do at Disney Parks

We've all been there -- we pay big bucks for our theme park vacation, and then we find our Disney-induced coma of happiness interrupted by some yahoo who thinks they also paid big bucks to be there, or a gung-ho cast member on a power trip just "enforcing the rules." Special guest writer and longtime Disney fan Sal Antonino of Fort Lee, New Jersey, shares his biggest annoyances: 12. Cheerful people - Hey, when I'm at Disney, I can get cranky. I ... Read more
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Attraction Spotlight: The Muppets Present: Great Moments in the History of Ballbearings

Note: "Attraction Spotlight" is an ongoing series of articles telling the history of favorite theme park attractions.  Everyone loves the Muppets, and the success of The Muppets Present: Great Moments in American History has proven that any topic can be made entertaining with snarky humor and glorified sock puppets. "Great Moments," which debuted in the Magic Kingdom's Liberty Square in October 2016, was an instant success. Guests gathered multiple times a day to hear Kermit and his friends tell the story of the ride ... Read more
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Magic Kingdom to get VIP parking lot – lagoon temporarily drained

For months now, guests have observed survey work at the entrance to the Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, but the Disney Company has kept a tight lid on information about the reasons for it. Now, though, they have finally come forward to announce that a new parking garage will be built at the entrance to the Magic Kingdom. As far as parking garages go, Disney has tossed down the gauntlet on the design, which will feature a ... Read more
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News Brief: Updates for October 29

Disney Dream damaged while Captain's teenage son "practicing" Disney Cruise Line confirmed today that the damage caused on September 30 to the Disney Dream (pictured above) was due to the cruise ship's captain allowing his son to "practice parallel parking." Company spokesmen refused to comment on any potential discipline, citing employee confidentiality. The damage has been repaired. Doc's medical credentials questioned Documents have surfaced indicating that Doc from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs never actually completed medical school. In a statement, the Disney Company ... Read more