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The site of the next Disney park! Photo by risemeagain [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia.

New park announced: Disneyland Wuhan!

Don't worry. The WHO has given their okay. (And Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and the Rolling Stones.) WUHAN, CHINA -- Details are unclear at the moment (it's not easy to get any reliable information out of China) but apparently Disney will soon start construction on their third China-based theme park. Yes, Disneyland Wuhan will soon open its doors to the public! The park will be the fifth Disney park on mainland Asia, joining Shanghai Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland, Disneyland Escanaba and Pyongyang ... Read more
The Hawkins family, desparately trying to unpause the video. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

Family gets stuck on YouTube “virtual ride” of it’s a small world

For one family, Disney's virtual boat ride becomes a nightmare. HOUSTON, TX -- Jason and Michelle Hawkins, like so many other parents, had to cancel their family's Disney vacation due to the COVID-19 outbreak. But their attempt to reclaim the magic for their kids using YouTube ride videos went awry. They discovered the dangers of virtual park visits when their ride got stuck. The Houston couple found the Disney Parks YouTube page and found virtual ride-throughs of several rides. They parked their three ... Read more
Disney Fabulous Five - Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto - dressed as their new theming requires, in pinstripe suits for the transition from the Mickey Mouse Club to the Mickey Mouse Mafia. Goofy has a Tommy gun

Mickey Mouse Club rethemed to Mickey Mouse Mafia

Controversial changes to the Fab Five and the Mickey Mouse Club. BURBANK, CA -- The Roaring 20s are back, after almost a century. With pandemics, division, and cynicism all around, darker approaches to storytelling are all the rage. Even popular, positive characters are being given gritty reboots. (See, for example, the recent Batman and Superman movies, and the upcoming Revenge of Mary Poppins.) It stands to reason that the executives at Disney are exploring some new theming options for its main characters. With the ... Read more
Prototype of new Disney walk-through hand sanitizer tank. Photo courtesy freeskins.co.

Disney buying “walk-through vats of hand sanitizer” for park reopenings

It's "the easiest way to stop our guests from bringing disease." BURBANK, CA -- While many companies are retooling to create masks or ventilators, the Disney Company is going a different route. They have contracted with several manufacturers to build hundreds of "walk-through submersion vats." "We're just looking ahead, to try to get the parks open as soon as possible," says Disney (the company) spokesperson Jun Disney (no relation). "Even before this Chinese virus, we've always known the biggest 'ick' factor on our ... Read more
A much, MUCH cheaper Walt Disney World vacation. Photo by Julian Tysoe [CC-BY-2.0] via Wikimedia.

Parents discover YouTube videos of Disney parks: “No need to go there!”

It's the next best thing to being there. LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Darlene Burke, a Little Rock mother of four, has changed her mind about going to Walt Disney World. And not just for the short term. "We had a trip planned for May, after the kids got out of school," Burke explains. "But with this virus thingy, Steve (her husband) and I decided to cancel while we could. Sure, the kids were disappointed -- us, too -- but they understood when we ... Read more