Officials Investigating Electrical Incident at Volcano Bay

Universal Orlando admitted workers and customers received electric shocks at Volcano Bay water theme park after employees had been hospitalized.

Universal Studios’ Orlando, Florida resort’s Volcano Bay water theme park closed early on Sunday after several customers and workers complained of electric shocks and the Orlando Fire Department transported four patients to area hospitals.

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Hepatitis A Found in Food Service Worker at Walt Disney World Dinner Show

Case of hepatitis A has been confirmed in food service worker at Walt Disney World dinner show, health officials said.

A worker at the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Fort Wilderness Campground contracted hepatitis A, according to officials with the Florida Department of Health.

The case was reported on January 24. The Health Department’s epidemiology staff in Orange County confirmed the case in the lab. The department has been working with Disney World to provide vaccines to staff members since last week. There is no information whether guests were affected.

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Disney Buys Almost 1,000 Acres of Land Just South of Walt Disney World

New rumors arose: Disney is up to something. The Walt Disney Company purchased 965 acres of land southeast of Celebration, property records show. It is unclear what Disney plans to do with the newly purchased land.

According to recently filed documents, the company has purchased the site of the BK Ranch from Florida-based BFT Capital Corp. in Osceola County for $23 million. A deed shows the sale was finalized last Thursday. The land Disney purchased is located just southeast of Disney World, only 10 miles away, near Celebration, a master-planned community.

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New Hotel Tower ‘The Cove’ is Headed to Disney World

It looks like the rumors have been confirmed. After months of speculation, Marriott confirmed that it was planning a third resort hotel at Walt Disney World next to its Swan and Dolphin hotels. 

It was only clear that the new project would focus on business travelers, with meeting spaces and business suites. Nearly half of the 343 rooms in the new hotel will be business suites. The hotel will provide more professional meeting space with built-in AV systems, large conference tables, and other meeting-focused amenities.

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Ringling Bros Closes ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ after 146 Years

After 146 years, Ringling Bros will close the iconic “Greatest Show on Earth.”
Employees were told the sad news a few days ago in Orlando. Its last performance is scheduled for May 21 at the Nassau Coliseum. The circus will have 30 more performances. Some of them will be in Atlanta, Washington, Boston, and Philadelphia. Other stops on the show’s last tour include Long Island and Brooklyn.
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Avatar Land is Taking Shape at Animal Kingdom in Orlando

800px-Rainforest_-_Liffey_Falls_2008_-_aSlated to be Animal Kingdom’s largest expansion in history, Avatar Land which is currently under construction, is scheduled to open in 2017. The massive project that is a collaborative partnership between Disney and Lightstorm Entertainment was announced in 2011 and the construction works started in 2014.

Walt Disney Imagineering has recently revealed details of the design of the new attraction, called Pandora, the mythical land based on the wildly popular movie Avatar. Continue reading “Avatar Land is Taking Shape at Animal Kingdom in Orlando”

A Farewell to Mickyard: Walt Disney World Speedway Closing in June

800px-California_Speedway,_NEXTEL_CupThe Orlando motor sports track, Walt Disney World Speedway, will close in late June, officially confirmed Petty Holdings, operator of Richard Petty Driving Experience and Exotic Driving Experience. Walt Disney World is planning to use the land to make “transportation improvements”. Further details on what happens from there were not provided and exactly what Disney plans to do with the land remains unclear. Rumours say a new parking lot for the area south of the Magic Kingdom would be built there.

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Living in Disney World

Golden-Oak1Disney World is a place which every child wants to visit. And after seeing it – dreams to stay there. And not just every little kid, I mean child-at-heart grownups too. For almost two years now some grownups have a chance to make their dream come true.

The Golden Oak Gated Community is the only place in the world where homeowners actually live on Disney park property. 980 acres have been set aside for the company to build up to 450 homes at Lake Buena Vista – some within eyesight of the famous Cinderella Castle fireworks. Approximately 100 homes are already built and most of them are sold. Owning a place in the „happiest place in the world” does not come cheap. Prices are between $1,7 and 7 million and annual fees of as much as $12K  but many would say it is worth it. disney-cinderella-castleThe perks include park passes, door-to-park transportation, extended hours for visiting attractions such as the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, and a 17,000-square-foot clubhouse with a restaurant and concierge. Residents also will have access to some of the amenities, including the spa and dining rooms at the $370 million, 444-room Four Seasons resort scheduled to open in Golden Oak next summer. And for some die-hard Disney fans, having a view to Cinderella’s Castle is all they need.