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    COVID-19 and Theme Parks: Latest Updates

    The COVID-19 novel coronavirus that began in Asia has spread to America, and has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). Obviously, there are more critical public health concerns right now than theme parks. However, for the millions of guests who were planning on visiting attractions this season, not to mention the employees who depend on

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    Life Day Launches 2020 Holiday Celebrations at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

    There’s one day each year when family and friends gather to exchange gifts, share songs, and celebrate around a ceremonial tree. We’re talking, of course, about Life Day—the Star Wars-inspired holiday celebrated on November 17—which served as an unofficial kickoff to the 2020 holiday season at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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    Universal Orlando Celebrates the 2020 Holidays with Macy’s and the Grinch

    COVID-19 has changed many of this year’s traditional holiday events, but guests at Universal Orlando can still celebrate the season with Macy’s and the Grinch, albeit with a bit of social distancing. We checked out the opening weekend of the 2020 Holidays at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, and we have brought you this guide to enjoying the

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    Celebrate an Irish Christmas at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant

    Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant at Disney Springs Landing is set to celebrate the holidays with a traditional Irish Christmas dinner throughout the day on December 25. On the menu is butter- and herb-roasted turkey, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, duck fat roasties, honey-glazed carrots, bacon-braised Brussels sprouts, sausage-and-walnut stuffing, and red wine jus with cranberry sauce.   You can book the socially distanced

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    The World of Theme-Park Rides: Part I

    Bob Sehlinger, coauthor of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World and founder of The Unofficial Guides Series, in a series of two articles, takes us on a tour of the world of theme-park rides. Today’s installment is about the evolution of non-coaster thrill rides.  Though Disney changed the vernacular to “attractions” and “adventures,” we’re really talking about rides. They are

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    Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Celebrates a Socially Distanced Christmas 2020

    The pandemic has put many people’s traditional holiday plans on pause this year, but the season is still merry and bright at Walt Disney World, where the Magic Kingdom officially kicked off its socially distanced Christmas 2020 celebration on November 6th.