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FILE - Park guests enter the Magic Kingdom during the reopening of Walt Disney World, Saturday, July 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Walt Disney Co. reported net income that plummeted dramatically in the third quarter, when it most of its theme parks remained closed and theatrical movie releases were postponed. Net income results were better than the loss analysts expected, however, but revenue missed expectations. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Disney 3Q revenue drops 42%, missing expectations

Aug. 4, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday reported that its net income fell dramatically in the three-month period that ended in June when it most of its theme parks were shuttered and theatrical movie releases were postponed. Still, its bottom-line results were better than analysts expected,...

FILEā€”In this June 3, 2020 file photo, visitors arrive at Universal Studios, in Orlando, Fla. Amusement parks of all sizes are adjusting everything from selling tickets to serving meals while trying to reassure the public and government leaders that they're safe to visit amid the coronavirus crisis and warnings against large gatherings. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Universal Orlando laying off undisclosed number of workers

Aug. 3, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Almost two months after reopening, Universal Orlando is laying off an undisclosed number of workers. Universal spokesman Tom Schroder said in an email Monday that the Florida theme park resort was reducing its workforce “to reflect current priorities and needs." Universal has...

'Class Action Park' created by Shreveport filmmakers

Aug. 1, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Add to the watchlist a whirlwind tale about the tragic and almost unbelievable adventures at a place touted as “The World’s Most Dangerous Amusement Park.” “Class Action Park,” a feature-length documentary about the now-defunct Action Park in New...

A man waits to be tested at the new COVID-19 testing site at Pinellas Community Church on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Residents are required to make an appointment beforehand. A new free testing site opened on Wednesday in south St. Petersburg with the help of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who sent 7,500 tests to seed the site. (Jonah Hinebaugh/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Florida faces pressure, sees record high virus deaths

Jul. 30, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida tallied on Thursday a new record high in daily confirmed COVID-19 deaths for the third straight day as the state faces pressure to outline new measures to combat the pandemic. The Florida Department of Health said 253 more deaths were reported raising the state's total death toll to...

Unruly tourists straining town budget during pandemic

Jul. 30, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Tourists acting like sailors on shore leave are straining town services in Conway, New Hampshire, the town manager said Thursday in seeking federal assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. Tom Holmes was among several municipal, county and state officials who joined U.S. Rep. Chris...

Busch Gardens Williamsburg says it plans to reopen in August

Jul. 30, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — The Virginia amusement park Busch Gardens Williamsburg says it plans to reopen in early August. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Wednesday that the park's parent company did not provide details on exactly when the reopening would be. The park is owned by SeaWorld Entertainment...

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2019, file photo the symbol for Comcast appears on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York. The coronavirus pandemic took a toll on Comcast in the second quarter as movie theaters closed, theme parks shut down and advertisers cut back. The company reported Thursday, July 30, 2020, that its NBCUniversal TV, film and theme park divisions, as well as its Sky unit in Europe, all suffered steep drops in revenue in the April-June quarter.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Pandemic hits Comcast 2Q; Peacock service has 10M sign-ups

Jul. 30, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic took a toll on Comcast in the second quarter as movie theaters closed, theme parks shut down and advertisers cut back. The company reported Thursday that its NBCUniversal TV, film and theme park divisions, as well as its Sky unit in Europe, all suffered steep drops...

The exterior of the Dreamworld theme park is seen on the Gold Coast, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. The company that owns the Australian theme park where four people died on a river rapids ride will plead guilty to charges stemming from the 2016 tragedy, a lawyer said on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. (AAP Image/Darren England)

Australian park owner to plead guilty after 4 die on ride

Jul. 28, 2020 10:13 PM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The company that owns an Australian theme park where four people died on a river rapids ride will plead guilty to charges stemming from the 2016 tragedy, a lawyer said on Wednesday. Two men and two women died in Dreamworld park on Queensland state’s Gold Coast when their...

FILE - In this Thursday, July 2, 2020, file photo, cars drive under a sign greeting visitors near the entrance to Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. A new television show about the residents and caretakers at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom is being produced by National Geographic and will start streaming in the fall of 2020 on the Disney+. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Report: Attendance flat at Disney parks, grows at Universal

Jul. 27, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Attendance at Disney theme parks was flat last year as it limited the number of people allowed in to improve the experience and faced tourism disruptions in Hong Kong, while visits jumped at Universal parks, driven by Harry Potter-themed rides, according to a new report released this...

Animals, caretakers at Disney theme park getting TV show

Jul. 22, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The lions, kangaroos and elephants at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom are ready for their closeups. A new television show about the residents and caretakers at the animal-themed park in Florida is being produced by National Geographic and will start streaming this fall on the...