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We may not talk about Bruno, but we can see Mirabel at park

Jun. 26, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — We may not talk about Bruno, but we can see Mirabel, live and in person. Mirabel, the star of the animated hit Disney film, “Encanto,” made her in-person debut on Sunday at Walt Disney World in Florida. Character performers...

With new owners, Florida Project motel dwellers must leave

Jun. 25, 2022 12:37 PM EDT

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Residents at a motel along a tourist strip not far from Walt Disney World that was used as the setting for the 2017 film “The Florida Project" were told that they must vacate on short notice because the complex has been sold to another owner. Residents of...

Disney workers trade costumes for yoga pants on Yoga Day

Jun. 21, 2022 10:50 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Disney workers traded their character costumes for yoga pants early Tuesday and planked, did the downward dog and folded into lotus poses at Walt Disney World in Florida to celebrate International Yoga Day. The sunrise celebration has spread to other...

Disney delaying Florida campus but not because of tensions

Jun. 16, 2022 11:13 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. is delaying by more than three years the opening of a campus in central Florida to which 2,000 workers were being relocated from Southern California to work in digital technology, finance and product development. Despite being...

7th member of Special Olympics Haitian delegation is missing

Jun. 13, 2022 08:17 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — A seventh member of the Haitian delegation for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games has gone missing while visiting central Florida for the athletic competitions, authorities said. The Osceola County Sheriff's Office said Louis Jacques Wilguens was last...

Small businesses are facing ‘summer of uncertainty’

Jun. 10, 2022 10:09 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses that depend on outdoor crowds and free-spending tourists aren’t sure what to expect this summer. Consumers likely have a lot of pent-up demand after more than two years of the pandemic. But they’re also facing some significant...

Review: Chaos reigns in ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’

Jun. 08, 2022 15:16 PM EDT

The enduring, collective love for “Jurassic Park” is immensely hard to explain. Steven Spielberg’s 1993 film implanted itself into our cultural consciousness as a kind of platonic ideal of a blockbuster. And it wasn’t just the 10-year-olds having a formative experience at the movie theater....

Jekyll Island board weighs increase in cost of annual passes

Jun. 05, 2022 11:00 AM EDT

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — The board that oversees a popular Georgia state park is weighing a 36% increase in the cost of annual passes. A committee of the Jekyll Island Authority has approved raising the cost of annual passes to the island from $55 to $75, The Brunswick News...

Celtics reach NBA Finals, hold off Heat 100-96 in Game 7

May. 30, 2022 00:34 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Not this time. After being thwarted on the doorstep of the NBA Finals three other times in the previous five seasons, the Boston Celtics have broken through. The beasts of the East, again. And now a chance at an NBA title awaits. Eastern...

Canyon Coaster Adventure Park now open in northern Arizona

May. 29, 2022 10:58 AM EDT

WILLIAMS, Ariz. (AP) — There’s an air of suspense hanging over the new Canyon Coaster Adventure Park in Williams. It starts with a sign by the front entrance — “Bar Coming Soon!” — and continues up the steps by the ticket booth. The guardrails stand at...