Latest Amusement and theme parks News

A view of Cinderella Castle from Seven Seas Lagoon in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. The Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that it is planning to lay off 28,000 workers in its theme parks division in California and Florida. The company has been squeezed by limits on attendance at its parks and other restrictions due to the pandemic. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Disney World lays off 720 performers because of pandemic

Oct. 28, 2020 2:21 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — With many of its live entertainment shows gone dark because of the coronavirus, Walt Disney World on Wednesday laid off 720 actors and singers, according Actors' Equity Association, the labor union representing the performers. Only 60 Equity performers are working or returning...

In this image provided by Walt Disney World, white rhinoceros Kendi, left, shows off a baby male rhino she gave birth to Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, at Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The baby rhino was the result of a Species Survival Plan overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to ensure the responsible breeding of endangered species. (Walt Disney World via AP)

It's a boy -- a big boy. White rhino born at Disney World

Oct. 26, 2020 11:27 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It's a boy — a big boy. A 150-pound (68-kilogram) white rhinoceros was born at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World in Florida over the weekend. The as-yet-named rhino was born to Kendi, who was the first white rhinoceros born at the animal theme park back in...

FILE - In this file March 18, 2020, file phootom one of the normally bustling entrances to the Disneyland resort is vacant due to the coronavirus closure in Anaheim, Calif. State health officials announced strict new rules for reopening theme parks on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, attractions spanning from Disneyland to Universal Studios are now bracing for an even longer shutdown, and so are the surrounding communities lined with hotels, restaurants and shops devoted to visitors who no longer walk their streets. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

California theme park closures hit jobs, shops, budget

Oct. 22, 2020 1:00 AM EDT

California's amusement parks have been pining to reopen for months, hoping to bring back thousands of workers sent home in March when the coronavirus pandemic forced them to close their gates. Now that state health officials announced strict new rules for reopening the parks, attractions spanning from Disneyland...

Sports complex planned at former Mississippi water park site

Oct. 21, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A sports complex is being planned at the site of a former water park near Mississippi's capital city, according to officials. P360 Performance Sports announced Tuesday a project under development for the property where Rapids on the Reservoir park once operated at the Ross Barnett...

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2020, file photo, empty seats are shown at Levi's Stadium during the first half of an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals in Santa Clara, Calif. California health officials announced Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, that they will allow a limited number of fans to attend professional sporting events in counties with lower rates of transmission of the coronavirus. That includes Santa Clara County, home to the San Francisco 49ers professional football team, but health officials there said they won't allow fans at such events anytime soon. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

California will allow fans at pro sports but not Disneyland

Oct. 20, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will let fans back in outdoor stadiums for pro sporting events in counties with low coronavirus infection rates but isn’t ready to allow Disneyland and other major theme parks to reopen, the state's top health official said Tuesday. San Francisco and neighboring...

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2020, file photo, California Gov. Gavin talks about the importance of wearing a face mask during a news conference at Sierra Orchards walnut farm in Winters, Calif. California won't allow any distribution of new coronavirus vaccines in the nation’s most populous state until it is reviewed by the state’s own panel of experts, Gov. Newsom said, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020.  (Renée C. Byer/The Sacramento Bee via AP, Pool, File)

California's feared surge of virus cases hasn't happened

Oct. 19, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Near the end of September, with coronavirus cases falling and more schools and businesses reopening, Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration urged restraint, citing a statistical model that predicted a startling 89% increase in virus hospitalizations in the next month. That hasn't...

Parts of New England experience first significant snowfall

Oct. 17, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

Many residents of northern New England got an early taste of winter with a blanket of snow on Saturday. It was the first widespread, significant snowfall of the season in the region, and the heavy, wet snow caused some power outages, said Derek Schroeter, meteorologist from the National Weather Service in Gray,...

FILE - In this July 2, 2020, file photo, people wear masks while walking on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk during the coronavirus outbreak in Santa Cruz, Calif. California is easing its coronavirus restrictions to allow multi-family gatherings outdoors as infection rates and the number of deaths have leveled off at levels not seen since the early stages of the pandemic. Up to three families can gather so long as they follow other safety precautions designed to stem the spread of the virus, under the new guidelines from the California Department of Public Health. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

California rules now allow for 3 households to socialize

Oct. 12, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is easing its coronavirus restrictions to allow up to three households to socialize outdoors, an expansion of rules aimed at people tempted to have even larger gatherings around Halloween, Thanksgiving and end-of-year holidays, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday. Three...

The Los Angeles Lakers players celebrate after the Lakers defeated the Miami Heat 106-93 in Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The NBA offseason begins, with 1 major question: Now what?

Oct. 12, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The season’s first big development came with the Los Angeles Lakers on a long road trip, in a place with very restrictive rules. The season’s last big development came with the Lakers on a longer road trip, in a place with very restrictive rules. From China to...

AJ Allmendinger stands beside his trophy after winning a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

AJ Allmendinger wins Xfinity race at rain-soaked Charlotte

Oct. 10, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — AJ Allmendinger splashed his way through a torrential rainstorm that turned Charlotte Motor Speedway into a slip-and-slide Saturday to win the Xfinity Series race on the hybrid road course-oval “Roval." Allmendinger won for the second time this season in 10 starts for Kaulig...