Amusement and theme parks

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2019 photo, guests watch a show near a statue of Walt Disney and Micky Mouse in front of the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Disney officials said Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, that the iconic Cinderella Castle would be renovated over the next several months. The most noticeable changes will be the addition of gold trim to most of the castle and the darkening of the blue hue on the castle's turrets. Work on the castle will last through the summer. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
February 18, 2020 - 1:13 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Even Cinderella needs an “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." Disney officials said Monday that the iconic Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World in Florida would be renovated over the next several months. The most noticeable changes will be the addition of gold trim to most of...
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FILE - This Friday, March 17, 2019 file photo shows the main entrance to March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, Calif. Nearly 200 Americans evacuated from China because of the new virus are "very relieved' to be quarantined at March Air Reserve Base, a military base in Southern California for two weeks, one of them said Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Amy Taxin, File)
January 31, 2020 - 9:53 pm
RIVERSIDE, California (AP) — Nearly 200 Americans evacuated from China because of the new virus are "very relieved' to be quarantined at a military base in Southern California for two weeks, one of them said Friday. “All of us really want to stay here and make sure we’re all medically clear and the...
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This cover image released by Scribner shows "Disney’s Land: Walt Disney and the Invention of the Amusement Park That Changed the World" by Richard Snow. (Scribner via AP)
December 17, 2019 - 8:48 am
“Disney’s Land: Walt Disney and the Invention of the Amusement Park that Changed the World," Scribner, by Richard Snow Scores of books have been written on Walt Disney and the entertainment colossus he created, but author Richard Snow finds some new running room, delivering an elegantly written...
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Sabrina Piliero, with World Ice Events, practices on the rink at the American Dream mega entertainment and shopping complex in East Rutherford, N.J., Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. After endless fits and starts and billions of dollars spent, American Dream is officially opening its doors to the public as the second largest mall in the country, and third largest in North America. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
October 25, 2019 - 4:46 pm
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — More than two decades ago when a mega entertainment and shopping complex was being conceived on a vast swath of swamp land in New Jersey, the iPhone didn't exist, Amazon was only selling books online and malls were where you went for all your shopping needs. Now, after...
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This undated artist rendering provided by PGAV Destinations shows a depiction of the new SeaWorld and Sesame Workshop theme park, which is scheduled to open in San Diego in 2021. The new 17-acre Sesame Place park will be adjacent to their Sea World San Diego location. (PGAV Destinations via AP)
October 21, 2019 - 11:44 am
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — There are plenty of sunny days to sweep the clouds away where SeaWorld is opening its next theme park. Officials with SeaWorld Entertainment and Sesame Workshop announced Monday that they are opening the country's second Sesame Place park in San Diego in spring 2021. The first...
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In this recent photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society, three male dhole, a species of Asiatic wild dog, that have debuted at the Bronx Zoo, stand in their new habitat adjacent at the zoo in the Bronx borough of New York. The trio, named Roan, Apollo, and Kito, siblings that were born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in 2016, are native to portions of southern and central Asia. (Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society via AP)
October 15, 2019 - 11:13 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A pack of handsome brothers is getting settled at New York's Bronx Zoo. The foxlike wild dogs — called dholes (dohlz) — were born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in 2016. The trio, named Roan, Apollo and Kito, have brownish-red coats dappled with white markings, and bushy tails...
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FILE - In this April 15, 2019, file photo, cars wind their way down Lombard Street in San Francisco. Thousands of tourists could soon be forced to make reservations and pay to drive the famed crooked Lombard Street in San Francisco. California lawmakers approved a bill Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, granting San Francisco the power to establish a toll and reservation system for Lombard Street. The bill still needs Gov. Gavin Newsom's signature. The San Francisco County Transportation Authority has suggested $5 per car weekdays and $10 weekends and holidays. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
September 06, 2019 - 4:13 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands of tourists could soon be forced to make reservations and pay to drive the famous crooked Lombard Street in San Francisco. California lawmakers approved a bill Thursday granting San Francisco the power to establish a toll and reservation system for Lombard Street. The...
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In this Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019 photo, Jessica Armesto holds her one-year-old daughter, Mila's, at their home in Miami. Jessica was hoping that Mila could meet a real-life Minnie Mouse at Disney World before Hurricane Dorian derailed her plans. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Dorian could hit the Florida coast over the weekend as a major hurricane. (AP Photo/Marcus Lim)
August 30, 2019 - 11:05 am
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Force is strong with Disney and Star Wars, but it may be no match for Hurricane Dorian. Expected to make landfall in Florida early next week, Dorian couldn't come at a more inopportune time for Walt Disney World: It just opened "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge," its most...
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Donald Trump Jr., right, son of U.S. President Donald Trump, and Media Nusantara Citra (MNC) Group President and CEO Hary Tanoesoedibjo give thumb up sign as they pose for photographers during a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. U.S. President Trump's son and his Indonesian business partner say a theme park that also features a Trump hotel and condos will no longer have Chinese financing. (AP Photo/Fadlan Syam)
August 13, 2019 - 7:05 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump's son and his Indonesian business partner said Tuesday that a theme park that also features a Trump hotel and condos will no longer have Chinese financing. In a move that alarmed Trump critics, MNC Land, the Indonesian company that is developing...
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Tom Williams, Chairman & CEO Universal Parks & Resorts, answers questions during a press conference at the Orange county Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. Universal Orlando officials announced that the resort is doubling in size with plans for a fourth theme park. (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
August 01, 2019 - 3:05 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Universal Orlando officials said Thursday that the resort is doubling in size with plans for an "epic" fourth theme park, but they offered almost no information on when the new park will open, what it will hold or how much they are spending. The secretive nature of the new park...
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