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  1. IanDLBZF

    ESPN Layoffs due to COVID

    https://www.wftv.com/news/trending/espn-lays-off-hundreds-employees-citing-covid-19-disruption/YOMJZK5XFVB7BM5EBLGX4ON3VM/
  2. IanDLBZF

    Observation - Cultural Reps are back in limited capacity

    I am at Epcot currently and I have noticed a number of locations (eg some Food kiosks, Mitsukoshi, etc) have cultural reps staffing them, though albeit in limited numbers. This may be a sign of promising news for World Showcase fans. Note that most ops in World Showcase are being run by US cast.
  3. IanDLBZF

    News Best Western Lake Buena Vista at Disney Springs CLOSED PERMANENTLY!

    This just in: Apparently, the Best Western Lake Buena Vista at Disney Springs which has been closed due to the pandemic since March has CLOSED permanently. No reason or explanation given as to why.
  4. IanDLBZF

    Universal Studios Hollywood & Universal Orlando Resort to close amid COVID-19 concerns

    https://deadline.com/2020/03/coronavirus-universal-studios-closes-disneyland-comcast-1202881756/ Universal Studios Hollywood will apparently be joining Disneyland by closing due to COVID-19 concerns.
  5. IanDLBZF

    Major changes coming to Disney Springs Direct Lynx Buses coming in April

    Lynx, who operates the Disney Springs Direct buses used by CMs has announced intents to make major service changes to Links 300, 301, 302, and 304. These can be found here: http://www.golynx.com/news-events/lynx-to-hold-public-hearings-and-workshops-for-april-2020-service-proposal.stml
  6. IanDLBZF

    News ‘The Muppets Present… Great Moments in History’ Returns for a Limited Run in February

    https://blogmickey.com/2020/01/the-muppets-present-great-moments-in-history-returns-for-a-limited-run-in-february The show will return February 15-17, likely in response to President's Day crowds.
  7. IanDLBZF

    News More attraction parts missing

    Orlando Sentinel reporting that more attraction parts were stolen, this time from Magic Kingdom. Not sure if the same guy who stole Buzzy was involved though. https://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/tourism/os-cfb-disney-missing-items-20191010-l2h422r7wfbhrgbvkho263m43u-story.html
  8. IanDLBZF

    Trip Report A second December trip?! On New Year's Eve too?! (12/30/2019-1/1/2020 TR)

    This trip has been something on my bucket list for quite some time. My parents have told me for years that I "shouldn't go on New Year's Eve." But that's soon all about to change...... You see, I not only have a trip planned for 12/6-12/7, but also for 12/30-1/1! This will be the VERY FIRST...
  9. IanDLBZF

    FP+ and AP renewal from Gold to Platinum

    Ok, I have a WDW trip planned for New Year's Eve, and my current (FL Resident Gold) AP expires in January and the renewal window starts in November. My intent is that I am renewing as Platinum and not Gold, and was curious to know how FP+ would work under this circumstance? Would I still be able...
  10. IanDLBZF

    Joe Rhode wins the 2019 Lowell Thomas award!

    Joe Rhode will be receiving the Lowell Thomas award for 2019 from The Explorer's Society! He will be honored alongside four other awardees. This is a big victory for him IMHO.
  11. IanDLBZF

    Disney fraud investigation being launched by former Louisiana Attorney General

    https://boundingintocomics.com/2019/09/18/former-louisiana-attorney-general-charles-foti-launches-investigation-into-accounting-fraud-allegations-against-disney/ Wouldn’t be surprised if this leads to criminal charges against company executives.
  12. IanDLBZF

    Pre-Trip The first Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party I've done since 2017! (12/6-12/7/2019)

    Hi everyone! It's been a while since I've posted a trip report here. I've been WAY TOO busy. I've been busy not just with college (having graduated in May 2018). My Platinum AP expired in March 2018 and didn't renew that, but did do three trips to WDW afterwords. Then come Christmas 2018, I...
  13. IanDLBZF

    Cape May has an automated check-in booth

    From blogmickey... https://blogmickey.com/2019/09/automated-reservation-check-in-system-piloted-at-cape-may-cafe/ Fyi, this system WILL NOT be replacing the podium cast member. It is only supplementing .
  14. IanDLBZF

    SeaWorld laid off 100 call center employees

    https://www.mynews13.com/fl/orlando/news/2019/09/16/seaworld-lays-off-orlando-call-center-employees Just happened yesterday.
  15. IanDLBZF

    Balloons stuck on top of Cinderella Castle!

    From BlogMickey's Twitter feed.... I'm just curious as to how this happened? Come to think of it they're about to start dreamlights work so hopefully this issue should be resolved as soon as possible.
  16. IanDLBZF

    Rumor Soundsational Returning to Disneyland!

    According to a recent post on DisneyAuditions, it appears Soundsational is heading BACK to Disneyland Resort soon! Disney has yet to release further details at this point.
  17. IanDLBZF

    Significant Changes to Whispering Canyon Cafe

    According to Doctor Disney and various mentions over on Twitter and other methods of social media, it appears the hi-jinks and shenanigans over at Whispering Canyon Cafe have come to an end. Per the official WDWToday Twitter account, they did indeed mention that this was the end of the...
  18. IanDLBZF

    Woman says she felt fat-shamed at Islands of Adventure ride

    From the desk of Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV.... A woman felt she was discriminated based on her weight at Universal Orlando Resort. This is really terrible considering that Universal is a big competitor against Disney...
  19. IanDLBZF

    ESPN President forced to resign by cocaine extortion plot

    According to the NY Post, ESPN President John Skipper was forced to resign after he was extorted by a person he brought cocaine from, per an interview in the Hollywood Reporter. Ex-President Skipper claimed he never used cocaine at work in ESPN and only had used it infrequently in the past 20...
  20. IanDLBZF

    Very sad news from yesterday

    Yesterday morning, a tour bus carrying band students from a high school in Texas plunged into a ravine on I-10 in Alabama. Sadly, the driver of the bus was killed. About 40 students and 6 adults were on the bus. The NTSB and the tour agency are investigating into the incident...
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