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  1. OrlandoRising

    Man Accused of Stealing Buzzy's Clothing from Disney World Arrested

    Hi again. I'm the guy who wrote the article linked to earlier (my site used to be called Orlando Rising, now Theme Park Tribune). I've stuck around following this story for 2.5 years now, seems like I have to come on here again to defend my reporting against speculation and the word of insiders...
  2. OrlandoRising

    News New Changes Coming to the Disney Look 2021

    You must have missed the last year of COVID deniers and anti-maskers on here. Why should the opinions of a man who died 55 years ago dictate the standards of dress for anyone in 2021? When Disneyland opened in 1955, would you have forced employees to adhere to dress code or social norms circa...
  3. OrlandoRising

    Covid Vaccine Updates and General Discussion About Vaccines

    Happy to stumble upon this thread. I've posted this before, but my day job is reporting on health misinformation. If your friends and family happen to repeat anti-COVID vaccine myths, feel free to send them to this: The Top COVID-19 Vaccine Myths Spreading Online
  4. OrlandoRising

    Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    Have to account for lagging indicators. You can expect deaths to go up by some amount soon. Even if most new cases are among younger people, the rise is still concerning because A) some of those young people will still be hospitalized and die, B) more opportunities for spread and mutations, and...
  5. OrlandoRising

    News Disneyland Working on Future Master Plan- includes Theme Park Expansions, Retail/Entertainment Space, and More!

    That would help explain why the GardenWalk is so empty and awful.
  6. OrlandoRising

    News Disneyland Working on Future Master Plan- includes Theme Park Expansions, Retail/Entertainment Space, and More!

    That's really the right takeaway here. Long-term zoning changes are the goal here, and there's no time like the present to push them through, considering what the pandemic has done to Anaheim's budget. This is a local matter, not state. Mayor Harry Sidhu already put out a favorable statement...
  7. OrlandoRising

    Masks and Social Distancing Go Away in WDW

    Actually the primary endpoint in all the COVID-19 vaccines' clinical trials was based on symptomatic illness confirmed by a COVID test, You should consider that "mild" COVID-19, as in you show symptoms, feel sick, but don't need to go to the hospital and can recover at home. So those topline...
  8. OrlandoRising

    Portillo’s coming to Disney springs?

    To be fair, the same madness happens with every new Portillo's even up here in Chicago. They all operate with attendants standing in the drive-thru line taking orders with a tablet, rather than waiting for cars to make it to menu board/two-way speaker.
  9. OrlandoRising

    Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    Disney will adhere to whatever CDC guidelines are in place on that date, no matter what fans' or executives' hopes may be. It's far more important for their business that they make guests feel safe, than do away with masks, even if only slightly prematurely, for any reason. Considering their...
  10. OrlandoRising

    Man Accused of Stealing Buzzy's Clothing from Disney World Arrested

    It's a cold case at this point. I continue to check in with OCSO on the status of the case every so often. Every update has remained the same: investigation is still open, Buzzy has not been recovered. No new documents added to the case file in quite a while, as far as my sources have...
  11. OrlandoRising

    Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    Some good news on that front from Pfizer: Pfizer’s vaccine appears to reduce coronavirus transmission Part of the reason masks are still recommended after you've been vaccinated is we don't know about transmission yet, so the vaccinated could unwittingly pass the virus to the unvaccinated...
  12. OrlandoRising

    News 5G Cellular Service Installation Under Way at WDW

    Yikes. This board really has a problem with health misinformation in the past year. Since addressing that is my day job, I'll jump in. The International Commission on Non‐Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), an independent watchdog group that assesses the safety of technology like cell...
  13. OrlandoRising

    Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    Where's the evidence he actually said that? In the ITV interview I saw, he said the COVID-19 virus will be around in some form "probably forever," which is totally different. Almost all infectious disease experts agree that the virus is likely to be endemic, much like the flu, but doesn't mean...
  14. OrlandoRising

    Covid Vaccine Updates and General Discussion About Vaccines

    My intention was not to "come after you," but add some nuance to the discussion about what vaccine to get. These are all fair questions to ask, and I wish there was more emphasis on how the Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J vaccines appear to be fully effective against hospitalization and death from...
  15. OrlandoRising

    Covid Vaccine Updates and General Discussion About Vaccines

    People should consider the differences between the trials. It's not as simplistic as comparing the topline efficacy rate. From STAT News: But comparing efficacy in those vaccines to the efficacy of Johnson & Johnson’s is challenging because of differences in the designs of the Phase 3 clinical...
  16. OrlandoRising

    My comments on Disney's covid precautions (as of 12/21/20)-

    Considering California's current surge, Disneyland would have never opened even if Disney and its allies had convinced the governor to loosen his reopening standards for theme parks. Disney, Disneyland unions, Orange County CA officials, and the theme park lobby were all advocating for a...
  17. OrlandoRising

    Politics Theme Park Reopening Guidelines to be released 10/20/20

    Enlighten me, what evidence do you have that FactCheck.org is in any way an unreliable source?
  18. OrlandoRising

    Politics Theme Park Reopening Guidelines to be released 10/20/20

    You're actually overstating the Florida Republican House Speaker's claim here. He's suggested the death count may have been inflated by 10 percent, not 40 percent as you claim. Even that is dubious, as he's relying on the same "with COVID" vs. "from COVID" misinformation as other claims...
  19. OrlandoRising

    Politics Theme Park Reopening Guidelines to be released 10/20/20

    For those trying to read the tea leaves.... The last time the release of reopening guidelines was imminent, the California Attractions and Parks Association was quick to criticize the proposed rules and asked for them to be delayed. Today was different, as CAPA declined to comment on the...
  20. OrlandoRising

    Coronavirus and Walt Disney World general discussion

    Seems like you’re referring to this misrepresentation of CDC data from this summer. CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund: The epidemic threshold "refers to the point at which the observed proportion of deaths is significantly higher than would be expected at that time of the year in the absence of...
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