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  1. IanDLBZF

    Pre-Trip I'm headed back to Disneyland! Solo & San Diego this time too! (February DLR PTR!)

    Alrighty folks, starting another Pre-Trip Report.... This time it's for my return to Disneyland after only 8 years!!!!!! Originally, I had intended to do this last year in November, but my parents and the situation in California prevented me from doing so, and I ended up going up to Atlanta, GA...
  2. IanDLBZF

    Bob Chapek's days as CEO may be numbered

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/bob-chapek-missteps-fuel-confidence-crisis-1235122002/ As Chapek's current contract ends in 11 months, Hollywood Reporter and a number of other sources are starting to doubt his tenure as CEO of TWDC. And given this current situation...
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    Lynx fixed route service changes for December 2021

    Lynx has announced Service Changes that will impact the routes serving Disney. NEW ROUTE Link 312 – Disney Direct/Ocoee (Orange County) – Route will operate from West Oaks Mall SuperStop to Disney Springs via West Colonial Drive, S.R. 429, Winter Garden Village, Winter Garden Vineland Road...
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    IATSE Strike Vote & its impact to the Walt Disney Company

    As some you may be aware, IATSE is conducting a strike vote, and they're urging members to vote FOR the strike. https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/pop-culture-news/about-60-000-hollywood-union-workers-are-voting-whether-authorize-n1280563 If this does go through, then expect major impacts on...
  5. IanDLBZF

    Pre-Trip WDW turns 50, I turn 26, two birthdays in one trip! (October 7-8, 2021)

    Well folks, 4 days before I head for Walt Disney World over the 4th of July, I booked a trip for something I've not done since 2006 - a trip over my birthday!!! That's right! I'll be celebrating my 26th Birthday at Disney! And this time, I'll be spending 2 days, 1 night at Disney's Wilderness...
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    Trip Report Roll the stone away It's Independence Day! (July 3-5)

    Okay folks.... At the beginning of this year, I decided to make it a goal to visit Walt Disney World over Independence Day weekend. Now keep in mind, I've been over New Year's Eve twice, but this is the very first time I am going over Independence Day, plus the first time I will do a weekend...
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    ESPN Layoffs due to COVID

    https://www.wftv.com/news/trending/espn-lays-off-hundreds-employees-citing-covid-19-disruption/YOMJZK5XFVB7BM5EBLGX4ON3VM/
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
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    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.
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    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
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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...
  19. 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 .
  20. 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.
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