DeSantis appointees bury the hatchet with Disney by approving new development deal

ORLANDO, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis’ appointees on Wednesday gave final approval to an agreement that buries the hatchet between Disney and the governing district for Walt Disney World, which the Florida governor took over after the company two years ago publicly opposed a state law critics dubbed “Don’t Say Gay.” The five DeSantis-appointed board … Read more

With deal done, Disney withdraws lawsuit, ending last conflict with DeSantis and his appointees

ORLANDO, Fla. — Disney asked a federal appellate court to dismiss its lawsuit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday, a day after his appointees approved a deal with the company on how Walt Disney World will be developed over the next two decades, ending the last piece of conflict between the two sides. The … Read more

Attraction starring Disney’s first Black princess replaces ride based on film many viewed as racist

ORLANDO, Fla. — A new attraction starring the first Black Disney princess is opening at the company’s U.S. theme park resorts, and some Disney followers see it as a fitting replacement to a former ride based on a movie that contained racist tropes. The new theme park attraction updates Tiana’s storyline from the 2009 animated … Read more

Now that the fight with DeSantis appointees has ended, Disney set to invest $17B in Florida parks

ORLANDO, Fla. — Months after Disney and Gov. Ron DeSantis’ appointees agreed to end a protracted legal fight, the two sides are set to approve an agreement that could result in the company investing $17 billion into its Florida resort and opens the door to a fifth major theme park at Walt Disney World. The … Read more

Fire destroys part of Legoland theme park in Denmark, melting famed building replicas

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A fire believed to have been caused by a short circuit has destroyed part of Miniland, a section of the Legoland theme park in western Denmark with replicas of famous buildings made of Lego bricks, the park said Wednesday. Video surveillance showed that the fire started in one of the electric cars … Read more

Disneyland character and parade performers in California vote to join labor union

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Disneyland performers who help bring Mickey Mouse, Cinderella and other beloved characters to life at the Southern California resort chose to unionize following a three-day vote culminating on Saturday. The Actors’ Equity Association labor union said in a statement Saturday that cast members for the parades and characters departments at Disney’s theme … Read more

California Disney characters are unionizing decades after Florida peers. Hollywood plays a role

ORLANDO, Fla. — During three years of working as a parade performer at the Disneyland Resort in Southern California, Zach Elefante always has had a second or third job to help him earn a living. Unlike the experiences of his peers at Disney’s parks in Orlando, Florida, where there is a much smaller talent pool, … Read more

Southern California city council gives a key approval for Disneyland expansion plan

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Visitors to Disney’s California parks could one day walk through the snow-covered hamlet of Arendelle from “Frozen” or the bustling, critter-filled metropolis of “Zootopia” under a park expansion plan approved by the Anaheim City Council. Disney would spend at least $1.9 billion over the next decade to transform its 490-acre (488-hectare) … Read more

Disney allowed to pause its federal lawsuit against Florida governor as part of settlement deal

ORLANDO, Fla. — An appellate court on Monday granted Disney’s request for a two-month pause in a federal lawsuit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his appointees to Walt Disney World’s governing district after the two sides reached a settlement on separate litigation in state court. Disney’s request last Friday to the federal appellate court … Read more

Attorneys try to stop DeSantis appointees from giving depositions in Disney lawsuit

ORLANDO, Fla. — Attorneys for the Walt Disney World governing district taken over last year by Gov. Ron DeSantis’ allies don’t want the governor’s appointees answering questions under oath as part of its state lawsuit against Disney. District attorneys on Monday filed a motion for a protective order that would stop the DeSantis-appointed board members … Read more