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Big announcements from Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA and among them news of a few exciting expansions to Disney Parks. Headlining was most likely the new interactive Star Wars Land which plans to immerse fans into the world of Star Wars complete with Cantina’s and a Millennium Falcon ride. But other expansions are also being made for different fandoms including a Toy Story Land and Avatar’s Pandora.
The D23 Expo would not be complete without some mention of Star Wars; the sci-fi saga represents one of Disney’s biggest cash cows, and the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens made it a guarantee. However, Disney just made an announcement primed to send global Star Wars fans into frenzy.
A tragic accident occurred yesterday afternoon at Walt Disney World in the Exotic Driving Experience attraction.
Under the current rules, those parties with a disabled family member are able to get a Guest Assistance Card, which allows the disabled person and up to six guests to be ushered through a separate “attraction entrance.” The Guest Assistance Card (GAC) will soon be replaced by a new system called the Disabled Assistance System. In the parks, several kiosks will be set up to assist anyone holding a DAS card. The card changeover will occur on October 9.
Disney World is known for going out of their way to make their parks clean, accessible and an enjoyable experience for all of their patrons - from secluded but accessible designated smoking spots to baby stations where parents can feed and change their young ones away from the hustle and bustle of the parks. There are also special entrances at the attractions for disabled visitors...
Those who have never visited Walt Disney World Resort in Florida may be under the misconception that the vacation spot is merely an oversized DIsney-themed amusement park, with a Mickey on every corner and a lot of gift shops and rides in between. Those who have been there any time within the last few decades know better. Among the many reasons Disney World ranks above and beyond so many other family focused vacation spots is Epcot, a theme park on the property that celebrates technology and culture. Epcot celebrates its thirtieth birthday today!
Four-year-old McKenna May has spent more than half of her short life battling leukemia. She was first diagnosed at two and has since undergone numerous aggressive treatments to fight the disease. On the referral of her physician, the little girl was signed up for the Make-A-Wish program, and the charity quickly and generously granted her dream: a trip to Disney World.