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Theme Park Bits: Walt Disney World Reopening, Epic Universe Delayed, and More

In this edition of Theme Park Bits: Major Orlando-area resorts are opening back up soon. Disney CEO Bob Chapek shared scant details about enforcing new policies. And more! First, the good news. As you have no doubt already heard, Walt Disney World in Orlando has submitted a reopening proposal to the Orange County Task Force. Unlike Universal Studios Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando, both of which are planning to reopen in the next few days, Disney is taking its time: the Magic Kingdom and Disn...
Tags: Asia, Hong Kong, Movies, Disney, Cnn, Nintendo, Theme Parks, Universal, Bob, West Coast, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Epcot, Orlando, Universal Studios, Gavin Newsom


Killer Cop Derek Chauvin’s Wife Files for Divorce, Says She’s “Devastated” by George Floyd’s Death

The wife of the former Minneapolis police officer who was arrested for the murder of George Floyd says she’s “devastated” by the killing and is filing for divorce. “This evening, I spoke with Kellie Chauvin and her family,” read a statement from Sekula Law Offices Friday evening (May 29) just hours after Chauvin’s arrest. “She is devastated by Mr. Floyd’s death and her utmost sympathy lies with his family, with his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy. She has filed for diss...
Tags: News, Minneapolis, Divorce, Jazz, Laos, Orlando, Derek, Floyd, St Paul Pioneer Press, Hennepin County, Oakdale Minnesota, Kellie, Windermere, Minneapolis Police Department, Minnesota America, Chauvin


Team Biden on Klobuchar: ‘We Need to Avoid Her’

In recent weeks, Sen. Amy Klobuchar has positioned herself as a leading contender in the race to join former Vice President Joe Biden on the Democratic ticket. But growing civil unrest in her home state of Minnesota in response to the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of a white police officer—and renewed scrutiny of her record as the top prosecutor in the state’s largest county—appears to have severely hampered her ambition to be the Democratic Party’s vice presidential nominee.“Vertig...
Tags: Florida, News, Minnesota, Minneapolis, Joe Biden, House, New York Times, Amy Klobuchar, Associated Press, Biden, Naacp, Msnbc, Donald Trump, Los Angeles Times, South Carolina, South


Disney World Cancels All Ride and Dining Reservations, Universal Plans Hotel Reopening

As we near the summer re-openings of Disney Parks and Universal Orlando, we’re getting more information about how the theme parks will change procedures to protect the health and safety of their guests amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. When the Walt Disney World Resort reopens next month (depending on Florida governor approval), it will debut a new theme park reservation system that requires all guests to make a new reservation to visit in advance, effectively canceling all prio...
Tags: Florida, Movies, Disney, Theme Parks, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Disney World, Walt Disney World Resort, Hard Rock Hotel, Disney Resort, Orlando Resort, Universal Orlando, Surfside Inn, Disney Parks and Universal Orlando, Disney World Reservations Canceled, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel


Uber latest features lets riders book by the hour and make multiple stops

Uber is bringing a new feature to the U.S. that lets users book rides for $50 an hour and make multiple stops as the ride-hailing company tries to respond to changing consumer needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The hourly booking feature, which is already available in a handful of international cities in Australia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, will launch in a dozen U.S. cities beginning Monday. The product will be available in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Orlando, Ta...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Europe, Australia, Africa, Tech, Atlanta, Chicago, Automotive, Middle East, Transport, Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, Houston, Orlando


Uber’s latest feature lets riders book by the hour and make multiple stops

Uber is bringing a new feature to the U.S. that lets users book rides for $50 an hour and make multiple stops as the ride-hailing company tries to respond to changing consumer needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The hourly booking feature, which is already available in a handful of international cities in Australia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, will launch in a dozen U.S. cities beginning Monday. The product will be available in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Orlando, Tampa ...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Europe, Australia, Africa, Tech, Atlanta, Chicago, Automotive, Middle East, Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, Orlando, Tampa Bay, Australia Africa Europe


"Racial tragedies stoke pressure on Joe Biden to pick a nonwhite running mate."

A WaPo headline. The photo at the top shows Biden, at a debate, next to Kamala Harris. I was trying to think of a word to describe his gesture and demeanor. I could only think of "mansplaining." Is there a word "whitesplaining"? There's got to be.Against this backdrop [the "explosive incidents involving race and police violence"], several nonwhite prospects have emerged from the pack. Top Biden allies see Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), who is African American and Indian, as a leading contende...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Police, Wikipedia, Georgia, Joe Biden, Biden, Kamala Harris, Orlando, Calif, Duckworth, Orlando Sentinel, Baton Rouge, Daley, WaPo, Fla


Area Attractions: WonderWorks Orlando Re-Opening

After being closed for two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WonderWorks Orlando announces that it will be reopening on May 29, 2020. “WeBrought to you by: Frugal Focus
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"I Want to Work with the Listing Agent" - Types of Relationships in Florida

It seems like we are hearing this more and more from home buyers that contact us about a property for sale. Perhaps they are getting this from real estate TV shows like Million Dollar Listing. Most home buyers are not familiar with the intricacies of agency representation, nor do they know the difference between a buyer’s agent and seller’s agent. They typically just view the person they contact about a property or the one they meet at an open house as an “agent.” Buyers who seek out the l...
Tags: Florida, Radio, Mls, Orlando, Sarasota, Marc Rasmussen, Florida Agency


Walt Disney World In Orlando Sets July Reopening Dates

“[The] Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom plan to open again on July 11, while Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will resume business on July 15. SeaWorld, meanwhile, will reopen to the public on June 11. … New requirements include temperature checks upon arrival, physical distancing, enhanced cleaning, hand-washing and sanitizing stations and ‘limited-contact enhancements,’ such as contactless payments and mobile orders at restaurants.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Disney, Seaworld, Walt Disney World, Epcot, Issues, Orlando, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, 05.27.20


Which Dolphins Player Has the Most to Prove in 2020?

“The BigO” Orlando Alzugaray of SiriusXM Mad Dog Sports Radio talks about what Miami Dolphins Player has the most to prove in 2020.   BE SURE TO FOLLOW ORLANDO ALZUGARAY'S YOUTUBE PAGE:CLICK HERE BE SURE TO FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK:CLI
Tags: News, US, Miami Dolphins, Orlando, Orlando Alzugaray


‘Reunited Apart’ is Getting the Fellowship Back Together with a ‘Lord of the Rings’ Reunion

Josh Gad‘s web show Reunited Apart has been attempting to keep everyone’s mind off of these unprecedented times by reuniting pop-culture figures from some beloved movies. The series started with The Goonies and continued with Back to the Future and Splash. Gad is keeping things going with a Lord of the Rings reunion, which promises to bring together Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom, and more of the cast of the hit trilogy. Reunited Apart Lord of the Rings Trailer Jos...
Tags: Movies, Youtube, Fantasy, Andy Serkis, Jackson, Peter Jackson, Tolkien, Orlando, Josh-Gad, Gad, Sean Astin, Lord-of-the-Rings, Reunited Apart, Elijah Wood Ian McKellen Sean Astin Orlando Bloom, Will Gad


Here’s what the NBA is weighing as it tries to return to play

Editor’s note: This is the Tuesday, May 26 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. For a time, it seemed like the NBA was hibernating. There was little but mere speculation and anxiety leaking from the league offices in New York as the country waited for more news on the unfolding coronavirus — it wasn’t a matter of “when,” it was “if.” But in the last week, as the NBA’s sails filled with momentum to return to play at Walt Disney W...
Tags: New York, China, Disney, Sports, Dallas Mavericks, Sport, Chicago, West, Soccer, United States, Mark Cuban, Portland, Nba, Dallas, Espn, Anthony Davis


Will fans come back when theme parks reopen?

While theme parks in California remain closed indefinitely, parks on the East Coast are preparing to return. Legoland Florida reopens on June 1, and Universal Orlando’s three parks will welcome back guests starting June 5. In the Midwest, Indiana’s Holiday World returns on June 17. In Europe, some parks have reopened even earlier, including Germany’s Europa Park and The Netherland’s Efteling, both of which rank among the top 25 theme parks in the world for annual attendance. Sign up for our Par...
Tags: Europe, Florida, California, Germany, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, East Coast, Walt Disney, Parks, Legoland Florida, Orlando, Southern California, Netherland


NBA moving toward late July resumption of season in Orlando

The NBA may be returning at about the same time the NFL heads to training camp. Via Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com, pro basketball "most likely" will resume its 2019-20 season in late July at ESPN's Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida. "It's time. It's time," National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts told [more]
Tags: News, Sports, NFL, Nba, Espn, Orlando, Orlando Florida, Ramona Shelburne, Michele Roberts, National Basketball Players Association


KFC is testing an upgraded fried chicken sandwich in Orlando

KFC is testing a larger, upgraded fried chicken sandwich in Orlando, Florida, admitting that its current national sandwich doesn’t stand up to the competition and suggesting that it is ready to fight for its space in the popular category.  The continued success of Chick-fil-A and the newfound limelight over at Popeyes show America clearly loves fried chicken sandwiches. KFC, however, hasn’t been doing as well. So the No. 2 U.S. chicken chain is out with its “perfectly fried chicken sandwic...
Tags: Advertising, America, CMO, Kfc, Orlando, Orlando Florida, Chick, Yum Brands, Technomic, KFC U S, Andrea Zahumensky, Zahumensky, U S chicken chain, Technomic KFC


Kings Need the Steadiness of Prospect Cole Hults

If you’re looking for splash and dash, Cole Hults is not your guy. If you want a hard-nosed, efficient defenseman who makes the right decisions and gets the job done consistently, then the former Penn State star should be at the top of your list. A fifth-round draft pick in 2017, Hults signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings in April. The Big Ten Player of the Year as well as the league’s defensive player of the year, Hults scored 17 goals with 60 assists in his thr...
Tags: Minnesota, Los Angeles, Sport, Kings, Ncaa, Michigan, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Vegas, Orlando, Los Angeles Kings, Penn State, Nittany Lions, Alec Martinez, Rosen


Universal Orlando to reopen June 5, with coronavirus precautions

Universal Orlando will reopen June 5, with precautions related to coronavirus. It's one of the biggest theme parks in the nation to resume business.
Tags: News, Orlando


Zlatan Ibrahimović injures calf while training with AC Milan

MILAN (AP) — Zlatan Ibrahimović injured his calf while training for the anticipated restart of Serie A with AC Milan on Monday. The forward will undergo medical exams on Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury, the club said. Serie A has been suspended since March 9 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The league is hoping to restart on June 13 if the government approves. The 38-year-old Ibrahimović rejoined Milan in December on a six-month contract with an option for next season. During the v...
Tags: Health, Milan, Sports, Sport, Ap, Soccer, Italy, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Mls, Ac Milan, Orlando, Alex Morgan, Ibrahimovic, Hammarby, Banc of California Stadium Galaxy


Could Disney World really solve the NBA's coronavirus conundrum?

The NBA season has been suspended since March, but the league has been making a push to resume action, potentially in one unlikely locationWhile nobody knows anything for certain, all signs are pointing to the NBA at least attempting to resume its season – which was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic – possibly as soon as July. One of the biggest questions the league will have to answer is where the teams will actually play. It turns out the answer may involve the Magic Kingdom. Yes, the NBA...
Tags: Florida, News, Disney, US, Sports, Earth, Green, Nba, Espn, Walt Disney World, Smith, Orlando, Mickey Mouse, Disney World, Adam Silver, Yahoo Sports


Increasing buzz teams well out of playoffs will not come to Orlando for games

The added risk is not worth the reward for teams far out of the postseason chase.
Tags: News, Sports, Orlando


Democratic VP contender Demings slams Trump 'gall' over Biden black voters gaffe

* Congresswoman offers glimpse of running mate role * Opinion: Black Americans are in an abusive relationship * US politics live – rolling reportVal Demings, a Democratic representative from Florida among contenders to be Joe Biden’s presidential running mate, has castigated Donald Trump for having the “gall and nerve” to use a gaffe by Biden as a weapon on the campaign trail.Biden apologised on Friday, for saying that if African Americans “have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or ...
Tags: Utah, Florida, News, Congress, California, Senate, White House, US, America, Georgia, Joe Biden, Cnn, Biden, Msnbc, Donald Trump, South Carolina


NBA In Talks With Disney About July Return Date In Orlando

(CNN) — There may be hope yet for NBA fans. The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association are in talks with The Walt Disney Company about resuming the 2019-2020 season in late July at one of its facilities. Instead of playing in arenas across the country — and relying on airplanes and hotels — they’re looking at using Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida, as a single campus for games, practices and housing, according to NBA spokesman Mike Bass. Bass called t...
Tags: News, Germany, Disney, Sports, Local, Syndicated Local, United States, Basketball, Nba, Mlb, Bass, Orlando, Orlando Florida, The Walt Disney Company, National Basketball Players Association, Cable News Network Inc


Universal Orlando Parks Will Reopen June 5 Despite Risk of Coronavirus Case Spikes

After shutting down indefinitely in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Universal announced this week that its Orlando parks will reopen their gates beginning on June 5. Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay have been empty for months following several other high-profile theme park closuresRead more...
Tags: Florida, Science, Disney, Shanghai, Universal, Orlando, Universal Studios, Disney World, Volcano Bay, Florida Islands, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Covid 19 Reopening, Disney Shanghai Resort


NBA in talks with Disney to restart season at sports complex in Florida

SHOWS: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES (FILE - FEBRUARY 15, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. INTERIOR UNITED CENTER - TEAM CAPTAIN LEBRON JAMES TAKING SHOT DURING PRACTICE SESSION 2. TEAM LEBRON PLAYER LUKA DONCIC TAKING COURT 3. TEAM LEBRON PLAYERS BEN SIMMONS, RUSSELL WESTBROOK, AND NIKOLA JOKIC TAKING SHOTS 4. TEAM CAPTAIN GIANNIS ANTETOKUONMPO ON COURT DURING PRACTICE SESSION 5. TEAM GIANNIS PLAYERS JOEL EMBIID, DONOVAN MITCHELL, AND TRAE YOUNG ON COURT 6. TEAM GIANNIS DRILL AND EMBIID SHOOT...
Tags: Florida, News, Disney, Sports, Chicago, Nba, Michelle Obama, Harry, Castle, Brooklyn Nets, Orlando, Disney World, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gobert, Laura Bush, The Walt Disney Company


NBA says it is looking into resuming play in Orlando

The Disney site would serve as one of the league's "bubbles" when it returns to the floor.
Tags: Nba, Orlando


Esports: LA Valiant enter Overwatch League’s May Melee quarterfinal with momentum

The Los Angeles Valiant spent the offseason in search of a new identity after parting ways with familiar faces and a complete rebrand of the team’s colors. The team can use Saturday’s match as a top four seed in the Overwatch League’s May Melee Tournament to erase any remaining doubt from other competitors. The Valiant are one of two Los Angeles-based teams in the professional esports league made up of 20 teams playing the video game Overwatch. The LA Gladiators, the Valiant’s top rival, are own...
Tags: Disney, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Paris, Nba, Chargers, NHL, Nascar, Kennedy, Orlando, Alexander, Mike, Scott, Rams


NBA Talking About Resuming Season With Single Site Games At Walt Disney’s ESPN Complex In Orlando

The National Basketball Association is having what it terms “exploratory conversations” with the Walt Disney Co. about resuming its postponed season. The league issued a statement Saturday on its Twitter account. If the talks bear fruit, the season would resume in late July at Disney’s ESPN complex in Orlando as a “single site for an NBA […]
Tags: News, Disney, Sports, Nba, Espn, National Basketball Association, Walt Disney, Orlando, Walt Disney Co


N.B.A. in Talks to Resume Season at Walt Disney World Resort

The league is in discussions with its players’ union and the Walt Disney Company about restarting its season — suspended since March 11 — at the Orlando-based resort in late July.
Tags: News, Disney, Basketball, Walt Disney Company, Orlando, Fla, Walt, Walt Disney World Resort, National Basketball Assn, World (Lake Buena Vista, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV


NBA in talks with Disney to resume season in Orlando

The NBA is in talks with The Walt Disney Company on a single-site scenario for a resumption of play in Central Florida in late July, the clearest sign yet that the league believes the season can continue amid the coronavirus pandemic. The National Basketball Players Association is also part of the talks with Disney. Games would be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, a massive campus on the Disney property near Orlando. NBA spokesman Mike Bass said the conversations were still “explora...
Tags: Florida, Disney, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Espn, Major League Soccer, Bass, Orlando, Lakers, Utah Jazz, Adam Silver, Clippers, Rudy Gobert, The Walt Disney Company