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Disney World Race Weekend Winner

Another incredible story has emerged from 2022’s runDisney Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. Brian Siemann, Push Rim Wheelchair athlete and three-time Paralympian, won his division in every race, sweeping what is known as the “Dopey Challenge” — completing the 5k, 10k, half-marathon, and full marathon. Just a few days ago, Disney Fanatic covered the story of one Olympic-hopeful runner who ...

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Kermit the Frog Joins the JAMMitors in this Adorable Video from EPCOT!

The Muppets have been making some fun appearances at EPCOT during this year’s EPCOT International Festival of the Arts! Earlier this week, Guests were greeted to a new lighting package on Spaceship Earth, illuminating the park’s classic geodesic sphere with the colors of the rainbow to the tune of The Muppets’ “Rainbow Connection.” And now, the Disney Parks Twitter account ...

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Walt Disney World Increases Sign-On Bonuses Amid Continued Staffing Shortage

As the labor shortage continues around the country, especially for jobs in the hospitality and tourism industry, Walt Disney World is ramping up hiring bonuses to attract new Cast Members to work at each theme park and its resorts. Recruiting is gearing up at the Walt Disney World Resort with a new season of Disney College Program Cast Member arrivals ...

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A “Cool Runnings” Return – Jamaica’s Bobsled Team Going to 2022 Olympics

Jamaica Bobsled Team

Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up!  It’s bobsled time!  For the first time in 20 years, Jamaica’s four-man bobsled team qualified for the Winter Olympics, and Disney movie fans should be excited. First appearing in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, the incredible underdog story was immortalized further by the 1993 Disney movie Cool Runnings starring the late ...

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Jennifer Lee Talks Replacing John Lasseter

Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios Jennifer Lee took on this top role at the studio just six months after John Lasseter’s 2018 departure. Coming from a live-action film background, and with plenty on her plate with Disney Animation, including work on the then-upcoming film Frozen 2 (2019), Lee had quite the buildup of multitasking ahead of her ...

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Jennifer Lee: No Quality Difference Between Disney+, Theatrical Features

Disney Movie Releases

Disney+ vs. Theatrical Release. Since Spring 2020, the decision to release theatrical-quality features from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios on the still-young streaming service was argued to be the best option from both a health and safety and financial standpoint. But recently, as people’s confidence builds and movies like Spider-Man: No Way Home record pre-pandemic Box Office numbers and Pixar’s Turning ...

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A Popular Character Sighting is Returning to EPCOT’s World Showcase!

Disney character sightings are slowly making their way back to the Walt Disney World Resort and we could not be more excited for it! While we have been enjoying the surprise character cavalcades in the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and the character flotillas in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, but are so ready to get back to individualized meet ...

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Disney World Sued by Ex-Housekeeper Over Discrimination, ADA Violation

Walt Disney World Yacht Club Resort _ Disney Fanatic

A lawsuit has been filed against The Walt Disney World Resort by a former housekeeper at the Yacht and Beach Club resorts, claiming discrimination and a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The former Cast Member is Stevel Smith, a 52-year-old Black Jamaican with Type-Two Diabetes, and he files the lawsuit with Orlando federal court on January 11 ...

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