Disney+ Passes 73 Million Subscribers as Streaming Takes Center Stage

The company has experienced deep losses in its theme park division because of the pandemic, but investors don’t seem to care at the moment.

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Disneyland and Other California Theme Parks Get Rules for Reopening

Large parks must be in the state’s “yellow” tier for economic recovery, with the virus largely contained, which could be a long wait.

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Bringing Perfect Waves to the Masses

Wavemakers have proved they can manufacture ideal surfing conditions. But can they scale it?

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At Disney World, ‘Worst Fears’ About Virus Have Not Come True

Attendance has been low since the July reopening, but health officials and worker unions also say safety protocols have kept the coronavirus at bay.

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What I Learned Inside the N.B.A. Bubble

Against all odds, it really was a refuge of competence, normalcy and transcendent play. But the outside world has a way of sneaking in.

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Disney Lays Off 28,000, Mostly at Its 2 U.S. Theme Parks

The company said it would eliminate thousands of jobs at its resorts in Florida and California, which have been hit hard by the pandemic.

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This Carousel Has Had Quite a Ride. Will Anyone in Japan Save It?

The 113-year-old merry-go-round, which arrived in Tokyo after stints in Germany and Coney Island, is now in storage, its fate uncertain in a country that tends to preserve only the very old.

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When the Classroom Comes With Room Service and Poolside Cabanas

With the pandemic ongoing and millions of school-age children learning remotely, the travel industry is beckoning families with lures of “schoolcation.”

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Coronavirus Silences the Wonder Wheel

A 100th anniversary celebration was planned for this star attraction on the Coney Island boardwalk this year. The owners are determined that it will spin again.

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Hong Kong Disneyland to Close Again, Days After Disney World Reopens

The park is the smallest in Disney’s portfolio and is shutting down again to comply with a government-mandated rollback of public activities because of the coronavirus.

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‘Action Park’ Looks Back in Amusement and Terror

In a new memoir, Andy Mulvihill tells the story of the notorious New Jersey adventure land founded by his father.

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Disney World Opens Its Gates, With Virus Numbers Rising

Thousands of giddy visitors streamed into the Florida resort on Saturday, as Disney tried to prove it can safely operate at a highly dangerous time.

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Disney World Draws Excitement and Incredulity as Reopening Nears

The mega-resort will welcome back visitors on Saturday even as coronavirus cases in Florida remain high. In doing so, Disney steps into a politicized debate.

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Disney’s Splash Mountain to Drop ‘Song of the South’ Depictions

The popular log flume ride will be remade around “The Princess and the Frog,” the 2009 musical that introduced Disney’s first black princess.

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Some of France’s Only Live Theater Right Now Is a Historical Affront

A theme park’s whiz-bang performances are an odd mix of high-quality production values and one-dimensional storytelling. Historians have long disputed the narratives.

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Why the N.B.A. Is Planning on Going to Disney World

ESPN Wide World of Sports, a sprawling 220-acre complex at the mega-resort in Florida, is poised to become the center of the basketball universe.

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Disney World Set to Reopen in July

The Florida resort attracts 93 million visitors annually but capacity will be limited, face masks will be mandatory and you won’t be able to hug Mickey Mouse.

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New Yorkers Embark on a Summer of Uncertainty

Memorial Day weekend in New York City usually marks the beginning of a vibrant summer to come. But this year traditions have been altered under the shadow of the coronavirus.

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Can Coney Island Survive This?

A dismal season is predicted. If there is one at all.

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Coronavirus Shut Down the ‘Experience Economy.’ Can It Come Back?

Large-scale gatherings are on hold for the foreseeable future. That is taking a toll on the live events industry and society at large.

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Shanghai Disneyland Reopens With Coronavirus Precautions

Limited capacity, face masks and plastic gloves to ride roller coasters: the opening offers a glimpse of how other Disney parks may cope.

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Disney Takes a Pandemic Hit, and There’s Worse to Come

“Our businesses have been hugely impacted,” the company’s C.E.O. said after quarterly profit dropped more than 90 percent. And that was for a period only partly upended by the coronavirus.

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When Will Disney Reopen?

The entertainment conglomerate’s vastness, once its strength, has posed a challenge during the pandemic.

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Camper on Closed Disney World Island Is Charged With Trespassing

Richard J. McGuire told the police that Discovery Island, an 11-acre zoological park with aromatic trees and walk-through aviaries that closed in 1999, looked like a “tropical paradise.”

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Disney World Furloughing 43,000 Workers

The action comes after the Florida attraction closed last month because of the coronavirus pandemic. About 200 employees who are considered essential will remain on the job.

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Russia Gets Its Disneyland, a Cold War Dream Come True

Developers are banking on attracting Moscow’s rising middle class. “But will they sell emotions, like Disneyland?” a mother of two girls asks.

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