A Construction-Themed Amusement Park Answers the Question, ‘Can You Dig It?’

At Diggerland U.S.A., children can experience the pleasures of heavy equipment firsthand. (Adults like it, too.)

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3 Days. 68 Kids. Snapshots of Summer on Coney Island.

The New York Times for Kids visited the quirky but classic destination.

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The Wonderfully Mundane Joys of Summer

Kids getting to be kids again.

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After a Political Storm, Gay Days Return to Disney

An L.G.B.T.Q. tradition at Disney World took on new significance this year, when Disney was ensnared in a heated cultural debate.

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Disney Apologizes After Employee Thwarts Marriage Proposal

A man had been planning for months to pop the question at Disneyland Paris, but the employee instead snatched the ring and ushered the couple off a stage.

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At a Theme Park, Falling Head Over Ferris Wheel

Leah Koch and Matthew Blumhardt bonded over a mutual love of amusement parks after meeting at her family’s Holiday World theme park in 2018.

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Why Did DeSantis Revoke Disney’s Special Tax Status? What We Know.

The Florida governor and state lawmakers revoked the theme park’s special tax status in an ongoing battle that escalated over a recently passed education bill.

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Florida Votes to Revoke Disney’s Special Tax Status

The vote, which appears certain to be signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis, follows an acrimonious clash over what has been called the “Don’t Say Gay” law in the state.

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Disneyland Hugs Return: Mickey Mouse Embraces Guests After Covid Ban

Guests no longer have to stay away from Mickey. “That personal, one-on-one interaction may be the most powerful offering that the Walt Disney Company has.”

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Disney, Built on Fairy Tales and Fantasy, Confronts the Real World

The entertainment behemoth spent decades avoiding even the whiff of controversy. But it has increasingly been drawn into the partisan political fray.

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Disney Takes Visitors to a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, opening at Walt Disney World, is part luxury hotel, part theme park ride, part role-playing game. But it will cost you.

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Reign of Coney Island’s ‘Mayor’ Ends in a Sideshow by the Sea

Dick Zigun, who spent decades restoring the Brooklyn enclave to its carnivalesque glory, is forced out of the organization he helped create.

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A New Israeli Wonderland, Where You Can Almost Forget Where You Are

An alien spaceship theme park, an Italian Renaissance-style mall, a canal with gondolas. “Nothing in Israel compares with it,” the developer says. There’s just one catch.

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The Return of the Shadowman

A stealth artist from Seattle has been replicating the ’80s street art of Richard Hambleton throughout Manhattan. Is this a tribute, a marketing tool — or both?

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Legoland Is Now Open. Can Residents of Goshen, N.Y. Learn To Live With It?

When Legoland arrived in Goshen, N.Y., it divided residents into first-time environmental activists or business boosters. Now that the park is open, can neighbors piece together a way to move ahead?

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Paranormal Play in Denver From Meow Wolf

“Convergence Station,” the company’s third installation, may be good business. But is it good art?

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Bringing a (Jurassic) World of Star Power to Theme Park Queues

Hang out in line at a theme park this summer with Chris Pratt, or at least a video of him.

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Japan Rollercoaster Closes After Thrillseekers Break Bones

One of the world’s fastest roller coasters was closed after four passengers in the past nine months reported bone fractures.

#accidents-and-safety, #amusement-and-theme-parks, #japan

Are You Ready for Sentient Disney Robots?

Some of the animatronics at Disney’s parks have been doing their herky-jerky thing since the Nixon administration. The company knows that nostalgia won’t cut it with today’s children.

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To Skip the Line at Disney, Get Ready to Pay a Genie

For the first time, line-skipping privileges at Walt Disney World in Florida will cost $15 per person, an added cost for what is already an expensive destination.

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The Eternal Charm of Nathan’s Famous Hot-Dog Stand

For over 150 years, Coney Island has been a beloved summer refuge for New Yorkers looking to escape the heat — and eat the season’s best snacks.

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‘Red Tourism’ Flourishes in China Ahead of Party Centennial

New and improved attractions dedicated to the Communist Party’s history, or a sanitized version of it, are drawing crowds.

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So, You Want to Mingle Outdoors This Summer?

Going to Disney World this summer? Or to your niece’s sixth birthday party? Here’s how to do it safely.

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Disneyland in California Is Reopening. Here’s What to Know.

Among the lessons from Orlando’s return: Lines are shorter, masks must be worn and there’s no hugging the characters.

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Column on ‘Wokeness’ Ruining Disney World Experience Draws Backlash

In a guest column for The Orlando Sentinel, a Disney fan said he was reconsidering his commitment to the park “because Disney cares more about politics than happy guests.”

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Why Reopening Ceremonies Are So Important in New York Right Now

Movie theaters, hotels, restaurants and other businesses are putting a lot of thought into the process.

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Coney Island Is Just What the Doctor Ordered

New York’s charming old amusement park delivers the springtime joy we all need.

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Helping Homeless People in N.Y.C. Get Stimulus Payments

Many homeless people in the city did not receive their stimulus checks, but it’s not too late.

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Super Nintendo World Looks for a Level Beyond the Pandemic

Super Nintendo World opened in Osaka, Japan, months after initially planned and with everyone clad in masks.

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California sets a road map for theme parks to restart, putting Disneyland on track for reopening.

Disney had hoped to reopen its California attractions in July but faced pushback from unions.

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Neverland Ranch Is Sold for $22 Million

Ronald W. Burkle, the billionaire co-founder of the investment firm Yucaipa Companies, bought the ranch for a reported $22 million.

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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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