Disney theme parks might be a place where dreams come true for guests, but they can also be a nightmare for the staff. The behavior of some visitors is so high-maintenance that staff has a special name for them. If a visitor is particularly rude or disruptive, staff will refer to them as a "treasured guest." Disney has rules against employees using negative or insulting language in front of customers. So the staff has come up with a more diplomatic name for the worst visitors.
It's no secret that Disney vacations are crazy expensive these days. There's some good news--if you want a taste of that Disney magic without breaking the bank (or leaving the comfort of your couch), Google Maps can now hook you up. Google Maps is releasing 11 Disney parks for Street View, including locations from both Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida, and bringing the magic of Disney right to your laptop screen. The Disney parks Street Views will allow you to explore the park areas without paying the price of admission or dealing with the hot weather and crowds of screaming children. Though you won't actually ride the attractions, you can cruise through the line and click through the park to explore.
As Disney prepares to officially open its first theme park in mainland China on Thursday, hundreds of members of the press and VIP guests descended upon the company's Shanghai resort Tuesday for final previews of the massive 5.5-billion complex. Disney isn't saying how many guests it expects to entertain in the first year, though outside analysts have put the number at 10 million to 12 million, with up to 30 million a year if Disney expands onto adjoining parcels. Capturing the vast nature of the Shanghai park -- Disney's largest investment to date outside of the United States -- is hard to do in both words and pictures, but the Mouse House's masters of publicity have prepared a raft of statistics that aim to illustrate just how huge the development is. Take our quiz to see if you've got a grasp on the dimensions of Disney's newest theme park.
Walt Disney World in Florida will soon have a new nighttime air show featuring dozens of illuminated drones. A short clip released online revealed how the machines will swirl in the night sky to form a Christmas tree. "This holiday season, the idea of'wishing upon a star' will take on an even more magical meaning in the skies of Disney Springs," the company wrote in a blog post. Disney Springs is a shopping district inside Walt Disney World. It is not part of any of the theme parks, which means you'll be able to see the show without a ticket.
"Mulan" is finally going to be available to watch at home, but it doesn't just come with the average Disney subscription. Viewers will have to pay an additional price on top of their monthly subscription fee--at least until December. Since the global health crisis forced some studios to release movies on demand rather than in theaters, those releases have largely cost about $20 per rental. The live-action "Mulan" movie, originally set for theatrical release in March, will be more expensive at $29.99. Disney Premier Access will give viewers the chance to watch "Mulan" as many times as they'd like.