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    Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin campaigned in Oregon on Tuesday evening, as Republicans step up their efforts to win over a state that has not elected a GOP governor since 1982. He presented Christine Drazan, who holds a slight lead in the polls, with one his famous red vests sending an energetic crowd into a frenzy in Aurora, Oregon. He said she was in line to repeat his upset victory in a state long thought of as deep blue, a win he said would energize the entire Republican movement. 'It'd be it'd be a shot heard round the world,' he told reporters after the rally, describing it as a sign that voters were tired of progressive leadership. It comes days after President Joe Biden visited the state, in a sign that both sides know Oregon is up for grabs.  Organizers said Youngkin's appearance had drawn more than 2000 people to the rally in a barn in rural Oregon, about 40 minutes away from the city of Portland. Drazan presented herself as an agent of change, and criticized her Democratic opponent for...
    By Lilit Marcus | CNN Hyperion, certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s tallest living tree, is officially off-limits to visitors. California’s Redwood National Park issued a statement last week that anyone who is caught near the tree can face up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine. The tree, which is deep in the park and has no trails leading to it, has faced serious environmental degradation from thrill-seekers who have visited since 2006, when it was found by a pair of naturalists. The coast redwood (sequoia sempervirens) tree is 115.92 meters (380 feet) tall and its name is derived from Greek mythology — Hyperion was one of the Titans and the father of sun god Helios and moon goddess Selene. “Hyperion is located off trail through dense vegetation and requires heavy ‘bushwhacking’ in order to reach the tree,” reads a statement on the national park’s website. “Despite the difficult journey, increased popularity due to bloggers, travel writers, and websites of this off-trail tree has resulted in the devastation of the habitat surrounding Hyperion,” the statement...
    Coming soon to SeaWorld San Diego is the tallest, fastest, and longest dive coaster in California. Named the Emperor coaster, the ride "will mimic the underwater diving ability of the iconic Emperor penguin, the world’s largest penguin, and take thrill-seekers on an exhilarating journey through highs, lows, twists and turns never before seen by the state of California," said the theme park in a media release.  CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER  SeaWorld San Diego’s new roller coaster, the Emperor, is pictured. (Credit: Sea World Parks) SeaWorld San Diego’s new roller coaster, the Emperor, is pictured. (Credit: Sea World Parks) The attraction opens on March 12 and will be the first and only floorless dive coaster in the state. Riders will climb 153 feet and "plunge through a 143-foot facedown vertical drop, accelerating more than 60 miles per hour," SeaWorld said.  The Emperor coaster also features inversions, barrel rolls, an Immelmann loop, and more. SeaWorld San Diego’s new roller coaster, the Emperor, is pictured. (Credit: Sea World Parks) CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/CNN) – Without an official announcement or fanfare, U.S. Disney parks are including a Black Santa Claus in Christmas celebrations this year for the first time in the company’s 66-year theme park history. At both Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, and Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, a Black Santa has been spotted at certain meet-and-greets and at after-hours Christmas parties. READ MORE: All-Clear Given Following Bomb Squad Investigation In Brickell AreaA Disney spokesperson told CNN that Santa Claus is represented in various ways in local and regional communities and around the world — and in that spirit, Santa Claus will reflect the diversity of surrounding communities at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Disney parks are the latest place where families can see a non-White portrayal of Santa Claus, with more Black Santas appearing in recent years at shopping malls and in a recent Oreo cookie commercial. On Friday, Old Navy is holding Santa Bootcamp, an online inclusive training program encouraging participation “from a broad array of backgrounds, ethnicities and cultural heritages to offer more representation...
    Torres Del Paine National Park in Chile, which was declared the eighth wonder of the world in 2013. Shutterstock/Anton_Ivanov There are a lot of beautiful national parks around the world.  Banff National Park in Canada has stunning bodies of water. Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya have a ton of wildlife.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.
    Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando have both announced they will end their temperature checks for visitors.  In a statement Disney said they will no longer carry out screenings for employees from May 8 and for guests from May 16. Universal adopted the same policy regarding temp checks and have reduced their social distancing from six foot to three effective Thursday.  Masks are still required at both parks, as is social distancing.  The decision came on the back of Governor Ron DeSantis' announcement Monday that he was signing an executive order to override any county or city rules on COVID to go in effect July 1. Both cases of COVID-19 and death resulting from it are falling across Florida, data shows. Nearly nine million people have received the vaccine in the Sunshine State.  Since Disney World reopened last summer, guests have been required to wear masks, observe social distancing, and submit to temperature screenings. Disney Land in California reopened last week after more than a year closed. Guests were told: 'Anyone displaying a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above...
    ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) – The Walt Disney World Resort is set to loosen restrictions on its mask policy. Beginning Thursday, April 8th, guests will be able to temporarily remove their masks to take outdoor photos in the parks. Disney said they must remain in one place and social distance. READ MORE: Associate Of Brickell Apartment Owner Says Woman Killed In Shootout With MDPD Officers Serving Eviction Notice Was A Squatter The change tweaks a requirement that all workers and visitors age 2 and up wear masks except when they are actively eating or drinking, provided they are socially distanced and not moving about. The mask mandate includes those who already have been vaccinated. READ MORE: Broward Votes On Loosening Coronavirus Restrictions In Future Workers and visitors have been required to wear masks, get temperature checks upon arriving and follow social distancing markers while in line ever since the Florida theme park resort reopened last summer after closing for more than two months because of the pandemic. MORE NEWS: Their Narrative Was A Piece Of Horse Manure: Gov. Ron DeSantis Fires...
    A theme park in Dubai has broken the world record for the tallest swing ride. Measuring 460 feet, the Bollywood Skyflyer at Bollywood Parks Dubai lifts riders up to a height that is equivalent to that of a 42-story skyscraper and spins them around in a circle for a thrilling airborne adventure. DUBAI THEME PARK OPENING 'JOHN WICK'-INSPIRED ROLLER COASTER IN 2021 The previous world record holder was the 450-foot Orlando StarFlyer, which first opened to the public in 2018 and is located at the Florida-based retail and entertainment destination ICON Park. According to the Bollywood Parks Dubai website, its swing ride is meant to offer a "hang gliding" experience. "It is a unique attraction that appeals to both young and old, the adventurous and not so adventurous," the amusement park summarized. "You will also experience motions like lifting, dropping and rotating at varying speeds." AMID CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, DUBAI AIRPORT DEBUTS CONCIERGE SHOPPING SERVICE The Bollywood Skyflyer was constructed with double-seated swings that can hold up to 24 people at a time. At night time the ride lights up with flashing...
    THE world's tallest swing ride has opened in Dubai, reaching heights up to 460ft. The Bollywood Skyflyer is part of the Bollywood Parks Dubai, and opened to the public this week. 4The tallest swing ride in the world has opened in DubaiCredit: Bollywood Parks Dubai It beat the current record held in Florida, with the 450ft Orlando Starflyer. Passengers on the ride will be lifted into the air where they can experience panoramic views of the park while being spun around in their seat. According to Milton D'Souza, the general manager of the theme park, the Bollywood Skyflyer is made up of 421 tons of steel, took 600 days to build and another 120 days to install. Bollywood Parks Dubai is one of three theme parks in the Dubai Parks and Resorts, which attracted 2.6m visitors in 2019, although was forced to shut for part of 2020 due to the pandemic. Mr D'Souza said the park is planning more world-record breaking rides later this year. 4The ride spins passengers around while rising 460ft 4It also offers panoramic views of the...
    THEME parks have faced a difficult year, being forced to close due to coronavirus, and continue to struggle due to local lockdowns and second waves of the virus. Thankfully, there is something to look forward to with new theme parks and rides hoping to open next year - here are the exciting new destinations to add to your diary for 2021. Tornado Springs, Paultons Park - March 19 8The park was originally due to open this summer. A new 1950s themed land at Paultons Park called Tornado Springs was due to open this year, but was postponed due to coronavirus until March 19 next year. The setting is a mid-west desert resort set in the US, with themed restaurants and cafes. There are eight new rides opening at the attraction, including a spinning rollercoaster and a gyro swing ride. Gangsta Granny, Alton Towers - Spring 2021 David Walliams fans will have to wait until 2021 for his new Alton Towers ride Another UK theme park forced to delay their new attraction is Alton Towers, with their new Gangsta Granny ride, which now hopes to...
    Wearing face masks at Walt Disney World. Matt Stroshane/Walt Disney World Resort via Getty Images Walt Disney World began its phased reopening on July 11 after closing due to the coronavirus pandemic. New rules include temperature checks, social distancing measures, and mask requirements. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. After remaining closed since March, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, began its phased reopening on July 11. Disney parks in California remain closed, though shopping centers such as Downtown Disney are open. With new protective measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the parks look a bit different than they did before the pandemic. Here are 16 before-and-after photos that show how Disney parks have changed.
    Disney World will shorten its opening hours from September as the so-called 'Most Magical Place on Earth' tightens its COVID-19 safety measures.  The Florida theme parks will rein in the amount of time guests can spend enjoying the magic from September 8, after it first reopened to the public back in July. The Magic Kingdom will now close an hour earlier at 6pm, Animal Kingdom will open an hour later and close one hour later with new 9am to 5pm hours, Hollywood Studios will close at 7pm instead of its usual time of 8pm and Epcot will close two hours early at 7pm.  Disney World will shorten its opening hours from September as the so-called 'Most Magical Place on Earth' tightens its COVID-19 safety measures. Pictured guests at the Magic Kingdom on July 11 The Walt Disney Company has not released a statement about its change in hours but the move comes less than a week after it reported dismal results in its fiscal third quarter, driven by the closures of its parks amid the pandemic.  Revenues for its parks, experiences...
    We may not be able to travel the world these days, but we can certainly dream about its wonders and enjoy these stunning landscapes virtually — or lay plans for the day we can go. This list of 10 gorgeous national parks runs the full gamut, from the waterfalls, cascades and boardwalk trails of Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes National Park to the spectacular ice fields and granite peaks of Torres del Paine, the national park with two nations: Argentina and Chile. You’ll find just one U.S. National Park on this list from WorldAtlas.com — Arches National Park in Utah is ranked No. 9. (We, of course, think a whole lot of other ones belong on the list, but we’re biased by our proximity to Yosemite. And Joshua Tree. And Yellowstone. And… and…  and…) Need a virtual fix? You can explore portions of Arches National Park from home via Google Maps StreetView, and dive deep into other U.S. National Parks, from Alaska’s Kenai Fjords to Florida’s Dry Tortugas, at https://artsandculture.google.com/project/national-park-service, Meanwhile, here’s World Atlas’ list. 1. Galapagos National Park, Ecuador 2. Banff...
    THE best water parks in the world have been revealed - with Spain taking the No.1 spot. Amazingly, a water park in Ireland made the top five. 11Here are TripAdvisor's best water parks in the worldCredit: Handout The top water parks have been voted for by TripAdvisor in their annual awards. The 2020 Travellers’ Choice Awards analyses both the quantity and quality of millions of reviews and ratings to determine the winner - this year analysing reviews pre-pandemic. Unsurprisingly, England didn't feature in the top list with a lack of water parks across Britain. Here are the best ones to add to your list next time you go on holiday. 1. Siam Park, Spain 11Siam Park often comes in first place for the world's best water parks Opened by the Princess of Thailand in 2008, Siam Park really is royalty among water parks - it has been number one for the last four years. It boasts over 30 breathtaking rides and holds several world records, including the creation of the world’s largest man-made wave. For fans of the park, a second...
    THE best theme parks in the UK have been revealed - with one even being voted one of the best in the world. According to the 2020 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards, Paultons Park has been named the best amusement park in the country. 10Paultons Park is the best UK theme park - and 10th best in the world It also came in 10th place in the top theme parks in the world, beating Disneyland Park in California and Disneyland Paris. The 2020 Travellers’ Choice Awards analyses both the quantity and quality of millions of reviews and ratings to determine the winner - this year analysing reviews pre-pandemic. Paultons Park is a favourite of British tourists, featuring Peppa Pig land - and cheap hotel deals near the park start from £40 a night. The park, which has reopened since the pandemic forced its closure back in March, is also to have a new American-themed land, based around a fictional 1950s midwestern town, with eight new rides and the UK’s first free-spinning rollercoaster, Storm Chaser. Called Tornado Springs, its opening has been pushed...
    Annual passholders have been exploring the reopened Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom theme parks at Walt Disney World ahead of the general public being let loose inside on Saturday. And they've been revealing what the experience is like with the new coronavirus rules in place...    Socially distant car parking Annual passholders have been exploring the reopened Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom theme parks at Walt Disney World. And the parking was the first change they noticed One of the first differences that visitors noticed on the preview day, on Thursday, was when they pulled into the parking lot. One annual pass holder, Giovanna Gorra, told News 6 in Orlando: 'They parked you really quick, there is social distancing with parking, so they are parking you in every other spot, which is really cool.' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Two miles of plexiglass and 2,000 hand sanitisers:... Jet2 reveals coronavirus rules that passengers will have to... Border checks agreement gives green light to direct... Peru's Machu Picchu site to reopen at 50...
    New York (CNN Business)Cinderella Castle has sat silent for 116 days. That's how long Walt Disney World has closed its doors because of the coronavirus pandemic. On Saturday, Disney will welcome guests back to its flagship theme park in Orlando, Florida, and reopen a cornerstone of its business.The Disney (DIS) resort plans to begin a phased reopening on Saturday for its Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks, followed by EPCOT and Hollywood Studios on July 15. Although Disney is implementing several measures to reopen safely, the reopening of a dense theme park roughly the size of San Francisco comes with risks, questions and criticisms as cases are spiking in Florida.Even in normal times, operating Disney World is no easy feat. The resort has more than 75,000 employees (or as the company calls them, "cast members") and is visited by millions of people every year. The Magic Kingdom alone, which houses trademark attractions like Cinderella Castle and Space Mountain, accounted for more than 20 million visitors in 2018, according to a report by AECOM.Read MoreDisney World sets reopening dateDisney World is...
    The number of coronavirus cases in the sunshine state continues upward, but Walt Disney World’s reopening in mid-July is still on. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis stated that there is no intention of delaying the reopening of the theme parks. Reassessment of some other restrictions around the state have taken place as cases of COVID-19 have seen record numbers over the last week. A few weeks ago, Walt Disney World announced they would begin a phased reopening of their four parks in mid-July. Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom will open on July 11 with Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios reopening on July 15. Disney has been preparing its parks to reopen with new health and safety measures that will be carried out by all cast members. The theme parks now have social distancing markers in place, and each park will have a limited capacity with guests requiring a reservation to enter. During Sunday’s press conference, DeSantis addressed several topics with more than 8,500 in Florida alone over three days. The Governor attributed the spike in numbers to the conclusion of...
    A few hours after activating the reservation system, Walt Disney World fans sold out the tickets for the company’s theme parks in Orlando, Florida, and they will open on July 11 after more than three months closed to the public because of the pandemic. It only took half an hour until the beneficiaries of an annual pass – the first to be able to book – completed the capacity of the first five days of the Magic Kingdom and Disney Animal Kingdom parks, which will be the first to welcome visitors and they will operate with reduced capacity. Both EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will open on July 15, a date by which reservations have also run out, while the rest of the parks will remain closed until further notice. They create a petition to delay the reopening of the parks. However, these were not the first to obtain their entrance since since this Monday, when the company’s hotel complexes reopened, the most faithful of Disney were able to reserve their access to the parks, although there...
    New York City Marathon canceled amid COVID-19 concerns The 101 best home organizers you can buy for less than $100 Walt Disney World employees petition to delay reopening as coronavirus cases surge in Florida As the number of coronavirus cases surge in Florida, more than 7,000 people have signed an online petition urging Disney and government officials to reconsider the opening of Disney World next month. Load Error "This virus is not gone, unfortunately it's only become worse in this state," the petition, which was posted on MoveOn.org on Sunday, states. "Having our theme parks remain closed until cases are steadily decreasing would keep our guests, our employees and their families safe. Re-opening the theme parks is only putting our guests, employees, and families at higher risk for contracting COVID-19." Representatives for Disney and for the local Walt Disney World employee union were not immediately available to comment. The petition comes as coronavirus cases are rising rapidly in the state. The Florida Department of Health reported 5,508 new cases overnight, according to data published by the agency, bringing...
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