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Disney shuts down its vacation savings program

Walt Disney Co. plans to shut down its vacation savings program because of low participation.

The Disney Vacation Account program, which started in 2013, allowed travelers to store money in an account to save up for a Disney vacation. Disney granted users a $20 bonus for every $1,000 stored in…

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Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights to have ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’ haunted house

Universal Orlando announced its third themed haunted house for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights will be based on the TV series “Ash vs. Evil Dead.”

The STARZ channel series is based on the 1980s and 1990s Sam Raimi horror films starring Bruce Campbell: “The Evil Dead,” “Evil Dead II” and “Army…

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Epcot’s Mission: Space prepped for August relaunch, Disney says

The new-look Mission: Space attraction at Epcot will debut Aug. 13, Walt Disney World announced on Thursday.

The ride, which opened in the theme park’s Future World in 2003, will feature two distinct experiences. The Orange Mission side will include the force of a space launch to Mars, Disney says….

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Famed Disney Imagineer Marty Sklar dies

Marty Sklar, a longtime Imagineer who had creative input in Disney attractions ranging from “it’s a small world” to Epcot, has died. He was 83.

He died at his home in Hollywood Hills, Calif., on Thursday.

“Everything about Marty was legendary — his achievements, his spirit, his career,” said Bob…

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Disney fans mourn Imagineer Marty Sklar

Theme park fans, celebrities and others took to internet platforms to mourn Marty Sklar, longtime Imagineer, who died at age 83 Thursday in California. He worked with Walt Disney himself and had a hand in many attractions around the world. Others recalled meeting him or seeing him at the D23 Expo…

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Winter Park’s Alfond Inn makes magazine’s list of best hotels in the world

Winter Park’s Alfond Inn has been included on Travel + Leisure magazine’s list of 100 best hotels in the world. The 112-room boutique hotel, which is owned by Rollins College, ranked No. 62, according to a reader survey.

The Alfond nearly topped another of the World’s Best Awards list: It was No….

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Orlando Science Center plots solar eclipse activities

Orlando Science Center is planning events both at the Loch Haven museum and at satellite locations in Central Florida for the rare solar eclipse, which will be crossing over the United States on Aug. 21.

Central Florida will experience the eclipse at 85 percent totality, the science center says….

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Minnie Vans, a Disney deal with Lyft, now on the road

Walt Disney World has officially launched the first phase of its Minnie Vans transportation system that will carry visitors from one point on Disney property to another. The new service is a collaboration with Lyft ride-share service.

Monday was its first official day of operation.

For now, Minnie…

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Last go-around with Ellen at Epcot

Disney World pulled the plug on Ellen’s Energy Adventure, Epcot’s traveling-theater science lesson. I went to say my goodbyes to the Future World attraction, which closes for good Aug. 13.

There was ample time there for reflection: The ride moves at a glacial pace, providing enough time to make…

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SeaWorld attorneys deny ‘Blackfish’ hurt stock prices

SeaWorld attorneys, responding to a 2014 lawsuit that accused the company of misleading investors about the “Blackfish” documentary’s impact, have denied in court documents the film greatly affected stock prices.

The lawsuit filed by investors accused the Orlando-based company of making incorrect…

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