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The home on Chicago's Northwest Side where Walt Disney was born in 1901 has been sold to a California couple who aim to make it a historical site, museum and community resource.
Situated in the working-class and now mostly Hispanic neighborhood of Hermosa, the 1600-square-foot two-flat at 2156 N. Tripp Ave. has been on the market for several years, its history largely unknown, according to Ald. Rey Colon, 35th.
"Hermosa is kind of an unlikely place for something like this to happen," Colon said. "This will really add to lifting up that particular part of the area, that part of the neighborhood."
The home's humble history and location is part of the appeal for the new owners. Brent Young and Dina Benadon, who are married and own an animation studio in Silver Lake, Calif., have spent much of their careers designing theme park attractions. When Walt and his brother and business partner, Roy, were born in the house, they said, Hermosa was also a... [Read More]
Are you worried about your privacy while wearing a MagicBand around the Walt Disney World Resort?
Some visitors — and would-be visitors — have expressed concern. They're worried that Disney will be tracking their movements around the park, including what they do and what they buy throughout the day, and that Disney could use that information in ways that those visitors won't like.
MagicBands are the RFID-enabled bracelets that Disney's issuing to selected hotel guests as part of its new MyMagic+ system for managing Walt Disney World vacations. Visitors can use the MyMagic+ section of Disney's website or apps to make advance reservations for attractions, shows, and restaurants during their stay at Disney World, then use the MagicBands Disney supplies to access their hotel room, enter the theme parks or be admitted to their reserved ride, show, and meal times.
Visitors tap their MagicBands on their hotel room door or at checkpoints at park and... [Read More]
When Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened in 1998, the Camp Minnie-Mickey section of the park was expected to be a temporary attraction, lasting a few years before being replaced by something called Beastly Kingdom, a land that was to highlight mythological creatures.
The first sign that Beastly Kingdom wasn’t going to be built came when the then-temporary Festival of the Lion King theater was enclosed and climate controlled, giving it an air of permanence.