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Disneyland, other California theme parks, stadiums could reopen April

Masks and other safety measures would still be required, and the parks initially would be open only to state residents.

By REUTERS
06/03/2021
General view of a farewell event at Disney World on the final night before closure due to coronaviru

How will Orlando, world’s theme-park capital, recover from 2020?

Restarting Orlando’s tourism machine will be a monumental task, and experts don’t agree on how much longer the region and its hundreds of thousands of industry workers will suffer.

By GABRIELLE RUSSON/ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS
03/01/2021
Jamie Foxx voices the main character in Pixar's "Soul." (Screen shot from YouTube)

How Pixar’s ‘Soul’ borrows from an ancient Jewish idea

Pixar’s “Soul,” released on Friday on Disney+, is a tender balm of a movie about an aspiring jazz musician who dies on the day he gets his big break.

By RABBI BENJAMIN RESNICK
30/12/2020
Cast member Oscar Isaac poses as he attends the premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker"

Oscar Isaac in talks to play Jewish superhero in Marvel/Disney+ series

Isaac is not Jewish, though he has said that he was given the middle name Isaac because of Jewish roots on his father’s side.

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
27/10/2020

Disneyland to remain shuttered for 'while' due to coronavirus regulations

Theme parks with a capacity of more than 15,000 visitors must wait to resume business until a county's COVID-19 risk level drops to the lowest tier of "minimal" spread.

By REUTERS
21/10/2020
California

Disney Channel stars wish fans 'Shana Tova' for Rosh Hashanah in new video

They talk about Rosh Hashanah traditions, such as Tashlich, the practice of throwing bread crumbs into moving water, and many times the Jewish tradition of celebrating through food is mentioned.

18/09/2020
California

Some of Disney's most successful hit songs have a Jewish background

Ashman, who wrote songs for the Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Beauty and the Beast, died of AIDS at the age of 40. In 2018, Disney released a documentary film about Ashman's life, titled Howard.

Beyonce's 'Black Is King' hopes to shift perception of being Black

'Black Is King' reimagines the story of the The Lion King movie with humans.

By REUTERS
31/07/2020
Singer Beyonce at the 2011 MTV Music Video Awards

Beyonce sports Israeli-designed wedding dress in Disney+'s 'Black is King'

In a shot from the film, she appears in an elaborate white wedding gown by Alon Livne, a designer whose creations she has worn in the past

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