News roundup: New theme park in Punta Cana / “Fantasmic” returns / No deal with Disney

A new theme park is scheduled to open to the public in early 2023 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Called Kathmandu Park | Punta Cana, the new property is based on an original intellectual property developed by the entertainment development company Falcon’s Beyond.

“Kathmandu Park | Punta Cana will offer an unprecedented theme park experience based on popular characters from our own fantastical Kathmandu universe,” said Cecil Magpuri, CEO of Falcon’s Beyond, in a press release. “Through innovative rides and attractions that provide unparalleled immersive storytelling, visitors will truly lose themselves in the Hidden Realms of Kathmandu. Combined with other daytime and nightly entertainment, dining and shopping, Katmandu Park will offer an extraordinary experience for families and theme park lovers in Punta Cana’s premier tourist location.”

Legend of the Desirata (Falcon’s Beyond)

Attractions will include a 4D dark ride called Legend of the Desirata, a “suspended theater” ride called Voyage of the Fathom Wanderer, and Challenge of the Mad Mage, an interactive shoot-’em-up ride inside a theater.

The park will initially open exclusively for guests of the Falcon’s Resort by Meliá this December, with the general public having to wait until early next year.

“Fantasmic” returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in November

Disney World’s version of “Fantasmic” will return in November, though Disney did not announce a specific date for its return.

The nighttime show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios hasn’t taken place since the COVID-19 shutdown in mid-March 2020. The show is expected to have several changes since its last incarnation, as concept art released by Disney has hinted at “Aladdin , Characters from “Frozen” and “Moana” are introduced.

the disneyland version of “Fantasmic” resumed their performances in May.

There is still no agreement between Disney World and the unions after two days of negotiation

A coalition of unions representing 41,000 Walt Disney World workers failed to reach a new labor contract with the resort after a two-day bargaining session.

Unite Here Local 362, one of the Service Trades Council Union’s member unions, said Tuesday that “while progress has been made on many workplace improvements, several critical economic elements remain open,” including wages, health care benefits medical and paid parental leave.

The coalition 2018 agreement with Disney, which secured a series of minimum wage increases, is being extended month to month until a new contract is signed. All salary increases will be retroactive to October 2, 2022. The next round of negotiations is scheduled for November 1-2.

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