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Disney Will Revamp “Jungle Cruise” Ride Amidst Criticism

Disney has announced that it is going to reimagine one of its classic attractions after years of criticisms

Disney’s Jungle Cruise ride—that includes joking skippers on the ferries guests ride on—was one of the last Walt Disney oversaw in person. The ride exists in both US locations.

Unfortunately for Disney the Jungle Cruise hasn’t aged as well as other attractions. While the attraction is largely based on nature documentaries, one of the scenes in the ride depicts native people as threatening, primitive and wild.

Among the updates there will be a new skipper character.

While there is a “Jungle Cruise move slated for 2021 starting Jesse Plemons, Emily Blunt and The Rock (as the skipper), Disney has not confirmed whether the new version of the ride will including any overlap with the new movie.

The Jungle Cruise is only one among several Disney attractions called out in recent years for inappropriate imagery.

 

 

 

 

 

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American Airlines: What to Do About The Wine?

As the pandemic waxes and wanes airlines are still only flying at a small fraction of what they are capable of. In many cabins alcohol is banned to help defeat the spread of Covid-19. In turn, the booze is piling up! American Airlines has found a solution in the hopes of selling and shipping some of its excess wine. Where to? Directly to people’s homes.

The company announced the new program calling it American Airlines Flagship Cellars. It’ll give wine drinkers a chance to by wine (by the battle) or in curated custom cases selected by the airline or a monthly subscription service that will cost $99 a month.

The prices for American Airlines Flagship Cellars program ranges from about $13-$40. The most expensive offering is a 3-pack of champagne at $300.

The $99 monthly subscription to American Airlines Flagship Cellars gives a customer discounted prices, a monthly shipment of 3 bottles and they will earn up to two AAdvantage Miles for each dollar they spend in the program.

The wine for the Flagship Cellars program come from the stores that would have served American Airlines’ “Flagship” ticket holders. This is a luxury option on transcontinental or international flights.

 

 

 

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Dubai: Top Dollar New Year’s Eve

Dubai is well known around the world for offering hot and cold running glitz and glamor and not much of note is inexpensive in Dubai for travelers. New Year’s Eve is probably the top holiday to spend in Dubai.

Much of this reputation is due to the out of this world fireworks display Burj Khalifa puts on—this is the world’s tallest building and located in Dubai. It is usually followed by a water ballet programmed into the world’s largest fountain display. In 2019 the five minute display consisted of over 3,000 pounds of fireworks.

If you want to eat while watching the display you’d better be prepared to open that wallet. High end restaurants offer multi-course meals in the $1,200 range (yes, that is per person). But even fast food joints are going to upcharge—around $400 dollars a meal for fast food. An order of Tim Horton’s Timbits will cost you $670.

All you can eat Five Guys burgers, fries and soft drinks will cost one around $400. Even seats to watch the fireworks at the local mall will cost about $300.

 

 

 

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Vaccine Passports Probably Coming

It may be no surprise to some but as vaccines are starting to roll out in the US and worldwide people are waiting for when they can return to doing their normal activities like shop, go to the movies and travel.

However besides actually getting the vaccine there may be a catch—you may also need a vaccine passport.

More than one company has begun creating smart phone apps or other kinds of digital systems for individuals that would allow them to upload data on their Covid-19 vaccinations and tests. In turn this data would create digital credentials allowing or denying access to stadiums, music venues, theaters, business offices and most likely other countries.

Created by the Geneva-based non-profit the Commons Project and the World Economic Forum have partnered with well-known airlines such JetBlue, United and Virgin Atlantic and hundreds of health systems in the US and the government of Aruba is the Common Trust Network.

They are working on the CommonPass app which would allow users to upload medical data, such as Covid-19 data, proof of vaccination by certified medical professionals. This would generate a QR code that authorities could use to certify a person is vaccinated without giving away specific medical data during the interaction. The app would also provide useful data to the user like health pass requirements for all points of arrival or departure on an itinerary.

 

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Keyhole Wasps A Problem For Brisbane Airport

Despite Australia’s advanced biosecurity controls a new, tiny immigrant insect is threatening the safety of planes at the Brisbane Airport.

The keyhole wasp is from Central and South America and also the Caribbean. The little wasp first caused issues at the airport in 2013. Wasps forced a Etihad Airways A330 headed for Singapore to come back to Brisbane just minutes into its flight.

Once grounded, maintenance workers found that the pilot’s pitot tube was blocked by mud. This is the tool they use to measure airspeed.

For the keyhole wasp this kind of cavity is a perfect place to build a nest. In the latter case the plane was only on the tarmac for a few hours and in that time the wasps completely blocked the instrument.

According to workers currently servicing planes on the tarmac in Brisbane, within in minutes of planes landing keyhole wasps are seen flying around the probes.

Experts warn that if something isn’t done, the keyhole wasps could easily spread to other Australian airports.