Earthquake at Disneyland – guests react on social media

A 5.1 earthquake hit near Los Angeles on Friday night. All rides at Disneyland were temporarily closed as a precaution and the Fireworks show was canceled.

The earthquake happened during Fantasmic! immediately after The Sailing Ship Columbia fired its cannon. The show was stopped and canceled.

The shaking could be felt for about 15 seconds, and was followed by multiple aftershocks. The USGS had earlier reported it as a 5.4-magnitude, but later downgraded it to 5.1

As of 11 p.m. PT Friday, most rides had reopened. The second showing of Fantasmic! went on as planned.

Guests at Disneyland took to social media to react to the earthquake:

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Report: MyMagic+, FastPass+ and MagicBands to be made available to offsite guests starting March 31

Untitled-9MyMagic+, FastPass+ and MagicBands will be made available to offsite guests beginning March 31, according to a report from WDWMAGIC.

Beginning March 31, offsite guests using single day or multi-day tickets will be able to make FastPass+ reservations up to 30 days before their visit. Walt Disney World Resort guests can make their FastPass+ reservations 60 days in advance of their vacation.

Offsite guests will also have access to the My Disney Experience apps.

MagicBands will also be available for purchase, according to the report.

Annual passholders should now have their MagicBands and the ability to reserve attractions up to 30 days before their park visit.

New SMART TV app allows consumers to shop Disney vacations on TV

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A SMART TV app being introduced by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts on Thursday will allow potential travelers to use their remote controls to research Disney vacations.

Brad Baker, director of digital marketing for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said smart TVs has created “a really interesting space for us, since there is now a new way for us to be able to tell our story.”

The app — which will be free and available initially through the Samsung smart TV app store, and in early April, through the LG smart TV app store and on Blu-ray players — was developed with BrightLine, an interactive television advertising and technology company based in New York.

The app aggregates videos, photographs, interactive theme park maps and other information from the websites of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts businesses and from their social media channels.

Read more:  New York Times

Here are the first tweets from the official Disney Twitter accounts

To commemorate Friday’s eighth anniversary of the first Twitter message, the company introduced a tool that lets users relive their debut on the social media network. 

Users can visit first-tweets.com and view theirs and others first tweets.

Here are the first tweets from several official Disney Twitter accounts:

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Disney asks fans to vote for favorite attraction-inspired team during ‘March Magic’

Bracket-March-MagicStarting Tuesday, March 18, fans will have the chance to choose their favorite attraction-inspired team.

You can vote on the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Facebook pages.

The final two teams will face off to determine the ultimate attraction.

The team logos are shown below:

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