Disneyland raised ticket prices Tuesday, breaking the $200 mark for some one-day, two-park tickets for the first time.
What We Know:
- After the Anaheim, California park opened Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disneyland raised its ticket prices and they will continue to increase.
- “For off-peak days, a one-day, one-park ticket will remain at $104 on weekends of holidays, parkers will now have to pay up to five precent more, with prices ranging from $144 to $154 on the busiest days,” according to Fox News.
- In the last few years, the park has raised their prices; just over a year ago, before it opened Galaxy Edge.
- According to Disney, they stated, “We started a tier system to keep the park from getting too packed on busy days”. However, the Los Angeles Times found the price hikes didn’t shorten wait times.
- There is also a price increase for the MaxPass, which lets people book reservations for rides and attractions online instead of waiting in line.
- The MaxPass went from $15 to $20 and includes approximately 20 popular rides, including the newly added Autopia and Monsters Inc. rides.
- “Park hopper tickets, which allow guest to spend the day at both Disneyland Park and neighboring California Adventure Park, will now cost up to $209. Guests will also pay more for multi-day passes, which range from $235 for a two-day single park ticket to $415 for a five-day park hopper,” according to Fox News.
- When Disneyland broke the news on the increased prices many people were upset that they are now unable to attend the park. One person wrote on twitter, “Some kids will never have the chance of meeting their heroes bc their family cannot afford it. For a family of 5, the tickets ALONE will be about $1000. ugh,”
- For annual passes, the lowest tier, known as the Select Pass, rose from $399 to $419 and the most expensive yearly pass, Premier, went up from $1,949 to $2,199.
Do you believe Disneyland prices are getting out of hand? Some Disneyland lovers believe so!
The last time I was in Disneyland was in 1994 great times with the kids, Lion King parade just great. That was the last time ever for me. $200! Even $100 screw that and they underpay staff too.
— pete hernandez (@phendo23) February 12, 2020
Naomi Osaka Withdraws from Wimbledon
What We Know:
- Osaka’s agent broke the news to ESPN in a statement. It declares that Osaka intends on “taking some personal time with friends and family.” Despite this, she will compete in next month’s Tokyo Olympics; she will represent Japan, her native country.
- Many already began to speculate she would not compete after she pulled out of the Berlin WTA 5000 grass-court tournament.
- The tennis competition’s official Twitter showed their support via a post. They wished her the best at the Olympics and hoped for her return next year.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 17, 2021
- Osaka became an icon after her 2018 U.S. Open win in which she defeated Serena Williams. Since then, she revealed she struggled with anxiety and depression while adjusting to her newfound fame.
- She became so overwhelmed with the limelight that she found it hard to do press conferences. This issue caused an uproar last month when she chose not to participate in any media events. The French Open officials disliked her decision and fined her $15,000. She responded by taking herself out of the competition; she also explained her choice in a tweet.
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) May 31, 2021
- Her candidness garnered support across every sport. Athletes who applauded her include Kyrie Irving, Venus Williams, Coco Gauff, Lewis Hamilton, and more. It also raised conversation as to whether or not athletes should choose to speak with the press after events.
Osaka is not the only tennis champ withdrawing from Wimbledon. Rafael Nadal removed himself from the tournament last week as well; in a series of tweets, he wrote that after listening to his body, he determined he should sit out the games this year. He declared this would help him prolong his career.
Olympians Must ‘Avoid Unnecessary Forms of Contact’ During Games
Athletes participating in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics must avoid anything that may provoke another COVID-19 wave across Japan, including engaging in sexual activities.
What We Know:
- The International Olympic Committee (IOC) continuously emphasized last week that Olympic village citizens must observe social distancing guidelines. If someone does not obey the rules, they may face fines, disqualification, or deportation. After the information’s release, Japanese organizers began wondering if this meant they cannot distribute their 160,000 condoms throughout the village.
- The issuing out of contraception became a tradition in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Officials wanted to motivate Olympians in the village to practice safe sex. Oftentimes, athletes tend to sleep with each other, or with natives.
- Several companies and people expressed their concern over the new rules. Mountaineer Ken Noguchi said he “could not comprehend” why organizers can’t just hand out the condoms and ask the owners to “keep them under wraps”. Alongside this, four Japanese condom manufacturers expected to market their “specialty, ultra-thin” prophylactics; the contraceptives, made of polyurethane, are meant to heighten the pleasure of sex.
- In light of the IOC’s declaration, Tokyo Olympics organizers stated they do not intend on passing out condoms for use inside the village. Rather, they want athletes to take the contraceptives home as a souvenir. Organizers claim that athletes can return to their nations and raise awareness on HIV and AIDS with the condoms.
- The IOC’s warning stands despite the fact that 80% of Olympic and Paralympic athletes will be fully vaccinated by the time the games start on July 23. Additionally, officials placed extreme measures on athletes’ interactions outside of competitions. For example, although organizers intended on providing meals in “vast dining halls,” participants must now eat and sleep alone.
The IOC and Japan intend on minimizing any possible damage to the host country. Recently, Japan curbed its coronavirus rate and dropped restrictions. Japanese officials also ensured they will take precautions if numbers jump during the Olympics; this includes putting their state of emergency back into effect in the middle of the Games.
Shenzhou-12: China Sending First Crew to New Space Station For Three Months
The Shenzhou-12 mission to the new Chinese space station brings three astronauts into orbit.
What We Know:
- The rocket, Long March-2F, made its 15th flight on Thursday at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, sending the Shenzhou spacecraft and astronauts into orbit. Nine minutes and forty seconds after liftoff, the rocket separated from Shenzhou.
- China’s previous six Shenzhou missions ran from 2003 to 2016, none of which contained astronauts. Thursday’s blastoff is Shenzhou’s seventh piloted mission set for three months in space.
- The core space module, named Heavenly Harmony, launched on April 29th. This module received supplies and equipment from an unpiloted cargo ship at the end of May. Astronauts Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming, and Tang Hongbo plan to arrange the module for living, then run diagnostic tests on technology and experiment. Experimentation with solar panels has proven successful so far, with solar panels unfolding functionally and providing power to the space station.
- The Chinese Space Station is distinct from International Space Station built by the United States, Russia, Japan, Canada, and the European Space Agency. Although smaller, it shares similar objectives: international research and technological development. China is excluded from the International Space Station due to the 2011 Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act. This act set rules and funding for defense and other U.S. government agencies for the year and following years. In section 1340 of the act, it states that NASA cannot use division funds to collaborate with China unless a specific law permits it.
- The hub of the Chinese Space Station, called Tianhe, contains crew quarters, communication systems, life support technology, an airlock, and spacecraft control panels. If the Shenzhou-12 mission is a success, China plans to send two more docking modules later this year to complete the space station.
- Ji Qiming, assistant director of the China Manned Space Agency, explained intentions of sharing space as a forum for exploration. “Outer space is the commonwealth of people all over the world, and exploring the universe is the shared cause of all mankind…We are willing to carry out international cooperation and exchanges with all countries and regions worldwide that are committed to the peaceful use of outer space.”
Successfully executing the fully automated Shenzhou-12 mission tests technology, programming, and ultimately, science.
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