Katie Rice, Orlando Sentinel

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Recent articles by Katie:

Disney workers rally for better pay as unions bargain new contract

Employees began marching a couple miles off Disney property, with the mountain for Animal Kingdom roller coaster Expedition Everest visible in the distance, to a stretch of U.S. 192 in Kissimmee Wednesday afternoon. They chanted “Disney workers need a raise” and displayed signs saying, “Magic doesn’t pay the bills” and “We deserve more than [former CEO Bob] Chapek ever did!!” to locals commuting… → Read More

Disney going forward with hiring freeze, CEO Iger says in town hall

The Walt Disney Co. still plans to go forward with plans for a hiring freeze announced by former CEO Bob Chapek shortly before he was ousted from the company last week, current CEO Bob Iger said Monday. → Read More

Food service workers could soon strike at Orange County Convention Center

Unionized Sodexo food service workers at the Orange County Convention Center unanimously voted to authorize a strike against their employer. → Read More

State seeks fine, criminal charges in Tyre Sampson’s Orlando Free Fall death

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said her department is forwarding its investigative findings to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. → Read More

Disney CEO Iger faces big challenges in return to company

Chapek has received praise for steering Disney through the financial devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic but criticism in other aspects of his management. → Read More

SeaWorld Abu Dhabi, company’s first overseas park, to debut in 2023

SeaWorld’s first theme park outside the United States, SeaWorld Abu Dhabi, will open in the United Arab Emirates next year. → Read More

Disney picks developer for affordable housing project near its theme parks

Walt Disney World has chosen housing developer The Michaels Organization to build, own and operate its new affordable housing development near Flamingo Crossings Town Center. → Read More

Disney World increases price of park tickets, annual passes

Disney World on Tuesday revealed a jump in theme-park ticket prices, their first increase since 2018. → Read More

Will Disney layoffs, hiring freeze affect Disney World?

It is unclear if Walt Disney World will be affected specifically, but one union leader said it was unlikely to affect local workers soon. → Read More

Disney tourists shake off Nicole after theme parks reopen

“You make the magic yourself, right?” one Disney tourist said. → Read More

SeaWorld continues wave of record earnings but attendance, staffing lag

Orlando-based SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. reported Wednesday record revenue of $565.2 million for its latest quarter. → Read More

Disney World, Universal and SeaWorld shut down early for Tropical Storm Nicole

Disney, Universal and SeaWorld are closing early Wednesday with plans to reopen later this week after Tropical Storm Nicole passes. → Read More

Disney’s park earnings set a record, even after $65 million Ian loss

As the company celebrates record parks revenue, Disney World's frontline theme park workers say they deserve raises that reflect their work. → Read More

Disney, other tourism workers need $18 minimum wage to get by, report says

Orlando’s tourism workers must earn at least $18 per hour minimum wage to meet basic needs, a new report says. → Read More

IAAPA promotes attractions veteran to president and CEO

Jakob Wahl currently serves as IAAPA’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, and his career with the group spans a decade. → Read More

Disney gives $1 million to support FAMU journalism school

The five-year grant establishes the Disney Storytellers Fund at the historically Black Tallahassee school to increase diversity in news. → Read More

Disney won’t back down from ‘rich, diverse’ offerings, CEO says

"We want to use Disney to bring people together, and I think we’ll do that by diverse stories and diverse characters," Bob Chapek said. → Read More

Fall festivals help Central Florida farms stay green with cash

Central Florida farmers have recognized that what’s known as agritourism could help keep their businesses afloat. → Read More

Comcast hints at future layoffs, though Universal theme parks prosper

Despite strong earnings, a top Comcast executive on Thursday raised the possibility of layoffs in preparation for a potential recession next year. → Read More

UCF, Universal debut Creative Lab for theme park designers

Next semester, select master’s students at the University of Central Florida will call Universal Orlando their classroom. → Read More