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This week at Walt Disney World,  massive crowds show up for the holiday weekend, a new character appears at Disney's Hollywood Studios for a limited time, plus Disney tightens masks requirement. 

Outside Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort reaches capacity plus SeaWorld welcomes a new addition! 

1. Walt Disney World theme parks extend hours for Columbus Day weekend crowds

This weekend has been very busy at Walt Disney World theme parks, with several attractions at the Magic Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios seeing multi-hour waits. And in response to these elevated guest levels, park hours have been extended at Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom on October 11 and 12, with both of these parks now open one hour later.   

2. Mask requirements tightened

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Face masks continue to be required for admission to Walt Disney World theme parks, but due to additional crowding and some issues with compliance, Disney has once again tightened enforcement for face masks for guests, and have posted signs around the theme parks advising guests that those not wearing masks will be removed from the park. 

3. New, limited time character stops by Disney's Hollywood Studios

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For a limited time only Disney Junior character Mira of “Mira, Royal Detective” is making a special guest appearance in the Disney Junior Stars Motorcade at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, joining characters Vampirina, Doc McStuffins, Fancy Nancy, and more during this daily event. 

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