It’s billed as the happiest place on earth so much so that millions flock to the various Disney theme parks each year. A place of magic and wonder; an escape from day-to-day life that so many hold dear. It’s not uncommon for visitors to comment about never wanting to leave, flinching at the very thought of ditching the mouse ears and returning to the day job. However according to long-established urban myths, some take the drive of not wanting to leave a little too literally.
It has long been speculated across the internet and subsequently ‘confirmed’ by those former-cast members (park employees) that it’s a common activity for individuals to scatter the ashes of loved ones throughout the grounds and on the rides themselves across Disneyland resorts.
It’s become such a phenomenon that Disney has spoken out it in the past, confirming that it is not permitted or tolerated.
In basic terms, it’s a violation of the Health and Safety Code to scatter human ashes on private property.
Disney is no stranger to urban legends, the sort of myths that are bound to circulate around a brand that is known for its ‘magic’ and its guarded approach to running the theme parks across the globe.
An approach that is in place in order to conceal the ordinary, keep the magic alive and allow for an all round special experience for guests.
Of course, this slight element of secrecy can allow scope for people’s imagination to run wild and the opportunity to reveal stories which may or may not be true.
If there are anywhere near as many attempted ashes scattering incidents across the theme parks as the internet, in particular Reddit, has us believe, then it appears that such an act has been carried out by visitors for a long time.
Treating any of the Disney theme parks as the final resting place of a loved one may be happening behind closed doors despite Disney’s efforts to stop this.
In fact, according to Insider in 2018, incidents of ashes scattering in on Disney property were occurring as often as once a month.
As with any long-established urban myth, there are intricate details including where the hotspots for ashes scattering are within the theme parks.
Reddit is convoluted of users claiming that hotspots include the Haunted Mansion ride, the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and the expanse of vividly coloured flowerbeds that the parks boast.
The Haunted Mansion ride for example, has its own cult following, a division of which supposedly believes that guests scatter the ashes of loved ones within the ride so that they can join the ghosts and essentially live on at Disneyland forever – creepy stuff.
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With wallets at the ready, the big Steam Summer Sale will be getting underway later today, June 24.
Poised to offer deep discounts on games you’ll probably never get around to playing, gamers will soon have full access.
As usual, the Steam Summer Sale countdown is expected to end at around 6pm BST and suffer from a few hiccups.
Steam servers are expected to go down as thousands of customers hit the site all at the same time.
The good news is that this outage is only expected to last a short period and will be followed by full access to the Steam Summer Sale.
Each year usually contains a theme and it appears that the 2021 edition might have been revealed early.
According to the latest reports, the Steam Summer Sale theme for 2021 will be around murder mystery.
Mystery Badges have started to be spotted in the wild, which could indicate the kind of animated stickers and chat effects being planned.
Then again, this could be part of a much larger theme, meaning fans will have to wait until everything goes live today.
The 2020 Steam Summer Sale had a road trip theme, with Valve telling gamers at the time:
Buy games, earn points, then make a quick stop at the all-new, here-to-stay Points Shop, where you’re sure to find the perfect souvenir for your summer adventures on Steam.
“The shop features dozens of new animated stickers and chat effects, profile backgrounds, mini-profile backgrounds, avatars, avatar frames, and more.
“Plus, discover hundreds of profile backgrounds and emoticons associated with your favourite games, now available in exchange for Steam Points.”
While the Summer Sale 2021 theme could be something connected to mysteries, the Steam Database – the place where the new sale dates have been leaked – provided a sneak peek at what might be coming later today.
This included references to new community profile themes, such as Candy, Cherry, Steam Green, Blue Screen, Summer 2021.
How this would fit with a mystery theme is hard to say, so it will be worth keeping an eye for the latest news on the popular sales event.
WHEN IS THE STEAM SUMMER SALE?
The Steam Summer Sale is one of Valve’s biggest events of the year and has a release date set for June 24.
We know about these new dates due to leaked information, meaning they haven’t been announced yet by Valve.
However, as the company is never one to provide early news on such events, this sounds like the best guide we will have for the time being.
The Steam Summer Sale 2020 kicked off in June around the 25th, making this year’s date look like a good shout.
Last year’s event was mainly focused on big discounts but it also contained ways of unlocking other items, which is guaranteed to happen this year too.
Gamers can expect the latest news to drop regarding the Steam Summer Sale at around 6pm BST.
Tall ship St Hilda at sea (Image: St Hilda Sea Adventures)
Offering great views and the relaxing sound of waves – or ripples – against the hull, Chill has rounded up nine of the best staycation spots on boats, from high-end luxury in London to Scottish cruises, floating glamping pods to a miniature Titanic.
Tower Bridge, London
One of HMS Harpy’s bedrooms, with a view of Tower Bridge (Andrew Wadsworth)
Built in 1904 as the world’s first floating Customs & Excise house, HMS Harpy now provides elegant four-bedroom self-catering accommodation for up to 10 people, with a perfect postcard view of Tower Bridge. 1920s oak furniture and vintage prints and maps enhance the luxurious interior – and outside is just as stunning, with a dining table on deck to make the most of the view. If you can tear yourself away from the gorgeous galley kitchen and Egyptian linen bedding, Borough Market is nearby, and across the river you’ll find all the attractions the City of London has to offer.
Formerly a navy tender, Mandy Sue is a beautiful 1930s pinnace located in trendy St Katharine Docks close to Tower Bridge. Offering two spacious bedrooms to sleep four people, the boat is fully equipped with everything you’ll need to enjoy a short break. A previous guest commented that her young children loved their stay, calling it ‘an adventure’. There are plenty of eateries around the marina, and the dock is within walking distance of attractions such as the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral.
For a holiday with a difference, stay on the Sula – one of the few surviving lightships that operated in the waters around Britain. Built in 1959, Sula was stationed at Spurn Sandbank at the mouth of the Humber to guide shipping through the estuary. Now she’s moored in Gloucester Quays and offers accommodation in its stylish, two-bedroom Humber Suite for up to four people. Full of charming details – such as the original ladder leading to the restored escape hatch – Sula also has two deck spaces for guests to relax and watch the world go by. Explore the boutiques and restaurants around Gloucester’s historic docks, or use the Sula as a base from which to venture further afield – South Wales is less than an hour away by car.
A floating glamping pod in a marina, Secret Water sleeps four in two bedrooms. Stylish, contemporary decor makes the pod a welcoming place to stay, and there’s a deck offering al fresco dining overlooking the quiet waters. Hire a boat or kayak for the day and explore the River Waveney on the South Broads, or go fishing or birdwatching. The gorgeous Suffolk beaches are within a short drive, while for retail lovers and history buffs, Norwich is only 16 miles away.
All aboard the Titanic – no, not that one! A miniature version of the ill-fated cruise liner, the Titanic Boat is firmly moored at Liverpool Marina. This gloriously kitschy vessel sleeps up to nine people in three bedrooms and has a quirky style to make you smile. Lots of options for eating and drinking around the marina, with The Beatles Story, Maritime Museum, and Tate Liverpool nearby. The city centre is approximately a half-hour walk away, where you’ll find cool independent shops at Bold Street and Red Brick Market, plus high street names in the UK’s largest open-air shopping centre, Liverpool One.
Ideal for couples seeking a romantic getaway, the Misty Lady is a houseboat moored on the Rochdale Canal at Hebden Bridge. A little deck at the prow offers views across the water, and the interior is cosy and relaxed. Explore the creative spirit of Hebden Bridge, with its cobbled streets and scores of independent artisan shops, organic cafes, and country pubs serving locally brewed ale. Climb up nearby Hardcastle Crags or enjoy miles of walks across the moors. Haworth, home to the Bronte sisters, is only five miles away, and the town of Halifax is less than half an hour by car.
Through the porthole on St Hilda (St Hilda Sea Adventures)
Enjoy the rugged coastal landscape of the Western Highlands and the Hebrides from the deck of St Hilda, a wooden ketch that’s taken part in several Tall Ship Races. Choose to remain at berth in Dumstaffnage Marina near Oban for a chilled stay, or book a cruise and explore islands such as Skye, St Kilda, and Arran in the company of a professional skipper and onboard chef. Sleeping six in three cabins, cruises on St Hilda still available for 2021 include a Mull Odyssey, sailing to Iona, Staffa, and the Ross of Mull in mid-July, and a wildlife cruise in the Inner Hebrides in September. St Hilda’s sister ships are also offering berth-stay accommodation as well as cruises – check the website for availability.
Luxury houseboat The Four Sisters accommodates up to four adults and two young children at its berth in Lochrin Basin, close to Fountainbridge in Edinburgh. An oak-lined interior provides a backdrop for the sumptuous styling – there’s a modern galley kitchen, a library for those rainy days, and a barbeque on deck for when the sun’s out. There’s even a massage chair in case you need to unwind after a hard day’s sightseeing! Edinburgh’s many attractions are a short distance away, from the iconic Royal Mile with Holyrood Palace at the bottom and Edinburgh Castle at the top, to the ghostly Mary King’s Close. Grab a coffee at The Elephant House, one of the birthplaces of Harry Potter, or check out the pubs and eateries in the Grass Market.
For those who love boats but feel seasick away from dry land, maybe this is the answer? Firmly in dry dock (unless it’s raining!), this ‘boatel’ is found in an acre of wildflower meadow in the beautiful Welsh countryside. Winner of Shed of the Year in 2013, the Boatel is full of rustic charm, perfect for a romantic getaway. A wood burner will keep you toasty as you enjoy views of Cader Idris, and when you want to explore, you’re on the edge of Snowdonia National Park and within an hour or so of Harlech, Barmouth, and Ludlow.
Nintendo’s battle royale is hosting another themed event – this time allowing players to unlock a special Miitopia theme, in its latest Maximus Cup. It runs from 18th June until 21st June and requires players to unlock 100 event points. Here’s a look:
(Reuters) -Disney World and other U.S. amusement parks updated their mask policy following the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week.
Masks have been made optional in outdoor areas and pool decks at Walt Disney (NYSE:) Inc’s Disney World in Orlando, Florida, effective May 15, but are still needed for entering rides and at indoor locations, according to the guidelines posted on its website.
Universal Orlando has also relaxed its mask policy for guests at outdoor locations. “Face coverings will remain required at all indoor locations, including restaurants, shops, and indoor hotel public areas,” the company said in a statement on Friday.
SeaWorld (NYSE:) Entertainment Inc said on Saturday masks will no longer be required for guests at SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Discovery (NASDAQ:) Cove, Aquatica Orlando, Aquatica San Antonio, Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA for customers who are fully vaccinated.
“All park employees will be required to continue to wear face coverings,” a SeaWorld spokeswoman said on Saturday.
The CDC on Thursday advised that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks outdoors and can avoid wearing them indoors in most places.
Back in 1978, Radio 4 started each daily broadcast with an orchestral arrangement of traditional British and Irish airs, which were compiled and arranged by Fritz Spiegl and Manfred Arlan respectively. However, the UK theme stopped being played each morning in April 2006 and was instead replaced with a news briefing and shipping forecast. However, journalist Colin Brazier recently dug up the classic wake up call, before reminiscing fondly online about how the arrangement represented each nation of the UK “equally”.
He wrote on Twitter: “For decades Radio 4 started each day with this Theme For Britain, a musical rendering of our country with each nation represented equally.
“15 years ago it was scrapped by BBC bosses whose attitude tells us something about London’s neglect of Britishness.”
Social media users were quick to agree it was a “shame” to lose the daily theme.
One person wrote: “Remember it well – quintessentially British.”
Another added: “It’s such a shame.
“The British Isles’ folk song tradition needs to me more widely known.”
A third person also said: “I used to love listening to that early every morning.”
A fourth social media user added: “There was no reason to get rid of it.”
Pac-Man 99 is the latest battle royale game on the block, and it’s exclusive to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. Following in the footsteps of Tetris 99 (and the departed Super Mario Bros. 35), this competitive online game takes a classic video game franchise and injects some modern 1v100 (well, 1v98) everyone-for-themselves gameplay that’s arguably worth the price of a Nintendo Switch Online sub on its own.
The game is free-to-play for online subscribers, but just as Tetris 99 has, it also features downloadable skins and extra modes to enjoy if you’re willing to pay for it. We’d assume that a future physical release will bundle all this DLC onto a cartridge — again, just like Tetris 99 — but for now you’ll have to go digital if you want all the extra goodies.
Below we’ve gathered together a list of ever Pac-Man 99 DLC skin available to download, plus information on prices and a little poll at the end — let us know your favourites!
What are Pac-Man 99 Custom Themes?
While you might be very happy to play with the classic Pac-Man skin, there are a host of downloadable retro ‘skins’ you can use instead. These include several classic Namco games and franchises, such as Galaga, Dig Dug, Rolling Thunder and Xevious.
Using a different skin will change the visuals and the sound effects, but it has no affect on gameplay whatsoever — they just look cool and give the game a different retro flavour. It’s still called Pac-Man 99, too, even without Pac-Man.
How many Pac-Man 99 DLC Themes are there?
There are currently 29 themes available, although one of those is the default Pac-Man skin. So, 28 extra skins, if you like.
How much are the Pac-Man 99 DLC Themes?
The classic character skins are available individually for $ 1.99 / £1.69 / €1.99 each, although you can buy the DLC bundle which unlocks all the skins plus the ‘Mode Unlock’ (extra gameplay modes) for $ 29.99 / £24.99 / €29.99.
Pac-Man 99 DLC Themes – Complete List
Here’s the full list of every DLC theme currently available to download in Pac-Man 99:
Pastel Blocks Theme
Log House Theme
Namco Classic 1 Theme
The Tower of Druaga Theme
Namco Classic 2 Theme
Dig Dug Theme
The Genji and the Heike Clans Theme
Yokai Dochuki Theme
Dragon Buster Theme
The Legend of “Valkyrie” Theme
Cosmo Gang The Video Theme
Namco Classic 3 Theme
Rolling Thunder Theme
Wonder Momo Theme
The Return of Ishtar Theme
Namco Classic 4 Theme
Namco Classic 5 Theme
Reader Poll – What are your favourites?
Let us know your favourite Pac-Man 99 DLC Theme by voting for your top three in the poll below.
Will you be downloading any of these, or the whole lot? Too pricey? Let us know if they’re tempting you — and how you’re getting on with the game so far — with a comment below.