Walt Disney World will once again host spring training baseball in 2023.
The Tampa Bay Rays announced Tuesday that the team will split its spring training schedule between Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and Tropicana Field, where it plays during the regular season. The team’s usual spring home in Port Charlotte, Florida was damaged by Hurricane Ian and repairs won’t be complete in time for training to start on Feb. 6, 2023.
“We are thrilled to be bringing Major League Baseball back to Walt Disney World Resort,” Disney Sports vice president Faron Kelley said in a press release. “We’re always looking for top tier events, like the Rays’ Spring Training for our guests to enjoy at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.”
Disney World previously hosted the Atlanta Braves for spring training from 1998 to 2019. The Rays are no strangers to the ESPN complex, as they played two regular season series there in 2007 and 2008.
Silver Dollar City fined $14,000 over maintenance worker death
Branson, Missouri theme park Silver Dollar City has been fined by $14,000 over the death of a maintenance worker this past July.
According to Springfield, Missouri TV station KY3, the unnamed worker died from blunt force head trauma injuries allegedly sustained while working on one of the park’s roller coasters. The fine, issued by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, does not detail the circumstances of the death or what safety violations occurred.
In an unsigned statement to KY3, Silver Dollar City said: “The safety of all Silver Dollar City hosts and guests is a responsibility we take with the utmost seriousness. We have worked with OSHA over the past several months to review the employee accident that took place earlier this year, which included discussions regarding our voluntary revisions to safeguarding measures in restricted areas. OSHA has reviewed and accepted these changes, training for which has been implemented with the appropriate personnel.”
Haunted Mansion Holiday will run an extra 3 weeks at Disneyland
Jack Skellington and company will occupy Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion for longer than usual this winter.
The Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay, which features characters from “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” is being extended through Jan. 29, 2023. It was originally scheduled to end on Jan. 8, the same day the rest of the Disneyland Resort’s holiday celebrations wrap up.
While Disneyland hasn’t announced an exact schedule for the 2023 change, the classic Haunted Mansion attraction typically returns less than two weeks after the holiday overlay closes.