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What Is Disney World Like Right Now?

Note from Mommy Frog: Beginning Feb. 17, 2022, masks will be optional for fully vaccinated guests in most indoor and outdoor locations. Those not fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks in all indoor locations. All guests will still be required to wear masks on enclosed Disney transportation, including buses, monorails and the Skyliner. For the most up-to-date information, check out our guide on mask policies at the theme parks).To get more disney updates, you can visit shine news official website.

Walt Disney World Resort officially reopened its parks in July 2020, and it has been steadily hopping back to life ever since! While certain experiences may still be limited during this time, the theme parks are returning to normal operations. In addition to character pop-ups and cavalcades, some modified experiences are slowly beginning to return, including live entertainment and parades! We also have the ongoing Disney World's 50th Anniversary, an 18-month celebration that began Oct. 1!

We are so hoppy to say that indoor character meet-and-greets (though still distanced) are back at Disney World! Lots of entertainment continues to return this year, such as Festival of Fantasy parade, Finding Nemo: the Musical, Fantasmic! and more. Entertainment is what really sets Disney World apart and we're so excited for more entertainers to return!

In October, Disney introduced the brand-new Disney Genie service to the My Disney Experience app. This free digital service guides you through the theme parks (as your own personal genie), with tips that help maximize your time and a personalized itinerary based on your interests. You can upgrade to the Disney Genie+ service, which allows you to select priority access through new Lightning Lane entrances to save time in lines for attractions. We hop into more details later in this guide! And yes, this means the FastPass+ service is officially retired.
In order to better manage capacity, Disney World has implemented a new theme park reservation system that requires all guests to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance (the only exception right now is Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park or Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park which does not require a reservation to attend). Theme park tickets are required to make reservations, so make sure you buy your tickets right away! Find out more information about the Disney Park Pass reservation system in our separate blog post.

Guests with passes or tickets that include the Park Hopper option must make a Disney Park Pass reservation for the first park they plan to visit and enter that first park prior to visiting another. Additionally, there are specific Park Hopper hours — Park Hopper hours begin at 2 p.m. each day and end at the park’s scheduled close time, and entry is still subject to capacity limits (though to date, capacity limits have only interfered with guests' ability to hop once). as they could start earlier at a later date, depending on the day and park. Since park hopping has returned, park availability has been open and accessible. For more details about park hopping policies, check out our separate guide.

Many restaurants and special experiences remain closed, but more steadily continue to reopen. There has also been a shift from a 180-day booking window to a 60-day booking window for reservations moving forward.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney's Hollywood Studios has paused the use of a virtual queue, as of Sept. 23, 2021. The attraction now utilizes a traditional standby queue as well as paid Lightning Lane access through Disney Genie.

Ericsson files patent infringement lawsuit against Apple over 5G

Ericsson filed another patent infringement lawsuit Tuesday against Apple concerning the use of 5G wireless patents in iPhones.To get more latest news on ericsson, you can visit shine news official website.

A leader in cellular communications, the Swedish company previously sued Apple in October in the US District Court for Eastern District of Texas, following the breakdown of negotiations over the renewal of a seven-year license agreement struck in 2015. The license agreement covered patents of 2G, 3G, and 4G technologies used in iPhones. In the breakdown of negotiations, Ericsson sued Apple over the tech giant “unfairly trying to reduce royalty rates.”

However, as the prior agreement expired, Ericsson, in the patent infringement lawsuit, accused Apple of using their technology without a license, infringing their patents for 5G. Demanding collection of the royalty rate, Ericsson agreed that a new license agreement should be drawn up promptly. The most recent lawsuit has been filed in the District Court for the Western District of Texas.

Apple has faced similar cases of infringement of patents, including Motorola, which sued Apple over their touchscreen sensor patent. Apple released a statement over the use of “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory licensing” (FRAND). In the statement, Apple warned of “excessive royalties,” responding to the negotiations with Ericsson. They thought that net payments should be decreased in the renewal of the license agreement, compared to the one drawn up in 2015.

Ericsson and its Chief Executive Officer Borje Ekholm were accused in a U.S. lawsuit of misleading investors about the company’s role in bribes allegedly paid to a terrorist organization ISIS to win business in Iraq.

The suit, which also names Chief Financial Officer Carl Mellander, was filed by investor David Nyy in New York federal court on Thursday and seeks class-action status. Nyy claims actions by the telecommunications company violated U.S. securities laws and resulted in “significant losses and damage” to investors.

Ericsson, which paid more than $1 billion in 2019 to avoid U.S. prosecution in a long-running corruption probe, revealed last month that an internal investigation showed its possible involvement in the payments to ISIS. That disclosure, along with subsequent developments, sent company shares down by about a third.

The U.S. Department of Justice has since accused Ericsson of violating its deferred prosecution agreement and says the company failed to make adequate disclosures about its operations in Iraq before entering into the 2019 agreement.

A report last week from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists detailed allegations about Ericsson’s practices in Iraq, which included the claim about payments to ISIS.Stockholm-based Ericsson said in a statement Friday it learned of the U.S. legal action after its the annual report was finalized Thursday. A company spokeswoman declined further comment.

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