See Disneyland as You’ve Never Seen It Before: Completely Empty

Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

With the novel coronavirus spreading through California, Disneyland in Anaheim closed its gates on March 14, 2020. It marked the park's fourth closure since opening day, and now approaching week five, it's the longest one by far. You may not be able to experience this bizarre moment in theme park history in person, but as Time Out reports, you can explore Disney's abandoned attractions from your computer.

This aerial video shot by KABC Los Angeles depicts Disneyland in the age of COVID-19. Main Street has become a ghost town. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, which reached max capacity within an hour of its grand opening less than a year ago, is now empty in the middle of the day. You can watch the footage below.

While guests may never see the park this desolate in real life, dense crowds at Disney may still be a rarity when it eventually reopens. When Disney partially reopened its Shanghai resort in March, capacity was limited, temperatures were taken upon entry, and masks were mandatory except for meals.

If you'd rather be transported to a Disneyland that's bustling with life, you can do that from your computer as well. Here are some virtual ride tours you can watch to bring some Disney magic into your living room.

[h/t Time Out]

Wednesday’s Best Amazon Deals Include Computer Monitors, Plant-Based Protein Powder, and Blu-ray Sets

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Amazon
As a recurring feature, our team combs the web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, December 2. Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers, including Amazon, and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we only get commission on items you buy and don’t return, so we’re only happy if you’re happy. Good luck deal hunting!

The Meanings Behind 25 Common Acronyms and Initialisms

Remember POGs?
Remember POGs?
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Before POGs became collectible items printed with our favorite ’90s pop culture characters, they were just simple discs found inside bottle caps. In fact, that’s how they got their name—POG is an acronym for Passion Fruit, Orange, Guava, the name of a Maui-based beverage whose lids gave rise to the game.

On this episode of The List Show, Mental Floss host Justin Dodd is sharing the origin stories behind 25 popular acronyms and initialisms, many of which you may not have realized actually stood for anything at all. Geico, for example, isn’t a word that insurance providers made up to match their spokes-gecko; it’s an acronym for Government Employees Insurance Co., made up to match the company’s original target demographic (government employees). And since LED stands for light-emitting diode, the phrase LED light is rather redundant.

Press play below to uncover the secrets behind other popular abbreviations, from Alien Life Form (ALF) to Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle (Yahoo!).

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