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Wednesday round-up: Fireworks live and Tokyo Disney in virtual reality

June 29, 2016, 10:26 PM · Can't make it to the parks for the the Fourth of July celebrations? Or do you just know better than to be stuck in those worst-of-the-summer crowds? Either way, you don't have to completely miss the festivities. Walt Disney World will be live-streaming the Independence Day fireworks from the Magic Kingdom on July 4. The livestream will be on the Disney Parks Blog front page, starting at 8:50 pm ET.

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts will be hosting a two-weekend sand sculpture celebration at the close of the summer holiday season. The "Sandtastic Weekends" will be held on August 26-28 and September 2-4, which is Labor Weekend. From the hotel's press release:

The event will offer guests a variety of different ways to take part in the action, from watching the masterpieces being created up close to learning the tips and techniques of sand sculpting during a sand sculpting clinic. Those with a competitive side can take part in amateur sculpting contests or try to stump the professionals by giving suggestions for speed sculpting demonstrations, where a piece is created in just 10 minutes.

The fun will extend beyond the sand sculpting, with plenty of indoor and outdoor food selections featuring creations from the resort’s award-winning food and beverage team, including the resort’s own Phins and Feathers craft beer; games on the beach like corn hole and table tennis; a DJ; and to close the day, a campfire and s’mores.

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The Tokyo Disney Resort is kicking off its summer season with a 360-degree "virtual reality" flight through the parks. Here's a look at "Flying Summer Magic!" (Chrome browser works best for this on a laptop or desktop computer.)

The effect is way more impressive if you access go to tdrfun.jp/summer on your iPhone or Android and play the demonstration on your phone's screen. Sure, the instructions are in Japanese, but it's pretty intuitive, and if two-year-olds who can't yet read English can figure out an iPad, you probably can figure out how to use this.

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