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The grand opening ceremonies of The Seas with Nemo and Friends took place in the pouring rain, so the sound of rain runs throughout and Mark's poncho (which was keeping the camera dry) makes several unannounced appearances.
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Late-breaking news: since the podcast was recorded, Disney Legend Peter Ellenshaw has passed away.
In the Walt Disney World news, sponsored by Small World Vacations, MousePlanet's preferred travel provider, all of the news came from this past Monday's Walt Disney World Park Update, and links to the various information reported can be found there.
All of the Disneyland news came from this past Tuesday's Disneyland Park Update, and links to the various information reported can be found there.
The new Disney.com web site has gone live, but is only skin-deep and requires the latest Flash player.
In The Walt Disney Company news, we discussed information released at the Disney investor's conference in Florida. The press release with the details of the financials is available online, and audio from the conference is available here. Our discussion of the blue-sky ideas put forth by Jay Rasulo at the conference is in this thread, and our discussion on the return of hand-drawn animation is in this thread. Cars won the Best Animated Feature award at this year's Annie Awards. iMDB already has a placeholder page up for Haunted High School Musical. There is a special contest for those who see The Bridge to Terabithia at the El Capitan Theatre in California. Disney is now selling roses with Disney characters embossed on them at DisneyShopping.com.
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Our Tip of the Week is to check out DisneyLiNK for interesting information about the parks, DVDs, merchandise and other stuff that you might not know about. Just be aware that it can be a resource hog on your computer when it first starts up.
Michelle Lane and Michael Morgan portray Dory and Marlin in the new Finding Nemo: The Musical. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.
Our featured topic this week was a discussion of Finding Nemo - The Musical at Walt Disney World. Mike and Mark talked about the show, and we also played audio from three interviews that Mark did: one with Michelle Lane (Dory), Michael Morgan (Marlin), Alison Case (Nemo) and Bert Rodriguez (Crush) from the show's cast; one with Anne Hamburger, Executive Vice President for Creative Entertainment for Disney Parks & Resorts, and one with Bobby and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, co-creators of the show. Mark has finally written the new park guide page for the show.
Anne Hamburger is the Executive Vice President for Creative Entertainment for Disney Parks & Resorts. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.
Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez are the co-creators of Finding Nemo: The Musical. Photo by Mark Goldhaber.
This week's Featured Attraction is the Country Bear Jamboree at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
This week's Review system spotlight focuses on Taste Pilot's Grill at Disney's California Adventure.
This week's Magical Moment came from Ruth and John Iler from Littleton, Colorado, who talked to Mike aboard the Disney Wonder during the MouseFest 2006 cruise.
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Mark is once again participating in the March of Dimes WalkAmerica event. Please check out his pledge page for more information, or to donate. If you'd rather donate to other causes supported by folks in the Disney Internet community, Deb Wills (AllEarsNet) is raising money to fight breast cancer and Lou Mongello (Disney World Trivia) is raising money for the Starlight Starbright Foundation to send terminally-ill children to Walt Disney World.
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