MousePlanetWatch 29 - news feed for July 26, 2007
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In the Walt Disney World news, most 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.
- A woman was arrested for a "line rage" attack on the Mad Tea Party.
- We gave a roundup of all of the upcoming dining changes around the resort.
- On Tuesday, an uncooperative 40-ton sign and truss caused major disruptions on Interstate 4 at Osceola Parkway, causing major headaches for many tourists trying to get to Walt Disney World.
- Rumors indicate that much of the interior of the Wonders of Life pavilion may be dismantled in time for the empty pavilion used for the Food & Wine Festival.
In the Disneyland news, some of the news came from this past Monday's Disneyland Park Update.
- A Blue Sky Disney Blog entry discussed the huge investment in Disney's California Adventure. You can join the ongoing discussion on the topic on MousePad.
- Information on the Art of Disney Parks event is available online.
- More information about the 17-year-old girl who abandoned a newborn baby in the trash at the Denny's near Disneyland is in the Orange County Register.
- Kiwis might be interested in a new holiday package to Disneyland from New Zealand.
- The Jane Seymour event at the Disney Gallery has been cancelled.
In The Walt Disney Company news:
- Disney is looking to start selling fragrances to pre-teen boys, especially in Hispanic communities.
- Hollywood Records will introduce its new CDVU+ format on August 7 with the first album by the Jonas Brothers for that label.
- The 18 stops of "Disney's Magical Blu-Ray Tour" will take it to malls around the country from August 17 December 23. Here's the schedule:
|Westfield Topanga||Canoga Park, CA||Aug. 17 - 19|
|South Coast Plaza||Costa Mesa, CA||Aug. 24 - 26|
|Westfield North County||Escondido, CA||Aug. 31 - Sept. 2|
|Westfield San Francisco||San Francisco, CA||Sept. 7 - 9|
|Washington Square||Portland, OR||Sept. 14 - 16|
|Westfield South Center||Seattle, WA||Sept. 21 - 23|
|Mall of America||Bloomington, MN||Sept. 28 - 30|
|Orland Square||Orland Park, IL||Oct. 5 - 7|
|Westfield West County||St. Louis, MO||Oct 12 - 14|
|Tyson Corner Center||McLean, VA||Oct. 19 - 21|
|Roosevelt Field||Garden City, NY||Oct. 26 - 28|
|Burlington Mall||Burlington, MA||Nov. 9 - 11|
|King of Prussia||King of Prussia, PA||Nov. 16 -18|
|Circle Centre||Indianapolis, IN||Nov. 23 - 25|
|Lennox Square||Atlanta, GA||Nov. 30 - Dec. 2|
|The Galleria||Houston, TX||Dec. 7 - 9|
|Barton Creek Square||Austin, TX||Dec. 14 - 16|
|Chandler Fashion Center||Chandler, AZ||Dec. 21 - 23|
Disney's Magical Blu-Ray Tour will be coming to 18 malls between now and Christmas. Photo © Disney
- Disney celebrated as the Disney-ABC Television Group earned 85 nominations for this year's Emmy Awards.
- The Little Mermaid begins its pre-Broadway shakedown run in Denver today, while Beauty and the Beast closes its doors on Broadway on Sunday.
- Ratatouille dropped from third to fifth at the weekend box office with a $10.9 million, bringing its total since release to $165.5 million.
- On the strength of Pirates, Ratatouille and Wild Hogs, Disney is the number 3 studio at the box office so far this year.
- At the last minute, Roy E. Disney decided not to skipper his yacht Pyewacket in the TransPacific Yacht Race. His son, Roy Pat, skippered Pyewacket to the fastest port-to-port finish in the race this year, but missed taking back the record by just over 9 hours. However, the boat did not win the overall title based on handicap times. At recording time, the Morning Light a boat that Disney funded as part of making a documentary about its sailing team, was in a tight race for the Division 2 title.
- David Hilberman, one of the leaders of the animators' strike at the Disney studio in 1941, died of natural causes on July 5 at age 95.
- Shirley Slesinger Lasswell, widow of Stephen Slesinger, died on July 19 at age 84. She was behind the ongoing lawsuits against Disney over the rights to the Pooh characters.
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