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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.

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:
MALL LOCATION EVENT DATES
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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