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MousePlanetWatch 32 - news feed for August 16, 2007

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Walt Disney World News


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Most of the news came from this past Monday's Walt Disney World Park Update.

  • The Disney-MGM Studios theme park will have a new name come January: Disney's Hollywood Studios. Along with the name change, Walt Disney World announced several entertainment changes, the most notable of which are the replacement of the Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade with a Florida edition of Block Party Bash from Disney's California Adventure, and the complete makeover of Playhouse Disney–Live on Stage with characters from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Little Einsteins, Handy Manny and others.
  • Disney will be extending the Year of a Million Dreams through December 31, 2008. This means that the "Year" will eventually last27 months.
  • Universal has matched Disney's one-day, one-park ticket price at $71. There is no word yet from SeaWorld.
  • Disney is testing a new children's activity program at Typhoon Lagoon. There are about three-and-a-half weeks left in the test. If you get a chance to try it out, let us know what you think!
  • Disney has announced the 2008 itineraries for Adventures By Disney. For a complete schedule, see the Park Update.
  • The Tower of Terror 6.5K race has sold out. There's still space in the 13K, though.
  • The reopening of Mitsukoshi Teppanyaki as Teppan Edo has been delayed to November 1.

Disneyland News

Much of the news came from this past Monday's Disneyland Park Update.

The Walt Disney Company News

  • Disneyland Paris will again stage their incredible Halloween celebration this year, redecorating the park from October 6 through November 4.
  • On Monday, Disney CEO Bob Iger sent a letter to University of Washington president Mark Emmert demanding that the school retract a press release issued last Tuesday heralding the results of a study done by three university professors that declared in its opening statement that "Despite marketing claims, parents who want to give their infants a boost in learning language probably should limit the amount of time they expose their children to DVDs and videos such as 'Baby Einstein' and 'Brainy Baby.'"
  • A new Nintendo DS game from Disney might be considered Disney meets Tamagotchi.
  • Miley Cyrus, star of Hannah Montana, is launching a 54-date tour in October, co-starring with herself. Miley/Hannah is touring in support of her double-billed two-CD set on Walt Disney Records. Third-billed on the tour, as "special guests," are the Jonas Brothers touring in support of their first CD on Disney label Hollywood Records. Their first album was on Sony Records.

    DAY DATE MARKET VENUE ON SALE DATE
    THU 18-Oct St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center Sat, Aug 18 10am
    SAT 20-Oct Moline, IL I wireless Center Sat, Aug 18 10am
    SUN 21-Oct Minneapolis, MN Target Center Sat, Sept 8 Noon
    TUE 23-Oct Omaha, NE Qwest Center Sat, Aug 18 10am
    THU 25-Oct Denver, CO Pepsi Center Sat, Aug 18 10am
    SAT 27-Oct Salt Lake City, UT Energy Solutions Arena Sat, Aug 18 10am
    MON 29-Oct Seattle, WA Key Arena Sat, Aug 18 10am
    TUE 30-Oct Portland, OR Rose Garden Sat, Aug 18 10am
    THU 1-Nov Oakland, CA Oracle Arena Sat, Aug 18 10am
    SAT 3-Nov Anaheim, CA Honda Center Sun, Aug 26 Noon
    SUN 4-Nov San Jose, CA HP Pavilion at San Jose Sat, Aug 18 10am
    MON 5-Nov Fresno, CA SaveMart Center Sat, Aug 18 10am
    WED 7-Nov Los Angeles, CA Staples Center Sun, Aug 26 Noon
    THU 8-Nov San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena Sat, Aug 25 10am
    FRI 9-Nov Glendale, AZ jobing.com Arena Sat, Aug 25 Noon
    SUN 11-Nov Houston, TX Toyota Center Sat, Sept 15 10am
    MON 12-Nov San Antonio, TX AT&T Center Sat, Sept 15 Noon
    WED 14-Nov Ft. Worth, TX Ft. Worth Conv. Ctr. Sat, Sept 15 10am
    THU 15-Nov Bossier City, LA CenturyTel Center Sat, Sept 15 10am
    FRI 16-Nov TBD    
    MON 19-Nov Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum Sat, Sept 15 10am
    TUE 20-Nov Sunrise, FL BankAtlantic Center Sat, Sept 15 10am
    FRI 23-Nov Nashville, TN Sommet Center Sat, Aug 25 10am
    SAT 24-Nov Knoxville, TN Thompson-Boling Arena Sat, Aug 25 9am
    SUN 25-Nov Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Sat, Sept 15 10am
    TUE 27-Nov Charlotte, NC Charlotte Bobcats Arena Sat, Sept 15 Noon
    WED 28-Nov Duluth, GA Arena at the Gwinnett Center Sat, Sept 15 10am
    THU 29-Nov Memphis, TN FedExForum Sat, Sept 15 10am
    SAT 1-Dec N. Little Rock, AR ALLTEL Arena Sat, Sept 15 10am
    SUN 2-Dec Oklahoma City, OK Ford Center Sat, Aug 25 10am
    MON 3-Dec Kansas City, MO Sprint Center Sat, Sept 15 10am
    WED 5-Dec Auburn Hills, MI Palace at Auburn Hills Sat, Sept 29 10am
    THU 6-Dec Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena Sat, Sept 29 10am
    SAT 8-Dec Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena Sat, Sept 15 10am
    SUN 9-Dec Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse Sat, Sept 15 10am
    TUE 11-Dec Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena Sat, Sept 15 10am
    WED 12-Dec Lexington,KY Rupp Arena Sat, Sept 15 10am
    THU 13-Dec Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena Sat, Sept 15 10am
    SAT 15-Dec Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre Sat, Sept 29 10am
    SUN 16-Dec Rochester, NY BlueCross Arena Sat, Sept 29 10am
    MON 17-Dec Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center Sat, Sept 29 10am
    WED 19-Dec Hartford, CT Hartford Civic Center Sat, Sept 29 10am
    THU 20-Dec Providence, RI Dunkin Donuts Center Sat, Sept 29 10am
    FRI 21-Dec Worcester, MA DCU Center Sat, Sept 29 10am
    SAT 22-Dec Worcester, MA DCU Center Sat, Sept 29 10am
    THU 27-Dec Long Island, NY Nassau Coliseum Sat, Sept 29 10am
    FRI 28-Dec Long Island, NY Nassau Coliseum Sat, Sept 29 10am
    SAT 29-Dec Newark, NJ Prudential Center Sat, Sept 29 10am
    SUN 30-Dec Newark, NJ Prudential Center Sat, Sept 29 10am
    THU 3-Jan Cleveland, OH Quickens Loan Arena Sat, Sept 29 10am
    FRI 4-Jan Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena Sat, Sept 29 10am
    SAT 5-Jan Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall Sat, Sept 29 10am
    MON 7-Jan Washington DC Verizon Center Sat, Sept 29 10am
    TUE 8-Jan Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena Sat, Sept 29 10am
    WED 9-Jan Albany, NY Times Union Center Sat, Sept 29 10am
  • High School Musical, Hannah Montana, Princesses and Pirates are the inspiration for lines of electronics, including a 15-inch LCD TV, an iPod speaker device and a video camera.
  • The High School Musical 2 Junior Novel and High School Musical: East High Yearbook have been released in support of the TV movie's premiere tomorrow.
  • In the summer box office race, Transformers is maybe a week or two away from overtaking Pirates domestically. On the global stage, though, Pirates has taken in a total of $954.7 million worldwide, followed by Spider-Man 3, Harry Potter, Shrek the 3rd and Transformers.

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