MousePlanetWatch 34 - news feed for August 30, 2007
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Walt Disney World News
Most of the news came from this past Tuesday's Walt
Disney World Park Update (it was published a day late this week).
The Muppet Mobile Lab goes out for a test spin with Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and
Beaker rolling about Epcot's Future World. Photo Disney.
- The new "O Canada!"
movie debuts at Epcot's Canada pavilion tomorrow.
- The Orange County Sheriff's Department is looking
for additional witnesses to the "line rage" incident at the
Mad Tea Party attraction back in May.
- Last Thursday, Walt Disney World Resort was
honored by the American Lung Association of Florida and Florida Surgeon
General Ana Viamonte Ros for its decision in May to make all of its 24,000
hotel rooms smoke free.
- A permit application for
a "Kim Possible World Showcase SFX Package" has been submitted to Orange
- The decking and substructure at the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse at
the Magic Kingdom will be replaced
on third shift.
- MouseFest has arranged for a special
discounted rate at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort for
- As it nears the end of its renovation the Grosvenor Resort on Hotel Plaza
Boulevard will be getting a new name on Saturday: the Regal
Much of the news came from this past Monday's Disneyland Park Update.
The Walt Disney Company News
- On Sunday, Greenpeace activists snuck
into a hotel at the Hong Kong Disneyland resort, swapped out light bulbs
in two lobby chandeliers for fluorescent ones, and unfurled a banner stating
"Mickey cooks the climate".
Children's Place is in serious
trouble with Disney related to its amended license deal that they signed
June 8 for running the Disney Store operation in the U.S. and Canada. Since
the breach of their agreement would allow Disney to either demand action
or cancel the deal completely, it'll be interesting to see where Disney
goes with this, since the original deal was created under Michael Eisner.
If Bob Iger thinks that Disney shouldn't have sold off the Disney Stores,
the company could cancel the deal with Children's Place and take the stores
- Disney Publishing has decided to fold Disney
Adventures magazine after 17 years following the November issue.
- Disney's ABC Television Network arm and Roger Ebert are sparring over
the use of the trademarked "thumbs-up/thumbs-down" rating system
on "At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper." First, ABC released
a statement last Friday to the AP stating that Ebert was withholding
the rights to use the "thumbs" on the show. Later last Friday,
through his web site, noting that he had not withheld the thumbs, and
that Disney was not negotiating in good faith.
- ESPN has purchased Scrum.com,
a popular rugby site. ESPN had recently bought Cricinfo.com,
the top cricket site.
- Disney properties picked up 17 awards at the Teen
Choice Awards Sunday night.
Improvement and George Lopez will be showing up on Nick at Night.
- The Disney Music Group landed three titles in the Billboard Top Ten last
week. The High
School Musical 2 soundtrack was at # 1, Hannah
Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus was at # 2, and Jonas
Brothers was at # 8. DMG had a total of eight albums in the Top 50.
Guide is reporting that Disney has confirmed that the theatrical release
of High School Musical 3 will not be "Haunted" after all. However,
first they have to meet the increased
salary demands of the stars.
- The "Extended Edition" of High
School Musical 2 will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 11.
will debut in stores on November 6.
- Disney movies continue to drop on the weekly
domestic box office charts.
- While Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is now fourth
domestically, it's still more than $62 million ahead of its closest
with $957.7 million worldwide.
- Domestically, Disney's distribution arm is in fourth