MousePlanetWatch 35 - news feed for September 6, 2007
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Walt Disney World News
- Disney's Old Key West Resort will offer
a lease extension to Disney Vacation Club members with ownership interests
there, but many questions remain. Join the ongoing
discussion on our MousePad discussion forums.
- We've restructured the
MousePad theme park discussion forums. Check
them out and let us know what you think!
- MouseFest registration is
now open! Join us there! (Check out our MouseFest
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- US Airways has joined
the resort check-in portion of Disney's Magical Express. Southwest is the
only major domestic carrier still not participating, and hopes to have an
agreement by early next year. They're also hoping to have at least some
international flights ready to go by the end of the year.
- The Backlot Theater will be
demolished, according to paperwork filed with Orange County. What will
happen to the location that was once home to the Spirit of Pocahontas and
Hunchback of Notre Dame stage shows is anybody's guess, but there have been
rumors of an additional expansion behind the Muppet Theater area.
- Walt Disney World has raised
parking fees by one dollar across the board.
- Dates have been announced
for the 2008 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival: March 19
- June 1, the longest-ever festival by 15 days.
This and other news can be found in this week's Walt
Disney World Park Update (it was published on Tuesday this week due to
- The Disneyland Half Marathon was held Monday, September 3 at the Disneyland
Resort. Results are posted on the official Disneyland
Half Marathon web site.
- Disney has finally posted
the holiday season park hours and entertainment schedules for the Disneyland
Resort on the Disneyland.com web site, and some events are starting later
- The Cartoon Art Museum will
present the Fourth Annual Benefit at Pixar Animation Studios on Saturday,
September 15, 2007.
- Andrew also reported on the restructuring
of the MousePad theme park discussion forums.
- This 'n' That:
- Indiana Jones Adventure was closed for three days last week so that
some of the ride's speakers could be replaced.
- Los Angeles radio station KLAC is hosting a special listener event
at Disneyland on Sunday, September 9.
- Tickets for the Happiest Haunts tour go on sale on September 21, and
the tour will only be offered Monday through Thursday. Last week's information
- The latest version of Honda's ASIMO humanoid robot is now on display
inside Innoventions at Disneyland.
- Disney will staff
and operate two hotels at GardenWalk near Disneyland.
- The Grand Californian Hotel's Napa Rose restaurant has been awarded
the 2007 DiRoNA Award of Excellence for the second time.
- Mickey's Halloween Treat at Disney's California Adventure is now sold
out for Friday, October 19.
This and other news can be found in this week's Disneyland
Park Update (it was published on Tuesday this week due to Labor Day).
The Walt Disney Company News
- Disney is launching Jetix on a new video-on-demand service in Singapore,
using a new IPTV network.
- Nick Valenti and Joachim Splichal of the Patina Restaurant Group have
acquired the Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group. No confirmation yet
on whether the two companies will be merged, or whether Smith & Wollensky
will now make an appearance at one of the Downtown Disney locations.
- The Children's Place announced
another amendment to its agreement with The Walt Disney Company, following
the chain once again missing their deadlines for remodeling the Disney Stores.
One of the interesting clauses would allow Disney to move its flagship World
of Disney store in Manhattan. No information is currently available on what
they might be planning.
- The Cheetah Girls will be releasing a new album, "TCG,"
on September 25. It came as no surprise, since Radio Disney has suddenly
started playing Cheetah Girls songs again after they had disappeared for
a while. That's straight from the Disney playbook, as they had just done
the same thing with songs from "High School Musical" and its various
- Underdog did better than the preliminary numbers that we had at recording
time indicated, finishing in 14th place for the three-day
weekend with a take of nearly $1.69 million. Underdog and Miramax's
Becoming Jane both did better over the four-day
weekend than the early numbers, as well. After four weeks, Underdog
is a few hundred dollars short of $40 million and Becoming Jane is over
$15.7 million. Ratatouille is over $201 million in 10 weeks.
We've gotten a lot of positive feedback on the new format of shorter, more
frequent MouseStation shows. Currently, MouseStation is published three times
a week, with short subjects on Mondays, featured topics on Wednesdays and
listener feedback on Fridays; the MousePlanetWatch news is published on Thursday.
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Based on listener feedback, we will be deciding whether to merge the feeds,
and return to a single feed with all shows, folding MousePlanetWatch into
the main MouseStation feed. That would still leave us with four shows per
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