MousePlanetWatch 37 - news feed for September 20, 2007
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Walt Disney World News
- The schedule for the Candlelight Processional has been filled out. For
the complete schedule, listen to the show or go to Monday's
Park Update. Mike is disappointed that they have Steven Curtis Chapman
there but he only narrates and doesn't sing.
- The Haunted Mansion reopened
to positive reviews last Thursday.
- We've got some photos of the construction of Toy Story Mania in Monday's
Update, thanks to Steven Kropf.
- Quick Takes:
- Next year's Night of Joy event will be leaving the Magic Kingdom after
25 years and moving to the (by then) Disney's Hollywood Studios.
- We've now got updated dates.for next year's closure for refurbishment
of the main pool at the Caribbean Beach Resort.
This and other news can be found in this week's Walt
Disney World Park Update.
This and other news can be found in this week's Disneyland
The Walt Disney Company News
This week's news was a little disjointed due to Mark's need to rush to leave
town for a family funeral.
- Disney Parks marketing boss Mike Mendenhall is leaving the company, and
will become Chief
Marketing Officer for Hewlett-Packard. Some lament his departure, as
he was responsible for many promotions that brought larger crowds into the
park, but others
are rejoicing, claiming that he has been responsible for many of the
evils of poor decisions related to new attractions.
- left off at 14:30
- The Disney.com web site
had a record-breaking
month in August, racking up 23.03 million unique visits.
- The High
School Musical 2 soundtrack has spent four consecutive weeks at No.
1 on The Billboard 200 album chart, the first album to achieve that milestone
since 2005. Meanwhile, the Hannah
Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus CD has spent 11 consecutive weeks in the
Top 5 on The Billboard 200, the only double album in 30+ years to accomplish
the feat since Stevie Wonder?s Songs
in the Key of Life in 1976.
- Disney CEO Robert Iger sold $41.6 million in Disney stock during the current
$10.2 billion corporate buyback, according to Financial
Week. In the show, however, we said that he led the pack in selling
during a buyback. While he was easily among the top few, he was far outdone
by Angelo Mozilo of Countrywide Financial, who sold a reported $118 million
in stock during a $2.5 billion buyback program. Safeway?s Steven Burd also
topped Iger, selling $47.7 million during the company's $4 billion buyback
- The Walt Disney Company came in at number 7 in Business Week's list of
places to launch a career. Last year, it topped the list.
- Disney Legend Ralph Kent, known as the "Keeper
of the Mouse," and who was also honored
with a window on Main Street U.S.A., passed away last Saturday.
- Disney will soon begin a safety
testing program for all merchandise made in China.
- Roy E. Disney will permanently donate
the trophy his boat Pyewacket won in this year's Transpacific
Yacht Race to the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum.
- Disney has been accused
of violating Chinese labor laws by an activist group. While Disney has
contracted this out, it maintains a policy about the conduct of its licensees,
so we'll see how this turns out.
- Hong Kong Disneyland has completed a disappointing
second year as it celebrates its second anniversary.
- The remake of Tron
in the pipeline, with Joseph
Kosinski supposedly directing and original Tron creator Steve
Lisberger as producer.
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