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Walt Disney World News

  • Spaceship Earth has had its return-from-refurbishment date on the official Walt Disney World web site calendar pushed back from November 14 to February 19. Imagineering has said that the date was always early 2008 and the date hasn't changed. Meanwhile, the capacity of this attraction is now going to be sorely missed during the holiday season.
  • We've now got the new logo for Disney's Hollywood Studios, which will get its new name on January 7.

The old Disney-MGM Studios logo and the new Disney's Hollywood Studios logo. Images © Disney.

  • Next year's Disney Vacation Club Member Cruise will set sail September 21-25, 2008. Booking will open on Saturday, November 17 at 9 a.m. EST. You can make your reservation by calling either the regular DVC Guest Services line (800-800-9800) or 407-566-3800. Don't worry if you get a long wait time, just stay on the line to avoid losing your place in the queue. The cruise is once again expected to sell out fast. More information is available on the DVC Member web site.
  • One of the people behind the pipe bomb that exploded in a remote Downtown Disney parking lot on July 2 and another found on the Greeneway (S.R. 417) last week was Brandon Ryan Woll, a 21-year-old server at the Swan and Dolphin Resort.
  • Construction Updates:
    • While Walt Disney Imagineering is getting a bit more cryptic, it appears that they will be installing a number of locations for the reported Kim Possible scavenger hunt around World Showcase.
    • There will be a great deal of work going on to re-level about 6 acres of ground backstage at the Disney-MGM Studios and construct a costuming building expansion in the middle of it. New speakers will be going in onstage in the area between Indy, Star Tours and the Hat plaza.
    • The Holiday Inn on Hotel Plaza Boulevard has just signed a revised lease with Walt Disney World to reflect a $51,642,000 construction loan related to its current refurbishment.
  • Quick takes:
    • The last running of the Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade will be on Sunday, March 9. The new Block Party Bash will then debut on Friday, March 14.
    • From November 13-15, the Orlando International Airport will be receiving a visit from the new Airbus A380, the worlds largest passenger airplane. If you're lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the super-jumbo jet.
    • If any of you were lucky enough to attend the "An Evening with The VOICES: Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of the Music of Derric Johnson" event on Saturday night, featuring more than three-quarters of all of those who have ever sung with the Voices of Liberty, please write in and let us know about it!

This and other news can be found in this week's Walt Disney World Park Update.

Disneyland News

  • While Disneyland was not directly affected by the wildfires raging in Southern California during the last week and a half, some entertainment offerings were canceled or modified due to weather and air quality. Disney-owned hotels will waive cancellation fees for visitors who canceled trips due to the fires. The Walt Disney Company also announced a $2 million donation to aid victims of the Southern California fires.
  • Tickets for the Candlelight Processional go on sale on November 19. When they do go on sale (not now), you can buy them here.
  • This and That:
    • The 2007 CHOC / Disneyland Resort Walk in the Park, held October 21, raised a record $1.6 million for Children's Hospital Orange County.
    • Southern California residents save $10 off the cost of a Disneyland Resort Annual Passport when you purchase online at a special URL from Westways Magazine.
    • The Pixar Story began a small Oscar-qualifying run in 14 cities across the Unites States last week, including November 6-8 at the Landmark La Jolla Village Cinemas in La Jolla, CA. Call (619) 819-0236 for ticket information and showtimes.
    • Cal State Fullerton's Real Estate and Land Use Institute has scheduled a public forum to further discuss proposed development in the Anaheim Resort area Thursday evening at 6:45 p.m. in the Portola Pavilion at the Titan Student Union.
    • Disneyland Resort annual passholders can pre-purchase the DVD or Blu-Ray releases of Pirates of the Caribbean - At World?s End and receive a promotional limited-edition matte art piece. The single-disc DVD is priced at $19.99, the 2-disc Limited Edition DVD and the Blu-Ray version are priced at $24.99. Shipping is $3 per order. Contact Disneyland DelivEARS at 800.362.4533 or via e-mail.
  • Andrew's Walt Disney World trip report, mentioned in the Disneyland News segment, is on MousePad.

This and other news can be found in this week's Disneyland Park Update.

The Walt Disney Company News

  • Disney CEO Bob Iger spoke at the Forbes Magazine MEET (Media, Electronic Entertainment, Technology) Conference where he noted that in order to beat content pirates, Disney had to make its product available for sale in any form, anywhere, legally. However, there are some limits, as Iger made a much-quoted comment about BitTorrent that "We don't really want to put a Disney movie on a digital platform on the same page as 'Best Breasts on the Web." See some video from his appearance here.
  • Disney has named Mahesh Samat as Managing Director for The Walt Disney Company (India).
  • The Walt Disney Company announced that it will contribute $2 million in aid towards relief efforts for the nearly one million victims of the Southern California wildfires.
  • THQ has announced two new video games based on Ratatouille (Nintendo DS and Playstation 3) and Cars (Xbox 360, Playstation 2 and 3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Game Boy Advance, and Windows PC).
  • On the low-tech game front, Disney and Brio have agreed on a deal for wooden toys featuring the Playhouse Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
  • Disney placed four movies in the top ten in last weekend's box office, three from Buena Vista Pictures Distribution and one from Miramax.

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