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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,
- 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.
- 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.
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
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
- 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
- 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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