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MouseStation 108 - MousePlanetWatch news

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Walt Disney World News

  • We have two breaking news stories since Monday's Park Update.
    • 44-year-old Jeffery Reed of Navarre, FL, died on Tuesday after riding Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom. He was unconscious and unresponsive when the ride vehicle pulled into the unload area at around 11:30 a.m. CPR was administered immediately and a call went out to Reedy Creek Emergency Services, who transported Reed to Celebration Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Listen to the podcast for more of the story.
    • A woman was reportedly assaulted at Disney's Pop Century Resort last Friday night just before 6 p.m. She was walking along a path when she was allegedly shoved to the ground in an area with 4-foot-tall bushes by a man who reached into the pocket of her shorts and grabbed her room key, then attempted to rape her. Again, listen to the podcast for more of the story.
  • Much more information has come to light about the fight involving Pop Warner players at the All-Star Music Resort and their eventual ejection.
  • Submit your best Disney holiday photo and story by tonight to have a chance to win a new Disney DVD from Buena Vista Home Entertainment. Check the Park Update for more entry rules and details.
  • The Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade, having been successfully been recorded, will be broadcast next Tuesday.
  • Last Wednesday, Walt Disney World announced the construction of a state-of-the-art on-site health and wellness center for cast members and their dependents who participate in the company's health plans.
  • Rix Lounge, an upscale after-hours location aimed at conventioneers, has opened at the Coronado Springs Resort.
  • Lots of construction is going on around the resort.

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

Disneyland News

  • Annual Passholders parking in the Mickey and Friends structure will notice that their name and AP number are printed on the receipt. You probably want to keep these safe instead of discarding them where someone could use your pass number without your consent.
  • The freshly-made candy canes are again on seasonal sale at the Candy Palace on Main Street. Supplies may be limited.
  • Our friends over at Doombuggies.com will be having a 10th anniversary "Swinging Wake" after-hours at Disneyland on on February 25. For more information, go to the event's web page.
  • The River Belle Terrace has reopened
  • Urban West and West Millennium Homes still plan to build something in the Disneyland Resort Area.
  • The Disney Gallery has two upcoming events in addition to a listing of the candy production scheduled for 2008.
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This and other news can be found in this week's Disneyland Park Update.

The Walt Disney Company News

  • We had reported two weeks ago that Disney was intending to purchase 51 percent of Indian television network UTV. There was a report earlier this week that Future Group had outbid Disney, but there's a later interview with UTV head Ronnie Screwvala where he said that UTV is not for sale and that there have been no discussions with either group.
  • Hong Kong Disneyland continues to have a rough start, pulling in just over 4 million guests last year after coming 400,000 short of its expected 5.6 million visitors in its opening year.
  • ESPN is looking to get in on the broadcast rights for English Premier League soccer when the current contracts with BSkyB and Setanta end.
  • Tickets for the Hannah Montana 3-D concert movie are selling briskly despite the price of $15 apiece. The live part of the tour has been extended by 14 more shows. Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana) and the Jonas Brothers will take a break from the tour to perform on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" on ABC. And Disney partner Build-A-Bear Workshop has introduced a line of Hannah Montana accessories for your new plush pal.
  • Disney's Beach Club Villas ranked number 2 on the list of Top 25 timeshare rental resorts at redweek.com, a timeshare exchange, rental and resales web site.
  • The Walt Disney Internet Group has acquired iParenting Media (www.iParenting.com) to add it to its line-up of family-targeted Web properties, including Disney Family.com, FamilyFun.com and Wondertime.com.
  • VoluntEARS from the Walt Disney Company built a playground for the Boys & Girls Club of East Los Angeles.
  • ESPN's Monday Night Football game between the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens knocked High School Musical 2 from it's perch as the most-watched cable television program of all time with 17.5 million viewers to HSM2's 17.2 million.
  • Disney's Enchanted and Miramax's No Country for Old Men finished 4-5 at the box office last week, pulling in $5.5 million and $2.8 million, respectively. Ratatouille has left domestic theaters with a final domestic total of $206.4 million.

Administrative stuff

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Don't forget that we're holding a contest to encourage you to donate to Broadway Care/Equity Fights AIDS. Everyone that donates to the cause through Mike's donor page will receive an entry into the random drawing for an "Anything Can Happen" bookmark signed by Nicole Bocchi and Henry Hodges, who played Jane and Michael Banks the night that Mike saw the show. The bookmark includes a nickel-sized star that was part of a costume worn in the show during the grand finale. The bookmark says "Mary Poppins, Broadway 2007." This phase of the fundraising campaign runs through December 4, so you've got until then to donate. It doesn't matter how much you give. Any donation will get you entered into the contest. You can see the bookmark in question in the show notes for Episode 93.

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