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MouseStation 111 - MousePlanetWatch news

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Walt Disney World News

  • Updated information about the death at Expedition Everest confirms that Jeffery Chalmers Reeb (not "Reed", as reported last week) died of natural causes related to a an enlarged heart and an irregular heartbeat.
  • Additional dining options have been added through the New Year's holiday at the Magic Kingdom to help feed the huge crowds.
  • The Atlanta Braves return to Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in February for their 11th spring training visit.
  • Walt Disney World was named the World's Leading Theme Park/Attraction in the World Travel Awards.
  • There's been lots of construction is going on around the resort, including prep work on the Kim Possible Interactive Adventure at Epcot, rebuilding of the bus stops at loops 1100, 1200 and 1300 at Fort Wilderness, the load/unload walkway at Kali River Rapids and a designation of the site for the Best Friends Pet Resort.
  • Quick Takes:
    • The midnight showings of the special New Year's edition of Fantasy in the Sky fireworks has picked up an extra night, and is now scheduled for December 29, 30 and 31.
    • We've now got a stronger rumor of extra Pirate & Princess Party dates, though we still don't have official confirmation from Disney.
    • The changeover from Disney-MGM Studios to Disney's Hollywood Studios is underway, as the Walt Disney World web site now shows the new name and old signage is coming down.
    • 11-year Disney veteran Ken Potrock has been named to take over the Disney Sports leadership, replacing the recently-retired Reggie Williams.
    • Walt Disney World International Program participants from Spain and Germany visited foreign language students at Rollins College to participate in a cultural exchange.

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

Disneyland News

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

The Walt Disney Company News

  • A.D. "Bud" Albers has been named Chief Technology Officer of the Walt Disney Internet Group.
  • Disney-ABC International Television has made a deal with Channel One, the Russian state television broadcaster to put many Disney films on the small screens of millions of viewers in Russia.
  • Alan Wagner, who served as the first president of the Disney Channel, died last Tuesday in Manhattan.
  • Based on both the 3-day and 5-day weekend numbers, National Treasure: Book of Secrets was easily the number one movie for the weekend. Meanwhile, after the 5-day weekend, Enchanted topped the $100 million mark.

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