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Walt Disney World News
As we reported last week, Walt Disney World is testing a Nintendo
DS-based interactive park guide called Disney Magic Connection. MouseStation
listener Mary Tesch and her family got to try out the device, and their
experiences (which we read on the show) can also be seen in the Park Update.
According to a story at JimHillMedia.com
on Monday, this month's testing is done and the next round of testing may
occur in March.
The next set of Annie Leibovitz photos of celebrities posing as Disney
characters has been released, featuring Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony
as Jasmine and Aladdin, with Whoopi Goldberg as the Genie; Jennifer Biel
as Pocahontas; and Gisele Bundchen, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Tina Fey as
Wendy Darling, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell. You can see the photos in the
Park Update, and you can
watch Disney-provided videos about the portraits below.
A woman has sued the Disney
Cruise Line over the death of her husband from an injury after tripping
over the bathroom threshold in his cabin.
Changing over all of the signage referring to the Disney-MGM Studios
has been taking a bit of time. We ran photos from Steve Russo in the Park
Update. The ironic thing, of course, is that at the time the Update
was published, we had plenty of reference to the Disney-MGM Studios and
barely an to Disney's Hollywood Studios throughout the park guide.
This week's construction
update includes more elevator work at Grand Floridian building 8 and
tile work in the main building; pool work at the Port Orleans French Quarter
and Animal Kingdom Lodge resorts; curb and concrete work in Fantasyland;
preparing Studios restrooms for reopening and much, much more.
The AMC 24 multiplex at Pleasure Island has added more theaters to
accommodate those shut out of specific Hannah Montana concert film showtimes.
The Steve Harvey Radio Show honored Disney Vacation Club President
Jim Lewis as an "Influential African American" earlier this month.
Playhouse Disney ? Live on Stage reopened Monday after a monthlong
renovation that saw the addition of character from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,
Handy Manny and Little Einsteins, among others.
The Animal Kingdom Villas construction work at Jambo House (the main
Animal Kingdom Lodge building) was finished earlier this week. Work
will continue on the Kidani Village annex. [See our Jambo
House villa photo tour.]
Rix Lounge at the Coronado Springs resort has announced three different
MousePlanet reader Terry attended the first Dream Time event at Disney's
California Adventure, and their experience is in the Park
There is apparently a lot of inconsistency in the answers that people
receive from the Disney Dine Line when trying to make reservations for large
groups. See the Park
Update for more information.
The winner of the 2006 contest held in conjunction with the release of
the second Pirates of the Caribbean movie on DVD.was
at Disneyland on Tuesday for the unveiling of her portrait in the queue
area for the attraction.
registration opened on Tuesday, and by Wednesday morning the MouseAdventure
Classic event sold out for both the Basic and Advanced versions. Some spots
remain for the MouseAdventure 101 event, targeted at first-timers.
There have been several late changes to the refurbishment schedule,
so check it out before
heading to the park.
The display cases and graphic panels for the "Behind the Magic: 50
Years of Disneyland" exhibit were damaged in transit to Kansas City
for a showing at Union Station. None of the artifacts was damaged. See
the photo tour of the exhibit done by MousePlanet's Frank Anzalone while
it was at the Oakland Museum in California in 2006 here.
Fanstasmic premium seating will return when the show starts back up
You can buy
tickets online to see the Hannah Montana 3-D movie at the El Capitan
Theater this week.
DisneyFamily.com is sponsoring the "Great American Family Vacation
Sweepstakes" with a grand prize of a five-day trip to the Grand Canyon
in Arizona, complete with air or ground transportation and hotel.
Disney board chairman John Pepper will be inducted into the Junior Achievement
Hall of Fame on April 9 along with five others.
Merrill Lynch dropped Disney's rating from "buy" to "neutral" in light
of the economic slowdown. Since recording the show, other brokerages have
dropped their ratings on Disney, though Disney disputes some of the factors
cited in the reports.
The Walt Disney Signature line of home furnishings has got another line
coming as The
Rug Market will be debuting a line of adult rugs inspired by Disney
Disney Theatrical Group, in partnership with Music Theatre International,
is has announced that the performance rights to High School Musical 2 will
be made available for performances starting in October of 2008. Meanwhile,
the third installment now apparently has the official name of High School
Musical 3: Senior Year.
The Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus 3-D concert movie's one week run opens
tomorrow, and shows are selling out at theaters across the country. Many
multiplexes are scheduling additional theaters for the movie, and the pre-sales
for the film are among the highest of all time.
The Jonas Brothers have a new album coming out on July 8, they've got
a TV movie called "Camp Rock" debuting on the Disney Channel in September,
and they're hoping to starat work on a new Disney Channel Series called
J.O.N.A.S.! ("Junior Operative Networking As Spies") that is planned
to debut in the fall.
The Directors Guild of America ratified their contract with the Alliance
of Motion Picture and Theatrical Producers, putting more pressure on the
Writers Guild to come to terms on their own contract.
Joel and Ethan Coen received
the top prize at the Directors Guild Awards Saturday night for their
work on No Country for Old Men, setting the stage for the Miramax
film at the Oscars. The film got a similar boost at the Screen Actors Guild
Awards on Sunday.
Toy Story 3 will be released in Disney Digital 3-D following the 3-D releases
of the earlier generations of movies.
National Treasure finished the week in 8th place at the box
office this week.
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