MousePlanetWatch Disney News Feed for October 4by MouseStation Crew, staff writer
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Walt Disney World News
- Happy Birthday, Epcot! EPCOT Center opened on October 1, 1982. The park was rededicated on Monday is a wonderful ceremony.
- The second Year of a Million Dreams has been officially announced. You can see all of the new dreams available in the online Disney Dreams Catalog. Mike's pick would either be Walt's apartment in the old Disney Gallery or Grand Marshal Around the World. Mark's top pick would have been the Grand Marshal Around the World, except they added the Sorcerer's Apprentice prize this year.
- Disney Vacation Club members with ownership interests in the Old Key West Resort have begun receiving their lease extension packets in the mail.
- Extremely limited room-only discounts are available through the end of the year.
- The Disney Professional Internship program is accepting applications through tomorrow, so if you're interested, hurry up and apply!
- Tusker House is now accepting reservations, though it seems that Yak & Yeti will be waiting a bit longer, though it seems to have an official opening date of November 15.
This and other news can be found in this week's Walt Disney World Park Update.
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- The second Year of a Million Dreams was announced on Monday. You can check out the Dream Catalog and official rules online.
- A San Diego man claims that Disney security targeted him because he was holding hands with another man. The incident was reported in The Advocate. While the events were not in question, there is still a disagreement as to whether it was discrimination or a misunderstanding.
- The 70th anniversary of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be celebrated at the Disneyland Resort. The announcement and package information are available online.
- A Toy Story zoetrope has been installed in the Disney Animation building in Disney's California Adventure.
- The Disney Gallery web site is offering a set of Adora Belle Halloween dolls.
- Cafe Orleans is releasing a series of Nightmare Before Christmas-themed ornaments.
This and other news can be found in this week's Disneyland Park Update.
The Walt Disney Company News
- Disney announced in a press release that it will discontinue its Disney Mobile service at the end of the year. Customers needing assistance can call Guest Services at 1-866-DISNEY2 (347-6938) or go to the Disney Mobile web site.
- Disney has announced a deal with KB Home to showcase Disney home furnishings in their model homes. They're also conducting a promotion to give away some of those furnishings.
- Stephen Slesinger Inc. is appealing yet another loss in its suit against Disney to get more money out of the contract for the use of the Winnie the Pooh characters. They lost in the California Court of Appeals last week, and so are appealing to the California Supreme Court.
- A bunch of Disney Records stars will appear on milk containers as part of the new Milk Rocks! promotional campaign.
- George Bodenheimer, President of ESPN and ABC Sports and Co-Chairman of Disney Media Networks, is number four on the list of BusinessWeek's Power 100 most powerful people in sports. He's one of five ESPN executives on the list.
- The League of American Theaters and Producers and Broadway Stagehands Union Local 1 are still in talks over a new contract. Any job action would threaten the opening of Disney's The Little Mermaid.
- The opening of The Game Plan gave Disney a new number one this weekend at the box office, a nice refresher since all other Disney-released movies had dropped off of the radar.
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