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Walt Disney World News
- Walt Disney World will be working with the Florida Health Care Coalition and the University of Florida to conduct a year-long study of diabetes in cast members at the resort.
- The Walt Disney Company has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit Environmental Tectonics Corporation (ETC) filed against it in 2003 over work on the Mission: Space attraction at Epcot.
- North Carolina State University upset 19th-ranked Villanova 69-68 to win the second annual Old Spice Classic at The Milk House at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.
- Tourist attractions in Orlando are concerned about a new gaming compact signed by Florida Governor Charlie Crist and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, which will allow the tribe to begin offering Las Vegas-style gambling at its Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, just an hour from Orlando.
- Al Weiss, President of Worldwide Operations for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, was honored by Junior Achievement of Central Florida with the 2007 Spirit of Achievement Award yesterday.
- Construction Updates:
- The Grand Floridian Resort is having its lobby tile replaced with new marble flooring.
- The Sago Cay building at the Grand Floridian is having its hot water systems replaced.
- Quick takes:
- "May" and "Flower," the National Thanksgiving Turkeys, safely arrived in Florida last week for their migration to Walt Disney World.
- Walt Disney World will install another 200 Automated External Defibrillators across the resort.
- The dates for the curtain replacement at The American Adventure appear to be set for January 7 to February 3.
- The changeover of the cast of characters at Playhouse Disney ? Live on Stage! will take place right after the new year, with the attraction closed January 2 to 27 for changes to the sets.
- The Journey Into Narnia: Creating The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe walkthrough attraction will be closed for refurbishment and probably conversion to a Prince Caspian theme from January 2 to May 23.
- In late-breaking news, the free phone call from Mickey for vacations booked between Thanksgiving and December 23 will be using a different URL than we reported back in October. Instead of disneyworld.com/gift, you'll need to go to disneyworld.com/holidaycall.
This and other news can be found in this week's Walt Disney World Park Update.
- The start of reservations for this year's Candlelight Processional dining package marked a frenzy that will not be easily resolved, as demand is so much greater than the supply. Join the discussion on our MousePad discussion forums. Weather for this year's event seems a little iffy.
- This week's Park Update includes more holiday photos.
- Holiday entertainment is underway in the parks.
- The proposed residential development near Disneyland may die a quick death this week.
- The run of Enchanted at the El Capitan Theater features an elaborate post-show attraction.
- This and That
- Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue closed Monday for a renovation that will last until February 14, 2008.
- The Matterhorn Bobsleds were closed this Tuesday and Wednesday.
- Tortilla Jo's in Downtown Disney has introduced a new breakfast menu.
- Princess Giselle from the newest Disney film Enchanted travels the parade route about 15 minutes before Disneyland's A Christmas Fantasy parade begins.
- The Disneyland Resort's shops are offering 25% off most pirate-theme merchandise, including toys and clothing.
- The Midway Games are still open, but the construction walls in the area appear to be hurting business at the New Haul Fishery.
- Park hours will be shortened at Disneyland next week for the cast member holiday party.
This and other news can be found in this week's Disneyland Park Update.
The Walt Disney Company News
- Disney has entered into a co-branding agreement with China's Yadu Science & Technology Company to use Disney characters on its home appliances.
- ABC has joined forces with Facebook to find a new way to cover the 2008 presidential election campaign.
- Disney has signed on to take 10 zero-gas, zero-emission Chevy Equinox fuel cell vehicles to test as part of GM's Project Driveway.
- Disney wants to film the upcoming Hannah Montana movie in Tennessee, but there is concern as to whether or not the state will be able to offer the production significant incentives to shoot there.
- Walt Disney Records has released a bunch of new CDs for the holiday season.
- Bolt (formerly American Dog) will be released in digital 3-D when it hits theaters next November 26.
- Disney currently has two of the best-rated movies in theaters, with Miramax's No Country for Old Men at a 95% fresh rating and Enchanted with a 93% fresh rating, according to RottenTomatoes.com. Both did well in the 3-day and 5-day box office results for the weekend.
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