MousePlanetWatch Disney News

by MouseStation Crew, staff writer

MouseStation 114 - MousePlanetWatch news

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Walt Disney World News

Since the news was quiet this week (but not the parks), we brought you a look at the top Walt Disney World stories of 2007.

  • Year of a Million Dreams
  • Epcot's Sorcerer wand comes down
  • Celebration 25
  • Smoking ban at resorts
  • Greening of resorts
  • Attraction makeovers - Haunted Mansion, Spaceship Earth, Canada, Mexico
  • Dining changes
  • New party offerings - same-sex weddings, quinceaneras
  • Downtown Disney dilemma
  • Disney Cruise Line orders two new ships, goes to Mediterranean
  • Disney Vacation Club starts work on Animal Kingdom Villas, announces Grand Californian, Ko Olina, refuses to acknowledge Contemporary Suites
  • Fastpass patent
  • Four Seasons and Flamingo Crossings developments

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

There were only a couple of stories of interest this week:

  • Miley Cyrus took over Sirius Satellite Radio's Hits 1 channel for a few days.over the last week.
  • Club Penguin announced the results of the Coins for Change program, listing which charity received what portion of the $1 million up for grabs.
  • The U.S. Postal Service unveiled the images for this year's Art of Disney stamps, whose theme is Imagination.
  • Multiple touring companies of Mary Poppins will be popping up, according to Disney Theatrical chief Thomas Schumacher.
  • The Little Mermaid will open on Broadway next Thursday, January 10.
  • National Treasure had another great weekend, leading the box-office over both the three-day and five-day periods.

The U.S. Postal Service released the images for the 2008 Art of Disney stamps. Can anyone figure out why these images were selected to portray "Imagination"? Image 2007 USPS. All Rights Reserved.

Because there was so little new, we decided to also look at the top stories about The Walt Disney Company from 2007:

  • Disney's return to traditional animation
  • High School Musical franchise goes wild
  • Hannah Montana, other packaged Disney Channel/Disney Records talent strike it big
  • Disney Mobile folds
  • Movies everywhere - iTunes, mobile phones, Xbox Live, etc.
  • Stagehand and Writer's Guild strikes
  • Goal of fewer movies, higher average return
  • Disney Theatrical keeps chugging along
  • International expansion in movies & TV, /Secret of the Magic Gourd debuts in China
  • ESPN expands into foreign sports like cricket, rugby & soccer
  • Social networking gains focus and momentum
  • Rip-off Chinese park
  • Disney completes spinoff of ABC Radio to Citadel
  • Euro Disney starting to turn around, Hong Kong Disneyland not so much
  • ABC grows new hits like Ugly Betty
  • Fairy Tale Weddings dress line, home decor line blur line of "what is Disney?"

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