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May 29, 2004

Disney Vacation Club Announces Expansion of Saratoga Springs Resort

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, the latest Disney Vacation Club property, opened Thursday with resort membership sales so brisk that officials announced plans to expand the property by another 276 units. The newest resort in the Walt Disney Company's highly rated vacation ownership program, Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa opened with its first phase already three-quarters sold out, said Walt Disney World Resort President Al Weiss.

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Posted By: Ray @ 9:55 AM | permalink

May 28, 2004

Disney Cartoon Sequels Could Damage Pixar

In a private meeting this week with a leading Wall Street analyst, Walt Disney Co. CEO Michael Eisner confirmed earlier company statements that the studio has several sequels in the works to the blockbuster films Pixar has created for the company. While analyst Jessica Reif Cohen of Merrill Lynch apparently regards that as a positive for Disney, she cautions that such sequels could have an "adverse impact" on Pixar, which called off contract extension talks with Disney in January, ending a partnership that resulted in such hits as "Toy Story," "Finding Nemo" and "Monsters, Inc."

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Posted By: pjbs35a @ 12:08 PM | permalink

May 27, 2004

The Magic Of Disney Fine Art Show

It's a natural for an art gallery called Hands of Time: A fine art show celebrating a parade of beloved characters from Disney classic films through the years. Original framed art and personally signed limited editions on canvas by legendary artists from Walt Disney Studios and others will magically appear at the Hands of Time Art Gallery in Historic Savage Mill, Maryland for an exclusive exhibition and show July 24 through August 29, 2004.

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Posted By: pjbs35a @ 4:27 PM | permalink

Music Choice, Radio Disney and Walt Disney Records Present DISNEYMANIA In Concert

Music Choice, Radio Disney, the only 24/7, listener-driven radio network where kids and families can rock out to favorite music together, and Walt Disney Records, the leader in family audio entertainment, announced today the airing of DISNEYMANIA In Concert, a mega-concert event featuring today's hottest teen acts.

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Posted By: pjbs35a @ 4:14 PM | permalink

Stalemate Forces Disney To Reconsider Retail Stores Sale

THE Walt Disney Company is close to scrapping the sale of its retail stores in Europe after a year of futile talks with two potential buyers. Disney conceded yesterday that it may keep the stores after rival bidders Peter Morris, former chief executive of Coffee Republic, and P-Y Gerbeau, the former Millennium Dome boss, failed to buy the franchise. Disney said that it was exploring all options . . . including keeping the stores.

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Posted By: pjbs35a @ 3:50 PM | permalink

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort And Spa Opens

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, the latest Disney Vacation Club property, opened Thursday with resort membership sales so brisk that officials announced plans to expand the property by another 276 units. The newest resort in the Walt Disney Company's highly rated vacation ownership program, Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa opened with its first phase already three-quarters sold out, said Walt Disney World Resort President Al Weiss.

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Posted By: pjbs35a @ 3:28 PM | permalink

Disney Confident Its Theme Parks Are Safe From Terrorism

Meeting at Walt Disney World to officially unveil its newest resort, Disney Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Al Weiss, president of Disney World Resort, said the company would not open its gates "if we didn't feel it was safe for our guests or cast members."

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May 24, 2004

Disney World Testing Metal Detectors

Walt Disney World in central Florida is testing metal detectors at its four theme parks, but hasn't made a commitment to install them. Disney World would become the first Orlando-area theme park to use the devices if it decides to install the detectors.

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May 22, 2004

Disney Sued Over Dress Code

Wearing a hijab has meant not being able to work at Walt Disney World, according to a former employee who claims she lost her job because she refused to remove her Muslim head scarf. Aicha Baha's civil-rights suit, served this week on Disney, may be the first-ever challenge of the employee dress code at the Central Florida attraction.

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May 21, 2004

The Walt Disney Company Statement Following Meeting With Public Pension Funds

Six Directors of The Walt Disney Company Board met today with representatives of seven public pension funds that collectively hold 39.9 million shares of Disney stock, about two percent of shares outstanding, to review specific steps the company's management is taking to build long-term shareholder value as well as steps the Board is taking in the area of governance. The Board members, led by Disney Chairman George Mitchell, also solicited detailed input regarding specific performance and governance initiatives.

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May 18, 2004

After Eisner: Stanley Gold's "Short List"

The outspoken Disney shareholder has Steve Jobs high on that list, and he's convinced the current CEO "won't be there next year". BusinessWeek Los Angeles Bureau Chief Ronald Grover caught up with Gold on May 14, two days after Disney reported stronger-than-expected earnings. The surprising quarterly results prompted some on Wall Street to say Eisner has won more time to prove his case and hang onto his job (see BW Online, 5/17/04, "Eisner's Lucky Numbers"). Gold disagrees -- and he tells BusinessWeek Online why.

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Posted By: Ray @ 9:04 AM | permalink

May 17, 2004

California Judge Won't Step Down in Pooh Case Ruling

A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge who threw out a 13-year-old suit against Walt Disney Company over Winnie the Pooh royalties, on Monday refused to step down from the case, dismissing a challenge to his impartiality. Another judge must review the motion by Stephen Slesinger Inc., which two weeks ago argued that Judge Charles McCoy favored Disney and should step down or be disqualified from the case and that his pro-Disney ruling of March 29 should be vacated. Slesinger claims Disney shortchanged it on U.S. merchandising royalties to the honey-loving bear worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Posted By: Ray @ 8:33 PM | permalink

May 15, 2004

Disney Erects Bomb Barriers at Parks

Walt Disney World has installed high-security, anti-terrorist barricades similar to those protecting the White House, U.S. embassies and nuclear-waste depots. The hydraulically powered, steel barricades block the service entrances of the giant resort's four theme parks and were apparently designed to stop a 20,000-pound truck bomb traveling 70 mph. Disney did not install the barricades in response to a specific terrorist threat against the parks. Rather, they are part of Disney's continually evolving "security plan," according to Disney.

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Posted By: Ray @ 8:25 AM | permalink

May 14, 2004

Eisner Retains $1 Million Salary

Michael Eisner will keep his $1 million annual salary as chief executive of The Walt Disney Co., although he no longer serves as board chairman, according to the company's quarterly report filed Thursday. In March, Disney's board stripped Eisner of his chairmanship. The change in Eisner's status meant a new employment agreement had to be negotiated. The amended contract also specifies that Eisner will "retain the same duties and responsibilities, with the same scope of authority" that he had as chief executive under his previous deal. By not mentioning the issue of salary, the amended contract leaves in place Eisner's base salary of $1 million.

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Posted By: Ray @ 9:24 AM | permalink

New York City Getting World of Disney Store

Beginning October 2004, some of the most adored Disney characters will meet and greet New York's residents and visitors every day. The Disney Store located at 711 Fifth Avenue closed yesterday and will re-open in October with a new look, new product offerings, and a new name -- World of Disney. Like its counterparts at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida and at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, the World of Disney will be operated by the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts merchandise team.

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Posted By: Ray @ 9:10 AM | permalink

May 13, 2004

Disney Puts its Delta Risk at $119 Million

The Walt Disney Company said it has $119 million exposed to Delta Air Lines, according to the media firm's latest quarterly report filed Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Disney said the amount is related to lease investments in aircraft used by Delta.

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Posted By: Ray @ 5:44 PM | permalink

ESPN The Weekend: An ESPN 25th Celebration At Disney-MGM Studios

To celebrate ESPN's 25th anniversary, ESPN and Walt Disney World Resort will offer fans the opportunity to see and hear ESPN personalities and the greatest athletes of the past 25 years through "ESPN The Weekend," a special celebration at Disney-MGM Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., July 31 and Aug. 1, 2004.

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Posted By: Ray @ 2:03 PM | permalink

ABC & ESPN Reach New Agreement on ACC Football TV Deal

The expanding Atlantic Coast Conference has agreed to a new, seven-year television deal for football with ABC and ESPN. While none of the parties would discuss specifics of the deal, ACC commissioner John Swofford acknowledged Wednesday that it would nearly double the average of about $21 million a year under the old contract. The New York Times and USA TODAY reported it was worth $258 million, or an average of about $37.6 million a year.

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Posted By: Ray @ 1:56 PM | permalink

Disney & Miramax Reach a Deal on "Fahrenheit 9/11"

According to reports published Wednesday, Miramax Films said it had reached a deal with it's owners, the Walt Disney Company, which will allow Miramax to find a new distributor for director Michael Moore's controversial documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11," which Disney refused to distribute. Under the agreement, the Weinstein brothers would acquire the rights to the film.

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Posted By: Ray @ 1:44 PM | permalink

May 12, 2004

Disney Profit Tops Street View as Parks Roar

The Walt Disney Co. posted a sharp rise in quarterly profit and raised its earnings target on Wednesday as rising travel to its theme parks and a strong showing at cable network ESPN more than made up for stumbles at its movie studio and poor ratings at ABC TV. Net profit rose to $537 million or 26 cents per share in the fiscal second quarter ended in March from $314 million or 15 cents per share a year earlier.

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Posted By: Ray @ 5:59 PM | permalink

May 06, 2004

Disney Must Deliver Growth, Analysts Say

The withdrawal of Comcast Corp.'s bid to take over The Walt Disney Co. removes a major distraction for the media giant and strengthens the position of Chief Executive Officer Michael Eisner, analysts say. Despite months of withering criticism from two former Disney board members, echoed by Comcast executives when they launched their bid Feb. 11, Eisner and his senior managers remain firmly in control of the company. A strong statement of support for them from Disney's board late Tuesday helped seal Comcast's decision to withdraw, which was announced Wednesday.

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Posted By: John Yaglenski @ 4:08 PM | permalink

Walt Disney World Unwraps Summer of Fun

From Tokyo and Paris, from California and Hong Kong, Walt Disney World Resort is importing a collection of incredible new attractions and shows to commemorate 50 years of Disney theme parks. As Disneyland prepares to mark its 50th anniversary, Walt Disney World officials today announced plans to join in "The Happiest Celebration on Earth" beginning next May and they showcased events and new features in store for the current summer season in the Florida Vacation Kingdom.

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Posted By: Ray @ 10:09 AM | permalink

May 03, 2004

Disney to Offer West Coast Cruises

The Walt Disney Co. will dock one of its two cruise ships in California for 12 weeks next year as part of the celebration for the 50th anniversary of its Disneyland theme park, the company said. The decision to offer 12 seven-night cruises beginning next May also will test the waters for a possible future expansion of the cruise line, which has been extremely successful since it began operating out of Florida in 1998.

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Posted By: Ray @ 8:45 AM | permalink

May 01, 2004

It's The Dividend, Disney

Michael Eisner, chief executive of Disney, is not a popular man with his shareholders because both the earnings for the company and the price of its underlying stock have remained troubled for the past several years. The price of the stock shouldn't be the big concern, however; the major issue is the dividend, a paltry $0.21 per share that hasn't seen a raise for a long time. If Eisner were to raise the payout, one has to wonder if his chances for survival would increase greatly.

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