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August 24, 2004
Marceline Post Office Named In Honor Of Walt Disney
Walt Disney's boyhood home of Marceline, Missouri honored the memory of their favorite son on Monday, Aug. 23, when community, congressional and U.S. Postal Service officials designated the Marceline Post Office, located at 120 E. Ritchie Ave., as the Walt Disney Post Office Building. The Marceline Post Office also will offer a special souvenir "Walt Disney Post Office" postmark beginning August 23, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The postmark will be available at the Marceline Post Office through September 22, or by mail.
Euro Disney wants to use part of a planned rights issue to build a gut-wrenching new Tower of Terror ride that could cost some 150 million euros, sources familiar with the situation said. The attraction to be built at its second Paris theme park would be similar to the Hollywood Tower Hotel attraction at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The French theme park operator is up against a Sept. 30 deadline to restructure its debt and its chairman Andre Lacroix has said he hopes to use part of the planned 250 million euro rights issue to fund exciting new rides and attractions.
Dressed in a yellow polo shirt, white pants, black sneakers and Mickey Mouse baseball cap, he could have passed for a tourist.But Michael Eisner wasn't on vacation Wednesday.Instead, the Disney chief executive was on the job, praising his troops for their efforts to keep much of Walt Disney World resort humming in the aftermath of Hurricane Charley."I just wanted to come and say what a great job you people did. We totally appreciate it," Eisner told about a dozen workers from the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire -- Play It! game show, who were crammed into a lunchroom with Eisner and an entourage of Disney executives.
Walt Disney World Announces Relief Efforts for Central Florida Families and Cast Members Impacted by Hurricane Charley
To assist Central Florida families and Cast Members adversely impacted by Hurricane Charley, the Walt Disney Company and Walt Disney World Resort today announced an array of relief initiatives."Our Disney family always steps up in times of crisis to assist those in need," said Al Weiss, president of the Walt Disney World Resort. "We are joining with other caring corporate citizens to provide much-needed help and compassion in the community and within our own company."
NFL Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow was hired by Disney Sports Attractions on Monday as part of the company's sports and recreation staff. The 47-year-old Winslow will be in charge of events planning for Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex, its five golf courses, two water parks and other recreational programs, like Disney's bass fishing operations."
The Walt Disney Co. has added a personal computer and flat screen monitor to its lineup of consumer electronics products. It even comes with a mouse. The computer, which also comes with games, a digital pen and a drive that plays both CDs and DVDs, joins a television, DVD player, clock radio, cordless phone and other products the company has introduced over the past two years. The computer will retail for $599 with the monitor sold separately for $299.
NEW YORK - Children's Place Retail Stores Inc. said on Thursday it has signed a nonbinding letter of intent to buy Walt Disney Co.'s money-losing Disney Store chain in North America and said July same-store sales rose 14 percent.The fast-growing mall-based children's clothing retailer, based in Secaucus, New Jersey, said talks with Disney on the deal -- first made public in June -- continue. The discussions also involve the possible operation of the Disney Store retail chain under a long-term license agreement, Children's Place said in a statement. Disney Store sells clothing, toys and other merchandise featuring Walt Disney characters.
Walt Disney Company said on Wednesday it will launch a version of its ABC television network in the UK next month, bringing U.S. shows like soap opera "General Hospital" and offbeat comedy "Sports Night" to Britain. The ABC1 network will initially be available only on Freeview, a popular digital television service without subscription fees, though there are plans to expand onto other pay-TV services. ABC1 will be broadcast from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. starting Sept. 27, and plans to eventually expand to a 24-hour schedule.
In celebration of Mickey's 75th Anniversary, Walt Disney Records is proud to announce the release of 'Mickey -- Donald -- Goofy: The Three Musketeers' soundtrack on August 10th. The hilarious soundtrack is packed with seven comedic spins on classical favorites by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and others and features the brand-new Radio Disney and Disney Channel hit 'Three Is a Magic Number' by teen singing stars Stevie Brock, Greg Raposo and Matthew Ballinger.
Brown Shoe Adds the Magic of Disney to Its Character Footwear Lineup
Buster Brown & Co., The 100-Year-Old Kids' Division of Brown Shoe Company, Inc., has signed a major licensing agreement for footwear with Disney Consumer Products encompassing more than 30 of Disney's famous characters. New footwear lines will feature: Disney's standard characters (e.g. Mickey and Minnie Mouse); Winnie the Pooh and his loveable friends; Classic Film Library characters like Bambi, Lady and the Tramp, etc.; Disney's TV action heroes like Power Rangers-SPD and Kim Possible, and characters from upcoming feature films including Pooh's Heffalump Movie and the Disney/Pixar Cars film.Brown Shoe will to preview its first Disney shoe designs at WSA, the shoe industry's trade show in Las Vegas on August 5-8.
Euro Disney SCA, Europe's largest theme-park operator, obtained two more months to win creditors' support for a bailout that will prevent the company from defaulting on $2.9 billion in debt. The stock fell to a record low.The company previously had until Saturday to convince all creditors to accept its debt plan, which was approved in June by its biggest shareholder, Walt Disney Co., and three French banks. The parties now have until Sept. 30.
As Walt Disney World prepared for the opening of two new child-care centers on its property, it polled employees to find out what they wanted most from the new, much-larger facilities.The answer: flexible hours and affordable prices.So Disney and its new child-care partner, the Central Florida YMCA, designed the centers so that the company's "cast members" -- whose schedules often change from week to week -- weren't locked into dropping off their children at the same time every day, or on the same days every week.