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November 30, 2005

Disney's Game Cafe Launched

--Disney Online, part of the Walt Disney Internet Group and the leader in kids and family online entertainment, today announced the launch of Disney's Game Cafe, the company's first downloadable games collection and Web site specifically tailored for a "grown-up" audience.

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November 28, 2005

Walt Disney World Resort 22nd Annual Christmas Day Parade

Walt Disney World Resort in Florida invites America to celebrate its 22nd annual Christmas Day Parade telecast from the heart of the Magic Kingdom, with special performances from the Disneyland Resort in California. Hosting this year's parade is America's hottest morning talk show duo, Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa, hosts of "Live With Regis and Kelly." Everyone's favorite music variety host Ryan Seacrest will lead the parade and concert performances from Disneyland Resort. For more than two decades, the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade has been a family tradition featuring Disney's most cherished characters including: Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pinocchio, Princesses Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Ariel and Jasmine as well as the Disney Channel's favorite Bear from Bear in the Big Blue House; Stanley; the Little Einsteins; The Wiggles; JoJo Circus and others. The Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade telecast airs on ABC Christmas Day from 10 a.m. to noon (EST), 9 to 11 a.m. (CST), 8 to 10 a.m. (MST) and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. (PST). Viewers should check their local listings for any changes in programming times.

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November 25, 2005

"ESPN The Weekend Returns to Walt Disney World Resort March 3-5, 2006

ESPN and Walt Disney World Resort will again offer fans the opportunity to see and hear ESPN personalities and current and legendary athletes during "ESPN The Weekend Presented by Speed Stick 24/7," a one-of-a-kind sports-themed special event at Disney-MGM Studios theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., March 3-5, 2006. "Following successful events the past two years, ESPN and Walt Disney World Resort are once again pleased to serve sports fans by offering this unique, in-person experience," said Heather Campbell, vice president, brand integration and synergy, ESPN, Inc. " 'ESPN The Weekend' has become one of the most exciting opportunities throughout the year for fans, athletes and ESPN to connect with one another and celebrate sports."

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November 23, 2005

Port Angeles brothers get to see their Disney-legend father receive award from President Bush

Once upon a time in a land not so far away, two men from the North Olympic Peninsula watched their famous father receive a national medal for bringing the magic of fairy tales to life. Ollie Johnston, 93, may not be a recognizable name, but his work most definitely is. The Walt Disney Studios animator played a key role in creating the characters known and loved worldwide -- Snow White, Bambi and Sleeping Beauty, to name a few. The trailblazer in film animation was honored by President Bush with the National Medal of Arts award at the White House earlier this month.

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November 22, 2005

Disney's net income down 26 percent

In the final earnings report reflecting Michael Eisner's long reign as chief executive at the Walt Disney Co., the entertainment giant on Thursday reported higher revenue and profit but a weak ending to the record fiscal year. Despite a strong performance at Walt Disney World and from ABC and ESPN, fourth-quarter profit slipped 27 percent as a result of charges, including the expensing of stock options, and soft box-office results. Poor showings by films such as Dark Water and The Brothers Grimm drove the film unit to its biggest loss in at least six years.

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November 19, 2005

INTERCOT's 2005 IAAPA Coverage

Coverage of this years IAAPA Attractions Expo from the World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia began November 16 on INTERCOT and ran thru the 18th. We had five reporters on the ground to bring you the latest news, photos and information about the business of Amusement.

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November 16, 2005

Behind the Construction Walls at Expedition: Everest

Imagineer Joe Rohde has been a very busy guy; we caught up with him when he had just returned from China, was about to fly to Tibet, and in between he's been frantically working on the finishing touches to the biggest thing to hit Disney's Animal Kingdom since the addition of the Asia land back in 1999. It's a towering achievement guaranteed to leave Guests cold - yet breathless with excitement. It's Expedition Everest, Florida's newest mountain. Joe gave us an inside peek at what to expect next spring, when the first brave Guests set out on an expedition into the heart of the Himalayas, and embark on a collision course with the legendary yeti itself.

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November 15, 2005

2005 Brass Ring Award Winners Announced at IAAPA Expo

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) announced today the winners of the 2005 Brass Ring Awards during IAAPA Attractions Expo 2005, the association’s 87 th annual conference and trade show at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The “Best of Print” award was presented to LEGOLAND California, Carlsbad, California, for their media kit in addition to the “Best of Electronic” honor for their TV Commercial. The Brass Ring Awards honor attractions for outstanding promotions work in eight categories: brochure, media kit, outdoor advertisement, print advertisement, radio commercial, sales presentation video, television commercial, and website.

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4yr old Mission Space & 12 year old Typhoon Lagoon Autopsy Reports Released

Daudi Bamuwamye died after riding "Mission: Space" in June. His mom noticed his legs were stiff during the four-minute ride and grabbed his hand, thinking he was scared. When the ride stopped, she noticed he was limp and carried him to the closest Disney employee, who called 9-1-1, but paramedics and doctors couldn't revive him. He had an abnormality of the heart muscle called idiopathic myocardial hypertrophy, with fibroelastosis of the left ventricle, the Orange County Medical Examiner's Office said.

Jerra Kirby, 12, died after she collapsed at Typhoon Lagoon in August. The Medical Examiner's office said she died of a condition called Myocarditis, which is an inflammation of the heart. The condition was caused by a virus and was not connected to anything at the theme park.

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Disney TV Animation Chief Exiting

Walt Disney Television Animation (WDTVA) President Barry Blumberg announced his resignation Monday prior to the upcoming restructuring of the group and its integration into Disney Channel Worldwide.Blumberg, who reported to Disney Media Networks Co-Chair and Disney-ABC Television Group President Anne Sweeney, will remain with the company through the end of January.Blumberg headed development and production for television series, series-based theatrical releases, and series-based video premieres/compilations. Among his accomplishments, Blumberg oversaw the creation and production of Disney’s Kim Possible, an Emmy winning series that was the first original WDTVA animated series to premiere on Disney Channel. Blumberg joined the company in 1994.

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November 14, 2005

Disney Promotes Weiss to Oversee Park Operations

Longtime Walt Disney World President Al Weiss is getting a promotion to oversee worldwide park operations as Walt Disney Co. announced this evening that it is reorganizing the way the Parks and Resorts Division operates. Weiss, who has headed the Orlando theme parks since 1994, was promoted to the newly created position of President, Worldwide Operations. He will continue to oversee Walt Disney World on an interim basis until a successor is appointed, the company said. Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said Weiss and six other executives on the new executive committee will report directly to him and help integrate business functions from individual parks into the increasingly global division.

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November 13, 2005

2005 Walt Disney World Florida Classic

Hundreds of thousands of fans of Bethune-Cookman College and Florida A&M University are setting their sights on Walt Disney World Resort, the title sponsor for the historic football showdown between FAMU's Rattlers and BCC's Wildcats. They'll meet in the Walt Disney World Florida Classic at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium on Nov. 19. The game is expected to draw a sellout crowd of more than 72,000 fans, making it one of the largest African-American events in Central Florida. The 26-year rivalry will happen before a national audience, scheduled for broadcast on ESPNU. But long before that first kick, the schools' award-winning marching bands will be enchanting crowds.

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November 10, 2005

New Disney-Pixar Deal Likely

Nearly two years after Pixar topper Steve Jobs first announced that the CG animation studio was parting ways with Walt Disney Pictures, the entities appear poised to kiss and make up. During a recent third-quarter earnings conference call, Jobs was hopeful about renewing relations with the House of Mouse. "We are in deep discussions with Disney," he said, noting that that they'd like to have a new distribution deal in place as soon as possible. "It's worth the few extra months of effort if there is a chance of continuing our relationship with Disney and our discussions right now are very productive," said Jobs.

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November 09, 2005

Kermit the Frog Turns 50

It's not easy being green - but it does have certain compensations. For one, Kermit the Frog, who turns 50 this year, doesn't look a day over 22. For another, he got a grand welcome to kick off his anniversary celebration in a town that could have been made for him. Kermit, Texas, turned out in force to celebrate with Kermie. Kermit coworker Debbie McClellan accompanied the famous frog on his pilgrimage to the small Texas town, population around 5,700, and told us about the festivities. "We wanted to find a place for Kermit to visit that was either green or had something to do with Kermit the Frog. When we found Kermit, Texas, it just took off from there!" she says.

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November 08, 2005

Siemens & Disney Form Long-Term Alliance

The Walt Disney Co. and Siemens AG have signed a 12-year agreement that will allow the electronics and engineering company to expand its existing relationship with several areas of Disney, including the branding of some Walt Disney World attractions. The agreement gives Siemens marketing and promotional rights, attraction sponsorships and a promotional presence that features Siemens products and services at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. Siemens will sponsor the Epcot attraction "Spaceship Earth," as well as Epcot's nightly fireworks show, "Illuminations: Reflections of Earth." New attractions to be incorporated into the Innoventions areas, a smaller cluster of exhibits at Epcot and Disneyland Resort, are also planned, but no specifics were announced. In addition, the Sylvania lighting division of Siemens will sponsor Disney-MGM Studios' holiday light show, the "Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights," as well as "Disney's Electrical Parade" and "Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams" at Disneyland.

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GMs discuss World Classic locations, eligibility

The sport is considering adopting rules that allow the most latitude, a high-ranking baseball official said Monday after arriving at the annual meeting of big-league general managers. In addition, the commissioner's office and the union planned to complete the sites for the tournament on Tuesday, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the of the pending announcement. Chase Field in Phoenix (formerly Bank One Ballpark) and Scottsdale Stadium will join the Tokyo Dome, Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the Braves' spring training ballpark in Kissimmee, Fla., as first-round sites.

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November 07, 2005

Walt Disney Buys Germany's Living Mobile

The Walt Disney Co. on Monday announced its acquisition of German game developer and publisher Living Mobile in an effort to expand its role in the European cell phone games market.Disney declined to provide financial details of the deal, which will see Living Mobile folded into the Walt Disney Internet Group Europe.Living Mobile, founded in 2001, publishes more than 70 mobile games across Europe and Singapore including Hudson Soft's "Bomberman" and "Lode Runner" and "Capcom's Resident Evil."The deal follows Disney's announcement of its plans to launch its own branded mobile telephony service, Disney Mobile. Disney also acquired British-based interactive TV games developer Minds Eye earlier this year.

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November 04, 2005

Cinderella's bling outshines her story

Once upon a time, Cinderella was one of the humblest souls in the world of children's entertainment. Named for the soot she constantly swept from her wicked stepfamily's hearth, she befriended rodents and warbled patiently until she was rescued by her fairy godmother and her prince. Lately, though, Cinderella has become another kind of character: a retail giant. She has opened her own boutiques in every Toys "R" Us across the country, sold a million DVD copies of her classic animated film in a single day and inspired flocks of little girls to don sparkly light-blue tulle for Halloween.

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November 01, 2005

Disney to buy Pixar?

The New York Times thinks Disney may make an offer for Apple CEO Steve Jobs' other company, Pixar. A report yesterday suggested Jobs would be willing to sell Pixar, but for the right price. In this case that's $5.9 billion. It's more likely Jobs will negotiate for Disney to extend its distribution deal with Pixar.

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