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May 29, 2007

Kali River Rapids Evac. Malfunction Injures 6

Five Walt Disney World guests and an employee were transported to the hospital Tuesday morning after the Kali River Rapids ride at Animal Kingdom malfunctioned during an evacuation routine. During a sensor prompted evacuation, a platform designed to help transfer guests from the ride to the exit stairs malfunctioned causing minor injuries. Disney spokeswoman Kim Prunty said the reason the ride stopped and how the evacuation platform malfunctioned is being investigated, but stressed that Disney's primary concern is for those impacted by the incident.

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May 28, 2007

Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island

Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island maked its debut at the Disneyland park with the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Guests will discover that Captain Jack has joined his fellow adventurers from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies in a plan to overtake Tom Sawyer Island. William Turner has set up his blacksmith shop on Pirate Point and Elizabeth Swann has landed, as evidenced by her framed portrait, signed love letters and diary. Cavern explorers in Dead Man's Grotto will encounter ghostly apparitions, buried treasure and mysterious voices, as well as discover an ornate chest that holds the heart of the villainous Davy Jones.

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May 26, 2007

Disney Cruise Line Arrives in Europe

Thousands of colorful fireworks filled the nighttime sky over Barcelona this evening as, for the first time, the Disney Magic cruise ship approached the Spanish port city nestled along the Mediterranean coast, signaling Disney Cruise Line's first-ever foray into the European cruise market. In grand Spanish style, the 2,700-passenger ship was greeted by a 3,000-shell fireworks spectacular upon arrival to the Port of Barcelona. The Port of Barcelona will serve as homeport for the Disney Magic this summer as it embarks on brand new 10- and 11-night itineraries in the Mediterranean.

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May 25, 2007

Build-A-Bear Winnie the Pooh Line for Charity

Thousands of make-your-own Winnie the Pooh plush bears will be sent to children's hospitals in three countries through the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation. Each time a Guest makes a Winnie the Pooh of their own (valued at $20 USD, $30 CAD, GBP 18 UK) at a Build-A-Bear Workshop location and online at buildabear.com, they are asked to make another one, at no charge, to be donated to a young Starlight Starbright child at a local children's hospital. This fabulous promotion will take place at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom through June 30, 2007.

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May 24, 2007

A Name Change & a Star for Next Feature Film

Anika Noni Rose will provide the voice for Princess Tiana in the Walt Disney Co.'s musical animated feature "The Princess and the Frog," slated for a holiday 2009 release. The film, previously titled "The Frog Princess," is based on an original story written by Disney filmmaking duo John Musker and Ron Clements, who also will direct.

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May 21, 2007

Disney Parks Providing Extra Loot

Beginning on Friday at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World in Orlando, consumers who bring their Nintendo DS and "At World's End" game to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride will be able to seek out 10 secured wireless hot spots to download free exclusive game content that won't be available anywhere else. The gaming stations will be marked with a Pirates "X" at different areas through Labor Day at both parks. There will be three different downloads available around the theme park ride, including one that gamers can access while standing in line for the Pirates ride that inspired the films and games. A new area of Disneyland's Frontierland opens Friday called Pirates Lair in the Tom Sawyer Island section of the park.

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May 15, 2007

Disney Travel On-Demand Channel to Launch

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is launching an on-demand cable channel, called Disney Travel on Demand, later this month that will feature programming mostly about Walt Disney World and other Disney vacation spots. Time Warner Cable expects to debut the channelMay 21 and Cablevision on May 29. Both channels will offer the programming "on demand". Eventually, it could be offered by other cable networks as well, said Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo.

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Disney Pledges $12.5 million Toward Center

Walt Disney World pledged $12.5 million Monday afternoon toward the proposed $389 million Orlando Performing Arts Center, putting heft behind the promise for help that new Disney President Meg Crofton offered to community leaders four months ago. Crofton announced the donation at the Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola in downtown Orlando during festivities that included Mickey and Minnie Mouse, singers, dancers and fireworks.

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May 14, 2007

Big Bazaar Stores to Stock Two Disney Lines

Walt Disney Co. has signed its first major agreement to sell a custom-made range of merchandise at an Indian retailer. Big Bazaar, the supermarket chain of Pantaloon Retail India Ltd, India's largest listed retail company, will start selling a range of clothes, toys, party decorations, comic books and other merchandise at all its 52 stores across India. While Big Bazaar had been selling Disney merchandise for more than two years, this agreement will involve special store-in-stores and creating products for the two Disney products that it has a licence for: Power Rangers and Disney Princess.

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May 12, 2007

Capital Disney Station to Cease June 29, 2007

Kids' UK radio station Capital Disney will cease broadcasting on June 29. A joint venture between GCap Media and the Walt Disney Company, the station has been on DAB radio for five years, and was one of first stations to launch on the platform. Disney reportedly plans to launch a new national digital kids' station with a different partner.

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Disney Releases Product Line for 3rd "Pirates"

As Pirates fans across the globe anticipate the upcoming theatrical release of “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” Disney Consumer Products has unveiled an extraordinary assortment of Pirates-themed merchandise in celebration of the massively successful film franchise and its third installment, due in theaters on May 25.

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Disney Joins Online Sheet Music Catalog

Under this newly minted licensing agreement, online sheet music publisher and retailer, Musicnotes.com will sell downloadable digital sheet music from throughout Disney Music Publishing's revered music catalog. Disney Music Publishing joins an impressive list of music publishers and administrators already offering downloadable sheet music from their catalogs on the Musicnotes.com web site.

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May 11, 2007

Mary Poppins Likely to Launch Tour in 2008

The new Disney musical Mary Poppins, which plays Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre, will likely be launched on a national tour in 2008. Disney Theatrical Productions has confirmed it is looking at all options for a fall 2008 tour. Los Angeles and Chicago have been discussed as being among those options, according to sources, but no official announcement has been made. A start date for the tour has yet to be announced. The Musical has earned 11 nominations for the 57th annual Outer Critics Circle Awards, the most nods for any show of the season.

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National Raisin Company and Disney Team-up

National Raisin Co. in Fowler is hoping to take advantage of a new emphasis by Walt Disney Co. on healthier foods and will soon sell snack packs that showcase such characters as Mickey Mouse, Lilo & Stitch, Nemo and the Pirates of the Caribbean. The specially packaged fruit will be sold in grocery stores nationwide.

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May 10, 2007

Disney Earnings Grow 27 Percent

The Burbank-based media conglomerate said Tuesday that net profit rose 27 percent in the quarter that ended March 31. Operating profit at Disney's film studio increased 60 percent to $235 million in the quarter, despite a 13 percent drop in revenue to $1.6 billion. The media networks division saw operating profit climb 21 percent, although revenue remained flat at $3.6 billion. The company's theme park division saw a 19 percent rise in operating profit to $254 million. Revenue increased 9 percent to $2.45 billion. The consumer products unit contributed $125 million to operating profit, a 20 percent hike, on revenue of $516 million.

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Disney Breaks iTunes Sales Record

The Walt Disney Co sold 23.7 million television episodes and two million movies via Apple’s iTunes Store in its most recent quarter, according to Disney CEO Bob Iger. Last November Iger reported that Disney had sold close to 500,000 movies since launching them on the iTunes Store in September, 2006. He said at that time that Disney's ABC TV subsidiary had sold about 12 million TV shows through the iTunes Store since the service began offering TV shows for download.

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Disney Cracks Down on Shijingshan Park

Disney bosses are in crisis talks with the owners of a 'fake' Chinese version of the famous amusement park. Over the weeklong May Day holiday, the Shijingshan Amusement Park filled its grounds on Beijing's western suburbs with actors in costumes that resembled Disney and other foreign characters. A banner over the entrance said, "Disney is too far, so please come to Shijingshan." The banner has now been taken down and none of the cartoon characters were on display, as crisis talks with Disney continue.

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May 09, 2007

Disney and Oriental Land Co. Team on Mall

Walt Disney Co. is working with Japanese real estate development firm Oriental Land Co. to open a “Disney-themed entertainment facility” in 2010. Oriental Land Co. operates the media company’s Tokyo-based Disneyland and DisneySea theme parks as well as its retail outlets in the Asian country.

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Disney Mix Central Launches

Looking to profit directly from the growing market for music downloads, Disney (DIS) has launched an online store for kid-focused singles, albums and music videos.
"This is the first direct-download service (Disney) has done," says Chris Heatherly, the consumer products unit's head of electronics. Disney Mix Central (disneymixcentral.com) initially will offer about 1,500 songs and 19 music videos from Disney stars such as Hannah Montana and The Cheetah Girls.

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May 08, 2007

Playhouse Disney Live! Launches 70 City Tour

Playhouse Disney Live!, the first U.S. live touring stage production featuring favorite characters from four shows in Disney Channel's popular Playhouse Disney program block for preschoolers, is set to launch a 70-city tour this September, it was announced today by Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Productions, and Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment.

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ABC, ESPN in Cox Deal for On-Demand Shows

Walt Disney Co.'s ABC and ESPN have struck a deal with Cox Communications Inc. to offer shows on demand. The agreement only applies to programs available on Cox's video-on-demand menu, the Journal said.

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May 07, 2007

Disney Vista Gadget Unveiled

The Disney Vista gadget was recently unveiled at Microsoft MIX. The gadget, which will likely debut on PC desktops in China, has apparently been created to educate the Chinese about Disney in hopes of driving up attendance at Hong Kong Disneyland. The gadget taps RSS to continually update a theme park news feed. Video, trip-planning, and interactive functionality will also be included

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May 04, 2007

Disney's Enchanting Return to 2-D

When Disney acquired Pixar last year, Lasseter was made chief creative officer of the studio's feature animation division. Topping the to-do list of the ToyStory and Cars director was to resuscitate the Magic Kingdom's much-abused 2-D legacy. The comeback begins Nov. 21 with Disney's return to the land of traditional make-believe in Enchanted, a long-planned mix of live action and animation. Enchanted is sprinkled with 14 minutes of hand-drawn romantic adventures that pay humorous tribute to the likes of Snow White and Cinderella. The story of a cartoon princess who is banished to Manhattan and must cope with the realities of urban life might remind audiences how much they have missed Disney fables of yore.

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Disneyland Train at Fullerton Railroad Days

For the first time in its 52 years, the C.K. Holliday Locomotive No. 1 will leave Disneyland and trundle down Harbor Boulevard for a guest appearance at this city's ninth-annual Railroad Days on Saturday and Sunday. The 9-ton engine will be loaded onto a flatbed truck about noon Friday for the half-hour trip to the Fullerton Transportation Center, 122 E. Santa Fe Ave.

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"High School Musical 2" To Premiere In August

The Disney Channel has announced plans to premiere "High School Musical 2" in August. All of the stars of the original film are reportedly returning. The DVD sold more than $7.5 million copies and the soundtrack was the highest-selling album of the year. "High School Musical 2" will premiere August 17 on the Disney Channel.

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May 03, 2007

Disney World to Offer Quinceanera Celebrations

Quinceanera parties, the traditional Latin coming-of-age celebrations, have arrived at Walt Disney World Resort. From a fully customized celebration based on a family's ideas to pre-designed, themed Quinceanera events that take away all the worry of planning, Disney is offering these tradition-steeped extravaganzas for girls turning age 15 -- a passage from flat-soled shoes and dolls to high heels, elaborate gowns and young womanhood.

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Disney Channel in Turkey and Poland

Disney Channel Turkey launched in Istanbul yesterday as per a multi-year deal with digital platform Digiturk, which picked up exclusive broadcast rights to the 24/7 kidnet in the region. Meanwhile, Disney Channel has signed a new deal with cable operator Aster to reach 200,000 more subscribers in Poland. The channel has been beaming into 1.8 million Polish homes on subscription-based digital platforms CYFRA+ and Cyfrowy Polsat since December 2, 2006.

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May 02, 2007

INTERCOTee wins the Cinderella Castle Suite

INTERCOT's very own WDWacky and his family, won a night in the Castle while vacationing at Walt Disney World this week! Ian just so happened to be in the right place at the right time. The location on Sunday was the fourth seat on Expedition: Everest as it rolled into the station. Ian was immediately approached by the Dream Squad. And so began his whirlwind of a day. Congratulations, Ian!

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May 01, 2007

Walt Disney World Hotels to Go Smoke-Free

Walt Disney World Resort Senior Vice President for Operations Erin Wallace announced today, all Disney-owned and operated hotels at the Walt Disney World Resort will become smoke-free by June 1, 2007. The policy also applies to all Disney Vacation Club Resorts. The new policy applies to all guest rooms, patios and balconies and designates outdoor smoking areas at all resorts affected by the change. Smoking is currently prohibited in all lobbies, common areas, restaurants and convention spaces.

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