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August 31, 2008
New Records Set in Third Annual Disneyland Half Marathon
Course records were broken in Men's, Women's and Master's divisions in the third annual Disneyland Half Marathon, Sunday at Disneyland Resort. John Lucas, a marketing specialist for a sports apparel company in Eugene, Oregon, crossed the finish line first with a Disneyland Half Marathon record time of 1:08:05 (exactly two minutes faster than the 2007 winning time), leading the field of an estimated 13,500 participants.
Disney Cruise Line Looking at Possible Itinerary Changes Due to High Fuel Costs
No part of Walt Disney Co.'s vast corporate empire has been buffeted more by record oil prices than the 10-year-old Disney Cruise Line. Disney executives are studying their existing schedules in hopes of finding more efficient sailing routes between ports that stretch from St. Maarten in the eastern Caribbean to Cozumel just off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
Hong Kong Disneyland is expected to record attendance of 5.6 million people in its third year of operation -- its best-ever result, a Hong Kong newspaper reported Thursday. The park, a joint venture between The Walt Disney Co. and the Hong Kong government, has come under fire for its poor performance since opening in September 2005.
Direct from the Beijing Games where he won a record eight Gold Medals, world champion swimmer Michael Phelps celebrated his unprecedented achievement with an all-American homecoming parade in his honor at Walt Disney World Resort.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Announces Upcoming Platinum Editions
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) proudly unveils five additions to the celebrated Platinum Collection of animated features to be released on DVD and for the first time ever on Disney Blu-ray Hi-Def. These include some of Disney's most beloved classics, Pinocchio, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia, Fantasia 2000 and Beauty and the Beast.
New Details Released for Disney Children's Hospital at Florida Hospital
Officials from Florida Hospital Wednesday revealed new details about their visionary plans to shape the 'Children's Hospital of the Future,' which will make a significant impact on children's health throughout Central Florida and be a model for pediatric hospitals beyond the region.
The Walt Disney World resort has internally announced that it will be discontinuing its wristband policy for Evening Extra Magic Hours effective September 7, 2008. In lieu of showing wristbands at each operating attraction, eligible resort Guests will now be required to show their Key to the World Card or eligible Resort ID/Key. This procedure was previously tested for several days in February 2008 at the Magic Kingdom park.
Disney Sells Land at Disney World to Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
The Walt Disney Co. said on Monday it has sold 298 acres of land to Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts for a hotel and golf course to anchor a previously announced luxury development in Florida. Disney did not disclose the terms of the deal but said the facility would enable the company to tap into the luxury travel market. The deal was the first for the two companies.
Walt Disney World says it's starting a large-scale renovation of its Fort Wilderness Campground in Florida, improving its Internet and cable television access. The campground upgrade will also feature new "extra-extra-large" recreational vehicle pads, Segway scooter tours, a mini-water park, a dog park and an improved electric-cart rental operation.
Epcot guests at Walt Disney World Resort will be treated to a brand new, highly interactive attraction inspired by Disney Channel's Emmy Award-winning animated series, Disney's Kim Possible. The new experience is slated to premiere in late 2008. Using the latest technology, Disney's Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure invites guests of all ages to become secret agents, teaming up with members of Team Possible to save the world from various comical villains and their mad inventions.
To honor Miley's 16th birthday and her philanthropic passion, Disneyland Resort in California has created 'Miley's Sweet 16 - Share the Celebration', an unforgettable event for Miley and her fans that also will serve to recognize Youth Service America and help drive awareness of the need for youth volunteerism. The Hollywood-style bash is planned for Sunday, Oct. 5, from 6 to 11 p.m., with ticket sales limited to 5,000 fans.
Meet Santa this Christmas at Disneyland Resort Paris
Where better to kick off the Christmas season than at magical Disneyland Resort Paris! The spirit of Christmas comes alive this year from 8th November, 2008 to 6th January, 2009. New for 2008 is Santa Claus' Village and Mickey's Magical Christmas Dinner. And for a guaranteed white Christmas, snowflakes will fall from the sky on Main Street U.S.A giving everyone the special Christmas memory they have always dreamed of!
Disneyland Resort Paris celebrates all things Halloween in a month long festival from 4th October until 2nd November 2008. In true Disney style, guests will be entertained in a 'spook-tacular' way that will make the whole family scream with laughter! And for the first time ever at Disneyland Resort Paris, Fantasyland will host four Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties* in the weeks leading up to the calendar's most haunted night.
Tropical Storm Fay has stalled along the eastern coast of Florida near our homeport of Port Canaveral, and its path is uncertain at this point.For this reason, Port Canaveral has been closed by the Port Authority and the Aug. 21, 2008 sailing of the Disney Wonder will set sail on its 3-night itinerary from Port Everglades, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Disney Family.com today announced the launch of Disney Family.com Community, a new social networking site for parents. The site provides a customizable online destination for moms and dads to connect with other parents through shared interests such as hobbies, age of child(ren), family setup, parenting tips, geographic location and more.
Disney is hoping that Tinker Bell--along with a collection of pirates and other Disney characters--can help breath life back into its mobile phone services for kids. Beginning in September, Disney plans to roll out a grab bag of goodies for young cell phone users, including a mobile storefront, instant-messaging chat system and virtual world widgets.
WDW Swan and Dolphin Resort to Offer Gas Incentives for Florida Residents
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort said Monday it will randomly pick a guest for a gas rebate of $1 for every mile driven roundtrip. The offer will stand for each week through Labor Day and is only available to Florida residents. A guest driving to the resort from South Florida could potentially pocket up to $800, according to the company.
Walt Disney World officials are monitoring the approach of Tropical Storm Fay. At this time all parks and attractions are expected to be open, at least during the morning hours. As a convenience to guests all four parks will open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 19.
Walt Disney World is revising its employee gun ban policy. With the change, some Disney employees will be allowed to keep a gun locked in a car as long as the employee has a concealed-weapons permit, the gun isn't visible, and the weapon isn't taken out of the car.
More than 30 picketers have been arrested outside Disneyland as they protested in a labor dispute between Disney and its hotel workers.The protesters were taken away in handcuffs Thursday after sitting in a busy intersection outside the park, many of them dressed as Disney characters such as Cinderella and Peter Pan.The arrests followed a march by hundreds of maids, cooks and dishwashers from three Disney hotels who are complaining about a contract dispute.
Ex-Coca-Cola Exec New Head of Hong Kong Disneyland
The Walt Disney Co. said Thursday a former Coca-Cola executive with 20 years of experience in China has been appointed head of Hong Kong Disneyland.Andrew Kam has been named managing director of the Hong Kong park, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts said in a statement.
A two-story tall dinosaur arrived on a flatbed truck at Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney district this week. The dinosaur will be featured inside a new restaurant, currently under construction, called "T-Rex: a Prehistoric Family Adventure." Developed by Schussler Creative, Inc. and operated by Landry's Restaurants, the 600-seat restaurant will feature dinosaurs, waterfalls, bubbling geysers and a fossil dig site. "T-Rex" will open mid October 2008.
Disney has released room-only discounts, at select resorts, for Annual Passholders vacationing between September 28 - December 23, 2008. For details contact INTERCOT's Official Travel Agency, Magical Journeys at 1-570-785-3283, or visit their web site and fill out a quote form.
Charter Communications, Inc. announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Disney-ABC Domestic Television to launch a subscription video on demand (SVOD) entertainment service featuring classic and contemporary movies and animated shorts from The Walt Disney Studios. Disney Family Movies can be added to Charter Digital Cable(R) for only $4.99 per month.
It's a busy week for Disney TV! Favorite specials air (specifically on the Travel Channel), covering a variety of topics ranging from the parks, cruising, waterparks and Disney history. Set those DVRs!
Walt Disney Treasures Wave 8 Now Available for Pre-Order
Wave 8 of the popular Walt Disney Treasures collector DVDs has been announced and are now available for pre-order via Amazon.com. Included in this year's set are The Chronological Donald Vol 4 (1951-1961), Dr. Syn: The Scarecrow Of Romney Marsh (1964), The Mickey Mouse Club Presents: Annette (1957-1958 Season).
Disney, experiencing one of the worst slumps at the box office in years, is counting on talking dogs and singing teens to turn things around. Among the movies it believes will put it back on top this fall are ''Beverly Hills Chihuahua,'' about a pampered pooch from the 90210 ZIP code lost in Mexico, and ''Bolt,'' an animated film overseen by Pixar Animation Studios guru John Lasseter about a showbiz dog. Disney is also releasing ''High School Musical 3: Senior Year,'' the third movie in the pubescent franchise and the first debuting on the big screen.
2008 Epcot Food & Wine Festival Kiosk Line-Up Announced
The Walt Disney World Resort has released the line-up of food and beverage kiosks that will be offered during the 2008 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Fitting with the "Great Food Cities" theme, most of this year's kiosks are named after specific cities rather than whole countries/states.
Disney.com today announced the launch of 'U Rock the Summer on Disney.com', a unique promotion that gives fans the opportunity to create their own music videos to song clips from popular Disney artists, post the original videos on the U Rock site (www.Disney.com/URock) and enter to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Adventures by Disney Announces Eight New Itineraries for 2009
Adventures by Disney announced it will be adding eight new destinations to their list of trips, giving their guests a total of 23 destinations to choose from in 2009. The new destinations include an exotic African safari, an astonishing expedition to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, and an exploration of Alaska.
Walt Disney Co. announced today that it will not renew its lease for its World of Disney store at 711 Fifth Ave. when it expires in 2010 because of hefty rent increases.The entertainment conglomerate notified its 220 store employees, called 'cast members', Thursday and Friday that it will be leaving its current 36,000-square-foot space, Disney's only Manhattan location.
Disney to remove McDonald's spots from California theme park
Walt Disney Co. is eliminating McDonald's Corp. fast-food restaurants at its Disneyland Resort. Three McDonald's locations at the Anaheim park will close Sept. 2 as part of planned refurbishments, Disneyland spokeswoman Lisa Haines said today.
Someday, Disney hopes its princes will come.The entertainment giant, which has made billions catering to the princess fantasies of young girls, plans to relaunch Toon Disney as Disney XD, a cable channel that will target boys. Disney XD, aiming at boys ages 6 to 14, will offer original action-adventure and comedy series, movies, animation and sports-themed shows developed with Walt Disney Co.-owned ESPN.
Most Popular Stamp Series of All Time Makes Final Curtain Call
Originally scheduled to be introduced as three sets during a three-year period, the fifth and final debut for the Art of Disney series takes place Aug. 7, at 10 a.m. PDT in front of the Sleeping Beauty castle in Disneyland when the Postal Service dedicates the Art of Disney: Imagination stamps. The 42-cent first-class commemorative stamps go on sale nationwide that day.
Disney ticket prices for its parks in Orlando have increased effective August 3, 2008. A basic one-day, one-park ticket will cost $75 plus tax, up from $71. Pass prices for Florida residents and Annual Passholders have gone up as well.