Parks Prez Al Weiss Announces Retirement After Nearly 40 Years of Service

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Nearly 40 years after he began working at the Walt Disney World Resort at the age of 18 in 1972, Al Weiss, President of Worldwide Operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has announced his retirement from The Walt Disney Company, effective November 1, 2011. Weiss has held his current position since 2005 after leaving his role of President of Walt Disney World.

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Lloyds of London Underwriters File Suit Against Walt Disney World

Even if I were to understand half of this, I don’t think I understand any of this, thus it’s right up my alley. Some underwriters at Lloyds of London recently filed a claim against Thomas Wright of Loganville, Georgia, owner of Paintball Sports Promotions and Disney Parks and Resorts, specifically Walt Disney World, in what appears to be the next step in an already complicated legal mess.

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Mufasa Becomes Spokes-lion for Responsible Fatherhood Campaign

Lion King Fatherhood Ad Council AdWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has partnered with the the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance and the Ad Council for the the Responsible Fatherhood program, which helps promote the cause of fathers being involved in their children’s lives. This represents the second time the Walt Disney Company has partnered with the campaign which began in 2008, the first being a joint effort with ESPN in 2009.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 24 million children (34%) in the U.S. live apart from their fathers. The PSA campaign is an effort to show fathers the unique and irreplaceable role they play in their children’s lives.

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WSJ: Disney Backing Down from ‘SEAL Team 6′ Trademarks

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that The Walt Disney Company is withdrawing from its multiple trademark applications for ‘SEAL Team 6.’

Stitch Kingdom was the first outlet to report the applications which occurred shortly after the assassination of Osama bin Laden by the United States Navy’s Special Warfare Development Group, once known as ‘SEAL Team 6′ but now more familiarly known as DEVGRU. After reporting the trademark applications, it was quickly picked up by other outlets, eventually making its way to a mention on NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’s’ Weekend Update with Seth Meyers in which a sequel to Disney/Pixar’s UP was imagined to feature Carl Fredericksen surrounded at gunpoint by Navy SEALs.

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Walt Disney Company Files Suit Against Dish Network on Copyright Violations Claim

Disney Enterprises and Buena Vista Pay Television filed a claim yesterday in Federal Court in New York yesterday against Dish Network claiming that Dish Network has been engaging in ‘unauthorized and unlawful distribution, transmission, copying and public display and/or performance of numerous, highly successful motion pictures owned and licensed by’ Disney.

The complaint specifically names Alice in Wonderland, Toy Story 3, Up ‘and others’ involved in acts of the violation as well as an intent for ‘imminent plans to unlawfully distribute, transmit, copy and publicly display and/or perform such recent hit movies as The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Secretariat, and Tangled, among others, all without authorization from Plaintiff.’

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‘African Cats’ Moviegoers Save More Than 50,000 Acres of Savanna

Disneynature announced today that its “See ‘African Cats,’ Save the Savanna” campaign will help protect more than 50,000 acres of land in Kenya’s Amboseli Wildlife Corridor on behalf of the moviegoers who came out to see Disneynature’s motion picture “African Cats” during its opening week (April 22-28, 2011). A portion of the proceeds from the opening-week ticket sales will be donated to the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to ensure the future of lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, giraffes and a host of other animals in the vibrant African savanna.

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Disney Parks Study Shows Impact of Company on Florida’s Economy

A new study released today shows the magic Disney makes for guests at its parks and resorts and on its cruise ships translates into a strong economic impact not only in Central Florida but across the state.

The $18.2 billion in annual economic activity generated locally by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts accounts for a staggering 2.5 percent of the gross domestic product for the entire state.

Of the 7.2 million Floridians in the workforce in 2009, more than one out of every 50 had a job that can be directly or indirectly tied to the operations of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Locally, 6 percent of all jobs in Central Florida can be attributed to Disney’s operations.

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Disney Store Wins ‘New Retail Frontier’ Bronze at 2011 Edison Awards

Disney Store celebrated its Bronze Award win in the New Retail Frontiers category at the 2011 Edison Best New Product Awards™ at the historic Capitale ballroom in New York. The distinguished award symbolizes the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Alva Edison, and recognizes companies at the forefront of innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy. Disney Store was honored for its highly interactive and immersive new store design that delivers “the best 30 minutes of a child’s day” to millions of guests around the world.

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Disney Affected by Huge E-Mail Data Breach

An e-mail from Disney Destinations (i.e., what’s effectively otherwise known as The Walt Disney Travel Company) confirms that the company was one of the many compromised by a recent data breach at Epsilon, an e-mail service provider for many companies. Other companies previously reported to have their e-mail lists compromised include Walgreen, J.P. Morgan Chase, Capital One, New York & Company, Kroger, Citigroup, US Bancorp, Brookstone, Marriott International, TiVo and potentially many more.

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Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children Opens

Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children openingFeaturing the latest in pediatric clinical technology and soothing, kid-friendly environments, today’s opening of the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children ushers in a new era of children’s health care. The state-of-the-art facility offers patients a unique experience where kids are the main characters.

To mark the momentous occasion, hundreds of community leaders and medical professionals gathered for a moving ceremony on the front lawn of Florida Hospital for Children. Several pediatric patients shared their inspirational stories of hope and perseverance before being joined on stage by Mickey Mouse. A performance of an inspirational song punctuated by a colorful burst of confetti, served as a reminder that all patients are unique and receive a personalized experience at the Walt Disney Pavilion.

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