The Seas Granted Accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

The Seas with Nemo & FriendsSilver Spring, Maryland, March 30, 2009 - The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) today announced that The Seas was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission.

“The Seas has been awarded AZA accreditation because of its high standards in every aspect of its operations,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. “Orlando should be proud to have one of the top facilities in North America as a valuable community asset and economic engine.”

To be accredited, The Seas underwent a thorough investigation to ensure it has and will continue to meet ever-rising standards, which include animal care, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety. AZA requires zoos and aquariums to successfully complete this rigorous accreditation process in order to be members of the Association, and are required to resubmit to this process every five years.

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MVPs Santonio Holmes and Chipper Jones Meet the Mouse at WWoS

Santonio Holmes and Chipper Jones at Disney's Wide World of Sports (c) Diana Zalucky / Disney

Santonio Holmes and Chipper Jones at Disney's Wide World of Sports (c) Diana Zalucky / Disney

A PERFECT 10: Mickey Mouse warms up with Super Bowl XLIII MVP Santonio Holmes (left) and 1999 National League MVP Chipper Jones (right) as they exchange their #10 jerseys and autographs March 27, 2009 at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Jones, who plays third base for the Atlanta Braves, is currently playing at the complex’s Champion Stadium during the Braves’ Spring Training season. Holmes, wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is training with several of his teammates on the complex’s football fields in preparation for the upcoming 2009 NFL season.

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Disney U.S. Parks Cutting Jobs, Seeking Efficiencies

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Walt Disney Co has cut an undisclosed number of workers at its domestic parks this month in a previously announced plan to consolidate behind-the-scenes operations for Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California, a spokesman said.

Local media in Florida, tipped off by laid-off workers, have reported cuts as deep as 450 jobs at the two locations.

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Disney World Offers Free Dining to Disney Visa Cardholders

For 3 night minimum packages (includes park tickets) beginning August 16 through October 3, 2009. Upgrades to the Deluxe Dining Plan available for $32 per adult and $10 per child (under 10). Stays must be booked by June 21, 2009. The offer is expected to be extended to the public by the end of March. Use code RYI for basic Dining Plan or EEV for Deluxe Dining Plan options.

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Disneyland Offers Buy Three Nights, Get Two Free

ANAHEIM, Calif. (March 25, 2009) – With free admission to a theme park on your birthday throughout 2009, new adventures and entertainment at both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure parks, and a special travel offer that will add two free nights to your three-night stay, a visit to the Disneyland Resort this summer offers value-minded vacationers plenty to celebrate.

By purchasing a three-night Disneyland Resort vacation package this summer, guests can magically extend their visit with an offer worth celebrating: Get two more nights free!  This special Disneyland summer vacation offer provides a magical and affordable way for families to take in all the new fun and adventures at the Happiest Place on Earth this vacation season.

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Dave Prowse (Darth Vader) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) Confirm SWW Appearances

According to their official websites, David Prowse’s schedule confirms he’s set to appear at Star Wars Weekends June 5-7 and Peter Mayhew has listed his appearance but not offered dates, although he is booked elsewhere June 5-7.

Source: LizB/passporter

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A Royal Gathering: Tina Fey and John Stamos visit Magic Kingdom

Tina Fey and John Stamos Meet at Disney World in Florida (c) Ken Phillips / Disney
Tina Fey and John Stamos Meet at Disney World in Florida (c) Ken Phillips / Disney

Disney princesses Belle, Cinderella and Snow White share a royal moment March 23, 2009 with “30 Rock” star and executive producer Tina Fey and “ER” star John Stamos inside Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The two stars, traveling separately with their families, happened to be visiting the Walt Disney World theme park on the same day.

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Hong Kong Not Ready to Concede on Failed Disneyland Expansion Plan

China View is reporting that the Hong Kong government will begin conducting a study to determine if additional funding from the government will be necessary and help relations with the Disney company in an effort to continue with the expansion plans for Hong Kong Disneyland. Article here.

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