Disney World Still Draws Crowds Despite Flu Alert

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – Mickey Mouse, Pluto, the Fairy Godmother and other Walt Disney favorites were still dishing out kisses, handshakes and high-fives at the Magic Kingdom on Thursday, despite the flu virus alert gripping the United States.

At the world famous Florida theme park, which is run by Walt Disney Co and visited by millions each year, enthusiastic crowds filled the avenues and rides, apparently unworried by the warnings of a possible pandemic of a new strain of influenza A (H1N1) virus.

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New Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Will Rock Universal Orlando Resort (Details, Logo and Photos) (Updated 4/30)

Rip Ride Rockit LogoHigh-Tech Ride Features Personalized Music, Take-Home Video, First-Ever Maneuvers

Orlando, Fla. (April 2009) – Universal Orlando Resort is getting ready to unveil one of the most radically innovative roller coasters ever created – Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit – set to open for summer. The coaster combines hit music, breathtaking first-ever maneuvers and highly sophisticated audio and video for a one-of-a-kind ride experience.

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Disney ‘Driving a Hard Bargain’ with Hong Kong

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s top financial official will meet Walt Disney Co. management in Los Angeles later this week to discuss the stalled expansion of the struggling Hong Kong theme park.

Disney and the Hong Kong government have been embroiled in protracted discussions over financing for a second phase of the world’s smallest Disneyland which could cost a reported HK$3 billion ($387 million).

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Innoventions’ StormStruck is Now FloodSmart

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., April 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. (FLASH), unveiled a new addition to their StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes experience located in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot. A new “flood wall” exhibit discusses important facts about flooding including ways for homeowners to prepare for flood and protect themselves from costly flood damage.

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Star Wars Weekends 2009 Backstage Posters

Meant to promote awareness of the annual event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios amongst Cast Members, StarWars.com provides us with a look at some of the eye candy normally only seen by those who work for the Disney Empire.

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Florida Legislature Passes Time Share ‘Debt-Cancellation’ Bill

The Florida legislature has approved a bill that allows time share operators such as Disney’s Disney Vacation Club (DVC) to sell policies to new buyers that will allow them to walk away should they suffer a loss of income. The bill, championed by Disney, means that hesitant prospective buyers who are afraid to invest in the time share given the current state of the economy will now be offered the potential to drop the time share and any remaining balance due.

The bill will be sent to the Governor’s office who’s expected to sign.

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Kodak’s Fantasy Golf Game Offers Chance to Win ‘Disney Golf Dream’ Vacation

ROCHESTER, N.Y.- One of the most exciting new events on the PGA TOUR this season, the Kodak Challenge, is inviting golf fans to play along with the professionals. Kodak is launching a new fantasy golf league, the Kodak Challenge Fantasy Pick ’Em, which enables fans to experience the action of the Kodak Challenge in a free online game at www.fantasy.kodakchallenge.com. Participants are eligible for Kodak prizes as well as a season-ending giveaway to win a “DISNEY Golf Dream Vacation for Four.”

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Hanes Comfort Crew Offers ‘Tweet-up’ at Design-A-Tee May 1

On May 1, from 9:30 am to 10:30 am, join Hanes and the team of Hanes Comfort Crew bloggers at the new Design-A-Tee shop in Downtown Disney’s Marketplace. Surprise giveaways are being offered (while supplies last).

For more information,  visit the tweet-up page or follow @hanescomfort on Twitter.

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Orlando’s WFTV Reports Possible Case of Walt Disney World Tourist with Swine Flu (Updated)

WFTV Channel 9 in Orlando is reporting a case of a Mexican tourist who came to visit Walt Disney World a couple of days ago being infected with the swine flu.

At this time, both Disney and the Orange County Health Department claim no knowledge of the situation.

UPDATE: A representative from the Orange County Health Department acknowledges that a tourist had been tested for the swine flu on Monday night but that the results have not yet become available. While many people have come into hospitals claiming to have swine flu symptoms, the tourist in question was the only one to be tested so far (and presumably because he’s from Mexico).

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Sanaa Brings Flavors of India, Africa To Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (Photos Added)

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Fans of Jiko-The Cooking Place and Boma-Flavors of Africa have a new reason to dine at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge as Sanaa debuts May 1 in the resort’s new Kidani Village expansion.

The new Walt Disney World restaurant’s unusual name, pronounced “Sah-NAH,” is the Swahili word for “artwork.” With interiors inspired by African art and remarkable views of the resort’s Sunset Savannah through 9-foot windows, diners experience “the art of African cooking with Indian flavors” in the 150-seat, family-oriented restaurant located on the ground floor just below the lobby.
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