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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DTD Hotels offer Discounts to Locals and Military

The Best Western, Holiday Inn, Doubletree Guest Suites, Regal Sun Resort, Hilton, Royal Plaza and the Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa, all located on Waly Disney World property, are now offering a Florida resident discount of 15% off the best available rate. Additionally, both active duty and retired military personnel are being offered a 20% discount on rooms through 2009.

Blackout dates and additional restrictions may apply. See www.downtowndisneyhotels.com for additional details.

Via Orlando Sentinel and Tampa Bay Online

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Refurb Update: Ellen’s Energy Adventure Refurbishment Extended

The refurbishment has been extended through March 25. Re-opening date is March 26.

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