Themed Entertainment Association and Economics Research Associates Post International Theme Park Numbers for 2008

The TEA/ERA Attraction Attendance Report identifies the top commercial theme parks and waterparks around the world and reflects their performance in 2008. Global attendance data is broken down by geographic region, by chain and by type of venue. This vital report is issued annually and jointly produced by the TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) – the leading international trade alliance for the creators of compelling experiences and places – and ERA (Economics Research Associates) – a top international consulting firm providing economic analysis for the entertainment and leisure industry worldwide.

Burbank, Calif. USA — April 16, 2009 — The TEA/ERA Attraction Attendance Report for 2008 is now posted on the TEA and ERA websites. It reveals 2008 visitation totals for top theme parks and waterparks worldwide.

The report summary is included here (see below). To access the full report including attendance charts, visit:
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2008 Theme Park Attendance Report: Disney World Flat, Disneyland Down, Hong Kong and the Rest Up

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and Economics Research Associates’ report for attendance to the world’s theme parks in 2008 was released earlier today. On the whole, things look on par or slightly better for the Disney Parks over 2007.

In North America, Magic Kingdom (#1) remained steady at approximately 17,063,000 after its record breaking performance in 2007; Epcot (#3) also remained steady at 10,935,000; Disney’s Hollywood Studios (#4) saw the largest percentage increase of 1% for an attendance total of 9,608,000; and Disney’s Animal Kingdom (#5) set an attendance record of 9,540,000 (an increase of .5%)

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All About Remy and Disney’s Living Character Initiative

The newest chef at Walt Disney World Resort may be small in stature, but he’s a big hit with guests enjoying haute cuisine at Les Chefs de France in Epcot. With his flair for French fare, diners of all ages are eating up his whimsical tableside visits.

His name is Remy, and he’s the rat-turned-chef made famous in the Academy Award-winning Disney•Pixar film “Ratatouille.” A new Audio-Animatronicscharacter created by Walt Disney Imagineering, Remy stars in a new guest experience at Les Chefs de France entitled “Bon Appétit from Chef Remy.” Les Chefs de France is one of the restaurants featured at the France pavilion in Epcot.

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Walt Disney World Website Publishes Restaurant Menus in PDF Format

The official Walt Disney World website has begun posting PDF versions of its menus for Table Service Locations. At this time, restaurants that offer this feature include Liberty Tree Tavern, Tony’s Town Square, Shutter’s, The Wave, Spoodles, ESPN Club, Cap’n Jack’s, Le Celier, Rose and Crown, Akershus, Coral Reef, Grand Floridian Cafe, Mama Melrose, 50s Prime Time Cafe, Sci-Fi Dine-In, Olivia’s, Kona Cafe, Boatwright’s, Turf Club and Whispering Canyon Cafe.

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Who Ate My Cheese? Remy to Appear at Les Chefs Through September 5

Remy at Les Chefs de France (c) Gene Duncan/Disney

Remy at Les Chefs de France (c) Gene Duncan/Disney

THE BIG CHEESE: Famed French Chef Paul Bocuse introduces his grandson — also named Paul Bocuse — to a new Audio-Animatronics figure named “Remy” April 3, 2009 at Les Chefs de France restaurant at Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Remy, made famous in Disney’s Academy Award-winning animated film “Ratatouille,” is featured at the restaurant in a new guest experience called “Bon Appetit from Chef Remy.” The Audio-Animatronics figure — the smallest ever created by Walt Disney Imagineering — interacts with diners inside the restaurant. Through Sept. 5, Remy will make appearances in the dining room during specific times.

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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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UPDATE: Ellen’s Energy Adventure Refurb Extended Yet Again!

The attraction refurb that’s more than 65,000,000 milliseconds in the making. Ellen’s Energy Adventure refurb is extended once again, set to now re-open on April 5.

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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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Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival Salutes Disneynature’s ‘Earth’ in Sand

Artists Create a Sculpture Entirely Out of Sand to Celebrate the Release of Disneynature's Earth (c) Diana Zalucky/Disney

Artists Create a Sculpture Entirely Out of Sand to Celebrate the Release of Disneynature's Earth (c) Diana Zalucky/Disney

Guests of the 2009 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival at Walt Disney World Resort can see amazing creations made entirely of sand to celebrate the new theatrical release Earth, presented by Disneynature, which premieres nationwide April 22, 2009. The 16th annual festival takes place March 18-May 31, 2009. Amid a colorful tableau of flowers, plants and topiaries, Walt Disney World guests of all ages can explore myriad exhibits and activities geared toward gardening and outdoor fun.

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New Innoventions Exhibit a Real Oinker

The Great Piggy Bank Adventure(SM) Exhibit to Open this Spring at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot

Concept Art of T. Rowe Price's Great Piggybank Adventure Exhibit Opening Soon at Epcot's Innoventions (c) Disney

Concept Art of T. Rowe Price's Great Piggybank Adventure Exhibit Opening Soon at Epcot's Innoventions (c) Disney

BALTIMORE, March 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — T. Rowe Price, the global investment management organization, today announced that it has signed a sponsorship agreement to create an innovative financial education and entertainment experience at Epcot(R). Designed in collaboration with Walt Disney Imagineering, The Great Piggy Bank Adventure(SM) is scheduled to open this spring at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot(R) at the Walt Disney World(R) Resort in Florida. This interactive exhibit will bring basic saving and investing concepts to life in a fun and captivating way. The experience will entertain and empower families, while encouraging them to engage in regular dialogue about the importance of saving and how to manage money responsibly.

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