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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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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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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To see photos of some of Sanaa’s offerings, click here.

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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Katy Perry and Hayden Panettiere at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Photos – Updated)

panettiere-and-perry-at-disney-161079777Wearing Minnie Mouse ears, singer/songwriter Katy Perry (left) and actress Hayden Panettiere (right) strike a pose April 25, 2009 with Minnie Mouse herself at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The duo was enjoying the theme park prior to their evening performance for the Disney Grad Nite, an annual, in-park celebration for high school seniors. Panettiere stars on the hit NBC series “Heroes.” Perry is a multi-platinum recording artist who hit #1 on the “Billboard” charts with two singles from her latest album, “One Of The Boys.” (Gene Duncan, photographer)


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Full PDFs of All of Kidani Village’s Sanaa Menus Now Available Here

Walt Disney World has graciously provided us with these PDF images of the menus for Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Kidani Village. Sanaa will open May 1 and will be 1 TS credit on the Disney Dining Plan. To see our extensive coverage of this highly anticipated eatery including photos of some of its offerings, click here.

To view each of the menus, click its respective link:
* Sanaa Menu – Lunch
* Sanaa Menu – Dinner
* Sanaa Menu – Dessert
* Sanaa Wine List
* Sanaa Menu – Kids

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Celebrate at Walt Disney World with New Gift Cards and Receive a Free Limited Release Pin

Disney Gift CardsAt select locations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, choose from five new celebration designs of the Disney Gift Card and receive a free limited release pin. Activation and value of the gift card is $50.

Photo and information courtesy of twitter.com/DisneyGiftCard

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