The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that with a sponsorship contract set to expire this year with GM, the auto maker (who reportedly pays Disney around $5million annually for the privilege) is in no financial position to go another lap with the attraction. Talks are in the works but the economic gloom is suggesting that Disney should start talking to Lexus on how to make Test Track drive itself. Full article here.
Disney has just released these photographs of nine delights that will be served at Sanaa, the table service restaurant at Animal Kingdom Lodge’s DVC resort, Kidani Village.
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As part of the Manatee Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP), Disney’s Animal Programs team helps to take final measurements and readings Feb. 24, 2009 as they prepare to release a manatee into his natural habitat at Blue Springs State Park in Orange City, Fla. The manatee, named “Bock,” was released Tuesday into the warm waters of the St. John’s River. The manatee, rescued as an orphan from the St. John’s River in 2001, arrived at Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. in 2003 weighing about 500 pounds. At Epcot, marine mammal experts weaned him from a bottle and began feeding him a diet of romaine lettuce, fruits and other vegetables. “Bock” now weighs more than 1,000 pounds and is approximately eight years old. Prior to his release, he was fitted with a satellite tracking belt to follow his movements and allow for behavioral observation. His progress will be monitored by the MRP in which Disney’s Animal Programs has been involved since 2001 when the partnership was established. The MRP is a cooperative group of nonprofit, private, state and federal entities that monitors the health and survival of rehabilitated and released manatees.
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ALL SMILES: YouTube “star” David DeVore, age 8, who became an internet sensation when his father posted a two-minute clip of him showing the after-effects of anesthesia from a dentist’s visit, is all smiles March 1, 2009 at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista Fla. During today’s Walt Disney World visit, DeVore met with Mickey and Minnie Mouse (pictured) who were clad in their best dentist and doctor apparel. DeVore’s original YouTube video, entitled “David After Dentist,” has been viewed more than 13 million times and spawned countless spoofs on the video sharing site. During his visit, DeVore even wore the same Florida Gators t-shirt that he is seen wearing in the YouTube video.
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StarWars.com has published photos of and information on the final four Star Wars Big Figs due for release the second week of June. They will retail for $195 each and be limited to 600 pieces each, with 500 going to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and 100 going to Disneyland.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge recently welcomed a new “resident” – a Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture hatchling that is a member of a threatened species. While weighing less than six ounces and about eight inches long when hatched, a vulture could grow to reach sizes close to three feet in height, with a wingspan of nearly eight feet, and can weigh 15-20 pounds. The baby and its parents reside on one of the unique resort’s savannas at Walt Disney World Resort.
LOS ANGELES, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co said on Wednesday it will streamline some behind-the-scenes operations, including menu planning and ride design, at its two U.S. theme parks to try to offset the effects of the global economic downturn. (more…)
The Leicester Mercury reports that Leanne and June Deacons’ lawyer, Robert Melton, told them that his clients deserve at least 14 million dollars as a result of permanent injuries Deacon sustained allegedly as a result of riding Tower of Terror in 2005.
The article quotes Leanne’s mother as saying ,’The amount we get has got to be enough to support Leanne for the rest of her life. That is important’ and also denying that Leanne had ridden the attraction multiple times throughout the trip despite reports at the time that even quoted her to the contrary.
It’s all the talk and I was trying to avoid pandering to the celebrity fiends (or I was at least hoping WDW would release some real photos – although Tom got the best ones from the looks of it), but I can’t resist this one. Extra has some great shots of Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Suri and Connor frolicking in the rose garden at the Magic Kingdom on Valentine’s Day – they even have Dumbo shots.
A couple of recent changes that shouldn’t affect most guests have been introduced to the Disney’s Magical Express service, presumably as a cost saving measure. (more…)