Largest-Ever Gathering of ‘American Idol’ Winners Joins in Premiere of Attraction at Walt Disney World

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American Idol Host Ryan Seacrest Appears with Goofy, Mickey and Minnie

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Feb. 12, 2009) – With the largest-ever gathering of “American Idol” winners joining in the celebration, Walt Disney World Resort Thursday night raised the curtain on “The American Idol Experience,” a new attraction capturing the energy and excitement of the hit TV show.

Thursday’s grand premiere, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, was attended by all seven winners of the series, from season-one winner Kelly Clarkson to season-seven champion David Cook. Joining Cook and Clarkson were Jordin Sparks (season six), Taylor Hicks (five), Carrie Underwood (four), Fantasia Barrino (three) and Ruben Studdard (two). (more…)

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Deacon Follows Suit (and Files Suit) on Tower of Terror

It’s just not a good week for the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that UK residents Leanne Deacon and her mother have filed a lawsuit against Walt Disney World following a 2005 incident in which Deacon suffered from eventual cardiac arrest and a brain hemorrhage which required emergency surgery. The suit, which is claiming unspecified damages exceeding $15,000, claims that Walt Disney World was behaving as a ‘common carrier’ and thus was subjected to specific regulations guaranteeing guests’ safety. The suit also cites that Disney failed to present ample warnings and safety restraints. For it’s part, Walt Disney World conducted a full inspection of the attraction that same evening, even inviting oversight from the Florida Department of Agriculture Bureau of Fair Rides Inspection and found the attraction to be operating successfully. In Florida, amusement parks of a certain size (which includes Walt Disney World) are not regulated by the state. (more…)

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David Cook’s GMA Performance … Almost

A scheduled live performance by David Cook to air on Good Morning America this morning didn’t go quite as planned when problems causing the audio to intermittently cut out forced the aired performance to end prematurely.

With any luck, I will soon have video from GMA available featuring what little of the performance there was as well as an additional tour of the new American Idol Experience through the eyes of ABC weatherman Sam Champion and Cook’s colleague, David Archuletta.

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Mooty Sues Disney For Breach of Contract Over Tower of Terror

As an update to a widely reported incident several months ago, Denise Mooty of Florida has gone ahead and petitioned the circuit court of Osceola County to bring forth a trial against Walt Disney World and several of its cast members for breach of contract, false arrest and emotional distress. According to the complaint, she is seeking undefined damages in excess of $15,000.

In the complaint, which you can read (more…)

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Raytheon Opens Family Technology Center at SOG

WALTHAM, Mass., Feb. 11, 2009 /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon Company (NYSE:  RTN) today announced the grand opening of The Family Technology Center at the Shades of Green(R) on Walt Disney World(R) Resort. Shades of Green is a U.S. Armed Forces Recreation Center used exclusively by active and retired military personnel and their families and Department of Defense civilians. (more…)

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AIE Media Event: AI Participant List

Courtesy of Attractions Magazine comes this reportedly complete list of all of the American Idol stars that will be appearing during the 4:30 motorcade up along Hollywood Boulevard in Disney’s Hollywood Studios on February 12 to commemorate the opening of the American Idol Experience: (more…)

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Disney World Extends Buy 4, Get 3 Offer Thru August 15

Beginning February 9, packages will become available through August 15, 2009 for the promotion where guests can purchase 4 nights and get an additional 3 nights free. To qualify for the offer, packages must be booked by March 29.

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Bay Lake Tower to Open August 4 – Reservations Feb 8

Disney Vacation Club has set an Aug. 4 opening date for the Bay Lake Tower, the time-share addition Disney is building next to its Contemporary Resort.

The date is earlier than the “Fall 2009” target Disney had been using until now.

Disney says customers who have purchased shares in Bay Lake will be able to start making reservations Feb. 8. That’s also the same date Disney will begin accepting reservations for in its Treehouse Villas from customers who own stakes in the Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa time share.

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May 2009 Park Hours for Walt Disney World Fully Posted

The international calendar has finally posted the hours for Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. At this time, entertainment schedules for specific days have not yet been added for these parks.

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Videos and Photo of Santonio Holmes Parade at Walt Disney World

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And here’s some raw footage courtesy of Pittsburgh’s WTAE-TV showing Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes’ parade down Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom.

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