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). Continue reading…

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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. Continue reading…

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Disney Store Recalls Handy Manny Toy

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The Disney Store has issued a recall for about 20,000 Handy Manny Tool Sets that were sold between October 2007 and January 2009 for potential choke hazards. Customers who have purchased the item (UPC Code #405144100614 or #422147400633) should return it immediately to their local Disney Store location for a full refund.

For additional information, contact the Disney Store toll-free at (866) 902-2798 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.DisneyStore.com

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Universal Studios plans Beijing theme park

SHANGHAI, Feb 12 (Reuters) – U.S. film giant Universal Studios is awaiting regulatory approval to build a theme park costing more than 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) in Beijing, a Chinese government official said on Thursday. Continue reading…

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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 Continue reading…

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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. Continue reading…

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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: Continue reading…

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NYCC09: Aaron Stone ‘Hero Rising’ Screening and Cast Q&A

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Aaron Stone Panel (L-R): Bruce Kalish (Creator/Producer), Tania Gunadi (Emma), David Lambert (Jason), J.P. Manoux (STAN), Kelly Blatz (Charlie/Aaron Stone)

Aaron Stone Panel (L-R): Bruce Kalish (Creator/Producer), Tania Gunadi (Emma), David Lambert (Jason), J.P. Manoux (STAN), Kelly Blatz (Charlie/Aaron Stone)

One of the final panels at the 2009 New York Comic Con was this panel featuring cast & crew of the upcoming Disney XD keystone show. Moderated by Jermaine Turner, head of development for Disney XD, the panel began first with a clip promoting the new channel which debuts next Friday. According to the promo, Aaron Stone will be joined by other programs such as: new series like Kid vs Kat and Jimmy Two Shoes; classic Disney Channel shows such as Even Stevens, Phil of the Future, the Suite Life of Zack and Cody; and new episodes of Phineas and Ferb. Continue reading…

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