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(Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s ESPN cable sports network, which has broadcasting deals for events ranging from the National Football League to Nascar, is facing higher costs while renewing some of the contracts amid falling advertising revenue, the Wall Street Journal said on Monday. Continue reading…

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Disneyland Ticket Booths Shut Down Due to White Powder Threat

The OC Register reported that cleaning crews called in reports of a suspicious white powder was found on some ticket booths early Sunday morning. Guests who had already entered the parks were allowed to remain but the booths were shut down until the powder could be tested and confirmed harmless.

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Earn a Sea Plus With The Little Mermaid’s Sierra Boggess

The Little Mermaid's Sierra Boggess (Photo By Per Breiehagen)

The Little Mermaid's Sierra Boggess (Photo By Per Breiehagen)

A Class Act NY will be hosting a special class for children ages 7-16 in Manhattan on April 5. Instructors will be Sierra Boggess (who portrays Ariel in the Broadway production) and a casting director from Tara Rubin Casting, who cast the show. Registration, which can be done on A Class Act NY’s website, is $150. Continue reading…

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Russia Says Nyet to Hannah Montana

MOSCOW/LOS ANGELES, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Russia’s anti-monopoly agency on Friday blocked Walt Disney’s (DIS.N) local venture, derailing the media giant’s plan to create a free-to-air channel for Russian families, local media reported. Continue reading…

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AKL Welcomes Baby Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture

Disneys Animal Kingdoms Newest Resident, a Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture (c) Disney

Animal Kingdom Lodge''s Newest Resident, a Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture (c) Disney

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.

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Star Wars Weekend Screensaver Download Fixed

I apologize for the inconvenience some of you have reported in regards to downloading the free Star Wars Weekends screensaver, but I appreciate you bringing to my attention. The download ceased working when I switched to a newer version of the forum software, but I’ve gone ahead and made the edits to the code so it should be working now.

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Meet ABC Daytime Stars in New York City March 10

While the ladies of the View are off schmoozing in Lala Land, their set in New York will be invaded on March 10 by many of ABC Daytime’s stars as part of the Broadway Cares event.

So for those of you who are missing the ABC Super Soap Weekend already, Continue reading…

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Lion King Las Vegas Tickets on Sale Feb 28 – Free Gifts

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, tickets for the Lion King Las Vegas will go on sale February 28 beginning at 7 am at the Mandalay Bay Box office and until 10 am (or supplies are exhausted), ticket buyers will receive free gifts. The first 100 buyers will receive a complimentary original cast recording CD of the musical while the first buyer will also get signed copies of The Lion King: Pride Rock on Broadway and Disney Theatrical president Thomas Schumacher’s How Does the Show Go On? There will be an additional gift available to all while supplies last.

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Disney U.S. Parks to Consolidate Some Operations

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. Continue reading…

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Deacon Puts $14 Million Price on TOT Lawsuit

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.

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