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August 01 2014

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Europe Says 'be Our Guest' To Disney Magical World | Joystiq

You can go fishing, do some gardening, manage a cafe, hunt ghosts and - most importantly of all - show off your ballroom moves on the dance floor. The game arrived in North America back in April after proving a hit in Japan, where it shipped 500,000 units . Nintendo also revealed the Pirates of the Caribbean DLC - again already out stateside - is coming to Europe in November, bringing more Captain Jack to the land of Captain Jack . Show full PR text PRESS RELEASE DISCOVER YOUR VERY OWN DISNEY KINGDOM IN DISNEY MAGICAL WORLD COMING TO NINTENDO 3DS ON 24th OCTOBER New Nintendo 3DS game is a portable dream come true for any Disney fan 30th July 2014 A whole new world awaits players in Disney Magical World, launching across Europe on 24th October for Nintendo 3DS and 2DS systems. After creating a personalised avatar and a customised dream life, players embark on a 3D fantasy adventure featuring more than 60 iconic Disney characters across a main central plaza and its surrounding worlds inspired by Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Aladdin and more. It's all Disney, all the time as players interact with beloved characters, manage a cafe to earn in-game coins, set off on ghost-hunting quests and even visit friends' towns via Local Play. Endless opportunities for creativity and customisation allow the imagination to run wild in Disney Magical World. With more than 1,000 items, players can hone their design skills to create hundreds of personalised Disney-themed outfits, accessories and furniture. Aspiring restaurateurs can design a cafe from its decor to its menu.
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Disney World, D.C.: The Dighton-Rehoboth Marching Band is on the move - News - The Taunton Daily Gazette, Taunton, MA - Taunton, MA

nominated D-Rs high school band, along with Taunton High. Hoye learned that Taunton could not make the journey so D-R became his sole nominee. He wrote a letter and sent footage, and a team of judges decided that D-R should be the states sole representative. Kelley and company then embarked on several fundraising endeavors, starting in March, hoping to raise what he hoped would be $40,000 for the trip and associated expenses. He and band representatives met with many local leaders; all were generous. They fell short by about $10,000, but proud parents helped cover their sons and daughters expenses. Our students were excited about going in advance of the trip; I can only imagine the joy and pride they must have felt on that day, School Committee Chairwoman Eliza Couture said. I spoke with my neighbor, Michael Moitoza, a senior who plays the bass drum in the band, about the experience. He said, It was very organized, lots of fun and a cool experience marching down Constitution Avenue. Kelley said the experience was more than just fun and music.
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July 31 2014

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Anna And Elsa?s Royal Tour With Disney Cruise Line

aaedcl123456 ? Frozen ? fun has gone nautical! If you sailed with us recently, you may have seen these two royal sisters for the first time in forever together on a Disney ship . Princess Anna and Queen Elsa kicked off their Royal Tour of our ships and are surprising Disney cheap orlando vacations cruisers with special appearances on select seven-night or longer voyages. I had the chance to meet Anna and Elsa on the Disney Wonder in Alaska , where this photo was taken, and for a moment I felt as if I?d been transported to Arendelle! Of course we can?t forget about Olaf, who has been relaxing in the summer sun at Castaway Cay since last winter. I bet he?s looking gorgeously tanned by now! Anna and Elsa?s Royal Tour with Disney Cruise Line by Jonathan Frontado: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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July 30 2014

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Ucp Monthly Shareholder's Newsletter July/august 2014 - Yahoo Finance

Life as Stockholmers and the rest of those in Sweden has forever changed. Would you believe that for over three weeks, Sweden has experience tropical weather? Yes, 80F/26C+ daily. Swedes are not used to this warm weather and one wonders if heeding the warning of the greenhouse effect is too late for us. Nevertheless, warm weather means reference people come out to fika, or have a coffee break. Smart business gets done, the same way in other countries business gets done on a golf course. With many IT innovations coming out of Sweden in recent years such as Spotify , Readly and newbie Ruzzle, and with the ever increasing importance of EDM music, thanks to Avicii, tiny Sweden isn't so tiny anymore. A great place to work and a great place to raise a family, Sweden continually is listed in the top 10 of places in the world to live. Come visit, winter or summer, you wont be disappointed.
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CBS shifts schedule to boost ratings for 'Extant' - Yahoo News

But it's not the big splash that TV's most popular network was expecting for its highest-profile new drama of the summer, which was beaten last week by reruns of two "NCIS" dramas. Struggling Fox must shudder to think where it would be this summer without Gordon Ramsey. The season debut of "Hotel Hell," in which the cranky chef takes on the hospitality industry, was behind only "Master Chef" and "Hell's Kitchen" as the network's most popular show last week. CBS won the week with an average of 5.4 million viewers. Led by two airings of "America's Got Talent," easily the week's most popular program, NBC averaged 5.2 million viewers. ABC had 3.9 million, Univision had 3.2 million, Fox had 2.8 million, Telemundo had 1.3 million and ION Television had 1.2 million. TNT was the week's most popular cable network, averaging 2.24 million viewers in prime time. USA had 2.15 million, the Disney Channel had 2.08 million, Fox News Channel had 1.78 million and History had 1.62 million. NBC's "Nightly News" topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.8 million viewers. ABC's "World News" was second with 7.4 million, and the "CBS Evening News" had 6 million viewers. For the week of July 21-27, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 10.43 million; "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday), NBC, 10.32 million; "NCIS," CBS, 8.7 million; "60 Minutes," CBS, 7.66 million; "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 7.13 million; "The Bachelorette," ABC, 7.09 million; "Under the Dome," CBS, 6.74 million; "Big Brother (Wednesday), CBS, 6.63 million; "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 6.56 million; "Extant," CBS, 6.483 million.
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Former NFL Coach Compares Johnny Manziel To Disney World's 'Tower Of Terror' - Yahoo Finance

Please enter a valid phone number. Please enter your Phone Number. Send Thanks! A link has been sent. Done Former NFL Coach Compares Johnny Manziel To Disney World's 'Tower Of Terror' By Cork Gaines 2 hours ago 0 shares . Fred Prouser/Reuters & Jason Miller/Getty Images After being drafted by the Cleveland Browns, Johnny Manziel's social life has remained front-and-center in the world of social media and the only people who were surprised by this is apparently the people in the front office of the Cleveland Browns. The Browns have been "alarmed" by some of Manziel's off-season behavior since joining the team according to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com . Former NFL head coach Herm Edwards reacted to the news that the Browns have been surprised by Manziel's "antics" by making a funny comparison to his young children wanting to ride the "Tower of Terror" at Disney's Magic Kingdom. Despite Edwards' warnings, the children insisted on going on the ride. Afterwards, the girls are scared and shaking to which Edwards can only say "I told you, that's the ride!" Edwards then explained how this compares to Manziel: "That's Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns.
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July 29 2014

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Vote Of The Week: Should Theme Parks Make Certain Attractions Available By Reservation Only?

Princess Fairytale Hall at the Magic KingdomVote of the Week: Should theme parks make certain attractions available by reservation only? Written by Robert Niles Published: July 25, 2014 at 9:02 AM When you're spending big money for a day at a theme park ? nearly $100 for a single day at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom , for example ? do you really want to spend a third of your day, or more, waiting in line for a single attraction? What if that attraction was the one thing your child most wanted to do on your annual vacation? "Are you SURE you really want to wait to see Anna and Elsa, honey?" Still, we're willing to bet that most people would want to find a way out of waiting in that queue. That's why so many parks have created ride reservation or queue skipping systems. Whether they are free (such as Disney's Fastpass+), an add-on benefit to a hotel reservation (such as Universal Express Unlimited) or a straight upcharge (such as SeaWorld's QuickQueue), these systems allow a way out of those hours-long queues. And by doing that, they offer an extra inducement to entice would-be visitors to book a vacation with the resorts that offer them. Come here and use our system, they say, and you can have it all ? all the attractions you want, without all those long lines. But not everyone uses the line-skipping systems. And with many systems, notably Disney's Fastpass+, one's use of the system is limited, and there might be only a limited number of reservations available for a specific attraction at any given time. That leaves plenty of people outside the system, forced to wait in what is now an even longer standby line, as some of the attraction's hourly capacity has been given over to line-skippers. Two factors determine the length of the wait for a theme park attraction: popularity and capacity. That is, the number of people who want to experience the attraction and the number of people per hour that the attraction can accommodate. Capacity is why it's not accurate to say that one ride is more popular than another simply because it has a longer average wait time. Capacity often explains the differences between attraction wait times, such as why the wait is so often longer for Splash Mountain than Pirates of the Caribbean. Pirates can put through hundreds more people per hour than Splash, especially in Anaheim, accounting for the typically shorter wait for Pirates, even though Pirates usually handles more people per day. So when you see really brutal wait times for theme park attractions, a low hourly capacity usually is to blame. We reported earlier this week that one source has said that the Magic Kingdom's Anna and Elsa meet and greet ? by far the longest standby wait time in the park at up to six hours ? might have an hourly capacity as low as 89 guests per hour. That's an order of magnitude less than for other attractions considered slow loading by Disney's standards. Disney has offered its Fastpass+ reservation system for the Anna and Elsa meet-and-greet, but that's not spared the thousands of other Frozen fans who couldn't get those advance reservations the day-killing wait in the standby queue. In an effort to help those guests continue to get more value from their day in the park, this week Disney started a second reservation system for Anna and Elsa , distributing return time tickets in the morning to guests on a first-come, first-served basis. But this meant that there would no longer be a true walk-up or stand-by queue to meet the Frozen stars. If you want to see Anna and Elsa, you would need a reservation ? either through Fastpass+ or the new return-time system. Show up at the park too late to get a return time? You're out of luck ? no matter how long you'd be willing to wait. So that raises the question: Should there be situations where theme parks make certain attractions availably only by reservation? Parks long have required reservations for hotel rooms and certain table-service restaurants. Indeed, many visitors have booked tables at the parks' character meals as a way to secure a reservation to meet certain characters, long before systems like Fastpass+ made the regular in-park meet-and-greets available by reservation. In an ideal world, theme parks would create higher-capacity attractions, so that all wait times could be kept to a reasonable level. (Your definition of "reasonable," of course, might vary.) But, let's face it, we don't live in an ideal world. And it doesn't make financial sense for parks to build individual attraction capacity to handle all of their Fourth of July and Christmas crowds when attendance levels sit much lower for the other 49 weeks of the year. (It's cheaper for parks to throw on some extra parades and shows to handle those holiday excess crowds, instead.) It's Vote of the Week time. Please select the answer that best matches your opinion on this issue. If Disney or another theme park company made certain attractions available on a reservation-only system, how might that change the way you plan and go on your theme park vacations? Let's talk about that in the comments. Readers' Opinions From O T on July 25, 2014 at 9:27 AM Great question and yes I think that low capacity attractions (be it a ride or meet and greet or whatever) should be reserved for the highest paying Disney customers. By now Disney knows due to the magic band who are their "whales" and they should be treated better then the rest of their guests because they are better people and for Disney they are better of spending money than standing in line. Sure that's sarcasm. I'll tell you Disney is run by idiots. How can you build a high quality ride like 7DMT with this low capacity. Disney knows how many guests are coming and how popular FantasyLand is. You must be a complete idiot to approve a low capacity ride if you don't want to create a problem. The same goes for the princesses. Where Universal expanded Olivanders from 1 to 4 rooms this could even more easily be done by dressing up more girls as the hit princesses of the moment to meet demand. But clearly Disney doesn't care or isn't creative enough. From Craig Walker on July 25, 2014 at 9:38 AM Couple thoughts - ya know, I am a planner, I make lists, itineraries, stuff like that so having to make reservations would probably enhance my experience by not having to wait in as long of lines. And it wouldn't bother me to need to have the structure. But I have family, friends, and see people post on various boards who could never do that. A lot of people want to just go on vacation and not have to plan, just want to go with the flow. That's not me. But for the sake of those people, I do think there should always be an option to wait in line if that's how they flow. Another thought, as the previous commenter suggested, is that there is absolutely no reason Disney couldn't have multiple people in character for those popular meet n greets and have multiple rooms to push more people through. The young kids who are the ones who care about seeing them will never figure that out. The adults will 'get it' and appreciate the shorter lines. But I doubt Disney would ever do that. From Kevin Maw on July 25, 2014 at 11:35 AM Plan A would be for parks to provide a wide enough provision of attractions to meet demand, and 60 minute's standby wait should be tops. Of course plan B is a little more worrying! What if parks just keep raising prices until demand levels out to a reasonable level? Tie that strategy into an 'airline pricing model' and the problem of line waits goes away! Nice for the parks but dreadful for guests who can't pay the premium. From Anon Mouse on July 25, 2014 at 10:49 AM One thing I hate is a false standby line. I've been in lines that don't move. I eventually give up because there's no way of knowing if I will arrive. This paper Fastpass is an improvement. Everyone that gets one should be proud. Some are saying a standby line should still be available as if that gives them a fighting chance and the attraction is part of the admission price. Maybe people should stop knocking Fastpasses in general and learn to use Fastpass+. Forget the spontaneity nonsense. I do think they can partially fix the Anna and Elsa meet and greet line problem with a simple fix. Replace Jasmine with Elsa at the Cinderella Royal Table and Akershus. Instantly double up the girls who want to see her at the character meals. From Russell Meyer on July 25, 2014 at 11:29 AM @OT - I don't think Disney doesn't care about guests when they design attractions, but part of their problem is that it takes a long time for them to build and open attractions. In the case of Frozen, the idea of an Anna and Elsa meet and greet kinda appeared out of the blue. When Disney recognized there was a strong interest, they moved the meet and greet to the Magic Kingdom and added it to the Fastpass+ system. Now with popularity soaring, they have added the paper Fastpasses to eliminate people waiting in a standby line for hours that have zero chance of meeting the characters. I'm sure if it were feasible, they would have 10 rooms loaded with Anna and Elsa look alikes, but that just doesn't make sense. There are other princesses that guests want to meet as well, so they're not about to tear up the relatively new Fairytale Hall just to add a few extra rooms for Anna and Elsa, who might be waning in popularity by the time Disney were to finish the work, replaced by some new movie character in the fall. Look how long it took Disney to recognize the advantage of using discrete rooms to meet Mickey Mouse. Not until the expansion of Fantasyland did the meet and greet area come close to meeting the demand of guests wanting to meet the characters. You want to point to Universal as the model, but fail to note that lines for Olivander's were 2+ hours for the 5-minute show when WWoHP first opened in 2010, and that capacity issue was not solved until a month ago (4 years). Disney may not have announced plans to increase the presence and accessibility of Frozen characters in the park, but if you're going to measure Disney against Universal, they have another 3+ years to put something in place to address the popularity of the characters. @anon - I do think adding Anna and Elsa to the character meals would be a great way to quell demand. Heck, it would save me a lot of grief on my trip in October with an ADR already booked for Akershus. However, I think there's something to be said for keeping the characters relatively exclusive (look how popular the villains are during the MNSSHP and the Villains takeover party), and the princess character meals hardly need a reason to be more popular. A slow roll of the characters in the parks prevents over saturation, and I don't think Disney wants to make people hate Frozen before they have even had a chance to take a stab at making a bonafide theme park attraction around the property. The people that want to meet Anna and Elsa will find a way to do it, and if it's that important to them, they will make the sacrifices necessary to make it happen. I'd certainly like to give my son the chance to meet them (I think he'd rather meet Olaf and Sven though), and will try to grab a Fastpass+ for them when I am able, and try to get a paper reservation if they're still doing it in October. However, if we strike out, there's plenty of other things that we can do, and if the characters are as endearing and long-lasting as everyone seems to think they are, they'll be there the next time we go. From N B on July 25, 2014 at 11:45 AM I am a throw caution to the wind, play it by ear vacationer with no agenda who likes to to do spur of the moment things. My wife claims she is organized and likes to follow schedules, but secretly enjoys my unplanned craziness. This being said, reservations are not my thing, unless it is for a restaurant only. The Disney FP+ system is deeply flawed. I doubt that when you return at the scheduled time, you are anywhere less than another 45 minute wait. I have heard of people waiting well over an hour in FP lines... it makes no sense to call it a "perk". I call it a time vampire. From Doug Jenkins on July 25, 2014 at 11:57 AM Absolutely not! Fast Pass at best. Everyone pays big money for these attractions and no one should be shut out of them because they are not aware or do not know how to handle the web site. From 66.87.96.112 on July 25, 2014 at 12:04 PM Hi there! I completely agree with a reservation system for the popular attraction but those reservation should be only for guest that have already booked a vacation, season pass holders, etc, kind of what Fastpass+ is doing right now. And for those that are "walk in's" attendees a standby by queue. I consider myself a regular attendee for WDW and last year i booked a reservation about three months in advance, we booked for early september to take advantage of the Dinning plan promotion. We got the Dinning plan with One table service and it was impossible to find great restaurant available specially "Be our Guest" since they are 180 days out. This year we are planing a trip for the same dates and meeting some family and i was able to book a dinning reservation for 10 people way before even make the official reservation. I believe a 60 day reservation for booked guest just like Fastpass+ is currently using for ride reservations, should be great solution to eliminate those long waits plus for families that are not as fortunate enough to visit WDW plenty of time, for them could be a one in a life time experience and you don't want to spend it waiting on line for one attraction. From Russell Meyer on July 25, 2014 at 12:48 PM @nb - You seem very cynical of Fastpass+. I have yet to personally use the Fastpass+ system, but I never waited more than 15 minutes for an attraction under the old Fastpass system. I am not aware of any significant waits for attractions using Fastpass+ other than occasional issues with breakdowns and those attractions that require you to show up early (parades, fireworks, and shows). Most reports seem to indicate that Fastpass+ works very much like the old system in terms of wait times. Perhaps you could provide some specific anecdotal evidence of extended waits. Fastpass+ doesn't keep you from being spontaneous, but it does give you the chance to guarantee yourself an opportunity to experience some of the most popular attractions without having to wait in a huge standby line. Is the system perfect, no, but it's free, and helps guests ensure that they can experience a least a few of their favorite attractions without having to wait in a huge line. You can be as spontaneous as you want, but you're going to wait in line, just like everyone else. If you don't like the lines, you can use the Fastpass+ system, or try visiting during less popular times of the year. If you look at it your way, the entire theme park industry is a "time vampire". From Rob Pastor on July 25, 2014 at 12:56 PM I was reading that the Anna & Elsa Fastpass + is the toughest ticket since Disney only issues 9 per hour. Standby, which is now a somewhat reserved standby, gets the remainder. If true, those fastpasses would be devoured the moment they become available. Like other posters have said, having more than one Elsa & Anna Meet & Greet makes the most sense. The character lines in the tents by Dumbo are pretty short, easy enough to convert those over. Sounds like an artificially long line that could easily be rectified. From 67.80.10.235 on July 25, 2014 at 1:14 PM No kid should ever have to wait an unreasonably long time (45 min?) to meet a costumed fictional character. That is just ridiculous! There has got to be a balance between keeping it exclusive and special versus not torturing your paying guests. They could easily have several sets of A&E located in different areas of any given park, just not so close that they can see each other. I mean, we're only trying to fool very young children here, right? And meet 'n greets have got to be one of the cheapest forms of attraction there is. I doubt any of those "actors" are making a ton of money. Having just one set and forcing guests to make reservations and/or wait for hours just to get a photo and a fake autograph is corporate greed at its worst. I'm a Disney shareholder and I am disgusted! From 209.44.133.160 on July 25, 2014 at 1:55 PM Theme parks should do the right thing and expand capacity for their most popular attractions. This is just another case of monopoly at its worst: keep the supply artificially scarce in order to justify inflated ticket prices and slow service. It's beyond the parks' control? Yeah, right. From 82.36.108.244 on July 25, 2014 at 2:17 PM Hi there, Just thought I would add a little insight into how fast pass + worked for us recently. We spent a fortnight in orlando this July, including the 4th July weekend. I was very sceptical about the new system as I had the old one fine tuned to work to our advantage! I could not have been more impressed. We had our 3 advance reservations made before we arrived then as soon as we had used these we simply got fast pass after fastpass from the kiosks. We spent one day in each of the 4 main disney parks and experienced almost every single attraction in each. Our longest wait was 12 minutes, which was the 7 dwarves mine train straight after opening with no fastpass used. When you scan your ticket or magic band at the entry point of the fastpass queue, it then times how long you are waiting until you board the attraction. If you are quick you can see the screen to the second scanner and see your recorded wait times. None of my times were ever more than 3 minutes! Hope this info helps! From N B on July 25, 2014 at 2:59 PM If you spend any time on here, you would know I have been cynical of Disney since our fourth visit. Parks packed to dangerous capacity, endless seas of strollers and ungodly waits for everything, even during Extra Magic Hours. Not a big fan... from experience. From E S on July 27, 2014 at 12:17 PM It's been mentioned already, and perhaps Disney has a good reason not to, but I don't understand why there are not more "Anna and Elsa" signing sessions throughout the 4 parks right now while they are quite popular and lines are dreadfully long? It seems to be a simple solution, have them appear in each of the parks to meet and greet and this will at least cut down on some of the wait times. There is plenty of time for them to make the rounds at the Princess breakfast in the Norway Pavilion as well. From Jacob Sundstrom on July 25, 2014 at 4:46 PM This isn't 100 percent related to the poll, but is it feasible for Disney to set up multiple rooms with multiple actresses playing the same character for these meet and greets? There has to be a way to keep the There Is Only One Elsa And Anna alive while also increasing the capacity, right? I can't be the first one to think of this idea, so what's Disney's reason for not doing it? From Lorraine Murray on July 25, 2014 at 6:36 PM As a visitor from the Uk, I once waited in line for four hours for a meet and greet with Rapunzel, and was more than happy to do so. The holiday was a one off and my daughter was desperate to see her. From overseas its not always possible to plan ahead that rigidly. Personally if i was to spend thousands of pounds for a holiday and park tickets, only to find we had no chance at all of visiting some of the most popular attractions i would be extremely angry. If people are happy to take their chances in a standbye line, I feel they should be afforded the opportunity to do so, as we have paid the entrance fee the same as everyone else. From Anthony Murphy on July 25, 2014 at 6:47 PM I think the determining factor would be "is this a dining experience" ? I would call Anna and Elsa a "dining experience" with no food. I think doing it with Fastpass+ only at least gives guest an honest assessment of whether they truly will get to see the princesses. They can then prepare their families for a reality. I would never wait four hours for anything at a theme park. That is just insane, especially to see characters. As to the people who say "everybody pays", I pay my money too, but thats not going to get me in Cinderella's Royal Table, Be our Guest, Jedi Academy, or American Idol to name a few. From Kenny Vee on July 25, 2014 at 10:14 PM I don't 100% fault Disney for the waits to meet Anna and Elsa -- there's zero precedent for 4-hour waits to meet characters. I was working at Disneyland when Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye opened, and while it had 4½-hour waits on opening day, by the second week it was down to 2½ hours as the initial demand died down. I think they figured that demand would similarly die down for the meet & greet. But now that it can be seen that demand is remaining steady, they are trying to fix it. I personally don't think that the paper return times and shutting out everyone who doesn't get either those or a FastPass+ reservations is the right way to go. Not everyone who visits Walt Disney World researches first, nor should it be a requirement to do so. And to tell a family, whose child wants to meet Anna and Elsa just as badly as the child of a family who got FastPass+ reservations, that they are out of luck, no standby line, "sorry you should have been keeping up with the situation online now you're out of luck" is a very un-Disney solution. I think the best reasonable solutions have already been put forward in this comment thread: the "Mickey Mouse" solution used at Mickey's House in Disneyland's Toontown, and adding Anna and Elsa to a character dining experience would greatly reduce the demand in Fantasyland. Sure, the waits will still hover around 2 hours for a while, but it's better than turning people away or advertising multiple meet & greets that prompt questions from the kids about how they're in multiple places at once. From Tony Duda on July 26, 2014 at 1:37 PM I actually did an Anna & Elsa FP+ 2 months ago for later in the day. The interactions between A&E and the children is quite personal. Both chat with the child, sign their autograph books and have about 6 photos taken with both Disney photopass cameras and personal cameras. The whole M&G last about a minute per person in the group. The A&E actresses have to always stay in character and greet everyone personally. Based on what I saw, they average 9 FP+ "slots" per hour for about 4 people per slot, not 9 people per hour. There are not deliberately rushed but the A&E CMs try to run smoothly and efficiently. However, there are about 15 to 20 guests in the room watching the previous guests do their M&G and this gives them a little more face time. I'm fairly sure there are multiple rooms operating because you are led in through a series of short, walled, left and right turns and other rooms can be present. Magic Kingdom averages 50,000 guests per day and A&E can meet at most 100-150 guests per hour. From 71.2.40.38 on July 26, 2014 at 2:54 PM A perfect example of this is Disney's Captain Jack Experience at the studios park. There should also be a stand by queue, I don't care if it gets crowded. From Tony Duda on July 27, 2014 at 2:56 PM I also did the Jack Sparrow Experience at DHS with the return time ticket. It was a great change and helps the guests manage their day better. This attraction has some entertainment value but I always avoided it because I knew it wasn't worth more than 15 minutes standing in line for. Now, each show is full and no wait time. Previous article: Holiday World announces Thunderbird, America's first launched wing coaster What's it like to work at Disney World? Insider's Pick: Ever wondered what it would be like to work at the Walt Disney World Resort? Stories from a Theme Park Insider offers more than 100 pages of fun, insightful, and even sometimes touching stories from people who've worked at Disney World's Magic Kingdom. It's a great way to get in the mood for your next trip to Orlando, or just to keep the memories of a Disney World visit alive.
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July 28 2014

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Travis Allen, Founder Of Ischool Initiative, To Speak At Walt Disney World® Conference On June 25, 2014

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Following LIFE Leaderships example, Travis started iSchool with a team that gave motivational speeches to build awareness of how technology could be successfully paired with education. These teachings became widespread and sought-after, and the Digital Learning Revolution (DLR) mobile classroom on wheels was born. Today, Allen's company also offers professional development, consulting, and a mobile toolkit. Nearly 90 percent of the work is with teachers in grades K through 12. To date, the company has recruited several large clients, including a $1.4 million account, from schools that wish to purchase large numbers of iPads for their classrooms. Travis Allen credits the insight and encouragement he received from a LIFE Leadership convention he attended in Ohio with helping to move his company forward. Says Allen, LIFE leadership has been the fuel to our vehicle, and its what kept us going, motivated and inspired to change the world. Its us in the trenches; were the ones doing the work. But its so vital that we have that support and constant fuel to keep us excited and energized to change the world. One of the products that Allen says benefited him greatly is the Mental Fitness Challenge (MFC) created by LIFE Leadership cofounders Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady to help participants grow and improve in thirteen key areas of life set forth in Woodwards acclaimed book RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE . Through this all-encompassing three-month subscription, clients receive access to an interactive website, a self-assessment test, ninety days worth of worksheets, audios, videos, and books written by Woodward and Brady, and so much more. Among the bestselling books included is a copy of Bradys and Woodwards Launching a Leadership Revolution , which is one of Traviss favorites.
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They are tiered by resort and length of stay, with a 5 percent bonus for stays of 6 nights or longer. Book through June 6, 2014. Offer Details: Save from 30 percent (for 15 nights) to 35 percent (for 6+ nights) at select Disney's BoardWalk Villas, Disney's Old Key West Resort, Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (standard view), Disney's BoardWalk Inn, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Polynesian Resort, Disney's Wilderness Lodge, and Disney's Yacht Club Resort Save from to 20 percent (for 1&ndah;5 nights) to 25 percent (for 6+ nights) at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney's Port Orleans Riverside, Disney's Fort Wilderness Cabins, Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Beach Club Resort Villas, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas Kidani Village and Jambo House, and Disney's Wilderness Lodge (courtyard/club rooms) & Villas Save up from 15 percent (for 15 nights) to 20 percent (for 6+ nights) at Disney's All-Star Sports Resort, Disney's All-Star Music and Disney's Pop Century Resort Save from 10 percent (for 15 nights) to 15 percent (for 6+ nights) at Disney's Art of Animation Family Suites Disney's All-Star Movies Resort is NOT included in this discount. Discounts for U.K. Residents 2014 Free Dining offer for U.K. residents 2014 Free Dining offers for U.K. residents have been released. From the information posted on the Virgin Holidays website, it appears the 2014 program offers free Quick Service Dining Plan plan when booking at a Moderate resort, and free Dining Plan when booking at Deluxe resorts, Old Key West or Saratoga Springs. There are also offers for a free $200 Disney Gift Card and/or a 14-day ticket for the price of a 7-day ticket depending on travel dates.
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July 27 2014

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Be Prepared For ?villains Unleashed? At Disney?s Hollywood Studios

UNLVIL14549541 We?re just one month out from August 23, the night a record number of Disney villains ? more than 50 in all ? will invade Disney?s Hollywood Studios as part of the park?s new, separately ticketed event, ? Villains Unleashed .? While some of the surprises being planned for this one-night-only party remain hidden under a cloak of mystery, other tantalizing details are beginning to emerge, and it?s shaping up to be one fiendishly fun evening! Hades Hangout - The party kicks off at 8 p.m. at the main event stage, where hosts Hades, Megara, Pain and Panic are killing ?em with comedy. They?re joined throughout the night by the Underworld Dancers, DJ Igg Nite, live music from Bernie Briquette and Brimstone, and a rogues gallery of roaming rottens, from the Queen of Hearts and Sheriff of Nottingham to the Big Bad Wolf and Captain Hook. Villains Dominion ? For this one special night, the Streets of America area of the park will be swarming with baddies. Here, you?ll have the opportunity to meet favorites like Cruella De Vil, Jafar, Dr. Facilier and Gaston, along with more rarely seen baddies such as Shan Yu from ? Mulan ,? Bowler Hat Guy from ? Meet the Robinsons ,? or Captain Gantu and Dr. Hämsterviel from ? Lilo & Stitch: The Series .? In addition to these dedicated villain encounters, you may spot even more wandering evildoers in the area. Look for Judge Claude Frollo, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, Drizella, and more! The Dark Side ? During ?Villains Unleashed,? the area around Star Tours ? The Adventures Continue becomes a wretched hive of scum and villainy, the place to find nefarious bounty hunter Boba Fett, Sith apprentice Darth Maul, and the ultimate villain ? Darth Vader! And that?s not all! Wandering the area, you?ll stumble upon more malcontents from that galaxy far, far away: Zam Wessel, Aurra Sing, Asajj Ventress, Jango Fett, Greedo, Jawas, and others. Villainous Encounters ? Visit Stage 4 (where The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow attraction is seen during the day), and you can ?Parlay? with the one and only Hector Barbossa. And just around the corner in the Animation Courtyard is where you?ll discover a bit of the Moors, where you can have an audience with the mistress of all evil, Maleficent! Oogie Boogie?s Freaky Funhouse Show ? Over on Sunset Boulevard, Theater of the Stars presents a production of extreme performances, hosted by the original master of scare-monies, Oogie Boogie. It?s an all-new show that?s sure to thrill! Fantasmic! ? Strolling up Sunset Boulevard, a gang of villainous henchmen, known as the Night Crawlers, tempt you to join them for a special pre-show to the evening?s performance of Fantasmic!, itself a celebration of the power and intrigue of some of the greatest Disney villains. ?Villainy in the Sky? Fireworks ? Ultimately, Hades summons Maleficent to the main event stage to close things out with a devilishly dazzling display of pyrotechnics! And there?s more! You can get a Villains ExScream Makeover with complimentary seaworld vacation packages face painting at stations around Echo Lake, join in on one of the dance parties taking place in the park, and enjoy a wicked cabaret atmosphere ? not to mention some delectable, small-plate menu items ? at Club Evil in the Hollywood Brown Derby . For fans of Disney?s darker characters, ?Villains Unleashed? promises to be a nightmare come true! It?s all happening one night only, August 23, 2014, at Disney?s Hollywood Studios. You won?t want to miss it, so get your tickets now, before they all disappear! Be Prepared for ?Villains Unleashed? at Disney?s Hollywood Studios by Shawn Slater: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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July 26 2014

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Disney To Benefit From Marvel's Expansion Into Tv - Yahoo Finance

The show was a spin-off from The Avengers and has also added Agent Carter recently, which will be screened on the U.S network, ABC. Agent Carter will have Hayley Atwell who will replay her role from Captain America. Though Agents of SHIELD faced many hurdles in the first season, Marvel intends to build on this new development as it recently penned an agreement with Netflix, Inc. ( NFLX ) for online streaming of four of Marvels TV series along with a miniseries. Starting with Daredevil, which is scheduled to premiere at least after a year, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage will follow, with an expectation of enhancing Marvels business. While last year Marvel reacquired Daredevil from Twentieth Century Fox, Jessica Jones was earlier scheduled to be an ABC series. Apart from these four series, the deal with Netflix also includes a miniseries TV event, primarily based on The Defenders to be streamed. Moreover, maintaining its trend in the film business, Marvels TV shows will also work within the same universe. Hence, all the Netflix shows will have interconnections with Agents of SHIELD and The Avengers. Both Disney and Netflix are positive about this partnership, which in turn is dependent upon the audience response to these releases. Though Agents of SHIELD had to struggle its way, as per media reports, Daredevil is likely to be a hit in the world of television as relentless effort is being invested in its making, since it is to set the theme of the Defenders universe.
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Kids baseball team needs help getting to international tournament | wwltv.com New Orleans

"ESPN Wide World of Sports throws it, so you've got teams from Puerto Rico, different countries, and all over the United States," said Coach Joby Cauble. Logan Hakenjos said, "We're looking forward to the rides and having fun playing baseball out there." The problem is the chance is costly. But the boys, and their parents, have used raffles and other methods to make a dent in the thousands needed. "We've had several fundraisers at Sam's where they boys stood outside and shook a can for donations, said team mom Malinda Schexnayder. That was the biggest part of our fundraiser and the money we earned was about $3,000 through that." While the team is working hard to get ready for Orlando, they're hoping the community steps up to the plate even more to help them get there. Schexnayder said, "I've seen many people post on Facebook the GoFundMe and I thought we would try it out just to see where we got. So far, we've gotten $140 but we need a lot more." Both the kids and coaches are hoping the trip, if they can take it, will make them better players and give them lasting memories. "So we can experience the challenge and the heart that it takes to win a big tournament," said Hakenjos. The group is trying to raise $2,000 in the next month. If youd like to help, you can do so at the teams online account: http://www.gofundme.com/a7pklo Theres also a fundraiser baseball tournament, the Back to School Classic, scheduled next weekend, August 2 and 3 at Coquille Park in Madisonville.
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July 25 2014

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"sea Rescue" And "the Wildlife Docs" Are New This Weekend!

"Sea Rescue" and "The Wildlife Docs" are New This Weekend! by Staff Catch new episodes of Sea Rescue and The Wildlife Docs this weekend! On Sea Rescue when a rarely seen pygmy sperm whale washes up in bad shape on the New Jersey coast, rescuers are shocked to discover how much ocean trash this unfortunate animal has swallowed. Then, a monsoon blows a flock of pelicans off course, causing them to land in the scorching Arizona desert and even a crowded public swimming pool. On The Wildlife Docs when a baby kangaroo's mother is no longer able to care for him, Busch Gardens? dedicated animal care team steps in to raise him by hand. Then, see what happens a little over a year after Rukyah, the youngest of three Malayan tigers, is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. It?s nothing short of a miracle. Sea Rescue and The Wildlife Docs air nationally on ABC on Saturday mornings during ?Litton?s Weekend Adventure? and are among the most popular Saturday morning shows. They are part of the #1 rated block on Saturday mornings and are consistently rated #1 in the top ten universal studios vacation packages U.S. markets including the four largest: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia. Currently in its third season, Sea Rescue has been seen by more than 120 million viewers. Time is subject to change so be sure to check your local listings. For more information aboutSea Rescue and The Wildlife Docs visit www.seaworldkids.com .
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July 24 2014

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Disney World And Union Reach Contract Agreement: Associated Press Business News - Msn Money

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The agreement announced Friday raises starting hourly pay to $9.50 next year and $10 in 2016. Union members will vote whether to approve the proposed contract on Aug. 1. The contract covers 21,000 full-time workers at the Florida-based theme park resort, which has around 45,000 full-time and 25,000 part-time employees. Union officials say the contract freezes employee health care costs in 2015. Disney World and union officials have been negotiating since March, when the previous contract expired. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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An optimist's guide to off-season travel bargains - CNN.com

Travelers will find deep discounts in Arizona in the summer. Just be 100% sure there But travelers who notice the crowds (Munich during Oktoberfest, Indianapolis during the 500 or a Thai party beach on a full moon, to name a few) and go the other way not only find lowball prices, but reap rare experiences that those lemmings chugging $12 steins in Munich beer tents could never appreciate. So sure, Rio de Janeiro is a kick during Carnival, but now that the World Cup is over and the Brazilians have turned their attention to such civilized affairs as work, its famed beaches are practically deserted (it's the winter there, after all) and prices are falling like ripe acai berries. Savings: Any destination with the infrastructure to host roughly a fourth of its international tourists during the same week (Carnival when 2 million revelers per day fill the streets) is inevitably faced with fluctuating occupancy rates. That means Rio's beach hotels are all but giving rooms away right now. Most Cariocas, as the locals call themselves, think a 75-degree day, the average winter temp, is unworthy of their skimpy bikinis, so that means North Americans looking for beach vacations can score big. Airfare to Rio might be more than flying to say, Cape Cod or Santa Cruz, but once you get there, off-season deals, many at half what you'd pay during the hotter (and much more humid) summer can be found up and down Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. The silver lining: It rarely rains this time of year and ocean waves are bigger and better for surfing Adventures in storm chasing During hurricane season (June 1 to November 30), resorts in the Caribbean, Mexico and the Bahamas slash their prices by 40% to 70%. And get this: the average number of named hurricanes in the Northern Atlantic is a mere 10.1 per year with fewer than half of them becoming actual hurricanes. Of those, only 2.5 become Category 3 or greater. So out of 183 days of official hurricane season, your odds are pretty good.
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Festival of the Lion King New location; same show. Photo by Steve Russo. Im not sure how many times Ive seen this show but it never fails to entertain. Its now in its new home in Harambe but the show remains the same and one Im sure to enjoy for many years to come. (tie) Pangani Forest Exploration Trail and Maharajah Jungle Trek I could spend an hour. Photo by Steve Russo. I upped the ante from Top Three to Top Four so I could include these walking tours and I called it a tie because it would be difficult to choose one over the other. Tigers, bats, Komodo dragons, hippos, meerkats, naked mole rats to name just a few of the animals youll spy along the way. You can take as little or as much time as youd like to enjoy these walking exhibits. Heck, I could sometimes spend an hour with the gorillas alone.
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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

Share Your Favorite Disneyland Resort Memories from the Past (Almost) 60 Years This week, we announced that the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration will begin in spring 2015, celebrating 60 magical years of the Disneyland Resort . As part of the celebration, you?re invited to enter a new contest. You?re invited to share your favorite memories with photos taken throughout the Disneyland Decades ? 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000 to the present ? for a chance to win a special Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration prize or the grand prize: a trip to Disneyland Resort to kick off the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Check out Erin?s original story to learn cheap disney world vacations how it works. No purchase necessary. Entries must be received by 8/27/14. 18/age of majority+, 50 US/DC only. Void where prohibited. See Rules for details. And this week, we also shared a special D-Tech on Demand video showing how rapid printing technology has been combined with great artwork to create personalized electronic accessories for guests at Disney Parks . Steven talked with merchandiser Kevin-Michael Lezotte to learn how D-Tech on Demand works. Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.
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July 23 2014

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Boy Also Injured Fingers On Disney World Ride - Quincy Herald-whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sports

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(AP) - A report says a 12-year-old boy suffered cuts to four fingers on Walt Disney World's Pirates of the Caribbean ride, three months before a British tourist had a similar accident. The report made public Monday by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shows the boy lacerated his fingers in mid-April. No other details were released. The British tourist lost two fingertips on his right hand almost two weeks ago while on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler says as a precaution, guests are no longer being loaded in the back row where the two people were when they were injured. She says the ride has been inspected and is deemed safe. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. All content Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Quincy Herald-Whig. All Rights Reserved.
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The package costs $250 (plus tax) for adults ages 10 and up and $215 (plus tax) for children ages 9 and under. For more information or to buy tickets, call (407) 934-7639 or the Cirque du Soleil box office at (407) 939-7600. Each week, we offer a glimpse of life around Walt Disney World via some fabulous photos. This week, we have a lot of behind-the-scenes shots to share along with a few fun things the camera captured along the way. Magic Kingdom Looking from Town Square, construction continues toward developing a second path behind Main Street U.S.A. Photo by J. Jeff Kober. On the Tomorrowland Terrace side, dirt mounds show the new pathway to link directly into the pathway behind Main Street U.S.A. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
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July 22 2014

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A Wet And Wild Rafting Excursion With Adventures By Disney In Costa Rica

CRR557641 Our rain dance seemed to finally scare off the clouds and bring out the sun here in Costa Rica! Continuing on our teen-focused Adventures by Disney trip, we set off on our white water rafting adventure along the beautiful Tenorio River . While shooting down the roaring rapids and bobbing over gushing waters, I captured some great action shots of our teens rafting down the Tenorio. I have to say, they braved the rapids really well disney world vacation packages 2014 (I?ll let this photo speak for itself)! After our journey through the river, we were treated to some incredible views in Guanacaste, with views overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The natural beauty of this place is absolutely incredible and provided us with some great photo opportunities. With the weather conditions finally improving, our teen photographers started snapping away at photos of the magnificent sunset! As another action-filled day came to an end, our teens showed off their creative side with some really neat late-night light painting on the beach. Tomorrow we will be on a catamaran adventure, where the teens will be snorkeling and shooting some great photos with their Nikon Coolpix water-proof cameras. Dive in with us as we continue on our journey with Adventures by Disney! For more on this adventure in Costa Rica with Adventures by Disney, visit the posts below:
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July 21 2014

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Time Warner Ceo Would Get More Than $79 Million In Merger - Bloomberg

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(CBS) had added 118 percent. The data reflect price changes, not dividends or spinoffs. AOL Debacle Barbara Brogliatti is among the Time Warner employees who lived through the ill-fated merger. A former executive vice president in corporate communications at Warner Bros., she left the studio in 2008 after 18 years. AOL was a debacle and it hurt us all, not just as shareholders but as employees, Brogliatti said in an interview. Shes benefited from hanging on to the stock, selling the last of her shares about six months ago. I held the stock to support a company that I loved, and Im thrilled for anyone that is making more money, Brogliatti said. They got to where they are today because they are working hard and had a plan. Jeff Bewkes has a plan and it is being well-executed. Gabelli owned Warner Communications stock in the early 1980s, when then CEO Ross fended off a younger Murdoch, then still an Australian, who had built a stake and was threatening a takeover.

Come share your suggestions on our MousePad forum. Do you have questions about an upcoming Disneyland visit, or need help choosing a hotel, restaurant or activity? Post your questions on our Disneyland Resort Trip Planning forum to get advice from our readers and Community Leaders. Your question may even be featured here in an upcoming Update. Friday, July 25, 2014 7 / 10 Here are some quick-hit notes that we hope you'll find helpful as you prepare your visits for the week: Saturday resort crowd level is a 8 out of 10. Wednesday is the best day to visit Disneyland Fastpass tickets for Radiator Springs Racers usually "sell out" within the first couple of hours of DCA's regular park hours. Disneyland crowds for the next 365 days. Get Disneyland wait times on your iPhone , Android , or smartphone. Do more. Wait less. MousePlanet Current Refurbishments and Attraction Closures Note: Not all of attraction closures have been officially confirmed by Disney, and are all subject to change at any time.
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July 20 2014

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First Look: New Characters, Disney Parks Experiences Coming To Disney Infinity

We?ve shared a few blog updates on Disney Infinity , but today?s may be our favorite. Disney Interactive is adding Disney characters Stitch and Tinker Bell to the next edition of the game when it launches this fall. Disney Infinity will also feature new Disney Parks -inspired content you?ll instantly recognize, like the Main Street Electrical Parade . Here?s a first look at the new trailer where Stitch and Tink create their own Magic Kingdom. Stitch and Tinker Bell were two of the most requested characters by the Disney Infinity fan community. Their Toy Box figures will be available in retail stores this fall. Our friends at Disney Interactive also say additional play sets and characters will be announced in the coming months so keep an eye on infinity.disney.com and the Disney Parks Blog for more updates. First Look: New Characters, Disney Parks Experiences coming to Disney Infinity by Thomas Smith: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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July 19 2014

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Disney World Monorail Shuts Down, Dozens Of Passengers Evacuated : People.com

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She says no one was hurt. Spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler told the Associated Press there were thunderstorms around Walt Disney World when the elevated train stopped Sunday afternoon. She says a mechanized lift helped get passengers down. "Due to weather, there was a power outage on the monorail. There's currently one train on the system without power and all the guests are now off the train," she said in a subsequent emailed update. Wahler says the cause of the power outage wasn't immediately known. She says there was no fire and all got down calmly. Orlando TV station WESH reported that some passengers "were evacuated through the emergency hatch on the roof of the train, and they had to walk across the train cars while secured to a safety line."
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The Good Luck Charlie actress appearance on Saturday, August 30th is part of Tangers KidSTYLE Tour and Fashion Camp. The concert starts at 4:00 PM at the entrance between Michael Kors and Banana Republic (facing I-45). The KidSTYLE Tour and Fashion Camp will also feature an Interactive Glam Tent with activities such as hair glittering, mini makeovers and manicures, video gaming and arcade stations, self-defense and martial arts demonstrations, and much more. Kids will also have a chance to upload a selfie to Tanger Outlets Houstons Facebook page to register to win a $250 Tanger Gift Card for Back to School shopping. In addition, the first 300 kids inside the Interactive Glam Tent will receive a tote bag stuffed full of fun items! Vacation includes travel, hotel, Disney Theme Park tickets, a $500 Disney Gift Card and a Tanger Back to School Gift Pack. Entries for the sweepstakes can be submitted from August 1- August 31 at any Tanger Outlet Center. In addition, shoppers at all Tanger Outlet centers who spend $75 will receive a free pair of Tanger KidSTYLE ear buds while supplies last. Back to School is always a very exciting time at our centers and we are delighted to partner with Bridgit Mendler to bring a new level of entertainment to the shopping experience this year, said Steven B. Tanger, President and CEO of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc.
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July 18 2014

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"sea Rescue" And "the Wildlife Docs" Are New This Weekend!

"Sea Rescue" and "The Wildlife Docs" are New This Weekend! by Staff Catch new episodes of Sea Rescue and The Wildlife Docs this weekend! On Sea Rescue when a rarely seen pygmy sperm whale washes up in bad shape on the New Jersey coast, rescuers are shocked to discover how much ocean trash this unfortunate animal has cheap disney vacations swallowed. Then, a monsoon blows a flock of pelicans off course, causing them to land in the scorching Arizona desert and even a crowded public swimming pool. On The Wildlife Docs when a baby kangaroo's mother is no longer able to care for him, Busch Gardens? dedicated animal care team steps in to raise him by hand. Then, see what happens a little over a year after Rukyah, the youngest of three Malayan tigers, is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. It?s nothing short of a miracle. Sea Rescue and The Wildlife Docs air nationally on ABC on Saturday mornings during ?Litton?s Weekend Adventure? and are among the most popular Saturday morning shows. They are part of the #1 rated block on Saturday mornings and are consistently rated #1 in the top ten U.S. markets including the four largest: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia. Currently in its third season, Sea Rescue has been seen by more than 120 million viewers. Time is subject to change so be sure to check your local listings. For more information aboutSea Rescue and The Wildlife Docs visit www.seaworldkids.com .
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July 17 2014

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Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando Rocked By Employee Sex Sting Arrests, Cnn Reports | Pennlive.com

(AP) View/Post Comments This is not the family friendly face that Orlando theme parks like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Orland and SeaWorld Orlando want to show to the world. Instead, the theme parks are being rocked today by a CNN investigation that reveals some 42 staffers across the three parks have been arrested in sex stings or for child porn charges since 2006. According to the report , the arrest breakdown is as follows: 35 staffers from Walt Disney World, along with five from Universal Studios Orlando and two more from SeaWorld Orlando. Of that total, 32 have been found guilty, eight have been found not guilty and two have not entered a plea, CNN reported. The report revealed a diversity of suspects -- some married with children, a pastor, others working with children for years, USAToday wrote. However, most of those featured in the CNN report appeared to reach their potential targets through the Internet and child pornography websites, the newspaper said. Many of the suspects were nabbed as they traveled to meet someone who they thought was an underage child, but in actuality was a detective working with law enforcement, USAToday noted. However, Disney defended its employee pre-screening process to CNN: "We have extensive measures in place, including pre-employment and ongoing criminal background checks and computer monitoring and firewalls," Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler said in a statement "The numbers reported by CNN represent one one-hundredth of one percent of the 300,000 people we have employed during this time period." Does this report shake your confidence in the family friendly nature of theme parks? Why or why not?
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Passengers Left Stranded on Disney World Monorail

More than 100 passengers had to be evacuated by emergency crews. Travell Eiland reports (WESH) A monorail line at Walt Disney World was disabled after it became stuck with 120 passengers on board Sunday night. Disney officials tried to restart the train, but were unable to restore power. All of the passengers were evacuated and company website there were no reports of any injuries, according to Reedy Creek fire officials. Many of the passengers had to climb through an emergency hatch on the roof of the train where they were strapped into a safety line and walked out through another train car and down an escape stairwell. Read More: http://bit.ly/1nnL6vo Copyright 2014 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
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Disney theme park employees arrested in child porn and sex stings | WQAD.com

My familys life is ruined. My kids life is ruined. Ive devastated my parents because of bad judgment. Kingsolver, 49, is one of at least 35 Disney employees arrested since 2006 and accused of sex crimes involving children, trying to meet a minor for sex, or for possession of child pornography, according to a six-month CNN investigation that examined police and court records, and interviewed law enforcement officials and some of the men who have been arrested. Five Universal Studios employees and two employees from SeaWorld have also been arrested. So far, a total of 32 have been convicted, with the remaining cases pending. Two cases, which were for possession of child pornography, occurred on Disney property, according to police reports. None of the cases involved children or teenagers visiting the parks. Kingsolver, a service manager who oversaw ride repairs at the Magic Kingdom, has pleaded not guilty to soliciting a child for sexual acts and traveling to meet a minor for unlawful sexual activity. He said he thought he was going to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex at a house set up by detectives from the Lake County, Florida, Sheriffs Office, according to police records. Instead, when he showed up at the house, he was met by detectives.
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The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Opens At Universal Studios Japan

J.K. Rowling in JapanThe Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens at Universal Studios Japan Written by Robert Niles Published: July 14, 2014 at 10:44 AM Universal Studios Japan celebrated the opening of its Wizarding World of Harry Potter tonight with a celebrity grand opening celebration, in advance of tomorrow's official opening to the public. Photo courtesy Universal Studios Japan Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) greeted Japanese fans on the red carpet at the Osaka park. After the arrivals, a fireworks display marked the opening of the new land and its Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride to the invited guests. Photo courtesy Universal Studios Japan Osaka's Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens to the public on Tuesday morning. The land is almost identical to the original Wizarding World at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, minus the Dueling Dragons roller coasters. We've now opened the listing pages cheap disney world vacations for Japan's Wizarding World to readers who've visited Universal Studios Japan to rate and review the attractions:
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July 16 2014

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Disney, Universal Studios, Seaworld Employees Caught In Sex Stings | Whotv.com

Asked specifically about the number of theme park employee arrests, Ross said, You know I cant put the label on any particular employer because theres just too many of them period. And it doesnt matter so much the industry but its the act that its happening. And I understand the propensity is probably greater where there are more opportunities to be around children and thats something that I find that we have to offer them the tools necessary so that we can prevent it. In Robert Kingsolvers case, police records and chat logs show he thought he was e-mailing and texting a 14-year-old girl and her father who he met on Craigslist to set up a meeting. The pair was actually a Lake County Sheriffs detective posing as both the father and girl. The defendant specifically stated he would perform oral sex when referring to what he was going to do with the 14-year-old child, the police report said. Kingsolver, in the view chat logs released by police, wrote he was actually a very cuddling and snuggling kind of guy and that I really enjoy giving oral. Kingsolver wrote, I work for Disney so I love to see dads having fun with their daughters. I believe in treating a lady like a princess. I treat ladies with respect because that is how I hope my daughter gets treated. In the interview with CNN, Kingsolver said police got it all wrong. He said he planned to call authorities after showing up at the home and meeting the girl and her father. Im not the monster that people are saying I am, and that the news, CNN and everyone else is saying that I am.
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A Walt Disney World monorail lost power and stranded passengers - KTIV News 4 Sioux City IA: News, Weather and Sports

More >> The rural Akron, Iowa man being held as a material witness in the deaths of his elderly parents has been returned to Plymouth County and is being held in the county jail. More >> Woodbury County authorities on the hunt for work release escapee Dexter James-Lloyd No Ear was serving a 30-year sentence that began in 2009 for assault on a Peace Officer with Intent of Injury, Prohibited Acts, Interference with a Correctional Officer Causing Bodily Injury, and Second Degree Theft. More >> Dexter James-Lloyd No Ear was serving a 30-year sentence that began in 2009 for assault on a Peace Officer with Intent of Injury, Prohibited Acts, Interference with a Correctional Officer Causing Bodily Injury, and Second Degree Theft. More >> UPDATE: Autopsy on Akron, IA couple complete Authorities said their death appeared suspicious, but are not releasing the cause of death at this time because the case is under active investigation. More >> Authorities said their death appeared suspicious, but are not releasing the cause of death at this time because the case is under active investigation. More >> PHOTOS: United Flight 232 crash-lands at the Sioux Gateway Airport on July 19, 1989 File photo of the United Flight 232 before it crash-landed at Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux City, Iowa. On July 19, 1989, at 1516, a DC-10-10, N1819U, operated by United Airlines as flight 232, experienced a catastrophic failure of the No. 2 tail-mounted engine during cruise flight. More >> On July 19, 1989, at 1516, a DC-10-10, N1819U, operated by United Airlines as flight 232, experienced a catastrophic failure of the No. 2 tail-mounted engine during cruise flight.
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Disney Announces ?Big Hero 6? Cast | Animation World Network

Hes super smart and just a touch neurotic, but the big and burly neatnik cant help but join the cause when Hiro needs him most. As part of Big Hero 6, Wasabi amplifies his martial arts skills with jaw-dropping plasma blade weaponry. Sharp doesnt even begin to describe this guy. GENESIS RODRIGUEZ(Tusk and Run All Night) was called on to help bring Honey Lemon to life. Its elemental when it comes to chemistry whiz HONEY LEMON. Dont let her glasses and funky fashion fool you: Honey may be as sweet as her namesake, but she has a fire in her belly and a can-do attitude that make her pretty much unstoppable. Her knowledge of alchemy proves powerful, too, when the effusive brainiac becomes part of the Big Hero 6 and creates clever concoctions that when thrown, can get her team out of nearly any jam. DANIEL HENNEY (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) was called on to give voice to TADASHI HAMADA. Tadashi is a good guy. He just is.
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July 15 2014

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New Hidden Mickey Pins Arriving At Disney Parks In July 2014

HMP865965Now that summer has arrived at Disney Parks , guests will soon find new Hidden Mickey pins at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. These unique pins will be distributed to cast members to use for trading with guests by late July 2014. You may recall that we typically release two different waves of pins a year (the first wave this year was introduced back in February ). Here is a closer look at what guests can expect to trade in the coming months. Cast members at Disneyland Resort will soon receive an assortment of 30 different pins to use for trading with guests. The image above is a checklist to help you identify the new pins coming to California. As a reminder, Hidden Mickey pins typically measure about 1.25-inches and contain the phrase ?Hidden Mickey Pin? on the back of the pin. I think my favorite series features Disney Birds (I?m partial to birds, especially ones that are orange ). The special thing about this series is that there will be five different Disney bird pins found at Walt Disney World Resort that complement the pins at Disneyland Resort. The ?Villainous Sidekicks? collection will also feature complementary pins. The image above shows the 30 pins that will be distributed to cast members at Walt Disney World Resort. The series that caught my eye in this collection is the character themed MagicBands. Chaser pins will also be included in this new wave for 2014. These silver-colored pins are rarer to find compared to their full color counterparts. Which pins do you want to trade? Please share in the comments below. New Hidden Mickey Pins Arriving at Disney Parks in July 2014 by Steven Miller: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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