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Monday Mouse Watch : Lights out at Pleasure Island
As you drove west on I-4 at night, they were one of the main signs that you had finally arrived at the edge of Walt Disney World property. Those spotlights that swirled in the skies over Pleasure Island . Photo by Jeff Lange Well, late last week, PI's signature light system went dark. Why For? Because...
30 Mar 2008
Will the Liberty Square bridge repairs lead to an abridged version of Disney's "Dreams Come True" parade ?
Remember those proposed Liberty Square bridge repairs that I wrote about last month? Well, Magic Kingdom management has finally decided to go ahead with this construction project. Which is why they filed the necessary permits last Tuesday. "So what happens now?," you ask. "Given the huge number of people...
25 Mar 2008
Monday Mouse Watch : It's lights out for DAK's "Rivers of Light" parade, while Beastly Kingdomme makes a character-based comeback
For Disney's Animal Kingdom fans ... It's one of those bad news / good news kind of day. The bad news is ... Plans for DAK's long-in-development nighttime parade -- "Rivers of Lights" -- have been tabled. Not because Animal Kingdom management lost confidence in Steve Davison's original concept. But ...
23 Mar 2008
Why do Pirate & Princess Happy Meals make McDonald's managers want to walk the plank?
Have you heard about these Disney Princess & Pirates of the Caribbean -themed Happy Meals that McDonald's is selling now through April 10th? Given that this is the first time that Mickey Mouse & Mickey Dee have joined forces since these two mega-corporations decided to end their 10-year, $100...
17 Mar 2008
Small town preps big welcome for "Extreme Makeover" family
Maynard may be the second smallest city in all of Massachusetts . But when it comes to the size of its heart, this tiny mill town is second to none. Which is why -- when Maynard residents learned about the plight of the Giunta family (The father -- Paul Giunta Jr. -- was injured back in March of 2006...
28 Feb 2008
Monday Mouse Watch: Let the West Side Waltz begin
An item posted this past Friday on Screamscape about how the Cheesecake Factory will soon be pulling out of DisneyQuest got tongues wagging around the Web. As Disneyana fans began wondering if this intriguing new tidbit meant that WDW's indoor interactive theme park -- long rumored to be on the ropes...
24 Feb 2008
Disney testing new ways to slow down FastPass counterfeiters
The next time you use as a FastPass at a Disney theme park, pay close attention to what the cast member does once you walk up to that FastPass Return entrance. After you hand over your ticket, do they quickly run their finger along the top of that FastPass before then allowing you to enter that ride...
20 Feb 2008
Will making WDW seem more appealing to young urban professionals really be enough to turn around this resort's merch per capita problem?
Have you heard about this advertorial that the Walt Disney Company had placed in the March issue of GQ ? This 8-page spread (Which is loaded with pictures that fashion photographer Ben Watts took of a handsome family of hipsters cavorting at Walt Disney World ) tries to sell WDW as this great place to...
19 Feb 2008
Monday Mouse Watch : Could the now-defunct Dixie Stampede soon become home to a new "High School Musical" -themed show?
When it comes to sharing the stories that WDW cast members tell me, I always have to be a little careful. Particularly since the most unlikely sounding tales (EX: Six months ago, I had an MGM insider tell me that that theme park's long-empty Superstar Television theatre would soon become home to a new...
17 Feb 2008
Night Kingdom to reimagine the Disney-theme-park-going experience
TiggerFan452 writes in to say: Hey Jim, Just wondering if you've heard anything about these focus groups that Disney World has been recruiting people for. If you take part, you're apparently shown a preview video for something called "Disney's Night Kingdom". Any idea what this project is about and if...
14 Feb 2008
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