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July 31 2014

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Paul Candland Named President, The Walt Disney Company, Asia; Stanley Cheung Promoted To Chairman, Twdc Greater China - Yahoo Finance

in Shanghai, serving in a series of positions culminating in managing director, North Asia. Previously, Mr. Cheung worked for the China division of Pepsi-Cola International. He started his career with Proctor & Gamble. Mr. Cheung holds a bachelors degree in business administration from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and an MBA from Indiana University. Mr. Kang joined Disney in 2011 as senior vice president and managing director of The Walt Disney Company (Korea) Ltd. Prior to Disney, Mr. Kang was chief operating officer at Live 365, an internet radio company based in Silicon Valley.
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Marvel Launches Out-of-This World Assortment of Products Inspired by ?Marvel?s Guardians of the Galaxy? - Yahoo Finance

Best-in-class licensees including Hasbro, LEGO, Disguise, Her Universe, Cafe Press, Mad Engine, Just Play, KidDesigns, Hot Wheels, Rubies, C-Life and Jay Franco as well as The Disney Store and more have teamed up for an assortment of action figures, plush, playsets, role-play, costumes, and 80s nostalgia-inspired lifestyle products that leverage the unique storytelling in the new Marvel franchise. From authentic character voices that bring electronic figures to life along with custom spacecraft builds and interactive battle gear, guardians of all ages will be able to immerse themselves in the intergalactic action. "Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxyintroduces exciting characters and vehicles unlike anything seen in previous Marvel films. These elements were embraced by partners who immediately saw the potential to create out-of-this-worldproducts that appeal to fans of all ages," said Paul Gitter, senior vice president, Marvel Licensing. An action-packed, epic space adventure,Marvel'sGuardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe.To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfitsRocket, a raccoon with a space-blaster, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate standwith the galaxy's fate in the balance. Marvels Guardians of the Galaxy, which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime Rael and Benicio del Toro as The Collector.
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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 Sea Rescue and The Wildlife Docs are new this weekend! On the Emmy-nominated Sea Rescue, two California sea lions have fishing line wrapped around their necks and it looks like a death sentence for these unfortunate animals until the SeaWorld rescue team steps in to help. Then rescuers help a stranded, sunburned bottlenose dolphin in Florida and they must provide months of round-the-clock care to get him better. On The Wildlife Docs A mysterious growth inside Horst, an orangutan at Busch Gardens Tampa, has the Wildlife Docs concerned and a crucial procedure must be done to get him back in the swing of things. Then, watch the clever way The Wildlife Docs work with the meerkat medical check-ups while free creating a brand new habitat for these cute and cunning critters. 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.
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July 29 2014

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Haunted Mansion-themed Merchandise Shop Opening This Fall In Magic Kingdom Park At Walt Disney World Resort

I?ve enjoyed hearing from guests who are just as excited as me for the new Haunted Mansion products coming this fall to Disney Parks . As it turns out, Madame Leota and the 999 happy haunts from the Haunted Mansion attraction have also received your sympathetic vibrations. This fall, they are gathering to open a new merchandise destination in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom Park in Florida. The new merchandise shop will be located in the current Yankee Trader shop , which will have its last day of operation on July 27, 2014. Inspired by Madame Leota, the new location will carry select items from the upcoming Haunted Mansion Authentic program including apparel, home goods, souvenirs, and more. nullFinal arrangements are still being made, so I invite you to keep watching the Disney Parks Blog in the coming months. I can?t wait to share additional details about this new destination for all things Haunted Mansion. For more on merchandise inspired by the Haunted Mansion at Disney Parks, visit the url links below:
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Walking in a Wyoming Winter Wonderland with Adventures by Disney

Ever wanted to ?mush? your way through the snow-covered Wyoming wilderness or witness the erupting geysers at Yellowstone National Park? This summer heat might have you thinking of escaping to a ?winter wonderland,? and with Adventures by Disney you can experience your own snow-filled family adventure to Jackson Hole and Yellowstone National Park during the winter holiday season. Take your family on this five-day, four-night journey through the natural beauty of the Wyoming landscape where you?ll enjoy an evening sleigh ride, dine inside a cozy tepee and watch the sunset over the Teton Mountains. View the wonders of the famed geyser Old Faithful and enjoy a night full of s?mores and storytelling! Spend a morning learning the art of ?mushing? as you guide a team of sled dogs through the powdery terrain. Afterward, relax in the rejuvenating natural granite hot springs. And throughout your vacation, be on the lookout for some local residents that roam the area like bison, elks, bald eagles, coyotes, and even moose! With your Winter in Wyoming adventure, your two Adventure Guides will take care of all the planning, ensuring that you and your family make memories that will last a lifetime.
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Why Working With Kiefer Sutherland Made Freddie Prinze Jr. Want To Quit Acting - Abc News

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I hated every moment of it," Prinze said. "Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world. That's not me talking trash, I'd say it to his face, I think everyone that's worked with him has said that." He continued, "I just wanted to quit the business after universal studios packages that. So, I just sort of stopped." Prinze, who was at San Diego Comic-Con while promoting his new Disney XD series "Star Wars Rebels," dropped off the map for a while and even ventured into other projects. "I went and worked for Vince McMahon at the WWE for Christ's sake and it was a crazier job than working with Kiefer," he said. "But, at least he was cool and tall. I didn't have to take my shoes off to do scenes with him, which they made me do. Just put the guy on an apple box or don't hire me next time. You know I'm 6 feet and he's 5'4." As for Sutherland, who was also at Comic-Con promoting "24: Live Another Day," he's back on "24" and Prinze has made appearances on "Bones," among other hits shows.
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Disney to Benefit from Marvel's Expansion into TV - Analyst Blog - NASDAQ.com

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, Marvel's 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. We believe that Disney is likely to gain from this collaboration, given the popularity of both Marvel and Netflix's series. Also, we believe that Marvel's entry into the TV world is likely to augment Disney's subscribers, enhance its revenues, introduce new licensing opportunities for the company and drive its success.
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The trips include the speech team going to Columbus and other locations for tournaments; the band going to Walt Disney World for a performance in late November; orchestra has a performance scheduled for Cleveland in February; and vocal music group and AP English have trips out of state. Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. If a comment violates these standards or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement , click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report abuse. To post comments, you must be a Facebook member. To find out more, please visit the FAQ . Your e-mail:
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July 28 2014

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

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And we shared new special pricing on theme park tickets and accommodations for active duty U.S. military personnel at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort . We have more details for both locations in our original blog story . Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week. Remembering James Garner at the Disneyland Resort ? Take a look back at a special memory with Oscar-nominated actor James Garner at the Disneyland Resort. ?The Music of: Nashville? Gets Toes Tappin? at Disneyland Park ? Treat yourself to some of the best tunes from the show ?Nashville,? along with fun behind-the-scenes stories and more! Share Your Favorite Disneyland Resort Memories from the 1960s ? Do you have a photo of yourself at Disneyland Resort during the 1960s? Share with us for a chance to win a trip to the start of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration in spring 2015! Download our Disney Parks Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Wallpaper ? In celebration of the 20th anniversary of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, try out this spooky wallpaper on your desktop or mobile device.
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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Fun at Disney?s Hollywood Studios

This week, http://newsfixnow.com/2014/07/23/houston-family-to-walk-from-disneyland-to-disney-world-in-memory-of-daughter/ one of my favorite photos we shared on the Disney Parks Blog was this shot of Maleficent, who is planned to appear at this year?s Villains Unleashed at Disney?s Hollywood Studios . Be sure to check out Shawn Slater ?s original post for details on the fiendish fun! And speaking of Disney?s Hollywood Studios, we also shared a photo look inside Wandering Oaken?s Trading Post and Oaken?s Frozen Funland , which are part of the fun of the Frozen Summer celebration. This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Fun at Disney?s Hollywood Studios by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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July 26 2014

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Make-a-wish Foundation To Send West Norriton Boy To Disney World - Montgomery Life - Montgomery News

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His wish is to take a trip to Disney World. Michelle Reider from Make-A-Wish Foundation came to the home to help the family fill out the paperwork and find out a little more about Joshuas favorite things. The family will travel to Florida and stay at Give Kids the World, a nonprofit resort that caters to children with life-threatening illnesses. Theyll stay in a condo or townhouse, which will give them more room than a typical hotel room. Staff will be available to help them with Joshuas medical condition. The Hume-Mister family will stay for seven days and will have the opportunity to visit theme parks like Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Disney and Universal Studios. Im just really grateful to have this experience with him, said Joshuas mother, Dana Hume, of the trip. The family is still deciding on the perfect time to go.
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In fact, films focused on superheroines have historically crashed and burned (see: Halle Berry in Catwoman). But being able to carry an action film with no built-in fan base means that the people at Disney may finally feel comfortable with giving Johansson her own Black Widow film, where she plays the star, not the sidekick to Robert Downey Jr. as she does in The Avengers. But theres a hitch. Lucy isnt really an action movie. Its more a meditation on pseudo-science: action scenes are intercut with clips of animals from nature documentaries and shots of stars swirling through space. Lucy never shoots or kicks when she can just sweep bad guys out of the way with the flick of her hand. Her Marvel movies have certainly proven that she has the physicality necessary for a superhero film. But does she want her own franchise?
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Catch The Season Finales Of "sea Rescue" And "the Wildlife Docs"

On The Wildlife Docs it?s time for a baby update! Out on the Serengeti Plain, we check in on a baby Grevy zebra named Stitch, the baby rhinoceros Jasiri and two giraffe calves? Tina and Arrow. Next it?s the five cats? three tigers cubs and two lion cubs. Plus, who could forget Jep, the baby kangaroo who had to be hand-raised? And finally, Catalina, the wattled crane. You will be amazed at how they?ve grown! 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. Sea Rescue has been rated #1 in its timeslot in a number of major US markets and the shows have surpassed viewership of over 180 million.
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On the Emmy-nominated Sea Rescue, two California sea lions have fishing line wrapped around their necks and it looks like a death sentence for these unfortunate animals until the SeaWorld rescue team steps in to help. Then rescuers help a stranded, sunburned bottlenose dolphin in Florida and they must provide months of round-the-clock care to get him better. On The Wildlife Docs A mysterious growth inside Horst, http://puapuu00.livejournal.com an orangutan at Busch Gardens Tampa, has the Wildlife Docs concerned and a crucial procedure must be done to get him back in the swing of things. Then, watch the clever way The Wildlife Docs work with the meerkat medical check-ups while creating a brand new habitat for these cute and cunning critters. 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. Sea Rescue has been rated #1 in its timeslot in a number of major US markets and the shows have surpassed viewership of over 180 million. Time is subject to change so be sure to check your local listings.
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July 24 2014

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Soccer Is The Game, Developing Leaders Is The Game Plan ? Celebrating At Disney Cup International

The majority of his team has played together since they were 8-years-old, and now playing in their final season together, Horwood thought the Disney Cup International, Presented by AS Roma was the right thing to do for all they have accomplished. Ajax Football Club was one of 239 teams, more than 3,500 players, representing 18 countries, to play in the tournament. Teams from Canada, South America, Aruba and as far away as Australia came to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort to test their skill against international competition. But before stepping on the plane to come to Disney, before the kick-off whistle blew for their first game, Ajax FC was already a winner when it came to international sportsmanship. For more than seven years these young women have volunteered more than 3,000 hours in their community helping others. The most notable program has them literally giving away the jerseys off their backs. Through the SOS Children?s Village program the team donates jerseys and soccer equipment to kids in Ghana, Africa. To date they have donated more than 300 uniforms, and expect to send another 200 after the tournament at Disney, as well as some other Disney keepsakes. ?Soccer is the sport but we really wanted to make them community leaders,? said coach Horwood.
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August 2014 Merchandise Events at the Disneyland Resort

A separate ticket is required to attend the 2014 Taste of Downtown Disney District event. August 16: Special merchandise is materializing, but as of right now, I can?t say. If you keep watching the Disney Parks Blog, soon all will be revealed about this special day. August 16: Artists Leilani Joy, Ryan Metcalf and Miss Mindy will take part in an artist signing from 2 ? 4 p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District, as we celebrate the release of some of their latest works. Learn more . August 29 ? 30: Are you ready for another Art Attack! Artists Jeff Granito, Liana Hee and Noah are taking over WonderGround Gallery in Downtown Disney with live art performances and demonstrations from 5 ? 6:30 p.m. and a special artist signing opportunity following, from 7 ? 9 p.m.
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Award-winning Book Narrator Renee Raudman Brings Disney's Tangled To Life As An Audiobook - Yahoo Finance

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Mason Greeson and his family are on their way to Disney World. Disney released Tangled: The Junior Novelization, in 2010 in conjunction with the premiere of their feature film of the same name. The original film earned over $600 million and an Oscar for Best Original Song in 2010. Now children of all ages, with the help of Raudman's classic and enthralling voice, can re-live the exciting and enchanting story of a young, vibrant girl who discovers her own magic and path. Renee Raudman has made a career out of captivating people with her voice and bringing them into a world she has created that extends beyond the authors word's and was recently featured as an L.A. Archetype in Los Angeles Magazine's Best of LA issue. She has recorded over 300 titles with Tangled being one of her most cherished. Her welcoming and lyrical voice enchants listeners with stories by successful authors from Ilona Andrews to Danielle Steeleand now Disney fans get to enjoy her readings. "When I was asked to record Disney's Tangled audiobook, I was over the moon!" said Raudman. "I have a 3-yr old preciousniece who LOVED the movie, and I've watched it with her several times. For me, recording Tangledwas a very personal and meaningful opportunity.
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Guardians of the Galaxy join 'Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes' | Boston Herald

Here are a mess of words and phrases that make the South unique and awesome. Updated: Wednesday, February 26 2014 12:58 PM EST2014-02-26 17:58:17 GMT The Greenville County Sheriff's Office, along with 26 other agencies throughout 15 states, participated in the event during National Day of Johns Arrest. The Greenville County Sheriff's Office, along with 26 other agencies throughout 15 states, participated in the event during National Day of Johns Arrest. The Greenville County Sheriff's Office, along with 26 other agencies throughout 15 states, participated in the event during National Day of Johns Arrest. Updated: Monday, July 21 2014 1:17 PM EDT2014-07-21 17:17:13 GMT A man has died after being shot in the leg Sunday on 37th Avenue West in Birmingham. The male victim was shot once in the leg and taken to UAB hospital where he later died. The male victim was shot once in the leg and taken to UAB hospital where he later died. Updated: Wednesday, July 16 2014 1:54 PM EDT2014-07-16 17:54:19 GMT Justin Ross Harris and his son, Cooper. Harris is facing murder and child cruelty charges in the 22-month-old's death.
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(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) 1 Marc Graser The Guardians of the Galaxy are joining "Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes." The characters -- Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Drax, Gamora and Groot -- will be featured in a new play set this fall for the second iteration of Disney Interactive's video game, that combines on screen game play with physical figures. Can 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Rescue the Summer Box Office? Inspired by the Marvel Studios film that bows Aug. 1, the "Guardians of the Galaxy" play set follows Star-Lord and his fellow Guardians as they arrive at the space station Knowhere, having just stolen a powerful cosmic object from the villainous Ronan the Accuser. Players will guide the team as they race to protect Knowhere from Ronan and his attacking Sakaaran fleet while keeping their newly liberated item safe from the villain's evil grasp. Iron Man, from "The Avengers" play set, and Nova (from the Spider-Man play set) will also be playable in the "Guardians of the Galaxy" edition, while Cosmo, The Collector and Yondu will give missions. Disney also is making Star-Lord, Rocket, Drax, Gamora and Groot available in a new Toy Box 2.0, along with all characters previously released for "Disney Infinity." That includes in the Toy Box Game, "Attack on Asgard," where Loki has opened a series of portals that allow an army of Frost Giants to invade Odin's palace. Power discs will also provide Gamor with space armor, turn Toy Box into Knowhere and theme the world with Groot's tree roots. (C) 2014 Variety Media, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media; Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC More On:
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July 22 2014

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Sea Rescue And The Wildlife Docs Are New This Weekend!

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by Staff Sea Rescue and The Wildlife Docs are new this weekend! On the Emmy-nominated Sea Rescue, after saving a sick sea lion from a rocky beach in San Diego, the SeaWorld rescue team finds her strong maternal instincts provide comfort to younger sea lions in its care. Then, a dehydrated and malnourished dolphin strands on a beach near the U.S.-Mexico border and the SeaWorld rescue team springs into action to help. On The Wildlife Docs it?s a busy day at Busch Gardens Tampa. Vets make an early morning house call on the Serengeti Plain to aid a gazelle. Then they give a check-up to a Golden Conure back at the Animal Care Center. Training sessions are going on with the lions, elephants, hippos and orangutans.
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"Sea Rescue" and "The Wildlife Docs" are New This Weekend!

On the Emmy-nominated Sea Rescue, two California sea lions have fishing line wrapped around their necks and it looks like a death sentence for these unfortunate animals until the SeaWorld rescue team steps in to help. Then rescuers help a stranded, sunburned bottlenose dolphin in Florida and they must provide months of round-the-clock care to get him better. On The Wildlife Docs A mysterious growth inside Horst, an orangutan at Busch Gardens Tampa, has the Wildlife Docs concerned and a crucial procedure must be done to get him back in the swing of things. Then, watch the clever way The Wildlife Docs work with the meerkat medical check-ups while creating a brand new habitat for these cute and cunning critters. 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. Sea Rescue has been rated #1 in its timeslot in a number of major US markets and the shows have surpassed viewership of over 180 million. Time is subject to change so be sure to check your local listings. For more information about Sea Rescue and The Wildlife Docs visit www.seaworldkids.com .
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July 21 2014

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Why Snapchat Cares Where You Are - Yahoo Finance

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Disney and Kohl?s Get D-Signed in Time for Back to School - Yahoo Finance

(Snapchat launched this cooperative project to appeal, too, to users who cant attend these events, but still want to experience the action.) A recent high-profile test case came from the final match of the FIFA World Cup, at the game between Germany and Argentina. When viewing Snapchat stories, users had the option of opening Rio Live , a global story that included selfies from beautiful women on Brazils beaches, videos of screaming fans, and scenes from inside the arena. (Whereas past updates have required users to opt-in,Our Story automatically appeared on phones.) In one snap, fans taunt Argentinian star player Lionel Messi following his loss as he broods up a staircase and exits the stadium. Over 200 seconds of stories were added to the Our Story feed, including a snap of Lebron James sitting in the crowd, listening to his Beats headphones. From Snapchats perspective, it seemed, there was a natural narrative to be woven by users who were all congregated in one place. Why not give them a tool that would help bring them together through Snaps as well as physical proximity? This wasnt how Snapchat users saw it. The lack of choice in adding Rio Live immediately caused contention.
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Abrams announced that by donating to the Star Wars: Force for Change initiative, you, yes you, could be in the upcoming reboot of the iconic sci-fi franchise. Now, in an online video in which he is shown standing next to the movies iteration of an X-Wing Starfighter, Abrams has kicked the fundraiserfor UNICEFup a notch . Fans who donate to the initiativewhich has donations from 119 countries alreadycould win a chance to have an early and private screening of Star Wars: Episode VII in their hometown with 20 of their closest friends and family. Already, the campaign, which is organized by the Omaze fundraising site, is offering fans the opportunity to fly to London with a friend for a behind-the-scenes look at the set, a chance to meet cast members, and most importantly, be transformed into a Star Wars character and be a part of an actual scene in the movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter , the campaign raised over $1 million in the first 24 hours of its launch. Disney has also donated $1 million to the cause, which will benefit UNICEFs Innovation Labs and fund projects throughout the developing world. You can still donate to the cause, and enter to win a chance to be in the movie or attend a preview screening, here . Theres only four days left though, so hurry. SHARE THIS ARTICLE
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July 20 2014

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Catamaran Water Fun In Costa Rica With Adventures By Disney

The teens looked forward to snorkeling, paddle boating and using their Nikon CoolPix AW cameras to read this snap some awesome underwater photos. Speaking of photos, I captured this action shot just before they all went overboard! As we headed under the sea, our teen photographers had fun taking photos of each other as they snorkeled around the pristine blue waters of the ocean. Besides all the wonderful activities that we enjoyed in the ocean, the teens became one with nature as they shot some incredible photos of the natural beauty that Costa Rica is known for. Courtney perfectly captured the bright reds and the water droplets on these flowers. Faris put his zooming skills to use with this amazing shot of a dragonfly. Check back for my next post of our teen-focused trip as we continue to explore this incredible region with Adventures by Disney!
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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

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 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 .
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July 19 2014

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Disney World And Union Reach Contract Agreement That Raises Starting Hourly Pay To $10 In 2016 | Star Tribune

Union officials say Walt Disney World has reached a tentative labor agreement with its largest union group that raises starting hourly pay from a little over $8 to $9 this year. 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. more from nation get related content delivered to your inbox You are now subscribed.

'Avengers 2' Doesn't Need A Marketing Campaign - Forbes

Image and video hosting by TinyPic But from a coldly financial cost/reward factor, there is absolutely nothing to gain from teasingAvengers: Age of Ultronthis early. The film could conduct a total media blackout and it would still open with over/under $200m next May. All youve done by revealing this much this early is creating the expectation of having to reveal ever more information over the next nine months, to the point where you flirt with having given away the store by May 2015.Putting aside differences of opinion about how much to share how early in a films marketing campaign, is not the whole benefit of having a preordained smash hit film the notion that you shouldnt have cheap orlando vacations to spend as much on marketing to the film to moviegoers, since they are already interested? We hear all the time about how Hollywood is chasing established properties partially for the marketing advantage that comes with a known entity to moviegoers. Would it not make sense to actually take advantage of the massive success ofThe Avengersand perhaps pull back in regards to the now-standard early-bird saturation marketing campaign? I get that there is a certain need to hammer awareness when a film is a less-known entity, perhaps an original property or a sequel to an original that didnt quite set the world on fire the last time around. But is there anyone on Earth who is going to make a choice on whether or not to seeThe Avengers: Age of Ultronbased on a 9 months-early magazine spread? The only audiences that such early marketing gambits are playing to are those already determined to see the superhero sequel as early as possible anyway. As is usually the case, the earliest of early marketing is firmly targeted and mostly consumed by the converted. The studios spend millions of dollars and reveal heaven-knows-what about the film purely to make the sale to those who are already onboard. To wit, I would argue thatThe Avengers: Age of Ultronis a big enough hit that Disney could well afford to play a little subtle if they so choose.
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The Magic Of Disney Parks Storytelling: Splash Mountain At Disneyland Park

Luckily for Brer Rabbit, he was able to trick Brer Bear into springing Brer Fox?s hastily devised rabbit trap. This made Brer Fox so furious that Brer Rabbit decided to play another trick on the two, and he began to tell them about a secret ?laughing place? that only he knew about. browse Sure enough, Brer Bear and Brer Fox followed that rabbit right to the foot of a twin oak tree ? But instead of finding a laughing place, all Brer Bear found was honeybees. Suddenly, the rotted old tree gave way with a snap and pitched Brer Fox and Brer Bear into a darkened, water-filled cavern, buzzing with hundreds of angry bees. Brer Rabbit laughed and laughed at the prank he?d played on the two scoundrels. Unfortunately for Brer Rabbit, however, he tended to laugh just a little too long at his own joke and before he knew what was happening, Brer Fox captured that hapless hare. Brer Rabbit was dragged by the ears up to the top of Chick-A-Pin Hill, where Brer Fox?s lair was hidden in a hollowed log that jutted out over the mighty Splash Mountain waterfall. Brer Fox threatened to skin Brer Rabbit, and then to roast and eat him.
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Eight Delectable Disney Parks Treats for National Ice Cream Day

Disney Parks fans know the gooey Kitchen Sink Sundae, the irresistible Dole Whip and ice-cold Mickey Mouse bar. And we?ve all picked a favorite flavor for a double scoop from Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor at Disneyland park or Plaza Ice Cream Parlor at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort . But for National Ice Cream Day, we?re stepping out with some ice cream creations you may not have tried. Here are eight favorites that are a little more creative than a double dip of vanilla or chocolate: If you?re lucky enough to find yourself dining at California Grill at Disney?s Contemporary Resort on National Ice Cream Day, order the Sundae Sampler, a mini-trio with Frangelico toffee mousse, a float with root-beer flavored ice cream and homemade vanilla soda and a ?banana split? (mousse, fresh roasted pineapple, fresh strawberries, whipped cream, candied peanuts, chocolate sauce and a cherry). You won?t want to share. Run, don?t walk, to try the chocolate macaron sandwich at L?Artisan des Glaces at the France pavilion at Epcot . A crunchy chocolate cookie sandwich with dark chocolate ice cream made right there, it?s simply divine. There are 16 flavors, but, seriously, that chocolate-chocolate sensation is a must. Another favorite?
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July 16 2014

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Disney Theme Park Employees Arrested In Child Porn And Sex Stings | Wqad.com

Disney takes unusual promo route with Japanese 'Big Hero 6' animation | Boston Herald

I just enjoyed that so much. Asked why he had a sexually laced chat with people he thought were a father and 14-year-old girl, he had an explanation. I was trying to get someone safe, Kingsolver said. I honestly thought someone was in danger and if I had to tell him anything, if I had to tell him the moon was made out of cheese, I would have told him that. I have no intention and had no intention of doing anything with anyone, any minor. After he was arrested, he said he was in shock. I was mad at myself for making a mistake like that. I was in shock that I was there because Id never even been in a jail before or on the outside looking in to visit someone, much less, you know, having to get to wear a size 3X jumpsuit and a size 13 shoe. So you know, yeah, I did a lot of thinking. Kingsolver was booked into jail on a Friday night and was released two days later. The next day, he said he showed up for work at Disney, where he was promptly placed on what he said was unpaid leave. He hired a lawyer to fight the charges. Judd, the Polk County sheriff, said he has no sympathy for the men arrested like Kingsolver, who was arrested in a neighboring countys sting operation.
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5, 2013 file photo, Chief Creative Officer at Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, John Lasseter, arrives disney world package deals at the world premiere of "Disney's Planes" at the El Capitan Theatre, in Los Angeles. With more than 5,000 fans expected to attend, Disney is teasing several of the studio's upcoming animated movies at the D23 Expo, a three-day celebration of all things Disney at the Anaheim Convention Center. On the animation front, the studio will showcase Walt Disney Animation Studios' computer-generated adventure "Frozen" and Pixar's prehistoric comedy "The Good Dinosaur" during a Friday presentation, as well as the "Finding Nemo" sequel "Finding Dory," the manga-style Marvel adaptation "Big Hero 6" and the new Mickey Mouse short film "Get a Horse!" (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) 1 Mark Schilling TOKYO -- As a tie-in to "Big Hero 6," the first-ever Disney-Marvel animated feature, Disney is collaborating with the release of a manga in Japan based on the pic's story. Called "Baymax" -- the pic's Japanese title -- the manga will be serialized in Magazine Special monthly comic mag starting on Aug. 20. A prequel, "Episode 0," will appear in Weekly Shonen Magazine on Aug. 6. Both comics are the work of Haruki Ueno, who is also responsible for "Phi Brain: Saigo no Puzzle" ("The Last Puzzle"), a popular mystery manga that debuted in Magazine Special. The comic features the title robot, Baymax, and its boy companion, Hiro, whose adventures unfold in the fictional city of San Fransokyo. The Disney pic will be released on November 7 in the U.S.
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Disney Announces ?Big Hero 6? Cast | Animation World Network

Voiced by RYAN POTTER (Supah Ninjas, Senior Project), robotics prodigy HIRO HAMADA has the mind of a geniusand the heart of a 14-year-old: his state-of-the-art battle-bots dominate the underground bot fights held in the dark corners of San Fransokyo. Fortunately, big brother Tadashi redirects Hiros brilliance, inspiring him to put his brain to the test in a quest to gain admission to the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. When a tragic event changes everything, Hiro turns to a robot named Baymax, and they form an unbreakable bondand two-sixths of a band of high-tech heroes on a very important mission. SCOTT ADSIT (30 Rock, St. Vincent) provides the voice of the worlds most compassionate robot. BAYMAX cares. Thats what he was designed to do. The plus-sized inflatable robots job title is technically Healthcare Companion: With a simple scan, Baymax can detect vital stats, and given a patients level of pain, can treat nearly any ailment.
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July 14 2014

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Seaworld Taps Coca-cola Breakthrough Plantbottle Technology To Create First Consumer Cup

Fewer fossil-based ingredients mean a smaller carbon footprint. SeaWorld?s switch to PlantBottle plastic in its refillable cups is expected to remove 35 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually -- the equivalent of saving more than 80 barrels of oil a year. The unique PlantBottle technology is popular packaging for Coca-Cola?s bottled beverages. SeaWorld takes this technology to a new level, creating the first commercially available consumer product: a refillable plastic cup. Since The Coca-Cola Company introduced PlantBottle technology in 2009 as the first recyclable PET plastic bottle made partially from plants, more than 450,000 barrels of oil have been saved. And, more than 20 billion PlantBottle packages have been distributed in 31 countries worldwide. "Once we fully realized the power of PlantBottle technology, we knew it had real-world, global applications well beyond our own products," said Scott Vitters, general manager, PlantBottle packaging platform, The Coca-Cola Company. "This collaboration with SeaWorld demonstrates that PlantBottle technology can be applied anywhere that PET plastic is traditionally used, but with a lighter footprint on the planet.? Colorful in-park murals and point-of-purchase displays promoting environmental advocacy will help inform park guests of the new product. SeaWorld eventually plans to use Coca-Cola's PlantBottle technology in the manufacture of many of its souvenir cups and is actively exploring opportunities for its potential use in the development of other merchandise.
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Sea Rescue and The Wildlife Docs are http://laurencebamq.bloghi.com New this Weekend!

On the Emmy-nominated Sea Rescue, after saving a sick sea lion from a rocky beach in San Diego, the SeaWorld rescue team finds her strong maternal instincts provide comfort to younger sea lions in its care. Then, a dehydrated and malnourished dolphin strands on a beach near the U.S.-Mexico border and the SeaWorld rescue team springs into action to help. On The Wildlife Docs it?s a busy day at Busch Gardens Tampa. Vets make an early morning house call on the Serengeti Plain to aid a gazelle. Then they give a check-up to a Golden Conure back at the Animal Care Center. Training sessions are going on with the lions, elephants, hippos and orangutans. The educators are making enrichment items for the gorillas. Back at the ACC, Dr.
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Officials: Uk Man Loses Fingertips On Disney Ride - Yahoo News

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Please enter your Phone Number. Send Thanks! A link has been sent. Done Officials: UK man loses fingertips on Disney ride 5 hours ago Content preferences Done LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida (AP) Officials say a tourist from the United Kingdom lost two fingertips on his right hand while riding on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Florida. The incident happened Thursday morning. Bo Jones of the Reedy Creek Fire Department told Orlando station WKMG (http://bit.ly/TWVJOu ) the man lost the tips of his ring and pinky fingers and was taken to a hospital. His name was not released and his condition wasn't available. Officials say it was unclear how the incident happened. Disney officials stopped the ride and checked it out.
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The rule of thumb at Disney is - always ask about potential discounts! There are four main parks within the Walt Disney World Resort. While some tours focus on features at individual parks, others provide cross-park itineraries. Topics and themes of the tours vary, so there is certainly an option for every interest. Magic Kingdom tours: Family Magic Experience ($34) - A series of clues will lead your group through highlight areas of the park as you try to foil the plans of a dastardly Disney villain. No age restrictions on this one. In fact, it's best suited for families with younger children. Set aside two hours, starting at 10:00 AM. Keys to the Kingdom Tour ($79) - Become a Disney trivia pro as you learn facts and legends dating all the way back to the birth of Walt Disney's Florida vision.
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Breaking News - Disney Channel and Disney XD Stars Perform New Pop Arrangement of "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" From Disney's "Frozen" | TheFutonCritic.com

[via press release from Disney Channel] DISNEY CHANNEL AND DISNEY XD STARS PERFORM NEW POP ARRANGEMENT OF "DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN?" FROM DISNEY'S "FROZEN"; MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERES SUNDAY, JULY 20 ON DISNEY CHANNEL Weekend Programming Event also Features Comedic Moments with Olaf in "Frozen's Olaf-A-Lots" and a Saturday Sing-Along to Six "Frozen" Songs Twenty-six stars of Disney's hit programming for kids and tweens perform a new interpretation of the song "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" from Disney's Academy Award-winning animated film "Frozen." The new pop arrangement of the song will debut FRIDAY, JULY 18 on Radio Disney; its music video will premiere on the popular WATCH Disney Channel app for verified users on FRIDAY, JULY 18 and SUNDAY, JULY 20 on Disney Channel. Steven Vincent, Vice President Music and Soundtracks, Disney Channel, said, "We have a remarkably talented group who, in their approach to this cover song, kept the heartfelt beauty of the original but transformed it into a duet as an ode to friendship." He continued, "They were asked to sing live with no pre-recording, so the session became like a big party with a group of friends singing their hearts out and having fun together to deliver a project that ultimately encourages young viewers to express their feelings, to participate homepage in interactive ways and to share their creativity and talents." A weekend of related programming events include the affable snowman Olaf (the voice of Josh Gad) hosting the evening of new episodes ("Dog With A Blog," "Girl Meets World," "Phineas and Ferb" and "Wander Over Yonder") on FRIDAY, JULY 18 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET/PT); and a Saturday Sing-Along to songs from the "Frozen" soundtrack ("Do You Want to Build a Snowman?," "For the First Time in Forever," "Love is an Open Door," "Let It Go," "Reindeers Are Better Than People," and "In Summer"), SATURDAY, JULY 19 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. Recorded and filmed at the Jim Henson Studios in Hollywood, Disney Channel's "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" song and music video features lead vocals by Sabrina Carpenter ("Girl Meets World"), Rowan Blanchard ("Girl Meets World"), Kelli Berglund ("Lab Rats"), Piper Curda ("I Didn't Do It"), Jordan Fisher ("Teen Beach Movie"), Grace Phipps ("Teen Beach Movie"), Olivia Holt ("I Didn't Do It"), Tyrel Jackson Williams ("Lab Rats"), Leigh-Allyn Baker ("The 7D," "Good Luck Charlie") and Kevin Chamberlin ("Jessie"), with featured harmonies by Dylan Riley Snyder ("Kickin' It"), Peyton Clark ("I Didn't Do It") and Jake Short ("Mighty Med"). They join a choir composed of (in alphabetical order) Karan Brar ("Jessie"), Joey Bragg ("Liv and Maddie"), Sarah Gilman ("I Didn't Do It"), Leo Howard ("Kickin' It"), Candice Huckeba (Radio Disney), Skai Jackson ("Jessie"), Peyton List ("Jessie"), Blake Michael ("Dog With A Blog"), Austin North ("I Didn't Do It"), Bradley Steven Perry ("Mighty Med"), Morgan Tompkins (Radio Disney), Tenzing Norgay Trainor ("Liv and Maddie") and Maddy Whitby (Radio Disney). Disney Channel's "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" song was arranged and produced by Grammy-nominated Marco Marinangeli ("Take My Hand: Songs from the 100 Acre Wood"). Globally, Disney's Academy Award-winning "Frozen" is the fifth highest-grossing film and the highest grossing animated film of all time. Its Home Entertainment debut is the biggest digital release ever and in physical units is one of the best-selling home entertainment titles of the last decade. The soundtrack is the top-selling album of 2014 and has spent 27-consecutive weeks in the Top 5 on the Billboard 200 chart, including 13-nonconsecutive weeks at #1. It is certified triple-Platinum.
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July 12 2014

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Disneyland Resort And Walt Disney World Resort Salute Military Cast Members With New Diversity Resource Group

Earlier this week, Disney Parks Blog author Shawn Slater reminded us that there are only a few more weeks to enjoy Harambe Nights at Disney?s Animal Kingdom . Gallery view all Harambe Nights includes ? The Lion King Concert in the Wild,? a retelling of ? The Lion King ? that features a celebrity narrator, live orchestra, choir and more. The evening event also features a welcome reception and the post-show street party that features Afro-pop music, performers, a buffet and more. Check out the gallery above for some additional photos we?ve never shared from the event. Have you enjoyed Harambe Nights this year? If so, tell us what you liked about it in the ?Comments? section below! This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Harambe Nights Heats Up Disney?s Animal Kingdom by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
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SALUTE is an extension of Disney?s longstanding support of the armed forces, which dates back to Walt Disney?s service in the Ambulance Corps during World War I and his brother Roy?s service as a petty officer in the Navy. SALUTE is the online sixth diversity resource group at Disneyland Resort and the seventh for Walt Disney World Resort. These groups serve as resources to the company and our cast by sharing the unique perspectives and contributions that diverse communities can offer. Additional diversity resource groups on both coasts include: CastABLE: Promoting respect, equality and an appreciation of people with disabilities. COMPASS (Community of Pacific Islanders, Asians and Allies): Enhancing cast, guest and community relations through Asian and Pacific Islander cultural awareness and business practices. FAMILIES: Focusing on family-related interests. (Walt Disney World Resort only.) HOLA (Hispanic Organization for Leadership Advancement): Promoting Hispanic/Latino heritage and cultural exchange. PRIDE (People Respecting Individual Diversities in Everyone): Serving gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender cast members by providing resources, learning opportunities and a supportive network. PULSE (People United to Lead, Serve and Excel): Developing cultural, educational and professional opportunities for cast members of African heritage.
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July 11 2014

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Officials: Man Loses Fingertips On Disney Ride - Quincy Herald-whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sports

Disney Wants Disability Access Suit Thrown Out - Disability Scoop

Disney wants a lawsuit challenging its new disability access policy to be dismissed. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/MCT) (AP) - Officials say a tourist from the United Kingdom lost two fingertips on his right hand while riding on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Florida. The incident happened Thursday morning. Bo Jones of the Reedy Creek Fire Department told Orlando station WKMG ( http://bit.ly/TWVJOu ) the man lost the tips of his ring and pinky fingers and was taken to a hospital. His name was not released and his condition wasn't available. Officials say it was unclear how the incident happened. Disney officials stopped the ride and checked it out. The ride was confirmed safe and reopened later Thursday. Information from: WKMG-TV, http://www.local6.com/index.html Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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(Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/MCT) Disney is fighting allegations that changes to its policy for accommodating people with disabilities at its theme parks are in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In a 93-page filing with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California this week, Disney rejected charges brought in a lawsuit earlier this year by the mothers of 16 kids and young adults with developmental universal studios orlando vacation packages disabilities who said they were not properly accommodated by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. The families alleged that visits to Disney theme parks became marred by long waits and unhelpful interactions with staff after the company made broad changes last fall to its approach for accommodating park visitors with disabilities. Previously, individuals with special needs were provided passes that often allowed them and their guests to skip to the front of long lines for park attractions. Under the new system, however, those with disabilities can obtain a card which allows them to schedule a return time for rides based on current wait times. The lawsuit cited cases of children with developmental disabilities who experienced meltdowns at Disney parks since the changes took effect allegedly because the kids could not tolerate long waits for rides, among other problems. Changes to disability accommodations at Disneyland and Disney World were prompted by widespread abuse of the old system, Disney officials said. In its point-by-point response this week, Disney told the court that it works individually with guests to meet their needs and said all guests with disabilities are provided the level of accommodation required by law. Disney is now asking the court to dismiss the families suit.
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Friday, July 11, 2014 Officials: Tourist loses fingertips on ride at Disney Pirates of the Caribbean ride Related Sponsored Links OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. Officials say a tourist from the United Kingdom lost two fingertips on his right hand while riding on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. The incident happened Thursday morning. Bo Jones of the Reedy Creek Fire Department told WFTV the man lost the tips of his ring and pinky fingers and was taken to a hospital. His name was not released and his condition wasn't available. Officials say it was unclear how the incident happened. Disney officials stopped the ride and checked it out. The ride was confirmed safe and reopened later Thursday.
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July 10 2014

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Early Days Of Disney Water Parks

It?s summertime. It?s warm. I need to cool off. Should I hang ten at Disney?s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park or hit the slopes at Disney?s Blizzard Beach Water Park ? Decisions, decisions. While I deliberate, here?s a look at Disney?s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park under construction from March 1989 and Disney?s Blizzard Beach Water Park in December 1994. I still can?t decide. If I go to Disney?s Typhoon Lagoon I can take a ride on Crush ?n? Gusher , while over at Disney?s Blizzard Beach I can slide down the Toboggan Racers .
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Don?t Let Time Run Out! Experience Harambe Nights at Disney?s Animal Kingdom

Scheduled to appear on upcoming nights are*: July 12 ? Harry Lennix: ?The Blacklist,? ?The Five Heartbeats? July 19 ? Joe Morton: ?Scandal,? ?American Gangster,? ?The Good Wife? July 26 ? Alfre Woodard: ?Desperate Housewives,? ?Miss Evers Boys? August 2 ? Brian Stokes Mitchell: ?Ragtime,? ?Trapper John, M.D.,? ?Glee? August 9 ? Patina Miller: ?Pippin,? ?The Hunger Games: Mockingjay ? Part 1? The first five weeks of Harambe Nights were all sold out, but great seats are still available for each of the remaining dates in July and August. You?ll need to act fast, though! Tickets are $119 for adults, $79 for ages 3-9, plus tax. Your ticket includes parking, a welcome reception with drinks and hors d?oeuvres, ?The Lion King ? Concert in the Wild? show, two hours of additional live entertainment during the Harambe Nights Street Party , and an abundant dinner buffet. For tickets, visit Disneyworld.com/HarambeNights or call 407-939-1319. For an even more in-depth look at ?The Lion King ? Concert in the Wild,? follow the links below to our previous stories here on Disney Parks Blog . (*Entertainment subject to change) Don?t Let Time Run Out!
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