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January 2011 News

Report: Man accused of sex attack at Disney's Fort Wilderness faces trial

Date: 31 January 2011 Compiled by Orlando Sentinel is reporting that the trial of a Deltona man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl at Walt Disney World's Fort Wilderness in 2009 is expected to begin today.

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Disney's Splash Mountain gets safety bars

Date: 31 January 2011 By Jason Garcia, Orlando Sentinel

Walt Disney World's Splash Mountain reopens tomorrow after a month-long refurbishment with a new feature: Lap bars.

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Bomb Squad Called To Walt Disney World

Date: 31 January 2011 Copyright 2011 by WESH.COM.

Package Without Address Received At Shades Of Green Resort

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Disney up to new tricks with castle show

Date: 28 January 2011 Dewayne Bevil on Attractions - Theme Park Ranger

Naysayers underestimated Disney World this time. Granted, when the company announced plans in September to project photographs of theme-park guests onto Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom, details were sparse.

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Living the Dream: An early look at Disney's newest cruise ship

Date: 27 January 2011 By Clay Clifton - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL — We rode on a 4-story water coaster, lined up for pictures with Princess Tiana, sang along to a Broadway-style show featuring favorite Disney characters and capped the night off with a thrilling fireworks display. A day at Walt Disney World? Not quite. My family shared these adventures out at sea on the 130,000-ton Disney Dream, the newest ship in Disney Cruise Line’s expanding fleet.

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Disney seeks exemption from contract-agent law

Date: 26 January 2011 By Jason Garcia, Orlando Sentinel

TALLAHASSEE — Walt Disney World, concerned about potential legal liability, is seeking to get out from under a state law governing how businesses contract with sales agents.

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Chilean miners set for Disney World visit

Date: 26 January 2011 By Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel

Chilean miners trapped thousands of feet underground for 69 days are about to begin a six-night vacation at Walt Disney World. Thirty-one of the 33 miners, plus four key rescuers and members of their families arrive in Florida on Thursday. They were invited by Disney President and CEO Bob Iger late last year.

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Disney Dream: The kids will take to this cruise ship like a Donald Duck to water

Date: 26 January 2011 By Frank Barrett, Mail on Sunday Travel Editor

Disney jumped into the cruise business 13 years ago, part of the revival of the company led by the then chief executive Michael Eisner.

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Disney unveils new Fantasyland expansion details

Date: 20 January 2011 By JASON GARCIA AND DEWAYNE BEVIL crline Orlando Sentinel

Walt Disney World said Tuesday it will build a new indoor roller coaster in the Magic Kingdom as part of its expansion of the theme park's Fantasyland section.

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Walt Disney World to undergo largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history

Date: 19 January 2011 World Architecture News

The world’s favourite theme park is to undergo the biggest expansion in its thirty year history. Walt Disney World Resort is to double the size of Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom, Florida, in a series of phases beginning in late 2012.

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Walt Disney World's new Fantasyland plans revealed

Date: 19 January 2011 Central Florida News 13

LAKE BUENA VISTA -- Disney released brand new information Tuesday night on its plans to expand Fantasyland.

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New Star Tours Attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios Debuts In May

Date: 18 January 2011 Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

As part of a media gathering Tuesday night to celebrate the launch of the Disney Dream, Walt Disney World President Meg Crofton combined the magic of Disney and the power of the Force to reveal the Grand Opening date for the new Star Tours attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. Meg announced that the 3-D attraction will make its galactic debut May 20.

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Countdown to Fun? More like Countdown to Ho-Hum

Date: 18 January 2011 By Matthew J. Palm - Theme Park Ranger

There's some irony -- bitter irony -- in the fact that Disney World's new parade has added "fun" to the title, yet removed the elements that make watching a parade fun.

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Coaster Among Disney's Plans For Fantasyland

Date: 18 January 2011 WFTV Orlando

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- Disney unveiled plans for its biggest project in years on Tuesday night. It's part of the Fantasyland expansion at Magic Kingdom and includes a new, indoor roller coaster.

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Disney Opens Wild Africa Trek

Date: 17 January 2011 AOL Travel News

Attached to a lifeline and leaning out over a cliff to observe a 2-ton bull hippo, I forgot for a moment I was in Orlando at Disney's Animal Kingdom, on a Wild Africa Trek.

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Animal Kingdom: Wild Africa Trek will get guests even closer to nature

Date: 14 January 2011 Orlando Sentinel

Disney World's latest backstage tour is off the beaten path. The Wild Africa Trek, which debuts Sunday, takes small groups of theme-park guests through the forests behind the scenes at Disney's Animal Kingdom. During a preview Friday, we found ourselves in locations I never dreamed we'd be allowed at Animal Kingdom and experienced several well-thought touches during the three-hour tour.

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Boy, 9, has Disney World trip ruined after US immigration rules him a threat

Date: 14 January 2011

A nine-year-old boy's dream trip to Disney World was ruined when US immigration officials ruled he was a threat.

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Date: 13 January 2011 By J.B. Smitts - Weekly World News

GLENDALE, CA – Seven thieves broke into the Glendale Cryogenics Labratory and stole Walt Disney’s frozen head!

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Five Disney World Rides Malfunction in One Day

Date: 13 January 2011 Geraldine Wagner - NY Upstate Seniors Travel Examiner

We left snowy upstate New York last week to go to Disney World with 50% of our six grandchildren. It was a gift from Santa to our three youngsters and everyone was excited for the trip. My husband and I even gave them lunch at Cinderella's Castle to really make the "dream" come true, especially for our three year old granddaughter, Bryn, who lives and breathes Cinderella.

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Bomb found outside a Walgreen's near Disney World

Date: 13 January 2011 Cynthia Hodges - Chicago Homeland Security Examiner

On Monday evening a bomb was discovered under the 1-hour photo sign outside of an Orlando, Florida Walgreen's store.

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Fire Crews Called To Magic Kingdom Attraction

Date: 12 January 2011 Copyright 2011 by WESH.COM.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- An attraction caught fire at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom park Wednesday, firefighters said. According to Reedy Creek Fire Department spokesman Bo Jones, crews were called to the park's The Enchanted Tiki Room attraction in the Adventureland section of at about 5:30 p.m.

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Walt Disney World Marathon results for 2011: Faster times and two new champions

Date: 09 January 2011 Kimberly Bogin - Marathon Examiner

Nearly 17,000 runners joined Mickey, Donald, Goofy and the rest of the gang at the 2011 Walt Disney World Marathon this morning.

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Potter likely to remain biggest draw in 2011

Date: 09 January 2011 By Jason Garcia, Orlando Sentinel

Three of Florida's Big Four theme-park resorts will add major attractions in 2011, but the one resort that isn't adding anything may very well have the biggest draw.

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Disney Marathon, other races prop company's parks during slow seasons

Date: 07 January 2011 By Jason Garcia, Orlando Sentinel

In almost a matter of hours after the smoke cleared from its New Year's Eve fireworks, Walt Disney World abruptly lurched from its busiest time of the year to one of its leanest, as holiday vacationers flew home and children across the country returned to school.

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Disney & Universal Hike Prices For Locals

Date: 05 January 2011 - Daniel Trotter

ORLANDO (CBS4) - Walt Disney World is offering a familiar promotion for Florida residents. A special 4-day pass at a discounted rate, problem is, the discounted price is actually 20-percent higher this year than it was last year.

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Investors buy Sheraton Safari near Disney, plan $25 million renovation

Date: 04 January 2011 By Sara K. Clarke, Orlando Sentinel

The Sheraton Safari Hotel and Suites near Walt Disney World has been bought for an undisclosed price and its new owners are planning a $25 million renovation.

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US judge upholds Pa. groping suit against Disney

Date: 03 January 2011 By MARYCLAIRE DALE - The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- A Pennsylvania woman who claims Donald Duck groped her at Disney's Epcot theme park can have her day in court, a federal judge has ruled.

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Celebrities visit Walt Disney World over the holidays

Date: 03 January 2011 13 News

WALT DISNEY WORLD -- Walt Disney World was a busy place over the holidays for tourists and celebrities alike!

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Disney raises prices on annual ticket promotion for Florida residents

Date: 03 January 2011 By Jason Garcia, Orlando Sentinel

'4 Day Wild 4 Disney' passes offered for 20 percent more than similar promotion last year

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Block Party Bash ends run at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Date: 02 January 2011 By Matthew J. Palm - Theme Park Ranger

The high-energy Block Party Bash parade at Disney's Hollywood Studios somehow upped its energy level a notch higher for its closing performance Jan. 1.

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Fire erupts at Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando

Date: 02 January 2011 13 News - By Mark Jenkins, Reporter

ORLANDO -- A popular ride at Islands of Adventures at Universal remains shut down Sunday after a huge fire caused an evacuation and a major scare for park goers.

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