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September 2009 News


Date: 29 September 2009 By Reginald Cunningham III

LOS ANGELES, CA – Disney has announced that they will soon begin filming a Pirates of the Caribbean : On Stranger Tides, the fourth installment of their franchise. With Johnny Depp refusing to reprise the lead role, Disney executives have confirmed they plan on replacing him with an animatronic puppet. Executives promise, “You’ll never notice the difference!”

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Cypress Gardens theme park in Fla. closes doors

Date: 24 September 2009 Bureau News

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Cypress Gardens, which reigned as Florida’s grandest theme park in the days before Disney, has shut down while its owners try to sell the attraction.

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SeaWorld execs tell employees they won't discuss sale 'rumors'

Date: 23 September 2009 Jason Garcia - Sentinel Staff Writer

A SeaWorld Orlando staff meeting ended this morning without any major announcements from executives, despite speculation that they might address new ownership of SeaWorld, Aquatica, Discovery Cove and other Busch Entertainment Corp. parks. SeaWorld chief calls the chatter "rumors."

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Date: 18 September 2009 Walt Disney World Recreation Examiner - Peggy Macdonald

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival officially kicks off Friday, September 25. Those who cannot wait to get the party started are welcome to attend a special Walt Disney World cast member preview on Thursday, September 24.

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Theme Park Expansions Will Help Hotels

Date: 18 September 2009 By Carl Cronan

ORLANDO-Planned expansions at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando theme parks should benefit area hotels for years to come, a local industry executive says. The anticipated result of longer stays by millions of tourists equate to additional room nights, occupancy and revenue.

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Universal's Harry Potter park to include Hogwarts

Date: 15 September 2009 By Barbara Liston

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Creators of the highly anticipated Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando revealed some details of three major Potter-themed attractions on Tuesday, including a "Forbidden Journey" ride set in the iconic Hogwart's Castle.

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.World premiere of Disney's A Christmas Carol to kick off festive season

Date: 13 September 2009 13 September, 2009 | By Screen staff

London will host the world premiere of Disney’s A Christmas Carol across three screens simultaneously, in what it is claimed will be the biggest UK 3D screening to date.

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Check out the Trailer for Walt Disney’s STAR TOURS II

Date: 13 September 2009 by Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

Years ago I heard rumors Disneyland and Disneyworld were going to update the Star Tours ride. After all, the ride was exactly the same since it launched back in 1987 and it definitely needed a paint job. But the prequels came and went, and the ride stayed the same. Until now.

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It's Not a Small World After All

Date: 13 September 2009 By CARLOS MILLER

Walt Disney World set for largest expansion in its history While most companies are cutting back during this recession, Walt Disney plans on expanding. Big time. An expansion that will nearly double the size of Fantasyland.

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Rendering of the new Fantasyland at Walt Disney World

Date: 13 September 2009 Orlando Sentinel

A bird's-eye view of the vastly-expanded Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World which will offer Guests a new land of enchantment in a magical fairy tale forest just beyond the castle walls. The expanded Fantasyland was announced at the D23 Expo on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009 by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo.

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Disney to expand Fantasyland at Walt Disney World

Date: 12 September 2009 By: Reuters | 12 Sep 2009 | 07:34 PM ET

ANAHEIM, California (Reuters) - Mickey Mouse's house and his Toon Town world will make way next year for a vastly larger Fantasyland, in the biggest-ever expansion of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida, Walt Disney Co said on Saturday.

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Saving Time at Walt Disney World: 5 Fastpass Tips

Date: 08 September 2009 By Kim Wright Wiley - Author, Walt Disney World with Kids

If there's any justice in the world, the genius who created Fastpass is relaxing somewhere on his yacht. Because Fastpass helps Walt Disney World theme-park guests drastically cut down on the amount of time spent waiting in line. Which means more rides, and fewer tantrums.

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Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland Skyway station demolition underway

Date: 04 September 2009 Walt Disney World Recreation Examiner - Peggy Macdonald

The Magic Kingdom's defunct Skyway stations in Tomorrowland and Fantasyland rested undisturbed for years after the Skyway's closure in 1999, following a fatal accident. Now demolition is underway at the Tomorrowland Skyway station at Walt Disney World.

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Magical Moments at Walt Disney World Resorts are still out there, if you know where to look

Date: 04 September 2009 Walt Disney World Travel Examiner - Heather Leigh Carroll-Landon

Though not as popular as they were in the “Year of a Million Dreams,” Magical Moments are still around at the Walt Disney World Resorts. If you have not been offered a Magical Moment, then you are just at the wrong place at the wrong time. Here are some of the most recent Magical Moments I have witnessed at the Walt Disney World Resorts and Theme Parks.

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Top five reasons to visit Disney World at the holidays #1: Candlelight Processional at Epcot

Date: 04 September 2009 Walt Disney World Recreation Examiner - Peggy Macdonald

The number one reason to visit Walt Disney World at the holidays is Epcot's Candlelight Processional, which follows a tradition first established at Disneyland in 1958.

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Invisibility cloak may soon lift on Universal Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Date: 03 September 2009 By Jason Garcia - Sentinel Staff Writer

Universal Orlando is preparing to pull back the curtain a bit on its hugely anticipated Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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Officials say man rescued by Disney cruise ship jumped off another ship

Date: 03 September 2009 Walter Pacheco - Sentinel Staff Writer

Officials say man rescued by Disney cruise ship jumped off another ship The Disney Wonder cruise ship rescued a man who was found swimming in the Atlantic Ocean this morning.

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Universal can keep its Marvel attractions but may soon have Disney looking over its shoulder

Date: 02 September 2009 By Jason Garcia Sentinel Staff Writer

While the Walt Disney Co.'s $4 billion acquisition of Marvel Entertainment Inc. does not pose a near-term threat to the future of Universal Orlando's popular Marvel-themed attractions, it could still create headaches for the resort.

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