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    2019 Food and Wine?

    They announced 2018 dates on March 12, 2018. We are now a week past that for 2019. Is it the SGE announcement that has delayed FW dates? Something else? I would assume they will not shorten the event from 75 days, but I am curious when it will open. Thoughts? Tips? Insider info?
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    Dolphin Getting Internet Enabled TVs

    Our room on 12 was converted during our stay last week -- although it never worked properly. Services included: Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, YouTube, and Crakle. I would assume the Swan is as well.
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    Confirmed: Disney Parks Investor Waleed Bin Talal Arrested

    Reports from SA say that Waleed Bin Talal has been arrested. Talal was a significant shareholder (~9%) in Disney Paris up until a buyout this spring. He has been mentioned several times on this board as a possible investor in WDW, so I thought it might be of interest. ETA: A quick forum...
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    Mylan SignsAgreement with Parks and Resorts to Enhance Access to EpiPen Auto-Injector

    For those with or loved ones with allergies, this is a great development and good to know: EpiPen® Auto-Injector Locations Designated on Updated Guide Maps and Signage; New Multi-year Alliance to Increase Anaphylaxis Awareness through Multiple Educational Initiatives "PITTSBURGH, Nov. 7, 2014...
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    Garcia: With MyMagic+, Mickey will watch where you go, what you do

    Not an exclusively positive story. What a quote: "We are fortunate that many of our guests want to communicate and have a relationship with us," Disney World spokeswoman Kim Prunty said. "We are focused on sharing information with guests in a way that respects their relationship and enhances...
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    Disney and Universal: Two very different paths

    I thought this was worthy of its own thread, especially since a SPIRITED debate has buried most of this info. This OP is to recap recent announcements/coverage of Universal's shots across the bow of USS (HMS for our UK friends) Disney and Disney's (lack of?) reaction. Universal wants to add...
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    ESPN buying FiveThirtyEight after hiring Nate Silver

    According to Michael Calderone, Senior Media Reporter for The Huffington Post, via Twitter: ESPN is buying the FiveThirtyEight name and URL -- not a licensing deal. ESPN won't comment on how much the network paid for FiveThirtyEight. Nate Silver expects to hire at least one more person to...
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    Disney's Move: Uni planning major announcement Nov 1

    On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UniversalOrlandoResort/app_375047952573142 Someone also posted this on the Uni Forum, but I thought it was relevant to the WDW rumors swirling these days - including at least three current threads here. It appears Uni has decided to move first. A few...
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    DVC Problems?: Chicago/NYC Sales Office to Close

    I think this is relevant to the parks and future resort development, particularly because I have heard that NY and NJ send the largest share of guests to WDW. It seems like an odd move given the current and rumored future expansion of DVC properties. Could it be that Disney thinks these markets...
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    NYT: "Universal....Takes Aim at Disney"

    Disney did not comment, but I am sure this is not the press they want. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/21/business/universal-armed-with-cash-from-comcast-takes-aim-at-disney.html
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    Rich Ross Resigns

    I posted this in the film forum, but thought it tied into enough ongoing conversations about the parks (ex: Muppets, Marvel) and Disney management to post here also. (Feel free to move.) http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/20/us-disney-ross-idUSBRE83J14320120420
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    Rich Ross Resigns

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    Next Gen Queue Confirmed for Peter Pan?

    This got deleted the first time, so I will try a different approach. There are rumors circulating online that PPF will receive an interactive queue during a refurb (no closing) that will begin next week. Apparently, the news has been shared with cast members. Can anyone confirm this? As someone...
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    Could customized shows be impetus for WOC at WDW?

    Saw this via a RT by __________ on Twitter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=UMtGs65xgkM# Could the ability to sell WOC for after-hours shows be a big enough revenue generator to tip the scales on a similar experience for WDW? (The boost to attendance would not hurt...
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    Interactive cakes coming to a park near you?

    Thought this was interesting given all of the NextGen/RFID integration expected in the next decade. Disney has filed a patent for an interactive cake complete with "3D" projection capability. http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/20/disneys-plan-for-interactive-cakes-revealed-in-patent-applica/...
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    Disney Research Introduces New Touch Technology

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/innovation/10/08/tesla.touch.disney/index.html?ref=nf Interesting considering Disney's movement into mobile technology in the parks (apps, handicap access devices, Kim Possible). I wonder if this tech has any future with the NextGen Experience movement...
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    Disney hires San Fran mass-transit exec to run resort transportation

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    Nightastic: Extended Animal Kingdom hours?

    There has been news on the fireworks, parade, Tower changes, and Sounds of Summer, but there is no mention of changes to Animal Kingdom's hours. The park's calendar has not changed for the official Nightastic time-frame. Does anyone know if this has been scrapped or are the hours adjustments...
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    Pixar CFO and Senior VP of Stategic Planning Leaving

    Pixar CFO and Senior VP of Strategic Planning Leaving Twitter Names Pixar’s Ali Rowghani as Finance Chief Seems like this could be significant to the future development of Pixar Place. Perhaps, along with film studio changes, this also could mean a shift in thought in incorporating Pixar in...
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    Asian Times: Shanghai Wishing on a Fading Disney Star

    This can be moved. I considered filing on another section but I thought it had relevance to the whole parks division. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China_Business/LB05Cb01.html Is Disney likely to scale back efforts in China? Asia? What implications this will have on new parks in general? Could...
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